Monday, December 15, 2008

Family Pictures

One of the many activities we did over the Thanksgiving holiday was get family pictures taken...with ALL my family. Not just our "little" family...but all my brothers, sisters, their spouses & kids, etc...30 people in all! Here are some of my favorite shots that we just took w/our little camera...

Just our little family...(you can tell Abbie was a little bit cold)...

Here is one of my dad with all the sons (minus my brother-in-law, Brig...this would have been a perfect picture if Brig would have been able to stay!):

And, my mom with her daughters!

And, I couldn't resist sharing this one...Parks & Connor were facinated by a lot of recycling trucks that kept passing....we would find them standing together watching for the trucks to come by....aren't these brothers cute?

Paramount City

Each year, the 3rd graders at the Abbie's elementary school, have the assignment to build a miniture business & then each classroom builds & name their own subdivision. The business are constructed at home w/mom & dad, while they work on their homes at school. A couple of weeks
ago, Abbie participated & then we all had the chance to go view "Paramount City" that was constructed in the gym of the was so fun to see the creativity & hard work that was put into the project. Our family had fun walking around the city! Here are some pictures...
Abbie chose to build IHOP...

Here friend, Eryn, built Krispy Kreme donuts....

And another friend, Hunter, chose to build Cabela's...

Their class named their subdivision "Star Creek"...

And here was Abbie's house....

I thought they all turned out fabulous!...I'm already looking forward to doing the project with Annie in 2 more years! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Four Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween Night

A total brag blog here....I can't help showing off how cute my 4 trick-or-treaters looked! Abbie decided she wanted to be a She-Devil, Annie is our pretty Cinderella, Parker was a handsome little bat & Connor was a puppy (who refused to wear his puppy hat, but was still darn cute anyway!!

Here is Abbie, Annie & Parks posing for a picture!! :)

I know I'm a bit biased, but Abbie was a stunning She-Devil!!

Could Annie look anymore like Cinderella?

Our Bat-boy again...

And, cute little Connor-man enjoying his Halloween candy before we even get started on the trick-or-treating!

We hope all of you had as Happy Halloween as we did!! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fall Fun (Part 2) aka Our Trips to the Pumpkin Patch

This October, we took were able to visit the pumpkin patch 2 different times....I took the boys one morning with all of Parker's preschool friends and then we went again with some of our good friends, the Knox's, for FHE....we had a fabulous time at both of the visits!

The morning that we went with all our preschool friends, it was SO, SO cold...but we had loads of fun as well!

Here's a picture of most of the kids after making their way through the straw bale maze...I think they liked running through it because it helped them stay warmer! :)

I loved this picture of all the kids on top of the wagon after going for a hay was picture perfect! Aren't they a cute bunch of kids?

And, of course, one of Parks with his prized pumpkin! He spent a lot of time searching for just the right one!

When we went with Knox's, we had the chance to see all the animals in the petting zoo. Boy, was that a hit! All the kids (9 between both families) loved seeing the horses, donkey, dogs, camel, and sheep! All our kids got a kick out of being able to feed all the animals, and Parker didn't even cry very hard when one of the sheep got a little bit of his finger!

As always, the hayride is a big hit! I love how happy all these girls look! :) Could they be any cuter?

And, the final ride before heading how was a trip around the pumpkin patch in the "cow train"...Parker & Connor had been waiting the whole night for this! Annie was a great big sister to sit with Connor & keep him safe!

Thanks to the Knox's for being such great friends & sharing your FHE with us!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fall Fun (part 1) aka Abbie's Halloween Party

Well, we have had a busy October...after a quick trip to Utah, we got back & the next weekend had Abbie's 9th Birthday Party...we went with a Halloween theme & I think all the girls had a blast!! We sent out 12 invitations, thinking there are always a few that can't make it to the party...well, not this time! So, we ended up 14 girls (adding Abbie & Annie) at our was wild, busy, a little bit crazy, quite a lot of laughs & loads of fun!! :) Here are most of the girls...I took the picture before the last few arrived....

We started off with the classic "pin the tail on the donkey", but changed it to pinning the nose on the about the girls laughing like was hilarious. After that, we had a crazy scavenger hunt....I loved watching a pack of girls running around outside, in the snow, no less...having the time of their life. After that, we came back inside to play bobbing for apples...which was definitely the hit game of the party...every single girl played at least twice....

And a picture with all the girls with an apple in their mouth! If you're ever having a halloween party with a bunch of 9 year old kids, definitely think about bobbing for apples...what a blast!

Before sitting down to watch Monster House, we had "dirt cake" for dessert, complete with worms (gummy of course) sticking out!

