Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I said that I was going to blog, so I'd better do it, right?

The weather was beautiful on Monday, so I took the boys to Daybreak. We walked around, the boys threw rocks into the iced lake, Cohen loved pointing out the birds, and I played with my camera. I thought I'd share my darling boys with you. Seriously, could they be any cuter? (Aside from Jack's goofy teeth!)

Friday, January 14, 2011


I woke early to a screaming baby
I missed the garbage man
I had to shovel snow
I blew out 2 (yes, 2!) blow dryers
I got a call from the school saying that Jack wasn't feeling good
I picked Jack up from school and he threw up on my shoes in the parking lot
I didn't get to run the errands that I so desperately desired to do
I am stuck home, for the 6th day in a row, with sick kids
I wish that Chad was not in Tennessee
I feel grumpy and may have shed a tear or two

I guess that all days can't be picture perfect. Here's to hoping that tomorrow is a happier one!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Highlights

Since I am home today from church with a sick baby (Cohen has been throwing up all morning), I thought that I would share some of our Christmas highlights with you.

First off, the winner of the Hawes family's Ugly Sweater award. I titled my creation "Beary Christmas":

Nixin borrowed Chad's ugly sweater to wear to school on Elf Day:

A new family member joined us this year, Terry the Elf. It was a true joy to have him in our home this holiday. We are so excited about this new tradition!

Christmas morning:

The boys were SO excited to see what Santa brought. They decided to let him surprise them this year... and boy were they surprised! Here they are just before we let them go check it out:

Cohen got a new car! He loves it and plays in it every day:

Here's Jack taking his new bike out for it's first ride:

Nixin couldn't wait to take his new electric scooter for a ride!

P.S. Where's the snow? It was certainly not a white Christmas.

Ahh, perfectly sweet.

There should be many more pictures included in this post. Some of which could be Chirstmas Eve in Bountiful with Ken and Becky, Christmas breakfast with Rob, Debbie, Luke, and his new girlfriend, Gilda, or Christmas dinner with Roxy, Will, Chris, and Laura... But, I was having too much fun and forgot to grab the camera. Oh well, they are all memories that we'll just have to hold dear in our hearts. Like I said before, it was a wonderful holiday and I wouldn't have changed a thing! Merry late Christmas!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I'm Back!

I can't believe that another holiday season has swept past us and that a new year has already arrived! Happy 2011!

Our family enjoyed a wonderful holiday, probably the best yet. We are truly blessed people. We have the greatest family and friends in the whole wide world and it was a joy to spend time with them during the past few weeks.

At a New Year's Eve party that our family attended, we played a little game called "What If". Many questions were asked, all beginning with "What if...". The group would throw out answers and some discussion was had. One question really got me thinking. "What if you could go back to any age during your lifetime? What age would you choose?" I didn't answer that night, but I'm ready to answer the question now. I would choose 31. The very age that I am now. I am happy. I have an absolutely amazing family. I am in love, now more than ever, with my husband. We have 3 happy, healthy little boys. We have a nice home. We drive nice cars. We have great friends. We are financially stable. We have fun. We live a fabulous life. I choose the present. I don't look back and desire to be anywhere else. I love where I am now. 2010 treated our family perfectly. If 2011 chooses to treat us the same, I will be a very happy girl.

This year I hope to:

Blog more
Work less
Get a piano and start Jack in lessons
Read more (both by myself and with my children)
Learn more about photography
Get at least 1 step closer to finishing our basement

Those are my goals. Happy New Year!