Monday, March 26, 2012

Justin's birthday

Saturday was Justin's birthday. Here he is about ready to blow out his candle on his skor bar cake.

Molly blew it out before he had the chance!

On Saturday we were able to do some fun things! We headed to the park in the morning with the girls. After Ali's nap, we went bowling. The girls had a lot of fun!

My parents watched the girls and Justin and I headed to City Creek (the new mall that just opened a couple days previous in downtown SLC) to meet up with his brother and his wife. It was SO crazy!! People everywhere. There were lines to get into stores. But it was beautiful! They've done a great job. We had dinner at Cheesecake Factory, then we rushed to watch the Hunger Games (our tickets were at the theatre by our house)!

We have both read the books and really enjoyed the movie! You need to check it out if you've read them! It was a fun day and I think Justin enjoyed it. Happy 29th Justin!! We love you!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's Spring!

I realize I just posted about St. Patty's, but didn't take any pictures of the decor I put up. I added a couple things this year and next year I'll forget what I did, so I'm sharing it here. The additions are the doll and the table runner. I also have a large wood shamrock that I bought like 2 or 3 years ago! It's all painted but I can't remember how to attach the small clovers to it with the wire...ah! Maybe next year?!

Here's the shamrock I made last year. I think?

 My subway art, courtesy of eighteen25.

I picked up this cute doll at Home Goods this year. I thought she was pretty cute!

She has shamrocks on her shoes.

And on her dress! For $10 I thought she would go well with my other decor.

My mom, sister Emily and I made these table runners this year while Emily was in town. My mom had bought the fabric and I asked, "where's mine?!" I went back and bought some and got some for Emily since I knew she was coming to town.

It's a really quick project. It's actually called the 10 minute table runner. But if you have ever sewed anything, you know that nothing is that quick! Just ironing and cutting it out can take that long. Anyway, it was still pretty quick. The colors are a bit muted in these pics.

Here's a close up, but it's not quite this bright! The fabric comes from JoAnn's. This had some gold flecks, so it was priced around $12.99, but I used a coupon so it wasn't too bad.

I have a copy of the pattern in pdf, so if you are interested, let me know and I can email it to you.

Here's my ever growing belly. 31 weeks today. I'm on the countdown! 9 weeks still kinda feels like a long time though, to me. Anyway, I'm still feeling pretty well even though I already flip from side to side every night a million times! I was recently put on iron pills twice a day and I think that does help a bit with my energy level, so that's good!

Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patty's weekend

Justin had spring break last week so we headed down to St. George for a few days. We really enjoyed the 70 degree weather! Too bad it didn't last longer! We drove home with rain and snow. Boo.

We got the girls some sidewalk chalk that they had fun with (and really messy with!).

 And cheetos were a big hit with Ali!

On St. Patrick's Day (Saturday morning), the girls found Lucky the Leprechaun's footprints!

They followed the tracks to see what he left...

Woohoo! They loved the Lucky Charms!

Here is Molly decked out in her green!

As a special treat, we convinced grandma to make her tasty marshmallow popcorn! Yummy!

We saw the Lorax and the girls were really good. Molly loves movies, so we knew she would watch, but Ali still isn't a big fan. She did surprisingly well! We were happy about that!

We ate here and at some other yummy places like the Bear Paw for breakfast. If you haven't eaten there, you need to! So delicious!! And of course we had to stop in at Christensen's. Always a fun place.

We had a great time and it was so nice of grandma and grandpa Pendleton to let us stay with them! We just wish we had more time! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Molly: before and after

Molly's hair has been getting "long like Rapunzel's" so we decided it was time for a haircut! Her hair has been so static-y and just in the way.

BEFORE. It has been a lot of fun doing her hair, but I decided I could still do it in many ways, but take off some length.

AFTER! Great Clips was having a $6.99 haircut sale, so we ran over and 6 inches later, this was the result!

Pretty cute, right? We like it. Molly does too.

Friday, March 9, 2012

baby blessing

After the funeral on Saturday, we drove to Idaho for a baby blessing. Justin's brother Mark blessed their first born, Paxton! Here is Mark and Ashley with Paxton in his cute little outfit.

