Wednesday, December 31, 2008

First Nephew

My sister Tam had her baby this morning, with no epidural because he came so fast! Jonah Todd Jacobs was born at 5:00 am and weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. Congrats Tam and Todd! I wish we were there in Missouri to see him, but we are thinking about you. This is our first nephew and I am so excited to see pictures of him.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Six Years

Today, Bryan and I are celebrating our sixth anniversary! It seems like only yesterday that we got married. I am so lucky to be Bryan's wife. He is such a hard worker and he is such a wonderful husband in every possible way!
Here's the story of how we met... we met at Snow College through my roommate Jess. She dated Bryan's best friend Cody's cousin (does that make sense?!), so Cody and Bryan came to our apartment to say hello to Jess. I still remember what Bryan was wearing that first night I met him. We got to talking and made the connection that I went to highschool with Bryan's cousin and that my dad served in the bishopric with his Uncle Brad, who I knew very well. Small world. It gets better. His Aunt Kerrilynn was my mom's Laurel teacher when she was growing up. We had lots of connections before we even knew each other. It was meant to be! Anyway, we became quick friends and my roommates and I would go to Cody and Bryan's house every night for scripture study. This started in September and we officially started dating in February. It was a shock to me when I realized that Bryan liked me- he was a returned missionary who didn't seem to care about much other than studying! I knew he was the one for me right from the beginning. We didn't talk about getting married until July, but we both knew it was the thing to do. We got officially engaged on September 14th and married on Dec. 27th, 2002. The past six years have been wonderful and it's hard to believe that that many years have gone by. I can't wait to spend many more years with Bryan and I am looking forward to the many adventures we have yet to experience. Love you B!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Our Christmas Adventure

Well, after two long days of trying to get to Utah, we finally made it. It started on Saturday at 9:00 am. We got to the airport and found out that our flight was delayed an hour and a half. That's okay, we can wait that long, right? Well, 12:00 came, 1:00 came, 2:00 came and we were still waiting. Finally, the ticket agent came over the speaker and said our plane had left JFK airport and we would be boarding as soon as it got to Burlington. 3:00 came, the plane from JFK lands and we are expecting to hear over the intercom that we would be boarding shortly. Instead, we hear the man say that our flight has been cancelled (due to weather) and that we can form a line to have questions answered and itinerary changed. Why the heck did they make us sit in the airport all day and then when the plane comes decide to cancel it?!! The weather had been bad all day, why not get us home or on other flights?! So, we had to go back downstairs and pick up our luggage- that took another two hours. At 5:30 pm we finally make it home after sitting in the airport all day with two little girls who have had enough. (Thanks to our friends the Randalls for picking us up and taking us to their house to eat and hang out. It was a good distraction from our anger and disappointment!) Niah was so sad that we couldn't go to Grandma's house that day. She cried for a good hour. I felt like crying too. Bryan got us on a flight the next day, Sunday, flying out of Boston. That starts our next adventure. After a disappointing night at home, we get up and leave for Boston at 8:45 am to catch a 4:57 pm flight. We thought that would be plenty of time! The whole drive was white out conditions and a huge blizzard. All the while I'm thinking, 'we are never going to get to Utah with this weather.' What should have been a 3 1/2 hour drive turned into a six hour drive. Traffic conditions were horrible and we got stuck in traffic for about 30 minutes, not that long, right?, but when you are driving in a big city and don't know how you are going to make it safely and on time, it's a little (okay a lot) nerve racking. We pulled into the airport parking at 3:10 pm and had to rush onto the shuttle and make it to the airport terminal. When we got there the line was soooo long. A nice man at the ticket counter helped us get to the front and we made it through. By the time we got to the gate we had ten minutes to catch our breath before we boarded the plane. We feel so lucky to have made it in just the knick of time, any later and we would have been toast. So we finally get on the plane but then we had to sit there for an hour and a half while they deiced and waited for the runway to open. I seriously thought we would not be coming home for Christmas! We were an hour late getting into SLC but we made it and it felt so good to be home with family. Thankfully, the girls were really, really good. They were troopers and I'm sooooo grateful for that. I sure hope we don't have this kind of experience going back to Vermont. After many prayers and little miracles, we are here with our family and I'm so glad! It's a true blessing that we made it home for Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

