Monday, November 28, 2011

So Excited

We are getting a new house!

It will be big enough to not feel cramped, but not too big. The backyard is large (and full of dirt and weeds right now).

It's going to be's not so awesome right now. But it is getting better every day.

Matt is working his tail off making it everything I want it to be.

I've been picking paint colors (10 sampled so far, haven't decided yet), kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, floors, doors, trims etc. It's been really fun. Well, not the paint, that has been annoying. I can't seem to get it right. I want a bluish grey greenish color for the entire house. I have picked the trim matches our cabinets, that was easy.

I'm planning on starting a separate blog about it ( haven't done that yet because....

I am addicted to Pinterest....LOVE it. I've gotten tons of ideas on things to do to our house (which means more projects for Matt :0) I love having an incredible carpenter husband.

This month is going to be BUSY!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

True Love

she is positive she is his favorite

Halloween Parade

Batterman had their annual Halloween parade again this year. Parker's costume was a hit with parents, teachers and kids. Papa came and walked the parade with the kids and then helped in Parker's class at his party.

Going to the parade at the elementary school every year reminds me of the parades we had at Howard Wood. I remember how great I thought they were, marching around to the Monster Mash. The principal yelling over the microphone, the disorganized rambunctious kids, the parents taking pictures, the crackly music playing, it's still the same. I think the costumes were better when I was a kid, there weren't a lot of duplicates. There was one class yesterday that had at least 5 Grim Reapers. And there were some moms who were dressed as slutty bees, nurses, witches, etc. And walked around in the parade...what? Although that does add to the entertainment level. ;)

Halloween 2011

Every year I try to come up with something for the kids to be that kind of coordinates, and every year they shoot me down. It happened again this year. Will was a dinosaur, Maggie was an angel, Parker was a LEGO man, and Kate was a bee. The one good thing about this....EVERYONE was pleased with their own costume. So losing the coordination battle was worth it. Matt and Parker worked on making his costume for weeks. And I made Maggie and Kate's costumes. Will was the only child we bought a pre-made costume for. I just couldn't get enough creative juices flowing for one more.

We had friends and family over for dinner and went trick-or-treating as a big clan. It was lots of fun.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kate...the actress

First Day of School 2011
7th Grade

Kate has a part in her fall school play, The Knights of the Rad Table. The performances will be at Faiss Middle School on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm and Friday, December 2 at 6:30 pm.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Catch Up....Again

It seems like I am always playing catch up with this blog. So much has happened since my last post. Just normal stuff, but lots of it.

Our 13 year anniversary - we went to dinner at the Chart House and to the Country Music impersonator show. I can't remember the actual name. It was pretty good, but a little uncomfortable. I always think it's weird to watch someone pretend to be someone else. Especially when that someone else is still living.

River Trips - The first week there we spent with Honey and Papa, Bridget, Paige, Claire, Chelsea, Andrew & Juliet. Kate became a very proficient slalom skier. Matt & Ruben both bare footed and Parker skied on two. He tried and tried to slalom, but couldn't quite get it. William was thoroughly entertained by his cousins. The second week we went Noelle, Anna and Miller came.

Parker's 9th Birthday - He spent the day with his Dad. First on a helicopter ride over the Hoover Damn and Lake Mead. Then a movie with Dad & Talon. After the movie we had family over to the house for dinner and dessert. He was very happy with his day.

Heber Vacation - we spent almost three weeks in Heber this year. The first week Melinda and Carole came to spend with us. The last two weeks Honey and Papa came and we spent lost of time with Noelle, Bridget, Beth, Marci & Emily and their kids. Matt came up for the last few days and to drive home with us. Love, love, love Heber!

Will's 2nd Birthday - two years already! He is a very funny kid and his eyebrows keep us entertained. He is saying a lot of words. He is a total boy. He loves anything that has wheels. Right now his favorites are trash trucks and choo choo trains. He scrunches his little lips up into and pucker and says choo choo. It's adorable. And when he hears the trash truck outside our house he gets really excited and we have to take him out to look at it. The garbage men must think we are crazy out there waving at them.

River Trip - We went to the Parker strip with Matt's family for our third and final river trip of the summer. We had a good time. The kids and Dad's jumped from the cliffs. Kate was the only kid who jumped from the highest one. She regretted it though, she had huge bruises down the back of her thighs from landing a little wonky. William LOVED the boat, but didn't like being in the water until our last day there. Maggie is more of a lay around and play in the sand & water type of kid. She really doesn't have any desire to do anything behind the boat other than tube. Parker and Kate do it all. They love to knee board, jimmy jam, tube, ski etc. Anything that can be done behind the boat they are willing to try.

Our summer has been happy and busy. I'm both dreading and impatiently anticipating the start of school. This was our first "real" summer and it's been great.

Friday, June 24, 2011


Kate turned 12 on June 9th. I can't believe she is in YW's now at church and no longer in primary with me. I cried when the bishop called her to the podium and had the members raise their hands in support of her going into Young Women's. She is a great kid. She plays with her younger siblings, she laughs often, she's easy to get along with and just a happy kid in general. She is a good example to all of us. Matt and I feel lucky that Heavenly Father chose us to raise her.

We had three separate celebrations for her birthday. A friend party where we painted pillowcases and tied ribbons on flip flops, a family party at a restaurant in Needles on our way to the river, and an extended family party at the Teeples that she shared with Father's day celebrations. We celebrated for weeks.

She also got her hair cut off the day before her actual birthday. She donated it to Locks of Love.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mommy Conversations

The other day while Maggie was in the bath we had this conversation:

Maggie: "Mom, when I get big I'm going to get milk in my boobs."
Me: "Well yes, but you will have to have a baby to get milk in your boobs."
Maggie: "How do you have a baby?"
Me: "Well, the baby grows in your belly and then comes from a special hole that only Mom's have."
Maggie thinks for a few moments, she was disgusted. I love that I can see the wheels spinning in her head.
Maggie: "Did I come from the orphanage?"
Me: "No, you grew in my belly."
Maggie: "Well, I'm getting MY babies from the orphanage."
Me: "Okay, that's fine with me, but you won't get milk in your boobs if you don't have a baby that grows in your belly."
Maggie: "That's okay, I don't want milk."

She is such a crack up. And I'm so glad she is mine. Maybe I gave her too much information.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Weekend

Saturday: Egg Dyeing and swimming at the Bergen's
Saturday night: Dinner and a movie with just the adults.
Sunday: Family pictures (too gross of me to post), Church at Honey & Papa's ward, Easter egg hunt and dinner at Honey & Papa's house.

fyi: Matt and the rest of the men made fun of Will's outfit. Matt asked me why he was wearing a dress. Which it wasn't. It's a bubble, totally different.