“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
Dr. Seuss

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cache Cup Carnival!

Aurianna had a blast playing in her first tournament, the Cache Cup!

Their team finished in fourth place, but for their first tournament experience, they played great!
I have very few pictures of the actual tournament. Ainslee is all smiles in the stroller now, but that didn't last long and she turned into Curious George. In fact now that she is nearing 18 months, that is going to be her new name...Curious George! Trey and Livia had a blast though! When they weren't cheering on their sister and her team, they were playing on the park (or the trees!).
After a week long of awesome soccer, we celebrated at the Cache Cup Carnival! The kids were so excited to see their friends and have a BBQ! Ainslee skipped the burger and walked around to each of the kids plates and ate their chips!

The girls waited in a forever line to get bling strings in their hair. I think that is why they have the cranky looks on their faces...it was hot and by the time they sat down, the bling strings weren't as exciting as they thought they were going to be! Once we got to the air conditioned car they thought their hair was awesome though and they were discussing ways to comb around their bling so that they could keep them in Forever!

Trey was all about the bouncy toys! He was all smiles even though he had to wait in a lot of long lines!
Cache Cup was such a good experience for Aurianna and the girls on her team! They are so excited for their next tournament in February!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Trey Time!

It is time to give a shout out to my little guy! My fine fella amongst all these little ladies! The one that has Mom wrapped around his five year old finger! Seriously this kid is awesome! He snuggles up to me every morning (before the baby he was the first one up) for as long as he can before he needs his "cup o'joe", aka his chocolate milk! This year has been fun because he has started to make some really great friends through preschool and church (now that they added more to our ward!!! Before he was the only boy in his primary class too...at home and at church, bummer dude!), so he is hanging with the boys a lot and having some really fun play dates! It feels weird to have him up at a friends house for the entire afternoon. For the longest time he was my baby, and now he is starting Kindergarten...man, where does the time go? OK, enough Mom sappy moments (wiping the tear away!). Now onto Mom bragging moments!!! Are you ready for some pictures...here they come!
This is what much of the soccer season looked like! If it wasn't Trey, it was Livia! Trey loves soccer and was so excited to play this year on a "real" team. He has spent the summer's in soccer camps with Aurianna's club, but he wanted to be on a team that actually played games!
Trey and Liv played on the same team this year! They never played together though. I asked the coach to put them in at different times. I was afraid that Livia might try to coach her brother out on the field. They had so much fun cheering each other on!
On to Baseball!!!
Trey didn't take his hat or his shirt off for three days after he got it...gross, I know, but I just washed it every night, well except for the first night...seriously this kid wouldn't take it off! He loved getting Dad out on the side yard and play pass. Then taking his sister's out back and have a little game!
This smile was rare...it was reserved only for the third base. The rest of the time he was Mr. Serious. He takes after his Dad with his love for this game. He would watch every batter and be the first kid to his coach to find out where he belonged out on the field! He was so sad at his last game. He is already talking about next season!
Trey has his own cheerleader section! His sister's love coming and cheering him on when he is up to bat! And guess what...Trey loves it!!! He made sure that everyone was coming to his games. We all loved to see those big smiles and thumbs up and see how much fun he was having!!!
Well, as you can see, I'm am a little proud of my little guy! He makes me laugh everyday and all he has to do is smile and he has Mom in the palm of his hand. As I was putting a band aid on his finger the other day, he asked me where the sauce was...sauce being neosporin! It took me awhile to figure out what "sauce" was, but now that is what we all call it! He was the perfect boy for our family. Each one of his sister's adore him and he is full of kisses and hugs, for the babies at least! He is sweet, kind and all boy and we are so glad that he is a part of our family! Love you Trey Paul!

