Monday, December 21, 2009

... jingle all da way...



Andrew's favorite Christmas song to sing!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

a little reminder...

There are many times throughout each day that I get tired, frustrated, and often feel defeated as a mother. Last night was one of those times trying to get Andrew to bed. We had been trying for nearly two hours, he was nowhere close to being asleep, and it had already been a long day. I was laying next to him in my bed in hopes that he would settle down and go to sleep by me. While I was laying by him I was listening to my mp3 player trying to stay calm and keep myself entertained when the song, "It Won't Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker came on. This is a song from a father's point of view looking at his daughter through different stages of life, both good and bad... and is reminded that these moments don't last long, and you should hold on to them and enjoy them while they last. It couldn't have been better timing for me to hear this message. Although I was still frustrated that Andrew was not asleep, I was also thankful that I had the opportunity to lay by him and snuggle... the day will come too soon that I will miss being able to do that!! Just as I was thinking about how lucky I am to be able to have my kids, even through the hard times, Andrew did something that reminded me of how great being a mother truly is. My own little miracle you might say...

Andrew: "Mommy... do you know that I love you?"
Me: "Yes Andrew, I do."
Andrew: "but... do you know why I love you?...
I love you because you do so many good things for me."
Andrew then gave me a pat on the head, a kiss on the cheek and said, "Sweet dreams!"

I was shocked, and so very thankful!! How sweet of my boy to tell me that. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and he couldn't have said it any more perfectly. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven who knows me, and knows my family. I know that we are blessed beyond measure... I see that each and every day. I know that when we get discouraged, He is always there to help lift us up. I know that he has blessed me with the responsibility to be a wife and a mother, and I know that I do not want to let Him or my family down!!! Even through the hard times... I know that this too shall pass, and that "it won't be like this for long!!!!" I hope and pray that I can remember what is really important, and not to take for granted the moments that I have with my family today, and cherish them for always.

peek-a-boo....

Carrie has found a new place to hang out... a place that is quiet, just her size, and where she is well fed. There is no better place to be in our home than in the cupboard!!! I love it when all I can see of her are her feet sticking out the bottom, and hearing her say, "I see you!!!!"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

can i borrow that?!?...

I love talking to Andrew. I love his insight, I love his sense of humor, and I really just love the way he says things. I am often surprised at the things he knows, remembers, and his vocabulary... but sometimes I have to wonder where he is getting his information from!!!

...Today we were looking at our Christmas stockings, and he was telling me how we have 4 stockings, and who's each one was. He then told me that we have four stockings because right now we are "borrowing Carrie." I was confused, and I had to ask him what he meant by that. His explanation was that she is living with us now... but when she turns 10 she will be too big to fit into our kitchen (he means too tall... and I don't see that happening since she gets her height genes from her mom), and will then belong to someone else, and we will take her "home." It made me laugh, and kind of made me sad at the same time thinking of having to give my baby to someone else. I told Andrew that when Carrie turns 10 she will still live with us, because she is ours!! To that he said... "okay mom. we'll see."

Friday, December 11, 2009

we WISH you a...


Moments like THIS...
There are certain times that just make being a mom oh so worth it. This picture represents one of those moments for me... my little girl just before bedtime: tired, calm, snug as a bug in a rug... she couldn't be any cuter if she tried. There is no doubt that night time (and the kids going to bed) is my favorite part of the day. Not only does it give mom (and dad) a much needed break, but it just feels good, it feels like home. Another great thing about this picture for me is that dog Carrie is cuddled up with. I had "Howard" growing up, and I slept many a night with him. I am not really sure why, but just recently Carrie has grown fond of this dog... and it brings back good, happy, and sweet memories.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ALWAYS thankful...

I love this time of year!! It is always fun to spend time with family, as well as remember the things we are so very blessed with each and every day!! This year has been quite the ride for our little family, but we have been blessed with many miracles (more than we deserve) from our Heavenly Father, and from those around us. Although in a lot of ways it has not been an easy year, we are especially thankful for the opportunities we have had that have helped us to learn and to grow.

