Thursday, January 29, 2009

Melanie's Wedding

Melanie and Brady's Wedding
Jan. 3, 2009

Matt's sister, Melanie, married Brady Leavitt at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple on Jan. 3. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and fresh snow from the night before, but it was freezing! They are such a cute couple! Here are a few of the pictures we took:

Here's Tanner freezing his tail off!

Tanner, Chase and Bray

The Reception

The reception was held at the Woods on Ninth in Midvale, Utah
The Martinez family wives were the bridesmaids. I could BARELY squeeze into my dress after all of the eating that I had been doing over the holidays, but somehow I got myself into it. I just couldn't breathe much!

The Martinez brothers and brother-in-law, Greg with Brady.

Riley, Mia and Morgan. They were the only granddaughters that would stay for a picture. I just wish Riley would smile. I thought these dresses were so cute. Morgan was a good sport wearing a girly dress when she's 11 years old.

The Martinez family grandsons minus Mateo. He wouldn't stay in the picture. They looked so cute in their matching ties.

We found Mateo

Here I am with Riley. Would Riley please smile?

Jess and Suzi

Brayden with his cousin (on my side), Sadie.

Melanie, who has a beautiful voice, sang a solo for Brady.

Here I am with my brother, Jim and his family, and my sister, Jen.

Diane, me and Jen.
While the band was playing, Brayden, Chase and Parker started making up dance moves to the music. It was hilarious. Mia hopped in after a while.
Lucy, Oakley and Mia.
Tanner and his best friend, and cousin, Bryce!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Utah part 2

Utah Part 2

I had so many pictures from Utah I had to break it up into a few posts. I'm so behind, but I'm trying to catch up.

Temple Square

We went to see the temple lights at the Salt Lake City Temple with Matt's mom, Linda. It wasn't nearly as cold as it was last year. Because of that, it was much more enjoyable for the kids. I love seeing the lights there.

Here I am with Matt at the exact location where we got engaged. Oh how things have changed in 15 years - 5 kids, some gray hair and some extra pounds!!!

Brayden and I in the Tabernacle.

Skiing at Sundance - Day 2

Matt took Brayden and Chase to go skiing again at Sundance. It was just them and they had a great boys day. They spend the entire day on the back mountain. Matt convinced the boys to go down a few black diamond runs and Chase was so proud that he had a "no fall" day.

Bray and Chase at the top of the mountain. You can barely see Provo way back behind them.


Martinez Family Dinner

We had a dinner the night befor the wedding with all of Matt's family and Brady's family. There were so many people it had to be held at a church.

Brayden, Parker, Chase and Cullen. They pretty much were inseperable the whole time. It's so sad the these cousins live so far away!

We tried to get a picture of all the Martinez grandchildren. The only way Mateo would stay was if Tony was holding him You can barely see Mark holding Suzy and Bella wouldn't be in the picture. We tried our best.

Bray and Tanner

The grandsons, minus Mateo.

There was a photographer there taking professional pictures too. While Matt's parents were posing, we took this nice picture of them.

Riley and Daddy


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Utah Part 1

Utah Trip

Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 5, 2008

We left the day after Christmas to go to Utah and didn't come back until Jan 5. We had a great trip. I can't believe Matt was able to miss that much work, but with his Blackberry, he was never really too far from the office! The original reason we went to Utah was for Matt's sister, Melanie's wedding. We were able to make to make a fun trip out of it.

Daxton's Blessing

My younger brother, Ron blessed his new baby, Daxton, while we were in Utah. My mom came up for the blessing too. It was nice to have almost my whole family there.

The Haslam Family after Daxton's blessing.

Brayden with his cousin, Oakley.

The twins



We stayed in Lehi with my brother, Jim's family. We had a lot of fun hanging with them and their 4 kids. Even though their oldest 3 are girls, my boys get along great with them. And my twins love their cousin, Bryce, who is just a couple of months older than them. One day with went to a park to go sledding. Living in Arizona, the snow was a big deal to my kids, especially the twins.

Lucy, Chase, Sadie, Mia and Brayden

I had to put a picture of Mia in her awesome hand-me-down snow suit! Great colors!

Tanner had seen a cartoon where the kids make snow angels. He was pretty excited when he finally got to do one of his own.

The Triplets! We called Tanner and Riley, along with their cousin, Bryce, the triplets. There were never far apart.

Skiing at Sundance

We went skiing at Sundance with our 3 oldest kids. Matt, Chase, Mia and I skied and Brayden snowboarded. Brayden and Chase were looking forward to trying out their new snowboard and skis they got for Christmas. Because Mia hadn't ever skied before, we weren't sure how she would do and tried to get her to stay home with Grandma. She would NOT give up and we decided to let her come. She pretty much spent the entire day on the tow rope, but by the end of the day she really got the hang of it. We had such a fun day with cousins and aunts and uncles from the Haslam side and the Martinez side, along with Matt's dad.
Our family before hitting the slopes. Sorry Mia that you're cut off!

With the Haslam cousins.

Brayden with his cousin, Parker. They were the only snowboarders of the family.


Chase at the top of the mountain.

Grandpa Martinez with Mia (demonstrating a very wide snowplow) and cousin Morgan.

Lunch with the Peterson's

We were able to meet up with some of our best friends from Louisville, Lisa and Steve Peterson and their 4 boys. We looked forward to being in Utah at the same time and actually getting together. Even though we weren't able to spend much time with them, it was just like old times.

Lisa and I.

The boys had a blast spending time with Jackson and Dallen. Chase was so excited to see his "best friend", Jackson. They are so much alike and love to see each other. By the way, they are drinking root beer!

Hanging with the Martinez Family

Matt's parents rented a great house for the week. It had 7 bedrooms, a pool table and even a hot tub. The kids loved jumping all over the bunk beds and playing pool. Now that we live out west, we don't get to see the Martinez cousins very often. The kids had such a fun time hanging out with each other.

One of the many games of Uno!

Tanner with Grandpa Martinez

The older boys loved playing pool.

Grandma Martinez entertaining some of the little kids.

Hanging out with the Haslam Family

Sometimes it's a little crazy when you have to juggle both families at the same time, but we were able to have a night with my family. We had dinner and afterwards played games and played Christmas songs on chimes. The kids really got a kick out of the chimes.

My niece, Sadie, and Brayden led us in the chimes.

We look like we were really concentrating on the chimes.

My sister, Jen, and I.