Friday, December 25, 2009


a PA-C!! Shane passed his board! Now, just to sign a contract and find a home and we'll be set. A lot of changes, but here we come professional life.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sleeping Baby...

I love my children, all of them. Not one of my children learned to sleep through the night until about 1 year old, not one. I am sleep deprived for a year at a time, and it is aging me for sure. So, if you have a secret, please reveal...I must be doing something wrong. This is my third attempt, and it has proven the most difficult thus far. HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR INFANTS TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT? I am not into cry-it-to-sleep techniques, maybe that is my problem. I am anxious for sleep!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Back to School Continued

We made it to the class room, lined up outside and her day as a kindergartner officially began. She later commented on the backpack in frint if her. It was pink. It had princesses. It was coveted.

In line waiting to go in.

Captured by her teacher's enthusiastic welcome. BTW, when we met her teacher a few weeks earlier, Brinly was overcome by her beautifully BIG hair...she now wants curly hair just like hers.

My baby girl, all grown up. I remember MY first day of kindergarten, how can she be starting hers? It is so hard to believe that she is entering the real world... so innocent. The reality of her not being mine, but Heavenly Father's really hit today. I love her and miss her already! BUT progress...that is what life is about...progress.

Brinly's First Day at School

Brinly started the grand excursion of formal education today....Kindergarten. She was excited to say the least. No tears, hardly even a goodbye. She was thrilled. She took the bus to school and though she had no idea how to get to her classroom she followed the crowd looking and acting as she did! I had to run to catch up with her to show her the right direction.

Before school with brother. He was quite disappointed that he wasn't able to accompany her on the bus.

Brinly cheesing before school.
At the bus stop, Brinly walked up to the other kids, without reserve. Mind you, she said nothing, but looked on as if she was telepathically having a conversation with the other children:) More telepathic conversing. Then, she boarded the bus without hesitation. She didn't look back, not even a wave...and she was step towards her ever-growing independence.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Adorable Four Eyes

Can you believe how cute she looks!?! Our little Brin has a slight astigmatism (did you know that is how it is spelled? either), so was suggested to get some glasses. I think she looks so great. Of course, she chose PINK frames (though, very subtle). Anyway, I had to show her off...she'll be all ready for Kindergarten on Monday!! Yippee.

We had a family eye appointment today. Shane and I have 20/20 vision...great! Though I have to say, having the dilated exam done isn't exactly my favorite!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Brinly's Bday

Brinly's birthday was celebrated several times, this was the friend celebration with her good friend Zoe. They had fun with their "doll" cakes.

More Adelle smiles!

This is my favorite open mouth smile:)! So great. She has even let out a few giggles here and there.

More Pigeon Fun

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Latest

We had a fun outing this week to Sunset Park and fed the ducks our leftover bread from the class I taught for RS on bread (I had WAY too much bread!). Cade and Brinly LOVED feeding the ducks, and Cade loved to feed the pigeons, which I believe is actually illegal here.
Adelle is smiling up a storm! She has been really cute socially- she is interacting really well and even rolling over now (from back to tummy). She has been a joy. She still isn't sleeping super well, but is doing better than the first 6 weeks.
Cade is still smoothering his little sister. He will come up to her and say "I love my sister." with a cheesy smile, as shown here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Give me your opinon...

What do you think about this?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Dad is the Coolest...seriously.

My Dad 1988 ready to complete mission.

So, my father is a retired AF pilot. He flew several different aircraft during his career- including the U2 spyplane, aka the Lady Dragon (b/c it was so difficult to fly & land). While completinga 3 yr assignment in England, I remember one afternoon walking home from school with my Dad and attempting to explain my utter amazment that he was actually getting PAID to fly airplanes! I just thought, how cool that was b/c it must be so exciting and down right fun to fly a plane- and getting paid for it was just this wonderful bonus to the experience:)
Anyway, he would come home with different parts of his flight suit- his helmet and gloves are what I remember specifically (and one other item that was a mystery to us at the time- my dear sisters would remember that, ha!).
This video was recently discovered of a real U2 flight. It reafirmed my "My Dad is the coolest" mentality! You have GOT to watch it. The only difference is usually there is only one cockpit- the one in the video must be a trainer plane. Seriously, watch it-here is:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Amidst our illness, Adelle gave me the best conversation yet! It was just adorable how hard she was trying to verbally mimic my words. While she was talking her eyes started to water and her skin turned blotchy- that much effort was being put forth. She was trying SO hard. It definately brightened my day.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Life with Three!

