5 Kids, 6 and under

Everyone,

This weekend we took a short/long road trip to see my brother who was visiting Niagara Falls with his family.

This is the very first time I’ve met my nephew, Lev, who just turned a year old.

It’s also the first time all 5 of my parents grandchildren have been together!

5 Cousins

Lev, Butterfly, Cappy, Pirate, Professor

I have a BUNCH of outtakes but I think this one is my favorite:

5 cousins outtake

Lev kept trying to crawl back to his mom and she kept putting him at the end of the line. He was NOT happy about that! I like this picture because my 3 kids are worried about Lev. They are all watching him cry. But Cappy, his brother, couldn’t be bothered. Someone is used to crying!

Once I have sorted through my over 300 pictures, I will post more about our trip.

Safire

No Movie Today, Shocking

Everyone,

At least not for you guys to enjoy! Sorry.

We, as a family, enjoyed a movie tonight before/after dinner. We started “Despicable Me” before dinner while it was cooking, paused it about half way through to eat said dinner (and deal with Professor and his tantrums which he throws every single dinner time), and then finished it up with some popcorn in the living room.

We ended with a huge group hug and a screaming race through the house. One of the best nights we’ve had as a family in a long while. Something that I needed. Something that we all needed I think.

Safire

Weekend of Family Pictures, 2

Everyone,

Family Picture-

Family Turtle

We love having Grandpa around to take our family portrait!

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Weekend of Family Pictures

Everyone,

Family Picture-

Family Mt Vernon

We love Mt. Vernon!

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Proclamation to the Family: Photo Story

Everyone,

“We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”

Grandpa & Nana

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).”

Family Love

“The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.”

35 weeks twins

“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

Learning to push

“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”

Cousins

“We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”

Butterfly waving flags

Safire

PS- Written as part of Chocolate on my Cranium‘s Photo Essay Blog Hop.  Quotes taken from The Family: A Proclamation to the World

Utah Day 8

Everyone,

What a day! This morning we spent getting everyone ready for the big day ahead.

And we were late, even after getting up at 7am with the kids. Why is that I can’t make it somewhere until after 11am when I’ve been up for hours? It’s probably because everyone has to get ready AND I have to exercise. It’s nice to have exercise a habit. I like it.

Anyway, we went over to Juice’s family today and spent the afternoon with them. Juice’s two brothers were there, and his sister came with all of her kids. Including her twin girls! I haven’t seen Seraph since she was 2 months old because she’s either in the hospital when we go or my kids have a cold. But this time all the planets aligned and we were able to see them! Yay!

Juice with his twins, Splats with hers

Everyone had lunch and I loved hearing Juice and his brothers reminisce about all the bad things they did as kids. Juice’s mom said that it was amazing any of them lived to be adults. About half an hour later full of more stories, she said, “I want to change my statement. It’s amazing I lived!”

Uncle K

Butterfly spent the whole afternoon jumping on the trampoline in their field with her cousins.  She had a ball.  Juice’s dad showed us his new hobby: a beehive.  Very cool.  We’re going to try and go over again sometime next week and he’ll pull it open for me to take some pictures.  I’m excited!

Cousins on the Tramp

The boys were very good and even slept for awhile while we were there.  We were smart and brought their beds and their blankies and music.  But they had a good time playing with their cousins too and the toy train.

Once we actually left (like an hour later than we wanted to!), we headed up to my Aunt’s house for my Dad’s family reunion.  Good food, good family, and good conversation.  Butterfly ran and ran and ran with her second cousin who is just a year older than her.  The boys played on the slide and ate only chips for dinner.  We left there around 9pm.

Twins with Bubbles

They stayed awake for the entire 45 minutes of the ride home.  I thought with all the playing for sure they would be asleep in seconds.  They were once we put them in their beds around 10pm.  Tomorrow is going to be fun, I can tell.

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