mom of four, wife to one, life is good

Thursday, December 16, 2010

poor blog

just a note to say that someday I will update this thing when I'm feeling a little better.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Miracle's Do Happen

How this came about I do not know, but I caught my children doing a puzzle together and had to capture it. I must have needed a special blessing that day, it sure made me happy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Yesterday Ivy and I went for a walk to pick up Ella from a friend's house. Ivy was getting tired and whiny. I told her to step on the cracks and say "crack!". She said "I don't want to step on the crap mom".

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Birds and "Nature"

This weekend was UEA and that means I had to think of something to do. Steve had a camp out and Andrew was lucky enough to go along. They had a really good time, Andrew loved playing capture the flag, and the weather was lovely and warm so no on froze. Meanwhile back at the homestead I took Ivy and Ella to the Aviary and then for a small hike up Corner Canyon to see the leaves or "nature" as Ella would put it. We stopped off and got donuts on the way home and a drink for mom. It was a great day. The weather has been so beautiful and warm and I have loved that we are not cooped up inside yet. Ivy is a crack up and said "hi Bird!" to the birds and "hello friend" to a mt. biker on the trail. It was really fun to spend time with just the girls. Funny how the dynamic changes so much with just one missing. Ella really steps up to be the big sister and is sweet and helpful with Ivy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Andrew in the Kitchen

For a couple of years now Andrew is my helper whenever I make chili. He knows how to brown the meet, add spices, tomatoes and beans. He likes it spicy and so we add red pepper flakes. This week when we made it he told me not to tell anyone the recipe, it's that good. :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Andrew receiving the hike
3 boys I love... Cole, Andrew and Carson
Andrew is #10

Andrew had been talking about playing football for months, and finally the day came when he got to play. He and his buddies at school play it everyday at recess. He is already talking about when he gets to play tackle (deep breath). I was and still am a tad reluctant about the whole thing. Mostly because there is a field by my house and I see daily the parents watching their boys practice, in rain, in snow... doesn't look fun to me. But I guess it isn't about me right? If Andrew wants to try something I want him to too. Anyway, he got on a team with friends from school and for 5 weeks he had 2 games a week. If I remember correctly he scored 2 touchdowns, pulled many flags, played quarterback, was an excellent blocker and most importantly loved every minute of it. His school teacher Miss Saadeh even came to watch a game, he thought that was cool. Andrew also had awesome support from grandma's, grandpa's, aunts, cousins and even the neighbors. His team did awesome and was undefeated, Go Saints! I am proud of him and love cheering him on. Oh ya, one funny thing he said was that when he plays for the Naval Academy he is going to go by Drew.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2nd Annual Panguitch Trip

We made it "down ta Panguitch" Labor Day weekend with the Gibbs Girls and Co. and had a fabulous time. The kids are all getting bigger which makes it a little easier on us mom's and dad's. We did a hike, went to Ruby's Inn for a treat, relaxed, played in the yard, walked to the gas station for another treat, had lunch at Henrys Drive In, played games, watched Karate Kid and relaxed some more. I love my family and I am so glad we got to do this again.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Funny Ivy

Ivy loves to play with baby dolls, she is an excellent mother. She pats, rocks, hushes, feeds and naps her baby. I love to watch her 'cause she gets this serious look on her face, like she is so concerned for her baby. The other thing that cracks me up is when she is playing with her dolls SHE is the mom and I am "Andrea". Lately she will even call me sister, but mostly I am Andrea. She is 2, how in the world did she figure that out in her head?
This morning I told Ivy that she was a big girl and to put her binkie in her bed. I explained that she may have it when she sleeps but not when she plays. 30 minutes later she came into the kitchen asking for it, she said "I'm not a big girl, sorry mom".

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Phone Call

Today I got a phone call. The little voice said "who is this?" and I said "who is this?". Hahaha, it was Andrew asking me to please bring him a cold lunch. Ooops I guess I forgot about that this morning and the schools spaghetti didn't sound too good to him.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September, Where Are You?

