Thursday, December 15, 2011


My go-to picture of the day.  I just can't get enough of him.  I love to hold him, but I love to set him down and look at his sweet face.  I often go into the bathroom when I'm holding him so I can look at him in the mirror.  I think he's perfect!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I decided to try my own version of Subway art and make something fun for my friends for Christmas.  This is what I came up with.  My sweet boy insisted on helping me wrap them up tonight.  I hope they like them...

Sunday, December 11, 2011


I took my sister's family pictures today.  Here she is and one of her cute girls.

Friday, December 9, 2011


This year my sweet Brookey-Brooke fell apart when her mom didn't show up for her Halloween parade.  I've been reminded of that a million times since that day.  It's usually when I'm in the bathroom doing her hair, she reminds me.  It crushes me each time she brings it up.  I had a lot on my plate that day and it just wasn't physically possible to get there and see her parade.  Today, was her Christmas singing performance at Challenger.  She LOVES to sing.  She sings ALL day long and the same little songs over and over.  Sometimes I have to tell her to stop so that the song won't get stuck in my head.  It happens often that in the middle of the night, I find myself singing, "Every day is a happier day, when we're learning the Challenger way..." over and over going slightly insane UGGGghhh... So there was no way I'd miss this performance, even though I was nervous crowding into Room 7 with my little guy and Jett in tow, I did it.  Radd was fabulous and fell asleep in my arms half way through.  Jett was my assistant and took some video of her singing for me.  It was great!  Just before leaving, I wanted a picture.
Then when we got home she handed me the lovely present she made for me at school.  I LOVE IT!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Simply adorable!  He is the most snuggle-lee baby!!  My dream came true for sure when he entered this world.  He is 3 months old and I can hardly believe that.  With each month that goes by I freak that I'll never again have a newborn or a one month old or a two month old again to snuggle, but at the same time I'm spending so much time holding and snuggling him and enjoying the moments with him that I know it's okay.  I will have no regrets.  I remember with the other kids, I HAD to set them down to help the others, cause the others were still so little.  Now that the three older are as old as they are, I can literally just sit and hold Radd ALL DAY LONG and sometimes I do. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011


Gosh it was cold and WINDY.  Thank goodness they're boys and didn't have long hair.  It would have been all over the place.  These darling boys are great little friends of ours.  Sky and their older sister were baptized together.  We love play dates with their family. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011


This year Mom and Dad Jorgensen came to town for Thanksgiving.  So we went down to Orem to join in the fun with the Jorgensen clan.  I think this new baby of mine look more like his daddy than any of my kids which means he looks like his grandpa. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011


This evening my sister in law, Jen and her husband Adam had their fourth baby girl, Lia Nicole Jorgensen.  My other sister in law, Jill always in the know about when a baby is born in this family texted me and asked if I wanted to go with her to go see Jen.  I didn't know she had even gone into the hospital, so my reaction was, "Why is Jen okay?"  She said, "she had her baby!"  WHAT!!!  So of course, I wanted to go.  After dinner and getting the kids to bed at 8pm (GO ME!!! that's amazing, at my house) I left with Jill.  I was even able to leave Radd home asleep in daddy's arms for a couple hours which was so nice!  Up to the hospital we went and it's a good thing I had my camera!  I was able to let Jill do all the holding.  I felt the tears building up inside and I would have lost it had I put down the camera for more than a second.  It's REALLY, REALLY hard knowing I won't ever have a chance to give birth again.  As much as I know it's for the best, it still kills me.  There is nothing more magical or heavenly than being able to hold your baby that first time.  It's absolutely incredible.  I cherish those moments!  Okay, so on with a picture... Lia is absolutely gorgeous, OF COURSE, she has gorgeous parents!  She was so alert and awake the whole time.  I was amazed at how aware of noises and sounds she seemed.  I felt like she followed me as I walked around taking pictures.  She's so great already!  Congratulations Jen and Adam! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Two clicks... He was asleep and so peaceful.  Loving his cheeks I grabbed my camera.  Here's what happened... click, click!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Today, I realized I missed the ten week mark.  I wanted to take pictures of him at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 weeks.  Dang it... life gets away from me so FAST!  So here he is (deer in the headlights) at 73 days old!  I spent the day cleaning up the kids rooms.  Packing up all the summer clothes and putting away the winter clothes in the closets and drawers.  Radd hung out on the kids beds while I worked.  Isn't he cute?

