Monday, August 22, 2016

Jack's 34th Birthday

Jack's bday fell on a Sunday this year so we basically had a whole birthday weekend for him!  He and I took Asher up to Park City with us Friday night while my sister stayed at our house with the older two girls.  We booked a suite at the Newpark Hotel and honestly really liked it.  There was a long hallway with a big closet for Asher's pack n play to fit in, a bedroom separated by two big sliding barn doors, a living room with a full-sized fridge and freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, and a deck with a private hot tub on it, overlooking a big grassy area where a concert was going on!  We ate at Ruth's Chris Friday night and went all out, stuffing ourselves with amazingly expensive food.  My favorite part of dinner was when, after ordering and eating filet mignon, ribeye steak, lobster mac and cheese, and lobster tail, Jack told me he was saving the best for last...the sweet potato casserole haha! Asher slept in hi arms the whole meal and it was so nice. We took dessert back to the hotel room.
The next morning we had breakfast (huevos rancheros and buttermilk pancakes) at our favorite, Squatters, then did some shopping at the Outlets before heading home around noon.  That evening we went to Jack's Aunt Sandy and Uncle Ed's home for a swimming an party and BBQ for extended family (not for Jack's birthday, it just happened to fall on his bday weekend).

 Sunday morning he got up and opened presents (a pair of Nike's, the book he is currently listening to John Adams, a manual about the modern day prophets, the soundtrack to Hamilton, some shirts, Mr Robot season 1, and some coupons).  We had a low-key day with our girls, watched a movie and ate popcorn, and after we put the girls in bed I grilled steaks, asparagus, and corn on the cob.  A few of Jack's siblings then came over and we had crockpot molten lava cake I had tried for the first time (super good!) chips and dip, and played card games.  It was a blast.  Jack got so many sweet texts and calls for his birthday and I thought I'd share the text I sent about him within our friends group (our group always sends a traditional group text about each member on their birthday with well wishes and nice sentiments.  I really love it):

Happy birthday love! My ten fave things about Daryl (in random order):
1. He loves spending time with his family more than anything in the whole world
2. He makes me laugh hard every single day
3. He is driven and creative and has a great business mind
4. He is super smart and knows a lot about just about everything 
5. He is incredibly handsome and the best kisser 
6. He loves the Lord and has an amazingly strong spirit and testimony
7. He loves being a dad to girls and worships the ground they walk on
8. He's a very hard worker and makes us so comfortable 
9. He is so generous and considerate and always thinking of ways to make other people's day
10. He is completely free of judgement. He makes me and others feel good in their own skin and completely free to be themselves 









I love this pic of Ash, cause sometimes she looks like a cute little potato :D  Also, we had three people think she was a boy on this trip because I didn't bother with a headband.  One lady said, "Oh what a cute baby!  He is just all boy isn't he?!"  I was just like  "yep..?" cause I didn't want her to feel bad haha








Friday, August 19, 2016

Seven Peaks

Our dentists office, Stonehaven, reserves Seven Peaks every year free just for patients and we decided to go this year.  I was worried about going with Asher because she wouldn't be able to do anything, but honestly it was such a blast!  Jack's brother and his family came and we took our girls on a bunch of the big slides with tubes, took Asher on the big slides without tubes, and the kids played in the kiddie area a lot.  Kanessa and I watched the kids while the big boys went on some wild rides and then we switched.  Kanessa and I were the last ones on the Boomerang and Vortex (I had to look up those names because we've always called them the "half pipe" and "toilet bowl" haha).  The park was so uncrowded and we didn't have to wait for any of the rides!  We left at sunset and instead of taking our kids home to bed we went to Liv's favorite restaurant, Red Robin, and had a late night dinner of amazing greasy food.  It was a great way to wind down with summer.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Austin Family Reunion

Every year Jack's family gets together for a reunion and each of his siblings take turns planning and hosting it.  This was our year and our theme was Defying Gravity.  We rented out a monstrously large home/cabin at Bear Lake in May and it was so perfect!  Each family had their own room and bathroom, with extra rooms for kids to sleep, a theatre room, pool table and foosball table room, extra large dining room with multiple tables, kitchen with lots of stoves, ovens, and sinks, and a play set outside.  When everyone arrived Thursday evening we did opening ceremonies, handed out small electric votives, and presented the theme.

Reunion welcome

"Welcome to the 2016 Austin reunion!  Our theme for this year is Defying Gravity. Defying Gravity means living up to your potential, being your best self, making and reaching goals, and going above and beyond what is expected or required to be something even more awesome than anyone thought possible.  We picked this theme because we recognize the importance of FAMILY in defying gravity.  No one can reach his or her highest potential without the love, support, and example of family, and we have an AMAZING family! 

Linda K Burton says
“We are here to help, lift, and rejoice with each other as we try to become our very best selves. Sister Barbara B. Smith wisely taught, “There is so much more of happiness to be had when we can rejoice in another’s successes and not just in our own.” When we seek to “complete” rather than “compete,” it is so much easier to cheer each other on!”

I’m going to hand out to each of you a small candle to write your name on and set here.  These candles represent the light within you.  When you are your best self that light glows so bright because you are doing, feeling, and being great.  Sometimes when you aren’t feeling your best your light can dim.  As members of a family it is our responsibility to make sure each other’s lights are glowing bright.

“I am confident there are within our sphere of influence those who are lonely, those who are ill, and those who feel discouraged. Ours is the opportunity to help them and to lift their spirits. Life is perfect for none of us, and at times the challenges and difficulties we face may become overwhelming, causing our light to dim. However, with help from our Heavenly Father, coupled with support from others, we can regain that light which will illuminate our own path once again and provide the light others may need.” –Pres Hinckley

Throughout these next three days, I want you to keep an eye on these candles.  If you see that someone’s has gone out, it is your job to turn it back on.  Likewise, here at the reunion and in all of the days after, if you ever notice someone in the family who’s light may not be shining so bright, for whatever reason, you give them your light of help, support, encouragement, and love so that we as a family can help lift one another and defy gravity together."


Jack and I had posted quotes from Wicked all over the house.  Here are a few of my favorites:





Before the reunion we got lists from each sibling of things about their spouse that "defied gravity" and played a guessing game where we all guessed for points who each person was.  We also had a big tournament of minute-to-win-it type challenges in teams and each family came prepared with a challenge for every one.  Kids had craft time and movie time, we rented out the town's indoor swimming pool just for our family for a few hours of pool-time, flew kites on the beach at the lake (that Jack's mom had gotten for the kids), played volleyball in the yard, made trips down main street for local raspberry shakes and fries, had late night board games, went for bike rides, played family feud put together by Jack's dad, and ate lots and lots of yummy food and treats.  It was so much work putting it together but honestly was such a blast that I was seriously bummed the entire week after we came home!  There's nothing better than four days of uninterrupted family time and play. 

(excuse the low quality phone pics, I was too busy playing to bother with nice photos ;) 




























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