Tuesday, February 28, 2017

More February

Cutie Ava. Such a naughty baby, but oh so cute.

I put Kallie's hair in braids one day and it lasted for the next 6 days. She has the most incredible hair.

The Bean Museum is always a hit for our kids. We went when we had a day off of school, President's Day or something.

Mckinley's Moana painting. This girl is so incredibly artistic. Kallie is following in her footsteps as well.

Brandon and I got to sit on the 2nd row at the Jazz game. Such a great night! My parents babysat and Ava cried for 2 hours. Yikes.

My mission companion Camile got to go back to the Philippines. She was so nice to get pictures and videos for me from some of my favorite people. She kept me informed the whole trip of how everything was going and who she had seen and it was seriously the next best thing if I couldn't be there myself. It was incredible to relive some of my mission memories. So amazing!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

On February 12th Ava turned 4 months old. She is still pretty dang fussy but has more happy moments, and is still a great sleeper. She finally got back to sleeping all night long after our Disneyland trip. Woohoo!

We got her ears pierced the week before she turned 4 months. They were horrible so we took them out and got them redone a few days later. Now I am considering getting them redone a third time because they are uneven, one higher than the other. It's so hard since we don't have great earlobes. Sigh.

Kristen was supposed to get induced on the 17th but instead her water broke at home and she had baby Rayne on the 12th, exactly 4 months after Ava. She is tiny and so cute!

Tyler and Kallie got to pass out valentines to their joy school friends. I had them cut them out and sign them themselves and I love them so much.

I had to dress her in red for Love day. Brandon and his brothers cooked a delicious dinner for all of us wives and the kids went next door to watch a movie. Such a fun Valentine's night!

Tyler put on Mckinley's boots, coat, backpack, and glasses and then gave me this super cheesy smile. He cracks me up!

It's been a rough couple of months at our house but somehow through it all I am keeping the kids alive and occasionally we are making good memories. I feel so inadequate as a mom and I feel like I fail my family every day. They deserve so much better.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Cute smiles from this babe!

Her older siblings are still obsessed.

If smothering could kill, Ava's life would be over and Kallie would be the culprit.

Love her.

Mckinley whipped out this masterpiece on the chalk board at Menchies in seriously just a few minutes. She has some crazy artistic talent.

Tyler and Kallie are going to take naps forever.

I love that kids are still entertained with simple things like boxes.

Tyler and Kallie destroyed the family room.

One week Brandon and I got Shannon to babysit so we could go to PF Changs. Ava cried for her most of the night. Then a few days later Kristen watched our kids and we went to Purple Turtle. Mckinley decided to come with us. It was nice going on a few dates!

Mckinley got a free book from the book fair and picked out one about these girls that try on all different sorts of hats. Then she started creating some of the hats from her book. She is so amazing! I keep telling her she was born into the wrong family. She is too amazing for us. She has so much potential that she doesn't reach because we hold her back. I feel so bad about it all the time.

Family date night to Cold Stone!