We took a quick trip to Wyoming a little over a week ago and I am always amazed at how blessed we are to make that long trek safely to see so much of our family. It was wonderful to have all of my family together, even for just one night! I am thankful everyday for sisters that I love and need to talk to and that I grow closer to all of the time, brothers that keep us and our children constantly entertained, and Mom and Dad who love us and would do anything for us and our family! We were also able to see many, many old and new friends that have been such a blessing to our family for so many years. It was a wonderful weekend!
At first we thought we'd be too busy to do much of a birthday celebration on Saturday, Matt's actual birthday, which is why we celebrated the Monday before. Well, Matt ended up a little extra spoiled sharing a cake with my brother in Laramie and then having another party the next day at his sister's in Cheyenne! We spent our 2nd night there playing games and watching movies with cousins and new friends!
Someone in our house is always losing a tooth and it seems to always happen anywhere but at our own home! Luckily the tooth fairy always knows where to find us!
The kids had fun seeing soooo many cousins on this trip! We wish we all lived closer....especially to those that can build castles for all of the princesses!
Another successful trip to Wyoming and back!
The roads were great!
We even added a little adventure by trying to make it clear across Wyoming (Cheyenne to Evanston) on one tank of gas! We decided the head wind was just too much and we ended up having to gas up right before the sisters. Anyone remember being stuck on those mountains 16 years ago (has it really been that long?) in a bus that ran out of gas? ;) I wasn't about to repeat that with 5 kids in the car. We were close though and it kept us awake and entertained!
So instead of counting the hours and miles, we are counting our blessings! It is always worth the drive! Thanks to everyone for a great weekend!
We celebrated Matt's birthday on Monday night with his brother's family. I hope no one is offended by the cake, but it is a family joke and because Matt WAS asked to go out and buy his own cake (sorry)....this is what we got. Today is his actual birthday so here is a VERY small (I just learned that I need to take WAY more pictures of you!) blog post to say we hope you have an awesome day!
The girls have been wanting and needing haircuts for a long time. I wish they didn't want to cut it so short, but I was more okay with it now than I have been in the past, just because I know how fast it does grow back, and it will be much easier to take care of. In fact, we did it before Grandma came to take care of them so that she wouldn't have to deal with the hair. I think we'll miss doing some of the cooly hairstyles from our favorite website, but we have 9:00 church these days and there is still plenty we can do with short hair!
Taylor inspired the title for this post! Don't you just love her mug shot?! Actually, everyone just rolled out of bed for these pictures and we took Emily's hair out of braids, so they all look a little crazy in the before picture! But the afters look fabulous! It's not too hard though to make these smiley faces beautiful! :)
The girls had fun being pampered!
Maybe we should've tried to grow it out longer to donate it. Oh well, it's done...maybe next time! :)
Click on the family picture above to see all of our FALL 2012 pictures
Click on the family picture above to see all of our FALL 2010 pictures
Go Cowboys! (Kaylee didn't miss a single home basketball game her 1st year of life!)
Gardner Family 2010
We are missing Katie and her family in this picture and a couple of other little babies that have been born since. Click on the picture to see more fun pictures from this amazing reunion! :)
Hoopes Family 2012
Wow! This is still up to date! Unless anyone has any announcements that I'm not aware of! I LOVE and miss my family all of the time! This was such a wonderful day together! Great memories!! (you can click on the picture which will link you to more pictures of our most recent reunion (Thanksgiving 2012)!!)