S: Evans Family 2010
BC: .....And that's all she wrote. | 2010
FC: Evans Family 2010 | Memories | Our favorite
1: All things grow better with love.
2: January | Daxton, Daxton, Daxton....what will I do with you?? If I survive this stage your in, it will be a miracle!!! You are into everything under the sun! I'm not even close to being fast enough or tricky enough to keep you out of trouble. You are unlike your brother or sister and more like a monkey! Sometimes I feel like we live in a zoo! This month your two new favorite toys are the flour and sugar buckets in the pantry. Too bad it makes such a mess because they could keep you entertained for hours, but instead you have your 5 minutes of pure bliss I have hours of clean up! You’re going to make me crazy....it's a darn good thing you're so stinkin' cute!!!
3: Along with many other talents.We have discovered that Dax is a chef! He has become my right hand man in the kitchen. Every time he hears the sound of any kind of kitchen gadget he comes running and believe me, he is a BIG helper!! He even has a secret ingredient for all to enjoy! One day after he had helped himself to the flour, sugar, and rice bins...AGAIN I decided to make a batch of bread to take over to Old King Cole’s (Daxton’s daycare) for them to enjoy. It wasn’t until after I had delivered the bread that I discovered that he had carefully mixed a little bit of rice into the flour I used to make the bread. After a few bites and some broken teeth I had to call over to the daycare and let them know that bread was baked with love from Dax!!! We then dumped out the flour and sugar bins ...AGAIN and made a brand new batch of bread for them to enjoy without Daxton’s signature ingredient!! | Chef | Dax
4: January 23 | 2010
5: We started off our year by heading down to one of our families favorite places to go....St. George so that I could run the St. George half marathon on January 23! I ran it one other time with Grandpa Jay, but that was way back before Avorie was even born, 9 years ago. Oh my! how time flies it seems like only yesterday I was here for the first time and now here I am again. I kinda gave up on running after Avorie was born but started running again when I was pregnant with Dax. One day my friend, JaNae asked me if I would be interested in running with her. Soon after we began running together we started making some goals to do some races. Our first one being this one. I seriously had it in my mind that if I could just finish the race that would be just awesome, but as it got a little closer I began making a little bit harder goals for myself such as finishing in under 2 hours. Then the night before the race I laid in bed and decided I was going to finish in 1 hr. 55 min. I thought that was a pretty good goal considering I hadn't trained all that well, and the whole day before I didn't feel good at all, and I was so worried I was going to wake up sick and not be able to run it at all. I was so worried I hardly slept a wink, but much to my surprise, I woke up feeling great and ready to run my socks off! I just started running, and I ran, and I ran, and I ran (except for the time I had to stop to go to the bathroom:( What a bummer, but I came in right on cue....1 hour and 55 min.! I couldn't have felt any better, but I can't help but think if I hadn't have stopped I could have shaved a few minutes off my time, but when you gotta go, you gotta go, and that's all there is to it! And now I have a goal for another time! It was sooo awesome!! It really is true.....that runner's high! I got it bad! | Painter's | Half Marathon | St. George
6: I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. | Love
7: This year I started a new tradition at our house for Valentine's Day. In the past we have gotten a heart shaped pizza for dinner, but this year I decided to make the kids’ favorite meal with a Valentine twist. It was a hit!! They were as excited as I was! I made pink bowtie pasta smothered with pink alfredo sauce, a tossed salad with pink ranch dressing, heart shaped garlic bread, garnished with shiny, red grapes, and for dessert we had yummy homemade oreo cookies with delicious pink frosting. The whole time they were eating they kept saying, “This is the best meal ever!And so I smiled.!!! ! | HappyValentine's Day! | Sunday, February 14, 2010
8: Those Leprechauns did it again! They always get into our food and turn it green! Actually this year they made our breakfast for us, and it was mighty tasty! They also made the cutest rainbow cupcakes you have ever seen, but they somehow managed to get eaten before I got a picture of them...dangit! Maybe next year they'll last a little longer! | March
9: Home | I had to make up a concentration game for Young Women’s and it turned out to be such a hit that I decided to change a few of the questions and have everyone over to our house to play it for FHE. The kids loved it and they even learned a few things while having fun! Grandma & Grandpa just got home from their cruise to Panama and brought the kids’ these awesome hats! | March 22, 2010 | Family | Evening
10: The "Retired" Cowboy Boots | Walker
11: Walker is a true cowboy at heart. We don't know where he came from, but cowboy is in his blood. He loves, loves, loves his boots. For 3 years now Walker has worn cowboy boots from sun up to sun down, spring, summer, fall or winter and everywhere in between. He doesn’t care what he looks like as long as his feet are equipped with boots, and he most definitely gets our money’s worth out of them. He gives the words "worn out" a whole new meaning! They’re not even broke in until there’s a hole in the toe and he can air out his feet, especially since most of the time he forgets to put on his socks. I know it will be soon that you’ll be growing out of this stage so I’ll hold onto it for as long as possible, because you crack me up!! I love you, Buddy!!
