Friday, April 29, 2011

Meet the Fantastic Four

Here they are....

NAME: Jordan
AGE: 2 1/2

NAME: Aanisah
AGE: 16 months

NAME: Brek
AGE: 18 months

NAME: Bailie
AGE: 4

Check out those intimidating faces 

 These are the cute kiddos that I get to see almost everyday. I sure do love them!
Here are some pictures of them on Easter. We had an Easter egg hunt for them and they got to decorate cookies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I love Sundays.
It's the day we get to spend time with Deveren! This past Sunday we went here

I thought this was a pretty view of Washington Monument and the AMAZING flowers

Bailie slept a lot... and had very static-y hair

This was the best picture I got of Brent and Lori

Our new friends Luis and Denise

Dev, Me and Jonathan

The gang at Lincoln Memorial

The kids playing on the steps at Lincoln Memorial

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Mall

On Sunday we took the metro (that is right outside our apartment complex by the way) to see some of the sights....
Kiddos waiting for the metro

Bailie fell asleep right after we got off the metro and slept for 1 1/2 hours

Washington Monument 
There were tons of people there flying kites. I'm guessing for the Cherry Blossom Festival?

We saw the White House

Pretty view

Having a snack

Deveren and his cousin Jonathan at the Lincoln Memorial

Even though I have been to DC before there is SO much that I have forgotten.... Plus, Deveren hasn't been here before so it's fun to be with him when he sees all of these fun sites!!!
Have I mentioned how excited we are to be here????

Monday, April 11, 2011

We Made It... And We Are Alive

Our road trip went very very well :)
Very much so.

This is how it went...

DAY 1:
13 1/2 hours of driving. We drove through Utah and Wyoming, and part of Nebraska. We were going to try to make it to Omaha, but the kids were getting really antsy and I didn't want to push them to their limit so we stopped in Lincoln, Nebraska. We stayed in a Super 8. It wasn't too bad actually... Not nice by any means but it was fine. Since we were all in the same room, we didn't get much sleep. Brek was in his crib but since he could see us he screamed... And screamed. And screamed. For over an hour. 

I didn't take any pictures that day because my camera was packed. 
DAY 2:
Woke up, got ready and then hit the road. 12 hours driving. The kids were AMAZING. We had gone to the dollar store and bought lots of toys for the kids to play with so that made it so nice. Our neighbor and good friend Sister Echols came over a couple days before we left to say goodbye and brought a goodie bag for both kids. It had some treats, a coloring book, sticker book, and some other cute little toys in it. Thanks Jenala!!
We drove through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. We stopped in Columbus, Ohio and stayed the night.

I don't remember what state this is in... Iowa maybe?

This is when we stopped for gas... We weren't driving. He stayed in his seat the whole time the car was moving :)

We drove out with one of our sales guys, Todd. He is awesome. He is a trooper... We all shared a hotel room so he had to hear the screaming... Sorry Todd!

Wyatt, another sales guy met up with us in Omaha and he followed (sped past us) until we hit Ohio. He did this to be funny... He did not really fall asleep

For most babies it takes skill to smile and flip off the camera. For my Brek, not so much. It comes naturally

That night we stayed in a really bad motel. It was really dirty and gross... and it smelled horrible. There was yelling outside all night. Brek screamed and screamed... Finally after some tears (from Brek and me) and an hour of listening to him, I got him out and put him next to me. He fell asleep right away... He slept the rest of the night. He was OUT. He stayed asleep while the rest of us got ready, the boys packed the car up, all of us talking in our normal voices, and Deveren sneezing super loud. He didn't even flinch.

DAY 3:
 Deveren's brother Nate and his family live in Columbus so we got to have breakfast with them. I'm sad we didn't take any pictures, but it was great to catch up and see them. After breakfast we were back on the road. 

Because Brek spent most of the night screaming, you can imagine how tired he was.... He slept quite a bit in the car.

Bailie was SO SO SO good! She had a ball playing with her new toys and coloring.

We were lucky enough to go through West Virginia twice! Don't be jealous

 Our new home!!!

As we were driving into Washington DC, we hit some BAD traffic.... but luckily we had this to calm down the road rage :) The temple!! I can't wait to see it at night!!
 I think that the hardest part so far has been adjusting to the time change and our sleeping routines. We have a 2 bedroom apartment and Bailie and Brek have to share a room, so that has been a major adjustment...They didn't sleep well the first 2 nights, but last night was AWESOME. Both of them slept all night which is really big!

We are so grateful that we have this opportunity to live in our nation's capitol. We are going to have so many adventures... It has only just begun! 
Thanks to all who had us in your prayers... We made it safe and sound. 
More posts to come... and LOTS of pictures. Stay Tuned.