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This past Sunday, as we were on our way to church, it was snowing pretty hard. Usually when it snows this hard they cancel church. We were about 1/2 there when my co-teacher in Nursery called me, and told me that it had been cancelled. We turned around carefully (since the roads weren’t plowed yet), and headed back home. When we got home, the snow was about ankle deep, and Justin made paths and shoveled the snow off the cement. About 1-2 hours later, he had to do it again because it was like he hadn’t done it the first time. Here are a few of the pictures!

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This picture is my favorite of all!! I took this out the back door!!

 

I can’t believe its already February!!

Did January go by fast for you? I know it did for us!!

At the first of the month, Justin’s brother Brandon and his wife Stephanie had their little girl Cecily.  We are so excited for them to have this bundle of joy! We went the night she was born and got to hold her.

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We had an awesome month!  I had seen a lot of people do 3D mascara on facebook and I thought I’d give it a try since I have really little eyelashes.  When I first used them, I could see a difference in how they look thicker and darker.  I was pleased with it!

I ordered some makeup remover from Mary Kay and the person I bought it from sent me a sample of a perfume!  Holy Cow!!! LOVED IT!!  I told Justin that if he wanted, he could get that for me for my birthday!  He also liked the smell so it wasn’t hard to persuade him.

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Justin and I have also been doing a lot of “DIY” (Do It Yourself) type of stuff.  We’ve done Toothpaste (which is nice because it can get expensive), deodorant (we are still figuring out a good one for me, I either have rashes or itching.  We didn’t realize I had such sensitive skin.) We also do our own Laundry Soap.  My sister Kristen had told me about the recipie she uses.  Her kids have very sensitive skin, and so I thought “it wouldn’t hurt anything, what do I have to lose?” We tried a sample of hers and loved it!! Tonight I taught my mother in law how to make the laundry soap as well!! I think she really enjoyed it :D.

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Goodbye 2013!!

Well 2013, I gotta say you were a bittersweet year. I am glad to see you go because I am hoping your friend 2014 will be a better year. Lets have a little review of what happened last year….

JANUARY

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My birthday came and went and got some awesome stuff.  Learned how to potty train, ween off the bottle.  It was a fun month.

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Justin and I celebrated another Valentines day.  I made cookies with the girls and picture lady bugs.

MARCH

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Justin bought me a new ring.  On my wedding ring, the main diamond bracket keeps coming loose so I don’t wear it.  I have tried to have it fixed, but it came loose again. Justin’s brother and his wife got married!

APRIL

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We got snow this month, and it was nice to go out and play in it with the girls.  We love to go out and play in the snow.

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The “why so serious” dog!  At work a robin kept laying her beautiful eggs in the children’s playhouse.  Their parent’s didn’t like that much at all.

JUNE

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We had a tornado near Burlington, it was amazing!!!

“One week after Moore, Oklahoma was ripped in half by a tornado residents of the Big Horn Basin had has a scare of their own when several reports of a funnel cloud tunnel were received by the national weather service and park county sheriff’s department.

Since then there have been water cooler talk of three or more tornadoes on that day. To clear up the air swirling around Monday’s reported tornado National Weather Service severe weather coordinator Chris Jones” It was a EF0, 25mph and no damage and no one was hurt.  Justin’s grandma called and told us. I was on the phone with my grandma Martin and told her. We went and tried to chase it, but by the time we got halfway down the road the clouds were already going away.  We chased the clouds up to the Mountains.
A few days later we had a HUGE hailstorm that ruined crops and gardens.  Justin’s parents celebrated their 40th Anniversary and were gone for a week. We were blessed because his mom’s garden was spared.

JULY

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Justin’s cousin Taylor got married in Star Valley, and we made our way there.  When we got to his aunt and uncle’s house there was a Tornado Warning.  We also went camping that month and it was super nice to get out and about.

AUGUST

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I made my first batch of homemade salsa!! I was so excited, and it was so fun. I wanted to make more :D. Justin’s birthday was this month.  At the end of August we went down to Utah to see my sister and her family.  It was a lot of fun to catch up and see her two awesome boys.

