Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Wonderland!

We woke up to a beautiful winter day of falling snow and many, many inches on the ground just waiting for someone to walk in it, sled on it, and build with it!

We were pleasantly suprised with a "Snow Day" off from school. Why is it that children can sense that and are up at 7 am anyways......I am somewhat looking forward to those stay in bed until noon teenage days! Oh how I miss them myself.

My biggest kid or as we call him Dad was maybe the most excited. He promptly got out the shovel and did the walks and the driveway then readied the Acadia for some Hookie Bobbin'. Maddie and Mia had a BLAST and I must say that my first experience was great as well!

Carrie quickly got tired of the snow and was ready to come in. She spent most of her time laying in the snow because she couldn't walk in it. It was too deep! So she and I brought Callie in and decided that we really liked the warm inside.

Ryan, Maddie and Mia then continued to shovel snow into a giant pile and made a cool snow fort. What cute eskimos they all are.

Mia willingly came in but Maddie was all about the "5 more minutes". I was finally able to lure her in with some hot chocolate. The girls enjoyed their hot cocoa and Carrie enjoyed some "ICED SPIDER".

So, we have enjoyed our snow day and we are hoping that the rest of the day it only falls on the grassy areas....one can dream!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SNOW!

I can't believe how much snow there is...the girls and I came up to my parent's house today and did some sledding. Maddie was out there for 2 hours! Maddie and Mia are now pros. Carrie enjoyed herself, but is still not sold on the being cold things, or having snow blow up in her face from the sled!

Well...Happy Snow to you!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hawaii

Ryan and I have recently returned from the beautiful and warm Hawaii! Do I even need to say that we loved it and had a wonderful time? We met our friends John and Dana in Honolulu and then the following fun ensued:


Day One:
We arrived early evening on Wednesday and straight from the airport went looking for Costco.....yep, Costco. Even in Hawaii! We had a yummy lasagna dinner and then went out for a walk in down town Honolulu.

Day Two:
Snorkeling in Haunama Bay. It is always so awesome to snorkel in the ocean and see all of the beautiful life that lives under the water. We were able to snap some beautiful pictures that can be seen in the slide show!

Day Three:
Ryan and I hiked to Diamond Head. What a fun hike. TONS of stairs and really beautiful views of the ocean and of the island. Then we all headed to the Hawaii temple open house. We learned that it had been closed since 2008 for renovations. It is beautiful inside. It has many stained glass windows that are gorgeous! After the temple we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center. What a fascinating place that is! The canoe parade was so amazing and the presentations at each village were incredible. The guy who sang at the Hawaii village was so talented. We could have listened for hours! Then off to the Luau with delicious pork, chicken, fish, sweet potatoe salad, rice, and many other yummy things. I could have eaten for days there! After we filled our bellies we headed over to the theatre to watch the "Ha, the Breath of Life" show. Wow was that cool! All of the singers and dancers were incredible. So many talented people!

Day Four:
The day began with the boys watching the BYU game and Dana and I heading out for some yummy breakfast. We then headed out to the Swap Meet that is in the parking lot of the University of Hawaii stadium. That is a whole lot of vendors. We had fun people watching, shopping and eating a delicious snow cone. We found lots of little treasures. We then headed out to go hike to Manoa Falls. This hike was truely beautiful going through lush green trees and bamboo. It was so beautiful. Sticky and humid, bugs, and lots of mud.......all worth it to be in such a beautiful place!

Day Five:
We headed out on a scenic drive off to find some beaches and water for snorkeling. Ryan and Johnny chased a turtle...the got some pictures and were even able to get close enought to touch it. Truely one of the highlights of the trip for Ryan! We enjoyed the beaches and beautiful day. We did visit several that day as we hopped from spot to spot.

Day Six:
Unfortunately the trip had to end this day. Off to the airport to fly home and hope that we got there at all! We were flying stand-by...always a gamble! So, after a bit of nervous stress I got onto the first flight out, thank you teenage girl who showed up a couple minutes later sorry that your mom yelled at you on the phone, and my sweet husband stayed behind to catch a later flight. He did get a flight that unfortunately didn't arrive in time to catch a connecting flight and he got to spend one more night of vacation in Portland.

