I want to be STRONG...not just physically but emotionally. I know
that working towards improving my body and mind will help me to create
happiness in my life and the life of my family. Don't they always
say....a happy mom makes a happy family!!
My fantastic sister-in-law took a lot of pictures on our hawaii vacation and I had her do some feet pictures of my family....look at how cute this turned out. I am going to blow it and put it up in my room :)!!
We took the kids up the Salt Lake City temple so that we could help my sister with her kids while she was at a wedding. We walked around with the kids and explored all that we could find!! We spent a while exploring the visitors center. It was air conditioned inside the building and boy did that feel good since it was so hot outside!!
There was a really nice water fountain that the kids enjoyed looking at. The color of the water made me just want to jump in right then! But I didn't get crazy and swim in the fountain! :)
In the Visitors Center there is a lot of areas to explore! The kids wanted to spend a lot of time in the space room as they called it. This was the space room and there was this very beautiful statue of Jesus Christ. The kids wanted to just be there, I wonder if they felt the spirit. And then they realized that if you stood closer to the statue, everything you said would echo. That started to get out of control. The kids were making louds jokes to hear them echo. Good thing allison and richard finished up and we left!
We love lighting fireworks at my sister's house. We have so much fun. We just set up chairs in her driveway and let the men set off the fireworks. We often start before it gets really dark because the kids start to get really tired. This picture of Xander is after he got really dirty in the mud and finally was clean. Doesn't he look happy!!!
Xander even fell asleep mid firework lighting! He didn't even wake up when they would go off!! He is a sleeper like his mom...yes I love to sleep!!
My sister and her husband have been preparing to landscape their backyard. And on the 4th of July we went over to celebrate and they have dirt and the kids decided to turn the water on and make a little mud!! It was funny and boy they sure got muddy!! Look at this cute little muddy face...poor guy got hosed off in the backyard and really didn't like that.
Ellie has celebrate all of her birthdays at her great-grandma's house (Nana) and it has been a very special memory. All the Au side of the family gets together for a summer kick off party. We have food, swimming, and lots of hanging out. Ellie begged us to take her back to California to celebrate again. We couldn't resist and decided to go again. There is nothing better than a child to be able to have the love and influence of a strong family!!
Xander loved hanging out with grandpa...he even fell asleep in grandpa's arms....there is nothing better!!
This is fun Uncle Peter who made all the kids laugh with the new puppet that Ellie got from Nana!!
Ellie was soooo lucky because her great aunt debbie wrote her a song for her birthday! A song about ellie. What was really fun was that Ellie's first grade teacher from Provo, Utah happen to be spending the summer in California and her in-laws were friend with aunt debbie. So Mr. Fackrell, as Ellie calls him, joined in with the song. It was really awesome!!
This is Ellie's best friend from kindergarten in California. It was so wonderful that Anna and her mom could come celebrate with us!! These girls had so much fun, they barely missed a beat!! You would never even know that we moved away!!
Ellie turned 7 this summer. I can't believe how grown up she is getting. It seems like just yesterday that I was waiting and waiting and waiting for her to be born. She sure has been a little firecracker in our house. She really wanted her party and build-a-bear. We took a couple of friends and bought a whole bunch of bears....crazy, but it was really fun!! She also wanted a key-lime cheesecake for her birthday from Costco. Her grandpa, whom she loves, loves key-lime which is why I think she chose this :)!!!