Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Children's Museum

   We have a really fun children's museum pretty close to our house. We go maybe once a year and the kids have so much fun! 
   It has different rooms like a: grocery store, vet office, bank, post office, doctors office, gym, news station. It also has a real ambulance and two police motorcycles, a dinosaur dig and climb on toys. We pack a lunch and stay for hours!
   Shelley, Katie and I decided to take the kids one Saturday while our husbands were off at the sand dunes. 
 She didn't love this as much as I thought but it was cute while it lasted
Pretending to be vets
This work out room was new and soooo funny to see kids "bench press"

This thing spins so fast, Lydia was on this forever!! How do kids do that?!
Having fun being rocked in the row boat

Halloween 2014

Halloween was fun this year. Everyone at an age they could enjoy it!

a couple days before the 31st we went to Lynne and Max's ward trunk or treat. 

Braden Was a skeleton
Riley was Hermione
Max was buzz light year
And Reese was an unruley black kitty
Fun at the trunk or treat...a fight between Harry and hermione...
Not all of, but a lot of the cousins!
We carved pumpkins the night before halloween. Spider man (we improved his webs after this photo) Riley's creation and Braden's scary fave pumpkin. 
The night of halloween our ward. Had a trunk or treat and chilli dinner. It was fun and we decorated our trunk with pumpkins to pass out candy!
  Afterward the Ingram's met us at our house and we trick or treated throughout our neighborhood.
Riley Braden and Max went through their first haunted house! Two different Josie's in the neighborhood set them up. I. Surprised Max liked them! Riley would not go through the second one-I don't blame her-i screamed all the way through!!
 The kids were well pleased with their candy! (So were josh and I! Ha)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mom time

My mom has been battling some undiagnosed stomach disorder since summer started. She hates it of course and it has really changed her life. she has little to no energy, special restrictive diets have left her with so little choices she has lost tons of weight and is always hungry and in sever pain or nauseated. I hate HATE to see her this way. She normally has problems sitting down for more then two minutes because she likes to be so busy! Let alone for months. 
     My sister inlaw was SOOO generous and had an idea to cheer my mom up. She offered to watch ALL my kids for an entire day so my mom and I could have time together at glen ivy spa. I happened to have two passes to get in Id been saving from past birthdays.
   It was such a good, fun, relaxing day with my mom. We talked, napped, read our books. Lounged in pools,mineral baths and jacuzzis. And did the mud nth of course. 
   It was just what she needed. Of course it didn't cure anything but she had one relaxing day that has come to be out of the ordinary. 
The kids had fun at Aunt Tami's. She was so prepared and even had a Christmas craft for them to do!
I love my mom more then I could ever express and so it has been so hard to see her having such a hard time. It was such a blessing to have this day with her.  

Phoenix Arizona Temple

Shelley, katie and I have become pretty inseperable. I feel so blessed to of found "my people". We just mesh together, our kids are friends. It just fits and works. I don't know how to explain it, we have become so close and it makes me so happy to have them in my life and to be by my side as we raise our kids. 
   I really am blessed to have quite a big group of friends, also, who I know I can rely on and trust and have some really good talks and laughs with. I feel beyond grateful for that. 
  So this past month Shelley mentioned her, Jacob and the kids for tickets for the temple open house in AZ and were going to do a family mini vacay, she surprise me a few days later and said she got more tickets if we wanted to join! So thoughtful! She also gets an amazing discount at certain hotels so how could we say no?!
    She invited Katie, Russell and their kids and it was set! Shelley was awesome and planned the whole thing!
  We took off the day after halloween and meant to caravan but extra errands put Shelly and Jacob a bit behind everyone else. The trip up was uneventful which is nice. 
   We got to the hotel and had to switch rooms around but finally got that settled and swam for a little bit to let kids get some of their energy out!
   Then we dressed for the temple open house. This was BAD planning on our part. It was dinner time, kids were starving and tired. The lines were LONG. But we did it, we saw the new temple. Gorgeous. Simply beautiful. I was so happy to be able to share this experience as a family. I'm hoping Riley and Braden will really remember this and cherish the memory. 
  The kids LOVES the bus ride over to the temple. 

The next day we found a really neat park to play at for awhile before we made the drive home
There was this lady there. With a hula hoop. Dancing around with it. Ha. The kids were mesmerized and she was really nice and was teaching them moves. 
Reese looks so crazy here I had to add this picture! Not her best picture, but that face, her mother does love it!
   Overall it was a great trip and so happy it was all organized for me or I'm sure it wouldn't of happened. So glad to spend time with good friends and make some great memories. 

