May 5, 2016

Baby River


My brother became a daddy for the second time.
Little precious River Michael was born on May 4th weighing 7 lb. 8 oz. and is 20 inches long.
So excited to have another Arhets boy!  We haven't had one in 40 years and are so glad that the
Arhets name will now continue on.  I can't wait to meet this precious baby boy and to give him lots of snuggles!

Other Happenings

We went to the YCL retreat a couple of weekends ago.  The girls got some good stuff planned for camp, we played some games, shared some spiritual messages, ate good food, and watched "Once I Was a Beehive"  Super cute movie.  Despite the fact that Kenzie didn't want to go, I think it was a success and she even ended up having a good time.  This is a great group of girls and I know they'll be good leaders to the younger girls who go to camp this year!

Doing a little missionary shopping. 
It's a start, but we have a long way to go before we have everything he needs.

My stupid foot is broken:(
I've been hurting since November, but since I'm totally a doctor I did a little self-diagnosis and determined that I had plantar fasciitis.  I have it before and this is what it felt like again so I thought I just needed to be patient and that it would eventually go away.  Well, I tried everything: massages, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle, got nice new shoes with good support, bought inserts for my shoes, bought orthotics, got compression socks and a massage ball.  Nothing worked!  After months of hurting, my friend told me I should go see a Podiatrist and get a steroid shot.  So, I did.  When I went for my follow up and told him that I felt the same and had gotten no relief, he said that he wasn't almost sure I had broken my foot instead.  Now I get to wear this awesome boot for 3 weeks.  If I still don't have an improvement than I'll have an MRI to see if I need surgery.  I'm crossing my fingers and saying my prayers, because I CAN NOT have surgery.  I've got no time for that! 
Hopefully this works.  I really need this to work.

Tanner competed in the Mr. Spanish Fork contest.
Here he is in his lovely swimsuit portion of the competition. 
He didn't win, but had a fun time being a part of this crazy fun tradition.

Prom 2016

Tanner's Sr. Prom

Tanner & Alex getting ready to go pick up their dates.
Aren't they handsome?

Tanner & Sarai
At first Tanner wasn't going to go to Prom, but then finally decided to ask someone.  I'm glad he did.  He shouldn't miss out on his last high school dance.  They ended up having a great time!

Tanner's cute Prom group.
They had a great time together.  They went to the Provo Beach Resort for their day date.  Ate at Tucano's for dinner.  Went to the dance, and then ended the night sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows.  So grateful for good friends for my kids!

Only sad news about the night was that Kenzie didn't get asked to Prom:(  She really wanted to go.  But, she made the best of it.  One of her friends didn't get asked either, so they spent the day together hiking, getting their nails done, going to the movies, and eating out. 

May 3, 2016

I'm Trying



Sometimes this is really hard to remember.  But, I know it's true. 
Jesus knows us and knows what we can handle. 
We just have to have faith. 
I'm Trying.


May 2, 2016

Other Cruise Fun

I'm pretty sure the favorite for dessert for almost everyone was the Carnival Melting Cake with vanilla ice cream.  It was fabulous!

The towel creations were always fun to come back to each night!

All packed up and waiting for our turn to leave the ship.  It was a great trip and no one was ready to go back.  I would've been good to cruise for a few more days. 
I guess we'll just have to plan another one!

Kenzie and Kelly had to get swim shirts because they were both little crispy critters.

Beautiful, blue, Grand Turk!

My sweet Kenzie!

I'm so glad we were able to go on this cruise together.  It will definitely go down in my books as one of the best family vacations!  Memories were made that will last a lifetime.  So grateful I got to experience so many fun and wonderful things with those most precious to me!

Sea Day 2

Our waiter for breakfast had some fun with the kids.

He decorated them with napkin that were folded different ways.

Cute girls...

...and handsome boys.

We woke up early before breakfast and went and had a massage, it was lovely. 
I wish I could get one all the time. 

Miniature golfing.

The girls took a dance class and of course had to have a photo op with the cute instructor!

Our last dinner on the ship was full of entertainment. 
Tanner even hopped up and did a little dancing!

Our waiters were super fun!

Dress Nights

We weren't very good at taking pictures our first dress night. 
Sooo, we took a picture of a picture. 

Second dress night.  Waiting for the kiddos to get ready.

Love this family of mine!

Beautiful Day!

The kids got along pretty good the whole time.

Good looking couple!

Cruisers!

Conch

Conch

One of the guides showed us how to clean a conch.

Super weird

After he cleaned it and rinsed it off, he out pieces for everyone to try.  You can tell by the look on Spencer's face that he did not enjoy it.  I didn't either.  It was super duper salty and kind of crunchy.  I spit it out.  I was surprised because the conch fritters we had on the ship were good. 
Raw, not so much.  But, we had to give it a try to say that we did it.

video

This pretty much sums up our conch eating experience.


Grand Turk Sting Ray Encounter

The sting ray encounter was awesome!

Cheese!

The girls wanted to go together.

I love their faces in this one:)

I was so proud of Tanner.  He acts pretty tough, but he was actually very nervous to do this.  Once he was in the water and saw everyone else doing it, he was okay.  And, he actually liked it!

See that smile?!

After the whole group was done, we stuck around and played some more.  The 2nd ray that we interacted with was huge!  We got to feed it squid, which feels super weird.  The guides were great and it was so fun to be able to spend extra time in the water with these amazing animals.

Good times in Grand Turk.

Jo loved it!

Nice sting ray back massage.

Spencer was actually the first in our group to jump right in and want to hold the ray.

To make the day even better, we saw some dolphins on our way back to the ship.  Unfortunately we didn't get a picture, but I'll remember it forever!

Grand Turk Snorkeling

We took another fantastic ferry ride to a beautiful spot in the middle of the ocean to do some snorkeling!

One of the guides found this huge starfish.  How cool is that?

He also found several conch.

We saw some sting rays swimming along the ocean floor!

Trying to get an underwater picture.  Not so easy.

Another try.

AMAZING!

Kenzie got better each time we went snorkeling!