Sunday, September 20, 2015


5 years with this little boy! It has gone by in a flash. But I also can't imagine my world before he was in it! He is such a funny kid. He brings so many smiles to my face each and every day. He can be wild and full of adventure, showing off his new tricks and doing shows for me and finding ways to give me a heart attack one minute. And then the next minute he is all cuddles and love and one of the most sweet and sensitive boys I know. He loves ninjas and superheroes just as much as he can't resist hugging and smiling at any baby he sees. He is such a great balance. And just such a good kid. Conner, even though you are my wild number 3, the one that Really made our world crazy, I wouldn't have it ANY other way. We love you to pieces! You are amazing and perfect just the way you are!
How could 5 look any cuter than this?!
 For his Birthday this year Conner picked a few friends to come with us to Chuck E Cheese for pizza and games. Conner, Eric, Carter and Collin. All of us movies were pregnant together so it is pretty darn cute to see them all being best buddies now!
 Conner and Carter are birthday buddies, so it only made sense for them to get to blow their candles out together! Happy Birthday sweet boys!

 Kellen and Peter...buddies since they were in diapers! Love these boys!

 The whole crew at Chuck E Cheese!
 It is our tradition to let the birthday kid pick dinner on the day of their birthday. Conner chose to go to our favorite whole in the wall mexican place that we call "Hot Burrito". We then came home for presents and cards. Carys was the cutest sister EVER while Conner opened his gifts. She was all hugs and smiles and excitement and kept saying "I am so proud of you!" to Conner! It was the sweetest thing ever and Conner just really soaked it up!
 5 dollars for his 5th birthday and stickers from Grandma and Grandpa!
 Best Friends....even if they won't always admit it!

Probably the most Conner Appropriate gift ever. This explains Sooooo much!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

 As our final activity us adults were able to leave the kiddos at home with a sitter and go zip lining as a double date! Oh my gosh it was amazing! I have never done anything like that and it was great. So much fun and the perfect way to end what was a great adventure the whole week up there.
 So much of my time with my sister is now spent trying to entertain kids together. So it was a blast to be out with her just playing and having fun together! And just for the record, on the zip line where we got to race each other I TOTALLY worked her!

 I wish I could put into words just how much fun this trip was and how close we all grew together throughout it! 

 One moment that will never be forgotten.....Kip laying down and doing the Angry Walrus dismount on the final zip line. 

 On the way back home Kellen talked....literally non stop, almost the entire way back! For such an introverted kid at times he can certainly be one that has a lot to say. I know that for Kellen this was a trip that he had anticipated for an entire year. This smile just sums up the fun he had!
And if you asked Carys what she thought about driving to and from Idaho (or as she would call it  "hi-ho") "It's hard work!"
Amen little sister. But so worth it. Until next time!

 The Robinson's love to play rough outside. One of the reasons Idaho is so great for them....the trails and outdoors are right out their backyard. So when you are with the Robinson's you get to play like the Robinson's. One of our last days there Kip took us out for some quad action and riding in the commander with the kids. 

 This was my favorite part of the day. Watching the two big brothers holding their little sister tight and holding her hand to keep her safe. She was really loving the whole thing, despite the look on her face here. 

 The littles hanging out and getting dirty. Love seeing these two girls together. They are so cute!
 Gosh I love these good-looking boys!
 This picture is quite possibly one of my favorite pictures of Carys....ever!
 This girl is wild and crazy and messy and I love it!

 Makenna has gotten so good with babies. And she loves to be looked up to and adored by them. She really is a great oldest kid!
 Quad rides with Auntie Rah Rah! My kids are so lucky!

 Cousins in the wild.....the way it should be!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mesa Falls & Yellowstone

One of our days in Idaho was spent enjoying the amazing nature that they are so close to. They are just a few hours drive from a beautiful place called Mesa Falls that has an enormous, fast running waterfall. And then a bit further from there is Yellowstone National Park. I love being these types of places with my family. Being outside. Enjoying nature. Enjoying and taking the time to appreciate the beauty that is in the earth and all around us. It really was remarkable! 
At Mesa Falls! 

 Even if they are all not smiling perfect, they are all looking in the right direction! I love our groups of kids!
 At the mesa falls visitor center looking at all the creepy animal skins! The kids loved it!


 This was probably my favorite spot in the whole park. The water just boils right out of the earth and is the most amazing and perfect and beautiful blue and turquoise you have ever seen. There is no way to capture its true beauty in a picture. The steam the comes off the water is so incredible intense when it blows your way. It was such a strange feeling and such a unique and gorgeous sight! One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Truly!

 Some of us are lucky enough to call our sister our best friend!
 Waiting for Old Faithful! We go there JUST in time! Couldn't have been any more perfect!

 There she goes!
 As we were leaving the park we were all remarking that we were a little bummed to have not run into any wild life a long the way. And then low and behold, there was a buffalo, right in the middle of the road! Those things are HUGE!