Our summer California trip.

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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.

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

Summertime trip.

We made another quick trip down to Saint George a couple of weeks ago. If you can’t tell, we are addicted to that place. Thanks to mi Madre and step-dad having a beautiful home down there! We went swimming, swimming, out to eat, and more swimming. It was a perfect summer vacation. Lydia was taught how to jump in the water and even(gasp!) swim underwater! This girl doesn’t like to be splashed or is a scared of doing anything without her life jacket. We are working hard on her though! She made huge improvements this trip. However, we looked like really mean parents making a crying 4 year old jump in the water over and over again so she would get used to it. But it’s for her own good right?!  Good thing despite her crying from forcing to do things she didn’t want to do, she looked pretty darn cute in her swimming suits.
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And took our girls out one evening for some desert scenery.  I now have some all time favorite pictures of my girls from this outing. photo June202014_KaraSimmons_5_zpsd2a70e79.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_13_zpsb1a993d7.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_14_zps60087943.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_15_zps56066a65.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_16_zpsa4e93008.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_17_zps83b295f6.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_18_zps1ac509c7.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_20_zps31eb3bd9.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_21_zps8de05963.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_8_zpsc11e2dc8.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_9_zps9532cb19.jpg photo June202014_KaraSimmons_11_zps0a55aef7.jpg
I can’t get over that last one of our girls! What beauties.

Up to Logan.

Over general conference weekend a couple of weekends ago, Greg and I took the girls up to Logan, Utah to spend some time with Grandma Simmons.  We were treated with delicious meals, Aggie ice cream, and great conversation with Grandma and Greg’s parents.  Grandma also has cute decorations out and adorable old school toys for the kids to play with.  We watched conference while being able to spend time with one another.  There is always such a beautiful Spirit about conference weekend.  I feel refreshed spiritually and mentally and I know my family does too.  It doesn’t hurt that we can spend all weekend together as a family either.
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To Colorado we went.

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A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I took a plane ride into Colorado. My big brother just had his 5th child and I needed to see that little girl!  I finally got to see where Kyle and Janel(brother and sis-in-law) live and hug on our nieces and nephews.  Lydia didn’t stop playing for one minute.  She was in heaven with cousin Kambryn’s dress ups and Talan made her laugh all day long.  I barely had to take care of her because she was constantly being entertained.  Hazel loved crawling around the house and having big cousins to follow after.  I took many pictures of new baby girl Sloane and got my fix of newborn snuggles.  Kyle and Janel were quite the hosts for us girls, especially since Lydia would not stop eating this trip!  Seriously.  Every hour she was asking for more food.  Growth spurt coming I guess?  Thanks for being so accommodating for my bottomless pit of a daughter Smiths!  It was only a three day trip and it wasn’t nearly enough time.  We miss those Smiths so much already.

Another year older and wiser.

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Last weekend, we took another trip down to St. George. This time just our little family and to do a little birthday celebrating. I turned 29!  I can’t believe I am in the last year of my twenties. But again, I say that with every age I turn. The twenties have been real good to me. I can say I have enjoyed almost every year of my twenties with a couple of exceptions.   I was ready for age 20 to be over because that meant Gregory would be home from his mission.  His birthday is 10 days after mine.  So when I turned 21, he did too, which meant he was coming home!  And as cheesy as that is, it’s true.  Even though I had many great times with girlfriends, I was lonely for that boy.  And age 26 was filled with fertility drugs that came with a lot of fun(sarcasm people) affects to me physically and hormonally.  Although I would never change those times because I feel that I grow the most during challenging times(like we all do), I was sure glad to see those times in my life pass.

I really kind of love the time of year that Greg and I’s birthday falls.  Right at the beginning of spring!  When it feels like everything around you is waking up again.  Promise of new beginnings and getting to wear jackets instead of coats.  Or if you are in St. George this time of year, t-shirts and sandals instead of jackets. 🙂

Now twenties, stay good to me.  Let’s end this decade on a high note shall we?

To the sunny land.

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Over President’s weekend in February(It’s March already?!!!), we took a trip down to St. George to get in some sun. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather. We are talking 80 degrees in Las Vegas, in February. Beautiful. We actually had no plans to visit Las Vegas, but we couldn’t resist that weather. We went down with Kristen and Jeremy and kids. We hit up several parks, ate yummy treats, and simply enjoyed the sun. In Vegas(we just went down for the day), we walked the strip a little bit, and saw the fountains at the Bellagio at night. A super laid back vacation. So laid back these pictures at the park were the only ones I took on my nikon. The rest can be seen on my Instagram, my lazy version of blogging.

My last tan line.

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What feels like months ago, but really only a couple of weeks ago, Greg and I took the girls down to St. George to soak up some sun before cold weather officially hit.  My mom and step-dad have made the nice little purchase of buying a lovely home in St. George and we get to use it being the generous folks they are.  Their house has a community pool which is super warm even on coolish days.  Lydia was in heaven swimming around.  Lydia even did a couple of laps herself, in our arms of course.  Then she took a nap pool side both days we went because swimming is just sooooooo tiring for a five month old.  🙂  We even took a quick day trip to Vegas to see a couple of the CLEAN features to see on the strip.  Like the Bellagio fountains and rides in the Circus Circus.  I did some great shopping and we even were able to visit some friends that we haven’t seen in years.  It was perfect weather then entire weekend we were there.  Perfect for trips to the park and walks for the girls.  The terribly cold weather we saw going on back home made the weather we were experiencing all that much sweeter.  I still have tan lines from this trip.  I assume they will be there until next summer.

And now that this trip is finally documented, I am off to edit and process several thousand images to get them back to all the very patient families waiting for them.  See ya!