Monday, December 28, 2009

Benjamin got caught

Yesterday, Daddy made a pie for the treat for family home evening and Mommy put it in the fridge. However, one key thing was forgotten; Mommy didn’t shut the fridge door. Soooo, Benjamin crawled up to the open fridge as quickly as he could, stood himself up, and began to help himself. It was all over his hands and face before anyone knew it.



Christmas this year was absolutely wonderful. This is what it is supposed to be like. Home all day in our pajamas, lots of food and treats, memorable family time, and beautiful weather. Lots of peanut brittle for everyone Tori could think of and great food and gifts from Magdalena and many other friends and family. What a wonderful time of year. Here are a few of our pictures.

Isn’t he adorable!


Isaac couldn’t sit still. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised since he is a 6 year old boy and it was Christmas. :)


Papa and Daddy helped Isaac put together his new Darth Vader Space Ship Lego set.


A classic Christmas gift for Daddy from Bama. (It’s broomstick fuel and is part of an old inside joke. I’ll relate it another day.)


Mommy was given a funnel cake kit.


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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was very enjoyable this year. We went to Warren’s parents house in the morning to visit with family, stopped by the Trout's to say hi, went to Tori’s sisters house in the evening and finished the night at home. It was very calm and relaxing and was a wonderful day with family and friends.

Isaac played Christmas music everywhere we went.


Rebekah took quite a liking to Grandpa Karl, perhaps that was because he was passing out the presents.


The whole family at Cyndee’s house.P1070090

Andy was a great tank for Isaac.


Benjamin's favorite toy the whole day was an empty water bottle.


The were too excited to go to bed. Here they are in their new jammies.


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Sunday, December 6, 2009

I can't belive my eyes!

So... Wednesday night, Bekah fell and cut her head by her left eyebrow. She was super glued back together.
AND... Benjamin just 5 minutes ago pull himself up on the little Futon bed, turned his body, let go and took one stop before falling!!!!!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Official

First batch of peanut brittle is done =) Christmas is officially here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

He Did It!

Benjamin crawled to the bottom of the stairs yesterday after I went up to get something. When I came down, he was on the third stair.
Doesn't he look proud =)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

So... do you think like a six year old?

Really it should be like my six year old boy =) I would like to thank everyone for your wonderful insight to my Isaac. I am so pleased to know that so many think of him as a boy who knows the Jesus wants him for a SUNBEAM and that there is SUNSHINE in his soul. I am also pleased to announce that all of those possible SPIDERS were not invited into my house. I would also like to congratulate Magdalena and Alysia for giving me hope that he was simply blasting off into space with Rockets. However, Isaac's version is...
Isaac's Story 11-13-09 B

Yes! He was pretending to blow up a house. In lieu of flowers, please send your condolences to his mother and father in the comment section.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Family Pictures

We had our pictures taken last month. We went to a local park and our friend Kiley did a great job. Next year we will make sure our glasses have Anti-Reflective coating and are not the transition kind that turn into sunglasses while outside =)

Sunday, October 25, 2009


We carved our pumpkins tonight for Halloween. The kids always love this time of year. Isaac has been wearing his costume off and on for a while now. He even took Mommy on a practice walk around the neighborhood (at 6 am). Tori helped Rebekah with Lumpy and I helped Isaac with Darth Vader.


Lumpy looks like an elephant even when he is lit up. On the other hand, Darth Vader is barely discernable either way.


Isaac couldn’t handle not dressing up and putting the pumpkins out immediately.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Isaac's Pillow Talk

"Rebekah, when you snore you sound like Darth Vader. And Mom, you sound like a pig snotting." Unfortunately... he is probably correct =)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quick update

Benjamin has 2 teeth now and is crawling. He is a gorilla crawler! I love how different they all are =)
Here are a couple of new family pictures! Thank you Kiley!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Isaac’s New Room

Isaac wanted a space room really bad so we finally allowed him to paint his new room like space. He moved to the room at the end of the hall and we went all out. Here are some pictures. He absolutely loves it.

