Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Another year has passed and I can't believe that we are only 7 weeks until a new baby comes!

We are mostly moved in to our new home....except for those few little nagging stragglers that are always hanging around for a few weeks. But, we have made great progress considering 2 families in one home, one moving out and the other moving in, Christmas, one night of super duper fun company and a very, very pregnant lady at the reins of the the whole project!

Thanks to all who have helped us the last 2 weeks! We have the BEST family and friends! You are all greatly appreciated and loved!

We will post some pictures when we are all ready and decorated!

Thanks again to everyone for their help! We hope that you all have a wonderful beginning to the new year!

Just a few pictures of the past few weeks:
Our (now) annual Christmas Eve Bowling festivities!
The girls with Santa
Maddie singing in her school program
Mia meeting and petting a REAL reindeer, her name is Prancer.
And, Carrie with a little naked doodling on the Magna Doodle...serious props to whoever invented those little gems!

Love you all!
The Cutlers








Monday, December 14, 2009

Holy Mess!!!

Well, here we are, 11 days until Christmas Day and what are we doing??? PACKING! We are getting ready to move on Friday. Sometimes I take a minute and ask myself what the heck we were thinking and then it is back to packing! But, so far so good and if my hormones will keep normal there won't be any more tears shed. (Let's just say I had a few "pregnant moments" last week as those of you who are really close to me know I almost NEVER,EVER,EVER cry! Not even when my babies have been born!)

So, in your spare moments of not Christmas shopping and inbetween all of your Holiday cheer....say a prayer for us that we survive the next 11 days.

And, Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!! I love this time of year, I think about it all year long and I am so glad that it is here and that we are so close to our families and able to spend it with them!

Happy Holidays from us!

I tried to post some pics but it is not currently working....they will come soon!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oh, the Joys of Cold Weather....I Think!

So, last weekend, Ryan and I were watching a movie and could hear something rolling around. Naturally we thought it was a child out of bed...not the case. (For once I might add!) So Ryan went to ivestigate. It sounded like it was under the washer and dryer...where after a couple of minutes I remembered that a couple of Sour Ball candies had escaped to a few months ago. So, we decided that it must be a mouse. A few days went by and we hadn't heard any other unusual sounds so we sort of forgot about it.

Well, on Tuesday, I had been to Mia's pre-school to help out and when we got home I, the pregnant bellied lady, had a visit from the "Tinkle Fairy", so into the little bathroom I went. I looked into the toilet to find what looked to be a KID poop left for me (which happens often! So gross!). After looking once more I realized that this kid poop was clinging to the side of the toilet bowl (HOLY TALENTED POOPERS!). Then, I realized that this kid poop had a thin tail protruding from it......................uh, not a kid poop, a MOUSE! Luckily Ryan was home, as I quickly backed away saying,"Uhh, there's a mouse in the toilet!" (Ryan said he was so proud of me that I didn't run away screaming and sqealing!)

So, my super smart, calm hubby went into the bathroom to see for himself and decided to close the lid until we knew what we would do. I could see the idea of the "Jedi Burial" memories from his mission flashing through those eyes, which I quickly dismissed for him. (JEDI BURIAL DEFINITION: While in the Phillipines, these oh so mature 19-21 year old boys, uh I mean men, would pour alcohol on these poor little mice, then light them on fire and watch them run around their apartment.) He came up with the better option of giving that mouse the ultimate surf lesson. FLUSHAROO!!! So, down he went, 3 or 4 times.

Now, each time I go into that bathroom, I have to check to see if there is a mouse in there and especially in the toilet. Mia, since she was home, is especially sensitive to this situation and for the first couple of days after would ask me everytime she would go to the bathroom (which is a lot by the way, that girl has a bladder the size of a pea!) to check the toilet for a mouse. Poor kid, traumatized for life!

So, there is our first mouse story as a married couple, first mouse ever in my own house.....probably not the last, but here's to hoping!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

OCTOBER

We have been busy this past month with school, being sick and all of these crazy kids! We had fun watching the leaves turn colors and fall to the grass and playing in them in the beautiful weather we had! They girls thought that this was so much fun!!!

We had a great time while daddy was in Utah catching a BYU game....lots of relaxing and eating things for dinner that dad wouldn't have really enjoyed! And, to top it all off, he brought home a very LARGE new member of our family! We'll let you figure out which picture belongs to this information....let's just say mommy is soooo excited!!!!!!!!!

