On second thought…

This past weekend was General Conference, more on that later, but we also had the pleasure of watching the kids I used to stay with for a week during the summers when I came home from college. I love these 4 kids. The youngest one, Ali, wore her baptism dress to our wedding, before she even wore it to her own baptism because she wanted to match me, so cute! Anyways, it’s been a few years since I’ve watched them and I pictured them still being the little kids they were. But they are all grown up now, the oldest is a senior in high school and Ali is 10! We had a good time, it was funny to watch Mark and then hear him say, “How did you do this by yourself?” These kids have  A LOT of energy and at the conclusion of the weekend I couldn’t help but think, “on second thought, maybe I do want to wait longer to have kids…” Granted, I know your kids don’t come out 4 at a time (usually) and 12 years old, but I couldn’t help but think about how good life is right now. It’s quiet and just the two of us (plus Leo, who is great because we can leave him by himself all weekend with a bunch of food left out, you can’t do that with a kid!) and we can pack up and go somewhere whenever we feel like it, aka freedom.

I’ll be thrilled when that day comes but for right now I’m enjoying this stage. I guess Mark’s going to get his way a little longer.

Now for some un-related pictures!  Picture 1: Mark is the scout leader for the 11 year olds. He’s loving it… ha! 😉  #2: This is Mark’s favorite thing to do to Leo right now, he thinks this face is hilarious! It drives me nuts!  #3: We are hosting our first annual Halloween party! (Annual is contingent upon this one being a hit…we will see) I’ve always wanted an excuse to use a wax sealer and thought Halloween party invites were the perfect one! It was so much fun and now I’m looking for any excuse to wax seal everything, bills, mortgage payment, etc…

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snap shot catch up

This year is flying by. I can’t believe September is almost over and fall is here! Since I am no longer in school and seasons don’t correlate with homework or finals, fall is hands down my favorite season. I love all things summer but there is something that brightens my soul when the leaves turn red and that crisp air allows you to snuggle at night. I get so antsy anticipating when it will be socially acceptable to make pumpkin cookies and watch Hocus Pocus. If it was up to me I would be doing those two things year round but Mark is not ok with it. I thought before fall is in full force and the holidays are upon us, I would post a little catch-up through my iPhone photos.

rachel
Darling Hermana Barker in Spain!
court
Courtney shooting!

mark    me

I picked up knitting, hopefully I can finish this scarf.

leo

I made my first batch of Pumpkin cookies this week, too soon?! nope!
I went thrift shopping with my mom this past weekend and scored this lovely hobnail vase. I am also addicted to the Volcano candle…yum!
We had a huge rain storm this weekend, first of the season. Ironically our guest bathroom/guest closet flooded. The two were not correlated.

On a side note, I just got called to be the Beehive Advisor (12-13 year old girls). I will be wearing lipstick to church every Sunday from now on as to try and look a little older…*sigh…baby face trials