The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. -Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow!

I have just LOVED all this snow lately! Kaitlyn has loved it too, so the other day we geared up for the cold and went in the backyard and build us a snowman! (Really I built it while kaitlyn threw snow at the snowman, threw snow at me, and ate A LOT of snow!!!) Kaitlyn wanted it to be a "daddy snowman", so he's all ready to hit the hills on his snowboard. Maybe next time we'll build a "mommy snowman" to go with it!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas

Well, the jolly old man made it down the chimney and was very nice to these two crazy girls at our house! We had such a wonderful Christmas. I've always loved this holiday, but having kids has increased the joy the season brings me ten-fold! I love watching their eyes light up and the excitement of Christmas morning.

What are big sisters for if not to help unwrapping presents!

The one time a year mom is okay with messes. . .
As fun as the gifts and Santa are, I'm so grateful for my family and that we can be reminded of what is really important in life and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas together. I'm so thankful for my Savior and this time of year when we can remember His birth and the wonderful gifts He has given us. I know Christ lives and loves me!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Welcome Baby Brock!

Last week Brian's sister had her second little boy. Brock Ryan Kehl was born wednesday and was 9lbs. 2oz.! I don't know how little Jenney delivered that big baby! Kaitlyn and Hailey are so excited to have a new little cousin. We love you Brock!

Congrats Spencer & Jenney!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn!

Last Friday was Kaitlyn’s THIRD birthday! I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I remember when I was younger time seemed to go by so slow, each school year dragged on forever and all I wanted was for time to speed up so I could get older. Now I am older and time seems to be racing by me and all I want is for it to slow down so my little girls can stay little forever!

To celebrate the big day I took katilyn to see a movie. Just mom and Kaitlyn. We don’t get to do much just us anymore, so this was a fun outing for us. We went and saw Princess and the Frog. It was pretty cute. Kaitlyn wa hilarious and kept getting out of her chair to dance to the songs!

That night we had a little Tinkerbell party!

This is the cupcake cake I made Happy Birthday Princess!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wizards are my FAVORITE!

I saw this on my friend's blog and it made me sooooooo excited, I just HAD to share it!

Expecto Patronum!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bite Me!

Yay! So I FINALLY made it to see New Moon. I know it just came out Friday but a true Twi-hard like me SHOULD HAVE been at the midnight showing. When the tickets first went on sale I was still getting up twice a night with Hailey so with Brian having to work the next day I just couldn't leave him to take care of the baby. (Of course now she is sleeping 12 hours all through the night...go figure!)

So the nerd-crew of cousins and aunts loaded up yesterday to go swoon over vampires and werewolves. It was AWESOME! I just loved the movie. I had heard it was better than Twilight, but it still surpassed my expectations. They stuck so close to the book, the acting was better, the cinematography was better, EVERYTHING was better. I'm so glad I only have to wait till JUNE to see Eclipse (my favorite book of the 4)!!!

Angela, Stephanie & Abby.....sooooo excited!
The aunties!
Tamara, Kim, Me, & Jessie
whoever took the picture must have been so excited they couldn't even hold the camera right....they barely got us in the pic! :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

As I watched this it made me think of a few things I am grateful for. There are so many things, this list just begins to say how many blessings I have and how many things I have to be thankful for.

I am Thankful for...

  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • A husband who loves us and works very hard for us
  • When Kaitlyn runs up to me all on her own, wraps her arms around my leg, and says, "I love you mom."
  • That Hailey gets so excited when I walk into a room and starts flailing her arms about
  • Parents who were, and are, the BEST examples
  • The trials and adversities I have struggled through
  • Chocolate
  • Living in Utah with my mountains
  • Siblings who are very silly and are my best friends
  • Wonderful friends
  • Dates with Brian
  • Musicals
  • Good Books
  • The hilarious comments on life from a 2yr-old's perspective
  • Getting to stay home and just be a mom
  • Having a clean house
  • The times I put off all the work and just get down and play with the girls
  • Epidurals
  • Talk radio
  • Movies
  • Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Being able to have children
  • Country Music
  • The wonderful people who make and distribute Jane Austen movies
  • So many temples, so close

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Funny Girl

My computer is broken right now so without access to pictures I haven't been the best blogger. I had to post this though, if only so I remember it and can tell Kaitlyn what a cute, weird, fun kid she was!

Yesterday Kaitlyn was a 35 year old trapped in a 2 year-old's body. In the morning she came in my room and asked if I would "join her downstairs." Later, as she was leaving the living room she said, "Catch ya later mom." Finally, before dinner she came up to me, put her hand on my shoulder, got her face in mine and said, "So, I have some good news and bad news."

She cracks me up. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween '09 - woot,woot!

Halloween was so fun this year. this is the first year Kaitlyn really got it, and she absolutely LOVED being a kitty-cat and LOVED saying “trick-or-treat!” and getting candy. We started our celebrations this year on Friday at the Food Bank where my mom works. They had a party for everyone’s families. Kaitlyn and cousin Camryn got to trick or treat at all the desks and even got to play some fun Halloween games.

Camryn cracked me up! at each desk she just wanted to sit and eat her candy right then…with the wrapper on!
Sweet cousins Hailey Mouse and Kenzie Giraffe

My mom had the BEST costume EVER! She is one of just a few Conservatives that work at the Food Bank. So she went as Glenn Beck! She got voted as the “scariest costume”. I love it!

Saturday night we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s to trick-or-treat with Ryker a.k.a Spiderman!
Hailey's first Halloween!

Our family of animals! (Brian was a good sport with his doggie ears!)
We ended at Nana and Papa’s house. My cousin’s had some pretty fun costumes! Jake and Nick were telletubbies…hmmm….and Stephanie and Angela were Indian princesses!

In the end, we had a lot of fun and A LOT of candy!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family Photo Shoot

My sweet, fun, and TALENTED cousin Katie, has started doing some photography and she is absolutely wonderful! She took our family out a couple weeks ago to Memory Grove and took some pictures of us. I’m so happy to have an updated photo with Hailey in it. Here are a few of the pics she took.

This is my favorite!

We tried to get one of me and the didn't quite work out as planned but I still love it because its a great "mom" picture!

Thanks again Katie, we had fun and are so happy to have these everlasting memories!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mabey's Pumpkin Patch

Monday we had a fun little Halloween Family Home Evening. We went with my family over to Maybe’s pumpkin patch. It was sort of a bummer because it was cold and rainy so we really just ran in, grabbed pumpkins, and left. But, all the girls looked cute and we had a fun time!

its VERY hard to get 4 little girls to take a picture, so while no one is looking at the camera, this is the best one we got!
Favorite Uncle Tay!
Nana & Papa with Camryn & Kaitlyn