Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Blog

For awhile now I've contemplated the direction to go with my blog. 

First of all, about 6 months ago I deleted the email account I originally set this account up with and didn't realize it would change ALL of my admin abilities.  Thankfully I had setup my new email account as a user and have been able to post from it, I just haven't been able to change any setting or APPROVE comments.  I would recieve the comments to my email but couldn't approve and post them so no, I haven't been ignoring anyone.  I've really felt like my hands have been tied.

I've thought about not blogging at all.  I've thought about going private (an option not available because of my whole admin issue).  For now I thought it was best to create a new blog and be able to update pictures and take control back.

So join me on my new blog:)


Monday, May 27, 2013

Birthday Celebrations!!!

I must say it was very tempting to not have a party for the girls since they don't know that celebrations are in order for birthdays:).  I realize with 4 kids that birthdays seem to swing around real fast and that I'm a little less excited then I used to be to have a party.

We decided that the girls LOVE an audience but that they didn't need all the parents for their party so we sent them off and let the girls soak up all the attention of their cousins.

They had a lot of confused gazes but loved the attention, cake, and gifts!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My beautiful 2 year olds!

Here are pics from the girl 2 year old photo shoot.  I think this 2nd year was harder then the first, which would contradict what most twin moms say:).  It's a good thing that I love these little girls!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring Break

Our Spring Break Consisted of....

-bannock city...AWESOME!!!
-the town we were staying in on our first night was on lock down because of a shooter in town.  We couldn't get to our hotel because GPS wanted us to drive right into the middle of the part of town shut down from the said shooter.
-finally after driving around and around we arrived at our hotel only to find out that their waterslide was closed for repairs. 
-decided we HAD to have a hotel with a pool we drove around again and finally found a place to stay.
-woke up and swam while Chris worked.
-left my camera at the hotel....no more pictures.

-loved these flotation devices for the girls.
-left Butte and went to Bozeman. 
-decided we'd have to settle for staying at the Ramada because they had a waterslide and we promised the kids.
-happily suprised that the Ramada had a family suite and had recently been renovated.
-Chris worked, kids and I swam.  Boys loved the slide.  The girls loved swimming.
-met another family with twins girls only a few months older then our girls.  All the kids hung out.
-there isn't any good eating places in bozeman.  After driving around for an hour ended up at McDonalds...yuck!
-next morning was more swimming while Chris worked. 
-headed to Driggs to a condo we rented.
-long drive...yucky weather...stop for ice cream....blowout....changing diaper on the side of the road using snow to help clean up the mess
-arrive in Driggs at our condo.  Relieved to finally have 2 bedrooms...beautiful condo up the mountains.
-bedtime.  Another terrible night of sleep by the girls
-next morning plan to head to Jackson Hole to go swimming a their indoor waterpark.  Closed for repairs...hmmm... bad luck
-while Chris works in Jackson the kids and I head to the candy story.  Little hands everywhere.
-go to the park while it's pouring rain.
-pick up Chris and go back to Driggs.
-Chris works, kids and I play at the park.
-the boys LOVE watching TV since we only have netflix at home.  They don't want to go anywhere.
-next day owe the kids a swimming day.  Go to green canyon.
-more TV...boys are addicted.
-Saturday morning head home while listening to conference.
-Two VERY tired parents from twins sleeping terribly the entire trip.
-would we repeat...NOPE!!!!  Definately need to enjoy a warm vacation next spring break:):):)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bannack City

Chris has only been working his new job for a couple of months so we didn't feel like taking off a bunch of time for Spring Break would be a good idea.  We decided to follow him around for most of Spring Break.

Chris covers most of Montana, Wyoming, and some of Idaho.  On the first couple of days we travelled with him into Montana and one of the stops I insisted we make was at Bannack City.

I've wanted to visit Bannack City for a long time but knew that I wouldn't be able to interest anyone in going with me on a day trip.  This was a perfect opportunity because we were ultimately going to a location the kids wanted to go and this happened to be on the way.

