Saturday, December 31, 2011


It has been a busy Christmas this year. The season began with Tiffany's piano students Christmas recital. Jared played in the recital as well. It was his first time playing in public and he did well despite his nerves, playing The First Noel.
A night or two before Christmas Eve the kids made gingerbread (graham cracker) houses.
Christmas morning was wonderful. The kids enjoyed all their gifts and spent the morning playing with them.
Christmas Pajamas
Gifts from Santa
Best Moment #1 Anna and Jared giving hugs and kisses after opening each others gifts for one another.
Best Moment #2 Audrey playing with her favorite toy: packing peanuts
Christmas afternoon Kevin drove to the Reagan Airport to pick up his Sister, Kristen, her husband, Hyrum, and their son, Will. We had a nice week hanging out, going on walks, playing games, visiting D.C., and the temple.
Taking a bath
Putting together a Christmas present
Strolling D.C.
Museum of Natural History
Inner Harbor
Teaching Uncle Hyrum the finer points of Go-Fish
Sharing secrets
After dropping Kristen, Hyrum, and Will off at the airport we headed to the Temple to see the lights.
Hope everyone else's Christmas was as wonderful as ours.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall Soccer

Jared and Anna both played soccer this fall and they had so much fun! Anna's team, The Tornadoes, never won a game, but they had an enthusiastic group of kids that always did their best.
Yes we know this is a bad throw in, but hey it is her first year.
That's my girl steal that ball.
Jared's team, The Crush, on the other hand ended up champions undefeated! They had a great group of kids that played really well together. We didn't get many action shots because we were too busy cheering, but here are a few.
This is during the Championship warm up.  It was freezing!
His team
His trophy
Anna played a lot of defense and Jared played in goal (he was the best goalie on the team) and defensive midfield. Anna had several tackles and Jared had several assist and only let in two goals. They had about as much fun as we had watching them play.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


The Costumes:
Harry Potter
Ahsoka Tano
We stuck close to home this year and had a fun time in our neighborhood trick or treating. This was the first year that Audrey really "got it". The kids ended up with tons of candy and can't seem to eat if fast enough. Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


So we have had two birthdays this fall. The first was Anna's 7th birthday. She had a special guest visiting for her Birthday, Grandma Alaska. Anna picked out a sunflower cake and loved all the presents that she was given.

Anna Facts:
Favorite food: Fruit. Just about any kind
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite thing to do: Pick out her own "outfits" and play with the neighbors
Anna is playing on her first organized sports(soccer)team and is mostly concerned that she has matching ribbons in her hair for the games. She is our little prankster and we love her so much

For Jared's birthday it snowed! (It was snowing the day he was born too.) He loves anything Star Wars so I made him a Death Star ice cream cake. He said that was his favorite gift (love that boy) He is such a sweet boy.

Jared Facts:
Favorite food: Tomatoes hands down
Favorite color: Green and Orange
Favorite thing to do: Play his new Star Wars Monopoly game
Jared is also playing on a soccer team and so far is undefeated. He hasn't scored yet, but he has had several assist and loves putting his whole heart into every practice and game. He is also learning to play the trumpet. We are lucky to have him as part of our family.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We Love Grandma!

We Love Grandma at Dental School...

We Love Grandma in Philadelphia...

We Love Granmda picking apples...

We Love Grandma...

We had a lot of fun playing, watching soccer practices and games, taking in some history, riding the metro, picking apples, and just spending time with Grandma Alaska. We also got a bonus visit from Uncle Bubs. Anyone else want to come visit? We would love to have you!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

3 hour Project

Kevin has been needing a project and Audrey provided one. She moved out of her crib earlier this summer, but we didn't have a big girl bed for her so she had been sleeping on her crib mattress directly on the ground. We thought it would be nice for her to have an actual bed to sleep in and Kevin volunteered to build one for her. She was really excited and supervised the whole project.

"Keep working Dad!"

It started coming together and looking like a bed and Audrey could hardly contain herself. She brought out her pillow as encouragement.

The finished project looks great! Now we will have to see if she can contain her excitement long enough to take a nap.