So life with three is interesting and very tiring! Though there have been some pricless moments- proven with the below pictures. i love these pictures! The kids adore Adelle and these capture the tenderness of these moments.

Lowes has a fun free project for kids every other Saturday( nationwide) and Shane took the kids to enjoy creating this fun pirate ship.

Some sibling love:)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

4 days old

Our little Adelle is ADORABLE, if I do say so myself:) These are some pictures of her 4 days old. She is now 8 days old and we are finally feeling like things are beginning to become somewhat routine (though I'm sure everything will continue to change). Adjusting to three is definately challenging, but we are making it through. I love those little feet!Wide eyed and alert.This is just to show how small she is- that is my fat foot. She is so small, her body- head to bottom- is barely longer than the length of my foot (approx. size 9).Sleeping soundly in her new bouncer. So sweet.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chasin' Pigeons

A few days ago, Shane took the kids to the park. This is waht they enjoyed the most! Pretty funny.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Little Adelle is here...

Just arrived home after 24 hours in the hospital.

Adelle was born June 10th at 10:24am weighing 6.0lbs, 19 inches long.

She is really sweet and her big sister and brother are enjoying her, as are her Mommy, Daddy, and Grandmas and Aunties. I am very tired and sore and hopefully will be able to rest more now that I'm home (hardly slept in the hospital at all). I'm off for a nap while the kids do the same!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Made it through...

My sister, Ali's wedding was beautiful! I made it to the sealing and everything, amazingly enough- even with a scare in the early morning hours before the wedding (contractions for a couple of hours). It was a wonderful setting, with beautiful weather-honestly, they couldn't have gotten better weather in St. George for was unbelievably cool. Ali was beautiful, Perris was very handsome. They make a great couple, don't ya think?!

The cake turned out nice. Bigger than I wanted, but it was nice and even tasted good:) Transporting a cake is an interesting task, but it all worked out well with only a few mishaps.

Brinly and Cade were adorable in their little outfits, as was their cousin Addison. They had fun together for the most part- with a few moments of teasing and arguing:) Don't they look adorable?:)Brinly and Cade had a good time on the temple grounds playing in the shade of this enormous tree (don't you love it?). We miss those good old trees!! Peak-a-boo. Love them.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Flower Dress

So, my sister and Mom were gracious enough to make this beautiful dress for Brinly. It is so cute. I finished the final things today (button, beltloops, ironing, etc.). It is just adorable. Take a look at the final product: Brinly is thrilled.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wedding Cake Trial #1

Ok, my sister is getting married in June and asked me to do the wedding cake. I had to do a trial run...this is it. It isn't perfect, but I thought it turned out pretty good. Anybody want some?? Shane doesn't even like cake, so we are seriously going to have some major leftovers! It's all homemade too b/c I didn't have any cake mixes on hand:)
If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Proportion wise, I'm not sure if it needs to be a little taller on the bottom layer or not? The ribbon and flowers are just what I had on hand- they'll be different- yellow ribbon and probably roses for the flowers.

Friday, May 8, 2009

36 weeks and counting...

I am tired...this pregnancy is just getting more weary every day. I can't seem to get anything done b/c I can't bend over, climb stairs too many times, stand for too long, sit for too long, and am forever having braxton hicks contractions. I'm just at that point where everything is uncomfortable.
I really am grateful that this has been an uneventful pregnancy; I guess I'm feeling a bit impatient. I need to keep busy, but can't seem to do that b/c my body won't allow it! Anyway, just venting. I'll be wishing I was still pregnant in a few weeks when I'm not sleeping a wink and taking care of three children!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Camping Valley of Fire

We always end up camping when I'm just beginning and just ending a pregnancy! I just had the suspision I was pregnant when we went to Zion's last fall, and found out later that I was....and we just went camping this weekend to the Valley of Fire and I'm 35 weeks pregnant;) Crazy, I know. But we still had a good time (minus sleeping). Enjoy the video!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Behavior Incentive Charts

We finished our behavior charts today. It was a fun project to do with the kids (well, Brinly helped and enjoyed it). This is our final product. Our little frogs will jump from lilly pad to lilly pad (both forward and backward depending on behavior) until they all reach the ultimate prize (which currently is a trip to the pool- as represented by the beach scene at the bottom of the chart). Everything is interchangeable, the "incentive" at the bottom is just velcroed on, and so are the lilly pads. Just to change it up, we'll do different things each month or so- we have butterflies and dragonflies for later and worms/caterpillars, and lots of other fun stickers (Walmart 97cent stickers are great for this!). We'll see how this works:)