February 1, 2016


The girls did awesome at Region!  They took 3rd and we are thrilled.  Now, it's on to state semi-finals on Thursday.  The girls have been working their little tails off.  They are exhausted, physically and mentally.  But, their hard work is paying off.  They will be ready for a big break when this is all over!

January 24, 2016

Kissy Lips

Love my girl!
(not sure why my eyes are half closed, but oh well)

January 18, 2016

In Full Swing

Competition season has begun and we are hitting it with full force.  We've already had 3 this year; 2 for drill and 1 for cheer.  This is always a super fun, busy, and exhausting time.

Love this costume for their dance routine this year.

Jo's first competition of the season!

Kenzie getting ready for her character routine!

19th Anniversary

I love this man of mine.  We've had 19 wonderful years together.  We've had our ups and downs, as all couples do.  Luckily the ups outnumber the downs by leaps and bounds.  I can't imagine my life without him.  I'm so grateful that I have him to go through this crazy adventure together!

Christmas 2015

The kids love to pile in the same room on Christmas Eve so that they can wake up together for the magic of Christmas morning.  There were a few bumps and tears as they were trying to all fit in the same room with mattresses, pillows, blankets, and all.  But, they finally got it all figured out.  They actually let us sleep in a little bit longer this time.  I think we got up around 6:00 a.m.  This year we had a very mild Christmas.  The kids wanted to do a big trip together.  So, our Christmas is our cruise!  Which, by the way is in 75 days!  We can not wait.  The kids still enjoyed their morning.  We opened gifts then went back to bed for a nap.  It was quite nice.  We also played games with the Huntington's and exchanged gifts.  We had dinner with Lana's family and just enjoyed each other!

The next morning we had our annual day after Christmas breakfast with the Bird's and Huntington's.  I love this tradition and can't believe I don't have a picture to show for it.  It's a good time to be with friends and enjoy.  

After breakfast we met up with family for some miniature golf and dinner at Golden Corral.  We had a busy fun filled week.  The second week we spent a lot of time at home relaxing, watching movies, doing puzzles, staying up late, and sleeping in!  I'd say it was a success!

Ringing in the New Year was weird for us.  Spencer and I were both sick, so we stayed home half sleeping, waiting to say, "Happy New Year" to each other.  Ry went to his sisters' house and played games.  Tanner was with friends.  Kenz was also with friends', but came home pretty early considering the day.  And Jo did the same.  It just kind of felt strange.  But, needless to say we have a lot of adventure awaiting us this year.  I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

Family 2015

"Time spent with Family is worth every Second"

Christmas Eve

We ate lots and lots of food on Christmas Eve.  We had an appetizer type dinner.  That way we could eat and enjoy all through the evening.  We had meatballs, little smokies, anti-pasta kabobs, sandwiches, baked brie, cheesecake, dips, brazillian delights, cookies, egg nog, and more.  We had a TON of food, I loved it!

Anna, Grace, and I

We have a tradition of opening Christmas jammies and then spending the evening in them.  We thought it would be fun for all the boys to be Super Heroes for the evening.  Isn't that a handsome looking group?!

Love my fam!

I've never matched my girls and really wanted to this year.  I can't believe I actually found something that worked for all 3 of us!

I love these 2 crazy girls.  They make my heart happy.

Reindeer Games

Christmas Break Fun

We had a lot of family here for the Holidays.  We got to see everyone except for Alec, Kelly, and Katy.  We sure missed them.  We kept ourselves plenty busy with lots of activities.
During one of nights together the boys needed to burn some energy, so they decided to have a snowball fight.  Lana and I made them pause so we could snap a quick photo for posterity sake.

After our bellies had been filled!

We took the kids to a freezing night of 7 Peaks Winter Wonderland fun.  However I think the adults had more fun than the kids.  They all wanted to go home, but we "forced" them to ride the bumper boats through the Christmas village.  By the end we were all cold and wet, but we made memories that no one will forget.

Temple Square

We rode the Frontrunner and Trax up to Temple Square where we walked around enjoying the lights, enjoying the warmth of the visitor's center, and looking at all the nativities from different countries.

(minus a few)

Jingle Ball

The school has A LOT of dances.  It's very fun for the kids, but it's very busy.  The Jingle Ball was an Ugly Sweater Dance.  Tanner and Kenzie both had a fun filled night.

Kenzie & Dirk

Tanner picked up his date, but I never got a picture of them together.  
He looked super cute though!

Student of the Day

This cute thing got chosen to be "Student of the Day"!  Unfortunately she was sick that day.  But, she did get to enjoy her spoils the day after.  Love that smile she has:)

Where Does the Time Go?

November and December sure flew by.  We kept plenty busy and enjoyed the holidays to the fullest.  Maybe that's why I didn't post, or maybe it's because I'm a huge slacker.  I didn't even take any pictures at Thanksgiving, but I can tell you we had a great time visiting family, eating to our hearts content, and enjoying a break from school!  So now here I am posting.  I guess better late than never.

Every Christmas we love to go see the Live Nativity.  This year was a success.  It was cold, but not too busy so we were able to take our time enjoying each part of the experience.  

The boys with one of the "guards".  Loving Tanner's face in this pic!

...and the girls inside the "city".