Here is the solar system he painted himself. All nine planets in order and fairly color accurate (even down to the great red spot on Jupiter). Thank goodness for cheap “oops” paint at Home depot and lots of little left-over cans in the garage.


His closet has lots of stickers that glow in the dark also.


The white spots are glow in the dark paint.


Yes, we even painted the ceiling black and painted glow in the dark stars on it.


His name is over his window.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Isaac’s First Fish

P1060453Isaac had lot’s of plans for this week in which Daddy and he were both on vacation. Most important of all were camping and fishing. We were able to go fishing yesterday with Grandpa Karl and Isaac’s school buddy Justus. We went to Silverwood lake and to everyone’s delight, Isaac caught a small large mouth bass. He was so excited. It was the first fish he has ever caught.

Blessing in Disguise

Despite the high hopes this vacation has been slightly different then planned. The weekend started with Rebekah getting a cold. This caused some concern since our carpool family for going to school had two children hospitalized for possible swine flu and what turned into pneumonia. Next mommy got it and then Benjamin. Daddy is starting to get it so he is next. I really feel bad for Tori as today is her second day laid up in bed. I once read that a father should learn to be a parent and not a babysitter. Boy do I have a long way to go. So the blessing is that I am home to help take care of things. At least everyone is getting it this week and will be well for all the big plans next week.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Isaac has completed the first 7 weeks of First grade and is now on a two week vacation. Warren took off for one of the weeks so we can actually have some fun family time together =) Isaac has his vacation all planned out. First on the agenda was camping in the backyard. Next week he is planning on 5 days of fishing. We are going to aim for 3 days and hope that he catches a fish so we can cook it! We already have 2 play dates scheduled this first week too! Then next weekend is General Conference. Family doughnut time =) The following week is already filled too. Isaac is going to love this vacation!

Little Bunny Ben Ben Hopping Through the Forest.. (Updated)

Scooping up the food and taking a great big bite with his tooth!


P1060452Update, I apologize for the confusion on this photo. I zoomed in a little too far. The white thing in the dead center is Benjamin’s first tooth. Here is the whole photo. The kids have been singing the song in the title for weeks and Tori was being cute.

Our Little Ballerina

Rebekah has started ballet and tap classes through the Park and Rec Center. She LOVES it! I was actually surprised at how flexible she is. She really loves her bag for her shoes she got from Magdalena this summer!


Isaac has begun his second soccer season. He is loving it. Especially since he will get to be goalie during one of the games. He was team captain the first game because he put forth so much effort in the practices. He loves to go outside and practice his drop kicks... I sure hope the ball doesn't go over our fence and into wash behind us. It is about a 12 foot drop.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Benjamin’s First Food

Benjamin had a banana for breakfast today. I am running to work so I hope Tori will add more.



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Celia Has Arrived

We are at it again. This is the fourth time we have hosted exchange students (a total of eight). Her name is Celia and she is from France. She arrived Friday night and was luckier than several of the other students who didn’t get their luggage. We are very excited to have her with us and look forward to an exciting few weeks.

A few quick facts about here. Her family lives just outside of Paris. She is a pro at this as she has been a foreign exchange student to England and Spain before coming her to America. She is a perfect fit for our family. And best of all, her English is fantastic.


Monday, August 3, 2009

At least I didn't Cry!

Isaac started the first grade today! He even requested sleeping in his own room so we could set the alarm for him. He is very excited about his new school. This is happening very fast. I still want my baby at home. Instead he is 10 miles away! Warren and I are very proud of him and I know he will do just fine. While snapping pictures I kept myself from crying. Children grow up too fast!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Comeback Anyone?