So Excited

Christmas Eve 2007
(What happened to Chloe?!! She has grown up so much in the last year!)
As Christmas gets closer, I am getting so excited to be with family and to see my girls with our families. They aren't around them all the time so I feel like our families don't really know them, sad but true. I am sad that my sister Tam won't be in Utah with us, but she is getting ready for their sweet little boy to join the family in a couple of weeks. We will miss you Jacobs family!
Here are a few things I'm looking forward to while we are in Utah...
-Seeing my dad's new cabin. We will be there for a few days before Christmas and we are also spending Christmas Eve and Day up there.
-Going to a movie on Christmas Eve, Forbes Family tradition.
-Not being able to sleep the night before Christmas. Yes, I still get that excited!
-Seeing my girls on Christmas morning. They will love it. Chloe is even catching on this year.
-Eating a good meal made by my mom.
-Letting the girls play with their cousins who live in Aurora, Utah. They have so much fun together.
-Spending New Year's Eve with Bryan's family. His mom makes an awesome Chinese food dinner that I have only had once in our married life!
-Visting with Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc that we haven't seen for a while.
-Eating at Cafe Rio, The Old Spaghetti Factory, and all the other great restaurants in Utah.
-Going to Target.
These are just a few that I can think of right now. There are many other things that I am looking forward to. It will be so much fun! I can't wait!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Meeting Santa

Saturday, we went to our ward Christmas breakfast. It was a lot of fun and the kids loved meeting Santa and singing Christmas songs. The girls love the song Angels We Have Heard on High. Both girls are really good at singing the 'Gloria' part! Niah loved Santa. She was a little shy, but she told him that she wants princess drums for Christmas.
This is about as close as Chloe would get. She was waving to him and saying, "ho ho ho" while waiting in line, but she didn't want to sit on his lap once it was her turn. I thought she would be friendly, but I guess you never know how kids will react!

Mrs. Clause was reading stories to the kids while others met Santa. I think this was Niah's favorite part. She was so intrigued by Mrs. Clause. She kept staring at her face while she was reading!




Chloe loved her bag of treats from Santa. That's probably the only reason she got as close to him as she did! It made her whole day.
We had a lot fun at the party. It was great to visit with ward members and get filled with more Christmas spirit!



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Tag

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Change all the answers so that they apply to you. And tag a few friends to spread the Christmas joy!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper! I love picking out cute paper and then finding cute ribbon to go with it.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Growing up, my brother was allergic to real trees so we have always had artificial ones. We have an artificial one now, maybe someday we will have a real one.
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually Thanksgiving weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down? I try to get it down by the first week of January.
5. Do you like eggnog? I love it!! I haven't even had any this year, sad.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? There are lots, but one that sticks out is the 'my child' doll I got when I was six or seven.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Parents. They already have everything and if they don't they just go out and buy it!
8. Easiest person to buy for? Niah. She wants everything she sees!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, we have four. One nice one and three that the girls play with.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail! Does an e-card even count??
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't think of one.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Growing up it was 'One Magic Christmas'. Now it's probably 'It's a Wonderful Life' or 'Elf'.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? It depends, around October.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything!! One thing that sticks out are the orange rolls my mom makes on Christmas morning. They are so yummy. Oh, and Grandma Beulah's slush.
16. Lights on the tree? Of course!!
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night and Breath of Heaven.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both. One year my family went to Hawaii for Christmas and it was so much fun.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have a star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. We open one present on Christmas Eve though- pajamas.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not having enough money to buy people really cool gifts.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? My grandma gave us a new ornament every year for Christmas, these are my favorites. I hope to have a fancy tree decorated with these one day.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? It's been a while so I can't remember what we usually have. I think we ate ham, funeral potatoes, and things like that. I know it was always really good.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I think I asked for a camera, photoshop, a new down comforter. I want too much I can't remember exactly what I asked for! (Now I just sound greedy and ungrateful!)

I now tag all of my sisters, all of Bryan's sisters, and anyone else who is reading this that wants to do it!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Spirit!

