Sunday, September 29, 2013

Homeland Creamery

Molly and I enjoyed a beautiful fall morning at Homeland Creamery with friends.  We got to go on a hay ride and see different kinds of cows.  We learned what they eat, got to milk a pretend cow, feed a real baby cow, and eat ice cream.  She loved it and has asked me each day since when we can go again.


We may or may not have brought home a cooler full of ice cream, butter, chocolate milk, and cheeses from the creamery, too.   I wish that I could go on field trips with Molly every day.

Temple Trip with Rachel

I had the wonderful blessing of being at the temple with my littlest sister, Rachel, the Saturday before she went on your mission.   Have I mentioned how proud I am of her?

Isn't she beautiful!  I am going to miss this face the next 18 months!

Molly's Hair Cut?

Molly kept saying she wanted to get her hair cut, so one afternoon I took her to a hair stylist.  Molly had fun looking through the pictures in the style books.  She decided that this little girl with hair longer than hers, was exactly what she wanted her hair to look like.  So we opted to just even up the ends instead of an actual cut.

 She was very excited to sit up in the big swively chair.

Here is her "I am trying to be brave but I am really nervous." face.

And the finished product. 

My favorite part of the day was that when Ryan came home from school he actually noticed that she had a new haircut and told her how beautiful she looked.  Melted my heart.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Trails to You

Rachel leaves on her mission to Mesa, Arizona this week.  This weekend we hosted a farewell open house for her at my parents' home.  Of course we had to have a Cowboy themed party to wish her "Happy Trails." 

 We decorated the house with bandannas and cowboy hats and Southwestern vases.  We ate chili and had Cowboy Cookies, Haystacks, and Cow Patties.  A huge watering hole, and note cards for guests to write messages to Rachel.

Side Note:  We had these cute little signs all over the house.  After reading and "getting" the "I'll be Mission You" pun, Ryan wondered what "Happy Trails to You" might mean.  His all-knowing big brother reminded him of Rachel's talk where she said that missions were really hard.  Meaning that the pun here was " happy TRIALS to you" which means you should be happy with your trials.  :)

The biggest hit of the party (or at least with my three little people) was the photo booth.  We had lots of fun western props and Rachel took pictures with each of her guests as they arrived.  I took over 300 pictures at the party...mostly of my own children who kept hopping back on the saddle.

My children kept going back.  Who knew that all it took were props to have Andrew actually LIKE to take pictures.

Our guests were such great sports.  I am so grateful for such a fun family and family friends!

It was also Emily's 24th birthday yesterday, so we had birthday cake in her honor.  The boys blew out the candles for her.