Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I Love Kids!!

May I just say that I love how excited kids are about Christmas!!! Maddie and Mia have found a new love for My Little Pony (um, can you say flashback like 20 years???). So, we decided to call the North Pole and what do you know, a nice elf named Bernard answered the phone and said that he will get those added to the list right away!!! He also said that sometimes with late additions that they don't always make it to your house, sometimes they get delivered to your Gramma's house......here's to hoping!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

November

It's been a while since we last posted, so I decided that today is the day! We have been having lots of fun having Melissa, Trevor and David in town a week or so ago! The kids had a blast. Maddie and Trevor loved each other and playing together...Maddie could tell Trevor whatever she wanted him to do and he would willingly oblige...hope she enjoyed that because I have a feeling that next time he may not be so willing since he will be a bit older and better able to express to her everything he wants to say. (HMMMM, sound like anyone we know........MIA!!!) Now, Mia and Trevor on the other hand, that is a tricky little relationship. LOVE-HATE if you will. We had fun watching them react to one another.

We had lots of fun Rock Banding....everyone got in on the action! It was such a blast.

Michael left on his mission to South Africa. When we went to see my family on Thanksgiving Mia said to me,"Mama, Mikey won't be der, he's at da temple." So cute!!!!! I tried to explain to her that he is gone on his mission but I don't think she was understanding.....that will be one long session at the temple!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We had a really fun Halloween...Maddie was an Olympic gymnast and Mia was yet again a cow! She loves that costume. Carrie was a pumpkin...well sort of, if a onsie counts for a costume! We went Trick or Treating at the Canyon County Courthouse where Ryan used to work and where incidentally is still somewhat of a "celebrity", there were so many of the people on his old floor that would say,"Oh, this must be Ryan Cutler's family, look at that little girl, she looks just like him!" That would be our little Maddie. Then we went to Gramma C.C. and Papa Riley's for some hang out time and pizza...pumpkin shaped pizza that is. Then we took the kids to a few of their neighbor's houses and then we headed off to Kevin's HS football game...S'go Eags! The girls wore their costumes where the showed off their cuteness to Gramma Lee Lee and Papa George and of course, Aunt Sydnie! We had so much fun just hangin' out and not walking all around the neighborhood...I am sure that our year is coming, but as long as I can trick them into thinking that going to the County office IS Trick or Treating we will stick with that plan!!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Maddie's First Field Trip

Maddie had her first kindergarten field trip yesterday! We went to the pumpkin patch and corn maze in Marsing. It was so fun to see her with her little friends that she has made and see her in her "new world". She is so cute with her 2 best friends, Lacy and Naomi!
We started with the corn maze of nursery rhymes and then saw some farm animals and the kids ran through a hay bail maze. Then they picked out their pumpkins....Maddie's is "medium sized" as she stated to Ryan and then we went on a hay ride. Maddie thought that it was awesome that I got to ride on the bus with her. There is a reason why kids ride buses and adults do not. BUMPY!
My hat is off to those kindergarten teachers who deal with the loud, excited voices and wiggly bodies day in and day out! They are great. Maddie's teacher is especially awesome. I am so happy that Maddie is where she is at for her first school experience.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Painting Pumpkins and Front Loaders!!!

We had a super fun weekend...first of all my sweet husband, as he would say, "Heard the hints loud and clear", that our washer and dryer were on their way to the cemetary and took me to R.C. Willey and let me pick out a brand new washer and dryer, I chose the Whirlpool Duet Front Loaders. (He had actually done a lot of research and was prepared with lots of info for me.) My very first brand new pair! I feel like such a big girl now. They are beautiful and hold massive amounts of laundry!! He has even been eager to do the laundry the last couple of days, it's all about the new toys at our house.....would the same thing happen if we got brand new toilets???



Next, Gramma Lee Lee and Aunt Sydnie came over on Sunday for the annual painting of the pumpkins. They have started this fun tradition with the girls that each Halloween they paint little pumpkins, the girls look forward to it all year (and so do Lee Lee and Sydnie!). They had a blast and the girls go out on the porch every day and remind me whose is whose!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Family Pictures





Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Carrie On the Move!!!

Carrie has been developing her army crawl skills! We have found her under the piano, in-between any small space she can fit, under the kitchen table and so on. She is so cute sliding all over the floor. She can also get up on her hands and knees and rock back and forth....it is only a matter of days until she really takes off. (Hopefully a couple of weeks!) We just hope that the big sisters are ready for a new buddy!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

BYU FOOTBALL





I know Maddie.........me too!!!!!

Well, the season is here, you know, the one where I seem to become a widow for a few months on Saturdays and some week nights! Yes, BYU football has begun so, here we go.....countless hours of football games and one great perk for me lots of "Let's grab a pizza for dinner". At least my dinner making will decrease on Saturday nights! :)

So, I guess that I will see my husband again in about 145 days, but who's counting??

Although, who am I kidding, we will be well into BYU basketball by then and then comes the NBA. Love you babe, see you next summer for the brief 6 weeks where you magically become an avid baseball fan....GO CUBBIES!!

Good thing we have 3 girls, we will be able to manipulate many a shopping trip while dad watches sports in the back yard "Man Shed" I have been promoting. I would seriously think about it Ryan, could prove to be a great thing for you!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Madilyn's First Day of Kindergarten !!

