We spent Labor Day weekend with family in St George. Keane was in cousin heaven… the minute Dawson walked into the house he jumped off the couch yelling, “DAW-NESS DAW-NESS!!!!” that’s what he calls him. I love the sweet friendship those two have. They remind me so much of my little sister and I growing up. And I’m really glad they’ve got each other.
I wish we could have a repeat weekend together. It was that good. We played at parks with our babies, went swimming, ate thai food, ran around splash pads, and watched movies. And we had some sister-shopping time without babies — our payback for watching the kids while the boys went mountain biking (ha!) I wish I would have taken more pictures… but at least I remembered 10 minutes before we all left.
There’s just nothing better in the world than being with family. We miss them even more now. Keane woke up this morning and ran around the house saying, “daw-ness daw-ness where are you?!”… the cousin withdrawals are going to hit hard this week. Wish me luck.
On July 4th I had some big plans for my little family. We are far away from extended family, and have been for three years now. So when holidays come around we end up missing them even more. I guess I’m just a firm believer that being with family is the happiest. We miss out on enough of the little day to day things — so big things like the 4th of July feel even harder.
This year we decided to start having our own traditions. In hopes that it would lessen the sting of missing everyone so much. We bought sparklers a week early & found our favorite picnic blanket. I was going to make my moms bbq chicken, pick the perfect watermelon, and attempt to make one of my mother-in-laws amazing desserts. Because I want my kids to feel all nostalgic about their childhood someday. The way I still feel over mine.
The day turned out to be a rough one for us. All of those “big plans” got put on hold for more important things. We’ve had a hard few weeks; but we are doing our best to live with happiness & find gratitude for our blessings. It’s truly amazing to me how our blessings become so much more clear when we’re struggling. It feels like we’re coming out from it all with more compassion & gratitude. And a deeper knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.
So here we are a month later, and we needed a way to celebrate moving forward. Lighting sparklers & living with happiness felt like the best way to do it.
We are going to IOWA this summer for Garretts Internship!!!
It wasn’t even on our list of places to consider… but our “plans” rarely work out anyway. After his interview on the phone he ran into our bedroom fist pumping while yelling, “We’re going to Iowa lady! We got the internship!!” I was so excited too… then found myself crying about an hour later. Turns out Iowa is even further away from Utah than Las Vegas is. I’m a tad dramatic sometimes. I honestly can’t wait to leave in May and spend the summer somewhere we’ve never been. Our last two summers have been full of sweet memories we’ll never forget.
We are so happy and grateful. And I really won’t miss the yucky heat during Vegas summers. It’s like living inside a sauna which just so happens to be inside of a McDonalds. So gross. I’m not a huge fan if you couldn’t tell.
Well that’s all.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!