Thursday, March 31, 2011

New baby Julianne

Here is my new niece, Julianne Ruth Russell (Melissa's second). I got the chance to spend the rest of spring break with them while Landon came home and worked. Lucky me. Pretty much all weekend, I got to hold Julianne and dress her and yes I even changed diapers. It was nice to spend time with Melissa, Travis and Isaac. Isaac is a hoot! He says and does the funniest things. When he wants to hold Julianne, he says, "Here, here" and holds his hands out. He came up with a nickname for Julianne all by himself, JuJu. And my two favorite phrases he said over the weekend were "Yee-haw baby" and "All aboard! Tickets Please!". He is so funny! Melissa got me on to this new website and she made some good dinners while I was there. We also went to H&M, which is the biggest H&M in the world. Super cool.

Those binkies are funny! And it looks so big in her little mouth!

Landon was so cute with Julianne, he wanted to hold her as much as he could for the afternoon he was with me at Melissa's house.

I made this little headband and the flowers on the shirt out of a t-shirt of mine that I had been saving because I loved the color and the design on it. It turned out to be the cutest little thing! The onesie is a 9 month size, so I can't wait to see her in it in 8 months!

Here is funny little Isaac watching "Emperor's New Groove". Every time he watches anything Disney, he needs to put on his Mickey Mouse ears... How funny!

Family is great and I felt lucky to get to spend time with Melissa and her own family over spring break.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Anniversary Extravaganza

Welcome to our fantastic, yet unpredictable, spring break anniversary extravaganza! We went to Zion's National Park for the beginning of the extravaganza and spent the first part of the trip going back and forth between Zion's and Cedar City because one of us (I won't mention who) forgot their purse at Costa Vida in Cedar City and did not realize it until we had made it to Zion's an hour later. So what should have taken 32 miles and an hour's worth of driving through canyons and small towns took 132 miles and three to four hour's worth of time. I know, I know. Thankfully no one stole my purse or else this trip would have really turned into a tragedy. So after a good night's rest and relaxation, we started the new day with a more positive attitude and was just thankful we had made it to our destination.

Zion's is so pretty and for those of my few readers who have yet to go, really should make an effort. Especially the readers that live in the same state as Zion's.

Here we are at the top of a hike that overlooks a beautiful part of the park.

I accidentally knocked over this rock...

These people were CRAZY! It was spring weather (50 degrees Fahrenheit) and they were hiking the river that went through a small and very dangerous part of the canyon! The whole time I saw them I just couldn't help myself from telling fellow hikers how idiotic those two were. It was cold! Not to mention the temperature of that water and the fact that a flash flood could happen at any minute during this time of the year (I did my reading up on hikes before we went).

So after a great first day in Zion's we woke up to THIS the next morning. That quickly changed our minds about the hike we had planned for the day. So in a matter of hours, we went from this...

To this!

And from this...

To this!!! We were upgraded to an executive suite which means that we had a huge tub and separate shower. Our own sitting room and a half bath at the entrance of our sweet suite. It was fun to pamper ourselves after unpredictable adventures in Zion's.

Here we are waiting for Landon's favorite part of the trip. The Blue Man Group. I do have to say that this was the highlight of the trip for me too. Unless we talk about our trip to ZARA! Love that store!

This performance knocked out socks off!!! Thanks Blue Man :)

Overall, the whole trip knocked our socks off. We decided next time we look forward to pleasant and maybe even warm weather for our anniversary, we will make sure that our destination is closer to the equator. That way we will ensure warm and sunny weather.