Friday, July 15, 2011

4th of July

As you can see, I am playing royal catch up! Stay tuned, I have more funny Livia & Trey stories, more parades, baseball, soccer and of course baby, baby, baby! The fourth of July was really our first big outing after Audrey was born! On the first Logan had their fireworks and we went up to the park above the University with the Bells! The kids get all of us excited every year for this tradition, even though they really could care less about the fireworks, they want the glow sticks, the picnic food, the sparklers, and of course the candy. I don't have any pictures of this night...I was too busy counting to five. I became really good at it in fact. Number five was always in the same spot, number 1 through 4 were running around like mad men! Actually they were all really good. They started a soccer game with everyone, played on the park, and made friends with everyone around us! Sparklers were a hit at first until Trey tried to put it out with his fingers(don't ask me why...times like this I agree with Bill Cosby!). Then sparklers were banned from Thornton fourth of July bashes for the next ten years. Thank heaven's for Jeannette and her glow sticks!
But the highlight of the night for me was listening to Ainslee. Jeannette was holding her and she told her to say Oooh and Aaaah when the fireworks started. Ainslee was so surprised when they started you couldn't get her to look at anything else! She finally started to listen to Jeannette, but instead of saying Ooooh and Aaaah for each separate firework, she made it into three words said one right after another....ooooo oooo aaaaah. She didn't stop all through the fireworks. Well I should say she didn't stop until her head dropped and she started snoring! But the entire next day anytime someone said firework, she would say her new found word with a gigantic smile on her face!On the fourth of July we went to Hyrum for their parade. Livia was in the parade with her cheerleading group. You won't see any pictures of Livia though because she got into the truck right when she got to us and she was on the wrong side and I wasn't quick enough! Don't worry, I have other pictures of her in other parade's and each parade looks the same...in fact I could totally picture lie right now and put a Smithfield Health Day parade pic in and no one would ever know...but I won't...mostly cause I don't want to download any more pictures! But as you can see I have plenty of pictures of everyone else! Audrey slept until the very end...but she looked mighty cute in her 4th of July shirt! Ainslee was in heaven!!! Someone next to us brought a few adorable puppies...she kept giving them kisses. By this point she had had a little bit of candy so her dance moves were brought out! I don't think that there was even any music, maybe just honking horns...but that didn't stop her...this girls can DANCE!Trey and Aurianna all ready to get themselves all candied up! They are pros by now...they totally don't mind going and supporting their sis, not when there is candy being thrown at them! Thanks Aaron and the Bells for saving spots for us!
Because our kids were so disappointed about not being able to go down to SL for the Sugar House Park fireworks and spending time with their cousins, we had to do something new for them. So, mom, thinking that she was so cool bought the BIG DOG firework pack. This was the first time we have ever done our own fireworks...so that is what I blame it on, as Tad and I had to watch the same firework over and over again like 30 times. Thankfully the kids didn't even notice! They just thought it was cool that it was in their front yard!
And of course glow sticks helped again!
All of our neighbors had huge fireworks that they were letting off, which were awesome! Except they woke up Ainslee, so she joined us at about 10 o'clock. Just remember how cute she looked earlier before you look at this next picture!
Oh the hair.....I think that it is time fore bangs! She had fun, although she was a little confused. I could see the wheels turning in her head..."so this is what you guys do after you put me in my crib...I knew it!!!!"
We missed all of our family, but it was nice not to fight crowds and traffic! What a fun weekend celebrating this great country that we live in!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ainslee Update!

Our little Ainsee Q is 17 months this week! I cannot believe how fast the last 17 months have gone by! We have enjoyed every last second with her! We all waited so long for her to join our family and she has been the center of attention since the moment she entered this world. I feel bad that I haven't blogged all of our fun times over the last 17 months, but I am trying to do better and I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot of blog posts about the adventures of Audrey and Ainslee!

Ainslee is our happy girl! She is all smiles, all of the time (except for as of late with all of her teeth coming in at once...more on that in a minute!)! She LOVES her sisters and brother and even the dog! She loves to dance and LOVES to sing! She sings ABC's, Twinkle Twinkle, Patty Cake, oh, and the Star Wars theme! She says Ivia (Livia), Auna (Aurianna), Bruber (Trey), Baby (Audrey), Dadda, Mamma, Kaya, bub (boob(:)(too much nursing!!!), more, poop, and much much more!
Since she was 14 months old she has only had her two bottom teeth. As of three days ago, she has three teeth coming in on the top...ugg! I can't imagine her with a mouth full of teeth. She has been toothless for so long!
Ainslee doesn't walk, I don't think that she ever walked. She RUNS! She runs, climbs, jumps, rolls and makes messes! If there is something to get into, she will find it. She especially likes electronics! She learned how to unlock my phone by pushing the two special buttons, she loves daddy's iPad and loves my cordless mouse. We put them up, she finds a way to get them! She loves cheering her brother and sisters on in there sports and parade marches! She is a little muncher, eating it feels like all day! But she is my smallest at only 13% of her target weight. She loves her little sis! She kisses and kisses her all day long.

