Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall Time

Even though I was sad to see summer leave I was very happy to say hello to fall. Fall is my favorite season. It never lasts very long though.

Vaughn's brother Mat graduated from schooling with the Marines and came home on leave for a few weeks. While he here his sister Maren and her family came up for a visit. It's always so fun to have the whole family together. Because we had the family together we got pictures taken. Hopefully we will have them on our Christmas card this year.

With the end of summer comes the Utah State Fair. We go every year and every year we regret paying so much to get in. They just don't know how to do fairs here in Utah. But I thought this was a cute picture.

October 4th was Vaughn's 29th birthday! The weekend of his birthday we went to our annual Pink Floyd concert. We had awesome seats this year. The show was amazing as always.

October was full of Halloween events. I took Layla to a event at the Senior center where the kids give candy to the older people instead of getting it from them. The next day my mom's group I belong to had a trunk or treat. Layla dressed up as a fairy again this year. On Halloween Daddy took her out trick or treating around the neighborhood while mommy stayed at home to pass out candy.

Mommy and daddy had fun for Halloween too. We went to a party at my friends house. I dressed up as a pirate and Vaughn was very original. He dressed up in all black and wore a shot glass around his neck. He was "A shot in the dark" Silly boy!

We had fun in October but we also experienced much sadness. 5 people I knew died. 2 of them hit me harder then the rest. First my very dear friend and neighbor, Dawn passed. It has been very hard to let her go. I miss our talks and waving to her every morning when I leave for work. Here is her obituary

Then second was 7days later. One of my favorite client's 17 year old daughter died tragically in a car accident. She was beautiful and sweet. I'm going to miss her coming home from school and chatting with me while I clean her mom's house. It's been very tough for my client and it hurts me to see her in so much pain. Here is her obituary

Even though it was such a sad month I know my friends are in a better place.

November has been a much happier month so far. One of my best friends from Wisconsin moved out to Utah and we got together with her sisters went to see a play. We went to see "My Fair Lady" What a blast!
November 7th was my inlaws 31st anniversary. Oddly enough they took all of us out to dinner instead of the other way around. It was so much fun.

Well things are staying busy. I finally hired someone to help me with my cleaning business. Vaughn's work continues to be busy as well.

We are all looking forward to the coming holidays and we hope you enjoy yours.

WHOOOHOOO I'm finally caught up!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wisconsin Trip 2011

For Labor day weekend we went to Wisconsin! We left on the 1st of September. All 3 of us went plus my sister Elise. Layla did amazing on the plane this time. Now that she's 2 she has to have her own seat. So we brought her car seat with us. She fell asleep for most the ride and watched movies. We were very lucky to get cheap tickets to fly right into Madison. We rented a car and stayed at my mom's house. She has a new house now in Sun Prairie and it was my first time seeing it. It was weird to come home and not have the same house to go to.
The first night we were there we went out to eat at Pedros with my friend Megan and her family. She has a son Bradyn, who is very close to Layla's age. It was so great to have Layla and Bradyn see eachother again. This is what they looked like last time we visited Megan's family.

And now they have grown so big!

Our second day in Wisconsin hung around town. I showed Vaughn my old elementary school Royal Oaks! And some other fun things in Sun Prairie.

We ordered some pizza at Papa Murphy's that night. Mallorie drove us to go pick it up. Now that was strange. She can't be old enough to drive. We ate pizza and watch RIO. A little before the movie was done my sister Nicole, and her family got in. They were staying the weekend as well at my mom's. I was so very excited to see my neice and my nephews. Especially my newest nephew Emmet that I had not met yet.

The 3rd day my mom was an angel and took all the grandkids to the children's mesume and Vaughn and I got some time to ourselves! I took Vaughn down to Hilldale mall so I could get me some FannieMay chocolate. They don't have it in Utah. And we had lunch at The Great Dane! YUMMY! That night Vaughn and I went over to my best friend Melissa's house to meet her boyfriend. We of course made the ritual trip to Bowl a Vard and played some darts.

On Sunday we went to church at the Sun Prairie Ward. It was so neat to see so many people I havent seen in years. After church my brother Eric came up from Milwaukee and we all went to one of my favorite places in Madison, Olbrich Gardens!

The cousin's had a lot of fun together!

Monday, Labor Day, we went to the zoo. We had a picnic and then walked around to see the animals.

We unfortunately had to leave the zoo early because Layla needed a nap. We had to say good bye to Nicole and Steve and family since they were heading back to Iowa after the zoo. It was so wonderful to see them and their kids. It feels like it will be forever till the next time. Monday evening Vaughn and I went out to dinner with Melissa and her boyfriend again and my friend Korri and her husband Brian. It was so fun to be with my girls again!

That last day in Wisconsin was very hard for me. I did not want to go back to Utah and back to the real world. But I am so very thankful we got to go this year. I miss my family and friends so very much!