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Monday, December 31, 2012

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This was our little Christmas announcement....

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Where have we been?

Remember my little family?

We are alive and well....just infinitely behind on the ol' blog.
Nothing like a little catch up from the last six months huh? Don't worry, it's mostly cute pictures.


The biggest event of July was that we got to spend ten days in Glacier National Park with our dear friends the Barretts. Kevin used to actually be one of Trev's college professors, but now we are just like family. We also invited Trevor's folks to join us, and they did.

The Barretts are hikers. Intense hikers. They showed us a wonderful time in guiding us on 57.6 miles of trails. Yep - you read that right. We hiked 57.6 miles in a week. Awesome.

Every day that we hiked over ten miles we rewarded ourselves with pie and ice cream from a local place - Ivie loved it
So beautiful

In August Ivie started dance class - which she loves. It is a mommy and me creative movement class, and we have both come to cherish Monday mornings at dance together.

We also had a visit from our cousins - Ty, Erin, Eden and even Jade (Ty's older brother) in August. Ivie and Eden loved hanging out. We did a lot of video gaming, hiking and eating. Love those guys.
Swimming with Dad in the Virgin River at the top of Zion Canyon
Working on Junior Ranger packets with Cousin Eden
Hope these girls get to have lots of sleep overs just like this through their lives
September was a blur, but it also marked Ivie's first big screen experience as we took her to see Brave at the cheap theater. It was a hit. She loved having her own chair, popcorn and soda. This is her excited face.

Oh October. This was a month of mixed emotions. My cousin Nick was killed early in the month while working as a border patrol agent in Arizona. It has been a difficult and sad thing for all of my family.

October also brought hunting season and our annual Halloween party. Highlights in a hard month.
Ivie wanted to be a "pink kitty" for Halloween
Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood
We celebrated Thanksgiving this year in California at Disneyland with my mom's family. Ivie loves Pluto and thought her life was pretty much complete when she got to see him not once, but twice!

Riding a ride with Grandma and Grandpa Cobb
How is it December already? We are gearing up for Christmas. But our highlight so far was Ivie's dance recital. She had a previous recital in November where she came out on stage and FROZE. This past Saturday she got to try again and did so good! It's crazy how fast she is growing, and how quickly time flies.

And there you have it - the last six months...sorta....of course there was more--good, bad and ugly--all we can really say is that we are loving life and looking forward to the rest of forever.

Fabulous Fourth

There are a million things I love about the Fourth of July.

This year there were several special things as well.

1 - Trevor's clean cancer scan the day before! WooHoo - five years cancer free officially equals remission. :)

This is Ivie outside of Daddy's MRI clinic. She mae me laugh out loud when she sat up in her chair like this, stuck her hands behind her head and started chanting: "Boring. Boring. Boring."  I have no idea where she even learned that word! Some days I feel like I have a teenager instead of a toddler.

Later in the Doctor's office, as we were waiting for him to come in an read the scan results, Ivie informed us she was bored again. Trev told her only boring people are boring (Yeah, practice up on that one Dad, I've a feeling we'll be telling her that ALOT) and so she and I decided to sing songs. Trev managed to capture a VERY RARE video of the performance (Most of our video camera attempts culminate in Ivie seeing us get the camera out and then running over yelling, 'Me see cam--eeerrrr--raa' Yup, we have a million videos of that and hardly any of her being cute). 

To celebrate his clean scan, we went to the Hogle Zoo.

At the Zoo entrance
Best place to see the animals from? Daddy's shoulders
 There was a time before Ivie that Trev and I would go out to some fancy restaurant to celebrate clean scans, but we have turned into bonified parents now. Ivie loved the zoo - and our sweet cousins Ty, Erin and Eden met us there too!
This giant elephant plays music and squirts water out of its trunk (where Ivie is sitting)

We spent the actual Fourth with Ty, Erin and Eden as well. We don't get to see these amazing people often enough, and we always leave wishing we could have stayed longer and swearing we are going to find a way to get together more often.

Eden is just a year or so older than Ivie, and so tender with her. She is a beautiful, sweet little girl. Ivie woke up this morning asking about going swimming with Eee-Dan again today. I hope these two girls get to have the same sort of special cousin connection Trev and I have with Ty and Erin. Love those guys.