Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I've been busy

This post is a little old, but I am going to post it anyway.

My computer was down for the last week and it is so sad that I feel so disconnected to the outside world. Luke finally got it up and running (thank you). This time of year is always busy crazy and so much fun. A little news some of you already know, we are moving. Yes, again. We are heading back to Eagar. This has really been a blessing to us in so many ways. We weren't too sure about it at first but the more the idea was talked about the more we knew it was what we were suppose to do. I won't go into much detail but things just work out the way they are suppose to. My kids are thrilled to be living close to their grandparents. The older my kids get, the more great influences in their lives they need. I am truly grateful for this chance. We will be building a house and that is super exciting to us. Luke's job remains exactly the same and so does mine:) So this Christmas has been crazy! We are moving the day after Christmas so you can imagine how busy we have been. We have pretty much everything packed up except Christmas.

Since this post lots has happened. We have moved and are trying to get situated. Finding a place for everything just takes time. We had a wonderful Christmas. The older 3 all got Nintendo DS'. Santa must have thought they were pretty good this year. They have all been such great helpers in this move. I haven't yet down loaded Christmas pictures, that will have to wait. But I had a few on here from before.

Lately Kooper has been giving Kali alot of extra attention.
He loves to hold her and she doesn't mind at all.

Kenzi continues playing in the snow.

She loves her new beanie that I made for her.

I just thought this picture was funny. Kali loves Luke and lights up whenever he walks in the room. She is totally chilled out on him. (Kenzi snapped this picture)I know I've said this before but Kyron is an amazing big brother. He will play and entertain Kooper anytime. Kooper was exhausted this day and had snuggled up to Kyron. They both fell fast asleep. Kyron is so great with little kids and is just a natural. It is fun to see him take care of Kooper and Kali. He just knows what to do with them. He is really sweet and gives up anything for Koop. Since I have totally been slacking I will finish with an entertaining story. Of course it is about Kooper. Since my last post about him sticking objects up his nose, he has managed to stick a few more up there. I have somehow gotten everything out. He even put a button up his nose Christmas morning but the day after Christmas he wasn't so lucky. He found a red button somewhere and stuck it waaaaay up his nose. We tried everything, and I mean everything to get it out. During his nap he snored SO loud. His nose was pretty stuffy anyway but he was having to walk around with his tongue stuck out just so he could breath. He didn't complain about it much. He told me right after he did it and was in the process of sticking another one up the other side. He obviously didn't learn from the other 5 times I had to fight to get the other objects out. After 9 hours of waiting and trying I finally had to take him to the Emergency Room. It was the saddest thing. It was so far up there that the Doctor couldn't see it. He said, "are you sure he stuck something up there"? I said, "yes, it is a big red button." They had to find a long awkward tool to fish out the HUGE red button. They wrapped him his a sheet and it took 3 of them to hold him down. It was really sad. They finally got it. It was so big! I don't know how he could even get it up there. The Dr. said, "it is as big as his nose!" It literally was. I am not sure what I am going to do with this little monster. He is such a bad boy! He had everyone in the ER just thinking he was the cutest thing. They all loved him. He was so friendly to everyone and told them Thank you! One nurse just kissed him and gave him 2 baggies full of toys! What in the world? Now he is going to think he gets a treat for sticking things up his nose. Well, lets hope not. It has been 5 days and he hasn't stuck anything up his nose, yet!

Even if he is a bad boy, he is a lovable one at that. We are constantly laughing at this child. He also loves his new hat that I made him. He would play outside in the snow all day if he could.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow days

This is what we woke up to yesterday!
It snowed all day and all night.
The kids haven't had school the last two days because of it!
We are suppose to get even more tonight.
If we do then school will be canceled again tomorrow.
The sun hasn't been out at all, so it just keeps getting deeper and deeper!
The kids are loving it!

What better way to end the last few days of school before Christmas break but to not have any school at all! When I was little I remember listning to the radio in the mornings to see if school was going to be canceled after a big snow storm. It didn't happen to often, but when it did we loved it!

