Wednesday, November 13, 2013

She's 9!

 Was it really 9 years ago this little munchkin came into our family?! Yes, and it's been a beautiful 9 years. Evelyn is a beauty and a joy. She is so full of talents and gifts and each day I feel like we are learning something new and wonderful about her. 

She wanted her hair straightened for her bday. It's hard to tell she's a child from the back since she stands at almost 5'4"! 

 Evelyn was very pleased to have received a sister for her doll, Sandy. Phoebe will be loved. 

Hannah and Will helping with the presents. 

Sew cool! 


Phoebe received a warm welcome into the family. 

Lucky for us, our community was having a Fall Fest so we got balloons, played games, had a train ride and Evelyn got her face painted! 
Henry was pleased with his Spider Man balloon
 Hannah got a dog on a leash
William got a long dog with a ball inside

The following Saturday, we had a little party with some of Evelyn's friends. It was hard not to invite ALL of her friends, but we had to keep it simple! 
 Enjoying bday pizza.

 Playing "Who am I?"
 Doing some beading
 Bracelets are serious business! 
 We had some painting as well.
Crafting fun! 

Happy Birthday to our sweet Evelyn Joy! 

(the beads are fancy sixlets found by the cake decorations)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." — Walt Disney

I love books. I love libraries. I met my husband in one for crying out loud! I remember going to the library with my mom when I was young and just loving it, feeling like it was Christmas every time we went. 
When I was old enough, I loved riding my bike to the library. There is something so sacred and special being in a place filled with so much knowledge, so many ideas, so much history and so much magic. 

Heavenly Father gave me a great gift in giving me 4 children and a husband who share the same love. Ben has read everything under the sun.  Our kids love books too, it makes me feel so satisfied. 

This magazine stopped Henry in his tracks the other day, he can't read but he has an obsession with letters. He spent quite some time talking about and studying the letters. 

 Hannah found a series of books called "Ivy and Bean" that she can't put down! 

William is always ready to read a book or work in workbook! He didn't like to ride the bus at the beginning of the year, but now he takes a book in his backpack and reads on the way to school and loves it! 

After visiting a Half-Price Books, we learned quickly that we need to stick to libraries or we would go broke! 

Here are the girls outside in their reading fort. Excuse the wind! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Boys at the Park

It's fun to be with the boys in the morning before Will goes to Preschool. This particular morning we rode bikes about 1 mile to the park.
 I took and posted these in honor of Grandad, you're not the only one who wears socks with sandals! 

 Cool dude having a snack
 He can make it all the way across! Buff boy! 

Just a random shot of umbrella time in the van (I love Hannah's face in the background).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandma Sally!

Happy Birthday to the best Mommacita ever! We hope you have a special day! I'm so glad you're my mom and grandma to our kiddos. They sure love ya! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We love you! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Wyeths Visit Houston

This was how I felt about Ben's face with a beard at first.  It's grown on me now, not literally though! The kids all still say "Ow!" when he kisses them. 

Ben's cousin, Phillip, was married in Houston and we made a little family trip out of the trip down for the wedding. Here we go!
First stop, Bluebell ice cream factory. We were so glad that this was right on the way to Houston. After the tour you get to pick out a scoop of ice cream. I got a berry cobbler, Henry got peaches and cream, Ben got a butterfinger type mixture, E got chocolate chip cookie dough, Hannah got crazy cookie dough, William got rainbow sherbet. All were delicious! 

After we made it to the hotel, we had a few moments of rest and then made a stop at a nearby Half Price Books. We sure love books! It was hard to leave, but we had to eat! 

We found a Mexican place with good reviews and enjoyed a horse statue ride while we waited.

Although we live down the street from a large and beautiful community pool which we go to often, there is just something magical about a hotel pool! We had a fun time getting our energy out. 

This trip helped us realize that our kids are getting to big to fit 3 in one bed! Bummer! They were troopers and snuggled up close. 

William said a few times that he never wanted to leave this place. While I was grateful for a nice place to stay, I was also feeling grateful that all 6 of us don't live in one little room all the time! 

Hannah enjoyed the view. 
Here we are at the Houston Temple for the wedding! 
The girls were so hot and ended up dipping their heads in the fountain when everyone's backs were turned. 

These two are so sweet! 
So are these four! 
Ben's sweet cousin, Autumn, braved watching all of our kids while we were in the temple. 
There's nothing like a Great Grandmother! We loved the moments we got to spend with Ben's Grandma Wyeth. 

We miss living by family. Each of the kids really enjoyed their special time with Grandma. 

As if you couldn't tell, Hannah really looks up to Autumn! I think seeing Autumn was the part of the trip Hannah was most excited about! 

This is Ben's sweet Aunt Toni and mother of the groom

This is one of my favorite pics taken by Ben. 

The bride and groom! She snuck up and gave him a kiss. 

We just about melted to smithereens during photos so we went to a nearby mall and cooled off. 

We met the family at Cracker Barrel and had a nice lunch. We love family! 

While everyone else drove home, we headed an hour southeast to Texas City. We went to the Kemah pier. We were RIGHT next to NASA space center, but we just didn't plan for it time or money wise, so next time I hope we'll get to go there. 

There are a few catfood dispensers where you can buy cat food and throw it to the cat fish. Henry expressed our sentiments when he leaned over, saw the fish and said, "eeeeew." 
I know biased, but I think my girls are so pretty! I love Evelyn's hair! 

Daddy's girl
This picture makes me laugh! 
On Friday we drove to Galveston and spent 5 hours on the beach, not doing much more than what the pictures show. It was so nice to not worry about time and just play on the sand and shore. Ben and Evelyn spent their time gathering hermit crabs. We got quite a load but didn't get any pictures. It was fun to let them go and watch them bury themselves up. 

Hannah and William have learned to swim this summer (Hannah learned last summer) but I make them wear floaties in the ocean anyways! 

Oh Henry! 


Henry was sidestepping and watching his shadow be a robot. 
Will and the beach

Hooray for family and vacations! It's so fun to explore Texas a bit while we are here and we were so happy to see some family and especially a beautiful wedding.