The color run.

Our next adventure we had while on our big family vacation was creating a color run for the kids.  A few of us had gone on a color run the week before and we kept all of our bags of chalk they gave us.  We might have sneaked a little more too. 🙂  Each adult had a different color and we made the kids run in one big circle where they got nice and dirty with bright chalky colors.  The adults were supposed to stay clean, but as you will see, the kids got them too.  I was safe because I had a camera!  Ha.  Hazel especially loved it!  I didn’t think she would even take part in it, but she ran around with the kids and got covered in chalk too.  Then we hosed down the kids back at the house we rented and had them jump in the pool.  This was pretty fun.  Highly recommend making up your own color run! photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_21_zps695bcbc7.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_22_zps594b86a5.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_23_zpsf3cabc7c.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_24_zps57a1388e.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_25_zpsad04ed57.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_26_zpsfcdd7573.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_27_zpsdf55aa16.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_28_zps6524cea6.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_29_zps1c71a9df.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_30_zpsae62616d.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_31_zps65378645.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_32_zps4a146901.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_33_zps3319c391.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_34_zpse57858c6.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_35_zps2c061871.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_36_zps1c452088.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_37_zps8a73099c.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_38_zps02292938.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_39_zpsb2374a88.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_41_zps0530c0d9.jpg photo StGeorge_KaraSimmons_42_zps5834bd60.jpg


When you wish upon a star…

Back in September, our little family spent a week with my mom, step-dad, and all the siblings and their families in Saint George. We created many fun adventures while there. One of our first fun activities was sending off lanterns with wishes written on them off to the sky. Each child was given a lantern and every couple did as well.  Lydia’s wish was about becoming a princess(of course).   The kids loved this.  It was like magic watching those lanterns float in the sky.
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More adventures to post from Saint George back from September to come.

Our little diddy of Halloween.

Guys, I really should be posting all the beautiful images I have been taking this past summer and into fall, but then I feel like I fall behind on my own little family’s record that I try and keep up. But then I realize there isn’t enough time in the day, especially when you have an 18 month old running around you for most of the day. So hopefully this winter I might get caught up on the past few months of photography, but here is our little diddy of Halloween. Hope yours was great too!

Halloween 2014 from Kara Simmons on Vimeo.

Family Reunion.

Many moons ago, or maybe just last July, we went to a family reunion up in Bear Lake. We stayed at a beautiful cabin up Logan Canyon. It was my Mom’s side of the family and it was great seeing relatives we haven’t seen for months or others for years!  The weather was perfect.  We went on razor and four wheeler rides, played all sorts of games, explored the area, and took a quick trip to Bear Lake on our way home.  I wish I would have taken more pictures, but it was a pretty quick trip and my hands seem to be full taking care of those girls of mine.
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Lydia fell in love with riding on horses.  She could have gone all day!  She has been on a horse before, but something just clicked this time with her and she couldn’t get enough. photo WalserFamReunion2014_KaraSimmons_58_zps5acce331.jpg photo WalserFamReunion2014_KaraSimmons_59_zpsfdc9371a.jpg photo WalserFamReunion2014_KaraSimmons_62_zpsa29e415c.jpg photo WalserFamReunion2014_KaraSimmons_65_zpsacf64df8.jpgCan’t forget about our Hazey.  Happy to toddle around in a bunch of weeds for me.  photo WalserFamReunion20142_KaraSimmons_6_zps092b01ec.jpg photo WalserFamReunion20142_KaraSimmons_7_zpsb0ca68e9.jpg
And the whole Walser family side that was there.  Love this big old family of mine. photo WalserFamReunion2014_KaraSimmons_69_zps8a06c409.jpg

Park City 2014.

Every Labor Day weekend, we head up to Park City with Greg’s extended family. We stay in condos and run around Park City all weekend. Our main priority is to get a apple pie carmel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory while we are up there. This trip was most successful because we had two!  We go swimming, to the park, shopping, and visit with family while up there.  One evening I made my little family, and Greg’s little brother and his wife, hike up the hillside by the resort we were staying in where we had the most beautiful views of new fall leaves and the Alpine slide.  Yes, fall leaves already and it was barely September!  Pretty sad, but beautiful nonetheless.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the beautiful fall leaves, but it just happened so darn fast this year!
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Before we head out of town on Monday, we stop by Park City main street and get a new ornament from the Christmas store.  Lydia got a cupcake ornament this year.  It looks and feels like an actual cupcake!  It’s quite impressive.   photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_8_zpsa159c86e.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_10copy_zps5dad446f.jpg

Just a little taste on how quirky this little lady’s personality is. photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_11copy_zps87ad3441.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_12_zps54b9a29a.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_14_zps8c503e97.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_15_zps943e6944.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_16_zps6fc1cf95.jpg
Lydia got to ride the Alpine Coaster with dad and take a ride on the carousel with Hazel too. Don’t let Hazel’s face fool you. She loved the ride. Just hated me taking pictures of the event!
And that wraps up Park City 2014.

The 4th o’ July.

