Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Jaxon's Efficiency Prayer

Jax was really tired tonight so he condensed his prayer. It went like this:

"Heavenly Father, please bless everything that you need to bless, and please bless Teagan's dad. Amen."

Smart kid.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Goings On....

At our house lately have been crazy. Here's a little update one what we've been doing.

Jaxon spent a night sick and threw up all over his dad three times. Supermom slept right through it until I heard him calling for me. It was deesgusting. And then he slept the next day for about six hours. So did mom. I have been so dang tired lately. Maybe it's because I'm busy making a spine. Isn't he cute hugging his whale shark we got at the lame aquarium in Salt Lake? That's another thing we did, but I left the camera in the car. Doh. We went to Little Valley Days about a week ago. Who would miss it? Travis, Ryan and Brady had a great time discussing which "hometown" event they hate more. We sweetly told them they don't have to come anymore if they don't want to. I got to see Chelsea and Ryan and the twins, Channa and Brady and Nathan, Jenn and Rian, and Cherry and Mike. All some of my favorite people in the world:) I was only missing Alisha, Tony and Cooper.

Here's Jax next to Cherry chilling and watching the fireworks.

Here's cute Nathan and his Aunt Brianna. I don't think he knew what to make of the fireworks. Chan, I promise I'll send you these pictures one day soon. And when did Brianna get so pretty???

Chels and I and our girls. She is much cuter than I am. And the girls are cuter than both of us:). I love those little twins. I think Hallie likes me better than Lauren though.

This is how Em watched the fireworks. With her eyes covered. Genius.

Do you like how she's wearing the same outfit in all of these? Must be a favorite. She got some fairy wings from her Grammy and wore them all day - even in the pool outside. Look at her cute little hands. Isn't she beautiful?

And here's the big kicker. If any of you know my husband, you know he's crazy. He got it in his mind to build us a deck. He gave me a price range and an amount of time, and I said go for it. Keep in mind he's never built a deck before. But he figures it out, it usually just takes about four days longer and about twice as much money as he thought. I'd be more irritated if it wasn't so dang cool.

And yes, he's out working on it on Sunday because he leaves on Tuesday to DC for four days and right now I have no access to the backyard, with no railing and no stairs. Then he comes home and leaves two days later for scout camp. I think I might go insane. Anybody want two extra kids for the next two weeks?

But when it's done we will have a big old deck in our backyard. It will be nice, and we might even get a hot tub if we have any money left! I sure do love my husband's schedule, especially when he gets stuff done. Please excuse the white trashness of my backyard. It's a work in progress right now. But if you notice the garden in the corner, that's where Travis is growing all his own stuff to make salsa. Pretty impressive huh? He's kind of cool.

I am still feeling good, so no worries, no major mood swings or illness yet. I'm not too worried about it. Just kind of excited, but it's still so far away that I try not to think about it too much. I'm only about six weeks along, so if I follow my pattern I have about two or three more weeks before reality sets in. But it's not going to happen this time. And look on the bright side - at least I'm finally getting my boobs back:).

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Good Child, The Bad Child &???

So on Sunday afternoon we all lay down in our bed to take a nap. All four of us. We have a king size bed and if we want the kids to take naps on Sundays, it's going to have to be with us. So we all lay down, and this is how the conversation goes:

Katie: Emory, you need to be quiet.
Emory: Bad girl, Mom.
Jaxon: Mom, I want to say a prayer.
Travis: Jaxon, you can say prayers whenever you would like to. Heavenly Father loves to hear from you, and it makes Him happy to know you want to talk to Him.
Jaxon: I want to talk to Him.

To which the bad child (I'll let you decide which one that is) replies: I don't want to talk to Him.

Mom and Dad sigh and dread her teenage years. Then out of the blue, she says: Bad Jesus.

Trav and I covered our heads to hide the laughter and waited for our house to be struck by lightning.

We've got a good one, we've got a crazy one, wonder what number three will be like? That's right. We were confused. First we were, then we weren't, but now we are again. Number three is due around the end of March. Am I crazy???

