Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween was so great this year! We got to go to our ward trunk or treat, and also trick or treating in our new neighborhood for the first time.  We had a Halloween block party before we all took the kids around to trick or treat.  This is gonna be a fun place to live!

I just can't get enough of these little cuties!!! 
Jerzi:Elsa, Dash:Duck Dynasty guy, Jeter:Oregon Ducks football player

Jete's definitely developing his own little personality.  He didn't want to be anything I suggested, ya know, to go with a cute family theme.  :(  When he kept telling me he wanted to be a football player, and Jerz was requesting something also not to do with anything themed, I finally gave in to them both.  And besides, is he not the cutest football player you've ever seen?
What a little stud!

And then there's this girl!
She's got so much personality, I didn't really try to convince her of anything else.  She loves Frozen, and loves Elsa, so what else would she be other than Elsa? 
I thought all the Elsa costumes in the stores were just blah, so I decided to make one for her.  I've never used a pattern before, so I didn't want to try and attempt one for this. I just made it up as I went. and I think it turned out so so cute!  I love how it looks on her, and she loved it too!  All her Elsa powers were in full force!

Poor little Dashy... I couldn't think of anything for him to dress up as.  When I saw this in a store I thought it was pretty funny so I grabbed it.  He's for sure the cutest of all the Duck Dynasty guys.

I dressed up as an angel cuz obviously I am an angel.   haha

So a little backstory before I talk about Had's costume....Supposedly Had invited rodeo clowns to our wedding reception.  Before the reception, I told him that he better be kidding.  He said, no they're coming.  And they're gonna turn our reception into a party.  (It was a pretty formal reception) and I was so worried they were going to come.  I kept checking the door all night.  Luckily they didn't come and Had was pretty disappointed.  I learned later they were legit supposed to come.  After we got married, Had told me he wanted to go to clown school.  I about died.  Turns out he has an obsession with them and wants to be one. HA  Well this year was the year Had finally got his wish to be a rodeo clown.  I'm just glad it's not his real life job, like he wanted it to be for awhile. 
He found this bullrider walking through the streets as we took the kids trick or treatin, so we had to get a pic.

This was the year of the Elsa's.  I would say about 75% of the girls Jerzi's age were also dressed as Elsa.  Lots of peeps told us she was by far the best Elsa they had seen of the night.  Aww.  I was just happy her dress didn't come apart!
Here are a couple of her friends that she had to get pics with.  
Lydia as a snow princess, and Rachel as another Elsa. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Frozen Party

Jerzi is obsessed with Frozen and she loves Elsa.  So she asked if she could have a Frozen birthday party. After I looked on Pinterest and saw so many cute ideas, I had to do it for her.  I wish I took more pictures, cuz it all turned out so cute. She was dying over all of it. She loved having friends come over and give her all the attention too!

I just thought these food labels were so cute!  I printed them off of and the kids loved seeing what all the food was called, way more than I thought they would! 
Ice Blocks= blue jello jiggler cubes
Frozen Hearts=strawberries dipped in white chocolate
Olaf's Noses=carrots
Sven's Antlers=pretzels
Elsa Punch= blue Hawaiian Punch, Sprite, vanilla ice cream

I didn't get a pic of the cake and punch I made, but here's the ones I copied.  :) 

They painted and decorated little wooden snowflakes for a craft.

They played Pin the nose on Olaf, Freeze tag, and Do you wanna build a snowman? (who could create and dress the snowman the fastest).

Happy Birthday sweet Jerz-girl!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dewberry Farms

We heard a lot of good things about Dewberry Farms for the past couple years, so we finally decided to try it.  It did not disappoint!  They had so many things for the kids to do.  They were entertained the whole time!

The ziplines and the huge slides were their favorite!

While the big kids played, me and Had took turns trying to cool this little baby off!  Even though it was the end of October, it was scorching outside!!!

We took a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and I think this is where Dash had the most fun!  He laughed and was so happy the whole ride.  In true Jerzi fashion, she had to find something to be upset about (not sure what) on the ride.

All 3 of these guys had to show me how tough they were.  I loved watching them all show off.  I felt like I was at a carnival and they were all trying to impress me.  That dude in the red shirt... 💓

The kids loved the cornmaze!

After the pumpkin patch, we carved the pumpkins on Jerzi's birthday.  For some reason Had thought his pumpkin was appropriate, so please divert your eyes.  I'm embarrassed it's even in the picture, but the rest looked great!  Jerzi did the bat, Jete did the face, and I did the spooky ghost. Dash, well he just ate the guts and seeds! Haha

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jerzi Turns 5!

This little cutie is 5 now!!!  

Jerzi is a funny, spunky, sassy little thing.  She has been a handful since she was a baby, but we love her to pieces.  She always makes us laugh with the funny things she comes up with.  She's full of personality and we love having her in our family!

We had to start the day out right with butterfly pancakes for breakfast.

Jerzi is a very independent little thing and thinks she can do everything herself.  She told me she could make her own sandwich, and was so proud when she was finished. (Too bad it was "way too gross" for her to actually eat it.)