Thanksgiving Day:
The morning of Thanksgiving Kevin, Andrew and I participated in a 5K, a long with other members of my family. This was a first for me, but it was a lot of fun!! I took Andrew in a stroller ready to cruise, but not even half way he decided he wanted to walk. So he walked along with me, holding my hand, while I pushed the stroller with my other hand. This slowed us down quite a bit... Andrew felt absolutely no need to hurry. So we walked, at a rather slow pace, but eventually we did make it to the finish line... and that is what really matters, right?!? We were lucky that the weather was beautiful, and we would not be opposed to doing it again!
The whole Fun-Runnin' gang

Andrew and I nearing the finish line, empty stroller and all

YAY!!! We finished!!... celebrating with the turkey

Later in the day we all headed over to the grandparents' for a fabulous meal, games, and best of all, good company!! I don't get to see my grandparents too often, but it is always good to see them!!!!

With my Grandpa and Grandma Naylor
With my Grandma Hekking

Friday, November 20, 2009

i SEE the signs...

In the last little while Carrie has really started to talk, picking up new words and phrases. I have been trying to also teach her some signs. I love this stage so much, every new word is exciting, and they pick up and learn new things so quickly!! So this is just a quick little clip to help me remember her doing a few of the signs she has learned!! She is a mess in the video, having just finished downing some delicious chocolate pudding... but that's my girl!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Colors of the Rainbow...

It was just another ordinary day here in the Carpenter household, and I decided we needed to do something a little out of the ordinary. Nothing too wild or crazy, and it needed to be something quick, simple, and fun for the kids. I am not the most creative person, and the best that I could come up with that met all of the above criteria was finger paints!! It had been a long time since they had been used, and this was also Carrie's first experience finger painting!! Both Andrew and Carrie had a good time, and were good about sharing. Oh how I love it when an activity I plan with my kids actually turns out!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

trying to REMEMBER...

Time flies too quickly, and I am reminded of this constantly when watching my kids!! There are phases they go through, and things that they do that I tell myself I will always remember, but have learned that if not written down, I don't!!! So this post is more for me to help in remembering some of the things they are doing these days.

Andrew Jon:
~Andrew is a very very busy guy. Within the last 6 months or so I have watched him mature and mellow (not completely of course, but it is noticeable!!) He went through a phase where he was extremely destructive, and he seems to have passed that. YAY!!!

~Since starting preschool he has turned into quite the polite little man... he is so much better about using his please and thank you words, and says them like he means it!! He also gets excited about things, and looks forward to things (such as preschool or story time). He can still be a shy guy, but is slowly growing out of that a little.
~He has started to pretend, about everything... being different people, animals, and making up different situations.
~He loves letters!!! He has always loved to listen to stories... but now he knows his letters and their sounds, he has started to read. He can sound out words and I often will find him writing... he will sounds out words and spell them on his own... not always correct, but the best that he can. Writing words is one of his favorite things to do. Today he was writing the word 'pancakes', and spelled it 'pancax'. Creative spelling, but it amazes me how he has picked up on this so quickly! Right now his favorite books to read (and that he can read on his own) are: "The Foot Book," and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear." I love to listen to him read, and to help him learn new words! He has also started to make up his own stories about the things he does or the things he sees around him. What a great imagination he has!!!
~He is addicted to games!!! Andrew absolutely loves to play games on the computer, and on the Wii. Kind of crazy, I never knew that my kids would be into that at such a young age. It is probably not the best thing, and will reflect negatively on my parenting skills... but nonetheless it is something that Andrew loves. His current favorite is to go to PBS.org where they have many games for young kids! He actually learns a lot from them.
~One morning I was getting the kids loaded and buckled into the car. It had been raining outside. Andrew said, "Mommy, did you know that Heavenly Father gives us rain? He loves us." Amazing the things our children can teach us!!!
~Today Andrew was playing and I overheard him say, "I gotta be strong!!! Oh wait... I AM strong, I am four!!!
~He is constantly talkin
g to himself... he asks himself questions, tells himself what he is doing and why, he argues with himself, and he makes himself laugh!! I find his little conversations amusing, and love to hear him chit chatting in the next room knowing he is in there alone. Makes me smile every time.
~I tell Andrew I love him, often. Each and every time he will respond, "I love you too, Mommy." Each and every day there are times that Andrew will come up to me and say, "Guess what Mommy"... I say, "what?!?", and he says, "I love you." I know that this little tradition won't last forever, so I will cherish it while it lasts!!!


