Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grandpa Robin's 88th Birthday

The main reason we went to Utah was to celebrate my grandpa Robin's 88th birthday (my mom's dad).  It had been a year since we had been able to see him and it was a good excuse to come and celebrate with him!  I invited all the Robins family that was in Utah to come and join us for cake and ice cream.  We had fun visiting and catching up and enjoyed hearing Grandpa's stories.  He showed us a map of the route the ship he was on took during the War and told us a few war stories.  It was great catching up with some cousins that I haven't seen in a while and learning more about my grandpa!

I always have considered myself lucky to have had a great relationship with Grandpa Robins (and Grandma Robins).  My mom was his only daughter and most of my life we lived within an hour of my Grandma and Grandpa Robins.  In high school, they even moved less than 10 minutes away from our house and were able to come watch me at a lot of events.  They came to my college graduation from BYU.  And they let me live in their house in Arizona after I graduated from BYU which is essentially how I ended up meeting Rob - so they helped me out in that regard as well.  I lived with my grandparents for about 6 months before I got married (the rest of the time they were snowbirds and went back up to Washington) and treasure the time I had with them.  I will always be amazed at how well my grandparents remember people from their past and keep in contact with them (Grandpa graduated from Davis High and is living in that same area again and goes to lunch with his high school friends every Tuesday!).  We always tease Grandpa about being cheap but he has always been very generous with what he has and fair in that regard!   I'm glad that I was able to take my kids up there and spend time with him and I know he loved it as well.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Utah Trip 2012 - Spending Time with the Uncles

While on our trip to Utah, we were able to spend a lot of time with my brothers and the kid's uncles.  Trent drove out with us, Kory came up to spend time with us, and then we met up with Tysen at Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake.  (And then we saw Kevin a few days later as he was driving home from his summer job in Tennessee).  It was great to have their help and spend time with them!  It doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like.  (I need to find where the pictures I took with Kory and Trent ended up!)

We headed to Liberty Park because it was a park that I remembered fondly from when we lived in Utah when I was between the ages of 4-6.  Well my fond memories were quickly shattered when I realized that they had taken out the amazing rope set up that they used to have!  But the girls still had fun playing in the little river splash park area and then going on the little carnival rides with Uncle Tysen.  

Chloe has no shame and freely changed anywhere...

Pure joy for this girl with being in water!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Asher Newborn Pictures

My friend Grace was able to capture these pictures of Asher at 9 days old.  I love them even though I don't care for how I look in them.  :)  

Asher's Baby Blessing

Rob was able to bless Asher Warren Boding on Father's Day (June 17th).  It was such a special day to have him blessed!  We were able to have Rob's dad and brother, my dad, our good friend Jeff Turner, Brother Ash (soon to be Bishop Ash after the Sacrament meeting that day) and Bishop Webster join in the circle.  Rob gave a beautiful blessing for our wonderful little boy and I was touched by his mention of Asher having the Spirit of Elijah with him and be able to communicate with those that have passed on before him and have them close to him. Rob wasn't sure where that came from but I hope that Asher lives up to that and can communicate with my mom and our other loved ones and do a lot of genealogy work (although that probably means that I should step up on that end as well!).  

We had a full house that afternoon with all the family that came to share with us!  Rob's brother Warren and his wife Melissa and their 4 kids came, Rob's parents, both of Rob's grandma's came and my dad and Debbie came.  I especially enjoyed spending time with Grandma Bodine - Asher's middle name is after her late husband (and Rob's brother as well) and has a lot of special meaning to us even though he passed away when Rob was really young.  

We tried to get some family pictures but Rob hates family pictures so it was a little bit of torture for him!  And I need to stick Asher into his blessing outfit again and get better pictures of him.  But he was having a rough day with so much attention and people wanting to hold him!  Here is picture overload:

Littleton Park

I found these pictures on my computer and realized that I never blogged about it!  A few weeks before Asher was born, we went up to Denver for a rock and gem show that Rob wanted to attend.  For those who don't know - Rob's hobby is to facet raw gems into beautiful pieces of jewelry.  So we went up there so he could pick up some new raw gems.  Afterwards we stopped off at Cafe Rio (a must when we are in the area) and then decided we still had some time to kill so we ventured over to this park in Littleton.  I have no clue what the name of the park was but it had a little river to play in and a fun playground.  The girls had fun and it was a good break before the drive home to Colorado Springs!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Uncle Kory Comes to Visit

The second week of June, Uncle Kory came out to spend the weekend with us.  The girls LOVE when their uncles visit since it's someone new to play with and give them attention.  And Kory didn't disappoint!  He played in their kiddie pool, did the slip and slide and anything else that the girls were up for on a hot afternoon.  

The next day we went up to the Colorado Rockies game.  Note to self - do not take 3 children ages 5 and under to a baseball game outside where there is very little shade and the temperatures are above 90 degrees!  It was great to finally check out that stadium but the game was slow and we were all done by the top of the 7th inning.  You can tell that my girls weren't too happy about it!

Rob ran his first race in 10+ years so the next morning we went to cheer him on at the finish line thanks to Kory helping me with the kids. The girls were sad to see him head home later that afternoon but we're glad he came to visit and look forward to seeing him again when we head to Utah in a few weeks before Kory is off to Arizona for more school!