Friday, April 11, 2014

29 weeks

When blogger asked if I wanted to make this picture extra large I just laughed....Yep thats how I feel thank you blogger!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break in California


We left at 5am on our long road trip to California.
Of course, no one could sleep because of the excitement!



 We arrived at Tim and Rachel's house that night at 10 pm.  The next morning they took us to the sand dunes next to there home in Arroyo Grande.  

The kids played for hours hiking up and sliding down the massive sand hills!

Tim also got wet suits for all the kids, and taught them how to boogie board.  This was one of Alley and Lucy's favorite parts of the trip.

We then made our way to Tia's house and we hiked up to the Hollywood sign.  They all wanted their pictures with the sign.




We loved that Tia had a pool and we had some beautiful sunny days to spend by it.

 This picture needs some explaining.  Tod has just finished dental school and Ben needed a cleaning.  So, naturally, they decided to do the cleaning pool side.   Yeah it was a sight to see!

The kids love the playground and the BBQ's outside






 Shopping at all the fun malls.  These girls were in heaven!


 Pink Berry Frozen Yogurt?
Reese is saying it all!















 Lots more fun was had at 6 flags and the air park!   Thanks California family for hosting our huge family of 9.  We had a GREAT time!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bennett is 2



 Bennett is such a good boy!  He is always happy and loves to play!  He loves trucks and anything that rolls.  
We were celebrating his birthday yesterday when he went crashing out of the fisher price shopping cart and hit his chin on the pavement.  We ended up in the ER getting stitches during the party.
Luckily everyone stayed around and we were back in time to have presents and ice cream!  

2 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT BENNETT! 
 1. He always wants to "go" with anyone that is leaving the house.  Which results in us being very diligent in locking the doors when people leave so he doesn't escape!
2. He loves sweets!  All of my kids have a sweet tooth, but Bennett takes the cake!  He will hold out eating dinner so he can have plenty of room for a late night pantry raid with Dad.  Every night I find wrappers and empty bags of chocolate chips.  I found out the two of them are in co-hoots to sneak my sweets!

Loving the Sunshine! 
Am I the mormon mom to an extreme here or what?
Bare foot and pregnant in an apron, lounging in the sun barking orders at people!  I guess I'm going to embrace it!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sickness and Sunshine!

A family of Nine just doesn't happen to miss getting the flu.
24 hours of awfulness.
Poor Elizabeth threw up so hard she broke blood vessels in her face.  She is still stinking cute though!




Apparently Claire was OK being tied up here for hours!
Best place for Bennett is in the back of the truck.  Its like a little play pen!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

24 weeks

No narcism here! 
 I just thought I should document this last baby's growth, since I am such a bad mother and never really did this with my other kids. However, I think it would have come in handy to have stats and pictures at each month to compare with.
 I have a feeling come 35 weeks I will be unwilling to post such a picture! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cleaning the Lab

I can't believe that we have been cleaning Ben's office for the last 4 years every week and I haven't blogged about it.   Not that it is that interesting!   



Poor Elizabeth has the worst job!
All the kids help, they each have some jobs they are responsible to complete.  This opportunity to clean the lab has been such a blessing.  Because of it we are able to teach the kids hard work, and money saving skills.  Its so nice when the kids are invited to go somewhere with their friends that they have their OWN money to spend.   And of course they learn about tithing!


I love the pic of Claire.  She is so little to be emptying garbage, but she does a great job.  I Guess I suppressed Alley with my picture.  And Look! Ben works too!!




Sweeping, Mopping, Bathrooms, Kitchen 
and Garbage.  Doesn't seem like much, but it takes all of us together about 1.5 hrs. 
and Yes, Reese should not be standing in front of the gas!