Apr 4, 2018

Easter

This year the Easter holiday was also April Fools day and General Conference weekend for church. It turned out to be a fun and relaxing weekend for all of us. The kids woke up to treats from the Easter Bunny. They ate candy for breakfast, and then helped me fill eggs with coins and candy to take to Granny and Papa's house later. After conference was over, we went to my parents for the big egg hunt. We just missed the rain, which was perfect. The kids ran around outside and got their eggs and money.

Kids counting coins and eating candy

Kenady and Calvin looking in the rocks


Shelby found more in the trees where other kids didn't dare to go

Porter and Ronin were side by side racing to see who could get more

Easter Morning


Mar 20, 2018

14th wedding anniversary

Our schedules are so crazy right now that we almost didn't make plans for our anniversary. Then I thought about it more and decided that we NEED to get out of town and do something. So I booked us a hotel in the Pearl District, and I scheduled us each a 90 minute massage next to our hotel. My mom is watching our kids and we went on a one-night getaway!

We ate Thai food on NW 23rd, and then got dessert from Papa Haydn's and took it back to our hotel. Our hotel was really nice and had a great balcony on the top roof. We slept horribly at the hotel, but the dessert in bed was a big bonus.

The next morning we stayed in bed, and had amazing massages! It was so relaxing and a great way to start the day. We went out for ice cream at Salt N' Straw, our favorite. Then we shopped all around Portland. Caleb even got a bunch of new clothes that were long overdue!

We got home late on Saturday, went to 9 am church on Sunday. After church we volunteered at the Soup Kitchen downtown. Second year in a row we have done it and it's actually pretty rewarding and reminds me how blessed we are.





Jan 8, 2018

Happy birthday Caleb

This guy has been so busy working on his practice and turning it into his dream job. We spend a lot of late nights working and staying up late in bed talking about the plans. It was great to take the night off and spend time with friends eating some amazing steak at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. They decorated the table form and even got him a card. The best part of the meal was their mac n cheese. It was amazing and I don't even like to eat that EVER!

Happy birthday babe!




Dec 31, 2017

Christmas 2017

I absolutely love Christmas time. I love to wrap gifts and leave them under the tree for weeks up to Christmas. I love to take gifts to people and the excitement that only a child can have this time of year. We stay up WAY too late every Christmas Eve making sure we didn't forget anything. This year was a little over the top from Santa. It's always pretty obvious when I am involved in the shopping for the kids and when Caleb is left to run to the store. He has a tendency to go a little overboard.

Anyway, the kids always pass the tree on the way to our bedroom so I always try and wake up before they do so we can all have the surprise together. This year I heard Calvin coming upstairs because he walks so loudly that it's hard to miss. We waited for Shelby to wake up and then let the big kids open their Santa gift. And then Ronin came up and wanted nothing to do with his. Pretty funny, but he wakes up like Caleb, slow and cranky!

After we shared gifts and breakfast we just played together and relaxed. Christmas evening we went to my sisters and got to talk to my nephew Logan who is serving a mission in Nicaragua. The call was relatively short, but we had a good connection and could see him clearly on the TV. He comes home this summer and we always love getting to hear missionary stories from him.

Feeling blessed this Christmas for our beautiful family and healthy kids. It's challenging not to think about our baby we just lost. We won't ever forget him. The kids wanted to get him a stocking and still named a couple of decorations after him. So sweet. We love our little man Slater and can't wait to see him again.


Finally scored some Seahawks gear!

Santa spoiled the youngest

Calvin loves to sort gifts for everyone

Shelby got her Boo puppy

Ronin is finally waking up and happy to open a present

Everyone talking to Logan and laughing

Dec 30, 2017

Ronin turns 3

Ronin had his birthday party two days after Christmas on his actual birthday. Each year I feel like I should do a half birthday, or maybe do it a week late. But the big kids always spoil it and this year they got Ronin so excited about it, that we couldn't wait. So I ripped Christmas down the day after again, cleaned my house, and then immediately decorated for Ronin's Paw Patrol party. We had family over, ate some cake, and had a great time. This boy loves his Paw Patrol, and all his cousins.

Ronin talks all day long, every day. He says more words at 3 than any of my other kids. We have full conversations and he knows what he wants. He's obsessed with all construction vehicles just like Calvin was. He always points out trucks and trailers to me when we drive. He loves to watch Batman and Paw Patrol. He wants to read the same construction books every night, over and over. And he loves to snuggle. Every single morning he climbs into my bed and asks to "nuggle" me. It's the best way to wake up, as long as it's not before 7 am!



Chalk art by Shelby

Dec 24, 2017

Christmas surprise

We went over to my sisters house for our party with our family the day before Christmas. I secretly bought Taylor Swift tickets for my sister and her girls, Shelby and myself. I wrapped up clues inside a box, one for each girl. They honestly had no idea! The last clue was tickets for each of them that I made with their names on it. The girls were laughing, crying, and completely shocked. Maybe one of the best Christmas memories I have ever had.



Dec 22, 2017

Christmas time 2017

We got our Christmas tree early, the weekend of Thanksgiving as usual. It's enormous and we could not even get it into our house. Caleb and I both were pushing and pulling has hard as we could. We even took off more branches and it still wouldn't get inside. After adding tie down pull straps, blankets, and rope, we managed to get it in the house. We were sweating like crazy and scratched up our door, and the tree takes up half the room. It's so crazy and awesome!



This year we had such a fun Christmas with the kids. We went to the Zoo lights for the first time with the kiddos. We've tried before but it was closed or too packed to even get in. This year it was also packed, but it did not rain on us.


We visited Santa and the kids both asked for Kindles and Ronin wanted a motorcycle. Hope they aren't disappointed with what the big guy brings them!


We had our gingerbread house making party. I wish I had a huge house so that I could invite more families over for this. It's always so much fun and we just run out of room. We had four families come over and each kid makes something unique and adorable.




 Shelby and Calvin are in love with Harry Potter, and so is our good friend Jen. She made Hagrid's hut for the kids and let them keep it. Shelby will NEVER let me throw this away!


Getting to go to church on Christmas is the best. I always love the programs and getting to share the true reason for the season with our kids. It's easy to get caught up in the other activities, but THIS is what we really need in our lives.