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Heslop Family Reunion 2013


The last week in July my mom’s side of the family, the Heslops, all gathered in Moses Lake, WA at the farmhouse for a reunion. Kelli, Tanner and I drove up late Thursday night. We woke up to the sound of four wheeler engines and Tanner immediately had to get on and go for a ride with grandpa.


We explored around the farm house, reminiscing about all the memories we had from years ago. I found the concrete imprint of my mom’s hand when she was 10 years old and they poured their driveway. My hand is exactly the same size as my mom’s 10 year old hand.


We did a little white washing. It was fun to get to see my Uncle Brent and get to know him better.


After white washing in the sun it got so hot we headed up to Lybbert’s pond to swim. I love swimming in that pond. It feels cleaner to me than any pool and with a rope swing, diving board and raft, it’s much more fun!


We all wore matching shirts on Saturday with a John Deere tractor because that is what helped all the farm work get done all the years my grandparents farmed.


Saturday morning we had to get out the guns and go shooting. Any excuse for my dad to try out his guns. 🙂 I knocked down two targets at once! I wish I could say it was because I’m such a crack shot. I don’t even know how it happened, but everyone was impressed.


Ryan took his turn and so did Uncle Robert. You can tell that Robert had been there a few times — he hit a target every time he shot!


I learned how to drive a four wheeler for the first time. And I pretty much fell in love. It was so beautiful out there driving along the canals and fields.


Kelli took Tanner on a ride to see some tractors hanging out in a shed — and he was in heaven!! We wanted him to pose for this picture to recreate one like his dad has.

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That was the best we got because then he was off exploring all the other tractors around!


If I get a chance I’ll have to upload the video of Tanner looking at the tractors.


On the way back to the house Kelli ran her four wheeler out of gas because she has such a lead foot. So I took Tanner back and luckily the four wheeler my mom was driving had a rope on it to tow her back. You can never take that girl anywhere.


I didn’t get Orlene in the picture, but these are the Heslop kids just eating some Strawberry Yum Yum one afternoon.


Tanner missed his dad, so he had to talk to him on the phone. Just like a little adult.


And the reason we all got together was to visit my Grandma. We had a delicious dinner at Chicos pizza in Moses Lake where several of the old farm hands came and told stories about working on the farm and we all got a little John Deere to keep.


I love being in the country. The last morning, this is the sunrise I saw as we were packing up everything to head back to real life. I’m so glad I went!

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Mom’s Surprise Weekend a.k.a. Memorial Day

When my dad called and wanted to do something extra special for my mom’s big birthday this year (50!), I was completely on board.

He ended up buying them all plane tickets to fly down here to spend the weekend with me and Ty, Kelli and Tanner in Utah.

What they didn’t know was that we had convinced Cody to drive down from Wyoming too, so it everyone but Kyrk (on a mission) was able to make it.


We had a blast.

Ty and Kelli just moved to Fairvew, UT where Tanner has fallen in love with the wildlife. As long as they are behind a fence and he doesn’t have to touch them.


Cody put his professional tree trimming skills to work and took down a half tree in the Taylor’s front yard.


We made Tanner a house out of the empty boxes from the move.


We surprised my mom with another surprise party for her birthday on Saturday at my house in Provo. I invited all the family close and two of my parents close friends to come down. Both the Buyers (friends from the Navy) and the Andersons (friends from the good ol’ days) came down along with the other Taylor family and cousins. It was awesome because she had no idea and we had PLENTY of food.


Played frisbee golf in the park… got sunburnt… and mosquito bites, but it was fun in the moment!


We took a tour of the new office where Ty’s company is moving. And took a ride around the warehouse.


There is a large part of my heart that loves the country.


Did a lot of relaxing in our PJs.


Tried to get Tanner to try bouldering.

All-in-all, a great weekend. My momma deserved such a long celebration of her birth! Love you, Mom!

Christmas 2012

I’m only 3 months behind on blogging. I feel like I’ve really accomplished something with my life.

The Christmas season starts off planning the annual LinkTrust Holiday Jubilee.


We work hard to make this party awesome. This year we had a movie theme and did these cool baskets as party favors for each employee.


We also did an awards show, reminiscent of the Oscars, but much more funny because all of the presenters and awards were inside jokes. These are the two owners of our company receiving their lifetime achievement award.

The party was a blast and it really kicked off the season.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the plethora of treats that everyone makes only around that time of year. My roommates and I decided that this year we were going to give it a try and make some of our own treats.


My first try at almond roca did not turn out so well.


So we moved on to soft caramels, fudge and butterscotch fudge. They were all successes, and delicious. That butterscotch fudge had ORANGE zest in it. Delicious. If you couldn’t tell, fudge is one of my absolute favorite treats.


I got back on the horse (after going to the store for more butter) and re-did almond roca. This time it totally turned out. I figured out that you just can’t stir it too much or you break the sugar apart.


