Ramblings of a tired momma

I’m sitting in bed with little Audra by my side, talking to herself. I can’t believe she has grown up so fast. I can’t even remember what she was like as a baby. It’s been a blur. She is talking a lot now. She is the sweetest thing you can imagine. Always happy (well, unless she’s in close proximity to her brother). 

All of the kids have sucked their fingers, and had lovies. They each started out sucking the two middle fingers on their right hand. For some reason, that turned into the 3 middle fingers with Audra. Hayden used to have three stuffed bears that he couldn’t sleep without. For Parker, it was one of my t-shirts. Audra’s Granny made her a beautiful pink crocheted blanket when she was a baby. She never sleeps without it. 

Ever since we decided to have kids, I’ve wanted a girl. I’m so incredibly blessed to have all my children, but I’m just tickled pink (ha!) to have a little girl. I love how long her hair is getting, and how cute her clothes are. I love how feminine she is. Every time we’re at a store and she sees something girly, she says “that me” (translation: that’s for me). The way she stands and moves is feminine. She strikes these poses all the time that just make me laugh. I love it!
How did I get so lucky? I’m so glad I made the decision to be a mom. It’s always been the number one priority in my life. I love it. At the same time, it’s such a huge responsibility. Kind of scares me sometimes. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Touching the Temple

The kids and I went to the Primary Temple Trip up in Denver. My favorite part of the tour was when the guide shared a special story, and the kids got to touch the temple. My friend took these pics of the kids for me.

After the tour, I was able to take pictures of all the Primary kids with the temple in the background. All in all it was a great day!

Hayden’s First Day of Kindergarten

I felt like it would never come, but it did! A few weeks ago, Hayden started Kindergarten. He turns six this November, so he’s one of the older ones in his class. This was the first year the Elementary school stopped offering half-day Kindergarten, so he goes from 8 to 3:30. I think he was more than ready, so it hasn’t been too hard for him. He tells me every day how much he loves school. His favorite “subjects” are snack time, recess and lunch time. Sound just like his mommy 🙂

I’m not sure why he looks so sad in these pictures. The parents were invited to stay for a few hours on the first day, and right before we left the teacher told the kids to give their parents a hug and kiss. There were kids crying all over the room, begging their parents not to leave. Hayden, however, was more than fine with me leaving. He tells me all the time how he doesn’t miss me when he’s at school 😦 I guess it’s better than the alternative!


If any of you know Kevin, you know that he loves baseball. So it’s only natural that he would want his children to carry on the tradition. We have been looking forward to this year, when Hayden was old enough to play T-Ball. We joined a local YMCA team, and Kevin volunteered as a coach (the only coach). All in all, I think they both had fun. Parker is really looking forward to being able to join a team next year. We’ll see if Hayden’s still interested then, or if he wants to try something else. As long as one of them stays in baseball, I think we’ll be happy 🙂

Parker’s Pirate Party

When I asked Parker what kind of party he wanted this year, and after looking through Pinterest to spark some ideas, he decided on a Pirate Party! I’ve been playing around with video a lot lately, and thought it would be fun to do a video invitation, to make it more fun. He did such a good job, and was a great sport. Here’s his cute little video:

We had a fun time designing and making the pirate cake as well. It doesn’t quite look like a pirate ship, but hey, I’m no Cake Boss.

                              Happy Birthday my sweet Parker!

Fall Pictures of the Kids!

The kids and I went up to Granny and Papa’s house to take school/fall pictures of the kids. My dad let me borrow his 135mm lens, and I fell in love with it! I love the creamy bokeh it produces.

Hayden was the most cooperative, Parker was pretty good, but Audra wanted nothing to do with looking at the camera. So no cute smiles from her this time.