Nora has made such great friends here and I am so grateful. These girls always have a ball (and so do us Moms!) It's been so fun watching the kids grow and change together. This week we had some beautiful weather and our first outdoor playdate. We played on the swingset, and had a delicious lunch together. Thanks for hosting, Susan!

Patriots' Day

Patriots' Day is is a holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in Massachusetts and Maine (which was once part of Massachusetts). We enjoyed a parade at the Battlegreen in Lexington center, a Paul Revere ride-by and some ice cream with the ward later that night.


More Family



The greatest part about our trip was getting to spend time with so many family members that we hardly ever get to see since moving to Boston. Here are some pictures of fun times just hanging out with cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.

A Sick Day at the Zoo

My dad took us to the zoo on a day that Nora was really sick. I think it helped to take her mind off the way that she was feeling to see all the animals and get some fresh air. Luckily, within a day or two, and with the help of a little children's ibuprofin (which I had to spike her juice with in secret because she wouldn't take it) she was back to her old self. I think it's funny how you can tell she's sick from her expression in the pictures- kinda zoned out. Poor little thing.

Nora turns Two!

A couple days after we got to Utah, Nora had her second birthday! We had a small family party to celebrate. Nora loved the cake and even managed to blow out her own candle. Because she loves being the center of attention, birthdays are right down her alley.

A Day at the Farm

We had one whirlwind weekend with Josh's family who had come to visit for Nora's cousin's baptism. The farm at Thanksgiving Point was a total hit. Nora got to ride a pony and I got to milk a cow! Other than that, we enjoyed meeting all sorts of farm animals and topped it off with some delicious ice cream. What a great day! I was especially happy to have Josh there at last.


Nora has always loved the creatures of the underwater world, so the aquarium was a perfect activity for her. Salt Lake City finally has one and we enjoyed it throughly. She still talks about all the fish and other animals she saw there.


I was lucky enough for the chance to meet up with some old BYU friends for dinner one night. In the past three years, they havn't seemed to change much except for the addition of an ADORABLE little girl and another on the way. It was so fun to see them again and to catch up a bit. It was so much like old times except that Josh wasn't there and we were chasing two munchkins around the restaurant. Nora had an instant friend!


My parents have a membership with a fitness club in Orem. I think one of Nora's favorite parts of our trip was swimming at the indoor pool with them! She fought getting out of the pool with a vengence I have only seen in her rarely. The funniest part was how badly she wanted to swim "all by self" while we were carrying her around with her head safely out of the water. I tried to explain to her that if I let go, she would go under, but it did not deter her in the least. I suspected it last summer but now I'm sure, my little girl is a true water baby!


Where to begin? We just got back from almost three weeks in Utah visiting family and friends. Unfortunately Josh was only able to make it for one weekend and had to miss Nora's second birthday, but Nora and I had an absolute blast from start to finish. We did something great everyday so to post it all will be a challenge- one that I have been putting off since we got home. Here are some of the highlights in no particular order.