Monday, April 30, 2007

Our New Pool

We had pool installed on our front porch this weekend. Okay, not really. It cost $8 and came from Walmart - but to Cade it's the coolest new thing right now. We tried it out for the first time today. The water was a little chilly at first, but we soon got used to it and had a great time!

Myla spent the entire time trying to get out or eating the little leaves that fell into the pool. Cade spent most of the time splashing Myla in the face, which may be why she was trying to escape. Okay, is there anything cuter than a baby in a swimming suit?! I love it.

This is Myla kicking back, getting ready to eat a twig.

This is Myla after Mommy so rudely removed the twig from her mouth. I was not her favorite person for a couple of minutes.

Cade splashing!

I know this isn't a pool picture but I had to put it on the blog. Tonight we had roasted asparagus with dinner and Myla wouldn't take any of her food or any of the food she usually eats, and she just kept whining. So finally I tossed an asparagus at her and she ate almost the entire thing! I was really surprised she liked it.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

R2D2 Mailboxes

Today I was at Arizona Mills mall and saw one of these R2D2 mailboxes! At first my sister and I were like, "What the heck is that?!" but then I remembered a news story I read about how the USPS is coming out with Star Wars stamps in May. It's a clever little marketing idea! I actually think it's really smart for the USPS to team up with Star Wars. Since email and the internet has become so common the USPS has suffered. It's quite possible that the USPS will rake in a nice amount of money because I think people will buy the stamps simply because they are Star Wars - because that's what Star Wars "freaks" do...just ask my Kevy! I'm sure we'll be adding a book of Star Wars stamps to our Star Wars collection.
(Lest anyone think I am insulting my hubby by calling him a "freak" I would have all know that Kevin is a self-proclaimed Star Wars freak, and I find it rather endearing. When we were dating watching the Star Wars trilogy together allowed us an uninterrupted 6 hours of cuddle time. Now, we're lucky if we can touch hands while watching a movie...a two year old can quickly interrupt any cuddling we attempt to do.)

On a cute kid note, Cade has a little Lego R2D2 that he carries around, but instead of calling it R2 he calls it D2. It took a while for us to figure out what he was talking about. He sure loves his D2. He will even take him with him when he does down for a nap.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Day at the Zoo

Today Cade, Myla and I went to the Phoenix Zoo with Beka, Braden and Landon, and Rachel and Ty. I thought it was going to be a nice, mild day and am a little upset with Mother Nature that she didn't inform me when she changed the forecast to HOT! Other than that, it was a fun day!

We are in front of the elephant exhibit. Cade was really excited because the elephant came up pretty close to us. He was being fed. Cade loves the elephants.
Ty, being the youngest kiddo at 5 weeks of age, was definitely having a good time. He got a nice nap while we took on the hills and heat at the zoo.
The twins are 3 months old and were were such little troopers!
The 3 Mommas, pushing our double strollers. We had a great time!

Monday, April 23, 2007

My 29 1/2 Birthday

I noticed today that it is my 29 1/2 birthday. I've never really thought about half birthdays, but this one seems to be a little more significant because the big 3-0 is looming. I am beginning the final descent out of my 20's. For the past couple of years on my birthday my brother has been teasing me about turning 30. He'd make a couple of "old lady" jokes, and I'd punch him in the arm, he'd laugh and say I punch like an old lady, I'd punch him even harder --you know, brother/sister stuff that you always do no matter how old you get or how many children you have (for whom you should be setting a good "keep you hands to yourself" example). Anyway...I have been thinking about my life and all the things I have wanted to do and how many I have actually done. My life has been wonderful up to this point. Few regrets, lots of good memories. But I know there is so much more I can do, so much more I WANT to do. So in honor of turning 30 this year, I am making a list of 30 things I want to do to better myself. I don't necessarily have a time frame for these goals. Some I want to accomplish before I'm 30. Some are works in progress. Some are one-timers that may have to happen later in life. I'll keep adding to my list. Just like life, this list is subject to constant revisions.

