Monday, March 25, 2019

The Grand Gesture - Part 1

Last Friday night Garren had an appointment to talk to Kevin.
This is Kevin's first time to have a young man ask him if he could marry one of his daughters so he googled all kinds of funny questions to ask him, none of which he ended up asking.  Instead Garren interviewed Kevin.  He asked him lots of questions about Emmy and marriage advice, since Kevin's a pro--26 years and counting.  Garren told Kevin how he planned to take care of Emmy and explained how he'd been preparing for this for a long time.  Finally, after about 45 minutes, he asked Kevin for his approval and Kevin gave the thumbs up.
Saturday they were going to spend the morning ring shopping, but what Emmy didn't know was that Garren already had a ring in his backpack.



They made a stop for some breakfast at the Grand America first.
Garren asked Kevin and I if Emmy would want us to be there, but I was pretty sure it would be a bigger deal if it were a complete surprise.  She'd have known something was up if she saw us.  I was wishing I'd arranged for it to be photographed but it all worked out because there just so happened to be a random photographer there who took pictures of the entire thing.  She even took photos of the table before they arrived because she thought it looked so pretty.













Garren did a great job picking out the ring.
Emmy LOVES it and it's perfect for her.
She hasn't stopped looking at it, or showing us all how pretty it looks on her finger.



Kevin and I have been praying for Emmy to be able to find "her person" for quite some time.  God answered our prayers with Garren, who he clearly hand-picked just for our girl.
They've chosen to be married August 6th in the Salt Lake Temple.  Dakota gets home July 25th so the timing is perfect!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Snow Day at the Cabin

We've spent the week at the family cabin celebrating us and living the lazy life.



There was TONS of snow!
And up until yesterday, lots of beautiful blue sky!



Kevin practiced his turkey calling for the upcoming turkey hunt.
He finally saw lots of turkeys on the drive home and a moose and some deer so it was a win.



We took walks up and down the canyon.



Did some reading, sleeping, and binge watched The Widow on Vidangel--it was pretty good.  We also did a little binging on Kevin's current favorite show...Little House on the Prairie.  I'm surprised he wasn't born back in those days.  He loves the slower paced, simpler life.  He would have been just like Charles Ingalls.



Yesterday it snowed all day.
Snow days at the cabin are my favorite.



Today is the beginning of Spring Break for our girls. 
We are flying by the seat of our pants with this one :)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Week Janie Has Been Waiting For

Finally!
This is the week Janie has been waiting for since school started.



She's leader of the week!
That orange bag is filled with some of Janie's favorite treasures to show the class...like her Georgie stuffed animal Papa Dave and Mama Linda gave her when she was little...



And a picture of her with her Papa Tom...





Janie and Lilly were able to see one of their favorite friends on Saturday!
Bella was in town and threw one of her awesome birthday parties!
They have missed Bella so much since she moved a couple of years ago.



Here's a fun fact about Janers:  She LOVES ALL the hand me downs.
She can often be found rummaging through her sisters old clothes in the storage room.
Kloe gave her her old back pack and some dinosaur decals and she thinks it's the coolest backpack ever.




Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Five Chicks

We moved Emmy home last weekend.



If I'm doing the math right it makes six moves in 15 months for Em.
That must be some kind of record.









So now we've got all our five little lady chicks under one roof.
You can't have too much estrogen in the house, right?
It probably won't be for too long, but my hope is they will make some fun memories together. 
I don't know if they realize it yet, but they are so lucky to have each other.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Go Out And Bring Them In

Sunday we gathered for Baby Thomas's blessing.



My niece Mickayla is the cutest little mom.  She crocheted Thomas's blessing outfit and didn't even use a pattern.  Impressive.



The Sollis side was well represented.
Now that my Dad is gone these types of gatherings seem even more special since we assume he gets to come and be with us.
I asked my Mom how her week had been.
She told me there had been a lot of tears, aaaaand she made the mistake of watching The Notebook Saturday night.



Mickayla jokes about her baby looking like he's hanging out in August with that natural tan.



It was a big Sunday for Kevin.
His very first ward conference as the Bishop.
He's been praying for guidance and direction for the conference pretty much since he was put in 2 1/2 months ago.
His theme was "Go Out and Bring Them In".  That quote is from Brigham Young.  It's what he told the men who would be going out to find the lost Willie and Martin handcart companies who were stranded on the plains. 
Kevin invited all of us to minister to those around us in a way that will bring them closer to Christ.
Our girls sang with the choir.
It was a beautiful worship service.