I had a great time & I think our birthday girl too!! We love you, Abbie!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Random Pictures from Conference Weekend

This weekend we took a trip down to Utah...we spent some time with my family, then spent some time in Park City with Matt's family. Here's a few fun pictures from our weekend...I wish I can been better & snapping pictures, but oh well.....

My little brother, Nate is playing tackle football right now. Parker found his pads & tried them on....pretty handsome, huh?

Here's Nate....he was being cool doing the "peace" sign, but in this picture it looks like his finger is up his nose...LOL!

Grandma Judy made homemade Mac & Cheese for dinner...Connor totally digged it! I thought this was a cute picture of him... :)

My cute "little" brother (he's 8 yrs younger than me, but towers over me by about 6 inches...or more!) and his son, Jefferson! Jefferson totally loved the Mac & Cheese too! I love Jefferson's curls & smile!

While we were in Park City, Connor was so cute. He took every chance he could, to walk around in Abbie's slippers! Notice the truck too...Connor found it at Grandma Judy's house and HAD to have it ALL.THE.TIME!

Here's another picture of Parker....he was building a "fort" for his can't see much of the fort or Rocky underneath, but you can tell Parks was having fun!

Here is Matt's brother, Kyle, with his cute wife Christy & daughter Gabbie! The weekend wasn't nearly long enough to hang out & visit with them, but we sure enjoyed seeing their family!!

And, finally....a view out of our room in Park City. The weather was cool & rainy, but I loved watching the clouds move in over the mountains as the day went can't see the mountains, but they are there, hiding behind the clouds!

We had a fun weekend & are already looking forward to the next time we'll be able to get together with our families!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

First Day of School Pictures!

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I'm know I'm a month behind on these...but, hopefully you'll enjoy them just the same! :)

Abbie and Annie LOVE school! They have great friends, great teachers & a fun time learning. So, there were no tears shed when school started again!! Here was our "group" picture before the girls headed off...

Abbie (wanting to not just smile for the camera, but show off her Hannah Montana backpack as well...LOL)!!

Annie....adorable, as always...

Here are the girls getting off the bus after school...did I mention they love riding the bus?!!? They do! And, I love that the bus stop is just 2 doors down from our house!! If you look close, you can see the back of Parker on the left side of the picture...he was way excited to see the girls come home!

And Parker smiling cute right before he heads off to his first day of preschool!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Corrupting Connor

As I was making lunch today, I accidently left the fridge open while I placed some items on the counter. Before I had the chance to turn around & close it, I notice that Connor had taken the liberty of getting stuff out for himself....actually, not stuff, just one item in particular....a can of Moutian Dew!! Apparently, he knows what to do with the can, because this is what he started doing...

I tried taking the can away from Connor, but he wasn't too happy about that, so I let him just carry it around for a bit before we had lunch...this is how I found him a few minutes later...

...still carrying around the can & playing on the trampoline! :) He's one cute kid, huh?

Funny enough, as of June 1st, I decided to stop drinking soda. Now, I've done this on a few different occassions, but I'm REALLY serious about it this long as I don't give in to "social drinking"...that seems to be when it's the hardest. Wish me luck! :)

Friday, May 30, 2008

For Karyn...

So, my sister asked me to take some pictures of some of the birthday cards I have...(I've been in several different card clubs & have quite the assortment) help her get some ideas. Actually, she asked for a picture of "my favorite birthday card"...she probably knew that there was NO possible way for me to narrow it down to JUST one...LOL. So, Karyn, for you, here are SEVERAL different cards...hope the pictures help!! :) I'd love to see what you end up doing/making!

This first one I got from my ward exchange. The girl who did it is super crafty & sells Stampin' Up! stuff, so I'm not sure how helpful it is, but I love the colors & layout!

This one is so easy...I went through an "orange" stage, and needed something simple...

This one is fairly easy too...just a lot of layering, plus a bit of ribbon & a brad...

I thought this one looked fairly simple too, round the corners & staple a ribbon on the top. In case you can't read the saying..."True friendship isn't seen with the's felt with the heart. Happy Birthday!" I love the colors black, white & red together...

Here's another really simple one that I got from my ward exchange...

This is a "Congratulations" card, but could easily use the layout & find some cute embellishment for the top... is one of my favorite layouts ever. I originally received this card in my ward exchange & I thought it was adorable! Sorry it's so blurry...the picture doesn't do it justice...

So, I copied the layout & made this card (sorry, it's blurry again) for one of my exchanges with Matt's family...

And...I liked it so much still, that now this is the card I'm making to exchange with my sisters next month...all the same layout, just different colored ribbon, paper & brad, obviously! :)

Happy Card Making!!