Saturday, November 26, 2011


 We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at my parent's house.  The whole family was together this year.
It was so fun to have everyone there!  The table stretched from one end of the room to the other!

Mckay and Eli getting ready to feast.  Mckay let us know that he is grateful for electricity and the sun!

 Nick and Ty  These two have become best buddies over the last year.  I am so happy the kids get to see their cousins so often and be such good friends!This is something I am extremely grateful for.  To live so close to our families and to have such great examples in the lives of my children.  

Houston, Ally, and Emma

 Natalie and Daddy

Olivia found one thing she liked- the fruit salad!

After we cooked, ate, talked about what we are each grateful for,  and cleaned up, we all were exhausted of course.  I love that Liv loves her daddy.  They had a nice little nap together!

Thanksgiving Bowling

 Our yearly tradition of bowling on Thanksgiving night!  I think it has been a whole year since the last time we went bowling.  It was fun and I think we need to go more often.  
 Olivia wasn't all smiles the whole night, but I think she must have just gotten a piece of candy just before I snapped the picture!  I did take her to the doctor the next day and she had an ear infection.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hair and Make-Up

 Olivia loves to play dress up already, and I guess she loves to put make up on too!  I was working on Primary stuff this morning and she found a way to entertain herself in my bathroom.  Maybe she has watched me get ready for the day quite a few times!  Isn't she a little young to start this already?  I love how it all made it to her eyes!  And she was so proud of herself too!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Nick

 Nick turned 9 years old today!  Happy Birthday to the child who made me a mother.  
I have learned so much from and continue to learn everyday.  You are a great big brother and a great example to your younger brother and sisters!  Thanks for being you!  Nick was up at 5:55 this morning, anxious to open presents!  And that was before the time change tonight!!  We made him wait until 7:30, and that was rough on him. 

We had a fun party today for both boys at Gymcats.  Natalie takes Gymnastics there and the boys have been anxious to get out on the floor and be able to play like she does.  We invited some friends for each of them and it was perfect!  We didn't have 15 boys running around our house and they played non stop for the entire party. 
The birthday boys! 
 Mason, Logan, and Tyler
 The whole crew in the pit
 Nat loved showing us her skills!
 Andrew after diving into the pit
 Sam, after trying to throw some blocks at the picture taker!


 and Liv loved every minute of it too! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Mckay!

 Mckay turned 7 years old today! 
Happy Birthday my little buddy!  We love you and are so happy to have you in our family.  You bring such excitement to our lives and we have so much fun with you.  

Mckay's birthday requests were a pogo stick, and Backyard Safari tools.  He and the neighbor boys love to go on backyard hunts for bugs, and now Mckay has all the right tools to be captain!  I am hoping he is able to play with it a little before the snow really falls.  We are having a big party for Nick and Mckay on Saturday- more pics to come!

Happy Halloween

 The long awaited night finally came.  Nick was so anxious to go off with Andrew and Ty and one picture is all he could handle!
 Lindsey was brought the kids out to Trick or Treat with us so Mckay and Houston could be super heroes together. 
 Liv's first experience going door to door for more and more treats.  What could be better.  She was so excited!  She was all smiles! 
 Showing me her tail!
 And Superman is off!  Flying away.

Olivia's first door was Jeremy next door.  Luckily he didn't pull the chainsaw out until it got dark.  Really, I heard the chainsaw all night as I was passing out candy!

So glad Nat and Mckay were feeling better.  Nate on the other hand wasn't, but still took the kids out!  I love you babe!
The kids brought home loads of candy and happily sold it to daddy a day later.  We are off to Toys R Us to spend their $$!  Glad to have the candy out of the house- for my own good!