Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My nephew is one!

 Crew is one! This is the precious picture my sis took of him for his birthday invitation. So cute!! I can't believe its been a year already! Crazy how fast time flies.

Tara was really thoughtful and waited/planned a big birthday party for Crew for when we would be down visiting our family during the thanksgiving break. My kids were so excited!! Tara busted out all of her mad decorating/baking skillz for the party. It was impressive! I just had to share. . .yep, she made all that. And sorry the cake pic is crooked, I don't feel like rotating today ;)

My kids loved playing with a baby. . .its sad we don't live close by but at least we get to see him 2-3 times a year. But still, not enough! :(  Ammon loved "holding" him as they all did. Crew didn't seem to mind too terribly...

 Well, okay he did try to escape ;)

And I got my baby fix too :) Made me even more excited to welcome Luke in just about three months. Crew is a sweet adorable little guy. He is so good too-a very mild disposition(so far;) hehe. Everywhere we went he was content and quiet. And smiley. He is such a blessing to our family! Keep up the good work Mama! (Tara:) Oh and Arthur too ;)

Happy Birthday Crewster!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One afternoon at the mall= Two priceless pictures

The workers at the Lego Store give quite the attention to detail...nips and all. Hahahaha. The mature mom in me laughed and had to take a picture. And then show my kids so we could laugh together. I'm a kid at heart :)

Two male H&M employees sporting two mannequin wigs. They looked over and saw me take this picture and then started laughing.  

You never know what you'll see at the mall.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One of our favorite family movies is on Netflix-yessss.

I was recently browsing through kids movies (okay, I do this several times a week for my kids on Netflix!) and saw that the adorable 2006 version of Charlotte's Web, starring Dakota Fanning, is now on Netflix.

(Image courtesy of www.awesomestories.com)

This is one of our favorites because its one of the few movies out there that has no bad language and nothing "scary" so every single person in our family can watch it. And it has enough going on for even the adults to enjoy. I also LOVE the message of this story. There are I guess many messages but to me, what stands out, is how important friendship is. You can become friends with the most unlikely people(or animals;) Sometimes people I thought wouldn't be "my type" or people I thought I might not have anything in common with, have become my very best friends! Also, be there for your friends no matter what. Become someone they can lean on and trust in. A true friend in your life is worth more than gold. I love how good movies out there can trigger these kind of conversations with my children.

Whats your favorite family movie on Netflix right now?

Oh, and speaking of friends, Friends (all 10 seasons!!!) is coming to Netflix January 1st. I am SO excited!!! This was one of my favorite shows as an older teen/young adult :) I can't wait to relive it all over again...

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! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

District Champs!

Excited to announce that Aubrey's volleyball team were not only undefeated this season but they also won the district tournament(and then the bi district championship too!). What a great season for them! They were a great little team and really grew together. Aubrey had a BLAST. I am so happy she got to be part of it! And she really grew as a player-her serve became AWESOME by the end of the season. I mean, she made it over before. But now its way more powerful. So proud of her. Its fun to watch your kiddos achieve their goals. GO EAGLES! ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Newspaper Stars!

I recently took the boys to a storytime at the local fire station. We had so much fun there(I'll admit I haven't been the best at taking them to storytimes this year...bad me). After stories, they got to tour the station, sit in a fire truck, meet the firestation dalmatian, and go home with adorable little hats. They loved petting and looking at the dog. They couldn't stay away from him, though Wesley would keep a safe distance. And they also felt super cool sitting inside the truck(though Wesley was quite hesitant about that too...but the firefighter just scooped him up really quick and plopped him on the seat so he had no choice, hahaha!)I saw on Facebook that the librarian needed photos to submit to the newspaper. And as you can see, my picture of the boys made the front page!!! Yeee-ah. They are so cute, so I wasn't shocked ;) Okay, I was. I had a friend give me her copy of the paper too so they can each have one in their special boxes. Pretty cool!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Halloween Fun 2014

We had so many fun activities for the kids to participate in this Halloween! Our ward trunk or treat was super fun this year. The older kids all ran around with friends while we walked the boys around to the various games/trunk or treating. Ella got to walk around with the other "things" in the ward and it was really cute to watch. Ammon was such a  muscley stud and people kept talking about how adorable Yoda was. Wonder Woman and Dr. Who hung out while Dorothy ran around with her little princess friend, Lola. It was fun to see them all having fun and socializing. I'm so glad they've all made friends here. On the drive home, the boys were in heaven devouring their candy :) I think they thought it was the best night of their life(little did they realize that actual Halloween was just around the corner;) 

We spent one evening as a family painting pumpkins(the little ones from the patch). They each painted theirs to match their costumes. Their idea! So cute. They are all so unique and artistic.

Then on Halloween Eve, we carved our big pumpkin(because carving one was about all we could handle;) Its hard, ok? My Mom and brother, Taylor, were actually here visiting and got to be part of the fun! It was so nice to have them here for this holiday. I'm not sure when the last time my mom was with us on Halloween. I would guess back when we lived in Corpus? Which was like 11 years ago? It was so fun. I hate living so far because there are so many memories we miss out on with them, but it was nice to have them trick or treat with our family for the first time in ages.

  We made a cute leetle minion. I'm proud of how he turned out!

My mom had sent a package before her trip out(which was unexpected. My poor aunt broke her heel/ankle/foot and so my mom came with my grandma and brother to help her and be here for her. And visit us at the same time too.) So the package arrived when she was here which was fun for the kids to open and enjoy with her here. Thanks Grandma! ;)

And the rest are just some fun pics from Halloween evening before trick or treating...making treats...eating our Halloween dinner...chillin....it was a great holiday! It was neat to walk around our neighborhood with our family with us this time. Even my Aunt Sandy and her family joined us! And the weather was awesome. It was a Happy Halloween for sure.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Halloween cuteness

Meet Yoda, Superman, Dorothy(and Toto too!), Thing 11 and Wonder Woman. I thought they all looked quite smashing this year for our Halloween fun.