Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Haylee loves putting on my "keybup" or make-up :) This was mine and Brett's conversation on Monday:
Me, while making Memorial Day breakfast: "Brett do you know where Haylee is?"
Brett: "I think she's upstairs in her room."
Me: "OK"
a little while later... I hear Haylee say "keybup"
Me: "Brett will you just go check and see if Haylee is in my make up? I think I just heard her say make up..."
Brett afer walking into our bathroom: "Haylee, that's a no no, you can't play with mommy's make up."
Haylee running to me: "pretty keybup! cuuute!"
Me, looking at Haylee's messy face: "oh, Haylee you look so pretty, but we don't play with Mommy's make-up." (as I'm getting the camera out to take a picture)
Oh, what am I going to do with her :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Zoo!

the boys on the train

the girls on the train

Haylee loved riding the choo choo!

Dylan was way excited to see the Elephants!

These Geese were just taking a stroll down the sidewalk. We think they were jealous that they didn't have a home at the Zoo

Haylee and Dylan sharing a cute sibling moment

Haylee on the carousel

Our Men riding the King of the Jungle

I don't know if you can see the tortoise but he wanted out big time and was right up against the net. Haylee tried to touch it and luckily didn't get her finger snapped off!

Haylee met a little friend!

This little monkey followed the kids around- it was pretty cute (dang reflection is in the way though)

How does she measure up?

Dylan is the same age as Haylee when we took her to the Zoo for the 1st time!

Our cute little man!

Haylee had to wear her hat like Daddy!

She loved the elephant and got sprayed in the face a couple of times when it sneezed!

On Wednesday we took advantage of the nice weather and headed up to the Zoo. Haylee was a little older as was Dylan this year, so the kids loved looking at all the animals. Dylan got most excited around the Elephant for some reason and Haylee loved the monkeys (one in particular became her friend). They both had fun riding the train and carousel, which is a must at the Zoo! We also liked seeing the foosa from Madagascar and dancing to "Move it Move it" as we entered the exhibit! We look forward to returning with our new season pass! If anyone wants to join us, let me know!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

blue lemon

Last Saturday afternoon I was able to get together with a group of ladies in the adoption community. mrs. r arranged everything and even had a presentation on finding ideas. Even though Brett and I have decided that our family is complete (I know what you adoptive couples are thinking "great, one less couple to compete with" ;), it was still good to hear all of her ideas so that I can be an adoption advocate and help others who are still planning on adopting. It was also good to sit and talk to others who have experienced adoption and to hear their stories. We all seemed to agree that their are no coincidences when it comes to adoption. We have all seen the miracles that adoption has brought to our lives and know that the children that we have are meant to be in our families.
The Blue Lemon is located in Alpine. It's a very cute and fresh restaurant with yummy soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Apparently the sodas aren't too shabby too! The best part about this place is the owner. She is an adoptive mom!! I would highly recommend this place for your next get together!

Working in the Yard

Our happy little guy

Yes, the weeds that you see in this picture are now gone, thank you very much!

On Monday morning at about 10:30 I felt motivated to work in the yard. This is something that doesn't happen all that often, so I hurried up and acted on that motivation! The kids were such good sports. Haylee found an extra pair of gardening gloves and went to work with her tools. Dylan just sat on a blankie in his pj's and played with his toys just happy as can be! Maybe doing yard work won't be as challenging as I thought it would this year with two kids...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Our Jam Session

Yesterday we had a "Jam Session" at my mom's house. Or in other words, we bottled a new batch of strawberry jam! Even the husbands helped! I just think they were anxious to get the job done because we have all been out for about a year! We love this stuff and put it on every breakfast dish you can think of- pancakes, waffles, german pancakes, toast... And who can forget the best peanut butter and jam sandwiches or hot rolls and bread with dinner?? We even made strawberry shakes with it to go with our BBQ afterwards! The possibilities are endless :)

My cute mom and sister-in-law hard at work

this is Jake's "this picture is going on your blog, isn't it?" face

Brett (he is pulling an "I'm so proud of my 'mustache May' mustache" face) & Me (I think this is my 1st picture with my new haircut, I chopped off about 5 inches!)

Meghan and Jason, so proud of himself for helping and remembering the lemon juice!

the girls felt a little neglected while the parents were hard at work, so they just figured that they would change their own diapers... I'm totally serious too. Beka took the diaper off so Haylee could wipe. That's what we call team work!

The finished product! 70 jars of Jam...23 jars per family! Just enough to last another year! Now all I need to do is make room for it all in my freezer, yikes!