We can't imagine life without our Ainsee Q! She brightens up our days and makes us always smile!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Livia's Kindergarten Graduation!!!

Wow...where did that year go? School is out and it is officially flip flop, shorts and t shirts, swimming pools and park season...come on rain, just try and stop us!!! Livia has absolutely loved this year, and in fact did not want it to end! She loves everything about school...her teachers, her friends, homework(yes, I said homework!) and even the tests! She would come straight home from school everyday and sit down to do her homework. At the beginning of the year I didn't think that this would last very long, she has a ton of homework for a kindergartner (two pages of math, front and back, spelling and reading), but it never got old to her! In fact she asked Aurianna to start bringing home extra homework from her class so that she could work on it at night. I have to say that Aurianna might not like to do her own homework, but she is an incredible teacher! She has taught Livia how to multiply by two's, three's, four's and five's and nine's! Anyway, back to the end of the year...Livia is devastated. It doesn't matter how many times I try to remind her of all of the slushies and play dates, she is not wanting the end of the school year to come! But end it must!She has been so excited for her graduation! She has had her dress and shoes laying out for three days and knew exactly how she wanted her hair and even picked out a new nail polish color when we were at the store the other day!!! She was all smiles through the entire program and cheered on her friends during the award ceremony! She made sure to give lot's of hugs to her teachers, Mrs. Larsen and Mrs. Chocolate (Peterson!). What a fun year it has been!!!!

Trey was a great photographer today!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Royal Wedding!!!

This post comes a little late, but then again, all of my posts for the last year have come A LOT late!!! It is not a secret that Livia is our girly, girl princess...but sometimes she surprises even me with her girlyness! The day before the Royal Wedding, Livia came home from school with a pink post it note from her teacher with all of the details of when and what channel the wedding would be on! This made me smile because Livia has connected so well with her teachers this year and I thought it was so cute that they would hand write a note just for her so that she could see a real life princess!!! She was SO excited when she came in and couldn't stop talking about how we had to tape it because it was on when she would be asleep, but that it was a REAL Princess marrying a REAL Prince!!!

The next morning it was the first thing that she asked for, so after Aurianna left for school we turned it on. I had the remote all ready to go so that I could fast forward through all of the driving and the people who we had no idea who they were. But, Liv would not stand for it. She wanted to watch the entire thing, every moment, every hat, every dress, every uniform, every car...no matter what. She was filled with such anticipation, that by the time Kate actually got in the car and was driving to the wedding...these were her words, "Mom, I think that I just might faint when I see her dress!". No joke...6 and she is going to faint over a dress! I had to hide my face in a pillow so that she wouldn't see me laughing! But the fun didn't end there! I went upstairs to get Ainslee from her nap and all of the sudden I hear shrieking. I thought maybe something had happened, so I ran (well 8 month pregnant waddle ran) down the stairs and right then there was another shriek. There was nothing wrong...except Kate getting out of the car. Livia wouldn't stop shrieking. Every turn, every look at the dress, walking down the aisle...every few moments Livia would let out a little shrill of delight! Trey finally turned around from the computer where I had set him up with PBSKIDS and said, "Livia, please stop making that noise!" We all took a deep breath as the wedding came to a close! But then the questions began. Why wasn't she a princess before she married the Prince? Who is the Queen? Why isn't the Princes Dad a King? Who is that with the Princes dad? to which my answer was, well the Princes mommy died a few years ago and so now that is his new wife. Livia: "So what is she?" Me: "She isn't anything." Livia: "Well she has to be something, she is married to the King." Me: "No, he isn't the King." Livia: "Mom, you aren't making any sense!" Me: "I know sweetheart, it is confusing." Livia: "I know! She is the Step-Queen!!!" No sense in fighting with that...especially when I can't even explain it straight! I decided to leave it for a later day! She wanted to watch it again with her sister after school, but Aurianna was not the least bit interested. Night and day those two are! I don't even want to think about Livia's wedding and Tad said he is going to have to take donations now that we have set the bar for her at a 65 million dollar wedding! Maybe I will just call her teacher and ask her to donate since she started it all with a little pink post it note!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Soccer Night!

