Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jenna's Visit

For the week of Halloween, my sister Jenna and her family were able to come out and visit!  Her husband Cole had a conference in Phoenix anyway so the whole family came  and I'm so glad they did! We had such a blast with them and the cousins loved playing the whole time. Jenna and I (according to our husbands) get so giggly and goofy when we are together and the husbands enjoyed time to catch up as well.

They are already used to the cold Kansas weather so we spend as much time as we could outside in our warm Arizona weather.

 Girls in swings!


 Cole playing frisbee with the boys

 lunch at the park

 These boys played so good with each other the whole time! 

 Getting some girl time

 Of course the favorite activity was jumping and playing on the air mattress.

 We had preschool over at my house while they were here on Halloween day so this was our Halloween snack!

 Getting ready for Trick or Treating.  Cade was a road, Austin was Jake the Pirate, and Rylee was a owl.

 We loved going trick or treating with cousins!  

 Kensley helping the kids go through their candy as soon as we got back from trick or treating.

 Jenna and I were able to get away and go fabric shopping!!  Woo hoo! Probably the best two hours of their time here! :)

 Yay for cousins!!  So Cute!

 On their last day here we went to Jumpstreet with some friends. My kids were having a rough morning but Cade and Rylee loved it!

On one of the nights while they were here, Austin got up in the night to go to the bathroom and said to me half asleep, "I love my cousins."  It was really the cutest thing ever.
You guys are welcome back anytime!

Sunday, November 04, 2012


I can't believe it's been about a month since I have last posted.  October was a jammed packed month for us.  But here are the highlights from last month.

Matthew has started his medical rotations! Woohoo!  He is done with all the lectures, classes and endless studying and now actually gets to experience all the things he has been learning about.  His first one is currently at the podiatry clinic at the medical school. He has loved it so far and is learning a lot. I love hearing about everything he gets to see and do now. It's also so nice now to have him home in the evenings instead of having to go back up to school to study.

This year Matthew and I were asked to be in charge of our ward's Trunk or Treat party.  Definitely an overwhelming job! I was excited to do it but it was just a lot of work and kind of consumed my month!  I had a committee to help which all did such a great job and I couldn't have done it without them!  It's just getting every little detail ironed out that takes so much time.  I was kind of relieved when it was over.  We had close to 250 people attend and I got lots of good feedback so hopefully that means it was a success!

Costumes this year were very low key since I had a lot on my plate this month.  Austin is really into the show  Jake and the Neverland Pirates right now and really wanted to be Jake this year so I decided we would all go as pirates.  I already had mine from several years ago, I found most of Matthew's at Goodwill, and then made Austin's and Kensley's and some of Matthew's accessories. For some reason I really wanted Kensley to wear a tutu just because she hasn't ever worn one yet so her costume kind of morphed into rocker-chick pirate but whatever! 

Matthew's school always puts on a great Halloween carnival and this year was no different.  We went around to several offices trick or treating with his friends Peter and James.  Then we enjoyed snacks, inflatable slides, and carnival games.  Kensley was a sport in the stroller for most of it as long as she had some candy to hold and play with. 

I also got a new calling at church this month.  I am now the laurel advisor! I am so excited to be working with the young women!  They are such a fun and great set of girls. 

The week of Halloween will get its own post because my sister Jenna and her family were able to come visit!   So. Much. Fun!