We carved some pumpkins and mom was over-joyed that the big girls were so willing to help retrieve the guts of the pumpkins...thanks for getting all the goo out girls! Halloween was really fun this year, Mia was really into saying Trick-or-Treat and quickly getting from house to house, whether or not anyone else was ready or not! We had fun showing off our costumes to our Grandmas and Grampas and Aunts and Uncles and of course, cousin Jack!

The baby in the belly is growing fast...lots of uncomfortable days and nights with all this stretching and "room-making"...but things are going really well and I can't complain too much.......although, better out than in, as I always say!

We are excited that it is already November!!! We are going to put our Halloween candy to good use with a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, thank you Family Fun Magazine! We can hardly wait to see some much anticipated visitors, Mellie, Trevor and baby Spencer!!!!! David, we wish you could be here! (You like dogs, right?) We may even get to have a sighting of an East Coast brother...Ryan's brother Allen may be coming sometime this month for a "last hurrah visit" before Cutler's leave to Frankfurt, Germany for their Public Relations mission...won't they have a great time there??? They will hopefully get the opportunity to travel to several countries in Europe! As you may have speculated, or already know, we will be staying in their house while they are gone....I know, moving while like 7 1/2 months pregnant, sounds fun, bet you're jealous!!!!!

So, enjoy the pictures, hope that you, whoever you are, are doing well!!! Get ready for Turkey day and don't forget....only like 8 weeks 'til Christmas, YIKES!!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Memorable Impression

I have started a new blog for my business, Memorable Impression. It is just in the beginning stages, but feel free to check it out and please do tell ALL you friends and family with little ones or who are pregnant!!!! :)

www.memorableimpression.blogspot.com

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Big 3-0!!!!!




HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!!!!! Today is Ryan's 30th birthday.....I think it has been a great 30 so far.....here's to 30 more and 30 more after that! We love you, thanks for all you do for your family. You are the best hubby and the best daddy ever!

Lots and lots and lots of hugs and kisses!

Andrea, Maddie, Mia, Carrie and Baby #4!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

So, it's a.............

girl for the Cutlers! Would any of you expect anything different!? She looks happy and healthy and is right on schedule for February 17, 2010. We are very excited and hope that the next few months go by smoothly. I am feeling like I need to stock up on hair bands and clippies and that maybe, it might be a wise decision to teach Ryan how to fix a few hair do's. I'm just sayin', that's a lot of piggies! 8 to be exact, if you are doin' 2 on each kiddie!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Like a Kid in a Candy Store!

Go Cougs!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Fourth and Goal"

Well, not only is football season upon us...my husband has mentioned how excited he is about a million times...but we are going to be making an addition to our family in February! Yup, you heard it here, the Cutler's are havin' a baby!

We are due February 17, 2010. Other than feeling like I am no longer human, things are going great and I am happy to be a week away from the 2nd trimester. That usually brings back some semblance of human activity and life back to me!

So, I was showing the girls a picture of an ultrasound and explaining to them that the baby is inside the peanut shape so that they could pick out the tiny white blob that is our baby and they were able to see it. Then, the next morning, Mia came up to me and says.......Mom, I want to see that nut! Each time she talks about the baby she calls him/her "the nut".

So, all is going well...a belly to soon be sported and a "shout out" to my new best friend...Zantac!!! As Juno says, "I have heartburn that is radiating from my knee caps!"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

SUMMER TIME!

We have been bad about getting our pictures onto the blog! We have been having a great summer. The girls had swimming lessons in Cutler's pool, we had a fun 4th of July swimming, drinking Root Beer and Orange Cream sodas and doing fire works!

Maddie celebrated her 6th birthday and got some great loot...the Nintendo DS was the greatest hit of all! Don't worry, Ryan has ordered Tetris for me so I am totally excited!!! (I have a "THING" for Tetris.) Maddie also lost her second tooth. After much convincing and a bit of mouth prying open, one swipe of the finger over the tooth and out it came!

Mia is, well, Mia. She is always unpredictable and always has something clever to say. She is practicing her letting writing skills and can write her own name...so what if she insists on spelling it "MAI" her preschool teachers will have fun convincing her otherwise!

Carrie is a talking machine...her new thing she loves is to ask me to wash her hands, or sanitize. My 3rd little germ-o-phobe...I am certainly rubbing off on them! She still continues to loving and longingly ask me as we walk past her room..."Na-NI?" That child LOVES nap and be time...I am truely blessed. The other two stinkers hated both! (Still do!)