I feel less apprehensive about this one than I did with number two, just more impressed upon how important it is that I am given this opportunity to raise these children, who are not completely mine, but are shared with my Heavenly Father. And always mindful that this could be my last. Pregnancy is not easy for me, but both times I have had blessings that suggested that I should be grateful that I am able to have my own children. I think that means get over it:). This time I am determined to not look forward to the end, and to just take things one day at a time. We are a full-fledged family now and I can't afford to melt down like I have with the other two. Those of you who talk to me regularly, remind me to read this when I'm puking my guts out and have baby from my knees to my neck. Lucky for me my husband has the most flexible schedule in the world and I have the world's most awesome family and friends to help me out.

Anyway, I'm hoping for a boy. Trav would like a girl, but I think he just says that to be contradictory. If I mood swing over the next few months, don't take it personally:).

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Just A Few

Jax bought himself the Hulk mask with some birthday money and his allowance.

He raises his arms like this and yells "Hulkbuster". Then he has to take it off cause the mask is too heavy for his face.

And here's my kids having a unique twist on a picnic. They're odd children.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Memory Game

Here is a fun little game... leave a comment on my blog of a memory that you and I have had together. It doesn't matter if you've known me for a short time or a long time, anything that you remember! Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It is pretty funny to read the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you are playing and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. On your mark... get set... blog those memories!

Oh ya, and those of you who have known me for a long time - keep it clean.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Birthday Fun

We started the day at the pool. Here's Brylee eating a popsicle. Is she the fattest thing you've ever seen? She is so fun.
Amy and Emory and Avory. Amy was aunt #1 this day. She played with my kids for like an hour in the pool. They just jumped off the side to her. I would have gone crazy.
Birthday Boy at the pool. Yes, we live there.
Opening his favorite present. The McDonalds Transformers toys. Wow. Cheap kid.
Uncle Steve with Emory and Burke.
Superdad filming the event. He's a babe.
Angie, Nana, Grandma Cyndi and Great Papa. My grandparents are so cute to come to things like this.
Grafted in Uncle Merrill and Aunt Nichole :).
Aunt Amy, Brylee, Aunt Mandi and Grandpa Kurt. My aunt is also cute to come up for these things.
Angie and Steve after Steve opened his present. Awesome tickets to a Broncos game. His birthday is on the 15th so we celebrated together.
Amy and Emory and Avory. Amy's so cute.Cute kids having a picnic. Notice Jax on the phone. What is he, 13?Super Sara made the cake. Isn't that awesome?
I love Amy. And have I mentioned how much I adore that little boy?
This is the piece he wanted. He wanted the head of Bumblebee.
This is Jax cutting himself a piece of cake cause he wanted more frosting.
Jenny from the Block eating cake.And this is where they went after the party to watch the Curious George movie...
And this is how the night ended. Since it's his birthday, he gets to sleep where he wants. Notice the huge shark from Angie and Amy.
Then Mom and Dad got some quality card playing time in with Merrill and Nichole. We used to play cards with Merrill until the wee hours of the morning, so it was fun to do it again.
I love birthdays. Luckily, we have Emory's in a few weeks, so I'll get another excuse to celebrate. She was so cute about being excited for Jaxon to get presents. I can't wait for her birthday. It's going to be all princess stuff:).

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

Dear Jaxon,

Today you are turning five. I'm not ready for that at all. I still think back often to when you were a baby, to when you were one, or even to when you just turned four. Time seems to go by too fast, and you keep growing up more and more every day. I'm so proud that you are my little man. You make me smile and laugh and feel loved every day. I love pinching your chubby cheeks and kissing them even when you tell me I have given you too many kisses today. I love your squeezy hugs around my neck. I love it when you lay by me and watch cartoons. I love that you still sleep with your monkey. I love watching you wash the car with your dad. I love when you will wake Emory up and lay in her bed and laugh and play with her. I love how you talk to her like her opinion really matters. I love that you are such a momma's boy, that when you tell me you love me most you have to tell your dad that you like him most so you don't hurt his feelings.

