Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Favorites

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas spoils!

Thanks Aunt Sariah for your awesome knitting skills! Brighton loved the lobster!

Kyle was amazing and surprised me with a Kitchenaid stand mixer. Thanks Babe!

Probably everyone's favorite thing on Christmas was Porter's new Boston Red Sox baby book. We're starting him early!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We hope your day was a good one filled with love and family! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas at a Glance

This Christmas season we did many things including but not limited to:

Making Gingerbread houses

Going to see Christmas at the Mansion at the Children's Museum with Brighton's preschool class

Making Christmas ornaments

Going to the library Christmas party

Meeting Santa (Sadly he was the storybook reader at the library and Brighton caught on pretty quick!)

All-in-all it was an eventful, exciting, exhausting, and exhilarating Christmas time. It goes by way too quick! We hope yours was just as fun!

The Reason for the Season

Brighton loves the Little People nativity we got this year and has really started understanding why we celebrate Christmas. This morning she woke up and said "Mom! Tomorrow is Jesus' birthday!" She always sets the nativity up in a way so everyone can see the new special little baby Jesus. What a sweet spirited girl we have!

Monday, December 21, 2009

G. Kohen Romeril

Before I continue ranting about Christmas acitivities we've recently done, I couldn't help but brag a little bit about my new nephew! This is Gregory Kohen Romeril who was born on November 3rd and is the cutest baby ever! I couldn't be a prouder aunt and I can't wait to meet the little guy! Way to go Casey and Ty! You make beautiful babies!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to...


Today is my birthday and since it's Sunday, we just had some friends over for dinner. We've got some great friends here named Jenny and Jon Cummings. Jenny is so great. She baked me a super yummy birthday cake and got me 2 of the best gifts: 1- Twilight lotion (okay it's from bath&body works but we loved the movie so it worked both ways) 2- A subscription to Runners' World. We've been planning on running a marathon together in 2010 and this just gets me more excited to do that! She's so awesome and I don't know what I would do without her here! Thanks again Jenny!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Trimming the Tree

We decorated our Christmas tree about 30 minutes before Kyle went to work, which was fun, but rushed and although we went in a flurry,it was nice to get it done quick. Brighton just loved looking at all the different ornaments and had to put up the prettiest ones all by herself. She also did the honor of putting the star on top. I love this season and it's exciting to see Brighton at the age where she really gets into it. Porter had a good time just trying to get into the decoration boxes. It was a good little time as you can see!
The gang in the midst of hanging

The cookiness never stops with this little girl

Porter really wanted to help. Even now he will go up to the tree and put his toys on the bottom branches. What a cutie!

* Viewer discretion advised due to content of panties*

Brighton was just tickled that daddy and her put the star on top!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Cat in the Hat Girls' Night

Whenever Kyle works nights, Brighton and I have started having girls' nights. Sometimes they are themed, other nights she just gets to stay up a little later (until 8:30 which is big for her) and hang out. A few nights ago, they had The Cat in the Hat movie on TV so I said she could stay up and watch it. We have the book so we read that and we have a stuffed animal from my Nana that she got to play with so she thought that was great. We ate popcorn and hung out like 2 girlfriends. I love the times I get to spend with her. What a fun little girl I have!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Backyard

So I'm back tracking like normal because of my procrastination when it comes to blogging. It seems like after Halloween hits, there's not enough time in the day to do holiday things, clean the house, take care of the kids, make dinner, etc... and then I have to blog after all that is done? No thanks. Anyway, much has been happening now, but I wanted to backtrack to when my parents came because I wanted to share with you what my dad is like when he comes to visit. I'm a lot like my dad in the fact that I always have to be going, going, going all the time. I always have to have a project I'm working on or be busy around the house which is just like my dad. This does not bode well for us when we're on vacations because relaxing just isn't in our mental capabilities. So it was no surprise when we woke up one morning and my dad had already started working on astroturfing our backyard! It was actually a great idea because the previous renters didn't do anything to the backyard so there was nothing but dirt and gravel. It's a pretty tiny yard so we just didn't really think to do much to it ourselves either. Brighton was always asking to go outside but it was just gross out there and I hated the kids playing outside. Anyway, I wanted to show the progress of my dad and Kyle's project so here it is:

Before...dirt, rocks, potholes, yuck.