Making good use of our treadmill, we put all the treats together that night. The next couple of days we delivered them to visiting teachees and friends.


Then my family drove down! I tried to think of fun things for us to eat and I saw these little penguins on Pinterest. So we made them! They were easy and fun, and pretty tasty too!


Christmas Eve we read the Christmas story, no re-enactment this year with the kids being just Ryan and me.

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Christmas morning was great, we got to talk to Kyrk on his mission in San Antonio, Texas. We got to skype with Cody and Ty and Kelli.


I know my house is not the most comfortable for guests, but I loved having my family here. It was so much fun to hang out and relax, eat good food and just be lazy together. Especially my dad. He’s so great and when we’re at their house he’s so busy he never gets a chance to relax, so I hope he did while he was here.


My parents went to pick up my nephew when Ty and Kelli were heading out for the trip of a lifetime to visit Ty’s mission in Guatemala. While he was here my mom and I accidentally wore the exact same outfit. 🙂 I guess she raised me well.


It was fun to hang out with my baby brother. Who isn’t so much like a baby anymore. He’s huge. And I think he’s not done growing. He’s also pretty cool too. It’s fun to be able to hang out and like similar things — although I’m not into Skyrim quite yet. 🙂

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While they were here we had my Uncle Craig and Aunt Liz and their kids over for dinner. It was a tight squeeze but we made it!

The entire holiday was a great success!

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Thanksgiving 2012

I got to spend Thanksgiving at my parent’s house and I apparently am really bad at taking pictures with the family! Too much food to eat I guess.

After my marathon, I had a couple of days to chill at home and then my mom and I spent a day doing girl stuff before I had to head to the airport.


We got pedicures and it was amazing, they even did a hot rock massage on my feet.


We took a ferry in to downtown Seattle and it was awesome. I love ferries.


We walked along the pier, ate some seafood, browsed the Pike Place shops and window shopped for hours. I love all the stores down there and going with my mom was a blast!


When I got back to Utah it was time to decorate for Christmas! I had a hot date with a cute boy. Tanner helped me put up Christmas decorations and we just had a lot of fun playing. I know I’m biased, but I think I probably have the cutest nephew out there.

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Elder Kyrkie is OFF!

I can’t believe my second-to-youngest-tallest-little brother is on his mission.

Kyrkie is now Elder Taylor in the MTC learning Spanish and getting all ready to go to San Antonio, Texas.

He is SO excited!

When I picked him up from the airport he literally could NOT stop talking.


We went to sushi for lunch before I dropped him off and it was so much fun to sit there and talk about missions and the gospel and feel the excitement of knowing that you are doing exactly the right thing.

We skyped with our parents for a second so they could say goodbye and then he stopped talking.


I think he got a little bit nervous when he realized it was about to really happen.

He took his last nap for the next 2 years in my car and then we headed off to the Provo Temple to take a couple of pictures.

Hard to do when one person is 6’4″ and the other is 5’2″.


Look at my little missionary all growed up!

We walked back to the car and we drove into the MTC. I’m getting good at dropping people off here!

He remembered to give me a hug and I got all teary-eyed and told him it was because mom wasn’t there to cry. 🙂

He was so excited and just ready to go. He even left with his cell phone still in his pocket. Oops.

Write him soon!


Elder Kyrk Taylor
MTC Mailbox 317
TX- SAN 1010
2005N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604

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Family Reunion Time!

2 Family reunions in one month made for a lot of travel, a lot of food and a LOT of fun!

The beginning of July I drove to Moses Lake, WA for my Grandma J’s surprise 80th birthday party.

We pulled in at 2 a.m. and got to wake up at 4 thanks to this little guy. We did get to camp and it was the first time I’ve gone camping all summer so I loved being able to spend tons of time outside. Even though it was REALLY hot!


Everyone loves my Grandma J and you can just see why– she’s so pretty in pink here!

Along with the eating, game playing and swimming and my first time on a jet ski we had a party for all of my Grandma’s family and friends. And my beautiful momma planned the cutest decorations and treats!


It was a huge success!








Nephew — almost WALKING


More cousins!

We all headed back to our respective homes for about a week before my immediate family all gathered in Idaho!


We gathered together because my little brother, Kyrk will be leaving on his mission for the LDS church to San Antonio, Texas on August 8!


Lava Hot Springs, ID was the perfect place to gather for some relaxation and big laughs. We spent time at the water park where the boys tested their bravery jumping off the highest platforms. I tested my bravery by going on the scary slide. I could barely handle it. I am a chicken.


I loved getting to see Cody and meet his girlfriend, Kaitlin. They are so cute together!


Kaitlin pointed out the classy lamp shades to me that we had in our hotel covering the light fixtures. It was a really fun place to stay and had plenty of room for all of us… but I do think I have better taste in decorating than the owners. 🙂

I loved getting to see all of my family in one place. And getting some sun and relaxation!

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Get ready West Virginia!


