I’m not sure if it was because it was nearing the end of summer, but Lessi was having a tough day, really wanting some attention, so after getting mad, I went online and found several little science experiments we could do. This one with the food coloring in milk was really fun.IMG_5297

Lessi made a face out of her ice cream. Those are tiny york peppermint patties and a licorice.IMG_5303

Lessi also went to theater camp at the high school. She was a pirate. She did a great job and it was a cute little play. Nice and short.

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While I was gone one day (can’t remember where I was) Cameron took Eli’s training wheels off. That was all he needed. I don’t think Cameron had to give him any pointers or hold onto the back or anything. He just took off on two wheels.


And here’s Jace in his thinking chair again. That blue glow on his tummy is from an iPod. :) And then we have Jace eating yogurt by himself, not so successfully.IMG_5315 IMG_5321

First day of school! I think it was Aug 24th. Sophie in 2nd grade. Lessi in 3rd.IMG_5345 IMG_5346 IMG_5347 IMG_5349

Hanging out in the front yard with Jace. Admiring the pretty view.IMG_5359 IMG_5362

Snuggling with Dad and having a little chat. And then making faces at me. :)IMG_5388 IMG_5390

Bear Lake Reunion July 2014

Once Again, I have a serious lack of pictures! What is going on with me? This is pretty well my favorite 4 days of the year and I took hardly any pics. Sad.

Well, we had another great reunion at Bear Lake with my beautiful family. Jason wasn’t able to come, and he was sorely missed, but everyone else was able to make it for at least part of the time.

The older girls set up the salon on the back patio as they usually do and were almost always available to do hair and nails. Here’s Lessi’s awesome fishtail.


Piper and Jace were funny to watch together. She’s 6 months older, but I’m fairly certain they weigh the same.


Fun in the hot tub! It’s like a mini pool for all of the grandkids.¬†IMG_5231 IMG_5234

Me and Cherise, hanging out by the hot tub. I love my smitsters!IMG_5241

Me and my Jacer at the beach. We ended up doing two beach days which was a lot of fun. We created a fabulously massive sand castle. It was more like a sand village. Very impressive. I should bum a picture of that from somebody cause it was awesome.SAMSUNG

We had a little talent show, and Mer was awesome and taught all the girls a cheer routine. Lessi had a blast.


All the grandkids with my Mom and Dad! We’ve got a big brood going on.IMG_5252

July 2014

Pictures for July were sparse. We took a little trip to Hermiston, Oregon for the fourth of July to visit Katrina and Blair. I gotta say, for a little town, they had an awesome fireworks display. They also had a great outdoor pool with a couple slides and lazy river and whatnot. The only pics I got were of Lessi in the car with her Lala Loopsy (Ella had her Bday party while we were there and it was Lala Loopsy themed.)


And then I got come pics of Jace in this adorable little chair. Ain’t he cute?IMG_5215 IMG_5220

Random cool picture of the sun being blocked by fog or smog or just really thin clouds, not sure which.


We did manage to make it down to the Boise River for a float! We went with the Sehers and the Kimball and Christine Larsen crew. It was a lot of fun. The kids would switch from boat to boat at each stop. I’m really sad I didn’t get a picture of Kate and Eli hanging off the front of Lys and Rick’s boat. (haha, as I tried to type Rick, my fingers automatically typed Rhys (hero of my last book)). It was a bit of a challenge trying to help Cameron steer, cause I had Jace on my lap or standing between my knees the whole time. But all in all, we had a lot of fun. Great family adventure.

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Speaking of not taking any pictures. Here’s a picture of Cameron and I when we were in Vegas. Granted we were only there for like 24 hours, but still, I should have pulled out the camera a little more.