1. take photography classes
2. go on vacation to a incredible place I've never been
3. learn how to sew/crochet/knit
4. watch no TV for one month...and then see if I can go two
5. become a foster parent
6. write more love letters
7. plant a garden...and keep it alive!
8. take dancing lessons with Kevin
9. write a book
10. go snow skiing again - it's been 10 years!!
11. overcome my bad habits
12. make a real difference in the life of another person
13. develop good spiritual habits
14. get rid of "stuff" and keep what matters - "dejunkify"
15. get a Master's degree in counseling
16. look good naked
17. go to an opera
18. cook something new every week
19. expand my taste in music
20. be forgiving and non-judgemental
21. create new traditions in our family
22. start playing my violin again
23. discover new passions
24. have an organized room totally devoted to creating (like a craft room)
25. get on the floor and play with my kids every single day
26. create a home where everybody feels welcome
27. learn from more experienced people
28. learn more yoga and do it consistently
29. take voice lessons
30. make each day better than the last

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Our New Look

I think Kevin is getting a little interested blogging. First he writes the Superman post, and then he designs the polka dot graphic you see at the top of the page for me. I had told him how I've seen such cute blogs out there and I wondered how they did it. So we both did a little googling and when I came home from grocery shopping today he had designed the graphic for me. He knows I love polka dots and pink and brown right now (my tastes change often) and this is what he created! How he knows me. Anyway, if we are too pink now, let me know. We don't want to be annoying. :)

Friday, April 20, 2007

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . Kevin??

This was a fun little survey. Both Christie and I turned out to be Kryptonian, surprisingly enough. But I guess we do come from the same place on a lot of issues. So give it a shot and see who you are most like! Click the link at the bottom of the post and see who you are!

Your results:
You are Superman

Superman - 90%
Robin - 80%
Spider-Man - 75%
Supergirl - 60%
Batman - 50%
The Flash - 50%
Iron Man - 45%
Wonder Woman - 35%
Hulk - 35%

You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Blast from the Past

I'm working on a project for Mother's day and have been browsing through hundreds of photos. I love doing this. I have to give a quick shout out to Kevin for his patience while I've had tons of pictures laying around. Thanks Love! Anyway...I have found a lot of pictures that I just have to chuckle at. Especially the ones out of the 80's and early 90's. Yes, I was one of those girls who stood in front of the mirror with Aquanet and a blow dryer, trying to get my bangs up as high as I could, while strains of New Kids on the Block and Milli Vanilli were playing on the radio. I wasn't very skilled at it, I could never get it up very high. So I just looked like a big-bang wannabe. :) I also loved to wear two colors of socks and tie my shirt to the side. I remember having one of those clips to help tie the shirt to the side that was in a shape of a watermelon. I was a big fan of stone washed jeans and florescent colors. And vests! I had a minor obsession with vests. I didn't own many, but the ones I had I wore ALL THE TIME! Here's a fun picture of me with my brother and sister from 1988. Note the stone washed denim vest! Boy, was I excited to get that! I remember at this time one of my friends just got her bangs permed (yes, just her bangs - the rest of her hair was totally straight - why?) and I thought that was so cool so I tried to copy the look, basically just messing up my bangs and then hairspraying them.
Kevin would be very disappointed that I put this next picture on the blog without trying to touch up the aging colors in Photoshop. I'm just not as skilled as he is. Anyway, this is me at 6 months. I was pretty excited to see traces of Myla in this picture. Everyone says she looks like me, but I couldn't really see it. I thought it was just because she looked NOTHING like Kevin and Cade, so she must look like me. I personally think she resembles my dad, in a cute baby girl way. After seeing this picture I can see a little bit more. Her nose, the shape of her face, her smile - yup, we look alike!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Don't Go Daddy!

