Friday, February 28, 2014

The Ft Worth Stockyards..where Cali was in heaven with a goat she named "Cutie"

We have lived in the DFW area for almost 8 years now. And we had never checked out the stockyards! People kept telling us about it and we kept meaning to check it out and it just never happened. Welp,  we finally went :) The weather was amazing one Saturday so we loaded up the troops and drove about an hour to get there. We first went to the petting zoo where Cali didn't want to leave this adorable sweet little goat. She kept feeding him and petting him forever. She told us his name was "cutie" because he was cute :) Ammon was diggin him too. Wesley liked cutie but not the other larger animals. He would slightly freak if we got too close to a llama or camel.  We then lined the main street for the cattle drive. It was really cool! Not as many cattle as I had imagined, but still, cool.  Then Joey took the girls to try the cattle pen maze while the boys and I hung out. We ended up going to a balloon man where Ammon was made some longhorns out of balloons. He felt super awesome wearing that horn hat thing the rest of the day :) We took some railroad track pics(and I took a pic of my family in jail...then I left them there...and laughed) JK:) We walked around and checked out more stuff and then ended our night with a trip to Uno Pizzeria in downtown Ft. Worth. It was SO GOOD. The kids were even able to make their own pizzas there. It was a fun family day together! I was a little sad to not get to eat at Joe T. Garcia's as I've heard they have the best Mexican(Tex Mex I'm sure) food in the area. But of course kids always want pizza:) I told Joey him and I will have to make a little trip to Ft. Worth soon...just the two of us.

And once again, Wesley, aka booger, would not cooperate for pics...enjoy :)

And then of course when he smiles perfectly, Ammon is getting covered up. Taking a group shot of five kids is like wrestling a rabid animal. You will never win. You just go crazy in the end.

I had to include this because, well, you can see why...I should caption this, "Ew Wesley just farted!"

See my boot as I try to make a run for it. It was me running back and forth putting said booger down and begging him to sit and smile:)

This one is the only decent one where you can see all of their faces! We tried.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Outside is my favorite

Some of my happiest moments in life are watching my kids play outside. Nothing beats great weather and a nice breeze..and happy kids.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Elementary school fun

Okay, so I just dumped my phone pics onto the computer and stumbled across a few oldies but goodies(that I have to share!!) These pictures were from the was "groovy day" on the first two pics of my lil girls. We just happened to have shirts with peace signs(and fabric belts for their heads) so we were set. The last two collages I had posted on Instagram of their Thanksgiving Feasts(they were on separate days). We didn't eat the turkey meals...Ella requested Taco Bell...and Cali requested Whataburger. Thats how we roll :) It was fuh-reezing cold the day we visited Cali! And raining. I thought I might die. But we lived. Trying to get all their food and the boys from the car to the building was quite the feat. But worth it to see the girls smiling faces as we walked in :) Its fun having kiddos at this age and getting to still be part of lots of events and activities.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Huggie Head

Picture is pretty much self explanatory. I will note however that if you are noticing this is a girl pull-up, you are correct. Its one of those free samples that came in the mail:) I do not make Ammon wear girly pull ups:) Which is I guess why he decided to have a little fun with it...on his head. One day I even came in to find both boys with pull ups on their heads. Gosh dang, I love kids.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Monkey baby

Okay, so I have to post this picture of my nephew because, um, its like the most adorable picture ever! And one precious monkey baby!!! :) I do have to say that I think my sister and I's kids are the cutest I've ever laid eyes on. :)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Our little Sunbeam

Guess who is a Sunbeam?! 

Our sweet Ammon! He is a big kid in big Primary now! He was so excited! His teacher, Sister Brown(or as he says, "Mister Brown") hahaha, came by the week before and brought him a giant sunshine balloon with a card and magnet and introduced herself to him. She is a wonderful person and friend of mine. I am so excited she is his teacher. She is obviously awesome! When the actual day came to go to class, his excitement turned to fear as we walked in together. The primary room was so full and so loud. We have a ward that needs to be split soon. There are sooo many kids! The loudness really threw him and so he started to cry when he sat down. Broke my heart! Especially since I knew he was so excited and he had never had problems with nursery before. Hes easy going like that. Anyways, he made it :) Big sis Cali(I was told) ended up coming to sit by him so she saved the day. And in class he was totally fine. He had some issues for a few weeks but we figured out that if we just take him immediately after sac mtg ends before the crowd arrives, he does great! He just doesn't like walking into chaos(I wouldn't either!) So now he is doing so much better, yea! He loves his class and even says prayers at the dinner table for Mister Brown ;)

I wanted to give a rundown of what Ammons been up to these days at the age of nearly 3 1/2, which is seriously one of the best ages ever. Lets see, funny phrases/words: "Nuffting"(his response when I ask him what he is doing...when he is usually dooing something in his diaper...ack), "See, I told ya" "Phew, that was a close one!" "Mommy you are beautiful and pretty"(his Daddy has taught him well:) "I like your earrings!"(He has learned to say these complimentary phrases to me when I'm getting onto him too...okay, it works:) "When I get older bigger" is a phrase he uses at the end of sentences too:) I hope he doesn't get older bigger too fast! :( He also still calls Wesley, Fesley, which I love.  He loves to read books. He will tell me he wants to read to me and will sit beside me, turn the pages and make up his own story with bits and pieces of what he remembers the real story is. It is so funny and cute. He shares really well with Wesley and is a great big brother. They also roll all over the floor wrestling together. I love it. Well, until someone gets hurt:) He loves Jake toys, can do big puzzles, can write the letters, O, X, I, and A(which was a surprise one day), loves action figures, and begs to play his tablet or the wii often:) And I hope he will be fully pottytrained soon. Hoping. And praying:) And Ammon is a boy with great faith already. He had been having bad dreams with witches and dinos and was crying about going to sleep one night. I calmed him down and told him I would say a special prayer with him and that Heavenly Father and Jesus would hear our prayer and help him not be scared and help him not have bad dreams. Immediately after the prayer, Ammon closed his eyes and went right to sleep. In the morning he was so happy and said he didn't have bad dreams! And that Jesus helped him. And now every night he reminds me to say our special prayer. And hes been fine ever since. An example of faith at the age of 3:) Ammon, we love you! You are such a special sweet gentle and smart little boy who has blessed our lives immensely. I don't know what I'd do without this little boy in my life. He was an answer to my prayers years ago and still answers them today.

And ain't he the cutest????!!!