Couch Family Reunion

Posted By Stephanie on January 4, 2012

On July 4, we headed up to Idaho Falls Idaho for the Couch Family Reunion.  The whole reason we made the trek across the country :).  It was great to see everyone again, we had a picnic at the park and then hung around all evening until the fireworks, which were spectacular!  We were so close that ash and other parts of fireworks were falling on us.  I should have brought my sunglasses so I could enjoy them a little more and not worry about get stuff in my eyes!  We had a great time.

Tyler and Autumn

Tyler and Autumn

Michael and Savannah

Michael and Savannah

Savannah watching the fireworks

Savannah watching the fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

My Uncle Brad prepared a Road Rally for us to do on July 5.  It was a lot of fun as we all drove around Idaho Falls finding different places that were important to my Grandpa.  We would get Latitude and Longitude and then we had to plug them into our GPS and find the place.  It was a great experience for my kids to see: my dad’s first house, his high school, the house he grew up i, etc. and it was fun for my dad to share his stories with my kids.  And of course the race ended at my grandpa’s gravesite.  What a wonderful man he was.

My dad's Football Coach's gravesite

My dad's Football Coach's grave

At my dad's high school

At my dad's high school

The kids at Great-Grandpa Couch's grave

The kids at Great-Grandpa Couch's grave

We had a great time driving around.  That evening we went to the park and had dinner and then played games.  I had to take the little girls back to the room when they played the baseball game so I missed Brian’s WINNING homerun!  I heard all about it though,  from lots of family.

Then on July 6, we celebrated Savannah’s birthday by going to Kung Fu Panda 2, we could do whatever we wanted on this day so we just hung out together.  We had lunch at Cafe Rio–YUM!  That evening we all got together again at the church and had Family Home Evening and dinner then we celebrated Savannah’s birthday with birthday cake.  She was so embarrassed when everyone sang to her.  She didn’t look out any anyone.

Savannah and McKenna playing the DSi

Savannah and McKenna playing the DSi

All the kids playing the DSi

All the kids playing the DSi

My dad's family (with spouses)

My dad's family (with spouses)

Singing to Savannah

Singing to Savannah

The next day, July7, it was time to head back to Utah to pack up and start our drive home on the 8th.  We stopped at Great Grandma Couch’s to say goodbye and get our family picture with her.  It is sad not to visit her as often as we used to.  We were so grateful that we were able to come to the Family Reunion.

Our family with Great Grandma Couch

Our family with Great Grandma Couch

More fun in Utah

Posted By Stephanie on January 4, 2012

On June 30 we went to Lagoon with the Heinhold family.  Brian flew back to Utah and joined us.  I don’t have very many pictures, but Brian took the older kids on all the “big” rides and that included Autumn–she could ride everything and LOVED it.  Other than smashing her nose on the seat in front of her when she rode Wicked, she had a great time on all the “big” rides. So that left me and Savannah going around on all the little rides.  We had a good time.

Savannah and I riding Bombora

Savannah and Stephanie riding Bombora

Beautiful Autumn

Beautiful Autumn

Evelyn and Rachel

Evelyn and Rachel

July 1, we went swimming at the Bountiful Rec. center, but I didn’t get any pictures of that.  My kids saw the skating rink and wanted to do that, so on July 2 we went ice skating with Madison and Josie.  We had a good time slipping and sliding.

Skating

Skating

Snacking

Snacking

Josie skating

Josie skating

Madison and her friends

Madison and her friends

Josie and Lizzie

Josie and Lizzie

Look what we found in the locker, I think I will take it home with me!

Look what we found in the locker, I think I will take it home with me!

Visiting Friends and Family

Posted By Stephanie on December 28, 2011

On June 27 we spent the day with the Lott family.  Best friends from Woods Cross. Our kids can play all day long together and never get bored and every time we get together it is as if time has stood still.  We love visiting the Lott’s.

