Monday, October 31, 2011

October Facebook Status Updates

Sunday, October 2

Why Mormons build temples

Friday, October 7
When I got him dressed like this on Wednesday he said "I look like a movie star!" (referring to the picture of Tucker)

Thursday, October 13
Is there anybody in my area that can help me with my garage door that is stuck? Sam is out of town and I don't know what to do with it!

Sunday, October 16
It's a good day, we're celebrating Kolby's 9th birthday, I'll be picking Sam up at the airport after and we got to here some great talks at Stake Conference at church....if you want to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints check out the cool site called even if you are just curious as to what we are about!

Tuesday, October 18
It was such a great day at the park that we stayed for almost 4 hours!

Tuesday, October 18
Just added up what it would cost to get my family completely up to date in all of our scout uniforms, books etc. and the total came to $205 and that doesn't even count the required parts that I consider extra like hats, shorts and socks!

Thursday, October 20
Guess who got Braces today! 

Saturday, October 22
OK, I think I'm almost ready to give my talk at church tomorrow....I don't think your ever all the way ready, but I'm done preparing for tonight!

Wednesday, October 26
Yipee! I get to go to DMV today while I am sick and have a three year old in tow! (sarcasm intended!)

Thursday, October 27
First Hollywood movie premier-fun....taking 2 hours to drive 30 miles-not so much!

Monday, October 31
We had well over 100 kids this year and counting maybe even as many as 150....sure beats the 7 kids we had last year!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dancing kids

Not great pictures, but it was just so cute to come up the stairs and see these two doing "Just Dance" together! (and Eden had to get in at the end just because I was taking pictures!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


If we had to pick a theme for Kolby's 9th birthday, the title of the post says it all! Kolby asked for bags and bags of marshmallows as one of his presents this year plus he wanted it on top of his cake!  I think he had a good birthday, we went to Stake Conference that day and then mostly relaxed so that was nice, and then after I picked up Sam from the airport we had spoon tacos at Kolby's request and then did cake and ice cream and presents.  He really had a hard time deciding what he wanted for his birthday but he was happy to get lots of lego guys and a Domo hat among other things. These pictures are out of order because Sam just sent me these first two from his phone but I think you can see that we had a fun day!

Monday, October 24, 2011


If you know Kolby, you know he eats like a grown man!  Of course it is fitting that he picked Buffalo Wild Wings for his birthday dinner...he had never been there before but he knows he loves wings!  His birthday fell on a Sunday and Sam was out of town the few days up to his birthday so we took the family out the night before Sam left to celebrate although we are now realizing that our kids are getting to expensive with their grown up tastes to be able to take the whole family out anymore!  We did have a lot of fun although Eden was determined to get a dollar for the video games (which she never get) and spent the whole time asking for one and then tried to get Sam to ask other people and the waitresses for a dollar!  Anyway, Sam started taking some pictures and you can tell who likes to ham it up for the camera!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween house

Kolby's last activity as a wolf was to make a Halloween house and Jordan got to join in because he was already finished with what the Weebelos were working on. I think that it takes a pretty amazing leader to do this with the boys at the church and Kolby has told me a couple of times how cool she is!  They sat as decoration in our house for a few days but have now been taken apart and eaten.  Jordan made his with a friend so he had his friend over to help devour it!  (Jordan's pictured above and Kolby's is pictured below)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Honus and Me

Kolby and I had a fun little date for his birthday!  Let me start off by saying Kolby is the kind of kid who usually starts off quite sure he is not going to like something and almost always ends up loving it and is exactly what happened this time around as well.  I won free tickets online to a play called "Honus and Me" for a Saturuday afternoon showing so we headed up to the play and then stopped by 5 Guys for dinner on the way home and of course Kolby had a great time even though he was so sure it would be boring before we left.  He thought the play was really funny and he always loves a good hamburger and I enjoyed getting to spend some one on one time with him!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

5 year old perspective?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Child's Play

There was a groupon for a 10 visit punch card to this place a few weeks ago.  It is a bit of a drive so Tucker and I went to check it out before we take his little friend.  He had a blast and can't wait to go again and I don't mind the drive because it put me close enough to stop by Great Harvest Bread and Winco!
He spent a good chunk of his time riding this car down the ramp and pushing it back up!
I want a trampoline like this for our house!
Obviously not a great picture, but I had to include it because the red slide was his favorite thing, the first time he climbed up he was too scared to go down but he finally tried again a few minutes later and couldn't get enough of it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pirate and Pan

I have started watching a little boy 2 days a week.  Having two three year olds can be a bit of a challenge as they both want to be in charge and right and have things exactly the same as each other all the time so that leads to a lot of fighting, but they also have a lot of fun together and the days that I don't watch him, Tucker is always asking when he will be coming again.  