Christmas is such a fun time of year! Our Christmas elf, Charlie, made his appearance last week and I think Chloe is more into him than Niah, surprisingly. The first night that Charlie came he wrote a cute letter and brought the girls some blinking Christmas socks. I thought they were cute and I thought the girls would like them too. When Niah woke up and saw that he didn't bring toys, she threw a huge fit. So, Charlie didn't bring anything else for a few nights- Niah was in a little bit of trouble. I'm hoping she doesn't react this way on Christmas morning. In my frustration, I told Niah she needed to stop acting like a spoiled brat (probably not the best thing to say to my daughter, but I was bugged!). The next day she was mad at me for something and told me to stop being a spoiled rat! I was laughing pretty hard.
Last night, Charlie built himself a house out of the girls' blocks. Niah told me that someone else must have built it because Charlie is not real. What a little stinker. Here's our Christmas tree. The girls had fun decorating it with me.
I bought the girls' Christmas dresses at Baby Gap this year. I saw them and I really couldn't resist them. I thought they were too cute, and they are my favorite color. The girls wore them to church yesterday and they looked beautiful.
We are all very excited for Christmas this year. It will be so much fun to spend it with family. The girls get to meet Santa on Saturday so stay tuned for that post!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in NYC


Our weekend in NYC was so much fun. Here's a brief rundown of what we did. My sister's friend and her husband live in the city, so they were nice enough to let us stay in their place since they were out of town for the weekend. They have a sweet apartment and an awesome view of the George Washington Bridge. (Thanks so much Lindsay and Rob!) We got there late Wednesday night, around 10:30. Bryan drove around for an hour after dropping us off looking for a parking spot. The girls went to bed at about 12:00 am and we woke up at 7:00 to get ready for the parade. We caught the subway at 8:00 am and it was so crowded when we got off the subway. We stood still for 20 minutes just waiting for the crowd to disperse. We ended up at Columbus Circle to watch the parade. It wasn't the best spot, we could only see the balloons and no people. Niah was really mad when the 'Bolt' float went by and we couldn't see Miley Cyrus. I was a little disappointed for her too. We decided about halfway through to walk up the street and see if we could find a better spot. Well, we did and it ended up being so much better and Niah loved it! It was so much fun seeing the parade, I have always wanted to see it in real life so now I have! After the parade, we headed down to 5th Ave. to check out the FAO Schwartz toy store and the decorated windows. Just a bit of advice if you ever go to the city with kids- go without the stroller! NYC is not a stroller friendly place, the store aisles are too narrow and the subways are a pain with them. We actually ended up leaving the stroller home on the second day. We had sore arms from carrying Chloe but it was worth it. Anyway, after 5th Ave. we headed to Times Square and ate lunch at a place called Ellen's Stardust Diner. The waiters and waitresses are Broadway wannabes so they sing while you eat. The atmosphere was great but the food, not so much. I love Broadway so I thought it was a great way to get that theater feel when we didn't go to a real play. We then took the girls to the gigantic Toys R' Us store. There is a ferris wheel inside that you can ride, we didn't because the line was soooo long. Out of all the toys in the store the girls picked out stuffed giraffes. Bryan and I tried to talk them out of it, but that's what they wanted. Whatever makes them happy, right?! We were all so worn out that we decided to call it a day, it was only about 4:00 in the afternoon but we had had enough! The second day we went to the Statue of Liberty. Niah loved seeing her in real life. She had to pose for the camera in front of the statue. It was really funny. This was probably the highlight of the trip. After the Statue, we went and saw Ground Zero and then headed to Times Square again to eat lunch/dinner. Niah wanted to see the Disney Store so we went back to 5th Ave to let her see it. The store was awesome and we even got to see Minnie and Goofy. The walking was exhausting. We walked a ton and when I woke up in the mornings I could hardly walk because of sore feet and legs! Since I didn't get much shopping in the first couple of days, Bryan took the girls to a park near the apartment while I went into the city by myself to shop. It was a ton of fun and I want to do a girls trip now! I had a great time shopping all by myself! On our way home, we missed a turn off and got pretty lost. We eventually found our way back to where we needed to be and then got lost again in Albany when we tried to find somewhere to eat. Needless to say, our drive home was not that fun and a little longer than it should have been.

I'm so glad we got to visit NYC. It was so much fun and I want to go back someday for sure.

New Couch

My new couch is here and I love it! Here are a few pics of Bryan putting it together. It is a really great set-up. There is storage underneath the cushions, which we really needed! If you are in the market for a new couch check out homereserve.com. We are very happy with our purchase. Here's Bryan testing it out for the first time.
It came in two huge boxes so I turned them into houses for the girls. The girls got to work decorating them with markers.