My cousin, Sarah Boyce, headed into the MTC today to prepare to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She’ll be serving in West Virginia, Charleston area.

I’ve never met anyone more missionary-like in every day life. I can’t wait for her to get out there and start touching people’s lives.


It was really sunny today, so excuse the squinting- she was actually happy.


She had an escort of at least 4 young missionaries to get her where she needed to go- they even carried her suitcases for her.

When they came to get her luggage and walk her in she just about walked away without giving me a hug. The host elder had to remind her to say goodbye. 🙂

I guess she was just already focused and ready to go.

And one more paparazzi-type photo for the road:


Good luck, Sister Boyce!

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No time for pictures


This is the only picture I took this weekend.

I’m not sure why, I guess with all of the fun hanging out with my visiting family I didn’t think to get the camera out.

If I HAD taken out my camera, I would have taken a few pictures of Ty, Kelli, Jessica and me playing Just Dance at 10 on a Friday night. I was surprised to realize that our living room is big enough to fit four players flinging remote controls around in some semblance of rhythm.

I would have taken a picture of the insane crowds that lined up outside of REI to get in to their garage sale that we woke up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to see.

My next picture would have been of Ty in his new Vibram Five Fingers. I told him he should try them on and the next thing I knew he was buying them!

I wish I would have had a video of Tanner’s crazy laugh while he watched me wiggle my toes when I got to babysit him while Ty and Kelli went on a date. Seriously, who would have thought feet were so funny? I’m not buying that kid any presents- I’m just going to buy myself new socks.

I also would have taken a picture of cute little Jacob Swift who got blessed this weekend. And I would have taken pictures of all the family we got to see because of it.

Sometimes I get sad about not living in Washington, but I do appreciate living close enough to some family to do these little get togethers.

Next time family comes down I am GOING to get my camera out!

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Merry Christmas 2011

I got to go to Washington again for Christmas this year.

I absolutely love visiting that beautiful green wonderland with my very favorite people in the world.


This little guy might be one of my favorite people too and I’m just getting to know him! 🙂

My mom treated Kelli and me to see the Nutcracker performed by the Pacific Northwest ballet. I loved being able to spend time with the girls!


It was a beautiful production. The rat king took my breath away! The set was done by Maurice Sendak of “Where the Wild Things Are” fame.

That night we got a visit from my grandma who got to meet her little great-grandson!


We spent time eating, cooking, playing games, watching movies and shopping.

I also convinced my entire family to run a 5k on Christmas Eve with me.


Everyone was such a good sport! Even the “non-running” Mom and the amazing lady who just barely had a baby! I no longer have any excuses to not exercise.


Kyrk is definitely the fastest runner in our family right now. I have decided I need to get serious about my training and really get in the swing of things again- give him a run for his money!


I thought it’d be fun to wear matching t-shirts so I made some with a little iconic imagery involved. We were the Running Ninja Taylors instead of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- I think the Taylors would have been able to take the Turtles any day.


This guy is so fast he ended up running a 10k when we all only ran the 5k!


Best support group EVER. Love this man- best example of a righteous man I’ve ever known.


These two really know how to make a picture look good. Well, Kelli does anyway.


Ryan got picture shy- but he kept up with Ty for the entire 5k! Impressive.


Last Christmas I took a picture of my mom at this very Wendy’s and she claimed it wasn’t flattering. This one redeems it I think.


What do you get when the boys decorate the gingerbread house? A band of cinnamon bears breaking in through the chimney, of course.

Christmas morning was a lot of fun, we even got to FaceTime with Cody while he was in Wyoming.


He called exactly when it would have been his time to open presents! Great coincidence!

I got some awesome gifts and I’ve already used a few of them!

We were lucky to have Ty and Kelli spend Christmas in Washington this year but we definitely missed Cody!

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Welcome to the World!

My brother and sister-in-law, Ty and Kelli, blessed their baby, Tanner on October 9, 2011 and most of the family got to be there for it. I know everyone says it, but I think Tanner is probably one of the cutest babies of all time. Check out these pictures if you don’t believe me:

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The Taylor Family with the newest addition- Tanner! (We missed Cody!)

And the man of the hour was for the most part alert and happy. I can’t really believe how alert he was, but I don’t really know that much about how alert is a normal level of alertness.
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Here he is! Tanner Taylor- 3 weeks old!

We got to spend Saturday hanging out with the entire family, going to the park, feeding the ducks and playing some friendly two-hand touch.

Anyone know why ducks get these little "ears"?

Kyrk and Chris (Kelli’s brother) decided to go all out and try the Big Jud’s challenge and ordered the 1lb Hickory Burger. Kyrk got part way and had to give in as you can see below. Chris got his picture added to the many other crazy people who actually finished that much meat!

I love Tanner’s face in this one. He’s like- who are these strange people holding me???

Good thing Rexburg is only a few hours away, I need to practice being an aunt more often!

Welcome to the world, Tanner Abram!

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