Monday, September 14, 2009

Emery Turned 8 - Isn't That Great!

Emery has turned eight and got to do lots of fun stuff for her birthday!
In our house, my kids get "friend" parties when they are 5, 8, 12, and 16, so Emery felt like she waited forever to have her friends come for her birthday. She had a horse party and got to invite 7 friends to come (we ordered her birthday party stuff thru Birthday Express online- it was awesome, tons of themes and everything packaged together for one price, love it!).


Then on Saturday she was baptized! She was the only one being baptized that day, so it was really special. She had a beautiful baptism dress and she was very happy that her dad got to baptize her and comfirm her too. The spirit was so strong, we had a really special day.


It was a very memorable weekend for Emery and our whole family!

Singing "Happy Birthday" and throwing confetti



Here's the birthday party girls, all of Emery's BFF's
(l to r: Hannah, Courtney, Emery, Sarah, Abby, Olivia, Claire, Ashlyn)

Emery in her baptism dress

The close-up (don't you love the missing teeth!)




Brett and Emery
(sorry the pic's so small)

Gramms and Grandpa Owens with Emery after she was baptized


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WHAT A FUN SUMMER!

We had a really great summer of fun vacations, but we did a lot of in between vacation stuff that really made our summer special. Here's a recap!

josh came home from his mission in switzerland




cardinals camp, boys day out!



swimming fun with friends



swimming fun with gramms and aunt brittany




cousins play day




camping and quad riding with friends




pioneer day




flip flop fun



mighty mud mania



swim lessons




ben's graduation



riley's graduation (befor the rain)



water park fun


memorial day at the mesa cemetary

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alone at Last!

Brett and I got to take a fun trip for four days to Denver, Colorado to celebrate our anniversary. It's been 2 years since we've been away by ourselves overnight and we had a great time. It was so nice to be able to spend time together and actually be able to have a conversation with each other, without children interrupting or being too tired to really pay attention each other - ya know, life getting in the way. I was so relaxing and fun. I can't wait to do it again!



THE VIEW FROM OUR HOTEL ROOM BALCONY



"GARDEN OF THE GODS" - COLORADO SPRINGS

CAN YOU SEE BRETT IN THERE?

THIS WAS A REALLY NEAT THING TO SEE...



AT THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING (CAN YOU READ THE STEP?)

WE GOT TO GO TO TWO DBACKS-ROCKIES GAMES, SOOOO FUN!




THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS (SO HIGH, LIKE 11,OOO FT!)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

15th Anniversary

Brett and I celebrated our 15th anniversary yesterday. It is so weird to think that we've been married for that long. It really feels like just yesterday we were newlyweds - oh how time flies by!
Being married to Brett has been the biggest blessing in my life! He is wonderful, the love of my life, and I pray that our lives will be as happy in the next fifteen years as they have been in the last fifteen.
So to honor fifteen years of wedded bliss (haha, but I wouldn't change a thing!), here's 15 pics of Brett and me...........




Swim Lessons

I try to have my girls take swim lessons every summer, just to improve their swimming skills (they swim fine - hello, we live in az - it's just mostly to give us something to do for 2 weeks), and this year is no exception. I have good little swimmers!



SOPHIE took beginning diving this year and did pretty good. She probably had as many belly flops as dives but she's getting better and better!



EMERY did really well this year and was one of the fastest swimmers, especially when it came to the backstroke. That's her specialty!

MAGGIE loved swim lessons this year (thank goodness!). The last couple years she's really hated it, but this year she had lots of fun and is a really good swimmer now.