Sunday, April 12, 2009

Check it out

 

So I broke out my embroidery maching this past week. It's been quite a while since I've used it. My cousin wanted me to embroider 3 towels per kid for her. They turned out SOOO cute!! Now I want to make some for my own kids.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Last post for the night...

Whew!! This is my last post and then I'm caught up...YAY!!!
I don't know why but this kid has THE MOST kissable skin!! It is so stinking soft.

From march and april

You know, I think trials are amazing!! We are given trials and most of the time cannot see the end in sight. We try to figure out why we're given those trials and what we're supposed to learn from it. My pregnancy with Tanner was one trial after another after another. I was almost at the point where I was bitter to even be pregnant with him. We had a hard time getting pregnant with him...no, not getting pregnant. I just have to think pregnant and I am. We had a hard time listening to that prompting that another child needed to come to our crazy household :) Wow! I'm glad someone else has a bigger picture and better plan in mind than me! It took more faith than I knew I had to go through the things we did with the pregnancy and with other life challenges. In Tanner's baby blessing it talked about how he would be a comfort to his mother. There is nothing more true than that statement. Sometimes our biggest trials end up being our biggest blessings!!! Every time I look at Tanner he is a reminder that Heavenly Father is watching out for us even when we think He's not. Tanner reminds me of the amount of faith we need to have to go through trials. He reminds us that if we turn to the Lord and do the things we are asked we will be blessed for them...maybe not right away like we want but we WILL be blessed. I just can't imagine our lives had we not listened. We would not have our little Tanster and what an empty hole that would have created in our family!!
Times are hard right now for everyone. It seems like everyone I know is going through some sort of major trial. I don't want to be preachy or anything but I hope that you all have a "little Tanner" in your life that reminds you of the things you need to do to make it through your trials.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Picture overload...part 2

CAMPING-LAKE PLEASANT
The kids earned a special trip by filling up a jar with pebbles. They chose to go camping. It was just a one-nighter so we went to Lake Pleasant. We got there at semi-dark. All the good flat places were taken. We slept on the biggest slope! We didn't realize it until we woke up the next morning and ALL the kids had slid down the hill to the bottom of the tent. Randy took them fishing. Grandma and Grandpa O'Donnal came down. Rusty and Sarah and their kids came too. I love taking my kids camping!!


HIKING IN SEDONA-VALTE ARCH
We went up to Cottonwood for a weekend during Spring Break. We decided to take the kids hiking so we went to Sedona. We had fun on the hike. We were aiming for Valte Arch. We didn't make our destination though. Next time we'll have to leave the wimpy girls at home.

From march and april

From Collages




TANNER
Holy fatness Batman!!! How cute of a chunky butt can he be?? He has developed this crease on both legs that is absolutely fat and adorable!
From march and april

And he's now fat enough that both his dimples show! Before he only had one dimple...that cheek must have been chubbier.
From march and april


PINEWOOD DERBY
Jacob got to participate in his first pinewood derby this year. He had a very cool car. And can you believe I did not get a picture of him WITH his car?? What a horrible mother! By the end of the derby his tail fin thing had broken off so I couldn't get a good one afterward. He had so much fun making it! It was Mr. The King from the movie Cars.
From march and april


OK this picture really makes me laugh. Obviously I didn't know it was being taken. Last week I had 2 labs, a quiz, and 4 essays to write so I pulled our comfy chair up to the computer. I guess I must have been wiped out!!
From march and april

Picture overload...

OK here's more picture overload. We did a lot in February and March!!
GOODYEAR BALLPARK
We had a blast! The kids LOVED walking around the ballpark. We definitely get spring fever for baseball and really like the ballpark being so close to us. Oh yeah and we will forever be Cardinals fans (except Randy).

From feb and mar 2009

Say cheese...little stinkers!
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Gotta start them young...
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RIDING QUADS
This is my brother Dave. Him and his wife Rande live in Scottsdale. We all went to ride quads. I think it may have been a little dusty. His face was disgusting!
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This one's Jacob. It's sad to say but the only way I can tell the kids apart on the quad is the color of their riding gear.
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They had a really cool kids place up there that was fenced off for them to ride around. Oh this is Garrett.
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My little Caleb Monkey! He's the scariest one on the quad. That's why the picture of him is OFF the quad. When he's on I run around because he would do jumps and flips if he could.
From feb and mar 2009

And of course the princess. She's not so fond of the loud noises. She's getting better.
From feb and mar 2009

JACOB TALENT SHOW
Jacob tried out for a talent show at his school and made it. He played "Follow the Prophet" on the piano. He was SO very cute and very proud! We were very pleased with his performance and hope that it builds his confidence to continue practicing.
From feb and mar 2009


DR. SUESS DAY
The kids had a Dr. Suess day at school. They could dress like any character. Garrett chose Thing 1 from Cat in the Hat.
From feb and mar 2009

He also had a "special guest" come read a book in his class...his Grandma Fuller (my mom). They happened to be out here for a visit.
From feb and mar 2009


INDIANS GAME
Over Spring Break we took the kids to one of the Indians game. Jacob made a sign for the Indians and held it up at the bullpen. They tossed him a ball and made his day! After the game the kids got to run around the bases. I really love spring training and how personal it is!!
Caleb was SO happy!!
From feb and mar 2009

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From feb and mar 2009

More snow fun

We were able to go to the snow twice this year. I love being able to go...and then leave it where it is and come back to warmth!! Yep...I'm a wimp!
Was he aiming for the camera?

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Our very disabled snowman...
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Aahh...how cute! Love this picture...check out Mr. Evil grin with a plan in the background. Yep he ruined mine and Caleb's snuggle moment by plowing us with a snowball.
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We took Travis (a cousin) with us.
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Family pictures

I just realized I never posted my fabulous family pictures!! Stephanie Frazier does one heck of a job on pictures. She's got a great sense for it!!!

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Doesn't that chin just make you want to nibble on it?
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This is a favorite!
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Beach pics from January...yes I'm a slacker!

I never did post our San Diego beach pictures.
I absolutely LOVE this pic!! Randy sure loves his little man!

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We hadn't planned on playing in the ocean because we were just there for the sunset. Ya right! The kids kept going in farther and farther. They absolutely loved it even though they were freezing!
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We went to the USS Midway. Very cool!! We also got so see a destroyer deployed. Talk about giving you a sense of pride!
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More beach pics...
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Well that's at least a glimpse of the fun we had. A few pics out of the 400 that I took that weekend :)

Caleb's 5th bday

 

So my little monkey is now 5. I can hardly believe it. Yes his bday was February 2 and I'm just now getting to this in April. So I'm a little behind! This was by far one of the most fun cakes I have made and got some really good WOWs from the kids.
 

His very favorite present!! Compared to the clown bike that he was riding, this is ginormous! He barely fits but he loves it and of course it makes him go faster. He is my most dangerous little child.
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