Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Fun

Although we love Arizona, Dayne and I miss the mountains! Because we are in Utah  for the next few months, we decided to take advantage of living 10 minutes away from some beautiful canyons. Nothing quite ushers in fall like crisp air, tall trees, and vibrant leaves.

The Birthday Boy

Evan was fortunate enough to get to celebrate his birthday in Idaho and Utah; what a lucky kid! It was so much fun to spend time with both sides of the family - we are so blessed to have such amazing support groups! I can't believe my baby is one! He's such a funny kid and always puts a smile on my face! 

Evan's tricks:
Panting like a dog when asked what noise a dog makes
Making turkey noises
Holding up his pointer finger when asked how old he is
Calling Gunner "Gu"
Saying "doe" for no and "da" for ya
Standing and taking a few steps at a time
Taking his diaper off
Emptying the trash can
Playing with balls (this kid tries to bounce and throw anything that's round)
Giving kisses (mouth wide open with tongue)

I am the luckiest momma in the world spending my days with my little toothless wonder (yup, still no teeth!). His smiles melt my heart, his squeals make me grin, and his sweet spirit reminds me just how blessed I am! Happy Birthday little chief! 

It sure has been one joyous year! 
Birthday Celebrations in Firth! He ate the entire cupcake! 
I'm ONE! 

Evan's animal themed birthday party! Thanks Sarah and Mom for all the help! 

My mom was the mastermind behind Evan's
"animal themed" party food!
Pretty sure Evan's favorite part of his birthday were the balloons. 
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for my awesome ball pit! 
So much fun with cousins! 

Grandpa Benson

One of my heroes, my Grandpa Benson, passed away a few weeks ago. He was such a wonderful example of serving others, working hard, and always being positive. Although he suffered from many illnesses, he always had a smile on his face. I remember asking him one time if he could remember ever living a day without pain. He replied with a simple "nope" and with a smile on his face, reminded me how good life was. He not only endured his trials, but he endured them with a smile and eternal perspective. When I was up in Rexburg, I used to love to drive down and visit Grandma and Grandpa Benson any chance I could - their house always felt like home. Spending at least 12 hours a day in his yard, I also loved spending time enjoying his "Garden of Eden." My earliest memory is of my Grandpa Benson and I spending time together; I was two years old and I remember lying on the grass near the banks of the Snake River laughing and looking at the clouds with my Grandpa; I'll cherish this memory forever. Although I will miss my Grandpa with all my heart, I have a strong testimony that families are forever and death is not the end. Love you Grandpa!