Sunday, July 25, 2010

City Creek Park & Salt Lake Cemetery

We had a fun family day picnicing at City Creek Park in Salt Lake. The kids enjoyed playing in the water.

After City Creek we went to the Salt Lake Cemetery to find the headstones of almost all the latter-day prophets.

Tessa and Emma were pouting because they were tired from all the uphill walking.

The cemetery is beautiful and the view of the valley also.

We finally made it to President Hinckley's headstone and that's where Emma was staying. We had to convince her to cross the street and rest in the shade where we tried to get some group shots of all the tired troups.

Daddy's B-day!

Eldon turned 33 on July 6. I love this man! He is the most wonderful husband to me and father to our children! I really don't know what I would do without him. He keeps me sane and is my best friend. I always wish I could do something big for him to celebrate his birthday, whether it be a big gift, or a trip, or a party. But being the penny-pincher he is, I think he appreciates that I don't go out of my budget for his birthday! I just hope he knows how much I love him despite the simple gifts!!! I love you, babe!

Eldon doesn't like cake so I made his favorite dessert, peanut butter cups!!! YUM!!!

July 4th

After Sunday dinner at G&G Hult's house we did a few fireworks. Notice it is still light outside. We knew we weren't going to make it until dark. Our kids had already had too many late nights in a row.

Emma was brave enough to do a sparkler, but when it came time for watching the fireworks the noise was too much for her. I took her and AJ home to bed because she just cannot handle the loud noises.

Kaylee and Andrew had fun watching the fireworks from the back of the van.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stadium of Fire

Carrie Underwood came to the Stadium of Fire this year. Eldon and I wanted to go, but weren't sure we could afford tickets. When my sister called and said she was getting tickets for her family and would we want to go also, we gave in to peer pressure!

I'm so glad we went. The first part of the show was a little boring, but Carrie Underwood was well worth the wait. She is a pretty amazing entertainer and singer! We really enjoyed her concert and the fireworks show did not dissappoint. This was Eldon's first experience at the Stadium of Fire and he was impressed, until it came time to exit the parking lot on the way home. It took us over an hour to get home. If we ever go again we'll know where NOT to park!

Not great pics, but oh well.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

miscellaneous june fun!

This post is for all the things in June that weren't big enough to have their own post, or I didn't have enough pictures to make it worth having a separate post!


The girls gave Eldon homemade air fresheners for his car for Father's Day. They were so excited to give them to him!

AJ is the typical one year old, emptying drawers and cupboards faster than I can clean them up. He looks so pleased with himself:)

Girls night out to the Eclipse preview. We decided the midnight showing is more fun to attend than 7:00, but still enjoyed the movie!

Emma decided to help get AJ ready for the day a few weeks ago. I caught her changing his diaper. What a helper! Never a dull moment at our house.

Last but not least, Spanish Fork Reservoir, one of our favorite summer hotspots! Emma spends half of her time there in the shade with the mommies. AJ loves the water! He also loves fruit snacks and has shoved his whole bag of snacks into his mouth at the same time in the last picture.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Dalles Highlights

Eldon and I took Julia on a quick road trip to his hometown the end of June to participate in some family events. Here are some highlights of the trip.
Meeting baby Allison, who is truly a miracle baby! We are so happy she made it safely to earth to join the Nerdin family. What a sweet blessing she is for us all!

The kids had a blast swimming in the Nerdin's pool.

Kari had a big baby shower, or as the men liked to call it an "Open House", so everyone could come see the baby. This was the only pic I took at the shower.

Saturday Allison wore one of the outfits we gave her at the shower since it was one of the only ones small enough to fit her.

We got to watch our nephews, Logan, Nickolas and Devin play roller hockey. This is a really cool sport I wish they had in Spanish Fork.

Saturday night we had the opportunity to drive to Vancouver, WA to watch our nephew, Zach, participate in a dance festival with other youth from seven different stakes throughout Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. These kids had been practicing their dances for months. The festival was spiritual and inspiring, and the dancing was pretty impressive! It was a definite highlight of the trip! Way to go, Zach!

This blessing dress was hand-stitched by Eric's grandma and worn by Eric's mom and all of Eric's sisters at their blessings.

Sunday was Allison's blessing day!

See the cute bow Allison has in her hair. There is a pretty funny story that goes with the bow. First of all, Pam bought some ribbon to make a bow and gave it to Kari at Spooky's where we ate lunch Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning right before church Kari realized she left the ribbon at Spooky's. I looked around and found some ribbon on a gift bag, cut it with some nail scissors, and tied a bow. Then on the way out the door Kari grabbed the caro syrup so we could stick the bow to the baby's head. On the way to church I tried to get the lid off the caro syrup with no luck, when we got to church Eldon hit the bottle on the curb to loosen the lid. While I was taking the lid off I cut my finger which instantly began bleeding, a lot. I dipped my finger in the syrup and wiped it on the bow trying not to bleed on the bow at the same time. I walk into church and grabbed a tissue for my bleeding finger while carefully holding the bow with syrup on it in the other hand excusing myself from shaking hands with the greeters because I had the BOW! Finally, I walked up and stuck the bow on the baby's head! Mission accomplished, or so I thought:) When it was time for the blessing Zach picked up Allison to pass her to his dad when, what became stuck on his cheek....the cute little baby BOW. Oh well, who needs a bow anyway, right!!!!

We are so grateful to have been apart of this weekend and to spend the time with family.

Thanks to Marci for letting us stay in her trailer, and thanks to all the loved ones at home who took care of our other 3 kids while we were gone. Your sacrifice was very much appreciated!

VIP T-ball

Mapleton City has a VIP (Very Important People) sports league for kids with dissabilities that Emma's physical therapists recommended for Emma.

Things we found out about Emma during her t-ball season:
1-Emma only likes to hit the ball, not run the bases, or play in the outfield(pretty typical kid).
2-Emma has an extremely small head as all head gear was way too big for her! Notice her hat in the picture of her standing on 3rd base.
3-Emma does not do well in the heat. She spent more time taking drink breaks than in the field.
4-Emma's favorite part of the game was the team cheer at the end.
5-Emma would probably want to do t-ball again next year, even though she had to be coaxed and dragged onto the field each game, because they got a really cool trophy!

It's all about the TROPHY folks, and the team picture, of course!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Okay, Okay, You're probably thinking, enough with the hikes already:) But I just can't get enough! I love being on the mountain!

Tessa and Andrew sitting on the Y!

Jeanna and I did it again!

AJ really did get tired out after this one, probably because it was a little chilly.

This is how I found him less than a half hour after we got home!