Wow, I really can't believe it's already 2016! Time flies when you are having fun…and when you're busy! I thought I'd post our Christmas letter with a little summary and pics of our summer in 2015. It's always fun to look back at a year and see just how far you've come.
Here are a few (50) pictures of our summer fun and Alyvia's play. We had so much fun this summer. Dave's sister Kristin and her family came to DC to tour and see church history sites with us! Dave's brother Mark and his family came as well, so we had a fun cousin filled vacation! We visited the church history sites in Palmyra, NY, then we ventured over to Niagara Falls. After hours of waiting in line we finally got on the boat "Maid of the Mist" to get up close and personal with the falls. I would highly recommend getting that view!! The "Maid of the Mist" needs to take some note from Disney on how to manage a large crowd, it was frustrating to say the least. One of my most terrifying moments was when the boat was so close to the falls, they literally made a horseshoe shape around us and Lillian, newly potty trained, looks up at me and says, "I need to go potty!" Imagine trying to tell a toddler to hold it when thousands of pounds of water are falling all around her! I should've put a pull up on her, but didn't realize the wait would be sooo looong. But, our little angel held it! Phew! There are no bathrooms on the boats either! It was then that I knew she was truly potty trained! After our DC/NY trip, we traveled to GA to see our niece get sealed to her husband in the Atlanta temple. It's was such a treat to get to go. Lillian was one of her flower girls. It was a beautiful wedding and reception! I really should have 100 more pictures up here, but I'm having trouble loading them on the computer. Watch out, when I get it all figured out this blog will be busting with pictures!
Promptly after the wedding, we flew to Boise, ID to spend time with my parents and siblings. We drove over to stay at my aunt Connie's cabin (Thanks Aunt Connie!!) Nothing like visiting the wilderness and staying in a lap of luxury! We four wheeled, fished and tubed behind my dad's boat. I think he really enjoyed the thrill of making Dave fall off of the tube....we all did! We saw West Yellowstone an Alyvia got her buffalo fix (she loves buffalo's!) and Lillian now has a love for them as well! Go figure! Dave took the boys for an epic journey through Yellowstone park filled with back roads, pot holes, interesting potty stops and the fear of getting lost... luckily we sent him with 3 days worth of junk food! Back roads plus no cell reception in Yellowstone does not equal a short cut! He was only 4-5 hours late for dinner that night, but we're glad he made it!! After our wilderness adventures we headed to UT to fill the children's minds with visions of going to BYU! We visited with our dear friends the Hardings, my childhood friend and BYU freshman roommate Krista, and the BYU Creamery!! We ended the trip visiting Dave's 101 year old grandmother, who is so sharp, witty and a joy to be around! She talks stocks and bonds with Dave and he's always so impressed with her knowledge! We laughed because she fired her financial adviser this year because he seemed like he was giving up and letting her money just sit there... imagine someone doing that to a 101 year old! Don't do that to GG! We were also able to visit Dave's sister Jenette and Family! Her hubby John works at the Church welfare store house (is that the right name?) and gave us a really cool tour! Who knew a fridge could be so huge! I love the church's welfare system and am so thankful for all of the people who work to help others. It was a busy summer, but so fun and pretty much epic. One that we will not forget!
We love having you in our lives. You have each touched our lives for the better. We hope you have a warm and happy holiday season and we wish you happiness and success in the upcoming New Year!