"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Colorado leftovers

Thanks to Kristi for all the following pictures.
Messy faces= a good time

The whole clan after church

These cousins had so much fun running around with each other, making good memories.

This was the first ride we went on at The North Pole. It was the only one Chad rode on. It was left up to me to take Annie on all the rides. I don't mind, I actually enjoyed them all!

Eli had a blast, he was big enough for most of the rides.

This was his reaction after riding the little roller coaster.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brothers and Sisters and Bluebonnets

 Sometimes I have to remind myself just how lucky I am that we got two of each gender.  My girls have each other and my boys have each other.
Every year I tell myself that I am going to get family pictures in all the wildflowers that surround us every spring. I think he last time I did was when Sam was 2 years old. Sunday we had such beautiful weather we decided last minute to take a drive and snap some pictures.  It was literally last minute.  We ended up driving an hour round trip just to end up 10 minutes away from home. The best field of bluebonnets is right in our backyard (not literally)
Trying to get some decent pictures that day totally reminded me as to why we never have decent pictures.  It's insane.  With four kids it is literally impossible to have them all cooperate at the same time. 
This is pretty much the best one we have of Annie. This was before she realized that the grass was getting her feet all wet.  How could I have not remembered the fact that she hates wearing sandles in wet grass. My mistake.

We always get great ones of Carly, she is a natural in front of the camera.

This little man barely stood still long enough for me to snap a picture of him.

Sam, he's great to always pose for a picture.

This was after her little meltdown of wet feet, after we got a chair out for her to sit on and after her finger got smashed in the chair.  She was not a happy camper.

Classic Annie, right here folks.

I kind of love this picture even if Chad's head did get chopped out of it. Sometimes it feels like we have twins....

Not too shabby for a self-timer photo. Although it looks like we were buried in flowers. At least everyone is looking in the general direction of the camera.

Photo taken by Carly. I love how our kids are old enough to snap photos of Chad and I together.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year, same old me.

This girl brings out so many emotions (and mostly within a matter of minutes)  Lately her new thing is switching outfits 50 times a day. (and no, I'm not exaggerating) 
Some of her outfit choices are quite comical.  Eli was really confused by this mask she was wearing. 
Notice her necklace, she will not wear this dress without wearing the necklace.

This is what her closet ends up looking like on a daily basis. I actually quit cleaning it up last week because, well, I got sick of cleaning it. She insists on emptying all of her drawers and some of Carly's.
She also mix and matches dress up clothes with her actual clothes.

This little man is seriously a dream baby.  I can't imagine my life without him.  He is so good and so content with life. It really amazes me some days. He is so easy going (which is great considering the girl pictures above is not)
His new thing is just playing by himself in his room with his toys. He loves to empty his toy bins and stick toys in random places.  On more than one occasion I've found little toys stuck inside my boots.

I love beginning a new year and making resolutions. It seems like the past few years my goals have all been the same. I suppose it's either because they are really good goals or I haven't mastered them yet. Actually it's probably both.
The year 2014 was a year of surviving.  Most days were hard. Most days were filled with just trying to make it till bedtime, but thankfully it's easy to forget the rough times.
Hopefully 2015 I will be able to work my way out of living in survival mode.