This morning when Kevin left for week both of the kids didn't want to let him go. Daddy gave his usual round of kisses and then went to leave and both of the kids burst into tears. Myla lunged for him from my arms and Cade went to the couch and cried. So Kevin gave the kids another round of hugs and kisses. It was a sweet moment and I had to grab my camera. Daddy left for work and both kids continued to cry for several minutes. I know it breaks Kevin's heart to leave when they are crying. It's hard to be so loved.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Shootings in VA

I've been somewhat addicted to the news reports of the shootings at Virginia Tech--not because I have a morbid curiosity of what happened, who died, who did it and why--but because I am gripped with this fear for the future of our kids. I guess I want some answers. How do I prepare my children to live in this world? Our world is becoming increasingly violent. Places we thought were safe are becoming battlegrounds. I realize that as far as countries go, we are relatively safe. We don't have to worry about bombs or insurgents or radical soldiers. We really don't have to worry about if we are going to eat. We don't see blood on the streets. However, that makes it worse when things like the shootings in Virginia happen. This isn't supposed to happen here. So what do I do? Do I keep my children close to me and never let them go anywhere? Do I homeschool? Do I carefully select every one of their friends for them? Do I not let them out of my sight ever? And if I do, can I even protect them? I have struggled with these questions often since I became a parent. But even as I type them I know that the answer to every one of those questions is NO. Someday our kids will have to live in the real world. They will have to interact with people and develop "survival" skills on their own. Do I protect them as long as I can or do I allow them to develop those skills that are need to live in this world while they are young? The thought that keeps coming back to me as I struggle with these thoughts is to have faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Elder Richard G. Scott said, "Let the Savior be your 'lead' in life. He has said, 'I am … the Rock of Heaven … ; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall.' The Redeemer will safely lead you over the most difficult obstacles of life. His laws are absolutely secure anchors of protection that dispel fear and assure success in an otherwise dangerous world. Such a life will certainly provide you peace and happiness."

We know that the world is only going to get worse. We know that there are terrible things to come. But if we teach our children in the ways of the Lord, if we teach them about Jesus Christ and the atonement, if we teach them how to communicate with Heavenly Father through the Spirit, if we teach them to be good people, and if we teach them to have faith in themselves and in the Lord then they can effectively deal with anything they experience. They will know where to find peace in a chaotic, violent world. And as parents, if we do the same thing, in the end, everything will be okay. We can't control what happens in the world, but we can control how we deal with it. I don't think life was meant to live in fear and anxiety.

Now that I've typed this out I feel so much better. The unsettledness in my heart has lessened. I know that, with help, I can do this immensely intimidating job of parenting in today's world. I guess I just needed to get it out. Thank you. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrible occurance yesterday in Virginia.

While I was glued to the news earlier this week, now I am officially boycotting it. The media has officially taken this tragedy and turned it into a three-ring, let's capitalize on other people's pain, overdone circus. It's sickening. Really.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Loving Cade & Myla --So Easy to Do!

I was tagged to write six things I love about my significant other. Since I just told you 11 things I love about Kevin last month, I thought I'd do Cade and Myla instead. I hope thats okay Jill! :)Cade:
1. Cade has the most amazing smile. It brightens up the whole room. Kevin and I will do almost anything to see Cade smile. Lucky for us, he doesn't keep his smiles to himself.

2. Cade is such a polite boy. He always says "thank you" when he receives something or gets to do something (even if I let him flush the toilet!) He always says "thank you" like he's just been given the most wonderful thing in the world. It makes me want to give him the world.

3. Cade is such a good big brother. He gives Myla hugs and kissies and will even fall down to make her laugh. When she cries he brings her a blanket or a toy. He just recently started calling her Lala. That is an improvement because before he'd only call her Baby.

4. Cade is a look-before-you-leaper. Whenever we go somewhere new or get something new Cade will stand on the sidelines and watch for a while before he participates. He is very cautious and needs to be comfortable with the activity first. I'm sure this is something I will continue to appreciate as he becomes a teenager!

5. Cade LOVES trains. He loves, loves, loves them. Sometimes its all he'll talk about. When we go to the library he can always find the train books. He can hear the train that runs near Main from our house. It's amazing to me. When he hears the "choo choo" he'll stop what he's doing and shout, "Choo choo train, Mommy!" It's quite adorable.

6. Cade loves to love. Sometimes he will bring me to tears when he'll run up to me out of the blue, give me a kiss, and then run back to whatever he is doing. He is very affectionate and loving.

