Sunday, January 8, 2017

Brandon's Birthday

I failed Brandon on his birthday this year. He didn't have a single present to unwrap and I didn't make him a cake. I am failing at a lot of things in my life right now. I blame most of it on the super fussy baby we have.

We tried to make it a birthday week. On Monday we had a party with Brandon's family to celebrate the January birthdays. Tuesday I made him his favorite dinner (Korean Beef). Wednesday, his actual birthday, we brought him breakfast in bed even though he woke up before us. Then he got to go to lunch with his siblings, and that evening his parents babysat for us while we went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

Thursday I made him Korean Beef again, and Friday for lunch we went to Pizza Factory with some of his family. They failed big time on his birthday pizza and brought it out complete burned!!

Friday night we went and stayed at the Hampton Inn in Lehi as a family. We had a blast!

We had the pool to ourselves both times we swam.

Ava loved swimming and was miraculously so good at the pool! I haven't written much about it on this blog but she is the fussiest baby ever! After about the first three weeks which were pure heaven, she switched and got all fussy on us and it has been pretty trying ever since.

We sure love Brandon more than we show it. He is an amazing dad and husband and does so much for our family! We would be completely lost without him!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ava's Blessing Day

We put off Ava's blessing day because I was so stressed about having people over for food! So silly because once we finally scheduled and planned it I was just excited and it turned out perfect and was a lot of fun.

We decided to bless her at home and I'm sure glad we did because she was fussy at Church right at the time she would have been blessed. And then we didn't have to ask our whole family to come to 9:00 church on New Year's Day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Eve

Love her smile!

Our annual swimming at the Provo Rec Center. So much fun!


Ava tolerated the New Year's Eve bash pretty well! All the loud noises and craziness didn't seem to bother her.

So much fun to make a mess!

Ava was the best thing to happen to us in 2016!

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Christmas was simply wonderful this year. Seriously, it was awesome. Our kids are at such amazing ages. It is so magical and so much fun, especially leading up to Christmas.

Making cookies for Santa.

We had a delicious Christmas Eve dinner at my parents' house. Mckinley got to be Mary and Ava was baby Jesus for the Nativity. Tyler held the star, and Kallie refused to be in it. (that girl!!!!)

Leaving our cookies and milk and carrots for Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Christmas morning!! Everyone was so excited to help Ava open her one and only present from our neighbor Sally.

Three years in a row we have had the most magical white Christmas where it snowed a ton on Christmas Eve. So awesome!!!

After presents Brandon made bacon, pancakes, and eggs while I nursed Ava.

After Church Brandon took the kids out to play while I sat and talked with Ava on my lap. This girl loves to coo back and forth and it is just so much fun!

We had tons of fun over at Brandon's parents on Christmas evening. Karen made a delicious ham dinner and we loved spending time with family.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


My cousin Hilary was in town from California and I'm so glad she made the effort to get together. It's always so fun to catch up!

 Ava getting big enough to sit in the bumbo! (And Tyler's hand, he's always close by!)

Ava always has lots of people surrounding her loving her.

Mckinley's school had a cute 1st grade Christmas program. They learned so many songs!

Brandon's dad volunteered at Mckinley's school just before Christmas break. She was so excited for "Watch dog grandpa day!!"

 Mckinley is still the biggest sweetheart ever!

Monday, December 19, 2016


We had a fun but freezing night at Riverwoods.

We are so grateful for all the fun things Grandpa Ross plans during the holidays! We got to spend a lot of time with family and loved every second.

Riding the train.

Someone remind me next year to leave the ward party before Santa comes and just go see him at Riverwoods. I love this Santa!

Cute smiles from Ava.

Kallie loves to stand over the vent when the heat blows! Either with a dress or with a blanket.

Another cute cute smile!