I knew this day was coming, but you can never prepare yourself for it. When i heard of his passing last night, i had mixed emotions. Sad, because we love him so much and hard to have him gone, but Happy that he gets to reunite with his Darling wife.
What a Beautiful day it must be for him to see her again!
I am so grateful that i got to see him at a General Conference, and enjoy the sweet spirit that was there, while singing "We thank thee O God for a Prophet", that was an amazing experience that i was hoping to take Boston to this coming Spring.
This is the Prophet who i will always Remember, whose words helped me through some of the Hardest times in my life, and who has sculpted me to be the kind of Woman, Wife & Mother that i am! This is the The Prophet who helped me Gain my Testimony, & helped me to become a better person, to him i am forever grateful.
I like to imagine that he is holding my baby boy, if for only a brief moment.
We had a Break in the Snow yesterday, so While Cory & Geoff went Snowmobiling, Jenn and I went up to Gateway with some of the Neighbor friends. It was so nice and warm outside (compared to usual) so we went shopping and ate Lunch and the Boys played arcades for a while.
Boston, Chase and Caden all got to pick out their own Custom skateboards. It is so cool at the Quiksilver store you can customize your own Skateboard. Since we were heading to Arizona this next weekend, Boston wanted to get ready to tear it up with his cousin Brigham, at the Skate park! They look soooo Sweet! Of course, they skateboarded all the way to the Car! Uhm...excuse us everyone!!
~After a fun day of skateboarding & Shopping, we went to see Our cousins Witney, Shae and Charlee dance in
Rick Robinsons "Evolutions of Dance" performance at "The Covey Center of performing arts" in Provo!
This is one Performance that i make sure i go to every year, it is so AMAZING, They are Pretty much the Most amazing dancers, & i absolutely enjoyed every minute of it!
This is Charlee and her Hip Hop dance.....It was so dang cute!
Here are all the crazy kids we brought with us! Hehe (Front Row) They were so loving it, It was quite the Support group! The Taylors, Granums, Rhodes, Mortons, Carsons, Edwards, etc...
Boston, Witney, & Olivia
Charlee, Shae, Olivia & Boston
Boston and Olivia brought Flowers to our Amazing little Performers, it was so much fun, and now Boston thinks he wants to do Hip Hop! ;)
My little monkeys are going in the Potty! We are on day 5 and it is our best day so far!
Will they ever tell you that they have to go Pee pee, or do i always have to put them on the Potty forever??!! My strategy, thanks to my good friend Jane, is this...
i went to the Dollar store i bought like 80 or so little Presents, so each time they go potty they get a new little toy, Each! They love their prize after the Potty, so now they look forward to something each time!
I am hoping this gets easier as the time goes by, some days are really hard, and then we have some Good Days!
Wish me some Luck or some advice....
Well, we woke up this morning to a TON of Snow, and we had to get out and Play in it!
Our neighborhood is so fun, everyone came out with their toys and started pulling kids everywhere! Boston & Chase were on Tubes behind the Rhino and loving it....All afternoon.
We even made Snowballs and i brought out the Flavored Syrup and all the kids ate "Snow cones" while we were waiting!
After Sledding/Tubing, we all ate Lunch at Jenn's and then went to see a movie.
My kids loved The Veggie tales Pirate movie, even Boston.
After the Movie, we went to eat at "Brick oven Pizza", this Guy who makes Anything out of Balloons was there and made some AMAZING stuff! He made Olivia a Princess Crown, and Hayes a Monkey holding a Banana. He was making Transformers, Motorcycles, helicopters, etc... He said he can even do Disney princesses. SO COOL!
Well there is no picture of Boston & Hayes' balloons, because after the guys spent 20 min on it, Hayes Ruined it right away...Oops!! ;) And we pretty much begged Boston to wait until Crew's Birthday and he can have him make 2!! (it did take forever)
~oh and on top of all of this, Guess who is getting "Potty Trained"??!!
Stay Tuned for that one...
I have been cooking like crazy this week! I guess that is what happens when it is FREEZING Cold outside...These are seriously so quick and easy and Especially delicious.
I also have been the "Sneaky Chef" to my kids, and made yummy French toast with Pumpkin in the Mix, and they have no idea, it's so fun! I may be a little to excited about that, cause i try to Sneak all these Puree's into everything, even Ice Cream Shakes! (IT Works)
"Raspberry Chapotle Bean dip "
2-3 T. Butter
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1/2 Onion Chopped fine
2 Cans of Black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 Can of Corn (drained)
1 8oz pkg of Cream Cheese
1 Bottle of Bronco Bob's Roasted Raspberry Chapotle Sauce (at target by the BBQ Sauce)
1 Sm. can of Green Chilies
1 Sm. can of Sliced Olives
+ Grated Cheddar cheese(enough to generously cover the top)
Mix~ Butter, Garlic, and Onion together. Spread on Bottom of a Deep 9X13
Layer with Black Beans, Corn, Cream Cheese, 1/2 the Chapotle Sauce, Green Chilies,Olives, Cheese, and then the Rest of the sauce. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Serve Hot with Tortilla Chips. I love it in Soft Tacos or Burritos!
Boston and I went Skiing today with Jenn & Chase up at Sundance! Today was BEAUTIFUL, and the little boys are such GREAT Skiers! They went down Everything that Jenn and I would go down...They went down "Bishops Bowl" (a black diamond Run) and were pretty pumped that they could just rip right down.
I went off a few Jumps that Boston would go on and It was a little Crazy, so He is now good enough to go skiing with us, whenever he wants.
He thinks he is ready to go up the Chairlift by himself! It was so much fun, and i am so excited that i get to have this one day every week to hang out and play with him!
