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Friday, December 31, 2010

Where I Left Off

For some reason I can't move pictures so they are a little out of order. Let me know if you know how to move pictures. mmm... these cakes look good

Lily demolished hers

Carter just kind of picked at his

We're one!

Cute birthday girl

Cute birthday boy

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to

The desserts

The Cakes- my friend just got into cake decorating. I asked for polka dots and she did a great job!

decorations- thanks for the cute buntings Nancy!

Birthday breakfast

Cute Carter

Dad showing Lily how to open a present

Cute one year olds!

Carter July 22, 2010

Lily July 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What Happened That Year?

Well, it has been a long time since I wrote anything. I almost didn't even remember how to sign in. Last night as Jeff and I were talking I told him that I didn't feel the need to blog right now. I had rationalized and felt that I was actually telling the truth. You see, I thought, I am busy, I have four little kids, a house, a calling, a busy husband blah blah blah. I just thought I didn't need another thing to worry about. It wasn't that important.

Until this morning as I was sweeping the floor and thought to myself. What did we do Christmas 2006? I racked my brain and could not for the life of me remember that Christmas. I didn't know if we had traveled or not and what the kids looked like that year. I didn't know how I had felt or what activities we had done. I could have found pictures somewhere, but I just looked back in the archives of my blog and I found everything. Cute pictures of the kids, stories of what we did, accounts of people we saw. It all came flooding back to me. I looked back at a friends' blog last night who told me about a picture of me holding her newborn in the hospital. I said, I don't think I have seen that picture and she told me to look on her blog. I went back to 2008 on her blog and sure enough there was that picture. I guess it is not the blog that is important but my thoughts that are.

I read through some of my posts this morning and saw that I don't know how to write eloquent poetry like so many out there. I sometimes laugh at how lame I sound sometimes. But, I do like to think about what our lives were like then and it makes me happy. So, I am back. I may not have the best pictures or the funniest stories but at least I will remember what we did for Christmas.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


That is what I have done the last year. sometimes that is all that I could do. Sometimes I did it better than others and sometimes tears were shed. I sit here as I become nostalgic about this moment in time just 12 months ago. I was sitting in my house very uncomfortable. I knew the time was upon me to have two new additions to our family. I was excited beyond belief! I was also scared out of my mind. How was I going to care for 2 babies? How was I going to be a good mom to 4 kids? Being a parent is so much more than taking care of their physical needs. It is reading to them, bathing them, teaching them, cuddling them, and holding their hand when life gets scary. I often think about my own parents and how wonderful they are. I now understand how hard it is to raise children. My parents had 5 and we are all great people today. At least I think so.

Now I sit here listening to Carter babble mamama before he goes to sleep and Lily giggling at him. I hope that this year has been as good for them as it has for me. I don't know the number of hours of sleep I have missed or the number of times I have been puked on. But it is all worth it when I see them smile and crawl as fast as they can to me when I walk in a room. My tired eyes, arms and hands wouldn't trade it for the world.

I couldn't have survived without Jeff. He works 60 hour weeks most weeks and still has time to help with the kids, do chores and be the favorite parent of the older two by far! Speaking of Alexa and Dallin, they have been rockstars too. Life is a little crazy around here most of the time and they have really stepped up to the plate. Getting diapers, playing with babies, picking up toys and helping me get a sane minute to myself. This year has been one of survival but I would do it all again if I had to. I just really hope I don't have to:)

My babies will be one tomorrow. I am kind of sad because they are my last babies. I know that our family is complete, but it is kind of sad that I won't have that newborn high again. For now I will just look at pictures of my perfect children and know that I am blessed.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy fourth of July!

We had a great fourth! Since it was on a Sunday this year I had a little too much fun dressing everyone alike for church:) We got some great pictures after church out on the patio. After pictures we grilled steaks, put the twins to bed and did fireworks and had root beer floats. It was a great day! It was so fun to dress them alike. I won't be able to get away with it for too much longer, but for now I am having fun.

I love Lily's dress:)

Carter has just learned to clap. Lily could care less about the pictures.

Oops same photo, but it is cu-uute!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Easter, Blossoms, babies and a Birthday!

We had a great Spring even though the blog has been lacking. I really am blessed to have such great kids who cherish every little thing we do. Easter was so fun because it was conference weekend so we were just together having a great time.

One of our Spring traditions is to go see the cherry blossoms down at the tidal basin. Jeff was super busy with work so we were lucky that he took a break to go have a picnic with the fam and see the beautiful blossoms. The babies are getting bigger. They are almost a year old and I know I have not shared enough photos of them. I took some pictures in our yard when they were about 7 months old so sorry they are not recent but man are they some cute babies!!!

Finally Alexa had a glamour birthday party. My friend is a hairdresser so she came and did the girls' hair and we had such a great time! I am not a good blogger I know but I had to show off my cute kiddos:)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Could it be true?

I am just going through some photos to update what we have been doing around here the last few months. I have been having so much fun with my kids that sometimes I forget to sit down and document what we have been doing. I will start slowly and hopefully catch up to where we are now. Alexa had her first experience with cheerleading and she also turned 8 and was baptized. Going to see Alexa cheerlead was so much fun! We actually got to go by ourselves. We got a babysitter and just enjoyed our oldest. We are so proud of her and what this year has brought for her up on top!
Go Hawks!

Love this picture!

We are so proud of our big 8 year old!

The twins were asleep for the family photo op:)

It's a start right!