Oct 10, 2016

long overdue...


We were in need of some new family pics!
So we decided to set some up while Kirst was 
home. We had Amey Snow from Storybook Studios 
take them up at Red Cliffs Recreation area.
It ended up being windy that night so I wasn't 
sure how they were going to turn out. 
She worked her magic and I think they turned out
wonderful!!!! Thanks so much Amey!

grandma's bday


Momma's birthday fell on a Saturday... 
We had a swim meet in Hurricane and the girls
(Kirst, grandma and myself) snuck out early to
get massages and eat lunch at Kayenta!!!
It was a fabulous day....
We had dinner and dessert at Grandma and Grandpa's house
and then opened presents! She got some fun stuff, a book of 
memories, a new muumuu from Ecuador, a trip to Cancun!
We are so blessed to have this lady in our lives,
she is pretty special and one of a kind!!!

Sep 12, 2016

big surprise!!!!


I had been waiting for this day for months!!!!!!!
This also had been in the works for months.... So it was 
exciting to finally have it happening! 
Kirstin was coming home for a 2 week visit!!!!
The only ones who knew were myself, Kasey and 
my dad but he thought it was the next day.
He had planned a big lunch at Olive Garden for the big
reveal and was so proud of himself... Little did he know
 he would be getting a big surprise too!
I picked Kirst up in Vegas around 9:30 am, she had 
meeting with a counselor at UNLV so we met with
him at 11. She is looking at doing the ARL program
for special ed when she comes home in Jan.
One of her only requests was to eat at Cafe Rio, drink
Dr. Pepper and soak in the tub while she was home.
I was able to hook her up with a Dr. Pepper and 
Cafe Rio which didn't disappoint!
We headed to Mesquite and the plan was to drop her
off at McDonald's and I would go grab the kids for 
ice cream - thinking we were going to meet Andrea.
The plan was in motion and I don't think I could have
planned it any better. Their reactions were priceless!!!!
Kirst was standing with her back to us at the ice cream
machine, we ordered and Mason was the only one to 
order one. She turned to give it to him and he looked at 
her, looked at me with the most confused, excited look 
on his face. Brooklin has started to get her drink but had 
turned around as Kirst was giving Mason his ice cream.
She was brought to tears which we knew she would be
but it was priceless!!! She just ran over and hugged Kirst
and sobbed for a good 5 mins or so.... We headed to our house
for a little bit, Kirst had a power nap and then we took off
for the next surprise! 
Kasey had gone over to my parents and told them he had 
ordered pizza. We picked up the pizza and Kirst was going 
to be the delivery girl.... We just had to make sure mom 
answered the door since we were surprising her for her
60th birthday!!!! Kirst was at the door and I was hiding 
behind the bushes to video - Mom answered the door
and Kirst said, I have a pizza delivery for the Winters.
All mom could say was, Are you kidding me?
Dad was sitting in his chair in disbelief since he 
was expecting her tomorrow!!! It was awesome and 
mom even shed a few tears... I love watching the videos
over to see everyone's reaction! We have missed our Kirst,
it had been a year since everyone had seen her so we 
loved having her home for a few weeks!!!!

days of 47 parade


All the years we lived in Salt Lake I don't recall ever
going to the parade downtown. We would go to the rodeo 
with Grandpa Gene but never the parade. The kids, my mom
and Kasey's family stayed up there to attend the parade with 
the Whiting's since Shane is a motorcycle cop. They block off
an intersection for the families and have a great view! The kids
enjoyed themselves I think, Mason said he likes the ones in 
Mesquite cuz he can actually be in the parade!! Crazy kid...

grandma karen


Sunday morning we met Grandma Karen for 
breakfast! It was nice to see and visit with her for
a little bit. She is keeping busy with different activities
and her friends. She gave the kids sunglasses for a treat!!!
We love her so much and just don't see her often enough.

family get togethers


We met the Fullmer's at a park Saturday morning,
everyone was able to make it so it was fun to visit. 
The kiddos played soccer, kick ball and ran through 
the splash pad. We had lunch and Bart made yummy
homemade toasted coconut ice cream and fresh raspberry!!

The Winters party was up at Susan and Robert's and we
had a good turn out. It's always fun to visit with everyone
and see how big the kids are getting! We recently just found 
out that Julie has breast cancer and it's stage 3. She is going to
start chemo, it has not spread which is a blessing. She looked
really good and seems to be in good spirits, probably 
stronger than any one of us! She will kick this cancer in the butt!!!
Grandma and Larry were there for a little bit,
she didn't recognize anyone but she seemed to be enjoying 
herself. I walked her out to the car and asked if she had a 
nice time and she said yes. I said, well your family loves
you very much. She just smiled and said something along 
the lines of it was so nice that everyone was able 
to get together!! Alzheimers is a sad disease, watching 
2 grandparents go through this is not a fun. 

north for the weekend


My mom, the kids and I headed north for the weekend.
We left Thursday after work and got up there a little later.
Friday we had planned to go hiking at Cecret Lake with 
the Whiting's, Tisdale's and Jones'. Meridee was also up 
north so her and the kids came with us too. We wanted to
check out the wild flowers and they did not disappoint!!!
Although the hike was a little more strenuous than planned,
some only made it part way and a few made it to the actual lake.
We kept hearing from people along the way that there 
was a moose up top and I was so excited!!! We got to the lake 
and sure enough a big ole bull moose eating and just hanging
out. It was awesome, we watched him for a bit and I was 
in awe we were so close! The kids tried catching some salamanders
but no such luck - they weren't supposed to be in the water
so they couldn't get too deep. We are so fortunate to live
in such a beautiful part of the world. I feel like I need to pick
a hike every time I head north, I've missed out on so much!

volleyball camp


While the boys were at camp and Nick was 
at football camp, Brooklin went to volleyball camp.
The Dixie College coach came down and held a 
camp at the rec center. She is going to try volleyball
this year so it was good for her to go learn some of 
the skills she will need to know!!!

snow camp


After the Subway hike Kasey, Jackson and Mason
headed to Ephraim so they could catch the last few 
days of the basketball camp. They stayed in the dorms 
and Kasey showed the boys his old stomping grounds. 
Mason had a blast and he said he learned something!!
Thanks so much Kasey for letting him tag along.



Well it was a 3 peat for the Subway hike this year!!
 I can't believe I actually lucked out and won 
the lottery draw again!! We had pretty much the
same crew with a few new ones.... Kasey, Meridee, Jackson,
Juwlz and Decker, Patti, Mary, Chrissy, Mason and I,
and a couple Kasey knew.. We went a few weeks earlier
than normal so we weren't sure what to expect. 
It was overcast all morning which is great but not 
when the water is freezing and sunshine would be 
a nice help to get dry and warm up! It didn't decide to 
shine until we were coming out of the subway and the hardest
part of the hike, the hill coming out! It was different than 
the last few years, just depends on the water level. 
We did a lot of jumping in and swimming!!!!
This year kicked my butt, that hike coming out 
seriously was the death of me and Mason was done!!!
We finished together and decided we didn't want
to do this hike next year - haha!!!
It took us just under 8 hours this year to finish.
The company is always fun and Cafe Rio never
disappoints after a hike like that! 

mesquite swim meet


The kids had a swim meet in Mesquite and they did
awesome! I love watching them swim, Brooklin's butterfly
is coming right along. Mason has a smooth breast stroke
and is doing awesome at freestyle!!! Love my fishies.....