12: Walker | 5 years old
13: March | 3.21.05 | March | 3.21.05
14: Team MOZE | To move in a leisurely or aimless manner...... Not Us, Not Now, Not Ever!! | March 7, 2010
15: Lake to Lake Relay We decided to put a team together to run the Lake to Lake Relay in St. George. We ran from Gunlock reservoir to Sand Hollow reservoir, a total of 50 miles. We had 5 of us on our team so we each ran roughly 10 miles. We started at 8:00 am and we finished at 3:15. Coming in 41st place overall out of 95, but in the women's we came in 9th out of about 35 teams. I thought we did pretty awesome!!! I got the privilege (NOT) of running the hardest leg in the race, but I did however get the satisfaction of knowing "I did it!" And that was worth it! My first leg I kicked some major trash (7:25 min. miles), but my second leg, I dare to say....it kicked my trash!!! It was even harder than I thought it would be. I think I might just be a wimp, but trust me when I say, it really wasn't easy. Straight up a dirt road out in the middle of nowhere, with ruts all over having to make sure I didn't brake my ankle while that darn wind was doing it's best to push me right back down that hill as if saying "Eat my dust" Most of the time I was pretty sure I was running right in place. I think I literally ate so much dust, I coughed all the rest of that day and the next. I can only imagine what my lungs might have looked like covered in the red dirt. Yuck!! But I did it and it was awesome (now that it's over!) Morgan got to follow me in the car, which had it's pros and cons. It was so nice to have their support and to run with my kids for a minute, but I wanted to get in the car so bad, and if Morgan would have told me to pass the lady in front of me one more time I would have said a swear word or two. It took me a second but eventually I finally passed her...yay! I did it for you, Morg! I was the only one lucky enough to have my family there to cheer me on! It was awesome! They are my biggest fans! And the best part is....I don't have to do much to impress them. They think I'm pretty darn cool and that's all the matters! The very best part of the day was celebrating after the race at Fiesta Fun with my very own fan club! There is nothing better than sharing it with the ones I love. (Even if I did lose my phone and spent the rest of the night trying to find it.) I got the opportunity for a way cool teaching experience with Avorie and that made it all worth it. J And I got it back. Bonus!
16: I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true! | Walker turns 5!! | All Walker wanted for his 5th birthday was a motorcycle cake! He started a few months before his birthday begging every time we were at the store if “we could please, please, please just go look at the cakes?” and if we were home begging to go the store to pick one out..so we made his wish come true and he got his beloved motorcycle cake. It was everything he dreamed of and more! He was thrilled to death with it and the fact that it came with little toy motorcycles he could keep and play with made it even better! This year Walker also got his very first pet, Army the Hermit crab, thanks to Uncle Grant and Mason. He loved it! Lucky for me all you have to do is make sure he has food and wet his sponge. (I think I can handle that!) He also got a “Sweet” bike with “pegs” so he can do “tricks!” Yee-haw! Hopefully we don’t have to make a trip to the ER any time soon.Walker is a little too brave for me. When it comes to doing tricks on the ramps he has “No Fear!” Happy Birthday, Buddy!