At 7 am this morning, 2 girls from church were at our house for the day full of ideas of things to do with Isaac and Rebekah. They went swimming in a real pool, built tents in the playroom, played store, ate Frosted Flakes for breakfast, etc. At 2 pm they left, but a girl I tutor was here and her and Isaac continued to improve the tent. At 2:45, we made granola bars and then Isaac read a few books and played on the computer. At 5 we ate dinner and then packed up our granola bars and headed for the park for a Family Home Evening night with about 40 people form church. They played at he park for a long time, then had a lesson and played Simon Says. We then ate treats and played some more on the jungle gym. At 8:00 we hopped in the car at which time Isaac says, "Can I watch a movie when I get home? I have been bored all day." Yea, well that didn't sit well with me, so I said, "Well, after you watch the waterfall in the bathroom, you can watch the great movies on the back of your eyelids all night long."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Great Day!

Yesterday, we went to the baptism of some friends of ours. Three beautiful children made their first covenant with our Father in Heaven. While we were there, I remembered that yesterday was the day I was baptised 10 years ago. WOW. Ten years. Seems like yesterday. I am grateful for all those who have held my hand and helped me to better understand the wonderful blessings of a Savior. I wouldn't want my life any other way. On the way home Rebekah wanted to know when she could get baptised. Our handy dandy GPS has a calendar and so.... Isaac will be February 5, 2011, Rebekah will be July 6, 2013, and Benjamin will be March 4, 2017. While these dates are so far away, I think every mother would agree that they will be yesterdays event in a blink of an eye.

Monday, July 6, 2009

June 19 (part b)

Isaac has ended Kindergarten. Wow. I can't believe my little boy is so old. We had lots of great plans for the long summer that were quickly cut in half! Isaac finished school at 12:11 pm and when we got he mail that evening around 5ish we found a letter from the Lewis Center in our mailbox., The Lewis Center is a place in Apple Valley the has a charter school which focuses on science. They have a huge telescope and work with NASA on projects. I placed Isaac and Rebekah on the waiting list almost 3 years ago. Isaac was number 120 something and Rebekah was number 48. well, they have been able to expand and now Isaac will get to go there for 1st grade. We were hoping for Junior High. While I am very excited about the opportunity for him to attend this great school, I am sad because his elementary school, West Palms, is a wonderful school. School starts August 3, so we have lost 4 weeks of fun, but we are gaining a 2 week fall break, a 3 vs. 2 week winter break and a 2 vs. 1 week spring break. Good Luck, Isaac!

June 19 (part a)

Benjamin officially is mobile! While on his back, he rolls to his left (towards his favorite thumb) and keeps going.

As of today, the real date, he can actually roll both from his back to his stomach and then keep the circle going and roll from his stomach to his back. He weighed 17 lbs 12 oz at his 4 mo check-up and was 25 in. (July 2).

June 12

Well, not really. But we are very behind and this is the date we should have posted =)

Rebekah is now 4 years old. Our princess is growing up so quickly. She really enjoys being the Queen Bee around here and having two brothers to give her lots of attention. She dresses each morning like Fancy Nancy but will break a nail tackling Isaac to the ground. She is still a bit shy when addressed, but when no one is looking, she will belt out I Am A Child Of God as we stroll the aisles of Costco. We love our little girl and are very blessed to have her in our lives. Happy Birthday, Rebekah!

You can see all the pictures on the picasa link.
FYI She weighs 33 lbs and is 38 in.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

Isaac can’t believe he lost another tooth. Number 3 at 7:30 pm tonight. Mommy was flossing his tooth and it popped out and flew up in the air and landed on his lap.



Isaac immediately put up a note on his door telling us to stay out while he wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy.scan0001

P.S. We are fully aware that we should already be saving for orthodontia work =)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Hold Your Horses

This boy is off to the races already. We laid Benjamin down on his back to play with his toys and walked away. A few minutes later we heard him calling us. We came back and this is what we found . . .




Why is baby #3 in such a hurry? Isn’t the last baby supposed to take his time because he is being spoiled?

By the way, he already weighs over 16 lbs and yesterday he giggled for Daddy. What’s next, the key to the fireplace? (see the David, Kiley, and Kids blog posting titled KA-BOOM)