1. Myla has the brightest, bluest, most inquisitive eyes. She has a way of studying you as if she's trying to figure you out just by looking at you. Then, a moment later, those same eyes can become friendly and flirty. Yes, I am a little worried about this feature when she hits the teenage years. :)

2. Myla's laugh is adorable. I remember the first time she laughed. I was sitting on the floor with her, with my legs extended. Cade was running by and tripped on my leg and fell down. Myla busted out with this giggle that wouldn't stop. So Cade kept tripping and falling just to hear her laugh.

3. Myla loves to cuddle. She loves physical contact. Even if I'm just holding her while walking around she'll put her cheek to my cheek and rest there -- or she'll rest her head on my chest when we are sitting. It is the best feeling in the world to cuddle my baby.

4. Myla can get around!! She isn't crawling yet, but this girl can move. She rolls, she scoots, she moves her bum, then swings her legs around. She's got it figured out. When she see something she wants, she gets it!

5. Myla loves her Daddy. She is such a Daddy's girl. If Daddy dares to come in the door and kiss Mommy first, she throws a little fit. She's happy if she's in Daddy's arms. It's very sweet.

6. Her chubs. I LOVE Myla's chubby arms, legs, and cheeks. I love to pinch them, squeeze them, nuzzle them. She's just so squishy and I love it!

Tag, you're it!! What are six things you love about your significant other or another loved one?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

McMillan Madness

Life is never dull when we go see the McMillans. We have such a good time that we have a hard time leaving. We really appreciate all the effort the Utah McMillans put into showing us a good time and making us feel comfortable. We know we are a lot of work! :)

Uncle Paul is one of Cade's favorite people. He really gets down and plays with the kids. It's really fun to watch. Cade calls him Poll. It's cute.

Is Ryan lifting a camper all by himself?? Wow!

Cade and Aiden are partners in crime. They get along so well. Cade can't quite say Aiden, so he calls him Annie. It's really cute to watch them play together. They love playing with cars! They had fun finding eggs together.

Grandma, Wendy, and Ryan
Grandma set up Grandma's Easter Fun House. We got to color eggs, decorate cookies, find eggs, eat dinner, feed the "goggies," watch movies...anything we wanted. It was tons of fun.
Doesn't Wendy look hot in the cowgirl hat?

One of the most exciting parts of the trip was meeting Baby Oliver. He is so sweet and little! He is such a cutie-face. This is Aubrey's "I'm a serene mom" face.

Grandpa and Myla got to hang out a lot. We got to stay with Kevin's Dad and Lynn. We had a lot of fun. One benefit to having so many parents and grandparents is that there are more people to love, and more people to love us. We are sure blessed!

Hey, you've got to have one "I'm taking a picture of you taking a picture of me" picture. Lynn and Hailey stepped up for this one!

Road Trip to Utah

Driving to visit Kevin's family in Utah is something we both look forward to and dread. We can't wait to see our family and are so excited to get there, but the trek can be, well, dreadful. This time we decided to split the trip up into two days, and it proved to be so much easier on us and the kids. It was really fun!

Right now, Cade is really into trains and he loves to look at books. We went to the library and checked out choo choo train books and he spent hours looking at them on the road. That is one way in which he takes after me!

Myla was sweet as could be. She didn't fuss too much and always responded with smiles and laughter when Kevin or I went in the back and played with her. I have to say, we LOVE the mini van. We've done the trip in an SUV and a car, and it is so much better in a mini van. So say what you want about how lame our mini van is, we love her! (We named her Miss Frizzle.)

I drove most of the first day, thanks to some allergy medication Kevin took. But the second day and on the way back Kevin drove most of the way. I think he was feeling a bit guilty.

Nice self portrait of me in the passenger seat.

Only a couple of hours away from Salt Lake!

Monday, April 2, 2007

A Little McMillan Montage

I probably spent way too much of my day uploading pictures and organizing them into the little montage above. I probably should have been vacuuming or fixing dinner. Instead I browsed through pictures and marvelled at my little family. Definitely more fun. If you want to do one of your own it's easy. The website is