I can’t believe how much we have all changed the last couple of years. I remember when we used to have a huge Christmas party with all the girls, exchange our gifts, and have a big sleepover. Now we are having babies, buying houses, or graduating college. Change is good though :) It’s been so much fun to watch everyone grow up (myself included) I love these girls with all my heart and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This was one of the highlights of our trip. Being able to see this Castle lit up every night, really put you in the Christmas Spirit. Plus they did an amazing fireworks show at night called "Believe in the Magic". It was so good, the music even made me cry :)
My highlight of the trip :) We hadn't seen Micky Mouse the entire time we were there. Anytime we saw the other characters, their lines we sooo long to get a picture. But not this night...I spied with my little eye MICKEY walked out of a gate to come greet everyone. I ran over there and was able to get this picture with him. Silly as it sounds, I was so HAPPY! I haven't got a picture with Mickey in many many years! and this is the Christmas Mickey Mouse...there is a difference :)
Going Shopping at Downtown Disney
Christmas Fantasy Parade
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This year we spent our Thanksgiving holiday with the Taggart side of the family (John’s mom’s side for those of you who don’t know) I LOVE when I get to see all these people which isn’t as often lately. Grandma Betty has almost been gone a year and she was truly the glue to this family. Not all the siblings were there, but most were and it was so much fun to catch up with everyone. This year, Uncle Ron rented out his church for use to hold this grand event. When you get together with the Taggart’s, you need a big area like a church because usually there are about 80 people there! When we first arrived the boys through the football around in the gym and also shot some hoops. It was way too cold to have a Turkey Bowl…pretty sure it’s always colder in Herriman then anywhere else in the valley. The high this year was only 18 degrees! BURRRR
After our wonderful Thanksgiving Day lunch, each table was to stand up and tell the others what’s been happening in their family. We really don’t have much going on in ours so we of course had to make it sound exciting…ha ha Carol told everyone that we may try to start having children soon. Everyone thought we were making an announcement! OOPS! :) Lets face it…to stand up and say “Randi and John and going to school full-time and working full-time” isn’t as exciting as “Randi and John are planning on having children soon” right?! Anywho… After our little update on everyone we cleaned up lunch and played games.
Since we were right by my parent’s house, we stopped by and said hi for a bit, then stopped at my cousin Amber’s house so John could see her cute little twins. After a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving holiday we headed home to pack for our Disneyland trip!!! Since that post will require many photos and all the many fun things we did, stay tuned for my next entry…YOU WON”T WANT TO MISS IT :)
(not really, I just forgot to get it out and take pictures)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Their names are Jaxon and Addylin and they are so precious! They were born on November 8th. These TWO beautiful little babies were brought to this earth by my cousin Amber. She had to endure a lot of hard trials to get them here (six weeks of staying at the hospital on bed rest), but they are here now and are truly a blessings from our Heavenly Father. We call them the miracle babies :) Take a look at these cuties!
We couldn't get enough of them!
Brooke and Addylin :) She wasn't waking up for anything!
Doesn't she look adorable! Cutest Prego Lady I've ever seen! :)
Baby Cohen was born on November 22nd at 1:51pm. He weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and it soooo cute! I can't wait to hold him and give him lots of kisses!
Monday, November 22, 2010
First of all…I would like to apologize for being absent for the past three months. I told you all when school started, John and I would have no free time…which is why I have literally not blogged in months. I have felt like such a slacker lately and figured it was probably time to give everyone an update, or at least those who actually follow our blog :) Life has been insane…and you would think with school coming to an end life would slow down just a bit…but that is certainly not the case. I can’t complain though :) This is my most favorite time of the year. I absolutely love how much time we get to spend with our families. The entire Thanksgiving and Christmas Season makes me so happy! I look forward to this time all year long and really wish it could last longer. We put up our Christmas tree last week…and have only lost two ornaments from Charlie. I have decided to move them farther up the tree in hopes that we won’t lose anymore ha ha. This will be Charlie’s first Christmas…and though he isn’t a human, we like to think he is like a child. Pretty much, if we gave him a box and a piece of tissue paper, he would be happy.
We have a rather busy schedule this Christmas season. Just to name a few things we have going on…
*We are going to Disneyland- Can’t wait!
* Festival of Trees- This is a tradition every Christmas season!
* John’s little cousin Seth is getting baptized. I can’t believe he is 8 yrs. old already!
* Savior of the World performance (we will be seeing this twice, once with my family and once with John’s Family)
*Ryan Shupe Christmas Concert!
* My niece’s Christmas Dance Performance! She is so dang cute and the BEST dancer I have ever seen!
* and most importantly...MY MOM'S Birthday (oh and Benson's)
These are just to name a few of the things we have going on. There is so much that I have to keep them on my calendar or else I will probably forget. We are also VERY excited to talk to Josh on Christmas. He has been doing great on his mission in Russia. It’s crazy to think he has already been out for 10 months! Before we know it, he will be home :)
Something else exciting coming up is one of my best friends, Amy is going to be having her little boy, Cohen :) We are so excited for her! Her baby shower was so much fun and of course it’s always nice to see everyone.
