Quick trip to Zion's

Last Saturday we took a quick trip to Zion's. The Fall colors were beautiful!

Along with the beautiful colors, there was a lot of awesome wildlife to be seen...
mmmmm....isn't it almost Thanksgiving? :)
And we saw two good sized buck's right next to the road -
too bad you can't hunt in National Parks!

It was getting cold so we only went on the Weeping Rock trail with Ashlyn, but she still had so much fun!

This was our amazing view as we left the park....


Marhsall is 4 months old! He weighed in at 14 pounds 11 ounces - he is getting to be such a big boy:) And he LOVES his Bumbo.
I have been so excited for Marshall to be able to start eating rice cereal - he liked it for the most part. Ashlyn loved trying to teach him how to eat from a spoon and swallow. Marshall just laughed at her. Poor Marshall had a "slight" problem with diarrhea the next couple of days so I think we will hold off from the rice cereal for a little while and try it again!

Marshall and Ashlyn have such a strong connection as brother and sister. It is amazing how early they have developed this. I hope that as they grow older they will always be such great friends.....wishfull thinking I know....but a girl can dream right?

Being an Aunt

On August 2 my little nephew Jake was born - I think being an aunt is just about as good as being a mom! I was able to at the hospital when he finally decided to make his grand entrance -I remember when Glen came carrying Jake out of the delivery room to the little nursery - the only other time I can think of Glen being so full of happiness was when he and Ashley got married. Glen is a very proud daddy! Jake is so blessed to get to have Glen and Ashley for his parents. They are going to be such awesome parents. It is going to be so much fun for Marshall and Jake to grow up together - I just wish we lived closer!
These little men have stolen my heart -

My Children are My Joy

My children are my JOY. They have filled my life with the love of motherhood and I would not trade that for anything. I just hope I remember this when they are in their teens! My Ashlyn is a sassy little girl -she has so much attitude and is completely full of life. It has been so much fun to watch her grow and her personality develop. The other day I was picking the kids up from the Melissa's house (the babysitter) and she was telling me how Ashlyn will never have a problem making friends - I just about started to bawl - Gary and I have tried to raise our daughter is such a way that she will be friendly and loving to everybody that she will not have any problems with making new friends or being too shy. When I was younger I was extremely shy. I remember how I used to make my mom call my friends to see if they could play because I was too scared. I never want my children to be too scared to talk to anybody on the phone and I want to instill in them that every stranger they meet is just somebody they haven't had a chance to get to know yet. I hope we are successful in our efforts! But, judging from these pictures - I think we are on the right track....

Marshall is also starting to get his cute little "attitude" too:) He is a very happy baby, I think the Lord knew that Marshall is exactly what I needed at this time in my life. He has that mischevious look in his eyes when he smiles. I think he is just getting ready to get into everything when he is mobile - LOOK OUT!

True Joy...