We are getting excited...ok, I am getting excited...it is that time of year when the adds are chuck full of my most favorite finds...SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!!! Ryan laughs at me every year, but what can I say? I live for the back to school adds with all of those can't turn them down deals on an endless supply of yummy smelling paper and crayons, markers and paints, maybe a new pair or two of scissors, glue sticks, regular glue, and my favorite pens in all the world...Pentel R.S.V.P. black pens.......I am so excited my heart is pounding just writing this...MUST..GO..SHOPPING..SOON!!!!!!!

So, happy back to school shopping to you all and just in case you were wondering school starts in 31 days!!! Whose counting though, right?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Disneyland!!!

We took the big girls to Disneyland in June...we had such a wonderful time! We flew to L.A., it was Mia's first plane ride and Maddie's first ride that she could remember. They were so cute with their big eyes and smiles. They were so excited when anything would happen. They especially loved the propellers and when the wheels would come down.

We stayed in a hotel close to Disneyland. We walked to and from the park....poor Mia was exhausted from walking so much. (Should have brought a stroller!) They were really good girls about walking so much, and we really walked them to death! I think they are still tired!

The girls had a great time seeing all of the characters and princesses. It is so fun to see those little faces light up! Maddie was a trooper and went on every ride she could go on...even if she was nervous. Her favorite ride was Splash Mountain. She and Ryan went on it 5 times...at least. Mia's favorite ride was the Matterhorn. After we went on it the first time, Maddie said that she didn't want to go on it ever again. Before the ride was over, Mia said, "Let's go again!"
She and Ryan went on it 4 or 5 times!

The shows at night were fabulous. All of the fireworks were awesome, and the new Fantasmic show was amazing! There were pirate ships and movies on the fountain spray and boats with princes and princesses. It's true, nobody does it like Disney!!!!

We also went to the beach. Both girls got knocked over by the first wave that hit them...oh how I wish I had a picture of it! They were very surprised, but no tears! They had a great time building sand castles and running away from the waves with daddy.

All in all I think it was a very successful trip, we can't wait to go back again!

Enjoy our pictures, but beware, there are a million!!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.......AAAHHH, Vacation.

Ryan and I just returned from "holiday" in Canada....or as Ryan calls it "America's Hat". We flew into Vancouver and headed straight to Stanley Park to visit the aquarium. The park is so amazing! You could spend days there walking through and enjoying all of the beautiful trees and gardens. It is bigger than Central Park in New York City. The aquarium has so many beautiful fish and animals...as a long time lover of dolphins I was amazed at their strength and beauty! For some reason they have always been a wonder to me! The jelly-fish were also unbelievable...they re my second favorite! The sloth was really cool, it was just hanging out still as could be, it almost looked fake.

The next morning, we rode the Rocky Mountaineer to Whistler. What a great experience, Canada is a very beautiful, scenic country. The mountains and trees were beautiful! They give great commentary about the places and things that you are passing by and the train slows so that you can get great pictures and a really good look. There was a car in the middle of the train that was open, and very windy, where you could enjoy the scenery first hand without windows!

We spent the next day in Whistler biking around the lakes and golf courses and through the mountains. It was so much fun...Ryan only ran me off the path once! I'm telling you, he always finds a way to either knock me down (ice skating in Sun Valley) or run me off the road...but I still love you!

Then we rode the train back to Vancouver and headed to the Vancouver Look-out where you can see the beautiful city. We learned that it was actually opened by Neil Armstrong. We thought that was interesting!

Then it was off to our hotel to get ready for an EARLY flight....we had to be up at 4 am. At around 2:15 am we were awakened by what sounded like the sound an elevator makes when it opens...which happened to be the fire alarm. I was looking all over the room for an alarm or something, went into the hallway to see what was going on and the lady next door said it was the indeed the fire alarm...so out we went to stand in the parking lot for 30 minutes. Let's just say...4 am came way too fast!

So, here we are at home...back to reality. Boy do I love vacation!

Enjoy our pictures!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Great Job Maddie!!!!!

I was in Maddie's classroom yesterday and Ms. Wilkins came up to me and asked what we are doing with Maddie at home. I wasn't exactly sure what she was referring to so I said...what do you mean?? She said that Maddie had just tested at a First Grade Spring IRI level.....which basically means that for reading, she is a whole year ahead of where she should be!! Maddie is reading a perfect 59 words per minute! I am so proud of her, we have worked really hard all year long doing reading minutes every day and Maddie reads herself to sleep every night. She has worked really hard and I am very proud of her. It is really amazing to see what these little minds can do!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Carrie decides to take up walking....

