Thursday, October 27, 2011

Awesome and Not Awesome

AWESOME!!!: I'm not sure who all knew that Dave has been in the middle of a very long and stressful (for me:)) interview process. While we were on our trip we found out Dave got the job. OH YEAH!!! We were so excited. Dave LOVES his job so much and he does such a great job. A couple months ago I was doing my temple recommend interview and the counselor doing my interview, who works with Dave, said, "I just want to tell you what a great job Dave does at work. I wanted you to know he works really hard." I thought that was awesome! I'm so thankful for the hard work Dave does for our family. It's like Diana text Dave and I the other day when Diana and I were taking the kids' to the cabin "sorry Dave, someone has to work while the mama's go play!" And that he does without complaint!

Not Awesome: While at Disneyland we had to say good-bye to our stroller:( This may not sound like a big deal but Dave and I were pretty sentimental about this stroller. I still remember when my dad got it for me (meaning my dad gave Kelly money to purchase a travel system for me). It was my shower when I was pregnant with Allie and I was SO excited. We got our money's worth (or I guess my dad's money:)) out of that thing. It spent many more years pushing two kids then it did pushing one. It even came with us the first time we took Allie and Detmer to Disneyland!
Luckily it happened on Friday. Dave, Allie, and Detmer were walking home from the park and the wheel fell off right outside Disneyland. The funny thing was, Dave asked the front desk if there was anywhere we could put it. The girl at the front desk said, "don't even worry about it. We'll take care of it. You'd be surprised how much this happens. We get at least a couple of these a week." A WEEK? Mostly I'm mad I have to buy another stroller for my baby but, as I said, it served us well so I can't complain!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Things

Every year when I experience the first bitter fall temperatures and the early darkness, I am taken back to that time 8/9 years ago to the coldest most bitter fall I have ever experienced. There are no words to describe those two subsequent fall seasons, but sometimes I go back in my mind and remember how hard it was to breath with that crushing feeling in my chest, let alone do anything else.

Words can't express how grateful I was for the phone calls, emails, and texts I received today. I didn't respond to everyone even thought I wanted to. I didn't know what to say. But I was so touched by each and every person who remembers. I know I will forever. And I was afraid the time would come that everyone around me would start to forget, and each year I remember how blessed I am to have such amazing people in my life that will remember with me forever.

I love this Mormon Message by Jeffrey R Holland-Good Things To Come. I could have made a very similar video myself which is probably why this has always been one of my favorites. I love this quote from President Monson "[Our Heavely Father] softens our winters, but He also brightens our summers." (Full really awesome talk here)

We just got back from our week long vacation, and THAT was a really good thing. Everyone thinks Dave and I are so madly in love with Disneyland, but truthfully we are madly in love with being together as a family for a week (and having a maid and not having to cook or do laundry, ahh...glorious!) Here are some of my most favorite pictures:

Dave took this picture while waiting for Allie and Detmer and I to get off Star Tours so in the future we can pretend like we bought the kids stuff at Disneyland. "Gosh...whatever happened to those ears we bought you?"
Allie got picked out of the crowd to go dance with Phineus and Ferb. I'm not sure Allie even enjoyed it she was concentrating so hard on getting all the moves right! After being the only kid up there for a few minutes, they picked a bunch more kids out of the audience and Detmer and Kendall got to go up and dance. Kendall loved it. Detmer came back and sat by us after about thirty seconds.

Kendall's favorite ride was the carousel! Such a dare devil, that one. The nice part was it was always a short line.
Kendall was the only one who cared about meeting characters and was so excited to meet Pooh!
The whole time Kendall kept saying "I don't want to see Buzz, Mom. I don't want to see Buzz." It was so random. Then when we saw him she's like, "Mom! I want to go hug Buzz!"
Sporting these three in the double plus Kendall in the single is what we have to thank for the thousands of comments we received. Most everyone was super nice. A bunch of "wow, you've got your hands full!" A bunch of "awwws". Only one, "wow you guys must be Mormons!"
Detmer and Jack! Detmer was finally tall enough to go on almost all the rides and he loved it. We rode Big Thunder Mountain probably twenty times. Lots of Space Mountain and Star Tours. He was very excited that he got to go on Tower of Terror AND that he loved it. That's his thing when we talk to anyone about Disneyland, "Mom, did you tell them I went on Tower of Terror?"

So to sum it up it was pretty much the best vacation ever. We spent several hours each day at Disneyland and several hours in the pool. The two favorite places of my kids!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Last week was the fabulous day dreaded by mother's everywhere: family pictures. I'm just waiting for someone to invent a huge screen where I can look at the pictures as they are being taken so if there is someone who needs to sit up straighter, suck in, stop biting their lip, get their finger out of their mouth (Kendall!) I can make it a quick fix instead of later looking at the pictures and saying "if only..." But with that said, I'm going to call these family pictures a success. What can I say I'm a proud mom and I think these are the cutest babies ever!!!Maci was SOOOO easy. She sat on the grass and I stood behind my dad and talked to her and she smiled the whole time. There's a bunch of other cute ones, and I'm sure they will find their way into a post. I'm in love with that cheezy smile! She does it all the time and we can't get enough!
This cute little stinker was the naughtiest of all. She was being good and happy, but she is just at the stage where her "cheese" face is so cheesy and she was easily bored. Still I loved a bunch of her, too. I've been through all the pictures about a million times trying to decide which ones to put on the wall.
I love this handsome guy and I especially love that we didn't tell him a single thing about how to pose. He totally did the hand in his pocket by choice!
This pose was Allie's choice as well. We said, "K, Allie. Your turn." She walks over, stands like this, snap, and done. Glorious.
My friend gave me the dress Maci is wearing as a gift when Maci was brand new. I loved it so much I planned our whole family picture outfits around it!