Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I finally started the Valentine's Day decorating! I love my cricut and how fast it cuts out perfect hearts!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Finally went grocery shopping today. Jackson insisted on sitting in the cart while playing a game on the phone. It didn't last long after this picture; he was being eaten alive from crackers and cereal.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lazy day!

Today has been great! Very laid back, unlike most Sundays. Taylor made some chocolate banana shakes and the kids had some serious mustaches! hahahaha!

Then a little crafting and preparing for Teacher Appreciation week!

Wrestling tourney

Last night we went up to Bountiful to watch Taylor's little brother wrestle in his tournament. He totally won too!! We were SO loud (anyone surprised?) and so proud of him. It was an intense match, but Sam pinned his opponent in the 3rd round! WaHoo!!!

Sorry for the crappy zoomed cell pictures. I forgot my camera. Again.
Sam is in the black!

The pin!
Proud big brother! I love watching Taylor get into wrestling. He is passionate about it and knows his stuff!!

The kids did AWESOME! I might have been super prepared with tons of food and coloring books, but they were great none the less. They loved doing their own wrestling and making snow angels after the meet.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Taylor and I had a date last night! We had some Mexican food (yum) then went to the new ice cream place U-Swirl. It was SO good and put all the other self-serve places to shame. SO, SO, SO good!

Taylor didn't think this next story was "that funny". I was dieing though!!

So once we are done eating our yummy treats we head to the bathroom. Too much water at dinner. Well, the men's single bathroom was being occupied. I tell Taylor that he could just use the women's. Well, he follows me in. I was kinda thinking he use it after me, but whatever. Of course someone knocks and startles me. I start laughing all ready. I walk out the door with my head held high, while Taylor makes eye contact with the younger-than-me girl, says, "sorry" and walks off. Bahahaha. Someone totally "caught us" doing NOTHING! I thought it was super funny!!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


His boy is getting so smart! We had both the kids' parent-teacher conferences today and both are amazing. Duh! I was a tiny bit worried for Jackson to start Kindergarten... He's never been the "learning" kind. Just all boy and all play. Well, he has surprised me! He's met every expectation easily. He's alert and participates AND holds still during class. He has grown SO much since school started.
This paper he brought home today.... at first I was a little.... disappointed with it. But stepping back and realizing he's halfway thru Kindergarten NOT 2nd grade like his sister... it's amazing and makes my heart so happy!! 3 sentences with beginning, middle, and ending sounds in his words. With capitals in the beginning and a period at the end. Talk about learning lots!!

It says (I think!)
"My brother was looking for his shoe.
I could find my shoe.
I helped my brother find his shoe."

I am SO proud of this kid! I love him SO much!!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tay and I went to temple (and Subway) this afternoon. This guy is the best! I love him more and more everyday!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My baby is growing up. Gulp!! She is a sweet, sweet, funny, girl!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Today I organized the boys room/games/kids books/puzzles. I love having an organized home. I love it when everythging has a place and is in it's place.

These two played games together all morning. No fights or tears, just smiles!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oh this Kenadee girl of mine. She has been super sweet lately. (then turns around and dumps a water bottle on Jackson as we're in the car on the way to church. Anyway...) She's been picking our clothes and setting them up for us the last few days. I actually, and am kinda embarrassed to admit, have been loving it. She's making combinations that I've never done myself. Who takes fashion advice from their 7 year old? ME! So here's my outfit for tomorrow... green work out undies and all! I even have a ring on what would be my right hand too. She goes all out. I love this mess girl of mine!!

Taylor was playing with the camera and taking tons of these close up pictures. I tried a "sexy" face. Hahaha!!

I'm much better at this one....

Here's my man making me dinner.... again.

It was delicious!!

I had a tender hearted moment. Not sure what else to call it.... I was frantically trying to clean up the mess from dinner tonight, the kids were taking turns with demands/questions/comments. I was feeling a little overwhelmed, which, let's be honest, happens MANY times a day. The house was a mess. Jackson asked me if we could work on his valentines tonight. I snapped a quick answer, "I don't know. I still have a mess in the kitchen to clean up." When I walked back in the kitchen after cleaning up a different room, I found him with a broom and he's sweeping the kitchen.

I gave him a huge hug and said "Thanks bud. I appreciate your help." His response? "Mom. Do you think you'll have enough time to do the valentines now?"