SEPTEMBER

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The people I was babysitting for found a daycare/preschool for the girls and so they didn’t need me anymore.  We got hail bad this month again!  I felt so bad for the farmers. I started doing digital Scrapbooking and feel in love with it.

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I decided to take a trip down to Arizona to see my family for a few months.  I wanted to see my grandmother before she passed away.

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This beautiful, amazing, wonderful woman passed away a few days before I could go see her.  I know she didn’t want me to see her the way she was.  I love this lady so very much, she has helped me overcome so much trails.  I got to see some cousins who I haven’t seen in over 15 years.  I was told by my grandfather that I would receive the painting of my grandmother.

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NOVEMBER

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We went down to Arizona for Thanksgiving since its been 8 years since we’ve been there.  I’m glad we did because I got to see my grandfather!!  The day we were to leave I got the stomach flu. My parents gave me some anti-nausea meds and some pedialyte. Then my dad and Justin gave me a blessing.  We didn’t leave my parents house as early as we had hoped, but it was okay. I don’t remember the rest of that day at all.

The next morning we got into a car accident. The roads were slick, and we ended up doing a 180 three separate times. During the second one, we hit the median. Luckily no cars were driving the way we were, but there were lots going the other way. We made it home safe and sound. The trailblazer was still driveable, but the insurance company totalled it.  My grandfather let me take the painting home, and it was safe.

DECEMBER

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This wonderful, amazing, patient, loving grandfather passed away this month.  He was able to see his beautiful first wife Nadine and his second beautiful wife (who is pictured here) Laree.  I was unable to go to the funeral; I was heartbroken.  I know it was the right decision, and knew they were both okay with me not being able to make it.

Justin’s family came here for Christmas, and we had them here for almost 2 weeks. It was nice! =D

Hopefully this next year will be better!!

~My Grandma Martin~

 

After a few days of not working I had a strong feeling that I needed to get to Arizona.  We talked to my family to see when the best time would be and my older sister was throwing her two sons a birthday party on the 12th.  I knew I wanted to be there for their birthday party since I wasn’t able to for the last 2 years.  On the 6th I flew down and was able to spend a full week with my older sister and her family.  It has been a super fun week and I don’t want to leave!  We got word Friday night (10-11-13) that my Grandma Martin passed away.  My dad had wished she would have stayed a little longer for me to see her but I told him she did, she waited till I got to Arizona.  I was so glad that I listened to the feeling of needing to get down there as soon as I could.  The following Sunday (10-13-13) my mom and I drove down to Thatcher, when we got there we stopped at my Grandma Robinson’s house since she had dinner for us waiting.  (Each Sunday all of the Robinson’s still in the area get together at my mom’s house and have dinner. That night my grandmother had it at her place since my mom would be driving home.)  That night I started scanning pictures that my parents had of all of us kids and when they were younger.  I scanned and scanned and scanned.  I thought I had gotten them all when Tuesday night my dad found a drawer full of pictures.  I had my work cut out for me.  My sister’s; Kristen and her 2 boys, Bethanie and her youngest two boys and Stacey came down to Thatcher Wednesday so they could help my dad with the casket for my grandmother.  Thursday night J would be flying into Mesa, Nick and Brook would pick him up at the airport.  They wouldn’t be coming down to Thatcher till Friday evening since Bk had school and a test that day that she couldn’t miss.  Thursday night (early Friday morning) some of our cousins from Mississippi came down for the funeral.  Melissa, Amy, Terry, Tyson, and Danny, we hadn’t seen Melissa and Amy since Grandpa Herbert’s funeral last year, the last time I saw Terry, Tyson and Danny was for their dad’s funeral.

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These two pictures are the most recent ones I have of her and I.  These were taken when the Gila Valley Temple Dedication was going on.

