My family is "super"! I am the second oldest of four kids. We all live in Utah and love getting together for Sunday dinners. We love to tease each other. And no, we don't ALWAYS dress the same. :)
My parents both grew up in the Salt Lake Valley. My parents met at a high school dance and got married after my dad returned from his mission to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. One of the things I admire the most about my parents is the love and service they show to other people. My mom is very passionate about the gospel, and she loves to share her knowledge with others. My dad has a great sense of humor (I like to say I get mine from him!). Even though he is 6’4, he is a gentle teddy bear of a man. My parents enjoy spending time with their children, shopping at garage sales together, and reading.
My sister Amy and her husband Manny live in Utah. They are both HUGE University of Utah football fans. In fact, Amy even took a class from Coach Kyle Whittingham to learn more about the rules of the game.
Amy and Manny have two awesome kids, who I love to tease.
My younger sister Emily and her husband Nick live in Utah. Emily is amazing at needlepoint and doing other crafts. She is also an excellent cook. Nick loves photography and astronomy.
My "little" brother Matt (he's 6'7!) recently graduated from high school and will be leaving soon on his mission to Brazil. Matt loves basketball (I like to say that I taught him everything he knows!), dating, and hanging out with friends. I am sure going to miss him when he leaves, but I know he will be a great missionary.
Some more photos, because photos, just like ice cream sandwiches, are always better when there are more of them!
Speaking of missions, here is a picture of us as I was leaving on my mission.
I was definitely taller than Matt back then!
The girls making a yummy 4th of July dinner....in matching shirts, of course.
Matt and my dad wrestling. I'm just glad I didn't get in the middle of it.
For the past four summers, my parents have hosted Brazilian foreign exchange students for a few weeks. They are now some of our best friends. Matt was so excited to tell them that he received his mission call to Brazil.
One of my favorite memories growing up was spending a week each summer for the first 18 years of my life at Bear Lake with my family. We would swim in the lake, build sand castles, play mini golf, play basketball, play tennis, and just enjoy being together. Two years ago, we decided to start the tradition back up again.
I can't wait to go again this summer.
Amy and Manny drive an alligator to work every day.
Well....okay, maybe just once. :)
Nick and I are both really big Superman fans. He actually looks like Superman though.
I look more like Jimmy Olsen.
One tradition we look forward to each year is visiting the "Healing Field Memorial" on September 11th.
It is so peaceful and reminds us of how important it is to cherish every day.
I know it's a cheesy family picture, but I'm a sucker for bridge shots. I love my family!