Sunday, June 13, 2010


It's true:  I will never catch up.  I can't even keep up!  It is now wednesday, June 9th and when this whirlwind of events began on thursday, May 27th I thought I was quite prepared and had most everything done.  May 27th, just 13 days ago, seems like 6 months ago.  We have laughed, we have cried, we have slept on the hard ground, we have roasted marshmellows, we have driven 1500 + miles, we have seen aunts, uncles and counsins that we love, we have gasped at the beauty we have driven through.  Fields of blue and yellow flowers, the desert in bloom with its orange and yellows.  We have truly made some lasting memories.  I am quite sure we will never be the same again.
Friday the 28th was a wonderful day:
Savanna turned 8 years old and it was the last day of school for our children (since we were leaving town for the family reunion!)  Field day was hot, windy, exciting and tiring!

Saturday was a beautiful day as Savanna was baptized and we had so many family members make great efforts to be there.  It was such a calming sweet service and I really felt of Savanna's strong spirit.  We came back to our house and had a very fun family lunch celebrating Savanna's birthday and baptism with good food, good conversation, and in the end a girls excursion to do some shopping while the men watched all the children.   We had a great time!  I wish I would have taken a photo of all of us together, but I was too busy shopping!  :)

Monday was memorial day and we all went camping together.  Camping is such an "experience"  The type of experience where the kids are having fun, dirty, eating nothing but cookies and smores and drinking gatorade and the parents are getting zero sleep, are constantly wiping people off with baby wipes, are trying to keep track of who opened which bottle of gatorade, keeping children out of the fire, putting up the tent, pretending to sleep in the tent, taking down the tent.... that type of experience.  Three Elk walked through the campground and it was a beautiful day.  We created some great memories and came home tired with sore backs!

Tuesday morning we all packed up and then began our road trip to Utah!  I vow never again in my life will I be willing to camp out the night before leaving on a road trip.  We had a hard time getting all the laundry done and ready to go!

Wed night we arrived at the Aspen Grove Family camp in Provo, UT.

For the first time in a long time all of Kurt's siblings and families were together with his parents.  We are quite the crowd when we all get together!  We enjoyed fishing, swimming, hiking, playing and a family talent show.  We will forever have memories of being together and of this trip.

Saturday morning we finished up the reunion and met again saturday night for Stan and Julie's wedding in Park City.  It was another fantastic, late and memorable night.

Sunday we were able to catch our breath a bit and stay at my sister's house with her lovely family in American Fork.  Then Monday I saw a dear friend and we drove to Idaho to see more family.  I'm so glad we made the time to go to Idaho.  It will always be a blessing to me.  I'm thrilled that we were able to see so many cousins, Aunts and Uncles.  It was a lifting and happy time.  Tuesday we drove home, stopping along the way more than anyone should ever need to.  We arrived home Wednesday at about 3am and I've been trying to recover ever since yet havent had time to do anything but keep going!

To all of you that we saw, missed, and spent time with - we love you - thank you for making time to be with us!
all pages done with my favorite scrappy software... Memory Mixer!
Summer is sailing on with or without me...  I started this post on wednesday and just now finished it on sunday!  whew!


  1. I love you Emily! How in the world you got all these pages done so quickly is amazing, I need to get my Memory Mixer to work again! We were so glad to spend some time together with you and your family. It was so fun, but makes me miss you all so much. xo Jen

  2. I love your definition of camping. It's a lot of work for parents but so fun for the kids. I always tell myself that I'm making memories for them. I'm so glad that we were able to spend some time with you guys. Heather

  3. You are so adventurous! We haven't camped since having children because it just stresses us out too much. Everything you described. Yet, you're doing it! And then you're heading on crazy road trips right after. And you're smiling and enjoying the ride!
    I love you so much.

    And the pages are beautiful and almost make me want to scrapbook. They're just simple, beautiful, and allow you to really tell the story with your blogging. You're inspiring me with every moment.

    I have so much I want to about. Let's talk soon.


  4. Oh, and a PS, Emma's dresses in those pictures are to die for.
    And I love the shot of her through the window.

  5. This post makes me super happy. We love you guys so much.

  6. i love this post! sounds like fun - lots and lots of fun. :) i love idaho too. i spent some time there last summer when my sweet grandma passed away and i fell in love with it all over again. dreamy!

  7. Sorry to hear that I missed you this year for your Idaho trip. That makes me sad. Sounds like it was lots of fun.