Visting Mindy

Haylee and Mindy

Marco, Mindy, Cindy, Dylan, Haylee, and Ari (Mindy's niece)

Yesterday we were able to go visit Haylee's birthmom Mindy. It was so good to see her, it feels like it's been forever! We are just so proud of her and the decisions she is making to become a better person. That is something that we can all work on- improving ourselves to be better. It was such a nice day outside, so we just sat in the shade and talked about what Haylee had been up to and what was new in life. Haylee also showed off some of her moves that she is learning in dance :) Mindy's mom (Haylee's Nana) was also there with Marco and Haylee loved seeing them too. Before leaving to go visit them Haylee kept saying " go see Mindy and Nana and Marco!" We are so lucky to have all of them in our lives!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Love my Dylan

Nothing too exciting has happened lately. Well, mother's day was exciting, but I couldn't believe that I forgot a mommy picture. So, I decided to give a shout out to Dylan... Yesterday while I was in the kitchen I left Dylan on a blanket with some toys to entertain himself for a min. When I turned around to see how he was doing, he was just laying on his tummy watching t.v. At first I wondered if he was sleeping, because he wasn't making a peep :) But nope, he was wide awake and content as can be. I've mentioned before that I feel guilty that I haven't taken as many pictures of Dylan, so I took this opportunity to snap one. He saw the flash and turned around to smile at me.
I just love my little (actually big:) Dylan. He's such a joy to be around. He has the cutest smile and his chubby cheeks just glow as he smiles. He has one little tooth on the bottom and one more almost through that just adds to the cuteness of his smile! He loves to blow raspberries and clap. We are working on crawling, but just haven't figured it out yet. He scoots on his back and rolls around to get something he wants. I personally think we need to build his arm muscles so he can support the rest of his weight, then he'll start crawling :) He sleeps through the night (with the occasional & random 4 or 5am feeding) and goes down at 8:00 pm sharp. If you don't have a watch on and he starts to get fussy, you can almost bank on the fact that it's 8! I can't believe he'll be 9 months in a few weeks. They grow so fast! I'm just trying to soak up all of his baby lovin' before it's too late!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Race for the Cure

On Saturday I got together with some people (can't say ladies, because there were a few guys:) in my ward and ran in "The Race for the Cure." It's a race for breast cancer. I know thousands of families and individuals are impacted by this cancer. It was really overwhelming to see so many people holding up banners and pictures of lost ladies in their lives. I ran (or jogged would be a better name for how I run) the entire time to keep the tears from coming. Some did show humor on their t-shirts (ex: of course their fake, the real ones almost killed me!) But what hit me the most were all of the pink signs that everyone put on their back with the name listed of who they were racing for and supporting. Mine said: "I am racing in honor of Anne Castleton, my grandma, a Survivor!" She was lucky and got a mammogram early enough to catch the cancerous cells. She still had to go through radiation and surgery, but she survived. At one point in the race there were a group of volunteers cheering us on yelling "you're almost there, you did it, great job..." My eyes started to water as I thought of the name on my pink sign and I felt honored to have ran for my grandma. I've never been a runner and I've never ran in a race, but I did it for her. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, but in seeing the crowd of 18,000 people on Saturday, hopefully you never feel alone.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Free Necklace

What girl doesn't love a free freshwater pearl necklace? I know I do and I got one the other day. Interested? Go here and print out the coupon: http://therhouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/goldsmith-co-jewelers-free-pearl.html. I love mrs. r!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I pulled it off!

Brett and I are better at spoiling each other's surprises than actually surprising each other. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I actually pulled off a surprise for Brett! I wanted to do something really fun for our anniversary and since it fell on a week day, I had to wait until the weekend to do it. I had to make sure I had all the right people covering certain things so he could be worry free and I had to find someone to watch the kids (thank you everyone, you know who you are). All Brett knew was that we were leaving at 3:00 when the babysitter arrived and that we would be going downtown somewhere. He just thought we would actually be coming back home too! I gave Brett instructions on where to go, so you can imagine how shocked he was when we pulled into Little America's parking lot! Surprise! We had a one night, worry free, no interruptions during sleep stay. It included an amazing brunch the next morning too! 11 hours of sleep later, we both felt great! It's just too bad anniversary's only come once a year. Maybe we'll have to find more occasions to celebrate with each other throughout the year ;)

So Long, Farewell...

It is with a heavy heart I write this post. Not really, but it just makes this sound more dramatic :) Yesterday Brett and I handed our keys to this beauty over...
She still had a few years left in her, but the price was right to buy a new car so we jumped at the opportunity. This is the car that Brett picked me up in at my friend Sarah's house over 9 years ago for our first date. At the time it was my dream car, so I was very envious of Brett. This is the car that Brett picked me up in 2 years later when he returned home from his mission for our 2nd first date. When Brett was cleaning out this car yesterday for the last time, he found the scrap piece of paper that he had written my phone numbers down on the day he got home from his mission. He found directions to a place up north we went to together 3 days after he got home from his mission. He found a homemade coupon I gave him for our first Valentines together. He also found our marriage licence in the glove box (why it was there, I have no idea). That same glove box hid my engagement ring for a few days before he popped the question. This little list could go on and on... We have a lot of memories in this jeep, so it was a little bitter sweet to say farewell. Now we are on to starting a new chapter of memories with our new car. Good by! cheesy, I know, but it had to be done :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

We love to play outside!

We have loved the nice sunny weather these past few days! It's been nice to get a break from the house and play outside! Haylee loves to go in our backyard and swing! She would do it for hours and hours if we let her! Getting her inside can be a bit challenging. Tantrums are thrown, legs are kicked, and tears are shed. Coming inside can be such a bummer...