Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July

After we rode up in a balloon the kids had a morning nap and so we were able to go swimming in a pond for the afternoon with some of my family. The kids had such a great time and were so well behaved. It was wonderful!

Mckinley once again was quick to make friends with a perfect stranger, her second cousin. They were so cute swimming out holding onto this paddle.

That night we went to Pizza Factory with all of the Salmons. This is all of the Salmon grand kids except Hadlee who lives in Seattle now.

The morning of the fourth we got to go to the parade. We had so much fun. Ross saved us great seats.

I was thinking my kids didn't have anything patriotic to wear but I forgot about this cute dress my neighbor Amber made for Mckinley two years ago. And my other amazing neighbor Andrea had just given me some hand me downs for Tyler and I found this among them. Score!

Mckinley on the other hand doesn't own anything red. Oops. I want to do better next year.

Mckinley loves her adorable cousin Abby. I love watching them together.

Shellee's family provided face painting for the kids which was super fun.

Our group.

I love watching the kids standing up. They all loved the parade. The weather was perfect too.

Later that night we went to Blake and Kim's and did some fireworks with them. We had a really great 4th. What a fun time of year!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hot Air Balloons!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and my very favorite tradition of all is waking up to see the hot air balloons. Me and Brandon have done this every year since we have been married.

Tyler didn't like the loud noise from the fire.

Two years ago Brandon and I had tickets from his Dad (love NuSkin hookups!!) to ride up in a balloon but the weather was bad that day and none of the balloons could fly. We were so sad. Brandon had been up in a balloon before but I never had and I was dying to go. Well this year we got tickets again and we had such a great time riding up in a balloon!

Pictures from taking off...

Up in the air.

See the other hot air balloons down on the field?

It was so peaceful and so much fun. We had one small hiccup where we crashed into a tree, but we survived! And had a great time.

Our pilot with his crazy flag hair.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Once upon a time I went to college. Like, a long time ago. And one of my college roommates from my freshman year was in town so I got to meet up with her. Which was so fun! I hadn't seen her for 13 years. She is on the left, Christina. In the middle is Laura. I don't get to see her as much as I'd like either. It sure was fun meeting up at Chic Fil A and chatting with these two!

Then a day or two later I got to see two of Kristen's roommates from the same year. I was really close with them as well. It was so fun! Kristen hosted a really fun BBQ at her house. We had amazing food, and then they watched a movie on her blow up screen. We had to leave to get up for hot air balloons in the morning, but we are so glad we could go.

I love watching Mckinley make friends instantly with strangers. Joanna and I were pregnant together and London was born on my birthday, just two weeks before Mckinley was born. They had fun playing together.

This beautiful sunset was a perfect ending to a really fun night.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New House

So, I'm not going to go in to the long story, but the short story is, after finding an amazing house for sale down the street, we decided to move! It was all very quick, and the new transition has been a little overwhelming, but overall, we are very happy to be here and feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful home.

This is our old house that we sold. It holds a lot of great memories and we loved this house.

This is our new house. Same ward, same street, different city. We love this area so much and are so happy we found our "forever house."

The view from the back.

We finally got to move in on June 24th. We had to celebrate with some Martinelli's.

The first night we were there someone got married at the clubhouse and so we had a pretty amazing fireworks show. We love love love the view off the back deck.

The view from my bed. It is so fun to wake up to such a beautiful view. It definitely feels like we're on vacation.

The kids can eat breakfast and lunch out on the deck in the shade.

This picture shows the view behind them. So beautiful.

Our yard is bigger which will be so nice to have more room for them to run around. We haven't had any golf balls in our yard yet, hopefully we continue to be this lucky.

Mckinley LOVES to pose for the camera and it cracks me up. She is the best!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Pics

After the rainy month of May, we had a record hot month in June.

We had a fun day at Manila Pond.

I called my friend McKenzie from high school and she met up with me there last minute. It's always so fun to see her!

Brandon plays softball on a city league every year with his brothers and some friends. It's always so fun to go and watch the games, which I don't actually watch, but it's fun to get out with the kids and visit.

We had so much fun at the Carillon Bell Concert. Brandon's dad is so great at planning family get togethers.

A fun day at the splash pad in Provo with cousins.

Tyler was so hyper and cute!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Living with Grandpa and Marmee

Our first loan for our new house fell through at the last minute so we had to start over with a new company and we went and lived with Brandon's parents while we were waiting on that. It took longer than we expected (of course) so we ended up being there just shy of 3 weeks. We enjoyed it while it lasted and had a lot of fun.

The kids all slept sideways on a Queen mattress on the floor. Sleeping was probably our hardest thing about being there. The twins wouldn't go to sleep before 11 and would still wake up at 6 so they were pretty cranky and ornery most of the time (more than usual).

We had lots of fun out on the trampoline and playing in the nice fenced in, shady back yard.

We did lots of swimming in our kiddie pool. Kallie loves dressing up and I had to get a picture of her wearing a swimming suit and high heels. Ha ha ha.

Another hard part about being there was when Ryan and Jessica's kids came to stay for 9 days. It was a handful having 7 kids age 7 and under in the same house, but we survived. The kids had tons of fun playing with their cousins.

A fun outing we took one day was to the Bean Museum and then across the street by the bell tower where there is a pond with ducks who definitely aren't afraid of humans.

The kids had so much fun feeding them crackers.

After the concert by the bell tower the kids get really excited about seeing the bells.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Girls Cabin Trip

In June my mom planned an overnight cabin trip for all the Stum girls. It was so much fun! I took Kallie and Mckinley with me and they were both so good and we had a blast. It was a quick trip, but a lot of fun!