Our Pearl is 6 months old

Well, our baby is growing sooo fast! We just can't get enough of her. She's loved and malled constantly! We have found many interesting nicknames for her like: Cougar (she sounds exactly like one when she cries), Coog, googalicious, yumster, Pearly Girl, Pearly Amazing, Amazing Gull, Pearly Pearly Pearly (3 times fast and loud is how the kids say it), and many more. As a family we feel so entirely blessed to have our little sweetheart!

Mutton Bustin'

This last Friday, we took off to enjoy all of the events and activities that "Lindon Days" had to offer. We attended the rodeo, and thought to ourselves... "Let's put our kids on an angry, stinking sheep, and see how long they can stay on".
Hilarity ensued.

Daxton's Ride

London's Ride

Random kid get's rocked!

Yeehaw! The Castle Valley Pageant

This last weekend we took up our crew, and a few others, and went to the Castle Valley Pageant in Castle Dale Utah. Among the caravan was Alma & Mackenzie Tuck,(close friends of ours) Truman(Rachel's bro), & Matt & Amy Beatty (Rachel's Cousin). It was about a 2.5 hour drive, but well worth it. Castle Dale is very near and dear to our hearts, since it is the town that was founded by most of Rachel's ancestors, and it's about 10 min from the Joe's Valley Olsen Ranch.

One of the high-points in the trip was stopping at "Big Momma's" for a quick greasy bite. You all know what I'm talking about when I say that there is nothing better than a good old grease burger at an old hamburger shack in a small town. To sum it up in 4 words or less...

delicious in my belly.
Matt & Amy, being the traveling family that they are went up ahead of us to go and veiw some indian petroglyphs and missed all the greasy action.

We later met up with them once at the Pioneer village before the pageant began, and took the kids around to do and see all the various pioneer stuff.

The Pageant itself had some really cool parts, I won't ruin it for anyone, but by the end, the spirit was felt, my eye's were moist, and my throat with a lump. It an experience I would highly recommend to anyone.

Pageant Advice: The pageant itself wasn't very small children friendly. So if you plan on going in 2010- which is when the next one will be held, bring lots of snacks!

The pageant started at about 9pm and went until around 10:30pm, so that put us in around 1-1:30am. (with a quick late night stop at Wendy's)

I must say, I can't remember the last time we threw a little responsability to the wind, and just had fun regardless of the time. There's nothing like
driving home to 80's classics bobbing your head to "Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibles, with the kids asleep, and holding your sweethearts hand, and knowing that you truly live a blessed life.

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