Saturday, May 21, 2016

Keo turned four!

And I am fairly certain that happened overnight! 

Goodness! 

Thankfully my parents were in town and McKay is so good at coming up with games. 


My sister emailed me a list of ideas a few days before the party. THANK You! 


we "won" this cake at a service auction


Jaedyn helped by labeling all the food


my dad made Keo this sandbox for his birthday



It't like he was this big little newborn baby and then all of the sudden, he is this boy who loves to tell jokes, floss his teeth, stay up late "reading" and talking his dad into playing video games at bedtime. 

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Keo calls her Kay-La-La and is set on marrying her

We wanted to really celebrate him so we decided to have him plan a birthday party. 
He did a great job and loved helping to plan... and making sure we took lots of photos to boot!



He was so fun to watch and loved every minute of the attention. 
Our Keo is going to do great things. 
He is fearless, a protector of all that is good, and he has such a keen intellect. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Mostly crap on TV

I once heard a power couple give advice. One thing they said was find a brainless show to watch on TV together. For them, it was Biggest Loser.

Over the years we have enjoyed watching shows like Amazing Race, Merlin, Once upon a Time, and the cartoon version of X-men even. 

Recently though, there just hasn't been much to watch on TV. We did start watching Poldark-- but its a very short series. So, now we are in the no TV slump and I wonder how will we be a power couple if we can't watch TV together??!!! 

Let me preface and say that the mentioned couple above used that time to catch up with eachother. It was a set aside time to reconnect. I know people can do this so many ways other than TV but, there is something to be said about TV. I know there are terrible things on it. However, there are also beautiful and educational and emotional things to experience as well. 

That's how I felt about the Eleventh Hour on Feeln TV

Feeln TV is like Hulu or Netflix. Its a paid streaming service. BUT... its all heartfelt-feel-good movies. Shows that make you think, make you internalize and make you FEEL GOOD after watching them. 

There is a new show called The Eleventh . The Eleventh is a Feeln original drama series that focuses on a young girl's journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family.




"People aren't good or bad. They are complicated." That is one of my favorite parts of the show. I have been able to see a few long clips of the show. I think that this show does a really great job at showing how hard how empowering forgiveness can be.

Watch full episodes of The Eleventh on Feeln and be sure to check out the many many many other shows they have. You will probably recognize a lot of the cast members too!


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Reading with Dad

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.  ~ Unknown




Even though this guy is so busy working so hard for our family, he makes a point to read to the girls and check in with the older two. Every day he makes sure he does something for me. Its like I won the lottery for husbands. 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Its a bubbly day

I like to keep bubbles around.

I know that bubbles will stop any tears, bring out smiles quickly, and generally fix anything. If your car is out of gas, just blow some bubbles! If your boyfriend just broke-up with you, bubbles to the rescue! Trying to lose 20 pounds.. yep, bubbles can help with that too.





Friday, April 29, 2016

Houston Temple




I have been trying to make it more of a point to take time to really enjoy the moments I am given. I am lucky enough to be close to a Temple and am able to go a few times a month. On one of those days, I remembered to bring my camera. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Don't leave us!

Last year when my parents visited for Christmas, my mom asked me to find my dad a project to do. Well, living in a tiny townhouse (which we were renting) I didn't have the space for any projects.

So when I found out they would be here in March, I made sure to have projects for him to do. And my mom being the go-getter that she is, she had a fun craft project for the kids. We enclosed the septic system in a beautiful lattice box, built and filled a sandbox in time for Keo Birthday, and moved the huge playset from the front yard to the back. Grandma made felt easter eggs for our banner and the kids loved it.

I am the planner and like to spend time with family doing things so I made sure we all knew what we were doing each night. The first night was a family dinner and roasting smore's.

I LOVED having the extra hands and also having my kids make memories with their grandparents. We celebrated birthdays, ate yummy BBQ, filled our bellies with Hawaiian food (even poki) and took family photos. When it was time to say goodbye, many many tears were shed and a few crying phone calls were made begging them to come back.

I love my parents and I love that both McKay and I came from large families. We agreed we have the VERY BEST siblings, no matter how crazy they may be :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Movie ticket giveaway! Enter to win

Have you seen this trailer yet? Its for Midnight special

I was sent an email from my friends at GraceHill Media and they wanted ME to give YOU some movie tickets to see this.
So it kinda reminds me of a mix between sixth sense and interstellar. That's based only on the 2 minute. Rolling Stone has a review here you can read, they have already seen the movie. 

Synopsis:
A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.

So to win, just comment below!
Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter

Easter Egg Hunt Season is here!

I am part of the Woodlands MoM group. I have only been a few events but they are si much fun and it is an easy way to meet new people. I mean, if you really can't think of anything to talk about then you can always talk about what it is like having multiples.




Saturday we went to the first egg hunt of the season! Its obvious I didn't move much from the girls. Thats probably why Keo was that one kid at every egg hunt with a bucket overflowing with eggs... not sticking to the 12 eggs per kid rule.





I have to say, it was a "egg"-cellent party

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Oh Philly. We love you too.

Even months later, Jaedyn will come up to me and say "mom, I loved that Franklin Institute. That's my favorite place. Do you think we can go again and see the Hippos and pick apples?" And every time I reply "Yes, sweetie. We sure can." I sure wouldn't mind going back either! I mean, I had waited my whole 33 years to see the Liberty Bell and it was really quite striking. We saw every historical thing you could see... from the oldest street in America to where they signed the Bill of Rights to the Prison.











We journeyed out of Philly to visit our dear friends. Oh man, we sure were spoiled! Talk about getting first class service! We picked apples, had dinner with a few friends, ate the best Italian food I have ever had and stayed up late talking. The kids were in absolute HEAVEN being able to play together again.








Philly and the surrounding areas were so beautiful. We spent a day at Gettysburg. History came alive and it really gave me such a deeper sense of gratitude for our Country AND it seemed really obvious that God had his hand in the country winning independence. 








Thank you to Grandma who came and stayed with the twins so we could go on this trip! It really was such a bonding experience for us and Keo and Jaedyn seemed to love having us be able to give more attention to them. 
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