Saturday, July 12, 2014


Every time I say the word "Independent," I think of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and say it accordingly. :)

We had a super fun 4th this year. My favorite holiday rarely disappoints, but this year we had a fabulous group of friends to celebrate with, and that just made it all the better. :)
Me, LeAnn Mills, Lacey Nef, Katie Taylor (+James), Sharlie Zinniger. Friends for life!
We actually kicked the holiday off the night before, with a viewing of Independence Day. Such a fun film, and it definitely got us in the American spirit. I think we'll make this a yearly tradition.
The next morning, we headed up to our first stop, a marvelous breakfast at our good friends, the Nef's house. They both grew up in Southeast Idaho, too! Lacey had it set up festively and the food was fabulous.
After that, we headed out to the parade route.
Now, personally, I love parades! The candy, the excitement, the marching bands...Walt's not sold on them though. He doesn't love the crowds. 
And Zuzu spent most of it like this:
But we still had a lot of fun. :)
Next we headed with our friends over to a BBQ. This was by far Walt's favorite part of the day, because of this:
He-LO, giant water slide! My friends are awesome. :)
We also ate a lot of really good food and just generally caused a ruckus.
We snuck out of the BBQ a bit early because, as I explained to my friends, I NEED a big fireworks show in my life...but since it was cold and a bit rainy, we decided it may not be super responsible to take a newborn and sit outside for hours. So we opted for the "drive in" experience.
Best. Idea. Ever.

We brought popcorn, pillows and blankets, parked up above the lake, and had a great time! My phone died, so I don't have any good pictures, but it was awesome.
Happy 4th of July!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Isannah's Blessing Day

On June 22nd, 2014, Isannah was given a name and a blessing by her father, Landon Kelly Burgener. She was 1 month and 1 day old.
In the circle were her Grandfather, Roger Jackson, her uncles, Josh Jackson and Nick Camberlango, Bishop Matt Jones, 1st Counselor  Dave Thompson, and 2nd Counselor Shea Wilson. 
Josh, Sam, Grandma, Grandpa, Isannah, Mom, Walt, Landon, Nick, Stella, Grandma Burgener, Siena, Abby, and Mike Turzewski - a friend of ours from UW
She wore the dress that her mom was blessed in, with a handmade headband ordered just for her.
After her blessing, we had a little party with the whole Jackson family who came up from Oregon and added 4.5 hours of extra driving drive to their trip. Grandma Burgener also flew in from Idaho!
Isannah is the name that Paul Revere gave to his daughter. We hope it will always remind her of her heritage and that standing up for what is right is so important. Afton is the name of the town that Landon's family comes from on his mother's side. We hope she will wear this name proudly and, like all of the Wilkes family, will learn the value of hard-work, and know that her family should always be her first priority. 
I am so grateful for a husband worthy to hold and exercise the priesthood. I love that he can provide this beautiful act of service to our children soon after they are born. Isannah has a wonderful example of love, compassion, and patience in her Daddy. 
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come and celebrate with us!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Oregon Coast

A year ago, as we were all seated around my parents' kitchen table, having just celebrated my Father's birthday, we got talking about DisneyWorld and the amazing vacation that was. We all loved the setting, of course, but the best part was just being together! One thing led to another, and soon, we were planning our next epic Jackson vacay.
I almost messed everything up by getting pregnant at just the wrong time ;), but it all came together and even though it was stressful to take a new baby on a trip, I'm so glad we went, and I wouldn't change a thing.

On our way down to the coast, we stopped off in Portland and introduced Isannah to her great-grandpa Burgener. He and his wife, Betty, were thrilled to see us, and even had a birthday gift waiting for Walt.
It's always fun to see them!

My parents rented a gorgeous, fully equipped beach house with room for everyone in Lincoln City. It was so exciting to drive up and know that soon, it would be full of my family. They all loved meeting Isannah.
We wasted no time in rushing to the beach the next morning!
And our little fish just took it all in that week. Every day he asked if we could go to the beach. He is still asking to go to the ocean.
Good thing we live on the coast, I think his little heart would be broken if we couldn't go back soon!
We soaked up lots of grandparent and cousin time.
There's really never enough cousin time.
We went to the aquarium...
And ate marshmallows as big as our faces....
And generally had a great time, Jackson style.
Isannah mostly slept,
But she also learned to smile!
I kept thinking the whole time how blessed we are to have had so many opportunities to travel. My parents have been instrumental in a lot of that happening. Also, due to the nature of Landon's career, we will likely have many more chances to see the world. I'm so grateful for that - seeing things with my own eyes has always been important to me. I want that for my kids, too. This trip was also a great reminder that travel doesn't have to mean plane rides, strange foods, or a new language. There are places to be discovered in every corner of the world. It's great to start with your own.
I'm so happy that my family loves to go on trips together - I can't wait to see where we go next!