Saturday, October 30, 2010


Dear Bully,
I wish you could have seen and heard both of my children today when I had to tell them that you had taken Adelle's pumpkin off of our porch and smashed it on the street right in front of our house. It brought me to tears, watching them agonize over someone being so unkind and selfish. I know you didn't realize that the pumpkin you destroyed belonged to a 2 year old. I know you didn't rationalize how that child would feel when they walked out their door and noticed that their pumpkin was gone. These feelings I'm sure would have prompted you to participate in some other form of "fun."
This was a learning experience for our family. When my son said, "I want to put my pumpkin in the backyard now, mom," I was able to talk to him about not being afraid and about what happens when we make bad choices that affect other people.
Both of my kids are standing in the window looking out on the scene of the crime. They have both been crying. They are both hurt, confused, disappointed. There is one day left until Halloween. Please spare the other children who's pumpkins are nicely carved on their porches.
You're a huge jerk.
But I forgive you.

Friday, October 29, 2010

From Ninja back to Pirate

Because I'm the mom
I know how to get my kids to do things they thought they didn't want to do.

and I know how to make them enjoy it

to the point where they've changed their mind completely about what they like/don't like.
note to self: This is a dangerous power that may come in very handy one day!


I didn't ever do theater.
I wish I would have.
I hope some of my children do.
They are naturals!
This is the first of about 15 movies we've made in the last 2 days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sneak Peak

Today was the much anticipated Halloween party at Preschool.
It was so fun. Adelle loves being at school with Braxton and his friends!
Emmett was this years cow! I love that all my kids have worn this costume. Emmett is a total doll baby. This picture completely illustrates his easy going, happy, self.
Adelle is the cutest pirate ever! I'm glad Braxton wanted to be a pirate because otherwise I would have never had Adelle be a pirate. She rocked that costume!
Braxton is not a pirate, but rather a ninja. Why? Because he's 5 and he has a mind of his own! He changes this mind of his often and I'm becoming more and more flexible thanks to that mind! Gotta love it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthday Boy

What a fun day we had celebrating Braxton.
He is so loved!
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful family who helped celebrate Braxton.
He was spoiled:
sung to in the morning
sung to at church
sung to on the phone
taken shopping
packages in the mail
taken shopping again
breakfast in bed
long distance phone calls
gifts he requested
gifts he didn't request but was happy with
text messages (previews of coming attractions?)
homemade mac&cheese
sung to at preschool.....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Baby Brax

My baby Brax is 5 today!
I'm not sure how that happened.
I'm glad it did.
Braxton has brought me more joy than I ever thought could exist.
When I showed him the cupcakes I made today for his party he goes,
"Wow mom, those are awesome. I didn't know you could do stuff like that."
When he was given a package of m&m's today at church he asked,
"Mom, can I share these with Adelle?"
He is sweet and kind and growing up to be a gentleman.
Happy Birthday Braxton!

Friday, October 22, 2010

You Make Me Smile

Jeff makes me smile.
He's driving to the hardware store with two of our little ones.
My phone rings.
I answer.
I hear this song.
He's holding his phone up to the radio.
He makes me smile.
I love him.
May be a new favorite song.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

3 little pumpkins

3 Little Pumpkins woke up from a nap
1st one said, "I get to go birthday shopping with Bama"
2nd one said, "My come too!"
3rd one said, "I get to stay home and have mom all to myself."

And so we did. Emmett and I. Hanging out. Reading books. Cuddling. Catching Rays. Taking Pictures with Pumpkins. Eating Delicious Chocolate Covered Blueberries and Acai.

