Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cutie Bugs

I snapped a few pictures of my kiddos before church this morning, aren't they cute? Speaking of cute, I was taking the kids somewhere yesterday, and Aaron waved to Brooke in the car and said "bye bye sweetie-pie." To which she replied "bye-bye cutie bug!" I thought it was pretty funny. I guess she hears that a lot- she is a cutie bug though.

During Sara's and my sewing frenzy last month I made this little dress for Brookie. I LOVE the fabric, it makes me think of summer. This was my inspiration (I did decide to change the neckline and sleeves a bit):
Although, instead of paying $39, I spent $13, and a less than an hour of my time. Gotta love that!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blazers vs. Thunder

We took the kids to another Blazer game last week. Which they loved of course. I have to admit it was a pretty exciting game too- especially the second half. Our family is becoming quite the Blazer fans.

Waiting for the train in their Blazer colors.
Excited fans!
We ate our way through the game, especially Brooke. Oh yeah, did I mention she puked in her bed that night? A suspected licorice overdose.

Tanner's voice was all raspy by the end of the night. He is quite the cheerer. Go Blazers!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Table before and after

I tend to inherit furniture when people die- and my kitchen table was no exception. (Thank you Uncle Bud.) I refinished it when I got it years ago, and it was time to do it again.

Here is the lovely before. Complete with a messy kitchen.

And here is the after. I really really like how it turned out. Although I am pretty sure I lost more than my fair share of brain cells from spray paint and varnish fumes.

I re-stained the top with Bombay Mahogany, painted the chairs and legs Heirloom White and glazed them with dark brown. I think my coffee table is next...

Monday, April 12, 2010

My sweeties

I finally got some pictures of the kiddos in their Easter clothes while we were in Edgewood this weekend for Lauren's bridal shower. Aren't they the cutest!? I LOVE spring clothes in bright colors- especially after a long winter. It makes me happy.
Getting pictures of the three of them is always interesting...

Isn't her dress out of control? It ended up with more ruffles than I was planning on (thanks for the inspiration Amy!). She is going to wear the same thing for Lauren's wedding except with lavender accents.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Hunt

I have this little theory that as a whole men are pretty lousy at finding things (mostly around the home), at least compared to us ladies, and our egg hunt today helped strengthen my theory. Little Miss Brooke was quite the egg hunter, and her brothers... well they are about as blind as bats. Needless to say, they needed some direction from us, but of course had a great time.

Yes, she picked out her outfit.
She had to get a back-up basket.
Now that is excitement!
I am really sick of candy. I feel like our family needs to detox from sugar, so I had just a few candy eggs, everyone got a "toy" egg, and the rest had money in them. They were really excited for their dimes, nickles, and quarters and didn't mind at all that there wasn't much candy. They only ate a piece or two each and then I hid the rest away. I think that is what we will do from now on... (and then I don't eat all the leftover candy after everyone goes to bed)

Eggs, eggs, eggs...

The boys really got into dying eggs this year (I actually really like it too). And it was really nice because once I got everything prepared they could do pretty much everything themselves- which they really enjoyed too. (We were mean and did this all while Brooke was napping.)

Crazy for eggs!

We left a couple eggs in the dye for a few hours. (It was about 2pm and Tanner said we had to leave them in until 4pm- those actually turned out really cool, we'll remember that for next year- I should have taken a picture.)
I boiled 21 eggs, they dyed those, and wanted to do more. So we went ahead and dyed all the eggs in the fridge. Now I just need to keep them from getting mixed up...

Oh yeah, and guess what the boys had for lunch today? Yep, egg salad sandwiches.

Conference Project

I worked on a little sewing project during conference this weekend with some of the fabric Grandma Van was getting rid of. I think it turned out pretty cute (ignore Brooke's dirty shirt- she'll be wearing something else underneath.) This was my inspiration . I made it a little big, so she'll be able to wear it for awhile. Dallin let me try it on him (hopefully there are no long term consequences to this)- it looks like it might as a shirt when she is 4.

Friday, April 2, 2010


Last weekend took a little trip to Montana. Aaron's Grandma and Grandpa Van Gieson and Grandma Wheeler live in Missoula. We have been wanting to visit for a long time (we hadn't been since Tanner was a baby), and with Aaron being done with school- it finally happened. We met up with Aaron's parents and Sara with her kids in Ritzville and followed them to Missoula.

It was almost a nine hour drive, the kids did really well. They pretty much just ate junk food and watched movies. Little Miss Brooke did pretty good too, even though she refused to sleep at all in the car- not even a little cat nap.
We hiked to the M one day and met up with Uncle John, Aunt Mary, and Parker.

The boys had so much fun playing with Parker (he's a year older than Tanner- and Aaron's cousin- funny huh?)

Playing with Kylee in the dirt.
I think the girls spent more time with the trucks in the dirt than the boys did.
These are some of the same toys Aaron played with when he was little.
This is how I spent most of my time- chit chatting with family.
Having a heart to heart with Aunt Francis.
We met up with the Wheeler side of the family at Grandma Wheeler's house for dinner. The kids loved the wide open space. I think she said that now that she sold off a lot of her land she has about 160 acres left. We also visited Uncle Billy who owns over 1600 acres- its beautiful.

Even Brooke went exploring, can you spot her? Watch out for wild animals!

We had a little Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. They loved it!
Brookie was really into it. Dallin dumped out his eggs on the grass to count them, and Brooke kept trying to steal them.
Tanner and his egg dance.

There is a park a block over from Grandma and Grandpa Van's place. Aaron took the boys there a couple of times to "run" them.
Check out those action shots!

Getting ready to leave. We had such a nice time with family. Aaron's grandparents are amazing. They have so many stories and have lived amazing lives. And they are doing wonderful at 88- Grandpa Van actually turns 89 next month. All but one of my grandparents are long gone, so I love it that my children have all of their grandparents, plus 3 great-grandparents.

Saying good-bye to Grandma Wheeler. She is an awesome woman as well. She's a fiesty 86, and doing great. (Brookie loved her necklace and earrings- she kept a hold on them.)