I love my new couch. It's so nice to have somewhere to relax and lay down at the end of the day. Thanks B for my wonderful birthday present!








Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today I turned 26! I feel really old. I think it's the first birthday where I have actually felt older. I had a fun day. Bryan surprised me with a new couch, it will be here on Tuesday. I can't wait! I am so sick of sitting on the uncomfortable recliner chair. Those just don't work for short people like me. My mom and dad sent me a package with some money and a few other fun things that I love. My sister McKell, who is the NYC expert, put together her tips for traveling in the city. I am really excited about it and I'm sure it will come in handy. My sister Tam made me a cute apron. I can't wait to use it. It's red fabric with white polka dots and when Niah saw it she said, "Mom, now you will look like Minnie Mouse!" Thanks fam for the wonderful cards and presents. You are all so nice. Bryan and I went on a HOT date (haha) tonight and we saw Twilight. I went with low expectations because the movies are never as great as the books, but I have to say that it was really, really good. It follows the book pretty well and the actors did a good job, I think. Bryan even said it was pretty entertaining. I am still trying to get him to read the books- I'm not sure he'll go for it. Also, our friend Vanessa is a great photographer and about a month ago she offered to take family pictures for everyone. We got them back today and I am so happy with them! They turned out beautifully and I can't wait to hang them on my wall so I can look at them all the time. The girls look so pretty and grown up. Here are a few of my favorites. (I hope you don't mind me posting some, Vanessa!)




All in all, it was a great day. Growing up, I always wondered what I would be doing when I was this age and today, I realized that my life is exactly as I imagined it would be 10-12 years ago. I have a wonderful, forever family, a terrific husband who works hard every day for us, and two beautiful little girls who are the joys of my life. I am so happy to be a part of their lives. I am so blessed. I can't wait to share the next 26 years and many more with them!





Thursday, November 20, 2008

First Snow

It snowed on Tuesday, not very much but the ground was covered. When I looked out the window that morning I was kind of depressed about the snow, but the girls were really excited about it. I gave in and decided to take them out to play. It was actually pretty fun.

Niah working hard shoveling the snow...

Chloe couldn't use the rake and shovel with her gloves on. She got a little frustrated. She liked to watch her feet kick the snow when she walked!

I am definitely NOT ready for winter, but ready or not it's coming!



Friday, November 14, 2008

8 Things...

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch (when I get a free minute and the remote!)
1. Jon and Kate Plus 8
2. Baby Story
3. What Not to Wear
4. Everybody Loves Raymond
5. CSI
6. Biggest Loser
7. Reba
8. The Today Show

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. The Old Spaghetti Factory
2. Cafe Rio
3. PF Changs
4. Olive Garden
5. Longhorn Steakhouse
6. Steve's Steakhouse
7. Quizno's (does that count as a restaurant?)
8. Joes: American Bar and Grill

8 Things That Happened Yesterday
1. I got online to use a Baby Gap coupon and after watching these dresses for a month, they were sold out online. So, I got myself and the girls ready and we rushed to the mall to buy these gorgeous Christmas dresses for the girls at the mall. Luckily, they had them!!
2. Went visiting teaching
3. Hung out at my friend Erica's house (I also visit teach her so it's great!) and just talked while the kids played.
4. I started making our Christmas cards.
5. The girls and I colored.
6. Went to a primary meeting
7. Went to 'interest group' with all the med school wives.
8. I watched Monsters, Inc. with Niah.

8 Things I am Looking Forward To
1. Date night with Bryan tomorrow.
2. My birthday and Twilight (oops, that's two!)
3. Thanksgiving in NYC.
4. Going home to Utah for Christmas.
5. Seeing my Dad's new cabin.
6. Summer.
7. Living in a house.
8. Niah and Chloe's birthdays.

8 Things On My Wishlist
1. To have more space, our apartment is shrinking by the day!
2. To be able to travel anywhere at any time.
3. For my girls to grow up and be happy, good people.
4. I wish for more patience.
5. A new fancy camera and a new computer.
6. To sleep all night without kids in my bed or hearing Chloe yell 'MOM' in the middle of the night. (even though it is pretty cute when she does that.)
7. To go on a trip with just Bryan when he finishes med school.
8. I wish to live a little closer to family some day.

8 People I Tag
1. Tam
2. Kaitie Bug
3. McKell
4. Miquelle
5. Sara Jane
6. Kaitlan
7. Mom
8. Mel F.

Monday, November 10, 2008

6 months...

