Friday, August 26, 2011

weddings, birthdays, babies and missions

That sure sounds like a lot to hear about in one post, huh! I will try not to bore you. We have been adventuring for over a month now and I thought I had better post something. I flew with my mom and the boys to Washington DC in July for my sisters wedding. Stephanie and Josh had a lovely wedding in a little garden behind a church. Josh's dad is a minister and performed the ceremony. It was just perfect. We love Josh and are so happy to have a new member of our family. In our little family we refer to him as "the big Josh". He taught our Josh how to do some skateboarding while we were out there and that was pretty cool. I haven't gotten copies of pictures yet, so I will have to post one of the happy couple later.

We also got to spend a little time downtown as a family. This is Justin and the boys trying to push over the Washington monument. Josh was super fascinated by the monument and it was the only request that he to do while we were there. He wanted to go close to it. I am sure glad their muscles weren't QUITE strong enough to knock it down!

Joshua also turned 4 while we were in DC! I know I should be posting a picture of the birthday boys, but I don't want to bore with pictures and I am quite proud of my cake-copying skills this year. My mom helped me recreating both of the kids birthday cakes. The ideas came from the Disney Family Fun magazine-my new favorite! Joshua saw this pirate map one and he HAD to have it. It was pretty adorable. The one thing he kept telling me for the weeks leading up to his birthday was, "but Mom, the volcano on my cake is just a pretend one, right? Because if hot lava comes out then we will have to run." We just kept it to a chocolate volcano.

We got back from DC and headed staight up to Snowbird for a few days with Justin's family. At the end of the week, my parents took the boys for the weekend while Justin and I finished the late celebration of our 5 year anniversary. We stayed in the bed and breakfast we stayed in when we first got married. It was an awesome relaxing weekend!

Nathan's birthday was on August 7th. He wanted a fish cake. He told me that for weeks before his birthday. Actually, it started out as just "a big cake", but fish became the theme before too long.

Since Nathan's birthday we have mostly been in Provo where Justin is doing some research with the Wheatley Institution in exchange for the payment of his trip to Poland in June. We are having a blast hanging out with family. Emily, Bryan, Penny, and Isla came up from San Diego for the week before Justin's brother Zach went into the MTC. Baby Isla is one of our new fascinations. Nathan loves her. She, on the other hand seemed fascinated by Justin. (I am too!)

Here we are with Zach right before he went into the MTC. He's going to Paraguay. We have loved talking about missionaries and missions. Josh even asked me out of the blue the other day, "Mom, where am I going to go on my mission?" Super cute.

Oh yeah, and I also posted this picture so you could all see my growing belly. I feel like I am 8 months pregnant instead of 6, but oh well. We have gotten lots of peeks at the little guy, the most recent being yesterday. Joshua and Nathan got to see him on the ultrasound for the first time and thought it was pretty neat. My due date is December 7th, but the ultrasound yesterday said I was measuring a week early, so we'll see. We are sure excited for our new little addition, whenever he shows!