Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Catching Up a Bit on Summer Fun

 I Love Camping!!!!

 When you take a road trip with Rachel, if you are in the car too many hours, the trumpet has to come out since she has to practice on a regular basis.
 Liberty Jail
 We arrived in Utah and celebrated with the Hyde family up Provo Canyon.  Some of us like the water more than others do.
 My cute parents broke down and moved to Utah, so now we are the only ones living out of state.
Zion's National Park

Sunset at the Grand Canyon - what a beautiful place.  We took tons of pictures but here are just a few.  None of them do it justice.

 Megan's knee required use of a walking stick for the steep hills

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Family Pictures Aug 2013

 All of a sudden, I realized it would be a long time before we were all together for a family picture, so our patient and very happy children endured a photo shoot just a few days before we left town.  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Off she goes....

 The last day in their room together - sad faces!
 Rachel's new home away from home - The Fine Arts Center
 Taylor Hall at Helaman Halls
All moved in and ready to start being a freshman

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dear Sister Holbrook.........

 For several days, we have been watching the mailman drive up, hoping he is depositing a large white envelope.  Yesterday, this was the look on Lauren's face when she went to look inside...
 She has been called to the Utah Salt Lake City Mission - reporting to the MTC on October 9th.  She is soooooo excited and can't wait to get out there and teach!
 Rachel finally came home - it was a quiet 6 weeks without her, and now we only have 5 weeks until she leaves us again.
 Greg, Wendy and family came to visit in between all their stops on a church history trip.  They are a darling family - we ate, played games, put together legos, journeyed to the aquarium and laughed a lot.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May for the Rest of the Family

Nathan turned 13 on May 22nd.  He has grown an inch since Christmas - look how close he is to my height!

 Lauren came home on the 20th for all the festivities. 

I just put Rachel on the plane this morning for a 6 week trip to Utah.  She is heading there to help take care of Jeff, Carly and family (see below).  Little Zachary is still in intensive care and Sammy has a unique set of challenges.

 Meanwhile, Megan has posed for all the pictures, attended all the grad parties, smiled for all the birthday celebrations and stayed up studying for finals while everyone else has begun their summer.  She also prepared a beautiful clarinet piece for church last Sunday!
 Rachel's last day of school was the last day I picked Megan up from school too.  She is now back on the bus and even drives herself to physical therapy.  What a good sport!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Finishing High School

Hello everyone, this is Rachel! It's been quite a busy few weeks I've had finishing high school.
My last day of high school next to my first day of kindergarten

 I went to prom with my friend Bobby!

 Seminary graduation
 I turned 18!!! And Mom gave me the best present ever :)
 My very last band banquet. It was fun but very sad.
 Jeremy is my trumpet buddy, and I am going to miss him so much next year!
 My friends and I all wore a tshirt from the college we will be attending, and we took pictures together at a park. I will miss them all next year!

 This is how excited I am to be done!

 My Hawaiian friend, Kia'i- the only other member of the Church in my graduating class
I love them all so much!