Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bria climbed a tree and 22 pictures of everything else we did up north

There is no way I can cram all we did on our little trip up north into one post. Also, apparently there is no way to cram it all onto one 2 gig memory card, either. Unfortunately, that means I didn't take any pictures of our adventures at Thanksgiving Point on our very last day because my card was already full. Luckily my sister-in-law had a camera (and free memory) with her, and if you're dying to see, you can find a couple pics of my girls on her blog. Also you can read about my poor nephew who rode his big wheel into the window well and was at the ER getting fixed up before we met up at the Farm Country.

That said, hold onto your hats, because here comes a heckuvalot of photos and a quick-as-I-can recap of our time with family.

I arrived sometime Tuesday afternoon. Without Joel.

On Wednesday I went shopping with my mom and in the evening we had a birthday party for Bria. Joel got there sometime during the party. It was like her fourth party this year. Oh well, she's such a great kid that she deserves it. She was definitely spoiled. I didn't actually take pictures of this birthday party, but here is a picture of her blowing out the candles at her friend party two weeks ago.
On Thursday, I did a fun photoshoot for Maryann and her dog, Buddy. Buddy was not very cooperative, but he sure is a beautiful dog!
And he has a great smile, too, don't you think?

Then we watched BYU get thrashed by TCU. It was very depressing. At least, it was if you are a Cougar fan. And we are.

On Friday, my mom and I spent the morning working on Bria's Glinda costume for Halloween.

Then, I did a photoshoot for my sister-in-law Anne-Marie and our brand new nephew, Lucas. He is about 5 weeks old and cute as a button. Can you say that about boys? Well, I just did.

Sophie was enthralled with the baby. When we were all finished shooting and had moved on to pizza eating, (or salad eating, if you're me), she took Anne-Marie's boppy and just sat in front of his swing looking at him. She also enjoyed holding him in her lap and wouldn't let him go. Gives me hope that if we ever do decide to have another baby, that she'll do wonderfully with it.
On Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch with Mamah and Grandpa. The girls enjoyed choosing pumpkins and seeing pumpkins and sitting on gigantic pumpkins.

Sophia, independent child that she is, insisted on pulling that wagon. She did it pretty well, too, considering it had over 100 pounds of pumpkins in it! Have I ever mentioned that she is freakishly strong on top of being freakishly independent? Yeah, well, she is.
After the pumpkin patch, my mom and I went shopping again. Ah, Children's Place. It's like crack cocaine to me. But, I finished putting together the girls' Christmas ensembles and bought some awesome clothes (on clearance!) to give them as Christmas gifts.

On Sunday we went to Church bright and early (oh how I miss 9:00 church!). When we came home, the girls changed and carved pumpkins with Grandpa in the backyard. Chloe the artist was especially enthralled with this. Bria preferred to play with Daisy and Sophie preferred to kiss Mamah (love that little pucker).

Then we had a family dinner with two of my brothers and their cute girlfriends. This trip was the first time we met Nate's adorable girlfriend, Brittany, and Chloe absolutely fell in love with her. We're talking to the point that she declared her favorite color was now red, because that is Brittany's favorite color. I'm feeling a little slighted about that, because my favorite color is also red, and she's never changed hers just for me! After dinner, I took a few pictures of my parents for their Christmas card, and then even fewer of my brothers and my maybe sisters-in-law to be. Bria was really excited to be a photgrapher, too, because Nate and Brittany had given her a brand new Hannah Montana camera for her birthday. So, we'll be getting the film back soon and seeing her prodigious talent. I also think that she matched the grass so well, that she should look into being paparazzi, since she could be really sneaky that way. At least she could if she always wears that shirt and the celebrities all happen to be in my parents' yard.
Here are some of the pictures I took of my brothers and my parents. Ah, twitterpation!

During one of these photo sessions, Sophie snuck out of the house with her ball and began putting it in the sprinklers and watching it pop up in the air. She thought this was the greatest thing ever and was having a grand old time until she was stopped by her father. He was mad because she got soaking wet and we were supposed to go to his family's house for FHE immediately. So we were late. It's all Sophia's fault.
Unfortunately, I finished up my memory card taking pictures of my brothers, so I didn't even bother to take my camera to the Family Home Evening. Or Thanksgiving Point on Monday. I promise to be better next time. Or just buy a new card.

Hope your weekend is a fraction as wonderful as our vacation was!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I really need to pull my camera out.
    NOW, I'm going to do it NOW (well, not NOW as I'm going to work) but its' coming with me tonight to our halloween party).
    Looks like a pretty fun little vacation.
    You should've taken pictures of you eating lots of fatty food. :)

  2. Fantastic photos. You guys sure did have a great time. Love the pumpkin patch pics especially. Glad you enjoyed your trip. :)

  3. Lara, I'm so grateful you capture things in photo for us! Your skills are invaluable! Plus your camera is awesome, to capture the moments so crisp, clear and of course your artistic eye is wonderful! Thanks somuch!

  4. Great photos as ususal. I know, I am twitching at the thought of ALL the Children's Place gift cards I will get for La birthday next week. I can't wait to shop!

    Enjoy your weekend girlfriend!

  5. Lara, you are so talented! These are beautiful!

  6. Very cute pictures!!! It sounds like you had a great vacation away from life.

  7. I am cracking up at the stealth shirt. Too funny.

    Looks like a great trip!

  8. It sounds like you had a great trip. 4 GB next time?

  9. Holy Cow, your brothers are good looking! Im a happily married woman, but Im just saying...:)

    Your pics are great as usual. Its too bad Sophia got in trouble. That was a great picture and so smart of her to figure it out.

  10. I LOVE the pics. Sophie's pucker is to die for! And your brothers are hot!

  11. I wish I had a vacation in the cards soon.

    Looks like you had a great time. Very nice pictures!

  12. Looks like a fun/busy trip. And, is it totally wrong for a wife/mother of four to say you have good looking brothers?

  13. I'm terribly far behind in the blogging world right now. (we've been out of town since Sunday)

    We loved seeing you guys up here, actually wish so terribly you lived up here!!! So, I need to stop being lazy & e-mail you the farm pics. I will-promise.

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love the pics of my little Lukey!!!! I know you are soooo busy this week, but I can't wait to see all of them!

    Thank you Lara! YOu are the best!