Sunday, April 28, 2013


Erin and Britney had their reception later that evening at the Farmington Arts Center. It was beautifully decorated, including Christine taking care of all of the fresh flowers. There were plenty of sweets, fruit, drinks, etc.






Britney's friend Chelsey played the piano during almost the entire reception. It was beautiful!!! She is classically trained.

We were surprised by the Aitkens. Dawson was SO, SO pumped that Mike came too!!! He had to have a photo taken with him!!!

Brandon really wanted to stay until the cake was cut, so we did. They had the couple's first dance. Brit turned to Justin and said "Hold this." and off she went! We couldn't resist this photo op, complete with Brandon's leg in the air, though you can't see it here!!!

The McCurdy's definintely know how to party, so I will be giving Aunt Amy a call in a few years when it is Faith's turn! Great job guys! This was more than spectacular!

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Beautiful Britney was just 6 years old (turning 7) when we were married! And now, she is married!  What an awesome, amazing day!  Britney and Erin were married in the LDS Bountiful Temple.  The sealer did a tremendous job.  Happy, happy tears!

While we were waiting for the happy couple, we took a couple of pictures.  (Thank you Kathy - these are FANTASTIC!)

Kathy and Jerry

Kate couldn't let Kathy and Jerry have a picture without her!  Sweet girl!

Justin and Andrew 

Thought it was just so cute that they have the same facial expressions.  Like father, like son!

They finally came out!

I love that Dawson is just focusing on trying to blow more bubbles!

Kathy also captured both Amy and I helping her with lipstick and lipgloss!  How fun!

Brit showing off her bouquet - Christine had put charms with pictures of her mom and her grandpa who are both in heaven.  So, so sweet!

Getting everyone ready for the large group photo

Brit with Justin and Amy - how sweet!  Don't they just look so happy?

The Jolley kids!

Faith chilling by the fountain

Kiddos are always attracted to water

We give this wedding 2 thumbs up!

Fun that Erin is giving thumbs up too!!!

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We are so happy for you!

Friday, April 26, 2013


One of the things that Kate received for her birthday was a 'ticket' for a birthday massage.

Yesterday, we were able to check that off the list. Thank you Sarah for giving Kate a great massage!

After she was done, she asked if she could save her 'ticket' so that she could come back. There's always next year Kate!

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Brandon continues to try new cakes all of the time.  This was his latest cake, german chocolate.  Looks pretty good to me!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Conference is always so great! I just love, love, love hearing these inspiring words. My top three favorite conference talks this spring were:

President Thomas S. Monson's talk Obedience Brings Blessings.
Do you remember what it was like to be 8 years old? Things make perfect sense and you could not foresee the consequences. He said, "We learn obedience throughout our lives. Beginning when we are very young, those responsible for our care set forth guidelines and rules to ensure our safety. Life would be simpler for all of us if we would obey such rules completely. Many of us, however, learn through experience the wisdom of being obedient." Isn't that the truth!

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom's talk The Words We Speak.
"How we speak to our children and the words we use can encourage and uplift them and strengthen their faith."  She tells a story of a child being lost in a fabric store. Hearing his mother's panic voice, the boy hid and remained quiet, until another mother whispered his name throughout the store, "Connor."  And he answered, "Here I am."

Stanley G. Ellis' talk The Lord's Way.  Elder Ellis is a member of the Quorum of the Seventy.

"As we see so many in the world today living in confusion or, worse, wandering in forbidden paths and suffering unnecessarily the consequences of poor choice, it makes me want to exclaim as did Alma:
'Oh that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!' (Alma 29:1)

"Again, I witness the Lord has the way!  Our Heavenly Father knows us, love us, and wants to help.  He knows best how to help."

If you haven't yet heard the LDS General Conference from April, what are you waiting for? I will be re-reading these (one talk every week) to keep their counsel fresh in my mind and hopefully their actions fresh on my body!

Monday, April 8, 2013


General Conference has been so exciting for our family for many years.  I remember that I was trying to get my children excited for conference.  I believe it was the year that Kate was born - 2007.  "There has to be a better way," I said to myself.  And I put myself into researching on and on google search for way to make conference special.

6 years later, I don't think my children will ever forget why we love it!  Here are a few pictures of our special weekend!

Kate wanted to start taking notes BEFORE conference ever started!  Her treat request this conference was gummy bears!  I love her organization skills!

General Conference Fort

Conference is wicked cool!

Faith took incredible notes and even beat us all at a General Conference review for family home evening the Monday after!

Our traditional fruit tray.  We also had turkey, turkey pot pie, and other fun treats including homemade twix bars and spray cheese!!!


Conference snuggles with Dad!

At the end of our momentous weekend, I made them all sit down and take a couple of pictures.  You can really tell who was into it, and who wasn't.  :)  

My favorite part of conference is:

Hearing President Monson talk

I get to nap (typical boy)

Nothing! I love it all!  (And her favorite saying at the moment - peace, love, save the whales.)

Family togetherness

Why do you love General Conference?