Monday, October 31, 2011

It's official. Officially.

Aside for the floors needing cleaning and a couple more random loads, we are officially moved out of our first home and into our last (hopefully). If I have to move again before retirement, I'll... I don't know what. :)

Anyway, we love our new digs. We miss our friends (a lot) but we are excited about making new ones, too. Our new ward is huge with four nurseries and over 250 kids in Primary. Ours aren't the noisiest kids in Sacrament anymore. Hooray!

The wonderful family that is renting our townhome is set to move in the 7th. I'm excited to meet them.

Today is Halloween and we are super-pumped to trick-or-treat at Daddy's work, then again tonight in our new neighborhood and at Grandma Molly's house too.

We've been pretty busy lately... I'll try to catch up the blog soon.

As for today, Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Two lefties???

These kids keep switching things up on us--left hand--right hand, and back and forth again.
But, this night during cake and ice cream they both favored lefty.

 For the record, I think Jake is a lefty and Sarah's a righty.
But, time will tell.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Tuesday night movie night was meh... I've had better. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great, either.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Everybody Cut

I watched this last night with my mom, my sisters (ALL of them) and even my brother, Scott.
It was so rad I can't explain it. While I still love the original (hello... Kevin Bacon! Sarah Jessica Parker!), this one rocked my world. I loved it.
It was just the right amount of "new" and "retro".
Especially when Ren said, "Jump back." and "I thought this was a party. Let's DANCE!"
Go see it if you want to smile. A lot.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The wedding drive...

The drive to Spokane for Brett's wedding was long, pretty, and (mostly) not so bad.

Michelle and Kaiya sleeping. Adorable.

There was another sleeping Michelle that is still on my phone. Since I am such an awesome sister I will not post it here.
However, with the right bribe, I will consider it. :)

Michelle was trying to get in on our rendition on "Little House in the Woods" from the front seat.

This one of Kaiya kills me.

Here's Jake giving his Percy train a "wash down".

Sleeping Sarah.

Sleeping Ben.

P.S. Ben is the best kid on a road-trip I've ever heard of in my life. Seriously. This little boy is the sweetest, most gentle little guy ever.

This super creepy Ronald McDonald is proof that we were indeed in Dillon, Montana for a little bit.
Hi, Matty! Sorry that you have such a creeper at your McDonald's. That blows.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Another movie night... only this one was a treat as it was while Blaine was out of town and my friend, Kimmy came over with her very own selection.
This was really cute. Although, I have to say it was Walter Matthau and friends who won my heart.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Payson Temple and a Famous Sister

My sister, Laurel made the news. I love her "Wheel of Fortune" voice.
Check it out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Kimmy and I had a great movie night together.
It was great to have a friend on Tuesday night.
Together, we ate popcorn and swooned over this great love story.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Worth it

This little boy woke up too early from his nap-time and crept into my bed this afternoon during my nap-time.
{Don't judge. I've been doing a lot of late-night Vampire Diaries watching}

I let it slip. It was worth encouraging the bad habit to hear him tell me he loved me and my hexagon shirt buttons in his little voice while I was waking up.
{Yeah, he knows his hexagon shape. He's a genius.}

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

California Dreamin'... Disneyland.

I've said it before and I'll say it again-- Disneyland really is the happiest place on Earth. For real. Last year, my Disneyland experience pulled me out of Post-Postpartum-Depression. I'm so serious. Disney is magic for the soul... or they put some hypnotic drug in their air there. Either way, I love love love it. And will continue to fork my money over to them in lieu of college funds for my children.

This year we were just in time for Disney's Halloween themed park. I've always wanted to do Disneyland during this time of year. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The Haunted Mansion/Nightmare Before Christmas was amazing, and Space Mountain/Space Ghost (my favorite ride, by the way) was killer.

Now there's a happy pumpkin.

Gotta love the Main Street wooden Indian.

The Dapper Dans' four-seater bicycle.

There--matching hats. That's better.

There they are... singing "Lida Rose".


"Hey you guys!'
At least she was tall enough to drive the cars with Mommy.

Markelle is right: seeing your kid's name on their Mickey ears is just so adorable.

Just waiting to go on Autopia.

Sarah was a perfect child during this ride. She was very serious and I tried to get pictures of her.
It didn't work out very well.

No good again. Still kind of cute.

I love this little girl of mine.

Too bad Jake had no idea how much he wouldn't like The Matterhorn. Worth it.

Oh, Mint Julep. You have my heart.

I didn't eat this. But I wanted to.

This, too.

I know we are bad parents, but this picture is just so awesome. Jake is still talking about how "Splash Mountain is too fast", but loves the theme song. I just hope that one day he actually digs this ride.

Katrina and company came to Disneyland our first night in the park for dinner. It was so awesome to hang out and visit with her, Jeff, and their boys. Seriously, I have really missed this friend of mine.
Plus, the all-you-can-eat barbecue was killer. 

Jeff and Christian.

Me, Katrina, and Preston.
My other highlight with the Kirks was getting to ride Big Thunder Mountain with Katrina. We talked the workers to allow us on the last ride of the night.  
I loved riding Big Thunder at night. It really was "the wildest ride in the wilderness".

 Here we are: the beginning of day two.
We tried to get to the park a little early to make the shorter lines for some of the Fantasyland rides.

On the way in, we saw this little girl... dressed up in cowboy boots, a Belle dress, and a Peter Pan hat to boot.

Picture-taking with Walt and Mickey.

This is a terrible picture (from my phone), but this pumpkin muffin was delicious.
{I should have taken pictures of all the food I love in Disneyland and done an entire post on food alone.}

Riding the carousel.

This one is just hilarious.

We spent a good part of the day in California Adventure.
Jake even got to ride Soarin' Over California.
Best. Ride. Ever.

Funny that Mickey and I are wearing matching outfits.

I love that Sarah is touching Mickey's face here.

Cute Jack.

Again, with the castle. :)

Waiting for Casey Jr.

Jake has been crazy about Dumbo ever since riding this little train.

Oh, I love this little face.

That is MY boy.

The Haunted Mansion's transformation was incredible.

Waiting in line with Sean.

And Doug and Jen.

Jake's favorite part of Disneyworld was the Monorail. He hasn't stopped talking abut it since April.
When we told him Disneyland had one too, he was stoked.
Blaine, Steve, Brent, and Jack all rode the Monorail together... Jake was in heaven. Especially when the conductor let him sit in the "captain's chair" and let him wear his hat.

I love that you can sense how important he knows he is.

We made a special trip over to Tom Sawyer's island. It was a boy's paradise... I can't believe I had never been there before.

Counting up their gold doubloons.

I think that Jakey took this one. 

We settled down to eat at The Plaza on Main Street just in time for the evening parade. It was awesome.

Don't let this solemn face fool you... Sarah loved every second of the parade. She was so cute about it--she'd watch, then swing around excitedly to squeal at us with her hands up next to her face.

It was a perfect last evening in the park. The kids were happy, and we were tired but happy too.
I may or may not be already plotting out next Disneyland excursion.