Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snowbird 2010

Each year we are lucky enough to head down to Snowbird, Utah for the whole Thanksgiving week. So fun to relax, swim, eat, snowboard (when you aren't pregnant), visit with friends and fam, eat, play in the snow or sled, and eat some more! I always head into SLC in the wee hours of the morning to hit the black Friday shopping too. So fun! I hardly took any pictures, but here are a few.

The kids "sledding" down the stairs.

We had a small crew for turkey dinner so we invited some of the Shurtleff gang to join us. M&M took over the camera and made sure to take a picture of everyone!

We also celebrated M&M's birthday by having cake, going out to dinner and watching Tangled in 3D (her choice). She loved it!

Can't wait to shred the hills next year! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Family Pictures

Our good friend, Kristin, was super nice and took family pictures of us. These can always be stressful for me, picking the right outfits, making sure all my kids look clean, and hoping they cooperate when we are taking them. They cooperated ok except for our dear CJ. He had a mind of his own and definitely didn't want his picture taken. I even forgot candy to bribe him. Oh well, we still got some great shots. Thanks Kristin!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had fun dressing up as a themed family. The kids were pretty impressed by Mom and Dad's costume this year. Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Uh oh!

I'm guessing this is just the beginning. (permanent marker) Though in studying the drawing I see 2 really straight lines that look like the beginning of tic tac toe. Maybe we should be blaming his sister :) His Daddy made him pose for the picture!

My sis-in-law emailed me this picture after she saw this post. I had to laugh, this was a family swim night a couple days later!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hike to Josephine Lake

Beginning of September we went to McCall and did a fun hike with Nana and Papa. James even caught a fish! We love getting out and wearing the kids out. Good times!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Don't you love summer for this reason?

Now if we could all strip our shirts off and let watermelon drip down, the world would be a funny place. :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

And then there were...

Four :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

4th of July festivities

We went to McCall to celebrate the 4th with my parents, Eric, Jamie, & Ammon. Of course I didn't take all the pictures that I wanted, but I did get some.
We started out Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast at the church. Tradition is to shoot off rockets too. CJ had fun pointing them out and watching them land. The kids were also able to ride a trailer pulled by a tractor. CJ was in heaven!The previous week they had a big wind/thunderstorm that wiped out trees around town. Here is one that was almost entirely uprooted. The other trees around it weren't even damaged in the slightest.
Later during the day James, Eric, Jamie, and I went mountain biking. It was fun to get out and have a good ride. Eric decided he needed to do some more riding when we were done and rode all the way up to Brundage lookout and back. Let's just say we didn't see him until dinner was almost over! :) No pics but he did get some sweet footage on his helmet cam.
After biking we hit the beach. It was sunny, but it was sure cold! It was breezy down at the lake so we didn't stay too long. The kids still had fun playing in the water & sand.

Here we are watching the fireworks in the back on the truck. We got smart this year and staked out a spot up on the hill from the lake. We all laid in the back of the truck during the show, then when it was over, Eric jumped in the drivers seat, we closed the tail, and drove home. It took a total of 5 minutes from the end of the fireworks to us pulling into the driveway. It was the fastest we've ever made it back from watching fireworks. No doubt the best way to do it!

Happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celebration continued.

Celebrating Little A and CJ's birthday again at our monthly birthday party with James' family. The kids loved the cakes made for them by their Aunt Kara. CJ was funny and covered his eyes when we all sang him happy birthday. He's starting to show little signs of shyness when the attention is on him and thinks he can make it all better by covering his eyes. Silly boy! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy birthday CJ!

The beginning of June is busy with 2 birthday's within a day of each other. Celebrations started at the BBQ over Memorial Day weekend. CJ loved his birthday cake with a car on it. I enlisted James to make his race car from this tutorial. We make a good team :) CJ decided the whole birthday thing is pretty fun. He loved opening presents and blowing out the candles on his cake. We were lacking toy cars at our house so he got loaded up! All kinds of cars. Thanks fam! He loves them all. The candle for his cake was a sparkler. He was all excited to blow it out. We lit it, and then he got scared and started backing away from it. Too funny!

We saved his cake for his actual birthday and sang to him again. Grandma and Grandpa joined us for dinner, cake and presents.
Favorite food: watermelon
Favorite candy: all candy
Favorite birthday present: soccer flip flops

Happy birthday CJ!

