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We met in April of 2008 at BYU-Idaho. 4 months later we were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 22, 2008. We moved to Colorado in June of 2010, bought our first house there in 2013. And now we have moved to Las Vegas, NV to start our next adventure. We have two active boys with a little girl on the way!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gavin's 3rd Birthday

I know I have missed like the last two months, but I figured I would post about one of the loves of my life first.

GAVIN! That's right, he turned 3!
Where has the time gone. I can still remember every part of the day I had him, and I what I felt like taking him home. It seems so surreal that he has been apart of our family for 3 years. He is definitely one of the joys of our lives and brings so much happiness into our home. One thing I have to say about boys, they are SO loving! I love that Gavin still wants me to hold him and love him all the time. He is my buddy, and always tells me I am his best friend. It is hard to think that anyone else could ever love him as much as I do.

34 lbs. 4oz (75%)
38 3/4in (80%)

How did my baby go from this

to this?

Here are some pictures from Gavin's birthday. Sorry they are not great, with a bunch of kids running around it is hard to take time to take pictures. We had a Superhero Party and all of Gavin's friends were able to come. The kids each put their capes and decorated their masks when they arrived. We played Pin the Shield on Captain America, matched villains to their superheroes, and knocked down pins(2-liter bottles) with pictures of villains on them. We had lunch and opened presents. I hope Gavin had fun, he definitely was spoiled, but I love to spoil my kids. :)

Here are some of the capes, we also had Incredibles, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. Thanks Alana for all your help with them! 

 Some friends

Along with their capes and masks, these were the favor bags. A Superhero coloring/sticker book, crayons, superhero fruit snacks, and some candy.

Thank you to all those who came and made Gavin's birthday so special!

Some things I would like to remember about Gavin:
He sleeps on the floor in his doorway and then moves to the floor in our room in the middle of the night.
He chews on anything plastic and eats it (I am hoping he grows out of this soon!)
He loves to sing along to the songs on the radio. He also tries to sing along to the hymns. 
He cries when we leave the church because he wants to play with his friends longer.
He loves the iPad and Youtube
He loves to dance to any music.
He eats chicken nuggets, octodogs, fruitsnacks, apples, milk and juice (that's about it) and anything candy!
He loves Wesley, even when he is ornery, if Wesley smiles at him he is happy.
He always wants you to come in his room, closet, or tent and keep you in there to play with him. He will cry if you try to leave.
He likes to compliment on my clothes and hair.
Potty trained at 26 months.
When he needs to go to potty he is the king of the potty dance.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

July and August

We have been having a busy Summer......and now it's over and I am still busy. Although, I probably make myself busy so I can't complain too much. I thought about just skipping the last two months and starting off in September, but I figured I can show a little.

I have been teaching Zumba classes at the church twice a week. I figured this way I can get better at being an instructor and work my library of songs before I start a paid class. I have also been trying to sub classes when I can to make some money to pay for my membership as an instructor. I really love Zumba and I enjoy the classes at church, but Zac worries that I am doing too much and taking time away from the kids. So I will probably go back to just one class a week, not to mention I am now the 2nd Counselor in the RS Presidency. I am so excited for this new calling, and to get to know the women in the ward better. I have definitely missed it while I have been in Nursery.

The beginning of July we of course celebrated the 4th. We were able to go up to the Palmer's new house and have a BBQ and watch the fireworks out there. It was a lot of fun to get out of the city spend time with them. I am always so grateful for the wonderful friends we have.

By the way, Wesley spit up on my leg, in case you were wondering.

Then on August 10th Alexandria had her baby, Adelena Noelle Palmer. We are so excited for the Palmer family and their new adventure.

Wesley also turned 4 months in August and he was 19lbs. 11oz. He hadn't eaten in like 5 hours so I don't really count it. I definitely think he is over 20 lbs., but it brought him back down so that he was actually touching the top of the growth chart instead of above it. :)
Gavin is a wonderful big brother, although a little too rough sometimes. Surprisingly Wesley doesn't mind it most of the time. I think he is going to have to be tough to hangout with Gavin. He sits(lays) and watches him play the iPad and wants to be where ever Gavin is. They are so fun but I am worried about the trouble they are going to get in next year. I think I have my hands full now, I am pretty sure I have a lot of future messes to clean up.

Zac and I also celebrated our 4th Anniversary and went out to Rodizio Grill. Zac loved the meat and I love the grilled pineapple so we both went away happy. Mostly I just love getting to spend one on one time with my best friend and the love of my life. He still makes my heart melt, and I couldn't have asked for someone better. He is the most amazing man I know and I am so lucky to be married to him for eternity.

