Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Funny Kids....
















Having kids definitely offers many laughs. Well, so does being married to Dallas. I used to think I didn't naturally laugh out loud, but now I know it was because I just didn't know how to. Dallas has taught me many wonderful things, but I think one of the best is how to find humor in life. Our kids, and especially Sophie, are learning this wonderful skill. Sophie is always making funny faces or telling silly jokes. I laugh at these adorable attempts at humor, but honestly, it is usually her serious things that are the funniest. Some examples:
1. On our way back from Utah, Sophie told me about a dream she had in which Heidi, Dallas' sister, and Penelope were sisters. Later on, she asked me if I remembered it. Yes, I said, that was so funny. She got very serious and passionate, and said, No Mom, it wasn't funny. It was Beautiful.
2. Family dinner time is pretty much like school where Dallas quizes me and the kids on things like nutrition facts and where foods come from. For instance, Dallas will ask, Is there more vitamin A or D in one serving of milk? or Do potatoes grow on trees or in the ground? Usually the kids (or me) get pretty close to the right answer. One night, Dallas asked, Where does cheese come from? Sophie was quick to answer, Mice! Yum.....

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Happy Birthday Boys!

















I am late posting these, but the men of the house did have birthdays, oh, almost a month ago. Gabe's was on the 7th of January, and Dallas' was on the 8th. (We did celebrate their birthdays relatively close to the right day. We were traveling home from Utah on Gabe's Birthday, so basically it is like went on a road trip for him.) Gabe turned 2 and Dallas turned.... I will let him reveal that if he wants to. As a hint, I will say this, I put candles on the cake to honor both birthday boys. And I figure next year it will work out too, so.... I can't believe my baby is two, though! Where has the time gone? The terrible twos are in full swing in this kid, but by golly, he is so adorable. But, anyhow, Happy Birthday guys! I really love you!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

January means swimming in Arizona!

















The weather has been so wonderful here. On Friday, the kids and I met up with Reagan and Pearce (I don't even know how to spell his name) and went swimming at the beach/pool. It was loads of fun. Gabe especially loved the water. He was doing all sorts of crazy jumps and stuff into the pool. That kid is a little too fearless for my taste.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Welcoming Mischa!
















Remember that post forever ago asking advice about getting a dog? I am sure you all probably figured we didn't end up bringing Mischa because I haven't brought her up again, but SURPRISE! Dallas' mom let us bring her home, so she has been with us here in Arizona for just over 2 weeks. She has fit into our family so well. The kids love to help out with her. Penny and Sophie fight over who gets to take her out to go potty. Gabe was pretty rough with her at first, and still has his moments, but he is a ton better now. Mischa loves all of the kids, and has been so patient with them. She really loves me the most, and I have to say I have never liked a dog as much as Misha. She really is a great dog. Welcome to the family, Mischa!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back in the land of the snow...















Okay, so I still have a list of about 20 posts from our trip that I am just going to tease out for everyone's enjoyment. On the very same day that we went to Dallas' grandpa Vause's house, we also stopped in Brigham City to see my sister, Erin. She is actually living in Oregon these days, but was visiting. It was great to see her, Wil, and Caroline. Lucky little Caroline was pretty sick, so she got to see me instead of have whatever fun all the rest fo her siblings were having. Erin is absolutely beautiful. She looks so young, but there are 9 siblings between me and her, so she actually is OLD. Just kidding. Old is so relative to me now. I remember when I thought 21 was old. And then it was 24. And now I am 26 and I feel like I am still just a kid, so I don't know when you officially get old. So, Erin, even though I doubt you ever look at my blog, I just want to tell you that you look about 28 to me, so you must still be young. It was great to see you. Thanks for the great Nativity set for Christmas. The kids were playing with it today with a friend and Sophie kept referring to the stable as Jesus' barn. We love you guys, even though you are crazy liberals over there on the West Coast.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009























