Sunday, October 30, 2011

Matt's Halloween Party

Matt had a little Halloween Party with a few of his buddies. These three kids were all born within a month of each other and they LOVE getting together (and it helps that their moms like each other so much too). We played “ghost bowling,” turned the kids into toilet paper mummies, made mummy hot-dogs, colored jack-o-lantern faces on oranges, made string cheese ghosts, read 3 Halloween books, ate lunch on spider plates, drank from mummy juice boxes, and more!

When the party was over, 3 seconds after we shut the door from Matt’s friends leaving he said, “Mom, that was so fun! Let’s have another party right now!” Looks like Matt has a little of me in him after all!

Lindsay had fun too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2nd Annual Gunnerson Donut Night

When I was growing up my family made donuts each year on the Family Home Evening before Halloween. My mom would make the donuts and then it was up to my siblings and me to deliver them. I wanted to keep the tradition going, so our first two years that we were married we did it. It was way too crazy trying to watch Matt, making donuts, and delivering them. So last year we just invited people to come to us! It is a lot easier, and it is more fun to visit a little longer with our neighbors!

This year we invited about 50 families on our street. (We live on a “T” so we invite both streets). This really is one of my favorite nights of the year! One of the reasons I love it so much is because I realize that I have the BEST husband ever!! I was running a little behind and didn’t make any dinner, so Darin picked up Subway for us, he vacuumed after Matt made a mess on the floor, and then he stood and fried all the donuts while I dipped! I seriously LOVE that guy! Thanks SOO much Darin!

Here is a picture of some of the donuts…and there were even MORE!

Haylee Dipping!

Darin Frying!

Lindsay was such a good girl! She didn’t go to bed until 10. You can see here that she is exhausted (with super messy hair), I LOVE those glassy tired eyes of hers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another harvest, Ballet West, Breakfast, and then some.

Do you ever feel like my blog titles are lacking creativity?  I do.
Darin and I were able to go to Capital Theater to see Ballet West’s Dracula.  We even got to sit on the 3rd row!  We could hear the dancers breathing!  I loved it!  It was also fun because we sat 3 seats away from a guy who we think was the director. 
Matthew got to have a “sleep-over” at Grandpa and Grandma’s—even though we picked him up at 10 he loved it!

 The young men and young women did baptisms for the dead and then came over to our house for breakfast afterwards!  I forgot how much teenagers eat!!  Luckily I had more food in the fridge!

Darin and Matt did another harvest from the garden.  We have A LOT of carrots!  If you needs some come on over!  We loved looking at the abnormal carrots.  I posted my favorite one!  We also have another bunch of yummy bell peppers!

Darin’s parents brought back this cool trike from the Philippines.  Matt LOVES it!  And Lindsay even likes to go for rides!  So cute!  Thanks mom and dad!

We had a pre-Halloween breakfast this morning!  Ghost and pumpkin pancakes!  Matt loved it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy 9 months Lindsay

3 Generations of Friends

Let’s see if I can write this without too much confusion….my friend Lindsay and I recently found out that our grandmas were friend in college and their spouses (our grandpas) were in the same mission together. Our grandmas’ sorority group would get together once a month for dinner, and our grandpas’ mission group would get together once a month for dinner—so our grandparents were with each other twice a month! My grandma died a few years ago, and Lindsay’s grandpa died a few months ago and we just now made the connection.

Yesterday we went out to lunch to visit and catch up! I wish we would have made the connection earlier so we could have had my grandma there and Lindsay there before she moved so far away! Thanks so much for the fun day Sue and Dorothy! We love you both! And Linds—we missed you loads! 

Oh, and mom—thanks and love you too!

Alpine Loop

Last night we did the Alpine Loop for FHE. This was my first time ever doing it and it was spectacular! (Thanks mom and dad for the suggestion). If you have some extra time this week you REALLY should go drive the Alpine Loop! AMAZING!!

I packed up the kids, packed a picnic dinner, packed the camera, the extra lens, sweaters, blankets, etc. We got out of the car to take a family picture, and I got this ONE picture…

And then my battery died! AHHHH!!! Sooo soo sad!!--especially because it is beyond blurry!! And my phone doesn’t take quality pictures at all. Darn!! That was the only bad part. I think Darin was probably secretly rejoicing so I wouldn’t make him stop every 20 yards to take a picture.

One thing that made me laugh was half way through the Alpine Loop Matthew said, “Are we there yet?” Then we explained that we had been here the whole time and he said, “Awe man! No more trees!” Overall, it was a WONDERFUL night!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A marriage, a missionary, and more!

What a wonderful weekend! Darin and I had a “stay at home” date night on Friday. Darin bought us PIZZA (my favorite) and we watched Zoo Keeper! I LOVED it! Saturday Matt and Darin worked in the yard while I was at Young Women Volleyball. They had a nice harvest too!

Saturday my cousin Scott married darling Harriet and their reception was beautiful! Congrats you two! We love you both!!

Sunday we went to my cousin, Chandler’s farewell. She did an amazing job and will be an incredible missionary!! We love you Chan, and we will miss you lots!

Sunday evening we went for a family drive around Bountiful to see the changing leaves—they are gorgeous! I LOVE Bountiful!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gardner Villiage

Matt went to see the witches at Gardner Village with a few of his buddies. They always have so much fun when they are together!
(I just love this one)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Point

Last night we met Darin at work, then headed over to Thanksgiving Point to do the Corn Maze. I couldn’t believe how much there was to do! My parents just got back from a cruise to Europe, and I think I took more pictures in our two hours at Thanksgiving Point than my parents did in their two weeks in Europe!

We did the corn maze, the jumping pillow, a hayride, watched a pig race, a haunted house (that was too scary for the kids so we left), the cow train, watched the singing chicken show, a grain train ride, looked at a pumpkin display, went in a corn house, played on the trains/cars/boats playgrounds, and more!

It was a really fun night, with the exception of about 2 minutes when I thought we had lost Matthew. I’ve never been more scared in my life! Darin found him quickly, and Matt didn’t even know that anything was wrong. Thank goodness for answers to prayer!