Monday, May 8, 2017


April was a fun and crazy month for us!

After a nice Easter Sunday, the rest of the month was full of so many family events.

We decided our big project this year would be to put in a deck. We have been in our house for six years, and we feel like we've never really enjoyed our back yard. My Dad offered to come out and help, so we said Yes! Thank you! 

James was able to take one day off of work and help Dad, and I did my best (along with Ezra) to help where I could the rest of the week. Thanks Dad! It looks great and we couldn't have done it without you!

We got another surprise when my Dad told us that him and Ian would put up a Louvered roof up for us, for free. Another Yes! Thank you Dad and Ian!

Thank you Eric for coming and helping.

We love it! It is so pretty; it doesn't feel like the same house. We can't thank everyone enough for everything!

We've been out on the deck every night enjoying the swing and the fresh air. The kids love it, too!

When we weren't working on the back yard, we got to enjoy a few family events. Eric graduated from BYU. Congratulations Eric! 

My mom and I threw Demri her baby shower. It was so fun! The only thing missing was Chelsi.

And my Dad threw Lisa a surprise 60th birthday party, with dinner and a magician show.
Great job Dad!

Elijah lost his fourth tooth. No more corn on the cob for a while!

 It was so great getting to see family again and to spend so much time with them. I had a great time working with my dad on the deck; time that I will cherish. Now that family has gone home and the big projects are done, I am doing my best to stay busy. These last couple weeks of pregnancy I am doing my best not to think about when we can meet this baby; but of course, that is all I can think about! Hopefully soon...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

January, February & March

The last few months have been good to us. Here are some things that have happened.

We survived the Utah snow.

 Elijah lost his first tooth. Yay! He was feeling so left out at school, and after much waiting, it happened. The tooth fairy didn't bring him the $100 he was hoping for, but he did get 
$1 and a nice toothbrush.

We went bowling. We as a family love to go bowling, but it only happens a couple times a year.

Maybe this is why? If somebody doesn't win, many tears are shed.

We found out we are having a boy. I already knew it (mother's intuition), but I knew how much James and Elijah wanted a girl. Once it was confirmed, I cried for the disappointment I was worried they might have (which they didn't) and for the realization that we may never have a girl, then moved forward with complete excitement!

We celebrated with blue ice cream. When we told the boys we were having a boy, Elijah said, "Yes! Now the boys will dominate!" I'm glad he wasn't disappointed it wasn't a girl.

 We are all giddy with excitement and can't wait to meet him! Six more weeks to go...

Occasionally we'll get a hoard of birds that swoop into our yard, poke around for food, then quickly fly away together causing the house to shake. It's pretty cool.

We got more snow and Elijah built a snowman.

I love this picture of James and Ezra. I was blessed with a great Dad, and am so glad my boys are too.

We celebrated Valentine's Day.

And I made homemade cinnamon rolls for the first time ever. They were amazing. A lot of work, but amazing!

We've been working with Ezra to get him ready for kindergarten next year. He loves putting the letters in order and then matching them uppercase to lowercase.

Elijah lost tooth #2.

Ezra loves playing with play-dough.

We've never really celebrated Saint Patrick's day before. I don't know why; I love everything Irish! This year we celebrated with leprechauns messing up the house and leaving clovers and "gold" candy, and with a true Irish meal of  Irish stew, soda bread and shortbread cookies. It all tasted so good! A couple of years ago I got a traditional Irish cookbook from my Dad for Christmas, and I'm so glad I finally pulled it out and used it. I should have done it sooner!

Elijah lost his third tooth and his first tooth on top. He loves losing his teeth, but realized that eating corn on the cob (which he loves) is impossible to do right now (bummer). His other top tooth is starting to wiggle. Soon enough he'll be able to stick his tongue through his teeth.