Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A beautiful day at the patch

 I know I say it a lot, but I LOVE FALL!!!! The weather is kinda sorta feeling like fall even! (its Texas, so it takes awhile) We always look forward to making our annual trip to a nearby pumpkin patch. This year was hard to figure out because well, we have so many gosh darn kids:) With all of their activities, it was hard to figure out when to go but when something got cancelled, I was like, lets go to the pumpkin patch!  So much better to go in the morning than any other time of day we've found. We didn't have a disaster like the past two years :) The weather was gorgeous and the crowds weren't too bad. It was a really fun time! All of them enjoyed it and we got lots of cute pics. This place, The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, is so fun with bounce houses, a hay maze, a little train ride, hay ride, face painting, and tons of cute cutouts for fun pics. This was Ammon's first go at the hay maze with his sisters. He thought it was pretty cool :) And Wesleys favorite thing to do was walk in and out of a little kiddie playhouse. He likes to open and close doors, hahaha. Hes easy to please. The older girls were great at helping with the littles...strange how old Aubrey is now...she is a little old for most of this stuff now but shes a good sport! And Cali and Ella are still young enough to party :) They raced up the inflatable slide together which was cute. As we leave, we always let the kids pick out a small pumpkin each and then paint them at home. I love family traditions, especially at this time of year. And having kids to share the holidays in traditions is what makes life sweet.

I love this picture of our five little blessings. Can't believe this picture will have a sixth next year!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Aubrey's First Temple Trip

So, as most of you know, our family is LDS/Mormon.  Some of you might be asking, what is an LDS Temple? It is a sacred place to worship God & make covenants(promises).  We believe temples are the houses of God here on the Earth. When you turn 12 years old, you have the ability, if worthy, to enter the temple and do work there. Its also where we marry(in adulthood:) and are sealed to each other for time and all eternity. Joey and I were sealed in the Dallas Temple over 14 years ago! And here we are, living in the Dallas area now! So neat to be living close to this temple now. Its where it all started for us :)

What is meant when Mormons use the word "temple work" all of the time? Well, we believe that there are sacred covenants and ordinances necessary for all on this earth to receive to enter into the highest kingdom of glory once we leave this life. We make the covenants for ourselves and then we also do it for those that have gone on before us, those that didn't have that opportunity(they can choose to accept the work or not). We are big on genealogy and family history work because we believe in doing these ordinance for everyone so that we are all together again someday. That's pretty much the basics of it, from my perspective anyways :)

So temples are amazing, beautiful, peaceful and literally heaven on earth. You step inside and feel peace. Its like you get to take a break from this crazy world for awhile ;) I was so excited when Aubrey had her first chance to go with our church youth group recently. Joey and I were also able to go with her and be there. It was so special!I had actually done some family history on my dad's side and found some names of people who hadn't had their work done yet and we were able to do the work. It was a very special experience! I had never brought names before that I had found myself. It changed the experience for me and made it feel even more "real" if that makes sense..I felt close to those ancestors and I know Aubrey did too(and Joey!). It sounds like an odd thing to some people, doing work for someone who isn't alive anymore, but if you really think about it, it really makes sense. They are part of us and by seeking them out and learning about them and serving them, you grow so much. And you feel a special connection with them. It was an awesome experience I will never forget. We are proud of you Aubrey! To enter the temple, you have to be worthy and clean. You are interviewed to make sure you are keeping the commandments of God and living your life righteously before you are allowed to go inside. Because it is His house and no unclean thing can enter. I'm happy to know she is living her life in this way and striving to always follow her Savior, Jesus Christ. She is such a good girl and we are so proud of her!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The kids got a hold of our camera. This is always interesting.

As I was browsing through photos from one of our cameras, I came across these little beauties. 

And this little boy with a flashlight and a near concussion on his head (thanks to him running around with a blanket on his head a few days prior)

A girl spanking herself I guess?

 And a blurry boy laughing about it.

 My kids are fine examples for all to follow.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Excited for Wesleys first Trick or Treat!

