Its official we are going to be getting a new little addition to the Hanks home around March 7th. We are glad to clarify now that it really isn't and Elmo as Emree has told everyone, we are have a BOY!!! Travis is so excited and I am excited as well. Now i just have to figure out how to make Ems small pink and brown poka dot room to look boyish also. It is going to be fun. Trav just keeps saying can you believe we are going to have two kids. It is crazy, but Emree will be glad to have a little playmate. The ultrasound tech was funny she finally said well i am pretty sure i know what it is but i want to get ya a better picture of the little turtle. Travs face was so cute. He was excited. He is a busy little boy, he moved the whole time so fast. Now the fun begins, buying boy stuff and thinking of boy names. We don't have a name we absolutely love. Trav keeps coming up with names and says that sounds like a tuff boy, and i haven't loved any of them so we will be doing some searching. Emree is really into babies and is of course very helpful. I am getting her all practiced up so she can be a good big sister. She is going to do great. We are really enjoying every minute of her and all the funny things she say and does. This week at her 18 month checkup she was 5% for weight and 7% for height. She is a tiny little smart, sassy girl. I also kept telling Travis you don't need a boy Emree loves all the stuff that a little boy will. She loves hunting and farming. She was way into grain harvest, and potato harvest was even better. She got to ride in tractors and trucks. She would even help me grab vines out of the potatoes and throw them on the ground. She loved it and would ask as soon as she woke up, "tractor peass". She was so dirty and loved every minute of it. OK so i will stop this post is getting long. Just wanted to share our exciting news.
Ok so i was telling trav how annoyed i was with the blog because it wouldn't post pictures for me. Well like always he only heard half of what i said and thought that i said it won't post. So he was using the computer and thought he would be helpful and posted the last post. So that is why the pictures are on this one. I was grateful for his effort though. We have spent some time with Trav, Derf, and papa in the tractors doing grain harvest, and emree is in love with tractors and farming. She was out there helping Derf yesterday take a truck apart and would pick up all the washers and screws and follow him around handing them to him. She loves to be out there with the boys and throws a big fit when she doesn't get to stay. So today i told her when daddy gets back from hunting we will go get in the tractor and she ran and got her "cowbo" boots as she would say and was ready to go, it was pretty dang cute. I told Trav we need to get him a boy, because Ems loves the farm and trucks and hunting videos.He has trained her well, although i have to admit she does do a pretty good cow elk call. I also have had the opportunity (i guess is a good word...jk) to go out with Travis and Derek hunting. Trav got me all the gear and I am trying to be a supportive wife, but it actually is pretty fun. I love being out in the beautiful mountains and seeing all the animals. It is also really entertaining to listen to these boys, they really get into it. We live in such beautiful country!!!
So i know i have not posted forever, but the summer is slowing down so i decided to put some of Ems latest pictures up. A friend of mine that is Trav's friend's wife from work started to do pictures and asked if i would bring Emree up so she could do some pictures of her for her blog. I said sure of course who doesn't like to get pictures of their kids. So i am counting them for Emree's 18 month pic. She uses natural light and did an awesome job. She has two old ford truck that she has pulled up into her grain field and we did most of the pics there. It was so fun to do outside pictures for the first time. Emree loved it as always! She is a little poser! Not much has changed around here, life is going good. Trav is slowing down at work so we are seeing him a little more which is always nice. Emree is a little chatter box and tries to repeat everything i say. Her hair has went way blonde this summer and still curly crazy. She is so funny and keeps Travis and I laughing! I am struggling with getting the pic to upload so i will work on that tomorrow. Time for bed, for now here is the ladies website if anyone is interested. http://www.reminiscebykimandrach.blogspot.com/
I am still trying to believe that i have a one year old. Everyone tells you it goes so fast, but it is true. My little girl is 1 and walking, and she is still pretty little. Her stats for her 1 yrs old are: 18.4 lbs and 28 in. She is going to have her moms height but that is all good, we love her just how she is. She loved her birthday it was full of fun. We had conference and she loves to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and we had an Easter egg hunt, and yummy food, and colored eggs (she napped during that it was easier), and lots of time with the family. I wasn't sure what she would do with the cake, but she loved it. Every time she grabbed it she would give me her hand and want me to wipe it clean. I never got it on camera, but when i asked her how old she was she would hold up one little finger, and then when we lit the candles she did this funny blowing thing, it was pretty cute. Ems clapped all day for herself and loved all the attention she was getting.