Monday, November 14, 2011


Some of you may know... Neils was fired a couple weeks ago from his job of 8 1/2 years.  With the blessing of prayer and my husbands determination to find work, he was only out of a job for a week.  The downfall in his line of work is one that it's a commission job and two it is a process from the time he turns the loan in, til he gets paid on it.  So the work he did two and three months ago, he may not get paid for and the work he is doing now, he won't see the benefit until February.  Makes my stomach hurt to think about, especially around the holidays.  No one likes to have to skimp and save, but even more so when it's Christmas time.  But Christmas is really about Christ and without him, I wouldn't have this amazing man of a husband to spend eternity with.  So I'm more than grateful.  He takes such great care of this little family of mine.  I'm amazed whenever I take the time to think about all he does!
With that skimping and saving, I've been trying to figure out where I can cut back this Christmas but still make it special and magical.  My sister in law is an incredibly crafty lady.  Whenever I go over to her house, there is always something new and fabulous on her walls or shelves (and it's always something she's made).  She offered to help me make a couple things to give as gifts and I'm so grateful.  Tonight, I went to her house to make them.  When I got there, she had this... a growth chart that she had made for me.  If you remember my post, we draw on the wall every two months.  This will go in it's place and we can take it with us where ever we go.  She's so sweet, thoughtful and amazingly crafty.  I want to be more like her!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Sky loves making things.  She is super creative and crafty!  I love seeing all the things she comes up with.  It's why I can't wait for Christmas, I think she'll be so excited (hint: Suzanne found it and she is giving her daughter one for Christmas too!)  Sky is already in the spirit of Christmas, making ornaments for our tree.

Friday, November 11, 2011


I didn't take a picture today.  But I will note that at 11:11am I called my husband to tell him I loved him.  I really do and I am lucky he's mine! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011


So today since there was no preschool, Brooke sat on the couch and read book after book after book.  She went through the first set of Challenger books (see Sky's name on this one).  And then went on to read the first set of Bob books.  She loves to read and I'm not worried in the least about her going to Kindergarten next year!  She's amazed me for sure!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


My Brookey-Brooke LOVES going to preschool.  She asks every day, "Do I go to Challenger today?"  She practically jumps up and down every time the answer is yes.  She is doing INCREDIBLY well too.  I thought because she is the youngest in the school year out of my three kids and because I have read to her the least amount, she wouldn't be as far ahead as Sky and Jett were at this point.  But to my surprise, she is learning faster than they did.  She has an incredible memory and had Green Eggs and Ham memorized (the long, regular version).  So when it came time to put her blending sounds together, she could read quite well.  Because she had memorized the book she knew what some major sight words were.  She practically skipped steps because of this.  She hadn't come home with her blending badge yet, even though she's been able to blend for awhile.  I asked her on the way to school, "can you ask your teacher why you haven't gotten your blending badge yet, cause you should have gotten it by now."  She came home with it and wore it proudly all night!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This morning after running the kids to school, we came home and I bathed Radd and got him dressed.  And as always, he was then ready to snuggle and nurse.  I love cuddling him and have a hard time passing him off to anyone.  It's hard knowing he's the last and every minute he's getting bigger and before I know it, he won't be little anymore.  Brooke, kept asking, "Mom can I hold Radd?"  I had him all snugly and warm and I was beginning to doze off myself.  I didn't want to get up or pass him off, but after the fifth request, I decided I would let her hold him.  She wanted to snuggle him too and asked if she could lay down and hold him.  I laid him down next to her (picture moment) and went to get my camera.  When I came down, she was as still and peaceful as could be holding her little brother close.  She didn't even know I had taken her picture.  She wasn't sleeping, but probably just enjoying the moment, like I do so often!  My babies!!!  I love them!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Fish lips.   "Mom can you do this?"

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Blessing Day!
It was an exciting weekend.  Yesterday Sky was baptized and confirmed and today Radd was blessed.  It couldn't have been a more perfect weekend.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Baptism Day
The season's first snow of the year!  When I got up this morning and walked downstairs, I noticed the beautiful white snow covering the branches on the trees.   It brought tears to my eyes.  It was beautiful and white and pure, just like my Sky!  I thought about how in just a few hours, she too would be as clean as the new white snow and she would glow like an angel.  She is my sweet angel!  While we were getting ready and as I was doing her hair we talked.  I told her about the different times you wear a white dress and this was the second time, the third would be when she got married.  We talked about who she might marry and what kind of person he would be.  She said, "he has to marry me in the temple and have a good last name."  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011


She insisted on taking a picture with Radd!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011


I don't really have time for this but I'm putting it at the top of my list.  The last month has been an absolute whirlwind!  I can't even believe the month of September has come and gone!  WOW!  It's about all I can say.  Because my washing machine is broken, I'll sit here and blog instead.  Who cares that the piles continue to grow right?  I keep on saying those words, "who cares?"  No one can smell me (well except Radd, cause he's on my lap) from not showering yet today.  I'd rather get this back on track instead.  I really have to focus on what will still be important to me in a month or a year.  I really don't think I'll have any regrets on getting behind on laundry (partly not my fault) but I would regret not blogging and keeping up on the things that are happening every day, right?

Today, even though cold and threatening to rain, Jett insisted on going outside (flip flops paired with a sweatshirt, my kid for sure!).  The girls were both at school and Radd was asleep.  Jett begged me to "come play" with him.  I crossed my fingers as I set Radd down hoping he'd stay asleep so I could give Jett some attention.  He loves to show me his tricks... so of course I broke out the camera!  Got to give Radd a break from pictures anyway.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011