Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quarterly update

Well, it looks like it's time for a quarterly update again. It's been a fantastic summer and has kept us on our toes hopping from one event to another.

Here's a brief run-down of the goings on in our neck of the woods:

Our 10 year anniversary trip to Costa Rica

Jared & I spent just over a week in the beautiful country of Costa Rica to celebrate our anniversary this year. The first half was spent in an area called Arenal and the second in a beach town called Tamarindo. Both were fantastic in their own very different kind of ways.

The highlights were hiking, swimming at the base of waterfalls and in rivers, doing an awesome zipline tour, taking surfing lessons, and relaxing at the beach.

It was an incredibly relaxing vacation and some of the finest time I've ever spent with my sweetheart!

Brigham's 3rd birthday!

Brig begged for a dinosaur themed birthday party this year. He loved his dinosaur balloons and his dinosaur birthday cake and had so much fun with his cousins who came to celebrate with him that evening.

What a handsome three-year-old! We love you, Brig!

Island Park with my family

In June we headed up to Island Park for a good part of a week. It was fun to hang out together with the family. Brigham loved going on adventures with Nanny, seeing all of the animals in Yellowstone, running through some of the old towns nearby, and going fishing with Daddy.
Brigham was especially excited about this "gigantic" catch that he helped reel in. Love that look of excitement!

Badger Creek with Jared's family

We also had an awesome family reunion with Jared's family in July. We headed up to Idaho to a place called Badger Creek. We slept in cabins, did ropes courses and other activities during the day, and enjoyed games and a testimony meeting with the youth and adults.

This is Jared at the top of the "Power Pole" right before jumping off - thank heaven for good belay teams down below!
This is me at the beginning of the first fall on the "giant swing". Talk about taking your breath away.
Brigham also got in on a little of the fun up high. After TONS of begging and pleading to have a turn the counselors consented to strapping him up and having Jared swing him around for a few minutes. Brigham was in HEAVEN!

Jessa's 1st birthday!

It was amazing when Jessa's birthday came around. I can't believe that she's already one year old! She is such a doll and we loved celebrating with her. She loved her flower cake and went straight for it with her mouth - who cares about hands anyway?
Our beautiful little one year old princess!

and lots of other fun stuff like...

Camping trips and nail pounding at the ward campout,

Fourth of July fun and fireworks,

coloring in the car (this boy loves to draw!),

swimming at Nanny & Poppy's house,

flying paper airplanes with Dad,

and just hanging out in the yard.

We've had so much fun this last few months and are excited for fall, nicer temperatures, playgroup/preschool, and more good times.