Sunday, November 29, 2009


We had a very nice Thanksgiving this year. Ean was able to join us so it was the whole family. No guests either so it was a very relaxing day. We had our traditional dinner - turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, marshmallow orange yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies and sparkling cider to drink. When we went around the table telling what we're grateful for, some of the answers were: family, health, our new house, Jesus, friends, etc. However, Brantley said he's grateful for pigs! I just love that boy.


The kids love their karate classes, and they're all really good. Ellie even teaches now in addition to working on earning higher black belt levels. Here are the little girls during a typical class. They're so fun to watch! Later on during the older kids class Brantley and Marq were awarded their next belt. Way to go, guys!


Emily came running inside and said "Mommy, I have a surprise for you!" Then she handed me a bunch of flowers. However, these weren't just any flowers, they were most of a newly planted little Heather shrub. I have no idea if it'll survive. Heather shrubs - $15.00. Flowers from your 5 year old - priceless!

Just To Scare Me To Death..........

Brantley regularly goes up and down the stairs like this. I suspect he does it just to scare me. Or maybe not. All I know is that every time I catch him doing it I get several more gray hairs!


For Halloween this year we did our usual thing and went to our church's Trunk or Treat and carnival. Everyone had a great time. Emily and Ashlyn were cheerleaders ( I got their costumes at the dollar store for, yep, just a dollar!), Marq was Iron Man, and Annie was the Incredible Hulk. She just doesn't like the girlie costumes at all! Brantely was going to be a vampire, then decided at the last minute that he's too old to dress up anymore, so he went as a 10 year old boy. The kid just cracks me up. Much fun and too much candy was had by all!

Funny Faces!

We had a Halloween party at co-op and one of the moms there does stage makeup professionally. So, she painted all the kids faces - except for Marq and Annie who wanted to wear their masks instead. They had a great time and wore the makeup and masks the entire day everywhere we went!

Kids Activities

I keep promising myself that we'll slow down. I really try to not over schedule our lives. But somehow, we're still constantly going, going, going. In just one week, kids (and chauffeur me) went swimming, ice skating, to a movie, to homeschool co-op, to 2 church dances, to Activity Days, to Young Women's, to scouts, to karate, to church, to run many errands, and on and on. Here's a picture of us in our van, which is pretty much where we live some days!

Nap Time?

Emily constantly tells me that she's too big for naps. So instead, she falls asleep in funny places. Here she is asleep (complete with her pink teddy bear) in our front door sidelight. Now if she would just sleep like this at night, instead of getting up at 2:00 am to play!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus!

When the kids saw the circus advertised on T.V. and asked to go, we thought it would be a fun idea. So off we went! It really was fun and the kids loved that they got to see the animals and performers up close before the show. It was also great that Ean could join us. It was an all around fun family activity and worth the loooooong wait in line!


Here's Annie all ready to go camping for 5 days with friends. Since Tim and I would rather gouge out our eyes with a rusty fork than camp, we always appreciate it when friends take our kids camping with them. Even though she missed the circus, she had a great time and can't wait to do it again. We sure did miss her, though! P.S. Sorry for the sideways image, I have a new camera and can't figure out how to rotate it here in my blog. Ugh!

First Day of Kindergarten!

Yes, we still homeschool. However, when my kids are in kindergarten, they go to a darling little Montessori school just down the street from our house. They go for 3 mornings a week which we feel is just the right amount of time for a little one to be away from home. They sing and dance, talk about numbers and letters, play outside, and just generally have a great time. I can't believe my youngest are already in kindergarten, though! Where does the time go?

Don't You Just Love the Outfits?

At 5 years old, Emily and Ashlyn have been dressing themselves for quite some time. Most of the time they're great at putting together outfits, and they love to dress alike. However, sometimes they come up with some pretty interesting combos, like this one. When the older kids were little and dressed themselves in outfits like this, I would change them before we went anywhere. Now, I'm so much more relaxed that I'm just glad if they have any clothes on at all. We go out with them dressed however they want to dress, and I get knowing smiles from the other moms we see. And of course, no matter what they wear, I think they're just darling!


I always wanted a sister and never had one, so I think it's just wonderful that my girls all have 4 sisters. They're all close to each other, but Lexie and Annie share a special bond. Aren't they cute together?!

25 years!!

On August 25th 1984 Tim and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple. And here we are 25 years later still going strong. I feel so incredibly blessed to be married to my best friend and the greatest man and father I know. You rock, honey!