Lets hope I can keep this blog updated a little better!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Yesterday while driving home I heard a song that KBULL 93 had put together to remember those who died on September 11, 2001. They mixed songs with calls from victims of the attacks, from the people on the plane that took it back and crashed in the field, to calls made by children who lost a parent or parents to the attacks. It brought tears to my eyes as I listened to it. It brought back a lot of emotions from that day. I am so grateful to live in this great country! I personally don't have any family members serving overseas, but I am so grateful for those who have and will risk their own lives for this country. I am so grateful for the freedoms I have. I couldn't help to think about those families who lost a loved one this day and how hard it must have been for them to endure such pain. I am so blessed to have the family and the life that I do.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
We had a fun summer, but I am so looking forward to the Fall time. For many reasons...let me just name a few!
-No 98 degree weather, I am much more of a 60's and 70's girl :)
-We are that much closer to going to Disneyland!
-I love fall leaves
-Sweaters, scarves, and boots season...I need to go shopping :)
-My cousin Amber is having twins! A boy and a girl!
-One of my best friends Amy Alter is having a baby boy!
-Getting closer to Christmas time (me and John's very favorite holiday)
-Spending more time with family
-Hot Cocoa :)
- Football Games
- General Conference...I could always use a boost!
There are so many things to look forward too! But we are also trying to enjoy the last little bit of warm weather. We love to take Charlie on walks at night because the temperature is perfect! And this next weekend we are planning on going to Swiss Days. P.S.- on September 3rd, John and I will be celebrating being together for 10 YEARS! It's crazy to think, but ten years ago John asked me to be his girlfriend at the Taylorsville pool and well...the rest is history :) We are enjoying life right now. And can I just say...I absolutely love my new job and am so glad I listened to my heart about taking it. We are truly blessed even if sometimes it is hard to see all we have been given. Life is wonderful! Have a great week!
Monday, August 16, 2010
John and I decided we would take Charlie on this camping trip and let me just tell you, he was an angel! He had so much fun eating bugs, playing in the mud, and sitting by the fire. We even bought him a special outfit for the occasion (and for UTAH games.)
We of course loved the Beef Stew for dinner and Brian's famous Peach Cobbler! Thanks so much Carol and Brian for a fun weekend!
(Please pay no attention to the double chin I have going on in this picture.)
P.S.- We got sooo burnt while fishing...we are still dealing with the after effects two weeks later!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
We had so much fun at dinner with Chelsea and Jeremy. It's so fun to get out and have a fun night with them. We decided every couple of months we will try a new fun place that we normally wouldn't go to...no special occasion needed, just a fun night to get out and enjoy some quality time with our friends :) Next we might try La Caille!
Thanks Jeremy and Chelsea for truly entertaining us and inviting us for night out on the town! We had a blast and look forward to our next outing with you guys!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Today is much better...I think (He wouldn't tell me even if it was worse) The doctor he went and saw a couple of months ago suspected that John has Chronic Kidney Stones, but we are going to have to help him find something to take care of this issue. I feel so bad for him when they come! Wish us luck in our search for a cure to these tiny horrible things!!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This Picture is priceless!
On Saturday, July 19th, 2008 I attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show at La Caille in hopes to get some great ideas for a wedding. Instead of just walking away with a couple of brochures and coupons, I won the $100,000 DREAM WEDDING GIVEAWAY! What a dream come true this really is to write about my experience that day. There really aren’t words to explain, but i’ll try my best.
John and I have been together for eight years on September 3rd. We met while attending the same Junior High and It truly was love at first site. We continued dating all through out High School. There was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to spend forever together, but before we could get married we both knew that it was VERY important for John to serve a LDS mission. He reported to the Missionary Training center on June 28, 2006 and returned home just three weeks ago on July 3rd, 2008. We both knew the minute we saw each other at the airport that we would finally be together forever. Of course most people would say…how will you get married? How will you afford it? And these were questions that we both asked ourselves. The week before I went to the Bridal show at La Caille, John joked around with me and said “You know if you win the $100,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway, then that means that we don’t have to wait to get married.” I laughed and told him he was crazy and said that there was no way out of all those people I would win the grand prize. Well I was wrong apparently (but we don’t have to tell him that ) As I sat there waiting for them to announce the winner, I was surprisingly calm because in my head i didn’t think I even had a chance. When they said my name, I flew off my seat and couldn’t believe what I had won. I didn’t just win a $100,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway, I also am going to be able to Marry my best friend. Even though this wedding is going to be something out of fairytale, my life has always been a fairytale because John has been a part of it. This is a dream come true and I am so grateful for this opportunity and for this wonderful day that I get to share with John. It’s an amazing ending to a VERY exciting Beginning.
We will forever be grateful for the many things we were blessed with from this giveaway. I am so glad we got to work with such great vendors and build everlasting relationships with them. Our wedding day was truly a fairytale and something we will remember forever.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
While we were gone we sure missed Charlie. He stayed at Grandma and Grandpa Ashcroft's house and lets just say, he had way too much fun! He went on hikes in the mountains, played in the sprinklers, followed Benson around, and played ALL day in the back yard. The only thing he didn't do was take naps. So, you can imagine when we got him back how tired he was. On the way home, he fell right to sleep and we didn't hear a peep from him the rest of the day and all night. Thanks grandma and grandpa for watching Charlie. He sure had fun and misses you guys already :)