Friday, February 16, 2018

February 2017

Matt's parent come every February for a couple of weeks to spend time with us and attend Roots Tech. genealogy conference. Olivia thought she was being funny taking pictures of them taking pictures of her.

February 3, 2017

Olivia loves this game she got for Christmas. It's a Disney version of twister and she thinks it's hilarious.



Another preschool field trip, this time to the post office to mail off a valentine card.

 February 7, 2017

Matt's awesome to take her on so many of her field trips. He loves spending the time with her and she loves having him there.


A couple of the neighbor kids came over to play and they cooked for each other and had fun dressing up.

February 8, 2017

Olivia had some weird rash/hives on her body but she felt fine and it didn't bother her. They were all over her body, face, everywhere. Thankfully they went away after the second day. Must have been a reaction to something but we couldn't figure out what.

February 10, 2017

So many selfie's of this cute face on my phone.

February 13, 2017

Ashton put together his valentine's and made a box too. Usually we just do the store bought route lately but I found these Minecraft one's online with watermelon gum and so he wanted to do them.

February 13, 2017

This cute girl had fun at her Valentine's party at preschool.

Matt and I went out to dinner for Valentine's but I don't remember where to. This is why I love taking pictures of everything because then I remember more details but I also like being present in the moment too and not worrying about pictures because I think it can be distracting. 

February 14, 2017

Matt took these 2 to eat at Dickie's BBQ because they had a free meal coupon and Kaleb and I had something else going on that night. Next to Famous Dave's this is Ashton's 2nd favorite restaurant to eat at. Unfortunately he has a brother who hates meat and it's expensive so he doesn't get it very often.

February 16, 2017 

I'm not sure why we took a random selfie watching tv one night but we did.

February 19, 2017

The Blue and Gold Scout Banquet is always in February and they have the boys make a cake based on the theme as a cake decorating contest. I wasn't going to have time on a weeknight to make a cake and kids love cupcakes so we made these Minecraft perler bead guys since Minecraft was the theme and they were a hit with the kids. I think they liked that they got to keep the topper and cupcakes are always easier to eat. (In fact, just yesterday I was looking up Harry Potter perler bead ideas for next week to put on top of cupcakes for 2018's blue and gold banquet.)

February 23, 2017

The boys had a skit they put on for us.


The kids wanted to go bowling so my sister and parents came too. Olivia loves bowling but it can be expensive with 5 people so we don't go as often as she'd like.

February 25, 2017

The score pad had you take 3 pictures of yourself, one happy, one sad and one mad and it would rotate through your faces on the screen.



The boys do a pretty good job for not having bumpers up.


January 2017

I would start January by saying I can't believe another year has come and gone and how crazy it is that it's 2017 but I'm typing this in 2018 so...here we are. But yes, time really does go by too fast!

Olivia will even wear her sleep mask just as an accessory. And she always has 1 stuffed toy/doll right next to her to sleep.

January 1, 2017

The problem with getting behind on the blog is that I don't remember where we were when I took this, but they're still cute!

January 2, 2017

We celebrated Eli's 5th birthday. I think about him all the time and we all can't wait until we get to see him again.

January 4, 2017

Olivia is still the queen of dress-up. She was loving her Owlette costume from PJ Masks.

January 5, 2017


It's crazy to watch kids grow up with all of this technology at their fingertips. Olivia talks about wanting to record stuff for a youtube channel to get likes and followers, and when did watching people play with toys on youtube become more fun that playing with toys.

January 6, 2017

We bought new furniture the day before and Olivia had a cough so she stayed home from church. She thought she needed to put every stuffed toy she had on the couch and that it looked better this way.

January 8, 2017

She loves to dance and twirl!


When we went shopping for new furniture for our living room since our couch was literally falling apart Matt found this vase and fell in love. I honestly hated it and thought he would change his mind about it. I told him to think about it and if he still had to have it we could go back for it. I figured I got to pick out everything else he could at least pick out one thing. Unfortunately his love only grew stronger for this stupid vase, or dragon neck as I called it so we bought it. I turned around after he put it in the back and started laughing. He buckled it in and everything, his little baby. 

January 9, 2017

He never gets too excited about anything to do with decorating so I let him have this and he still loves  it even though I still give him crap about it. (And I shoved it in the corner so it doesn't bother me too much.)  :)

We bought the couch and chairs from At Home and the side table, wood slab tables and end table from World Market. We have wanted a wood slab coffee table for over a year but they're really expensive, like $1,000+ expensive so we found this one at World Market for a fraction of the price and on sale and we super excited about it. Originally we bought just one wood slab table but when we got it home we realized the box was much bigger than the actual table. It looked too small so we figured we would get one more. The store only had 1 left and they weren't going to get them back in stock for 3 months so we took it even though I would have liked something more the same shape as the other one. But they're all unique and different and I still love them.

January 10, 2017

I want a wool rug for in here but the one I like is not in my budget so we went with a cheap indoor/outdoor rug from At Home until I can find a good deal on a wool rug big enough for the space.





Matt and I went on a date to a That Paint Thing couples paint night at Brick Oven and had pizza and painted a heart picture. I was impressed with Matt's painting skills, I thought we both did pretty good.

January 13, 2017



Pinewood Derby is always in January and Ashton wanted a Minecraft car. I helped draw the boxes on the car and it was tedious getting them all painted but it turned out pretty good.

January 17, 2017

Whenever this girl can get her craft on she does, she loves painting more than anything.

January 18, 2017

Silly girl having me take pictures of her being silly.

January 19, 2017

We're never the best as far as the fastest car but his car looked cool. He glued on 2 Minecraft figures for the race.


Ashton turned 9 years old!

January 21, 2017

He loves computer and video games, what boy doesn't. And is very mature and polite for a boy his age. We're very lucky to have him. He's definitely our instigator that likes to push his siblings buttons and annoy them but they get him back. :)


Later that day we built a snowman in the yard. It was sunny and the perfect weather for it.


The next Sunday at dinner we had a cake and celebrated Ashton's birthday with family. He wanted a Star War's cake.

January 22, 2017


Matt took him to use his free birthday meal from Famous Dave's since it's one of his favorite places to eat. Anything with lots of meat he loves.

January 24, 2017

Matt took Olivia to her preschool field trip to the Museum of Ancient Life. They had fun looking at all things dinosaur and stopped for lunch after.

January 26, 2017

Olivia loves Minecraft like her brother's and tries her hardest to figure out how to play it. They're very patient with her (most of the time) to help her out.

January 26, 2017

She stuck play dough to her forehead and wanted a picture.

January 27, 2017

Always painting her nails and it's always multiple colors, one is just too boring for her.




Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 2016

I try to get Christmas card sent out at the beginning of December along with all my shopping so that I can enjoy the month and not feel so busy. This was our card for 2016.



Our ward Christmas party is always the first weekend of the month so that was our first Christmas activity of the season. This is Olivia right before we left. I always buy Olivia's clothes bigger so they last longer and as I went through pictures to blog I realized she wore the same snowflake sweater to the Christmas party this year too. Along with all her other Christmas clothes from last year. I don't mind though, the more use I can get out of clothes the better!

 December 2, 2016

She's always putting on jewelry and other accessories to dress up her outfit.

December 5, 2016

We have 2 Christmas trees, one "pretty" tree with all silver and white ornaments and the other is the kids tree. We collect an ornament from places we travel and it's the best part of putting up the tree is remembering each place we bought them from. I love sitting in the living room at night with the tree's lit up, it's one of my favorite things to do in December.

December 5, 2016


The first year dancers don't perform in the dance recital so they have a day that parents can come watch them to see what they've learned. She had the biggest smile on her face the whole time.

December 7, 2016




Kaleb's art teacher has an art show to display things the kids have done over the semester so we went to see the different projects he had done. He's always been a good artist and he definitely doesn't get it from his parents!

December 15, 2016

Olivia trying on a funny hat at the store.

December 17, 2016

Christmas baking is a lot of work but I also enjoy it. It's the one time of year I bake lots of yummy treats to share with friends, neighbors and coworkers. This time I made turtles, caramels and toffee. It was my first year using THIS recipe for caramels and I'll never try another recipe again. They are so good and so many people told me how amazing they were. I used the same caramel on the turtles too. And Matt is always awesome and helps me with all the baking and he goes out with the kids to deliver them too, I couldn't do it without their help!

December 18, 2016


Elsa still makes a regular appearance. :)

December 19, 2016

And Olivia is a good mom to her dolls.

December 20, 2016

I can't remember the last time we took the kids to see Santa so we went early to the mall before Santa started so we didn't have to wait in a huge line and saw him on Christmas Eve. The boys were playing with my phone while we were waiting.

December 24, 2016


I wasn't going to spend $35+ for the pictures so I asked if they would just sell the digital downloads to me for $15. She said it's all one package price but she ended up giving me everything for that price and said Merry Christmas. So I was thankful for her generosity and I think she knew I had no problem walking away without them. [I can't stand places like this that print the pictures out and then charge a ton for them. And then since I won't buy them they get thrown away. It's such a waste, if they'd just charge a reasonable amount more people would buy them.]



I asked the kids what Santa was telling them when he had them all lean in and he was telling them to tell their parents thanks for all they do. He was a good Santa and the kids really liked him.



That evening we had Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house. My sister always gets them new pajama's. I unfortunately was really sick over Christmas for the second year in a row so I sat in the corner and didn't get the best pictures but we had a fun evening.




And later that night it started snowing just in time for Christmas.


The kids were excited to start opening presents the next morning. Thankfully they don't wake up earlier than any other day so usually around 7 they come in to get us up.

December 25, 2016


The kids always act extra excited when they get things like bathroom stuff or clothes so Kaleb's really excited for his deodorant and body wash set.





As much as I don't want to post this flattering picture of me sick I have to document that I was actually there too!


My parents and sister came over for breakfast and to see what they kids got.


I took a nap that afternoon (which seems to be the normal lately for me on Christmas-oops!) and then we had a nice dinner at my aunt and uncles. Moana was there too!


One of the games Olivia got was a twister type Disney game. It was funny to watch the kids try to play it.

December 27, 2016

We try to go up to the cabin to celebrate New Year's and my parents, sister and brother's family all came up too. We first had to hike up to the cabin to get the snowmobile and I pulled Olivia on a sled.

December 31, 2016


That afternoon one of the neighbor's dogs came to play with us for awhile. Olivia loved him and followed him everywhere he went.



The little kids stayed closer to the cabin on the smaller hills but Kaleb and Ashton usually go to the big hill at the end of our road.


We usually leave as it's getting dark out. The day went by way to quick but we had a lot of fun and it's always pretty being in the mountains.


Someone had too much fun sledding and fell right asleep that night. And I can't get enough of her sleep mask that she's obsessed with.

December 31, 2016