Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Fathers Day!


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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer park picnics

Dental work

While Bennett was getting the REAL dental work done, these cuties had fun pretending.

PS- obviously.... I could've saved myself a lot of time and money if I just had done a better job flossing and brushing my kids everyday.
Moving forward with a renewed determination to do better!
Even if it means personally flossing and brushing all 80 of their teeth twice every flippin day.
This trip to the pediatric dentist was awful for Bennett- he cried for an hour after asking me to "take it out" (thinking the feeling of numbness was a big chunk of something). Even a froyo trip didn't help. Poor guy. My fault, ugh.

"you are mine forever"😍

Thats what she told me yesterday - "mommy, you awe mine foweva!!"
Brian and I are just crazy about this toddler. She's so sweet, so funny, so loving.
Lately she's started expressing her feelings more - telling us she loves us. Telling her siblings she loves them (or doesn't, depending on her mood), and of course- telling OFF strangers. If someone she doesn't know tells her she's cute... "no you not say I cute! Not you!! I Charity, she my mom!!"
Good healthy sense of stranger danger, or rude toddler?! I dunno. I just know I wouldn't mind keeping this little puppy just like she is, forever!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

VBS #2 of the summer

They're loving it! And I love our routine. Wake up, get ready, out the door, drop off all but Charity, I go workout, pick them up at the end, lunch, home for afternoon chores, then play til bedtime. It's gonna be a great summer!  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Healthy Kids Fair

Free & properly fitted!  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jaguar Jammin

This is our 3rd year of school carnival action. The kids have literally been talking about it all year! FOR TWO YEARS. 

Brianna and friend Madison

Whenever I take photos like this, I wonder - if these girls stay in the same ward/neighborhood, will this be a photo they look back on and love? Hate? Giggle about? Reminisce?

They had a great time hiking together on this mommy-daughter Activity Day girls event!


It's nice to be able to drop my kids with Meredith when needed!

I had a dinner date with Brian and a Medline person who flew into town. 
Went to Selkirk at Wandermere. 
Some women would love an outing like this. 
But I'd a million percent rather stay home and go play with my kids at the park or whatever. 
 Sheesh - the things I do for Brian....!  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Treehouse and zipline in-progress by Papa!

I'm not sure what sparked this big project during this particular spring/summer....they've been living in this house for over a decade... but I'm so glad my dad isn't breaking his tradition of building a treehouse and zip line at every house we've lived in!
He'll say he's eager for it to be DONE.... but I think he's secretly having more fun putting it together than the kids are going to have using it :)   He also built a huge outdoor staircase that will have a waterslide next to it! So creative and fun. Handyman papa!

Morning angels

Don't they look so angelic with the sun coming down on them like this?!
So sweet. Best way to enjoy breakfast on a sunny sunday morning. 
We've loved having Bethany stay with us this week while her parents are on a little getaway! She's a sweet girl, and fits right in with our little parade. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016


 The brand "So Delicious" had a little contest (I think to promote their new product - CashewMilk Icecream) - where we had to submit our "Freezeface" (better known as "BrainFreeze") faces. So I snapped this photo, put it on Twitter (which I hardly ever use - I only have an account for random purposes like this), did the appropriate hashtags.....and guess what - we WON! They tweeted me back saying we're one of the winners, then emailed to schedule our delivery of  a cooler full of their new icecream!! So awesome!!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Crab hand art

I love the fun creative projects they get to do at the childcare at the Y while I workout!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gotta wear 'em out!

Yay for swimming! They were ridiculously happy to get in the water.  Like just total pure exhilaration. It was beautiful to see!  And even more beautiful to see how mellow/tired they were after a couple hours of this :)   And I got to sit on the side chatting with an old friend who randomly showed up (Katie Costello).  Win win win. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Riding her Rhubarb stick!!

This might be my favorite photo of Courtney in the history of ever.

Seattle weekend!

