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!
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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!