JUNE 2016

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And...she's walking!

Brittani and Connor are teaching swimming lessons, so I get to hang out with this cutie every morning.  We go out on the deck and share a green smoothie and some oatmeal.  Life can't get much better than this!

One of the many things I love about Rick is that on Father's Day or on his birthday, he really could care less what we do.  It's freaking awesome!  I never have to worry if I got him the perfect gift and I never have to plan anything big.  This year the only thing he wanted for Father's Day was to see Lyndi!  Easy enough!  So we went up the the chalk art festival with Ryan and Andrea and their family, and then came home for dinner with Brittani, Cody and Lyndi.

Even though I don't make a big deal about Father's Day, I am so extremely thankful that Rick is the father of my children.  He is the most amazing dad.

Girls Camp 2016
Somehow I have been lucky enough to serve in the Young Women's program in our ward for the last few years.  It has been amazing getting to know these wonderful, smart, driven, kind, beautiful girls.  They teach me so much more than I could ever teach them, and they inspire me to try to be the very best person I can be.  I am so thankful for the opportunity I have had to get to know these sweet girls, and I can't wait to see all of the amazing things they will accomplish in their lives. 



To my hot dog song loving, fake laughing, best dancing, book reading, fun, spunky granddaughter...Happy, Happy Birthday!  

Thank you for making me a grandma.  Thank you for bringing so much sunshine into my world.  I am so excited to see the amazing person you are going to become.  I love you more than I ever imagined possible.  Thank you for choosing our family!

happy birthday, sweet Lyndi Ann

We went to the aquarium on Lyndi's birthday and she loved it!  I think her favorite animals were the penguins, but she was intrigued with them all!

After the aquarium we went to Cody's parent's house for Lyndi's birthday party!  It was an "Under the Sea" theme, and it turned out so so cute!

Brittani found a picture of the cake she wanted, and of course, we thought it would be so simple to make - no problem...about halfway through we had to call Rick in to bail us out!  It's a good thing we have him!

We were so excited when Lyndi went face first into her cake!  She didn't even need her hands!  It was the best!

Happy one, sweet girl!


MAY 2016

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Lyndi LOVES green smoothies, her baby, and swimming.  This month she raises her eyebrows and makes the funniest face so that everyone will laugh at her.  She is one of the happiest babies I have ever seen.  Goodness...I love that girl!


The missionary emails continue to get shorter and shorter!  Nathan is loving his area, loving his companion, and loving the people he is teaching...that's about all we can get out of him!  Brittani and I sent him a Cinco de Mayo package, and he loved it!  Rick thought the pinyata was a little over the top, and that there was no way a missionary would like that...but Nathan and his companion and two other missionaries LOVED it!!!  Sometimes moms know best!!!  Well, most of the time!!!

We also were able to talk to Nathan on Mother's Day!  It was amazing for about an hour, and then horrible for the last five minutes.  I didn't get any pictures this time...for some reason this time was harder for me than Christmas.  Next time we skype him we will only have 7 months left.  That will be awesome!!!


Connor's last day of 8th grade!  It has been a good year, with only a few stops in the principal's office along the way!  Connor decided that he needed to change friend groups this year, so there were some growing pains, and a few Friday nights hanging out with Rick and I, but in the end Connor was so happy that he made the choice he did.  I have found that most of the time in life, the best things are the hardest to do.  I am so proud of Connor for the amazing young man he is turning in to, and for having the courage to stand alone.


May brought a lot of vehicle changes at the Finlayson house.  The Land Rover was breaking down about once a month, so we decided it was time to get a reliable car for me, and Rick's work was giving him a company truck (didn't happen), so we sold his truck also!  We have had our cars for a long time, so it was a little hard saying good bye!