Tuesday, July 28, 2009

She should have been born a FISH!!

Seriously....she should be a fish! this girl could swim ALL day and ALL night long if I would let her!! she loves the water. She is NOT afraid of anything. She dives in and goes underwater and loves EVERY bit of it! :) She will swim even when she is shivering half to death and her lips are turning blue. she doesn't care at all. she has so much fun playing in the pool.

here is a little video of her swimming! she is so funny!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

24th of July Festivities...

This is one of my most FAVORITE holidays!! I love that it lasts for 3 days. It starts off with the 3 on 3 for the little kids on the 22nd, followed by the Childrens Parade, BBQ, and 3 on 3 for adults on the 23rd, and then on the 24th there is the parade, the activities on the park, yummy food is found there, and running into friends from the past, and then in the evening is the fireworks. The kids have a ball all 3 of those days.
Brax at the parade

Bryn and me loading up her bag with candy

Porter and his cousin Parker

Gabby helping Brynlee get candy....

so happy to be here!!

everyone from the sidelines....
(my dad, Lori, Jamilee holding Krew, Aunt Suzy, Jake, Braxton, and my mom in front)

Jake (oh so serious) and Braxton

Porter watching the parade

Love these 3 kiddos!!!

After the parade we went to the park and ate some yummy food, played a few games, and ran into "friends from the past" that I hadn't seen in YEARS!! It was so good to see everyone!!
(thanks Laura for taking a pic, I stole it from you :) )

Taryn, Tiffany, Me & Laura
After all the fun we had at the park, we went to the Lundgreen Family Reunion at the other park. (sorry no pics...I forgot my camera) We had a great time catching up with everyone and had some good laughs. It was so good to see everyone! They were serving watermelon and Brynlee told them that she didn't want a little one, and that she wanted a BIG one! so this is what they gave her.......

and she was in HEAVEN!!!

waiting for the fireworks to begin...

Bryn and me

Brax with the sparklers

Gabby and Bryn at the 3 on 3
go Porter, go Porter, go Porter!!!
Porter got to play in the 3 on 3 for his first time! he was so excited he could play! his team did really good. they got second place! (second place prizes were actually better than the first place prizes, they got a new basketball while first got a little trophy) his team did awesome!! he made new friends that night also!

way to go team RIM RIDERS!!

the RIM RIDERS....Cooper Hessey, Emmit Hafen, Porter, & Trey Simms

getting careful instructions from the coach...

we had so much fun this year! we are sad that its all over and we have to wait another year for it! But we made some fun memories that will last a lifetime!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Utley Family Reunion

This past weekend was the annual Utley Family Reunion! We had so much fun up on Monroe Mountain! It was nice throughout the weekend with only a little bit of rain. We played horse shoes, made tye-dyed shirts, made homemade ice cream, ate yummy food, went "snipe"hunting, and had many good laughs and a great time!! almost everyone made it to the reunion this year, so we had a great turn out! can't wait for next year!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Braxton turns 11.....

I can not believe I have an 11 year old!! Time just flies by so fast. It seems like just yesterday that he came into this world. Being 6 1/2 weeks early, we weren't sure if he would have any problems or would have to stay in the hospital or anything. But to our surprise, he came out healthy as ever and we only had to stay in the hospital for a day and a half. He is such a blessing to our family. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have him. He is always so willing to help out with tending, cleaning, or whatever I need help with. He is so easy going and is very well mannered. He is such a smart little cookie too! He has an amazing ability to write stories! He can come up with the most amazing things. his imagination is wild! I feel so blessed to have such a great boy that I get to call mine!! I just want him to know how special he is to me and how grateful I am to have him as a son. being the oldest isn't always the easiest, but I am sure glad you are the example that your siblings get to follow!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD!! WE LOVE YOU


Here are some pics of Brax throughout his life!!
here he is at 4 days old

here he is at 3 1/2 weeks

4 months old

7 Months

11 months
1 year old

I still can't believe it has been 11 years since you came to our family!!
Hope you have a very Happy Birthday Brax!! we love you!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Seven Peaks and new baby cousin....

I took the kids up to Seven Peaks this past Wednesday. They had a BLAST!! It was really hot and crowded. I couldn't believe how many people were there during the middle of the week. Brynlee really enjoyed the rides! she didnt even want to play in the little kid ones, she wanted to ride on the BIG rides! and then the wind blew towards the evening and it started to get chilly. So Bryn and Slade didn't want to play in the water anymore, so we sat on the grass and enjoyed cups of ice cold water! :)

But overall, we had a great time and can't wait to go back!! after our Seven Peaks adventure, we slept at my sisters house in Lehi and then woke up Thursday and headed up to Sugar House to see the new baby! Bryn absolutely LOVED him! He is so small that he just fits into her arms like her babies do. she is such a little mommy and loves taking care of babies, even real ones!~ :) we spent the day hanging out with Kort and Ginger and their two little ones and had a great time. Then it was time to come home. We had a great time!!

The purple and blue slides were Brynlee's favorite!!

Here is Parker just after he come off of a ride.

Porter just getting off a slide....I was waiting at the bottom to catch him coming out of the slide but missed him...nice huh?!

Slade enjoying the sun and chicken in a bisquite crackers!

I told Bryn to smile and this is what i got....lovely!

Brax coming off a slide

Braxton coming out of Cave In....a favorite for all the kids! he is the only one I got a pic of coming out of a slide! Its a little hard to take pics of the kids especially if you are on the rides yourself!! :)

Here is Eli Kort Utley!! he was born on June 29! he weighed 5lbs. 14 oz. he is such a tiny little thing! Brynlee absolutely loved him and couldnt get enough of him!