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Maryland is Awesome!



Getting ready for some fun in Maryland with Grandma.

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Grandma and Cam took a little walk up the street. I love seeing them together like this. 2014-07-27 17.02.42-2

Kaia drew us some pictures. She’s getting better at her “people” and not doing “scribble scrabble.”

We shortly met our friends the Ashworths in Williamsburg for a quick trip. We haven’t seen them in a long time, so it was really fun!




Kaia was very naughty and got thrown into the stocks.IMG_20140723_132033999

These guys too.


But, they still had fun playing around!

THen, it was back up north to have fun with cousins and Grandma. We made a trip to the DC Temple.2014-07-27 16.02.04

Kaia and Gavin at the Visitor Center. They were so cute! K with her “Future Missionary” sticker rocking away.

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K loved standing by Jesus. She actually loves it at all the the temples we visit. I think this is her first photo by one though. She was sooo excited!

Cambry thought she’ll make a good future missionary too.

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We love to see the Temple!

Then, the next day, we went to the National Zoo with our cousins, Grandma and Aunt Sara!2014-07-26 12.39.40 2014-07-26 12.38.59 2014-07-25 13.54.07


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The zoo was so fun, and a very long day, but everyone loved it!

We had a special treat when Aunt Lori and Eric came through on another trip with cousin John. We

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On our last day, we squeezed in one more museum–The Museum of Natural History

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Ohio Bound

Mark’s family on his moms side had a reunion in Ohio, so we made our way that way. First flew in to Chicago, then drove the rest of the way. We didn’t quite realize it was as long of a drive as it was, but it ended up being ok. The drive was really pretty. Very green, lots of grass and streams.

But, it was kind of late when we got to the hotel, and the kids were a bit tired out!

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The next day we went to the reunion and met lots of people. Some lived in the area, a lot came from surrounding states, and a few of us were from a lot farther away.

The kids had fun playing and eating. We had a good time chatting, though I mostly talked with Mark’s aunts and cousins. I’d never met his most of his cousins before, so that was nice.

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Cambry needed some snuggles. And then she was off sorting bottles.

She also got to know her aunt Sara and cousin Caleb.

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There was chalk and bubbles for the kids to play with and Cambry LOVED it!

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Britton too. He liked blowing the bubbles, but also showing everyone the cool drawings he made.

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I’m glad we were able to go and the kids got to meet a lot of family that they haven’t before, and probably won’t for a long time again. We had a fun day of visiting, playing, running up the big hill, rolling down, swimming and making friends.

Thanks Wauseon!


Fun in Kirtland


On our way from Wauseon to Maryland we stopped in Kirtland to see the Church history sites there.


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We started with the mill and the kids thought it was really cool. It only used a little bit of water in a shallow trough, but produced a lot!

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Britton thought it was really cool to touch the potash.

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Kaia my little poser helping us show off the little creek.

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She and Cambry had fun together. Kaia like helping her, and I just know they’re going to be great friends growing up.

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Our last stop before heading out was the Kirtland Temple. We didn’t go inside, but the kids liked the outside just fine as you can see. We told them a little bit about what the temple was, why it was built and things that happened there.

It ended up being a really positive experience for everyone and I’m really glad we stopped in Kirtland, took the time to see it again–for Mark and I–and teach the children about some of the church’s history.


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Family, Friends and Vacation

After our fun-filled weekend with Aunt Shaela and Daddy, we made the super fun drive to Utah. The beginning is always ok, but that drive through Nevada is definitely the worst (Sorry Nevada!)

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But soon the call of the horses proved too much and we had to go out and ride. Kaia thinks she’s a cowgirl. Britton was proud of himself for riding by himself.2014-06-20 14.28.54 2014-06-20 14.25.45 2014-06-20 14.25.13 2014-06-20 13.53.48

Though this is the only picture I got, we had a great time with my friend Angie’s family. We did dinner, then headed to my aunt’s house to play in the back yard for a while. The kids got along great, and we had a nice time visiting for a bit too. I’m really glad they moved up here, or I have no idea when I’d have seen them again. We haven’t been down to Southern Utah since we moved from Colorado.

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The next day we got to visit with Gigi and Grand Papa. They’re such good sports, because we were there ALL day! Even cousin Morgan came to see us. She’s such a sweetheart, and I wish we were closer so she could baby sit!

Cambry was still a little nervous about new people though.

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I realized Grandma and I don’t have many pictures together, especially since I’ve gotten older, so we had to take a selfie–even if the only sharing is here. The kids LOVE it at their house. They have all the fun toys to play with, and the outside too.

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Cambry took right to Grandpa, just playing and sitting on his lap. They were super cute.2014-06-19 13.25.12

Cam is actually wearing the outfit Grandma got her for her birthday!

They had fun discussing pressing matters…like which game to play next.IMG_20140619_122102292

And Miss Kaia was always ready with a snuggle.IMG_20140619_122508266

Grandpa even played soccer outside with them. They thought it was awesome. IMG_20140619_131544918_HDR


Later Aunt Dee Ann came to visit for a little bit. The kids had no idea who she was. I need to do better at showing them photos of family. One of the things I really hate about living so far away is them not getting to know family the way I did growing up. There were a lot of us, but we were close and did things together often. They miss out on so much this way, and it really makes me sad.

