Wednesday, November 26, 2014


She was going to be a ballerina but her pink tutu pajamas were dirty.  This was a last minute grab from the Halloween box.

Ammon the pirate. 

Seth the firefighter.

Liam the Christmas elf

And Sariah as Rosie the Riveter.  This was the easiest and cutest costume to put together!  She pulls it off well.

Eli wanted a hamburger costume.  No picking from the bin for this kid.

My niece Abby, also as Tinkerbell.

These two are so funny together.

At the ward party:

Heading out to trick-or-treat with friends.

The only pic I managed to get of Meilani.  She and her friend from school were pigs in a blanket.

October Happenings

I love when little kids line toys up.  Ammon made a car/box line up after a Costco run one day.

This is how I get my Sunday church lesson planned.  Liam was on Ruby duty.

Ben borrowed a red Mustang convertible for the Mountain House High School Homecoming parade. He tried to tell me it was our new car.  Riiiight.

Our bookends.  Sweet sissys.

These two like to snuggle in the Costco cart.  I missed the moment but Ruby had her head on his shoulder.

This little sucker staying busy while I got my hair cut.

Homegirl learned how to climb on the table all byherself.

These boys had a bake sale to earn money for scout camp.

This is what an $800 Costco shopping trip looks like.

Meilani's 8th grade volleyball team.  Go Panthers!

Puddle jumping on Halloween.

Sister Wheeler

One of my young women, Brittney Wheeler, left on a mission recently and I had the privilege to be her escort as she received her endowments in the Oakland Temple.  Brittney amazes me and demonstrates well how the Atonement of Jesus Christ changes a person.  Brittney will be serving in the New York, New York South Mission speaking Hatian Creole.  I'm thankful that our paths have crossed and appreciate greatly her sweetness and determination.  It's been a great joy to see her grow in the gospel.  So so proud of this girl!

New Bikes

I tried to hold out until Christmas but everyone needed new bikes.  The old ones were broken and the kids had outgrown them.  Since the four oldest ride to school everyday it was kind of imperative that they have them.  The day Sariah came home with the tread of her tires completely ripped off set the bike purchases in motion.  
Sethie learned to ride a two wheeler like a pro.

Ammon fell in love with this motorcycle bike the moment he saw it.

Sariah's also been honing her boarding skills as of late.

Nutella Baby

This baby!  Can't blame her for her nutella obsession.

She loves to camp out in the pantry and can even open the flour and sugar buckets all by herself.  

Sometimes you gotta concede to your loss and just let em go at it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

General Conference

Ben took Eli and Sariah on a quick trip to Utah for General Conference.  They had a good time despite the fact that they had to share their trip with one another.  We try to have each kid go to conference once they turn 8, but we got a little behind.  The kids said they really enjoyed being in the conference center while the Prophet was speaking.  I think the highlight though was a trip to BYU on Monday before the trek home.  They were both pretty enthralled with the campus.

Meanwhile, back at home, we watched conference in our jammies...

and ate crepes with nutella.

Sean & Lori

My brother Sean asked his girlfriend Lori to marry him.  He invited my mom, sister, and I to be there for the big event.  It was Lori's birthday and we gathered with some of her family for dinner.  I was nervous for Sean all through the meal!  When he finally got up the courage to pop the question his voice was shaking and he was talking a little quietly so it took the rest of the family a minute to realize what was happening.  Lori was truly surprised and we were all happy to be there to share in their big moment.