Step 1: Pouring sand into the entire yard to even the ground out.
Brighton even got in on the action. We all had to "walk like a penguin" as she calls it in order to press down the sand.

Step 2: Laying out the astroturf. It's coming along!

Step 3: Nailing the wood plank sides to secure the astroturf.

And ta da! Now we have a backyard fit for a football player! Brighton loves it back there. She always asks if I can cook on the grill so she can have an excuse to play outside. Now if only it would warm up in Texas so we can enjoy our yard! Thanks mom and dad for coming out and doing everything you do!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

For family night this week, we decided to make a gratitude turkey and add a feather for each thing we're grateful for (thanks for the idea Clarissa). Brighton was pretty proud and pretty grateful for all of the things in her life as are we! We hope all of our family and friends out there know how much we appreciate them. Have a Happy Thanksgiving today!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


When I was little and we lived in Oklahoma, we would always go to this amazing Ice cream shop called Braum's. I had very fond memories of going with my dad after softball games to get a scoop and loving it. So when I found out that there were Braums's in Texas, you can imagine my excitement. We made sure on our trip to Dallas we hit up one at least once and it did not disappoint. It was delicious and it took me back to my childhood. And Brighton and Porter loved it as well. I guess they inherited my love for ice cream! Thank you Braum's!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nana & G'Pops Came to Town

When we were in Dallas, my parents came to the Nascar Race there so we met up with them and drove back to Midland for their week long stay in Texas. But before we left the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we stayed the night at the Great Wolf Lodge. For those of you who have never heard of it, it's this indoor water park attached to a hotel. The whole hotel is super kid-oriented so there were forest animals everywhere and storytimes and craft rooms and everything else you can imagine. We thought Brighton would like it more than she did because she learned how to swim last summer, but I guess it's been too long because she was pretty apprehensive about getting in the water the whole time. Honestly she probably would have been happy if we'd have left her in the craft room the entire trip. But she did enjoy the storytime and little critter replicas everywhere. We had a pretty good stay and it was just the beginning of my parents' stay here! More to come on that soon!The happy camper taking a break.

The waterpark

Daddy and little B by the big clocktower for storytime.

Here's brighton's 2 favorite things... crafts and nana. She was proud of her finished product and happy to be doing it with nana.

Me and P

G'pops and Brighton enjoying the water

We decided to snap one last family shot before leaving. What a fun trip it was!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Meeg Weekend

2 weekends back, we were lucky enough to go see our favorite friends in the world, the Meegans! They live in Dallas which is only like 5 hours away (which is better than when we lived in Alaska and they lived in Wisconsin. Now that was a distance!) We haven't seen them in about 2 years so we had been looking forward to this trip for some time. Also, they just had a brand new baby and we were able to be there for the blessing which was a great thing for us. The girls got along great and it was like old times at BYU-Idaho again. We sat around and talked for hours while Kyle and Pat played chess. I forgot how much fun we had with them and being around the Meegs made me miss them even more. I guess I'll just have to wait for the day when we're neighbors again!Me and Miles. If you can imagine, he's even cuter in person.
Gracie, Brighton, and Alli all in their Sunday best
It's a tradition to always get a self-portrait when Clarissa and I are together and it almost never comes out very well. Oh well.
Pat, Claw, and cute baby Miles
Aren't they cute sisters?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Backed Up

I've been backed up lately and I don't mean intestinally. We've had so so so many things going on and I have had zero time to share it with the blogging world. SO here it goes...

We had a total of 4 Halloween parties during the Halloween week! By the end of the week Brighton was exhausted! I won't bore with a ton of details, but here are a few highlights. There was a party at storytime where they had all the kids go trick-or-treating around the library. God times were had by all except for Porter when I wouldn't let him open up the candy and eat it.

The unveiling of the Halloween costumes... A tooth fairy, a piece of candy, a tooth, and a dentist. We tried to go for a theme but I'm not sure if we hit the mark. Oh well, it was fun anyway and we had 2 super cute little kiddos.
We had a ward trunk-or-treat and carnival that was a hit in little B's eyes. She loved going and finding "buried treasure" at the sand box (which was filled with old grain by the way and was the best idea.) All the little kids seemed to migrate toward the treasure pit.

Porter loved burying his hands in the grain.

Have you seen a tastier piece of candy corn?

And lastly, we topped off Halloween night by wearing skeleton pajamas to bed. It was a whirlwind of a week but fun for all.