Our family 2008; Ava 3, Eli 2 months

Our family 2008; Ava 3, Eli 2 months
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

8 Things About Me

8 favorite TV shows:
1. Bachelor- 2 more months until the next one starts
2. Biggest Loser
3. Extreme Makeover Home Edition
4. Rachal Ray
5. Dancing with the Stars
6. Good Morning America
7. The Office
8. Martha Stewert

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Got ready
2. Went to institute-loved it
3. Voted!!
4. Went to the park- enjoying the last good day until spring!
5. Went to the zoo-Ava loves it!
6. Vacuumed my stairs and front room
7. Folded cloths
8. Went to quilt night (I started quilting my quilt:))

8 Things to Look Forward To:
1. Finishing my quilt
2. Justin comming home from school!
3. The weekend
4. Going home for Thanksgiving and Christmas
5. Getting my hair Cut and Colored
6. Watching Ava at dance class
7. Living in a house after dental school
8. Having a back yard for Ava to run around crazy in

8 Favorite Resturants
1. Chilis-I worked there are I still love it
2. Olive Garden
3. Harrahs
4. Applebees
5. Arbys
6. Subway
7. Jonny Carinos-My very favorite!
8. Garcias

8 Things on my Wish List:
1. 4in curling Iron
2. New Cloths
3. Moving back home to be by family!
4. Eli to sleep through the night (or be on a schedule)
5. Justin no more homework
6. Gas prices to go down and stay down
7. My house to always be clean (or have a maid)
8. Become a great cook over night :)

8 people I want to tag Summer, Amy, Melissa, Carissa, Haley, Jenn, Emily & Sasha. I know you are all excited!

Friday, October 31, 2008


Brace yourself this is a long one...

This year for Halloween Ava is a fairy and Eli is a pumpkin. Our wonderful friend, Angie, took some pictures for our kids in there costumes.

Halloween for us started on Sunday when Justin wanted to make sugar cookies. Every year Justin's family make sugar cookies and then get together to frost them. My favorite is Justin's tooth cookie with decay on it. (Can you find it?)

.....Then for Family Home Evening we carved pumpkins. Ava got to color hers.

Every Wednesday we get together for singing time at the clubhouse. Which Ava loves. They decided to have a Halloween party. We all dressed up, played games, sang songs, and ate treats! The kids looked cute in there costumes.

Each year a few days before Halloween we go the dental clinic and have a Halloween parade. It is so fun to see all the students kids dressed up. After the parade we get to have lunch with Justin before he has to finish the rest of his school day. It is fun to see where Justin is everyday, we are proud of our student.

The next day we got together with some great friends to have a witches brew at Carissa's. We all dressed as witches and the kids played a lot of fun games, thanks Lisa & Carissa!

Halloween day we went trick or treating at Village Green...

...and then over to our ward trunk or treat and dinner. It was so fun to see all the neighbors and kids in the ward dressed up. We were all on a sugar high when we got home and Ava was very tired. It's not a successful party unless the kids are crying when we leave. It was a fabulous Halloween!

...After a fun filled week, I think Ava is glad it is over.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Family Pictures!

We got our family pictures taken a few weeks ago at the Lauritzen Gardens, down the road from were we live. Eli is 2 months and Ava is almost 3. I love the pictures with them together, you can tell how proud Ava is to be Eli's big sis. I'm so thankful for the beautiful family I have been blessed with.
I ordered this book called "To Children Love is Spelled T-I-M-E". It has been a great book in helping me rememeber the most important job I have is being a mom. I've been making a special effort this last week to enjoy the small things like: holding Ava's hand while we are watching a movie, all the little kisses she gives me throughout the day, the many expressions Ava gives as she is talking to you, the many coos and smiles Eli gives me (especially in the morning) and enjoying his little cuddles. And of course, I couldn't have any of this and be so happy if it weren't for my wonderful hisband, Justin. It is so comforting knowing they are mine and I am there's, forever.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Ava

I haven't posted anything in a while and thought I would catch everyone up. Ava had her three year birthday on Tuesday. Justin took her out to breakfast Saturday morning and then we had a party with all her little girl friends in Village Green. It was so cute to see them all playing together and so excited about all the ballons. Sunday we opened a few presents and had a little party with our family. She got some fun dress up stuff and loves dressing in it. I will post a couple of pictures from her party. Ava was asking to make a heart cake months in advance. I can't believe she is already three.

