Utah, Wyoming, Oregon (Took a JOB!), Conference, Easter, Tiff’s Surgery!

Ok before we left to Utah for our big trip I noticed online that Lydia’s picture of her painting below was the Library’s profile picture on Facebook.  Too cute!  I also noticed a picture of us making her monster.  The Saturday before I went to RS Broadcast with Tiffany.  We went out to eat at Outback with Maddie, Jessica, Liz, Dawn, and Courtney.  It was so much fun to laugh with everyone!  I love these girls!  I spent the week really preparing to drive to Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and back!  I did my research of what other mom’s suggested.  Boy oh boy it made a big difference and I really enjoyed our trips.  Even with 2 toddlers!  Phew!  Ok so conference seriously I felt was the best YET!  I know I know every conference is so great but I can honestly say this conference was my ALL TIME FAVORITE!  All my questions were answered from the Saturday sessions ALONE!  Lydia really got into our conference bingo.  I thank my RS for providing the bingo game and a sweet notebook that I could enjoy taking notes in!  So much to apply and I AM PSYCHED to do it!  We celebrated Easter with the Cox’s with an Easter Egg Hunt (my girls LOVED eating they’re candy!), bonfire, and playing with cousins!  Sunday we ate with the Hirschi’s and enjoyed being with family.  I love Easter and conference!  We enjoyed Cinnamon Rolls, made the right way, as well as Andrea made Tomatillos.  It was such a memorable Conference!

So Monday we left our girls with Grandma Hirschi and we left for Oregon.  Ryan and I really enjoyed our drive.  It was Eye Candy!  Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, red rock, pine tree’s, snow, rain, and luscious green!  We met with Jerry in Sisters Oregon at a Coffee Shop.  Once Ryan and I had all our questions answered about the job offer he bought us a hotel and took us out to dinner with his wife Jessica and their friend.  It was DELICIOUS food and was so fun!  Lots of good laughs and made me excited to work with such great people.  The next morning we took off to Cottage Grove and then Bandon.  I truly loved EVERYTHING about Cottage Grove.  I loved the office, staff, the adorable small town (that isn’t so small because it has a Walmart), is 20 minutes away from Eugene (has all the shopping you could ever want), the adorable houses with LAND around them, it really just felt great!  We then drove to Bandon, don’t get me wrong the fact that you’re on the beach is AMAZING but just didn’t feel like home.  Everything from the office, staff, town, etc.  That night we went to eat and got pizza and decided that Cottage Grove was for us.  I was so giddy and am still!  Ryan is in planning mode he said.  Truly this decision I think was the hardest we’ve had to make as a couple and it took a lot of thought.  But I’m so glad Ryan suggested we drive out and see our options!  Oh I truly am so excited for planning for our future.  We are 12 hours from family even though it isn’t close at least we’re closer than Indiana. I get butterfly’s thinking of what lays ahead of us.  When we pulled in to Indiana after driving back I felt so glad to be finally home.  I never knew my heart would love Indiana so much!  It will be such a bitter sweet move mainly because of the INCREDIBLE people here who have taught me so much!

Bailey… We also went fishing as a family and we caught one!  Oh Bailey LOVES being outside and with animals.  Seriously she just came this way.  She pet the fish like a puppy then stuck her whole hand in her mouth.  I was so grossed out that I took her inside.  She was so sad she couldn’t be with the fish she cried and cried.  Oh Bailey one day we will own a dog that you can pet.  Our Bailey Boo life with be so dull without you!

Lydia..During Conference Lydia was just so excited to say the words she picked up on in case it was a word on our bingo card.  She said, “Marriage pain.”  Haha!  After Elder Dallin H. Oaks talk she said, “That was wonderful!”  Oh Lydia you are the cutest!

While we were in Utah Tiffany had emergency Surgery.  Oh my poor brother and his family have had such a rough 6 months.  It’s been a never ending hospital stay it seems like.  I was so glad to be there for once to help out.  We babysat and I really really was so glad for that opportunity to get to know their kids in a whole new light.  Oh I love them so much and was so glad I got to enjoy some quality time.  I am so relieved that Tiffany was discharged from the hospital our last night there.  She is so incredible!  She is so strong and an amazing mother to her 5 kids amongst the chaos of her life circumstances.

85 hours total of driving in the car, 4 books later, 5 pounds to show for it, we are such a happy family!

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