Wednesday, April 8, 2009

March Madness

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These are some random photos that never made it into posts that I thought were noteworthy. Enjoy...

Aaron Jr. in Daddy's motorcycle boots before we handed them over to Nick and Sadie to go with the motorcycle. They are pretty heavy... he could barely walk.

These photos are of one of my nephews, Bruce, and his friend Mehmot. Mehmot is the exchange student who is staying with them from Turkey.

One of my nephews, Nate.

Two of my nieces, Julia and Anna. Piano recital.

Three of my nieces, Caroline, and the twins, Hannah and Elise. Performing in their school play 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'.

Aaron Jr. He loves to show off his briefs. :) And he has been pretty obsessed with his snow boots.

My brother, Spencer and his family came to visit from Oregon at the end of the month. We had a great time together. Aaron Jr. loved playing with their sons. Their son, Luke, is the cousin of Aaron Jr's who is the closest boy cousin in age to Aaron Jr. He loves to play with him. They have become great friends.

Aaron Jr, Stella (niece), Luke (nephew)

Lily (niece), Aaron Jr, Luke
Aaron Jr. and Luke dug in the dirt together for the first few days solid... until it started snowing again. I think Lily is supervising. :)

Lots of my family members at the park one Saturday when the weather was actually nice.

More of the family at the park trying to get a football out of the tree that got stuck.

Top: Benny (nephew), Aaron Jr, Jack (nephew), Luke (nephew)
Bottom: Aaron Jr, Jack, Luke

Aaron Jr.

Aaron Jr and some nephews, Spencer, Benny, Luke

While Spencer was in town... he, my brother Mark, and I went shooting up in the mountains. I took a few of Aaron's guns with me and they each had their own guns as well. It was really fun. I hadn't been shooting since Aaron passed away. I enjoyed shooting Aaron's guns.

The bottom two guns are actually my brothers' guns. They were fun as well.

This gun is the gun that Aaron bought for me when we first got married. He came home with it one day and told me that he bought me a gun. He showed it to me and I was pretty amazed. My brothers have always teased us that Aaron 'bought' me a gun... but really was buying a gun that he wanted and said it was for me. We always got a kick out of that... but Aaron was insistent that it was my gun. When we went target shooting with it the first time, I did better than he did and he was always the first to tell people about that experience and share that I did better than he did. I loved when he told people that as though he was bragging about me. It is a Rueger 9mm and it packs quite a punch, but it is fun to shoot.

Aaron Jr, Chuck E. Cheese, Luke
When they were in town, Spencer Jr. had his birthday and we were invited with them to Chuck E. Cheese. It was a blast.

Aaron Jr. took Chuck E. Cheese by the hand at one point and led him all the way across the place to show him the giant life sized fake Chuck E. Cheese that was on a stage. He is holding his hand the whole time. It was so funny. Thanks to Kristi for getting some great shots. I forgot my camera, so I was at her mercy. Thanks Kristi.

Aaron Jr was dancing in front of their TV/camera and was watching himself while he danced. It was so cute. His way of dancing is mostly just to keep his arms to his side and just bounce up and down a bit.
bottom left: Aaron Jr and Luke getting ready for their photo in the photo booth.

They had a machine there that would snap your photo and then it would sketch it in black and white... so we all had one done. I think they turned out pretty cute.
Top: Aaron Jr and his pal, Luke ... then Spencer Jr. and Daniel (nephew)
Middle: Kristi and Spencer ... then Van and Spencer Jr. (Van is a cousin on Kristi's side) Bottom: Lila and Kristi ... then Benny, Spencer, Luke

Aaron Jr. and Leslie (ME)

We were driving home from my sister's house one day and I looked to the right and there were about 6 deer just hanging out in this little empty lot. I got out and started snapping photos. This one was my favorite. Anyone who has ever driven in a car with Aaron knows that he could ALWAYS spot wildlife wherever he went. It could be the middle of the day and they could be camouflaged really well and he could spot them... or it could be the dead of night, pitch black and he could spot them on the side of the road. He would always slam on the breaks when he saw creatures and would point them out and I would look and look until I finally saw what he was talking about. He just had an eye for that stuff... it was amazing. So, now I see deer and wildlife a whole lot more than I used to. It is almost like I have to in order to show Aaron Jr. what his Daddy would have been showing him if he were still here. Aaron would have loved to show Aaron Jr. all kinds of wildlife while we were driving... so I had to snap some photos. This photo is for Aaron...

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Liz@Violet Posy said...

Aaron Jr is growing so fast. Glad you had such a fun time :)

Kristi said...

I am so glad that we were able to be there for a snippet of your life. It sure was a fun 10 days. I wish I could come back and hang out with you guys all day long...from noon until midnight when I would sac out:).
It was one of the best visits to Utah in memory. One day we will get back there.
Love you tons.

K and K and kids said...

*Tons of fun going on! Aaron is so lucky to have so many cousins around. My kids complain all the time that they only get to see their cousins a couple of times a year.
*Interesting to see you with a gun.
*Love the Chuck E Cheese sketches. Those should be framed!

Tabitha said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.
Hope all is well with you.
Happy Easter,
Love and hugs Tabitha XXXX

Joann said...

Great photos, Leslie. I love the one of Aaron Jr. in his briefs and snow boots. AWESOME!!! The one of the deer is amazing, too!

dani said...

i love all the pictures and getting to learn more about you and your family, leslie!!!
much love,
dani xx... x
ps i hope you two had a wonderful easter:)