Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

We had issues this year with our costumes. I normally get them ordered in a timely manner, but I have been so pre-occupied with work and other things, that I failed in getting them ordered. Ryen always wanted to be a nurse, but the costume I originally wanted was all sold out. (By the way, there are some nasty nurse costumes out there, I googled Youth Nurse Costumes and boy there came up some interesting adult costumes.) Carter wanted to be some scary person. I am not ready for him to do the scary thing yet. I hate that Halloween is associated with creepiness. I wanted him to be a doctor but he said "NO" to that. He picked the Army outfit and we luckily found one for Jack that matched.

Jack stayed at home to hand out the treats. Brad and I took turns staying home with him. He tried to sneak out the door every time a trick or treater came. He was wearing me out. I can't believe how nice the weather was this year, especially since we just had snow a few short days ago. I think we had a record amount of trick or treaters. We went through so much candy. I finally had to hand the candy out myself because we were down to the bare minimum.
The pumpkin carving turned out well. The kids were excited with their pumpkins. We grew these pumpkins so I am pretty sure Brad was proud of them.

Well another Halloween is over. We had a lot of fun, but we were all tired. Everyone slept well, maybe it was because they were full of candy. It doesn't matter to me, as long as they sleep, do I hear an amen to that?

1 Year Old Pictures

Okay, I don't even want to hear it. I am finally updating the blog. In July, we had Jack's pictures taken and we think they turned out pretty cute. The railroad track pictures are some of my favorites.

We think our "handsome devil" is the most handsomest. He keeps us running and laughing non-stop. I have no idea where he gets his sense of humor and his quickness. Thanks Jamie for taking the pictures, you are so good at this.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Jack!!!

Last year at this time, I was recovering from my 3rd C-Section and I was sort of out of it, just ask Mari Ann. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever figure someone so small could make me so happy. I had a good life, a great husband, two good kids (well.... most of the time), a good job, a nice home, etc. Then Jack came along. He has such a sweet spirit. All of us instantly fell in love with him. I am so thankful that he chose us. Our family would not be complete without him. For his birthday, we decided to go to Lagoon. It was fun. Mari Ann, Houston, Hailie, Cortney, Carlie, Mason, and Avery all came. It was Cortney's birthday too, you just need to add a few years to hers. I won't say how many, okay add 24 to Jack's 1. It was the best experience I have had at that place so far. Jack was such a good boy. He was such a trooper. The weather was perfect and there wasn't a huge crowd. The kids had a lot of fun. Thanks everyone for coming with us.
This picture is so typical of Jack. He talks with his mouth closed or he talks out of the side of his mouth. It is so cute, but I do hope that he grows out of it. It may not be so cute when he is an old man.

The infamous 1st birthday cake. I try for each of my kids to make their 1st cake. I went all out for Carter with the turkey cake that I made. Ryen had the ladybug cake that we made in Nauvoo. Jack's wasn't as much work. I really don't have a lot of time anymore. I do think, however, that it turned out cute.
Look at Ryen staring at the cake. She couldn't wait to eat it. Everyone's mouth turned blue from the frosting. It was pretty hysterical.
Jack is the only one out of my 3 kids that dug into his cake. He was very careful though. He enjoyed the frosting a little bit too much. I would pull the cake away from him and he would get all upset. I would push it back to him and he would calm down and start digging again.
One year past and how things have changed. I am so lucky to have three healthy kids. With each new day, I know that I am truly blessed. Happy Birthday Stinker Poo. We love you so much!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A camping we will go!

So our family decided to go camping over the 4th of July weekend. Many of you are wondering, is this Linda speaking. Yes it is. I am not much of a camper, although I enjoyed Girls Camp a ton especially since we slept in cabins and the wild animals were left outside, but I agreed to go. I had to work on Friday so Jack and I stayed behind while the rest of the family headed to Sunrise Campground. Friday night came and so did some thunderstorms. I got myself packed and Jack and I headed over the mountain to meet the rest of the family. The rain, thunder, and lightning decided to head over there as well. My last camping experience was about 2 years ago. We went camping with the same neighbors and it was alot of fun until the thunder and lightning storm. It freaked me out, especially since we were in tents in a wide open field and I had two young kids inside the tent. YIKES!!!!! This storm wasn't as bad, but it was freezing and I swear I got frost bite. We decided to go to the Lake on Saturday, even though the weather was still not the best. Jack had never been swimming. We decided we were going to have him go for a dip in the Lake. The weather got better and so we suited him up. Isn't he cute!! Brad dipped him in the water and he screamed to high heaven. (By the way, his leg is better. He didn't break it and he is getting better at putting his weight on it, thank goodness!)
Here is Ryen with her friend, or should I say boyfriend. They were with each other alot this weekend. I thought it was cute. They were swimming in the most disgusting water, but they liked it since it was warm.

Carter and Ryen decided to climb a tree at our campsite. The kids had so much fun. Brad and Carter were able to go shoot some paint balls with the fellow boy campers. I guess they had a blast, but from looking at the weldts on them, I don't think it sounds like too much fun. Ryen went with the ladies and the smaller kids into town and they played at the park. This all happened while I was still slaving away at work, trying to support my family. Do you feel sorry for me yet?

