My wonderful Grandpa Malone just passed away on Friday the 28th around 9:30 pm. He died at home with my Grandma and aunt there. His health has been poor lately and his passing wasn't much of a surprise... with that being said it's still hard. My Mom put it best saying, "it's just empty now." Grandpa is a wonderful man. An amazing example to me and my family. I know growing up when my family would be struggling my grandparents would always help us out... even all the way down in Arizona. (I grew up in Washington) He always put others first and ALWAYS had a smile on his face. He is one of the happiest people I know. I hope I can be that way too. These pictures were obviously taken a while ago looking at how little my kids are, but these are the last ones I have of him.
So right now, I am so grateful to have the knowledge of the gospel in my life. It is so reassuring knowing that he is in a better place having a wonderful reunion with his parents and siblings. Lloyd Malone will be greatly missed here on the earth, but his life will be celebrated!! I love you so much Grandpa!! Thank you!!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Posted by Crystal at 4:00 PM
We had a white Christmas again this year; another storm came Christmas eve and laid some more snow on top of the old bunch. It was beautiful!! The kids sure enjoyed Christms. They get spoiled every year...thanks to all of our family and grandparents. They are loving all of their new toys; they've been entertaining themselves, which is nice. Fisher feel asleep on the couch while the older kids were busily opening their gifts; that made me smile. I hope everyones holiday was as enjoyable as ours!!!
Posted by Crystal at 2:28 PM
Fisher is growing like crazy!! I can't believe he's already 3.5 months old. He is a great baby. If he's awake he is happy. He loves smiling at his siblings, and Mom of course. :) He is really trying to talk more and more. He is just an angel. All the kids have colds right now, so Fisher isn't sleeping great at night anymore. He wakes himself up coughing, the poor kid. He has recently found his hands and shows them off all the time...it's really cute to watch him grow and figure out this world he's in. Babies are so special!
Posted by Crystal at 2:18 PM
My brother came into town for Christmas again this year and we had so much fun. The kids love uncle Clint and he helped out a lot with them. It is always so nice to have family visit, especially for the holidays. We love you Clint!!
Posted by Crystal at 2:03 PM
Monday, December 17, 2007
My kids love Santa. Kenadee informed me that she wants Santa to bring her a pony. First of all, we call them horses so I don't know where she got "pony" and then when I tried to explain that we don't have anywhere to put a horse she told me she'd keep it in our house. I told her that horses don't know how to use the potty so it would poop on our floor, "Mom, I'll wipe it's bum when it goes poo poo." I hope she'll settle for a bike. Jackson doesn't understand that Santa brings toys to the kids. Maybe next year. He sure didn't mind sitting on his lap though. I am actually so excited for their Christmas this year... we got both of them bikes. I think they'll be really happy. I am just so excited to see there faces when they wake up this bikes in our front room. Christmas is, after all, all about the kids. :)
Posted by Crystal at 2:10 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
We've started doing an exchange with our neighbors on the weekends where we each take the other two couples kids. That way we get two date nights to one "babysitting" night. This is a picture of our first night with all 7 seven kids. A little overwhelming and loud but the kids have fun. The 1 year olds have been the hardest, not really use to being with other adults. The older four play pretty well together... of course the occasional "you need to share/take turns" but well worth getting a few FREE dates!! I highly recommend it! :)
Posted by Crystal at 7:15 PM
Posted by Crystal at 7:13 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Yes, we went to Washington for Thanksgiving!! My first holiday home in 6 years!! It was so good to be back; even though my Mom moved into her new house a couple days before it still felt like home! I was a lot colder then I expected, but we had so much fun. We drove through the night so the kids would sleep most of the way. Driving there Kenadee was so excited...literally every minute she was asking if we were almost there and why Grandma lives so far away. She finally fell asleep at 10:30 pm. Fisher did the best in the car ride. He is an amazing baby!! The kids had a blast at the ocean throwing rocks and collecting shells. It was so much fun to teach them about where I grew up.
Making cookies with Grandma Carol
Fun at the beach
My Mom, sister Courtney, and me!
We drove through Seattle on Sunday on the way home. So here is a picture of us on the ferry; which the kids LOVED!! Then feeding the seaguls our left over french fries from Ivars (which I highly recommend). And lastly, the pig right in front of where they "throw the fish" at Pikes Place Market. I loved going home for Thanksgiving. Thanks again Mom for all you do for me and my family; we all love you!!
Posted by Crystal at 1:24 PM
Fisher was giving Grandma Beck the biggest smiles! I don't think she liked it one bit either!! He's really starting to interact and you can tell he really wants to talk and make noise. Taylor thinks he just might be our cutest baby!!
