Monday, July 11, 2011

Idaho Summer

Life has been a little crazy the past few months. We moved from Flagstaff to Rexburg in the middle of May. Barrett's brother Jason did a semester abroad in Greece and flew to Phoenix the week before we moved. We picked him up and then he helped us move. I was so thankful to have him help! He rode with me in the car to help with the kids while Barrett drove the moving truck. We had a little mishap with a balcony and the front of the moving truck and learned a little lesson about getting insurance, but other than that our trip was uneventful.

We moved into my parents' basement to save some money and so I don't have to be alone all the time when Barrett goes to Utah for his internships. My parents have been lifesavers! It's been an adjustment not having our own place and all four of us staying in one room, but we are doing well and are grateful for a place to stay.

Anna and Caleb are loving having lots of room to play and extra attention from Grammy and Papa and Lara. She just turned 14 and is a great help with the kids. The kids have a big plot in the garden to play in, a trampoline, swings, and lots of grass. What more could a 3 year old and 1 year old ask for?

We haven't really done anything big since we've been here. We've just been enjoying family and the summer weather. We've been helping both of our parents with work around their houses too. We helped my parents take down their old fence and put in a new wood one. It was a lot of work but it looks really nice now.

It was Barrett's birthday July 1. We had a fun weekend with his family and he and I went camping one night without the kids. It was fun to have a little date night and enjoy some nature. We went near Kelly Canyon and camped right by the really high and muddy river. It was a beautiful drive and a fun night. I love that guy!

I love the 4th of July and we had a fun one this year. The weather was really nice and we had a fun day. We went to a ward flag raising and breakfast and then went to the Rexburg parade with both of our families. There were some fun floats this year, but we left the memory card to the camera in our laptop, so we didn't get any pictures of the parade. We went home and took naps and had a relaxing afternoon and then went to Idaho Falls to the fireworks. It was a fun, relaxed day. I am so grateful to live in this country where we have so many freedoms, especially to be able to worship the Lord as we please. I am very grateful to all the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms I have today. God bless America!!