Thursday, November 1
Posted by Tamara at 8:07 PM
Friday, October 5
Ashlyn vs Mom:
There are certain weeks in life when you wonder why you signed up for this job. (For you mothers of sweet little immobile newborns and no other children, yes the time will come) I thought last week was hard when Ashlyn came down with the stomach flu and threw up everywhere starting with all over me. I did multiple loads of laundry every day last week, washed her set of sheets at least 4 times, and had to clean the keyboard of the computer and her car seat after she threw up all over them. I changed at least 4-6 poopy diapers a day, just from Ashlyn. So, you would think "Hey, it can only get better." Well, then this week happened and now I PRAY that it can only get better.
On Monday we were recovering from the weekend. I was mowing the lawn, making bread, cleaning the house, etc. Well, I was in the middle of making bread when Makayla brought up a credit card from my purse. I asked, "Hey, Makayla, where did you get that?" "Oh, from Ashlyn." Drop everything you are doing and go running. She found my purse AGAIN. She loves to play with everything I have...especially the wallet. I found the wallet downstairs with only a few of my cards in the purse. I started to get frustrated but knew they had to be around somewhere. I started the frantic search for my credit cards, costco card, drivers license, etc. In the play room I found the insurance card and Costco card. While searching, Ashlyn proceeded to stick her fingers in my rising loaves of bread. Who can blame her, right? But, after searching for 2 1/2 hours myself and then Brad searching for another 1 1/2 hours there was NO SIGN of the drivers license, debit card, and my one major credit card I use. Oh, man. What was I going to do? We finally decided we had better call and report the missing debit card and credit card. There was a small chance they were stolen when I left my purse at Cafe Rio the Friday before.
The next day I went to replace my drivers license, called the bank, and the credit card company. I still searched, but to no avail. That day Ashlyn and I were friends again, after I realized she is only two and it's good for her to be curious. Right? Yes, that is right. Aunt Bre wanted to treat her three oldest nieces and nephew to Chili's for dinner to give Brad and I a break. I thought Ashlyn should be fine since she seemed to be feeling much better. Well, life isn't that simple with my two year old. She was having a great time at dinner when all of a sudden she puked all over Aunt Bre, the table, everywhere. She looked up and said "Uh, Oh" and then went on eating her fries. Aunt Bre and the waiter handled the situation like pros. Of course Aunt Bre is writing off children for a long time. When she got home and told us the tale, Ashlyn went to work.....drawing on our walls with a green crayon she brought home from Chili's (all other crayons have been confiscated from her and hidden well). Although we appreciate fostering creativity in our children, we do try to limit the mediums to paper....not walls. After we got that taken care of and discipline out of the way we were talking with Bre some more. All of a sudden I stopped her and said, "Ashlyn is too quite, we had better see what she is doing". Sure enough, Mother's intuition kicks in again. She had her tube of toothpaste and was painting the walls in my bedroom.
My sweet children love me and each other. Their laughter wipes away the frustrations of the day. Their kisses do make everything all better. So, in Ashlyn vs Mom I would say we both come out winners.
Posted by Tamara at 2:56 PM
Saturday, September 15
Posted by Tamara at 10:36 PM
This is the front of our house. The first order of business was to paint the door black. The neighbors greatly appreciate what we have done.
Our kitchen. The girl that owned the home before us loved paint colors. She didn't always choose what I would have, but we will have to gradually change the colors. She painted the cupboards black and the walls lime green. It is fun for now, but will eventually go.
Rebecca's Nursery. This is my favorite decorated room of the house, and we have even bigger plans to come. Nana gave her the cutest crib set and we have decorated around it. Eventually we will replace the dark aqua green carpet and paint the walls. Until then, we will just enjoy the decorations.Another view of the nursery.
The kids bedroom. We currently have the three oldest kids in one room downstairs. That allows us to have a toy room and an office. The kids love it and we love having the extra space. Ryan and Makayla were especially excited to get a bunkbed. Ashlyn thinks she is the biggest girl ever in her toddler bed.
This is one view of our office. It is kind of a weird place. I actually have my own craft corner by the card table. It has shelves and places for me to work and keep all of my stuff. It is AWESOME!!! Maybe I will attempt to be domestic.
Posted by Tamara at 9:57 PM
Sunday, August 26
Becca around 1 week old.Becca enjoying the sun. Striking a pose. 2 weeks old.
Posted by Tamara at 10:27 AM
This summer has been full of adventures, both good and not so good. It started with Brad getting a new job, starting the house hunt, finding a house, Tamara getting very sick with a kidney infection and stone, having our little baby Becca, packing and almost moving, a flooded house, new house hunting, surgery to remove Tamara's 9mm kidney stone, more house hunting, finding a house, moving into the Owen's home until we could get into our own, having a family reunion at Jordanelle, Ryan and Makayla going to Seven Peaks with their aunts Mari and Bre, the stomach flu hitting 11 of the 13 people living in one house, going to Lagoon, Ryan starting school, closing on the home, and finally this week moving into our new home. Wow, what a ride it has been!!! Through it all we have had so much fun and have been grateful for our blessings.
Ashlyn enjoying a picnic in the rain. Even under the pavilion we got soaked.
The kids enjoying daddy's work party at Lagoon. Ryan and Makayla loved the Terror Ride. Ryan even went on the White Roller Coaster for his first time.....and didn't even scream even though mom was!!!
Posted by Tamara at 10:08 AM
Tuesday, August 7
We blessed Rebecca when she was only 2 1/2 weeks old on July 15th. Brad's family was in town and we didn't want to make them drive up to Utah from California twice in one month. It was a wonderful blessing. Rebecca is such a good baby that she didn't even need her binky up in the circle with her. Here are some pictures of that day.
Nana gave Rebecca a bath
The Bell Family. Welcome new members of the family. Brooklyn, Brandon and Lindsey's little girl. Mari, Matt's wife. Rebecca....well we all now know her. We miss you Julie, who was in New York, and Doug, who is on his mission in Brazil.
Posted by Tamara at 4:01 PM
Saturday, July 28
Posted by Tamara at 9:11 PM
What a month it has been. On July 10th we were scheduled to close on our first home.
We were super excited. Well, life doesn't always go the way we choose. On the July 7th Brad went to the house to do a final walk through. We mostly wanted to see what things we needed to do to prepare for moving in the next weekend. When Brad walked in the door he saw something we would never have believed. Our to be house had flooded. Not just a little bit of water on the floor in the basement, but water almost throughout the entire home. I could explain what it looked like, but we will let the pictures do the talking.
This is the ceiling directly below the refridgerator where the flooding began.
THE SKY IS FALLING
A HAUNTED HOUSE? NO, JUST PEELING PAINT
In the midst of this decision making progress we found out we could not stay in our apartment past the 31st as we had already turned in our 30 day notice and they had rented it out to another family. We found ourselves with no place to go and no idea what to do on a new home.
We are currently staying at my sisters home with our four kids. You add them to her five kids and we have a very full house. Last week we went under contract on a new home in Lehi. Let's pray that there are no floods this time.
Posted by Tamara at 7:48 PM