Grandpa filled some of the eggs and we love when he does that, so I made sure Emree found one of his. She loves these kids. It is so fun to watch her and Jospeh play together, they have their own little language and just follow each other around. The kids had a great time.
When we got back home on Monday we had another party with Trav's family. I decided to do something a little different. So we went to the REX and played in the Jump place. The kids loved it and so did us moms, we all were worn out and red in the face from playing so hard. The boys all ate pizza while we played. It was a great time. Ems just loves to jump and watch all the kids run around. She had a wonderful birthday and was spoiled by everyone. These are just some random pictures of the past couple weeks that i love. What a girl she is so full of life and just loves new things and always smiling. She loves her babies and if she doesn't have it in the tub with her she is feeding it a bottle or patting it. Loves the dishwasher and is very helpful around the house. And lately she loves to have glasses or things on her head. Trav's mom has a crown that she loves to put on and walk around it is pretty classic. Anyways, enough about Emree, as you can tell we love her. Things are good with Trav and I we are just doing the usual he is getting excited for work to pick up and I am getting excited for warm weather. We are just so grateful for one another and all of our blessings that everyday brings.
Where do i begin...the cruise was so nice and can't believe it is done and gone. We left the 25th from Miami FL and got back the 31st. It was great to enjoy some wonderful sun, food, entertainment, sleep, and all the rest. Yes, i did miss little Ems, but she had a great time as well as grandma's. She was spoiled by grandpa and spent everyday with the cousins and loved it. She is really bored with me and much louder now.
Here are a few pics of our wonderful vacation.
We visited three different islands in the Bahamas.
Half Moon Cay
When we got back to Miami, we had a few hours until we flew out so we went and did an Everglades Tour. It was sweet! Yes we are holding a 4ft alligator.
Then when we got back here came the snow. It is crazy how much it has snowed in the last week. Ems still loves it outside, so we bundled her up and went for a little cruise on the snow machine. I was lovin it, i forgot ho
w much i love to snow mobile! Emree wasn't very sure about it, she liked it until i took off with out her. Even though the cruise was warm and beautiful, i still love Idaho and how beautiful it is when there is a
Well once again, i am finally making some time to blog an update of our life. Things are going good. We are getting excited for Christmas, we are ready and can't wait. Emree keeps trying to unwrap the presents she can reach and loves to pull the red ornaments off the tree. She is so much fun i just want to freeze her at this stage. I love all the new tricks she is doing, like the newest one is singing "once there was a snowman" with me. She puts her hands high in the air and makes some loud noise for one whole breath. It is pretty funny. She loves to walk around the house with her little push walker thing. She gets going so fast and then rams the tree. She loves to feed herself and i am not sure if i like it or not it is such a mess but very entertaining to watch her do it. Emree loves watching tv, and gets so excited when she sees the little caterpiller from baby ein. come on the screen. The other night i rented UP and i turned it on and for the first ten minutes of the show she giggled and loved it so we laid her pillow done and we all snuggled up on the floor and watched the show it was pretty fun. She still loves her daddy, he has been pretty busy doing his parents house and with work, so we both love when we get to spend some time with him. Every morning and nap i wake up to daddadada, and wonder why am i the one getting her:) jk it is cute. My favorite is the clapping, she claps everytime i sing or dance or doing anything for her. She is my little cheerleader/biggest fan. As you can tell we love our little Ems and love watching her grow. It is crazy how fast it is flying by.
We finally got some family pictures done. Candis my cousin took them last weekend and they turned out pretty good considering that Emree was not very excited about it. She didn't like sitting on our laps and smiling she wanted to be all alone. As you can see she picked her nose for us and clapped through most of them because i was trying to make her smile and dancing behind Candis. It was a workout. It is crazy i look at the picture and think wow i can't believe this is my little family, pretty cool!
I better be done, we are on our way to go pick up Elder Derek Hanks( travs little brother) from the airport. He has been serving in Bolivia and we are so excited to see him!! Trav has been going crazy! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday's. Remember the reason for the season, we are so grateful for our Savior and his birth and life. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be able to be with my cute little family forever. All because of this little baby that was born on this earth, lived and dead and now lives again i too can live forever with those that i love. Merry Christmas!!!
Ok so i have lots of random pictures to post. Emree is now 6 months old and weighing in at 14.5 lbs and 25.5 inches. Still a little peanut but the doc said she looks good and healthy. We went and got some pics of her and also her cute ducky costume. Here are a few of my favorites.
