Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sad day...and putting the Christmas stuff up

We were so excited to get our Christmas stuff out and decorate the tree! Come to find out, a water snow globe had broke in our move and then the box sat in our attic all summer long roasting all the water our and making everything moldy. And of course, it was in the box with all our ornaments and nativities from other countries. We had to throw away a chunk of them but it's ok because it's just stuff! We can always get new! We just can't get away from mold!!! Ahhhhh!
This one was the worst--it was molded shut and so nasty! It smelled nasty! We probably spread all sorts of mold spores all over our house! At least we're just renting! :)
Kyden and his awesome smile! Getting ready to put our tree up! We have always gotten a real tree but since we won't be spending Christmas at our house and they are so expensive to just buy and throw it away! So we got a cheap fake one! A tree is a tree! Fake or not!
We haven't ever made gingerbread houses so we thought this is the year to do it. We bought a kit and started on it! Wow, it was hard and it wouldn't stay together! We only had a few set backs but it is standing today!

It was a fun first time experience! Next time we'll do a couple things differently!

Thanksgiving at the beach

We spent Thanksgiving in Kauai! We had a lot of fun and it was just nice to be away from real life! The kids traveled super well (which I worried about more than I should have)! We spent most of our time on the beach. Some of the other things we did while there--hiked, zip lined, ate enough junk to last us a year, snorkeled... Here are a few pictures! Oh and to come--we surprised mom with a professional photographer to take family pictures. I'm just waiting to get them back!

Getting ready to go zip lining in our COOL gear! It was a lot of fun! We did a zip and dip--so we zip lined and got to swim in this private fresh water place and eat lunch.

Building forts with Grandpa. (We carried, in the car, those sticks from one location to another because Kyden "needed" them. He is so random!)
We broke open a coconut and then all ate it. Braden thought it was pretty cool and good!
Braden loved the waves and swimming in the ocean! It was fun seeing the kids have so much fun and enjoy themselves!
Hang loose!
Riding in the "cool" car--in there car seats I might add! Nothing like riding in a convertible in carseats!
The gang at church.
Thanksgiving lunch--filling our bellies with PB&J's! Yummy (I guess)!
Thanksgiving night we had the actual Thanksgiving food! Braden in his Hawaiian attire!
Kyden eating his food.
I hate to admit this, but we went to bed every night no later than 9! We were exhausted and the time change really did us in! We flew a red eye and got to Salt Lake around 9 Saturday morning. We then drove to Twin Falls for Jason's Family Thanksgiving dinner. I'm so glad we went! We were just a tad bit tired but it went smoother than I thought and it was fun to see everyone there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hayley's Current Obsessions

We love our little Hazel bug! She is so funny and learning something new everyday! She is growing up way too fast! Some things that Hayley loves is...
Sticking her tongue out--It's ALWAYS out! Cute little tongue.
Getting into everything--like pots and pans, crayons and glue left out by her brothers and anything else she can get her hands on! It's a little harder with older kids who have small objects that seem to find there way in her mouth!