14 months and 3 days of hard training and Carrie decides to use the two feet approach. She is now all over the place and trying her best to keep up with her big sisters.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The "FRP"



Here we are out at the "FRP" (Final Resting Place) as my parents call it. We had gone over for General Conference on Sunday and some yummy dinner. It was such a beautiful day with the perfect amount of wind for flying a kite. Maddie and Mia were so thrilled to be able to see the kite flying so high. Maddie was so proud of her flying skills...only one crash into the side of the hill!!! However, I am not sure who had more fun flying the kite, the little girls or the big boys. Papa George was even able to wind in the kite from 200 feet out all the while sitting in the same chair. The girls and Sydnie took a hike out to the "Great Valley" in pursuit of some hidden treasure....they decided that they would have more luck next time. (Better go hide the treasure box.) Carrie and Jack showed off their baby skills...those two are so adorable. Lots of babbling and crawling and doing things that they weren't supposed to...mostly Carrie. She is the definition of sneaky. It is so beautiful up there in Hidden Springs, we just love how it is like a mini vacation when we go there. So quiet and relaxing. It's awesome to be so close to nature....that's why I love Idaho so much! The other exciting news was that on our way in we checked the bird nest in the wreath and there were 3 tiny eggs and when we left one had hatched and there was the tiniest fuzzy bird. If you listened real close you could hear it quietly chirping. What a fun weekend! Let's do it again in 6 months!

Carrie.....just walk already!

14 months old and still preferring to crawl around. She has taken some steps, but usually wimps out and just resorts to crawling. Here is her funny skateboard scoot that she does when she is holding something in her hand and can't use it to crawl.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sorry Ryan...there's a new man in my life...

...and his name is DYSON!!!!! Need I say more...probably not, but I will. I love this vacuum! It is so quiet (for a vacuum) and so light and easy to use! It's wonderful...and Ryan, you are HUSBAND OF THE YEAR!! So, here's to super clean floors and one happy wife!

Carrie in the Jumper...

This is Carrie's new talent! She is so hilarious jumpin' up and down! Lately I have found her bouncing in her crib as well! The other girls totally hated the jumper so it is great to see Carrie have so much fun in it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Carrie!!!!

Today was Carrie's 1st birthday, I can't believe that she is already 1. That was by far the fastest year of my life! We had a lot of fun decorating and making cupcakes and watching Carrie open and play with presents and try out some yummy cake! She got a fun little kitchen set from us and some cute new clothes from Grampa and Gramma Johnson and Cutler, some board books from Papa and LeeLee and a cute little popper toy from Papa and CC. Sydnie got her a great little heart shaped magna-doodle....now she won't have to fight to use one of the big girls'!!!!! We just love our little Care-Bear and we can't wait for more fun with her!

Maddie's 100th Day of Kindergarten!


So, Maddie's class has been counting each day since the first day of school until they got to 100..........and today was the day! They got to make AWESOME crowns and have a party all about 100!!! She had a fabulous time and can hardly stop talking about it!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIA!!!!!

Today we celebrated Mia's 3rd birthday!!! She requested caramel rolls for breakfast, we watched a movie together....that we started at 7:30 AM.....and then she got to go with Papa George and Gramma Lee-Lee for the day!!!! They had lunch and then went to Build-A-Bear and Mia got to make the cutest Hello Kitty ever!!!!! Now the Hello Kitty party theme was complete. She was absolutely adorable all excited and jumping around opening presents and telling us all about her adventure! I can't wait to see how Hello Kitty does at the Doctor's Office (Mia got a Dr. Kit from Papa Riley and Gramma C.C.) as Papa George had no temperature or blood (pressure that is!). Enjoy the pictures!!!!!!!






Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's Only January but .....

.....here's some pictures from our fun at Christmas!!! We had a great time with our family. We had a party with the Cutler's complete with Holiday Bingo and chimes. Christmas Eve we took the kids bowling and we had so much fun!!! I even broke 100 is an absolute miracle! We got a Wii from Santa and have really enjoyed watching the kids play and have had a lot of fun playing ourselves! Papa Riley and Grandma C.C. came over Christmas morning for Caramel Rolls and hot chocolate and presents of course!! Then Papa George, Grandma Lee Lee, Kevin, Sydnie, Jeff, Laura and Jack came over for some yummy lasagna and dessert and more presents and fun with the Wii.......we had to pry Lee Lee away, and by the way, we haven't seen you for your "bowling league"!
We had a wonderful time with everyone and we are just so glad that we all live so close!