ay My Grandma and mom and dad were Utah State's Alumni of the Year for 2010! Two weeks ago we spent the weekend up in Logan celebrating them during USU's Homecoming! We went up Friday night to a dinner at Hamiltons (a fancy restaurant up in Logan). Then we all stayed at the University Inn, so that we could get to a breakfast honoring the award recipients early the next morning! Then buses took my parents and us down to the parade, so that we could watch them in the Homecoming parade!
This is us waiting along the parade route!
Ethan and Aiden got lots of candy during the parade!
My parents and grandma in the parade!
After the parade, we had the game! It was very rainy, but it was okay because we got to be up in a suite! My parents went out on the field during half time and it was fun to cheer for them down on the field! USU lost big time, which was kind of sad, but it was still a fun weekend and we are still Aggies through and through!
Last night, October 18th was my Grandma Anderson's 80th birthday! My mom and dad threw her a surprise birthday party at their house! It was really fun and I think my grandma enjoyed herself! She is such an awesome lady! She is selfless, kind, fun, and so full of energy and life! We are so grateful to have her in our lives!
With Jake and Joel!
With Sarah, Noah, Gary, and Aiden!
With my mom and dad!
Grandma's cake, she got to be the queen for the day!
Grandma with her kids: Steve, Peggy, and my dad!
With her kids and their spouses! Happy Birthday Grandma! Here's to many more!
With Memorial Day over, I finally am beginning to accept that summer really is ending. I love the summer, so I am a little sad (though I love the fall too, so I'm looking forward to that). We had an amazing summer though, so here are, in no particular order, a few of the activities our family was lucky enough to be involved in this summer!
We made our annual trip up to my grandparent's cabin in Wyoming, where we had a great time riding the gator and four wheelers!
We made multiple trips to the park! Both boys love slides and swinging! With school out, we got to bring along a lot of friends on park trips and one time they even buried Ethan in the sand (much to his delight)
Though it was very hot, we had a wonderful trip to the zoo at the beginning of August! Ethan's best friend Miles came too, along with his older sister Emma! We had such a great day, which capped off a whole week of doing animal themed activities (we also went and fed bread to the ducks at the park and walked the Lagoon trail, which has camels, buffalo, elk, and other various animals along the way)!
We have a membership to the Treehouse Museum, so we made a few trips. Here is Ethan and his friend Cole kicking down all of the giant chess pieces. Jack had a great time watching!
Thanks to Jeff Fox, a neighbor and the Chief Fireman in West Valley, we were able to go to the firehouse and play around on the firetruck! They even turned the hose on, so all of the kids could run around and play! Ethan got to climb on the truck and learn what all of the buttons did!
What summer is complete without swimming? Jack is our little water baby, and loved whenever we got the pool out! We would often have friends over to play around and the kiddie pool was the perfect way to keep the boys cool while playing outside!
Lastly, Ethan took swim lessons twice this summer. The first time he went he hated it and cried, but by the second day he loved it! He learned to blow bubbles, put his head under water, kick, and float on his back!
This was, of course, not everything we did this summer. PJ and I were both busy with Youth Conference, Girls Camp and High Adventure. We also were able to go see Lion King and Jack Johnson (both the week of my birthday). Ethan and Jack got to participate in a little neighborhood camp thing, where they had science, art, cooking, reading, swimming, park, and animal themed weeks! Hooray for summer 2010!
Thanks to Audrey for taking these wonderful family pictures of us! Here is a sampling of a few of my favorites! I'm trying to decide which ones to blow up and frame, so I would definitely appreciate any feedback!
The Boys: I just think this one is so sweet, and shows how Jack feels about his big brother!
Jack: We had a ton of him, but it would take too long to upload them all to this post, so here are a few I liked