Monday, March 23, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Cute movie!! Went w/ Jocelyn, Lucy, Mere (who slept thru most of it, crazy girl), Lily, Mom, Linds (had to leave w/ noisy Savana), Cougar, Brianna, Courtney and Bennett. The last two... we learned are not quite ready to sit thru an entire movie.

Friday, March 20, 2015



Broadway time!

Off to Mamma Mia!

It was really fun!  A little raunchy at times, but amazing dancing, singing, hilarious props....

Great night out w/ these ladies I love!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

These two...

Helping set the table

We hosted a Dinner Party here and sent the kids up to Papa and Nonny's - but not before they helped set up the much-fancier-than-usual place settings :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bennett's first (pleasant) dental trip!!

He has REFUSED to open his mouth at every checkup previous to today. But we did some practice sessions, had a firm talk about expectations, showed him the treasure chest of prizes....and it worked! Trauma free. Finally.
The girls loved it. They think it's the best outing ever. Well, Courtney and Brianna. Charity just glared at the dentist and hygienist as she sat on my lap in the exam chair.  At least I can say I tried! And I'm happy to let our dentist bill our insurance for her visit - someone might as well benefit from our family premium.
Yay for the whole fam making into into their "Cavity-free Club." and yay for not having to do this again for another 6 months!!
(ps - I love our dentist because they sponsor a free family fun day at Wonderland every year. That's honestly what will keep us loyal patients :)

What will they come up with next...

Never seen this handy little BP/HR tester thingy before!

And I'm quite surprised my numbers are so low, considering how wild my troop is....

NOT baby hungry

I got to tend this little sweetheart today. 
Plus her two older sisters. 
So 7 kids, age 7 and down.
The older kids: piece-a-cake. 
Playplayplay. Toss them a sandwich. Play more. 
The baby + my toddler: exhausting. 
They both wanted to be held all the time. 
And fed often and changed often. 
And entertained.
I could get nothing accomplished. 
I didn't even feel like we could go do a park outing. 
We were trapped. 
Happy enough at home...but not going ANYWHERE.
I love babies. I really do. 
Especially my own.
But I realized today how zero of a desire I have to add any more permanently!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our St. Paddy's Party

I absolutely love st. Patrick's Day. 
It's one of the few holidays, or maybe the only holiday, where you can totally get into the secular, fun, frilly stuff, and not feel guilty at all about ignoring the religious significance of the holiday. 
Because unless you are Irish Catholic, there isn't any real significance to it!
 So we just get to wear green, hunt for leprechauns, do crafts, have shamrock smoothies, and turn fruit into rainbows of edible fun :-)
We loved inviting friends over and having a themed playdate!

Morning multitasking

Sometimes I do her hair while she's practicing piano. Or eating breakfast. Or putting on her shoes. Or desperately trying to escape from me....

Sunday, March 15, 2015

heart. melting.

This is from back in November....but I just found it. And had to post.
For obvious reasons....

Friday, March 13, 2015

Go daddy!

Stake bball playoffs!
Go Greenbluff ward!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bike to the grandparents

The kids have been begging to ride bikes up to Nonny and Papa's house. 
It's about 2.5 miles. 
I've had to say no until now because of the weather. 
But no more excuses, Spring is basically here! 
So I put the twins in the bike trailer, charity in the Weeride seat, and Brianna rode her own bike. 
We made it almost all the way there, then papa came in the 4-wheeler to rescue me before the final steep hill.
 A good workout on a beautiful day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

School concert

This is the best photo I managed to get. Actually, the only photo.
I was wrangling the other kids the whole time - trying to stop them from climbing their chairs, bumping into everyone else, talking too loud, etc.
Not exactly relaxing.
But we went, waved at Brianna a lot, and made her smile while singing their silly secular songs.
Mission accomplished.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Time Out For Women!!
I love these ladies! What an incredible weekend!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bennett's selfie attempt...

He loves to steal a cell phone and take pics of the goofy handsome boy in the reverse camera :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

First use of my immersion blender stick....

And I'm a fan!
Mom was right!
 Excited to see what else this puppy can do....

Monday, March 2, 2015


Charity's 15 month report....(using the WHO charts, not the CDC)
23lbs (73rd percentile, down from 80th at 12 mo)
33.5" (over the 100th percentile, same as 12 mo)
We're spreading out/modifying the vax sched, so she got "caught up" at her appt on MMR and DTaP....and of course developed a yucky fever 5 days later. It was miserable. She wouldn't eat and barely wanted to nurse.
I've got a serious love/hate going on with vaccines in general.
And a serious love/love for this big healthy toddler!
(note the black bean brownie in hand. Yum!)