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Friday Morning Melissa, Amy, my mom, my dad, Bethanie, Kristen and I went and dressed Grandma.  It was so peaceful and the spirit was so strong, you could also feel her there.  I could imagine her wrapping her arms around our shoulders and whispering to each one of us how much she appreciates and loves us. That night we went to the viewing, I had gone with my mom so I could help hold the memory cards and pens while she held the tree.  We set it down at the table, walked over to where my grandma was.  We kissed her and hugged Gpa Martin, when I hugged him he said some really nice things to me and told me a few things that made me cry like a baby, he told me how much he appreciated all the calls every week.  I hugged him again and kissed him again and told him how special he was to me and my family.  I then went down the line and the daughters of my grandpa told me how much my grandma loved me.  20 minutes later J walks in with Nick and Bk, I give Gabe (one of my newest nephews) back to his mom Meghan and go and hug J.  I show him the memory tree that Melissa thought of.  We go in and saw hi to my family so he can give them hugs, after awhile of sitting I take him to see Gma and Gpa.  While hugging Gpa again he makes me cry like a baby again and tells me how special I am and how much he appreciated those weekly calls to them.  Before all of the family left Gpa wanted to have a family prayer.  The prayer also made me cry!  I went to go say my final goodbye to my grandmother and one of my grandpa’s daughter in laws hugged me Liz Martin.  She told me how much my calls meant to my gma/gpa and how much my grandmother loved and still loves me.  I was so emotional that night and I still am when I think about it.  I keep telling myself that I need a good cry since I haven’t really cried about my gma’s death.

The next day was the funeral, it was beautiful and I knew she was pleased with how well it turned out.  Sometime during that week my dad came in and showed me his laptop it had on the top “Elder Richardson – Montana Billings, Mission” .  I didn’t know what he wanted me to look at, then I realized he was in the mission in our area.  I asked my dad who he was and he said a cousin of mine.  I’ve never met this cousin and I think it is really cool that he is serving a mission here.  He is in J’s uncles ward now and loves it!

Monday 10-21-13 J and I drove with Kristen to her home in Ogden and stayed with them for the night.  I’m so glad we did because we were able to help her when B-man got car sick!  It was so sad to see him like that, as soon as we got home he was fine.

I’m so glad that we have the knowledge that we will get to see our loved ones again.  A few weeks before my grandma passed away I heard this song on Pandara and loved it.  One of the days I was in Thatcher my dad told me to come see him, when I did he had me listen to the song again.

Such a Bittersweet Friday (9-13-13)

Thursday (9/12/2013) I walked into work and started playing with the play-doh with K. Before H left for work, she told me that they had found a preschool that teaches 4-year-olds and also has a daycare. Then she told me how sorry she was to spring this on me so early. I told her that it was fine. We both agreed that K would be better if she can be with P. A while after H left, I felt like crying. I love those girls! After another while of trying to figure out what was going to happen, two thoughts came into my head: “Now you can go to Arizona, be with your family, and stay as long as you need without feeling bad about taking time off.” and “Now you can be a stay at home mom like you want to be.” I felt better after those thoughts came to mind. When Friday came, it was hard to say goodbye to them.

I know without a doubt that the Lord has a plan for us and he sees the bigger picture. I’m excited to see what he has in store for us now! I’m also excited not to be working again. That way I can go to Arizona and be with my family. Finally, I’m excited that I can stay longer than a week, and not worry about finding someone to watch the girls.

I txted H last night to see how the girls did on their first day, and she said “they seemed to enjoy it. They did ask about you.” I’ll always appreciate H and D for letting me watch their beautiful girls. It was such a great learning experience! I’m looking forward to having some of our own!  =D

Camping July 2013

H and D had taken 1/2 of Thursday and all of Friday off (7-11,12-13) . We were going to go to Utah to see my sister K, but we all decided that she should go to Arizona. So Justin and I decided to go camping, and it was a lot of fun! We didn’t go to the place where we normally go (which I was GLAD!!!). Instead we went up higher on the mountain so it would be a lot cooler.

