Friday, December 31, 2010

Ode to my husband, the unsung hero

Okay, this post might make you physically ill, but I’m going to do it anyway because it needs to be done…

I am so grateful for my wonderful husband!  Many times in our marriage I have wanted to beat the crap outta him.  Nothing we do is ho-hum.  We are either desperately in love or wanting to claw each other’s eyes out.  That being said, the usual marital disagreements are few and happiness is the norm.

When I made the decision to stay home with the kids, he wasn’t jumping up and down but was supportive.  He told me he would support whatever I wanted to do.  Our household income took a hit, my degrees started collecting dust on the wall, and my student loans still need to be paid back but, he wanted me to be happy.

Now, when I have those horrible days when my daughter uses me as a punching bag and teething ring, while my mouthy teenage boys won’t stop asking, “what’s for dinner?”; when I want to give up and go back to work, he BEGS me to stay home.  He tells me how important I am to the kids.  He tells me what an impact I am making in their lives.  He reassures me that my brain has not permanently turned to mush and that he thinks I am the most beautiful, most intelligent, and most wonderful person he’s ever met.

When he knows I am really down and feeling particularly under-appreciated by the lil’ monsters, he encourages me to take a nap or go out to lunch with friends or go for a massage (yes I know I’m lucky) while he watches all the kids.  He doesn’t make me feel bad about it or expect anything in return.  He doesn’t make me feel guilty.  He does these things willingly.  If he’s at work and I’m having a rough day, he’ll stealth call his parent and ask and them to come over to help me out.

He will run to the store when I ask him.  He will even go to Target or Walmart after a 10 hour day of work because he doesn’t want me to be overwhelmed.  He gets up every morning he’s home with baby girl so I can sleep in.  Most Saturdays you can find him at The Wild Animal Park with Julia and the boys (if they’ve been behaving).

He compliments my cooking every time I cook something even when its disgusting.  He tolerates my staying up late at night reading with the light on even though he’s sleeping.  He is uber smart but thinks I’m smarter than is.  He’s super spontaneous, making middle-of-the-day trips to Disneyland or wherever suits my fancy.  He also has an AWESOME sense of humor.

Whatever I’ve been through to be where I am now and to have such a wonderful person who loves me so much, was TOTALLY worth it.  I felt it was important to show my gratitude to an amazing individual who doesn't get much credit and who doesn’t ask for much.  He is truly the man of my dreams and I am utterly thankful for him.  And, I am not exaggerating one bit!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Family Style


I love Thanksgiving.  I get to spend time with my family and there’s no mad feeling of shop, shop, shop like Christmas.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like Christmas too but its definitely different than Thanksgiving. 

Everybody helped out this year.  My mother-in-law made potatoes and rolls, my mom made all the pies and helped me with everything else, hence the high five photo.  It was so relaxing and fun.  My mom took Julia on a walk in the morning to IMG_2485_edited-1 tire her out, which was great because she slept for a looong time while we were cooking.

Just my immediate family came, which always makes the holiday cozy and fun.  We even had the opportunity to take pictures of 4 generations of women!  Sorry boys.


Both my grandma and I made deviled eggs because, for some reason, everybody absolutely loves them.  Although, it was hard keeping the men away from the eggs until dinner.  We finally gave up.

Everybody had such a lovely time visiting and eating.  What a great day!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Halloween and the Pumpkin Princess


Yes, I know I’m posting about Halloween in December!  I was going to skip Halloween pictures but how could I do that to this cute face?  We were going to dress her up like a skunk (very fitting because she can be the stinkiest kid) but decided to go for Pumpkin Princess.   Everybody dressed up including me.  It was so much fun!IMG_0280_edited-1We went to the Church for the annual trunk or treat.  It was so packed.  Three wards attended this year.  It was craziness.   I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many little kids in once play – not even Disneyland.IMG_0284_edited-1

Julia had lots of fun trick or treating.  She was a little nervous at first but got the hang of it.  The boys took off in the parking lot so we couldn’t get that many pictures of them.IMG_0274

Our car

IMG_0289_edited-1IMG_0296_edited-1 IMG_0293_edited-1 Pretty bold just reaching into somebody else’s car…

IMG_0304_edited-1Brooklyn is such a doll.  I love her smile here.IMG_0301_edited-1 

Daddy trying to pose for a picture holding a squirming, candy seeking child.IMG_0305_edited-1

The elusive Mr. Cade passing out candy.

They had an awesome carnival inside.  Kids were running all over the place!  One guy dressed up like a monster from Where the Wild Things Are.  The costume was amazing.  Julia would not leave him alone.  She’s completely afraid of strangers but not afraid of monsters.  Huh?IMG_0306_edited-1

The trunk or treat event was a blast as always.  I loved seeing everybody’s costumes knowing the adults would dress up too.  It was a super fun night!IMG_0309_edited-1IMG_0326_edited-1IMG_0327_edited-1IMG_0329_edited-1

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I cannot believe this!

