Thursday, October 30, 2014


Before the craziness of tomorrow's school parties and trick-or-treating, I thought I would post some pictures of the girls' costumes. Along with the rest of the five-year-old girl population, Ava chose to be Elsa.  I bought the perfect small rectangle sequins for her bodice, but Ava had her own vision of how her costume should look.  She glued on all of those plastic jewels by herself.

 Quincy always chooses the most creative (and most difficult to make) costume every year.  She is Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon.

Cora could live in her Anna costume if I let her.  She LOVES it! 

 Not many people recognize who Liezl is, but I think her costume looks the closest to her character. She is Luna Lovegood from Harry potter. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


We just got back from a week's vacation to Utah.  It could not have been better.  We had so much fun spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  Whenever we visit I am reminded of how much I miss it all.
 These girls love, love, love their cousins and are already asking when we can see Lucy again.
 We have not been back for the fall in a really long time.  The mountains were beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we had a lot of fun activities to try out with our families. 
 Sling shot apple throwing was one of the favorites at the pumpkin patch.

 We were able to meet Teddy, Alessio, and Tercer for the first time on this trip. All of those darling boys, I love them all!
 Just one more picture from the pumpkin patch.  Cute girls!
 Josh's dad asked some friends and neighbors if our kids and their cousins could do an early trick-or-treat night which was followed by a Halloween party organized by Josh's mom. It was such a fun, thoughtful night. Thanks Dan and Judy, we had a blast.
 After spending some days with Josh's family, we headed north to spend time with my family.  I grew up near Ogden, and for those of you who don't know Utah well, Ogden is known as the slums of Utah.  I adore it, though.  I think it is beautiful.  I really do miss it.

 We visited the new temple just built downtown and had ice cream afterwards.
 My mom loves gingerbread houses and built the girls a Halloween house for them to decorate.
 We went to the Dinosaur Park at night for a costume party...pretty spooky!!! 
The last night we were there, we went to my Aunt's house for a family party.  It was so nice to see all of my Aunts and Uncles and some of my cousins.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall happenings

Ava had a field trip to a pumpkin patch this last week and was terribly excited until she realized it was going to be a rainy day. She has aquired a real phobia of rain. It is pretty debilitating. She cries, throws fits, and can not see reason. So the only way to get her to go to her field trip was to drive her there, and let her wear an outfit that was comfortable and familiar...not the green shirt she obviously was asked to wear.

The rain stopped and she had her sister there to show off, so Ava calmed down and had a blast.
This last weekend we went to a pumpkin patch as a family and it was freezing and windy, so we did not stay long. 
We have been doing yoga before bed lately and this is how it usually ends up.
Today was wacky Wednesday at school. Pretty silly girls. Ava's interpretation of wacky was letting me braid her hair.
Cora has not grown at all for over a year so she has been wearing her same beloved pair of twinkle toes shoes for that long. Best pair of shoes I have ever invested in! Whe We got her a new pair this morning, she specifically asked for blue shoes. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

This week

Cora finished her four week round of chemo and is doing great. For those who did not know, she had some elevated cells rolling around in her body that the doctor wanted to attack before they caused problems. She is amazing!!
Josh and I ran the Air Force half marathon a week ago. I was pretty nervous going into it, but it felt amazing!! I felt super great the whole run and did not get too sore afterwards. I did get an impressive blister though.

Cora and Ava are the best of friends. They both adore books and love to be outside. When Ava gets home from school, they both head outside with a stack of books.

Liezl and Quincy's last soccer game was tonight. The other coach promised the girls if we went undefeated he would let them shave his head. We lost two games and he still let eleven little girls use clippers without a guard on him. They loved it!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coloring pages

My sister is a dance teacher who wanted to send coloring pages home with her preschool-age class. Every week she has a nursery rhyme theme to teach a concept like leaping, lining up, etc. cute idea right!!?? She asked me to make the pictures for them to color, which is super nice of her to think of me because her husband is an amazing artist. I have not done anything creative for a long time, so it was nice to have a project to work on! I know the pictures are not at all professional and I have a hard time sharing them, but I figure I made them for kids to color. So here they are. Feel free to print them.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Liezl is 10

Liezl turned ten last week.  I am so proud of this smart, beautiful, caring, responsible, creative girl.  I could not have asked for a better oldest child.  She is such a good example for her little sisters and is such a great helper for  her mom.  This is the second birthday Liezl has been able to spend with her Emee (the first one was on her actual birth day).  Judy took Liezl to a fancy outdoor mall where they had lunch and shopped like crazy!  She was pretty spoiled.  
 Liezl is quite the chicken connoisseur.  She orders chicken wherever we go out to eat and has decided Texas Roadhouse has the best chicken, along with the best rolls.  So that is where we went for her birthday dinner which was followed by an ice cream cake at home.

 Apparently everyone in her grade has an I phone, pad, pod, or kindle.  The poor thing has been asking for one of the above for a while now without any luck.  There is no reason why she needs a phone or another gaming device, but we did get her a shuffle.  She feels quite grown up wearing her ear buds around the house humming along with her girl Taylor Swift.  Hopefully this will give her enough street cred at school and will give us a couple of years before the phone issue comes up again.

Judy's visit

Judy just spent a week and a half with us. She helped with a whole lot of cleaning, made some soccer nights go much smoother, and was here to help with an unexpected infusion.  We also went on a Labor Day weekend trip to Kirtland (an lds church history site). 
The drive went smoothly. I am so impressed how many smiles Judy got out of Ava for pictures.

My faith is always strengthened when I learn more about the sacrifice and dedication of our church's pioneer heritage.
Ava has acquired a rain phobia, which has made her umbrella her best friend.
Judy took this picture in the Whitney's house. It looks like a painting instead of a reflection.
The Kirtland temple is such a stunning building. 
Here is a picture of the girls at the sidelines of a soccer game with Judy. Unfortunately we sent her home with a vomit bug. What a nice farewell gift after working so hard for us...sorry and thank you Judy.