Bannack City is a ghost town in Montana that was deserted after the gold rush ended. Unfortunately we had to cut our visit short because Chris had a conference call and we were in a dead zone.  If I had more time I would have read the story of each home and business because the history was so cool.

 The boys and I explored a bunch of the old houses.  They were all so small and most of them were in really poor condition.  You could see remnants of wall paper, carpets, and some had a few old pieces of furniture.

 The whole city had the board sidewalks. 

 This was one of the store fronts.

 This was the front of the hotel. 

 The Staircase at the hotel. 

 The stove in the hotel. 

 The side of the hotel

 The church

The boys running out of the church when I asked them to go to the front and give a talk:)

 The only play toy in town.  The boys couldn't believe this was all the kids had.  It was a good moment for them to realize how fortunate they are. 

 The Schoolhouse.

 This building is the outside of the school house.  Upstairs is where the Masons held their meetings.  They've completed redone the upstairs with the alter replicating how a mason room would be but they've sealed it off and we were only able to look through thick plastic doors.  It was too difficult to get a good picture but it was really neat and interesting.

 By the Jail. 

 Jaden in Jail....totally fitting:)

 Walking down the street exploring everything.

Some of the old houses.

I loved exploring this town and my family did too....I was surprised.  I would love to visit again and take longer to explore the history.  They had a cemetery that we didn't get to visit that I'd love to see again.

They've made this into a State Park and if you are a camper, they have a campground right outside the city.  I kept teasing my kids that if we saw anyone, that it was just a ghost:)

Sunday, April 14, 2013


We had a wonderful Easter!!!

We have always kept up the tradition of the Easter Egg hunt at tautphaus park.  It became a little difficult this year since the girls could participate so I went with the girls to their age group, Chris took Landon and Jaden was ALL on his own.  The girls were a little timid and needed a little help from me. We all met together to go through the goods and that is when the girls realized how great it was.  The boys did awesome too!

 During the girls nap the Chris took the boys for some fun so I could hid their baskets.  We do baskets on Sunday to try to keep Sunday more in line with why we really celebrate Easter.  Thankfully the boys love this Saturday tradition.  We only hid the boys baskets.  We also got a family fire pit.
On Sunday morning the kids dresses in their Easter Best!  They weren't the best at allowing me to take their pictures....little stinks!
 After Church we got to enjoy a lovely dinner at my grandmas.  The boys loved spending time outside and only came in to grab a quick bite and hunt for their bag from grandma.  The girls loved the attention they were getting and were a hoot.  They danced, ran, played, gave hugs, were so much fun!
A very successfuly Easter!!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013


4 years ago I started a tradition of a green party with Jadens friends for St. Patricks Day. I've really tried to end this tradition and he just wouldn't have it this year. We literally invited friends over the day before and threw the party together the hour before. In fact, I planned absolutely no entertainment. I told Jaden that was his job.
The kids had a blast.  I was amazed at the creativity they had in entertaining themselves for 2 hours.  They tried to get green cucumber into their mouths from the forehead without using their hands.  They played leprachuan, laprachaun, gold (aka duck, duck, goose).  They hunted for treasures (they each took a turn hiding treasure candies through the house.  They played Gold (tag).  I think that is probably the most giggling I've heard at a party.  I think kids planning the entertainment will be in every future party's agenda.:)

On St. Patricks day we hid chocolate gold coins through the house for the boys to find.  Jaden built about 5 traps and blamed EVERY mishap of the day on the leprachan.  For breakfast they had green pancakes and monster smoothies.  Yes...in the morning my kids look like Orphans.  Not one of them likes pajamas and by morning aren't sporting anything but their underwear/or diapers.

Later in the day we enjoyed Green Chips and dip! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

kids n' snow

We were getting a little stir crazy at our house and needed a little getaway so off we went to the kids n' snow event in West Yellowstone.   They had so many fun activities for the kids and we had a whirlwind weekend full of lots of fun....and exhaustion.

