So I get in the Jeep and pull out of the driveway and notice this little guy chillin on the front bumper:

I'm thinking, "Hey, it's a long drive to the Rec Center. As soon as I accelerate he's a goner."
Nope! He turned and faced forward, crouched down and enjoyed the entire ride, just like a dog with it's head out the window.

After an hour and a half inside, I return to the Jeep, get in, and see the same bug now hanging out on the drivers side window. Sure enough, he hung there all the way back to our house, just like this:

Crazy bug!

In other news, today is a gorgeous day!! We woke up and went with Cory's family to see the Joseph Smith movie down at Temple Square. Most of us cried, of course. Then we hung out outside for a bit because seriously, today is beautiful! I of course a had to get some pictures of the temple.

This picture is kind of funny. The couple in the background is like a flash back to just over a year ago...

pretty flowers.


Probably One of the Best Pioneer Day's Ever

We've been having a really great couple of days. Yesterday, Cory had the day off which worked out perfectly because it was the day of all the Bountiful Handcart Day's festivities. So, we started off our morning at 6:30 am trying to reserve a decent spot for the parade. What a joke. We finally found a spot and then went home and slept for another hour or so. Then we were off to Lagoon with Jason and his kids. It was really enjoyable because it was an outrageously hot day and the cold water was wonderful. However, we got the bottoms of our feet burned (literally) from the hot concrete. It was very painful. We also walked away with some pretty generous sun - also known as sunburns. We should be ok in a couple of days though.

Next, we picked up Cafe Rio to take to the parade and met up with my friend Amy and her husband, Dallen. I was so glad they decided to come to the parade with us. I never get to see her! And Dallen is a riot! Then Dustin, Jason, and the kids showed up to join us. We all had a really great time, even though it was so freaking hot!!

Amy and I

Dallen and Amy

Dustin and Alexis

Braden and Hailey waiting for candy. Braden got so much he couldn't fit it in his pockets anymore.


So a little into the parade there was a float for the Special Olympics. One of the athletes bent down in front of this Jeep to pick up a piece of candy she dropped. The driver didn't see her and she literally ran her over. They had to call an ambulance. It was very sad. According to KSL, she has a broken leg and possibly a broken arm, or something like that. It delayed the parade for a good 15-20 minutes. I hope she's ok!!

Next on the agenda was the Mueller Park fireworks. These are definitely my favorite fireworks. They have so much zaz and personality. And you get to sit way close so the noise is really cool. :) They were awesome as usual. Something went wrong in the beginning and it created a HUGE fireball. We felt the heat and everything. But, it seems something goes wrong every year, so maybe it was planned. Our friend Laura was awesome enough to let us party and sit with them. She's so rad. It was a great night!

Us at the fireworks. Notice the sunburned faces.

Today was a special day because Heather, Cory's cousin, came home from her mission. Almost all of his cousins came into town to welcome her home and have a BBQ. And I finally got to see the new baby additions to the family, which are both so adorable! I spent the morning hanging out with some of the cousins and getting to know them better. I really had a great time because since I'm so shy, I've had a hard time bonding with them. So girls, if you're reading this, thanks so much! I really needed today. You guys are awesome!

At about 3:30 we raced to the airport to pick up Heather...

anxiously awaiting her appearance.

One of the new babies Mckinnley.

There she is! Welcome home!

Talking to Dad


Baby Eden, She's so precious!

Lena is probably one of the cutest girls on the planet!

Mother and daughter.

Next, we all headed to the Hagloch's home for a welcome home BBQ.

Here is the cake Kaela decorated. It looks lovely ;)
We all had so much fun hanging out. I really, really enjoyed myself. We ate food, played ball, and lit off some fireworks. We have a great family! And it's so wonderful to have Heather home again. We love you guys!

As an added bonus, I recorded part of the finally of the fireworks last night. Enjoy!


Happy Birthday, Daddy!!

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday. We decided we needed to have a big celebration because his birthday never really get's a big party. So my parents invited their neighborhood friends over for a BBQ and fireworks. It was fun! I forgot I had my camera until we started the fireworks so that's all the pictures I have... sorry. My Dad is a wonderful man. He always works hard to make sure his kids are well cared for. He's a very loving and great man. I'm really lucky to have him as my Pop. Happy birthday, Dad!


Weekend Update

It's been a really fun weekend! Friday I had some work friends over for a BBQ. It was a lot of fun to kick back and hang out. Most of us will be in different grades next year so we wont see each other as much anymore. But the parties will have to continue.

Kristie, Me, Shelly, and Becky

Today I went with my parents to help pick out their new kitchen cabinets and counter top. Thanks Mom, for valuing my opinion that much. The kitchen is going to look awesome! Then my parents, Collin, and myself headed off to Lisa's to cool off at her pool. We had a lot of fun and I actually remembered a camera!

We stopped at 7-11 for drinks and I found this.

Collin thinks he can beat me... psh!

Cannon ball!! We took so long standing outside the pool deciding what to do that we actually aroused a small crowd. I think they were expecting something way cooler. Sorry guys.

There's only 3 more weeks of care-free summer left and then I have head back to work. I'm going to enjoy it the best I can!
p.s. Cory isn't present because he was working today :(


Swim Party!!

Today we had our primary class swim party. Oh man, we had TONS of fun!! We had 7 kids total. We went to Little Caesars and picked up 6 large pizza's thinking that would be way too much food. We have less than one pizza left over :). But, that's the way we wanted it. I know no one knows these kids, but we thought the pictures were fun and we had a total blast! We love being primary teachers.