Monday, December 15, 2008

What in the world??

Seriously. I can't catch a break with him! What was he thinking?

Sunday, December 14, 2008


This last week Kyron and Kason both got Character Counts Awards during an assembly. I am very proud of both of them. It is so funny to me that they both got one on the same day. What are the chances? Their teachers both had great things to say about them. Makes me proud:)

Kali looks way too little to be in her bumbo, but she rather enjoys it...ALOT!All I have to say about this picture of Kooper's hair is WOW!
This is what it looks like every morning and after naps.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


For Kyron's birthday back in August, Uncle Tim got him a frog! My kids love Uncle Tim because he gets them things that I won't. Pac-Man eats just about anything. When it was warm outside Kyron would just go get grasshoppers, crickets or worms for him. Now that it is cold outside and there are no living little creatures to be found anywhere, I have to buy him little creatures! I just think it is silly! But the kids all really enjoy him. Kooper gets Kyron's stool and pulls it over to where Pac-Man is and checks him out. We hardly ever see him move and he only eats when it is dark and quiet. Sometimes in the middle of the night Luke and i can hear him croaking...a little creepy, I know.
We are glad that he is still alive and that he is very low maintenance.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

gingerbread house

We attempted to make a gingerbread house for FHE. What a fun mess it was! The kids all took a side and went to town with the decorations. Kooper ate more than he put on the little thing. The kids had a great time and even helped clean up. We had a great lesson on the true meaning of Christmas. We talked about all the different symbols and what they all represent. I feel more and more blessed every year when Christmas comes around. I am so thankful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. Because of him, I have my beautiful family.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Luke and I tend to be pretty strict about our kids and their manners. I don't know how they always act in public, but we are trying to teach them at home. Hopefully it will rub off and they will continue using their best manners forever wherever they are. Anyway, Kooper might be the biggest monster we have had yet but he is a polite one. He always says thank you for everything. Even when it isn't necessary. Lately he has been giving us all a laugh. Whenever we give him food, a drink, a hug, a treat, turn on a movie for him or whatever it may be (you get the point) he says thankyouwelcome. I guess he has heard us say your welcome enough after each thank you. Now he thinks he needs to say it all at once and in one breath. It is so cute. I am glad he is at least a nice grateful stinker!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

So short

Kenzi has been dying to get her hair cut...short! I always hope that she is going to forget and not ask again but she never does. So finally over Thanksgiving she cut off ALOT! It might not look like too much but it was touching the top of her pants. So she thinks it is so short! She runs down the hall moving her head from side to side and she looks in the mirror every chance she gets to see how short it really is. I don't know why I don't want her to cut it off. I suppose it is because I would be sad. I just love her long hair and it is so easy for me to fix. I can't fix short hair very cute. I know it is still really long...but to her (and me) it is short! This morning before school I told her to turn around so I could get a picture of how short her hair was and Kooper had to copy her and get in the picture too! He was in the middle of one of his many baths that he will have today.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lots of thanks

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I guess I enjoyed it so much that I didn't take ONE picture. We spent Thanksgiving with my parents. It was such a quiet one. Daniel, Chelsee and Camdyn were there too. I am so thankful for lots of things. Where do I begin??
*Luke *sweet kids *health * siblings *roof over my head* a car that fits us all *Luke's great job *great parents and in-laws * a camera to catch priceless moments *messes *friends * laughter * testimony * books and scriptures
* school *clothes * yummy food *excitement *gospel * most importantly being a Mom to 5 little stinkers and a wife to a wonderful husband. That is what I am most thankful for. I am so thankful that I get to do what I love everyday!