So, long story short, we had an incredible time in Hawaii and I hope that we can go back sometime. Thank you (a GIANT thank you) to our wonderful grandma, aunt and great aunt to took care of our children. You are all so appreciated! We are so blessed and spoiled to have you!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy Birthday to our loved and spoiled daddy...aka: Birthday Boy! The girls were so cute this morning referring to Ryan as "The Birthday Boy". Seriously, these girls are so cute!

Anyways, we love you Birthday Boy, thanks for loving all of us girls and we hope that we keep your brain damage to a minimum today!


Ryan and I in Cali with Ben and Liz.....weren't we cute, young newly weds!?


Ryan and Callie having a snuggle


Ryan and Carrie at the bowling alley on Christmas Eve


Maddie giving Daddy a smooch..seriously, does it get any cuter than this!?



Ryan and Princess Mia at the Grand Ball

Friday, September 24, 2010

SISTERS

I seriously just heard Mia say to Carrie:


"WATCH AND LEARN SISTA!"

Too stinkin' funny!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"

So, thanks to my sweet little angel baby, I was sitting in my chair feeding her and watching a bit of Kathy Lee and Hoda......I know, I must have been punishing myself that day! Anyways, Blake Shelton was the guest host and sang this little tune and I totally fell in love with it!!!!! I am not a huge country girl.....but for this song, I am!

Hopefully I can get in on my playlist.....until then, read the lyrics.....I promise you will love this song too!

"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"

My oh my, you're so good-looking
Hold yourself together like a pair of bookends
But I've not tasted all your cooking
Who are you when I'm not looking?

Do you pour a little something on the rocks?
Slide down the hallway in your socks?
When you undress, do you leave a path?
Then sink to your nose in a bubble bath?

My oh my, you're so good-looking
Hold yourself together like a pair of bookends
But I've not tasted all your cooking
Who are you when I'm not looking?

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know

Do you break things when you get mad?
Eat a box of chocolates 'cause you're feelin' bad?
Do you paint your toes 'cause you bite your nails?
Call up momma when all else fails?

Who are you when I'm not around?
When the door is locked and the shades are down?
Do you listen to your music quietly?
And when it feels just right, are you thinkin' of me?

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know

My oh my, you're so good-looking
But who are you when I'm not looking?

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Last Song



So last night I hosted a Girl's Night Out to watch The Last Song.....what a great night of fun and laughs! Here are a few thoughts.....

1. Who on earth decided that Miley Cyrus should be an actress....may I just say that the general concensus was that maybe she should enter into some speech therapy! Miley....time to leave those acting "roots" (if you can call them that) behind and stick to your new skeezy singing act. (Truth be told, you COULD rethink that one, too.) I am however guilty of rockin' out to some Party In the USA with my peeps! Come on, they are 7,4, and 2....you try saying no to those faces!

2. Well done Greg Kennear...played the role of the dad perfectly!

3. Cutest little brother since "The Little Boys" at the Johnson house! He was so adorable...bright future for this little guy.

4. Thank goodness for this hunk of yummy Australian! (Sorry Ryan, but, I'm just sayin'....look at the boy!) Yes please to many more movies in the future. Don't worry, I am not the only lady who was there last night that feels this way...just ask Emily!

So, for your joyful viewing......without further ado......here he is, the HUNK of the night:





PS: OH YES I DID!!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hike to the Y

OK, so I am going to be doing some back-tracking...right after we got home from our trip to Utah we began swimming lessons and 3 weeks were taken up! So, now I can finally catch up on some things that we have done.

While in Utah we hiked to the Y. We had a great time! The girls loved it, minus Maddie being terrified of actually sitting on the Y.

Carrie and Callie stayed behind with grandma so I have added a few random pics of them in!

 

 

 

 
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sisters give siblings better mental health, study shows

Sisters give siblings better mental health, study shows

Oh Sisters!!!!!



