Amy's birthday, trip to Nick and Kayla's Wedding, Zions National Park...
Our little girl turned 17 this week--how did that happen so fast?
Amy's friends, Olivia, Rosie, and Kayla, got her out of bed at 5:00 am for a birthday breakfast surprise at Denny's.
It snowed and snowed and snowed, so she got to stay home from school on her birthday.
Then in the evening...
17 Things We LOVE About Amy…
1. Amy has an easy-to-get-along-with personality and is pleasant to be with. She has many deep friendships.
2. She is quick to forgive and is willing to give second, third, fourth, etc. chances; she is tolerant.
3. She is beautiful on the inside and out.
4. She is sensitive to others, considerate and kind.
5. She is a great friend and big sister to Luke and he loves being with her. She cares about and works well with those who have special needs.
6. Amy is persistent and diligent at keeping at it when things get difficult.
7. She has set some worthwhile goals for herself and is busy working towards them.
8. She has a great sense of style.
9. Amy is an amazing cook and she enjoys making all kinds of delicious things.
10. If there is something Amy wants to learn how to do, she looks up a Youtube video and learns how to do it!
11. She is willing to help out when asked.
12. Amy loves the gospel and her Young Women’s leaders.
13. She is adventurous and is always up for a good road trip or going on hikes, etc.
14. She is a shopper and especially loves to go shopping with mom or friends.
15. Amy has always been excited to be a mother from the time she was very young and is amazing with kids. They always adore you!
16. Amy has a desire to do what is right and seeks after things that are virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy.
17. Thank you, Amy for being the best daughter two parents could ever ask for or imagine--We love you very much!
Amy wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate, so we took her to dinner at Los Hermonos.
She had fried ice cream for her birthday cake.
Love you, Amy Stout—HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
On Friday we got in the car and drove to Arizona for Nick and Kayla's wedding. Amy drove the first five or six hours. We stayed in Flagstaff overnight and then headed over to Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Steve's house in the morning. It was rainy, but cleared up just before we arrived and we even saw a big beautiful rainbow! They fed us a delicious lunch and we had a nice visit.
Tim and Amy picked out some flowers for them
They have a huge lemon tree in their backyard and they were so kind to load us up with two big bags of large, organic lemons. Luke peeled and ate one right there. He loves lemons!
Next, we changed and headed over to the Gilbert Temple for Nick and Kayla's wedding.
The Gilbert Temple is breathtakingly beautiful. The stained glass windows have different versions of the agave plant (vines, small buds, full grown flowers, etc). And of course there are also live agave plants growing on the grounds.
We met up with our Oklahoma relatives and had a joyous reunion.
The sealer spoke about the importance of setting goals and of keeping the commandments and doing what is right because that is what builds the faith you need to get through life.
After the wedding, we went to Pheonix for the wedding reception
Then we went to Tim's cousin, Mindy Evan's house.
Aaron was at WoodBadge for the weekend, but we had a nice visit with Mindy and the kids.
We attended church with them. The meeting was on missionary work.
Hanging in the kitchen...I want one!
This was hanging in her kitchen. I want to make one for mine!
Then we drove to Kanab and stayed the night.
The next morning, we went to Zion's National Park
There were lots of cool tunnels.
As for Todd...