Monday, January 2, 2012

Goodbye 2011

I can't believe another year has come and gone. We have had an eventful year! Here is what I could come up with for a Top 10 list.
1. Kaden was accepted into training at Eagle Academy for Farm Bureau. He finished and starting today, he is his own agent!
2. My little Boston is healthy. We had quite a scare a few months ago when the doctors thought he may have had a brain tumor.
3. Put our house up for sale and moved to Centerville in December for Kaden's job.
4. Tried fish way to many times this year and I still don't like it.
5. I was able to start playing soccer and it feels so good to be out on the field again.
6. The Women's World Cup this year was awesome...I don't think I've screamed so much at the TV.
7. We have been able to chip away at debt, our goal for 2012 is to have everything paid off except one of our cars.
8. Jaxon is 5 now and started preschool and loves to learn.
9. Peyton was potty trained, finally. After at least 6 months of working with her, its done.
10. I have to say I am sad that the Harry Potter series is over. The first book came out when I was in 8th grade. I remember a girl brought the first one to my science class and kept raving about wizards, magic, a boy named Harry and how awesome it was. All I could think was how weird I thought she was so the book had to be weird. I know that's horrible but in my defense, I was 13 and still new to the whole hormone problem of being a teenager. It took me another year before I gave it a chance and I loved it too.

 Here's our last family photos to end the year

I challenge anyone to post a top list of things from 2011! Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Describes My Life

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Today I'm just gonna vent a little...after it seemed so many things weren't going our way the past few weeks, like our dryer broke, our brand spanking new lawn mower broke down, kaden needed all new tires on his car, my brakes went out on my car, all 3 of my kids were sick for two weeks between them in the middle of putting our house up for sale, and would it be a story if peyton didn't break something...she somehow managed to snap one of the dining room chair legs in half, while we're trying to stage our was awesome, oh and on top of that, I feel like I'm in a teenager again cause my face has broken out. Nice huh? I thought that was over with after high school....not so much this month! But all of this felt like nothing when we found this out.
This month we found out Boston would need to go get a CT Scan up at Primary Children's on his head. Our pediatrician saw some symptoms in Boston that he felt strongly enough about that indicated that he may have a tumor or some other mass or fluid built up in his brain. Scariest thing I have really ever had to listen to, for your doctor to say "your son shows some signs that he may have a tumor." He has been a little slow to develop and his head has grown 30% in the past 4 months, his weight has dropped below the charts and his height was only measured at 11%, which was the same as his checkup last time we went in. So that day I made an appointment, which was Thursday and we had to wait til the following Friday to get in. Once we got up there it went pretty quickly and it was comforting to be confident in Primary Children's and in their staff. They said they would call us by that evening with his test results, and if we didn't hear from them, then it wouldn't be til Monday. Of course, with our luck lately, we had to wait til Monday. We finally got the phone call at 10:30 a.m. and all the nurse said was "we got your results" my stomach was in the floor.... "and your sons scan came back normal." I'm not sure what I said to her cause I quickly hung up and began to cry and if you know me, I don't cry much. I was so relieved, and felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like most things don't get to me and I handle stress pretty well, but this was something so out of my control that could have affected my son and our little family for the rest of our lives. I immediately felt so grateful for all those who had been praying, fasting, and for the blessing Kaden was able to give him the night before. I don't know if we have ever prayed so much, not only out loud but silently to ourselves every time we looked at him. We are so blessed to be where we are in our lives, sometimes life throws you a curve but I hope we never have a scare like this ever again.
 On a happy note, Kaden has been interviewing to be moved up at work and become an agent, and we found out last week that he got the job in the midst of everything and I'm so proud of him.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I was looking through some old pictures and had to laugh at this. We lived in Texas when I was younger for a few years, and that is where I took swimming lessons for a summer and learned to 'fly'...we always joked about this photo of me growing up, its hard to tell on here, I wish the picture wasn't so blurry, but I was still mid air while all the other kids were either in the pool or getting up the courage to fall in. Pretty sure I wasn't afraid to belly flop.
Me when I was 5 or 6

Jaxon this summer, 4 years old
Similar??? I'm glad my son can take something cool after me since he is a 'mini me' of Kaden.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

First Day of School

Jaxon started preschool on Wed. Sept 7. It was a bitter sweet. He is so smart and loves to sit down and learn. It amazes me what he absorbs. He can write his name all by himself, we have been working on it for the past few months and I must say I am one proud mama. When we picked him up, he hugged me and asked if he could go take a nap on the couch. I'm glad he had a good first day.
 I had a hard time with him starting me lame, i'm glad he is growing up but its crazy how fast he has grown up.
 Jaxon loves his daddy
Jaxon, Peyton and Boston together before he went into his first day

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Fun

    My sister Sara and her little family have moved again:( To have some fun and hang out together one more time before they left, my family all got together and went to the park and just had fun. So sad they have moved again. At least it's closer this time. We can at least drive to New Mexico compared to Ohio where they were. We had lots of fun and Sara, Brandon and will be missed. Please come visit soon:)
Cousins. Brooklyn, Ellie and Peyton
 Boston was not loving the slide...
 We played frisbee, which was really fun...probably cause I ended up winning:)
My mom was fun to watch, she would lift up her leg every time she threw it and I had to copy her:)
 And those giant band things that throw you around was our last activity. Lots of fun and memories that we will never forget.
Amy, Jenny, Sara, Me, Emily and Rachel...good looking group of girls. 
Love my sisters:)

   I took these a few weeks ago during a storm while I was sitting on my front porch...I'm sure I looked like a dork to my neighbors, but I ended up with some cool shots.

     Dixon moved away a few weeks ago and this was the last time he came to hang out with us at our house:( We have had a few friends over, watched Ghost Adventures, played games and ate lots of food most Friday nights for the past few years with Dixon and Alex and occasionally they bring friends with them. We love these boys!
 Trent, Kaden, and Dixon
 Yes...I licked him
 Alex playing with Peyton
 Boston hanging out with Trent watching the boys play the PS3
 Alex and Dixon...we miss these 2
 Alex, Carly and Dixon
It has been weird to have our Friday nights open again...we haven't known what to do without Dixon home. Guess we should start our date night back up on Fridays.
    We have had a lot of fun this summer, the kids end up on the couch crashed like this.
    Boston has mastered eating baby food this summer. He is almost 10 months old now, and can finally sit up on his own, pushed 2 teeth this past week, rolls to get where he wants but he is close to crawling, and can say ma ma ma, which makes me proud:) We love this kid and can't imagine life without him in it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

At the Park

I took these at the park today, its fun to just watch your kids as they look around and explore. Let me know what you think!!