Friday, March 13

a little slice of florida

at the beginning of february, we hit the road and headed to 
okc where we joined up with some friends that we have missed so very much.
we met up with rachael and george garner (now living in amarillo), anna leah and jim peczuh (live in fort smith, woot woot!), and carrie and brandon phipps (now living in clarendon... thats in tx). 
it was the absolute best catching up with these dear friends from florida and hanging out for a short weekend! 
we were asked to quiet down in the hotel within the first 10 minutes of being together on friday night, but i suppose thats to be expected when you get 8 adults and 12 kids together that haven't seen each other in a while :) they only had to ask us to be quiet two there times during our two night stay haha!

look at these beauties. each one of these ladies is absolutely incredible.

while the guys swam with the kiddos at the hotel, the girls hit up the outlet mall for some shopping. it was so so so cold and windy and rainy. I'm sure we looked like complete idiots with the two baby boys in their strollers walking around the outdoor mall, but we had fun.

then the men went to buffalo wild wings to eat dinner and watch the ufc fights while the rest of us went to chick-fil-a and then crashed the phipps' room to watch big hero 6.

most of our time was spent in the hotel, playing games and legos, pigging out on candy (thanks pz's!), and talking about how much we all miss florida.

these sweet kids, we missed them all!!!

those pz girls sure know how to flash some gang signs!

it was our first time meeting little calum, who isn't so little! charlie LOVED him.

it wasn't that long ago since seeing the phipps last summer, but callie has seriously turned into a beautiful teenager over the last 6 months or so! i can't believe it!

it wouldn't be a trip without a bump or bruise for one of our kids. charlie fell at the pool and now has a scar on his cheek.

on sunday morning we stopped by the okc temple for some pictures and some hugs and then headed back to fort smith.

it was a great trip and we can't wait to meet up again soon!

Saturday, January 17

the boys

so many people have asked which of the boys look the most like chris, so i pulled up one of his baby pics and thought i'd share a little comparison.
not sure how old chris is in this picture, but all three of our boys are right around 2 months in these photos. Owen definitely looks the most similar, with a more narrow head and little upturned nose like his papa. but they are all very similar. I'm surprised that jack looks the most different, seeing as how he looks like chris's clone right now.

Wednesday, January 14

don't be jealous...

... we get to love on this sweet boy everyday!

owen is turning into such a sweet little babe. he smiles all the time now and doesn't seem to be quite as fussy as he was the first month and a half or so. we love our baby o!



Monday, January 12

december 2014

december was fantastic!

we loved every second that grandma was here and miss her badly.
 we did a few fun things while she was here, but mostly spent our time at home with baby O.

much to our delight, she brought a small version of her famous christmas game with her! we were sad to miss it last year and thought we would be missing it again this year, but we should never underestimate the power of grandma! she lugged a whole suitcase full of gifts with her so we wouldn't miss out!

chris took the big kids ice skating one saturday. everyone had a couple falls, but surprisingly chris had the biggest spill of all thanks to those darn toe picks! jack and ellie did surprisingly well... they must take after their mama ;)


 chris and jack went squirrel hunting, but alas, no squirrels were to be found. although jack has no problem with the idea of eating one when he finally does get one.

christmas was the absolute best! this year we decided to do secret santa each monday and doorbell ditch goodies at different families from our ward. the kids had so much fun! we also skipped out on making homemade gifts to deliver to our friends because i had about zero energy thanks to a newborn. BUT, we did buy about 24 bottles of sparkling cider and delivered them with cute little tags and ribbon. the kids ran up to each house, rang the doorbell and said merry christmas, then ran back to the car. it was so easy and stress-free, not to mention it was super cute watching the kids... i don't think i'll ever go back to making a bunch of goodies to deliver!

on christmas eve day we went to the church with the smiths, rackhams and, peczuhs to have brunch and then play dodgeball. then that evening we had our traditional spaghetti dinner at the smiths along with a white elephant game. we fought over a jar of pickles. what can i say, we like pickles.

here are a few pictures from christmas day.

i think we've been in arkansas too long. the kids got bows and a gun to share this year. 

chris made a family boot rack for us and we each picked out a pair of boots, which was pretty special. chris is getting pretty handy and able to build just about anything these days. he's pretty much my hero.
  chris was on call all of christmas weekend and one of the doctors scheduled cases on christmas morning, the stinker! but luckily chris is a nice guy because one of his single coworkers offered to work for him on christmas morning until noon so he could stay home with us. we are so grateful!

and this babe.... he's pretty special!

december also brings charlie's birthday on the 27th!
he's FOUR!!!


because chris was on call and had to go in to work a few times throughout the day, we kept charlie's special day simple with birthday waffles, a surprise silly string attack by mom and dad, and a piƱata after pizza. then daddy took the three big kids to see Night at the Museum.

we wouldn't recommend having a silly string attack inside your house... its pretty messy! but it was definitely worth it.


we celebrated New Years Eve on the evening of the first because the kids were being naughty on the 31st and were sent to bed early. oops.
but the next night we rocked out with confetti cannons, bubbly, and 300 layer bean dip (as chris called it) and pretended like it was the 31st. it was fun to toast with the kiddos, even if it was only 8 o'clock, and shoot off a bunch of confetti, even if it did make a huge mess.
we are so ready for 2015!


Friday, December 12

don't touch the elf!

charlie touched our elf.
they say if you touch your elf that it will lose its magic.
not true.

this is what happens...

charlie touched skippy, who was hanging from a garland, and he fell. it was about a 5 foot drop. chris picked him up and set him on the mantle. the following morning, all that was there was his hat and a note that told us he had been taken to the hospital and would need some time to recover, but he'd be back. and come back he did... with casts and bandages 4 days later. poor, poor skippy. he's unable to move and probably won't until christmas is over... ;)

Wednesday, December 10

our life

a few photos from our recent happenings...

thanksgiving was quiet and relaxing this year. we celebrated with just our little family and daddy experimented by smoking the turkey. jack and ellie both gobbled up the legs.

 rikki was here from november 20th until thanksgiving morning (that was a sad day when she left). we didn't do too much while she was here besides love on owen, but one highlight was when chris sent us away for some seriously needed pedicures. we also found a yummy burger place in town, finally! 
so thankful for family and their love and support.

poop face.
we see this poop face so many times a day, its impossible to count. he's a very poopy boy.

we decorated for christmas the day after thanksgiving to help me get over my missing rikki. we have been enjoying the scrumptious smells of our tree and all the other holiday scents this time of year brings.

it's been a long time since we grilled our own pizzas for pizza night. so yummy.

grandma flew in on the 3rd and we are loving every second she is here, especially Owen who seems to be quite smitten with her.

owen's first smiles were for daddy about a week and a half ago, but we didn't get any pictures. now he smiles a couple times each day and shares them with grandma the most. these are blurry, but oh so special.

 owen was blessed this past sunday, the 7th. it was a beautiful blessing and afterwards as we sat in our pew, i looked at my sweet baby asleep in my arms and my 3 other wild & noisy kids and my  thoughtful & handsome husband, i had a moment of complete peace and joy. it was a great moment in time that i won't ever forget.

we forgot to take the classic family picture outside the church building on sunday, but i did snap this one during sacrament of jack holding his buddy.

sunday evening, with the fire burning, we turned on the first presidency christmas devotional. glad i had my phone to capture a few of these pictures. i love them.