Wednesday, September 14, 2011

{first day of school : 2011}

Andrew is in FIRST grade this year. It has been an adjustment for us having him gone all day, not to mention that is has completely worn him out. There have been a few nights where he has fallen asleep really early (5:00-6:00), and slept through the entire night. That is not normal around here!! He is learning a lot, and so far has loved first grade!!

Carrie started preschool the same day. It was kind of a last minute thing, but so far she has also loved it. It has been good to give her something to do a couple of days a week while Andrew is gone all day. But I must say... I have LOVED having the chance to have more one-on-one time with this sweet girl. She truly melts my heart.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

{let's have s'more fun!!!}

Life has been a little crazy-busy around here, and yesterday we were able to relax and have some family time. It was fabulous. 

A few highlights of our day:

**Andrew finally decided he wanted to learn to ride his bike without training wheels... he got the hang of it right away. 

It came so easily to him, so I told him that he should have tried that a long time ago (he has been scared until now to give it a good try), and he told me, "Yeah, I should have tried that yesterday!!" :)

**Carrie has finally mastered pedaling...

**We built a fire in the backyard (which you can see happening in the background in the last video), and made some s'mores.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

{fish lessons}

Andrew and Emma have been taking swimming lessons, or as I would tell them... fish lessons. They are both on their way to being awesome little fish, because they both passed the level that they were on. 

These were taken one day while waiting for their lessons to start...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

{all things pink...}

My younger sister Diana had a sweet red-headed baby girl...

They named her Sadie Ann.

I met my older sister Jen and my parents in Salt Lake, and we all drove up to Logan together to visit Diana at the hospital, and to meet baby Sadie. :)

All I can say is... she is a DOLL, and I can't wait to visit them again!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Do you see those purple flowers that are behind Carrie?!? Just imagine them all in full bloom... they are covering all our flower beds in the front yard, and they are so BRIGHT. It may be silly, but these flowers make me so happy and I look at them every time I pull into our out of our driveway. I especially love them because they are so easy to take care of, I just have to cut them back once in a while, and they bloom from early spring until it gets cold in the fall. Perfect!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

{school's out!!....}

Last Friday Andrew graduated from KINDERGARTEN!!

This is something he has been looking forward too, and is already talking about first grade. He has loved kindergarten, and since we moved part way through the year he had two different teachers, and both were great. His teacher here in Tooele, Mrs. Stowe, was especially top notch as she helped Andrew adjust to a new school, a different teaching style, making new friends.... ect. She went out of her way on more than one occasion to work with him, and we appreciate her so much. Andrew has loved Middle Canyon Elementary, and thinks it is the coolest school around. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

{let's take a pic or two...}

A few weeks ago I finally got around to taking some 3 year pictures of Carrie. This girl is not an easy one to capture on camera, she doesn't know how to hold still to save her life. And she is such a ham. I have way too many shots with her like this:
Typical Carrie with her tongue out. She loves sticking out her tongue... a lot.

Luckily I did get some without her sticking out her tongue that I liked. 
Here is a sampling.

My beautiful girl... 
you see the little freckles on her nose?!? ADORABLE if you ask me.

Showing off her daisy...

Her biggest cheesiest smile!

Showing how old she is.... THREE!! She is such a character.
I cannot tell you how much I love my Care Bear!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

{lights out...}

It doesn't matter what I am doing... my kids are constantly checking up on me, chatting with me, and playing near me. On this particular day Carrie had some toys and was playing by me. I was working, and didn't notice her leave. After several minutes I realized she had gone, and couldn't hear her, so decided I had better go check on her and see what she was up too. I went first to the toy room, since that is where she will usually be, but she wasn't there. Across the hallway I caught a glimpse of her in her room. She had gone into her room, closed the blinds, turned on her the night light, turned on the ceiling fan, and snuggled herself up in bed and had fallen sound asleep. I guess she needed a nap!! That has never happened... (and in all honesty will probably never happen again). She is just too darn cute!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

{a little bit of dirty work...}

We are so excited about the opportunity we have to be home owners. There are so many things that are still new to us, and that we are getting used too. Yard work is probably at the top of the list!! We are excited to be able to have a garden, and are hoping for the best with it. It has been a fun family project. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

{...s.p.r.i.n.g...} be a kid again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{the park = FUN!!!}

The sun was out, and so were we. These were actually taken at an activity put on by DDI vantage where Carrie is enrolled. She loves it there, and it has been the best thing for her. She is talking more, (we had her tested and she was low on her speech), and she is becoming a little bit less shy. YAY!! It is alway a good feeling to see your kids improve. We had a great time at the Spring Fling they put on for the kids!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

{It's about time!...}

We have been sick at our house for three weeks.

Now that we are all finally on the mend and feeling pretty good...
we were blessed with some sunshine!!!

We have been in need of some good weather and some fresh air!
Can ya tell?

We took time to enjoy the sun and work in the yard, ride scooters and bikes, have picnics, give wagon rides, and just be glad to be outside and feel the warmth of the sun!!

It has done us all good. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

{Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!}

Who would have known that dying noodles green and saying the leprechauns did it would get my picky picky eater to eat all of his lunch!!

We need those leprechauns around year round!
I was surprised that Carrie, who will eat just about anything would not touch the noodles.
She told me "Ewwww..."

Oh well. You win some, you lose some!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

{Happy happy BIRTHDAY!!!....}

I know I am a little slow in posting this.... 
on January 30th...
Carrie had a birthday!! 
I can hardly believe that my baby girl is THREE YEARS OLD. Seriously, where does the time go?? We had a ton of fun celebrating... the parties went on for days!! :) 

Here are some pictures to remember this birthday by....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our sweet THREE year old girl!!
We love you so much Carrie, and are so glad to have you in our family!!

....and this little video clip especially for my mom!!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Andrew has had the opportunity to be in Jr. Jazz this year. This is his first experience with any type of organized sport. Because he is in Kindergarten they don't play actual games or have a tournament, but learn the fundamentals of basketball. It has been more of a challenge than I thought (hour and a half long practices for a 5 year old are not easy!!), but it has also been very good for him. I hope he will want to do this again!! 

Here is our own little "Jimmer" man...
This is where it all starts, right?

Monday, January 17, 2011

{My Little Girl....} not so little anymore!!
I can't believe how big my Carrie is getting. Time flies too quickly, and they grow up way too fast!!
and yes, she is eating in the pantry closet. She loves it in there! :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

{Merry Christmas!!}

Just a few pictures to help us remember Christmas 2010...