Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Six Months

Oh sister. You are everything I ever dreamed of and more. Why we were lucky enough to have you come in to our family, I will never know. You are beautiful beyond words. You have the BEST temperament, dreamiest eyes, turn me inside out and melt my heart smile. I am so blessed. I want to hold you so close that you can't grow... ever. However, each day you get all the more gorgeous. Happy half year. So Glad we kept you alive.... there were time P had us worried. At this point in your life you love rolling, rolling, rolling! And your mouth! You love putting your hands, feet and everything you can find in your mouth! And we can't forget your smile!! We adore you lovie.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Reason for the Season.

Yesterday my sweet little four year old did something that amazed me. As usual our house was busy...I said busy, not chaotic. Eh, let's be honest, it was crazy... busy. Every so often between homework, making dinner, and so on, my sweet daughter would enter the kitchen, then leave for a little bit. I saw her even take scissors at one point. Now looking back, I don't know why I didn't stop her. During all the hustle and bustle she had taken a magnetic picture frame off the fridge and cut a small picture to fit inside. She pushed all the other papers, lists, and notes aside and perfectly placed the picture framed in the center of the fridge. I turned the corner just in time to witness her finishing. She breathed heavily and said, "Well, that's way much betta." I looked to see what it was that she was so proud of. I saw a picture of our Savior's birth cut perfectly to size to fit inside our little magnetic frame. The only thing that fit inside was Jesus Christ. All the mess on the fridge seemed completely pointless when she placed his picture perfectly in the center. Wow. Pretty profound. Christ is the reason for the season. He needs to be the center of our home during Christmas time & always. I am so blessed to be a mother and learn something new everyday from my sweet kids.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dancing Queen

P had her first dance recital this year. We were a little nervous she would get on stage and....choke. Seeing as how every time she went to dance she would completely ignore everyone until they did the "train" song! But, truly she loves dance. I just may or may not have told her that I would take her to target if she did her dance. Needless to say, she danced her little heart out on stage. Facial expressions and all. Oh, wow. We love her! Thanks for great family coming out and supporting our little dancer. It is a long way to come for something so simple, but we appreciate it! Congrats P!!

Friday, December 9, 2011


G's class at school was chosen to sing Christmas carols at Chick Fil A this year. He did a fabulous job singing. He was so, so excited to participate. He would walk around the house doing chores, homework and so on singing Feliz Navidad. Too cute. We love this little guy. The holidays wouldn't be the same without the kids & the spirit of Christmas.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Temple Lights

 we took the kids to the Temple lights this week & it was amazing. I love, love going to see the lights. We used to go when I was little and the holidays don't feel the same until we go to the Temple lights. My kids had such a great time. Poor R tried for about 10 minutes to take 1 clear picture of us. :) We got tired of smiling, so gave up. Just as we did the Elders came by and offered to take a group shot. R tried to talk them out of it, and wall-a! They got a crispy clear shot on the first try! Go figure. The only down fall to the evening was after R saw all the lights, he came home motivated to put up MORE!! Holy Griswalds. Love this time of year!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Happy Birt-day!

Happy Birthday beautiful P. You are amazing. We absolutely adore you. You have brought so much joy, laughter, entertainment, happiness, sweetness, and love into our lives over the past four years. We are lucky to have you in our family. We love you baby girl!

(we snuck into your room this morning to wake you up with singing "happy birthday" you got mad. then you walked into the family room and said, "where is everybody? where are all my friends?!" uncontrollable laughter came from all corners of the room. mad p stomped back to her room.)


There is never a dull moment on a famous "jeep ride".

Funny idea #1: Chicken fight.

Funny idea #2: Cover those clown's eyes.
Funny idea numbero tres: Hannah tries to touch her toes.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Five Months.

This month has blown by. You are growing like crazy & I am dying for you to slow down! At five months you love to Roll all around! Daddy says you are our little ball of sunshine rolling all around the house. He is so right. I noticed you started sucking your bottom lip or your thumb this month! You are just cute as ever & you have us ALL wrapped around your gosh darn adorable, little finger.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I AM Thankful.