Friday, November 14, 2014


November was a pretty relaxing month. I enjoyed just being with the kids and watching them each progress with little things. 
   Max is starting to talk more and more and with that he is starting to say the cutest things for instance one day he was fixing something and said "easy peasy mom!" (Sounds like he says E-C P-C)
He also said "holy moly!" while playing and "cool-awesome!" It's fun to see what he comes up with :) he is still having issues with his ears and hearing but we are doing what we can. As soon as he turns 3 the school district can evaluate him for speech! 
   He is still obsessed with watching toy story every day and he loves to bring his Radom toys with his everywhere in a back pack purse or anything else that can zip up!
   Braden has made a huge leap this month with schooling. He has done well the entire year but kind of would do the minimum of work and then want to play. This month he started off by asking me all day long how to spell things. Just randomly while playing or while driving in the car. He would ask "mom, how do you spell (fill in the blank)?" Then I would tell him and he would say "ok". A couple weeks after this started he got a note book and pencil out and started asking me how to spell things and sat for a LONG time just writing away! I started to give him similar 3 letter words and having him sound them out while writing them too. School will be such a huge part of his life I'm so happy to see him take an interest in it! I want him to enjoy it :)
    This month he also has "realized" something he can do with his mind, recall memories, he will ask "mom remember ... ?" And I'll say "yes, how did you know?" And he will say "my mind showed me". We had fun driving one day and we "practiced" I would ask him to think I certain object and his mind would "show him" it sounds way more magical that way haha
   He had his 5 yr check up this month is is just as healthy as can be and had 20/20 vision! How did we get so lucky?
     Reese is just at that age where everything is fun, her personality is in full force, she is learning new things everyday and it's just plain fun. 
     Reese loves baby dolls, carrying them around, sleeping with them, giving them kisses etc. Reese also likes to wear shoes. You can tell she feels so fancy to have them on, she will bring them to us if she wants to wear a certain pair. 
    Reese loves to sing and if you start her with a song she will finish it! She also has an Ariel necklace that sings and she will play it over and over and sing with it. 
    Her third tooth finally poked through, it's one of her fang teeth-pretty funny!
  Now that she has been waking for a few months, she gets along pretty good everywhere we go. She is pretty much running around and I just love it!
    Josh and I are so proud of how mch she understands and communicates with us. The signs she uses all the time are: all done, please, thank you, more and water" we are working on "help" and "up". But she shakes or nods her head when we ask her questions and she let's us know if she doesn't like it! She was squatting one day and josh said "are you going poop?!" And she stood up and walked into the bathroom!! I of course out her on the toilet where she did nothing but we were so proud she knew what we were taking about! She can also throw a pretty good for, she will throw her self down, lay and on her back and cry!!!
    Her "passing out" instances have decreases but still happened twice this month. 
     Riley is doing GREAT in school and LOVES it this year. She always liked school but this year she can't wait to go every day. She has really improved with reading and is finally on chapter books-where she found a LOVE for Junie B. jones and reads one book a day! She uses her book light before she falls asleep and just read read reads! (I love a book worm). She had a hard time with math this year at first but now is totally understanding and doing great. We couldn't be more proud of our daughter!
During her down time she still chooses to craft or play dress up, and also enjoys watching movies. 
   Riley had her 7yr check up and is totally healthy as well!! She is at 3% for heights but still on the chart. Her dr is keeping a close eye on it to be sure she doesn't fall off the chart and need testing done. For now, he is thinking it's just a familial thing and isn't a "problem". 

Reese and Abigail definitly growing up together!
Fun swinging together 
Fun with uncle justin while he was here thanksgiving break
And Opa of course!
Shelley needed some bulbs changed in her house-really high-so what else do you do but hold a chair for Jacob to stand on?
Most of the grandkids having fun at Sunday dinner
The kids had a couple days off of school so we went to visit great grandma Ruth. It was a lot of fun to visit and always seems special as she is just about 86! She always has the best snacks and treats for us too which is fun. I did have to call poison control when we left. I noticed one of her pills on the carpet, all wet, like it had been sucked on. I had to assume Reese did that, but she was totally fine-poison control lady was really nice and helpful. 
Riley being such a great sister!

The many faces of Max!
Did a fun thanksgiving craft with the kids
Braden has his thanksgiving feast at school and had a great time. He was even chosen to sit in the circle to help play the musical instruments!
We had fun at ain't Vickie's wedding. She looked beautiful! We are so happy for her and jerry.  It was fun to see family we don't often get to see. 
7yr old cousins
5yr old cousins

2 (almost 3) yr old cousins
Reese learned how to somersault this month and it was so fun to see!!
We had a wonderful thanksgiving at Lynne and Max's. I got my feelings pretty hurt while I was there but I'm working hard on not letting what other people think affect me so much when I feel I did everything I could do correct the situation and it's not in my hands anymore. That has been hard for me the past year id say. I really just like people to be happy and pleased so it's really really hard when I feel I may have dissapointed or upset anyone in anyway. I don't ever want to lose that characteristic but I need to learn to keep it in check so I don't obsess over it and get so upset!
I have much to be thankful for and I actually say in my prayers that I might not take things for granted, and that I might realize even the smallest blessings. A few of the big ones are my knowledge and of Jesus Christ and my purpose here. My family. To love and be loved :)