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For all of those who are wondering, and haven't yet heard, we are having a.....................................
We are very excited and can't wait for Afton to have fun with her new baby sister. We think we might name her Reesa Merrilee, but we're not sure. If you have a good girl names leave a comment! Sorry the pix are kinda weird, but they'll do.
A couple cool 3-D pictures of her face! She has her hand in front of her mouth, but other than that they're pretty vivid. We saw her sucking her fingers during the ultrasound. So cute!
Okay, so I finally got a project done that I started quite some time ago. I got all my stuff out the other day and decided it was time to finish something. Afton now has a cute tu-tu to wear all around the house and dance in. (Thanks Ashley for the great idea!) It turned out pretty poofy, but Afton loves it. She'll bring it to me, saying "Pitty," and dances in circles. Love it! She's my cutie! This is Afton after she devoured a double chocolate chip cookie! Sweet!
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The 4th was a great day. I already posted on our morning activities, so now I'll let ya know what a great evening we had. We planned on going to Idaho Falls the watch the fireworks there. (They are rated #20 in the nation, so that's some incentive.) So we cooked ribs in the oven all day and packed up the cooler with some other picnic foods, packed some games and Finding Nemo for Afton. We went to Fremond Park, which was awesome. We were expecting everything to be super overcrowded, but it actually was pretty nice. We sat up on this hill and ate our picnic dinner. Then we played some frisbee, while Afton threw and chased after her bouncy ball. (Yes, Dad, I still remind her that it's from Grampy!) It was so cute. Then Tad and I played some games while Afton watched Nemo. Then came the show. Every now and then someone would be shooting off some fireworks, so Afton was able to get used to them before the big ones. It was quite the show. After the last five songs we kept saying that was probably the last one, but we kept being surprised. They were huge and Afton kept saying, "Whoa, whoa!" The drive home only took about 40-45 minutes, which we were quite impressed about after hearing talk from everyone about the awful traffic. All in all, a great year's celebration of the 4th!
Tad, Afton and I woke up to a great breakfast being cooked for us by our ward. It was delicious and great to be able to hang out with friends. We then all headed over to the town parade which is great, like every year. This is our third year as a family and fourth year for me. I was able to be in the parade the first time. It was awesome. We for some reason, I can't remember why now, got a bunch of people together who wanted to sing patriotic songs and were pulled by a couple of horses in a wagon. It doesn't sound so great when I write it out like that but what I remember most were the older people around town would stand, put their hands to their hearts or just tear up when we were singing. It started to make me think how lucky we are to be in this country; to have people who will give all they have, even their lives so I can live with freedom. This year they had some military men hold the flag at the beginning of the parade and everyone stood and saluted. I'm not sure who those men were, but I'm glad to be in a country that is protected by men and women willing to serve. I grateful to have a symbol to look to so that I can salute those who have given all, those who still give and those that will give all they have to us. We are truly blessed. I thank my Father in Heaven for my life, my family, my freedoms and the love of strangers who serve.
So I've been back for a couple weeks now and decided I just should probably blog all my pictures from the trip. However, I looked back on my camera and realized I didn't take any of the beach or playing on the beach and my mom and dad aren't in hardly any of mine. That means the Jaunty Jensens need to blog soon too so everyone can see all the better pictures.
Anyway, we loved our vacation and were very grateful that we were able to go and spend so much time with family. Poor Tad was as happy as we were but hopefully next time we will be able to have him with us. Who knows maybe we'll be living a little bit closer the next time we go visit.
This was the rundown--we traveled pretty much all day and got to Atlanta at 1:00 am. Needless to say, we were all exhausted. The next couple weeks were spent in preparation for the wedding, Leisha and Jon's endowment, doing the bridal shower and teaching Afton everyone's names. Then we headed down to Orlando where we stayed in a hotel for a night so we could be close to the temple. The next day was the wedding and we loved it all--except for the extreme heat! The temple was gorgeous as was the bride. (The groom was as bad looking as I thought he was going to be! Just kidding, Jon!) They looked happy in love and were glowing from head to toe. The ceremony was beautiful. The pictures were the hard part because we were all sweating after being outside for 2 minutes. Jon was pretty anxious to get out of there too, but that's understandable. After the wedding we headed to Vero Beach, a couple hours away, where the beach house was. It was a beautiful home just a few steps from the beach, but after a while, we started to creep ourselves out with this chinese room they had. Jon and Leisha joined us there after a week of their honeymoon. We then headed back up to Atlanta after a week and a half at the beach. It was amazing. When we got back we prepared for the reception which turned out pretty good! I think we were all surprised how perfect it ended up. A few days later, Afton and I were on our way home.
We still don't know what we are going to do for sure, but the plan is for Tad to take the GMAT in the fall and then we apply for grad schools in Austin, Washington, and Provo. Until then who knows but we'll take whatever comes at us. We're glad to be all back together and are expecting to find out the gender of our new little one on the 24 this month. Thanks for everyone's congratulations; we are very excited. We think it's a boy so comment and leave some ideas for names anytime!! We hope are your summers are going good! Happy 4th of July!!