You definitely have a little obsessiveness in you:). Whether it's Cars, Transformers or superheroes, you really grab onto something and love it with all you have. You've been going through a Transformers kick the last little while. In fact, for the past two days you have bothered me to take you to McDonald's because they have Transformers toys in their happy meals. Little do you know you're getting them all from your grandma tomorrow. You'll be so happy. Today at the pool you found some other little boys with Transformers toys and instantly made a little gang of friends. You were so sad when we had to leave all their toys behind.

You are such a sensitive little boy. When someone gives you a gift, you light up. You cherish it and are so thankful for it. Some people might think you are spoiled, but it's really hard to tell you no when you are so thankful for all that you are given. You are so unhappy when people are mad at you. Just today you asked me not to tell your dad about something you had done because you didn't want him to be mad at you. The other day you hurt Emory on accident and you cried because you didn't ever want your sister to be hurt. You cried when your cousin Blake left to go home because you were going to miss him. I love your sweetness and I hope you always have it. Although sometimes we do worry that you're a little too tender.

You're very polite. I am told often by people that you never fail to say please or thank you. You're also very neat. I can ask you to clean your room and it will be spotless within minutes. Your job right now is to put all the shoes in the house away and you are so good at it. You work so hard to make me happy and to help me. You love helping people.

You have so many aunts and uncles who love you, and you love playing with them. You spend lots of time at Grandma Cyndi's house eating popcorn and watching movies. She loves having you around. You're pretty tight with Grandpa Kurt and Grammy also. All of your family is so willing to baby sit you and play with you all the time. Your mom loves having so many baby sitters to choose from that make you truly happy! You are happy to go anywhere and play with anyone. You still love your Angie as much as you have since you were a baby. You love everyone for different reasons and you are so good at making people feel loved. You really miss your Uncle Mitchy in Taiwan right now!

You are terribly intelligent. You memorize facts like crazy and pick up on things I would never expect. Your dad started reading with you and you picked it up within a few days. Now we can't spell things around you when we want to hide something! You are so smart. I have high hopes for you. You are also terribly particular about things. How many drinks you have when you brush your teeth, how your cars are lined up and how many minutes before you have to go to bed are all examples of serious things to you.

You are quite the little negotiator. Your dad has walked out of your room many nights shaking his head and wondering how you ended up with a drink, six toys and two treats in your bed when the deal was one toy. Somehow you manage to get us all twisted up. We're thinking you might be a lawyer one day.

You love sharks and soak up all the information you can about them. You tell me about one hundred times a day that you are Optimus Prime, or Spiderman, or Superman or some random type of shark. I love your little imagination. You could pretend all day long.

You are also quite the little dancer. You have started a few new dances over the past few months, and they make everyone laugh. I'm going to start you in break dancing classes this fall. You are so dang funny that we are constantly laughing at things you say. The other day you told me you were obsessed with the slide at the pool. You also told me today that Emory was totally freaking out about something. You say such random adult things. I love it.

You are a very spiritual little boy, and you love going to church. You love primary and every time they ask for volunteers, you are the first one up. Drives me crazy! But you are so cute and so brave about doing things. You come home from church so happy.

You are such a special little boy. There is no doubt in my mind that you came to us at a certain time for a certain reason. You have had such a positive effect on so many people, that I believe one day when we have an eternal perspective we will be amazed at why you came here. There are times when I look at you and feel my heart swell up because I am so proud of you and so glad you are mine. I wish I could go back and relive each day with you. There are some bad ones, because you can be real stubborn when you want to be. I think you got that from your dad:). But for the most part, I am so happy I'm your mommy. You are special to everyone you meet because you have such a sweet spirit. Even while I can't stand the thought of you growing up, I can't wait to see what the rest of your life holds.