Carrie Anne:

~Just like her older brother, Carrie is a very busy girl!! She doesn't sit still for long, and is always on the go. She is a happy and content girl, just busy. I never thought I would see the day that I wasn't constantly chasing or getting after Andrew... Carrie has now filled that spot. When I am loading the dishwasher it is now Carrie that is there unloading. When I am trying to put the fold the laundry or put it away it is now Carrie unfolding or pulling things out of the drawers. As frustrating as that can be... I try to remember that these things are good!!! She is learning where things go... and she is learning to explore the world around her.
~She is a mover and a groover!! I love to watch her dance, she gets a little wild and crazy. She loves to bob her head back and forth... but she does not do just little bobs, she does very large bobs. It is hilarious to watch, and her wild hair goes everywhere, she flails her arms... it is quite fantastic!!
~Carrie also loves books... and she now loves to color!! I have to be so careful, because she will find crayons, go to the bookshelf, and color her books. Any book is a coloring book to Carrie.
~Last Christmas Carrie was given a doll. Within the last couple of weeks she has finally taken a liking to that doll, and carts it around with her. It also sleeps right by her when she goes to bed. She reads stories to the doll, she buckles her doll into the highchair to feed it, she puts the doll to sleep... oh how I love having a little girl!!
~Carrie's vocabulary is growing. What probably sounds like mumbling to the rest of the world is words to me. I cannot understand everything she says, but there are more and more words and phrases that she speaks.
~The other night before Carrie went to bed she wanted a snack. I was sitting at the kitchen table with her when she folded her arms, bowed her head and started to say a prayer. I couldn't understand what she was saying... but then I asked her if she would like some help, and she nodded. So I prompted her, and she was able to say most of the things I said, and ended with a good 'Amen'. She then gave several prayers just on her own, but ended each time with Amen.
~Last night Kevin was on the floor playing trains with the kids. Carrie kept going over to Kevin and rubbing his head. She would then cock her head and look at him close, face to face, then give him a big kiss right on the lips. She did this more than once. I just love watching the kids with Kevin... there is no doubt that these kids love their Daddy!!!!
~Carrie can count to three. I love her cute little voice when she talks. When she counts she says, "One... Two... THREEEEEE!!!" and holds out the three. It is so so cute.
~Of course I don't like to see Carrie get hurt... I do love however, that when she does get hurt, or if she is sad, that she will run and find me. She lets me hold, hug, and squeeze her. She doesn't hold still for long, so when she does I take advantage of it and hold her as long as she will let me. I love when she comes up to me and says "hugs" and gives me a big squeeze, or comes to me with her lips ready for a kiss.
~Carrie has always been a good eater... willing to try just about anything, and likes almost everything. She wants to eat everything, and usually eats a lot!!! When she eats or takes little bites she will often say, "Mmmmm"... I hear her say this all throughout the day, but I love it. Good to see her eating (especially since her older brother has always been picky and quite frankly opposed to eating), but also good to know that she is enjoying her food.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

PICTURE TIME...

We took our kids in to get their pictures taken... not an easy task to accomplish!! Andrew was more goofy than I had anticipated, and Carrie was scared. The combination of the two made it difficult, but we are happy with what we were able to get!! I know, I know, I have two of the cutest kids around... you don't have to remind me!!!
Andrew Jon~4 Years Old

Carrie Anne~21 Months

some of the many shots that were taken...

...and just because these were two of my favorite shots of the day...
Daddy consoling his little girl

Friday, November 6, 2009

pretty brown-eyed girl...

