Wednesday, July 23, 2008


It's hard not to want to do something special for your parents when they are so wonderful and give you everything you could possibly need or want. Last weekend we threw a surprise party for my parents 30th wedding anniversary. It was great and everything worked out so smoothly. My grandparents came up and took them out to dinner. Everyone was at the house on time and my parents loved it all. The only upsetting part of the party was when my mom walked in the door about 2 minutes before my dad! We had two surprises. Thankfully, the first surprise didn't ruin the next. So many people showed up and drove from long distances to come. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great night for my parents! Here are some pictures from the evening thanks to my wonderful aunt (our camera ran out of batteries during the first surprise).

We love you mom and dad! Everybody waiting for the happy couple.

The 1st surprise!

My grandparents look just as surprised but I swear they knew what was going on. The 2nd surprise! Giving of the gift. We got them Rockies tickets. Have fun at the game!
I hate speeches. Everybody but my dad was teary eyed. He's a hard shell to crack but we could all tell they were both very touched.
In the background you can see the fruits of my labor with my first ever carrot cake.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
Thank you for your example of a truly happy couple and how hard work and partnership in a marriage can bless a family forever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

So Many Adventures!

We have been incredibly busy over the last month. Sorry for the lack of posts but I promise, this giant post will make up for it. Get ready for some Milmonster fun...

We spent a week in Cheyenne with our family. Lil'mil came down and we were able to babysit him while his parents left. What great experience...although I'm glad our baby won't be able to walk right away. Lil'mil's favorite words are "water", "mmm" when he wants something you have, and "wow". Lil'mil loves the camera and will stop and make cheesies whenever one is around.

He loved Grandma's new foot massager and it didn't take him long to discover how to turn it on. This is such a funny video.

After Cheyenne it was DAT time and the hub struggled to get ready (he had been studying for over a month). We decided to make a trip out of it so we went down to Denver the night before and stayed with my grandparents. They are so much fun to be around but we don't have any pictures. The hub did great on the DAT. He got a average score of 17 and a PAT of 22. The 17 is an average score for most people and the 22 is excelent. The peanut and I are so proud of him! To celebrate we went to a spa in Denver and he received a most spectacular massage.

The next day was the 4th of July. Our friends from Greeley came up with their three kids and we were able to spend time with them. Sorry, once again no pictures. They took the pics so we might have to post them later.

The next day it was off to Utah! Since our Hawaii trip with Kristen and Drew didn't work out, we decided to hit up some sights in Utah and see the Grand Canyon instead. Not the the best alternative for a great Hawaii trip but definitely a whole lot cheaper.

Here are the highlights... St. George beautiful but too bad it was closed for cleaning that week. St. George is a nice place but I think it should be illegal for people to live there in the summer. 115 thank you. We went to the Grand Canyon. The hub had never been there and it had been at least 10 years for me. What a gorgeous and amazing place. The Creator had fun with this one. We were able to camp that night in great weather. I was very sad to leave and could have stayed there for the rest of the trip.

After the Grand Canyon we went to Zion's National Park. Also, a remarkable place made by prehistoric sand dunes. We hiked the Narrows, which literally means in the river. I was a little skeptical at first but with the heat it was so nice and we had a blast, mostly watching the boys try to go deeper in the water. The hub always has to climb something. If you look close, you can check a glimpse of my growing belly. Already 4 1/2 months along! The boys in the water.
That night we stayed with the hub's family in St. George. It was great to be able to spend time with them and get to know them better. Thanks Smith's for letting us all stay! The boys decided they wanted to do another hike the next day, Angel's Landing. Kristen, blistered feet and a cold, and me, already too tired and having a lot of online class work to do, decided to stay back. Here are a few pics from their hike. This next one makes me so nervous. What were they thinking..."just a giant cliff on both sides, I think i'll take a little nap." This would have never been allowed if I had come. They had more fun without us girls. We went back to Provo that night and stayed for another day. It was fun just to hang out. The hub helped Kristen make some of our yummy cinnamon rolls. We even got to have dinner with one of the hub's mission companions and his wife. Fun trip but i'm glad to be home and able to get things done around the house. We find out the baby's sex the first week of August so be looking for that post!

More pictures of the hub trying to climb something...