17: March 21, 2010
18: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | One warm spring evening we were trying to decide what to do for FHE when Morgan said out of no where, “Everyone in the car.” After scrambling for a few jackets, the fishing poles, and some old bread we were off to Salem Pond. The kids were a little bit nervous when the ducks came right up out of the water and wanted to eat right out of their hands, but once they decided the ducks weren’t going to eat them they were in heaven. After about 30 minutes Dax was done so with Grandma & Grandpa only a hop, skip and a jump away, him and I were off to see what they were up to while the rest of them caught some fish! | Fishing at Salem Pond
19: MAKING MEMORIES | April
20: Easter | April 12, 2010
21: Avorie | Dax | Walker
22: The Disney "Wonder" | Our Disney | Vacation! | Happy 10th Anniversary
23: We surprised the kids and took them on a Disney Cruise. My favorite part of the whole thing was keeping it a secret. It was so exciting. You should have seen their faces when we woke them up and told them.it was priceless. We spent one day at Hollywood Studios and then got on the ship for a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. We had so much fun spending time together as a family making memories. | sary | Castaway Cay
24: Dax | 2 years old
25: May | The many faces of Dax! | 5.13.08
27: May 9, 2010 | A mother's love is unconditional and forever.
28: Wizard | of | Oz | Avorie spent the last 9 months going to the library every Wednesday to practice for the play "Wonderful Witches of Oz." She absolutely loved it! She got to do it with Paisley & Camryn. The 3 of them were cutest little citizens of Oz! They had so much fun! We were all way excited when the day finally came to "perform." They did it twice at the Mapleton Elementary school. They did it once for all the kids at the school and then again that night for all the parents. After their day performance I sadly have to say I was wondering what they had done every week for the past nine months, and where had all my money gone!?! We had to sit all the way in the back and we couldn't hear or really see a thing. So we were all relieved that night when things went much smoother and a whole lot better. We could actually see and hear, and it turned out to be darling. And all that matters anyway is that they had a good time! And that.... they did! Good Job, Avorie! You did fabulous! | Emerald Citizen | Avorie & Paisley
29: Our | Avorie | Little | Actress | Avorie always gets so nervous to actually get out on stage, but you wouldn't know it by watching her. She does such a great job, always has a smile on her face, she remembers all the moves, and she dances so cute! She had to change costumes 4 times!
30: A Handy Dandy Birthday! | Daxton | May 13, 2010 | 2 years old
31: Make a Wish! | Dax didn’t love his birthday this year like I thought he would. He was full aware that it was all about him and he used it to the best of his ability! He has us wrapped around his little finger. Whatever he saysgoes! He is just so stinkin’ cutenaughty but cute!! He has been way into Blue’s Clues lately so I tried my hand at actually making a birthday cake instead of ordering one and it turned out so cute. I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. Dax actually loved that and he knew exactly who it was! Every time I told him Happy Birthday he would look at me and tell me "Ston't" which in his language is "Stop" and "Don't" at the same time. He's really trying to get his point across!! He didn't care one single bit it was his birthday. I tried to sing happy Birthday and every time he said "No...Popki" which means he wanted to sing Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree (his favorite song) not Happy Birthday. I thought he would love it when he started opening presents, but even that he didn't care about. He finally got excited about the cupcakes, his Diego big wheel, and the Zhu Zhu pet. He also loved his new stroller because his most favorite thing to do is be "Outside" and go for walks. I'd say at the end of the day.... It turned out to be a success!!
32: Avorie absolutely adored Miss Guymon and her 2nd grade class. She loved being in there with her two best friends, Payton and Parker. It is sad to see this year come to an end. I don"t know if we'll be lucky enough to have another teacher as great as Miss Guymon,.Avorie really learned a lot this year. She is very smart and motivated to learn new things. We are so proud of her! They put together a cute end of the year program and they all got to read a story they wrote, sing songs, and watch a cute movie of pictures they took throughput the year. I got to come to Avorie's class every other Thursday to do "Craft Time" with them. Avorie loved that and looked forward to the time I got to spend making crafts with her class. We will both miss that too It has been a great year!! | Avorie | Avorie
33: Miss Guymon | A
34: May | May | May
35: Fun in the sun! | One afternoon it was so warm the kids couldn't resist the water. It's amazing to me how many kids a hose and one tiny baby pool will attract. Before i knew it the entire neighborhhod was in our front yard splashing away!