We've been having fun checking out all the parks in the area and one day they wanted to go with their pirate and Peter Pan costumes!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 10, 2011

Conference Weekend

I really like to make conference weekend an event for the kids.  I love conference weekend and hearing from the general authorities and especially our modern day prophet and I hope the kids will feel the joy and importance of this weekend as well.  I saw an activity online where you print the pictures of the general authorities and put one picture on each of a bunch of separate activities that the kids get to open and use during that speaker, here is the link:  so I thought I would give it a try.  The kids loved it!  We had things ranging from puzzles, to candy, to play dough, to printables from the church website.  The picture above was of them painting with bingo dotters during one speaker. I'm definitely going to try this again!
We also have a tradition of Sam making pancakes for breakfast that Sunday morning, we often have people over but this year it was just our family and we started a new tradition of homemade pizza for dinner.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


If you just ignore the paper plates in the background, I liked the way this dinner looked so I had to take a picture!  We are doing a challenge with Sam's family that is a lot of fun.  It started in the summer where most of them did a a 12 week health challenge that involved a ton of fruit and vegetable along with various other things (which Sam won!) but in  the end some people felt like the challenge was missing some things and created a new one.  I didn't participate in that one be because I was dealing with the move right in the middle of it, but I signed on for this one and the first week has been great. I'm particularly enjoying the push to have  more scripture reading time each day and to  focus on three hours of exercise each week.  My favorite part of all is that Sam and I have been going on nice walks almost every evening, we're getting our exercise of course, but we're also having a great time just chatting and hanging out together!  I'm really thankful that Sam's family is so close and so willing to work together to lift each other up and at the same time have the fun competitiveness to go with it!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A star!

When I got him dressed this day he said "I look like a movie star!"  I do think he is quite handsome!

backyard play

Another not so great picture but I just wanted to remember this cute sight!  Eden had her neighbor friend over and I looked out my bedroom window (hence the screen) and this is what I saw.  They had all the barbies out there and they were making a sand bed or house or something for them and Kolby was helping them.  At one point Tucker was driving his tractor all around the dirt too.  I guess it is nice to have a great big sandbox/dirtbox for a backyard!  The best part was they were pulling all the weeds from the cracks in the squares to make their barbie bedding! (check that chore off the list!)

Friday, October 7, 2011

BYU fan!

She is quite the football fan and the BYU what if she does it to please us, we'll take it!  When she found out it was the BYU/Utah game that weekend, she had to wear her BYU shirts to school!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

More snippets of Tucker

Because the other kids are in school all day, I get to spend a lot of time with Tucker.  It is fun to see his own little personality really shine through.  He is a pretty happy, mellow kid.

  • He still loves puzzles.  Lately he has been putting together this puzzle of the States.  Sam and I got this when we were first married at a thrift store before we even had kids. Brady used to like to do it too when he was about 4 and 5 but Tucker is even more into it and I think it should be beyond his years and yet he knows where the states go better than I do! He sometimes gets frustrated when other kids try and do it with him because they don't know it as well!  
  • He also loves to play games in the car as we drive like "I spy with my little eye.." and "what the clouds look like" as he would say.  
  • He has been a little bit more whiny lately but I think it is all part of being three and being the youngest and I think it is just a stage...hopefully! 
  •  He wants to do almost anything by himself, he likes to get his own cereal and make his lunch if he can, but at the same he loves the have his big brother's help him with stuff.  
  • He often tells Kolby (and sometimes others) "you are my best friend forever" and is so excited when Kolby gets home from school.  
  • He loves friends and can't wait to see any friend he's ever met even just once before at church or at the park or when they come to our house and also talks often about a couple of friends that we moved away from even if he only played with some of them a handful of times.  
  • He loves going to meet daddy during the day when we have occasion to and always has to point out daddy's office if we pass it.  
  • When Laura was here he kept saying "your sister" to talk about her and we finally asked him why he didn't say "Laura" and he said it's because he can't say it right, but this week he has been working on it by saying "your sister Laura" which usually sounds something like "Lola."  
  • He is wearing a great big soccer goalie shirt in this picture which he often spends most of the day in.  
  • He loves to dance to any music he hears and he has taken to being the drummer for any kind of "rocking" music he hears.  At the dentist he picked the spongebob sticker because he was "rocking" as he says to anything that he thinks of as "rocking out!"  
  • With that sweet innocence of childhood he will be the first one to agree with or tell you anything he is good at and we just love him!