We went to the Imax Theatre and watched "Yellowstone.".  The kids enjoyed yummy ice cream cones and popcorn.

For dinner we went to the Gusher.  The girls went without a nap and were complete terrors...we ended up taking it to-go.

They had so many fun activities for the kids.  They had mini- snow mobiles.  Landon even drove one all by himself.  They loved it.  They also had sledding, ice skating, and smores.  I pulled the girls around in a sled as we went to the different activities.

We stayed at a hotel that had a waterslide. The girls came and played for a little while and then kicked and screamed their way back to the room.  Landon wouldn't go down the slide for the first hour, he just sat at the top.  After a shove from Jaden he realized it was a blast and went on it over and over and over.  They loved it.

While we were there we also went on a mini-snow coach ride into Yellowstone Park.  The girls enjoyed the 1st hour and then it was a nightmare.  A poor nights sleep plus no nap make for some very unhappy girls.  We were glad for that ride to be over. 

Chris and I were completely beat when we got home.  We may need a long rest before we do another mini-vacay with the kids.:)

Sunday, March 3, 2013


The boys both played soccer over these last couple of months...Jaden has about one more month to go.

Jaden had begged for months to play so we finally got him signed up and decided Landon needed to be out of his comfort zone and we signed him up too. 

Landon was amazing.  I would never had guessed how well he'd do.  He wasn't nervous and got out there and kicked the ball.  I couldn't believe how confident he was and how excited he was to play.  We may sign him up for another session.

I somehow signed Jaden up for a 10 year old team and they had to throw him on a team that had a cancellation at the last minute.  At his very first game Chris was out of town and I had to take the kids all by myself and it was completely crazy and I couldn't catch any of the game.  Towards the end I saw my brother walk towards me...I had now idea our sons were playing each other.  I didn't even know my nephew was playing soccer.  After the game ended I got the treat list and was looking at it in the car and saw all hispanic names.  I was so confused so I texted my brother and told him I thought Jaden was playing on the hispanic team.  He responded "you didn't notice that".  When Jaden heard me say something about it he said "I'm on the red team".  I love that he doesn't see anyone as different then him and their team is really good.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

She's going to be trouble....

This is what we were told recently when someone saw Eli and her mischievous grin.

Yes, we predict she's going to be the most fun and probably give us the most grief out of any of our children.

As an example, Alisha was up the entire night 4 nights ago with severe constipation...so bad that after a doctors visit at 4 am and an x-ray that we needed to get her poop or else she may need surgery.  So Chris took Alisha so that I could grab a few minutes of sleep and low and behold I hear a very awake Eli.  I swear Alisha sent her a message via her mind that I was finally available.  So I brought Eli into my bed begging with her to go back to sleep.  She then decided she'd go play the piano, squeal, and make all kinds of loud noises.  When Chris got home Eli was an absolute hoot and dancing around making us laugh except that we were tired and quickly made her go to bed.

Today I tried to take some product pictures for my store.  These girls frustrate me when I try to get good pictures but Eli was again too funny!!!!  We love this little spunk and she definitely keeps us on our toes.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy LOVE day!!!

We love our little family so we had to celebrate in our usual Valentine dinner special way.  It was so cute because the girls had to sit at the table while I got everything ready.  They were pretty good not to touch anything.

Chris and I did very small gifts for each other because he just started a new job and the way the paychecks fall, we go for about a month without a paycheck.  Let just say I'll be breathing much easier in March.:)

For the boys vday cards we did these.  I had an idea for the girls cards that I never executed....too little time.  But really, we would have only given one to the grandmas and that's it so it's ok, right?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Birthday Boy!!!!

Someone had a Birthday and we had to celebrate!  It's crazy this kid is 5.

He is gotten to be such a funny kid and loves to tease...I think he gets that from me:)

Happy 5 years buddy!!!