Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One night in Hawaii is just not enough!

So...when we were checking flights to leave china, we discovered that the flight we had planned to take on Tuesday was looking very full. (We were flying on standby passes from my brother,Larry, who was a pilot for Delta.) it looked like we needed to leave a couple days earlier than we had planned. Because Barry had taken off work until Wednesday, I got a bright idea! Why not go home through Hawaii? I checked flights and it looked good. Barry had some Marriott points so he booked a room for one night. We started our journey to Hawaii by going through Tokyo, Japan. We had a long layover in Japan then flew out to Hawaii and arrived at 8:00 am. Hawaii is such a relaxing place! We got there, rented a car, and drove to one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen! We went to the beach for the afternoon, rented a cabana, swam while barry snorkeled( I could not wear a fin cause of my foot), ate great food, and had a virgin pina colada. The next day we drove to the north shore, went to the dole pineapple farm, went to the Polynesian Cultural Center...then headed to the airport for a 9:00 pm flight to Seattle. I'm not sure what happened, but flights were full with lots of standbys, so we did not make the flight. We did make a 10:00 pm flight to San Francisco and I flew from there to Seattle to help Anne pack and Barry flew to Boise.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meeting Hinckley in China!

Barry and I left on June 3rd for china. We were so excited to just hold little Hinckley! It was a quick trip but we enjoyed every moment. We did the tourist stuff last summer when we went so it was nice to just spend time with nick, Dana, and Hinckley. I was able to go with Dana to Hinckley's doctor appt so I was able to see where he spent the first weeks of his life. They had such a tough time during those first weeks but I'm so happy that Hinckley and Dana are doing so good now! I could not get enough of Hickley while we were there! I just wanted to hold him all the time! I loved singing to him because he seemed to smile when I did... We did get in some shopping and nick took us to the drum tower. We had planned to leave on Tuesday but ended up leaving on Sunday because we were flying standby and the flights looked full for Tuesday . So, we were there about a week. Nick and Dana were leaving to come to the states on Tuesday and barry and I did not want to be stuck in china without them!

These pictures show the apartment they live in, Dana on the street in front of their condo, and some pics of Hinckley.

I love nick and his sweet little family so much!

Luke's Baptism!

Luke was planning to be baptized Saturday, June 2nd. At first, we were concerned when Blake was born but when Anne found out she could be home that morning, she said she would just go to the baptism! We got them home, she took a nap and we headed to the baptism! It was such a sweet day for Luke and all of us who were there. After the baptism, Anne and Blake went home and we met some friends at a restaurant that Luke chose. Here are some pictures...

Welcome Blake Wester!

On June 1, 2012 Blake decided it was time to come into the world! I was in Seattle to help Anne start packing for a few days. We packed most of the day Thursday and on Friday morning at 4:00 am I heard Anne talking on the phone. When I first woke up, I was wondering who she would be talking to... Then like a bolt of lightning, I realized she must be in labor! She was scheduled to be induced on Monday but it looks like Blake had other plans! Helen, Anne's mom was there and knew the routine to get the kids to school so she asked me to take her to the hospital. Josh was due in at about 10:30 am. She was progressing fast and none of us thought she could wait for josh... But I think Blake decided to wait for his dad! The instant he was born and they handed Blake to Anne, josh came rushing in the door! It was so sweet! Then, I ran home to get Anne's mom Helen. It was such an amazing day! Helen and I had so much fun getting things ready for them to come home. They were only in the hospital for 24 hours! The next day, Barry came in and we headed to the hospital with Blake's car seat and they were ready to go home! Ally Luke nd Ava were so excited to meet their baby brother! Here are some pictures!

Charlotte visits grandma and papa!

Zack's work/school schedule finally eased up enough for him and Amy to bring Charlotte up to see us for a weekend. They are living in Salt Lake right now but in August they will move to Provo so Zack can finish school at BYU. It was so fun to have them here! Charlotte got her first 4 wheeler ride and loved the chickens and having Hannah entertain her. Charlotte is such a sweet little girl! It is so fun to try to make her laugh and giggle! Here are some pictures!