Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Jared's brother Josh came to visit last weekend. It was so good seeing him!
Jared had to study all day, so we went to the strip Saturday without him. We did the usual walk through Caesars then went to the Bellagio.
The fish tank at Caesars. There were some pretty cool fish---our favorite was the unicorn looking fish. And the sting ray...they just look so happy!

Then to the Bellagio. It was the Chinese New year theme. Josh bought us all some awesome gelato--then we walked around the fountains outside.

Me taking a picture, of Josh, taking a picture. I have no idea if all my commas are in the right place in that last sentence, but you get the idea.
That night we met up with Jared's cousin, James (who was in town for a trade show) and went to dinner at Maggiano's, a really good Italian restaurant. Made me realize how much I miss hanging out with Megan and James (and watching Survivor!) I didn't bring my camera, but here is one of our view from Josh's phone.   
 When Josh got here Friday night, it took Lyla about 6 seconds to warm up to him. She was quite fascinated with his beard (and smooth head).
This is before church.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Photo Dump

Going through my pictures tonight and wanted to put some on the blog.

She likes to climb and has started pushing the chair to the counter (and then climbs on the counter).  

Addie and Courtney
Sisters! These two play so well together.

 Devin doing his homework
Right before school
I've been playing in my studio more lately.

Friday, January 25, 2013


Meet my newest nephew, Tyler (born on Sunday).  I have been oohing and aahing over his cuteness all week! I am so sad I can't be there to hug and snuggle him, but Josy has been great about sending me pictures (thanks Josy!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Two pictures from today at the park

Saturday, January 19, 2013

An Update

I have only one blog post for January. So I thought I would give a little update.
For those of you who don't know Jared is studying to take the Utah bar. It is nice because his firm will pay for him to take it (and it is not a cheap test once you are an attorney!). The other really great thing is that if he passes Utah, he can also pay to practice in Arizona. Kinda a two for one deal. Everyone assumes that this means we are either moving to Utah or Arizona in the near future, but it really doesn't. I actually really like it here in Vegas, but I don't want to spend the rest of my life here. I would love AZ because I would be close to my family but I don't want to live in the Phoenix area. And we love Utah, but just not sure about that either. At least this will provide us with more opportunities if and when we leave.
But anyways, Jared works all day and studies all night and weekends. I think it was harder on me the last time he took the bar. The kids and I miss him though. Of course we are keeping busy. And Jared and I are planning a trip the weekend after he takes it. We have never been away from the kids overnight. My mom and dad are coming to watch the kids and we are going to San Fransisco (we have two free flights so it works out well). I'm looking forward to that!
Devin and Addie are quite busy with school. Addie is doing so well and had made a lot of progress. We are working hard on her speech and she is just about ready to start reading. She is becoming my easiest kid (used to be Lyla but not anymore). She is helpful, she loves doing her homework, she gets along with everyone.
Devin is also doing well. He is still quite far behind in school, but he has made so much progress this year and I am pleased about that. He just made me buy him a journal and he has been writing in it non-stop. He loves math. Reading and spelling (and speech) he still struggles with. I am looking into finding a private speech therapist but since he is not autistic our insurance will not cover it. And one 30 minute session is a lot (the cheapest I found was 50, but the average is more like 100). That is for one 30 minute session once a week. That is a lot of money for us, but if it helps him, it will be worth it! He is a great kid (when he is not picking fights with Adalynn). He is growing up way too fast. He is in senior primary and on Sunday we have his baptism preview...crazy that by the end of this year I will have a kid in cub scouts.
Lyla is becoming quite the feisty toddler. She is a happy baby (yes, I still think of her as a baby) but she puts up such a fight to get what she wants. She refuses to sit in her high chair and getting her into a shopping cart takes most of my upper body strength. She reminds me of Devin...he was my climber and runner...she does the same thing. She has a few words, mostly she says "no" and "ew." She is in nursery now and doesn't like it. She loves dogs. She is obsessed with her pink blanket (one my aunt made for me when I was a baby). She also loves babies. So, in those aspects, she reminds me of Addie.
I decorated for Valentines Day a week ago...I have been a little bored with Jared gone and only Lyla around during the day.

So the secret to keeping candy in these jars is to get candy the kids don't like. They wont touch the conversation hearts. I had to take the picture right after I put the M & Ms in the jar because had I waited 10 minutes that jar would have been empty.

I found these cute candle holders at Rod Works. I love that they are 3-d.
 And a few random pictures of the kids to end this post...
Playing with the tablet. I am loving all the educational games we've downloaded! I almost don't care that I never get to use it for reading because I know they are learning.
The kids loved this activity....I use it when Addie practices her speech works (she says a word 5 times then gets to squirt vinegar onto the baking soda).
Watching Lord of the Rings. They were bored after about 10 minutes. Devin wants to see them since Jared took him to The Hobbit last month.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Christmas 2012

The kids are back to school today and I finally have some free time to blog. I probably could have over the break but we bought a new computer and I finally feel like I am getting used to it...it is so much faster and has so much more storage and ram...I love it.
We left for Arizona the Sunday before Christmas. To say we were excited would be a huge understatement.

Sunday night my mom had a special FHE with everyone that was there...she had the kids give Jesus a present and put it under the tree (she is the primary president and did the same thing earlier with the primary kids). The kids also helped finish decorating the tree.

Christmas Eve we hung out and waited for the rest of my siblings to arrive.

 After dinner we made gingerbread houses. Johnny, Josy, Jared, the kids and I all worked together to make a little village...the houses were really small and perfect because Devin and Addie had their own little house to decorate.

Jen, Jake and James' Hobbit house.
Mom and Steph's house

Opening one present Christmas Eve night. James dressed up as Santa (my dad has a legit looking Santa suit) and walked by in the backyard while they were opening their present...which totally freaked the kids out. I should have had the video camera on...their reaction was hilarious.
Christmas morning! My siblings and parents continue to spoil my kids like crazy...it is really sweet of them. I think Devin now has every possible ninja turtle action figure and weapon and Addie has way too many new barbies.

Jake and Jen's turn to get a gun. And a little flirting book to help James out at BYU

Shooting guns later that day

 The next day we got pizza and went bowling.

Devin modeling another of my mom's wig. I tried so hard to get one with Lyla but she was not having it.
At Dairy Queen. My dad let the kids make their own blizzards...

 My dad took us out to the nicest steak place in Payson.

Our last day...Devin and Jared shot the paint ball gun and my mom gave Devin a bow and arrow (which he has been shooting non-stop since we got home).

Oh and Devin lost a tooth while we were there. He lost one a few days before Christmas and the other one a few days after. I think he looks so cute.  

Lyla is starting to get some major attitude. She did this a lot while we were there...she would cross her arms and give you a scowl. She is smiling in this picture though.
This was my Christmas present. My dad had a patient that was moving out of the country and needed to sell her piano...he called to ask if I was interested and I told him I was (of course!) I didn't think I would actually be getting it to Vegas for a few months, but my brother James brought it up on his way to Provo. I am so excited to start playing again and I'm already looking into piano lessons for Devin (and maybe Adalynn).

And that was our Christmas!