Monday, October 24, 2011

If Mom says "No"....

...then just poke a hole in it.
How do I discipline this?... when they look at me like that?

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

My little photographer...

Daylan loves looking at photographs just like his Mommy. While on our recent trip in Utah, we were in the car waiting for Tim to check us into our new hotel. I was looking at pictures I had taken on my camera and suddenly Daylan got in this pose & said "Mom, would this be a good picture?"
I of course quickly lifted up my camera & took this precious one of him. 
When Moments like these happen with Daylan I try & treasure them. He goes from being Mr. naughty pants to Mr. melting-my-heart.

Earlier that day I was snuggling with Ryler on the bed during the afternoon session of General Conference & Daylan captured this series of shots...
...I think he might have a future in this photography thing.

~What I loved most about these photos was two things.~ 
One, being able to see through Daylan's eyes, down at his height & see how he views life.
Two, that he captured ME being a Mom; something I am every minute of my life but never get to see.

Friday, October 21, 2011

*Ryler=5 Months*

I can't believe my baby is already so old. What happened?!

He is scooting/crawling all across the floor...and quickly I might add. I can't keep up...literally. Look closely below: I had placed Ry on that colorful playmat in the left corner, I left the room for just minutes and BOOM he was underneath the piano on the other side of the room.

Oh and every morning he has a little computer time..checking to see what his peeps are up to.
In this pic I think you can tell really how big he is getting as he is up against Jax. These two are loving being brothers. They both have smiles that just melt my heart. 
{Check out those chunka it!}

A few days ago he tried his first taste at real food (Rice Cereal) & just acted like it was no big deal.

~I love this kid so much. He makes my heart so incredibly happy. ~I laugh when I look at him because I just can't believe I never "planned" on him coming...Oh but Heavenly Father did & I am so so glad that He is in charge and not me.~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's Official....

Tim's little sister Lacey & her longtime beau Jordan got engaged last night.

After 5 and a half years these two are finally tying the knot. 
First dating as High School Sweethearts, then Lacey waiting patiently for Jordan as he served a full time mission in the Philippines
...and then Last Night happened.

~Dreams Are Coming True...~

I just found this old little doo-dad pic below and had to smile.
CONGRATS to them!
~We love you!~

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

~Missionary Moments~

First off I have to say how much I love the people in our Stake! They put so much effort into this last activity for all the 8-11 year old girls in our stake & it did not go unnoticed. 

When the girls all arrived they were put on a pretend Airplane (in the gym). Kay said they even ate peanuts and everything. Then they traveled around the World to different countries learning from someone who had served a mission there about the country it's food, language & culture.

I showed up a little before it was over & was able to watch as they did their Balloon Release. The girls had written their testimonies out & placed them inside their balloons. Then they released them all at once to create this wonderful, colorful collage. This symbolized that they would share their testimonies throughout the world to all those who they could find & who would listen.
{Kaylea woke up earlier that morning not being able to walk but insisted on going anyways. Somehow she had hurt her hip playing soccer at school perhaps. She limped around the church to the stations with help from her bestie Sienna. Then my cousin Alena spotted her & Kay was lucky enough to get piggy-backed.}

With this activity and then the Primary topic of Missionary Work lately, Kaylea was inspired & continues to talk about the Mission she wants to go on when she's older. 

~The neatest experience happened to her soon after this. A girl from her ELP class was talking to her about how she wanted a tattoo & Kaylea told her that she never wanted to get one. The girl asked her if she was a "Mormon" & Kay said "Yes I am." Then Kaylea quickly went up to her friend Hailey (pictured above in the blue) & told her "Hailey we have to go talk to Ivanna; she is asking me about the church & I think we should be missionaries to her."...and so they did. The 3 of them ate their lunch inside the classroom & talked about the Gospel the whole recess. They answered questions & wrote their testimonies down for her.

~I am proud of my little missionary.~

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cousin Campout

It all began when we were having the discussion with Kaylea. She said that towards the end of the school year last year her Music teacher had asked who in the class had gone camping. Kaylea said she was the ONLY one to not raise here hand. How sad is that? Can you say DEPRIVED of a necessary childhood experience!!

Tim (the non camper) instigated a "COUSIN CAMPOUT" for us all to do this summer {in June}. You see Kaylea's cousins the Lundells are the official campers with every camping luxury possible, making it more appealing. And so that is just what they did.
the one time the kids could get away with such dirty faces!
The Clan included Tim, Spence, Kaylea, Daylan, (I stayed home with the 2 littlest) Grandpa Ron, The Lundell Family, Flagstaff Campbell Family, The Check's + Sophie.
(Thanks to Heidi for most of these pics.)
The kids say that some of the Highlights included:

*Beanbag Toss (adults had the most fun)
*Movie Time (watching on sheet from projector)
*Jumping in the freezing cold water (my crazy kids only)
*Being told by the Park Ranger that Bears were seen the day before in the area...(they set up traps in their actual campsite amidst all their tents!)
*Fishing in the Creek (Grandpa caught one with his bare hands!)
(spence & kaylea said they caught some with their bare hands too!... oh fish stories!)

I'm glad the kids could have this experience with their cousins...Kaylea is officially a "real kid" now.

Meanwhile Jax, Ryler & I camped out too...on my bed! We stayed home snuggling on our comfy bed & enjoyed not camping but Ry wore his tent shirt too celebrate. :) {~Ryler was only 5 weeks old at the time & I still couldn't sit up comfortably on my own. There's always next time...ha.}

Cousin Swim Time!

The kids "California Cousins" Ethan & Carson, stopped by for a summertime visit. They were getting watched by "Grandpa Tom & Grandma Kathy" for a few days & made a trip over to swim.

~We sure miss them.~

Saturday, October 15, 2011

forgot one or two...

How could I forget?..
Tattooing himself
Playing with the hose

Gotta go he just jumped off the table & got hurt.

Is it any wonder why I'm behind on blogging!?!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Terrible & Wonderful 2's

Today Jax ran up & down the aisles of the Movie Theatre squealing as he ran from me. Of course I couldn't catch him.. I was so angry but found myself laughing & cursing (quietly) at the same time. 

These are a few of his latest favorite things to do:
Helping Out..
Building  Towers

Sleeping smack in the middle of the bed...
Pretending HE is the baby...
Playing with his baby brother Ryler...

Making Mom Laugh...
"Oh Mom....                        You can't see me!"                    "Here I am!"