"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Thursday, July 31, 2008

video video

We made it home!

I am glad to say we made it home with no major tragedy. The flight went well. Sam slept the whole way and Carly managed to stay happy (most of the time) even though it was so late. I had a lot of people offer to help me which was a nice relief! We had so much fun in utah visiting family and friends but it is sure nice to be home!
This is a view from a park we went to. It can't get any prettier than that!
Here are some random pictures from the trip. We were able to to to Salt Lake and celebrate the 24th of July. We spent that afternoon at my grandparents and ate some good food and let the kids play in the water.

This was at the conference center in Salt Lake. I had never been inside there. It is really pretty inside and out!

These pictures were in Grandpa Holt's garden. It is amazing! Carly helped pick potatos from the garden.

These were taken at Main Street Park in St. George. (they started building all the cool parks after I moved!) Carly loved this place. It was so hot outside that I'm sure it felt good to get soaked! Sharise thought it would be fun to let Sam experience the water. I'm not quite sure what he was thinking!

These are pictures of Carly and Sam and my friends Natasha's kids. I thought it would be fun to get a picture that shows just how small they are! I thought Sam was small until I saw her cute little ones!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

wish me luck!

Well, I've been in Utah since the 19th and today is the day I'm flying home. Sharise was with me flying up here but this time I will be flying home by myself with two little ones!! Wish me luck and lets hope it's not too much of a disaster!

Friday, July 18, 2008


This was a video I took of Carly today while we swam. She is fearless. She used the arm floaties for the first time on the 4th of July and now that is the only way she wants to swim!! She uses them rather well and she loves that she can be so independent! The other day while we swam I had her jump into the pool to me. The first couple times I would catch her but I decided to let her go underwater after that! She loved it! She would jump in and I would help pull her up out of the water. She was getting pretty good at swimming around the pool with just her floaties on (without my help) so I thought I'd let her jump in today without me being there to catch her. She obviously had no problem with it! She is such a little fish, I love it!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

2 Months old!

Well, Sam hit two months old on the 12th! It's crazy how time is flying. I hardly even remember what it was like when he was a week old! It's kind of sad how fast he is growing up, but he sure is a cute little guy! We love him very much!
We went to the doctor today and he weighed in at 12 lbs and 23 inches long!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

go-kart and fishing

Well, Chad sold his beloved motorcycle and in its place he got a go-kart. It's fun and Carly loves to ride on it! We took it out to Chad's parents house the other day to test it out. Chad also has to fish whenever Benjamin and Andrew are there. They love to help him catch the fish with the net and then they throw the fish back in the pond. Carly even gets in on the action. She'll pick up the fish, poke at their little eyes and then chuck them back into the water.
This was another $10 find off of craigs list. I'm kind of afraid of when Sam gets old enough to be in it. I might find Carly swinging him around like she did to her doll.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Here are some pictures of our cute little guy! We actually caught him smiling on camera! The bath pictures are of him trying to get his fist in his mouth. That has been his project the past couple days. He is constantly trying to get his fist in his mouth. It is very entertaining to watch!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lots of Pictures!

Well, here are a ton of pictures from our 4th of July festivities! We had a bunch of friends and family over for dinner, swimming and fireworks! It was so much fun! Carly LOVED the fireworks and made me very nervous because she wanted to be right in the action! She loved having all her cousins over to play!



Below are pictures I took for Sam's baby book. His first 4th of July!


Here is Carly and Daddy relaxing on 4th of July morning. All in all it was a very good day!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!





I Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!!

Lesson learned today:

You can't ever clean just a small section of grout.

Now I understand...


Now I understand why the birds don't come around.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Craigs List is the best!


I LOVE Craigs list! I have found so many good deals that you just can't beat it! I found this Bumbo chair for $10!!! Which is a steal if you ask me! Sam is probably still a little too young for it but I am so glad that I found one he can use for later!!