So, my daughter will not watch videos/movies/TV shows for any extended period of time.  What I mean by that is, she won’t watch anything for longer than 5-10 min max.  However, she will watch musicals like ummm….Yentl, isn’t that crazy?!?  But, she will only watch that for about 10 min.  We thought 10 minutes was her max which makes it very hard to get ANYTHING done in the house.  However, just the other day she sat and watched almost an hour of a whole program!  Can you believe it?!?  In order to get the full effect of the program, please watch below:

Is that the most horrible thing you’ve ever seen in your life?!?  The show is called “Yo Gabba Gabba!”  I don’t know what’s worse…having to watch this or not get anything done.  Can you believe this is the only stinkin’ show she likes?!?  I’m speechless.  My boys laughed so hard they had tears streaming downs their cheeks and were gasping for air when they first saw it. 

Then…I came across this:

I laughed so hard I pee’d my pants.  The guy dancing is Jack Black.  Did anybody notice the one-eyed monster on the right hand side of the screen?  Is this show actually for real?!?  Please tell me somebody else’s kid likes this show…

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Julia’s 1st Birthday

My baby girl is 1 year old!  How is that possible?!?  It seems like I had her just the other day.  I can’t believe how fast she is growing.  *sniff* 

We went to Disney land for her birthday.  LOVE Disneyland in October.  It is the greatest place!  Everything is decked out for Halloween.


We decided to stay in a hotel for 2 nights so we could come back and rest if she got cranky.  The first night she went crazy running around in the suite.  The boys had a ball too.  They loved having their own hotel room (even though it was in the same room as ours) and ordering room service.


Above is the boys’s room.  We call it the fish bowl since you can see them through a glass window from the living room.


Julia going nuts


Unfortunately, she didn’t sleep very well in the hotel but my awesome husband got up with her (at 4 a.m.) and let me sleep.  She took a nap around 8 a.m. and then we left for the park around 10. 

IMG_0104_edited-1 Me with no make-up doing Julie’s hair.  Don’t you love the toilet paper she ripped up?  Hey, it kept her busy!

The first thing we did inside the park was to take some really cute pictures with Goofy.  The older boys didn’t really care about this but Henry and Jules were super excited.



We usually go straight to Pirate’s but the boys really wanted to go on the astro blasters.  Julia wasn’t too sure about it at first but once we got up in the air, she loved it.

IMG_0117_edited-1IMG_0121_edited-1 Not too happy here

IMG_0129_edited-2 Totally loving it

The Haunted House was so awesome.  I love how they decorate it with the Nightmare Before Christmas Theme.  At this point, Julia was so tired due to her early morning escapades that she fell asleep on me during the ride.

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While Julia was napping, we took the boys over to California Adventure.  It was soooo hot by this time that I actually had to buy a t-shirts for me and Julia.   We decided to try to get on California Screamin’ but the last few times we’ve gone to Disneyland, Henry was not tall enough to go on it.  But this time…IMG_0157_edited-1


Everybody was so excited he could go on the ride.  The boys were screaming and high-fiving each other.  He loved it and we went on it several times after that.

Of course we hit Tower of Terror and then went over to a Bug’s Life.  Julia loved the rides over there but dang are they short!  Also, if I had known it was going to be so hot I would have brought some bathing suits so the kids could play in the water.IMG_0170_edited-1  IMG_0176_edited-1IMG_0172_edited-1 IMG_0187_edited-1 IMG_0184_edited-1  She didn’t know quite what to do with the lady bug ride


We were supposed to have dinner at Ariel’s GrottoIMG_0156_edited-1 and then go to World of Color but she was waaaay too fussy for that.  Victor took her back to the hotel and the boys and I stayed to watch the show.  The water show was amazing as was dinner and I was super grateful to my rockin’ husband for taking her so we could stay.

The next day we only stayed for a few hours.  Everybody was pretty pooped.  We mainly hit the Fantasyland rides, which are my favorites anyway.  IMG_0215_edited-1 IMG_0216_edited-1 Peter Pan packed as usual


We had such a great time.  The boys were wonderful and Julia absolutely loved it.  I can’t wait to go again soon.  I think we’ll have to make a trip in December for all the Christmas fun!


Happy birthday to my special little girl!!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bates Nut Farm


Every year we go to Bate’s Nut Farm and every year it is jammed packed.  I swear, there was one year nobody was there.  Regardless of all the people, it was super fun.  The weather was true fall weather.  I love it.  Even though we didn’t have much of a summer, I still was looking forward to the fall.  Something about the angle of the sun or the shadows on the trees always tells me its autumn.

The boys had so much fun with their baby sister.  She especially loved the maze.  IMG_2437

IMG_0041_edited-1 The kids went nuts running around.  Henry was especially excited.  They made it sort of like a treasure hunt in which the kids received a map.  Each time they discovered certain areas they received a sticker for that area.  It made the maze a lot of fun for the boys who like to think they are turn of the century explorers.


We got to go on the hayride which is always a highlight for me.  I love watching the kids look around with wonder as they get to see the entire farm.  It almost feels like we stepped into The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  So awesome!IMG_0005_edited-1

At the end of the day we got our pumpkins.  The kids had so much fun climbing around in the pumpkins and taking pictures.  They had a blast hamming it up.IMG_0060_edited-1


We had a great time and I totally look forward to going again next year.  I think next year, we will go during the week when its less crowded though.  =)