She thinks she is so funny in the costume everytime she has it on she just laughs. She now has 2 teeth and got her shots the other day and they usually don't bother her but either her teeth are driving her crazy or the shots, but i am about to go crazy. We just keep pumping the tylenol and motrin and watching lots of baby e. Last Saturday trav was suppose to go hunting and he had been gone all week out of town on work so he decided to stay home so if was so nice we just spent the whole day together and Emree loved it being with her dad and having somebody else besides me to play with. We went and did some Christmas shopping and then got dinner. So since we were going to town Trav wanted her to wear a cute going to town outfit. We called it the Grandma Sandra outfit because she loves black and white. She also is finally big enough to eat in her highchair, the tray goes almost to her neck, but she loves it. Everything gets really messy especially when she gets a hold of the spoon.
Ems loves being outside so i have been bundling her up and if we are lucky we will catch grandpa doug outside and he will take us for a Rhino ride. Emree loves it because buster (the dog) comes to. Well other than surviving the teeth we are doing good just playing and learning new things. Hope everyone has a great Halloween!!!
My dad is giving my mom a pedicure while we are in bear lake. It was so funny he was a perfectionist.
Beth and the kids
Beth, Bridger, and Brynlee all came up and spent a few days with trav and i. It was so fun. Trav and i took them to see the ducks and they loved it!
Provo, UT Temple
Trav and I went to Provo to Trav's mission buddys wedding. It was beautiful. And yes Trav is wearing a Lime green shirt. He was a groomsmen. So cute!
My mom, Ceclia, and Tatum came up to visit Trav and I. It was so fun to have them and of course send some time with Tatum, she is so cute!!
Brittney, Heather, and I standing outside the Bountiful temple. Heather and Skyler went through and were sealed. It was so neat to be there, I am so excited for them, the temple is an amazing thing to have apart of our life.
Celebrating our 1 year anniversary!!
I couldn't believe that we have really been married one year already. Trav and I decided to save some money and just do something close to home, and save and do a trip or whatever later. I just waited to see what he would plan and he was hoping i would do it of course. So we both went to work on Monday, July 21st, and when i got home he came in from the farm and said get ready we are going to eat. It was so fun we went up to Island Park (which is the same distance as going to Idaho Falls but much prettier) and ate dinner at the Trout Hunter. It was so good, we recommed it. Then Trav took me on a tour to see some of the cabins he helped wire this winter, which was good to finally see where all those late nights were spent. Then we took the Mesa Falls way home. What a beautiful night. The falls were so green and beautiful and the sunset was amazing over the farm fields and mountains. It was so nice to just spend some quality time together and not focusing on work or other stresses. The other pictures are of the day before. My mom bless her heart saved the top of our wedding cake and brought it up to us. So we popped open a little bubbly and enjoyed some of that yummy cake that we only got one bite of on our wedding day. It was so fun, and Trav was sick after, either because he ate so much or because it was a year old. What a wonderful 1st year it has been. I love Trav so much more each day and look forward to celebrate many more years. And all those people that told us the 1st year was the hardest well i hope you are right, because if that is true then i look forward to the rest, because i loved every minute we have had together. Travis is so good to me, and works so hard at everything he does. Marriage has created in me a larger appreciation and understanding for our Heavenly Fathers love for us, because of the plan that he has created for us to be together forever. I wouldn't have it any other way!!!!
Trout Hunter Restaurant in Island Park
Enjoying a little bubbly with our one year old wedding cake
Trav and I went on our first date on Dec. 9th 2006 and little did we know that it was the first to our forever together. We were married July 21st 2007, and have enjoyed every minute since. We currently live in Egin, ID in our cute little farm house. Life is busy and fun! We now have a sweet little girl, Emree that has brought so much joy and happiness into our family.
Travis and I were on Egin's float for the parade. We were the pioneer couple with the handcart. It was a really long parade and we were spinning the whole time. It was fun and everyone loved the float!!
My grandparents took all 39 of us to Disneyland to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. It was a blast, or as Disney says it a "dream come true"!
My hot honey
2 favorite things: nice bike & hot boy!
We dropped Elder Jake Hess off at the MTC on April 23rd, and missing him like crazy! But we are excited to hear all of his experiences and see his testimony grow. We know what he is doing is right and true and are so grateful for his willingness to serve and example to all of us.