Posted by Crystal at 1:20 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Aren't they adorable. It's pretty hard to take a picture where all of them are looking at the camera, not making silly faces, you can see everyones face...and the list goes on and on. So this is as good as it gets (until we get them professionally done)
So Taylor was at work and I was trying to get a picture of Fisher smiling and even better...I got a picture of his dimples!! We have tried and tried for two months to get this picture. I am so proud of myself. So yes, Fisher has a dimple in each cheek. My question now is to anyone that could help...is he going to keep his dimples? If anybody who has dimples themselves or kids that do please let me know. I always wanted dimples and am so curious if he'll be an adult with dimples!!!
Fisher also had his two month check this week. He is 11# and 20.5 inches. That is super short for his age and in the 35% for his weight. Kenadee at two months was 8# and 23". Jackson weighed in at 9.5# and 22.5". So Fisher isn't long and skinny like the other kids. Yet he isn't rolly polly either, I guess he's just solid. All that matters is that he is healthy and he sleeps GREAT!!
Posted by Crystal at 1:23 PM
Friday, November 9, 2007
Another year older. It's sad how the world doesn't revolve around you when you're an adult. I had a really good b-day though; my good friend Annie took me out to lunch. It was so much fun to not scarf my lunch in 2 minutes and to talk to an adult. Thanks Annie-you are the best!! Both my parents sent flowers. I love fresh flowers!! If I had extra money to spend I would buy fresh flowers for my house everyweek. Friends and neighbors in my ward kept coming by with some gifts as well. And I even got a long back massage at the end of the day!! Life is good. Thank you everyone for the gifts and phone calls throughout the day; it sure helped make the day special!!!
I just thought this was so funny. Our cute Jack likes to dress up. It's too bad we only have girly things...I guess it could be worse, he could have been wearing the princess dress!! :)
Posted by Crystal at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2007
After me trying to get a picture of his adorable smile for what seems like forever, Taylor gets it in one single snap. But oh well, now everyone can see!! My heart just melts when he smiles. He is so loved!!
Here are all the boys!!
Our family of five. Notice the hairless Taylor due to his Halloween costume. He actually looks decent with no hair. This picture makes me smile. It reminds me how much I love my family when I've had a hard day with the kids.
Everyone that was at his blessing is in this picture except Heather and BJ Graham, they had to take off after the blessing to teach their lesson in there ward. Our friend Randy is taking the picture, he was in the "boys" picture. It sure is nice to have friends and family who love and support you. Thank you for being there everyone! We sure do love you!!
Posted by Crystal at 8:16 PM
So... at Jane's baby blessing Danny busted out this machine. He let all the kids take turns riding up in the air and moving it all around. Kenadee loved it. Then it was Taylor's turn. They took it as high as it will go-50 feet. CRAZY!!
We finally busted out the baby swing. Okay the truth is that I finally broke down and bought batteries for it. It hadn't been more than 10 minutes and Jack climbed in it while I was nursing. I'm in trouble with two boys in a row!!
Posted by Crystal at 6:54 PM
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here is Kenadee and her best friend, Brynlee. Also Jack on the left and Brynlee's little brother, McCade with Dad Chad Brown. They are some good friends in the ward.
What can I say? This was NOT my idea nor did I approve this. :) Taylor shaved the front part of his head and kept just the mustach to look like his Dad. His Dad is always wearing a shirt from Whitewater; today he dressed up with a polo!! There were some good laughs but now Tay is stuck with a completely shaved head.
The whole gang. Fisher wasn't too happy to be forced to wake up for a family picture. Kenadee sure thought she was all that. People kept telling her that she was a pretty princess and she would respond, "I know." What a humble girl we have. Jackson couldn't handle both his gun and the sack for treats; so the gun got ditched!
Posted by Crystal at 1:18 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here is the pumpkin we promised to carve with the kids. (And they wouldn't let us forget about it) Okay, Taylor carved it but I was the camera guy. Kenadee would NOT touch the guts; she whined and whined...it was the biggest deal after being so excited to carve the pumkin. So Jack copied her and wouldn't touch it. Taylor finally told them, that if they wouldn't gut the pumpkin then it wasn't gonna get carved. We love being in charge!!!
After that, the kids decided to drag every pillow and blanket upstairs so they could jump on them. It was hilarious to watch them dive head first into the pile! Their faces were bright red and it took them forever to seddle down to go to sleep--what can you expect?!
Posted by Crystal at 1:45 PM
Here is Janey Gwen and Fisher. Jane is our really good friends, Danny and Annie's, baby girl. She was born 1 week after Fisher- and our guy is way bigger then petite Jane. It will be so fun to see them grow up together and to watch our boys fight over Jane!!
Then there is Kenadee and Jackson being shirtless and smiling for Mom. What? It was shirtless Friday in our house!
Posted by Crystal at 1:36 PM