Andrew goes to preschool three days a week. While he is away, Carrie and I get to play... just the two of us. It is pure bliss, and I love this one on one time that I get to spend with her. She is growing up too quickly, but I love watching her learn new things!! She is such an amazingly happy and fun-loving girl. She is always doing things that make me laugh, and I love that she also laughs at herself!! There is so much personality packed into her small body!!

CARVING...

Friday, October 30, 2009

HaLLoWeeN PaRaDe...


The above picture is of Andrew with his preschool class getting ready to put on a parade. Andrew front and center, the leader of this parade, looking oh so calm, innocent, and happy to be there, right?? Our Andrew can be easily overwhelmed, and we experienced a little bit of this today. Andrew's teacher, Miss Suzanne, turned on a Halloween song and the parade started. Andrew was in the front leading his class around the room, and it was oh so exciting!!! Then... the song reaches a certain point and Miss Suzanne tells the children they are now ghosts, and to walk like a ghost. Uh-oh... this was more than Andrew could handle, and at that point he melted to the ground, throwing his own version of a fit. The teacher tried to get him to stand up and continue walking (he is the leader remember, so all the other kids are lined up behind him waiting for him to move!!) Well, that didn't work, so she pulled him to the side where he sat and watched the other kids do a parade, rather sulkily, and sing songs. He refused to participate. We actually captured this little charade on video... oh the memories. Andrew has been talking about this Halloween parade with great anticipation for WEEKS... then when it finally arrives he sits on the sidelines. Oh well, I am still glad I could be there, and I still love my little boy. Just a reminder to me that we are each unique, and we come to this world with our own personalities. There is always next year... and maybe then we can make it all the way around the parade circle. Something to look forward too!!!

What in the Ward?!?...

The youth in our ward put together a Halloween carnival for the kids. We took Andrew and Carrie, and they both had a great time playing games, winning prizes, dressing up in their costumes, going trick-or-treating, and of course eating candy!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Party!!...

This last weekend my mom, my sister Jen and her daughter Emma came up to Logan for the weekend. It is always fun when family gets together, and we love having visitors!! My sister Diana also lives in Logan so we spent time with her and her husband as well. We had lots of yummy food, many laughs, and lots of fun!! On Saturday, as is tradition, we went to the annual Pumpkin Walk in North Logan. It was a little wet, but not too cold (sometimes it is freezing!!). I am excited for the upcoming holiday season and the family times associated with them!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

head to the hills...

We took advantage of the good weather today and spent some time up Logan Canyon. We haven't spent nearly as much time there as we have in previous years, and wanted to be sure to get some time in before the weather turns too cold!! We took up some good 'ole KFC and had a picnic, and then went for a walk on the river trail we love so much. The weather really was perfect... the leaves are starting to change which is always a sight to see. I really do love the fall, such a beautiful season, and I love the colors of fall!! It was nice to get out, and to spend some time as a family. It was probably one of the most relaxing and purely enjoyable outings we have had in quite awhile. I have absolutely loved this day!!!This is our little woodpecker friend... he often comes to visit the tree outside our back door or the fence. Andrew watched this little bird for quite awhile. How amazing nature is, and how blessed we are to be able to enjoy it so freely!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PHEW!!....

Tonight Kevin took the training wheels off of Andrew's bike. Andrew was very nervous about this, but gave it a good try. This video is just a short clip of Andrew's efforts (with Daddy helping out). He much prefers riding his bike with the training wheels ON, but was good that he was willing to at least try it out. It was also fun because little did we know, if you ride your bike out in the front in the parking lot, it attracts children!! Within just a few minutes there were several other kids out riding their bikes as well. Andrew now has many little friends!! So fun!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

a QUACK QUACK here, and a QUACK QUACK there...

Yesterday we needed to get out of the house, and decided to take the kids to feed the ducks. The weather lately has been absolutely perfect, and we have been able to spend more time doing fun things outside!! It was fun to watch the kids play, run around, feed the ducks, and get their toes wet. I cannot express enough how much I LOVE these people!!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

WHAT a WEEK...

