Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog is Broke!

Well... I guess our blog has come to an end. I ran out of space on my Google+ account (which is one reason I stopped posting... I was trying to figure out how to increase storage or delete non-necessary stuff...), and so I deleted my back-up of my photos, which in turn deleted every picture from my blog. Boo. I didn't use Google+ to upload my pictures to my blog... so I didn't think this would happen. I was warned, but I ignored the warning. So it's my own dang fault. Boo again. Maybe at another time in my life I will start up again. I will let you know if I do. Until then... adieu.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Trip to Idaho - Day 2 - Farm & Ice Cream

Expressive Matthew

The kids & adults looking in at the animals

Parker & the pig

Lincoln & the chicken

Parker & the baby calf

Rachel with Logan & Parker

Angela with Rose & Parker & the goat


Bennett (& Angela's toned arm)
Lincoln daring to pet the calf

Watching the big cows

Finally! What we really came for... the ice cream!

See??! Happiness is around this ice cream store.

...unless it's too hot for ice cream and it melts all over...

Parker with the cone

Rose... beautiful even covered with pink ice cream!

Looking at Mom's iPad of pictures of herself...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Trip to Idaho - Day 1 - Bowling & Playing Outside


Parker (back), Lincoln, Logan, Rose (l to r)

Logan & Parker

Doggy door is always a hit!

Race Time! (Matthew in the middle)

Bowling... Grandpa in charge

Rachel & Darrin

Aunt Mindy with Logan

(L to R) Matthew, Lincoln, Parker, Rose

Grandpa helping Lincoln



The most popular activity... eating the pretzels!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trip to Idaho - traveling

(June 22, 2014)

I took Lincoln, Parker, and Charity with me to visit family in Idaho from the 22nd to the 27th. Both my sisters were there, and since the twins will NOT nap anywhere but in their own cribs, I thought it would be a good idea. Jesse stayed home with Griffin & Oliver, and off we went!

I was nervous about the actual traveling... since both boys are potty trained (and Parker seems to have a tiny bladder...). But I just planned on stopping once for up to about an hour, and possibly one more 20 minute stop to feed the baby.

We left after church at about nap time, so I told Lincoln and Parker if they took a nap, they could watch a show on the iPad. After I said that, I think Lincoln was asleep in 3 minutes. Charity woke up in the Salt Lake area, so we stopped for dinner at a sit-down restaurant so I could feed her and we could have a semi-private booth. I was quickly reminded why I do not take our kids to sit-down restaurants EVER anymore. Parker was running around the restaurant while I was feeding Charity. Charity despised the nursing cover, so I ended up just nursing her as discreetly as possible in front of the waiter (sorry!). And both boys would hardly touch their food. I made sure not to give any snacks in the van beforehand so they would eat a decent dinner. But basically they each ate a couple bites of chicken and a cup of milk. Oh well.
This is not at all how it seemed...

Then after we crossed the Idaho border, Charity woke up again to eat. I let the boys run around this little bridge while I nursed her. It was almost dark so I wanted to wear them out so they would sleep once we got to Grandma's house.

Charity woke up again, but I just powered through it and kept driving since we were less than an hour away at that point. We got there at just before 11pm. Time to party!

Oliver with his baby sister

(June 19, 2014)

Oliver came up to Charity and was right in her face playing with her (gently!). It was pretty cute.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Date Night...with Charity

(June 13, 2014)

For the first couple months of Charity's life, she got to join us for date night. As long as she slept through dinner and a movie, or whatever else we did, it was easy. She started being more awake... so now we usually leave her at home with the babysitters (yes, more than one!) if we can find two, that is.

She is almost 2 months old in these pictures & video. She started smiling with some prompting about 6 weeks. Love it!!!

We went to dinner, and afterwards it was so pleasant outside (we had been in the 100's, but this week it was a lot cooler) we took a walk around the temple, pushing Charity in her stroller.

Lincoln Falling Asleep on Mommy

(June 8, 2014)

I can't remember what I was doing on my computer... but Lincoln wanted to watch. Very quickly he fell asleep. Church wears us all out.


(June 12, 2014)

I wanted to take pictures of the boys for Father's Day and get them printed, and then put them in a frame he could keep on his desk at his office... but it was so stinkin' hot outside (it was even 10am!) already, so all the kids were grumpy that I was making them do something so horrifying... It turned out cuter than I thought it would, but still not something I would want to print and put in a frame... maybe I will have more forethought another year...

Twin Play

(June 2, 2014)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sweet Babies x 3

(May 30, 2014)

Babies holding a baby? Am I crazy????

Star Chart

(May 30, 2014)

I wanted some sort of incentive to help me get the kids doing things I want. Such as chores, naps, waking up dry in the morning, etc.

So I made this:

They get pretty excited when I offer them a star - I just need to remember to offer them!


(May 30, 2014)

What do you do when it's hot outside?

Sneak outside and turn on the sprinkler. Make sure you get all your clothes wet since you just got clean clothes on. Even better - make sure you are wearing socks and shoes!

(Don't let Mom find out!)