Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Wasn't it just Halloween? I can't believe this year, and how quickly it has passed! We were happy to have one of our favorite holidays finally here though! We Rodgers just LOVE Halloween! We celebrated at Holly's new house with all the family. It was really fun to watch Elizabeth's face light up when she yelled trick-or-treat.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Family Fall Pictures

I feel so lucky to have such beautiful and wonderful daughters, and an amazing sweet hubby that is my best friend. I always look forward to getting our family pictures taken to watch to see how much our girls have grown. Thanks to my cousin Jon for taking them, they turned out great!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pirates vs Big Foot

We celebrated Jaden's birthday by attending an event that Scott and Jaden played in given by the gangrene film festival. pirates vs Bigfoot was the main event of music that we went for, but before the concert, they had a bunch of animals that the kids could hold. Somehow Ryan got me to hold a 60 pound Rescued Boa, and Elizabeth pet a tarantula, and a couple snakes. The kids loved it. It was really fun way to spend the evening celebrating Jaden's birthday.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Preschool Halloween Party

Elizabeth LOVES Halloween. She loves pumpkins, leaves, scary masks, ghosts, skeletons (she is always talking about bones),and of course CANDY! She was so excited for her preschool Halloween party, and even asked GrandMerry to paint her face. She didn't want Scarlett to miss out on the fun of dressing up either, even though we didn't go to the party. Elizabeth and Gabe looked so cute, and they had so much fun.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Elizabeth loves getting her teeth clean, and she gets excited about getting pink flossers in her bag after her cleaning. I love this girls smile!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cove Fort

On our way home from Zion National Park, we decided to stop and take a tour of Cove Fort. We had an awesome missionary that gave us a tour. It was really neat learn about the history of this fort.
The fort was built to offer protection and refreshment to the traveler. Beginning in 1847, pioneers began settling the high mountain valleys stretching from Idaho to California. They came here to worship in peace and to build homes and communities. The fort is made of lava rock, which workers hauled from west of the property. The fort is 100 square feet, 18.5 feet tall, 4 feet thick at the footings and 2.5 feet thick at the top.
In 1867, the prophet Brigham Young called Ira Hinckley and his family to come and direct the building and operations of the fort.
Cove Fort has been restored to bring the past a little bit more to life. This is the only fort built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800's that still stands.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Zion National Park

We decided since we were making a trip down to the St. George Temple, we should just head down to Zion National Park. When I was young, this was the place to go, I think every year we made it down to hike angels landing. Those were some great memories, so I was excited to go camping and make some memories with our little family. I'll be honest, I actually wasn't ecstatic to be going camping with a baby, but she did really well, she must be a natural camper!
I remember when I was younger, besides angels landing, I always looked forward to hiking Emerald Pools. Back then, you would hike up, and jump in the pools to cool off. There were always little frogs on the rocks, it was always so fun. Unfortunately you can't get in the pools anymore, and to be honest with the looks of the water I wouldn't take my chances. The water is defiantly not the clear emerald that I remember.
However, it was still fun hiking up with the family, and the kids had fun climbing the rocks and playing in the water.

Although we heard the water was cold, we still got in our suits and hiked the Gateway to the Narrows. We thought the water wouldn't be that bad, and we would hike up the water once we got to the opening to the narrows. Man were we wrong! That water was ICE COLD! I don't know how the kids were playing in the water, because when I stepped in the river my bones hurt, it seriously was frigid! The kids still had a good time, and the adults had a good time sitting in the sun watching the kids, lol.

What is camping without sitting around the fire and cooking some yummy S'mores!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

St. George Utah Temple

"You are never lost when you can see the temple. The temple will provide direction for you and your family in a world filled with chaos. It is an eternal guidepost which will help you from getting lost in the 'mist of darkness.'"
—Gary E. Stevenson

Our October Temple pick was the St. George Utah Temple. For some crazy reason we left the Temples that were far away for the end of the year. We thought since we were driving so far away, we might as well make a family vacation out of it. We decided we would all take a camping trip to Zion's National Park, and we made a marvelous pit stop at the St. George Temple. Since we had all the kids, which some were youth that could enter the Temple, we all decided to do baptisms. We all took turns, and it was such a wonderful spirit there with all the kids. Sitting and waiting with my younger sisters, I couldn't help to be grateful for the Gospel and all our trials and blessings we have had and made it through with our heavenly father guiding us as a family. Also, it was so fun to see our shared excitement in doing the work of the Lord together. I am so grateful for my family and that we were able to attend the St. George Temple together.
I urge you all to make it a goal to attend the Temple, you will see the blessings flow into your life like a river.

So, when I said we had a the whole family, that included 16 kids...yeah, you heard me. Lucky for us there was a city park up the street from the Temple. The kids had a blast running around playing with each other.

The Temple was so beautiful, every time we go to a different Temple, I always take time to really look at it, and I'm continuously amazed by the beauty of the Temple.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Elizabeth's Fire Station Field Trip

I have to warn you that these pictures are super blurry.
I had to blog them though, cause Elizabeth looks forward to her preschool field trips every month! This month was fire safety awareness. I leaned this because the first day of preschool this month she told me to make sure to stop, drop and roll if I was on fire. She was so excited when she found out she was going to the fire station on her field trip. All the kids thought it was pretty neat that the fire fighter showed them all his cool tools that he uses on his fire truck. I even learned a few new things which was interesting. I'm happy that Elizabeth had fun, and I'm glad Ryan and I could give her a safety plan if there ever was a fire.