Friday, October 23, 2009


yesterday i turned thirty-one! i seriously LOVE birthdays. it's so fun to have an entire day just focused on you...and that is exactly what i was given.

kevin took the day off and spoiled me

my parents watched the kids while kevin and i went to the temple. i can't think of a better way to start my birthday than with my husband in the temple we were married at nearly seven years ago.

i enjoyed:
a yummy breakfast
eating out
phone calls
facebook birthday wishes

i tell ya what, by the end of the day i was feeling VERY loved and spoiled.

i am so thankful for great family and friends.

here's to thirty-one!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

u-pick pumpkin patch cont.

emily, alyssa, halle, and brandon

kate, wesley, owen


wesley and grandma
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u-pick pumpkin patch cont.

these guys posed themselves. naturals i tell ya! their mom must have a blog. (;

kevin & owen, wesley, becky & madalyn

this is kindof a "where's waldo?" picture. can you spot all the kids?

alyssa, grandma, kate, grandpa, halle, carter
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u-pick pumpkin patch

well, we had so much fun at the pumpkin patch the first time we thought we would try it again.

this time we were in the company of family. my parents had emily and brandon visiting from utah and they also had jarom and elena's kids while they were in vegas. good times had by all! and we had to leave with a couple more pumpkins.

alyssa and halle scaling the pumpkins to find just the perfect ones for grandma.

won't disclose the name...but what a cute smile! (;

adorable halle

grandpa was stuck with pulling all the pumpkins around
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

sister sneak 2009 cont.

me and katie

sometimes it's not easy to get a good picture, especially when i am in it (least photogenic person in america). so natalie had to take quite a few. in the process she got this candid picture of me and my mommy. love it!

mom and me

we didn't get home until after midnight and i was so happy to sleep in my bed and see my boys (all three of them)!

thanks to all the help we had to make this get-away happen (my neighbor brenda, kevin's sister and her husband staci & kyle, and KEVIN)!

i can't wait to see what amber has in store next time!

p.s. here is a peek at the necklace i made.

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sister sneak 2009 cont.

speaking of naps, aunt elena had just the right touch and assisted in madalyn getting a short snooze. we couldn't take strollers in and out of the stores so we decided to just carry her around. i think next time i would rather stay outside with the stroller in shifts...madalyn was not loving it.

elena and madalyn

we had dinner at a restaurant in gardner village. food was so-so, and the service was TERRIBLE! oh well. it was still fun to sit and visit.

elena and kaylin

natalie and emily

melissa and amber

aren't you loving all of our new, handmade necklaces! fun, fun, fun!
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sister sneak 2009

sister sneak 2009 has come and gone. it always goes WAY TOO FAST!

katie took the reigns this year and planned a fun weekend for all of the ladies. it's seems nearly impossible to find a weekend when all the women can get away but we succeeded and we had a great time.

we arrived in logan, ut just before 7 pm. katie had a class reserved just for the nine of us at a local bead shop. we had the whole place to ourselves (plus the instructors) and had pizza, soda, salad and learned how to wire wrap. we made our very own necklaces link by link. pretty cool!

around 9pm we packed up and moved the party to our hotel rooms (we stayed at the new holiday inn express that night) and got right down to business...opening our "favorite things" grab bags. SO FUN!

mom was in charge of putting the cute little bags together and did such a fantastic job. she went all out with vinyl art and used an adorable garland as the "tissue paper".

left to to bottom
elena gave "three essentials every purse needs". gum, lip balm, and antibacterial hand gel.
katie gave a monogrammed journal, pen, and candy bar.
mom gave a jar of her homemade chili sauce and a halloween sit-about.
emily gave bobby pins and a super nice nail file.
amber gave scensty car candles and portable tins and brought a grab bag of estee lauder loot.
natalie made us each a cd of the songs that inspire her.
kaylin made us all carmel apples.
i gave bubblebath.
melissa brought some HUGE delectable sugar cookies.

after we emptied the bags we almost wanted to put everything back in and do it again, but instead we changed into our swimming suits and went for a much needed soak in the hot tub. soaking with your sisters is always a treat...but the conversations are even better (oh, if walls could talk)! (;

we actually went to bed kind of early (that tends to happen when sleeping-in is a rare treat) and when we woke up it was back to the bead store to finish our projects. afterward we started our drive to gardner village in west jordan, making a pit-stop in brigham city for lunch.

we spent the rest of the day in gardner village visiting all the way-too-cute shops. madalyn was also with us during this sneak and was such an angel...until gardner village. she was so ready for an undisturbed nap. poor thing! but, she was a pretty good sport.

me and madalyn
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Monday, October 12, 2009

happy halloween

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all the anticipation for halloween is just KILLING owen.
he has been practicing his jack-o-lantern face on paper for the last week. so, when we finally brought pumpkins home from the pumpkin patch the other day he couldn't help take his pen to them (while i wasn't looking...of course)!

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

pumpkin patch

on thursday, owen's preschool went to the pumpkin patch! owen and wesley were so excited about this ALL WEEK LONG!

they were quick to put claims on their pumpkins...and changed their mind every time they turned around.



they also had a great slide there that the kids could play on inside a "hay maze". so fun!

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

the gym

on wednesday, owen's preschool went to a local gym to play around for the afternoon. they will be doing this each month. owen had a great time!
i had to grab a quick picture of madalyn in her halloween outfit. i love the headband and flower from aunt rosanne...they go perfectly with it! (;
wesley was wishing that he could be down there jumping around! he will get his chance when he's four.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

wes and food

our wesley is a pretty good eater, a messy eater, but good. he usually tears each meal apart and eats it layer by layer. such a clown!

he also is pretty good at falling asleep mid-bite.

this chip didn't quite make it to his mouth.

now you see it...

now you don't (well...kindof)!
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Monday, October 05, 2009

my three kids

let's be honest...there are a lot of frustrations that come with kids. but, there are also times when you just can't get enough of them.

owen asked me to take some pictures of him holding madalyn. i told them to smile and this is what i got.

owen and madalyn

it actually looks like he got her to smile! crazy kids!

wesley LOVES stickers and will go through a WHOLE sheet of stickers in minutes. he loves to stick them all over his face and clothes. it's so fun to watch. and he really doesn't think there is anything funny about it. this is serious work!

wesley is our little cuddle bug. he sneaks into our room around 4 or 5 in the morning at least 4 nights at out of the week. we have a hard time saying no to him because he is so fun to cuddle with.

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