Friday, October 31, 2008


I can't believe October is over. This year is going by too fast. We had a really fun Halloween. The kids went trick or treating three times. They did the trunk or treat at my parents ward, then we went to the outlet mall, and of course around our neighborhood. So here are pics from our Halloween week. Sorry there are so many.

Bekah and her best bud Taelor

Our gang at the mall
After trick or treating Bekah went to her friends and they braided her hair, she LOVES it.
Ok people look how ridiculous this load is. To my fellow weight watcher friends anyone have a guess on how many points this is? The really bad part is that most of their candy is good candy tons of chocolate bars and even a few full size bars. Maybe we'll have to take some to Grandpa. He use to always raid our loot every year.

Is this a dentists worse nightmare or what?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bekah's Curls

Bekah always begs me to curl her hair but because her hair is so thick, it takes a while to put the curlers in so we don't do it very often. We went to my niece's baptism in LA this weekend so we decided to do the curlers. She was blessed with great hair. Robert and I are always baffled about where her hair came from but we love it. I thought her hair looked so cute so I thought I would post a couple of pictures.

We went to LA this weekend for Rachel's baptism. It was such a great day for her. My brother did a great job. We had a great day with family and it is always fun for the cousins to play together. It was fun for Bekah to see it because she will be baptized in a couple of months so that was exciting for her. After we went back to their place for a great lunch. Thanks Aimee for a fun day. Thanks for all your hard work it was great.

Bekah and Rachel

After the baptism Luke and I drove to Arizona to see my little brother and his family. On Sunday my dad ordained to a high priest because he was being called to be high priest group leader. He is only 29 so I know he is overwhelmed and nervous. I know he will be great. He is so easy going and easy to be around everyone will love him. It was really fun to see his family. Thanks for being great hosts.

Luke and Ryland, 6 weeks apart, sooo cute
On the drive home Luke was chewing on his toes. He does this a lot. He is so flexible, I think he gets it from me.....NOT:)

This is Luke after enjoying some of Grandpa's banana cream pie milkshake. He loved it. He was so funny in the car. Luke is extremely LOUD, I don't know if it is because of his hearing loss or what but he jabbers at decibels higher than any other baby. It was pretty funny. My parents really got a kick out of him. We had a nice weekend with my parents. Thanks mom and dad for letting us tag a long and thanks Robert for hanging out with the kids so I could go.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin "Patch"

Tonight the boys and I(Bekah was sick so she stayed home with Rob) met Dave and Jamie and Mackenzie at the pumpkin "patch". Halloween is a little different in Southern California for a few different reasons. The pumpkin patch is actually pumpkins in rows on some straw under a tent about 1 mile from a major interstate freeway. The pumpkins are way overpriced, we actually got ours at Walmart. And if you notice that Tanner has on a fleece jacket, well it dipped down to about 65 degrees. But it was fun anyway and the kids don't know any better. In Indiana we would go to an actual pumpkin farm and apple orchard and we would pick our own pumpkins and go on hayrides. It was fun, but my kids have no memories of that.

One perk of the night was the coupon for the free train ride. Mackenzie would not go on it by herself so Jamie had to ride it with her, it was hilarious. Jamie was crying she was laughing so hard. They were VERY small train cars.

This picture cracked me up. Mackenzie looks like her head is in a guillotine. She wasn't sure what to think of this but when Kyle is next to her she will do anything. Kyle is definitely her favorite cousin right now. He can do no wrong and she laughs at everything he does. It is really cute. She is his biggest fan.
Luke's first Halloween. He is eight months old now and crawling all over the place. He still has no hair and people love to rub his head. Everywhere we go these little old ladies always want to rub his head it's cute and Luke doesn't mind the attention. He is such a fun little guy and has a really cute personality. We love having him in our family.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

8 Things About Me

My sister Jamie tagged me and this is probably way more information than you ever wanted to know about me but here it goes anyway.

1) Post rules on your blog
2) Answer the six "8" items
3) Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment

8 Favorite TV shows

1. Amazing Race
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. What Not to Wear
4. The Office
5. Law and Order SVU
6. Dirty Jobs
7. Oprah
8.Project Runway

8 Things I did Yesterday

1. Dishes
2. Laundry
3. Went to Rubio's for lunch with my mom
4. Took Bekah to piano
5. Went to Target and Walmart
6. Put up spider webs and lights on the outside of our house
7. Went to get a new YES ON 8 sign, other one got stolen
8. recovered all day from 3 hours of volleyball the night before, can I just say I am officially old after Monday night.

8 Things I look forward to

1. Sleeping through the night (me and Luke)
2. the holidays with family
3. Robert retiring
4. serving a mission with Robert
5. attending the temple more
6. no more diapers
7. running a half marathon next August( I am recruiting anyone who wants to do it with me)
8. traveling someday

8 Favorite Restaurants

1. any hole in the wall Mexican restaurant
2. In n Out
3. Geno and Joey's in PA
4. Claim Jumper
5. Spices Thai
6. Il Fornaio (yummy yummy gnocchi)
7. Corvette but only for their chocolate peppermint smoothies
8. can't come up with another one but pretty much anywhere where I don't have to cook or clean up

8 Things on my wish list

1. My dad's cancer will go away for good
2. My sisters in vitro will take next time maybe even twins or triplets :)
3. All of my children make the right choices in their lives all the time (you said WISH list right?)
4. Roberts heart problem will be fixed
5. Running a half marathon (when I do this, then I can decide about a marathon doubtful though)
6. Attending the temple more
7. sitting with my husband and all of my children in the temple someday
8. nursing school?

