Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This year for Halloween, I wasn't doing a lot of preparation.  I had a ton of costumes already and decided to go for a low key holiday.

Tuesday was the ward Halloween party.  They went all out and it was a lot of fun.  It is strange being in a new ward and having to put ourselves out there...but we really like this ward, and they do a great job of making us feel welcome.  We had soups and then carnival games.  The kids had a blast and each came home with tons of prizes.

Cortney and I were ending our fast for Marion so everything tasted great to us.  Marion's surgery went really well!  Which was a huge relief for us too.

Our family at the carnival...the girl that took the picture accidentally cut off Theo...haha.  
Cortney and I had some last minute costumes.  Pirate and Santa.  

Then EARLY this morning Henry came into our bedroom and told me he had a stomach ache.  (I had never heard him be able to specifically say what was actually hurt him...that was a first).  He was rolling around and I took him to the bathroom a couple of times.  Around 8:30 he threw up.  Accckkkk.  I couldn't believe it.  This holiday was made for Henry.  He loves LOVES candy...and he was sick.  We got dressed and ready anyways because I couldn't not go to the parade.  My kids would have been devastated.  Cali called me on our way out the door.  Fiona had thrown up too!!!  Yuck. 

Even though they had both BARFED in that hour they still look pretty cute.  
Peter Pan and Tink. 

I have a cute Cowboy costume for Theo but i didn't think a little boy should have to dress up in something so uncomfy first thing in the morning....  
So Theo went as Piglet.  This picture makes my heart stop.  I love this guy!

I spent the rest of the day doing puke laundry and sitting by both my little guys.  Being sick is so hard.  
I was in charge of Rob's party but luckily I got enough mom's signed up to help so I didn't have to go in.  That would have been stressful (Cali helped with a game for the 6th grade kids).

Then in the evening Cortney and Joey took the littles out trick-or-treating...Henry just did our street.  

What a cute cowboy right?!

 Haha I love this picture of my hectic life.  

 Wrangler butts drive me nuts. 

Rob wanted to be a Tae Kwan Do dude.  Surprise, surprise.  

 The boy does have some skillzzz. his ninjago Cole ZX costume.  

 Cali made it (while she was fasting....) and it was a lot of work. 
Jack had in his mind EXACTLY what he wanted and wouldn't settle for anything less.  Stressful. 

 Best buds. 

 Zombie take two.  When in doubt, be a dead person.  

It is really hard to come up with cool costumes for 3rd grade boys. 

 Here is poor sick dude.  He really wanted to get dressed and go out.  He went down the street and then was "too tired".  

 Cute little peter shoes. 
Molly gave me this costume probably 7 years ago....I have just been waiting for someone to want to wear it.  (also she gave me the cowboy costume)

 LOVE this boy. 

 henry went in their house and I had to go get him.  he loves to sneak over to the neighbors. 


Cali's kids didn't get here in time to get photographed.  Boohhooo.  It was a great night I sat at home with the sick boy, and baby...and I passed out all my candy.

I am so glad it's over.

Now I just have to get through all of my kids being sick.  I know it is coming!

Monday, October 29, 2012

A plea for prayers...

I don't know how to even post about this...but I figured it is a part of my life, so I better write about it.  

This last week My brother Justin and his wife Angelique found out that their sweet daughter Marion has a very large tumor in her brain.  It is inoperable.  She is losing vision rapidly...and it is very scary.  

She is having a shunt put in her brain tomorrow and this family can use all the prayers that they can get.  We will be fasting for her tomorrow as well.  

To read more about this little girl go to...

Cortney headed over on Saturday to get some family pictures...

What a sweet happy girl.  She loves her Mommy and Daddy and brother so much...and you can see her happiness when they surround her.  She is so special. 

If you would like...Join us in our fast tomorrow for this family.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

3 Years

Our twin cousins Henry and Fiona turned 3 on Friday and Saturday.  My parents were in town so we decided to have the whole family over for some intense family time.  

The party was on Saturday but Cali traded BYU tickets the week before so she could take me to the Oregon game.  It was awesome because with my pregnancy last year I haven't been to one game in the past two seasons.  I LOVE BYU football.  Cortney was supposed to babysit for me but he got tickets with his buddy Sam (the tickets are right in front of where Cali sits...they all bought them together) Cortney and I got to sit by each other.  It was a great day.  