Here is a picture of the family leaving the campsite, notice I am not in the picture. I know you aren't shocked by this but there is a very good reason. Jack was misbehaving at camp. All day on the 4th, he was so mean and nasty. I couldn't get him to fall asleep. He wasn't acting like his normal self. It was frustrating me to no end. I wanted to enjoy the time but he wouldn't sit still and he wouldn't crawl around unless he was in the tent. Finally, I had had it. We ate a really good dinner and then headed into town to see some fireworks. He finally fell asleep in the car but I was terrified to take him out. I talked to Brad and I decided to head home and let him scream in our house where it would only affect me, and not a whole campground. The night that Jack and I arrived, he cried and we couldn't get him to stop. There were campers everywhere, and I know that they could hear us because we could hear them. It stressed me out, so I didn't want to go through that again.

The kids had a great time. I am so glad that we had a chance to go. We have good friends that we are able to go with. I hope they will invite us again. They might if I promise not to bring the rain again.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Since my last post didn't have any pictures of Carter Boy, I thought I would include this one. He is obsessed with mohawks. So, he decided to give himself one and also his little brother. Pretty cute don't you think?

WHAT'S UP!!!!!!!

I know, pick yourself off the floor, it has been awhile since I have updated my blog. Well, I have been busy..... okay I am lazy. Lots has happened since the last time I wrote. We have had some heartache and also some blessings in our lives within the last couple of months. All I have to say is "Hold on, you never know what is around the corner, but enjoy the ride!"

The kids are growing up so fast. I can't believe that Ryen Paige will be 5 in just a few short days and Jack will be 1. Ryen will be starting Kindergarten and Carter will be in the 3rd Grade. I can't believe it. I can remember when I was in 3rd Grade and Mrs. Blake was my teacher. I swear it was just yesterday.

This weekend has been very much jammed back. We had Ryen's B-day party at a little park and invited a few of her friends. It was stressful trying to get everything ready, but it was fun. We did have a little accident though. Carter was taking Jack down the slide and Jack's leg got stuck under Carter as they went down. Jack screamed and screamed and wouldn't put any weight on his leg. We were concerned and so we took him to the doctor today. He now is a proud owner of a splint and it has to wear it for a few days. The doctor just called us and told us that the X-rays showed that he didn't fracture his leg, which we are thrilled about, but Jack has to wear the splint until the swelling goes down. If he won't stand after the swelling is down, we have to take him to a specialist. We are praying he will be able to stand without any problems. We will see.
Here is his doing patty cakes while I am trying to get his picture. He was such a good boy when we were at the doctor's office. I was very proud of him. By the way, Kim, Jack only weighs 22 pounds, what is Halster at now?
He feel asleep on the way home. I couldn't resist this picture. Ryen had given him her duck to make him feel better. It was cute of her. Carter just kept apologizing to him. He feels horrible about it but we keep telling him that it was an accident.

Here is Ryen's High School Musical Cake. She picked it out herself. She loved it and all the kids loved it. It was gone within a matter of minutes.

Here are all of Ryen's little friends, except for Hayley. She was over making friends with some other kids.

Ryen the birthday girl. She had a lot of fun at her party. I was happy that the weather was nice and the park wasn't packed with lots of people. I think the kids enjoyed themselves.
I want to wish my "Sweet Pea" a Happy Birthday!!! I love you so much. I can't imagine my life without you. You are such a sweet little girl. I know I tease you about how mean and nasty you are but I love that you are that way. You don't let anyone walk all over you and you aren't afraid of things, yet you are so sweet and tell us all the time that you love us the mostest. Five years ago, I had no idea what a blessing I was going to be receiving. You are my little girl, my only little girl, and I love you so much.

Well..... I have lots to say but I must end. I will try to keep up on my blog, but I am not promising anything.
By the way, "Thanks" Mom and Doyle, Hailie, Joe Ann, and Eddie for coming to Ryen's Birthday party. We loved having you and I know that it made Ryen's day to have you all there. I love my family and how supportitive they are. You all are the best!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009


After many different attempts, we were able to get pictures of Jack. I am such a bad mom, the last picture taken was when he was 5 weeks old. The other two kids had them done at 5 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months. We tried to take him a few times and he would not cooperate, but last Saturday was our lucky day. He was all smiles. He is 8 months old now. I can't believe how fast time flies. He has changed so much. He is so adorable and such a happy baby. We have been so lucky. Since we are getting up there in years, we needed a nice baby. He is starting to move around a little. He hasn't quite figured out that if he moved his legs, he could go much faster. He reaches for things until he finally gets them, he is scooting on his stomach. Oh by the way, he says MA MA. YES!!!! One of my children said it before DA DA. He is very intelligent.
Go ahead a call him Brad Junior. He looks just like him. Brad was freaking out that his hair wasn't combed right. I think he looks handsome. At least he has some hair. Carter at this age was bald, or should I call him Charlie Brown.

Anyway, I just wanted to share our handsome devil's pictures.