36: Last | of | School | May 26, 2010 | Dax | Carston | Day
37: Summertime! | Avorie | Payton | Schools out for the Summer. Parties, pizza, games, music, friends and fun! What more can you ask for? | School
38: CAMPING | My kind of
39: Schofield Oh, the memories of the cabin. It is one of the funnest places we go as a family. I have been coming here since I was born. I have spent many summers riding 4-wheelers, making sand, finding friends, going on hikes, fishing at the lake, playing games, swinging on the swings, and eating all kinds of yummy food & treats. I love being able to bring my own little family here to make the same memories I had as a kid. Every Memorial Day weekend you will find us here spending time together, laughing and playing. With life getting so crazy it's nice to look forward to a relaxing, carefree weekend of fun. The kids look forward to their hike with Grandma Deb all year long. As long as we have uncrustables and capri suns all is right in the world.
40: Avorie | 8 years old
41: 6. 24. 02 | June
42: For the past 9 months Avorie has been taking a singing/dancing class at Lifehouse Academy in Payson. She absolutely loved it! She really has the potential to be a great singer. We are so glad because the rest of us don't have that talent. She also learned how to stand up in front of people and perform. She had to change her costume 4 times. She was so excited for all the fun costumes so she could dress up at home and perform for us. Avorie is such a sweet thing...you can"t help but smile whenever she is around!
43: June 4, 2010 | Avorie | Lifehouse Academy
44: 33 | June 4, 2010 | Morgan
45: Wishing you everything happy for your birthday! | Even though Morgan doesn't love to celebrate his birthday this year he got lucky and we celebrated it twice. He got to open a few presents at the cabin over Memorial weekend and then again on his real birthday. He got a brand new shed and thanks to Don & Ryan (our hometeachers) it was all set up and ready to go. We went to Avorie's recital and when we got home it was sitting in the driveway along with a Happy Birthday sign on the garage door. SURPRISE! Too be honest, I think that was his very favorite part, the fact that he didn't have to put together his own birthday present. Happy Birthday Babe | Two of Morgan's favorite things: Mt. Dew and Poppyseed Cake
46: Father's Day 2010 | A Family Is A Gift That Lasts Forever | You are one LOVED dad!!
47: "A father's love warms the heart of his children forever." | This Father's Day was the best one ever. Morgan had to go out of town a few days before so I worked like crazy around the clock to make a little movie about our family. I found pictures from when we started dating and the special events that have happened up until this point. It was worth all the sleepless nights it took. He loved it and so did we!! I finally surprised him with something! The kids spent hours making their own gifts for Dad as well! | June 20, 2010
48: Avorie | 8 years old
49: Very Best Birthday Party Ever! | TThis year Grandma Deb really went above & beyond for Avorie's 8th birthday! It all started when she found a picture in a magazine. She used Avorie's two favorite colors pink and green and planned the whole party around them. She did a way fun treat table with every pink and green treat you could possibly think of. She made all the girls matching green pajama pants and aprons. She got them all pink flip flops they decorated with flowers, painted their toenails, and made a yummy surprise for their moms. Then they invited their moms over for a fashion show and lunch. Every one had a great time!! Avorie will remember it forever!
50: Island | Park | The most amazing place on earth! | Island Park!! The most amazing place on earth! There is absolutely no other place we would rather spend our summer vacation. We look forward to this trip all year, and if anyone were to ask us our dream vacation, the answer would be, hands down, ISLAND PARK! And every year it just keeps getting better and better! This year we played Candybar Concentration, Minute to Win It, Family Feud, and our favorite Evans' Family's Got Talent! We had so much fun! We all had to come up with a talent to perform on camera. Then Aunt Haley & Uncle Grant made it into a movie. We had popcorn and treats while watching The Evans' Family Olymipcs, Talent Show and picture slide show of all the years and memories of Island Park. We laughed so hard we had tears streaming down our cheeks! There is nothing boring about us! If nothing else, we know how to have fun!! This is also the year we discovered Farkle! Our new favorite game. We spent hours farkling and making up a million jokes to go along with it. We spent a day down at the Falls, a day in West Yellowstone, we went to church in the big A-frame cabin, we roasted marshmallows, rode in the parade, watched fireworks, caught crawdads, and had the scariest experience of our lives! Another memorable year at Island Park!!
