Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Timp and Temple

 John joined us in Utah the second week we were there.  The second day we woke up early and spontaneously decided to hike to the Timpanogos caves.  James was spending the night at the Sullivan's so it was just the four of us.  Rissy walked almost the whole 1000-foot climb to the top by herself.  Very impressive, especially for someone not quite two years old!  

 Rissy loves her daddy...and lovingly calls him mama.

 Check out that view!!!

 Rissy loved the inside of the cave.  She is obsessed with going on a make-believe bear hunt that ends in a dark cave, so this was right up her alley.  
I love my kangaroo pouch for carrying my kiddos.
The next day James joined the family for a tour of Temple square.  So fun to spend quality time with our growing family in our old stomping grounds:)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Utah Edelweiss...

Mountains make my heart sing.  I must have been Maria Von Trapp in another life...or a mountain goat, or something.
And I think my kids have my genes because they like thin air too...

Rissy swung in the hammock until her eye lids were heavy and she almost fell asleep.

Watching the sunrise with superman.

Andy, Katelyn, and I went on an afternoon hike where we spotted a moose.

"These hills are alive"

Tommy prefers to be held, but the hammock is a close second.  We made some great memories at the cabin.  Thanks for the fun stay, Utah family!  "Bless my homeland forever!"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thank you for the fabulous 31st birthday!

I had a great 31st birthday.  It was a much easier milestone than turning 30 for me. The day of my birthday, John made me this pretty cake, bought me an upgraded version of my Canon Rebel, and my little brother arrived in Houston to help me fly to Utah.
 John stayed home an extra hour in the morning so I could go on a morning walk with James to see the sunrise.  James picked me this flower for my birthday.  
I am lucky to have such a sweet husband and family!

We showed James I mean Jake, (I always get their names mixed up:) some Houston sights.  Then we were off to Utah...
My mom gave me a garden party for my birthday.  It was so nice to see old friends.  I follow most of these gals on facebook and instagram so were able to pick up right where we left off.  It was so fun and I didn't want the evening to end.   

I met these gals at BYU Hawaii over ten years ago.  Where has time gone?!
Thank you Heather and mom for the beautiful table decor and delicious meal!  Having a girls night with some of my favorite people was revitalizing! 
These ladies all have so much style and class and are great mamas.  Thank you gals for getting sitters for the night and coming out!  It was so good to see you all!
 Also, thank you Grandma Witzke, Grandma Carol, Nan, Carla, and Aunt Claudia for the sweet birthday cards.  I appreciate the thoughtful messages so much!
And last but not least, my dad took me for a birthday lunch at Tsunami Sushi.  I am sad I didn't get a picture.  I love spending time with him and it was nice of him to fit me in his busy schedule.
This birthday I felt especially blessed.  XOXO, Jess

Monday, September 1, 2014

Even Steven's

We just returned from a fabulous two week trip to Utah.  My family recently opened up a restaurant called Even Steven's.  For every sandwich purchased they donate a sandwich to a local charity.  So far they have given over 8,000 subs to the needy.  The kids and I flew out the week before John and our first stop from the airport was a breakfast at Even Steven's.  The french toast we had was truly delicious and the reunion with my family was just as sweet.

The restaurant has had a great response from the community.  Here are a couple recent news stories about Even Steven's. 

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