Brooklyn (my niece) babysat...and it felt really nice to have my kids with someone I trusted.  I hate getting babysitters and I never do.  I don't know why.  I know my kids are hard and i don't want to subject someone to that.  Tyson watches my kids but that is about it.  Anyways Brooklyn and Zac came over and all my kids were in heaven.  They had the best day.  

The game was great GORGEOUS....perfect weather...I had a hand dipped Costco hotdog corndog outside of the stadium.  It was so much fun...and then we lost. BOO.  I was really grateful for the chance to go.  Cali and I love going to games together.  

Right after the game we hurried home and had a party for these two.  Usually we do a whole photo shoot with matching outfits and lots of time...but it was almost dark.  We went out and shot a couple of gems.  Of course we had to do this traditional horsey ride photo....

The first year we did the Horsey ride picture Henry was not a fan...the second year Fiona was terrified and henry was bucking her like a wild stallion....this year they both loved it and were so good.  I can't wait to see them in this pose on their 16th birthdays...and their 40th.  haha

impossible to get them to look at the camera at the same time. 


 For a little switch up we had henry ride fiona. 

adorable right??

Kisses.  Henry wasn't going for this at all.  Poor Fiona.

We tried to get some solo pictures but he wouldn't do it.,..and I was hungry. 

Bones...she loves the camera. 

what a cutie. 

It was a blackout game so we are in all black.  Sisters.  Cali and I kept talking about what we were going through that day 3 years ago.  Cali was throwing up and feeling super sick...I was feeling very very lonely (I feel very alone in the hospital sometimes HORMONES).  I loved being there together but when she checked out and I had to eat alone I was very sad. 
the cake.

It was also my Dad's birthday and Jason's birthday.  We sang to all four of them.  

 (of course Rob is in his Taekwando  outfit...but that is another post)

Dad is telling them how they were going to blow out the candles.  

Mike and Allie showed up!  yay!  Also my aunt and uncle pat and Lori and their beautiful family came. (my uncle was on the BYU football team in 1984 when they were national champs...he came to stand on the field in the homecoming tribute.)

Opening a present from grandma Berta and Grandpa Bob. 

Grandma Aha got him some super Hero action figures which he loved!!  THanks Aha!

It was PURE CHAOS...while we were opening presents. SO many kids. 

It has been a great three years.  Fiona and Henry love each sure has been interesting having two exactly the same age.  

A little about Henry...

He loves loves Toy Story.  We watch it every day.  He likes all 3 of them.  He also loves to watch Cinderella right now.  (he can't understand why Fiona got all the princess stuff and he didn't) He is also really into peter pan. 

He is such a good boy and I am OBSESSED with him.  I have been from the moment he was born.  He has the best personality.  He is getting better at talking all the time. 

When you ask him how old he is every time...every single time he says "good"....then he will pause and show you how old he is.  

He says "you better...."  As in "Mom you better change my diaper" "mom you better wash my hands", "mom you better turn on the tv"

He always comes in my room and says "mom you wake up now?" (if I am reading or on my ipad...or napping...)

He still eats NOTHING.  He actually TRIES nothing.  I can't get him to try anything.  I have tried forcing him but it doesn't work.  Sometimes I can get him to smell something and he will try it.  The only dinner he eats with the family is spaghetti.  He has never even tried pancakes, or anything like that, he wont try pie or mash potatoes or anything really.  He eats TOAST, dry cereal, cheese, lunch meat, some fruits, Nuggets, corn dogs,  hot dogs, Treats, yogurt and applesauce.  That is about all.  It drives me NUTS...but I don't fight him about it  It isn't worth fighting 3 times a day.  

He still is napping but he and I are undergoing major battles with this.  I have been working on training him better and he is slowly getting better.  Before I was having to lay down by him.  Which is nice and fine when I have the time but CRIPPLING when I don't.  Just tonight I heard him crying in his room saying "mom you aren't my best friend anymore!"

He is a big boy and he loves his "brothers" as he calls in "where's the brothers?".  He is so good with Theo and I can tell they are going to be great friends. 

THe other day he and I were sitting on the couch and he looked over at me and said "mom, you are cute."   What a good boy.  I don't know what I would do without him.  He is perfect for our family!