Here are the Reviews of the new "Pizzeria seven twelve" here in Orem at the Midtown village.
IT is AMAZING, a definite MUST! The wait was like an Hour long, it is so little inside, but worth it.
We went last night with the Kids and my niece Jackie who is here visiting. Jackie just returned home from Italy, doing the Study abroad program, so she knows her Pizza! The appetizers are amazing, all of them! The Pizza so delicious i want to go back today. Oh and don't even get me started on the Dessert....Mmmmmmm they have this S'more dessert that is "Off the Charts" good, and also this "Panna Cotta" with Berries, that is The Best!
Seriously go try it and let me know!
Happy Birthday to my Sister Rachel! When I was little i used to make my sister Rachel, while home from College, kiss every single stuffed animal of mine before she would leave again, so i could have her germs. haha! I always had a hard time sleeping over at friends houses until i was 12! (that is so crazy, i know) I just always wanted to be with my sisters, i never wanted to leave Rachel's side! I have the Best sisters in the whole world! Thanks so much for your Example in Everything you do, How you raise your kids, the gospel, being unselfish, Serving others & in being the BEST mother EVER!
Hope you have a wonderful Birthday today, and Can't wait to see you in March!! These are all my girls.... Darla, Rachel, Me, Jill & Mindy ( oh and Hayes & Olivia's Blessing day) Sorry it's an old one, i just love it though!
And Happy Birthday to my Wonderful friend Jane! I love this picture of us in Mexico, it reminds me of the most Relaxing Vacation EVER! I think of the Temazcal and Laugh!!
Thanks for being such an amazing Friend, Wife & Trophy Mom! hehehe
Have a Fabulous Birthday!!
Dusty, Jane, Cory, Shannon hanging out on the Beach, Relaxing...
I took Boston out of School at lunch today to do the Ski program up at Sundance ski Resort!
It was too nice of a day to pass up, especially with all the Powder from this weekends Snow.
He really wanted to learn how to Snowboard, So i gave into the Snowboarding Craze (which i still think is so dangerous for little kids) and put him in a lesson . He is a Total SKIER normally, so i was a little worried that he would not like it!
Of course, he LOVED it so much, & now thinks he is a Snowboarder....We'll see!
So every monday afternoon We will head up to Ski /Snowboard for a nice break!
Hayes & Olivia played in the snow at the Base of the Mountain! They seriously loved it too!
Guess who is in "Sunbeams"??!! Yes, they are little for sunbeams, they just barely turned "3" this month.
They LOVED it so much! It was only hard for about 3 minutes, with Hayes Kind of Crying. Olivia was so excited, and kept waving "Bye Mom".
This is a little Bit Weird that they went so well and did so great, because they did not do so well In the Nursery...Without MOM! So we will see how next week goes, i am hoping Just like today!
This was the Twins first Ever "Princess" Party where you go all dressed up as your Favorite Disney Prince/Princess! It was for my little Niece Camry, who is Snow white. It was so dang cute when McCall Came dressed up as the "Real" Snow white, all the kids were in Awww, and other kids as well. hehehe
McCall (Snow White) Told Stories and Talked with them for a while and my kids wouldn't stop hugging her!
It was so fun! Hayes & Brody were the Only "Princes"! Hayes is in a Cap'n Jack Sparrow costume, but he thinks he is Cap't Hook! He was in Total Character tonight too!
(btw...HUGE Sale at the Disney store, i got Hayes' Jack sparrow costume for &14 and Livi's Tinkerbell $11...SWEET!!)
Olvia with her princess cousins, Angel & Camry. I love how she is admiring them!
Tonight i took some of the neighbor kids out on a date, because Cory is out of town! It was so fun, first we went to my soccer game and then we all went to eat at Tepanyaki! Everyone at dinner was looking at me so strange, the kids wanted to pretend that they were all mine! So i had a 10 yr old (kiana) Triplet 8 yr olds(Boston, Chase & Myla) and then twins (Hayes & Olivia)I was suppose to call them Son/Daughter and they call me mom! Hehehehe....So it looked a little crazy with a Mom and 6 kids under the age of 11! (k.. so i guess it could happen) It was actually so much fun! I love hanging out with kids and listening to their Conversations, they are WAY to smart and Inquisitive!
After Dinner we all came home and Played the Wii.... Myla & Livi "Princess" and her sweet little Pose...Awwww couldn't you just eat her up! Kiana, Boston and Chase playing Wii Play (ping pong, Pool, air hockey, etc...) while myla was playing with Hayes and the Train! Olivia has been following Chase around all night! It is so funny how she totally loves him! He is quite cute to her too.
Thanks Jane for my Gazillion "Cadbury Creme Eggs" you must really LOVE me!
I was fighting Boston over them. That candy is quite the hit in our House!
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
This Holiday Break we saw this cute show "TWICE"! My babies (ok they are not babies anymore) sat in their seats with snack packs and watched the whole Movie, Yes "twice"!
It was so fun to go with all of our Cousins and Grandma and Papa Joe. We now Jam out to the Soundtrack all day, which i highly suggest you buy!
My kids have been playing with their toys NON stop, having Sleepovers Every night, playing games, staying up LATE, Sleeping in, and just Loving it.
We are back to School tomorrow and all the Christmas stuff comes down! It is always refreshing to get it down and have a normal house again! We have lots to look forward too, especially after Christmas you need Something to get you through the winter.....Our Anniversary in feb, Jake's (cory's Brother) wedding in feb, Arizona Baptism for our Nephew Brigham, and My nephew Ben is getting married in March!
So back to eating "Clean" and Soccer games... Livi Loves her Twin babies, and she looks so adorable in her Matching Jammies!