K, seriously this month has disappeared! What in the world? When I go to the store and see Halloween candy and decor it makes me kind of panic. I feel like the summer was a total jip and went by too fast. And now we are a month into school and the leaves are turning, wow. Andrew and Ella are doing great with school. Ella loves it a bit more than Andrew but he is happy everyday because he gets to play football at recess. And speaking of football the kid is playing flag football right now and it is awesome. He loves it and is super happy about it, and for those of you that really know Andrew this is big. He has made a touchdown, caught a pass (at age 7 this is a big deal) and has pulled a number of flags. He told me yesterday when he plays football for the Naval Academy he is going to go by Drew. He has a game tonight I will remember my camera this time. Ivy is still adjusting to the kids being gone. As soon as they leave in the morning she wants to go somewhere too. Mostly we go to the gym, run errands and attend story time at the library. But through all of it she asks about the kids and wants to go get them. I have a feeling that she will be excited to start preschool next year. We had family pictures taken on Saturday and I can't wait to see them. Kate's neighbor took them and she has beautiful pictures on her blog so I'm excited to see how ours turned out. Steve is the Scoutmaster in our ward and is super busy with scouts and the young men. The boys love him and he is enjoying it. I got released from yw a little over a month ago and now teach Ella's class. It has been a hard thing for me to lose but I love that the girls still come find me and give me plenty of hugs on Sunday. Oh another thing that I did this month was go to New Orleans and see Michelle. She moved into a new house and so I went out to help her paint and clean. In return she took me to the yummiest food spots, it was great. I love her, she is a crack up. It was so fun to go on a little vacay and get a break from mommyhood. So that is September in a nutshell. I got 2 years of my blog printed and it is awesome to have, definitely motivates me to keep this up.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back To School

This year was exciting for us, Andrew is in the 2nd grade and Ella started Kindergarten. Andrew had a tough time adjusting to a new class without any of his friends but he is making new ones and really likes his teacher. It's all about attitude with that kid and we try our best to help him stay positive. He is a smart boy and does well, loves recess and lunch. Sometimes if I'm out running around I can catch him at recess. I love watching him play soccer or whatever with his friends, so cute to watch. Ella LOVED her first day of kindergarten and has told me it was cool and a piece of cake. She walks down with Andrew and some friends and is happy as ever to go. I am so grateful for this. I did tear up a bit when she went in the doors for the first time. I am so proud of my kids and happy to be their mom.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This Girl Is Just Plain Cool

The other day Ella said "I just love farting". And tonight when she looked at me, squeezed out some toots and laughed I believed her.

Monday, August 23, 2010

summer is over

Today was Andrew's first day of school. This means the alarm was set, waking kids, dressing kids, feeding kids, walking Andrew to school and then off to run errands to get Ella ready for kindergarten in a week. I can't believe I am saying this but it felt good to get up and get going. I'm thinking this will wear off soon but I'll enjoy it for now. I looked at my kids last night and thought wow, they are growing up. How weird... with babies and toddlers it's hard to imagine them any bigger but now here we are. I have a 2nd grader and kindergartener, 2 kids in elementary school. So here's to life (taking a swig of my dr. pepper), growin' and learnin' and lovin'.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

boo boo

the morning after, still a little puffy

Ivy got a boo boo, and as I just typed that I am realizing how dorky it is to call it a boo boo, lets just say she got hurt. At my birthday dinner with my family Ivy fell off a chair and hit her face on another chair. She screamed, got a bloody nose and then her face swelled up. We took her to Urgent Care because her nose was huge and after an x-ray and an otterpop they sent us on our way. The doc said she had a small hairline fracture at the top of her nose but that there was nothing we could do about it. Quite the adventure. I should keep tally of how many Urgent Care visits we have had, it seems like a lot lately.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

San Diego 2010

We enjoyed a whole week in San Diego the last week of July. We rented a little house on Mission Bay and met up with 2 families from Mesa, the Hawley's and Thomas's. Everyday we packed up our stuff and headed to the beach. It was pretty cloudy most of the time but we still managed to get sunburned. The kids loved digging in the sand and made huge holes to play in. Andrew tried boogie boarding and few times. Ella played in the water and sand, loving to get buried in it. And Ivy was so good and had a great time. We loved seeing our friends and catching up with them. All the kids got along so well, it was really a great vacation. 2 of the days we went to Legoland and that was also loved by the kids. We are thinking this beach vacation needs to happen every year, especially with our Arizona friends. I am so grateful to have a husband that loves to vacation and hang out just as much as I do. He was a fabulous boogie boarding teacher.