51: Watermelon | Farkle | Homemade Icecream | Family | Fireworks | Music | Smores | Bills Island | Red, | Parade | White | & | Blue | Boat | Games | Storms | Church | Crawdads | Play | Caramel Corn | Magazines | Fun | Beautiful | Fishing | Henry's Lake | Talent | Laugh | The Falls | Tubing | Exercising | Candy | Movies | Drowning | Peanut | Squirrel | CPR | Family Prayer | Love | 4-wheelers | Mill | Dax | Avorie | Walker | Relax | Eat | Grandma | Grandpa | Cousins | Sand
52: Daxton | Island Park | June 28, 2010
53: When you become a mother you experience more emotions and love than you ever you knew was possible. There is nothing in the world that can be compared to the love that you feel when you first wrap your arms around your newborn child, that gentle moment of pure joy when you realize that you have just witnessed a miracle. Your heart skips a beat and time seems to stand still as you admire that tiny bundle of joy. A few tiny seconds and already you couldn’t imagine what life would be like without them. Island Park, ID, June 2010 It happened this afternoon. We were all busy playing and getting ready to stain the new screen doors Grandma Dot brought up for us to put on the cabin. I had asked Morgan where Dax was and he said he was out front feeding the chipmunks with his life jacket on. I could see Marla down by the water fishing and I knew she was keeping an eye on the three little ones, Dax, Maycie & Carston. Without Grandma noticing, they had made their way down to the dock to check on the fishing poles that were cast out into the water. They started fighting over who’s pole was who’s. Carston accidently pushed Dax and he lost his balance and fell into the water. Carston and Maycie being scared they had done something wrong tried pulling him out with a fishing net and when they couldn’t, instead of telling someone what had happened, they ran and hid. I happened to look up from what I was doing just as Marla had noticed. She started running and yelling, “Morgan!” My heart sank. I took off running as I heard Zane say, “He’s face down in the water.” And then I heard those dreaded words you never, ever want to hear, “He’s not breathing!” All I can remember is screaming at the top of my lungs, “NOOOO, please No! Heavenly Father please don’t let this happen”, over and over and over again. I can promise you this, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, worse than seeing your child laying there on the dock lifeless and limp. I just wanted to grab him and make him wake up. I kept thinking if I could just pick him up he would start breathing again and everything would be okay. I was shaking and my legs felt like they were going to buckle right out from underneath me. I just wanted to collapse to the ground and hold him with all I had. Luckily Grant was there and knew exactly what to do. He was so calm. The first thing he did was swipe his throat and start CPR. I felt so helpless standing over top of him screaming and watching Grant pump his chest. He swiped his mouth again and found a peanut lodged in his throat. Once we got the peanut out he started coughing and crying. The two most beautiful sounds I have ever heard in my life. We turned him over so that all the water could come out, but because of the peanut no water was able to go down into his lungs. What a blessing. I held him so tight and just cried like a baby. He was still so limp. I felt like I was holding a rag doll. The only thing he could say was, “Scary. Scary, Mom.” He just laid on my shoulder for close to an hour with his little angelic face as pale as can be. I was so grateful that he was okay, but then I started to think about all the other things that could be wrong. How long was his brain without oxygen, what if he can’t remember anything, what if he can’t walk, what if he will never be the same??? A million questions were going through my mind, and I immediately started panicking again. I tried to get him to count, or to say something besides, “Scary”, to get down and walk, to have a drink or eat something, but he didn’t want to do anything. It had taken it all out of him, and even though he wasn’t himself, somewhere deep inside me I knew we had been blessed with a miracle. I knew that he was going to be okay. After about 3 hours of laying beside me on the bed he slowly started to regain some strength. He started drinking some juice, and laughing at the kids who had been trying for hours to get him to laugh by singing to him and telling jokes. Then he got down and started walking around. Relief flooded my whole body, and I finally started to relax. I instantly knew that I needed to get down on my knees and thank my Heavenly Father for the blessings we had received. My baby, my precious miracle was alive. We had been given a second chance. Morgan & I both know without a shadow of a doubt that it was not Daxton’s time to go and he is here on this earth for a purpose. The Lord was trying to tell us something today and I hope that we will get out of this experience what he needed us to learn so that we never have to go through something so traumatic again. I have been forever changed because of this experience. I know that Dax is one of Heavenly Fathers choice spirits. He has such a strong will and a zest for life. He is going to do great things. I hope and pray as his mother that I can teach him to make good choices, serve others and to love the gospel. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this second chance with my baby. The chance to remember the simple things in life we enjoy most, and for the gospel that helps us to understand that all things happen for a reason. I am so grateful for a loving, supportive husband and my three beautiful, healthy children. I am grateful for prayers. The opportunity to thank Heavenly Father for his tender mercies and to ask for the strength to get us through each day. I will forever be grateful to Grant for knowing exactly what to do and staying so calm, and last I am grateful for that tiny, little peanut that was lodged in his throat to stop the water from going into his lungs and therefore saved his life. I will never forget the way I felt today, and I know that there will be tough days ahead, but I can’t imagine life without my Dax. I know that today I saw the Lord’s hand in my life. I experienced a mothers worst nightmare. That of losing a child. An accident that will change my life forever. What a miracle!! | Our Miracle......Daxton's Story
54: Independence !! | Day! | July 4, 2010
56: Avorie | July 10, 2010 | Avorie's Baptism Day | Saturday
57: Wow!! I thought this day would never come. I remember when she was born thinking she had eight years before she'd be baptized and that seemed like an eternity away and now I blinked and it's here. I am getting old....my baby is growing up! She was so excited for this day! Ever since the day she turned 7 all she could think and talk about was this day! Morgan told her she didn't have to be baptized if she didn't want to, It was all her choice, and we are so proud she made the choice to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was a beautiful day! She had so many people that she loves there to support her and show her how much they care. As I looked around the chapple I was brought to tears. It was a very special day and one Avorie will never forget She was so lucky to be baptized with four of her friends from our ward. Kalyn Barker, Parker Smith, Natalie Rumfield, and Bailey Hendricks.
59: We all look forward to Fiesta Days! Spanish Fork is famous for the events that go on during the week of the 24th! Personally,it's one of our favorite traditions all year. Summer just wouldn't be the same without the festivities this week! This was Walker's first year Mutton bustin'! He was so excited! He could hardly wait to get on that sheep! He didn't hold on for very long but he didn't have to. All you had to do was take one look at the kid with chest puffed out and the smirk on his face...he thought he was the coolest kid on the block! And let's be honest, I have to agree! He is just so stinkin' cute! I was proud! I love dressing everyone up in their traditional red, white & blue for the parade and our annual family picture! They all look so cute! We love our new spot down at Western States Insurance with Matt & Ro and their family. After the parade we always go to eat at the mexican restaurant in Payson. Sometimes its not the greatest but its tradition and I love it! It wouldn't be the same if we didn't. Then it's off to The Barbers' house for a BBQ and some swimming! Fun!! By the time we make it back home the kids are exhausted and without fail every year they out cold before the fireworks even start. So Morgan & I sit quietly together and reminisce on the days activites while enjoying the fireworks from our very own private spot...our deck!! | Fiesta Days!!
60: August | Walker's first day of Kindergarten I was so nervous that he wasn't going to do well. I didn't know if he would have a hard time sitting still, listening to his teacher and doing what he was supposed to, but after a few days it was clear that he and Mrs. Price were going to be best friends!! She grew up on a farm and knew all about tractors and combines. She had him at "I know your Dad." They were instantly bonded. I think she loved Walker every bit as much as he loved her. I am so grateful for her taking Walker under her wing because without her I don't know how Walker would have done with the transition from preschool to kindergarten (big school!) Thank you Mrs. Price!
61: Walker & Paisley | Daxton swimming at the Shenks' | Salem Days Parade | Walker & Hagen | Avorie at Kambri's dance camp | First day of 3rd Grade | First day of Kindergarten | Best Friends Payton & Avorie | Walker after a long, hard day | Daxton | Parker & Avorie | Paytie & Avorie Doing what they do best | Walker & Dax | Avorie, Camryn,Gavin Gabe & Parker | Walker & Hagen swimming in Provo River | Dad & Dax at Vivian Park
62: Soccer | This was Avorie's first year of playing soccer. She loved it! Lucky for her she got to be on an awesome team! They ended up taking first place! Even though she didn't know much about soccer when the season started, by the end she was an old pro!
