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Off on a Family Hiking Trip

23 Apr

I am off on a family hiking trip this week at  Grand Gulch near Blanding, Utah. Grand Gulch is full of Anasazi Indian ruins. The ruins are between 700 to 2,000 years. I am so excited to get away and  spend time with my family without any outside distractions. Check back the first of next week and I will share pictures and tell you all about the fun we had. Have a Great Week! 🙂


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Watchin’ The Rain

18 Apr

A few days ago we had a big rain storm come through. I noticed Camden and Peyton watchin’ the rain out the window. I thought that it was just so cute. So I hurried and grabbed my camera and snapped a picture.

Whenever there is even the slightest sign of a storm (which has been a lot lately), Peyton tells us “it’s noing, it’s noing, it’s noing” (it’s snowing). He is just too cute. I love the age he is at right now. Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time.

What’s He Thinking About?

11 Apr

Many times I have wondered what my kids  are thinking about and how they view the world. A few days ago I was watching Peyton play. I couldn’t help but to wonder what he was thinking about as he was driving his cars across the coffee table.


He would drive all the cars to one side of the coffee table and line them up. He used his blocks as some type of obstacle corse.


He then would rearrange the obstacle blocks…


then drive all the cars back to the other side of the coffee table.


Then he would rearrange the blocks again and repeat the whole process. What was he thinking about?


After a few minutes of this, he started lifting each car high in the air then sitting it down on a block . He was watching each car very closely as he did this. What was he thinking about? Was he just mimicking how he sees the world around him? 



Then he gave me a Great Big Smile!

The Washing of the “B”

7 Apr

Each of our kids all have had a favorite blanket and we taught them all to call it their “B”. I’m not sure where that name came from but I think it was something to do with Justin’s family. Peyton has a whole stack of blankets for him to use. Some were given to him and some were given to his older brothers. The one he likes most is one that I had bought for his oldest brother, Dylan, when he was a baby. Neither Camden or Dylan liked it. Peyton prefers it over all the other blankets he has and there is just no substitute.

Since Peyton only likes one blanket, wash day is very devastating for him. He has a very hard time waiting 1 1/2 hours for it to get washed and dried. I try to sneak it from him when he isn’t looking or when he is taking a nap, but it doesn’t always turn out as planned.

This is Peyton crying at me to get his “B” out of the washer. He was even more upset when I was putting it in the washer, but I’m not talented enough to load the washer and take pictures at the same time.


“ma b” (my B)


“ma b” (my B)


I tried to sneak it in the dryer without him noticing, but that didn’t work out either.


“peeese ma b, ma b” (please my B, my B)


When the washer was finally done, I opened the door and laid his blanket in the doorway of the dryer so Peyton could get it. I then went and told him that his “B” was done. He came running……


He pulled his “B” out of the dryer so excited……


Then he closed the dryer door. He seems to think it’s his job to close all doors and drawers. Probably because he always sees us closing them to keep him out.


and he’s off with his freshly cleaned “B”……


then he sat down with it on his car……


and gives me the cheesiest grin ever……

I also thought it was cute how he is using the front of his car as his baba holder.


Kite Flying Day at School

4 Apr

Last Friday was our elementary school’s annual kite flying day. This is my fourth year since my oldest is now a third grader (wow, he sure is growing up fast).  The day was a perfect day for kite flying. The temperature was about 65 degrees and there was a really nice wind, not too soft not too hard. I left work early that day so I could go. 

Last Monday I took the boys to Wal-Mart to pick out their kite. Both of them decided that they didn’t want a kite with any cartoon characters on them. In the past we have bought Transformer kites. They both ended up liking the same kite. This is Camden with his kite.

I decided I would help my kindergartener with his kite flying first since I figured he would need the most help.We were having a hard time getting his kite to go very high in the air. It almost seemed like it was too heavy. I think we had a lot better luck when we used the cheaper kites.


Plus, it didn’t help that we had to be careful of all the other kite flyers around us.


Camden did have a lot of fun though and that is what matters most.


After I helped Camden get his kite flying, I decided it was time to go find Dylan and see how he was doing. After scanning the playground several times, I finally found him. He’d already given up and taken his kite back to his classroom. He was having the same luck me and Camden had. I was able to get this one good picture of him before he realized I was taking his picture and took off.

My Lego Builder

25 Mar

Well, so much for Camden saving up his money to buy his Lego design he created. He spent part of his money when we went to Wal-Mart last week. He just had to have a new Log Cabin Lego Creator kit. I guess that will help him to learn to only buy something if he really, really wants it.

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He was sooo… excited about his new Lego builder kit that he wanted me to take some pictures so he could share them with you. (Notice in the background of some of them I was able to sneak some pictures of Dylan).

Toddler Prayer

22 Mar

A few days ago I was sitting at the table typing blog posts when my 22 month old toddler came and sat next to me. He started saying some baby jabber and at first I didn’t realize what he was doing. I  just heard him saying zewa zawa zewa zewa ahmen. When I looked over at him I realized what he was doing and it was soooo… cute.

He was folding his arms, bowing his head and then talking. He was mimicking saying a dinner prayer. He kept doing it over and over. Zewa zawa zewa zewa ahmen.

Then he would look up and smile at me. I loved it sooo… much that I just had to take pictures and share them with ya.

Toddler Toy Box?

15 Mar

My 22 month old seems to think that my hair and make up drawers are his own personal toy box.

It drives me crazy because he likes to play with my make up brushes. When I am putting on my make up, he wants to play with my eye shadows.

Luckily, during the week I am getting ready while he is still sleeping. So I can lock my hair and make up doors in the closet when I am done. I only have to try to keep him out of them when I am getting ready on the weekends.

Running from Pictures

14 Mar

My oldest son, Dylan, was making mud pies yesterday. Since I hadn’t put any pictures of him on my blog yet, I decided I would get one of him making his mud pies. Well, as-soon-as he saw me with the camera, he took off.

Here’s the mud pies he was making.

This is a picture I was lucky enough to snap of him as he was running around the yard hiding from me so I couldn’t take his picture. If you look closely, you can see a big grin on his face as he is running away from me. I guess your going to have to consider yourself lucky when you see posts of him on my blog.

Lego Design by Me

13 Mar

On the lego website, my two oldest boys found a place where they can create and buy their own lego creations. They can even design the box that it comes in. They think that is the best thing ever and it is all they ever want to do.

Sometimes they get very upset when we have to tell them it is time to get off the computer. It’s almost like it is the end of the world.

This is one of Camden’s creations that he is most proud of. He has been saving up his money so he can buy it. He was a little disappointed when he found out how much it costs, $158.00. Luckily he’s been saving his birthday money and Christmas money so he is almost there.

So, if you’d like to donate to the “Buying Camden’s Lego Creation Fund” your more than welcome. LOL!!! Just kidding! I think we’ll help him get it for his next birthday in June. That is if he doesn’t change his mind on what he wants. He’s really good at that.

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