8 People to tag
I know some of you hate being tagged, but just play along it is fun to get to know different things about people.

2. Jen/Joey
5. Megan (my cousin)
6. Kalia (my neice)
8. Karen

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

YES ON PROPOSITION 8 in California

Even if you do not live in California, it is just a matter of time until this issue comes to your state. We have been directed by the brethren to pass this on.
You've been tagged. PLEASE READ THIS no matter what state you live in.

Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt children. If gay marriage remains legal, public schools will put it on equal footing with traditional marriage. Children will likely receive “age appropriate” information about sexual relations within heterosexual and homosexual marriages.

Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt churches. The court’s decision will inevitably lead to conflicts with religious liberty and free speech rights. Society will become more and more hostile to traditional beliefs about marriage and family. Over time, greater acceptance of nontraditional marriage will be demanded of all people. This could impact the ability of any religion to teach and practice its beliefs. Including adoption agencies.

A YES vote will not hurt gays. In California, the law provides for marriage-related benefits to be given to civil unions and domestic partnerships. Proposition 8 does not diminish these benefits.

For your information:
On Friday, October 10th, 2008 a first-grade class took a field trip to witness a lesbian wedding in California. Click
Here for the article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

A father in Massachusetts was frustrated when his kindergartner was taught about homosexuality at school by the teachers. He insisted he be notified in the future before such things were discussed so he could pull his boy out of school.He was taken to jail. Click
Here for the story.

A Catholic adoption agency In the UK closed their doors because of the Government's new homosexual equality laws. The Equality Act forbids discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation. The law was forced through Parliament last year despite past Prime Minister Tony Blair's recommendation that Catholic adoption agencies be exempted from the rules. Click
Here for more info.

Earlier this month judges in Conneticut overturned the state law (just as the judges in California did) to legalized gay marriage. This is not just an issue in California. We voted years ago to keep traditional marriage as the only marriage recognized in the state of California, 4 judges overturned our vote…and we need to fight back. That is what this Proposition is about. This is happening everywhere and the leaders of the church and others have warned that the outcome of California’s vote will affect the way the other states vote. So PLEASE…even if you don’t live in California, put this on your blog or email this on. The internet knows no state line. You know contacts in California that I don’t…and so do your friends. Please pass this on as it could eventually have an effect on everyone!

"Occasionally discouragement may darken our pathway; frustration may be a constant companion. In our ears there may sound the sophistry of Satan as he whispers, "You cannot save the world; your small efforts are meaningless. You haven't time to be concerned for others." Trusting in the Lord, let us turn our heads from such falsehoods and make certain our feet are firmly planted in the path of service and
our hearts and souls dedicated to follow the example of the Lord."
--Thomas S. Monson

Here for excerpts from the Broadcast given by Elders M. Russell Ballard, Quentin L. Cook and L. Whitney Clayton.

A good resource mentioned in the broadcast:

October 20th: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot if voting out of state. Click
Here to get one.

October 27th: Last day to apply for “Vote by Mail” Click
Here for info.

November 4th: Election day. Polls close at 8:00pm. Vote by mail must be received by this time and can be hand delivered if necessary.

YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED...Here's what you do:
In the broadcast we were asked to "go viral on our blogs, etc" by Elder Ballard. This is my way of going viral. If you feel this is an important issue I ask that you copy and paste this post...and post it on your blog. PLEASE keep it at the top of your blog through November 4th. which you can adjust each time you post under the "edit post" option. The internet knows NO STATE LINE. You know contacts in California that I do do your friends and their friends...and so on. Please do this. If not for your own children and the effect it could have on them some day...for mine! After you have posted this to your contacts and TAG all your blogging buddies to do the same. THANK YOU!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Halloween's Gonna Suck this Year!!!

I saw this on another blog (hope they don't mind me stealing it) and I thought it was so funny.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Twister Anyone???

General Conference Sunday is always a nice relaxing day. The kids kept us entertained with their Twister tournament. Bekah is the reigning champ, even Robert and I couldn't conquer her flexibility. We are so old and how shall I say not the smallest kids on the block for this poor old plastic Twister mat. We had fun anyway.

This is Robert's attempt to beat Bekah, notice the pajamas. We both stayed in PJ's all day. Those days are nice. Not the most flattering picture of Robert, not sure what he was thinking:)
The other part of the day was spent making forts. This activity really annoys me, I don't know why, probably because its one more thing for me to pick up, but I just kept telling myself that these were fun memories that I had as a kid. We loved making forts with all the kitchen chairs and I am sure that we picked up our messes:) Right mom?
A favorite pastime in between sessions, or during for some people but I am not mentioning any names.

Here are just some random pictures of the kids. I thought they were cute. Luke is now 7 months old and weighs in at a petite 22 pounds 30 inches. Isn't he so cute?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sleep tight?

The other night I went to check on the kids before I went to bed, and this is how I found Kyle. This mask came with a travel pillow I bought and my kids fight over it every night. I tell them I can turn all the lights off and shut the door so that they don't need a mask, but they don't really like that idea. Anyway I thought he looked so cute. In the second picture notice the blue bunny he is snuggled up to? Could these possibly be blackmail pictures for his dating years??:)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Family Night

A couple of weeks ago for family home evening we went to the beach to watch the sunset, well the marine layer was really thick so we didn't get to see a sunset but we had a good time anyway.

Anytime Robert and I get stressed about how expensive it is to live in California we just have to drive 4 miles to see why we live in the most beautiful city.
We decided to walk out on this rock jeddy and as you can tell by Kyle's face he was scared to death. The rocks were pretty jagged and sharp, I was hesitant to go out there myself.