And this is Jace’s favorite hang out spot. We call it his thinking chair. He climbs in and just sits there for a while, chewing on whatever he can find. Though once in a while when he is trying to climb out, he gets his little thigh stuck between the corner of the harth and the top of the bin. He’s gained a few really good bruises that way. But he just keeps at it.IMG_5296

June 2014

Both of the girls were student of the month in may. I did their hair extra fancy for the occasion.IMG_5085IMG_5084IMG_5081IMG_5078IMG_5075IMG_5071IMG_5068

On the last day of school, we all ate lunch outside and said goodbye to teachers.IMG_5099IMG_5095

And then Summer started! And Lessi appointed herself Jace’s babysitter. They had lots of fun hanging out together.


Super Children.


Babysat piggy’s bother and sister.

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Fun in the neighbor’s pool.

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Backyard project! We pulled out a whole bunch of grass, and put in a playset instead. We love it.IMG_5123IMG_5189

Jacer loves his walker. He is a happy camper so long as he can cruise around and bump into people’s ankles.


June 12th was Jace’s first birthday! He’s such a cute kid. We had a big summer birthday bash for all of the family members who had summer birthdays. We rented a blow up slide and a bounce house. We got a giant cake for the kids to eat with their hands. It was impressive. We sat them all around it, then let Jace take a couple bites first and then we said, ready go. The kids all stuck their hands in and pulled them out, and it was pretty much like a disappearing act. The cake was gone. That quick.

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I tried to upload the video of Jace starting to walk, but it was too big. :( But June was the month! He started standing and stumbling forward and was so excited about it. He would throw his head back and giggle, and that would throw him off balance and he would fall. But it was adorable.


May 2014

Jace figured out how to climb the stairs. Watch out, world.


Little Miss Tae turned 8 and so I took the girls on a little road trip while the boys stayed at home. We met up with my parents late friday night at a hotel. Then we went to the baptism on saturday.


Heber is be-u-ti-ful. Made me want to find an excuse to move there.IMG_4984IMG_4981

On May 12th, I released my second book! Missing Lily hit amazon, and the self publishing glitches rolled in.


Jace is my little buddy.


This is Miss Leah, our new little neighbor friend. She’s Eli’s age and they have a grand old time galavanting around the neighborhood.


Had a fun Girls’ Night Out in downtown boise. Ate at Reef, then got frozen yogurt. We also went to Freak Alley and admired the street art.


Another inheritance from grandma Larsen. I picked out all the pretty miniature glassware I could find and the kids have been enjoying their tea parties. Fun stuff. :)IMG_4850

April 2014

This boy cracks me up.IMG_4685

I love the flowering trees in the spring! They just make me so darn happy. Here’s Eli and cousin Annie peddling through the neighborhood.IMG_4681

And Eli’s just makin’ himself some eggs. No big deal.IMG_4669 IMG_4664

And of course, spring would not be complete without the pink tree pictures. It is very important to me to get pictures of my kiddos with these gorgeous pink trees.SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

Jace playing with laundry. He likes to pull them out and snuggle with them and then put them on the floor. I think he was testing them. Snugglability is paramount in his world.IMG_4759

Eli figured out how to haul Jace around and Jace doesn’t seem to mind!IMG_4846

Me and my boys at the park.IMG_4805

I was able to attend my first writing conference! I had a great time and ended up rooming with these lovely ladies. IMG_4837

Sophie reading to Jacer.IMG_4800

Eli is a bunny.IMG_4794

Got to visit a newborn calf.IMG_4770

Eli turns 4!

Eli got Super Man cupcakes for his birthday. The blue frosting was a little horrifying, but he loved them, so it’s all good.SONY DSC

Eli is such a sweetie. He’s sensitive and just loves people. If he could play with friends all day, every day, he would. And sometimes he does. He has kind of claimed Cameron’s iPad as his own. It cracks me up when he comes to me asking a question about a game. Yeah, sorry, bud. Mama has no clue how to play any of your games. Go ask your cousin.

He loves Team Umi Zoomi. There is a pair of villains called the trouble makers on that show. They have a ‘trouble ray’ which they use. When they shoot it at something, then some sort of havoc happens. I was really wishing I could find him a toy trouble ray for his birthday, but no such luck. Not that he needs help in the trouble making department, but it would have been really funny.SONY DSC SONY DSC

Love that face.SONY DSC