I love my little Ava. I can remember when she was as little as Eli. She has grown so fast and I am amazed how beautiful she is inside and out. Ava is a great leader and is always trying to do her best. She lives life to its fullest! Everyday she says things that make us laugh. And of course she gives to best hugs and kisses. I love you so much Ava, we are lucky to have you in our family.

We went to the doctor for her 3 year check up. She is 41 inches tall and weighs 43lb. The doctor also talked to Ava about not sucking her thumb. She has been making a great effort to stop. Everytime I see her with her thumb in her mouth I remind her and she quickly takes it out. I hope she keeps it up!

We just had our Primary Program today. We have been practicing for serveral weeks and all there hard work paid off. The children all did a wondreful job. It was really neat to look out in the congragation and see the loving looks on all the parents faces. You can see how much they love the children and how special they are. I think it will be really fun to have Ava in Primary next year!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Eli's Blessing Day

Today Justin gave Eli a beautiful name and blessing. Eli was an angel through the whole thing. He even slept all through church. We wanted to take pictures when we got home but Eli was still sleeping. For all those who have a new baby, know that rule number one is, never wake a sleeping baby...so we took a couple with him in his car seat...and then some later! This evening we had some friends over for Justin's famous brownies and ice cream. It was a great day. By the way, Eli slept 6 hours last night without waking up. I am so proud of him!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


I just got tagged by my wonderful neighbor Summer...here is goes!
Instruction: Answer the questions with one word or a little more, and then tag three friends. This is going to be fun!
1. Where is your cellphone? upstairs
2. Your significant other? Justin
3. Your hair? straight
4. Your mother? Nancy
5. Your Father? Russ
6. Your favorite thing? Naps!
7. Your dream last night? sweet
8. Your favorite drink? A&W
9. Your dream goal? backyard
10. The room you’re in? laundry
11. Your hobby? cleaning
12. Your fear? spiders
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Idaho Falls
14. What you’re not? stressless
15. Muffins? yummy
16. One of your wishlist item? camera
17. Where you grew up? Rigby
18. Last thing you did? laundry
19. What are you wearing? pink pants
20. Favorite gadget? can opener
21. Your pets? none
22. Your computer? lap top
23.Your mood? busy
24. Missing someone? Mom
25. Your car? honda
26. Something you’re not wearing? ring
27. Favorite store? target
28. Like someone? family
29. Favorite color? brown
30. When was the last time you laughed? 3:00
31.When was the last time you cried? days ago

I tag Ashlee, Natalie, Amy

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Ashley this is for you. Here are the pumpkins I carved with my little helper, Ava. Super simple and easy! I poked holes in the pumpkin with a apple corer and then poked holes in Zucchini to filled the pumpkin in. I used a clay carving tool to make the flowers on the other pumpkin. I also found white pumpkins at Walmart (I didn't know they existed) it would be really cute with dots. I'm excited to carve it, maybe for FHE. I love this season, it is my favorite! It always gives me a happy feeling when I burn my autumn wreath candle and think of the wonderful holidays coming up.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


This year we are putting Ava in dance. She is so excited. I was a little worried if she was ready or not. But when I took her she listened the whole time and did a great job. I only time she left was went she was telling me to watch her. We took this pictures just before we left.

Ava looks like this in most of her pictures because is yelling "CHEESE" as loud as she can. We are working on her smile. :) This is Ava's first day of Preschool and she is so excited to go. All of her little friends are in her class. She goes every Tuesday and Thursday for a couple hours and brings home fun things we get to hang on our fridge. When Justin comes home from school she runs to the fridge to show him what she made at school.
Ava is always giving her little brother hugs and kisses. She goes around telling everyone she has a little brother named Eli. She is so proud to be his big sister. Here is our little guy 5 weeks old. He has started going to bed around a 8 or 9 which is great, I love going to bed early. He is definitly his dads son, people are always telling me how much he looks like Justin!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Eli 1 Month!

Eli is now 5 weeks old and growing so fast! We love hime so much. It is truely amazing how our family feels more complete with him here. Ava loves giving him a lot of hugs, kisses and loves. We are trying to teach her to only do that when he is a wake so he can get the sleep he needs. She loves her little brother. We got his pictures taken a week ago and they turned out so cute!! I thought I would post a few of my favorites. He weighed 11lbs at 1 month. We love our little guy!