Monday, January 19, 2015


On Christmas Day we announced that we are pregnant again!  Round 3!
The kids were pretty excited when we told them and the first thing they mentioned was "Mom, you are going to get really big and fat."  Yes, thank you kids, yes I am.  I was 17 weeks along in that picture and am due June 2, 2015

Now I am currently 21 weeks along and we found out what we are having.  It's a BOY!  Austin was so thrilled.  Kensley was in denial for a little bit but has now embraced it and tells everyone we are having a baby boy.  

Minus the month of November in which I was so sick the entire month I have been feeling fine.  Just a little overly tired but nothing too bad or extreme, very similar to my other pregnancies.  Let's hope it stays that way.  So excited to add another little guy to our family!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a great Christmas season this year. We stayed home this year and did lots of festive things.  Christmas gets more and more fun as my kids get older and older.  Austin was very diligent about moving the snowflake on our advent calendar every day as soon as he woke up. 

Christmas Eve we went to Matthew's parents' house to act out the nativity.  Kensley was very excited to be Mary.  She loved the nativity story this year and would always put a blanket on her head and pretend to be Mary.   Austin enjoyed being a wiseman and giving baby Jesus a present. 

Christmas morning came and Matthew and I woke up early expecting to hear kids up and ready to open presents.  However, Austin didn't wake up until 8:15 and Kensley slept until 9:00!  They had had a couple late nights that week so we totally let them sleep and started Christmas when they both were up.

It was also a fun surprise to wake up to a white Christmas! We have hardly had any snow this season and then Christmas morning comes and we got dumped on.  Austin loved going sledding and playing in it until his fingers were numb.  Kensley had a runny nose and a lingering cough so she stayed inside with me.

Then we went back to Matthew's parents house to open more gifts.  Austin got this race car that he can drive and it was for sure his favorite gift.  He has gotten so good at driving it around and going in reverse.  It doesn't have a good turning radius so he has also gotten really good at making 3 point turn arounds. 

Kensley loved her new dress- ups, Elsa doll and Olaf and wanted me to take a picture of all them sitting together. 

Before Christmas we decorated gingerbread cookies with cousins.  Austin concentrated so hard to make it perfect and symmetrical. 

Kensley was more interested in eating as much candy as she could instead of decorating anything.

 Austin and I went on a Mommy/Son date to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. The Seseme Street muppets were there as a special guest and my sister Kayla was dancing in it.  It was such a fun night with him.  We took the train up to Salt Lake to avoid the terrible parking and Austin loved that too.  He was a little young to sit through a whole concert without talking or wiggling too much but some M&M's helped with that.  It was an amazing performance!

The Saturday night before Christmas we took the whole family on the train back up to Salt Lake to look at the Temple Square lights.  Such a fun family Christmas activity!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Thanksgiving 2014

I know.. I am so behind in blogging  But, I am determined to catch up!

This year for Thanksgiving we drove up to Rexburg, Idaho. Jenna and Cole just bought their first house and were excited to host.  So the whole Black clan came up.  It was so awesome to be with everyone.  The kids especially had fun playing with cousins.  I think my favorite thing we did was sit around and play games with everyone.  We even did a couple that the kids could be involved in and had such a blast.

Our Thanksgiving dinner was so yummy.  Between Jenna, my mom and I, we made homemade everything including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie.  It was a lot of work but so very worth it!

Jenna's beautiful table setting:

Since we were all together family pictures were a must:

 The girls:

Grandkids picture: