Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Ok here is August's recap. You should feel lucky to get it, b/c I really want to give up on blogging! I know try not to cry about it, it will be ok :) So here is a quick update.

Brenden's birthday! He turned 11 on August 2nd. We had a fun day at a water park, and then that weekend we had a family birthday party.

Apparently Justin is worried that Brenden won't be able to blow out all 11 candles

Thank heavens he did it, and in one breath! What an accomplishment

OUR ANNIVERSARY!!! 15 wonderful years, and we still haven't had a fight! HaHaHa On the actual day we went to dinner and shopping. After shopping we stopped at cheesecake factory and got a yummy piece of cheesecake to eat when we got home and got the kids to bed. It's great having a built in baby sitter. At least that is what we think! Tori probably thinks different.

We also went to a redskins football game on the weekend. Our first NFL game!! It was sooo fun, we got there early and did some shopping in the skins shops and then went out the field and watched the teams warm up. We got to hang out by the tunnel and high five the players as they went in and out. It was soo awesome. We had great seats except for the drunk kids next to us!

In the picture above is of course a few of the players, but Gene had to get a picture of Chris Cooley #47 b/c he is an Aggie grad. and he is a Mormon boy. You wouldn't believe how big these guys are in real life.
First day of school. I only put on the group pic. not all of the individuals. This year we have two in middle school and one in grade school. The kids have done good with adjusting to new schools. It's probably been that hardest for Brenden, b/c he had to adjust to a new school and middle school. They have great schools where we moved to, and we love it!

Isaac turned two! :( He is so spoiled! Knowing he is the last is a bad thing. I now know why the youngest is usually a brat! I am watching myself create one. It would be different if I didn't know he was the last, but b/c I know it is different!On his actual b-day we just did brownies and ice cream. He loves to blow out the candles, but what kid doesn't!?

He also loved opening presents. Even though they weren't wrapped, he still ripped up the paper after he took it out of the bag.

For his family b-day we did a Diego party. I cheated this year and didn't make the cake like I usually do. I went and bought Diego to put on the cake. Notice Diego was a little to heavy and he sank into the cake.

And there you go, August in a nutshell!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family Pictures

So a few months ago we had a good friend of ours do some family pictures for us. But of coarse with the move and stuff we have yet to decide on which picture to enlarge to put on the wall. So I need some votes as to which one you think should be enlarged and displayed on our wall!! :)






Thanks for you help!! ☺♥☺♥

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What a sweet boy!!!

Monday night I was putting Isaac to bed, and Gene was gone to class. Brenden doesn't like going to bed without one of us down on the main level, where his bed is, until he falls asleep. I usually try to encourage him to at least go lay in his bed. Most of the time he sneaks out and watches a baseball game until I get back down. Well last night I heard him out of bed for just a little bit and then I heard him sneak back into his room. When I came downstairs I found this laying on the couch.♥

I am telling you he is one cute kid!! I didn't erase it for the whole next day, it made me smile all day!! If you can't read it, it says: I love you mom you to dad you guys are so cool. I love you have a nice Tuesday I know I will with the picnic and dance I love you. I think he is going to turn out like his dad, which is a good thing. It is always nice for them to be somewhat sensitive!! :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

busy busy busy!!

A month ago was opening day for baseball season. On opening day all the teams do a parade from the fire department to the school. It is usually raining, luckily this year we just had some wind, but it was still cold. After the parade we do an opening ceremony, and Gene got roped into singing the National Anthem this year. This year Brenden is playing on a travel team, and Izzy ( that is what she goes by during sports) graduated from tee ball to coach pitch. Gene is assistant coach for Brenden's team, and I am team mom for Izzy's team. It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun. We are doing baseball every day of the week except for Fridays and Sundays. Thus the reason I am just getting to blogging about it.

Here is Brenden's team at the end of the parade

Doesn't he look happy? They have to be at the fire department at 8:00 a.m. I wouldn't be happy either!

Here is Isabelle's team, she is the short one in front! :)
I got them to stop and let me take a picture, Isabelle is really happy about it.

Brenden and Isabelle got the same numbers this year and so did our good friends Jordan and Camryn. Camryn plays on Izzy's team, and Jordan is on Brenden's team

Here are the four of them doing the bum dance. For some reason Izzy didn't do it! I don't know if she couldn't figure out what was going on, or if she was just being a stinker!!

The chic fil a cow comes to opening day too! Poor cow everyone is always pulling his tail!

Here's is Izzy up to bat! She is doing really well with coach pitch. I have no action pictures of Brenden, I get too into his games to stop and take pictures.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Isabelle has had this wiggly tooth for 2 1/2 months!! I thought for sure she would lose it on her birthday, but no luck. I refuse to help the kids pull their teeth, it grosses me out. I even make them go in the other room to do it! :) I did have Gene try and pull it a couple of times, but he kept saying it wasn't ready yet! Finally about a week ago it came out. It had a really long root on it, so I am convinced that is the reason for it taking so long to come out?!!? We have had tooth fairy problems in our house. The first problem is how much to give. When Tori started losing teeth Gene wanted to give a quarter.....hello inflation!! I talked him into a dollar. The other problem we have is reminding the tooth fairy to show up!! That dang tooth fairy has made me become the biggest liar. Every time I forget I have to come up with a good lie to explain why the tooth fairy didn't come that night. We have learned to set an alarm since we forgot SO many times!! :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring has sprung

Happy Easter!! It has been great spring weather here in Maryland (sorry Utah peeps). We had a good spring break with temperatures in the 70's and 80's. One of the bonuses of having a husband for a teacher is that he gets the week of spring break off!! We did a lot of playing outside, picnics, but not much spring cleaning like we should have......oooops. Easter day was a beautiful day, so the Easter bunny did 3 Easter egg hunts. The first hunt was downstairs and in the eggs were items that would remind us of why we celebrate Easter. The second one was on the main level of the house, and that egg hunt included the eggs that the kids had dyed. And the 3rd egg hunt was outside with plastic eggs full of stuff that the "Easter bunny" spent all night filling!! Thanks to Gene for saving up a huge bowl full of coins, we were able to put a lot of money in the eggs this year. I am sure that is not what he was saving for, but it worked out great.

Isabelle, Brenden, Alexis, and Tori dying eggs

Isabelle checking out the loot in her Easter basket!

Isaac trying to figure out what this basket of stuff is, it didn't take him long to find the candy and figure out what it was!

Here is Brenden being Brenden, he can't take a picture without pulling some kind of weird face!!
When we went hunting for the eggs that the kids dyed, Isaac only had one to find, b/c me being the good mom didn't let him dye any eggs. But I did dye one for him, and when he found it he started sucking on it. Notice the blue mouth!!

Victoria checking out her clothes that she got for Easter. It took us forever to find a skirt that was long enough!!! I can't believe how hard it is to find something decent for a girl this age. It either looks too little girl, or it is really really short!!! We finally found two skirts that were long enough at Kohl's!! YEAH!!!

I made all the kids stop and take quick picture for me!

On the Monday after Easter we decided to go to DC and check out the Cherry blossoms and enjoy the nice weather before we had to get back into our school schedule. So we packed up a lunch, some stuff to play with, found a great park that is by the water, and it had free parking. (free anything is always a nice bonus)
Here is Isaac enjoying some grapes, and getting to play outside. He loves being outside, and he cries every time we bring him inside! I guess that is a good thing since baseball season starts next Saturday and then we will be outside most evenings/nights until the middle of June!!

Victoria and Brenden, again Brenden goofing off because he can't just take a normal picture!

Isabelle and Victoria posing in a cherry tree, notice the cherry blossoms, they were beautiful.

I even got the boys to stop for a picture with the trees

All the kids in front of a couple of the trees. It is always an adventure trying to get all of them to look at the camera!!

I just had to add this picture b/c I thought it was so cute of Isabelle and Brenden! Isabelle climbed the tree all by herself, and Brenden the wimp had his dad put him up there. They had to be careful so they didn't fall out!! LOL

Thursday, April 1, 2010

5 year anniversary

I meant to do this post on my birthday, but obviously I didn't, so I decided I would do it now. February this year, on my birthday, was the 5 year anniversary of when they found out that I had a brain tumor. I can't believe it has been that long! When I take the time to look back on the many miracles in my life, this one is near or at the top. It was quite a scary time, but thanks to all you great friends and family out there, we made it through, and continue to make it. Today I went to the neurologist to find out that everything continues to go well. It is sad that sometimes we tend to forget about these times in our lives, and the blessings that we have. So as a tribute to my five year anniversary I thought I would try to pull up some pictures of what has happened, or what I looked like each birthday these last five years!! :)

Here I am sporting my lovely staples! I don't remember how many I had. I do remember that when the surgeon came in to ask me if I had any question before surgery, my only question was how much hair they were going to shave off. :)

So here we are the next year, my 30th birthday. We went on a cruise with our good friends Rebecca and Curtis. It was the best 30th birthday present you could get!!

Here we are the four of us! We had a great time together playing cards, soaking up the sun, and eating eating eating!!

For my 31st birthday Gene surprised me and sent me to NYC with Holly and Amber!! It was a blast.

We never did make it out to the real statue of liberty, but we did a lot of shopping and a few tourist things!! It was a blast, no kids and no schedule. Yet another great birthday!!

While we were in NYC we did make it to a show. None of the good shows were at the discount tickets, so we went to one called the drowsy chaperon. Not the greatest of shows, but it did have one awesome actor in it, the one and only Gilbert from Anne of green gables!! ♥♥My first crush♥♥♥♥ You better believe we went to the backstage door and waited to see him. I freaked out and we took a bunch of pictures with him!!

And for my 32nd birthday another miracle happened and I found out that I was pregnant with Isaac. After the brain incident I was told not to have any more children. Isaac wasn't planned but he was a pleasant surprise!

And best of all he was born perfect!!!!

For my 33rd birthday my mom flew me to Utah to meet my newest niece Maggie and My nephew Dylan. And I got to introduce Isaac to the family too!!!

AND for my 34th birthday Maryland had a record breaking snow storm, and the kids and Gene had the week off from school. So I took advantage of having them all home and had myself a birthday week!!! It was great!!

So there you go, that is my last five years, and what a great time we have had!!! It's amazing the way you learn and grow from the trials in your life. Thanks again for the great friends and family that you all are!!!!