Bess got the best surprise one boring Saturday in December. Her good friend Adrie was coming for a surprise visit.
Stephanie, Adries mom, called me to say she was going to drive up with her dad for a football bowl game that was happening here. We thought it would be fun to surprise Bess with her visit.
So that Saturday came and I told the kids we needed to go to the store. While we were at the store in walks Adrie......you should have seen Bess's reaction! She was so shocked and excited. It was very cute.
So we had Adrie for the whole Saturday. It was the best day ever! Bess only had to change her pants 2 times from all the laughing!!! Love that she has such good girlfriends!
We spent our thanksgiving in Utah with my family. We had a yummy dinner at my sister's house in South Jordan. I forgot to take very many pictures but I did snap this one with Sawyer and a big fat turkey leg....yum yum...looks like he should be walking around Disneyland!
It was so fun to all be together, minus Ryan! Love this group!
We decided to get a hotel so we could wear out the kids and swim. Ellie and Reese loved visiting us at our pool!
We took all the kids to see the new movie Dinosaur. While we were at the mall waiting for the movie to start the kids spotted Santa. It was the sweetest to look over and see these sisters talking to Santa. I bet they had lots to tell him.
We love spending time with these sweet girls. It was a rough year for them to watch their daddy be so sick. He loves them SO much and was so happy when we sent him the pictures!
Aunt Erin's birthday was while we were there too so we celebrated that also. Yummy cake and pizza at our hotel! It was perfect for after a swim!
Carter played Y basketball for his 7th grade year. I have to say that basketball is probably my favorite sport to watch. Having your son playing while watching is that much better. It was a fun year with great boys!
Glen planned the best date night. He had heard of a bus that takes you on a ghost tour through Boise. We grabbed our good friends the Ellsworths to come along. They are always up for a good time. Glen and Aaron were good friends through high school and for years we've exchanged Christmas cards but finally after moving here I got to meet Aaron and Afton.
They quickly became my some of my favorite people.
It ended up just being the 4 of us on the bus plus 4 college age girls.
It was very entertaining to hear the "true" stories of ghosts that haunt the downtown city of Boise.
The tour takes you to the Old State Penitentiary. The tour guide gave us flashlights and let us walk around. It was pretty spooky!
We all really had a good time trying something new. It was a very fun evening out!!
Bess and her cute piano teacher being matchy matchy. We love Hailee and are going to be so sad when she graduates and goes to college. She's helped Bess love piano.
Bess invited a few of her cute friends to go up to the Village for a little night out. They had fun being silly and doing all girl things! Bess is pretty lucky to find good friends no matter where she is.
Paul's story gained much attention due to a few stories that were written and thanks to the Paul Moore Foundation ladies.
How cools is it to pull of MSN.com and see his story as the top trending....Paul made a great impact!
And the next day the UK Daily Mail. Now it's not just the US news but world news. Amazing!
What an amazing daddy that loves his girls! This picture will forever be one of my favorites!
We headed down to Farming to be a part of this wonderful weekend. The love and outpouring that went into this weekend was amazing. Paul and Joni are very loved!
After the 5K run/walk they planned the best carnival and silent auction. The kids were in heaven!
My very supportive family came to support us all. My little brother and his girlfriend even flew in from Seattle. Ryan was roommates with Joel in Montana so he became close to both Joel and Paul.
That night after all the foundation festivities my family headed up to Oakley, utah to have a fun night at Megan and Kurtis's family cabin. It also happened to be Uncle Ryan's birthday so we celebrated him!
You can't go to the cabin without a horse ride. So beautiful up there.
This guy is the best! I think I'll take him home with me!
We ended the weekend with stopping by Paul and Joni's for a goodbye. We were very easily entertained by Ellie's dancing and piling on Glen.