So our newest news is that we bought a house! We moved in officially August 21st and are still slowly getting settled in. Here's a pic of our new home...Now that we are moved in I'll have to take updated pictures of the inside and post them. We are adjusting and enjoying....:) Come visit!!
I have been soooooo bad about blogging lately!... I haven't posted in nearly two months...and so much has happened since then. It's hard to do a nutshell version, but I'll try:) At the end of July we went on a vacation out west for two family reunions. We drove to southern Utah near Zion's canyon for the first reunion (my dad's side), then up near yellowstone park in Idaho for the second reunion (my mom's side). It was an amazing trip!...We did soooo much in those two weeks and had such a fabulous time! I love all my family so much and am so grateful for this time we had with them reconnecting and having amazing adventures and tons of fun!! Here are just a few pictures of the hundreds that I took!!
We did LOTS of swimming in lots of different pools at the various hotels and resorts!! Mallory and Preston cuddling up in the hotel bed in SLC. We stayed in seven different places over the course of the two weeks:)
An intense family game of fuseball
Par of the "Lowe" family...missing Tami, Kathy, and Brian and families (wish they could have timed the birth of their babies better:) haha!!
Most of my dad's side of the family
Our little fam...you can tell the kids love picture time:)
My lil sis Brenda and I!! Loved spending lots of time with her
Picture of us on the cabin balcony with the beautiful view in the background
Our whole family
My little fish...they LOVE swimming!
Finally in Utah (after 30 hours of driving or so)...
Swimming in a hotel in Madison, WI on the way home
We visited Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota on the way home
Family picture at the Johnson Reunion
Whole group (I picked the wrong picture here...not sure what I'm doing in this one:)
Relaxing in the hammock (babies don't seem to be loving it)
Four generation picture. We are all the oldest daughters and all have the middle name of Renee
Tanner indoor rock climbing
Just before we went whitewater rafting
Visiting my brother Brian and his wife Kelsey. Since this picture was taken, Kelsey had her baby...my new niece, baby Kensi:)
So, when I was out grocery shopping a couple weeks ago, Scott called me to tell me that Tanner had given Mallory a "haircut". Apparently Tanner was playing beauty shop with Mallory and combing her hair and it got stuck (he was wrapping hair around the comb trying to curl it). When he couldn't get the comb out, he went and got scissors and cut the comb out. Yikes!! The pictures are turned, but you can clearly see the mullet haircut Tanner gave Mallory on her left side (the first picture is of her right side for comparison). I guess we're going to have to get really creative with her hairstyle until it grows out!!
Memorial Day.....terrible picture, but the only one I have:) Kids are sweating and tired of waiting for the parade to start. I told them it would be worth it......then the parade was only like 5 minutes long......awesome.
Ok, so it's been FOREVER since I last blogged about anything. Not sure why...I just have kind of forgotten about it. So tonight I'm going to play catch up and post some things from the past couple months.
I was called to be the Young Women's Presidency a few months ago. Here is the presidency...me with Angie and Sally (we are missing our secretary Robi)
The whole Young Women's group (or at least those who were there that night:)
I'm posting this so that all of you can give me some attention and sympathy:)
And I could use some prayers...
On Thursday I went to bed at like 7:00 that night and then didn't get up til 7:00 the next morning...so I slept for 12 hours straight with my contacts in (accidentally). In the morning I took out my contacts and then all day Friday my right eye was red, irritated, swollen, very sensitive to light, and in EXTREME pain, and seemed to be getting worse. I've had to be in the dark with sunglasses on and can't open my right eye at all. So yesterday I debated about whether to go to urgent care or an optometrist or opthamologist. I knew it was something way worse than pink eye. So I had Scott take me to an optometrist. Anyways, apparently what happened is when I slept with my contacts so long, they stuck to my cornea and when I took it out, it ripped part of my cornea off. The doctor said he saw corneal abrasions all over my eye. He gave me an antibiotic that is 10 times as strong as the normal pink eye antibiotic. However, he said I really won't have complete relief for about a week because it takes time for the cornea cells to regenrate. I will go see him on Monday and again at the end of next week where he will be able to tell if I have any permanent damage and scar tissue. Scott gave me a blesssing tonight and I just hope and pray there is no permanent damage and that I will be able to have my normal vision back (and hopefully be able to wear my contacts again). Only time will tell. In the mean time, I can't open my eye or be in any light so I can't really drive or go anywhere which is really frustrating. I'll keep you posted but could use your prayers.
I have been soooo bad about blogging lately...so for the two followers I still have left...here are a few pictures from this last Easter weekend:) Sorry a few of them are turned (once again...lazy:)
Here are the kids the Sunday before Easter...My mom sent Mallory her new Easter dress which she loves. Someone at church commented on her dress and Mallory said, "my Grammy sent it to me" all proud-like:)
We made resurrection cookies the night before Easter. They worked (kind of)...
fun and easy Easter treat
the kids after the Primary Easter egg hunt/activity
Mallory showing me the eggs she gathered...
getting ready to jump in the sack race
Mallory likes her new sunglasses she won at one of the games...
listening to a story...
pin the tail on the bunny...
dyed Easter eggs...finished product...
The highlights of our Easter weekend, we couldn't really photograph...we did some spiritual lessons, preparations, and discussions about the resurrection of Jesus. We watched four General Conference Sessions Saturday and Sunday (so thankful for byu tv to now watch them at home...I liked it better than watching them on the computer)...and a delicious Easter dinner that Scott called "Stellar" which made me feel good:) It was a great weekend to be able to spend together as a family.
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Why I Blog...
"You likewise will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of these meaningful and significant things. Some of them may be funny. Some may be of significance only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was delivered on 31 October 2006.
Train up a child in the way he should go...
...and he will not depart from it.
Mallory and Preston's Blessing Day
Babies at 3 weeks old
Tanner loves animals, trucks, dinosaurs, chocolate, the color blue, dogs, pretending he's a firefighter, helping daddy mow the lawn, and hugs!
Our Little Stud Muffin!
Logan loves reading books, telling stories, helping mom clean, the color green, healthy foods, playing at the park, writing words, drawing, and hugs!
Logan and Tanner
Our Sweet Mallory!
Mallory is calm and happy with a peaceful disposition. She is cuddly and precious and doted on by her parents and brothers
Preston is all smiles and is such a joy! He is laid back and lights up at the smallest thing. He is independent and full of energy and loves his mama!
Preston and Mallory
"Twins are a gift from heaven above...two by two they come wrapped with love"
Mother and Daughter...pure joy
Mallory is the daughter I prayed for and always wanted...I am so grateful to share my life with her as my daughter