Sunday, March 23, 2014

love in moab

cade's cousin rudi was married in moab in february and we were lucky enough to getaway for the weekend to celebrate. the weather was awesome... the company was fabulous... and the scenery was perfect. we loved it.

well... we didn't really LOVE the time we ran out of gas on a remote desert highway on our way to the monticello temple. but, true to cade taylor form, we made the best of it and crammed our family of four into a stranger's car for the 40 minute drive into town. but i digress...

the wedding happened in the monticello temple with a ring ceremony held at window arch. it. was. perfect.

that night, we danced the night away. the girls really got into it and danced their little hearts out.

we spent the rest of our time doing a little hiking here and there. the perfect weekend getaway!

and the big news to start of february...


to say we loved this new would be the biggest understatement of the year. 

january happenings

**warning: i am OVER A YEAR behind... but, i want to be sure to get all these pictures places and we love our blog books. so, this january post is from january 2013. life is busy. we are awesome. we do what we can.

january is always my least favorite month of the year. christmas is over, the weather is harsh, cabin fever is really setting in, and we are anxiously looking forward to a very busy february. that being said, we still made it fun! here is a recap of our adventures.

we started things off right by ringing in the new year with good friends in our neighborhood. we started by arranging a corn hole tournament at the church. we get pretty into it- so it makes for some good games. we ate good food and then headed to the phillips' house for MORE good food, good friends, and a great new year. we love our neighborhood.

when life gives you snow, you make a snowman. ivy wasn't very impressed with this. she is a tough crowd... you really have to bring your A game.

after christmas we were devastated to find out that my great uncle Brent was sick. he passed quickly and we were so sad to see him go. grammy was especially sad to lose her only brother and we were sure to offer support to her wherever we could. it was a beautiful funeral. he was a missionary in the pacific islands and, as a high school teacher, he had made connections with the utah tongan/samoan cultures. there was so much support and love to remember a man who served his family and served the Lord. we miss him. we love him.

ivy finally decided walking was an acceptable way to get around. ivy really was so uninterested in walking for so long. we LOVED seeing her take those first steps with confidence and it wasn't long before she was cruising along without thinking twice about it. she is SUCH a good kid. we love her calm, confident personality. and... that raspy little voice.

in january, violet turned into a teenager. she loved on all her christmas gifts (especially the makeup...) and her favorite activity was dancing in the living room to the barbie and the popstar soundtrack. she is such a mature little one that cade and i often need remind ourselves that she is still a little one. she loves to learn and is a social butterfly.

for christmas, i gave cade a boys wendover weekend trip with some of his buddies. they ended up just making it a quick trip but they took wendover by storm. the buffet took a few weeks to recover...

i was able to finally get violet's room all put together! it took some time but she loves it. a space to play and a space that is all hers.

we were pretty sure we had done everything necessary to convince violet and ivy that big blue, the aggie mascot, was the coolest thing in the world. well, then in january, cade took violet to a few byu games and now we hear about cosmo ALL THE TIME. i really have to stick up for big blue... but i guess this is a side effect of living in utah county.

cade went to the super bowl... but that deserves a separate post.

and finally, we spent some great times with friends. we have the greatest friends we could ever ask for.

and finally, in january we found out that mandy was having another BOY! this has been a long time coming- especially for little owen who constantly asked for a sibling. you can see in his face how excited he is about this.