It has been six months and two days since my grandma died. I really can't believe it has been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was at her funeral. There is not a minute or day that goes by when I'm not thinking about her. She was such a special person and I miss her terribly. Every day, it seems that I find something that she gave me or that makes me think of her. I know that she is okay and that she's watching us here on Earth. I can't wait to see her again, I know the day will come.
This is my grandma and me on my wedding day- actually, the day after our wedding, we had two receptions.
Isn't she pretty?! I love this picture of her. It was taken one or two days before she had brain surgery. I was pregnant with Niah at the time.
I miss you and love you Grandma Saundra. I know you're always with me!

Rocket

Bryan's mom sent us this great rocket toy last week. We took it over to the park to play and I got some fun shots of Bryan and Niah shooting it off. This one of Bryan is my favorite- he's in the air!
Niah can get it pretty high up in the air.
Chloe just wanted to run and ride her bike on the court, she didn't really care about the rocket!
Thanks Grandma Shannon for the fun rocket. It's great entertainment for all of us!!
(P.S. I know my blog is still decorated for Halloween... I'm waiting to get our new family pictures before I change it again!!)

Get Smart

Bryan and I rented this movie over the weekend. We LOVED it!! It was so hilarious. I haven't laughed so hard for a long time. Steve Carell is so funny. If you haven't seen it, you must watch it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grandma Sally

Today is my Grandma Sally's birthday! She is such a great Grandma and I love her to death. I have so many memories of her. Here are some of my favorites...
- Sleeping over at her house and waking up to French Toast in the morning. (Maybe that's why French Toast is my favorite breakfast now!)
- Getting my back tickled before going to sleep.
- Building snow forts and having Easter egg hunts in her backyard.
- Watching musicals with her. She introduced me to Doris Day! She gave me the movie Calamity Jane when I was in third grade and it's so worn out that it almost doesn't work anymore! Doris Day reminds me of Grandma. I still remember going to see her in the play 'The Music Man'.
- I slept with the baby blanket (my 'horsey blanket') she made me when I was born until I got married. It's still up in my closet.
- After Bryan and I got married we would go hang out at her house in Provo and do our laundry. It was always fun to sit and visit with her.
- I remember the day they got home from their mission to Canada. I was so excited to see them!
- When I see pressed flowers I think of her, she was really good at that!
These are just a few, there are so many more. I will be here all night if I type all of my memories! She is a mother of six, grandmother of 23, and three, almost 4, great grandchildren. She has served two missions- Canada and Laos- and she knows how to love every body unconditionally. She is an awesome example to me. Hope you have a great day Grandma. Love you lots!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Crisp

So, my mother-in-law gave me these great Family Home Evening kits. Each one has some pictures to color and cut out and it has a story to go with the pictures. The best part is that each one comes with a recipe! I have been working on the Thanksgiving kit so that I can share it with my kids. Anyway, this recipe sounds really good. I think I will make it tonight for our FHE treat. I thought it was perfect for this time of year. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Crisp:
1 large can pumpkin
3 eggs beaten
1 c. sugar
1 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. all spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cubes melted butter
Directions: In a large bowl mix together pumpkin, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, salt, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9 cake pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix over entire top of mixture. Pour melted butter over cake. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
DELICIOUS!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun

We had a great Halloween! We started the week off by decorating pumpkins. Niah wanted a Sleeping Beauty pumpkin so she found some pumpkin stencils online, yes Niah found them!, and Bryan went to work. It's hard to see in this photo but it looks really good! We decorated some sugar cookies. The girls enjoyed the frosting more than the actual cookies!Last night, we went to our ward Halloween party. It was so much fun and the girls had a blast trick-or-treating around the church. Niah was a little shy and wouldn't say 'trick-or-treat' but by the end she warmed up a little. Chloe is our little sweet tooth so she was in heaven. Here's Ni with her friends at the party... Gracie, Niah, Georgie, Beth (the perfect Snow White), Brooke, Addi, and Grace.

Here's us at the party. The sign says it all when it comes to Bryan and me dressing up. Bryan isn't a huge Halloween fan- I have told him, and he will admit that he is a party pooper!



Here's Chloe eating a cupcake. I don't think she ate her dinner at all, she just wanted candy and treats!

