Wednesday, August 06, 2014

#6 is on the way!!!

We are SOOO excited! After several months of trying to make this happen, we are expecting baby #6! Due March 14, 2015. We actually found out the night of July 4th. We were packing for our Nauvoo trip and I needed to know if I needed to pack specific items, if you know what I mean, so I took a pregnancy test really fast(not thinking I was, but of course hoping:) I didn't even tell Joey what I was doing as he was getting cameras and stuff ready in the office. Anyways, immediately it was a very positive test! I ran to the office with that stick(cleaned off;) and surprised him. His eyes were so big. It was so cute! After we hugged and talked about it I told my mom. My mom was in town(as she was going to Nauvoo with us) so I was able to tell her in person, which is rare. It was fun to get the hugs and excitement in person! I still can't believe it and as I type I'm much further along even. We've had a sonogram and seen our little blob with a strong beating heart which was a relief. We couldn't be happier. And can I say hallelujah for a Spring baby?! 3 summer babies were rough! :) Anyways, big sisters and brothers are excited! And as you know, I'm thinking its a girl. I think everyone thinks its a girl, but Ammon ;) We'll find out soon enough! Meet kiddo #6. . .

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Family Vacation Pics: Part 5(Branson baby!)

This is the final post from our vacation! Phew, almost done here :) On our way home we took a little detour to Branson, Missouri. First time to ever go and we had a BLAST. A couple of families told us about this little city of family fun and they weren't kidding. Its like an explosion of crazy fun family stuff. It reminded me of Vegas in its craziness, signage, statues, shows, etc.. but more geared to families. We checked into our condo(right on Table Rock Lake, it was beautiful!) and had dinner the first night at a 50s diner called the Hard Luck Cafe. Burgers, fries and shakes. YUM. And the fun part was the waiters and waitresses sang karaoke throughout dinner. Loved it! The next morning we woke up and headed to their local theme park, Silver Dollar City. FOr the summer, we lucked out. It was cloudy and not terribly hot at all! And this place is in the Ozarks so it has lots of trees and shade(and also hilly which was a bear if you are pushing a double stroller-poor Joey!). The rides and shows were great. I had so much fun just watching everyone have fun. Ammon went on a pretty good coaster. He no like. Cali went on a ride that claimed to be like a mine train ride(which she had loved at Six Flags). She no like. I guess it was much more intense than the one at Six Flags! LOL. I didn't go on any rides because of my tailbone incident from the Spring but it didn't matter to me. I was there for my kiddos. We loved this park and will definitely go back someday. It was fun going somewhere we had never been before and creating new memories. I don't think Joey and the girls will ever forget "fire in the hole" which was a ride they thought was just an indoor coaster. Well, its an indoor coaster that you come off of SOAKING WET. Priceless. Nice lil surprise in the end there, hahahaha. That night we had BBQ at a local place that had good reviews online(with delicious bread and french fries-thats what stood out to me most actually. I've had better Texas BBQ:).  The next day was our families first adventure with boating. Joey was our driver and all the kids besides Wesley took a turn tubing. I was so proud of them! Our resort also had kayaking, fishing poles, and paddle boats you could use as part of being a resort guest. And pools too!It was so so fun! Still Waters Resort is a great family resort! We didn't want to leave. 

 Okay, I have to caption this. This is random. Just a funny picture illustrating how much of a zombie a child can become watching TV. Joey was piling undies on her head and shoulder. She had no clue. (Clean undies mind you...)

We had breakfast on our patio every morning. It was so nice!


 Ah, I could wake up to this morning view we had...every morning...Goodbye Branson. We'll be back again someday!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Family Vacation Pics: Part 4(The end of Nauvoo pics)

The second half of day 3 in Nauvoo was visiting Brigham Young's home, the gunsmith, the Nauvoo Pioneer Cemetery and then the country fair and Nauvoo Pageant. Lets just say the other favorite part of Aubrey and Ella's trip to Nauvoo was the country you will see they got to dance with some boys ;)   Even at the ages of 10 and 12, these girls are a lil boy crazy:) Okay, I was too...the country fair was AWESOME. There were so many activities, inexpensive food, dancing, fun music, games..I really felt like I was at a real fair back in the day! Gosh our church knows how to partay. :) All of the kids really enjoyed it. One of the highlights of Nauvoo. And then the pageant was wonderful too. The following morning was when we packed up and said goodbye to my family as they headed to NY(we'd be crazy if we road tripped up that far with young five kids:) but our Nauvoo adventures weren't over yet. We went to this area where they have kids activities and we also visited the old schoolhouse. The kids really loved that. And one of my favorite pics is from that stop(see pic of Wesley and the wheelbarrow-it makes me laugh. He said, "uh oh uh oh" as he grunted and tried to pick it up:) The last place we went to was the mercantile store where we let the kids get souvies. Aubrey got an "I love Mormon Boys" t-shirt, Ella got a beautiful Nauvoo temple necklace, Cali chose a bonnet and the boys got pioneer boy caps(Okay, I guess I picked those out. How could I not?) So darn cute. Our trip to Nauvoo (Liberty and Carthage and everywhere else in between) was so memorable and so testimony building. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church upon the Earth. I'm so grateful to be a member and for the blessings I have in my life, most importantly, this sweet family that I know, thanks to temple ordinances, will be together forever. We were so sad to say goodbye to Nauvoo! So much planning went into it and so much anticipation. Always sad when it comes to an end. But our trip wasn't over yet. . .

Oh, and this is Joey climbing out of the window because we somehow got locked in our cabin! Key wouldn't work. Good thing he is so strong ;) I was impressed. . .