Sunday, October 6, 2013


Back in August, we went up to the family cabin for some much needed relaxation. It was so nice!! We took our friends, the Peacocks, and the boys had fun playing with friends the whole time. We walked to the beaver pond, explored the bear cave, hike to the water tower, and went to the reservoir . It was lots of fun!

Sunset - so beautiful!

I want out!

Silly boy

He did NOT like the life jacket

M and E entertained themselves for 10-15 minutes jumping off this tiny rock

Love this - Daddy and his boys

Last year, when we went, the beach was so perfect! This year, you sunk up to your ankles in mud. What else do you do but throw it back to the lake?

Jamie - one of the few times he just relaxes.

Best friends

Nice throw W!


The littles entertained themselves throwing all the rocks into the lake.

Helping hands

Bear cave!

Monster does not like to be left behind at all!

Love these kids!

Updated Pictures of the boys

I decided that I needed some updated pictures of my boys to post on my wall, so we decided to go up the canyon today. We packed the boys into the car and drove to Cascade Springs. I guess I didn't realize that it seems to be the thing to do on Conference Sunday in Utah. It seemed that all of Utah County was there and on the road. I tell ya, it was a good thing Mike drove because I would have been a nervous wreck on those narrow roads with steep drops and all the cars! We didn't even stop at Cascade Springs because of how many people there were, but kept driving to a little campground a couple of miles away from the springs where it was more secluded.

Monster fell asleep and was less than cooperative for pictures as we had to wake him up. Little Man found a grasshopper (and caught it!) and then we had to keep giving the grasshopper to Monster to keep him happy. He thought it was his, which made E sad. Here are some of my favorite pictures.

Monster is trying to take the grasshopper from Little Man

Telling on big brother, "He was touching me!"

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Halloween Fun

Ah-hem. Nobody will comment that it is the very tail end of November and I am just barely blogging about Halloween. It is important that I get the story down, right?
The little bit of pumpkin cleaning out that Little Man did.
We had fun this Halloween. It was busy, but relaxing at the same time, and I felt like it snuck up on us! We did a couple of fun things. We learned that the Utah Water Conservation place in Orem had a pumpkin walk. You could show up in costumes and walk around and look at the pumpkins that people had carved. They had little activities that all the kids could participate in. It was really a lot of fun! They had a box that you had to put your hand in and guess what it was that you were touching. If you got most of them, you got a big candy. If you were like Little Man, you just pulled everything out! haha, he gave it away for all the kids behind him. He only got a tootsie roll!

Baby K wanted to be involved in what we were doing!
The night before Halloween, we carved pumpkins. Little Man and Baby K (I really need to come up with another name for Baby K) were pretty lucky. Both Granny and Grandma gave them pumpkins so we had LOTS to carve! Little Man chose what he wanted for his and for Baby K's pumpkins.
"Mom, my baby wants twiangle eyes and a smile! I want glasses." So, we did the best we could. Little Man did NOT like cleaning out the pumpkin. He found the seeds and guts to be kinda gross. But, he loved sitting on the floor and 'creating' his very own pumpkin.
Momma, what is this fun thing?
The very best of carving pumpkins? Taking them out onto the porch and watching daddy put candles inside of them! I think Little Man thought he was in heaven! He loved watching Mike light the candles. :)

I got the lid! Can I eat it? I tried to make Baby K's pumpkin like him with 4 teeth on top and 2 teeth on bottom, but I accidentally broke one off while cutting around it.

On Halloween, my awesome baby-sitter brought Little Man and Baby K down to my work to do a little trick-or-treating. It was quite an eye opener to learn the limits of how long Little Man would wear his costume. He had it all the way off before he trick-or-treated my entire work. :) He was very good at getting candy and only taking one. 
So proud of his pumpkin with glasses that looked like a minion, but it wasn't.
I got off work early and went home so that we could go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. While we were out, we ran into Little Man's bestie, Little Miss M and her brother and sisters. We seriously love the Peacocks. Sadness though, while coming down a porch, Little Miss M fell and got cut up pretty good. She ended up going home to be with her mom to hand out candy. She left her very real blood on the porch. {sadness} 
This pumpkin won me 3rd prize in my work pumpkin carving contest.
Mike ended up catching up with us and going the last half of our neighborhood with us. I loved that all of us were together going around the neighborhood. I love being with my little family. Little Man quickly ran out of steam and I went up to the last 10ish houses to get his candy for him. haha! I didn't get the "aren't you a little old" line once. :)
Help me!
I felt a little bad in that, all of our neighborhood was out at the same time we were, so we didn't get to hand out very much candy to people we knew. Next year, maybe we will carry our candy with us and give it out as we run into people out and about. haha!

