Sunday, April 20, 2014


Quote of the day:

Luke:  Don't choke me!  I can't live without air!

Willie:  I thought you couldn't live without cereal?

Only slightly funnier than when Kaylyn decided in the middle of stake conference that she was a puppy and started sniffing and licking the floor.

And when Reillee gave us a run-down of all the things she used to do when she was a "little girl".

And when the entire contents of Joshua's Easter basket came raining down on my head from it's precarious perch on top of the fridge.

And when we tried to take an Easter photo of the kids, but EmJ kept making awesome faces.

Happy Easter!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Reillee is FOUR!!!!!

Can I just go to sleep now so I can wake up and be FOUR?!
Reillee was so very excited for her birthday to get here.  All she wanted was Frozen paraphernalia...and her birthday did not disappoint.  There were a few extra surprises, though, like a surprise visit from Grandma and Grandpa and a meal at Denny's and donuts and crepes for breakfast.
Elsa again!!

They have watched Frozen twice today and I am sure we will get to see it again before the day ends. :)

Happy Birthday, Reillee!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it was wonderful!  Highlighted by a visit from my parents, we ate and talked and laughed and picked grapefruit and watched movies and ate some more!  Here are some photos of the thankful no order at all...
Thanksgiving centerpieces, made by the kids. :)
Benjamin also contributed a turkey to the decor.
EmJ finished her swimming class just before Thanksgiving...brrrrrr!  And look, I think she has some muscles now!
Over Thanksgiving, the kids met their cousin, Sam.  He and Kayde got along fabulously.
Kayde also picked her nose a lot.  This picture just cracks me up!
Jace gave Willie his Yankee hat.  Willie prizes it now.
Willie also decided this month that he wanted to learn to cook.  He can chop onions, make cereal, cookies, and bread.  No, really.  Thanks to my early Christmas gift (a Kiychen-Aid!), he has become quite the little kitchen helper.
Willie made sure that Gus looked his best for my parents' arrival.
We also finished the curtains just in time! By we, I mean Emmeline.  Exactly what do I do around here?
Sam had a Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving feast at school.  So cute!
And we shined the house up for Grandma's arrival...including getting rid of the least for the week.  Yuck!

It was a wonderful holiday!

March Madness

Before I get around to sharing a ton of pictures, let me relate a little classic Sam story that happened today.  

Her primary teacher was talking about helping others, setting a good example, etc.  She asked the kids to role play some simple scenarios.  Sam's involved a boy being stuck in a tree.  Allegedly, the conversation went like this...

Boy:  Help!  I am stuck in this tall tree and I can't get down!
Teacher:  Sam, what would you do if you saw this boy?
Sam:  I would climb the tree and help him get all the way to the top!

I had to explain to her teacher that if she expects a certain answer, she should probably not ask Sam!  For Sam will be completely real and honest...I mean, who cares about helping the wimp get out of the tree, when it would be even more fun to get to the very top!!

And now, some happenings from March...
Sam started gymnastics (finally!!). On her first day in the class, she won a strength contest.  With a huge grin on her face the entire time.
Kaylyn has spent the month reading.  I can't get this girl away from her books.  Not that I want to!  She is also talking a lot more, though we can't understand a word.
Reillee also started gymnastics.  A surprise to me, she actually loves it.
Baseball season is underway.  Joshua is on the Giants, and there is some actual, real talent in this team.  It should be a fun year!
Benjamin has been playing soccer...enjoying a footskills clinic.  I have a hard time taking "lawn fairies" seriously, but Benjamin loves it.  He also won second place in a fundraiser for Tae Kwon Do...selling cookies of his own accord.
Another baseball picture...of what could turn out to be the three team MVPs...not that I am biased or anything. :)
Um, this does not even need an explanation. 
EmJ had her birthday party last night.  She planned and prepped all on her own (love!) and had a great time with the friends that she has made down here.
Teeny origami elephant, made from money.  
They watched Frozen...shocker!
Sam's 6th bday was back in February, but let's not forget to showcase her celebration!  Unicorn ice cream was a must!
Cute new dress from Grandma!
And a bike!!
About the time Sam's bday rolled around, I realized that I never threw Benjamin a real party...and since I only do parties at 5, 8, and 12...
We quickly called a couple of friends and had an after school shindig involving pizza rolls, ninja turtle cupcakes, and boatloads of silly string!!

So now, since we haven't been busy enough, we are going to head into a crazy few weeks of birthdays (Reillee, EmJ, me), road trips (taking the YW to General Conference), family visits (woohoo), spring break, baseball games, dance festival, and our anniversary.  Crazy! Oh, and the pool opens next week, so you know where to find us. :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Beginnings

I can't believe EmJ is almost 12.  This week she got to walk the red carpet at New Beginnings as one of this years' new Beehives.  So cute!  And nostalgic.  And she is so much prettier than I was at 12.  And taller.  And I love, love, love working with these fantastic young women!!!!

EmJ with Morgan (Alivia, she is your doppelgänger).
Check out the shoes!
Beautiful new Beehives!  Kirstin, Carly, and Angie....I mean, EmJ, Calissa, and Jocelyn! :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Victories and Disasters

I kind of miss blogging.  In the past year or two, it has gone the way of reading, scrapbooking, and showering...becoming something I only do on rare and special occasions.

But the kids aren't any less hilarious, and life in our crazy family certainly hasn't stopped.  

