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Friday, November 20, 2015

The BIG 3-0

Something about turning 30! It makes you feel like a REAL grown up! I have noticed the lines on my forehead and around my eyes showing a bit more! I can't eat like I was 21! But there is also a sense of peace, knowing I am at the stage of life I always wanted to be. I have wanted to be a mom my whole life. I never thought of being a wife, but that's a pretty great addition!!
This life God has blessed me with is so much better then what I dreamed of as a kid!
Heading out the door....

I have some really great friends! They set up a Birthday scavenger hunt!
Bobby came home from work and got the kids ready a dressed. I found this odd but just went with it. I got a phone call from one of my Bffs, Lauren, saying to cancel the plans had for the day and look in the broiler of my oven!

Clue #1
It’s a birthday surprise

to see how wise
your 30 years have made ya!
Grab the kids and a snack
because you won’t be back
’til after lunch for this one.
 Happy 30th birthday, Kierra!
Love, Danielle, Lauren & Jenna

Heidi-Rae and Bobby didn't make the photo but we were all there!

We get into the car.... The girls put goodie bags in the car for  the kids! The has fun little toys, a scratch pad, stickers, bubbles and gum for them to play with in the car.... There was a candy for Bobby and start bucks card to get coffee on the way! How sweet of them! Clue #2 was under my seat

Clue #2
Dammit Eve!
Now, when we conceive,
our labors are quite painful.
You’re taking a quest
to the specialist doc
who put you in shock
when she “gave” you an STD!
** More on the "STD" story to come.....
My OB's office! Sounds weird, right? Not at all! She was such a fun person! We loved the time we spent with her during Heidi-Rae's pregnancy. Her nurse is also such a sweet person. It was really neat to see them and show the kids to her!

Clue #3:
Feet are pretty gross.
Well, at least most.
These, were sure youre fond of.
They bring good news
about a Jew who came to be our Savior.
Our Church.... Sandals Church.....

Each stop came with a gift basket! 

Clue #3:
An all time fave.
A place you crave.
Its time to feed your face.
Nearest to you now,
they dont serve cow,
Enjoy a sweet tea, on us!
Answer: Chick-Fil-A They bought our whole family lunch!! 

If I knew how to photoshop I would have added Jenna, She had to work :(.

Clue #5:
Your hubby decided to tag along
This last gift will have you singing Solomons Song.
He gets all the credit for working so hard.
Especially for his birthday card!
Answer: Home....

Each stop had a gift basket of things I need, want, and love!
The last gift was a dress Bobby bought for me, a love letter, and tickets to see Wicked!!

Yosemite... 2013

This post is Looooong overdue! I've had the pictures waiting to be posted for years! Opps!
None the less!! This trip was so wonderful! We spent a week campaign in Yosemite with some of our best friends! It was a rural, rustic campground. No bathrooms or showers. It was along a creek and had outhouses. The scenery was gorgeous!
The drive! We packed a ton of fun things to do on the way.
We hit some traffic because of a fire.
 The O'Rafferty's trailer blew a tire on the way up! Slight set back. We ended up staying the night at a hotel, swimming, and eating pizza! It was a fun detour! The tires were fixed in the morning and we were on our way again..... About 2 hours later, while 30 minutes away from the campground, the O'Rafferty's truck started smoking! We were driving up the mountain and needed to pull over. Thankfully, it only needed transmission fluid. We found a town to purchase it. An hour or so later we were on our way... again.... Once we arrived and set up camp, we went for a bike ride!
Capri fell asleep during our ride! She stayed alseep for quite a while back at a camp.

The beautiful landscape.

Fun climbing.
The creek we bathed in! 

That top right picture is SO sweet to me!
It was a little difficult to wash our hair because the creek was pretty cold (snow melt!), so we didn't!
But by day 4, we felt gross! Our hair was greedy!
Our sweet husbands planned to wash our hair while the kids slept that day!
They warmed water and set up a chair and bucket!

A Family Visit to The East Coast

The thing about most of your family living on the East Coast is that it's BIG vacation when you make it out there! We get to see SO many loved one all at once!
Motorhome living

The trips was divided into 3 legs. We flew across the US and rented a motorhome for 2 legs and stayed at family's house for the 3rd leg.

Flight on the way there.
 All 3 kids did great on the flights. We had a 2 hour layover, which had planned. We like the option to get out of the plane and let the kids run. It works great every time! I made the kids all kinds of little "to-dos." Capri slept most of the time in the air!

The many faces of Capri Renee.
The first leg was to my grandparents! We went to the Apple Cider Mill to see cinder and donuts being made! We watch bees making honey and played on an old tractor.

The next day we went to the Ben and Jerry's factory!
The picture with Heidi-Rae and my grandmother (her namesake) is so dear to my heart! My grandmother's name is Raelene. <3

My grandparents 50th wedding anniversary!
Look at the whole family!
And look at how in love they STILL are!!

There is a fun creek and waterfall behind the place the party was. Jeremy was insisting on going swimming.
Bobby (what a great Daddy) went in with him. The water was FREEZING!!
Jeremy only jumped once! 
The 2nd leg was to see my dad and his family!

We went on a harbor cruise.
Its was beautiful! 

We went to see my cousin's wife and her girls.
My dad is a bus driver!
He took Jeremy on his route with him!
What a treat!
The 3rd leg was to see more family in Boston! We dropped the motorhome off, grabbed Gigi, and headed to Boston in a rented minivan! 

A beach day! Fun on a carousel!

Heading Home
One last Dunkin Donuts before heading West
Capri getting a ride
Our sweet friend were housesitting... They made a banner and dinner for us!
The kids were happy to be home, snuggling!
Capri sleeping on the plane!