Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hannah's Baptism

On Saturday May 18, 2013 Hannah was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
Before the baptism she opened even more gifts.  We got her a new set a scriptures with her name on it and a journal.  She also got a "Great to be 8" necklace and a scripture case.

The baptism was amazing.  It was so great to see my daughter make this awesome decision.  I felt so overwhelmed with love and the spirit as I saw Hannah and Chad together in white.  I am so grateful for the knowledge of Jesus Christ's gospel that we have and that we can be together as families for eternity! 
  It was so great to have friends and family there to share in this wonderful day!

Monday, June 10, 2013


We had so much fun with family here that it has taken me a couple weeks to get back to normal!
We were lucky enough to have my mom and dad, Chad's mom, and my sister and two of her daughters.  Thanks so much for coming guys!
We did so many fun things while they were here.

Our first day we went to Luray Caverns.
It was pretty cool.  Like my sister said, "Once you've seen one cave, you've seen 'em all." but we still had a great time.  Our guide was an interesting character.  The girls all had fun and their cousins were so good to look out and care for Grace.  She loved the attention.  The way was paved so I was able to push the stroller through the whole thing!  Nice!

After the cavern we went to the ropes adventure and the garden maze.  It was very hot!  We decided that we should have switched and done the cavern tour when it was hot outside.  Mandy took the two older girls on the ropes course.  I was very proud of Hannah and how brave she was!  Grandma, Grandpa, and I took the three younger girls through the maze.  I was an interesting experience!  Grace was not a fan.  She was ready to be done after the second turn and would heave a big sigh after turning every corner.  It was hot and luckily my niece made a wish in the wishing well that we would find our way out or we might still be in there!

The next day we headed up to the Shenandoah National Forrest for a hike.  It was a really great hike.  The weather was perfect and we saw some cool things.  The way back was a little long and we were concerned that we were heading the wrong direction, but we made it!

The third day we went on a tour of Monticello.  The grounds were beautiful!

It was a neat experience, but I think the girls enjoyed the play area in the visitor center much more than the actual house tour!

That night we came back to the house and had a little party for Hannah.  We had cake and opened some presents.  She got earrings, a nail kit, a stuffed animal fox that she names Sugar, and a bike horn (which represented the bike we were going to let her pick out).  She was a pretty spoiled and happy girl!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Birthday to Hannah Banana

My first born turns 8 today!  I cannot believe it!

Here are 8 facts about our Hannah Banana:
#1-You wouldn't know it now looking at her long skinny legs, but she was my biggest baby, weighing in at 8 pounds 8 ounces.

 #2-  She is kind of a chicken.  Heehee.  She is becoming more brave as she gets older.

 #3- She is a swimming, reading, and dancing machine.  She loves those things and excels at doing them.

 #4-  She is such a sweat heart.  She makes friends easily and has a very tender heart. 

#5- She has freckles all over her face and gets compliments on them constantly!

#6-She is a saver(hoarder).  She doesn't like to throw things away and always wants to find a use for every piece of (in my opinion) trash. 

 #7- She has a major sweet tooth (like her mama) and eats sweet things like they are going out of style.

#8-  She has her ears pierced!

We love, love, love having Hannah in our family.  She is a great big sister (most of the time ;)).  She is becoming so responsible and has been working on doing things before we even have to ask her.  She is such a great girl and we are so proud of the person she is growing up to be!

This birthday is extra special for her because of her baptism and family visiting.
Look for those pictures and adventures next week!


Monday, May 13, 2013

My 3 Little Monkeys

We did an impromptu photo shoot with the girls the other morning.
I love these little monkeys!

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Day with Daddy/ A Day to Myself

Last week when Chad was on break from school he gave me an awesome surprise.  
While Hannah was at school, Chad took the two other girls out for the day!  
I had most of the day to myself.  
At first I was wondering what I was going to do with myself, but the day went by so fast!  I took a long shower without being interrupted, I went shopping without buckling kids in the car, and I got my haircut.  
It was fabulous!
Chad took some pictures of the girls at the park.  So cute!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May Day

Hannah's school had a May Day celebration.  Each grade preformed a dance.
Hannah's class did the Virginia Reel.
She did such a great job and looked so cute out there.

At the end they invited everyone out to do a sill dance.  Grace LOVED it!