Monday, March 23, 2015

January 2015

Before Mara was born we had a flurry of cleaning/organizing activity, mostly thanks to motivation from others. On New Year's Day the Olsens came over and thouroughly cleaned the house. Nate took a break to apply makeup. Another day Katy came over to help me make this gift for Tyler's parents. It shows where everyone in the family has served a mission! My mom also came over multiple snow days and painted the kitchen, organized every closet in my house, and vacuumed every crevice. She also swept the floor 1,000 times. Clemyjontri Park is always a blast! Pappy helped Truman say the Article of Faith in Primary. Truman was very proud of his person.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Truman Turns Three! (and Halloween)

Truman, Katie and I went to visit Tyler at his jobsite and then on to the zoo for his birthday! No picture of Halloween costumes this year! Whoops. I can't even remember what everyone was for various outings! But here is some food from our spooky food feast. No picture of Halloween costumes this year! Whoops. I can't even remember what everyone was for various outings! But here is some food from our spooky food feast. I made mummy dogs and mummy fingers. Adriel made a veggie skeleton. Grandmama made scary eyeballs and witch fingers!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I have been looking for these pictures for awhile! Visiting Tyler's jobsite--Coast Guard HQ June 2013 Chik-fil-a Day July 2013

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


October and November were filled with soccer practices and games.Brooklee enjoyed the social aspect of the practices and tolerated the games. Dallyn proved to be aggressive and competitve in going after the ball. Truman was at the sidelines, keeping himself busy with sticks and tricks. Adriel won't be playing soccer again. She enjoyed practices but hated the games. She never did learn the rules very well and was very hesitant to approach the ball. This was her one and only time to be goalie--only because she begged the coach. The after-game treats were her motivation to keep it up :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dolphin Birthday Party

Family celebration with mini cupcakes and cookie dough ice cream. Brooklee's got a little choke-hold on Lauren! Olivia and Truman test out his new sheets from Grandmama and Pappy. Ocean water, goldfish crackers, and dolphin bananas. Can't go wrong with PB&J! The easiest birthday "cake" ever. Party games included catching goldfish crackers in your mouth, jumping through a hula hoop like a dolphin, and pin the tail on the dolphin. Guests also used perler beads in ocean shapes and decorated their goody bags.

Friday, February 6, 2015

September 2014

Adriel, 3rd grade, Ms. Adams Dallyn, 1st grade, Mrs. Larson Brooklee, 1st grade, Miss Rabil First Day of School pics--on the mini-excavator, naturally. Clark had an outdoor showing of Frozen one Friday night. Adriel was excited to try the zipline--until it came time to let go. I think she was up there for almost ten minutes and cried the whole ride. The next day was the annual Clark picnic. Hopefully the signage doesn't reflect anything about the company. Truman was excited for his turn to start preschool. Four friends and I take turns hosting. He was pretty upset the first day when I picked him up and headed home. He insisted that he hadn't been to preschool--"that wasn't preschool, that was Peter's house!"

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rest of August 2014

After a couple weeks in Utah it was time to come home. Tyler had flown home and Grandmama had thankfully appointed herself co-driver/kid-wrangler. Cousin Lauren was also with us again, although I'm sure she was re-thinking her decision at this point! Memories from this trip included a stop at Winter Quarters and me physically breaking up a fight between Adriel and Brooklee. The kids swam at each of the two hotels and we had so much leftover food from Park City that we didn't buy a single meal while driving. I bought some grapes at a grocery store once but that was it! We pulled into Ashburn at 11:30 pm the third day but were happy to be (almost) home! Adriel made this battle between cicada shells and dead cicadas. We hurried home to spend time with the Bork's, who were staying at our house. The rest of the month was spent doing end-of-summer things: haircuts, lots of pool time, and using up the last of our library coupons at Pirate's Cove, a Potamac Nationals game, and Noodles. Tyler ran the VA Super at Wintergreen again--this time the weather was chilly and misty. Our condo had an amazing view of the ski slopes and mountains but the whole weekend we just saw a big cloud. I was five months pregnant here, and chose to volunteer and earn a free race for later when I could actually climb over walls and up a rope without my belly getting in the way. Tyler rented a mini-excavator to level out our front yard, which made someone really happy. Grandma Holmes, Cousin Katie, and the Little family joined us for a day at Shark Tooth Beach for a farewell to summer.