Sunday, November 29, 2009

Things we are thankful for...

We are thankful for Wesley and what a great job he did at soccer this year. He was the goalie most of the time this year and really did an amazing job! He is a natural and now has his own goalie gloves. We are also thankful for his excitement for learning and his love for animals. This is a picture of him with a bird on his shoulder at a science center we visited one day.

We are also thankful that Wesley has done such a great job at becoming a wolf in cub scouts.

We are thankful for Cameron and how sweet and kind he is to everyone. He especially loves to take care of and play with his baby sister.

We are thankful for Carter and how well he is adjusting to preschool. He sang some Thanksgiving songs at a concert at his school and did a great job!

And, of course, we are thankful for our Bethany who keeps us all happy. She is now crawling all over the place and pulling up on everything.

We are thankful that Sara was able to come home for Thanksgiving and spend time with us.

We are thankful that we live close to Gram , Grandpa and Whitney and that we were able to spend a delicious Thanksgiving with them. We are truly blessed.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Well, here is the whole gang! We have the Peter Pan/Star Wars/Spider Man theme going. We were at the Hundens (friends from Wesley's soccer team) home for a Halloween Party on Friday night. Bethany won the best kid's costume and we all loved the Haunted House that they made in their garage. Well, Cameron actually cried and Carter wouldn't go in :)

We made this jell-o and used whipped cream to make a spider web and then put a plastic spider on it. We also made "ghost" cookies out of Nutter Butters and "witch's hats" with cookies, hershey's kisses and frosting to take to the party.

On Saturday, we went to the Library where they were having Harry Potter activities. We did a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt, played a Quidditch game and attended a potions class. Then we went trick or treating in Gram's neighborhood. They had so much candy because we had also gone to a trunk or treat at our school the night before that someone in our ward had organized. I think they actually had more fun after trick or treating watching for trick or treaters and giving out candy. A great lesson that it is more important to give than to receive.

Bethany in Ken's Captain Hook wig with adoring brothers. Luckily this wasn't her real costume.

Another cute Halloween outfit, but not the real costume!

I know I am biased, but isn't she just the cutest Tinkerbell ever? She is about the happiest as well. No wonder she won the costume contest. We like to call her TinkerBeth!

She actually fell asleep about half way through both the Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treating!

Earlier this month at Carter's preschool, they had Western Days where they got to dress up and do all kinds of cowboy activities. He wore Wesley's old Woody costume and it worked out perfect. Doesn't he look like he is having a blast?

Cameron wanted me to take these pictures of him next to Jesus so that we could post it on our blog. He said, "Then everyone will be able to know about Jesus." He often prays, "please bless that everyone in the world will know about Jesus and have the spirit with them." What a great missionary! He also invited his whole 1st grade class including his teacher to our Primary Presentation in Sacrament Meeting just a few weeks ago.

He also took this picture of the temple that Ken and I got married in so that "everyone will know that it is important to get married in the temple." What a sweet boy!

He also took this picture of his feet which I thought was kind of funny and about 30 other random pictures of our house that I decided not to post :)

A few weeks back, I had all 4 kiddos home sick from Mon-Thurs. with lots of breathing treatments, couch potating (shown by Wesley), fever checking, medicine giving, and germ cleaning going on. It was fun to have them around for the first two days, but by Thursday we were all stir crazy and driving each other nuts!

Daddy and his "moo." When Bethany was first born, I kept accidentally calling her "buddy" since I was so used to boys. Finally, I started calling her Missy and then Missy Moo. Well, Ken has to shorten everything and so he now calls her "Moo." At first, I resisted. But, now I am used to it and even find myself calling her "Moo."

Beffers snuggling up in our bed after her bath. Notice how much hair she is getting now. I can't put the headband bows on her head anymore because her hair just goes crazy.

We can actually get a pretty good mohawk going on her. We call it her "Moo"hawk.

The last couple of weeks I've been putting a pig tail on the top of her head, well today I had to put two little pig tails because her hair is getting so long. It looks kind of funny, but cute.

Bethany is such a happy smily baby! We get comments from everyone wherever we go about how they can't believe how happy and smily she is. Honestly, you can't help but be happy when you are around her. Almost everyday, one of the three boys is either crying or mad about something and they can't stay sad or mad when I bring Bethany around them. She just smiles and coos and claps for them and within seconds they are smiling again. We are so blessed to have such a darling peacemaker in our family!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fun at Gram's

Every Sunday, we go over to Dick and Rhonda's house for dinner. The boys call it "Gram's house." We are so blessed to have them live close and that we get a wonderfully home cooked meal every week. The boys love to jump on the trampoline, collect acorns, look for caterpillars and lizards, watch movies (with popcorn), play games, and of course get lots of fun treats from Gram.

Whitney (Ken's littlest sister--17) got hold of the camera and took 162 pictures of the kiddos. Here are about 60 of them.

Enjoy some of our moments at "Gram's house."

September 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Updates

She is already starting to pose for the camera--what a model!

She started sitting and clapping at about 6 1/2 months!

And is getting close to crawling!

But I still like to hold her alot!

So remember how we told you that Ken got poison ivy from taking family pictures. Here is a shot of what it looked like. This was before it got real bad and this was on several places of his body. Doesn't it look fun?

Carter had a hard time letting go of Mommy when dropping him off at his new preschool (mommy did too). So, I bribed him. If he didn't cry when I dropped him off, I would get him a McDonald's ice cream cone. He did it on the third day of preschool and now he really enjoys going and is learning a lot.

Yes, it is true after seven years of living here and planning on moving in less than a year we finally had someone come and do our landscaping. I should have taken a picture of before and after because then you would realize why I am thinking this is the best landscaping job around. I guess I appreciate it more because I waited so long to get it. I will definitely be looking for a house that already has a nice landscaped yard when we start house hunting.

We also got a new bedspread set since the kids destroyed the last one and we have new rules about children getting on our bed--like they don't!

Cameron had his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese (despite his parents trying to get him to do it somewhere else--oh well, it is fairly inexpensive). He really enjoyed his cake as you can tell and he got lots of Pokemon toys from his friends.

Ken was the best man for his good friend Frank James' wedding. He got to wear a tux, be in charge of the rings (luckily he didn't lose them) and give the first speech/toast at their reception (with his glass of water).

It was a fun night and the first time we left all the children to go out since Bethany was born.

They had a traditional wedding cake, but Ken and I really liked this one they had made. Frank is from Canada and Erica is from the United States. It tasted really good too!