Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas is coming

We made gingerbread houses in Cub Scouts last week. Caden's was basically a rectangular box piled as high as he could with candy. Right before the picture, Caden dropped his and it all broke! :( He didn't really care though, because he still got all the candy! Dallin was a little more creative with his.

When it snowed yesterday, I pulled out a new "snowman kit" for the boys. Then we went out side and I saw the snow was just too powdery to make a snowman, but Dallin is a very determined boy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

You asked for it...

Yes, it is a couple of months late, but several people have asked about costume pictures, so here's halloween!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dallin's work

Dallin made this at kindergarten the other day:

For those of you who don't read kindergarten, is says "Mom and my dad loves me cause we are playing together." I do so love that kid!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So Proud!

I belong to a mom's club here, and for the service project this month, we put our kids in their costumes and head over to a nursing home. There were actually 2 nursing homes across the street from each other, so we went to the first one and walked around saying "Happy Halloween!" Before we got there, I tried to explain how we were going to see old people who don't get out a lot, and how seeing the boys in their costumes would make them happy. I said we were going to be very nice and smile and talk to everyone.

When we got there, there was only one other mother there, and she only had a baby in her arms. So as we walked the halls, my boys got a lot of attention because they could interact with them. Andrew was himself, talkative and happy, and everyone loved him as they always do. But I couldn't have been prouder of Dallin. He smiled and said "Howdy partner!" to everyone (he was a cowboy); he just smiled and didn't try and correct anyone when they called him Alan; he was very attentive for as long as they wanted to talk to him. I even had to drag him away a few times! He let anyone touch him. One lady, I think she may have been senile and I know she didn't speak English, was grinning ear to ear as she touched him all over and mumbled in Spanish. Dallin, while I could tell he was a little unsure of it, just smiled at her and let her be happy. After we left, I hugged him and told him how proud I was of him for making all those people so happy!

We went to the second nursing home and they had a whole Halloween Party set up for us! At least 1/2 of the elderly were dressed! The boys weren't sure what to think about the man with the werewolf mask and gloves. :) Everyone was at tables, so they had us go "trick or treating" around each table! They had candy and Halloween tatoos, pencils, erasers, other misc, and even coloring books for the kids! Everyone oohed and ahed over the little devil, and loved Dallin and asked about his gun. One lady told us how her oldest son was once a cowboy for Halloween and she had a picture of it up in her room. :) Then one of the men read a story for the kids while they had cookies and punch. It was so much fun, and I'm so glad Dallin got to see his service make so many people happy.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I'm just going to have to give a summary of what happened this summer up until now. I've got a lot of pictures and it will probably take a few posts, but I will catch up! I'll try to go in chronological order, but we'll see...

In the end of June, we had a family vacation in Granby with Steve's family. We went fishing at Lake Granby. None of us caught anything, but we had a great time.

The ski resort was giving free lift rides to the top of the mountain, where you can hike a bit and then ride back down. Lots of fun!

Steve and Caden at the top of the mountain

But most of all we just enjoyed spending time together!

On the way home, we stopped at the Continental Divide and let the kids play around in the dirty snow.

Steve's birthday is on the 4th of July, always a party! Steve loves going to a hotel, so this year we went on a mini vacation close to where Steve's family lives. We went to Steve's parents' neighborhood party, which had great food and fun little party games for the kids. They also had a little bike parade, the same one Steve went on when he was young. The boys decorated their bikes and Steve took Caden and Dallin around it. It was about a mile long in 100+ degrees, and Andrew and I enjoyed watching them from the shade! We were so proud of Dallin, riding the whole way! Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture of him though. :(

Monday, July 11, 2011


Tonight for FHE I made Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream and it was divine! So easy, and you don't need an ice cream maker! Just thought I'd share! :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guess where we are?

That's right! This is where this morning they announced they are going to build the Fort Collins temple! We are so excited! From leaving the church parking lot right across the street to pulling into our driveway it took us exactly 5 1/2 minutes! Even Utahans would be jealous!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tooth fairy

Dallin lost his second tooth this morning. He came running upstairs to show me. I was very excited for him! I asked him where his tooth pillow was, and after we found it he said, "I really, really, really want to take a nap today!" After I explained to him that the tooth fairy only comes at night, he changed his mind!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Before and After


And after...

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I can't believe he's old enough, but Caden was baptized yesterday.

It was a simple, beautiful ceremony. We are so proud of him.

We were so grateful to have our family there to share in this special occasion.

