Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Family Cruise Pt.1

We have been looking forward to this vacation for a couple of years, and it finally arrived! All of Scott's family went on a cruise to celebrate Len and Kit's 50th wedding anniversary. It was SO fun to be with everybody and to go to such beautiful places. All of our crazy boys on the balcony:

There were lots of Dreamworks characters to meet:

The carousel was a favorite!!

We went to a show most nights - some were really great and others were...slightly odd. But it was so fun seeing them together!

These two were stuck together the whole cruise. They are such good friends!

I loved spending time with the oldest nieces: Rebecca, Anna, and Olivia. They are awesome!

Our first stop was at the Bahamas - we decided to go on an excursion to a lagoon that day. The food was amazing (plantains, rice, beans, chicken...need I say more?) and the water was gorgeous. It was the first time for our boys snorkeling and they loved it!

Our next stop was in St. Thomas. The transportation was horrendous and we couldn't get a cab to take us to the place we actually wanted to go, so we came to Coki point instead. It was pretty busy, but had some of the best snorkeling I have ever seen. The water was crystal clear and around the rocks (off the busy beach) there were TONS of fish. It was amazing! 

Even though we didn't really ever get goo boogie board waves, the kids still loved riding on the boards!

We spent a night in FL before boarding the cruise ship - Scott and I were both slightly disturbed by the color of the water:

After all that standing in line, Brooke was trashed:

Rhys checking out the view. He actually ended up seeing a Doctor on the ship because he had a horrible reaction to an insect bite on his foot. The swelling and blistering was insane!! 

A few more pics of our night in FL before boarding:

On the ship, we seriously would hit the carousel daily. This little boat play area was right there, too, so lots to do!

Hudson Gardens and More

One of our field trips this summer was to the Hudson Gardens in Denver. It ended up being kind of a rainy day, but it was almost more beautiful because of it! Everything was lush and green - lots of blooms and buds. The kids loved running around the different paths and searching for scavenger hunt items! Brooke couldn't make up her mind about being sad or happy:

Since we were so close, we made a stop at the Denver temple. We were there when the groundskeeper was planting new flowers, so the kids and I went around the back and were able to help! It was so much fun!

Nothing is safe from this little stinker!! She uses any means necessary to get what she wants (especially if it's gum):

Landon has become an expert kitten feeder (she does best with a baby tylenol syringe):

We have had some spectacular rainbows this spring!

Landon had a birthday!! He chose to have a donut cake (easiest thing ever!!) and had his cousins over to celebrate. 

A patient brought this back from Japan for Scott - isn't it lovely!!?

This is Rhys' favorite thing to do with the kitty. All. Day. Long.

I was able to get a group of girls together to go see this fantastic play: Motherhood Out Loud. We went for Mother's Day and it was wonderful! Barbara did an amazing job, as usual!

Rhys had some money to spend...and this is all he wanted. I didn't even know they had these at our grocery store, but apparently he had been scoping it out!

And Landon saved up and - with the help of birthday money from his grandparents - he was able to buy the bike of his dreams!! He rides it everywhere!

Brookie time:

Scott took all three boys on the father-son campout and they found soft-shell turtles! Best camping trip ever :).

Seriously, how can you say no to this!?

Kitten Smitten:

A friend of ours does amazing ceramic work and I had her make us two pokemon cups and a plate. The boys get to use these at dinner when they have done something extra special!!

I refinished our changing table to be shelves in my sewing room when we move. I am so happy with how it turned out!


At one of our fave restaurants in Denver (Root Down) after the temple. We love date nights!

Scott went on a run the other day and Landon and Parker were up - they decided to make me breakfast in bed! With no help! I was so impressed!

She loves to play in the curtains!

Spring means time to see the baby goats! They are so darn cute!! They loved seeing the baby chicks, too!

We have been having a blast at Landon's baseball games this spring. This moment was so sweet - Rhys was leading Brooke through some tall grass in the field behind the stands. She was scared and he made sure she was taken care of :).

These two have a love/hate relationship. At least the kitty is learning how to fight back when she smothers her!