We had a great time on our quick trip west! Brian took the twins to see Dr. Brady in Vancouver for some dental work, and I rode with mom and dad, then we all met up for Cooper's play that evening. Super fun to spend time with the fam! Highlight was definitely going on a run with Lindsay around Green Lake. Such an awesome area. Would've loved to hang out there all day. Sunny days in Seattle are just gorgeous. And I love how much more people are into healthy living there. The kids did awesome with all the long drives, they're great. *I* still despise spending hours and hours in a car, but that's just life! We made it back in time for church, then I had a Laurel mtg, and it was fast it was a loooong day. Still need to catch up on lost sleep from it! 😴😴😴😴

Saturday, June 4, 2016

More exotic animal encounters....

Or at least you'd THINK it was an exotic animal by the way they react! 

Cool toy

Spotted this vintage merry go round at a yard sale. I begged them to let me buy it. But it wasn't for sale. Boo.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Strawberry picking at Bishop's supergarden

He takes this "Bishop's Storehouse" thing seriously :)
So nice of him to invite us over! My kids loved it! I'd love to have a jumungous garden. 
I just need an magical extra few hours every day.....

Monday, May 30, 2016

Animal interaction deprivation

My poor kids... They have so little experience with animals, they just think it's the most exciting thing in the world when they get to play with a cat!
I just stopped by to take care of my friend Tara's feline for the day. 
I'm having a tough time getting the kids to leave. 
They love him. 
And he appears to love the attention. 
But I can't wait to put them in a bath because cat hair on their clothes/bodies kinda disgusts me. 
I'm glad Lily is highly allergic so I have an excuse to never own a furry pet. 
But I still feel for my kids...cuz I totally loved my animals as a kid!

Fwd: a random text from Mom today

She texted: "What a miracle! A forever moment in my mind with those newborn twins - thank you!"

Isn't that sweet? Gotta love random reminiscing.... it helps me step back and be grateful.

Such amazing memories of that beautiful, crazy season in my life!  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Suessical reading session

She read them all the books, then took them to the play at the Bing theater! Best Nonny ever.

Ancient artifacts

There's a physical therapy clinic next door to the gym I workout at. Today, one of the receptionists came over holding this collage plaque display thing and said, "I just realized that this is you!!" 
Kinda sad that I'm barely recognizable apparently ;/  
I could tell she was thinking, what happened to you?! 
Or maybe I'm just hyper sensitive...but lady, here's what happened... a decade, four kids including twins, 8 moves, and frequently eating like an elite distance runner but not training like one! Ha! 
Whatever. I'm fine. I'm happy. 
I wouldn't mind having 9% body fat again...but I'm obviously not willing to do what it takes to get there again :-) BTDT, moved on! 
But fun to look back at the memories sometimes. 
And funny that PT (he fixed my ankle in 2003) still has the articles and I DON'T! I should probably get copies incase my kids I want to see what I did in college. Only looking back now do I really realize what a unique experience and opportunity it was. Super grateful for it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cruising with his lil sis

It would be fun to recreate this picture 10-15 years from now with a real car:)
In the meantime, this Cadillac remains in my top ten yardsale finds ever. $20. So much fun, and the battery life is amazing!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

At Devin's bday party

I worked hard to make this kid a custom video! It's on Youtube HERE. I really love using Picasa and Windows Movie Maker to put together these things! It take SOOOO much time...gathering the photos, editing them, putting in order, coordinating music and timing, selecting transitions, saving and uploading everything.... it's like a 4 hour deal, minimum. But it was worth it! Now I want to make more of them!

The party and video viewing happened at Nonny and Papa's as usual. It was fun - games, singing, excellent dinner (best beef stew ever).

We can thank brian for the odd uncomplimentary angle...but charity looks so cute, had to post it

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It looks creepy

When you're the fourth child, ya gotta sleep with one eye open I guess...

Monday, May 23, 2016

11th anniversary date!

The Piano Guys were ammmmaaazzzing!!!!

I was shocked at how fast time went. I could've sat and listened to them all night (which is a lot to say for someone who doesn't like to sit still!)  It was so fun to go with Brian - and bring mom&dad along as a thank you gift! Plus Steve+Meg and kids - it was awesome seeing those teens enjoy it just as much as the older crowd.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

YW yard+bake sale miraculous SUCCESS!!

