Happy to be a Mom!

I love this thought from President David O. McKay

"She, who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions -- deserves the admiration and the plaudits of man. But she who rears a family of beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, long after paintings have faded, and books have been destroyed she deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God. In her high duty and service to humanity, she is co-partner with the Creator himself."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vacation Back to America

After living for almost a year in Singapore we went home for the first time last month. We got to spend the first two weeks in Sacramento with Devin's Familiy, and the third week in San Diego with Naomi's family and the Smith family reunion, and then the fourth week in Fresno California with Naomi's family and the Rowley Cousins. we had a blast!

 Here we are trying hard to get over Jet Lagg- one of the worst diseases in the world!
 Grandpa and Eli setting up the Huge Roller Coaster
 Swimming at the pool, Devin doing flips in the water with the kids

 Rootbeer Floats- they are the taste of Summer
 The next few pictures were celebrating "Everything Day" which Nana put together so that we could all celebrate the holidays together, We loved it. Here is Macey and Spencer making green Pancakes for Saint Patricks Day
 Decorating Halloween Sugar Cookies

 They were lovely

 All the girls painting our toes
 We brought back "Magic Ink Paper" from China town and the kids loved it!
 Nana and Grandpa making Thanksgiving Dinner- we had the works!
 Singing Christmas Carols on Mom and Dad bed
 Then we all got to open stockings! What a fun fun day!
 Here are our cute toes in our new sandals!
 We took the kids bowling one day, which was so fun

 Day playing at the park

 We met with our wonderful friends the Chauvez and Lavin's. We were all in the Young Married ward 5 years ago before any of us had kids, now we all have two each.
 Went Boating on the lake one day
 Marianne learning how to drive the boat
 She was also the Flag girl
 And loved the tube!
 We spent one day with our dear Friends the Birk's in New Port, which was awesome!
 Rode the Ferris Wheel
 The Girls Martha and I
 The Boys: Devin and Adam, we went through Law School with these guys and miss them!
 The kids playing on the beach!
 Cute couple
 Discovering the joys of Sand
 Eating the famous Balboa Bars!
 Meeting up with my family
 Sunday we went and saw Point Loma Lighthouse
 Hiking Down
 Went and saw my grandpa grave, he was cremated and buried in the military graveyard by Point Loma

 Day at the Beach
 All the kids Buried Uncle Peter
 Love the Coast Line
 Asa getting ready to Boogie Board
 Just hanginout
 The Adults hanging out and watching the kids play
 The Grandparents loving life
 The three sisters
 Here is Grandpa, the kids all love grandpa cause he will sit and listen and play and play and play
 At the National Animal Museum
 We celebrated a bunch of Birthdays, Devin's, My dads, my brothers, two uncles and Niece all have Birthdays with in a few weeks of each other.

 Marianne and grandma on the flying carpet together.
 relaxing at the end of the day.
 One day we went to Lego Land, here is Uncle Peter and Marianne going to get in line for the ride
 story book ride, Marianne's favorite
 Playing at the lego land store
 Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Marianne came out as a princess!

 Such a fun day
 She loved this dress and has been wearing it since we got home!
 After Lego Land we went and ate at a lovely fish house and Celebrated Devin's 31st birthday and My parent's 31st Anniversary.
 At the Pool at Lawrence Welks with Maddie Cooling off with a drink.
 Devin participating in the Cannon Ball Contest
 The Lego Land Princesses
 Putting together Legos after being inspired by Lego Land
 We spent an evening at the beach
 Enjoying the sunset
 Eating KFC on the Beach, our favotite. My grandma root used to always say lets go get a "Bucket of Chicken" and go to the beach!
 Ben, Dar, Kep, Asa
 Family hang out
 Beautiful Sunset on our Last day in San Diego
 Fresno we celebrated my Cousin's son Logan 1st birthday
 Jonathan and Spencer enjoying Cupcakes
 Cambria and Maddie enjoying lemonade- the best thing about reunions is all the cousins that we get to play with
 Logan enjoying his cupcake.
 Grandpa pulling Marianne in the little red wagon and playing with Kepalopi
 We went to the lake one day, Here are Sharon and Katie with spencer, Brynn, and  Cambria
 Darlene, Kep, and Becca
 Marianne and Grandma giggling!

 My mom got all the pregnant ladies matching maternity dresses.
 We did an art day and colored and painted all day.

 Me and Sharon
 Naomi, Darlene, and Sarah
 Becca and Naomi
Me and My Dad
We had an awesome vacation and miss you all. We stocked up on walmart, and cheese and will return next summer!