Friday, October 30, 2009


It's been fun to start new traditions in our little family. Some of our pumpkin carving traditions are:

Eating a jack-o-lantern pizza:
Cleaning the pumpkins out and carving them:

Jeff has always done a sports themed pumpkin. He went with the Jazz this year and did a replica of D-Wills jersey.
The kids favorite part is lighting candles in the jack-o-lanterns when they are all finished:

Jaxon's pumpkin looked the best lit up:

Bring on the snow!

We had our first snow storm of the season on Tuesday. Even though it's only October (ugh), there is still something magical and fun about the first snow. The kids were so excited and Jaxon spent half the day just sitting by the window watching the snow. I remember doing that same thing as a kid. Jaxon couldn't wait to get his warm clothes on and play in the snow. It gave me hope that maybe being cooped up in the house all winter won't be so bad after all.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Family Pictures

Our good friend, Barry, is an incredible photographer. We asked if he would take some family pictures for us. We thought it would be fun to get them taken at a castle in Provo where I got my bridal pictures done. Thanks Barry--for putting up with our kids and for taking some great pictures!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wacky Wednesday

Our ward had our big Super Saturday (or Wacky Wednesday as we call it) this month. It is one of my favorite enrichment activities throughout the year. I love working on a project and being able to visit with friends in the ward. One of the options were wood WITCH letters. It was too cute to not do. I just signed up for the one project this year, since it was an eight hour project. We met the week before so we could finish the night of. It turned out as good as I hoped it would. It was a fun few nights putting it all together.

WItches Night Out

My good friend Ashlee invited me to go to Witches Night Out with her at Gardner Village. I had never been before and really looked forward to it. We both bought new costumes and plan on using them every year. It was really fun getting all decked out for the night. After dinner at Chili's (we had yummy salads and the best white chocolate molten cake), we headed over to Gardner Village. I couldn't believe how many people were there-it was crazy! We had fun walking around and looking at all the shops. We each bought an accessory to add to our costume. There were a lot of interesting people to watch including a lady with a real owl (of course she had to be wearing the same outfit I was in-don't you love that) and others with crazy skin masks and costumes. I had such a great time and enjoyed the laughs and being able to spend time with a good friend. Can't wait to go again next year!!

Pumpkin Patch

On Friday we took our kids to a pumpkin patch. My friend had told me how much they liked it and I have to agree. It was great and the kids had the best time. They loved the different tractors they could drive.
They also had a corn maze for the kids.

Jaxon and Claire loved filling the little wheelbarrow with pumpkins.

We all picked out a pumpkin to carve this week for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Conference Fun!

Just had to do a quick post to thank Jeff for making it easier for us to listen to conference this year. He tried something his dad used to do with him when he was younger. They would build a fort out of wood blocks and stack Star Wars guys all over the forts. Then, it's battle time. Whoever can knock over the other person's guys with tennis balls first is declared the winner. Pure genius-the kids were so entertained and I was able to get more out conference than I remember in a long time. I was double excited when it worked for Sunday as well. Thanks Hon-you're a great dad!!

St. George-Fall 2009

One of our favorite places to visit is St. George. Jeff's parents have a condo there so we try and go a few times a year. The last few trips, Jeff's mom has been able to come with us. We love being able to spend time with her. Two of our nephews also came with us-their parents were running in a race in Vegas. Here are the things that we look forward to the most.

Date night including dinner and movie--we went to Outback and 500 Days of Summer. Both were excellent! We love the quaint movie theater with the grand piano playing and the after movie mints.

We hit In-N-Out twice this trip (no pictures-thankfully). Swimming is always a must for the kids everyday. I was able to get my hair done one of the days while Jeff took the kiddos swimming. Have I ever mentioned how much I love getting my hair done!

On Sunday, we enjoyed some good time with our little family at the temple. It is a beautiful building and we love walking through the visitor centers.

Jaxon and Claire loved picking out a cake for Grandma. Her birthday wasn't for a few weeks, but since she'll still be in St. George, we decided to surprise her.

We had a GREAT time and look forward to doing at all again in six months or so!!