The next day we went to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple grounds to visit.

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This little girl is a heart stealer!

I love the beautiful grounds there, and the the peaceful feeling I get.

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Afterward we headed to Thanksgiving Point for lunch. It’s changed so much since my days there, but in some ways is the same. The Soda Fountain still makes the yummiest Oreo shakes around!

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Yes, more puppy time. Luckily Kaia is older and less likely to kill them these days. 2014-06-17 18.13.42 2014-06-17 18.13.34

One of the other highlights of our trip was visiting with some of our besties–the Kesslers! They were in the middle of a move to Texas, and we caught them on a Utah visit. 2014-06-17 13.07.54

Britton and Mav picked up where they left off and played together right away. It makes me sooooo sad that they’re so far apart now. These two were just the cutest little friends. I miss Paige’s creativity and inspiration on making my house as beautiful as I could. And I miss having the friend to just go visit on a whim because scheduling playdates was just silly. 2014-06-17 13.07.16 2014-06-17 11.04.49

The “real” reason for our trip was my high school reunion, that included a lunch portion for families. This is Utah after all. Miss Cam had lots of fun as you can see getting everything she needed.

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Sadly, I didn’t get any other pictures with anyone. What was I thinking!? But, it was a fun afternoon catching up with people and meeting spouses and children. I didn’t come to the last one, so it was a first for me.

It’s interesting, going back and seeing what’s happened in the lives of people you used to know. Some are exactly how you’d expect, and others not at all! I like to think that now that we’re adults all the fears and insecurities have gone away, but I found myself back where I was then, wanting to be liked.  Feeling intimidated by some, definitely not by others, and realizing that in the end, it doesn’t matter. I am who I am. A wife to a pretty awesome husband who takes great care of me and our family. A mother to arguably the 3 cutest kids on the planet, and a woman who singlehandedly runs a pretty awesome company that’s out to save the world (ok, maybe not, but it’s pretty cool anyway.) And that’s ok.

Anyway–our trip was awesome. I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to. It was way too fast of a week. I wish we could visit more often, see more people, but for now, we’ll stick with phone calls and photos. Farewell Utah, until next time =)


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Monterey and Carmel

Our friends invited us down to visit for the weekend in Carmel–and who could turn that down?

We went to the little lagoon near the beach in Carmel that’s more like a lake–no waves–perfect for little ones.

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Britton loved playing in the sand. Cam, not so much. Kaia liked the water, until she hit a drop off and nearly went under. Then she just wanted to hold Daddy’s hand.

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It was so fun. They all loved it! That night they were excited to have a sleep over with their friends.

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At the end of the day, they were wiped out!

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The weekend went way too fast. Monterey and Carmel are so pretty and fun. We all had a great time with the Wetzels.


Pioneer Day

I was excited to be in Utah for Pioneer Day. It’s been so long, and I missed it. So, we planned with my cousin Cassie to hang out and go with her and Kaylee to a little one in Cottowood Heights, not too far away.

It was fun and the kids really liked it.




It was so cute watching them wave to the cars and floats.



They enjoyed the otter pops.







So fun watching them play together and just hang out. They really wished they could play every day.


Oh, and I just loved this one. Kaia couldn’t leave Teri’s piano alone. She loved playing it and it was so cute!



Temple Square

We had a very nice little trip to Temple Square on our trip. The kids loved it. Kaia thought it was so pretty, and they loved the Christus statue.





They’ve both been before, but I don’t think Kaia remembers. I loved seeing her excitement of the whole visitor’s center and the pictures of Jesus. Britton liked the model of Jerusalem too. I love that it looks like He”s watching over them.



Gigi and Grandpapa!

After our fun visit with Chezney it was time to take her back home…so we hit the long road and headed northeast toward the Homeland.

Things I learned along the way…
1. Britton still gets car sick. Don’t stick him in the back of the car.
2. Nevada is a REALLY wide state, and REALLY boring 98& of the way
3. Having lots of snacks is crucial to everyone’s well-being
4. Don’t stop! As soon as the car reaches a speed of less than 5 miles per hour, any sleeping child wakes up instantly

As soon as we reached Kaysville our whirlwind trip began. Seeing Grammie was beyond exciting. Even though it was really late, the kids were wide awake and super chatty. I, on the other hand, really just wanted to go to sleep. But, it was good to see her again, and Teri and Marti too.

The next morning after getting all ready we visited GiGi and Grandpapa for most of the day.



I’m kind of in love with this picture.





It was lots of fun, and Miss Cam got worn out! The other kids played with the toys my awesome grandma has kept through the years. One that Britton likes was one that I loved as a kid too. I am so glad that we got to spend time with them. The visits are much to far apart.

Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I was worried that the kidlets were being a bit too crazy and energetic, but they insisted it was ok and that they were totally fine. Nice to know. Makes my stress level go way down.

After so much fun, they’ve decided to come visit us soon (hint, hint).



We went to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point with our family. It was lots of fun!

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Wind tunnel


There were WAY too many photos taken in front of this cave…


Roaring like a dinosaur. Scaring Cambry.



Mesmerized by the wind tunnel.


Christmas Clothes

Somehow we ended up with matching/coordinating outfits for Christmas this year. The kids’ clothes weren’t even planned to match and Mark and I just happened to it by what we had already.



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