mom of four, wife to one, life is good

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.