A quick picture from Rachel's birthday. I think we could the Avenger's a run for their money. 
Avenger's Assemble!

The end of August we went to Ely for Trevor's Mission Farewell. He gave a wonderful talk on Sunday. I looked over and say my Dad and Grandpa wiping away the tears. I can't imagine how it must feel to see your posterity build their own testimonies and progress in the gospel. Even as Gavin learns that Jesus lives at the temple or who Joseph Smith is, it makes me emotional. Elder Jones is definitely as prepared as he can be and will spend 8 weeks in the MTC before he leaves for Tampico, Mexico. I am so proud of him and I know he will bless the lives of so many as he shares the gospel and his testimony.

Now we are just waiting for the fall weather to kick in and the leaves to change. We are kind of tired of 90+ degree weather. Football season has started and Zac is excited to watch Peyton play in the Mile High City. Looks like we are going to have to get some number 18 t-shirts. We hope you are all enjoying the new school year and looking forward to Halloween in 6 weeks. I know I am. :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Breckenridge Friend Trip and Father's Day

The weekend of Father's Day we took a trip to Breckenridge with our friends. It was so nice to get away for a weekend. I think even Zac had fun. I am so grateful that we have such AMAZING friends, they are the best!

We headed up Friday after work and met everyone at the mansion that we stayed in. We spent time in the hot tub, went up to Peak 7 and went swimming in their amazing pools, rode the gondola down the mountain, went shopping at the outlets and ate a ton of amazing food. It was great! We headed home Sunday afternoon and hit some insane traffic. And one of our friends had car trouble but in the end we all made it home safely. I put up a father's day sign and hopefully all of the men had a great day I know that we are so grateful for each of you. Especially my husband. He is one amazing dad, I have no idea how I got so lucky.

Here are some pictures from our trip.......
 Some went on a bike ride while the rest of the girls went shopping.
 At the pool....We tried to get Gavin in the picture...

 On the gondola
 Everyone.......Barrus, Davison, Hrienson, Mitchell, Murray, Olson, Palmer
(We missed the Hillyard's)
Happy Father's Day!

Wesley's Baby Blessing and 2 Months

Wow, life has been busy. That would be an understatement. I feel like I have had no time to do anything but work on the next project/task ahead. Which would be why I haven't posted in 2 months.
 Don't worry, you don't have to chastise me, I feel bad enough. :)
Anyway, let's take a little journey back.....2 months ago.......
It all started with a trip to Idaho for Zac's brother, Nic's, graduation. He also turned 18 the day after. It was great to be able to be with the Barrus family in Idaho before we all traveled to Ely. The drive to Ely was great actually. Gavin fell asleep while playing the iPad until Twin Falls, and then he rode with Grandma and Grandpa in their car the rest of the way. They said he talked the whole time. I guess they are more fun than we are. And Wesley slept most of the way so it was pretty chill for us. It is nice to have a baby that travels so well. We were in Ely for Wesley's baby blessing along with Dylan's baby blessing. We are so grateful for all the family/friends that were there. We love you all and are grateful for your love and support. Then a few days later we had my brother, Trevor's graduation. It was nice to see some of my old teachers. It made me feel really old to see kids that were in Elementary School when I graduated. Then we drove home. We spent almost 30 hours in the car driving from Colorado to Wyoming to Idaho to Nevada to Utah and back to Colorado. We were happy to be with family, but definitely ready to come home. Especially after a flu bug went around my Mom's house and almost everyone got sick. Zac and Gavin had to deal with it the whole way home but it wasn't too bad. Aside from an interesting gas station bathroom experience. I will spare you the gross details. :)

So here are some pictures from our trip....
 Riding the 3-wheeler at Great G&G Barrus's new house.
 Then to Grandpa's shop to ride some more cool trucks. What a lucky 2-year old.

 Great Grandpa Barrus, Grandpa Barrus, Zac, and Wesley.

 Jones Family
 Barrus Family
 Both babies, Wesley and Dylan. Dylan was 14 weeks and Wesley 7 weeks.

 Gavin and Everett during Uncle Trevor's Graduation

A few days after we got home we had Wesley's 2 Month Appointment. If you have not heard how much he has grown, be prepared to be shocked!

2 Months:
Weight: 16lbs 3oz (a weight gain of 9lbs 8oz in 6 weeks)
Height: 24in

The Dr. actually commented that I needed to be more observant about feeding cues of when he is full. I feed him less than I fed Gavin and he has gained faster than even Gavin has. Other than that he is perfect! His most common nickname around the house (aside from Wes) is Chunkers, we think it is suiting. :)

 2 Months Old
I LOVE these boys!