Our family is quickly becoming a soccer is everything family! Aurianna has spent three nights and Saturday at the Stan Laub center all winter long playing, Tad is coaching and is now over Infinity's marketing campaign and next week we throw Trey and Livia into the mix with Smithfield soccer and Infinity camps! We even have the bumper sticker and I would now be classified as a true "Soccer Mom"...spending many minutes running to and from!
So, when we came across the SLC Pass of Passes, we jumped all over it for the Real tickets! We took off on Tuesday afternoon for SL in our snow clothes ready for the soccer game!!! We had to cash in our passes first (I should have taken a picture of this). Tad waited in line for two hours...it was crazy, but it will all be worth it! After we got our Real tickets we ate at Chili's.
We were already starting to get tired. The game didn't start until 8 which is when the kids are used to going to bed...we weren't sure if they would make it through the whole game! But they did and it was well worth it because Real did awesome!!! Tad and Aurianna had been before, but for the rest of us it was our first time! Trey didn't want to leave. He loved how they bounced the ball of their heads!

It wasn't as cold as we thought it was going to be...but we were glad that we were all bundled up! You can still see the snow on the sides of the field!
Thanks Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Mitch for watching little Ainslee Q! I am sure that she had more fun hanging out with Bam Bam than having to sit and watch soccer!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Miss Busy Body and the Beeping Doctor!


In about 60 seconds! This little girl is so busy and so non stop, me and my pregnant belly can barely keep up! I was getting dressed, she walked into my bathroom, opened the drawer and found a forgotten Back To Basics black powder eyeliner bottle with a very poorly secured lid. She had it all over her hands, the floor, her clothes and her face! Placing her in the bathtub only made the situation worse by spreading it! Oh and it was about 6:45 AM...yes people AM! She has decided that the best time for this little bird to catch her worms is at about 4:45 in the morning! Fortunately for her, she has everyone wrapped around everyone one of her adorable little fingers...she really can do no wrong! She just has to look at us with those adorable blue eyes or stick out that pouty bottom lip and she has us falling all over her! Even Kaya has been entranced with her spell! Her favorite new activity is to take Kaya's dog food one by one and place it in his water...he hates dog food anyway so he doesn't mind. Besides she sticks in little goodies of her own every once in awhile so I think that he feels like he gets the best of both worlds. Today she added cans of soup to his water bowl. I think that she is just looking out for his nutritional needs, making sure he has a very balanced diet!

My little guy...well is not so little anymore, but since he is the only boy and still likes to snuggle, I will keep on calling him my little guy for as long as he will let me. He turned five last month...ahhhhhh...five, every time I say it, it makes my head spin! Anyway, I took him to his Well Check this week. He was laying up on the table while the doctor listened to his chest. I looked down at Ainslee and at that moment a loud fanny burp (my mothers name for fart) echoed through the room. I looked up ready to tell my five year old to excuse himself, when I realized that that was way too loud and weird sounding to have come from my son. I looked at the doctor waiting for him to show some acknowledgment of what he had done....and there was nothing. He pretended like nothing had happened...or maybe the stethoscope in his ears blocked him from hearing anything and he thought it was silent. But we all just went about like nothing had happened in this tiny room, except for a regular normal check up. When we got to the car, Trey asked me if I heard the doctor beep. I said that I had and he said, "He didn't even say excuse me mom, and I couldn't laugh, cause that would hurt his feelings." I laughed to myself most of the way home, to think of my son laying on that table trying not to laugh at his doctor. When Tad got home Friday after being gone for a week, it was the very first thing that Trey shared with his dad. I don't know if Trey will ever be able to look at the doctor the same way!
So obviously I have been on blog hiatus for awhile...but my one request from Tad when he bought me my Mac was that I would start blogging again...so here I am! I really have missed it and I have had a blast reading everyone else's and even reading past posts! Things are only going to get busier and crazier, but with crazy comes fun and many more stories and of course pictures, so stay tuned!!!