Drew's Spring Piano Recital

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The master pianist himself. He worked hard, practiced every day, and rocked his recital pieces. So proud of him!

Drew with his amazing piano teacher, Miss Melissa Kunkel. She is the best!

What a nut! XD

And here is the video (shot and edited by Matt) for your viewing pleasure.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter! - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2018
We haven't had an updated family photo in SIX YEARS. SIX. For shame! =) Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Drew is EIGHT!

Friday, March 30, 2018

He wanted a big birthday. We gave him a big birthday.

Thanks to help from family, we all chipped in and bought him his very own piano keyboard with a stand and bench. He was so surprised, he almost cried. Seriously.

Playing us a tune for the first time on his new keyboard. We also got him a Star Wars song book and he's really looking foward to learning how to play it.

His current favorite color is purple, so he asked for a purple chocolate cake with strawberries. I scoffed, but Matt found him a purple chocolate cake with strawberries at Fred Meyers! Score!

Happy birthday, Drew!!!

Adult Prom...Again!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

We danced and danced and laughed at the drunk people. Good times. (Enjoy our awkward, last-minute photo -- just like real prom! XD)

Music Monkey Productions
Here's a photo of us actually dancing at the prom.

This was my dress this year. It was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I loved it! The lady at the bar did, too. But I'm pretty sure she just wanted tips. =)

15th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our anniversary isn't until the 14th, but we're horrible at waiting to exchange gifts, no matter what the holiday is. So, we decided to on Saturday.

Instagram: jsmarshall
 I made him a card (including a robot, which is a bit of an inside joke between us) and created a LoveBook (www.lovebookonline.com) of the story of how we met.

And then he presented me with his gift and completely blew mine out of the water. I was completely gobsmacked and bawled through the whole thing. It makes my gift look super lame. :\

We plan on getting some dinner out on the actual day and then spending the following week together (his vacation), which will include an overnight date minus kiddos. Can't wait!

Charlotte: A Sudden Goodbye

Friday, December 29, 2017

Charlotte - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2013
Very sad night at the Marshall Household. The neighbor dogs (three large Rotweillers) broke through the fence and poor, sweet Charlotte was attacked and killed. (I'll spare you the gory details. Just trust me when I say that it wasn't pretty.) Thankfully, she was at peace and didn't struggle or cry out. Matt had the horrible task of relieving her of her suffering, but we're pretty sure that she passed just before he actually did. I hate to throw around the word "traumatizing", but that's really the only word that truly fits what we went through. The only blessing we can glean from this is that we're pretty sure she had cancer and would have suffered more from that in the near future. God was sparing us worse heartache, I think.

As a farm kid, I have seen lots of death -- not so much for my husband and kids -- but experience doesn't make it any easier. We will all grieve her loss. She was very loved and will be sorely missed. There's a small, furry void in our house, now.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Marshall Boys!

It was a quiet day for us. The boys got up, made us coffee, and attacked their stockings while Matt and I dragged ourselves out of bed. We then started breakfast and the boys opened gifts (Matt and I open our gifts to each other the night before, after the boys go to bed). They made out like thieves, as usual. I had a headache most of the day, and Matt had to work the next day, so we just kind of laid around and relaxed. Had a ham dinner and then went to bed. It was just perfect.

Drew's First Piano Recital & Rob's Baptism

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Today was a super busy day! First, it was Drew's first piano recital at church, then the Christmas Children's Program, then Rob's baptism. Later that day, Drew had a SECOND recital at another church. Needless to say, we all slept well that night! What a blessed day!

Rob's baptism was so sweet. This kid has been persistent and inquisitive about his salvation for at least a year or two. By the Grace and Work of God, despite us, he got saved this summer and has been pestering us to get baptized for months. It's so special that Matt got to baptize him.

Drew started piano lessons mid-November and picked it up FAST. He loves it so much!

Matt's Headshots

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Matt - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Matt - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Did headshots for Matt today. He's trying for a spot as an extra in a local independent film. Wish him luck!

Edit: He didn't get chosen, but I still love these photos of him. *SWOON*


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Superman and Batman went to Main Street to rid this city of its candy! We celebrate a little early, opting for a daytime event downtown instead of door-to-door. Then the boys get to enjoy handing out candy to other kids on Halloween night! Don't they look epic?!

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

First Day of School - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! WOOT!!! =D

Okay, okay. I love my guys. I do! But it's been a crazy, busy summer and I'm a little...spent. Hanging out with them 24/7 does that to me. We had a great summer, but it's just time, you know?
Here's to a great year! 2nd and 4th grades -- WOW!!

First Day of School - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
First Day of School - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
These two. They crack me up!

Idaho Falls Air Show/Blue Angels

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Idaho Falls Air Show - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 2017
We drove all the way to Idaho Falls to see the Blue Angels! It was super hot (and I almost ended up with heat stroke -- seriously!), but it was totally worth these pictures and the awesome experience!

