Annika had her 4th birthday party a few weeks ago……ok, it was a month ago, but still. She loves anything pink and since we have 4 pinkalicious books, I figured it was a safe theme to go with. It was actually a Pinkalicious Pajama Party! How’s that for alliteration ;0 We started off with breakfast: strawberry lemonade, whole wheat pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

(my walls are actually sage, not minty like they look in this picture)

The very pink table

All the girls….and Kevin (I know he’s not following the theme…he’s wearing red pj’s)

After breakfast, we played some pink games like: green, green, pink (duck, duck, goose) and which pink thing is missing from the tray…very complicated games 😉

Getting ready for presents

Pinkeriffic cuppy cakes

Wishing time!

Time to take the party outside!



Showing our true selves!

Family Home Evening

Every Monday night, we gather together as a family and spend quality time together focusing on a specific value or principle, such as: prayer or honesty. We sing a song, have a prayer, a short lesson and then we do something fun to go with our theme and of course, we have a treat! A few Monday’s ago we were talking about prayer and our activity was to make a “prayer rock”. It’s a rock that you make all pretty and put it on your pillow in the morning so you remember to pray before you sleep at night. The kids LOVE to paint, probably because it’s messy. Kids love anything that’s messy or has the potential to be messy. Or even anything that SOUNDS messy….you get the point.

Getting all painty!

Ammon and his mini-me (a.k.a. Kevin)

The start of Tasha’s rock


While the family was here..we went on a stroll through the woods….which ended up being a bush-whacking experience. Two of our kids decided to need to use the bathroom halfway through our walk, so we had to take a short-cut through the woods/bushes. We had a good laugh about it and then had a few little photo ops before dinner.

Are they not the most photogenic subjects?

Loving on Rocky


Cute little girl cousins

I LOVE this one! Aren’t they pretty?

Happy Early Birthday, Lee!

So, the weekend that Tasha was baptized would also be the only time our whole family would be together probably until Thanksgiving. Which is why, us girls devised a surprise party for Lee’s 60th birthday. He was surprised alright, considering it was three months early!  He even got to be king for a day.

The grandkids and “the king”

An all-out potato bar

The sorta camo…didn’t turn out quite how I’d pictured, but oh well.

Playing “pin the beard on the Papa”

Pinata time!


The birthday king with all of his adoring (and adorable) grandkids



Random Photos

So, I take a few pictures with my iPhone now and then….but I always forget to put them up here. Here you have some random photos from Spring break until yesterday (with captions so you know what you’re looking at!):

I thought this was so cute how they were resting their heads together while they slept on our drive =)

Kevin being cute in my sunglasses

Our VERY patient dog

Did I mention, he’s patient?

Fun application on my iPhone…isn’t he scary?

Cute little poser

This and the following pictures were from spring break…I love seeing Ammon read to the kids.

Riding llamas at the museum

More riding animals going on

Cool dinosaurs

Look Mom!

My little dishwasher

Riding a turtle…this girl likes to ride animals!

This is when we went to Granby on vacay with the whole Manning/Narayan family

My handsome nephews…

Little princess on a rock

Apparently my sunglasses are popular!

Chocolate face!

Last day of swimming lessons; we played at the park, fed the fish and got ice cream at the Candy store (bubblegum of course!)

At the Ridgway River Festival with Smokey the Bear

My pirate in training! ARghhhh

Rocky and his girlfriend having a sleepover

Red, white and blue at the old-fashioned 4th of July in Ouray

A camel in the mountains?!

Someone’s hiding!

Every Thursday from July-August we went to the summer reading program at our local library and then headed out for an afternoon of sun and sand at our reservoir. The kids played with their friends, while the Moms chatted. This year wasn’t the greatest weather-wise (we got rained out at least 3 weeks in a row), but we had a great time when we did get to go.

Annika’s birthday at Denny’s

Birthday face?

The gang for lunch…not a great photo, but it’s a memory anyway

Free birthday sundae! Score! And you bet she ate it allllll!

This was their starting and ending pose for their “show” that they put on for Ammon and I. Notice Kevin’s “guitar” on the left…(aka: lightsaber)

We went to a wedding reception last night and Tasha had her first dance! Aren’t they cute?