We had a true miracle happen - the forecast had been TERRIBLE up til just hours before this big event.
I was nervous - we had worked SO HARD prepping for this fundraiser. Collecting yard sale donations from ward members, making signs, bake sale items, announcements, etc etc.

I prayed that somehow it would all go smoothly and these girls wouldn't see their efforts wasted.

The Lord overdelivered!
We had almost ZERO rain - nothing but a few drops. Just 5 miles away, it was an absolute downpour.
There were areas in Spokane experiencing flash flooding.
But our little yard and bake sale? Dry and thriving!!
We had a goal to make at least $500. My lofty goal was to double that and make a thousand.
But no - we made over $1300!! Enough to pay for all their camp and High Adventure costs.
It truly was an answer to prayers.
This event was such a WIN in others ways...the girls had fun and bonded, they talked to people about which church they belonged to and what this fundraiser was for, ward members totally went the extra mile to show their support with donations (which in turn helped them de-clutter!), and I learned some valuable lessons on how to run a successful sale.

And more importantly - how to depend on our Heavenly Father to help me when I'm truly striving to do what I'm called to do... help these Young Women come closer to Christ!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tire flipping!

I've been going to a new little gym the past few weeks and they're having me do some fun stuff! 
Monkey bars, battle rope, obstacle courses, rainbow ball slams...and tire flipping! 
That thing weighed 90lbs!! 
I'm not sure I'll keep going here much longer, simply because it's going to get hot and they do lots outside and I'm lame and love AC...but for now it's awesome to mix it up.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Running with the boss in Ogden!

On Friday afternoon I got to hit the trails with Janae! 
It was so awesome! 
I was scared she'd be too fast for me but we just did a casual run...up the mountain...!! 
Loved it. 
After being up since 3:30 and traveling for hours it felt awesome to workout.
 And work! Ha! 
I have the greatest job working for 
The whooping 5hrs/month I put in are very sustainable and pay off in many having a great "boss" to motivate me to get in better shape and stay on top of our little biz.   


Brian's been doing so great with the kids while I've been away this weekend! (well...from the reports anyway....I'm not home yet to see evidence...) He said Charity's been a total sweetheart, minus some middle-of-the-night mommy missings. Poor baby. Can't wait to snuggle her. It's been a long (yet short!) 3 day getaway for me to Utah! Brian's had Bennett too, but I knew he'd be fine. I was just worried about little cherry. And that he wouldn't do her her and she'd look homeless. Oh well...It's good for all of us, right?!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Good fences make good neighbors!

The windstorm last November blew our fence down. So we've been busy repairing it!  Well... our neighbor has been doing most of the work... which is fine, since we paid for the all the materials...but I think they're still miffed that we're not doing more of the work.... SEE?  Fences are a good thing!! :)

Taking the mamas out

Had fun taking Meg, Mere, and Mom to the theater for the Mother's Day movie!
 Despite being totally full of sneaky liberal agenda, it was warm and funny and relatively clean.
And super relaxing after a crazy busy morning!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to me :)

Brian and the kids did a great job making me feel loved today :)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunday best!

New outfits courtesy of Nonny and Gymboree sales, as usual :)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

2 yr old discovers wrinkles

Charity discovered the consequence of spending too long in a warm bath...wrinkly hands! And she was NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT! She cried and asked me to get it off her. I explained it would go away soon when she dried off and got in jammies. She still wasn't happy and kept trying to wipe the wrinkles off.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Water sliding at the Valley Y

So glad I grabbed their suits last minute when we were headed to Brianna's volleyball game in the Valley....I didn't realize the big slide would be open and they would have the time of their lives going down it a million times!

 I got the cutest video of Bennett yelling, "I don't need your help but THANK YOU!"

" show me your muscles!"

Friday, April 29, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nap when the baby naps! Or...just be lazy

I really should get up and DO something. Because there are a million somethings to be done.
But the older 3 are at school, the toddler is asleep, it's silent in my usually noisy home....and I just wanna stay right here doing nothing but relax and stare at her.
Well, and play on my phone of course:)