Last weekend they had a 'Family Night' at USU for students and their families. We decided to take the kids and see what it was like. They had all types of activities for the kids to do, crafts to make, games to play, prizes to win, food to eat!!! It was very fun for all of us, and we are glad we went!! This is only the second year they have done this, and we wish we were going to be around next year to go again!!

The only picture we really took while we were there... Andrew wearing a big helmet, watching the screen, and learning to fly an airplane!! He is totally in his element right here, and absolutely loved this!!!

Saturday morning I went with my sister (and her daughter Emma) and took the kids to a lake that they have in Daybreak. Unfortunately it turned out to be more of a stressful little outing than planned!! Shortly after being there Andrew walked out into the water... I was watching him closely, but little did either of us know that a little ways into the water there is quite a large drop off, and the water gets fairly deep. Andrew walked off of this, not knowing how to swim, couldn't get out. I had gone, not dressed at all for swimming, not planning on getting wet, but ran out into the water to get him. I know it scared him because he kept telling me he "couldn't breathe" under there!!! What a scary moment, and it happened so quickly!!! I share this not necessarily because it is a moment I wish to remember and want everyone to know, although I do hope I can prevent this from happening again in the future... but it was a moment that instantly made me realize how blessed I truly am. Unfortunately this was not the only incident that happened with my Andrew, and the memory of this day will stick with me for a long time to come. This is not the first time I have seen Andrew in a situation that he could have been seriously injured... or worse. I am so thankful that we have Andrew with us, and that he has been watched over and protected. Throughout the week there have been times that I have gotten frustrated with Andrew, then this experience has come to my mind, and my outlook on everything instantly changes. Although there are hard times when it comes to being a mom, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world... I love my family more than anything!!!! I am amazed at the miracles we are continuously blessed with, big and small!!!
That being said... there were some fun moments!!! Here is one with Andrew and Emma...

Carrie absolutely LOVES water, and she couldn't have been any happier. She kept busy playing with her shadow, running in and out of the water, and playing in the sand!!! She was completely covered in sand by the time we left.
Later that day we had our annual girls night out. We do this each year with the girls on my side of the family (my mom, my two sisters, my sister in law... and this year my sisters friend also came!!). It is always a good time to get together with the girls!! This year we learned to make wheat bread. I learned a lot, and had fun eating the bread and my mom's cinnamon rolls!! Now I just need a wheat grinder, and some wheat so that I can make my own!!!

While us girls were busy bread making the kids were busy playing. They picked some strawberries, and this is what we found. The great thing is that they did this on their own, no coaching from parents!! I love these kids, and my kids sure do love their cousins!!!!

We recently had some family pictures taken...
 
One day I asked Andrew to draw a picture of our family to keep him busy for awhile. He was excited about it, and did a fantastic job!! From left to right: Andrew, Carrie, Mommy, and Daddy. I then wanted him to write our names. So he wrote his name, and I showed him how to write Carrie's name. The next morning he woke up early and his picture was still on the table so he decided to work on it some more. He attempted to write Mommy... and wrote "Dady" on his own. I had not shown him how to spell it, he sounded it out and figured out the spelling on his own. Although not exactly correct, very close!!! I was very impressed!!! He loves letters, their sounds, and is really starting to put it all together. It is so much fun to be a part of this learning process with him!
 
Last but not least... and just for fun because she is so darn cute!!! Carrie sporting her Aunt Diana's 3D glasses!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Look Mommy...

"LOOK at the cool HAT I made!!!!"

Monday, September 7, 2009

ScRuB-a-DuB...

To simplify and quicken the process my kids often take a bath together. The other night was one of these occasions. I look up to see Carrie busily pretending to wash Andrew's hair, while Andrew is busy playing with a toy seeming oblivious. They continue doing this for a few minutes, then Andrew says, "Mommy!!! Carrie says that I STINK!!!" Kevin heard him say it as well, and we both laughed. No wonder Carrie was so intent on washing him!!! It is good to have kids around... not only do they keep us on our toes, but they keep us laughing!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

i LOVE to see the Temple...

