Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Easter Photos at Grandma's and an Adventure

I went up to my Grandma's house to take some photos of the girls in their Easter dresses this year. Spring just feels closer, more real up there than it did in the valley. With our move, I was feeling nostalgic and I think my Grandma's house holds the dearest place in my heart. Amidst all of the chaos of my family, it is the place that never changed. I have photos of me in my Easter dress as a little girl under this same oak tree, buttercups popping up in the green grass. I felt the need to have my girls there too. We visited many times during our years in California, sometimes multiple times a week, but I wanted one last Spring adventure before we left. So after our photos we pulled on our wellies, I strapped Ruth to my back and we set off. My Grandma would often take us hiking down the waterfalls behind her house and I wanted to share that magic with my girls. It did not disappoint. 

The ranch has always been my happy place and although this feels like the end of a chapter for us, it gives my peace to know that we'll take the memories with us.


When Caroline was pregnant with Rosie I forced her to come out to the orchards so I could take some photos of her and her cute baby bump. She is so incredibly beautiful and looking back at these photos makes me a little emotional. I'll never forget our time there in the valley raising our babies together. We laughed and cried together, antique shopped and talked for hours about how to set up our first homes. She's a one in a million friend and our memories I will treasure forever. Although I love our life here in North Carolina, I miss her enormously. Love you Leeny. 

Easter Sunday 2018

This Easter was such a joy. The big girls woke up as soon as their alarm clock "turned green" and rushed out to find their Easter baskets. We snacked on candy, ate chocolate croissants and fruit for breakfast and enjoyed General Conference. Then came the egg hunt in the front yard, an attempt at some sister photos (ha!) and Easter dinner with the Browns! Again, I failed to grab a photo of the food or the company but it was so so fun! I made guyere mashed potatoes, asparagus and brown sugar baked ham. The food and the company were both divine and it was so exciting to sustain our new prophet in the solemn assembly and hear messages of Christ from the general authorities. I love Jesus Christ and I love my family. It was an Easter Sunday for the books!