But there is ONE thing that I am NOT so thankful for, and that is that Kooper can get IN and OUT of his crib all by himself. I have been planning on leaving him in there until I absolutely had to take him out. Him sleeping all night and taking good naps is one of the things I used to be SO grateful for! He used to take a 3 hour nap everyday and all though the only way to put him to bed at night was to lock him in his crib, he would fight it a little but eventually he would just crash. Well now he thinks it is so funny that he can get in and out by himself. It doesn't help that the other kids laugh at him when he does it. Last night he was up until 10:30! I just was not looking forward to this day. So on the bright side, I guess I should be grateful that he has two strong legs that allow him to get in and out of his crib. I am thankful for his laugh, as he thinks he is so clever. I am thankful for the pitter patter of his feet as he tries to run away from me! I am thankful that he is a healthy and happy 2 year old. I am thankful for his sweet little voice. I am thankful that he is all MINE!

Friday, November 21, 2008

4 months

Look at that adorable little face. She loves to smile, so big! She is 4 months today. She is doing so good and getting too big too fast. She has turned into a great sleeper. Whenever she is fussy or tired I just lay her down on her belly, she finds her thumb and goes straight to sleep. I love it. She looks so much like Kenzi did when she was a baby. I still can't believe that she sucks her thumb, just like Kenzi! She loves to take baths and hates to get out of them. She talks alot and is on the verge of a belly laugh. She is just such a little peanut! She weighed in at 9 lbs. 2 oz. and is 223/4 in. long. She is still in the 5th percentile for her weight. She has dropped off the charts in height. She did pretty good with the shots and just cried for a second. Shots are never fun. Today she was so happy, smiling and talking and then all the sudden crocodile tears of pain were rolling down her checks. Her little bottom lip was out as far as she could get it. Poor little thing. I'm glad that part is over.

I AM SO BORED!! This is all I have heard from these 3 the last few days. They have had early release since Wednesday. I am sure I can find something for them to do.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Little update on us

I haven't done very good blogging lately so I thought I'd do a little update on what we have been up to. A few weekends ago we had a visit from Papa, Nana, Aunt Shana and her new little baby Dallin. We had a fun day with them.

Here is Papa and Kenzi with the 2 new little ones,
Kali and Dallin.

Nana and Kason

Aunt Shana, Kenzi and Dallin

Papa and his two little grandbabies.

Luke and the Jett

Kooper doing his cute little smile in his big
boy underwear waiting to help me cook!

He can fall asleep in the funniest positions.
I love it!

Kooper is really into playing with ALL of his animals and building blocks.
He will play forever.
He gets so into it, and he is so serious about it.

Potty training with Kooper is going pretty well. Better than I thought it would. It started out that he was getting a piece of candy everytime he went and now he just goes. He doesn't initiate it himself yet, but he goes everytime I put him on there. It is such a nice thought that maybe just maybe he will be completely potty trained really soon. He loves to show everyone and everything that he can go potty. He gives high fives to whoever after each time. He is so funny about it. Obviously he loves to be naked but because we are potty training and we are just home all day I don't care if he is dressed or not. As long as he goes in the toilet!

Poor Kooper ran into the book shelf the other night.

He is one tough kiddo!

His whole forehead is just all bumps and bruises.

We found out that Kyron and Kason's teams both won on Sunday. They were super excited about it. I guess they were both really intense games. Kyron's team won with a minute and a half to go. Kason's team won the Championship game with 45 seconds to go! We are happy it ended good and that the season is over!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hard lesson to learn

As most of you know the boys have been playing football. They started in July and this weekend is the final game. They have worked super hard this season. They have been talking about this game all season! It is THE game. The games will be played in the NAU sky dome. It is a pretty big deal for these little guys. Anyway, they were at practice last night and they found out that both of their games will be played on Sunday. Kyron's coach has known that we would not be there if it was on a Sunday. So he put in a request weeks ago to play on Saturday. Obviously that request was not met. So he was great about understanding that Kyron would not play in the last game. Also Luke takes stats for Kyron's team so they are losing Luke too. Kason's coach on the other hand had no idea of our reasons for not being there on Sunday. So this was Kason's conversation with his coach.

Coach: Our game will be Sunday at 11 am so you need to be there at 10 am!
Kason: Coach, I won't be there :(
Coach: Why not?
Kason: Because it is on a Sunday. I go to church on Sunday.
Coach: What time?
Kason: I'm not sure.
Coach: Well dang it Kason!