You guys, I am at the point in the summer where there are one million things going on at once. So I can’t keep up on anything blog posting related. Because that’s last on my to do list! I sound like a broken record every year at this point in the summer, but it’s true. Having too much fun playing, shooting pictures, playing, and then photo processing etc.  But!  Here is evidence we actually had a 4th of July.  Breakfast at Grandma Millers followed by softball/kickball game.  We then made our way up to Park City again this year and just had to stop at that beautiful white barn for pictures.  It’s tradition! 😉  Even the Stouts and Smiths(siblings) made it this year with us.
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Remember when I mentioned back in March the girls and I flew out to Colorado(where my brother and sis-in-law live) to meet their newest cousin Sloane? Well, here I am finally sharing how cute she is. We love her. And Colorado is much too far away with her growing so fast already!
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We just had to capture Sloane in her blessing dress as well. My mother made it out of Janel’s wedding dress! It is stunning. photo SloaneSmith2_KaraSimmons_27_zps5fb434e2.jpg photo SloaneSmith2_KaraSimmons_30_zps44b25c11.jpg

Working on that yard.

It’s that time of year again! Yard work is in full force around the Simmons house. We don’t have a huge plot of land, but it’s not tiny either. A perfect size for our little family at the time actually! When we first moved in over three years ago, the front yard was okay, but the back was a disaster. Full of weeds, weeds, and more weeds. A couple of years ago we tore it all out and brought in new dirt and grass with a spot for a veggie garden of course. Last year was my first year in dealing with my own veggies. It was taken over by bugs come August. Real gross. I vow to stay on top of it this year! Stay away bugs! I planted flowers to help deter the bugs with their scent and need to purchase bug repellent.  My gracious Mother comes and helps me plant and even brings plants from her own garden to beautify our yard.  She’s too good to us.
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Look at that Hazel, reaching for more things to play with and then… photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_2_zps520d4491.jpg
something went terribly wrong and she fell right into the dirt. She wasn’t too happy about it. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_4_zpse262a273.jpg
Good thing Grandma Nana is there to comfort and take of my children while I get to take pictures.  photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_5_zps41deafd2.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_7_zps41a99c13.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_13_zps7cb9a138.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_8_zps3cb7d25d.jpg photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_9_zps770cfaf9.jpg

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And a special thanks to this man who works hard on our lawn every single week in the summer. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_14_zps4a5d2876.jpg
Grow plants grow! I have even remembered to water them every day since planting. Hopefully, the will know this to be a loving environment and choose to stick around. Please plants! Please!

Little party, big cake.

The evening of Hazel’s birthday, we had a few family members over to celebrate her birthday and eat cake and ice cream with us. Her fabulous cake was made by my friend Angie Haaga(let me know if you want her info!). Doesn’t she do a fantastic job? I sure think so.  Hazel loved the attention all evening and was giving a cheesy grin to all those who came.  She received such generous presents and got to indulge in cake once again.

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I thought the video of us singing to Hazel was too darling not to share.  She was grinning from ear to ear while we sang.  See for yourself.

Our hippity hoppity Easter.

We had a fantastic Easter. How was everyone else’s? It was fabulous weather that weekend. Our Easter weekend was started with me running in a 10k I signed up for last minute in Saratoga Springs on Saturday morning. A lot of my friends from our ward and area had signed up for this race and I thought why not? Beautiful running weather and the best part was the race ended at the park where an Easter Egg hunt would be held about a half hour after I finished my race.  Except when I got there I realized all my friends had signed up for the 5k!  Ha!  Oh well, I was able to chat was everyone after both of the races were over.  The run went great(for not running over five miles since the fall!) and Lydia was able to fight it out with other kids for eggs in her first official Easter Egg hunt ever.  We were lucky to have great friends there with us so Lydia wasn’t all by her lonesome finding eggs by herself.  The rest of the day was spent doing yard work.  Whew!   We sure got a lot done though.  Greg loves a good green lawn.  And I can’t wait to plan our veggie garden in a couple of weeks!  And strawberries too.

Sunday morning came, but the Easter bunny did not wake up in time to give the girls their baskets before church(we have 9 am church.  Good excuse right?).  So…the bunny made his appearance after church and even tied a green string around the house for the girls to follow until they found their baskets.  What a swell guy. 😉
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We made a quick stop at Grandma Miller’s to visit with family and then it was down to Madre’s house for a small Easter egg hunt and dinner.   photo April202014_KaraSimmons_11_zps56956e22.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_12_zps8f8dd805.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_13_zpseaeda617.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_14_zps8d64b69b.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_15_zps38379eb2.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_16_zpse2e385c1.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_17_zps7c576250.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_18_zps78c4ae4f.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_19_zps36604d40.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_20_zps27499549.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_22_zpscb6b5fe3.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_25_zps7903b9c7.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_26_zps4c860966.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_27_zps0aa84b05.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_28_zps01f93d25.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_31_zps00379c81.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_33_zps03af7bf0.jpg

Aren’t these sugar cookies that look like Easter baskets awesome?  Madre made them with her skills and they were quite tasty too.   photo April202014_KaraSimmons_34_zpsbc5b1d93.jpg photo April202014_KaraSimmons_35_zpsfdeb536f.jpgI am grateful to live by so many family members to visit with on Easter.  To celebrate the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice He made for us.  I know He lives!  Because of Him I have family to love and can live with for forever.  I can’t think of a better way to spend Easter than spending it with loved ones to remember Christ and His love for us.