You better believe I made it a priority and started those buggers. He melted my heart. I hope I remember to put these guys "first" a little more. Who cares about a tidied house? Ok, I still do, so I guess I mean.... I hope I make more time for what's important to THEM. They mean SO much to me and don't give them the appropriate time or thought sometimes. I'm learning. Some days slower than others, but I'm learning.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

So while my mom and sister are swimming in tons of snow, we're getting rain here. I'm totally jealous too. I wanna get snowed in our house for days. Oh well. I've finally been able to wear my rain boots that I bought myself for Christmas!! I love them. I also got the girls some super cute ones too, but.... they ran in the house while Taylor was taking my picture. Next time. (I thought it would be cute to point my toes in like that. Wrong. I look strange. Lesson learned)

Friday, January 20, 2012

One hour after running... we went to lunch at 5 Guys. haha! And yet, I can't figure out why I'm not losing weight!! :) It was really fun to spend time with Fisher and Kolbi without the other two kids and the drama they bring along sometimes. We also stopped by the dollar store to get supplies for some valentines. They're gonna be SO cute!!!

Kolbi wanted to drink the Fry Sauce...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dinner is always a battle at our house. The youngest two don't eat it well. The oldest two fight and punch and annoy each other.

Blah, blah, blah...

I've been trying new recipes from Pinterest and tonight we tried a chessy enchilada casserole. It was yummy! It was quite interesting to take a picture of it, but I'd reccomend it! Here's the link if you wanna give it a try. http://www.justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com/?p=3352

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I love a good deal!!

This might not seem like a big deal... but it is to me! We've been having major problems with our old printer for years. I'm glad I procrastinated the last few weeks, cause I found a killer deal on this one. AND it has great reviews!!! So I got this printer, 2 packages of color refills (3 seperate colors in each), and one high yeild refill for $75 shipped! The total retail would have been $226. Holla!!!!

Just added: we did "Family Ho Meeting" (in Jack's words) tonight. I had the activity and so we had a pillow fight. It was a hit. I highly recommend it! :)

Every girl needs friends!!

Last night I had a much needed Girls Night with my good friend, Annie. It's not a girls night if you don't go out to eat, so we used our "Free Meals" at Cafe Rio. Coconut Shrimp day. SO GOOD!! Of course, we did a little fun shopping too. Girls Night NEVER lasts long enough!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

This little girl is growing up! She is needing more independance than I give her. So today she made some felt flowers hair clips (with a little help with the glue gun) and some cookies all by herself. She is my major helper around the house and with her siblings. She is full of engery and has a good amount of sass to go with it, too. Love this girl!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Now I'm sick. Boo. Let's hope this gets over soon. Real soon!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's finished!!!

We made the entry way bigger.
Before: (after the wood was ripped out)

So much better! After:

I'm in love with all it!! I'm wishing a dining room table wasn't a necessity cause the kids love to play on it. The flooring even makes the cabinets look way better. I'm hoping not to paint them after all. I just ordered knobs and pulls too! Wahoo!!

Another after. (don't mind the blue/yellow/red combo of decorations... I'm in the process of changing things up. I even painted over the red wall before all the flooring started.)
I'm SO glad we got all this done! I can't believe how low grade the builders do it originally and what they get away with. Oh well. Now we have this good quality stuff that will last for years! YAY!

Go Jazz!!

Here are pictures from yesterday. It was a LONG day. It started bright and early tearing down beds and rearranging rooms. The carpet man was here at 8:00 am again and didn't leave till 9:45 pm. LONG day! I wanted out of the house and didn't want to hear construction so I headed to IKEA with a my friend, Gwen. Friends are great!! It doesn't open up till 10:00 (dumb) so we went accent pillow shopping at Ross first.

Rushed home in time for Jackson to get home from Kindergarten. Ate some lunch and did some laundry. Then checked Kenadee out of school (she was bummed she didn't get to finish her spelling test. She worked really hard on her bonus words this week). USSynthetic set up a basketball clinic for a few kids of employees with two Jazz players. It was SO fun! The kids LOVED it. Jeremy Evans and Devin Harris were so good with the kids! They have no obligation to do this and don't even get paid for it. I'm so glad the kids had this opportunity!!!
Got a tour of the locker room! It was pretty cool!! Here is a size 17 shoe. WOW!!

I crack myself up sometimes!

Oh man... this little girl did NOT feel good! She threw up ALL over herself and her car seat while we were on the freeway, on the way up to Salt Lake. Let's just say, Taylor would have thrown the clothes and car seat over the edge. It was bad. Then throws up on the brand new carpet (BEFORE it's even installed) in the living room the second we get into the house. Not her best night!

Here's the whole group!
(Fisher just got hit with a ball in the face...)
Here's a family photo for our Christmas cards next year. Haha!
Here was Kolbi's room. Ugh. It's been such a pain moving furniture and appliances around everyday.