Thursday, April 30, 2009


Summer is almost here. The weather is getting warmer. Travis is done with classes, all except a little grading, and he gets a full EIGHT WEEKS off this summer. That's right, no school for him and no work. And he still gets paid. Who gets that? Am I spoiled? I'll never complain about his job again.

Bowen is getting bigger, but still no closer to sleeping through the night. Emory alternates between making me want to tear my hair out and making me laugh. Jaxon is my challenge right now, but it's still hard to watch him get so big. He's playing tee ball this summer. He'll start kindergarten in the fall. What? How old am I?

Travis is thirty and I'm real tired all the time. Tired and content. How am I so lucky? I don't think life gets much better. Except maybe when you sleep a full seven or eight hours at night.

There may be nothing more precious than watching this little girl take care of her little brother.
Except maybe watching her daddy teach her how to take care of him.

We're also having our basement finished. Today they fixed the plumbing and re-laid the concrete. Travis reminded the children not to go in the basement while I was gone and he was outside mowing the lawn, and this is what we found tonight. Do you think they listened? At least this house will always have our mark on it.

Next step is season passes to the pool, lots of movies and sleepovers with my sisters and friends (that's right, I'm still in high school), visits from family, sleepovers at the cabin and a nice relaxing summer. I'm so so excited.

Oh, and blessing Bowen on Sunday. Blessing my THIRD beautiful child. I'm very blessed. And happy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Birthday Boy

My favorite person in the whole world turned 30 yesterday! Old man, I don't think he was prepared for it. We spent the night before at Toad's (used to be Mulligan's). The boys played laser tag and rode go-karts, we played in the arcade and attempted to take one thousand kids mini golfing. Not so much.

He was so proud of himself for winning all these tickets.

I don't think she was supposed to be up there.

Sure have lots of pictures of Trav and Emory. I have to say honestly that I didn't know where Jaxon was half the time. But at least he can't say I hover.

Oh wait, there he is.

Joe and Travis were kind enough to "help" Emory and Dylan golf. And by help I mean totally took over their game after they all figured out they're too old for laser tag.

Don't ask about the slippers. I let her express her uniqueness and personality through her shoes. I pick my battles.

Then on his birthday night we had brownies and ice cream and opened presents at our house. I include this picture so you can all see what Travis did while we were singing happy birthday.

Cute Uncle Jamey came. And Amy and my mom. That was the extent of our happening party.

And we ended the night with an intense game of Battleship. Kill me. Why did I buy this? Sure, Trav wanted it to play with the kids, but he forgets he's gone for about nine hours a day.

If I haven't said it before, I love my husband. He is a good man and he works harder than anyone I've ever seen. It's nice to have a day where I can spoil him and he can't get mad about it.

Apparently his sweet sister loves him too. You can read about that HERE.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Here is our attempt at a family Easter picture. Keep in mind we were running late and we had to use the timer on the camera. Unfortunately, this is the best we came up with.

I think this is the first year I've ever truly understood why we celebrate Easter. I say that fully realizing that I am 28 years old and way behind the rest of the world. I think it may have had something to do with Elder Holland's talk. I felt the Spirit strongly this Easter and truly felt that the Atonement is real. I felt the peace that I feel whenever I learn that something is true.

I am so thankful to my Savior. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who gave his Son so I could return to Him, and be like Him. And so I could spend eternity with my husband and children, who are my greatest blessings. How neat it is that we have an older brother who not only understands everything that we feel, but who loved us enough that he was willing to give his life for us, and for the mistakes that we would make. I can't wait to thank him face to face. And I think until then, I will try to live my life in a way that I can thank him every day. And I'll try to teach my children to do the same thing.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thanks, Chels. I love you and wish I was as cool as you. I'm so glad you're my friend.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Bowen got dressed up to go to his Aunt Amy's patriarchal blessing on Sunday. Since we haven't taken him to church yet, I busted out his dress up outfits. Travis reminded me that he's not a doll, but I forgot how fun it is to dress little boys up like little men. So cute.

I love this picture so much. What a dork.

And here's my new toy. My stepmom decided she didn't ever play her piano, so it became mine. I cried when I sat down to play it. I am so happy. And Travis is going to take lessons. Isn't he cute?
It's a little awkwardly situated right now, but we're working on it. Just ignore the DVD player, receiver and Wii on top of it. They're not staying. At least not right there.

And here's some pictures of the other cute little people who live at my house.

Sweet little boy. He is so helpful to me, and such a good example to his sister. I'm so lucky to have two little men.

This girl is so unique. I say unique as a nice word for "totally crazy". She is so much fun to have around. She looks so cute when she sleeps.

Love her, chocolate face and all.

And here's Aunt Amy with Bow and Arrow (as she calls him). Lots of people have spent lots of time on that very same couch holding my baby. I love it. Although he is still missing a few key people he hasn't met yet (hint: they're my husband's sisters).

I'm a mostly frazzled, overwhelmed mother of three, but I'm still so happy.