Saturday, August 22, 2015


Jackson can sleep anywhere. 
And he does.  
Even when he was a tiny baby he would nap at a church or Grandma's house or in the grocery store (with me holding him in a sling). 
There is really only one place Jackson doesn't sleep well--alone in his bed!

Jackson goes to sleep with Rustin almost every night.  He will just brush his teeth and run in to snuggle up when he gets tired.  

Jackson also comes in to snuggle with us every morning around 5 or 6.  I used to make the other kids sleep in a bed on the floor next to my bed when they came in during the night.  I think I was worried about them getting used to sleeping with me and not sleeping alone.  Now I don't know why I was so worried!  With Dallin and Landon just a few {nine or so} months away from leaving, I suddenly want to clasp every second I get with the kids home.  When I was younger people used to tell me that they would grow up too fast but I really didn't get it.  Now I do.   I love seeing the kids grow and do fun things and make good choices but I love having them near me! Those moments when Jackson insists on snuggling with his face just inches from my own will go away in no time at all.  
And I will miss them. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Look who's twelve!

We have a young woman in the house!

For Jenna's birthday this year Rustin took her to Franklin for an overnight horseback ride.  
It is pretty hard to beat the beauty of Cache Valley in the summer.

They packed food and camping gear and headed for the mountains.  They slept on cots and cooked over the fire.  Jenna confided to me when she came home that she thinks boys definitely have an advantage in the convenience department when it comes to the outdoor bathroom situation... 
I agree.  

The flowers were beautiful. 

Jotham and Hannah came up and joined them for a day. 
Cousins are the best!

Jenna loved her trip.  Maybe I will talk them in to taking me next time!


Summer is the best time of the year.  I say that every summer. I also say that when its Fall, Winter and Spring but right now it is a toasty 95 degrees and I'm completely loving every minute. 

This year Dallin decided to to the Spudman triathlon for his senior project.

First he put on his super hero costume. (wet suit)

Then he packed up his bike and running shoes and headed to Burley to spend the night with the other super heros (my siblings in this case).

We only have a few pictured here but Spencer and Emily, Becki and Jeremy, Juli and Tom all did the whole race.  
Landon, Bryce and Emily (a.k.a. The Robin Hatchlings) worked together as a team: Emily swam, Bryce did the bike portion and Landon did the run.  

They did one mile swim, 25 mile bike and a 10K run.  Phew.  Exhausting!

It helps to have a cheering squad...

And of course a medal makes all the pain worth while.

Good job everyone!