Friday, November 28, 2008


So after my turkey/ham coma wore off I started thinking about all of the things I have to be thankful for. I am thankful for the gospel in my life and for the many people in my life who have been such wonderful influences on me. I am thankful for the atonement and the spirit that gives me the strength to keep going when I have no more of my own. I am thankful for answered prayers. I am thankful for Ryan who gives 150% everyday to provide for us, like now when he is getting ready to go to work an extra shift because hospitals are cuttting back on OT nowadays and he takes whatever he can get. I am thankful for my children that teach me so much everyday and push me to my limit pretty much everyday. I am thankful for the hilarious things they say and their total innocence. I am thankful for their candid comments that keep me honest. I am thankful for my good friends like Melanie who has stood by me for 20 years, can you believe it? She also gave me the best turkey recipe ever, man was it good and juicy! I am thankful for a great thanksgiving that started at 5 am and the good friends, some old and some new that shared it with us. I am thankful for the food we ate and that somehow it was all ready and actually pretty good, on time. I am thankful for my parents who taught me how to be a grown up, most of the time. I am thankful for everyday I wake up to my family. I am thankful to live in a country where I can say what I think and do what I want and for everyman and woman who sacrificed so much so that I could. I am thankful for more blessings than I can possibly list.

Monday, November 24, 2008


We had a great day at the park. Levi loves sliding and climbs up and goes down, usually by himself, over and over again. He also loves going down with his brother. Jake of course adores him and takes him down and all over the place. Caleb was busy hamming it up as usual and running all over the park like he'd been locked up in a rubber room for days. AJ was having a blast cruising all over on his trike that he finally rides the right way instead of scooting along. The boys were having so much fun that we ended up staying alot longer than I had initially intended but it was worth it. I'm never sorry when we spend too much time having fun together.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pasta Maniac

So, just in case you can't tell, Levi LOVES his pasta. He is such a joy, except when he thinks it 's funny to pinch my boob while he is nursing. It really hurts and he just laughs, which by the way, interupts his nursing thereby giving him more pinching time. He is growing up so fast, he'll be a year old in less than a month. He is walking so much now and his personality is becoming just as strong as his legs. The other nght he got up at 3:30 and I, being exhausted, brought him into our bed to nurse. So I'm laying there dozing and nursing and he was wide awake and wanting to play. He woke me up completely by smacking me. He put his top arm behind his body and then flung it forward, like a blasted catapult, and smacked me. He got such a kick out of it that he kept doing it over and over again and laughing like crazy. Like I said, completely awake at 3:30 in the stinking morning and not at all happy about it. Then he went to sleep. Isn't that the way things go. Some days these boys are lucky I love them so much because they drive me crazy! At least there is never a dull moment in our lives.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Veteran's Day trip

We took a trip up to Jerome over the holiday. It's a very touristy town and I was a bit disappointed. I don't know what I was expecting, maybe something a little more in line with the town's history, instead of a bunch of art galleries. The weather was beautiful though, it was chilly and overcast. We found this incredible waterfall at the end of a little street that started out touristy and ended up residential. The neat part about this town is that since it is literally built into the side of a mountain, the whole town is switchbacks. We parked on the bottom street and climbed stairs, similar to these, to get up to the next road and so on. We continued down the highway as it leaves the other end of Jerome and crossed over Mingus mountain. There was snow on the ground at the top. The drive was actually nice except for the idiot driving the corvette that passed us on a blind curve in the switchbacks.


Levi got his first haircut today. I was giving the other 3 boys haircuts before their cousin's baptism on Saturday and I looked at Levi and decided it was time for his. Gone are his curls. I saved some in an envelope for his baby book. He doesn't look like a baby all of the sudden. He looks like a little boy. don't mind the naked butt of AJ in the background. I can't keep pants on him these days. I am trying to explain that it's not summer anymore and getting a bit chilly but he doesn't care. At the time he was busy dumping sand out of his sandbox and into the hole his dumb dog dug. Oh well, what do ya do? At least he keeps his clothes on in public.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Another long night of trick or treating

So... after another long night of getting WAY too much free candy, Levi is out cold, AJ is coming down from his sugar high, I think Jake's teeth were stuck in his mouth with now and laters and Caleb looks more like a zombie football player. They went trunk or treating on Thursday night also and then to another Halloween party on Saturday night. We have enough candy to keep every dentist we know (and that's alot) in business for a long time. Most of it will go to work with Ryan on Tuesday like every year. There is no way I'm keeping it in the house. They had fun and that's really all that matters. My little super heros were super and my star and villian were fit for Hollywood. Jake and Caleb picked out and put together their own costumes. I always think it'll be fun to do a theme as a family but I can never get them all on board. When AJ was a baby he was a lion. I tried to get Jake and Caleb to be the tin man and scarecrow but they weren't having it. This year I tried to get them to be super heros, but again, not interested. Maybe next year. I got to go to their school parties on Friday and that was fun. Their teachers are amazing. I can't imagine doing what they do everyday and then to control a room full of 6 and 7 year olds hopped up on sugar...Like I said... AMAZING! It was fun though.