Trying to climb stairs. She's already fallen down them twice so she doesn't go near them when she at the top but she's trying to figure out how to go up them. I've caught her up the first flight of stairs (3 stairs) a couple times! Little trouble maker!
Another picture of Hayley getting into things left out by the brothers--first marshmallows and then a cotton ball that got stuck to her sticky hands! She was funny trying to get it off!
The bathroom in general! Loves it! What is it about babies and bathrooms--they're nasty but they love them! Toilet paper--but at least she hasn't figured out how fun it is to unroll the whole thing.
Playing in the toilet! She loves taking a bath and splashing in the water so the toilet is just like a mini bathtub to her! Nasty!
The tv and everything around it!
She dislikes baby food! She's never really liked it! But she does love to beg food off us! Don't ask me how she knows but she especially begs food off of us when it's cookies or ice cream or chocolate! Little beggar! We love her! She is so happy, yet a bit feisty too. She has quite the personality! It's fun seeing it come out more everyday! I love seeing all that she is discovering. They learn so much in that first year. A lot of work but she is so fun! And her brothers just adore her!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Happy Halloween!! We had 2 Bumblebee Transformers and 1 little fairy (or butterfly as the boys thought) to go trick-or-treating with. We tried to convince one of the boys to be a different transformer but finally gave in and got them the same costume (and yes we bought them--Mrs. Lazy is my name, plus I figured it was worth the money for them to play with afterwards). Halloween isn't my very favorite holiday. I don't like spending money on costumes or candy. It's just kind of weird going to people's houses that you barely know and asking for candy. Usually we visit family and some friends and get lots of candy but this year we weren't by family so we settled for neighbors. It was fun, but random! Also, before Halloween when people would ask what the boys were going to be, they would say bumblebee--I had to clarify that they were going to be Bumblebee Transformer not a flying stinging bumblebee. Ha ha!
Looking at there loot!
I don't think they were very tired after trick-or-treating. What do you think?
Carving pumpkins
Angry bird and Smurf. Jason pretty much did them both! Great job!
Grandpa and Grandma decided last minute to go to Salt Lake so they stayed at our house on there way there. It was fun seeing them for a little bit!
I helped in Braden's classroom with the Halloween party. I was in charge of the treat--decorating sugar cookies. It was fun seeing all of his new friends. His teacher is so wonderful and sweet! She was sick the other day and he came home a little disappointed that she wasn't there.
The weekend before Halloween, we went to visit Brad and Bec. Jason and Brad went golfing while me, Bec and all the kids went to Costco and made Halloween spider cookies.

Braden took this picture. He's turning into quite the little photographer although this one's a little blurry and the other one he took kind of cut our heads off.
Little Miss Hay getting into everything and eating all our leftovers off the floor!
The boys had a blast "fixing" Brad's bike!
We also visited the pumpkin walk. It was a lot of fun. This display was our favorite--Despicable Me. It was soooo cute! And so real!

Random Fall

The kids with Daddy
Quincy and Hadley came to visit us for a day so we went to our favorite park.
Crazy funny ones
So you can't tell in this picture but Kyden has a pet caterpillar in his bowl of gold fish. Pretty much killed the poor thing. But they sure had fun with it. They took it on a train ride, fed it food, and who knows what else!
Hayley all bundled to go mini golfing. She always sticks her tongue out!

Spud Harvest

Well since we don't get 2 weeks off for Spud Harvest in Utah, we had to settle for a weekend trip to get our spud harvest fill! We had fun riding and driving and picking those dirt clods. It's amazing how fast they can dig the potatoes now! Helping them to plant more potatoes because they can be harvested faster (if the weather cooperates)! They run 2 diggers, 3 cross-overs, 10+ trucks--years ago they ran 1 digger and 1 crossover! Harvest went a lot slower! I love being a farmers daughter and being a part of this whole operation! The first week of real spud harvest (they do a green dig so they end up digging for over a month but the kids are out of school for 2 weeks to help so that's what I mean by real) it was so hot people were getting sunburned but the next week it was so cold people were wearing coats. What crazy weather!
This is a picture of 2 crossovers and the digger loading a truck with 2 waiting...

Eric and the boys. They love this!
Riding in Eric's truck

Kyden's pet fly--yes his pet?? I think the fly was dying so it let Kyden carry it around in his helmet and crawled up his arm. He had it for quite a while and then he lost it. Funny kid!
Hayley with Dad
Hayley riding in the digger with Uncle Ray. Ray drove the digger the whole time. He's great at what he does!

Kyden loves to go to work with Grandpa. Here they are together getting there work boots on.

Great Grandpa (to Hayley)
Shopping and then dinner after priesthood session. Waiting for the guys to join us. Suzanne, Bec, Hayley, and Candi.
Grandmas and Kyden