father's day breakfast

the day started out rainy & cloudy which made ruby's the perfect place to share cinnamon roll french toast & hot chocolate with the bingham side of the family. the kids gave michael his dad's day gifts & we got to celebrate with 3 generations of dads!
happy father's day boys...

father's day bbq

the gardner side of the family met down at doheny for a beach bbq to celebrate the dad's in our life. it was like pulling teeth trying to get a few of us down there (faith in the weather was lacking), but once we did... we didn't want to leave! we ate yummy food: vegan & classic hot dogs, mango quinoa salad, chips & salsa, fruit salad, snappy pea salad, lemonade & roasted marshmallows.... actually, the marshmallows made it in the kids mouths (& in a few hot dog buns... courtesy of faith) before the bonfire.
it was a perfect sunday afternoon with perfect company.

happy 218

218. family home evening & reliving childhood memories with my children at wild rivers!

jr. olympics

my little gold medalists!


my lala girl

grace's class worked hard for their performance of "tall tales" she was one of the lala girls who held the ransom note.... she did such a great job & had all her songs/lines down pat! good job sweetheart, and please, stop growing!!

preschool end of year party!

so hank did it, he survived his first year of preschool. he has gotten taller, more confident, can use the "facilities" now, has made new friends (who he adores) & most of all he is head over heels for miss dianne. and i, am head over heels for him. we celebrated at missy's beach house with a pinata, presents, food, fun & goodbye hugs... till next fall!



saturday may 7th, 2011
michael & i were sealed in the newport beach, ca LDS temple....

i got my letter of approval the week before & we didn't want to wait another day to be sealed. i told my mom she had to help me plan my "shotgun" wedding.... everything fell into place & we made it to the temple! it was a perfect day, the weather was cool & michael's brother, anthony took pics for us. we celebrated with our family, bishop & closest (oldest) friends & had a "backyard bbq" luncheon at the ritz carlton afterward where we ate: coconut shrimp (what little pieces matt left for us), potato salad, onion rings, veggie burgers, chocolate fleur de sel cookies & root beer floats! we listened to the beach boys & laughed with the people we love.
the afternoon was a little taste of heaven. but the very best part (the part i don't have pictures of, just the ones in my heart) was kneeling across the alter holding hands with michael as we were sealed for eternity as husband & wife. the sealer asked us try to always see each other as Heavenly Father sees us, to realize our divine potential & to help one another become everything we were meant to be...
i love you michael... thank you for taking a chance on me =)