Tuesday night we went to Cody to get things that we needed. Last year when we went camping our (awesome, big, high) air mattress was left in the sun in the tent and started to get lopsided so we decided that we probably shouldn’t use it anymore (I was sad because I loved that one, it was so comfy!!) so we bought an air mattress. We had to get new sleeping bags also because a cute little guy had an accent in ours (which is fine, it happens :D). We also decided to get a small (but not too small) canopy for shade.  It’s crazy because we never need 2 carts and that time we did. The next morning I took J to work because I needed to babysit for a few hours :D.  After I got home from work I washed and folded laundry, packed up some of the suitcases, and made sure we had everything on the list. At noon on Thursday D came inside while the girls were eating and we talked for a little bit. Then J and I left go get some food while we were getting things that we needed.  We went home and packed his parents trailblazer (our tires are bald and he didn’t trust them), grabbed the dog, and went on our way.  We got to the campground, found a place and J went go to pay and not more than 5 minutes later someone came into the campground wanting to know if we were gonna camp there. I’m glad we got there when we did!!  We had so much fun, I love being able to go camping. We set up the tent and canopy, ate dinner, and got ready for bed.

I woke up from tossing and turning and just listened to the rain. It rained all night long and into the morning. That morning we decided to make a trip back down to get a few things that we missed. We were only going to go to Dirty Annie’s, but we decided to come home to get a chair for Tempe and just get the stuff at home. When we got back up it was super nice to get away from the heat back home. The weekend went by way too fast. I told J that I want to come back up one more time this summer before it gets too cold, but this time also invite his parents.

So…during weekend we had a furry friend that would come into our camp and hang out. One day we were sitting under the canopy, and our friend came over and started sniffing around. We had our tubs and ice chest under a tree in the shade because the car was too hot. It climbed onto the tub and realized there was no food on there so it climbed on the ice chest.  It walked around for a bit and looked at us like “excuse me, why aren’t you leaving any food where I can get it?”  It started yelling and talking, then ran up the tree came back down and onto the picnic table. I realized I left Tempe’s bag open so J got up and shooed the squirrel away.  It climbed up the tree that was right there and started yelling at him. It was so funny!!  Here is pictures of our campground. 36501_10151715274267430_226422462_n

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Indian Paintbrushes, they are Wyoming’s State Flower.  I love them, they are so pretty!

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Camping runs deep in my blood!! Growing up we would camp every single year with family and friends. I remember sleeping in tents, then trailers, and later a family friend had a cabin that we stayed in. I’m not big on spiders at all, and upstairs in the cabin were dead/live spiders *shivers*. I remember one year a daddy-long-legs was crawling on me, and I kept stomping and trying to get it off. Its funny now, but still hate spiders. I don’t like them anywhere on or around me. I can’t remember a year that we didn’t go. Sometimes we’d stay 2 weeks, and others we’d only stay 1.  Those are some of the best memories I have, and I want to share those with our kids.

Tay and Jess’s Wedding!

Friday morning we started our trek down to Star Valley (7-6-13). We weren’t able to take Tempe with us because there wouldn’t be a good place to keep her while we were there. When we got checked into our motel, we freshened up and went on over to J’s aunt and uncle’s house. While driving there we could see some pretty nasty looking clouds coming towards Bedford, 10-20 minutes after being there we hear Tay’s phone beep.  “Tornado watch?!?” he said, J went around back and looked and didn’t see any funnels or anything. We continued to chat and a few minutes later his phone beeped again with the same warning but also to find shelter if you haven’t already. Again J went and looked and couldn’t find any circulation of clouds at all. After awhile Lush comes out and says that she got the same warning on her phone, and then a touch later her and Tay’s phones go off again with the same warning. J and I walked around back to see what we could see. We just saw some dark clouds and heard thunder every once in awhile but that was all, no rotation in clouds. His uncle decided that we should eat in the garage so we all helped bring things in there, and after 10 minutes of getting our food and sitting down to eat, it started to rain.

That night we got to go over and meet the bride and her family and help set up for the wedding. Lush asked if we wanted to go with her, and we said sure since we were coming back to their house after. On our way we saw huge trees blowing back and forth in the wind, and there was limbs and branches all over the road. I was looking out the back window and saw some awesome lightening. It was a “V” but pointing down and sideways.

When we got to the brides house it wasn’t as bad. We helped set up chairs and then stood talking waiting for the rest of the crew to show up to meet the family. One lady on the bride’s side came out and started talking to us. She told us that someone called the bride’s mom and said that Thayne had 60 mph winds (I believed it). When everyone else showed up, we sat and talked for around an hour. Then Lush said she was gonna go, and since she was our ride, we went with her. Half way in the road was one of the farmer’s sprinklers. Lush stopped so J could get out and moved it.  He came back in, and said that it was very light to move. We got back to their place, watched some home movies, and then shot off some fireworks. J and I realize how late it is and so we say goodnight and head on back to our motel.