I was reading on my husband's cousin's blog that she and her sister do together.(Sereiously, so cute, it is called thewhitechristmassisters!) They had a link to an article about sisters......in the article it says this:

"Statistical analyses showed that having a sister protected adolescents from feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful. It didn’t matter whether the sister was younger or older, or how far apart the siblings were agewise."

I guess that we are good to go in that department!

Here is a link to the article:
Sisters give siblings better mental health, study shows

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Maddie!!!!!

Maddie turned 7 last Friday! She had a great day starting with cinnamon rolls for breakfast, triple chocolate cake for dessert, a new bike and got her ears pierced in between!

I can't believe that she is already 7.....she starts 2nd grade in a few weeks and it seems like tomorrow I'll be the one on the commercial with the dad handing the 5 year old the car keys and as she drives away she's a teenager!

Love you Maddie Bug!

Maddie just a few hours old:




Maddie on the Big #7!!!!!





Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dave Barnes Concert at Alive After Five

So, Ryan and I have been huge fans of Dave Barnes for oh I don't know, 4 or 5 years. We have always hoped that he would make out to Idaho from Tennessee.....well, my sweet husband who is always checking in on the music happenings of his favorite artists found out that Dave Barnes had been added to the Alive After Five schedule. Needless to say we were so excited! So, we immediately booked out favorite babysitters (Gramma Lee Lee and Sydnie) and put it on the calendar. We went with our friends and their cutest little kids....their little girl just couldn't get enough dancing and wanted to be front and center to the stage. What a CUTIE!

Boise also did not disappoint in the crazies department....there are always the weirdest people who decide to grace us with their weird, crazy, sometimes down right aweful dancing...one girl had a very short sun dress on and most of the crowd saw her "sunshine". A word of advice to this chick....if you are going to wear a dress that short when it is windy outside, at least wear underwear that actually covers your bottom!

We got to meet Dave Barnes after and get a picture and autograph...just another one we can check off our growing list! We asked him how hard it was to keep from laughing at all of the crazy people and he said that a few times he couldn't help but laugh out loud in the microphone! We were laughing at him and the band members because they were all laughing up there. He said when they got off stage and went into the building they all burst out into laughter.....oh how I wish I could have heard that conversation!

We had a great time laughing and singing and dancing. So glad that we were able to go! Here's some pictures............

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Here are a few pictures of my beautiful baby girls we took yesterday. They are so sweet and made the day really special...breakfast in bed, about 100 pictures and notes, cute presents they made at school and church and best of all, great attitudes and happy helpers!

More pictures to come when my computer guy gets home to help me!



Sunday, March 28, 2010

Callie's First Month and Baby Blessing

Well, we have made it one whole month! Callie is growing like a weed and getting cuter everyday!!! She is such a great baby and is a trooper to put up with the constant touching and rubbing of her head and endless baby talk from her big sisters who love her more than I could have even imagined! They are always so sweet with her and love her to pieces!

Callie was 8 lb 10 oz at 3 weeks, 3 oz shy of one whole pound since birth! She has begun to smile, what a reward that is for all of the hard work, a little piece of heaven if you ask me! She is a fabulous eater and even more fabulous sleeper at night! She has spoiled me that is for sure.

Today Ryan gave Callie her baby blessing at church. It was such a sweet blessing, he always does such a lovely job. He is the BEST daddy! These are lucky little girls!

We were blessed to have many family members and friends in attendance and we hope that all of you know how much we love and appreciate. And to those of you who are far away, we missed seeing your faces but we are just thankful to have had you there in our hearts!

We are enjoying our new family life with 4 girls, they are truely little angels (and at times little devils!) who make our day each time they smile!!!!!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Welcome Callie Cutler!

We welcomed our little baby girl, Callie Cutler, on February 22 at 11:21 pm, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long. She has lots of black hair and very chubby cheeks! So far she is as sweet as can be (of course!), a fabulous eater, great sleeper and a good sport about all of the attention she is getting from all of her "moms" here at home!