I miss sitting down at the end of the day, or week, and laughing to myself about all of the highs and lows, the victories and the complete disasters.

So here we go:

Today's high:  Baseball practice has begun.
Joshua is on the GIANTS!!  And his coach gave a short and sweet speech to start the season that went something like this, 

"There's no crying in baseball."

It's going to be a good season, I can tell.

Today's low:  My foot.
After two weeks, it still isn't better...but if I walk like an old lady you can't even tell I am limping...probably because you are too busy wondering why I am walking like an old lady.

Today's victory:  Reillee deciding that it was okay to use the public restroom. 

After dancing around for ninety minutes, she said,

"I just told myself in my head, 'Oh fine!  You can go on the loud potty!'"

Today's disaster:  Realizing that my three year old can read the word "Cheetos"...the disaster being that I,who haven't exercised in two weeks because I have a broken toe, was chowing the Cheetos.

(She really can read, it's pretty cool.)

Saturday, February 08, 2014


I just passed the girls room, where instead of sleeping, there was lots of giggling going on.  I cracked the door open and said sternly,

"Goodnight, girls."

To which Sam sung back, in her most pathetic voice,

"Do you wanna build a snowman?"

Friday, February 07, 2014

It's great to be Eight!

Benjamin had probably the best eighth birthday known to man. Seriously, he is a lucky kid!  His birthday started on Wednesday with the arrival of puppy grandma...he got to stay the night with her and granny b and then go on a date. He purchased his very own scriptures...oh, I love brand new scriptures...and arrived home just in time for a 
SUPRISE!! (A minute ago there was a picture right here to go with the surprise. I don't know where it went, so let's just use our imagination, shall we?) (And while we are imagining, imagine that this post is coherent and free if typos...I am posting from my phone while laying on bed agonizing over a stubbed toe.  I am grouchy and my foot is black and blue and I am not going to put the effort in that this post deserves.) (maybe I will fix it later.) (not likely.)

Back to the surprise!  The kids' cousin Henry came with Luke's parents.  You can tell by Sam's face In this picture, just how excited everybody was to see grandparents and cousins!

Benjamin was baptized on Saturday, February 1st.  He was dapper in his new suit and so mature and ready for his big day.  Luke and I were so impressed with the thought he put into preparing the program and inviting the neighbors and everything else.  It was a great day!

On Sunday we finally had birthday cake...because the Red Robin bottomless root beer float and ice cream wasn't enough?!
Then on Monday we explored Mt. Diablo' rock city (so cool) and convinced grandma and grandpa to take the kids to chuck e cheese for just one more birthday celebration!   

Let the detox begin! 

(Not really, because it is birthday season.)

(I hope you enjoyed this post despite all the typos!)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Musical Sounds...

Today I overheard this musical vent coming from the sound of EmJ's room...

EmJ:  ...and he thinks we're rude!  We're not rude!  I'm trying to talk and dad won't let me!  He just drones on and on and on and you drone on and on and on and I can't even say the thing I am trying to say!  Rude!  He's rude!  He's being rude to his own children!

Joshua: (says something too softly for me to may  have been comforting, or it may have been about paper airplanes)

EmJ: ...and I never, ever get to do what I want to do.  I just want to write in my journal right now about how MAD I am, but I can't even do that!  (sobs, sobs, sobs)

Joshua:  Today it was Dad, tomorrow it will be Sam, and then next week it'll be Benjamin, and then the next week it will be Reillee that's rude to us.

EmJ:  And then the next week it'll be Dad!  Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad!

(Note to self:  When dealing with moody girls, try to stifle laughter and go with second reaction.)

Dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Dime Store Christmas!!

 Annual Neighborhood Christmas Party
 We didn't do ugly sweaters this year, but Luke still wore a Christmas tie!
 Benjamin guarded the tree for a couple of nights before Christmas.
 It was so hard to wait for Christmas Eve, so Sam's face shows how we all felt when it was FINALLY time to open presents. :)
 Christmas jammies...hand-me-downs for Kaylyn. 
 Show me the money!!  I was so proud of Luke's PJ pants.
 Then we set out cookies for Santa and reindeer food for the reindeer.

 We hardly slept a wink and then enjoyed the worst cinnamon rolls ever for Christmas breakfast....seriously, yuck...usually we bring a pan of cinnamon rolls to someone on Christmas morning, but this year we were forced to break with tradition because they were so bad.

 I had to take a picture before we let the kids in!

 We took mostly videos this I don't have many photos, but here are some favorites.  Kaylyn loved her new bed (until it was time to go to sleep...).
 Reillee got new ballet shoes.
 Benjamin painted this picture for is an amazing watercolor that we will frame soon.  Benjamin also made gifts for the rest of the paper birds and baseballs and footballs, etc.   He is so thoughtful!

EmJ made me a Yankee apron.  It's awesome, but I had to delete the picture because I didn't want to scare anyone away with my face!

 EmJ loved her scarf (from Sam) and her zebra footies.

 Cheeseballs were a hit!  Seriously, highlight of the morning for Sam.
And the homeschoolers loved their new lockers and desks. Looking at them as I'm typing this, though, they are deserted and messy.  Benjamin is reading behind the couch and EmJ is in her room pretending to work, but actually listening to Harry Potter....again.

Merry Christmas!!  We are happy to welcome 2014 and excited to see what the year brings!