Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I love to see the temple . . .

We spent the evening at temple square, marveling at the beauty of the temple and all of the amazing lights. Which, by the way, do not come on until 6:15 PM, no matter how dark it is at 5:30. Just in case you were wondering :)
Tate was so excited to see the temple. He just stared up at it for a few minutes and when we tried to pull him away so we could go find the nativity, he pouted, "Ohhh. But I wanted to get married in the temple." I grinned proudly and told him that when he got big he could definitely get married in the temple. When I asked him who it was that he wanted to marry in the temple, he said, "Jesus."

Tori enjoyed temple square from the comfort of her stroller, swaddled tightly with several blankets. Doesn't she look just happy to be here?

This picture of Tori is from a the other night after bath time. Check out that hair! Now if it would just get a little thicker and a little longer . . .Oh, the possibilities!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Note To Brazil

Tate has a message for Uncle Elder Ralphs serving in Brazil:

Tori didn't want to be left out:

Oh, and don't forget:
We love you, Tyson! Hope you have a very Happy Birthday and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

I think Tate is convinced Halloween is better than Christmas. Parties, candy, dressing up like your favorite characters . . . What could be better?

Trick-or-treating at your school halloween party.

Playing Halloween Bingo.

Carving Jack-O-Lanterns.

Waking up early each morning to count your candy and get into character.

Making Opa your faithful steed.

Rounding up your little sister, the cow, for some pre-trick-or-treating pics.
What a great holiday!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Yay for cool weather! It means that my knitting hobby can actually be put to practical use. Although I love knitting little baby hats year-round, it feels a little more satisfying in the fall when the hats actually get worn. This time I decided to make new hats for Tate and Tori.

This one ended up being a lot of work, but I think it turned out pretty cute. Or is that just the baby wearing it?

Back view. Isn't it darling? Oh, and the hat doesn't look bad either :)

This little pink one turned out really sweet, but it has since been all stretched out by two playful little hands. Oh well.

Tate's hat turned out a little big, but he loves it anyway. Check out this impromptu hug from big brother. How sweet is that?!

Close-up view of Tate's hat. Even though my dad says it looks like he's growing mold on his head, those little green bumps are actually tiny turtles.

I can't take credit for this cute cap. My friend Janie crocheted this, a skill I plan to learn in the near future. Thanks, Jane!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Six Months Old

Has it already been six months?! Tori is growing up so fast; eating solids, sitting up, scooting all around the house. She is such a fun, happy baby and we just love her! She now weighs 15 lb 10 oz (50th percentile) and is 25 1/2 inches long (50th percentile).

What joy

this bundle of wonder

this ball of bright-eyed energy . . . .

that holds happiness in a giggle

and all of heaven in a smile.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday, Tater Bug! Tate turned three on September 6th. We had a little party for him on Saturday since we had cousin Ethan's baby blessing on Sunday. It was so funny to watch Tate rip into his presents. Oma and Opa gave him a remote control car and he was convinced that the remote control was a camera. When he wants to take the car for a spin, he asks us if he can "take a picture" of the car.

"Tate and Lightening McQueen. He races like a race car. It's a birthday cake!"

"Opening my presents. It's the train and the track. And I got those. Thank you!"

"Ohhhh! Buzz Lightyear! Big Buzz Lightyear. He flies and falls down and Woody helps him. Oh. I love Woody and Buzz."

"My puzzles. It's Shane and Oma and Opa. Oma is sitting by daddy. And that is very Shane. I love my Shane."

"My trains from Shane and Darcee. All aboard! Chuga chuga choo choo. All aboard!"
We spent the afternoon on Sunday at the Deeter residence after Ethan's blessing. Annie was so sweet and had a little cake and present waiting for Tate. Thanks for being so thoughtful, Annie!

"Whoa. Fire. Tate is blowing it on his cake and candle."
Yes. He really is blowing out the candle in this picture. Do you know how long it takes to blow out a candle when you don't even open your mouth?

"It's a Lightening McQueen!'

Go Utes!

Don't worry, don't worry. We're still true blue Aggie fans. Well, most of us are. Tori, Phil's fellow school counselor at IHMS, has converted Tate over to the Utes. He loves to hear their fight song and yell "Go Utes!" So when Tori (Phil's co-worker, not our baby girl) hooked us up with tickets to the Utah vs. Utah State game, Tate was pretty excited. He pointed out every U in the stadium and said, "Look. There's Go Utes and there's Go Utes and there's Go Utes . . . . "(you get the idea). We had a blast at the game and were pretty proud of our Ags even though they lost.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to School, Back to School . . .

Tate started at his new "school" (aka: daycare) this week and he was such a trooper. We've been talking about and preparing him for this change all summer. He did so great. He ran right into his new classroom and started playing with the other kids. No tears, no hesitation. His teacher said that a few hours later he paused and said, "I need my mommy. I need to go home." But she just distracted him with some toys and he was fine.

When I got home that night, Tate was so excited to tell me all about his new school, the fun toys, the new teachers, and "the little boy in the green shirt, he was playing with the big truck and I screamed at him."

Thank you, Tater, for being such a big kid and making this day a little bit easier on mommy. I love you!

Take Me Out To A Ball Game

Grandpa and Grandma came to visit last weekend and we headed out to the ballgame. It was HOT! But it was fun. Bees won, 8-3 (I think).

We were treated to fireworks after the game. Tate surprised us and didn't whine or cry at all. In fact, he didn't move a muscle during the whole firework show. Thanks, Grandma, for preventing premature hearing loss.
I love Tori's face in this one! I want to draw a thought bubble coming from her head that says, "What the heck?!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Family Pictures

So, obviously, we had some new family pictures done. Tori, normally an extremely happy baby, was super sleepy during the entire photo session and we couldn't squeeze more than two smiles out of her. So we'll be back to do more pictures of her another time. But here are the results of our photo session. (I'm not sure why I really needed to post these. Most of them are displayed somewhere on the blog already.)