Sunday, December 30, 2007

This Blog Is All Mine!

Patrick finally started his own blog and has promised not to ever touch this blog again. You can all come back now!

Edit: it appears his blog is private (he is worried about sexual predators). I guess he'll invite everyone when the time is right.

Friday, December 28, 2007

More Zoo Time, Thanks Dad!

So Very Grateful, For Family and Friends.

Aunt Candice giving Link his fun game. Thanks Candi Ann
Hayley and Link, bundling up to sit in the back of the truck, and drive around to see the lights Christmas Eve.
Cash and Clark, so excited for their first Christmas. Mel and I have really enjoyed having kids so close in age.
( Lincoln are you a little excited!!!!!) We could not tell....
Lincoln, Just hanging solo, with his beautiful weed cousins. Katie and Chloe
J.C. Jackson, was a marvelous Santa. Thanks again!
Grandma and Cash at the zoo. It was really chilly!
Cousin party, thanks to my Mom, for organizing it all. So great it was to see how everyone was doing Then Holly was off to be married, two days latter, yippee!
I know Cash is not a girl! I am just getting my ribbon skills ready. Cash was sooooo into Santa, Laughing, touching his beard. Lots braver, than the twins were at that age. Rissa and the boys were in heaven, playing with a lost dog they found on Christmas eve.
The annual drive around the neighborhood, as we look at lights, and visit with friends.
Clark and Cash, always so cute...

The month is almost over, and I should of posted more frequently. Wow! where does the time go. I can always remember my mom saying that. I now have full value of that comment.

Christmas was very delightful, to say the least. I think each year, I always feel so overwhelmed, with how unbelievably blessed I am to have the families we have. They are all constantly thinking of us. Whether it is Christmas, or just an ordinary day. Such examples they are to me, and my children, on how we can become more thoughtful, to others all around us.
So we were very spoiled, as we are every year, by grandparents and aunts and uncles.

About every day, for a solid week, we had a package waiting by our door, from all of our Utah family. They always go way over board. It is so exciting for Patrick and I also, because we have no idea what the packages hold inside. We love you all, more than blogging words will ever express...

Noah and Lincoln are still at that fun age, where they believe in Santa. That makes Christmas, for me personally, that much better. As for Cash, bring out the wrapping paper, and he will smile all day.

So thank you to all, for making Christmas once again, another fabulous memory. We love you.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mormonism and Politics

I mentioned this Conference to Eric Harris while we were hiking through the Superstitions last week, (I brought it up when I thought our 6-hour conversation was about to plunge into a moment of awkward silence). I thought there might be others that would like to read it too. The speaker, Richard Bushman, is a well-respected historian and one of my favorite people in the world. He is the author of "Rough Stone Rolling" and "Believing History." It's a little long, so grab a drink:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Big Boys Never Grow UP.

My father has always had a passion for trains. He loves to set out his own train each year for Christmas, with the twins. I enjoy watching all three of them get so excited. But the best part, is listening to my dad tell the boys, "now get back! your to close", as the train makes it way around the track. Good Christmas memories.

Monday, December 17, 2007

More Bridal Showers!

We wish Emily was marrying her ex-boyfriend (my little brother, Roman), but what can we do? She is a cutie! Tanner is a lucky guy. And we couldn't be happier for both of them.

Her shower was lots of fun. I was the oldest mamma there, by about ten years. It seems like yesterday that I was preparing my own wedding. Right around the exact same time of year, (bless your heart, mom!).

Best of luck Emily! So excited for your open house in January.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Holly's Bridal Shower.....

My cousin Holly is getting married! What an exciting time. All of you out-of-staters that couldn't make it, we missed you deeply. It is always so great to see everyone, and most importantly to see how happy Holly is. (We love you girl)! I will post more pictures, as soon as I locate them. I should've just brought my own camera, next gathering I will, for the big cousin party!!! (I know you are all so excited).

Friday, December 14, 2007

A Little Tough Love from a Sensitive Father

Patrick can always make him smile, from the moment he was born.

Sorry Patrick, but I have to tell this story!

Cash's poor dad has had a few mishaps while babysitting him lately. But before I start, I will have you all know that Patrick is an amazing father, and one of the best with little babies. Having the twins really forced him to do everything I was doing. Whatever I did with one of the twins, Patrick was always right there by my side with the other twin. But I am sure after you read this post that you might hesitate to let Patrick watch one of your children (Honey, you always love to give me a hard time, so right back at you!)

Anyway, Patrick volunteered to stay home and watch Cash while I went and ran the Turkey Trot. He said Cash was abnormally so happy that morning. He was laughing, and they were jamming out to tunes, which is Cash's favorite thing to do with his dad (Cash is obsessed with Patrick, and it bugs!) Unfortunately, Patrick had his head turned and heard a horrible scream ring out. Cash had dived headfirst off the bed, (which is extremely high, by the way), and landed on his face. Suddenly, the fun morning together had turned into a tragedy (at least for Cash).

Later that same day, Melanie Nelson, Rachel, and I were talking about how we hate to clip new babies' fingernails because you are always so nervous about catching skin with it. I was telling them about these great scissors that prevent you from cutting the baby's skin, when lo and behold! Patrick was trimming Cash's fingernails in the other room. When I walked in the room, Cash's finger was dripping with blood, and Patrick asked if we had any band aids.

Unfortunately, the story's not over. A few days later, Patrick and Cash were at the Apple Store, and Cash was not buckled into the stroller, (let me add that it is also a high stroller!) Patrick turned for a brief moment and crash!! Cash was flat on the wood floor! Patrick raced to pick him up, but it was too late--about half the 75 people in the store saw it happen. Fortunately, Cash only cried for about 3 seconds and then he just held on to Patrick really tight while Patrick stood there wondering if Cash would ever forgive him.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Keeping Sane, Happy 9 months Cash.

I feel for all those families out there right now with sick ones. We have had the biggest challenge lately with my little Cash teething horribly, and not sleeping at night for about two months, and this weekend Cash and Patrick came down with the flu. Anyway, we pulled another all-nighter, finally falling asleep around 7:00 a.m., and I have missed church two weeks in a row now.

Poor Noah and Lincoln have to put up with sleep-deprived parents (not a pretty picture). I can never post enough about health, and how we should never take it for granted. Good luck to all this season, with your own families, and your health. We still can never get enough of Cash, even if means never shutting down at night. He always tries to show a smile.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Keeping My Kids Entertained....

The lost triplet Ethan Adam's and twins. And Aaron in the background looking like he had a little to much Diet Coke....
Boys running wild in the rain...
All the Moms, and adorable Duke! We kept telling the children to calm down and stay out of the road, (ok maybe just me).
Temple lights, and Lincoln was the photographer...

We did dinner as a family Friday at Rosa's, (the original Rosa's!), with a bunch of friends. The boys thought it was really fun because we did not have to drag Cash along. (Rissa watched Cash, yippee!!) And Noah and Lincoln loved going because they got to finally meet up with their new best friend, Ethan Adams. Now they are obsessed with him and his dad, Officer Adams.

Saturday we had to go check out the Temple lights while Dad worked all night (sorry Dad). It is all about having a plan with my boys every minute. If there are no plans 24-7, my children seem to drive me crazy. But I guess that's a good thing, because it keeps me going at all times.