Wednesday

Birthday Boys - Taylor 20 & Caden 1

I don't know how time went by so quick, but i've never wished more that it would just slow down. I can't help but tear up as i think about the past year, all the fun memories, my tiny baby turning into a little boy, its incredible how much a kid can learn in a year! Caden is starting to walk, and jabbers at everything, he's a very curious child.... good thing and bad. We wanted to make his 1st birthday kind of special for him, of course he won't remember any of it... but on that day he definitely had a good time. Since Taylor and Caden's birthdays are one after the other we decided to just have a party weekend. On Caden's birthday we took him to one of his favorite places!!! ANIMAL ARK (pet store) we looked at all the puppies and bunnies and fishies..... and birdies and everything! it was pretty eventful!
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That evening we headed to Farmington to join my moms side of the family for a Family Reunion!!! I LOVE going to this party.. there is great food and fun games, and its always a beautiful time of year. Not to mention I love my grandparents yard. Caden played with his aunt and uncles and my cousins, we played on the rope swing and played many rounds of ladder ball! IMG_0017gdmrngwntrsn

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I love this picture, He will not crawl on his hands and knees when he's on the grass.. so he gets on all fours and moves around that way.. it makes me laugh every time!
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Taylor helped make homemade ice cream which was delicious on top of grandmas homemade apricot pie!
We opened presents for caden, boy is he spoiled... he got a big ball (ya know the kind from walmart that every kid loves), sippy cups, clothes, hotwheels, cheveron cars, shoes, tons of big boy stuff!!
(gotta love my grandmas lime green capret!)
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Then we took him outside and let him eat one of the cupcakes from his GIANT CHOCOLATE CAKE!!! He LOVES chocolate, i can't even count how many times i've caught him eating chocolate quietly in a corner... So we made him a chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, and crumbled oreos on top. It was delicious! He must have been pretty confused as to why we were allowing him to eat chocolate... But he seemed to enjoy the cupcake after squishing it between his fingers.. lol.

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It was a pretty fun party day, He was asleep in the car before we got to the freeway. THEN.... Taylor's birthday, wasn't quite so eventful.. we had a really nice dinner his mom prepared, opened more presents, and ate and more cake (almost identical to Caden's except yellow cake and no oreos) ... and we played phase ten and need for speed the rest of the day. We went to Tucanos for his birthday dinner last night, it was delicious!!!
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I hope my birthday turns out this great ;) ;) (........taylor)
lara

Tuesday

Spanish Fork Rodeo

I'd definitely have to say one of my favorite summer traditions is going to the rodeo!!! My family usually attends the Oakley rodeo the week of the 4th of july, but this year we couldn't make it... so we decided to try out the Spanish Fork rodeo. Although the riders and ropers weren't as pro as those at the Oakley rodeo, it was definitely still fun. They did mutton riding with little kids, which i haven't seen before, it was pretty hilarious! I was a little concerned about bringing Caden, just because he can be a little wiggle worm sometimes. But to my complete surprise, i've never seen him sit more still! He sat on his Uncle Jarom's Lap almost the entire time and watched the horses, pointed at everything and said "wuu saa"? He also enjoyed all the music and danced along with it. We had a ton of fun!!!
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chillin with Uncle Lane
These horses sure can buck!

my little cowboy!

the clown is always entertaining
My youngest brother Nanny, all he wants to be is a Cowboy! He always wears his cowboy boots, i don't know how many pairs he's worn out.. He always asks me if i can cut his hair like a real cowboy, and help him style it. lol. He asks for cowboy clothes for birthday and Christmas. And he will really wear long "cowboy" shirts and pants on a 103 degree day! The rodeo is his heaven!

lara

Thursday

Temple Pictures at Last

Since it was so cold outside at the time of our sealing we decided to skip taking pictures at that time.. not to mention Taylor was very sick that day. We waited and waited for good weather to finally come, but it seemed like there was either constant rain or snow till May. In the mean time, while waiting for the weather to clear up, I decided I would try to lose the rest of my pregnancy weight so i could fit into my wedding dress. Although i didn't totally reach my goal I barely fit into the dress... which was all i really cared about! We finally got to take pictures in June, these are a few of my favorite! My best friend/photography partner took all the pictures and I did the editing... my favorite part! I really appreciate the work she did for us, these pictures mean so much to me. It is so important that my kids know their mommy and daddy went to the temple! We are so grateful for the blessings we receive from going there! I will try to post more often, Summer is a fun and busy time for our family! P.S. Caden and Taylor's Birthdays are in a week and a half!! Happy Birthday Boys!!

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