Friday, January 7, 2011

She's got the moves

I think being the youngest sometimes gives her an advantage. She wants to play with the big kids and thankfully she came with a personality to hold her own. She will get on the trampoline and have a blast. She  tells (also known as screeching like a banshee) the other kids to get out of her way. She runs and plays ball with Liam, dances with Amara, loves and snuggles her babies, and will go in the boys room and get on the floor to play hot wheels with Luke. She's well rounded this girl and she's got some styling stripes! 

Yes, those are sandal with socks. Picking my battles!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year's Weekend

Valiant efforts were made by all to stay awake until midnight. Amara would have made it if her sleepover the previous evening hadn't gone into the wee hours. Liam never stood a chance. He goes and goes and goes all day long, so when he finally sits still long enough in the evening, he falls fast asleep.

Luke and Todd fell asleep watching Dick Clark's rockin New Year. I wouldn't normally include a picture of Todd sleeping but I loved how their legs were in the same position. Todd did have to work that day, and this was actually just a nap for him. He did rally, and was up in time to smooch for the new year.

MMMM, chocolate covered strawberries were had by all before they fell asleep. We also added a little sizzle to the evening while waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

The JOY of living in Florida. On New Year's Day it was sunny and 75 degrees so we took full advantage of it and went to the beach. We needed it, earlier in the week, we were freezing as we broke record lows for a few days. I'm talking lows in the 20's and highs in the 40's. It is nice to have temperature changes, but for this thin blooded Florida girl, I can only take the cold for so long and then I want flip flop weather again. Add to that my children are not used to having to put on shoes, gloves, hats, scarves and jackets just to play in the backyard (translated: they protest and refuse and then can't go outside, which induces crying and whining, then they finally put on needed outerwear and  try to take it off outside when they think I'm not watching and when I catch them it's more crying and whining).

(love, love they have the same leg up)

She's so stinkin cute!
YES, the water was freezing, my children didn't care!

Came home to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the backyard.

The boys were given new do's Saturday evening, and Sunday before church I wanted proof. Liam didn't want to cooperate, there's always one in the bunch!

We are looking forward to 2011!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010


One year ago today,  we were blessed to have this sweet soul join our family.

She has been loved and nurtured by 3 siblings who adore her.

We are going to start this holiday weekend celebrating her life and all she has brought to ours.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

WORKing it out

What do you do when a certain little boy makes you remove a toothbrush from the bathroom drain?

You teach him to do laundry of course, one day this won't be so fun for him! Dismantling the drain will probably always be fun... BOYS!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Look What I Can Do

She's almost a year and so dang cute!


Amara turned 9 last month, yes I am a slacker!
I still can't believe she's 9, time goes by so fast.
Amara loves church, she loves to bear her testimony in sacrament, and loves going to activity days. She likes memorizing her articles of faith and to check off her accomplishments in her book. She LOVES being a big sister to Anna, she liked being one before with Luke and Liam, but has truly taken a bigger role with her sister. She begged to share a room with her and we obliged. She was definitely meant to be the oldest. She likes to be in charge. She loves to go to work with Dad and earn money, and she likes to spend money. She loves all things girly, nail polish, dresses, shoes, make up, and jewelry. But she is not one to shy away from lizards, frogs, mud, monster trucks, and getting dirty. She is a hard worker and will do just about anything we ask of her.
We love this girl like crazy!