June 26, 2009

10 Year Anniversary!!!

We went to Cancun on our Honeymoon and loved every minute! Tyler surprised me with a trip back to paradise for our 10 year Anniversary!!

Our boat ride and the view from our hotel window

Royal Solaris Cancun, Mexico
This was our home for a few days...Not too shabby

We went to a wild animal park/nature aquarium called Xcaret.
We were walking along a path and this was just sitting on the side of the road
there weren't any gates and wall keeping the animals fenced in. They just roamed around...pretty cool!

riding a turtle

These things are huge!! An actual turtle shell and turtle. He reminded me of Crush from Nemo.

The water is crystal clear, the sand is white and feels like powder, and could it get any more tropical and humid? A far cry from our dry desert in Arizona!

There are old ancient ruins all over Cancun

This picture actually was taken straight, the house is just that slanted. For once we felt Tall!

This part of the Island is so amazing. There is an underground tunnel that is filled with water and it runs for over a mile through the park. We swam and snorkeled through the tunnel and saw all kinds of fish.

This is a church in the park

We watched a show that night in a huge theater reenacting ancient customs, traditions, and games. Everyone was given a little candle and then they came and lit the wicks so the whole theater had these little lights.

This was the last day of our vacation, our actual Anniversary date. It was pretty crazy to think back and realize we were here 10 years ago, and how far we have come. One incredible journey with my best friend, with an eternity of fun times to come. Ty, I love you tons!! You are the BEST!

June 9, 2009


Sunday after church we sat the kids down to tell them we wanted to set some goals and values for our family. We wanted to have a family Mission statement and Motto to live by. This became somewhat of a serious discussion that the two older boys were totally involved. Ashton left the room for a few minutes when all the sudden we heard the back door shut and he came running into the family room, took this stance and said, "Motocross".
We of course all busted up laughing and our serious moment was GONE!
He then wanted us to play "Motocross" Duck, Duck, Goose. He had new rules for the game too. We had to sit in a circle and one person would walk around the circle and tap everyone on the head-not saying anything. Then when you came to the person you wanted to tap you say "Motocross" Jump up and run not only in a circle, but all the way around the kitchen Island, back to the family room and sit down, before you were tagged. He was the hit of the night and so proud of himself.

We did actually get something accomplished

The Garns Family Mission Statement

We promise to be Grateful, Smart, Clean, True, Humble, and Prayerful.
We strive to be worthy to serve a Mission, receive Priesthood and Temple blessings, and treat others with Respect. We talk of Christ, We rejoice in Christ, and We preach of Christ, that we may live together as an Eternal Family.

Our Motto: Serve with Strength, Honor, and Love

June 7, 2009

Stanger Family Reunion 2009

We gathered in St. George, Utah for a family reunion on my mom's side over Memorial Day weekend. It was so fun to see family we've not seen in a long time or had never met. We had a great weekend and wonderful Grandparents to thank for making it happen. We love you!

This is the group, or at least a good majority who were able to come.

The People responsible for creating the bunch.

Uncle Chuck(Grandma's brother and his wife El),Uncle Maynard, Grandpa Dovell
Aunt Rula(Grandma's sister), Aunt Orvilla(Grandma's sister), Grandma Pamela Joyce

Our side of the family

Jeremy, Courtney, Dawson, MacKenzie, Addelynn, and Berlynn


Troy, Janelle, Max, and Adam

My Grandma Afton Meldrum (My dad's mom)
She lives just down the street so we visited her while we were in town.

On Sunday we had this wonderful plan to try and keep the Sabbath Holy, SO what better way then to go take a walk around the temple and visitors center.
I went to take a picture of the kids on the St. George Temple steps and Kaden slipped and cracked his front tooth, of course it had to be a permanent one. He also split his lip open, so he's not smiling because everytime he opened his mouth to smile his lip opened back up and blood...

Dawson and Spencer

All these kids were so cute. They were playing with toy animals, gathering them food, water, and shelter. It was very sweet and fun to watch them all play together so well.

Ashton is batting balloon style

We all went to the water park and the kids had a blast. I love this picture. I just wish Ashton would have joined in, but he was being a momma's boy

Put him on a swing and he was in seventh heaven
I love this of the 3 boys

We went rock climbing there too, and it was a huge hit!!
Kaden and Spencer all strapped up ready to climb

They both climbed all the way to the top and rang the bell!

Ashton was even a part of it too. He thought he was SO COOL, and just like the "Big Kids"

Tyler wasn't going to miss out on the fun

On Memorial Day we took the kids over to the Cemetery to teach them a little bit about the significance of that day.

Spencer and Kaden stood there nicely and let me take a picture, not touching anything around them. Then Ashton gets up and wants his own picture and does he stand there nicely...NO, if you look closely he has his hand on the trigger of the gun on the statue.

I loved this monument and memorial that was displayed for all those who did not have a head stone. It's messege rings true and makes you PROUD to be an AMERICAN!!
Having 3 boys is a little scary when I think that they could possibly have to go to war one day. I hope that day never comes, but standing there reading all these names of men who died so that we might be free is very humbling.

Ashton wanted his picture taken by all the flags. He would go from one head stone to the next saying "Mommy take my picture by this one" I just kept hoping the families of them were not around.

On our way home we went through Lake Mead and over the Hoover Dam. They are building an unbelieveable structure. This huge arch will support a road that will eventually run on top. It is just massive, and pretty cool!