Easter was so much fun. We got to be with both sides of our family, and Lily had an incredible time all day. I guess it really is such a blessing to be so near to both of our families. Of course the best part is getting to see them and spend time with them, but Lily won't complain about two different Easter egg hunts, two easter baskets, and we were happy about two yummy easter meals. What can I say.... we are the king of mooching off our sweet families!
May was huuuge! The best part.... I FINISHED THE SEMESTER!! I can't believe it. My heart was pounding the entire last day. I was so happy to walk out the door an not think about school for one second for a couple months. The next few days after school was out I just cuddled and played and laughed with Lily every second I could, and it was incredible.
Also in May, Lily turned 2!!! I totally needed an escape the last few months of school because I was just dying, so I threw myself in to planning Lily's Yo Gabba Gabba party, and it was such a blast. So colorful and fun. I spent so many fun hours looking up inspiration and cute DIY projects online to make her day so special. I know, i know... she is only turning 2, and will have zero memories of it, but I loved doing it, and it was a really fun weekend.
Josh graduated from CWI! We are so proud of him. Right after the party, we rushed to watch him graduate. Lily just kept saying "Dad has a funny hat" and talked about it for weeks afterwards. Anytime she saw a graduation cap and gown after that, she just said "Daddy wore a funny hat!" and laughed so hard. It was adorable. Many hours of studying and night class, Josh finally finished his program, and we are so happy for him.
Also, in May, we got to meet PAYTON for the first time!!! I was dying.... driving home from school knowing her and Amanda would be there, I think I was speeding so fast. It was so fun to see her little face and hold and snuggle her. My first niece... I loved being an aunt. I am the only one of my sisters that has a baby, so everyone else got to be an aunt two years ago except for me, and I love it!! Come on sisters... get busy and have more babies! :) That means you too Manda... haha
We drove down to Utah for our cousin Annie's blessing, and got to see Jeremy! Lily loved getting to see Payton all weekend long, and so did we.
We have been missing Krystin so much lately, and we love to Skype with her as much as we can! Lily is getting to the age where she thinks things through, makes connections, and asks so many questions. She asks where Krystin is all the time, and asks if she can go visit her again.
When June hit, we were full swing in the summer fever, and I loved it. If you ask me, I am never going back to school (ok, ok...that is not in the cards yet, but hopefully soon)
We love going down and visiting Will and Ruby sometimes while Karalee watches them. They are two of the cutest little babies ever. So many times we get in the car, Lily asks if we are going to "Ruby Dube's house", and wants to play with them. They are adorable.
June meant marathon month... three of my sisters ran a Marathon! It was insane... I was so dang proud of them. They all finished so strong, and I can say that is something that I will never do.
Then, the rest of the family road trip began!! We drove straight from there to Arizona, and spent the week in sunny AZ!! It was incredible to be in the sunshine, the heat, relaxing, sleeping in, swimming, shopping, eating yummy feed, snuggling baby payton... it was incredible. Lily was in 3 hotels, 4 states, and like 35 hours of driving in a week. SUCH a trooper.
She loved to open her special "roadtrip" presents, one every hour, as we drove. It was really cute to see her get excited about things like stickers, glow sticks, and new sun glasses.
Coming back, we went through Las Vegas and St. George, and got to do some hiking in Zion National Park all day. It was seriously an incredible weekend with the family. Lily loved it. I had been to Zions once before with my family on a road trip, and I was so happy to start that tradition with Lily (i know she is too small to remember, but it was still awesome). Her favorite part was riding the shuttle bus that took you to all the trailheads. She loved it, and even took a little nap in "Dora's backpack" on Josh's back as he carried her along the trails.
Now, we are back and charging forward to the next big thing in our lives... We are moving!! We will find out tomorrow if we get the apartment that we want, and we have been packing and cleaning like crazy. Here are a few things that we are loving right now:
My mom introduced us to this book before she left, and Josh and I listened to the first one on the drive back to Boise, and now we are reading the second one. We love it!
2. EUROPE: My mom and dad and Krystin and Kayla have been in Europe for three weeks, and they are coming home at the end of the month! We can't wait to see them again!
3. Netflix. Lily still will say "Mama, turn on Netfwix" She is loving Angelina Ballerina, LaLaLoopsy Land, and Yo Gabba Gabba right now.
4. Half Price shakes at Sonic after 8:00.... enough said.
5. Lily's vocab. This girl is talking so much. She says the cutest, funniest things every day. I'm trying to write them all down so I won't forget. I need to do a better job. She is such a blessing every day, and she makes me so so so happy.
Well, way too long of an update. We'll keep you posted about the apartment.