I love this little guy. He keeps us on our toes! He always has something witty to say or a question that could stump anyone. He is such a sweet and thoughtful boy, always helping his sisters and parents. G-man loves school this year. He came home for Thanksgiving weekend with a pilgrim "piece of art"... It read, "I am thankful for God and army men." Wow. Profound coming from my little first grader. I am proud.... and also grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and brave men fighting for our freedom.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We Are A Happy Family...

I could not be more happy for the upcoming season.... I LOVE it! This year we made a "Thankful tree" to hang in our front room. Each day we add leaves with things we are grateful for. I have loved listening to the answers my little ones come up with and also some of our daddy's! :) Just a few: Warm water, snow, scarves, temples, Lovie Nana, prayer, birthdays, hugs, baby O's giggles, daddy's homecomings, bikes, indoor plumbing, cameras, our own home, Jesus Christ, Church, Horsey Papa, soft grass, swing set, Gus, friends, skis, home videos... and believe me, the list goes on, and on! Love you sweet family!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011.

G's school had a Halloween parade... doesn't he look thrilled to be there?!

The two "nerds"! Loved the costume idea!!!

Crew, Oakley & Kinnley (Months apart)
This year Halloween was so fun. We held our annual Halloween Carnival.... we had a great turn out. The food was fabulous, we also had games, contests and such. Love this time of year... oh, the feeling of fall!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Month Four.

Oh Lovie. I can't believe four whole months have past since I first laid eyes on you. What a beautiful girl you are. We are just so blessed to have you in our home! Your favorites lately: SMILING, snuggling, giggling, eating, and sitting in the "bumbo".

Monday, October 24, 2011


Okay, so maybe this doesn't exactly classify as "crazy" but I swear P & O look like they are exactly the same height! I think it looks hilarious how long O looks in P's arms!

CRAZY HAIR DAY at school! Poor G, girls have so much more to work with. We do what we can though! And your hair was as crazy as I was going to let it get!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ry Bday

I am pretty sure I am the luckiest girl alive to have Ryan as my spouse. He is a wonderful companion. There is never a dull moment with him around... that's for sure. His smile is sooo contagious and constantly tries to make me laugh. He is so thoughtful. I couldn't ask for more. Happy Birthday. Love you Ry.
For Ryan's birthday we gave him "the Bike" he has wanted for quite a while now. We tied a string to the front door so when he got home from work he had to follow the string all through out the house until he reached the garage with the bike parked inside! He was surprised to say the least! :)
The boys went up north for their annual Show Low ride... Ry got to use his new bike! they did great... and even placed, Way to go!!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Oh how I love this girl. Every quirky bit. Today she was playing with O... she was rubbing her nose up next to O's and smiling her biggest, toothiest grin. She quickly whispered something in O's ear and went back to Eskimo kisses and smiling. When I asked her what secret she shared with O, she explained, "Jesus loves us." Then climbed up in my arms and kissed me on the cheek and said, "And I love you mom." <-- (tears inserted here.) I would be okay if that was the only thing she ever remembers me teaching her... that Jesus loves us.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"You should be GRATEFUL!"

Mom, "Okay kids! Time to clean up all the toys, everywhere!"
....I leave the room...down the hall I hear-
Gaje, "You know what Pyper?! You should be GRATEFUL for these toys. You know why?! Because Mom bought them for you. Did you know there are kids that don't even have toys?! AND they have to sleep on floors, and sometimes they don't have food. Yeah, that's right their poor. Aren't you happy you are in our family? I am."
Pyper, "Yeah. otay. Let's clean up dees toys Gajee."

*I am so GRATEFUL for my beautiful, wonderful kids. They are so sweet. I am grateful we have a house & food & eachother. Never a dull moment around here :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

Miss O's first lake trip!
Not too shabby for an old guy! :) Totally kidding babe, you are AH-mazing! You are super talented and it was sooo fun to watch you doing what you love. The boys had such a blast. J's photos here.

Love spending time with this girl, she always keeps me laughing. glad we are sisters!

Never fails. this fabulous man keeps me smiling. love you. thanks for the fun weekend!