We go to church at 1 pm but Kason told me that he didn't want to tell him what time we went at because than his coach would have said, "our game is before church". I thought that was funny. He just didn't want to have to explain anymore. We go to church and that is that!

They were definitely bummed last night. I was super proud of them for not asking questions or asking to go. They just knew that Sunday is out of the question. I can only imagine how their little hearts must feel because it broke mine. To have worked so hard on something for 4 months and then not be there for the final game. Not only the final game but Kason is playing for the championship game. They are undefeated! He stood up for what we believe and that makes me prouder than anything he could do on the football field. I know it isn't easy but it is worth it.

By the way, Kyron's team is no longer winless. They won one game, 31-0! It was very exciting!

We just had to tell them that there will be a next time. We are so proud of them and Heavenly Father is even prouder! But what a tough lesson to learn.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


(better late than never...his birthday was sunday)

Kooper is....
  • scared of spiders and bees
  • the worst sleeper of all
  • loves cha cha (chocolate milk)
  • cars and finding nemo (at the moment)
  • has to give each kid a hug and kiss before they leave for school and at bedtime
  • loves when Dad comes home
  • drags a kitchen chair all over the house to get whatever it is he is after that is higher than him
  • loves Kali and has never one time been mean to her (knock on wood)
  • he's FUNNY
  • loves baths
  • loves to play outside
  • oves sports
  • loves to do whatever the other kids are doing
  • loves to snuggle, he puts his feet in between our legs
  • rubs his feet together to put himself to sleep
  • hates to have me brush his teeth, he wants to do it all by himself
  • happiest kid ever (he says i happy)
  • isn't allhe tells everyone he loves them, blows them kisses and says Rock On (with a funny little hand gesture)
  • loves chips and gum
  • is always into something
  • is tough as nails...he hardly ever cries
  • loves to play with animals, trains and cars
  • loves the kids little pottery barn chairs..I think he needs his own
  • ALL boy
  • a mess
  • loves to wrestle and is kind of a bully

What would we do without him.

He is definitely the busiest kid I have ever had.

We just started the potty training and so far so good (sort of).

He didn't ahve any idea what a birthday was.

So it was funny when he finally realized the presents were for him.

His favorite part was blowing out the candle.

We love you!

Happy birthday Koop!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Time in Vegas

I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but we had a blast in Vegas.
We stayed with Daniel and Chelsee.
Kooper and Camdyn had so much fun together!

Sunee ended up having her baby the day of her shower!

I am so happy for her and her little family!

My kids were in heaven seeing their friends.

I kept hearing the whole trip how it just wasn't enough time!

I felt the same.

I really needed one more day to see her and everyone else that I didn't get to see.

I will be making another trip just for that!

I am so glad that Heather, Amanda and I went to dinner.

It was SO great to see them!

So next time we will have to have a big get together.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween update

The kids had fun carving THE pumpkin this year.
Yes we only did one because we were going to be gone for Halloween and besides that it was fast and easy. They pretty much did it on their own.
We are so glad that the Shepherds join in on the fun with us.
Kooper wasn't having it though.
He would just gag everytime he went near it!
So he just played the whole time. Kyron and Kason just dug right in!

Even Kenzi loved it!

We headed to Vegas Wednesday!
The kids had SO much fun seeing friends.
We sure are glad that we all got to trick-or-treat together!

Isn't Kenzi the cutest little witch ever!

Here's the crew...minus a few!
For weeks before Halloween we tried a number of costumes on Kooper.
He didn't like any part of that even a little bit.
So I brought this reversabile giraffe/lion jacket.
I figured if he ever did put something on it would more likely be a jacket
than a real costume.
He STILL didn't want to put it on...until he figured out that there was more to just wearing the costume.
There was candy that came along with it.
So he wore it and proudly held his trick-or-treat pumpkin and went door to door.
Here's Kali and Uncle Kevin

Happy Halloween!