Tuesday, July 19, 2016

September 2015


I really need to be better about blogging and get caught up!

Olivia loves to have her picture taken.

September 3, 2015


This will be a good blackmail picture one day. I tell her not to and she laughs and wants to do it even more.


She was facinated with her shadow.


Another season of soccer started and the boys had a blast as always.
September 3, 2015

Matt and I had a quick weekend escape to Logan. It's nice to have time without kids and sleep in. We went bowling and we always seem to bowl close to the same scores so I had to document it. 

September 5, 2015


Playing on the playground during Ashton's soccer practice. She loves going anywhere with a playground.

September 8, 2015

If you know me you know I don't wear make-up. I'll occasionally put on mascara and that's about it. So I was surprised to see Olivia putting on make-up one day. She's definitely a girly girl and loves make-up and accessories.

September 9, 2015 

The leaves were just starting to change colors at the cabin this weekend.

September 11, 2015

The boys love playing games and we had just bought Swashbuckled that my cousin introduced to us so we had a fun evening playing. Olivia was on my team. :)

September 14, 2015

This kid. So much personality. You can see his faded drawn on mustache from school and he likes wearing sunglasses, even inside.

 September 15, 2015

Olivia found a workbook and came in my office and said she needed to do her homework for preschool. Being an October birthday she didn't get to start preschool this year and it's all she talks about. That and when she can start dance classes.

September 18, 2015

Earlier in the year Matt, the boys and I signed up to race the Dirty Dash in Midway. Unfortunately with my hip injury I wasn't going to be able to do it. I was really bummed about it and had been looking forward to it. We stayed at the cabin the night before and headed for Midway at around noon.

September 19, 2015


My brother took my place since it was already paid for so I figured someone might as well use the spot.



The kids race wasn't for another hour and a half so the boys just decided to do the whole 5K course with Matt and my brother. I'm glad they did because the kids race only went through a couple of obstacles but they were able to do them all.



Ashton was cold and was happy to be done but he enjoyed it.


Kaleb loved it and would have kept going if there was more to do.


I always tease Matt about how he puffs his cheeks.


They take pictures throughout the race but it's hard finding them because your numbers are either ripped off or covered in mud early on. But there were a couple good ones.





Ashton played flag football for the first time and he enjoyed it. We don't really watch sports much so at the first game we realized we should probably have filled him in more on the basics of the game but he picked it up pretty quick.

September 22, 2015

Slowly each weekend the leaves at the cabin became more and more yellow.

September 26, 2015

My sister and parents will come up on Saturday's if they are able to.


We had another Sunday dinner with all of my dad's side of the family at our cabin. We had to be to church so we started the roasts and made the rolls so they could rise first thing in the morning, then Matt and the kids headed down in one car to get ready for church, and once my parents and sister arrived after their church I drove down and also went to church. Then we drove up after church and had yummy food and homemade ice cream. It's always fun being together but it's even better being in the mountains.

September 27, 2015


It was also the night of the eclipse so we watched that too. 



She loves taking selfies.

September 28, 2015


The kids always love going to the school carnival and Olivia especially loved it. She REALLY wanted her face painted so I waited in the slow line while Matt took her to do other things. She wanted of course Elsa and she sat really still.

September 28, 2015

Ashton didn't care to have his face painted but Kaleb did.


Ashton was having too much fun running around to the different blow-ups.


The dunk tank is always popular with the boys.



There was even a pretty sunset just as it was ending.



Olivia thinks it's funny to suck a cup to her face. She was pretty proud of herself when she figured out  how to do it.

September 30, 2015

Friday, March 4, 2016

August 2015

Our stake held a 50/20 race where the goal is 50 miles in 20 hours based off of THIS talk. They had a 5 mile course that went throughout our stake and they wanted everyone to participate. Kaleb biked for 25 miles and it took him 4 hours. Ashton biked for 10 miles and Matt pulled Olivia in the bike trailer for 10 miles until she was ready for bed being 10:00pm. My mom came with me but after 9 miles she had to stop due to blisters. I kept walking for 25 miles but the last 5 I did hurt so bad. Looking back now I know why my hips were hurting (long story for a future blog post but short story I had hip surgery in December). After just over 9 hours I called it quits at 5:30am. It was a fun experience but not one I want to do again anytime soon!

August 1, 2015

My nephew Austin was blessed on August 2nd in their ward. After at the luncheon it was cute to see these 3 girls around the same age trying to plot their escape from the backyard.

August 2, 2015


August 2, 2015

Austin was adorable and Olivia loves him.

August 2, 2015


Impromptu photo shoot of Olivia playing in the bathtub.

