Monday, November 24, 2008

Family Photos

Giving Thanks!

I thought that since it is the week of Thanksgiving that I would share with you what I am thankful for. There are so many things that I have been blessed with that it is hard to start, but I think that I will start with my husband. I am so thankful for Mat. He does so much for me and keeps me going, especially on the days that I just want to give up and can't go anymore. He helps me take care of the boys and fixes me wonderful meals and is always willing to let me take a nap when I have just about had it. He is always there to listen to me and make me laugh and smile. He is such a wonderful husband that I don't deserve, but am very grateful to have in my life. I am also thankful for my boys and the joy that they are, even when they can frustrate me they always seem to soften my heart and bring a smile to my face. Corbin is always there to sit next to me and give me a kiss on the cheek and a great love. Daxton is always there to bring a smile to my face for something silly that he has done and all the great "I love you mommy!". Hayden brings a smile to my face when he curls up on my chest and falls asleep and lets me know that I can keep going on. I am also grateful for the gospel that I have my life and the knowledge that I have of Jesus Christ. I know that He is my Savior and Redeemer and I am so grateful that He atoned for me. I am grateful for prayer. For that chance for me to get down on my knees and thank my Father in Heaven for all that He has given me, for all of the special blessings in my life. I'm grateful for my family that I have near by me that give me support and love. It is so nice to have almost all of my siblings here as well as with my in-laws and I am grateful that I can spend such wonderful times with them. I'm grateful for my friends. Although I'm not able to see many of you often I know that you care for me and my family just like we care for you. We think of you often and want you to know how much we appreciate your friendship and times that we have spent together and hope to spend more time with you. I'm extremely grateful for temples and the priesthood power on this earth. I would be lost without it. It brings such peace to my mind that I can be with my family forever and to know that Our Father in Heaven does love and care for each one of us. One more thing that I am thankful for is my freedom and this land that we live in. Even though things have been hard and many have lost their lives, I know that I live in a land that God has prepared for us and that He does watch out for us.Well, before I carry on to much I just want to say thanks again for all the you do and hope that you all have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Here is a slideshow of pictures that I have been meaning to put on of my family that my wonderful sister-in-law Cindy did for us.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

We're off to see the wizard.....

Ok. So here is our family on Halloween. Both Mat and I barely finished our costumes before we went with the boys trick-or-treating with my sister and her family to a trunk-or-treat ordeal in their neighborhood. It was more that you sat on a blanket at the park by their house and then you passed out the candy to all that came by. Anyway, we had fun going with our family theme. If you couldn't guess already we went as the Wizard of Oz. This was all Mat's idea. He thought that since Corbin would be wearing Daxton's old lion costume that we could easily do the rest of Dorthy's friends. So that is what we did. I hope that you like our costumes. We had a blast and a lot of people took pictures of us and thought that we were a cute family. It was fun though.

Here is Daxton showing off his Scarecrow costume. He loved it and was always showing off to people. He kept loosing his hat so for most of the night I held on to it.

Here is the whole family. And yes we even dressed up Hayden. He's my little Toto. Mat had spray painted his hair and hands. He made his whole costume out of cardboard. It took him a couple of nights to figure out a good design so that it wasn't so boxy and I think he accomplished that idea.

My sister has a tradition to have a Halloween party during October with all friends and family. However, this year she was gone for most of October with some family to Walt Disney World and part of the southern states. So instead she had a All Hallows Day party or All Saints Day. It was a lot of fun and we always have fun at my sister's Halloween Parties. So here are a few pictures of the activities that we did. Well I guess one activity that we did, which was a donut eating contest where you see who can eat the donut the fastest without having it fall or without touching the donut. Some of the other activities that we did were BINGO, memory trivia about All Saints Day, and a guess how many. It was fun. It was the first year that my brother Ryan and his wife Cindy were able to be with us at the party.

Here is Mat and I again with Hayden.

Here is my mom and dad. My mom dressed up as a gypsy and my dad as Dracula.

Here is my sister, Apryl and her husband Dave with the donut eating contest. No they didn't win, but it was fun to watch all who participated get into it or some that were laughing so hard that they couldn't even do it. Apryl and Dave dressed up as Sandy and Danny from Grease.

Here is another picture of Sandy and Danny (aka Apryl and Dave).

Here is a picture of my brother, Ryan and his wife Cindy. They dressed up as Safari Mickey and Safari Goofy. Cindy didn't want to be Minnie, since that is what their little girl, Phebe, dressed up as.

Hope you enjoyed the picture from Halloween. We had a really good time. People were shocked that I was out trick-or-treating with my family, but it was a lot of fun. If it was really cold and bad weather I wouldn't have, but it was fairly nice. Hope that you had a nice Halloween and I am getting excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't wait to finally meet my neice, Korryn Rebecca Lee. She was born 6 days before Hayden was born. My sister-in-law and I were due the exact same day, but she had her little girl just a few days before. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

So much in two and a half weeks!

So much has happened in the two weeks that we have had little Hayden home with us. First we got our pumpkins decorated finally. I wanted to do them the week before, but I was in the hospital and yeah, kind of impossible to do it there. But anyway, the boys had a lot of fun. Corbin didn't want a lot of help from me or Mat because he wanted to be a big boy and do it himself. He is on this big kick to be just like big brother and do everything that he does. It gets frustrating at times, but what can you do. Anway, we got the pumpkins decorated with the help of Mat's designs and ideas and the boys had a blast.

Here is Mat and Corbin showing off Corbin's pumpkin.

Here is Daxton being his cuteself and posing for the camera while getting all the guts out of the pumpkin.
Here are my boys working on their pumpkins.
Here is Hayden at a week old and just as cute as can be.
Hayden is a pretty good baby. He just had his two week check up and is doing great. In just two weeks he has gained a little over a pound from his birth weight. When he came home from the hospital he was only 7lbs 10oz. But now he weighs 9lbs 3oz and is 21 1/4 inches long. He is a big boy. Not much has changed. I will show pictures of us from Halloween when my boys give me a chance. It's been fun, but crazy to have 3 kids. Sometimes I don't know if I can do it, but Mat is always there to pull me through.

Here is Daxton showing off his pumpkin. Mat wanted the pumpkin to be eating another little pumpkin. Daxton thought that that was pretty cool.