What a great Sunday!! Today Carrie went to her Nursery class for the first time, and she did really well!! I stayed with her for a little while for her to get settled, then I snuck out. Unfortunately I am not a very good sneaker outer, because she saw me. When she saw me leave she gave out a huge scream and started to cry. Luckily she has great Nursery leaders. I watched through the window as one of the leaders rushed over to pick her up, and she immediately stopped crying. I checked on her a little while later and the same Nursery leader was hauling her around, but no tears. When I went to pick her up after our meetings she was sitting at a table with other kids playing with play dough as happy as could be. They said she did very well. Hurray!!! I must admit as I sat through Sunday School and Relief Society I felt like something was missing, and in fact I will miss having her with me... but I am glad that she did so well today. Hopefully that will continue!!!

After church today we decided to take the kids to see the Temple. We are so lucky to live so close to the Temple, literally a few minute drive from our home, we could walk there easily. We walked around the grounds, looked up to see how tall it is, looked at the beautiful flowers... We didn't stay long, but I want my kids to know what the Temple is. We were lucky enough to go this spring as a family to the Draper Temple open house. Andrew remembered that, and wanted to go inside the Logan Utah Temple as we had done. I explained briefly why we were not able to do that. I hope for my kids to someday be able to go inside the Temple, that they may be sealed for eternity to their future spouses and families. I am so very thankful for the many blessings the Temple provides.

Friday, August 21, 2009

First Day of PREschool...

After we moved to Logan I had a hard time getting a hold of preschools and finding one that wasn't full, or that wasn't crazy expensive. I kind of got discouraged and gave up. Although when I would think about it I would get a knot in my stomach, I just felt that Andrew would really benefit from going to preschool, and that it is something that he is more than ready for, and that he needs!!! So one Sunday night, a couple of weeks ago, I prayed and decided that the next day I would pull out the phone book again and call all the preschools I could find in Logan. So in the morning I pulled out the phone book, and started my calls. The first place I called I asked if they had any openings, and they answered, "Yes"... I was surprised. So then I asked how much it would be. When she told me I was amazed... it was in the price range we had been hoping for, and it would be 3 days a week. Even though I had really hoped to find something, I didn't expect it to be that easy, I had made several phone calls before with no success!! It was perfect, and I have no doubt it was an answer to prayer.

Today was Andrew's first day, and boy was it a great day!!! I know every day is a great day in the life of a Mommy... but today was especially good. Andrew doesn't like to eat... but I told him he needed to eat all of his cheerios so he wouldn't get hungry at preschool. He ate every last bite and drank all of his milk, then got himself dressed. I asked him if he would like to take his backpack with him to school, and he said "I can take it with me? I can??" I tell you... SO excited!!! We drove to the preschool and I took him inside. He was a little timid, but happy. When I walked out to the car I looked up and saw him in the window watching me... at first I couldn't tell what his expression was, and I was worried that he was sad. NOPE... he had the biggest smile on his face and was waving to me and Carrie. What a cute boy I have!!! When I went to pick him up he was so excited to see me and to tell me about his teacher and his time at preschool!! As we walked to the car I told him that he would get to go again in a few days. He responded, "I do?"

I am so excited for Andrew to be able to get out of the house, learn new things, interact with other kids, and have something to look forward to each week. I am also looking forward to the one-on-one time I will get with Carrie during this time. I love both of my kids, and I love watching them grow, learn, and to experience new things!!! I am so thankful that we have been given this opportunity, and am amazed at the blessings we receive as a family.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

the LAKE of the BEARS...

Earlier this week we were able to spend some time at Bear Lake. I have wanted to go all summer, but with Kevin being so busy with school and work it just had not happened. When I told Andrew where we were going he was so excited (and I'm not gonna lie... so was I)!! Kevin was able to take the day off of work, and it was nice to have the whole day with him and my little family. My sister Diana also came, and we had so much fun!! When we first got there I was worried that it was too cool... but it soon warmed up. The kids enjoyed playing in the sand, splashing in the water, running around, and chasing the seagulls. Kevin took Andrew out into the lake to swim... Andrew especially loves to get rides on Kevin's back. It was a perfect day, and was very relaxing!! I loved being with my family and watching them enjoy themselves and have the freedom to run and play.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

First you take the peanuts,

And you crunch 'em, You crunch 'em....