It was a great night.  I love making these memories and enjoying the kiddos who seem to be growing up way too fast.  

November 16, 2015

Masquerade 2015 ~ Kenz

Kenz & Riley

I love this picture!  Their faces are so cute:)

The whole gang!  They were lumberjacks and I'm pretty sure they all had a really great time.  I'm so glad that our kids have such great friends and that they are making fun memories together!

Last Game

Spencer got to squeeze in a tiny bit of game time during the last football game.  That darn broken arm of his put him out for almost the entire season.  He was thrilled to be on the field for a few short plays.  Luckily his arm healed well and hopefully next year there will be no injuries so that he'll be able to enjoy a full season of play.  

Nieces and Nephew

I love family!  I love living close to family!  These cuties live super close to us and I love spending time with them.  I wish it was more, but some is better than none.

Little Miss Penny is SOOO cute!
They came to a football game to watch Kenzie dance

 Baby Marshall, love him!

Playground Fun!

September 29, 2015

Homecoming 2015

Tanner & Kenzie both went to Homecoming and had a great time!!

Tanner's group went to the Provo Beach Resort where they played laser tag, ate lunch, and played games.  Then home, pictures, dinner at Dalton's Steak House, the dance, and then went to a friends' house to watch the end of the BYU football game.  It was a successful night for him!

Kenzie's group went to the Alpine Slide and ate lunch at a burger place.  Then, they came home, got ready, did pictures, ate at Texas Roadhouse, went to the dance, and then finished the night watching a movie.  She also had a blast and said it was the perfect first date!

I know I may be a little biased, but I think Tanner & Kenzie both look super amazing!

September 11, 2015


We booked our cruise for April!!!

Waiting Patiently

I walked out of my room Sunday morning and saw this.  Ry was home from his meeting and the boys had just finished collecting fast offerings.  They were patiently waiting on the couch, watching their phones intently, until the rest of us were  ready for church.  Isn't that a good looking group of guys?!

August 26, 2015

His Last First Day

Wow!  I can't believe he is off on his last first day of school.  I remember his first, first day of school.  It doesn't seem that long ago that I was sending my Tanner off to Kindergarten and now he's a big bad senior. He's got a pretty sweet schedule this year, just the way he wants it.  I sure love this kid.   

Tanner is really interested in the medical field and so he decided to take a
CNA course.  I think he'll really enjoy it,  Doesn't he look super cute in his scrubs?

August 19, 2015

Back to School 2015

Summer went by way too fast and so we find ourselves at the first day of school.  I was not ready for it and either were the kids.  None-the-less, they went, and all had a pretty good day.  We are jumping in full force with practices starting, homework, jobs, bedtime, and all the other joys that come with back to school.  Here's to hoping they all have a successful year!

August 14, 2015

DIY Fence and Shed

Our fence and shed have been a pretty big eye sore from the day we moved in.  We are finally able and ready to do something about it.  So, the demolition has begun.  I'm excited to get this done and to make the outside of our house look a little bit nicer.

Tanner and Ry tore the fence down pretty quickly.  Next on the list is moving the sprinkler, making the ground even and packing it down.  Then we can start on building the shed!  

Fiesta Days Parade 2015

Kenz was in the parade for the drill team.  They took turns dancing on top of the trailer and then walking.  I was lucky and got a picture of her doing both.  This girl of mine LOVES to dance and be on the drill team.  It is a huge commitment, but she is loving it.

Love these two!

Bubble Ball

Fiesta Days are always a fun time of year for us.  This year I didn't seem to get to enjoy them as much as I'd like.  We always love to go eat dinner there at least once.  After we ate one night Jo really wanted to go do the bubble ball activity.  Spencer joined her and they had a blast.  This was of course pre-broken arm for Spencer.  He looked like a little mouse running round and round in that thing.

Jo had a fun time too.  Not sure how much I would've liked something like that.  I think I might feel slightly claustrophobic.  But, the kids had a blast and really that's all that matters.

August 12, 2015

Longboarding Accident

Spencer fell off his longboard the other night.  After a couple frantic phone calls from the girls, we raced home to find a crying, broken, road rashed, boy.  We took him to the ER and they cleaned him all up and reset his bone.  He broke his radius pretty bad.  He's been in a lot of pain.  I feel really really bad for him.  One of the worst parts is that he's been practicing all spring and summer for football, and now he's out for the season right before the first game.  We went to see a surgeon on Monday and he thinks the bone will heal fine without surgery, we're crossing our fingers.  We go back next Monday to hopefully get a cast and not have surgery.  After we got that news, we thought we were in the clear, but the dr. found a broken bone in his hand.  He's going to show the x-rays to a hand surgeon.  So now we are also crossing our toes that he doesn't need hand surgery.  It's been quite the adventure for my Spencer.

He's trying to be super tough here.  You can see just a little bit of his road rash on his hip bone.  

Baby Malachi

My new nephew Malachi!  He's so cute and so tiny and so perfect!
I'm already in love!

August 9, 2015

Beehive Swimming

My friend is the Beehive Advisor and asked me if I would go with them for their swimming activity.  I was happy to go, I love swimming.  These girls were super cute together and it was fun to see them interacting and being crazy.  I'm so grateful that my kids have such wonderful youth leaders that plan fun activities and that also help them to learn and grow in the gospel!