Tuesday, July 08, 2008


We had a wonderful Fourth!  We went up to San Francisco for the holiday since Tara and Andrew were blessing Aubrey that weekend.

It was so cute to get Drake and Jack together again!  As soon as Drake saw him, he ran up to him and gave him a huge hug and said "Jack Jack!!"

We started the day at the Taylor's ward pancake breakfast--YUMBELIEVABLE!  While I loved the food, the kids loved playing on the play ground of course!

Then we journeyed into the city for a day of sight seeing and waiting for the fireworks to start.  We walked SOOOO much and weren't thinking it would be as cold as it was.  It was 55 degrees and we ended up having to go to Gap to get Gwen some pants while we were there!
That's Drake letting us know he's done shopping.
The piers were closed off to traffic and were SOOO crowded!  There were seriously THOUSANDS of people there.  We were a bit of a group and all put our time in pushing strollers, and holding hands and kids.  But somehow in all of the meeting up after going to shops and switching around of people, we lost Gwen!  Ryan and I though she was with my dad, but as soon as my mom told us she wasn't we bolted!  We just split up and started canvasing the crowds looking for my sweet little Gwenny.  When I found her, she was holding a police officer's hand just bawling.  I ran up to grab her and of course was bawling too.  Just typing it now brings back the fear and it's hard not to get emotional.  That was seriously the scariest parenting moment I've had yet.  (It probably didn't help that a couple nights before we watched this special on Elizabeth Smart and were talking about how awful it would be to not know where your child was.  Bad thoughts came to mind instantly!)

So despite the scare of our life, we had a super fun Independence day, however we made our way to downtown and were there when it was time for the fireworks, and a low fog had settled in and we weren't able to see them,  :(
We also got to spend some good time with Aubrey and be there for the blessing, and wow is she a sweet baby!  She really hardly ever fusses and will just let you cuddle her!  And her cute thighs would make the Michellin man jealous!

I also had a great birthday!  I wasn't looking forward to it, and I knew Ryan hadn't brought any presents, so I was thinking it might be a forgotten day.  Nope.  Ryan had arranged before hand to have Tara get my gifts (my Wii finally!) and wrap them and have them there already!  We went to see Hancock, swam, and ate so much cake!  Thanks for all your work everybody to make my birthday so rad!
And since we were in the area, I had to stop by Desiree's to see her sweet new baby boy.  


Chelsea said...

losing a child is the scariest thing ever! you talking about losing gwen made ME want to cry.

glad you had a fab birthday!

aubrey is so cute.

Tawnya said...

so much fun, I'm jealous!! and it looks like we'll have to have a Wii party soon. hehehehe I can't believe Gwen got lost. What a stressful day.

Stanford Family said...

Happy birthday Kristin! Sound's like you had a fun trip. I'm glad that Gwen was found safe-that would be so scary. Miss you guys!

Rushele said...

Fun times!!!
And Happy Birthday! Glad you got your much awaited for Wii! They're fun.
I can't believe Gwen got lost!! That would scare the crap out of me as well!!!!!! Glad it all turned out alright though.
It's too bad you didn't get to see fireworks! Especially after all the trouble to be able to.
My bro-in-law was in San Diego area for the 4th, and he said the fog there was pretty bad too, and they could barely see any faint fireworks either. That sucks!!

Desi said...

i can't believe you didn't tell me about gwen, maybe you did. i was a little side tracked. Thanks for coming to visit, and I love that my boy made the page!!!