Monday, November 29, 2010


The Thanksgiving season was wonderful this year. Josh took the financial part of the CPA exam last Tuesday. He has been getting up at 530 every morning, studying for a couple hours, getting ready for work and working sometimes 13 hour days, not getting home until 9 or 10 at night. With no lunch breaks to boot! We appreciate and love him so much for all he does for our family. I love that I am able to stay home and be with my kids. They are such a joy for me. I can't believe how big they are getting. They are so bright. They love to learn. They love to laugh. They love to have fun. I love being with them.

We have so much to be thankful for. We have good healthy bodies. We have wonderful family and friends. We have a warm house and cars that don't cause us any trouble. We have clothes on our backs and good food to eat. We have a religion that fulfills our needs and teaches us how to be happy and together. We have people who care about us and love us. I know there are many in this world who can't say they have these things, to them I wish I could make that difference in their lives, to me, I am tremendously grateful for what I have.

I hope as this season of caring, giving, and love continues on that my heart will be full of gratitude. That I won't forget those who are less fortunate. That I won't take my family and what WE have for granted. I love my Savior. I know He lives. And I am grateful for Him and what His life means to me. It is personal and it is deep.

This time of year really brings out the best in us all doesn't it? I pray this year, it lasts a little longer... that when all the decorations are down, gifts are unwrapped, and lights are put away that I can hold on to the Christmas spirit and of love, kindness, and service far into the coming year. I hope all of you, my friends and family have a wonderful Christmas Holiday. This family of four sure loves you!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Everything in OCTOBER, besides Halloween.

I can't believe how fast this year is coming to an end. We had an awesome month of October since the weather is starting to cool down. I love fall decorations. I love fall smells. So I pretend inside my own house, since I don't get to experience it outside. It's time to pull out the BBQ and spend the next 8 months out doors!!!!
I took the kids to a railroad park in Scottsdale. They loved the train.

The One and Only vegetable I can get down Lilly...
And boy does she love it!
It seems to always be snack time at our house! Or maybe that's just when I think my kids are the cutest for pictures!
Lil always eats the cream filling and leaves the cookie part.
Tate making some music!
I often catch Lilly stiking this pose while watching TV.
I love it when she strikes this one!
A cute little Tate foot during an afternoon nap.
The boys for Priesthood session. Good lookin' bunch. I got a pedicure, it was glorious.
Cupcake time!

I just painted this cute little table for the tots! They love it!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Birthday

To this hunk of burnin' love!
He turned the big 3-0.
Never thought I'd be so lucky to marry someone so passionate about life.
So aggressive and driven.
So fun to be around.
Such a hard worker.
Such an amazing daddy.
Such a wonderful husband.
I love you babe, Happy 30th!
Here's to 30 more...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Halloweeniest Weekend Ever!

Busy BUSY Halloween this year. It was fun, but I was SO ready for it to be over, in fact I'm ready for this post to be overwith! ha ha. We had fun carving pumpkins this year, even though the darn thing was covered in mold by day 3, gotta love the AZ heat!

A neighbor in my parents hood foot the bill for a GIGANTIC halloween party. It was really incredible. Atleast 3 bounce houses, a rock wall, mechanical bull, pony rides, a haunted house, games, and all the food one could ever dream of. Then a huge trick or treating extravaganza. We hope its an annual thing, it was awesome!
Gettin ready for the night!
Miss Raggedy Ann

Tate cracks me up!
Ninja turtle Steph and Claire... as herself!
The kids with their second parents!
Deloitte had a big picnik at a park in Scottsdale. They had contests, games, food, cotton candy, and a bounce house. It was fun, and my kids were too die for, and loved the cotton candy!

THEN, trick or treating on Halloween. I was so over the Ann and Andy costumes, so I pulled out the bee and my friend Kayleen let me borrow the lion costume for Tate. We had a yummy dinner at their house and then went trick or treating with the Theobald's. It was fun and Lilly was so into it!!!!
Of course Tate found the only old candy bar in a yard full of gravel. Ewwwww!
killer bee?
Lilly and Morgan hugging!
My roaring lion, and boy was he roaring this night!

The kids and their hero.

I can't definately wait til next year... Halloween was a lot of work this year!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Halloween Primary CTR4 Party

We had a Halloween Party for our Primary Class combined with the Jensen's. All the kiddos were dressed up so cute! We had a lot of fun! Luke and Nate
Nate and Jenn
Me and Josh (the lame teachers, cuz of our costumes) sorry I'm not a die hard halloweenest.
Our Class playing duck duck goose
Eating yummy pizza
We also bobbed for apples, jumped in the bounce house, colored scary pictures, and ate caramel apples and ghost cupcakes. It was fun!