Sunday, April 6, 2014

General Conference April 2014

General Conference is seriously always the best weekend! I love it so!

Family, temples and prophets were on the agenda this weekend! We weren't able to go up to Centerfield for the big family gathering, but us Arizonians enjoyed the beautiful weather here in good ol' AZ!

(my very unprofessional panorama skills makes our house look 5 times bigger!)

When the boys were at the Priesthood session, the girls all went to the Gilbert temple to take some pictures.
 Fact: You can't walk around the temple grounds when the temple is closed. That was unfortunate, but we still enjoyed the view from the front!

In between sessions on Sunday, I went to the Mesa temple to take more pictures. Temples are beautiful, guys, especially in the spring! Those flowers were gorgeous! And that Mesa temple just doesn't take a bad picture. Bahaha, but seriously, it doesn't have a bad side!

Oh and Mariah was greatly inspired during conference and came up with superhero alter ego's for all the kids in our family...
It may just be her best piece of work yet!

What an uplifting weekend! I am so grateful for my membership in this gospel and the peace and hope that come from listening to our prophets words! I know Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet and that he and the quorum of the 12 apostles, and the members of the seventy are servants of the Lord and as we follow their teachings and counsel, we will be blessed and led safely home to live with our Father in heaven again. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Photo Overload {Extended Spring Break 2014}

This last weekend we had 16 people sleeping in our house. This was a lot easier before we moved, haha. But nonetheless we had a lot of fun! The Phillips went down to Utah on Saturday for Ethan's baptism then made there way to good'ol AZ after the baptism, getting here at 2 am Sunday morning. They only stayed a few days (until today) because we had to go to school and work and all that jazz. But Matthew, Mariah, Kayla and Jacob all managed to take at least one ditch day... :)

Here's a little peek at what we were up to:

Sunday morning Monopoly. Nathan owned every property, Brandon was hanging in with about 10 dollars

Ring toss. Because why not? 


Little boys and fart machines. It was seriously going off for 3 straight days!!

Watching Frozen. They all wanted to sit on this tiny chair with me... Even when I reminded them there were 2 EMPTY couches in the same room...

We showed these Angels and Mariners fans what AZ baseball was all about!! (We already had our tickets when we found out they were coming, so we didn't get to sit together. They were directly 4 rows in front of us, making creeper stalker pictures a necessity.)

Opening day 2014!! 

Bekah wore one of my hats to the baseball game, so the next day these 3 needed some too. 

This is how I pretend to talk on the phone too

Lots of dodgeball and deadman

And more frisbee!

The family root beer models

And, of course, another appearance of the "Porta-Party-Potty"

Wish I would have remembered to bring the camera out more.... so many good times and LOTS AND LOTS of games played! My kinda party!!

Thanks for a good time!!