Friday, June 19, 2015


We went to Tracy Aviary one morning for a few hours because we got in free! Score! They kids had fun, it was like a  zoo for birds.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


 Our trip to Utah is not complete unless we see our long time friends, the Garvey's.  Amy even got a cake to celebrate Kardyn's birthday! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


 The next Monday we loaded up the kids, minus Brandt, Staci & Jason, to head up to Vernal.  We hadn't ever been there to see all the cool dinosaurs so we thought it would be a fun little trip for the kids.  After we got into town we had just about an hour before the Dinosaur Museum was going to close so we decided to load back up and head over there real quick.  Well, as soon as we pulled out of the driveway from the hotel, Kjerstin's car broke down.  After Tim figured out what was wrong with it, it was decided that it had to be taken to a shop to get fixed. So no museum and I took the kids and headed back to the hotel while they figured out where they could get the car fixed.  Luckily they were able to get it started and drove it to the shop where they after much convincing Tim got them to get it fixed for her the next day.  This of course meant we wouldn't have a car to take all the kids out to the sites tomorrow in Vernal. So, she had to rent a car.  Fun times.  That night at the hotel we took the kids to the pool though and they had fun.  Seeing all the dinosaurs was really cool and Kardyn wanted me to take her picture with every single one.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015


 We had a few birthdays to Celebrate while we were on vacation too! Alaina turned 10 and Kardyn turned 7.  They got to choose what kind of cake they wanted, and then later in the week we took all the kids to see the new Disney movie Inside Out.  Super cute.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


While we were in Utah, we went to the Bountiful temple to see Kjerstin and Staci take out their endowments.

Continuing our eventful vacation

While we were at the Temple on Saturday, Gene said that Kardyn wasn't feeling too well.  We already knew that she had some allergies or a cold going on, but now I was pretty sure she had a sinus infection, so I called the on call nurse at her peds office and they suggested we take her into the ER (only place our Ins would cover) in case she had pneumonia.. Ugh.  So we took her in, and it looks like it was developing in her lungs and she had a sinus infection so they gave us some antibiotics to treat all that.  She started feeling better the next day so that was great.  Then the same day Brandt was jumping on the trampoline with some of the older kids, and started complaining that he had hurt his arm.  It started to swell up pretty big, so long story short I went with Staci to the ER in SLC only to find out he had a fracture in his arm, it was called a Super Condular Fracture and he was going to need surgery to put some pins in his elbow.  Poor guy! So all of that was fun! Not really, but only adding to the craziness that already was becoming of this trip thus far.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Very Next Day

The very next day we had plans to drive from Mayfield to Zions.  We woke up early and were on our way by 7ish.  My mom was driving her car with my Dad & Zane.  Tim & I were driving our car with all the kids.  After we had been on the road about an hour or so, my Mom said my dad told her he felt like he was going to throw up and that his arm felt funny.  Then he started having chest pains.  Being the amazing ER nurse that she is, she decided we needed to find a hospital.  We drove to Panguitch where we took him to the ER.  They got him hooked up to everything and gave him all the meds he needed to stop whatever was happening to his heart.  After turning off his DBS, they were able to do an EKG to find out what was happening.  The EKG said no heart attack, but we were still waiting for the blood tests to come back that would also show if damage was being done to his heart.  At this point my mom said it was unlikely that he was having a heart attack so we had begun making plans for us to go ahead into the park and they would come meet us after the tests were finished.  Then the doctor came in and told us that he indeed did have a heart attack and they needed to send him to another hospital in St. George so they could do an Angiogram to see what was really going on.  So my mom and Dad rode in an ambulance for the two hour drive to St. George, while Tim, Zane and I followed in our cars.  Once we got there they had said that his chest pain had stopped, which was a good sign.  They got him in right away for the Angio and were able to tell that he had 3 blockages and that they were going to go ahead and put the stents in them that night.  It's a pretty neat procedure were they go in through the wrist and the groin.  He doesn't even have to be put under for the surgery! After his surgery, the doctor told us that he needed 4 stents instead of 3 and that they think his heart attack was genetic.  We were so lucky to see the hand of the Lord in our lives.  If he would have had this happen a few days earlier, or even a few hours later, we would have been in places where it may have been impossible to have saved my Dad's life.  I feel so lucky to have been able to spend this time with my Mom & Dad.  We are all lucky to still have my Dad here with us!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Four-Wheeling in Mayfield

After we went to Canyonlands, we drove back to Mayfield. We stayed the night there and then Aubrey left that next day.  We took a day trip up the canyon with the kids and my parents that day.  We got into a pretty heavy rain storm, but it was beautiful and Zane had so much fun.  He was a little muddy, to say the least.