Saturday, April 26, 2008

Matt and Shelby

This was so cute I had to post it! Matt was playing with Shelby and she was just talking away!! She got herself so excited towards the end she got the hiccups!!

Warm weather!!!

Finally some sunshine!! Just two days ago, it was snowing!

Matt put up the trampoline and the girls have been enjoying it all day. Ellie keeps asking if she can put the sprinklers underneath. Uh, it's not THAT warm!!

Matt got the lawn mowed and burned all the debris that built up over the winter. The yard looks great now!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring Break

We had an absolute blast over Spring Break this last week!! We left last Thursday morning and headed to Payson to visit with my family. Shelby spent her first night in the camper and it was COLD!! Good thing we have a great heater! The next morning we loaded up and went to the Sand Dunes down by Delta. There we met up with some of our really good friends the Barlow's, the Anthon's and the Coat's. They had come down a day earlier and had saved us a spot which was a good thing because there were a TON of people there! Friday was still a little bit chilly, but the kids didn't care. The second Matt unloaded the 4-wheelers they were off. We had an awesome dutch-oven dinner that night with everyone - Ribs, Potatoes, Baked Beans and of course Cobbler!! It was so yummy!! Later on Brad and Jen Ericksen rolled in with their camper and we added even more kids to the mix. That night the guys took care of the kids in one camper and the moms played games in another. We loved not having to have kids crawl all over us while we were strategizing our next move!!

All weekend long the weather was so beautiful and warm, it felt like June and we all got a sunburn! (Reminder: pack sunscreen in the camper.) The kids played and played on the 4-wheelers (Ellie rode so much she ran out of gas three times), in the "fort" that they made, dune jumping, and digging. They even came up with "Camper Idol" complete with judges and performers! The mom's got to go on a fun ride all the way to Sand Mountain, play games, and even went on a long walk to burn off some of the calories we were consuming due to all the good junk food! The dad's got a lot of guy rides in and were always willing to take the kiddies for rides in the Rhino's. My sister, Brenda and her family were able to make it out for a day as well! One afternoon we all piled in our trucks and drove out to Porter Rockwell's old ranch. That was fun and the kids loved exploring all the old ruins and even found a lizard! We had such a great time with everyone!!! No one really wanted to leave. But when the wind kicked up on Monday we knew that it was time to head home. We are so lucky to have such great friends and family!! We had so much fun and are so grateful that we were able to be together!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

2 1/2 months

She is still learning how to pose for the camera

That's better!! A smile AND a wave!

Watching General Conference

A bad hair day


For FHE last night we decided to head over to the Rec Center to swim!!

Ellie loves it because the water is always warm!

Shannon is a great swimmer! She even goes off the diving board!

Christopher swam with us for a little bit before heading to his Tae Kwon Do class down the hall.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Lovell Family

60 years together!

Last night we traveled to the Joseph Smith Memorial building in Salt Lake to celebrate Matt's parents' 60th wedding anniversary. All of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were there including Janet and Harry from Washington! That was so neat to finally be able to meet them and Jason, Christy and Sharla and their kids. Trisha put together a wonderful slide show of pictures and she and Jodi sang "Grow Old With Me" by John Lennon. Later on Ryan played an arrangement of one of Ferrin and Donna's favorite songs and everyone got up and danced to the music! Barbara gave a touching tribute to her parents that had everyone in tears. (There were a lot of tears through out the night - this is the Lovell family!!) After the program we had a very nice dinner and were able to visit there for several hours. The kids had their own party downstairs complete with dinner, games, movies and of course what Lovell party would be complete with out the goodie bag full of treats and toys!? It was a wonderful evening!! Thanks so much to everyone that helped to put this special event together!

Janet, Ferrin, Dori, Barbara, Lori, Peggy, Matt, Donna and Julie