Tuesday, December 23, 2008




Christopher is doing really well. He is very healthy and is such a sweety. He is sleeping more at night and is more alert during the day. Ayden is a little impatient for him to get bigger so he can play with him! The other day he tossed a small ball at Chris and said "Catch!" I told him that he would have to be a little bigger to play catch with him, and now Ayden keeps telling everyone "He needs to be older so that he can play with me." =)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008




Well, as many of you have heard already, we are now the proud parents of a new little boy! He was born weighing 6 lbs 14 ounces. We are going to name him Christopher. Most of the pictures we have of him were taken by Ayden, who is ecstatic to be a big brother!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow Day!

This morning we woke up to a white world. Ayden jumped into bed with us and immediately started begging to go outside. So Ayden and I bundled up and went outside to play. We made a “snow tree” and made snow angels. After we were done playing, we came inside for hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Give me your candy, or walk the plank!





Ayden was a pirate for Halloween. For over a month before Halloween, Jared would have Ayden practice his pirate lines: “Give me your candy or walk the plank!” Ayden got very into it, and he would say his lines in a deep gravelly voice. To go along with Ayden’s costume, I carved pirate themed pumpkins this year! I meant to do 4 of them, but for Halloween we went trick-or-treating with some friends in Ogden, and so I didn’t have time to do the other 2. When we went trick-or-treating, Ayden only gave his lines twice because soon it was all about getting to the next house to gather more candy! He really got into it this year, and soon his pail was so heavy he kept tripping over it and I ended up having to carry it for him.

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It's Autumn time!

A couple of nights ago, Jared and Ayden went outside to rake up all of the leaves while I cooked dinner. Ayden didn’t like it when Jared got out the blower, and he kept running and screaming as Jared would blow the leaves. But Ayden had a blast jumping into the piles!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Our Family




Fun pictures











These are a few miscellaneous pictures that I thought were fun. The first is in the paint store…I was trying to keep Ayden entertained while Jared asked the salesperson some questions.

Next Ayden found the chocolate syrup bottle and went to town with it before I caught him! This is when our family hiked up to Stewart falls in Provo Canyon. Next was at a family party. I was washing the dishes, when I suddenly noticed that it was very quiet at the table! The last picture was taken at the RMI reunion we went to this summer.

Dinosaur Museum with Grandma and Grandpa


Ayden loves dinosaurs, and every time we pass the museum at Thanksgiving Point, he goes crazy making dinosaur sounds. During the summer, we went in with my parents. Ayden’s favorite thing was the water table where he played with the sand and plastic dinosaurs. He also had a blast running in and out of the tunnel. We watched the movie on the big screen, and Ayden thought that it was really neat, but a little scary.



Birthday Time!



last week was Ayden’s birthday. We had 2 parties for him; one so that my parent’s could be there, and one on his actual birthday. He got a CD player with a microphone from his Shaw grandparents, clothes from his Hughes grandparents, and we got him some bedding, some binoculars of his very own (now that he has already ruined ours!), and a cool rocket which he loves.

For his cake, I took him down the cake aisle and told him he could pick anything that he wanted. He chose the strawberry cake and cream cheese frosting with sprinkles. I asked him what color he wanted me to decorate his cake with, and he chose pink with blue candles. Hey, it is his birthday. He can have whatever color he wants! =)

Fall Leaves


Well, I am seriously behind the times. I caught the flu and was out of commission for a couple of weeks. Now Ayden has a cold, so I am going to try and update this before anything else happens!!! =)

Last week we went for a picnic up in American Fork Canyon. The fall leaves were so beautiful! We had a leaf fight and Jared, having the height advantage, tossed leaves all over my head which matriculated down my shirt and back and itched like crazy all of the way home. I tried to pay him back, but he just laughed at my futile efforts! Ayden got the most covered with leaves, but he had a blast showering mommy and daddy with handfuls of leaves. Ayden spent a good half hour throwing rocks and sticks into the water. I had to watch him pretty carefully so he didn’t throw himself in along with the rocks!

Friday, September 19, 2008

We haven't taken pictures in a while

One of my friends asked me for a picture of Ayden the other day, and it was then that I realized that all of our current pictures were still on our camera and that we haven’t taken any pictures recently. So to help rectify the problem, the other night we pointed the camera at Ayden and told him to give us his best moves.