Idaho Falls Air Show - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 2017

Idaho Falls Air Show - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 2017

Idaho Falls Air Show - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 2017

Idaho Falls Air Show - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 2017

Rob's Ninth Birthday

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NINE?!?!?! HE'S NINE?!?!?! How did that happen?! I blinked and now he's NINE!!!

Since we had a big birthday bash this past weekend, we didn't have huge plans for his actual birthday. His only request was to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant so he could get whipped cream shoved in his face. We obliged for mostly selfish/ornery reasons. The staff put a sombrero on his head, gave him fried ice cream, sang to him, and then creamed him. He was absolutely thrilled!

You can watch the video here. You'll want to hear Drew's laugh when his brother gets creamed.

The boys also had their first swimming lessons today, too! Thanks to Aunt Janice, who "sponsored" it all. They learned how to safely enter and exit the pool, how to blow air out of their nose under the water, how to float on their backs, and how to jump in. We'll be going twice a week for four weeks, which is awesome for both them and me -- it wears gives them something to do and it wears them out!

Family Get Together/Joint Birthday Party

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Since my family lives far away, we rarely get together for birthdays. So, my mama and aunt flew up from California and we had a big birthday bash for both boys! We played games, ate tons of food, and laughed lots. It was a super fun day!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Matt and the boys got to go KAYAKING this weekend! I wasn't sure if my fluffy frame would fit in a kayak (and I wasn't prepared to make a total fool out of myself, potentially), so I stayed home. Seeing how much fun they had made me more than a little jealous! Maybe I'll be brave enough to go next time. And I've been informed there WILL be a next time -- they're hooked!

Going under the Perrine Bridge, they got to see BASE jumpers!

When they made it to Pillar Falls, they stopped for a break.

Swimming in the Snake River.

All three "boys" slept so good when they got back! What a fun day!

(Photos by Matt)

4th of July

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
It was a weird/off day, but we made the most of it. Blowing stuff up helps. We had grandiose plans of hanging out with friends, but it kind of fell apart. I'm still not sleeping well and the boys were still getting over their post-VBS colds.

We attempted to go out and do some Pokehunting, but had to head home after Matt's phone decided to start doing the Bootloop of Death. Ugh. Not long after we got home, the power went out as we were cooking dinner (finished it JUST in time). We decided to head outside when the house started getting warm (it was still 90 degrees outside) and start a few fireworks. We're never able to afford many, but thankfully the boys are easy to please and they enjoyed themselves very much. That's all that matters.

P.S. LG, you suck. This is the second phone that's done this to us! :-P

4th of July - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
4th of July - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
4th of July - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
4th of July - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017

Snake River Canyon Stroll/Photowalk

Monday, July 3, 2017

Snake River Canyon Photowalk - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Got to take a lovely (albeit HOT) stroll along the canyon rim this evening. Matt and the boys Pokehunted while I shutterbugged. It felt good to get out and do that again.

Snake River Canyon Photowalk - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Snake River Canyon Photowalk - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Snake River Canyon Photowalk - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017
Snake River Canyon Photowalk - Twin Falls, Idaho - 2017

Our California Trip

Monday, May 22, 2017

After a really tough winter, we definitely were ready for a warm, fun vacation. So, we headed south to visit Nana in California for a week! As usual, it was quite the adventure and lots and lots of fun!

 The first stop on our trip was San Francisco. Matt wanted to explore the city more thoroughly than we had time for last time, so we ended up spending two nights there. Crazy city!

After a decent night's sleep, we headed to Pier 39 to see the Aquarium of the Bay, which was Drew's request. This was the first time the boys had ever been to a real aquarium. The touch pools and tunnels were a definite hit.

After finishing the aquarium, we ate lunch and continued down the pier. Near the end, we did the 7D Experience and rode the carousel.

When we were tired of walking, we boarded a tour bus and rode it ALL over the city -- even over the Golden Gate Bridge TWICE!

Per Rob's request, we went to Ripley's Believe it or Not! Interesting place.

The next day, we drove the seven or eight hours down to Nana's house. We were still so pooped from our San Francisco adventure, we just sat around the house the next day.

After getting all rested up, we decided to go explore Balboa Park in San Diego the next day. We barely scratched the surface and definitely want to visit this place again next time! SO BEAUTIFUL!

We stopped for lunch at a fun little Mexican restaurant in San Diego. We all really loved this city and want to explore more of it next time.

We topped off the day with a quick trip to Coronado, where we walked on the beach and saw the famous Hotel del Coronado.

The next day, we all piled into Nana's car and went to Knott's Berry Farm! Even Cousin Dana joined us. The boys got to ride pretty much any ride they wanted, so they did!

We decided to take it easy the following day, so we ate a quick lunch at In-N-Out and headed to Oceanside Beach. It's our favorite!

We decided to stay one extra day so we could spend it with Aunt Janice. We all went to La Jolla to see the seals. It was stinky and crowded, but still a neat place to visit.

The next day, we had to head home. It was a long, boring drive through Nevada and we were all pretty sad to have to say goodbye to Nana. But we had another super fun trip and can't wait for next time!