Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Luke

Today my baby boy turns 3 years old! WOW! I can't believe that you are already 3 years old Luke. How did that happen so fast? Can you stop growing for a little while so I can still think of you as my little baby. At least you still like to cuddle with mom. Now that's going to be a sad day when that stops.

Luke is a true joy in our family. He is so naturally loving and caring. He is always helping when he can and trying to make others feel good. He loves to play with his sisters and enjoys making us all laugh.  Luke is a natural at all sports so far and I am excited to finally get him started in Soccer or Karate this Spring.

I love you little buddy! Even though your getting big you will still always be my little "Lukey."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Summertime - Oh how we miss you!

In all of the cold weather we are experiencing I wanted to remember a little bit of the warmth I felt this Summer. Here are some of our beach pictures that I promised to, but never posted. All courtesy of my amazing photographer sister, Emily Hayes. She and her husband Todd, AKA the baby whisperer, will be joining us out West in a few short months. We couldn't be more excited at the prospect of having family near by. Now four out of five siblings will be living in UT, Bryan is moving here in January (whohoo!) We just have to convince Mike and Nancy and Mom and Dad to move out and life would be perfect!

The Baby Whisperer in action

 Luke and Bryan are great pals! We are so excited he is going to be so close to us.

Maryland Crabs -- How I love you!
 Beach Feet

 Cutest kiss EVER!
 On the Pier

My beautiful Mom and Dad

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I'm Back

So I know its been a long time since I blogged but I have a good reason I promise. I will leave that for another post, but for now I wanted to document this adorable sight when I went to check on the kids tonight. Just so you all know they sleep in their own beds, but I guess Addy needed a little comfort from her brother tonight. The sight just melted my heart!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Steps in the right direction

Sorry for being such an absent blogger. I promise to get back with it soon. Things have been so crazy busy here for the past little while. I am hoping it will slow down soon but I have a feeling that's not going to be my reality. Oh well. There are a few things I have wanted to blog about so I will give you a quick teaser of what's to come...

* James and I have been taking a financial planning class for the past 6 weeks. Its been AMAZING. I have TONS of great money saving websites to share but for now I will give you my favorites...

Scott Marsh is our teacher and he has compiled the most comprehensive website for everything "saving" and "money" related. If your wanting to learn how to budget, or save some extra money, or invest, or whatever this is an AMAZING resource!

Also, my little Claire started walking (not all the time but she is taking several steps at a time and I am sure by the end of the month she will be a full time walker) YEA!!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010


My little Diva in training

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Claire turns 1 photos

Happy Birthday to my little baby girl. Not so little anymore... Wow one years old! Where did the past year go? I feel like since Claire Bear has been born our life has been moving in fast forward. I know I have talked about this before but really that's really how I feel.

Just so I don't forget and so my little baby never feels neglected I want to jot down some of my memories of Claire in a letter.

Dear Claire,
     One years old. How can that be? I remember one year ago today when you first were put in my arms. You were sticky and pink (actually pretty white) and bright eyes. Quickly after you were born you were whisked away from me. One of the most horrible moments in my life so far. You couldn't breath and needed to get some help from the CPAP machine. As your mother my heart was leaving the room as you were taken from me. When the got you settled in the NICU they wheeled me up to see you and with tears in my eyes and pains in my heart I was able to only reach for your little feet. Despite the tubes, lights, and sounds, you looked so peaceful. Luckily you didn't have to stay long although the 7 hours you were there felt like eternity. I kept calling the nurses station asking them to please check and see when you were going to be brought down to me. I think they thought I was a being a pest. It was the first of many times, I know, that I fought to be with my little girl. I want you to know Claire that I will always fight for you. You, my dear, are an angel sent from God. I am your earthly mother trying really hard to help guide you through this crazy life. 
     Your first year of life has been a roller coaster. You have had many problems with feeding (lactose intolerance = major fussiness = very unhappy baby at times. When we got that taken care of your sweet and gentle nature emerged. You have shown to be strong willed just like your older brother and sister. I always say "you know what you want when you want it!" I think that is true with all of you. You are a studier. You look at people with deep observation and when they pass your test you smile. You love to laugh with your siblings. They love to make you laugh. You love to be independent, and you love your mommy and daddy time. You are a Daddy's girl! When Daddy comes in the room you leap out of my arms (truly you leap I am ashamed to say I have almost dropped you a few times because you were so strong and squirmy). You are close to walking but not quite. You crawl all over the place. Your favorite is when I put the stair gates down and you move as fast as your little arms and legs can carry you to go up the stairs. I think it is some sort of game with you now. Just today you learned how to go down the stairs. Head first! I was nervous to let you do this but since it was just to the step down living room (5 stairs) I figured I should let you try. You did it on the first try! I was so proud of you, but your Daddy is still a little nervous to let you try this move too much. I am not though. I know you can do it and do it you will! There is no stopping you my little Claire. 
     So today on your very special first birthday I want you to know how much I love you. How much you have changed my life and made me a better mother and woman. I am so grateful for all of your little hugs and kisses. They make me melt now and I know they will make me melt forever! I love you angel!


