Monday, December 10, 2012


Paul never updates the blog and since I'm having issues uploaded pictures and what not, I'm going to use his profile for a while (curse you blogger!). SO, here are the pictures from Thanksgiving.
Joel and Coy playing King of the Rock

Olivia loved Uncle Rand because he would carry her everywhere!

And Ewan loved Grandpa Tim. He got shoulder rides and hugs.

Joel climbed up this steep part of the trail...he kind of slid down.

Attempts at pictures.

The six boys being...the six boys!

Checking out any bug on the trail. The girls are seriously obsessed with butterflies!

Mom and Dad with Jace "photo bombing"

Elin getting a good grip and Daddy!

Kett...yeah, that's Kett.

More pictures of the Uncles.

Uncle Coy held onto the girls for the entire walk back. They loved talking to him!

Making cookies with Grandma! They had been asking for weeks if they were going to make "frosting cookies" with Grandma.


Frosting while the cookies baked!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Okay, maybe Christmas is, but mainly because you can't not like Christmas. But, Thanksgiving is a close second. Paul will tell you that I have a really hard time with Halloween, and that stores completely skip to Christmas. Thanksgiving is awesome! This year we were able to have my parents and six younger brothers come down from Cedar City for Thanksgiving. The kids have been talking about Grandma and Grandpa and the Uncles and how excited they were for a long time! Let me tell you, the days following up to their arrival were some of the longest days of my life! I think I talked to each of the boys to get them to convince Mom and Dad to leave earlier than Wednesday. "You don't really need to go to school on next week. You're not doing anything anyway..." Let's just say that I would make a horrible lawyer or hostage negotiator! They arrived late Wednesday night. I spent Wednesday baking up a storm. I figured out how some people can get all that canning, food prep, and craft stuff done...I spent the evening cleaning up after the hurricane of my children because I wasn't as attentive as I probably should have been while the rolls were in the oven. Thursday was lots of fun. I love Thanksgiving! So, Paul, my Dad, and the boys went to the park for the Turkey Bowl while my mom, the girls, and I stayed at home and got all the food stuff ready so we could eat around 3. We put the turkey in the oven, sliced all the potatoes, got the stuffing started, made the jello salad, and then headed down to the park to see what everyone was doing. The games were starting to settle down and most people were leaving. We kicked the soccer ball around for a little while, visited, and chased butterflies. The twins are now obsessed with catching butterflies and have requested butterfly nets for Christmas. The Uncles and Grandpa stayed at the park for some basketball, while Grandma, Paul, the kids and I went back home to put the kids down for a nap and finish food stuff. Around 3, we ate, we talked, we sat around, we tried to figure out the TV for some football, we ate pie, talked some more, and then went to bed. Friday was pretty nice with breakfast, and a trip up Madera Canyon for a hike. We got home, ate some food, put kids down for a nap...kinda, and went the park for more soccer, frisbee, basketball, and football. After dinner we watched Brave with popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels. And then it was bedtime. I have to say that my kids get way too excited when people come to visit. It took us a little while to get the sweet children to bed. Elin stayed up pretty much an entire did Paul and I. :-/ Saturday was more park stuff, we tried to go swimming but it was locked. We talked, we hung out, my mom and I went grocery shopping, and then we ate pizza, sushi and pie. While Paul put our kids to sleep, we reminisced about not getting grounded, but getting talked to, and told stories of wild shenanigans Mom and Dad now know about ;-) It was a lot of fun! Paul got a phone call from a Stake representative that evening who wanted to meet with both of us the next morning. I was more than a little bit nervous. We got everyone ready for Church and left the kids to come over with my parents a little bit later. Paul is the new Executive Secretary (right before tithing settlement...!) and I'm the 1st counselor for the Young Women. Things are just going to get busier! We were so glad to have family come and visit! We miss them and can't wait for their next visit! Or, our next visit!  

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I'm a little behind, but I'm getting there. Ewan turned the big O-3 last Tuesday! He has been so excited for his birthday pretty much since the twins' birthday! He's been telling everyone he meets that he's going to have a chocolate birthday cake. Paul took Aislee and Ewan to Wal-Mart while I took Olivia and Elin to Safeway the Saturday before. Paul was picking up some non-food items and other things like cake mix and such. As they were standing in the check out, the woman in front of them noticed they had cake. She asked if it was somebody's birthday. Ewan rested his hand on her back and proceeded to tell her all about our birthday festivities coming up. Paul said that he even started to rub her back a little...this coming from the boy who would point and say, "NO!" at anyone who looked his way! He sure is growing up. All the "grandmas" at church comment on how handsome he is and what a sweetie he has become. Ewan is a pretty sweet kid. There are days when I'm ready for a break and while lying on the floor with everyone crawling all around me, Ewan will come and lay on my tummy and give me a big hug, "Mommy, I love you". He's a good brother and keeps everyone in-line, that's for sure! Ewan is a "daddy's boy" and can't wait for him to come home. When Paul's home, I can't do anything for Ewan. It has to be Daddy. We are so glad that Ewan is in our family. We couldn't imagine life without him! We love you, buddy!

They sure have gotten bigger!


He is very loved!


Last year he wanted to missionaries over for his birthday.


He wanted a chocolate football. And, since I don't eat chocolate, I made a fun-fetti soccer ball...;-)

AND, this year he wanted to the missionaries over!