Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fun Treat!

Allie and Tyler found these at the store today and I said "sure, why not?" well I am glad I did. They are so fun, not a big mess, not that much sugar, cheap and easy. They have chocolate and strawberry. They are little BB shaped flavored balls inside they straw and each end is "sewn off" so as you drink it flavors your milk without the BBs coming through the end of the straw. Sorry the pictures are a disaster, I took them with my webcam because I am lazy. Anyway, just thought I would share. My kids LOVED them and thought they were so cool.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

two posts in one week!

So I had mentioned that my mom and dad took Allie and Tyler for a couple of weeks. My parents are amazing people!! My kids came home having learned many wonderful new things. I took them down while Brandon was gone to a training. We got to see Brandon's Mom and sister and her precious new baby(i have no pictures). I went back to CO. Then we came to Cedar on Christmas Eve after Brandon got off of work. We worked as hard as we could to get as much done as possible while Allie and Tyler were with them. I went through just about every room and area of my house and cleaned and organized! It feels so good!!! I finally know where everything is and gave most everything a place. I really needed that time to get back on top of things. Brandon was able to mud and tape and build Allie and Tyler a closet. It was so fun to organize the closet and put things away where they were actually going to stay and not just be there until they had a new place.

Trent did really good until about the last 3 days. At first we could tell that he was just LOVING the attention. Brandon and me all to himself. He just ate it up! And then he started to get bored with us. By the time we left on Thurs he was pretty much done with us and ready for some fun.

Christmas Eve was SO great! We did the Nativity with all the kids acting the parts. Of course the youngest kids always steal the show. Trent and Kaige were the dang cutest Shepherds. Allie was an Angel and Tyler was a Wiseman. He had "golden" in his gift box for baby Jesus.

Also I found this awesome tractor lego set for Tyler. I knew he would love it so much even if he is a little young for it. We spent hours and hours putting all the tractors and farm together so it would be all ready to play with the next morning. It stayed together for all of about 5min. I think we may just superglue the set so we don't have to keep rebuilding.

Christmas was CHAOS and so much fun. 17 people all opening presents together and 5 of them little kids. Every gift they open they want it out of the box to play. We had a lot of fun!

We stayed in Cedar and played for a few days and then drove to AZ. That was the longest drive!! We left early(5am) thinking we could get there early but because of weather and other events we did not get there until 5 30 after more than 12hrs in the car. Not fun! AZ was so fun! It was a nice break from the cold. The kids spent so much time outside. It was great! We got to see cousins, play in cotton seed(never done that before, very cool!), see old friends and relax.

Also Brandon and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! We have celebrated 4 out of five in Ft Thomas even though we have never lived there. I think we need to make a plan for this next year to be somewhere different. We love Ft Thomas but I think I am ready to do something really extraordinary for our anniversary. I cannot believe that it has been 5 yrs. Not that that is really all that long but it seems shorter than that. It has been so great! I love Brandon so much! I love how he takes care of ALL of our needs and really surpasses my expectations.

After coming home from all the traveling I feel like we have been able to enjoy life a little more and really appreciate everything that we have been blessed with. It was a nice, needed break! I love my Savior and have enjoyed the Christmas season celebrating his life and teaching my kids about His life. It was great to be gone from our house and not feel guilty that we weren't working on it because we couldn't. We just spent time with our kids and friends and family. I love Allie, Tyler and Trent! They are so forgiving and fun to be with!

Here are some pictures: These are really not in very good order at all but it is taking too long already so just try make it all make sense. They are mostly Ft Thomas first and Cedar City last.

Nephew Blake and Tyler. The whole 3hrs we were there Tyler NEVER left his side!! So cute!

Brandon jumping off cotton seed

Me and Allie jumping off the cotton seedpoor allie LOLand the landing, not that we really ever left the ground.

Tyler in the seed

All the kids in a hole in the stack of cotton seed.

Allie climbing the cotton seed


Family pic taken with self timer. THe best we could do.

So tender!! Tyler really took to Brandon's grandma. She is not all that sweet at this age but he just loved and she loved him. He even climbed on her lap the next day to watch TV and she was fine with that. He asked her to help him open his new toy from G and G Sanders.

Abby(old roomies little girl) and Trent

Allie (we decided to take some pics with my NEW camera and because Ft Thomas has so many fun places.)

Hilarious!! The kids came around the corner with these and were doing a little Potato Head Parade. My cousin Chelsey's kids.

Me, Tyler and Trent jumping in Ft THomas. Trent LOVES jumping!

Trent drove this paint roller ALL over Ft THomas. It was very cute!

Allie on the pig at Hog Hollar

wagon ride with cousin Talon

Christmas dinner


Making(mostly eating) gingerbread houses with Aunts before we got there to my moms.

Allie with new Barbie scooter and some barbie boots Becca found at the thrift store.