Claire at 6 weeks old

Tender Moments

On September 25th Claire Michelle turned 1 years old. I have a whole blog post composed in my head, I just need to find the time to write it down. In the meantime I give you this photo shot on her birthday. Two of my three little angles. Oh how grateful I am for tender moments like these.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Start Up Princess

My awesome talented friend Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios tipped me off to this fun conference. It also helps that she is going to be a featured speaker. I am excited to go and learn some new tips for getting a business started and making it successful!

I'll let you all know how it goes!

Monday, September 20, 2010


So I have been such a blog slacker these past few months. I will do better just as soon as I rid myself of the addictive habit of email/facebook checking. Its really a problem people, and I KNOW I am NOT the ONLY ONE out there with this problem. I decided to dial down my computer/cyber world time and dial into my LIFE more. It has been WONDERFUL! Freeing actually. To feel like I can actually get things done and look back at my day and see I have accomplished things is a GREAT feeling. I have been playing with my kids more, doing more projects/experiments with them, and most of all smothering them with hugs and kisses.  I have also noticed that my lack of computer time has allowed James and I to have more face/talk time.Which has been GREAT! I just want to publicly tell him how proud of him I am and how grateful I am for his dedication to the Lord and our family. He is AMAZING and I am one LUCKY girl!

Okay so I am just going to jot down a few things that have been on my mind and then I am out!

* My new solution to the out of control laundry situation that we ALL deal with ( I know I have written about this problem before). Well back in Aug I decided to make a "Family Closet." All of the clothes for the entire family are now located in our master bedroom (walk in) closet. My solution is I think genius. It has allowed me to do all of the laundry in a much more efficient way. I wash a load every day or so and then take the clean load from the dryer to the closet and put it away all in one place. No more forty step process. Its been a dream solution. If you have the space I would encourage everyone to try it! If you want pictures of how we did it, I will provide them.

* Claire is almost one years old. WOW! That is a whole post in itself though and it will come soon.
Today we put her in a front facing car seat. She is so big. The latest problem is this. Our back seat of our van will not fit all THREE of our HUGE car seats, so one child is always left to sit in one row alone. This does not go over well with any of my kids. Now every time we go in the car its a fight . The latest plea is "Mom, I don't have a buddy." What should my solution be??? New car seats that will actually fit (do those actually exist?) or we just have another baby so that everyone can have a buddy? I am going to ponder long and hard about that one!

* After I ran my half marathon this Summer I was all geared up to keep running. Then I went on VACATION! Oh man! I don't know how people on the east coast run in %200 humidity and 900 degrees. It was horrible. Needless to say I didn't run much for those three weeks we were there. Then well, I was out of the habit. This past week I was so frustrated with myself I decided on Friday morning to sign up to run in a 6K race on Saturday morning (the NEXT DAY). Remember I have not run really in two months. Well I did it and I am not back on the running train. I was proud of myself for doing it and I actually made pretty good time. Now on for training for a Halloween 10K and then maybe another half. If there is one thing I have learned about myself it is that I don't like to run for fun. I need to be training that is what I find really fun. Maybe I am strange I don't know. Its just me!

Okay I better run... gotta go snuggle with my babies.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Holiday Photo Shoots

Its that time of year again "Family Photo Time." For the next two months I will be booking family photo sessions so that you can get your holiday cards or photo holiday gifts (you know the ones you give to grandma and grandpa each year of the grandkids) in time for the holidays. Wow how they are approaching fast. Please email me if your interested in booking a session.  Please feel free to pass along this information to any family and friends that might be interested. 

Family Photo Sessions


1 location (30-45min session) {If outside of Utah County please add $25}
 CD of 15-30 professionally edited photos
 Photo printing release form 

Book now for September and October
Please email Katharine at:

I LOVE this photo

Luke and Addy (cuties)