Wednesday, December 30, 2015

{instagram: december}

...I.LOVE.THIS.BOY!! I feel so lucky that I get to spend my days with this chatty silly boy, he is hilarious and at such a fun age!! Today I had a doctors appointment and he had my doctor laughing. He is just so much fun!!...
...When you go to find something at Walmart, and Santa is right where you are looking with no line whatsoever... you can't not sit on his lap and take a picture!! Matthew would only see Santa if he could sit on his dad's lap...
...Talking to my kids the other day I found out that they had never seen "Home Alone" or Miracle on 34th Street." What?!? I felt like I had failed as a parent. So I immediately went on amazon and ordered these beauties. We will be having a Christmas movie marathon this weekend and the next couple of weeks to redeem myself!!!...
...SO.MUCH.SNOW. About 15 inches so far, and it's still falling. The kids are in heaven!! I made my kids walk home in this crazy weather, but I had hot chocolate waiting for them as soon as they walked in the door...
...(december 28, 2016) My parents gave this to us for Christmas, and it has kept Andrew busy the last few days, and this morning he finished it!! He spent hours on this thing!!...

Monday, November 30, 2015

{instagram: november}

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...I don't believe in waiting until after Thanksgiving. The tree went up at our house tonight!! *11/8/2016* (We also bought a new pre-lit tree and ornaments, are am loving it!!)...
...The first good snow is always exciting. It hasn't let up all morning. I am a person that enjoys the snow as long as I can stay inside!! haha!...

Friday, October 30, 2015

{instagram: october}

...my current favorite scripture...
...He told me he didn't want a nap, but was sound asleep on the chair 5 minutes later...
...I took Matthew to preschool this morning, and came home with a frog instead...
...It has been so much fun doing preschool with these cute kiddos! They came over today and we had a fun Halloween party!!...

...Carrie with one of her best friends from the ward/school (Kaitlin Cano) at their school Halloween party...

Monday, October 5, 2015

{Andrew Boy}

This boy continues to grow nonstop. He likes to remind me that his feet are almost the same size as mine, and that it won't be much longer that he is as tall as me, then passes me. He outgrows his shoes/pants faster than anything, and sometimes it can be a struggle to keep up with!!

Andrew has always been one smart cookie. We had parent teacher conference this last week and it came as no surprise to us when his teacher says he is doing well, but is bored in class because the work is too easy. She told us that she has ordered a math and science book for Andrew to look through to see what he would like to learn this year. She wants to find things that will interest him, and challenge him, without giving him extra work. I am thankful for teachers that understand my kids and the needs that they may have. Andrew was excited, and is looking forward to having some say in what he learns. :)
Andrew's current obsession is all things Pokemon, especially Pokemon cards. He loves to collect them, and trade with friends and cousins. He enjoys "battling" with them, and spends a lot of time sorting them, and looking at them. He has found kids at his new school that also love Pokemon, and has been able to make new friends easily. He has made one especially good friend, Mason, and we are thankful for him.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

{Care Bear}

This girl is as sweet as they come. She is always doing kind things for others. She is very affectionate and gives me many great big hugs and kisses each day. She is a happy girl, and wants other people to be happy too. 

The older kids moved to a new school this year. Carrie was able to make new friends very quickly. She genuinely loves everyone. We had parent teacher conferences this last week. The first thing the teacher wanted us to know about Carrie, is how special she is. She mentioned that she wished she could have a classroom full of kids like Carrie. She also told us that Carrie is the most compassionate child in the class. Carrie has been sitting by a little boy that has a hard time, and is lower level. Each day the class does reading together, and Carrie helps this boy get to the right page, and goes out of her way to help him when she can. Her teacher said that Carrie has never been asked to do these things, she just does them. I have always known how very special my girl is, but it sure is nice to hear when other people see the special qualities in your child. :)
Carrie loves to do art. She is constantly coloring, drawing, and writing. She recently made me a mailbox out of paper so she would have a place to put notes that she makes to surprise me. She has a special way of brightening my day, and melting my heart.

{Bubba Boy}

Our Matthew is learning new things at an incredible rate. His speech has come a LONG way in the last few months, and he now speaks clearly in sentences, and does a great job at expressing his feelings and/or his needs. 