So, I should probably be sleeping. I totally intended to go to sleep an hour ago, but then I thought, today was my first day of school, and by golly, I am going to take some pictures of me in my nerd glasses to document this significant day. (It was also Dallas' first day of school. I will leave it up to him if he wants it documented.) You are probably wondering why these pictures are all blurry because I am in a photography class, but I tell you it is because I am a beginner and I don't know how to focus the self timer thing. So, this is me after my first day at school at MCC. I am a bonafide nerd in my glasses. But, I do want to tell you a funny story that happened on my way out after class. I passed a TV broadcasting Obama after his inauguration. Him and his wife were dancing. I stopped to watch for a moment and a young man who was also watching asked me if I dance like that. I was like, umm, no. But he keeps trying to talk to me. He asks me what course I am taking. I tell him it is a photo class. Oh, he says, is Arizona a good place to take pictures? I guess, I say. Is it better than all other places? he asks. I start to worry that maybe he is flirting with me so I reply, I don't know, I am just here while my husband is going to school at ASU. He must not have been flirting because he continued to chat it up, saying that he was from Boston and that he is working here and yada yada. Then he asks more awkward questions about photography like, so do you take pictures of models? Umm, mostly I have just taken pictures of kids. Oh, he says, I guess you probably just do art stuff, not like pictures of models, huh? I am not sure where he is going with this. Well, I say, I think pictures of models are art, too. Oh, I just thought photography was mostly about taking pictures of people in parks and stuff, he says. Then, Well, how much would you charge to take pictures of a model? I don't know, nothing, I am just a beginner, you know. Oh, he says, I was just hoping to put together a calendar of myself. Would you take some pictures of me? I told him yes, but now I worry he wants some nudes or something. I gave him my number. Should I be scared?

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The Vause's



















Sometime while we were in Utah (when I put off my blogging for so long, I lose track of silly things like dates) we went to visit Dallas' mom's dad and his wife, Karen. Celeste, Stuart, and Whitney and her kids came with us and we made a day of it. We went out to lunch at Chic fil a and the kids had a good time together. They have a beautiful home, complete with toys (and spare underpants just in case, which was useful in our case). We had a relaxing visit, well, considering Sophie and Hadley's little mishaps. At least Hadley is still a newborn.....

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Here are the kids with Great Grandpa and Grandma Vause. Penelope was shy, like always, so I don't have any pictures of just her and them. Gabe liked showing Grandpa all of the cars and trucks. Grandpa says he looked just like Gabe when he was a boy.

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I love AMANDA!






So as we were driving through Utah on our way back home, I called my niece, Amanda, and asked if we could stop by on our way. Conveniently, it was right during lunchtime, and if any of you know Amanda, you know that she is pretty much the best cook I have ever met in my whole life. Now, I seriously wasn't like trying to get her to make a gourmet lunch for us, I promise. I love her so much that I would have even been happy just to see her and go hungry. But once she offered, I just couldn't resist agreeing. So, anyhow, she made us the best wraps in the whole world. I am talking like $40 a plate good. She had every kind of yummy vegetable you could imagine and a large selection of scrumptious dressings. And then the chicken... Mmmm, what was it lime and something else? She even pounded the chicken and, oh boy it was delicious! I am not generally a huge meat eater, but I kept sneaking pieces. So, I feel bad because we basically just ate and ran, but, Amanda, I do really appreciate it. I owe you a big one! Thanks so much. Dallas is trying out some Russian instrument that I think Jason got on his mission. Sorry we missed you Jason. I guess you and Amanda should come down to Arizona to visit us. Oh, and by the way, sorry my kids are looking pretty unkempt. We were travelling....

Monday, January 19, 2009
















I also had some fun taking pictures of Sesaly and Hadley. The lighting was pretty bad, so I had to use the flash a ton, but since they are such cute girls, they still turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Sesaly was so grown up this trip. The kids had so much fun with her. Check out my other blog http://imagesofinnocence.blogspot.com to see more cute pictures of these girls!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009















Grandma and Grandpa Stephens came out to Lewiston where they brought gifts for everyone. Poor Grandma had some skin cancer removed on her nose, hence the bandages.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Visiting the Rowley's

















Okay, everyone, I know I have been super horrible at blogging lately. We have been super busy. I have so many updates, that I am going to spread them out over the next little while, so you don't get overwhelmed. Okay, and so I don't either.

During our vacation to the North, we got to go visit my sister Mindy and her family. It was soooo much fun. We got to meet their ADORABLE baby, Ellie. (In case you don't get to the bottom post of check out her pics here: http://imagesofinnocence.blogspot.com/.) And, just so you know, I don't think Gabe and Olivia are just being sweet to each other, I think they are both trying to get a plastic cat from the other one. By golly, though, I sure do love this family!

So, stay tuned for more of our exciting vacation and life. And I hope to even get a few comments on all of your blogs, too.

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