Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This Sacred Place

I feel so blessed to live here and for our children to experience the amazing spirit here. I mean really, it's just awesome....

This was his home (actually a replica)
I just think, "if these trees could tell us their story"
And I look over and wonder if my kids can feel it?
Were these weeds here when the Smith children were young?
Did they play in them like my kids did?
I love that we get to be here for a short time!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Don't Mess With Her" Photo

I'm not a "prop" person when it comes to photography, but this I just kinda HAD to do for fun.....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Briallen's 1 Year Photos

Can you believe she's ONE!?!!?!? (well technically next week) but I did her pictures when the timing was optimal. So so precious.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Berry Picking!

We had a superfun time berry picking. We picked a massive amount of blueberries. Mom just couldn't stop there, so we went and picked red raspberries and black raspberries.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What mom's of boys can relate to

All in one day..... (once again, garbage cell phone pics)

You send the boys outside to "kill off the cookies" so that they wont tempt you anymore and they come back with this....

You decide to buy yourself some "quiet time" by making a batch of play-doh. Mistake? Yes.

You are incessantly probed with requests to go to the park and you cave... usually because of guilt.

While pushing the toddler on the swing, the boys bring you a present.
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Yes, moms of boys will understand. (probably moms of girls too)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Our time in Fair Haven

Can I cram 3 weeks of our vacation house into one post? You bet I can because it was a blur. There was so much sickness that we hardly did anything. Someone was always sick, barfing, fevers etc. Nick spent a lot of time at the laundromat washing soiled bedding and mom followed kids (and herself) around with a can of Lysol.

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We found this tiny little cottage on the internet and figured it was much cheaper than a hotel. Plus we'd have a lake to play in and a full kitchen. The owners were super nice and on the days that we were feeling well, we enjoyed the amazing sunsets and wildlife.

I spent lots of time sitting on this swing watching the boys play.

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On the 4th of July, there were fireworks and a boat parade around the little bay. The boys thought it was super cool to run and jump off the dock while the boats went by.

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I didn't get pictures of the fireworks because they freaked out Rand so bad I had to stay inside with him.

I just have to say that my favorite part was the thunderstorms!! (this is one of those "i didn't realize the camera was on" video clips, and i'm too lazy to edit it) But the storms here are so fun! Lots of thunder and lightning and they hit so fast! This California girl isn't used to it and we are a little childish every time one hits, going outside to watch and stuff....

 A few days before our time was up, I, mom, started feeling well enough to venture out. AND we finally got our car (it took a month!) So I took the kids to the local state "beach" park.

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 I was a little too crazy, so we left after a few hours. There were so many people. Keeping Rand away from other people things and Bri wanting to dart in the water, the sand, the heat, the bugs... it was just too much for this mama! We went home to take naps! Mason left his shoes, so we had to go back (luckily it's only a 5 min drive).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Sacred Grove and the Hill Cumorah

**sorry all these photos are lame and unedited off my phone**

One of the reasons that I was super excited to move here was to be near the Sacred Grove.
I'm so excited for my kids to spend a few years living around such a holy place, so rich with LDS history.

We believe that our church is the exact church that Christ organized when he ministered in the New Testament. He then visited Joseph Smith IN the sacred grove with God the Father and eventually restored that same church through him. Joseph Smith then was guided to the "Book of Mormon" which contains the record of the ancient inhabitants of America who were also visited by Jesus Christ. These are the actual places where the Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and where the plates containing the Book of Mormon were buried by Moroni (an ancient American prophet).  I mean, how cool is that?!?

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We visited the Smith Farm, the Sacred Grove and the Book of Mormon printing location.

We went to the Hill Cumorah Pageant.

It's pretty much awesome and everyone should come visit. There is a very strong and peaceful spirit in that grove, even if you visit in the ice-covered leafless time of winter or in the spring when the birds are chirping and it's so green you can smell it.