After Caden came out of the water and the witnesses gave the approval, Andrew, who was sitting right in front of the font, shouted, "Good baptize, dad!"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Farm

One of the teachers that Steve works with lives on several acres of land on the north end of Fort Collins. They have lots of animals there and last month she invited everyone to bring there kids and see all the baby animals. The boys had a blast! They went in the chicken coop and each picked an egg to bring home. They all took turns riding the horse. Andrew hopped on right away, but Caden took a lot of persuasion!

They had a great playhouse the boys played in for quite a while.

Andrew and Dallin got to milk a goat. Caden was too scared!

They loved playing on the tractor.

I wish I had taken a picture with Andrew and the baby goats. He kept wanting to get in the pen with them. It was really cute! :(
Andrew keeps talking about going to the farm and whenever we drive past one he gets really excited. We had a great time and hope it's something she'll do every year!

Catch up

It's been a while! There's been so many things I wanted to write about, but have missed, and now I'm playing catch-up, again. On Feb 28 Dallin turned 5.

He had his first friend party and chose a pirate theme.

In March, Dallin's preschool had a float for the Fort Collin's St Patrick's Day Parade. Dallin loved holding all that candy, and he was actually happy to give it out!

That was the start of the boys' spring break. I decided I missed my family too much, so I quickly packed a few things, gathered up my boys, said goodbye to Steve (his spring break wasn't for another 2 weeks), and drove out to Utah! We had a great time, not doing much of anything! :)

Andrew loved my dad. He learned real quick that Papa always has candy! One morning, I sent the boys upstairs and I went back to bed. When I went upstairs a few hours later, I asked Andrew what he had for breakfast and he said, "Candy!"

We were there on St Patrick's Day and we did a few little things, like turn the milk green, etc. Here is the leprechaun trap we built.

It was a really fun trip and I am so glad we went!

I had a lot of fun with our April Fool's dinner again. I told them because it was April Fool's, we were going to have dessert first, and then dinner. We had a cake first (meatloaf with mashed potatoes).

Then chicken nuggets (candy bars rolled in corn flakes) and french fries (pound cake cut up like fries).

I thought the best part was the straws.

I have too much to catch up on in one post, so that's it for now. Stay tuned, more to come! I leave you with a picture of what Andrew looks like in the morning.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


The places they get themselves into...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cute kid

Last week after preschool, one of the moms told me about a conversation she had with Dallin.

Jen: Dallin, you're so cute, you know that?
Dallin: Yeah, my mom tells me that all the time!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Traditions

About a month ago, Caden asked me if we could celebrate the new year. I was really surprised he had already forgotten our New Year's Eve party just a few weeks ago! Then he clarified and said, "I mean the Chinese New Year." I thought that sounded like fun, but the only thing I knew about it was they have dragons and fireworks, so I wasn't sure where to go with it. After a little searching on the Internet, I learned when it was and found a few fun crafts we could do. We made good luck paper oranges, paper lanterns, fans, and some paper dragon puppets.

We all wore red and had 8 things to eat, because 8 is apparently a lucky number! The boys were excited to eat with chopsticks.

We even made our own fortune cookies, which were much tastier than the store bought. The boys made up the fortunes with Steve the night before. My favorite was, "You dog will bark a lot when the door bell rings." :)

Steve had to work late that night and missed most of it, but he came home in time to give the boys red envelopes with a dollar each in them. Turns out Caden knew about these envelopes, and now I'm thinking I did all this just because Caden wanted some money!

It was all very fun and something I'd like to keep doing, but in the future I hope we have more time to learn and talk about the traditions.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mmmm... Oatmeal!

This is what happens when I don't clean up breakfast right away...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Where does the time go?

I can't believe my baby is 2! He had his birthday a couple of weeks ago and had a great time. We started the day with pancakes and candles, a fun new tradition I think we'll have to keep going. When I made pancakes a week later, Andrew said, "Happy Birthday!" And he blew, like he was blowing out his candles. :) We had a fun little family party for him that night.
I wanted to share some of the fun things he is doing now. He doesn't want to be left out of anything. One of his favorite phrases now is "Me too!"
alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5570792037391297106" />You wouldn't guess from looking at him, but he loves to run, especially if it's away from one of us!
He really loves his brothers and is always asking about Caden and Dallin.
Even though he really loves him, Dallin is his greatest nemesis. Anytime they are together you can count on some screaming!
He loves scary toys like dinosaurs and dragons, but stuffed animals that growl or shake, like Tickle Me Elmo, he won't go near them.
He really loves the dog, and is usually very sweet with her, when he's not trying to bite her or poke her eyeballs!
He is very friendly, loves talking to everyone, and will let anyone hold him.
He won't help pick up anything unless you sing the clean-up song, then he goes around saying "Clean up!" and picks up everything.
He's a wonderful little boy and we are so lucky to have him in our family. We love you Andrew!