Monday, January 22, 2018


Having fun playing at Margaret's. Our cute neighbor who asks the kids to come over when she is babysitting her grandkids.

Family date night to DQ for shakes.

We got a bunch of snow this last weekend and the kids were out playing in it every minute they could. They love to sled down our hill that is right outside the garage side door. So perfect!! They were out playing before Church, and after Church, every minute they good. It was perfect to get a dumping of snow for the weekend when Brandon was home to play with them and help get them all dressed in their gear.

Family in town

Brandon's brother Jordan came up with his family from Vegas and we had such a great weekend together with them.

We went up to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point. The kids have been wanting to go for a long time and they loved it.

We got ice cream up there and then headed over to the Curiosity Museum.

We also got to go to Jumanji with them, have fun game nights and yummy food, and went swimming at the Provo Rec together before they left last Monday. Such a great time!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year

Brandon's mom and dad always put on such a good New Years party. We did it on the 30th this year since New Year's Eve was on a Sunday. We had amazing Chinese food as always, and then moved all the furniture out of the family room to get ready for the chaos.

Silly string is the worst!

Ava soothing herself through all the loud noises.

Confetti everywhere! But we love it.

I never get any good pictures of my kids in the mess. They had fun though.

A few days later it was time to celebrate Brandon's 34th birthday. So we went back to Pizza Factory (it's pretty much the only place we can take our kids out to eat where they will actually eat). The food was amazing and we had a great time.

Kallie got her very own salad bar for the first time.

Cute smiles from our Ava girl.

Had to take advantage of Ava falling asleep in the car and just hold her for awhile before I put her in her crib. She is such a busy, active baby, and never gives us any snuggles.

She fell asleep on Brandon's lap while I was at Church with the other kids. We love our baby Ava!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bingo Night

I love all the traditions we have surrounding Christmas. We had our annual Boxing Day morning at the church. The kids had a blast, Ava just walked all around everywhere and had so much fun. It was so pleasant.

That night we had a cousin/sibling gift exchange, dinner, and Bingo night. We gave Ross some candy machines and this first picture is the kids all lined up with their quarters (after cleaning the toy room) to get some candy. So fun!

They did a kids round of Bingo first. Tyler got 5 bingos! Ross and Karen had quite the set up for kids prizes. After the kids we put on a movie for them and the adults played Bingo and won gift cards. Such a fun tradition!

We also had an all adults night at Carrabbas that was delicious and so much fun.

Ava emptied my entire spice rack into her shopping cart. :)

I took the kids to the Bean Museum one afternoon this week. They always love going there so much.

They have a special display right now of a Titanaboa snake. So disgustingly huge. Tyler and Mckinley got to pet a real snake. Kallie didn't want to.

Cute smile from Ava!

Today we had our chaotic lunch at Pizza Factory. Always such a crazy time, but so much fun. Mckinley's friend Kenzey is spending the day with us today so she got to come. She is so much fun to have around.

Chicken pesto pizza. The best!!!! The food was amazing today.

Kenzey and Ava.

Now on to New Years celebrations over the weekend!!!

Christmas Day

Christmas morning was magical. All of the kids are still strong believers and it is just so fun to see their excitement. 

I surprised Brandon with a blanket that I made with the help of his mom. He loves it.

Tyler opened his grabber toy and then picked up the wrapping paper with it to throw it away. Ha ha ha.

The kids loved getting tablets!

Just like last year, we woke up to a white Christmas, the first snow of the year. So awesome!

Ava wanted to be in it so bad. We don't have any snow clothes for her though.

Kallie begged for days and days before Christmas to have a stack of pancakes with blueberries on top.

Then we went over to Grandma and Grandpa Salmon's to open gifts from them. The kids all loved their snuggy tails.

Tyler was happy Santa brought him a lego set.

Tyler got a shark snuggy tail and it is so awesome! Ross and Karen gave each of us an Instant Pot and we are excited to try it out.