Wednesday, November 17, 2010



I am falling behind a bit...but we had a lot of fun for Halloween this year. We had some of Jared's friends from work come and carve pumpkins with us and my sister came and carved more pumpkins with us the next week! On Halloween night it was raining, but we dressed the kids up in their costumes, bundled them up all warmly, and Jared took them around the neighborhood to go trick or treating. By the time they got home their buckets were completely full! We still have Halloween candy they haven't eaten.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Trip To Bryce Canyon

This summer we went on a trip to Bryce Canyon with my parents. These are some of the pictures I got of the boys on our hike up to mossy caves. Both of the boys loved playing in the water and they scared me to death by almost falling into the water near the waterfall! So we found an area where some water had pooled up and let the boys splash away! They were covered in orange dirt and had a lot of fun. I remember doing this hike when I was young. It is so fun sharing these things with my kids now, and it was especially nice having mom and dad there.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Enjoying the last warm days of summer...

The weather got so cold so suddenly. I'm glad last week we played outside a lot and really squeezed the most out of the warm days. Ayden already has the first cold of the season. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that no one else catches it. Ayden never wants to admit that he is sick...he keeps trying to go about his daily business.

"I'm not sick!" cough cough cough hack hack.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ayden turned 5!

Ayden decided that for his birthday he wanted to go to Idaho and have a birthday party with all of his cousins. And he wanted chocolate cupcakes with blue sprinkles. He is a kid who knows what he wants! =) He had a blast while we were there, and there was a lot of chaos and kids running around grandmas house. When we left, he was crying....and he woke us up the next morning at the crack of dawn telling us that he wanted to go back to grandmas house! Good times...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friday Night at the Park

Last friday we went to the big park here in town and let the kids run around. It was nice being at the park with Jared there...almost relaxing! I got to take pictures and sit on the bench instead of running around after Chris. Chris is getting very brave and scares me all of the time. He tries to go on the "big kid" things, and has had several very close tumbles...luckily, it was Jared's turn to save him this time! There were a lot of kids there, so Ayden was having a blast trying to convince someone to play "star wars" with him. As far as I can tell, this game involves shooting their fingers at each other, running around and laughing a lot. Near the end of our outing, while Ayden was running around making friends, Chris kept coming up to Jared and I crying for something to drink. He hastn't quite figured out the whole cup thing yet, and made quite a mess trying to drink it. Fun times!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Family Reunion at Six Flags

This summer we went to Six Flags for our family reunion. Jared and my mom watched all of the kids while I went with my dad and siblings on all of the rides. It was a lot of fun, but I did miss out on seeing the boys reactions to all of the kid rides and fun things.


At our family reunion in California this summer Jared won this cape for Ayden at Six Flags. He pretty much hasn't taken it off since then...It has been a batboy summer =)

Thursday, July 22, 2010


This summer Christopher decided that Ayden's tricycle was now his and he would throw a HUGE FIT every time Ayden tried to ride on it. So of course it was time to get Ayden a new bike. Now, however, Chris thinks that he should also get Ayden's new bike, and he is very conflicted about which bike he should run towards first!

Ayden has been having a lot of fun riding it around everywhere, and he is even getting used to riding it down our steep driveway. We went on a bike ride around the neighborhood the other day and Ayden kept racing ahead of Chris and I. It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

California Trip

In June our family had a reunion in California. We had a lot of fun at the beach especially. Christopher had a blast digging in the sand and splashing in the water! He kept trying to run away from the waves, but instead of running away from them he kept running paralell to them and kept getting more wet. It was so funny! Ayden and all of his cousins got soaking wet jumping the waves and then they would run up onto the dry sand and lay down in it trying to get warm again and then off they would go to jump in the waves again. At one point Ayden was shivering so hard that I started piling warm sand all over him until he was warm again! He got sand everywhere! I spent most of the day building a huge sand castle with my neices and Christopher....which unfortunately Jared didn't take a picture of. Which is too bad, cause it was awesome. =) All in all it was a fun day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Making Art