How adorable are my boys?
It was a little hard getting a very tired, but very excited 3 year old to bed that night. We kept getting trick-or-treaters (who we didn't know at all!) and every time the door was opened, Little Man was out of bed. He wanted to be the one to hand out the candy. We finally gave up and turned our lights out a little before 9 PM. Yet, I still saw people going around outside. 
My little pirate.
I love watching my boys do things together. Little Man is the perfect age where he is getting things and he gets excited and really into them. It is the magical age. {grin} He is definitely getting Christmas. He told a visiting member of our stake presidency on Sunday what he wanted for Christmas. A couple of weeks ago, it was a kitchen. Now it is a 'BIG airplane and a car that goes WAY fast!' My vote would be for the car that goes WAY fast instead of the kitchen that will take up lots of room in our small home. :)

My fireman hero!
I can't wait until we continue to get into our Christmas celebrations. I am going to make a countdown chain with Little Man to start a countdown. On each ring will be a scripture about the Savior. As we tear off a ring to countdown for Christmas we will get to read a scripture about the Savior. I am excited for this. Little Man often prays for Jesus, or the man that we love. The first time he prayed for the man that we love, I asked him, "Who is the man that we love?" He looked at me like I should know and said, "Jesus mom." So simple. I love watching his faith develop and grow. The other night when Mike told him he needed to go straight to bed he threw a fit because we hadn't done our "scwiptures and pwayers" yet. This little boy is an example to us. We love him!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


About a week and a 1/2 ago, I agreed to take my friend's family pictures. They turned out super cute by the way! I decided to try to get some pictures of my adorable boys before we met up with my friend.
He pulls this face all the time.
 We started of at Mike's parent's home as we had stopped to say hi to them. I had found matching (somewhat) outfits. Thankfully, we had purchased the shirt Baby K is wearing last December. I have been waiting to put him in it because, even though it is 12 month, and that is what he is wearing right now, it is long sleeved. I didn't think Baby K would be doing 12 month clothing at 5 months old! Good thing I dug it out of the closet because it fits just perfect!
I love his smile!
Gettling Little Man to look at the camera and actually smile was hard! He wanted to be doing anything else but just sitting there. Or, he would smile, and when I woudl ask him to smile again, he would reply, "I aweady smiled mom." The boy was stubborn! It is a good thing he is so cute!
Looking up at daddy
After taking some pictures at Mark & Sue's home, we moved to the Ameican Fork Ampitheater. It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect! When we got there, all Little Man wanted to do was run after the bunnies and explore. It was even more difficult to get him to sit still and take pictures. But we got some.
OK Mom, I will look at you.

Little Man loves babies. Having his own makes him REALLY love babies. During the shoot, some of the only smiles I got that were real was when he saw another family with there little baby. He was super excited.

Do I have to be here?
I love my boys. There is no doubt about it. Little Man loves Baby K and Baby K loves Little Man. Little Man is able to get the best laughs from Baby K, and he doesn't even have to work for them! The other night, Baby K was in the highchair and Little Man was jumping up, trying to get magnets off the fridge. It must have been hilarious because Baby K couldn't stop laughing, which then had all of us laughing!
Look Mom! There is a baby over der!

I am so lucky to be these two adorable boys' mom. Seriously, I lucked out in the child department. They are both easy going, even while trying to assert their independence. They are happy and smiley and share love and joy without reservation.

I awready smiled mom!
Please enjoy the rest of the pictures! I know I am going to!
Brotherly love!

These two boys love each other and it melts my heart.

One of my favorites of Little Man, taken after he has run all over and
gotten sweaty and hot. But still adorable!

We can be finished, right?