Thursday, February 11, 2016


Marley turned 6 on January 6th, 2016 this year!
on her birthday she had tumbling and Travis had meetings and everything but we were still able to celebrate her birthday with "Better Than Anything cake", ice cream, and presents. It was more rushed than we would have liked but we told her we would go swimming as a family that weekend. 

Little did she know I had something better in mind. I sent out invitations to her friends for a surprise party, and all of her friends ended up coming. So on Saturday Travis took her out for ice cream and while he had her out of the house I set out the Frozen pinata I made  (she has wanted one and was off the roof excited when she saw it), made Olaf cupcakes, had games planned, decorated the house, and we all hid and jumped out and said "SURPRISE" when she opened the door. She was so surprised and overjoyed that it made it worth every second of preparation. She went around the room and had to hug every friend. We played freeze dance, a balloon popping challenge game, hit the pinata, had cupcakes and ice cream, and opened presents. It was a hit!

I've done videos in the past asking each of these questions to my kids on their birthday but I think I would like it written down too:
1. What is your favorite color? purple
2. What is your favorite toy? lion and horsie
3. What is your favorite fruit? peaches
4. What is your favorite tv show? Tinga Tinga
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? pizza
6. What is your favorite outfit? princess clothes
7. What is your favorite game? playing pets
8. What is your favorite snack? jello
9. What is your favorite animal? A horse
10. What is your favorite song? I am a Child of God
11. What is your favorite book? Biscuit books
12. Who is your best friend? Annika
13. What is your favorite cereal? Fruity Pebbles
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on the swing set
15. What is your favorite drink? Juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Leopard (Glimmer)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chicken with bones (breaded)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Vet (veterinarian) or a doctor
A little about Marley these days:
Marley is friends with everyone, she is so affectionate and friendly. So much so that she tends to have a hard time remembering to give people their personal space. At parent teacher conferences Mrs. Ericson says how smart Marley is and how she is always happy but how she has a hard time not talking to whichever friend she is sitting by. 
Marley is a very big helper to me and has become an expert vacuumer, gets the hose out to get the corners up against furniture and everything. She is becoming better at deciding what she likes and making some decisions on her own but she will still often say, "whatever Kaydence does". 
Marley is our accident prone, oblivious, sweet girl. She still trips on my feet when I'm walking in front of her, runs into walls and doors, falls off her chair or the couch, hits her head on hand rails, cabinet doors, the bunk bed, etc. Just this month she tripped backwards on a stuffed animal and hit her head on the wall making a dent in the wall. Also this month she was going too fast and ran into the laundry room door and got this mark on her face. She is just oblivious to her surroundings and likes to be in her own little world often.
For Marley everything is the BEST. The BEST food in the universe, the BEST mom, the BEST FHE, the BEST movie ever, etc. Her statements are always dramatic. When she came home from school the other day she said, "the worst thing Ever happened to Kaydence (pause for dramatic effect) she danced with a BOY in the assembly!!!" Kaydence said Marley was yelling so loud everyone saw her reaction. She is our happy dramatic little girl. She is very smart and does really well at school she just likes to socialize a little too much.
At times Marley goes above and beyond wanting to help me and one day she did her regular chores, vacuumed the whole house, unloaded the dishwasher, and other little things as we went around cleaning the house. When we finished I told her how much her help means to me and that i wanted to reward her and give her coins. She excitedly said, "No! Do you know what i want? I want my favorite foods. Those potatoes you make (funeral potatoes) or Cottage cheese!". She makes me laugh! So i told her i would give her her very own container of cottage cheese and we could put her name on it. She was so excited about it, it was so cute. She picked out the littlest baby spoon and placed it on top of her cottage cheese in the fridge and said she would just take little bites whenever she wanted some to make it last. Marley is so loveable, funny, and easy to please. Of course she shared some of her treasured cottage cheese with her brother and sister, she loves to share and do things for others.
She is our ray of sunshine and brings us so much joy. We love her more than words could ever describe and we are so very grateful to be her parents.

running-into-the-laundry-room-door battle wound.
the dent in the wall made by her head.

Grammy came and spent time with us over Hannah Hansens wedding. She left everything to come spoil the girls, she took Marley out shopping for her birthday and took Kaydence to buy her very own set of scriptures and a case!
Marley got a FurReal kitty and fuzzy sweater

my parents came up the following weekend and my parents got Marley this FurReal lion that she had wanted so bad. I saw it in the store a few weeks ago and she said, "I would sell ALL my toys for this lion!"
She was thrilled! Marley LOVES all things "animal". If she picks out a toy you can bet it will be some type of animal.

Doughnuts, games, and chasing the kids around.

My parents came a day early and got off work so that my mom and I could go out shopping and out to eat for lunch and then the boys went out ice fishing. I hit the jackpot and got the cutest stuff EVER and the boys didn't do so bad either!

Travis and I got season passes at the Hale Center theater this year for our date nights (we have front row tickets with my parents every time) and we hit things off this year with the hilarious play "Beau Jest".

Kesler asleep under the half put down table

First time putting Grant in the tub with Kesler

Our Mighty man doing his daily exercise ritual.

Our FOUR kids! I just can't get over that these four incredible children are ours, it's just crazy to me.

Grant lost a lot of the hair he had from when he was first born but there are some long stragglers that we had to cut. The before pictures:
Such a happy happy boy

After: not much of a change just nice and cleaned up

Kesler started preschool in January. I was taking him to speech therapy classes one day a week for an hour where I was there to work with him too. Well his speech has taken off and he's doing so great so I didn't see a need in driving 10 miles away to go and try and rush back in time to pick up Marley from Kindergarten (and make Grant skip his morning nap). Since the elementary school my girls go to is literally a couple houses down they asked if I would take him to the preschool at the school two days a week where he would barely get any speech but he could attend since he qualified for speech therapy this summer (making it free for me). Since I have been very sleep deprived these days I figured I would take this up on this and hopefully use this time as quality napping time when Grant takes his morning nap. His teacher is Suzanne Avilia and she always has an aide and parents in the room helping as well and I have been impressed with their program. With Kelser I am always told how well he does in preschool and in primary. He was the only sunbeam this year so they just moved him in with the group a year older than he is. Ashley Larson is his teacher and has said how well he does, how well he listens, participates, behaves, and colors in the lines. His teacher at preschool tells me the same thing (I'm pretty proud of this big three year old boy!).
I haven't been able to get a picture of him on the way to school or with his teacher because when I go to drop him off he's not very happy. He tells me every morning, "But I miss you mommy". It melts my heart and I tell him how much I love and miss him but how I'll be there first thing to pick him up in a few hours (barely enough time to straighten up the house and get Grant fed and ready and down for his nap). Well one morning (it was actually February 3rd) I told him he had school that morning and to get dressed. He said, "but I miss you mommy" and I reassured him with the usual explanation. Then he started saying "but I've been to school one, two, four, five, six, seven, times" (all the while putting up a finger for every day he's gone). Then his big brown eyes started watering a little and he looked up at me and said, "Don't you love me mommy?" I fell down on my knees and hugged him and told him "Of course I love you, why would you say that?" He then said, "Don't you miss me?"
I was tearing up and hugging him as tight as I could, this little boy has such a special place in my heart. I wish I could adequately explain just how fiercely I love each of our children, they are the greatest blessings and miracles in my life.
this week was on African animals I believe and he is always so proud of the things he makes at school. He always says, "Look in my back pack (then pulls it out) I made this for you mommy."
I was prompting him to make these faces 😄

The girls love to play dress up.

Fun pictures from a family home evening night. 

Giving the spiritual analogy

Penny Hose