We had big weekend get-away plans, but Annie was exposed to lice (ick, ick, ick!) and we thought we'd better stick around just in case. So instead of a 5 star hotel, dinner cruise, and 90 minute massages, we did lice treatments and tons of laundry. Fortunately, Annie didn't end up with lice and neither did anyone else. Yea!

We did get away for dinner and a movie which was nice. And honestly, I just love spending time with Tim no matter where we are, so it's all good. Happy 25th honey, I LOVE YOU!

Brantley is 10!

Holy cow, another child whose age is in the double digits! For his birthday, Brantley wanted to make and decorate his own cake, and go to Applebees for dinner. So that's what he did! With lots of playing outside with buddies thrown in. For his birthday cereal he chose Lucky Charms and at Applebees he had his usual Hot Boneless Chicken Wings. He loves spicy food. Happy Birthday sweetie pie!


Here's a picture of the house with the landscaping in. We still have tons more trees to put in at the front corners and around the side, but this will do for now. I'm so glad to finally have a lawn!


I promised Brantley that I'd blog about his new hamsters, so here goes. When Brantley was about 7 he begged and begged for hamsters. Now, we've had hamsters before so I know that I end up being the one who cleans their cages, lets them out for exercise, and feeds them. I just really didn't want another responsibility, so I told him that when he was 10 or 11 he could get some. I assumed he'd forget about it by then. However, he came to me a week before his 10th birthday and reminded me of what I'd said. So now, about a hundred dollars later, (he of course needed the most expensive cages, exercise wheels, food, etc.) we're the owners of 2 dwarf hamsters. They're very cute, but of course I'm the one who takes care of them. Oh well - at least I knew this would happen!

Tennis Anyone?

The kids do karate all year around but are also allowed to choose 1 additional school year sport and 1 summer sport. This summer Brantely, Annie and Marq chose tennis. They had great fun, got lots of exercise, and learned learned about the game. And they played at the tennis courts at the high school that's only about 2 mins. away from our house. I love it when they pick things that are easy for me!

Marq's 9th Birthday!

Every year on Marq's birthday we have about a month of having 3 children the same age. This year it was 3 9 year olds. It's really fun having 3 so close in age and in the same grade. They have built-in best friends!

For Marq's birthday he wanted to have some buddies over to play outside and run through the sprinklers so that's what he did. I, being the spacey mom that I often am, completely forgot to take pictures. But at least I remembered to take a picture of him with his cake! He chose pizza for his birthday dinner and frosted mini-wheats for his birthday cereal. Happy Birthday my handsome young man!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sleeping Angels

Aren't they just the cutest?!

Ellie's Commencement

Even though Ellie did all her schoolwork at home, she was actually a student a small private high school that often works with homeschoolers so they can get their diploma. Ellie did great with school, and we all wanted to celebrate her big accomplishment by attending her commencement ceremonies. It was a very nice program, and thankfully very casual, since we had to drive over 2 hours to get there. There was even a wonderful salmon lunch afterwards. Congratulations Ellie!

Ellie's New 'Do

For her commencement ceremony, Ellie decided to go the the salon and have her hair done. We all liked it, but she looked like a completely different person! Seriously, doesn't she look about 25? I can't possibly be old enough to have a daughter that looks like this!


If you click on this picture of our backyard and look closely, you'll see the deer just off to the side and behind the swing set. We thought it was so fun to see deer in our yard everyday, until they started eating all our newly installed landscaping! I now have deer repellent EVERYWHERE. I just wish they didn't like to eat flowers so much!

Lexie is Driving!

Oh scary day. Actually, she's a great driver. She can't get her license for a few months yet because she's only 15, but she's really enjoying Driver's Ed. We're not thrilled by the cost, but it IS a great program. Now she wants her own car!

4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July. We spent the day doing things that needed doing around the house, then had a BBQ (Ean was able to be here too) that evening. After that, we went out to the street in front of our house and set off fireworks. We also enjoyed watching all the neighbors setting off their much larger and prettier fireworks. Happy Birthday America!

More pictures from Ashlyn's birthday

This program only lets me add 5 photos to a post, so here are the rest of the pictures from Ashlyn's birthday.

Ashlyn is 5!

I can't believe my baby is 5! It seems like just yesterday we were at the adoption agency meeting her for the first time. She was so beautiful as a baby and still is! We went to the beach for the day and then had her birthday choice dinner of hot dogs and chips, and of course chocolate birthday cake. Happy Birthday my gorgeous girl!

Annie's Birthday

I can't believe Annie's already 9! During the day on her birthday we met friends at McDonalds, then that evening we went to Godfather's Pizza for pizza and arcade games. Then it was home for chocolate birthday cake. It was a very fun day! Happy Birthday my sweet spunky girl!