Michael, Brayden, Riley, Lizzie, Savannah and Autumn

Brayden, Michael, Riley, Lizzie, Savannah and Autumn

Kim and Stephanie

Kim and Stephanie

After the Lott’s we went and visited Great Grandma Meyer.  She wasn’t expecting us, so we surprised her.  The kids loved exploring her house and her backyard.

Great Grandma and the kids

Great Grandma and the kids

After Great Grandma we went to Spencer and Amanda’s and visited with Amanda and Little Spence, but I didn’t get any pictures of that!  I am so mad!  They have a great house and Amanda has made it look so cute.  They live in a fun neighborhood and Spence was so excited to show us everything in his house.  Next time I will have to get pictures.

The next day, June 28, we went and spent the day with the Shipley’s, who are our neighbors across the street from us in Herriman.  We love them!  They are wonderful friends who we miss dearly.

Savannah and Vanessa

Savannah and Vanessa

Lizzie, Michael, Jayden, Autumn, Hannah, Savannah, Vanessa

Lizzie, Michael, Jayden, Autumn, Hannah, Savannah, Vanessa

And of course the crazy face picture

And of course the crazy face picture

Fun Times in Utah

Posted By Stephanie on December 28, 2011

We always have a great time when we go back and visit.  I promised the kids that we would go to Hogle  Zoo while we were in Salt Lake, so we went with cousins, that always makes it more fun! So On June 24, we went to the zoo.  Madison came and celebrated her birthday with us, Happy Birthday Madison!

Riding the Train

Riding the Train

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After we got back from the zoo, Michael and I got ready to go the the Temple.  It was Michael’s first time going.  Jessica and Mindy wanted to come too, and my dad hurried home from Vegas so that he could come and help Michael.  My dad ended up being able to baptize all of us.  It was a wonderful experience and I am so grateful that I got to have that opportunity to be there when Michael went to the temple for the first time.  (When we got home Brian got to go with Michael to the Atlanta temple for a youth activity.)

Heading to the Draper Temple

Heading to the Draper Temple

Heading out to Utah

Posted By Stephanie on December 28, 2011

In May we heard from the bank that the house we had been living in for the past 3 years went into foreclosure and we were being asked to leave so the bank could put the house up for sale.  The bank wanted us out of the house by the end of May, but the house we found to rent  wasn’t available until June 13, so the bank was nice enough to let us stay until then.  We moved into our new home on the 13th of June.  We paid 6 boys from the ward to come and help us move.  Brian had to work most of the day because we were driving out to Utah on Friday, so I was very grateful for the boys and all of their hard work.  Later in the afternoon, some good friends, the Curby’s, came by and helped for a few hours, too.  I was in tears, it had been a very long day and I was so grateful for the extra help.  We had several people bring us dinners the next few nights.  We felt very loved and are so grateful for all the wonderful people in our ward who are truly like family. We are so blessed.

Our new house

Our new house

So we moved in on Monday June 13, I went and cleaned our old house on Tuesday and then on Friday morning, June 17, we headed out to Utah for the Couch family reunion and our vacation visiting family and friends.

The first night we stayed in Independence Missouri and the next morning we headed over to Liberty Jail.  My testimony is strengthened each time I visit, I am so grateful for the gospel in my life.

Autumn, Savannah, Michael and Lizzie at Liberty Jail

Autumn, Savannah, Michael and Lizzie at Liberty Jail

We made it to Utah on Sunday June 19, we were all in shorts and short sleeved shirts.  When we stopped in Rock Springs for lunch it was 45*.  We were FREEZING!  Salt Lake wasn’t much better–somewhere in the high fifties or low sixties! We had just come from 94* with 90% humidity.  We were a little shocked.  It did warm up and we enjoyed our nice Utah summer.  Brian had to go back to Atlanta, so bright and early Monday morning I drove him to the airport so he could catch a flight home and work, so I could play!  Brian is so good to me.

Beehive

Posted By Stephanie on December 27, 2011

On May 20, 2011, we noticed a ton of bees in our front yard and several of our neighbors were out on the street looking at our house.  We found out why. A swarm of bees decided to set up house in our tree.  We didn’t dare go out in the evening because they were so busy flying around but the next morning we went out and took pictures. It was amazing.

