Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kellan: 16 Months

 Trying to put on daddy's shoe.

Kellan LOVES to talk.  He will say our names, "dada, mama, deya, dessa" and then start to babble baby talk.  He gets so excited when Michael come home and follows him everywhere.  He thinks he is such a big boy and loves to follow the girls around.  He still takes 2 naps a day and is still in the 5th percentile for weight, but he upgraded to the 25th percentile for height.  He weights just over 20 lbs and is 31 inches tall.  He loves dogs and he loves asserting himself.  Whenever he doesn't like what you are doing he will say, "ahh da," A.K.A all done.  He does this when we start to tickle him, change his diaper, go to church, put him in his carseat, throw him up in the air, etc.  It is so funny.  Other words he says are: bye bye, mow(more), jui (juice), dri (drink), eee (eat), desus (Jesus), mine, wow, woo, nana, ouside, seep (sleep) and he tries to say e-i-e-i-o when we sing Old McDonald Had a Farm.  He is obsessed with bikes, balls, and dogs.  He is starting to get more and more of a personality and has been working on perfecting his tantrums.  He LOVES hugs and other little toddlers.  He is such a sweet boy!

Family Reunion

We got to celebrate a few birthdays while we were at our family reunion  We celebrated Owen and Nolan over the weekend.  They were pretty excited about it.

Grandma and grandpa worked hard to set up a bunch of pools and a slip 'n slide in the backyard for the kids....they all loved it!

Jayla, put herself in charge of filling up the pools...she is very much that way.

It took this girl a little bit of time to want to get in the water, but as soon as she decided to get in we couldn't get her out.

These two boys would played with each other a lot outside.

Kellan was really excited to have a water gun just like all the big kids.

This was considered the "Mermaid" pool.  Only the girls would go in this one.

The little boys tried to do the slip n slide like the big kids, but it would usually be them flopping on their bellies and not going anywhere.  It was really cute.

Here are a few of the cute ladies I got to hang out with all weekend.  I have the best in-laws a girl could ask for.

Uncle Jason took advantage of every opportunity to get all the kids soaking wet and he was really sweet to allow all the little kids get him wet.

Don't let these innocent faces fool you.  These two are merciless water fighters.  There were no survivors when they were done.


Grandma in action!  I was pretty proud of her.

Aunt Deanne is awesome.  She gathered all the little girls together and painted all of the fingernails.  The girls loved it!

Uncle Brian got all the kids together too and helped everyone make a rocket.  Then we all went in the backyard and let them fly.  It was so much fun! 

Aunt Emily put together a "Minute to Win it" for all of the adults after we put all the kids to bed.  She did a really great job! It was so much fun.  Michael and I actually came in third place. 

We did miss Uncle Justin because he is still on his mission.  We will be so excited for when he comes home next April.


With Jayla gone to school we are trying to not be too sad.  Jessa wanted a picnic outside and I was surprised with how excited Kellan got.  They were pretty cute eating together outside.

First Day of 1st Grade

Jayla was pretty excited about her first day of first grade.  Jessa was really sad and thought she would get to go with her.  Jessa wouldn't leave Jayla's class room, then I had to hear all day, "I wish Jayla was here.  I have nobody to play with."  Maybe one of these days I will get excited about the first day of school instead of being really sad.  Jayla has already made a bunch of new friends and has already gotten into trouble for talking too much....that's my girl!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Random Pictures For The Week

Jayla and Jessa took a few pictures of Kellan.  They actually turned out really cute.  Those two kinda like their little brother.

Kellan was so tired.  He grabbed his blanket and binkie and curled up on the tile floor when I was doing the dishes.  I took the hint and put him in bed.


Jayla was supposed to have taken a nap in her bed earlier that day but couldn't miss out on the potential fun that we might have while she was asleep.  She didn't last that long on the couch.


Kellan was pretty excited about finding this stool in the bathroom.  He hauled it all over the house.  He was able to get into more things, so it became his new favorite toy. 

Wherever yo find Kellan Jessa isn't too far behind.  I think he gets a little annoyed sometimes because she kisses him and tries to play with him all the time.

Playing With Daddy

Kellan was enjoying playing with his daddy.  Michael would throw him up in the air and Kellan would giggle like crazy.  Then, the girls would want a turn.  Kellan would get so mad. He would push and hit the girls and cry because he didn't want to share his daddy.  He didn't want the girls having a turn.

Happy Adoption/Sealing Day

We got to celebrate the day we were sealed to Jessa in the temple 4 years ago.  The time is going by really fast.  We read her adoption story book and played together all day.  Then we went to one of her favorite places to eat...Dion's.  Life would be pretty quiet, not as exciting, and quite boring without this charismatic little one.  We are lucky to have her in our lives!  
We love you Jess!!

Family Home Evening

Out cute kids on family night.  Apparently it was a good one...and Michael was dancing in the background so that I could get a good picture of them coloring and smiling. 

Hair Time

Over the past 4 years Jessa and I have spent lots of hours sitting together while I do her hair.  Hopefully someday they will be fond memories for her.

Now a days hair days are a lot harder because Kellan tries as hard as he can to run off with my supplies.  His big sister does a pretty good job playing with him so I can do Jessa's hair...sometimes he's not too excited about it, but that Jayla is a good helper.

Swimming With Friends and Cousins

Kellan has been swimming with uncle Jared a lot lately.  They have really bonded over swimming.  Whenever Kellan sees him, he runs to him and hugs his legs.  He has been a really fun uncle to Kellan.

We have had a lot of fun swimming with Lydia and Andali all summer.  They are sweet enough to invite us over to swim with them at least a couple times a week.  These four love each other so much!  It has been so much fun having them live so close to us.


Mom: Jessa, do you want an egg?
Jessa:  No.  I don't eat eggs because I like baby chickens.

Dad: Jayla, you better go get your bike.  Its raining and you don't want it to get rusted.
Jayla: (Jayla runs to put her bike in the garage.) Oh that was close. I didn't want my bike to get roasted.  Dad, whats roasted?  Does that mean that it just turns into flames?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Texas Trip

 We went to Texas with Michael on one of his business trips not too long ago.  It was mostly just the kids and me, so we tried to make it fun so we didn't miss daddy too much.  We went swimming twice a day and visited some of the local attractions.

Children's Museum

The girls liked the stage.  They would perform their dance moves on least when nobody was looking.


This was Kellan's favorite.  He pushed that wheel barrow around for a good half hour and he looked pretty cute in his vest.

Learning how to be a handy man.  All 3 of them loved this exhibit as well.

I was proud that the girls were brave enough to pet the snake.

We ate lunch at the nearby park and the girls kept trying to chase the squirrels.  They had never seen any up close.  Then we fed the ducks for awhile.

Cadillac Ranch

We visited Cadillac Ranch with our spray paint in hand.  The girls thought that it was a little weird that we were painting cars that were in the middle of nowhere, but they were happy to make their mark on them.

Mr. Gatti's Pizza

The girls told us that this was one of their favorite places.  The carousel was one of their favorite rides for some reason.  They had to ride it several time.

Kellan loved the train!  He loved using the steering wheel and he thought he was such a big boy.

This one was also a favorite of the girls.  It was a simulation of a roller coaster.  They screamed the whole time.  It was so funny.  We kinda think they had a good time.