The next morning we were invited to go over and brunch with them at 10, but we didn’t make it in time so we went to Tootsie’s.  I was looking on my phone, and it said that the area was supposed to get rain in the afternoon. I was hoping and praying that the weather would be good until after the wedding. The wedding was at 4, and it was so beautiful. They have such a beautiful yard! All afternoon there were dark clouds above the mountains, but luckily they stayed there. After the ceremony we went and congratulated the couple, and then had a bbq (sooooo good!!!). After we all ate, they cut the cake, and it was super beautiful.

J asked me if I would like his mom to take some pictures for us, and I said sure. J’s niece came over and took a few pictures with us as well.  After they got pictures of the bride, groom, and everyone that they wanted pictures with, it started to get windy and then it started to rain. I know that our prayers were answered. After the wedding we went back to the motel to change, and on our way back to his aunt and uncle’s place it started to hail. It was cool!! I tried taking pictures of the lightning, but as soon as the hail started, my arm started to get sore because it was getting hit by hail.

When we got to his aunt and uncle’s house, Chel needed to go get a bottle top for her little boy because he bit right through it. She asked me if I wanted to come, and I said sure so we went into town to get one. While driving we talked about everything that has been going on. It was so nice to be able to hang out with her even for as little as we did. I told her that if they were coming up here anytime soon, she could bring her boy over to the house I babysit in and make cookies. When we got back J’s parents were at the house so we sat and talked with them for awhile before they left to go back to the motel. Later that night we shot off more fireworks, talked about brothers and a lot of other things. We said our goodbyes and left for the night. We left the motel a little before 10am and started our drive back home. I was sad we didn’t get to say goodbye to Lush because the night before she went and hung out with friends at a rodeo.

We had such a great trip, hated that it went by way to fast!

Here are some pictures we got =D from the weekend!!

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Spring has brought us such a nice surprise…

I looked out the window and what did I see?
Robin eggs laying in the playhouse.
Spring has brought me such a nice surprise, robin eggs popping right before my eyes.

To I’ll tell you beforehand I’m not one to destroy nature by any means.  A few weeks ago I went into work, and H told me that a Robin had decided to make her nest in the playhouse. They felt bad because the bird decided to build its nest there, but they don’t want them in the playhouse because of the mess that they make.

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She asked me nicely to have P take it down, and I said sure.  For first few days we made 5-6 trips every hour in the morning before we went out to go play.  I even told the bird a few times “please build your nest in a tree, and you won’t have to worry about it being taken down.”  They have trees behind their house, and there are many other places they could make their nests. That was on Monday and Tuesday, and since I have Wednesday off I was hoping and praying that the bird would have taken my advice and built its nest elsewhere.  I went back to work on Thursday, and the nest was bigger. The girls and I went up the stairs in the playhouse, and pushed the nest down the slide.  The girls both slid down, (by the way this was K’s first time to go down the slide and she loved it!!) and I went back down the stairs.  We threw the nest over the fence, and went back to watch some cartoons before it was time for P to do her letters and numbers.  After that we went outside to play and there was a new nest already up there. An idea came to mind that if we put toys around the area, the bird won’t bother nesting.  We got all the girls’ sand toys, and climbed the stairs to put the toys around. K wanted to push them down on the slide (it was quite funny to watch her get excited about it).  Friday came, and they wanted to play with those toys so I had P and K go up there to push everything down the slide.  We played and played, and then I went home for the weekend.  When I came back to work on Monday, there was another nest.  We did the same thing on Monday and Tuesday with the toys. I went into work on Thursday and P was sick, sick, sick!! so we didn’t do anything except watch cartoons and movies all day.  I walked in on Friday, and she still wasn’t feeling good. I did however ask her to come help me with the nest, and she was happy to help.  We went up the stairs and saw another new nest, and it was huge!

