Monday, July 30, 2012

where's the show?

So I see the chairs and the snacks and the two kids waiting patiently in the shabby grass, but what on earth are they waiting for? An improptu broadway production in the backyard? Guess nobody thought to send me an evite.

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2011 school concerts

Gotta love good 'ole school concerts! Fancy dresses and hairdos. Parents with overly large smiles. Mass amounts of pictures and home videos. Cute songs and wiggly bodies. And, of course, the funny kid that always puts on quite a show ... there's always one of those!

James ...

Mae ...

And Porter ...

Next year we'll add one more to the list. Crazy!

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a little experiment

Wanna know what happens when you layer no fewer than 15 family room pillows atop one hearty sofa, and garnish with three very excitable (and perhaps just a little picture-happy) kiddos?! Not to mention a side of baby.

Oh, just this of course.

And of course this ... Whats more amusing (to a 20-month old) than a kid-made landslide!

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trying out lacrosse

So neither Kevin nor I had ever played or even watched this strange sport called lacrosse before. But for some reason (now forgotten) we thought we'd-- that is, the boys--would give it a try this year. You know, just to see how they'd like it. But really, was their liking it ever even a question?! We're talking chest and shoulder pads, protective helmets, and big long sticks that one can use to block, push, hit, oh, and of course catch. We're talking fast and crazy, and physical enough to satisfy even James' fighting spirit. In short, Lacrosse has earned a spot alongside basketball as one our favorite sports! Yep, despite the 25 minute drive to practice (ugh!) i think we're hooked. Pretty sure this one is in for the long haul.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

the chicken or the egg

Are our children so darn physical (random pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, scaling doorways, climbing everywhere we go, etc, etc, etc), because for fun we take them to do things like this ...

And this ...

Or do we take them to do this ...

Because we know they're so physical?? Oh, the deep questions of life;).

Mae kickin it in a dress.

A girl's gotta keep up with her brothers!

Just love these guys!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

mt. si vs. baby j

Take one baby, two big brothers, a seriously handsome dad (oh, yeah!), and a tired and hesitant mom;) ... I'm sure I'm there somewhere.

Then take a heavily forested 4-mile trail and 3700 feet of elevation gain.

Finally consider cooler temperatures with every foot gained, a consistent rainfall of melting snow, and most importantly two cold little hands.

And here's where such a group finds themselves only two miles into the hike (that is, after descending the two additional miles off of the mountain).

It's okay, Little J. Your comfort was worth the early descent. Besides, what kind of people pack an 18-month old for eight miles to the top of a big, cold mountain and back????;)

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Monday, July 9, 2012

teacher appreciation

At our house we love teachers! Pretty much all of them. Even the grumpy ones--it's a tough job!! But especially the life-devoting, awe-inspiring, example-setting ones. Definitely them. What a difference they make in the lives of children, sometimes thousands. Fortunately for us, we've had the privilege of interacting with several of these exceptional individuals in the past five years our own children have attended school.

Thank you for caring about the next generation. We really appreciate you!

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april 2011 general conference

April General Conference this year was as fantastic as always (for those who don't know what this is, you can check out or for more info.). Usually I would love to spend some time thoughtfully considering what I want to say about the newest General Conference and reflecting on how inspiring it was. Unfortunately, I don't exactly have a lot of time at the moment for contemplation, but I can't let an opportunity pass without re-stating how much we love General Conference weekend, and how grateful we are for a living prophet and apostles.

Here we are as a family gearing up for the Sunday sessions (Papa D. is busy in back cooking a delicious breakfast. Thanks, Pops!!).

So I'm not gonna lie. As much as I love conference, it is still something of a challenge to get much out of it with lots of kids in the house. Which is why one of my favorite things about conference is that I can listen to it over and over and over again from my iPad!! Yay, for modern technology!

With that said, I don't remember if I was as inspired by this talk the moment I heard it, but listening back I have found, "The Laborers in the Vineyard," by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to be absolutely exquisite! There is so much there and the things that make it so profound to me would require a lengthy explanation, but here are a couple of great quotes from the talk


"We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those."

"Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is-downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment! To say nothing of the chagrin in the end, when we find that God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him "all that he hath," (Luke 12:44.) as the scripture says. So lesson number one from the Lord's vineyard: coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live."

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vampire baby

Check this kid out.

He is a baby.

Turned vampire (courtesy of his older siblings).

And he's stinkin' cute!

I don't think he'll suck your blood.

But he may take a bite--just for the heck of it, or sometimes if he's grumpy.

Just ask these guys ...

But they love him anyway.

He's worth the risk of a few bite marks.

Especially with his stylin comb-over.

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