A few weeks ago I finally remembered all of these paints I gave Ayden for Christmas. They had a lot of fun painting on the paper, but Chris mostly got a kick out of painting himself and Ayden! The good thing about painting in the summer time is it gives a good reason to go swimming afterwards.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Slip and Slide

So Jared bought one of those cheap slip and slides for the kids to play with this summer, and you have never seen two kids get more fun out of five dollars before! Christopher was especially ecstatic and kept trying to slide on it...but mostly he just fell down a lot. Ayden would back way up and then run at full blast and then he would pause right before the slide and then did a kind of belly flop-slide. It was so funny! Then he learned how to surf across the surface and that seemed to be a lot less painful. Ah...summer!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Visiting Thanksgiving Point

Several weeks ago we went to Farm Country at Thanksgiving point. It was beautiful warm weather and we got to see all of the cute baby animals. Ayden's favorite thing was the horse ride...
...but Chris wasn't too thrilled about sitting on a pony.

He was much more interested in playing at the duck pond!

I personally liked the baby bunnies best myself. =)

The next week we again visited Thanksgiving Point, but with much chillier weather! We went with Jared's parents to see the Tulip Festival. Both of the boys loved playing in the fountains and feeding the fish.

Crazy Utah weather! We never know what the weather is going to be. T-shirts one week, and coats the next!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


It seems that I am only hitting the holidays. Life has been busy! We had a fun parents were here and we played a lot of Settler's of Catan and Ticket to Ride. We decorated tons of eggs, but unfortunately I was so busy keeping Chris from knocking over the dye I didn't take any pictures of the event, and then I ate all of the eggs. They were delicious!
Chris was pretty excited about Easter, but mostly the Jelly Beans. You should see him get all excited about them. When he sees Jared opening the jar, he drops whatever he is doing and runs to Jared and does a little happy jelly bean dance. Then, of course, he stands under Jared with his mouth open expectantly. It is so hilarious!
Ayden's favorite thing about Easter was the spiderman tatoos the Easter Bunny brought him. He immediately asked me to apply as many as could fit all over his arms. He was a spiderman kid! He ran all over the house pretending he was spiderman flinging webs everywhere.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Christmas Pictures

So it is basically impossible to get a picture of Chris with Ayden where they are both looking at the camera!! On Christmas eve, Ayden was so excited and Chris was completely oblivious.
Man I look pale next to my kids! Last weekend we went swimming with some friends, and let me tell you...both Jared and I look pasty...especially when you compare us to our kids.
After all of the hoopla of Christmas morning was over, Christopher was quite worn out!!
Ayden playing with his new remote control car, and Chris trying to grab it!
Christopher wasn't quite sure what to think of this toy when he first opened it, but since it has become one of his favorite toys. It lights up and makes "jungle sounds" and the boys have all of their little figurines and play with it just about every day. Who knew it would be such a hit?!
So Ayden wrote a very detailed letter to Santa Clause this year. He told Santa that all he wanted was 2 wii games: Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Star Wars. He was pretty excited to open them Christmas morning. I guess Santa pulled through...
All Ayden wanted to do after that was play wii...Of course, just the other day he got grounded from the wii for about I guess we will see what happens! =)
For Christmas we got Chris a train to sit on and it plays music and has blocks and etc. He wasn't quite sure what to think of it at first, but he soon figured out that it was pretty neat. Of course his favorite thing is to sit on it and be pushed around. Luckily, Ayden is quite happy to do the honors. Chris also likes to push it, but mostly he just likes to push it down the stairs!!
Christmas was a lot of fun but busy of course! We went to Idaho after Christmas and then by new years I was really sick with strep throat and so was Jared. Then I had a lot of catch-up cleaning to fact, today was the first time I have cleaned my kitchen floor since before Christmas. They were pretty bad so it took quite a while to get them back to normal. Of course, I am sure that Chris will dimolish all of my hard work by the end of the day!