As we approach Halloween, I have found myself scouring the bookshelves at the library for fun fall and Halloween books for my littles to enjoy. We have decorated our house and picked out our costumes. Fall is my absolute favorite season so we go all out(pumpkin muffins have been baked already many times people!) I have also been on the hunt for fun Halloween cartoons and shows for my kiddos to watch during this fun season! And I have found some thanks to Netflix(What did we do before Netflix? Seriously.)

This will be Wesley's first official time to go trick or treating. Last year he was barely walking but this year I know he'll be barreling down the street and up to the doors to get his candy fix. I'm so excited to watch all of my kids dress up and trick or treat, but isn't it extra magical when its your littlest one experiencing this for the first time? One of my boys favorite shows right now is Jake and the Neverland Pirates(remember how Ammon was Jake for Halloween last year? Cutest Jake ever!). And yea for two seasons on Netflix to enjoy! We watched Episode 15 of Season 2: Tricks, Treats and Treasures for a fun Halloween episode with all of their favorite characters dressed up for Halloween going through Neverland to "trick or treasure."  And okay, they didn't watch it just once...or twice :)

This post was written as a member of Netflix's Stream Team. I receive compensation through a paid subscription but I promise all opinions expressed are my very own! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Never again, Plano, never again...

So our family has lived in the DFW area a little over 8 years. We have gone to the Plano Balloon Festival several times and enjoyed it. We decided to go again this year since it had been a couple of years and we wanted out boys to experience the view of the hot air balloons. Boy, was that a mistake!! I'm not usually a Debbie Downer y'all, but yikes. The crowds were insanity. Pure insanity. Of course events like this are always crowded, but this was borderline running of the bulls. I thought I might get trampled. The parking was completely full. We had to park in a neighborhood nearby! And walk like two miles or something just to get in the gates! And because of that we missed the dang launch. The pinnacle of the night. We missed it. Then we got there, squeezing our way through one million people and found a spot to sit(somehow). We had already fed our kids dinner, thankfully, but had told them we'd get funnel cakes or some kind of fun treat to eat. Nope. Didn't happen. The lines for the food were probably an hour long. Joey stood in line almost half an hour with the line barely moving. So he gave up. And to make matters worse, the lines for the bathroom were about half an hour long too(and of course two of our kids needed to pee so more waiting continued..). So it was a night of waiting. And kids whining. And crowds. And people smoking too close to us. And a few bug bites. And a 4 mile walk with five kids and a huge stroller and a pregnant lady. Scratch that: a pregnant lady in a  baaaad mood :)

But we took a few pics to pretend we did have fun. 

And okay, we did get to see the balloon glow. That was cool. Oh and we waited(more waiting! yea!) for fireworks and watched those. Those were cool too. But not cool enough for the torture Joey and I endured that night... ;)

Plano Balloon Festival. It was real. It was fun. But we are so over you. Celina next year...

Thursday, October 09, 2014


To my surprise, we just found out this little baby is a boy! We are very excited to have 3 and 3! :) Couldn't have planned it more perfectly. I love my little boys and how much they love me so I can't wait to have another. I am so curious what he'll look like and what personality he'll have(though the sonogram..and the fact that I feel lots & lots of kicks...lets us know he is quite active. Oh my..:) So I posted before that I felt like we had a daughter coming to our family in the future. Well, you can guess I am confused! Now I honestly don't know where we stand as far as how many kids we will have...we will revisit that topic next year ;) I thought six was it. Maybe it still is. It will be between Joey, I and the Lord...maybe we have another still up there. Maybe we don't. Maybe it was just feelings I had to let us know five wasn't the end. Or maybe we are having a boy so that we do have 7 because there is a girl still waiting. Who knows. Maybe I'm just crazy and don't know what in the world we are supposed to do! All I know is that is my desire-to do what I'm supposed to do. And even though five seems crazy sometimes, I know the Lord will help us and provide sanity and means to do what it is that He has planned for us. Whether its 6 or 7. And can you believe Joey agrees? :) We read this talk by Elder Neil L. Anderson the other day about children that really helped me sort through my feelings and anxieties over it all. I am such a planner that its hard for me when I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Or what our future holds. Maybe I'm a control freak? Hahaha. But that article gave me peace and after Joey and I talked, I felt better. He is open to more if we feel its right in the future. We don't have to know now. We will figure it out eventually. So if you ask me if we are done, as crazy as it sounds, I just don't know!

