Friday, January 15

Ice Castles


 

 Our family hasn't really experienced winter before. You know...the snow, the ice, the freezing wind. Yeah. We are sunshine people. But this year we decided to take advantage of the cold and embrace all the fun winter activities there are out there! Our bucket list included visiting the incredible Ice Castles nearest to us and we were nothing short of AMAZED!




 Elsa...?
Waiting for Mr. Tumnus like... 

 We had to re-create one of our favorite album covers of all time when we found this tunnel...Jump5's Accelerate? Anyone? 


ICE IS SLIPPERY OK. 



The sign didn't say not to eat the ice... 


FAILURE.


 
If you have the chance to visit an Ice Castle this year, DO IT! Take advantage of the frigid weather and pretend you're Elsa in her castle. =)
Love,
Hailey & Allie


Monday, January 11

The Choice Is Up To You


So I've had somewhat of a growing spurt the past two months.
I've learned so much about myself, as well as the people I chose to surround myself with, and let me tell you, it has been a really great experience. 
I figured out we can choose to be happy, no matter our circumstances.
I recently went through what I would consider a really tough breakup. 
Relationships that end are some of the most difficult challenges you can face in life. You really put your trust in another person, and when all of that changes in one phone call, your whole world gets turned upside down. As hard as it was to lose, who I thought was at the time, my best friend, I learned even more valuable lessons with this experience.  I'm grateful that something I thought I would never get through, has made me even stronger!   
First and foremost, there is one person who you can fully put your trust in, and He will never disappoint you. God knows all things. I have learned that I can let it go and forgive, and leave my life in His hands, and EVERYTHING will work out. He is always there for me, all hours of the day, and every second of the night. I'm so grateful for the peace that our friendship has brought into my life. I've also learned that God takes care of you through other people. There are angels all around us, wether it be a great talk with a sister, a friend dropping by your favorite cookies, or a smile from a stranger; God really is mindful of you, and He knows just what you need at just the right time. I came to realize there is healing in God's creations. Going on a beautiful hike and taking time at the top to stop and think is so rejuvenating. Driving through a snowy pass with some hot chocolate is so peaceful. Getting your feet wet in the lake, and watching the sunset on the dock reminds you there is so much more in front of you to look forward to. 
God is everywhere and He is good.  
YOU have the choice to be happy,
YOU choose who gets to have your friendship and time, YOU choose if you're going to let God lead you to where you need to be, and YOU have the choice to keep moving forward! 
Remember the things that matter most to you, and that all of us experience hard times and heartache. We can all be there for each other, and I'm grateful for all of you who always make me and my sisters feel so loved! You are the biggest blessings in our lives! 
Don't let anything get you down, and don't let anyone make you forget just how wonderful you are! 
During these times when we are tempted to look inward, look out! See if there's someone out there who needs your help, and I promise God will take care of you! 
I love you all!
<3 Mandi

Tuesday, January 5

My Revival + Playlist




It’s a new year, a chance to start fresh. For me, this has happened in a very literal sense the past few weeks as I have been faced with heartbreak, big changes, heavy sadness, and a chance to start over with a clean slate in many areas of my life. Thankfully, I haven't been alone and am so thankful for my sisters, my best friends, who are all going through similar things. I have learned a few lessons I wanted to share with you about how I have, with the help of people I love, the power of music, and the grace of God, experienced a great revival of my spirit and healing of my soul.

Starting Over Is A Beautiful Thing
Hunter Hayes is one of my all time favorite songwriters, and his lyrics really speak to me in times where I’m needing some hope. His song “Where It All Begins” has been our mantra for the past few weeks, and has helped me to remember that “you find out who you are through the pain” and “the hardest times are a part of something so much more.” So thank you Hunter. I LOVE YOU.

Seek God First
In moments of discouragement and sadness, I have learned that if I seek the Lord first, above all other things, I can still feel peace even when things are hard. Putting God first means giving Him your heart, your day, your will, and especially the things that may not go the way you had planned. God’s plan is perfect, He is omniscient and all knowing and trying to discover and do His will allows me to feel excited for the future and to grow through difficulty, rather than remaining stagnant and not progressing. Lauren Daigle’s album “How Can It Be” is full of beautiful reminders to trust in God and his plan for me. I also have dedicated time every day to studying my scriptures, praying, and filling my time with positive and worthwhile actions.


Elevate
Maintaining the proper perspective during this phase of my life has been difficult for some reason, but as I have sought peace through the spirit of the Lord by elevating my thoughts, actions, and intentions, I have felt a great amount of unexpected happiness! Sometimes we have to pray for help or talk to people we love and trust to elevate ourselves and look down on our situation with the proper perspective. Acknowledging that the most sadness and heartbreak I will feel has already passed, and it will only get easier and better from here has helped me to feel God’s love for me and hope in the future.