Little A turns 5!

Beginning of June Little A had her 5th birthday. First the birthday celebrations started during Memorial Day weekend with a combined party for Izzie, CJ and Little A. We had a yummy BBQ at at her Uncle Eric and Aunt Jamie's house which included grilled jumbo prawns, grilled veggies, grilled pineapple, grilled salmon and of course cake and lemon cupcakes for dessert. Nana, Papa, Eric, Jamie, Aimee, Izzie, Elliott, Nate, and Jamie were all there to celebrate!

Turning 5 in our house is a big deal so she was able to have her first "friend" party! She was SO excited for it. She chose to have her party at Young Chef Academy where they all learned how to measure things and make and decorate their own cupcakes.
Favorite birthday present: Princess beads to make her own necklaces (thanks Grandma!)
Favorite color: pink
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite restaurant: McDonald's
What she wants to be when she grows up: artist
Birthday breakfast: cinnamon rolls with scrambled eggs & orange juice
Birthday dinner: pizza & root beer
Little A is our spunky little girl who is SO excited to start Kindergarten in the fall. She adores her older sister and is enjoying having someone to play with for the summer. She loves to cuddle, organize, help with things around the house and bake. Happy birthday Little A!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle

So I took a little break from blogging, but I'm back! :) Now that I have a little time this week I'll post some things. This one is great of our little CJ singing twinkle twinkle. If you can't understand him at the end of it he says "lots and lots of water" because we passed the river. That kid cracks me up. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


CJ's new place to sleep. Maybe it's time to get him a real bed. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Recently we traveled to Spokane to see my twin & her family. She surprised us all with new Easter outfits for the kids. Of course we had to have a photo shoot. Thanks Ame. They are adorable! :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Finger lickin good!

If you haven't noticed, we live for food in this house. We like to teach them young that the only thing better than cookies, is the cookie dough! It's a battle of who gets to lick the beater. Usually Mom wins. :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fire in the hole!

Our favorite entertainment these days is our popcorn popper. All the kids immediately stop what they are doing when they hear it come on, climb up on the counter and yell "Fire in the hole" when it lands in the bowl. Oh the joy!

Monday, February 22, 2010


We have a smoothie lover in the house!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Movie night

We got a wild hair to have dinner in our play room while watching a movie. We made a serious batch of nachos (don't worry I didn't forget about a vegetable) and had a fun picnic! CJ was a loose cannon during the movie & dinner, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


My sis and her husband are in town for the weekend so we enjoyed a stroll on the greenbelt. All the girls loved to chase the geese and watch them fly away. They thought it was hilarious!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Came downstairs and happened upon this. How funny!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tea party!

What a better time to have a tea party then in December?!? My sis-in-law's sister was getting married so we threw her a smashing tea bridal shower. It was such a fun idea! We served curry chicken tea sandwiches, lemon cookies, almond cookies, baklava, mini quiches, mini cupcakes, petit fours, fresh fruit & dip, cranberry hot tea, & 2 different herbal teas. Of course I was put in charge of making the petiti fours (PF's for short...inside joke) & mini cupcakes. It was a fun to be a little girly and just drink something from a tea cup! As a thank you for throwing the shower, Libby gave us each our own tea cup and saucer. Thanks Libby!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Temple Square


While we were down in Salt Lake for Thanksgiving, we were able to go to Temple Square with the whole family and see the lights. It was very cold, but the kids still loved looking at all they had! It's fun to visit the same places that I went to when I was little and share it with your own children.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

M&M's birthday celebration!

So back in November (yes, I know it's February!) we were down at Snowbird, UT for the week of Thanksgiving. Lucky for M&M, her birthday falls within that week almost every year and this year it was on Thanksgiving day. So she got to celebrate with a bunch of family. Her cousin E-man also celebrated with her (he was turning 3) so we had a festive day. Since we normally have a birthday meal M&M can pick out,? we decided to make it breakfast since the thanksgiving meal was later in the day. We had crepes filled with fruit & whip cream, broccoli/cheese/sausage muffins, and orange juice. Yum!!
Before her birthday we asked her what she wanted to do on her special day. She wrote out a list.
Great list if you ask me :)
Happy birthday to me sweet 7 year old!
Your loves:
~playing with your Dad
~having friends over
~Riding your bike or scooter
~Being the BIG sister
~Helping your sister to read and reading to CJ
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