Friday, July 29, 2016

Family visits from NC, finished the Old Testament, 13th wedding anniversary

A couple of days after we moved in, Krissy's family came for a visit from North Carolina. I unpacked and organized just about everything before they got here which was a good thing. Krissy had a wedding to attend, and a dinner the day before and a reception, and Wade left before all that, he stayed for 4 days, so we watched the kiddos while she went and then Grandma Angela flew in(so she could fly back with Krissy the next week) the next day, so we had visitors for about 2 weeks. It was nice spending time with everyone and the kids enjoyed having little ones around to help with :). 
 We went to the pool almost every late afternoon which was a lifesaver in this 100 degree weather.

 Scott and I finished painting the second, and last, accent wall while they were here. And then we also got carpet put in on the stairs about half way through their visit (their was a mismeasurement so we had to reorder and wait for it to get sent in).
 Charles loved playing with baby Pierson.
 While Krissy's family were out one afternoon visiting friends, we had our friends the Hansen's over to the pool. Here are Noah and Nora snuggling up in their towels after their swim.
 While family was here I also finished the Old Testament, which is something I started back in December! It took me about 7 months and that was with reading 6 pages each day, so about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how much note taking I had to do. I have pages and pages of notes and gospel principles and insights I gleaned from this book. Loved it! And there are so many crazy stories and lots of drama too :).
 Here's silly Ruth! She says the funniest things and loved giving people kisses.We had to teach Nora to run away from Ruth because when they were close, Ruth would often scratch, push, or pull Nora's hair; we had to really watch that one! It made me remember the craziness of that age/stage of life :).
 When the carpet was being put in on the steps, I took my kids bowling after their morning swim lesson so that their weren't 7 kids plus two adults in the house with the carpet guy. We met up with Maren and Amanda and their kids which was fun.
 Here's Nora after her swim lesson, drying off her hair :). They did a 2 week session, each morning, Monday through Thursday.
 We loved spending time with Grandma too!
 Scott and I had our 13th anniversary while they were here so we went out one night and did sealings at the temple in Salt Lake City. We had this awesome sealer who was German and took so much time and care into everything he did, explaining things and expounding on doctrine and scriptures etc. Afterward we ate dinner at Cancun Cafe (we were the only ones in the restaurant, maybe because it was 830pm), and then we got frozen custard from Nielsen's. I love this quote on marriage by F. Burton Howard (quorum of the 70):
"If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by."
 Scott has also been working on our mudroom. I wanted a bench with crates underneath, for shoes, and a shelf with coat hooks. It's almost done and I will post pictures of the final product soon.
 We sure love family!! Thanks for coming!

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