Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Just wanted to post some random pictures of my sweet JuJu. Her hair has been growing lately--long enough for some fun side braids, even. And I think I'm going to start growing out her bangs. I've never been a huge fan of bangs, but she pulls it off with her big blue eyes and super blond hair. Plus I always feel like it's a bit tricky growing hair out for the first time, so for awhile it was just bangs by default. But it's really starting to thicken up, so it'll be fun to see how she looks with no bangs and longer hair. Oh, and she always sits super still when I do her hair and when I paint her nails. Yay for another girly girl in the house.

And she's sure into everything! Several weeks ago I found her getting into the powdered sugar, so I cleaned her up and sent her to play outside, where minutes later I found her eating dirt. I had no idea dirt was right up there with powdered sugar. Silly goose.

She and Liam are buds in the morning while Isabella is at school. They usually watch some shows together while I shower and get ready for the day. Liam is always so sweet trying to put his arm around her. Sometimes she doesn't like that, but most of the time they are snuggled up together on the same chair. I have to say, Liam is such a good big brother to her. That's one of the things I love most about him. Will and I often talk about it at night. It warms our heart to see him look after her.

But it's definitely not all snuggles around here, they do their fair share of getting in each others' way, too. I'm pretty sure in this next photo she was saying something along the lines of, "EEE-UM! Stop it!"

And that last picture on the right is the look Juliette gives me all day long. It's like she thinks she's the baby or something. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We Finished!

This year I am determined to make a blog book of our family's adventures, and finishing the Book of Mormon for the first time as a family is definitely one for blog book records. I am so proud of us! We've already started reading it again, and I hope that we can read it countless times as a family. It's so wonderful to see my kids learning the stories and beginning to understand the invaluable lessons that are within the pages of that book. I love the Book of Mormon!

Anyway, to celebrate, a family party was in order. We were planning to have a picnic at a random beach/park in the area, and let the kids have fun in the uncharacteristically warm May weather we had a few weeks ago, but as we were getting ready to leave, Will's mom called. She told us they were at the lake house and wondered if we wanted to join them! The kids have been dying for summer to arrive so that they can go to the lake house, so this couldn't have been more perfect.

After all was said and done, our party consisted of a fancy McDonald's dinner on the dock, playing on the beach, and we topped off the evening with S'mores around the campfire. Here's to many more "We Finished the Book of Mormon" family parties!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Oh, Liam...

My mom has a little journal full of funny one-liners us kids used to say when we were little. Kids really do say/do the darndest things! I keep meaning to put together something like that because there are definitely one-liners to be had around here!

I'll share the latest and greatest. We had some friends over for dinner a few weeks ago. After eating, my friend and I were talking on the couch when out of nowhere (nowhere!), Liam, who is sitting right next to my friend, says, "I'm going to lick my feet!" And then proceeds to start licking. I couldn't have flown to his end of the couch quick enough to stop him. Pretty embarrassing. After I got him to stop doing that, my friend and I continued chatting, but even though we tried to change the topic, she couldn't stop smiling/laughing about it. "Sorry," she said, "that was just really funny." Yes, yes it was. Funny and horrible.

On a more horrible note, Liam gave us a pretty good scare about a week ago.

Last Tuesday evening I was busy packing up pillows and blankets into our van for a movie night I was going to have with some of the Young Women at church. I probably made three trips to and from the car to load up my stuff, and then I wished my family a quick goodbye and was off to pick up a girl in our neighborhood to take her to the activity. We chatted the whole way there, and then unloaded the pillows and blankets and went into the church.

After about 15 or so minutes into the activity, Brother Joe Thorley came up to me, holding a sippy cup, and very non-chalantly says to me, almost under his breath, "Missing child #2?"

Huh? I didn't understand. Maybe he was looking for the child missing the sippy cup. Maybe he was talking about a kid having a #2 accident. Before I could ask he was gone.

About five or ten minutes later he comes back in the room holding a boy wrapped up in a very familiar blanket, with very familiar brown legs dangling. When he turns him around, it's Liam wearing nothing but his swimming suit. No shoes, no shirt. Just Liam, swim trunks, and a sheepish face.

What in the world? How did he get here? What? I was so confused. Turns out he hid in the van and decided to lay low and just hang out in there. (By the way, it was pretty warm out that day, so I'm extremely grateful we found him sooner than later.)

And Poor Will was searching frantically for him back home. Calling everyone he knew, looking all over the neighborhood. Isabella was actually the one that thought he might have hid in the car, so Will called me, but I don't have reception at the church, and so he called Joe who was on his way to the church and asked him to see if Liam was with me. Joe didn't want to freak me out, so he casually asked if I was missing child #2, and when he didn't see Liam with me, he called Will back and said there was no sign of Liam. Will told him to check the van, and sure enough, Liam was in there, still laying low. I still can't believe he didn't make a peep when we were driving to the church. He's so silly most of the time, it seems like he would have popped up and said, "Hi, Mommy!"

Crazy I tell you! I'm just glad he was okay, and despite the fact that he got to watch a movie and eat popcorn and licorice with us girls, he did get multiple lectures about how that was NOT OKAY, so hopefully nothing of the sort will ever happen again. No more feet licking and definitely no more hiding out in the van allowed in this family. Ever!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mother's Day

The weather was to die for on Mother's Day. It made my three little monkeys extra busy and wiggly and happy on sunshine. We had a pizza dinner out on Grandma Rise and Grandpa Billy's deck, caught lady bugs, saw two Eagles soar and took lots of happy pictures. I love being their mom! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have married Will and luckier still to have our three kids. Sometimes I can't believe life could be this good. And to my sweet mom and Will's sweet mom, I couldn't ask for more.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Birthday Bash

It's like I turned 30 years old and forgot how to blog. I've sat down to post so many times, but have felt overwhelmed at the thought. Is it weird that my 30th birthday brought on a lot of pondering about my life? So much pondering that I can't seem to write about it! I'm not worried, though. It will come. Part of the problem is my 30th birthday was so full and I felt so loved, and surprised. Yes, there was a surprise party involved. :)

My main birthday present, though, was a trip down to UT where I met up with my mom and sisters to watch my mom graduate. It was the best birthday present ever! I'll have to get into more of that trip another time, but while I'm on the topic of birthday presents, we celebrated my Grandma Kay's birthday while I was down there, and watching her and my grandpa open a very special gift is something I'll always remember. How could I forget the look of their sweet faces, so in love? 

Here they are opening the present. 

After it was opened, one of my uncles held it up for them to see...

Needless to say, they loved it! This gift was my cousin Casey's idea, so of course, Grandma Kay wanted a hug and kiss from him. I love this picture.

And by now you're probably anxious to see the gift--an old photo of them on their wedding day, restored and printed beautifully. They are so young and in love.

Some things never change. I meant to ask them if they'd ever even seen this picture before. You could tell that it meant the world to them to have this treasure.

On a side note, here is a picture of my sisters and I kissing grandpa along with a photo of everyone who made it to Grandma's birthday bash. It was like a mini family reunion, and I am so thankful I could be there. I only wish Will and the kids could have been there with me because it was such a good, good day.



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