You Are Loved
I’m grateful for the opportunities for growth that God has given me. In church a couple weeks ago, I heard someone speak about adversity, and how on the days they encounter challenges they say to themselves, “God loves me today. That’s why he is allowing this to happen.” Hearing that changed my perspective completely! God DOES love me, and you, perfectly, and it’s because of that love that we are given trials and hardships, to refine us and help us become more like Him. It’s completely necessary, so we might as well face it with courage and find rest in God’s love!

Revival Playlist

Electric Indigo- The Paper Kites

Ocean – Lauren Aquilina

Proof of Your Love – For KING & COUNTRY

Like The Dawn – The Oh Hellos

First – Lauren Daigle

Where It All Begins – Hunter Hayes & Lady Antebellum

Revelator Eyes – The Paper Kites

Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

Clarity- John Mayer

Elevate – St. Lucia


I hope that whatever challenges you are going through right now will be made easier as you acknowledge that starting over is a beautiful thing, seek God first in your lives, and elevate yourself to gain the proper perspective. You are not alone!  I’m so thankful for the help of  my family and friends and YOU during this time, who help me to remember that these moments are very short in the grand scheme of things, and to look forward with optimism and excitement for the future.
I love you all, so very much.
Love,
Hailey

Photos by Kellie Kano.



Tuesday, December 8

Our Christmas Songs


Our favorite time of the year has arrived, and that means we get to sing about it! Over the years we've posted many Christmas videos and wanted to share them all in one place here on the blog. Since not all of the songs we've recorded are on Spotify, you can listen to them as a playlist straight from our YouTube channel

This year we were asked to be a part of an initiative for our church called #ASaviorIsBorn to bring the focus onto Jesus Christ, the true meaning of Christmas, for which we released a version of "The First Noel". It was an honor to be included among some of our best friends on YouTube, including Peter Hollens, Tiffany Alvord, Stuart Edge and some new friends like the ShayTards, Ellie & Jared, and the cast of Studio C. We hope that the message of #ASaviorIsBorn will inspire you to draw closer to Christ and to keep Him as the center of your lives not only at Christmas time, but all year long.

Enjoy some of our past Christmas songs below!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  
#ShareTheGift Angels Collaboration
  
 A Strange Way to Save The World

  
Grown Up Christmas List
  
What Child Is This?
  
White Winter Hymnal
  
 Jingle Bells

Wednesday, December 2

Winter in Wyoming

Our family loves taking road trips: packing up the van, loading in all 8 children (and at one time a dog), and driving to new places is one of our favorite ways to create memories and bond! Being on the road for hours, and sometimes days at a time can be a little intimidating and potentially boring, but we have found ways to keep ourselves entertained and to really enjoy the miles as they come.

Tip #1: The Snacks
"Am I eating because I'm BORED?"
No. You are eating because it's FUN and DELICIOUS! We make sure to hit up the grocery store or gas station before embarking on our trip and pick up all of our favorite treats and snacks. There's nothing like remembering you still have a stash of sour gummy worms in your book bag by the time hour 3 rolls around!

Tip #2: Get Your Game Face On
One of our favorite ways to pass the time is to play games with whoever we're sitting next to in the van! We love Uno or other card games like Egyptian Ratscrew or War, and our all time favorite is the Head's Up App on our iPhones. We kill hours playing games, getting too competitive, and then laughing about it later.

Tip #3: Take In The Scenery
Unless you're driving through barren winter wasteland, typically you can enjoy some picturesque views and scenery on your drive! We never hesitate to pull over and take some photos if we are in a really beautiful area and always have our iPhones ready in case we pass by something lovely.
 
Tip # 4: MOVIE TIME! 
When all else fails, it's always good to bring a DVD player, laptop, or a tablet to watch movies on. You could even have a marathon and your hours in the car will disappear like magic! One time Hailey blew up our family DVD player by plugging the cords in the wrong outlets. But let's not dwell on the past... 

There's nothing better than roasting marshmallows and making s'mores over the fire!





 
We hope your next road trip is full of fun and adventure! How are you spending your winter?
Love,
Hailey, Allie, Mandi, Lindsay, Abby, & Lucy

Saturday, October 31

Fall Lookbook


I think we could all agree that Fall is our favorite season. 
There's just something about the trees when the leaves change colors. We also LOVE any excuse to wear fall attire (sweaters, coats, boots, etc.) 

We decided to take an afternoon with just us girls to explore the mountains a bit and admire fall ;)

Here's some pictures of our adventures together in our favorite fall outfits.

Enjoy!

xoxo Allie 

H A I L E Y ' S  O U T F I T
Knit Sweater: H&M
Sateen Jegging: American Eagle
Camp Socks (Similar): American Eagle
Hat (Similar): Forever 21

M A N D I ' S  O U T F I T
Tee: Brandy Melville (Similar)
Jeans: Delia's
Coat: Target (Similar)
Boots: Madden Girl
Knit Beret: (Similar) 

A L L I E ' S  O U T F I T
Patterned Blanket Poncho (I'm OBSESSED): Abercrombie & Fitch
Top: TJ Maxx (Similar)
High Waisted Jeans: American Eagle
Boots:Korkease
 
 
 A PONY!

 A PUMPKIN!