I hope you have the best birthday ever little man. I love you,


*Thanks again for the pictures Mel, we miss you guys already.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


So, for those of you who heard the rumor that I am pregnant (rumor meaning I told you), it's false. We think some medication I was on made it seem like I was. Ha ha ha. Joke's on us. So, no, I am not pregnant. Do I want more children? Um.....maybe.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


Some days I feel like I'm really spoiled. The only things I've done this summer are go to the pool, travel with my husband, watch fireworks, hang out with my family and eat out. Sure, I worked a few days but my work is so easy that it's actually a break. And of course raising kids is hard, but it's terribly rewarding, especially with these two. I definitely have my bad days, but for the most part, I have a hard time believing that life gets much better than this.

We also had a fun 4th of July. We went to the pool with Amy, Grandma Cyndi, Grandpa Kurt and Mandi and her girls. And of course, our favorite, daddy:). It wasn't too crowded because it was a little overcast and windy, but it was the perfect temperature.

And here's more of the little stink. Some nights I have to remind myself how fun she is. Then I look at pictures like this and remember she always lets me dress her up and I love her again. I just barely discovered little sundresses. They're my favorite. Why did I not see these before now? This dress was a gift from her Aunt Amy.She calls herself Jenny from the Block in this hat.

After the pool we went to Huntsville for fireworks. We met Trav's mom and his two sisters (Melanie and Shelby) and their kids at the park there. It was such a blast. I forget how fun small town events like that can be. Like I'm such a big city girl now:). They had a hynoptist, skydivers, a DJ and a dance floor, a playground, and the most amazing fireworks ever. We laid right under them to watch them. They were so bright they hurt my eyes.

I have never been a big fan of fireworks. I just don't think they're worth the hassle for how much fun they are. Showing up two hours early to lay out a blanket to watch something I could probably see from my front porch, and chasing my kids around the whole time. But last night I started thinking about why we celebrate the 4th of July, and how lucky we are to live here. It may be because I just got back from a trip to a country whose living standard is so much less than ours, and saw so many people who would love the opportunities we take for granted. It may be because we are at war, and there are so many men and women serving our country and ensuring our freedom and safety while trying to bring democracy to others. It may also be because so many people lost their lives to give us the freedoms we expect every single day. It may just be all the patriotic music and the fireworks in the air. But whatever it was, I felt truly grateful for all that I have yesterday.
This really is a blessed country that we live in, and because of that, I think more is expected of us. We have so much that others will never have, yet so often we complain about the little things we deal with daily. Life is hard in different ways for everyone, and we all suffer no matter where we live. But I for one am grateful for the little comforts I have in my everday life. A car, a washer and dryer, a home, a job, healthy children, TIVO, running water, restaurants, IPods, video games, toys for my kids, a dishwasher and other appliances, health insurance, and many other things that make my life easy that I don't even recognize. I remember talking to several of Trav's companions in Brazil about how they wanted to eventually come to America, and I realized that we are in the same position in different countries, I just happened to be lucky enough to be born here. I had things so much easier simply by virtue of being born in a different place. Made me want to not take things for granted anymore:).

Anyway, off my soapbox, I hope everyone had a fun 4th of July and that the rest of your summer is just as fun!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Everyone Needs One Of These....

Because they are so fun to dress up, to do their hair, to take shopping, to talk to while you get ready, to have try on your makeup, to put lip gloss on, to listen to, to take naps with and did I mention dress up? This little girl has way too many clothes. I get bored after she wears something twice:).

And all this is coming from someone who wasn't sure she would love having a girl. I had some serious anxiety about the fact that I might not be able to bond with her because I love my little boy so much. That was not to be a worry. She is so much fun.

She loves the flower on her pants.

She has the most beautiful brown eyes. I was a little disappointed when they were brown, but they're perfect.

She loves to do girly stuff with her mom. And she loves to be guy stuff with her dad. I love it.

We're best buddies. Jaxon played with his cousins last night and Em opted to go shopping with me. She loves hanging out with the big girls and doing big girl stuff. Anyone think she looks like me? I don't. And did I mention she has picked up a Brooklyn accent suddenly? Maybe I'll post a video.

Right now we're going to go watch So You Think You Can Dance together.