Trent LOVES this toy!!


Cute aprons my mom made all of us

Tyler with his lego set

Allie finding her jewelry she wanted SOOOOO bad!!! She did not believe that Santas elves would know how to make jewelry like Target. SHe said, "well maybe they just buyed it there."

Wisemen with their "golden"

Trent and Tyler matching clothes from Aunt Tara

Allie baking her first cupcakes. She LOVES this!!

Tyler helping paint my moms wall for Christmas
Painting crew
cutest little family, new little nephew born 16th of december
family photo minus Brandon who wanted to get out of his Sunday clothes
my little bro Bryson(15) trying on the pants that Brandon gave him because they were so big he could not keep them on.

Me and Kendra T-shirts and Sunday skirts

Bryson sporting Tyler's new work hat. The mic works and the is a little speaker on top, it is SO fun!!
Tyler and Rebecca

Friday, January 15, 2010

A much needed update!

For some reason my text won't move back up to the top of the page so all the pictures are first and the post last. Also I meant to have my pictures go from oldest to newest and I did it backwards. Oh Well!

After we cut down our Christmas tree
Waiting while we found the perfect tree
We finally found the perfect tree. Every year Brandon and I hike around looking for the PERFECT tree. So this year we had no snow pants, the snow was almost up to the kids waste and it was getting dark. We should have just cut the first one we saw but no true to character we had to hike ALL around looking for the perfect one! Notice Allie and Tyler SCREAMING they are so cold and could really care less if they even have a Christmas tree at this point and I am sure I am holding Trent and he is screaming as well. The best part was that Brandon cut down the tree and then drug it to the truck and then I ran the best I could through the deep snow carrying Trent back to the truck while Allie and Tyler just stood there crying waiting for us to come back for them. They would not walk! So Brandon ran back for them and carried both of them half way and then I ran back to meet him and carried Tyler back. Needless to say this will be a memorable tree cutting! I think my ankles were frozen for the next hour and that was with the floor heat on them the whole ride home.

Trent HAS to do whatever they are doing!

Love this Face!
Trent's cute smile! (I am trying to make up for the lack of pictures he has)

Eating snow after sledding

Allie and Tyler


Getting a ride


and the crash

Trying to get at least one pic of all 3. My kids will not take pics together!!! I really think I have maybe 5 in the year Trent has been born.

Allie wore this when she was a baby. I wasn't sure if it fit and I told Brandon to put it on him and at that point we were already 15min late to the party so he had to wear it wedgie or not!


Tyler was Tigger! Not because he wanted to but because we were given the costume. He did love it though.

Ten months and already climbing. Now he can get all the way on top of my kitchen table. I have never had a climber before.

Trent started walking at about ten months

a little fall photo shoot and this the ONLY one out of about 150 photos

Helping paint the bathroom

Allie and her princess castle cake

cake beaters for breakfast! it was her bday!

Brandon's bday!

Tyler and Rylan in Ft Thomas
Sword fighting in Ft Thomas

roasting hot dogs

she doesn't really know of she likes the bunny

riding Cheyenne

playdough with cousins

Roasting Marshmellows

Trent to a dive off his camping chair

playing in the tent

Brandon and Allie napping after our long morning hike

Well, Brandon has been gone since last Sunday morning and I thought for sure while he was gone I would update the blog during the hours after the kids go to bed and before I go to bed. So he should be home in about 5 hours and I figured I better start blogging or else I am never going to get updated. I mostly like to share pictures because I am not a good writer but then the pictures take so long to choose from and upload that I never get started. So here it goes.

The last thing I posted about was 4th of July. LOL We managed to squeeze in one camping trip at the end of July. We froze! And we were sad that was the only one we were able to do. Our house owns us! Don't asks us to do anything or be anywhere because we will most likely tell you we have something planned for working on the house. In September we had a trip planned for Ft Thomas and it just so happened my grandma passed away and her funeral was the same weekend. What an amazing Lady! That is one of the reasons I will forever be grateful that I moved to Safford, AZ, to get to know her better! The trip was fun but too crazy! I wanted to spend ALL my time with both families and that was impossible. We celebrated Allie and Brandon's birthdays and don't have many pictures but we had a lot of fun! We had A LOT of Allie's friends over on her bday and decorated cupcakes. There were probably about 25 people including adults. It was a PARTY! We have a few Halloween pictures but not very good ones. We took them with our video camera because the other camera had dead batteries, so they are taken without flash.(same as Allie and Brandons bday pics) Life just got so busy from the time my grandma passed away until about the middle of Dec when I sent Allie and Tyler to stay with my mom for 2 weeks. I LOVE my mom!!! She SAVED me! There were too many things that I was behind on trying to do everything with the house and church and 3 little kids with no room or closet. It was just crazy! Anyway, we are feeling good about everything and feel very blessed EVERY day!