Our Andrew has never been a big eater, as much a I wish he was, and as hard as I have tried to teach him to be.... he just isn't. I must admit because of this, he is often spoiled and catered to... (he doesn't get everything he wants... if that were the case he would have chocolate chip cookies and milk 3 meals a day). This morning when I asked him what he wanted for breakfast he said he wanted a peanut butter sandwich!!! Yay!!! His answer is usually, "I don't want to eat anything!!" (and once he decides he doesn't want to eat, it is almost impossible to get him to eat!! May I say stubborn?!? Not sure where he gets that...) ...and then we go through the process of me trying to talk him into eating something. He chose a peanut butter sandwich, something to eat that is actually wholesome and will fill him up, I can do that!! So I made both him and Carrie a peanut butter sandwich, and they enjoyed them together.

What are they both looking at?? Some good early morning PBS!!!
... and one with Carrie saying, "teeeeese!!" while giving a great big cheesy smile!

Monday, August 10, 2009

... i get it...

Andrew loves his little sister... he especially loves to PESTER his little sister. This morning he was busy doing just that, and I got after him and told him that he needed to be nice. His response was, "OH, instead of being NAUGHTY?!?" Do you think he could finally be catching on??

Happy Happy Birthday Grandma Dear!!!

This weekend I took the kids and we spent the weekend at my parents house. On Saturday we had a birthday for my Grandma Hekking, and my parents and all of my siblings were there. I love it when my family gets together, they are my favorite people in the whole world!! It is fun to see all the kids play together, and to catch up with everyone.

Grandma Hekking with all of her great grandkids on our side of the family
The kids and I traveled home Sunday afternoon. After a long hot drive (we don't have air conditioning in our car) we were glad to be home in Logan where it was nice and cool. Andrew put his pillow on the couch to relax... Carrie thought that was a great idea and climbed up right next to him.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pass the CHEEESE... please...

Our little Carrie Anne is full of life, has so much energy, but is also very easy going. She loves to laugh, and we love to laugh with her!! She also loves to give lots of hugs and kisses, which we are always willing to receive!! She loves her older brother.... she follows him around everywhere imitating him and wanting to do whatever it is he is doing. One of my favorite things as of late is when I lay her down to change her diaper she will plug her nose and say "Stinky!!"... always makes me laugh. Amazing how even at a young age kids have so much personality!!! I love her to pieces... and I especially love being greeted with her cheesy squinty-eyed smiles each morning!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

... how we spent our Pioneer Day...

We had a very fun 24th of July weekend. My sister and her daughter Emma came up to Logan for the weekend, my other sister lives in Logan, so we all spent the weekend together. The kids played and played, we ate good food, did some fireworks... all in all in was a good time, I loved it!!! The kids spent hours playing in the water. It was so much fun to watch them, and even better it wore them all out and they slept great that night!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

6 Years Later....

... and still as happy as ever!!!
Love you Kevin, and
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

You've had a BIRTHDAY... shout Hurray!!!

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY ANDREW!!!
Today is Andrew's FOURTH birthday, and I can hardly believe that I am a mother to a 4-year old!!! He is such a great kid, and we love him like crazy!! He is so full of energy, has a contagious laugh, an adorable smile, blue blue eyes... oh I could go on forever about this boy! To keep it short and simple, we love him, and feel very blessed to have him in our family!

Friday my parents came up to Logan, so we had a little bit of a birthday celebration then. My dad made Andrew a SANDBOX... which he absolutely canNOT GET ENOUGH OF!!! We had a fun time playing in the sand, eating cake and ice cream, basking in the good weather, and enjoying each others company!! Thanks again mom and dad for coming, and for the perfect birthday gift!! We all love you very much!!!