63: Walker was a soccer super star! This was his first year playing and he picked it up like a natural! GO Walker!! We spent many hours at Centennial Park watching them both play and we all loved it...even Dax. He got to play on the slide and kick the ball, just a little piece of heaven for him. There is nothing better than a cool, crisp fall day relaxing at the park watching the kids. :)
64: Avorie | Evans | 3rd Grade | Emily Robinson/Hickock | 2010-2011
65: Walker | Kindergarten P.M. | Natalie Price | 2010-2011 | Evans
67: Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you!! | 31
68: I did it!! I finally did it!! I accomplished my dream of running the St. George Marathon! And not only did I finish, I qualified for Boston! When I started this journey last May my goal was just finish the race, then I decided I could do it in under 4 hours, and once I started training I told myself I could qualify for Boston which meant I needed to do it under 3:40. My time...3:37:36!! Some would say I made my the skin of my teeth, but to me it doesn't matter. I made it!!! It was the hottest marathon year ever. The temperature was 96 degrees when I ran into the park. It was crazy hot! At about mile 18 I really started to notice the heat and even though my body was sweating like crazy I started to get the chills. I was kinda freaking out. I didn't know if I was getting heat stroke or getting dehydrated, all I knew was I had come this far I wasn't going down!! By this time too the bottom of my feet started aching so as I was running I was scrunching up my toes inside my shoes. By mile 20 I knew that I better start walking through the water stations and give my body as much water as I knew I could drink and still run. I was drinking a cup of water and dumping one down my shirt. What ever worked at this point. I was starting to hit a wall. I knew I could keep going but it was getting a little tough. Right about that time I was just running along and I looked up to see Rochelle, Michelle and Julie! I was so excited to see them! It was just what I needed to put a little pep back in my step and I knew that I could do it! And just when I came to that last up hill before I started running down out of the canyon my favorite song "Stuck Like Glue" came on and it saved me! I just sang and ran and before I knew it I was running downhill! To this day when I hear that song I smile and think of this day!! I think mile 24 was the very hardest for me. I had to talk myself through it with each step. All the people lining the streets cheering us on was awesome! But I have to admit there were a few times during that mile when they were saying, "You Can do it!! You're almost there!"nI wanted to say, "You get out here and do this!" But when I got to mile 25 and I knew I was almost there I was searching every face in the crowd for my family and the adrenaline kicked in! I suddenly forgot any pain I felt and I seriously felt like I could run forever! At one point they were handing out freezing cold, dripping wet white washcloths. That was another lifesaver! I clung to that cloth like it was my last breath until I came around the corner to the finish line and all kinds of people started yelling my name! It was the most amazing feeling! I knew I had made it! And there at the homestretch was all my family! The faces I'd longed to see there to support me and cheer me on! I was on cloud nine as I ran through the finish line!! I DID IT!!!! One of my favorite moments during the marathon was mile 7 at Veyo Hill where I saw my family for the first time. I got really emotional! It meant the world to me that they were all there to love me and support me!! I got to run a few steps holding Avorie & Walker's hands! What an inspiration they are to me! I love them so much!!
69: St. George Marathon | October 2, 2010
70: Dax! | Our Little | 2 1/2 yrs. old
71: Crazy, crazy Dax! He is going through a funny phase right now. The other night I couldn't find him anywhere and all of a sudden I heard a noise coming from the garage and when I opened the door I found him grinning from ear to ear standing on top of Dad's truck with his arms in the air saying, "Ta da!!" How can you not love that kid?? | Dax has recently learned how to say prayers. It is so dang cute!! Every night he absolutely must have a turn! So we usually end up saying two family prayers, but it so worth it. It's one of the most precious things I've ever heard! A proud parent moment when you know you've finally done something right. He has also now come to the realization that he too is old enough to go to school with all the big kids so I often find him with a backpack strapped to him heading out the door to catch the bus! Clothes?? Who needs clothes! He loves to be naked!!!
72: Fall | Break | Every year for Fall break Grandma takes all the grandkids to Cornbellys at Thanksgiving Point, but this year when we pulled up it was so packed we quickly came up with a new plan. We took a few pics and then we were off to a brand new place called Incredible Pizza. The kids loved it!! It turned out to be a big hit! They had all kinds of fun things to do like bowling, laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars,miniature golf, go karts and yummy food of all kinds!! Way to go Grandma! The day was a success!!