Niah and her friend Addi.


Niah dressed up as Ericka from Barbie's Princess and the Pauper. She wanted her hair just like Ericka's so, I had to straighten her hair first to get all her natural curl under control so that she could have curls like this. She looked really pretty! I love fixing her hair- she doesn't let me do it fancy very often so I had fun!



Princess Ericka...


Our Little Angel girl...


Thursday night I had the crazy, last minute idea to turn one of our pumpkins into a witch for the girls. I worked on it for 2 1/2 hours and was up until midnight. I had a lot of fun and Bryan even helped me make the hat. I thought she turned out pretty cute- I'm not an artist so the face is kind of funny looking, oh well. I made up a Halloween story that night for Niah and the witch in the story was named Agatha. I set the pumpkin on the counter so the girls would see it when they woke up. I told Niah Friday morning that Agatha, the witch from our story came to visit her for Halloween. Well, both of the girls hated the witch and wouldn't go near it! I had to move it away from them while they ate breakfast and they haven't touched it since. I guess I'll know in the future that the girls don't like pumpkin witches! I also made them pancakes for breakfast and cut them out in Halloween shapes... the girls wouldn't eat them so I ended up giving them cereal. I was trying to be a fun, creative mom and it didn't go over well with the kids! I guess I'll try again next year.


Here's Agatha with a carrot nose, yarn for hair, and a hat made out of a cereal box. I think she's cute...


We had a fun Halloween. It's weird to think that it's already over. Now, on to the real fun holidays!!















Sunday, October 26, 2008

Random Happenings

We had a busy week with lots going on. Niah had her second visit to the dentist. The first one didn't go well but she did really great at this one! She actually let the dentist clean and count her teeth. Chloe had to be a part of the action, so this picture shows just how we all sat during Niah's check-up! I am happy and relieved to report that Niah has no cavities! Wahoo! My friend Erica and I planned a little Halloween party for the kids that go to playgroup every week. We had a couple of crafts, food, a game- kind of like a cat walk- and our friend Carrie did a wonderful job of reading the kids a few Halloween stories. Erica and I made these 'witch-on-a-stick' treats that I found in a magazine. They turned out super cute so I had to show them off!
Bryan played in the Intramural Flag-Football Championship game on Thursday. Even though it was 32 degrees-freezing!- we went to support him. They won and had an undefeated season! Going to the games was really fun and the girls looked forward to going every week. Niah is sad that we won't be going to anymore games.

The pictures I tried to take did not work because it was too dark outside. This is the best one I got of the team in their huddle. You can barely see Bryan's head- he's wearing a BYU beanie.

When my mom came to visit she brought me some new books to read. It's a series written by Anita Stansfield called the Barrington Family Saga. There are four books in the series. I started them last Sunday and finished the last one tonight, that's four books in a week. Needless to say, I have neglected my household chores for a week and will be catching up tomorrow! They are so good!!! I have always loved Anita Stansfield's books. This one tells the story of a family who moves from England to America right around the time that the Mormons are being persecuted and pushed west. It's a great story and I wish there were more books in the series. If you want a good read then here it is!

On Saturday, Niah and I went and saw High School Musical 3 while Bryan took Chloe with him to the school to watch the BYU game. I have to admit that I actually LOVED this movie! It was really cute and I think it's the best HSM yet. The music was awesome and the dancing was great too! Niah loved it, as much as she loves the first two movies. It's also very nice to be able to take Niah to a movie and not have to worry about the content, other than Troy and Gabriella sharing a few juicy kisses! You should go see it!

I know this is a random post, but a lot went on this week. Oh, and thanks to Shaylie (Bryan's sister) for making my blog look so spooky cute!

Here we are at the top of Niah's castle!

Here's Niah and her best friend Addi playing in the dirt!

Bryan's favorite things:

  • BYU Football
  • Pandora.com
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Mountain Biking
  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  • Kayaking

Natalie's Favorite Things

  • Naps
  • Blogging
  • Cooking
  • Going on dates with Bryan
  • Reading good books
  • Being a mom

Niah's Favorite Things

  • Hannah Montana
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • High School Musical
  • Reading books with her dad
  • Singing
  • Disney Princesses
  • Playing outside with her friends

Chloe's Favorite Things

  • Being outside
  • Her binki
  • Bananas
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Playing with Niah
  • Taking a bath