This boy is HILARIOUS!! He says funny things, and he does funny things. His smile is contagious, and I can't help but feel happy when he looks at me with one of his bright-eyed dimple-cheeked smiles. He also has the greatest laugh, and he laughs a lot! He loves to laugh at the shows he watches, at mom or dad, watching other kids.... but he seems to laugh the most at himself. He cracks himself up! 
We had Matthew enrolled in an awesome pre-school this year, but as the school year continued to get closer we felt it would be the best thing for our family to pull him out of that, and save the money. I felt bad, but knew in my heart it was the right decision. I talked to a few friends this last summer who have kids the same age as Matthew that would also not be in a preschool class, and we decided to do one of our own. We each take a week at a time, and take turns having the kids at our homes and teach lessons and play. It has turned out to be the best thing, and I have personally loved when it is my turn to have the kids at my house. Matthew loves his friends!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

{instagram: september}

...Mowing the lawn, just like daddy...
...beautiful rainbow. Andrew took this picture from our front yard...
...this has definitely been a time in my life that has been extremely hard. I have been faced challenges that I would never imagined I would have too. I have been very alone in this particular trial, as it is very personal and not something I can talk about. Not a moment has passed though that I have not known my Heavenly Father has been there helping me. I know that He knows me, and what I am going through. I have been blessed to see many great and small miracles take place, and I don't take those things for granted. This quote was just what I needed today as a reminder that everything happens for a reason, even when we don't understand why. We are given trials to stretch us, and to help us grow. I know that through this time of my life I have learned what is truly the most important things in my life, and that is the gospel, and my family. I won't give up on either of these things, and will continue to do what I can to strengthen my testimony, and the testimony of my family...

...cousins make the best of friends!...

...my travel buddy always falls asleep. We had gone to visit Kevin at work and to go to lunch...

...Love this quote...

...This boy cracks me up!!...

Monday, August 31, 2015

{instagram: august}

...Just a relaxin day in the pool...
...two peas in a pod...
...We had a fun family day at Thanksgiving Pointe. One of the kids took this picture of us...
...Happy boy!!! He is always asking to get his picture taken lately...
...The first day of school always seems to sneak up on us... the kids are AWESOME and were so excited this morning!! So glad they are mine. *2nd and 5th grade*...
...SO thankful for my sweet kids and husband who spoiled me rotten and made my birthday extra amazing this year. I feel so blessed to have them!! The kids had been planning my birthday for two weeks!! Andrew baked and decorated the cake all on his own. They showered me in gifts and love.. I couldn't ask for anything more!!...

Friday, July 31, 2015

{instagram: july}

...I am so thankful for good friends. I know that God puts certain people in our life when we need them. Kristen and I were instant friends. She is definitely a kindred spirit for me and I have learned so much from her in the short time I have known her. Such a sweet, genuine, and fun person she is! I am excited for the adventure she will have with her sweet family living in Alaska, but I am already missing her like crazy!...
 ...Yesterday marked one year of my mother-in-laws passing, and we were able to visit and "talk" to her at the cemetery. It has been a long hard year, and she has been thought of and missed every single day. Our family has started to heal, and for that I am grateful. I feel blessed to have known this beautiful, loving woman, and to be her "daughter." Looking forward to the day we get to see her again!...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

{camping trip}

We were able to go on a camping trip with my entire family up in the Unita Mountains. The kids loved every moment, and having cousins there to play with made it that much better!!


We weren't too far from a small lake, where you could go fishing. This was Andrew's first time ever to fish, and he even caught one!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

{Andrew turns TEN}

I can't believe that my oldest child is now TEN years old. Andrew is such a smart boy. He loves to read books, loves computer/video games, and loves to be active playing basketball or riding his bike/scooter/roller blades. 

...celebrating at Grandma and Grandpa Allen's house with cousins...


...Andrew got a new basketball from mom and dad, that matched perfectly the shirt gma and gpa Allen had given him (he is wearing it in this pic). They had also given him the football that Matthew is holding...


...Instead of a birthday cake Andrew wanted donuts...

...After we sang happy birthday to Andrew, he went to blow out the candles. Just as he was taking in a breath to be able to blow them out, Matthew snuck in on the side and blew them out before he could...
...we all had a good laugh about it...

We also went to the movie "Inside Out" at the theatre in Tooele, and invited Andrew's good friend Tyler Forsgren to go with us. We all had a fun time!! :)