San Antonio, TX

April 14th, 2014

I think the first few months of the year must have been a blur. Aside from a few swimming pictures, I have no record of what went on. Must not have been too important…
For Spring Break this year, we decided to head east and took the family to San Antonio, Texas. We went to the Zoo, the Alamo, the Tower of the Americas (in a storm), and all around the Riverwalk. We also took a day and went to the beach in Corpus Christi. The weather was beautiful, and we had a great time together – even when the kids were exhausted from all of the walking we did.

St. Louis

January 9th, 2014

Just before school started back up, we took a quick trip to St. Louis for our nephew’s wedding. It was a surprise for Justin’s sister and family. It was a brief visit, but we got a lot in – the Arch and the City Museum were highlights for the kids. Zephram didn’t make the trip with us, but went with the Scouts to the Klondike Derby instead.

Gatsby New Year

January 2nd, 2014

Typically we don’t do much for New Years, but with 2 teenagers, we thought it would be fun to liven things up a bit. Caemlyn & Zephram invited several friends over for a Gatsby themed party. Caemlyn did most of the planning and prep since Zeph was busy getting ready for Klondike. She had quite the spread of food, including homemade cheescake bites and homemade chocolate mousse in mini martini glasses. The dressed up, played games and rang in the New Year with balloons “netted” on the ceiling, poppers, sparkling cider and sparklers.

While I monitored the party, the little kids played games with daddy and snuck in on the big kid party whenever they could.

Merry Christmas

December 27th, 2013

We had a lovely, low-key Christmas at home. Christmas Eve chinese take-out, jammies from cousins, lots of nice gifts and Christmas dinner with the missionaries.

Busy December

December 18th, 2013

Caemlyn and Zephram started high school swim team in November and had their first meet in December. Both did very well. I’m most impressed with how much Zephram has improved of late, and am anxious to see how much he improves over the course of the season.

The morning of the swim meet, we went to the annual breakfast with Santa. Zeph is kinda a fan of Kiwanis, so he went extra early to help.

I let the 3 little kids have a gingerbread house decorating party. The each got to invite 3 friends, and I made the gingerbread and royal icing from scratch. They asked their friends to each bring their favorite candy to share, so I didn’t have to provide all of that. It really wasn’t too bad and the kids all had a great time.

As RS president, I was in charge of this year’s Ward Christmas party. Being a brand new ward, we didn’t have any traditions to adhere to and got to do it how we wanted. We got extra $ and had catered enchiladas, rice and beans. Then we had tons of extras and potluck desserts. All of the auxiliaries helped and while I was glad when it was over, it wasn’t too awful. We had nearly as many non-members there as members, and ditched Santa for a purely spiritual evening. It was lovely and raved about by all. Since my 3 youngest arrived hours early to help with set-up, they got recruited to be in the nativity. Beautiful evening.


December 7th, 2013

Caemlyn and Zephram got a huge Christmas gift … a little early. They both got braces! Aren’t they so cute?

I also made a rather fancy gift for a friend of mine, per her request. This is one awesome diaper bag. I missed her baby shower, but I was told it got passed around the room about 10 times. lol


November 24th, 2013

The same weekend as Ada’s birthday, and hence another reason for a visit from Grandma, Kezia was in the youth theater production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. She rehearsed 3 days a week for 12 weeks. She had 3 different parts, a friend, an attendant and a shopkeeper. She looked beautiful and did a fabulous job.

And, while I can’t find a picture of it, I made an awesome cake for the cast party.

Ada Jane’s 9th Birthday

November 23rd, 2013

Ada Jane turned 9 with a huge birthday surprise. I can’t believe I don’t have any pictures of the occasion, but my mom came out for a surprise visit. We, amazingly, kept it a secret and we surprised the 3 youngest kids by “running into” her at the grocery store. The looks on their faces (after they originally walked right past her) were priceless.

She’s such a fun little girl!

Girls’ Weekend

November 19th, 2013

In celebration of my sisters’ milestone birthdays, I got to fly out to Cali for a fabulous girls’ weekend in Sonoma. We stayed at a fancy place, and a not so fancy one, ate at all sorts of fabulous restaurants, took a cooking class and a tour of Sonoma. We capped the weekend off with a hot air balloon ride over Napa! I didn’t take my camera, and only took a few pics with my phone.

While in Cali, I also attended my nephews’ baptisms, visited with “old” friends and relaxed at my parents’. I finished the weekend with a flight from Abq to LA on an itty bitty plane.

Family Pictures

November 3rd, 2013

I have a friend that is just getting into photography, so we had her take some family pics for us at the beginning of November. I took the ones of the kids, but she got a few nice ones of all of us together. The backdrop is one of the last areas on the ski hill that still had leaves and color.

Tyghe was obsessed with the sticks and got super upset when Justin took his favorite one away, then insisted we find it. Didn’t happen.