Saturday, July 27, 2013


On June 27th we hurried up to Thanksgiving point after work to get up to the wedding dinner. The venue was so nice and we had a lot of fun. We were pre-warned that there was going to be a flash mob sometime during the dinner. How cute are they? The bride had no idea what was going on, most people didn't. We didn't know the dance but we just went with it. 
All the boys at the SLC temple on Friday morning. 
I got to hold this sweet babe for over an hour. She was so little, I couldn't get enough of her! I love newborns!
After the wedding all the boys went golfing so of course I went on a solo date. Heidi (My SIL) recommended Flatbread Neopolitan Pizzeria. It was so yummy! I highly recommend it!
After I had lunch I found a little place where I could get a pedicure! It was so cheap, but so fancy! They  even dipped my feet in wax.
Saturday morning the boys went golfing so once again I was solo. I went to Pig and A Jelly Jar for chicken n' waffles. and it was amazing. It was so strange. They even suggested putting hot sauce on it which made it even better! 
We also went to Sammy's one night for shakes. They bake pies every day and then put them in a shake. Yum!
Oops. Abbey has P-day on Saturday's so I sent her an email letting her know I would be in the area around noon because I was planning on sending her something from the BYU bookstore. She didn't reply for a long time, so I ended up going to lunch at Zupas with Alex and a few of his friends. I decided to check my email and Abbey said she would be going to the temple around 1:40 and it would be fun if we drove by! Alex knew exactly where they would be walking so we hustled up to the Provo temple and sat up by the walkway to wait for her. She had no idea. We saw her walking up and one of the girls she was with pointed us out. We literally talked to her for two minutes. We took a picture, she introduced us to all the girls in her area and that was that. The first thing she said was no tears. I had no tears I was thrilled to see her even if it was for two minutes. I miss that cute missionary!

Monday, July 22, 2013

kick her to the curb

     Here is the story of Abbey's curb kick. We rode up Wednesday morning and met the whole fam at Guru's for lunch. After lunch we headed to the MTC. We walked down and took some pics, and then piled in the car where we took a REALLY CUTE picture. (it was terrible, i refuse to post it, I honestly don't know why we thought that would be a cute photo op ha!) Then we pulled up to curb kicker #20. I will never forget what number we pulled up to, because Lori insisted that we take so many pics of the sign ha. We piled out and got Abbey's luggage out, we each gave her a hug and off she went. It was so fast which was a good thing I think. Then we left. That was it. It was like so fast, I couldn't believe she was gone just like that. We miss and love that girl.

     After the curb kick we went and checked into the hotel and watched Hans new favorite show "ridiculousness" for a good chunk of time. We really could not decide what to do. Finally we decided to hurry to the movie "Now You See Me" which was soo good. I highly recommend it!  
     The rest of the weekend was filled with good food and shopping. (Alex and Hans LOVE shopping ha!) We were always asking what Abbey was doing and what she was wearing. Alex was getting sick of us asking because we just figured he should know what she was doing all the time ha. It was such a fun weekend. One of the best moments was when Lori, Heidi, Alex and I went to 9th and 9th for gelato and on the way there I saw a sign that said, "huge cherries, berries, corn, melon, local peas." It was just listed on a sign on the corner of the street and for some reason I just started singing it in a very high pitched quiet voice. I said everything but "local peas." & after a few seconds Alex finished in a really high pitched quiet voice and said "local peas." We all lost it, it was hilarious. That was one of my favorite memories of that trip, and we found ourselves saying it over and over. I love my family. 
This was in the little gelato place we went to, so of course we had to get the Queenie of the fam's picture!

