Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 Years Baby! (Post 1)

Dave and I have been married 10 years. Wow, I am getting old! For our 10 year anniversary, my wonderful husband got right on top of the plans. In December he bought buddy pass tickets (with the help of some kind people) to Switzerland. Why Switzerland? Cause we have some friends living there and they offered their home for us to stay in. We are cheap!... and it was a good excuse to spend time with the Willis family.

Now we have 4 kids and Logan will just barely be one and if it were not for my husband booking tickets without discussing it with me, we would not have gone. We did find some babysitters aka Grandma and Grandpa Bramhall. I did fear for the well being of G&G B but knew my children were in the best hands with them and my kids love them so thats good. With a lot of hestitation (at least on my part) we just took off.

With buddy passes there are always concerns about getting on the plane that you were scheduled to fly on but we were very lucky and got the good end of buddy passes....First Class. We had good food, all the alcohol that we wanted (oh wait we don't drink) ok all the orange juice I wanted, large seats that extend all the way out for sleep time, my own tv, and comfy blankets and pillows.

That was not even the best part of the trip...it was touring Europe with Dave;)

Pictures of Freiburg, Germany (our first outing)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Beach Time

Our children love the beach and so do we.  So when the week of 4th of July came, we were off to the Ocean City with the Bramhall group.  We had so much fun playing in the sand and water.  The kids loved the boogie boards, and Taylor got so good at riding this year.  We often found him taking off on his own out into the large Ocean to boogie.  We had many long talks about why you need a partner at all times.

Logan did awesome this year.  He was content just sitting in the sand, splashing water and eating sandy snacks. 

Drew was a little timid with the water, he didn't like the waves too much but he loved to play on the edge of the water and run from the waves.
Lana just loves it all, that girl would just walk right in and want someone to take her out as far as we could go.
Besides the beach we enjoyed miniature golf, riding a surrey on the boardwalk, playing skee ball,  getting funnel cake...polish ice....Johnson popcorn, watching fireworks, riding carnival rides, flying kites, taking family pics, watching Grandma ride the waves and just being with family.  THANKS Grandma & Grandpa Bramhall for the wonderful vacation.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Draper Reunion & More

We headed to Utah in June for our Draper Family Reunion.  I had the wonderful ;) chance to fly with all the kids by myself.  I was so stressed about it but it worked out pretty well, the 3 oldest were great and Logan wasn't too bad.  I guess all the prayers worked.  After we made it we had a great time visiting family and friends.  It was very hard to be at my parents home without them there.  I didn't get to wake up to Dad making breakfast or Mom playing with the kids.  I didn't get to watch Dad take 3 naps a day or help Mom out in the garden. I missed those moments so much.  Thankfully, I have wonderful brothers and sisters that kept us busy, getting out.

For the reunion, unfortunately, we had to switch up Carrie & Shane's good plans of Yellowstone to stay at our parents house and clean.  That meant a lot of people in my parents home but we squeezed in and did our best to have fun.  I know my kids just loved being around all their cousins and Aunts and Uncles.  And as difficult as it was to go through my parents stuff and throw things away, it was needed and we found a lot of treasures:)  There were some good laughs, a lot of noise and a whoppin' in the Kickball game.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Logan is 1!

Logan's first year went by so quickly.  We love this little guy.  He is so much fun.  He is full of smiles, hugs and screams.  He loves to eat fruit and destroy everything in his path.  He loves to do what the others kids are doing but don't get in his way or he will bite you. 

We love you Logan.  We love your excitement for life and the joy you bring us.

Happy Birthday on June 10, 2012.

We spent the evening with Grandma and Grandpa Bramhall and the missionaries.  What a birthday celebration! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm back with a birthday post!

So, I decided to get back to posting now that the summer has settled down.  I didn't know where to start but I didn't want to forget all the birthdays. 

Drew & Lana turned 3.  It is crazy that life with the twins has gone so quickly.  I have to say, I enjoy this stage.  They can do most things by themselves and I get to play with them, instead of dress them or change their diapers. 

Lana broke the camera so I have no pics of our celebration at home and at Chuck E Cheese.  They had so much fun though.  They got some headphones for their birthday, some clothes, computers from G&G B, piggie banks from Cindy and a sandbox (that Dad built). 

We celebrated in NJ the next weekend and got some pics there.  The kids love to be with the cousins and Grandma and Grandpa in NJ.  We even got to see Jack, Lindsay and Casey.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


It aches to even look at pictures today.  I am not sure why today seems more difficult, but I think that is just how it works.  Some days are more difficult than others.  I have not been able shake the way things played out on May 6th.  I have been thinking of the phone call Nikki had to make, how I reacted, how my husband just took over (called his parents to come up, called a friend to give me a blessing, called the bishop in our ward), how I cried, how hard I prayed for Quincy and Kassidy, how I couldn't sleep, I couldn't make decisions, I couldn't pack, how I just wanted to see my Mom, etc.

With that said I had the oppurtunity to bare my testimony today and realize how much I have grown, how much my family has worked together, how strong my love is for each of my family members, how much my parents taught us, how amazing my husband has been, how much I love my children, how I know the Savior has His arms wrapped around all of us, what a miracle it is to have Kassidy with us and how supportive everyone is around us. 
Love you all! 
 I miss you Mom & Dad & Quincy.
Thank you to all for your prayers!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I can not believe Taylor is 5. Time flies!!! He had a Monster Truck party over the weekend and the Mike Bramhall family came all the way from New Jersey to celebrate. Taylor also invited all of his primary class and they all came. It was wonderful. I think they had a really great time. Taylor had such a great time and couldn't stop talking about his monster truck, all the new legos he got and how much fun he had. THANK YOU to all those that came. Also, thank you to all those who couldn't come to our home but sent gifts, cards, or called him on the phone. It made him feel so special.
Taylor is such a sweet boy and we love him so much. He is so smart and always willing to help. He loves his siblings and is so great with them. He can get Logan to smile anytime. He is so active and loves to race, play soccer, wrestle and work outside with dad. He is awesome :)