Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Me and The Boy

Since both girls are in school these days, Bennett and I have lots of one on one time! I just LOVE it. Sometimes I feel like he doesn't get the attention he needs, being the third child. It has been great to just hang out with him and play cars, baseball, or football together. At first he couldn't figure out where 'the girls' went. Now, I think he likes having the house and mom all to himself!
I am really excited for Halloween this year. I think I enjoy it more than I like to admit. :) We have been decorating the house and figuring out the kids' costumes. Yesterday, I was trying to hang some spooky fabric up in our front window and I fell off the little end table (I stepped on the side of it and it's not very stable. Duh.) and hurt my ankle and butt pretty bad. I laid on the floor for a few minutes thinking I had broken my ankle because it hurt so bad. The girls came to my rescue, but Niah started crying first because it scared her so much. Today, I am pretty bruised and sore. Then, after that, I was cooking a nice dinner because we invited some friends over to eat with us, and I spilled a whole box of noodles all over the floor. I'm not sure what has happened to my brain these days. I hope it comes back soon.

Life is busy right now and most days I feel overwhelmed with all that there is to do, but I have really been loving my kids and the phases they are in right now. Life goes so fast. I want to freeze time!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I was reading through some of our oldest posts on the blog and came across THIS. So cute! Niah was a couple of months away from turning three. I had forgotten what a talker and singer she was! She seems so little to be singing such a big song!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cleveland and Friends

Over Labor Day weekend we got together with our good friends the Mickelsens. Both Bryan and Cody had the weekend off, so we decided to take advantage! We met halfway in Cleveland. It was so much fun! The kids loved being with their best friends and so did Bryan and I!

We went to the Cleveland Zoo...

Visited Kirtland, Ohio...

The kids got to dress up like pioneers...

And we got to tour the Kirtland temple. It's so pretty!

On Labor Day, we headed downtown to see the Cleveland Indians play the Detroit Tigers. I think this is the most fun we've had in a long time!! We loved it and so did the kids.

Benny loved it when they sang "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" but he wouldn't sing along.Bryan and I decided that next summer we need to take the kids and do a baseball road trip and go see all the teams play that are close by. I can't wait!

It was great to be with our good friends again. Hopefully, we can do it again soon. Thanks Mickelsen family for a wonderful getaway!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another First

I often wonder what happened with the time from when Chloe was born until now. For some reason, I have to really think about what Chloe was like as a baby and toddler. It's kind of hard for me to remember. The time seemed to fly by so quickly that my memory didn't have time to take it in. I do know that Chloe has always been sweet, obedient, and a great helper around the house and with her little brother and sometimes even her big sister.

Today was the day that she has been waiting for since the spring (or maybe even before that)- the first day of preschool! She has literally been asking every day since April, "Mom, how long 'til I start preschool?" Well, her time came! After much planning and careful consideration, she picked out her outfit, had me do her hair just right (notice her new hairdo- so cute on her), laid out her shoes and even put on some lip gloss!

She looks so big, especially with her cute new haircut.
She needed a tote bag for school so we bought one at Hobby Lobby, died it pink and she helped pick out and put on decorations. I will be finding glitter all over for months to come from that sparkly ribbon she picked out! The bag is almost as big as she is.
Dear Chloe,

Mom loves you and can't believe you are going to preschool now. I know you will do great and make lots of new friends. You are smart, pretty, and funny. I love your guts!



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
  • 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