Monday, October 18, 2010

We're Home

Last Monday around 5:00am we loaded up the sleepy kids in their jammies and hit the road! There was no looking back. We had a long drive ahead of us. About an hour after we left we saw the sun rising. Braxton comments from the back seat, "It's really beautiful here. Is this Utah?"
Little did he know we had a ways more to go!
Here we are at Wild Horse Monument in Washington just past Vantage. This was the first time they were able to get out and stretch.
It was so windy but we were so glad to get out and get our wiggles out!
This picture really undermines this hike but let's just say we got our wiggles out and then some. It was so steep but maybe my perception was skewed from carrying Emmett and wearing flip-flops!
The kids made it all the way up and then Adelle practically drug me down holding onto my hand!
I don't know what was easier....hauling Emmett up or getting drug down by Adelle.
It worked! The fresh air wore them out! These sleeping beauties were such good travelers. Everyone of them completely exceeded my expectations and were so good in the car! We could get used to this road trip thing!!
Monday afternoon we arrived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It was so beautiful there. The kids loved the beach. This is a lake but it was huge and we felt like we were at home at the ocean.
We found a chestnut tree and I taught the kids how to crack open the chestnuts. This brought back good memories from the house I lived in when I was little. We had 3 huge chestnut trees in front and in the fall we would always step on the chestnuts.
Monday and Tuesday nights we were hosted by Uncle Andrew and Auntie Rachel. It was so fun to be at their home and hang out. We got in late Monday night so Tuesday we just took it easy. Rachel made us a delicious dinner and we were able to go to bed at like 8:00pm Tuesday night. That is vacation! We love these two special people!
I think Auntie Rachel may have read this book to Adelle like 4 times in a row. Adelle got to help Rachel make dinner too!
The boys had fun playing outside for hours. Throwing leaves onto Braxton, wrestling, playing football....
It was the perfect place for us to stay and re-vamp for the next day of more driving!
Wednesday we drove to Utah and of course we had to make our stop at Cafe Rio' for lunch. It was a favorite of ours when we lived there and we'd been craving it since we started planning our trip!
I love this picture of Adelle. You can tell she'd been in the car for a while and was being a little silly. It was 70 degrees and warm and we picnicked on the lawn outside the restaurant.
Before we met up with Jeff's family we made a quick stop to say hi to our friends the Martinson's at their new place. It was so fun to see old friends and the kids loved playing with all their toys.
Allia sent us on our way with fresh oranges that we peeled as soon as we got back in the car and they were delicious! We love these special friends as well!
Thursday was wedding Day!! The purpose of our trip was to get to be in the Temple with Erin and Brad as they were married for time and all eternity and it was absolutely perfect. I didn't have my camera at the Temple but I got some pictures at the reception.
Alex is the little boy up in the picture with Braxton and Adelle. He is Brad's son and he and Braxton are the same age. They were buds from the start and happy to be new cousins!
Erin looked gorgous and Adelle was really into getting her picture taken with her. In this one Adelle and cousin Riley got to sit with Erin.
There's the whole gang! Jeff, his brother Andrew, Sister Erin, Brad, Brother Lane, Brother Ryan, Sister Gabriel and then Brad and Erin's children Whitney, Alex and Nicole.
We were also lucky to be able to see Jeff's Grandparents who live in Arizona. We got a generation picture with Emmett, Braxton, Jeff, Jeff's dad Joel, and Grandma and Grandpa.
Friday was goodbye to family day. While in Orem, UT we stayed at Jeff's cousin Dave and his wife Erin's. Here is Braxton and their son Luke. They got to be best buds to the point that Braxton cried when we told him we needed to go!
We hope they will come visit us and we can spoil them!
Jeff's mom and dad got to have all their grandkids in the same spot at the same time!! They got some extra kisses in before we headed out. We were sad our trip was short and busy but so glad to be there and able to see everyone!!
Friday night we met up with old friends that I worked with at Ruby River right after Jeff and I were married aka before kids! We had a blast with them....and I got my fill of Ruby food!
We were the first ones there and so for the first time in their lives my kids got to get candy out of the candy machine. They were stoked!! They deserved it!!
This is Rick who I worked with at Ruby. He is getting his Masters in child psychology and absolutely loved our kids. It was so fun to see them interact together. He and Braxton played tic-tac-toe over and over and over!
Emmett is asleep under the table in his car-seat. By the time we got our food it was almost 9:00pm but the kids were troopers. They love a party, that's for sure. I can't believe I didn't get a picture of all of us at dinner! Bummer! We had so much fun eating and reminiscing and catching up with Brooke, Candace, Jen and Rick. I miss those friends!!
Friday night we got to stay in Salt Lake, UT with my above mentioned friend Jen. She and I met working at Ruby River and became the best of friends. After dinner at Ruby we went back to her place, put the tired kids to bed and hung out with the gang.
Saturday morning we woke up to a beautiful warm day, again! Jen and Rich have their own chickens and we got to get the eggs right from the cage and Jen cooked them up for breakfast. Yum!
The kids had a blast watching the chickens and looking for eggs.
This is Jen and Adelle and I in Jen's amazing kitchen. This girl's husband is an architect and their home is amazing. We were so comfortable staying there with them!
See what I mean!! You walk in the front door to their very own rock wall. It was awesome until I tried to climb it (in my flip flops of course) and completely embarrassed myself.
Gage taught Braxton how to play rock-band and Braxton of course was thrilled. Here he is paying special attention to the screen waiting for his cue.
Before the drive home we stopped at Wheeler Farm to continue wearing out the children. Braxton sported his cowboy hat that Auntie Rachel let him have.
So here I am walking along and all of a sudden something is poking my foot. I flip over my flip-flop to find it completely covered in thorns.
Jeff looked at it and goes, "welcome to Utah!" Thorns were everywhere!!
My hottie husband in his new cowboy boots. He and Andrew made a trade. Jeff brought Andrew his steel toe work boots and Andrew gave Jeff these cowboy boots.
Saturday night we got a hotel in Boise, ID. The kids loved jumping on the bed and watching t.v. We rested well and then finished the drive Sunday.
Our vacation was wonderful. It was so good to see so many family members and friends.