04 June 2014

National Zoo

Today we went to the National Zoo.  It was Me, Brooklin and Kalia with my brother's wife Cori and her children, Aria, Teagan and Edison.  It was fun. =)  Last time we were here was for Brooklin's 5th birthday party!

31 May 2014

It's over...

I gave this girl a long hug today, right after she ran her final 300m hurdle race. She started to shake and I asked her if she was ok. She shook her head and started to cry. I said, "What's wrong?" She whispered, "It's over...." and I started to cry too.

03 February 2014

Deacon, Teacher, Priest!

Along with turning 16 last week, Caleb had the opportunity to be interviewed by our new Bishop and was found worthy to be ordained to the office of Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.  He was sustained by the congregation and was ordained by his dad on Sunday.  Here is some information from the church website about the duties and responsibilities of a Priest.

The Duties of the Priest
Worthy brethren may be ordained priests when they are at least 16 years old. The specific duties of a priest are found in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 20:46-48.

46 The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament,
47 And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties.
48 And he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons.

We are proud of Caleb for being worthy to advance in his priesthood duties.  He will have the opportunity next week to bless the sacrament during sacrament meeting.  What a sacred honor!

29 January 2014

Caleb is 16!

Happy 16th Birthday Caleb Boy!  Looks like you will get your wish...snow day, no school on your birthday!  Love you!!

24 December 2013

Merry Santa Day 2013!

This year we baked a ton of goodies to deliver to our neighbors for Santa Day.  As always...while we were out serving our neighbors, Santa stopped by our house and left presents for everyone!

Brooklin got a William Shakespeare Star Wars Book, an Iron Man contacts case, two new pairs of jeans, some notepads, an infinity scarf, a Bubble Talk game, and a "class ring".  We decided to buy her a ring she would actually wear beyond graduation...class rings are kind of ugly...so we got her a ring with emeralds in it because they are her birthstone.

Caleb got TWO guns!  One Nerf gun and one 12-gauge shot gun!  He also got a BSU jersey, an Xbox controller, an Xbox game, a Wheel of Time book, some ammunition, and a Star Wars calendar.

London got a pair of homemade fingerless gloves, makeup, a Nook HD and case, two pairs of jeans, a scarf, and an Elite book.

Isaiah got two long sleeve t-shirts, a Nerf gun, an Xbox controller, Minecraft, a remote control car, a Would You Rather game, finger lights, and a ninja sword pen that makes swooshing noises.

Kalia had a Bubble Guppie Christmas!  She got a singing Bubble Guppies playset, three pairs of pajamas (one was Bubble Guppies), a dress, some Bubble Guppies maracas, stuffed animal Bubble Guppies, an animal book and a very cute "hootie-hootie" from her Gammy.

22 December 2013

The Annual Christmas Wishlists

(As always, I do not correct spelling errors.  I just type what is written)


  • Geek Shirt
  • Sweaters
  • Long sleeve under armor (for running)
  • Pocket knife
  • Earings
  • Books
  • Sweat pants for running
  • Books A Million - pretty much anything in there
  • That one Shakespearean Star Wars book we saw, that was awesome.
  • Acceptance letter to college

  1. Books      1b. Star Wars Books 
  2. PS3
  3. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
  4. Kingdom Hearts Manga
  5. Pants
  6. Halo (or Xbox game for 4 people)
  7. 2 more Xbox controllers
  8. Headphones
  9. A movie
  10. Legos (A BIG one)
  11. Angry Birds Star Wars II (for iPad)
  12. A bean chair or circle chair
  13. A trip to the gun range
  14. Foozball table for the basement
  15. Horse Shoes (the game)
  16. Star Wars posters
  17. Personal Rope
  18. Bow Ties and Regular Ties
  19. An under armor shirt
  20. Mormon Ads
  21. Lifeproof case
  1. contacts
  2. new iPod case
  3. makeup
  4. gun
  5. pocket knife
  6. kindle fire
  7. The Elite (book)
  8. Books
  9. colored contacts
  10. clothes
  11. Catching Fire movie (if it's out)
  12. Kingdom Hearts
  13. Beehive necklace
  14. Facebook
  15. Converse
  16. Head Phones (not)
  17. Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Star Wars T-Shirts
  18. Springy Circle Chair!!!!!
  19. Ping Pong Table
  20. BACON
  21. earings
  1. Kingdom Hearts books
  2. Laptop
  3. Legos
  4. 3-D puzzle
  5. Boxing gloves
  6. Boxing gloves pen
  7. Chello
  8. Arctect set
  9. slatwater taffy
  10. Nook
  11. Real tool set with would and nales
  12. New knife
  13. Minney TV
  14. enlarged candey
  15. Head phones
  16. PS3
  17. Bow and arowe
  18. Gun
  19. Hunters cetifacasho class
  20. pagamas
  21. pantes
  22. Halo
  23. Kirbey game
  24. Cross bow
  25. ipad
  26. Art kit
  27. skech book
  28. Yarn
  29. New snokol geer
  30. shoes
  31. cook book
  32. iphone
  33. desk
  34. Air hokey
  35. phos ball
  36. ping pong
     Although she can't talk very well yet to tell us what she wants, I am pretty sure anything with Bubble Guppies, Minions (Despicable Me), or Dora the Explorer on it would do.  She also loves candy, cheese, grapes, seaweed, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks.  She really likes playing with her baby-sized legos and wooden blocks too.  

16 December 2013

Kalia - 18 months

Our baby is finally old enough to go to nursery!  She did really good for her first day.  She got scared when one of the other kids started crying, but other than that it was a success!

05 December 2013

Senior Pictures!

Can't believe this girl is a Senior!  She only has a few months left in high school and then she is planning on attending BYU-I.  (Application is in...waiting on an acceptance letter!)  She is an amazing, beautiful, talented, artistic, smart, athletic girl and I'm so grateful I've been able to watch her grow from a tiny infant into a wonderful young woman.  Love you B!!  (I had to put off taking her xcountry/track pictures since it got too cold.  I'll take them in the spring when it's warmer).  =)

02 November 2013

School Pictures

I have been waiting for weeks for the leaves to change colors so I could take the kids's school pictures!  We haven't experienced full blown autumn weather for probably 12 years and I was genuinely excited to see the trees burst into color!  Alaska has two seasons (winter and not winter) and Hawaii only has one (springish summer).

I remember last time we lived here, that Virginia has some amazing and beautiful fall colors this time of year.  What I didn't anticipate (or remember, I guess) is that when the trees turn all these beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown, the weather gets cold and it rains a lot!  I started to doubt if I was going to get any pictures where my kids weren't wearing coats and donning pink noses.  Luckily, the past three days have been overcast and 70 degrees, which are perfect photography conditions!

You will notice that Brooklin is missing from this post.  She is a senior this year, and we have only been to one of the three locations I want to go to take her senior pictures. The ones we did today are great...but no sneak peeks yet.  Caleb is a sophomore this year, London is in 8th grade, Isaiah is in 6th grade, and Kalia is sassy...and sixteen months old!  I took these pictures about 2 blocks from my house in an empty sloping lot between houses.  I'm so excited that I didn't miss out on capturing these amazing colors...and my awesome kids.

And here are some of the trees around the neighborhood!  It is so beautiful here!!