73: October 14, 2010
74: October | Dax | Walker | Avorie | Halloween was especially fun this year! Parties, parties and more parties! We put on our costumes more than we ever have before. By the end of the week I was done getting everyone all dressed up, but we had so much fun it was all worth it!! We had our first annual Mystery dinner with Grandma & Grandpa Curt, The Halloween Carnival at the church, Witches Stew at Candice Archibald's, The Evans' Family Halloween party complete with "The Haunted Garage", and of coarse Halloween itself trunk-or-treating at the church and then trick-or-treating through the neighborhood. Wow!! This year we took the kids up to a neighborhood on the east side of town where a guy gives out an entire box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to each kid. While we were sitting in the truck waiting for the kids while they stood in line we looked into the sky and literally saw a storm roll in. Morgan said in less than 1 minute it will be a down pour!! So we drove up to where the kids were and it started hailing cats and dogs!!! It was coming down so hard you should have seen all the kids scatter and run for cover. Our poor kids were right at the door so they stayed in line and got their doughnuts but they were dripping wet!!! Avorie was crying! It was sad but oh-so-funny!!!! After we went down to Grandma Marla's for a bowl of warm soup. What a way way to end our crazy week!! | Happy Halloween!!
75: Trick or Treat
78: Since Grandma & Grandpa share a birthday month we usually try to celebrate both of them by going to dinner right in between both of them! We all love PF Changs especially Grandpa so its the one time a year we all go. We love the family style eating. We can all get something different and share! But the very best part is the chocolate cake for dessert!!! Happy Birthday Grandma Deb (56) & Grandpa Curt (54)!! | Happy | Birthday! | Happy
79: November 16, 2010
80: Our | Our | First | November 21, 2010
81: A Season of Love and Laughter | Snowman | Finally....enough snow to build the first snowman of the season!! As soon as church was over they were changed and out there before I even got in the house. They were so excited!! There is just something about that cold, white, fluffy stuff that attracts kids of all sizes! Even Morgan! Dad to the rescue and before I knew it "Frosty" was here and the kids had a grin from ear to ear. Oh, the days of an imagination! I love that they LOVE playing outside! After hours of snow play,what next?? Hot cocoa, of coarse!! A must have after an icy cold afternoon of fun! Marshmallows anyone??
82: November | Happy Thanksgiving! This year we decided to do something different and it was way fun!! We all gathered at our house the night before and ate appetizers and played games. Uncle Nick fried a turkey and we ate sandwiches, salads and dips and then the next day we went to Chuck-a-Rama to feast on some way yummy food! It was so cold outside and we had to stand in line for what seemed like hours. By the time we made it inside my feet were as frozen as a popsicle!! Oh to be a kid again...I don't think they even noticed that it was 50 below. They were just happy to be together! That is exactly what Thanksgiving is all about! I am so grateful to have our family all so close and that we can enjoy getting together and celebrating all our many blessings! | 11.25.10
84: The | Biggest | Snow Storm | EVER!
85: EVER | I haven't seen snow like this since I was Avorie's age. It just started snowing and it snowed and it snowed and it snowed!! It snowed all through the night and into the next morning! It was the last day of school before Christmas break and one the kids will surely remember for a long time to come!! It was the very first time in my lifetime that they ever officially declared a "SNOW DAY!!!" Woo Hoo!!! What a way to kick off Christmas break??? We'll take it!! The kids were so excited! They played outside all day long! It was one of the BEST days ever!! Happy Holidays to us!!!
88: December | Avorie | 2010
89: Cassio Keyboard | Pillow Pet | Smoothie Maker | Papasan | Wii | DS Games | Peace Socks | Santa Clause | Picture of | Cookies & Milk | Jammies | Cousins | Reindeer | Chair | Food | The Savior
90: Walker | Walker
91: A Season of Love and Laughter | Savior | Nintendo Wii | Magformers | Scooter | Diesel | Motorcycles | Cops | & | Robbers | Jammies | Candy | Cousins | Santa Clause | STAR | WARS | Papasan Chair
93: NAUGHTY | NICE | Dax | Savior | Buzz | Lightyear | Nintendo Wii | Play Doh | Forklift | Cousins | Jammies | Tractors | Candy | Santa Clause | Water Boots | BELIEVE | Snow | Cookies & Milk | Gifts