Friday, July 8, 2016

Brooke's Birthday...Washington or bust!!!

With Field of Stars done, Ram could get a hair cut! This funny picture shows how long it, it didn't stay this way!
 We drove pretty much straight up to Washington once the play was over! Grandma headed up first with our kids (they had an adventure when grandma lost a tire) and then CJ and I drove up together, just the two of us! While in Washington we got to celebrate Brooke's birthday. She chose the trampoline park!
I think her favorite present was her balloon animal making kit!
Her party was Zootopia themed and she planned out all the activities--it was a full day of celebrating!

After Brooke's birthday Grandma took us to a super fun Carousel in Tri-Cities. They had these cool rings you could grab from a fish, then try to throw into buckets as you pass by. It added a great element to the traditional carousel.

We had such a great time in Washington and love going to Grandma's house. It was so great to celebrate our sweet Brookie! She truly is precious as can be. She is a hard worker and always so fun to be around. We love her soooo much!!
Another fun aspect of this trip was that CJ and I got to go on a couple of great runs! We ran from Grandma's house to the temple and back, and then we took a little run along the Columbia River while the kids played at a park. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Field of Stars!!!

Can I just say, "Dream come true!!"?? As long as I can remember CJ and I have talked about being able to do plays together. Since I was a kid I had dreamed of having a lead in a play, but never really thought it could happen because I ain't much of a singer. We had talked about doing this locally written and produced play in Richfield "A Field of Stars" since the first year we saw it...probably 7 years ago. We finally got ourselves to do it, 1) because we weren't going anywhere big during that timeframe, 2) we really wanted our children to do this play! Viana and Brooke have done such a great job being involved in the high school productions that we really wanted them to have this opportunity, plus we could introduce Ram and CharlyAnn to the stage through "A Field of Stars." So, CJ took the kids to the audition--I honestly don't remember where I was or what I was doing, but I got a phone call from her telling me that I should come. I did and in less than a minute CJ and I were singing a duet of "The Star Spangled Banner" for our audition. We got a call back and walked through the blocking of a song, and then, just like that we were announced as the lead roles of Johnny and Mary and we would be singing solos galore!!!! :) Wow! I honestly still can't believe it. Did I mention that this was a DREAM COME TRUE!? We had such a great time getting to know so many wonderful people, taking voice lessons from the incredibly talented Raina Williams, learning and getting into American History, and then performing and having people we love and know, and some we didn't even know, watch and support us and even be kind enough to tell us we did a great job! SO FUN!! So Great! DREAM COME TRUE!! 
Here I am in my Johnny costume, make-up and all... :)  Kinda glad it's really blurry!

 My beautiful wife Halcyon as Mary! She totally killed it!!
 It really was a great experience for the kids. Viana became BEST friends with Reina Pratt, and they all did great on stage! Ram's favorite part was throwing fake snow balls. Viana and Brooke both had speaking and singing lines :)
 With practices and performances it was a lot of late nights for our little Emery!
 If the Carters are coming into town, then a trip to South China is a must.
  Ram was such a good sport about getting ready for each show! His long hair looked great! Cody Lamb (Paul Revere) was awesome to help out as well as being an incredible singer.

I know we have more pictures somewhere--I'll try to add them on as I find more! I do have footage if anyone wants a copy of this awesome play!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bro. Cornelsen is BACK!!!!

Bro. Steve Cornelsen has returned to Utah! Steve was the seminary teacher that welcomed me and my family to Monroe--he trained me and showed me all the ropes! We only got to teach together for a year and a half before he moved to Virginia. Well, the Lord makes amazing things happen and just this summer he and his family accepted an assignment to teach Institute at Snow College, so he is even back in our Area. I was trying to sneak a selfie without him knowing at our first meeting together. He is such a great man and I'm so glad that I will get to see him much more regularly now!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Girls' Camp

We also went to Girls' Camp!! We only got to go up for one evening, but we just so happened to be there for Cafe Rio burrito night...not a big deal, right? So, CJ is kind of massively obsessed with Girls' Camp--maybe I should have let her write this one. But hey, one of my favorite parts of being Bishop is getting to work with the young women. They are so fun, so awesome and the leaders are great! We had a great time and they even gave me and CJ time to share a lesson and our testimonies. Their theme was "Let it Glow!" So everything was Frozen-themed. The camp was on the mountains above Beaver, was a beautiful location. Not sure how this was the only picture I got, but CJ kind of stands out in the red shirt, don't ya think? Also notice the crazy camp glasses :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Ram and CharlyAnn in their superhero costumes above! And CharlyAnn (below) posing with her new curtain, which is actually just new to her. I'm pretty sure this Finding Nemo curtain hung in our Wyview Apartment! But it was great timing for the release of Finding Dory (which we saw 3 times in theaters :) )
CJ loves her special drinks, here is a pic from a Winger's lunch date we got in during the summer:

Uncle Matt came to visit on Father's Day weekend and brought these delicious very realistic looking watermelon cookies. If you look, you can see Emery's face is covered in pink frosting, but she wouldn't touch the green watermelon rind!

Thanks Uncle Matt! Below is Viana's Father's day poem:
Yum!! Sagebrush! Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Salad is one of CJ's favorite! I texted this picture to Nathan Pacheco (Sagebrush is his favorite) and he replied with: "You should ask if they deliver" ...he lives in Nashville :)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ram's baseball

Seeing how Eric is the one that had these pics on his phone he is going to the post! :)

Ram had a great time playing coach pitch baseball (he never did tee-ball, so this was his first year playing. They have tees there, that you can see in the picture, where if the player hasn't hit on their first three pitches then they got to hit off the tee). We were so proud of this little boy and his good work. Should I mention that I had to bribe him with a video game to sign up? Lego Batman 2 has been a good addition :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

12th Anniversary

For our anniversary, we thought we would go back to where we went for our Honeymoon....that's right, Boise Idaho!! We stayed at a Hilton and the Anniversary Inn. It was the perfect get-away! We had a lot of down time to just relax, eat amazing and delicious food, and to watch movies!! Plus we got to go to the temple where I saw a former student who is currently serving his full-time mission in Boise!

 Tucanos was just one of the delicious food stops we enjoyed! Others included Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, and a Creperie!
 We took the short drive to Nampa, because a young man in my ward had just received his mission call to Nampa!
 Boise Temple!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

CharlyAnn's Tball!

My babies just keep growing up, how does this happen? CharlyAnn is finally old enough to get treats for being on a team!! And she has been loving it. Plus, she's pretty good at doing what her coaches say in tball! She's always in ready position on defense, and it's adorable! And she puts all of her muscle into her swings. So presh!