Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dear Sariah

Dear Sariah,

How in the world are you almost 8 years old?  I haven't blogged in a long time, and I want to write all about you at this age.  Who you are right now, this very minute.

You are such a strong leader, and you always have been.  You know exactly what you want, and you fight for it...no matter what.  I hope that you will use this when you are older, to fight for what is right, and to not let anyone try to dissuade you from your beliefs.

You are going to be baptized this summer.  For a long long time, ever since you were about 4, you have always said that you didn't want to be baptized.  You don't like to say prayers, you won't let daddy give you a blessing, and all of those things are alright.  Daddy and I weren't going to force you to be baptized, and it is a decision that you needed to make.  But something has happened within you the last couple of months, and you have changed your mind!  Not only are you alright with being baptized, but you are really excited!

You never leave the little guy behind, and are such a wonderful friend.  You have befriended many children on our street, and have made them feel very welcome at home.  Aiden, your newest little bestest buddy, comes over almost every day.  He loves being here, being with you, and being your friend.  You are wonderful at making sure everyone has someone to play with at school, and you are everyone's friend.  You don't exclude anyone (unless they are mean to you and others) and you are careful with what you say and how you say it. You have a collection of stuffed animals, and most of your animals have family members of the same species to sit next to.  But the few that don't have anyone - you collected them and put them all together in an "orphanage" so no one is alone or left out.

You ask the most amazing questions.  You are very insightful and are always thinking.  Never stop asking questions!  You also love to learn.  You are quick to come home, do your homework, and do all you can to learn all you can.

You have the sassiest sense of style.  You carefully consider your outfits each day, and come up with creative ways to express who you are.  You are not afraid to be you, and I hope this never changes.

Your eyes sparkle when you smile. You won't let me brush your hair. You will still snuggle me once in a while.  You will try ANYTHING to eat!  You still sleep with your yellow blankie.  You know my phone number and will call when dad and I are on a date if we aren't home on time.  You still walk along the edge of the wall.  You sing in the shower.  You think it's funny when your teenage cousins argue with their parents and you have promised me that you will never be this way (although I'm not holding my breath!).  You are fiercely independent.  You finally love to read, and will read for an hour before falling asleep.  You love to run, be on your scooter, or drive with the windows down all so you can feel the wind on your face.

Here you are with your dad, all dressed up for the daddy-daughter dance at school.  Enjoy growing up!  I see excellence in you, my daughter.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dinnertime Shenanigans

Some days are AWESOME.  And some days are HARD.  That's life with children.  But no matter what kind of day we have had, we always end with a yummy dinner.  Even if it's a bowl of cereal.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bathtime Shenanigans

These boys and their baths!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Trampoline Shenanigans

These boys. I'm so glad they have each other.  James is so patient with Seth, and boy do they love the trampoline!

Monday, January 12, 2015

James lost his first tooth!

I have to document this story for posterity's sake.  James lost his first tooth at school on Thursday.  He was SO excited when he came home!  He has been watching his sister lose her teeth for years and it was finally his turn.  The only problem was - he lost it at school.  No worries!  The tooth fairy still knows.

That night, I place $1 under his pillow.  He finds it about 2am and comes to tell me what he found!  I give him a hug and a kiss...and then send him back to bed.  At 6:30am, he comes back in just sobbing because he lost his dollar.  I'm confident that it was in his bed somewhere, so I assure him that I will find it while he is at school.

At 7:30am, my phone rings.  It is his kindergarten teacher.  She tells me that James actually hid his tooth under her classroom floor mat in order to "test the tooth fairy."  STINKER!

We have a good laugh and then I have an idea.  I ask her if she has a dollar and she says she does.  I quickly tell her the story of James losing his dollar and ask her if she can write a note from the toothfairy saying that since he hid his tooth, she moved his dollar.  Perfect!  She does that and James comes home with his dollar, his tooth, and his new note.  Thank you to a wonderful teacher who helps a mother out and keeps the magic alive!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pizza, anyone?

Family date. This boy. All he wanted was breadsticks and sauce.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Reading Nook

We should all find a quiet place to read once in a while.

Sariah teaches me something every single day.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lucky Number 13

13 years married to this beefcake.  So many ups, very little downs.  We should all be so lucky to ride through life with companions that we just adore.

To celebrate, we went to the temple.  We went to the new Phoenix temple because we missed the open house.  It was more beautiful than words can describe.

We then went to dinner at a restaraunt that rotates around the top of a hotel.  It was actually very cheesy, but neat to see the city from above.

Here's to many more!

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Have you ever tried keeping clothes on a toddler?  It's impossible!

Good thing he has a cute bum.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

My heart is full this Christmas.  So full that at times, I am brought to tears.  My amazing-beyond-words husband and these three children are all I need.  Merry Christmas.