Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Rest of July

During the summer we like to go up to Bridal Veil Falls alot. This time Pat took the kids on the little hike up to the top of the lower falls.  It's hard to see them, but they are in the focused part of the picture.

Pat & Mara enjoying the water. 

Even though it's cold, Mara LOVES coming to the waterfall. 

On our drive back we decided to go up to Squaw Peak. We had never been there before and didn't realize how much you zig zag up the mountain.  Once we found a place for a good lookout we took pics and went home. We didn't even make it to the top, but it was still pretty :)

Xander was nervous about getting out of the car. He didn't want to fall off the mountain.  We kept telling him that he'd be fine, but he still wouldn't budge. Only after I promised him that we could listen to Phineas & Ferb on the ride home, he got out of the car to enjoy the view. 

Jaina discovered how to play peek a boo through her legs :)
I'm so thankful for my iPod and that I can catch these cute moments without having to search the house for the camera. 

Every time we would get on the freeway going South, Mara would see Trafalga and beg to go there!  So we finally picked a day to go and it was really windy and even started to rain a bit.  Also, it smelled horrible outside because of all the freeway construction going on.  But we still had a fun time. 

Mara insisted on doing the side with the castle :) 

A week after the 4th, we went to Lana & JR's to set off some left over fireworks.  The kids had a great time with the sparklers. But the mosquito's were horrible that night. Even with bug spray we were all bit a bunch.  I think Xander got the most with over 15. Luckily Jaina didn't get any! 

Mara & Xander (making the little circles) & Pat (behind them making the big circles)

I told Mara to write her name and was able to get a pic of her M. 

Xander going crazy :) 

Mara loves to play dress ups and needed to be Tinker Bell. Now that Jaina is bigger, she fit into the baby Tinker Bell that Karri got last year.  Jaina didn't really like the dress, but they were sure cute together. 

At our Hillam Family Ice Cream Party at Bonneville Park.
This is Jaina & Kairi (my cousin Lindsay's daughter) 
They are about 3 weeks apart in age. 

Another trip to the Falls, this time with Morri's clan :)
Addi, Mara, Xander, Carter & Alex. 

These girls just love each other. 


Liza & Morri

For Karri's birthday she wanted to go to a REAL Salt Lake soccer game. Lisa had a friend get us all some cheap tickets and we went!  Pat's parents we awesome and watched Jaina for us that night, so we could enjoy the evening.

Karri and the Girls
Conli, Mara & Sawyer.

It was a great game and we ended up winning 4 - 0!!!!

Afterwards, because it was the weekend of Pioneer Day, they did fireworks after the game. 

They let everyone onto the field to watch them!! 

Our clan!!! 
They were the best fireworks! They played a ton of music and they went on for at least 15-20 minutes!

Mara had a birthday Party for her Bear :)

Jaina discovered how to climb on the kids chair :)
What a cutie!

We went to the cabin the last weekend of July with our friends The Schauers.
It was a really quick stay and I took about 5 pictures and not even a group one :(  But we had a great time!
They brought up their 4-Wheelers and drove around a bunch.
Here's Pat & Mara.

Jared & Savannah 

Xan took his helmet off before I could get a picture.

Thanks again for coming with us!
Jaina loved the banana chairs at the cabin too.

Grandma Ethel stayed in Utah for the whole month of July. It's always so fun to have her around. We made sure to get a family picture with her before she headed home. 

She's such an amazing Great Grandma! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

4th of July Weekend

I keep saying I'll do better, but it's so easy to get behind. Now with school in full swing and we have a great routine, I need to make time to catch up on this blog.

The 4th of July weekend we traditionally go swimming as a Ramey Clan at my brother's pool. This summer was no different.
I just absolutely LOVE this little face :)

A fun family pic in the pool.
Jaina was not enjoying her hat one bit :(

Saturday night (the 2nd) was the Stadium of Fire and we watch from a distance on the lawn of the Provo Temple with the Tolman side. We are so lucky right now, we were able to put Jaina to bed and my mom stayed home so we could go out :)
Thanks MOM!!

Morri is so great to always get glow sticks for all the kids. They each had a tube all to themselves!

Mara made a Mickey Mouse out of hers. 

Then a Minnie Mouse too. 

Me and my boys! 

Mara and cousin Addi.

We've been looking at houses since March/April and finally found one that we loved! It was a HUD home and we had to do an electronic bid on it. We did that in the middle of June.  We were super excited to find out that we won the bid, so we quickly responded that we wanted the house.  We then started the loan process and found out that the government had changed some FHA regulations and we could not get a mortgage loan at that time.  Our amazing realtor worked overtime to find a solution for us to be able to keep the home, but to no avail.
We did a lot of praying and fasting for comfort in whatever the outcome would be. We both felt that even though we LOVED that house, it wasn't the right one/time. We felt very comforted by the Lord, and know that the right one will come along at the right time.
This is that house: 

Our 4th of July family pic! 

I made my dress and was able to make a matching skirt for Mara with the extra fabric! 

Finally on the Real 4th of July, we went to Provo for the hot air balloons.
There were Star Wars people all over because there was a Darth Vader Balloon there!!

Family pic with balloons. 

Xander with his name on a balloon, just ignore the ale in front of it. 


Sadly, for the 3rd year in a row, it was too windy for them to lift off.
But they still filled them up :)

It's hard to tell, but they started blowing over on the people below. 

Flag Shirts!!
This year I decided not to buy new shirts, so they are all a mix and match from different years. Jaina's is a 2007! 

 What cute kids!

Me and my blue eyed girl! 

Girlies on a swing. 

 Later that night we went to Gwen's house for a Tolman family BBQ.
Great people and Great food!
Pat, showing off his piano skills with Jaina helping.
It makes me wish we had a piano, so our kids could learn.

I make a calendar for my mother in law every year for her birthday, July 7th. This year I made one on Snapfish and LOVED IT!  It was super easy and really worked with my lack of ambition this year.

After the BBQ we came home for Sidewalk of Fire with my family.
Once again, we put Jaina to bed and hung out on the lawn to watch the show.
My sweet niece Finley, me and my mom. 

 The crazy boys: Xander & Max.

Sweet girls: Mara & Conli. 

Hanging on the blanket, under the tree, trying to avoid the rainfall. 

I admit, this was a little posed, but super cute!! 

Xander attempting to jump over a firework like Pat does. 

Brent surprised us and bought an aerial firework! It was so different this year to see the sky light up almost the whole month of July because Utah lifted the ban on aerial fireworks and extended the dates to do them. 

What a fun and busy 4th of July weekend!!