August 2, 2015

That night we popped popcorn and had a movie night.

August 2, 2015


Just before bed Olivia jumped from the 4th stair in the basement and was screaming. She couldn't walk on it so we figured we would put her to bed and see how she felt in the morning. When she woke up I went in her room and as soon as she got out of bed she fell to the floor. She would only crawl around on the ground. After getting to work and a couple of hours passing she still wouldn't walk on it and if I tried to make her she fell so I figured I better take her in. She was terrified of getting an x-ray and I had to hold her down while the nurse held her leg. Her other leg flailing around. You can see her other foot almost crossed over right as they took the x-ray thankfully they took it before it did so we didn't have to do it again.

I'm not sure if all that fighting with us helped it or if just not wanting to be at the doctors was motivation enough but as soon as we were back in the room she stood up on her leg. So when the doctor came in Olivia was quick to say her leg was all better to the doctor. I'm just glad it wasn't broken. You could tell it still bothered her but slowly she was back to normal and running around.

August 3, 2015


Kaleb planned family home evening this night and had an object lesson with the blocks for us.

August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015


We had to borrow something from a neighbor and Matt told me to come look at their coy pond in the backyard. The kids loved looking at all of the fish. It would be fun to have a pond like that in my backyard but also a lot of work!

August 5, 2015

I went with my sister, mom and aunt to the Kelly Clarkson concert and had a great time!

 August 8, 2015


Matt took this picture in a hammock at my parents house. Olivia was lost in a thought and has awesome static hair.

 August 9, 2015

Olivia thought she was pretty funny walking around in my shoes.

August 11, 2015

And then on the way home from work she fell asleep and was still out when I brought her in the house.

August 11, 2015

All of my kids stopped taking daily naps around 2 - 2 1/2 yrs. old because otherwise they wouldn't ever fall asleep at night. Some days though Olivia needs a quick little nap to make it through the day and so she's says she's tired and lays down for awhile.

August 12, 2015

My parents and sister came to my work a couple of times during the day to take the kids swimming in the pool. The kids love being in the water, especially Olivia.

August 14, 2015


I helped Matt with our annual ward summer bbq at the park and the kids always love this activity because of the water slide and firetruck.

August 14, 2015


With summer coming to an end we realized we hadn't had any snow cones (unlike last year where we had them too frequently :) ) so we had to grab some.

August 17, 2015

Olivia wanted to wear some new t-shirts of hers and I told her no. She apparently didn't like my answer so she went in the other room with them and put them all on by herself. I was surprised she was able to do that since she's never put a shirt on by herself before, at least correctly, and here she put on 4 extra shirts. And then I couldn't help but laugh because all I could think of was the episode of Friends where Joey puts on all of Chandler's clothes and says "Could I BE wearing anymore clothes". 

August 19, 2015

This show never gets old to me.



Ashton always loves climbing up door frames and walls like the next america ninja warrior and this time Olivia surprised all of us when she started climbing too. She's not scared of anything.

August 20, 2015

Unfortunately our main water line at the cabin sprung a leak....boo! 

August 22, 2015

Matt and I started digging a hole where there was a connection for the water spout. After 3 hours of digging in the heavy, wet, rock/boulder filled dirt we gave up. We were 3-4 feet down and not to the pipe yet. We knew we were going to have to rent a backhoe to get the job done.


A couple weeks later with the help of a guy in our neighborhood they were able to dig up the old line and replace it with a new line. At least now we know all of the plumbing, including the outside plumbing is new now that we've replaced all of it!



Matt likes taking picture of Olivia all dolled up for church. She is a cutie!

August 23, 2015

First Day of School Pictures

Ashton's teacher is Ms. Dewyea and it's her first year teaching (in the US). She has taught in China and so she sometimes teaches them things to write in Chinese.

August 24, 2015

Kaleb's teacher is also a first year teacher Mrs. Tanner and he loves being in her class.

August 24, 2015


August 24, 2015


Olivia wishes she could go to school but being an October birthday preschool doesn't start until the next year. Lately preschool is all she talks about, everything she colors is for preschool.

August 24, 2015


When we were leaving for the apartment she wanted a picture with her things she was bringing since the boys had pictures with their backpacks.

August 24, 2015


This girl! Occasionally she would use the toilet but would take awhile, I had to answer a phone call and this time she just sat there and emptied the whole roll of toilet paper into the toilet a piece at a time. I wish I could say this was the only time she did it but she did it once soon after this and just recently at my parents, ugh!

August 26, 2015

She loves microphones and singing into them. Definitely a performer!

August 30, 2015