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We posted on facebook about the bees to see if anyone knew of a beekeeper, and a friend of ours had a friend who was a beekeeper, so they came over to get the bees, but just as they beekeeper was ready to get them, a breeze picked up and the bees left.  It was a cool experience.

Michael’s Piano Recital and Autumn’s Dance Recital

Posted By Stephanie on December 27, 2011

Michael had his piano recital on May 14, 2011.  He hates piano recitals, but he does such a great job, so I make him go!He played the song titled Malaguena.  It is beautiful and he really is talented, I just wish he would put a little more effort into practicing  :)

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Good Job Michael!

Good Job Michael!

I know one day Michael will thank us for making him play the piano (I hope!).

We had a very busy Saturday.  After Michael’s Piano Recital we had to hurry home and get Autumn ready for her dance recital.  She was so excited, it was her first ever dance recital and she was a little nervous, but mostly excited to show everyone what she had been working on for the year.

Warming up before the recital begins.

Warming up before the recital begins.

Autumn's dance class

Autumn's dance class

So cute.

So cute.

Autumn and two of her good friends, Hannah and Macey.

Autumn and two of her good friends, Hannah and Macey.

Autumn and Carrie Krogh (her dance teacher)

Autumn and Carrie Krogh (her dance teacher)

Carrie is in our ward, she is  a great dance teacher.  Autumn loves dance and was so excited to take dance again next year so she can perform on stage again.  Great job Autumn!

After Autumn’s dance recital we had to go to Autumn’s soccer game!  Whew, what a day!

Lizzie sings at the Braves game

Posted By Stephanie on June 5, 2011

For chorus Lizzie got to sing the National Anthem with The Voices of Vaughan at the Braves game.  She was so excited to sing and to go to a baseball game.  I was excited to hear Lizzie sing, but not so much for the baseball game.  I HATE baseball.  And it was VERY hot, in the 90’s, way too hot to sit and watch a game.  But it didn’t really matter because Savannah was not going to sit through the game anyway, so we wandered the stadium until she couldn’t stand it anymore and then we went back and got everyone.  We left in the 2nd inning!  Michael and Lizzie were so mad.  I told them next time, Brian will just take them and they can stay the whole time, but Savannah goes to bed at 7:30 and the game started at 7:00, so I thought we did pretty good!  We had to be to the stadium, so Lizzie could practice, by 6:00 and so we made an evening out of it and had a picnic at the ballpark.

Too bright and sunny and hot for baseball.

Too bright and sunny and hot for baseball.

 

Lizzie singing

Lizzie singing

 

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Time to go

Time to go

 

Grandma Couch got to come and see Lizzie perform too.

Grandma Couch got to come and see Lizzie perform too.

Autumn Soccer

Posted By Stephanie on June 5, 2011

Autumn has wanted to play soccer since she was two.  Brian would not let her play because he felt like she was too young.  This spring she asked to play again and Brian said YES!  She was thrilled.  She loved every minute of it.  About 2 weeks into the season she decided that she loves to play goalie and she was pretty good.  She only had two or three goals scored on her the rest of the season.  She can’t wait to play again in the fall.

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I love her smile.  She is always so happy to play!

I love her smile. She is always so happy to play!

 

Autumn playing goalie

Autumn playing goalie

 

Savannah enjoyed the games too, especially when we brought bubbles!

Savannah enjoyed the games too, especially when we brought bubbles!

Tornado

Posted By Stephanie on June 5, 2011

There was a horrible Tornado that ripped through Alabama and Georgia on April 27, 2011.  Due to the devastating wreakage our stake was asked to go and help clear away trees and debris in Birmingham.  Brian and Michael left early Saturday May 7 and and went and helped those who had lost their homes to the damage. They stayed until Sunday afternoon, which just happened to be Mother’s Day.  We were very grateful for our blessings that day. Here are a few of their pictures:

Michael on a tree that was knocked over.

Michael on a tree that was knocked over.

 

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