So, this year we decided to do the sonogram differently. Usually we have all the kids with us. This time we decided to do a cupcake gender reveal at home after everyone was home from work/school. So Joey and I found out at the sonogram and we kept it a secret all day. The kids came home later and were so excited to bite into their cupcakes and see what color frosting was inside! Originally all of us thought it was a girl, except for Ammon(you are the winner buddy!). When he bit into the cupcake and saw blue, we asked him what color was inside..he said, "Boy!" And was so excited! He had told us in the past when we asked him what was in my tummy, a boy or girl, "Boy..we already had a lot of girl babies..." Hahaha. He can add ;) Wes has no idea whats going on, but he likes cupcakes :) The girls are all happy, though Cali was hoping to share a room with a little sister so she was a little sad about that(but she got over it fast). And guess what? We already have the name. We had both picked out about a week before sonogram(because, like I said, I'm a planner :) And here it is:

Luke Gerratt

Luke is just a name we really love. I've always liked it. Solid. And just sounds right, like it fits with our family. And it doesn't hurt that it is the main character of Star Wars' name ;) So Joey couldn't say no. He'll be practicing using the force before he can walk. LOL. Gerratt is meaningful because it was Joey's mission president's last name. He was a HUGE influence on Joey in his life during those years on his mission. An amazing man that I'm proud to name my son after. He even flew to our wedding(it was a surprise!) with his wife to be there. That doesn't happen too often that a mission president comes to one of his missionaries marriages. Joey was his AP so I think he was special to him too :) I think the name is perfect! We are having fun already calling the baby "him" and calling him by name...meet Luke...

Sweet little profile and even a little hand up
 And just a good shot of his leetle spine

Cupcake party!

And a chocolate toothed about-to-be-big-brother :)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Cutest little tee baller. Ever.

When I found out about tee ball signups in August, I immediately signed up Ammon boy! Its his year to do something sporty/extra curricular since hes not in preschool yet(next year though!). I did dance class for the girls at this age but now we get to do a boyish sport! :)  Out of all the sports, this seemed like the best fit for him. Hes not aggressive so I know that soccer and football aren't gonna be his thang. He was so excited for his first practice. He and Joey picked out his gear-new bat, helmet, glove and stuff for his uniform. It was so fun for them!  At his first practice, he was a little reserved and unsure but had a great time with "his friends." He is I believe the youngest on his team so he is the little guy :) Which makes him the absolute cutest out there I say(his baseball pants swallow him...seriously adorable). He has the smallest stride too..so when he runs its double cute. Teeny little footsteps with his hands working so hard up top(but hes not picking up much speed yet-haha, But he sure is trying!!) His coach is great. So patient and so awesome with kids. And Ammon even happens to be on a team with a friend from church which is fun for him(and me too since I get to hang out with his mom:)  Hes already nearing the end of the season so we've been able to watch him improve in both confidence and skill. The first game was hilarious. The parents couldn't stop cracking up. Kids running the wrong direction. Going to the wrong dugout. Kids just standing on a base when they were supposed to be running. Drawing in the sand. Throwing the ball wherever. Hilarious. But now they are totally getting it! There is no score, no pressure. They are just learning basics and enjoying it. Its great. I love how Ammon follows directions and is finally understanding to throw the ball to first base. And his hitting is getting great too!  Hes never had an issue with hitting the ball and putting his bat down before running. I'm proud that hes gotten that part down! :) Now to get him to field... ;) We are proud of you Ammon and how hard you've worked to learn tee ball. You are doing so great!!! 

Pics from his first practice...

High five!

 His face just beams happiness in these next two pics :)

First game: if you look really close(or click pic if it lets you) you can see he is waving to us! So sweet.

Up to bat

Running to first(while holding onto his helmet:) I think he wanted to make sure it didn't fall off.

Happy tee baller

 In "ready" position..

 I think his most exciting game so far was when he was in charge of bringing the snack. :) He helped me at the store: Pirate's Booty and Juicy Juice.

More game pics..

 Run Ammon run!

 Something about this picture I love.

 Score! Or wait, no score..

And just some cute pics Joey took after one of his games..

Go Phillies!: )