I told P to push it down the slide, and she did.  When we got down to bottom of the slide I told her to throw it over the fence.  She looked at me and went “eww…no way its wet” so I picked it up with the dustpan and threw it myself.  We then put toys up there again. We went in and watched cartoons and movies for the rest of the day. I didn’t want to push her into doing activities until I knew she was better.

I was hoping and praying all weekend that the bird would find a new place to have its nest.  I went in on Monday and asked H if there was any other nests and she said “nope, haven’t seen any at all this weekend.”  I was so relieved, and saw that P was feeling so much better!  After H and D left for the day, I saw the bird up there, and I had K and P come with me to make sure there was no nest.  We got up into the playhouse and saw this….

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A wasps nest with a wasp around it (I am not a wasp/bee person at all!! I hate those things with a passion).  K was near it and near the opening for where the birds nest usually is so I calmly told her to come to me and stay near sister.  P started to come around me and go in front, and I asked her calmly to stay back.  She asked why, and I said “just trust me okay?” I didn’t want to sound alarmed because then they would get scared.  I looked where the nest usually was, and saw an egg.  I crawled (can’t really stand up in the upper area of the playhouse) as close as I could, and prayed that the wasp would just leave me alone so I could get a picture of the egg.  I got as close as I felt comfortable with, and took a picture.

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I wanted to get a closer look, but I’d rather not get stung.  All three of us went back down the stairs again, and went back inside so P could do her letters and numbers.  She is getting so good at them. I’m so proud of her!  We found a fun way to do her letters now, and both her and K love it!  Every time she does 1 letter caps and undercaps I read her the letter out of these books.

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Some days we do 1 book, some days we do both, and some days we don’t do any.  That way she doesn’t  get bored.  My mother gave me this idea, and sent them to me.  They have been a lifesaver.  My mother-in-law suggested that we use shaving cream and she could draw letters in that.  We hadn’t been to walmart for a few weeks, and so I haven’t been able to get that stuff yet.  I will have to get some the next time we go up.

After she did her letters Monday, we went outside. I wanted to get a better picture of the egg, but I also didn’t want to get stung either.  I told the girls that I’d rather have them not play in the playhouse until their daddy came to kill the wasps.  They both obeyed, and I loved that they did.  I noticed that the Robin was back, and laying in the spot she chose.  I asked P to climb up the slide and tell me if there was still just 1 egg or more. If you look closely you can see the mother bird sitting down in between the wood bars.

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As she climbed, the mother flew away, and she told me “KIMMIE!! There are 2 eggs!!” So I tried to figure a way to get a good picture of the eggs.

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They seriously are such a pretty color!!  I came back yesterday, and H told me that D sprayed the wasps nests. He had left the nests so any wasps returning would also die, and said that it would be okay now if they kids played in there.  I felt better because I felt bad that they could do it on Monday.  I’m not sure what they did with the eggs, but I noticed that the bird came right back and laid another one.  During quiet time P and I went into the playhouse, and got some closeup pictures of the egg.  I was so happy!!

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I loved looking at the egg; it was such a pretty egg.  I feel really bad for the mother bird and the eggs.

I was talking to Andrea (my mother in law) about how I feel bad, and she was telling me that it would be awesome to be able to have a nest somewhere, and just watch the birds from when they lay the eggs till they hatch.  I agreed it would be awesome to see!!

Pictures

Some fun pictures that I’ve found.  😀

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This picture is one that J’s mom took of us that I love!!

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This is little Braxton and I.  I was glad we got to be there for the blessing.

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We were able to go to the Gila Valley Temple Dedication and it is one experience I will NEVER forget!!

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I love this little girl!! She isn’t so little anymore.

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Brooklyn and Zack and I!! Love them to death!!

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Trevon and I.

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Justin and Zack.  I love this picture… Zack just looking at J.

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Me and Zack

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First time meeting Tempe…. Where has the time gone?!?

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My dad shoots off fireworks for the 4th of July and that year we went to Eloy.

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My Dad and J.  It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work!! But worth it :D.

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Miss Bk and I.

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Justin, nephew Campbell and niece Lindsey. (this was this past Thanksgiving).