Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gray Reunion & House Guests

After we got home from our vacation we had yet another fun week ahead.  My Aunt Diane and Uncle Jerry and kiddos were arriving to spend the week with us.  We had the Gray Reunion on Saturday (yesterday) and they were in town for the festivities!  There was lots of fun to be had at my joint.  With five kids running around and having the times of their lives it was exhausting and very entertaining.  It was so good to have family here.  I didn't realize just how lonesome I am for my family.  We shopped, swam, ventured to Temple Square, visited, had a fun 24th firework show in our front yard, and stayed up way too late.  It was fun and I am so grateful for the time I had with my aunt and her family. 
 Jonathan Cheezers...
 Kayla & Monica

 24th FIREWORKS!  Thanks Jerry...  That was so much fun!

 One of the huge fireworks had a small piece fly and hit Kaebrie and I.  After that, Kaebrie and Owen were drawn to hangin on the porch for protection.  It took Kaebrie awhile to get untramatized.  It scared her to death. They prayed numerous times out loud that our house would not burn down and that we would be safe and happy.  Too cute! 

July is Joyous!

We have had a very busy month.  Full of fun....  We went on a field trip with Grandma Camille and her students to a carnival.  Owen and Kaebrie were able to ride a school bus for the first time.

 Sticky fingers from the cotton candy... YUMMY!

After the carnival, we went straight home and packed our car and headed for St.George with Grandma Camille for the week.  We stayed at her condo in St. George.  We woke up Saturday and went to Zion's National Park.  It was a first for me and the kids.  Can you belive I have never been to Zion's?!  The weather was georgeous.  It was overcast and rained before we arrived so it was perfect weather.  Not too blazing hot.  We took the kids on a 2 mile hike to Emerald Falls.  It was so beautiful.  The only thing that was on my mind the whole hike was just thanking my Heavenly Father for this beautiful earth.  The views were breathtaking.  We saw spiders, frogs, lizards, deer and rabbits.  We stopped at a little trade post store that had a mini town and a farm with a tee pee.  The kids loved it!

We headed to Vegas on Sunday and had some much needed R&R by the pool. We had to stop at M&M World. Owen kept insisting that it had burnt down and they rebuilt it so we could visit there.  I am unsure where this came from.  We went with it because he had quite the story about every little detail of the fire.  Too funny! 

 Smashing pennies at M&M World.

We headed back to St. George on Tuesday and stopped at Musashi for lunch.  The food is amazing!  It is the best food I have ever had, EVER!!!!  We took the kids to a Fun Center, and had a blast.  We were the only people there for awhile and had the place to ourselves... The kids played all their tokens and won some great prizes.  Nothing like a pair of vampire teeth, googly slinky glasses and all the candy one little person can handle for an afternoon.  And of course Jeff won a jackpot on Deal or No Deal.  200 tickets... If my memory serves me right he got a bunch of candy with his tickets. 

We rode bumper boats, Go Carts and Kiddie cars.
We had a great time with Grandma.  A vacation never to be forgotten!

Monday, July 9, 2012

I have been thinking allot lately about my family.  I love them so much!  There has been some crazy drama going on that has truly made me so sad and fills my heart with aches and pains.  However, I know that if I pray for each of them and have faith that their hearts will soften that someday we can be an eternal family.  Life throws out some crummy things.  Are we strong enough to look above the issues and respect those who are around us that we love, regardless of our past mistakes?  Are we doing as Christ would do and loving and respecting each person?  Each of us were born with our own unique qualities.  I know that I am not perfect in no way whatsoever and I have said some hurtful things at times.  I also know that if I am living my life in a way pleasing to my Heavenly Father that he will bless me.  I found this quote on and it really touched my heart.

Our family-centered perspective should make Latter-day Saints strive to be the best parents in the world. It should give us enormous respect for our children, who truly are our spiritual siblings, and it should cause us to devote whatever time is necessary to strengthen our families. Indeed, nothing is more critically connected to happiness—both our own and that of our children—than how well we love and support one another within the family.”

A Proclamation to the World

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Today for the RS Field Trip Day we went to Hogal Zoo.  We had a really great time.  It was extremely wet and rainy but it was perfect.  Not too crowded, not hot and miserable and all the animals were out.  We invited Sadie, Noelia and Lincoln.  Had a very fun time...

 This Gorilla was fascinating. There was a worker doing sign language and he was doing it back.  The kids were staring for several minutes and very intrigued.

 Owen's favorite part of the day was the carousal!

 Sea Lions...  Lincoln and Kaebrie were loving this exibit!

 Polar Bear was out and swiming the entire time we watched.  He was loving the weather!

 The Giraffe's really amaze me. They have the most unique body but yet they are gorgeous animals!  I commented to Sadie that he would make a really nice hand bag.  Mean, I know!  I love animal print...

We had a really fun and relaxing 4th of July.  We slept in, went to see Brave (very cute movie), and ended our day at Grandpa Dave's and GG's for a water party and BBQ.  We had a really good time and the kids were very excited about every little thing! 

 Slip N Slide
 Uncle Bob giving it a try!

 Cousin Emily
 Kaebrie loved all the fruit trees in GG's yard.  She was snacking on apricots all evening!

 Cousin Emily and Cousin Abby

 Blowing Bubbles...Our alternative from lighting fireworks:)

 Uncle Bob!
 Cousin Spencer just got home from his mission on Monday.  We celebrated his safe return home...
 Grandma Camille

Owen got a boo-boo...  He actually got to use a band aid for blood and not for a nonexistant owie:)

 I made a flag cake for my ward RS recipe group, took pics because it was the first and last time I will ever make one.  It was a pain in the you know what!  Kids had fun with the remaining cake that is not used to complete the final product...  WASTEFUL!

My sunken frosted cake that tasted amazing but looked terrible compared to the Pinterest version...