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Thursday, February 20, 2014

September 2013

The biggest perk to living closer to family, is that we get to visit more often. So we randomly decided to go to Utah for Labor Day. We love Utah in the Summer.

Grandpa and Grandma Sainsbury's house!

Talia and Aerom had a fun time sliding on the slip 'n slide at the farm, poor Avenlea fell asleep and didn't get to join in on the fun.

It is difficult trying to juggle both families, cause they are both so amazing. But we have been able to create great memories with both sides on our visits. On Labor day we went up to Cascade Springs. It was a longer ways up than I remember, but it was still really fun and the kids had a really good time playing with their Peart cousins, Aunts and Uncles and Grandpa Russell and Granny Janny.

Afterwards we found a spot to have a BBQ it was so nice to be out in the beautiful mountains. We had a lot of fun moments one of which little Gavin got away from his Mom after a Diaper change and ran around in his birthday suit. I did have a picture but didn't think it appropriate to put on here. It was pretty funny though. 

It is so fun to see the kids playing with their cousins. They have a lot of fun together, I love it!

Piggy back rides from Uncle Kalin. Everyone had to have a turn!

One of our favorite places at Grandpa and Grandma Sainsbury's house is the garden. The kids love to help out, but especially love to eat the fun fresh fruits that grow.

Along with all of the fruit, the kids enjoyed picking flowers from the new picking garden. These are the many bouquets they picked.

And we can't visit without a fourwheeler ride.

Brigham and Taysom's 4 month old birthday. On our way home from Utah we stopped in Kanab for lunch and took a couple of pictures. Brigham: left, Taysom: right

This is at the main park in Anthem.

After we got back from Utah Aerom had to make his Curious George scrapbook page.

This rain was the turning point for the really hot summer. After this it got a lot cooler.... well at least bearable.  My sweet little Avenlea playing in the rain.

Taysom started this funny humming thing, and made a really funny face while he did it. I was glad to capture it on camera. The Bumbo was another one of those things that saved my life. The twins weren't too fond of it, but the only time they would sit was when I was cooking and I was at eye level to them. So it saved dinner. :) Taysom: left Brigham: right

Aerom turns 6!!

Playing the balloon game for Aerom's birthday.

He got a sword, a baseball mitt, and some action figures. We also payed don 't eat Peet.

This is a typical morning for us. But definitely one of those times that you can't help but feel blessed. There are times when I would feel completely wiped out, but I couldn't stay frustrated for long, when these two cute faces were waking me up. Taysom: left Brigham: right

even though our back yard is all rocks. The kids still find ways to have fun. This is them making pathways for their animals. And then Avenlea very concentrated on a book while she is having her breakfast.

Laying on the floor with Dad.

I love my cute family. I have had people tell me how crazy I am for having five kids, and have had a lot of negative feed back from people when they find out how many kids I have, but I have never once felt ashamed or embarrassed. I love my crazy chaotic life and I wouldn't want it any other way. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

August 2013

These pictures are a little out of order. August was a little harder because school started,  and because Aerom is in Kindergarten, I have to take him to the gate and pick him up at the gate instead of being able to just drive by drop off and pick up. So I have to load the twins into the car and then unload them and the stroller, walk to his gate and then load them and the stroller back into the car again. It is very tiring but has gotten a lot easier. Or maybe I am handling it better....? 

Aerom had a Curious George project where he got to bring George home, and then we made a scrap book page of all the things George did with us while he was at our house. Aerom loved it!

This was a Family Home Evening experiment. We talked about how following the commandments/recipe will make our life better. Instead of doing what we want. For example: getting married is a good thing but getting married in the Temple is the best thing. So our first batch of cookies we put things that we like, like, bbq sauce, raisins, sugar, cheese, broccolli, etc. and even though they weren't bad things we didn't follow the recipe. So obviously we made the second batch following the recipe and doing things the right way. It was a lot of fun!

After a couple of weeks of chaos I was feeling bad that I was neglecting Avenlea, so we had a lovely tea party together. It was really fun and she felt super special. I was glad we were able to do it while the babies slept.

This picture cracks me up, because Avenlea has such a hard time getting her pinky up. So the first shot is of her trying to figure out how to get her pinky out, and the second is her finally figuring it out, and the third is her awkwardly holding up her cup. Ha Ha it was so cute!

My perfect princess.

Avenlea had so much fun doing a tea party that we did it for dinner a couple nights later.

One of Brigham's energetic nights. And the twins cooing at each other. It was so fun when they realized there was another baby around.

Another way we beat the heat was some of our friends have pools and they had us over. It was a lot of fun and super refreshing. We have been so grateful for our friends that have made our adjustment to twins and life a little easier.

Avnelea dressing up brigham. It starts... ha ha I did this to my brothers, as you can see Brigham isn't too enthused.

First day of school!

It was quite hard sending my little Aerom off to school. He has been my bud and my big helper for two years while Talia was in school. He started to cry just before he got out of the car, and said he didn't want to leave me. I was sad that he was sad, but happy that the last 5 years were just as special and meaningful to him as they were to me.

I don't mean to brag, but I have beautiful children!

Walking to school.

Baby cuddles. Talia was holding Brigham while I was getting us ready to go over to a friends house. She and Brigham both fell asleep. It was precious.

This is where we noticed the biggest difference in Arizona weather compared to Texas weather. When it rains in Arizona. It cools off completely and smells SOOO good. All the dessert plants let off a sweet smell and it is the most refreshing smell ever.  If you like the smell of rain, come to Arizona and that smell is magnified. Compared to Texas, when it rains it does cool off but it is really muggy and humid, and smells like mold. Don't get me wrong we loved Texas but this is one thing that I do not miss.

Taysome and Brigham at 3 months.

Taysom: Left,  Brigham: Right

One of our favorite things to do, was go to the water park in our community. It was a perfect pool for the kids. And it was nice to be outside and not be dying of heat.