Maddie started Kindergarten today, her teacher is Ms. Wilkins and there are about 6 kids from our ward in her class. Pretty fun! She asked me last night if I was going to stay with her on the first day and I said no and she replied, "Good!". I just laughed. She was so pleased to find out that she gets to eat lunch there EVERY day. She was so cute with her Princess back pack and her Hello Kitty lunch bag. (Thanks Liz!) Mia was funny at lunch time walking all over the house and calling to Maddie to come eat. When I told her that Maddie was at school and she got to be home all by herself with me she got a big grin and gave me a big hug. I think that she is excited to have some Big Sister time of her own! The house is very quiet without all of Maddie's imagination bustling around, and I can hardly wait for nap time!!!!! Maybe I will actually be able to close my eyes for a minute or two without some poking my face.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Maddie Is Coming Out of Her Shell !!!

Our little shy Maddie seems to be coming out of her shell a bit lately and treated us the other night with a little concert.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Knew This Day Would Come

Well, after 5 years of children, we have had our first scissors to the hair incident~ Mia is the first offender. She even politely cut it straight into the toilet so that the hair wouldn't get on the floor! I should have taken some before pictures, but you can pretty much tell where it was, I didn't cut it any more, just tried to mask it best I could! I think that the final product turned out nice...maybe I should have been a hair lady instead if a teeth lady!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Just a Few Pics!

Here are some random pictures from the past few weeks. Goof-balls, first attempts at no training wheels, Mom and Dad with their girls and lots more!

Oh, and PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISSA! We love you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Maddie Turns 5!!!

Today is Maddie's Birthday....5 years old. (Although the festivities were stretched over about 5 days!) Last year her birthday was all about princess. Princess decorations, cake, presents, you name it! This year all she wanted was a radio so that she can listen to her music and dance in her room. So, she got what she asked for and now it is dance party all the time! She chose to have a beach themed party with a beach ball cake and snow cones, swimming, and the water slide with her cousins and friends. She got an awesome whale and dolphin book that she has yet to put down and a beautiful rose from Sydnie! Some cool school clothes, Candyland and Crazy 8's from Papa George and Lee Lee. A cute umbrella for rainy day walks with Papa Riley and C.C. Various things for paper projects from the Taylor boys (a hit by the way, we have been cutting and gluing like crazy!). The Cutler cousins came through with a fun rocket and hopscotch and some matching "sunnies" and shirt from Kiley. I decided that every girl needs a pedicure so she and Mia had pedicures and got to soak their feet in my foot massager! There were lots of giggles.

Maddie had a great day, thanks to all of you who helped to make it so special! Thanks for help with making treats and letting us invade backyards and clubhouses!!!!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Maddie. She is now ready for her next adventure...KINDERGARTEN! She can't wait, and in some moments, neither can we!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Carrie's First Rice Cereal



Carrie has been extra hungry lately so we decided that it was time to give rice cereal a try!! She loved it and would follow my hand everywhere trying to get another bite. At one point I had to hold her arms so that she wouldn't grab the bowl and spoon! The big girls thought she was hilarious. She slicked it all up and we'll try again tomorrow!

Twilight Criterium





This past weekend we went to the bike race that is held every year in downtown Boise. This was the first year that we took the girls and they had a great time! Mia cheered VERY loudly for all of the racers and they both thought the clickers were awesome! I am sure that next year will be even more of a blast with Carrie more in the action!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mustache or No Mustache????


Ryan always jokes about leaving a mustache when he shaves and on this particular day, he did! HANDLE BAR MUSTACHE none the less! Needless to say it only lasted about 24 hours, but those were 24 very proud hours for him. May I just say, I like no mustache...I couldn't keep a straight face when I looked at him, let alone have a serious conversation!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Coeur D'Alene


We just returned from CDA where we visited Ryan's brother Camron and his wife Mindy and their kids Kiley and Cade. We spent the 4th of July there and enjoyed the great weather and great food! The drive up there is beautiful...much prettier than the drive to Utah! The girls had a great time following the river and keeping track (quite loudly I will add) of whose side of the car the river was on!!! They were really great little travelers! Even Carrie was a trooper.
Maddie, Mia and Kiley had so much fun playing out back collecting purple tree sap that would take them to Neverland. They spent 2 days preparing for their trip! Kiley has quite the skill in toe and finger nail painting and creating quite the cute hair-dos!! Maybe a career in the making???
Maddie and Mia jumped on a trampoline (after much deliberation) for the very first time and loved it. Although, there will be no permanent jumping in this back yard!
Cade is the best fruit eater I have ever seen...the boy loves his fruit (and, as you will see in the pictures, the corn cob!)! I especially enjoyed his snuggle the first day we got there, even if he was only trying to mooch my bread! And, I loved how he would open his eyes really wide and say "WOW". What a cutie!!!
Needless to say our trip was fun and relaxing and it was great to be with our family! Here is a slide show of photos from our trip.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Carrie Needs Some Love Too!


Carrie has recently found her toes and loves to hold onto them. She also rolled over on Friday! She weighs in at 11 lbs at 4 1/2 months old. A bit of a change from Mia's 20 lbs at 3 months!

HAIRCUTS FOR THE GIRLS!




Here are some pictures of the girls' new haircuts. I was tired of seeing straggly hair hangin' down so I plopped them on the counter and off it went! I have been trying to talk Maddie into cutting it like this for a while and now that dance is over she finally agreed!!! Mia loves to get her hair cut. She asks me about once a week if we can cut it!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Trying to get comments to work!

Still learning all of this, just trying to get it all figured out!