Grandma and Grandpa Pendleton holding Paxton. He is such a good baby! We stayed with Mark and Ashley and he was always content and happy. This is grandchild #8 on the Pendleton side and the first grandson! We are thinking that our baby boy will be great friends with Paxton! The blessing was very nice and it was fun to see this side of the family. Thanks Mark and Ashley for letting us stay with you!

Grandpa's funeral

Last Saturday was grandpa's funeral and it was really nice. We figured that 37 of 42 grandkids made it to the funeral. We were quite the bunch! There were so many of us. We filled the entire front portion of the chapel.

Grandpa was buried in the Orem cemetery. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

The family picked out a beautiful blue casket for my grandpa. Blue was his favorite!

It was neat to see the 21 gun salute (I think I'm saying it wrong but I can't think what it is called!) and to hear the bugler.

BYU sent these beautiful flowers. In my aunt's talk she said if grandpa were there he would be sitting by these :)

 Almost made it to 100!
Our family that was able to be there. We dropped Alison off with a friend in Provo (thanks again Becky!) and Natalie left her youngest with family.

It has been kind of crazy having both grandfathers pass away 5 weeks to the day of each other (and at about the same time of day). It is always hard to lose a loved one, but we are so grateful and thankful for their lives and examples. We are grateful for all the memories we have with them. Being pregnant and at two funerals is not a good combination. I had way more tears than I would have liked and/or anticipated! I like to blame it on the hormones. We had a really nice dinner after the burial that the RS put on for us. It was a nice day for all I think.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Arthur Rich Watkins 


Together Again
On February 23, 2012 Arthur Rich Watkins, age 95, joined his beloved Ruth, who passed away in the summer of 2000. He was born on July 31, 1916 to Arthur V. and Andrea Rich Watkins in Salt Lake City.
He graduated from Lincoln High School in Orem, where he was student body president and prominent in forensics. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at BYU and a Ph.D. at Stanford. He also attended the University of Oslo in Norway and the University of Besancon in France.
After teaching briefly at Stanford and Weber State in 1952, he began teaching foreign languages at BYU. He was department chairman for 10 years. A versatile linguist, at various times he taught German, Norwegian, French, Italian, Russian, Gothic, and Middle High German. With Max Rogers and Walter Speidel he authored several German textbooks. In 1965 he inaugurated BYU's semester abroad program in Salzburg, Austria with 134 students. He conducted seven BYU travel study tours through Europe and one around the world. In 1958 he was a guest of the Federal Republic of Germany on a three-week cultural tour during which he met West Germany's political and literary leaders. After retirement he was biographer for the BYU Emeritus Association for eight years. Subsequently, he served as program chairman and president of Provo Golden Kiwanis. 
During World War II, he gave up a fellowship in linguistics at Yale Universityto serve as crypt-analyst and German-voice interceptor for the army signal intelligence on the Italian front.
He was an active member of the LDS Church and, prior to World War II, served a three-year mission in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. Returning to Utah from Stanford in 1948, he served on two high councils, the General Sunday School Board, and presided over the Austrian and the Italy Padova Missions. He also served twice as a branch president in the Missionary Training Center.
In 1941 he married his sweetheart, Ruth Hansen in the Salt Lake Temple. They enjoyed many happy years together and loved to be with family and friends. They especially looked forward to family reunions. Born to them were four sons and four daughters. The family has now grown to 42 grandchildren and 109 great-grandchildren. Shortly after his wife's passing, he completed a 1400-page, two volume personal history. His hobbies were gardening, reading, and etymologies.
Arthur is survived by his children: Annette (Ron) Mann, Lynn (Cherie) Watkins, Laurel (Mark) Taylor, Bryan (Karen) Watkins, Marie (Bruce) Galbraith, Denise (Jim) Burton, Paul (Dena) Watkins, and Ronald (Susan) Watkins. He is also survived by two sisters, Nina Palmer and Venna Lange and is preceded in death by his parents; brother Don Watkins and sisters Nedra Reese, Martha Watkins, and Jeanene Scott.
The family would like to thank Summerfield Manor in Orem for their loving care these past six years. 
Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 3 in the Cascade Third Ward Chapel, 1050 East 200 North in Orem at 1:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State, Orem from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 11:00 to 12:30 at the church prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. If preferred, the family suggests contributions in his name to the LDS Missionary Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at