She's a wild child and can throw some serious tantrums.  She loves gymnastics, pink, all things girly, and teasing Jeter.  She just loves Dash to pieces and wants to help with him all she can.  She's got a wild hairdo if we just let it go, but she's got the best hair ever, full of body and curls, and I love experimenting new hairdo's on her.  She's a crazy sleeper.  She's very shy around other people, but she's slowly coming out of her shell.

She's been asking for an American Girl doll girl for a couple of years now.  So we finally took her to the American Girl store for her birthday and let her pick out the doll she wanted.  She chose Isabelle, and she just loves her!!!  It was so fun making this little girl's dream come true.  

Carrabba's for her birthday dinner and dessert!

Monday, October 20, 2014

My First Ragnar

We moved into our new house, and we had only been there for a few weeks.  I met a girl in my ward that told me how there are a lot of ladies in our ward that run.  I was so excited!  Then I got even more excited when she told me how she just got pregnant and she was supposed to be running in a ragnar race, but couldn't anymore because of her pregnancy, and asked me if I wanted to take her place.  I had no clue who the other girls were, but I jumped at the chance!

I am so glad I did!!!  I met a bunch of these girls for the very first time  (our ward is huge!) when they came and picked me up to head to Austin.  We had so much fun together!

So in a Ragnar Race, you have a team of 8, and someone is constantly running.  We each had 3 legs to run, one of which is in the night.  Our course had a base camp, where every runner would do some sort of loop out and come back to the starting spot to swap with a teammate.  Most everyone running the race camped.  We were fortunate that one of our teammates had a camper, so we were one of 2 campers there!!!  It was fantastic having that thing!

Everyone was so nice, and I made some great friends!

I got diarrhea bad after my first leg.  It was horrible!!! During my 2nd leg in the night, I could barely run cuz I needed to go so bad.  But I was out in the middle of the woods, running all by myself, on a rocky little trail, in the dark.  There was nothing I could do!  It was pretty much the worst.  My 3rd leg was a little bit better, but not too much. Man, I lived in those nasty portapotties when I got done!  

But even with all of that, I had so much fun, I'd do it all again!!!

Crossing the finish line together with our last runner!

I love these ladies!!! I'm so glad I was able to fill in for Suzanne!
From Top Left to Right: Emily Cook, Kristie Archibald, Debbie Moody, Angie Toler, 
Me, Carolyn Gordon, Camille Woodward, and Kate Zollinger

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kids kids kids

Jeter started playing flag football.  Can I just say how much we are all in love with this?!!  He is the quarterback for his team and he is having the time of his life.  Me and Had can hardly take watching it, it is so much fun! He scores every game.  And when we are in need of a 1st down, the coach has Jete keep it and run it himself, and he almost always get it, or a touchdown.  We've realized how far ahead he is athletically compared to other kids his age.  It's hard to be humble about his athleticism because, well, we're just so proud of him and happy that he loves sports as much as we do!

We bring Jerz and Dash to his practices, and they are pretty good for the most part.  Sometimes watchin this girl is as much fun as watchin Jete play football.  
She's got so much sass and personality, and yet, she's so sweet with Dash, and entertains him so I can pay attention to what's happening on the football field.

And then there's this little guy!  I can't stop watching him either.  He's too cute, and his cheeks are too soft and squishy.  I kiss him way too much, but I can't help it.  I feel like I have to soak in every little second with him, cuz he's gonna be old and all grown up before I know it.  He's also started crawling, which makes me happy and sad at the same time! I really don't want him to grow up, but I love seeing him learn new things every day!

When I take the kids out and go for runs, he always has to ride like this in the stroller.  It cracks me up, every time!

He also ate his first sandwhich, at 7 months!  It's ok that he doesn't have teeth to chew right?

 And I have to throw this random one in here because Jete got his school pics taken and I just think it's so darn cute! (This is a pic of a pic, so for some weird reason, it distorted his head a little bit. It's not really that big. haha)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jerzi's 1st day of Preschool

She was totally ready to start preschool, like 2 years ago (and so was I).  But when the day came, she was a little nervous. Still excited, but nervous.  We are doing a little preschool swap with a couple other moms from our ward, where we take turns teaching it at our houses.  I'm excited for it, because it will give me a chance to see how she interacts with the other kids, and what she knows, but also give me a little one on one time with Dash on the days when I'm not teaching.  

 Back to this girl...yep, she's starting preschool.  Not high school, or jr high, just preschool.
She looks so old.  
She looks so cute. 
I can't take it.

My kids are growing up on me, and I hate it. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

1st day of 1st grade

This cute little boy was all smiles for his first day of 1st grade, at a new school, in a new house.  I am beyond thrilled that we live on the same block as the school and he can just walk or ride his bike there.  We've heard the school is awesome and we're excited to find out for ourselves!

 After school, I have to be there to pick him up or they won't let him come out of the doors.  It's a little strict, but I guess better safe than sorry!

We made it a tradition to go get ice cream after school on the first day every year.  They love it, and I love to hear all about their first day.  Win, win!

I love these 2 ice cream faces so much!