    While we were eating gelato, and going to dinner at a yummy place called Malagros, Hans and Eric were at the Ben Folds/Barenaked Ladies concert, ha! The best thing was when they were on their way home that night Hans had called Lori to tell her about the concert... Lori said something about seeing him post one or two pictures on instagram because we had been laughing about how he had posted SEVEN pictures that night. He was so excited about it and said well I posted like six or seven pictures, didn't you see them. Ha it was too good, he had no idea we were actually laughing about it. 
     We had Heidi and one of her good friends Michelle over at the hotel one night to play five crowns with us. I had never heard of it until I became a part of Alex's family, but it is easily my favorite game. We are so competitive and we laugh until we cry every time we play. It is also a must to post the scores on the microwave at home, so we were so excited when we had a microwave in the hotel ha! 
It is kind of hard to see, but we had to keep Abbey in the car with us wherever we went. We miss her!
Somehow we ended up with a deaf room where we were staying, so each time we got to our room we would ring this little doorbell and it had kind of a strobe light effect in the room. We loved this little feature ha and we were always sure to ring the doorbell before we entered the room!
The boys thought we were crazy, but we were thrilled when we found hot chocolate in the hotel, even if it was 100 degrees outside!

     One of the nights we were up there Alex and I were able to meet up with one of his mission buddies and go hot tubbing with some of their friends. It was so fun to meet him since I had heard so much about him. 
     I was really sad to say goodbye to Abbey, but I know that she is exactly where she is supposed to be. We love you Abbey!

a weekend of FT (family time)

     Before Abbey left on her mission she really wanted to have a weekend full of family time. It started off with a family tennis tournament. Heidi and I were like realllyyy good. So we were terrible, what of it? We had a lot of extended family come too so it was just one big party. Eric ended up being the champion of the tennis tournament they Abbey & the boys were so into it, it was a crack up! 
 The next day was Sunday, also the day Abbey gave her farewell talk. Her talk was so good, she talked about her series of unfortunate events. Read about it here. I loved how she took such a negative experience and decided to look at it with a positive attitude. I love that Abbey girl. We had a lunch with friends and family and Hans and Lori's house afterword, and then we played cards and relaxed the rest of the day.

     Monday we did a session at the temple with all of the siblings and Hans and Lori. It was incredible to be in the temple with the whole family it was simply amazing. After the temple we had lunch at Sakura, and that, was an experience. We did the Hibachi dinner, it was so yummy and we had a really good time.
It's all about the sister pic, love this girl!

     After lunch we picked up the little boys, my sisters babysat them while we were at the temple and lunch, and we had a little family home evening. We had all written down things that we will miss and won't miss about Abbey when she is gone and she wrote something she will and won't miss about each of us. The things people came up with were seriously so funny. We love Sister Hafen and miss her lots! It was such a wonderful weekend, we are so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 
Action shots of us trying to catch the shrimp at Sakura. Obviously a very talented group we are. It was really bad lighting in Sakura so the pictures are terrible, but you get the point. Thanks for the fun weekend Abbey!

BIG NEWS // May 17, 2013

I had been expecting a letter from Dixie State's Radiography program for weeks waiting to see if I had been accepted into their program. Little did I know I would be getting an email instead. I was sitting in Alex's grandparents family room with my mother-in-law and I randomly decided to check my email and I found this.... 

It was the greatest email I had ever received. I was freaking out and yes I started bawling. I was so excited that I had been accepted and I was so ready to start this new adventure. It is going to be rough but I know that it will be worth it. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

class of 2013

This year my little sisters graduated. Since when are they old enough for that? I was so excited when they asked me to design their graduation announcements for them, and I think they turned out pretty great! 

I seriously cannot believe these two are old enough to be graduated & now we are waiting for their mission calls to arrive any day. When did they grow up?

state baseball

    Our Friday was spent watching the playoffs for state softball. The girls didn't end up winning so we decided that we would get work off and head up north early in the morning to watch the boys play baseball. We got up at 4:30 AM and were on the road by 5:00. We were SO tired. It was hard to stay awake but we made it safely! We got to the game probably twenty minutes before it was scheduled to start but then the rain came and the game was delayed. We were so bummed. We got up so dang early and drove fairly quick and we ended up sitting there waiting for the rain to clear for an hour and a half. The JV baseball team was pretty great entertainment. They put on catchers gear and used baseball bats to joust. It was hilarious. The boys ended up playing three games that day and they won all three. They took state! That surely made the trip well worth it! My cousins Clint and Riley both pitched, they did an amazing job. I love warrior baseball! Congrats boys!
We also enjoyed ball game hamburgers, the messiest way possible of course!