Baby Jasper

I've heard from some people the transition to three babies went a lot smoother than they thought it would, and from others that it was difficult.  Jasper wants to be held constantly and his stomach still seems to bother him quite a bit, so the transition has been rough some days for me.  I'll admit, it's been a little hectic around here lately.  I still don't feel like I have my stuff together yet.  Jasper is almost two months old and I'm trying my hardest to soak in all his sweet babyness.  With two toddlers they seem to gang up on me and create as much mess and chaos as possibl. Even though my house is messier than I would prefer, and I don't cook dinner nearly as often as I used to, and Dunken and Quinn watch far too much tv, I wouldn't have it any other way.  We love this sweet baby boy. There's something so special about a new baby's presence in a home.

Follow the Flag

Last night Jensen and I went on a little hike to see the world's largest free hanging US flag! The flag is over a quarter acre in size and weighs over 400 pounds! Here's Jensen, Dunken, and Quinn in front of a star the same size as the ones on the flag, and there are 50 of them! The picture's really don't do it justice. In person it's amazing! And the flag was hanging up so high in the canyon we weren't able to even get that close.
The flag is hanging in Battle Creek Canyon (in Pleasant Grove UT) just a few miles from our house.  We can see it almost as soon as we get off the freeway headed home. There has been different events up by the canyon every day since the Fourth of July when they hung it. Last night they had a children's choir singing down below the flag.
During our hike it started to storm and rain a little and it was so neat to see the flag blowing in the wind.
We hiked up to a little lookout point overlooking the valley to see the flag from the back side.


White Shanty Flag

I saw a few posts on Instagram of a white building and a big flag, so once I found out where it was I drug my family there for some pictures. The flag was just a few miles from Suzanne's house so we headed down to the White Shanty. It was way too hot, but they were pretty good sports about it and I got some cute pictures even thought it was so hot and sunny.

Hot Air Balloon Festival


I have a love hate relationship with the Fourth of July. For the most part I love it! I love spending the day with my family, celebrating our nation and freedom, hot air balloons, barbecues, and swimming, It comes second only to fall and winter holidays, but I really am not a fan of summer, and my dislike for it has only grown from having small babies. It's so hot! And with little babies I can't be outside in the sun or really go swimming.  Small children also make fireworks a lot less enjoyable, since it doesn't get dark until hours after bedtime, and they're so loud! Once my kids are all a little older, I'm sure my love for the Fourth will be full blown again. This year my dad, Lisa, and Omi were here visiting, so it was even better than normal!
We got up bright and early and went to the hot air balloon festival in Provo. I've been a few times before, but have never seen the balloons launch because it has always been too windy. It was definitely worth getting up at 5:30 to make it down to see the balloons! Dunken and Quinn loved it too.
The strawberry balloon was my favorite!
Daley and Desiree were here too! They stopped by our house passing through on their way from Canada to California, but due to some car trouble were able to spend a few days with us. It was a lot of fun having them around since we don't see them often enough either. 
I think I could take a million pictures of the balloons and love every one of them.