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Brian does a good job getting her down when I'm not around!
I think he secretly likes it :)

He tried to downplay how difficult it was for him the first night I was gone in CA w/ Brianna for our Disney trip.  Charity was NOT happy to sleep w/o her mama.  Like wandered around crying for me during most of the night. So sad. Breaks my heart.  Brian did his best... but I'm glad I'm back and she survived.

Brian's attempt at doing hair....

I have a 7am  "Ward Council" mtg 2 Sundays/mo, so Brian has to get the kids ready and to church by 8:50. 
I lay their outfits out (though they often reject my choices), but their hair has to be up to Brian. It gets pretty interesting - slash - SCARY.... like this one. 

He texted this to me during my mtg.
 I immediately wrote back, "NO! no no no."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I missed her!!

I'm so happy to be back with my baby!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sailor hats

Brian sent me this from the YMCA. 
While I was in CA w/ Brianna, he took the kids to the Y each day for the full 2 hr limit so he could get work done while they went to the childcare. 
 I love that the childcare does fun crafts each day!
Mom was SUPER helpful while I was gone too - she picked up the kids from the Y and took them for a few hrs in the afternoon so Brian could go running (he's in a FitBit competition at work) and then get more work done.

So even though he technically had the "days off" of work, he still stayed pretty much caught up.
 He didn't do much customer visiting (which is what he's supposed to do as an Outside Sales Rep), but he kept on top of his hundreds of daily emails and dozens of daily phone calls.

And these two barely even missed me!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sister stylist

Entertaining ourselves pre-flight...


We are walking around an art gallery in the Santa Ana airport and Brianna keeps pointing and laughing at the pieces saying, "that's just a bunch of scribbles! I could make that!"

Out of the mouth of babes...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SoCal hotel pool!!


 me so happy here!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Trying to combine the words Cousins and Enemies there... like frenemies... doesn't quite work as well.... Anyway. Point being. They are all bffs NOW...but give them 48+ hours together nonstop, and the hugging turns to hitting :) Or at least lots of whining and tattling.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

EQ date night

The guys got together and did a post-valentine's date night.
They served a "french" dinner, complete w/ homemade crepes by Matt Coffey, who served his mission in France.
 It was super cute.
 Then we played Reverse Charades (SO FUN!!!) and Wits and Wagers (we won!! Team McHouser!)
We had the YW volunteer to babysit all the kids in the gym, and it went awesome!
Love those girls.
And love my EQP (1st counselor) man!

Saturday, February 21, 2015


I'm not nearly as good as Meredith and Lindsay at doing braids... but I'm trying! 
I'm glad Courtney is easy to please, and patient with me.  And I'm glad her hair is finally long enough to do braids in!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015


She said, "Mommy, I'm going to do a POSE, take my picture!"

 omword. I adore this 4 yr old. 

Lunch w/ Sam

SammyJo hasnt been eating/drinking well lately, and we are trying to help her get healthier, so I've been trying to drop by more often at mealtimes. She seems to do better with her fam feeding her than with the staff i think. Of course it's challenging for me to do much cuz i gotta bring the three stooges with me. But amazingly - they stayed nicely contained the whole time in Sam's cute room w/ a show & snacks and let me focus on Sam! Lovely outing for all. Being able to do this sort of thing is one of the best benefits of our move here to WA. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Twin love

Hats n' selfies

the ninos

Hats from Gma!

Laundry Mountain...

It's never ending.... the mass of clothes needing to be washing, dried, sorted, delivered.... all so that they can cover up bodies, get dirty, and return to the wash cycle. MADDENING!

Floor puzzle

They love this giant 24 piece floor puzzle.
It's a cute depiction of Book of Mormon chronology... thus an easy go-to Family Night activity :)

Bday gifts from Gma

She loves STUFF!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday holidays

   Storytime at the dance studio. 
Brianna loves Monday holidays because she gets to come here!   

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine Dinner

Inspired by Papa Murphys....but made far healthier!
Dough includes mixture of chia, ww, oat, almond flour. Toppings include Applegate brand nitrate free sausage and shredded carrots
And love. Topped with lots of love.

Saturday, February 14, 2015