Monday, December 6, 2010


I am trying to get a little head start on a place to live this summer. I don't want to have to deal with this last minute and feel stressed out. As most of you know, we have kind of an interesting schedule. We live in Utah from about the end of May to end of August or beginning of September. This makes it hard for us to find a place to live. We are looking for a town home/condo or home in Orem/Provo or surrounding areas. At least 2 bedrooms. Preferably furnished. Or if not fully furnished a Master Bed and couch. We hate buying furniture because it ends up being more of a hassle moving it every couple months. We don't have any pets and it will just be the two of us with our new baby. We are always on time with payments! Let me know if you or anyone you know has anything available or would like to talk. I can be emailed at I will be in Utah until December 16th and would love to look at some places if anyone is interested! Thank you!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Disney World

Back in October my parents decided to go on a last minute vacation to Disney World for my dad's Birthday! Did they really think being in Italy was going to stop me from coming? Nope! I had the flight booked within the next 24 hours to get home! It was well worth the last minute trip. We had a blast day after day! Thanks dad for having a Birthday and deciding to take all of US along for your celebration.
Benton loved getting his face painted! He almost fell asleep when the brushes were tickling his face. Sam got his face painted the same! For some reason my computer is deciding for me which pictures will upload.
From the second we entered the different parks each day Cody would take off sprinting for about 5 minutes every 20 minutes. He would spring to a ride, get our fast passes for the day and come back. Then when our time was allowed to get more fast passes he would take off again! Let's just say- "Dear Disney World, your fast pass system didn't fool my brother!" After about 2 hours in the park he would have upwards of 80 fast passes. By the end of the day we would start giving them away because we couldn't use all of them. Thanks Cody for doing all the running!
Cute Sadie and Sam with Mary Poppins! They also LOVED meeting the Toy Story characters. Yet again, my computer won't allow those pictures to be downloaded. Frustrating!
As a family we rode the Toy Story 3 ride about 8 times. About a year ago when we visited Disney World we became obsessed with this ride! It is the best thing ever because even Lulu who was about 2 months at the time can go on the ride! It is competitive and the last time we went Ryan and my dad had to compete over and over again! We never decided who was better.
Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for another great vacation! We love you!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A trip down memory lane

I was browsing through pictures on my computer when I discovered there are so many events this summer I didn't blog about! I wanted to post some random pictures so that I have them documented. Lots of these pictures are from little vacations we took this summer or just things I want to make sure we never forget.
Visiting Arizona!! Dressing up in Ryan's High School "Tool Time" shirts to go play Sean's friends in a mean Toolson vs. Friends match of wiffle (spelling?) ball! We won every single time and finally his friends gave up and left. We chanted "Tool Time!" the whole way in and out of the building! It was so much fun! I loved this trip because it was the first time I was able to really spend time with my new sister in law Colbi! We were like two peas in a pod! I love how good she is at teasing Ryan!
I hiked the "Y" about 4 times this summer. A few times with my mom and sister Kim and this picture is with the Relief Society! I love hiking the "Y!" Sad to say this summer was my first time in all my years of living in Provo.
All of us best friends took a road trip to St. George and Vegas! Here we are cooking dinner in the pitch black. Obviously you can't tell it's dark but the power went out for about 45 minutes so we cooked dinner using flash lights and just the gas stove! Thanks mama and papa Norton for letting us stay in your beautiful home! This trip is definitely a new tradition!
Eating at Benihana's in Vegas for Stef's Birthday! After we ditched the spouses/boyfriends and went clubbing for about 1 hour and laughed hysterically at the way all of us Mormom girls were dressed compared to the awesome clubbing girls of Vegas! Let's just stay we stood out and we loved it! My best memory of the club was the 80 year old man that looked like a wizard dressed in his silky blouse and snake skin hat following us around the whole time. He is truly missed!
We may have found some mustaches to purchase at the outlets.
One of my best friends Lauren got married! Loved her wedding! She looked beautiful as always and I am so happy for her and Whitney!
Baby Olivia was born! She is ADORABLE! I love her so much and can't wait to see her in a couple days!
One of my favorite cousins Annika moved up to Utah from Arizona for school!! I love having her in Utah! She is someone that always has a smile on her face and I look up to her for always being kind. Love you!
This is the only picture I could put up that wouldn't make me cry. We had to put our dog Abby down this summer. She was very old and sick so it was for the best! But that is not to say it made it any easier! We miss her all the time. Our house feels empty without her. You can call us weird but we had a family memorial to remember her! We told funny stories about her and threw her favorite balls into her favorite spot of the river! We'll miss you Abby!
Going through these pictures is making me a pregnant emotional wreck! Ryan's Grandpa Baker passed away two days before Ryan left for Italy. It would be an understatement to tell you that he is one of Ryan's favorite men. He looked up to him, admired his hard work and treasured his friendship. His Grandpa was without a doubt Ryan's #1 fan. Not only did Ryan love him, I LOVED him. He made me feel like a million bucks every time I was around him. He would never fail to make us laugh! He was sick for years but would do everything in his power to make it to every UVU game or event. It was an amazing blessing to be able to spend so much time with him before he passed. It would have devastated Ryan to not be able to say goodbye to someone he cares for so much. He will truly be missed but we know we will see him again. Can't wait for him to meet the baby some day! Luckily we still have Grandma Baker who we treasure also!
I had to document this night. The night before I left to Italy a bunch of my girlfriends got together and we played night games! My whole family got involved and we played a very intense few games of steal the shoe! We laughed until we cried and almost lost our peach cobbler from running so much! I love my friends and family!
Saying bye to my little buddy Benton at the airport. Let's just say this was seconds before my meltdown. I love him to pieces but it is so fun being able to skype him every single day and watch him change! I love my nieces and nephews so much and am very excited to bring an addition to the family soon!
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