This is his super-cool
kung-fu-pretzel move!

This is what Ayden does when we ask him to say cheese!







And this is Ayden getting
tickled by Jared.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teaching Finances to a 9 year old?

Jared and I are Bear scout leaders, and today we are working on requirement #13 which is “Saving well, spending well.” We already did the fun part of this requirement last week which was to play a game with pretend money. We made it a little more interesting by offering treats they could buy with the money they earned in the game.

We have a field trip planned to the grocery store to compare prices on food the last week of the month, but this week is the dull leg work. We are going to pretend to shop for a car for their families, and figure out how much money it costs to prepare a meal for each scout. How long do you think that we can keep the interest of 6 nine year olds on finances and budget? I am going to have to work very hard to make this interesting!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Camping in August

Our latest camping trip was something of a fiasco.

First of all, nature and I have never been known to get along very well. One of the things that I like best about living in Utah now vs. Arizona is that I haven’t seen any cockroaches here, and the crickets are tiny and unobtrusive. They like being outdoors, and not scaring me to death by climbing all over the walls like in Az. I sort of freak out by even little bugs… My bloodcurdling shrikes have been known to happen anywhere at any time, which can be a little embarrassing when out in public. My family, of course, is inured to it by now. =)

So, knowing of Jared’s love of camping, I voluntarily went along. Jared very nicely found us a really great camping site near Bear Lake that had a bathroom with showers and everything. So, packing tons of bug spray and even a tennis racket bug killer, I was prepared to face anything…or so I thought.

I guess our first sign of impending disaster should have been the weather report. We call my Dad the rain god because wherever he goes, he invites extremes of weather. I always think that nations suffering drought should give him an all-expense trip there to solve their lack of rain. Of course…it could backfire. The drought could get worse. I have inherited this on a much small scale. The week after I was born my family was snow-bound into their apartment.

Well, there was a 30% chance of rain that night at Bear Lake, and knowing my track record, I should have realized that this meant that it was going to rain on us. We got into camp and set up the tent and got all of our gear out. As I was making dinner, a roll of thunder and black clouds started making their appearance known. Jared moved the table under a tree and set up a tarp over it to protect us just as the first raindrops started coming down.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that the best part about camping is a fire. What is the point if you get to roast something over the fire while you stare at the stars. Of course, there would be no stars that night, and our fire was making a valiant attempt to stay alive. Ayden was completely fascinated with the fire, and did his very best to keep it going by continuously throwing sticks in. My job was to make sure that he didn’t throw himself in as well! He was trying very hard to go home with some first degree burns.

We had foil dinners and roasted marshmallows over the fire. We just did basic cleanup, and sat under the tarp watching our fire sputter and listening to the thunder which was shaking the ground. We made an early night of it and as we lay there we enjoyed hearing the rain pound against our tent…until we realized that our tent is not waterproof! Luckily, we had planned on going swimming the next day and we had a lot of extra towels to wipe up the excess.

We were awoken the next morning around 5 am to Ayden crying and complaining that his side was hurting. We were both freaking out a little and thinking of appendicitis or something like that. So we grabbed our stuff and got everyone in the car, when Ayden decided he felt better. Soon he was running around the camp acting totally normal. Since we were wide awake by then, we decided to make an early breakfast which was a lot of fun. My pancakes turned out beautiful and we also had hash browns, sausage, and orange juice. We did dishes and got all ready for the morning. I was a little tired, so I went into the tent to take a little morning nap while Jared and Ayden played. I must have been REALLY tired not to have noticed that something was wrong right away.

Jared asked me to get something in the tent for him, and it was only then that I truly looked around. It was at this moment that I discovered that over a million tiny black bugs had taken up residence in our tent sometime during the night. They were all over our sleeping bags, pillows, bags, the floor….you name it, they were there. You can only imagine my horrified feelings…I had just recently been lying in that bag and my head had recently been touching that pillow that was covered in the black goo of squished bugs. I am only impressed with myself that I didn’t immediately go all to pieces.

I quickly exited the tent and informed Jared that we were packing up without delay and leaving. He didn’t believe me, until he examined the tent himself. He agreed with me that it would be inconceivable for me to spend another night with the bugs, and we packed up and left for the Lake where we spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and looking for shells. I was happy to get home and sleep soundlessly in a bug-free bed that night. I suppose for our next trip I will pay closer attention to the weather report!