Thursday, February 26, 2015

Box Cars

We made some cars out of old boxes.  The kids colored them and then they would push each other around in them.  They even put blankets in them and put them in front of the T.V. to watch their favorite show.  They had a lot of fun.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Zoo

We went to the zoo for the first time in a long time.  Kellan is now old enough to enjoy the zoo.  He got really excited about all the animals and trying to learn their names and sounds.

Basketball Juice

Kellan is a big sports fanatic already.  (Please just ignore the pink sippy cup.) He gets really excited when any sports come on the T.V.  This energetic boy will hold still for a good 15 minutes watching ESPN with his dad.  He loves his football, baseball, and his basketball.  Anything that is round is a "basketball,"  even the round grapes on the juice are called basketballs.  Now he always asks for "basketball juice."

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas with Grandma

This cute lady worked hard for us all week cooking and cleaning and wrapping and shopping.  She made Christmas a good time full of love.  She is an amazing woman and worked hard despite all the pain of her knees.

Kellan was helping Daddy open all of his presents and was actually getting into it.

My brother and his kids.  We love these guys.

My dad, brother, sister-in-law, and her son...we were glad they had the day off to come visit with us.

We got to spend a lot of time with these guys before they run off to California.  We kinda like them!

Jessa was pretty excited about her new Christmas dress from Grandma.  She ran downstairs to change into it right away.

We were surprised that Kellan liked to open some of his presents before he lost interest.

These two are pretty good cousins.  They have a lot of fun together!  We are glad they have each other.

It was a fun Christmas not because of the gifts, but because we got to spend it with family.  The time went by way too fast!

Birth Family Visit

We got to visit with Jayla's Birth Family over the holidays.  These guys are so good to us! We always have fun when we get to visit with them.  We exchanged gifts and enjoyed some good food.  We look forward to our next visit.

Jessa's Birthday: Take Two

With Jessa's birthday being over the holidays she got to celebrate it with both Grandmas and with all of her cousins.  We took all the cousins to the gym for some Frozen games.  The kids had a lot of fun!  We played "duck duck goose" with Olaf, played "find Olaf" and then we had the kids try to hit "Olaf" A.K.A. uncle Jason.  It was a success!  Jessa LOVED it!

Afterwards we got to open presents and there was quite a crowd gathered around to see Jessa's presents.

Ginger Bread Houses

Its a tradition in our family to make gingerbread houses every year at Christmas time.  We get to see who can come up with the craziest idea.  The kids have a lot of fun and then everyone gets to eat them afterwards.

Jessa working hard on her creation.  She was concentrating pretty hard. 

All of the cute cousins were working hard coming up with some cute ideas.

This was Jessa's finished product.  She was pretty proud of it.

Jayla did most of this herself.  We thought she did a pretty good job!

Saturday, January 3, 2015


We took all 3 kids fishing with Grandpa and their cousin Josh.  The girls wanted to catch a fish really bad, but they just weren't biting that day.  It was a chore keeping the little boys from diving into the water.  They enjoyed throwing rocks and sticks into the water trying to break the ice.

Pretty cute little fishermen!

Jayla was so patient and was dissapointed that we didn't catch anything.

It was all that we could do to keep these two little boys out of the cold water.

Jessa's Birthday

My beautiful Black girl turned 5!  We can't believe that she is getting so old!  She is so fun and livens up any party.  She is really smart and LOVES to have lots of fun!  She is learning to read and is getting really good at it.  She is a good sister and helps out around the house.  She especially loves to help cook or do the dishes.  She loves gymnastics and watching shows.  She is still into Frozen and enjoys playing with her sister and brother.  Jessa hardly every complains about anything and is always willing to do what we ask her to do.


We checked on the girls one night and this is what we found.  We found out in the morning that Jessa was scared so Jayla let her crawl in bed with her so she could hug her and help her not to be scared anymore.  It was really cute.  These two are good friends.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Morning

We had Santa come to our house a little early this year since we would be leaving for Utah to spend the break with family.  The kids woke up bright and early as usual.  They were pretty excited to see what Santa had brought them.

We got a new piano so that the girls can start lessons with Michael.  They were pretty excited about it.

This was Kellan's favorite toy.  I kept telling him that it is a cart, but he insists that it is his car and he LOVES it!  He pushes it around all day long and won't share it with his sisters.  He loads it up with his snacks, cars, balls and his precious sippy cup....all the good things in life.

We had fun watching all the kids open their presents.  Pretty sure that Christmas was a success.

After opening presents and eating breakfast we got to play in the fresh snow.  The girls were pretty excited.  Kellan was excited to go outside, but he cried when he had to put on all the layers in order to play in the snow for the his first time.  Once outside he didn't even want to touch the stuff, but he would jump on the tramp with girls in the snow as long as I was holding him.

Making Snow Angels and loving it.