Mia is my little shadow and has to be anywhere the baby is. She has also assumed the position of scheduler as she will list the order in which we and our visitors are allowed to hold the baby...oh yeah, and how long! So far this morning she herself has clocked at least an hour! This could prove to be great for me!

Maddie has been very interested in the baby this time...usually, she will give a casual glance and a courtesy five minute hold of the baby to make mom happy and then she is on her way, back to more important things! But this time around she is also shaping up to be a great helper and I plan on milking it for all it's worth.

Carrie is very excited about little Callie. Not as helpful as the others of course, but always ready to give kisses and loves. She enters the room and promptly asks for the baby. So sweet!

Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers and especially for all of the help! We have really appreciated every minute our family has been taken care of and loved! We are so blessed to be close to our family and friends! We love you all!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

STILL NO BABY!!!!!

So, our due date was February 17...obviously come and gone. We are patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaiting the arrival of our baby girl. Our next appointment is on Monday and if there is still no baby by then there very well may be tears from me...but, my doctor said that we would schedule an induction. All I can say is that it better be Tuesday morning bright and early!

The girls (including me) in our house have all been under the weather with colds and Carrie has had an ear infection... so it is probably best that this baby has been too cozy to come out. But, now that we are feeling better, let the games begin!

We have been keeping occupied by watching the Olympics and playing and snuggling. The girls had a sleep over with Papa George and LeeLee last night. What a great break for Ryan and I. Thanks a million!!!!! We really appreciate all of your help this week Gramma!

So, think good thoughts and we will hope for baby to make her way to our family....oh, I don't know...ASAP!!!!!

We will post pictures as soon as we have them.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Carrie!

Well, she made 2 whole years of life.....only one trip to the ER, and endless bruises and goose eggs and black eyes.....but still in one piece! This girl is serious when it comes to climbing and being naughty! In fact, just yeserday I found her standing on the kitchen counter with the cupboard door wide open and a mouth full of crackers...when I found her she turned to me and said..."Mmmmmmm, crackers, mama!"

We celebrated her birthday on Sunday and had a great time! She has been very into birthday cake. She has learned to say that she is 2, next time you see her, ask her how old she is...she will hold up her hand in a 4 and say; "I'n two"!

She got an adorable baby and baby bed from Cutler's and Sydnie got a little diaper bag set that went perfect with it. Johnson's came through with some play-dough...huge hit, and a new beanie hat to go with her new coat and snow pants! She got a talking book from her sisters and lots of clothes. It was a great day. She had a great time being the center of attention.

But, despite all of her craziness, Carrie is really such a joy! She is (usually) so happy and cheerful and full of expression and adorable things to say....needless to say, we love her and are so glad that she is our Care Bear!

Not loving that these pics aren't in the order I wanted, but, here they are...birthday in reverse!






Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Mia Bella!

Today is Mia's birthday, we mostly celebrated yesterday with dinner and cake and lots of family fun! She is so excited to be 4. Tonight at dinner she kept dishing herself carrots and proclaiming that now that she is 4 she can do that herself!

She got some great princess toys which have occupied many hours of today and a lot of cute clothes....she also got a BUG JAR which will be so fun in the summer!

We sure do love our 4 going on 14 Mia with the emotions to match. She is a joy to have in our home...life would be too quiet without her.



Baby Belly at 36 Weeks!

Here are a few pictures for those of you who are far away and are not able to experience the belly first hand...Mel and Carol& Riley!

Things are moving right along and we should have a baby in about 4 weeks!!!!! We are getting all ready. Getting the car seat washed up, washed the clothes and blankets, packed a few things in my hospital bag...next will be the bed in our room....we will wait a couple of weeks on that.

I am really ready to be rid of the hearburn and acid reflux which have plagued me this time...it is now pretty much 24 hours a day. I fear for my next dental appointment.......there could be a small fortune worth of cavities in there. Good thing I work for my dentist occassionally, maybe we can work out a trade!

Hope that all is finding you well!

I will let you see if you can figure out which picture Maddie, my little budding photographer, took!