Saturday, November 27, 2010


We had a great Thanksgiving this year. We spent most of the day together at home as a family. It was wonderful. I truly treasure the time we spend together when we aren't busy with demands of every day life. Later that afternoon we went to my brother's home for a yummy turkey dinner. Almost all of my side of the family was together for the big feast. It was a really nice evening.

Before we headed out to stuff ourselves, we took the kiddos sledding. I'll admit that I was really grumpy about it ... I thought it was too cold outside. But it was a lot of fun. We all had a great time.

ruby was not a fan of the sled ... this was as close as I could get her to it for a picture!

i even took a turn ... and was left to pull miss sophie back up the hill!

ruby and sophie get a lift back to the car!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


It snowed. I wish that I was able to capture Collin's excitement when he woke up and saw the snow. I was still much too sleepy ... but his facial expression was priceless. That priceless facial expression was immediately followed by "can I go play in the snow?" I made him wait ... Sophie wasn't even awake yet, but soon I was stuffing and bundling and shoving little hands into mittens. It really is a lot of work getting kids all ready to play outside. A lot of work for a few minutes of enjoyment. But worth it. We all went out. The kids, Logan, and me with my camera. It was a family affair.

It was Ruby's first time to play in the snow. I think she liked it. She thought she was so silly the first time she put her mitten down in it.

Collin wanted to build a snow man. Lucky for him Dad was up to the task.
Collin rolled...

and Logan stacked and patted the perfect shape.

All the while this crazy girl snacked on the freshly fallen white stuff ...

and this silly girl crawled around.

And when that snowman was complete ... Collin knocked it right down! Boys will be boys! What a wonderful time of year ... but why does it have to be so cold?!?!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Proud Mama Moment

For the past couple of months Sophie has been bringing home papers from school with talk of the Reflections Contest on them. With each paper she got I would set them aside thinking she is too young, she doesn't care about doing this, and therefore I am not going to mention it. Until one day I pick her up from school and she informs me that the reflections entries are due on Monday and she has to get hers done. I quickly tell her we aren't doing the reflections contest this year. And she quickly starts to cry. I think about it for a moment and then tell her that if it is important to her we could participate. When Logan gets home from work that afternoon I ask him to help her with it ... this is definitely something he is better at then me. Sophie and Logan work together planning and preparing and before I know it we have a film in the works. She created a little movie titled "The Bunny Who Knows What To Do!"

We hand it in and forget about it ... until she brings home a paper announcing that she has won first place in her category. First place. We are so proud. And so is she. We wait all week for the awards assembly. Sophie asking everyday if it is Friday. And then it arrives. We watch her with pride as she accepts her certificate and her trophy. Maybe we have a little writer/director/film star in the making!

the awards assembly

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I love this time of year. The time that we take to reflect on all of the things that we are truly grateful for. Things that are often overlooked. The little things. For FHE this week we talked with the kids about gratitude. We looked through our pictures and the kids pointed out things that they are grateful for in each picture. Kids are so good about being grateful for the little things. What great examples they are to us. We finished up by making a gratitude chain. I love it. It inspires me each time I look at it.

Here is our list: airplanes, the earth, education, the great sun, animals, moms, dads, the morning, the green grass, classic skating {see i told you we had a good time!}, crayons, friends, worms, snacks, songs from the birds, my love for Jesus, prayer, food, beds, sunshine, bengal tigers, a clean house, family, Ruby's hair, our church, Sophie's eyes, birds, our capable bodies, Collin's compassion, a home, our Savior, little Ruby, binkies, my camera, blue sky, washer and dryer, play dates, the temple, trees, and water.

This list is just a start. We are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. I hope that I can continue this attitude of gratitude well beyond this Thanksgiving season.

And because this is put so well.

Monday, November 15, 2010

i heart faces -- silhouette

My entry this week is an oldie but a goodie ... and the only silhouette that I have. I had hopes of going out and getting some new ones but the weather here has been all gloom. Oh well!


On Saturday Logan and I were in desperate need for a good family time. {he has been super stressed out with work and i have been super stressed with my church calling} We definitely found it at Classic Fun Center. The kids brought their scooters and Logan and I skated around pushing Ruby in the stroller. What a blast we had.

We played red light green light, danced the hokey pokey, raced {Sophie took 1st place in girls on scooters}, and smiled and laughed a lot. It was one of those moments where I was so happy. So happy to be a mom. So happy to be with my little family. So happy to see everyone having a great time. We will for sure be going back!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

i heart faces -- orange

The theme this week at i heart faces is orange.

He thought this was so silly ... and fun ... and tasty too!

Friday, November 5, 2010

{Snapshots of Life} 8:00 am

Sophie eating her breakfast ... pancakes.
She has them EVERY morning.
I never would have thought that I would be a mom that makes pancakes everyday.
you can always see her turned around
sneaking a peak of the TV.
Cute girl! {grin}