Sunday, November 8, 2009

Halloween Fun!

This year Halloween was so much fun! Maddux LOVED everything about it. He loved wearing his costume, he loved going trick or treating and actually understood what it was all about, he loved getting candy in his bucket and love helping us answer the door to pass out candy to other kids in costume! We had so much fun and seeing how much he loved everything made Greg and I so excited to see him discover all the festivites in the upcoming months! We really can't imagine life without him around..he makes holidays seem magical again! Here is a little video of some pictures and videos of Halloween 2009!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Many Faces of Maddux

Maddux 's new favorite thing is to bring me the camera and then he says "cheese"...meaning, that he wants me to take pictures of him.
The funny thing is that he makes all these crazy faces, wants to see what they look like on the camera, then he laughs at himself and wants to do more.
The problem is that I can't get a decent smile out of him anymore! So frustrating. I try to tell him to just smile normal but he squints his eyes...says CHEESE...and does this silly grin! It is hilarious.

I hope it's just a phase because he really does have a super cute and normal looking smile.

A Day at the Lake

Our friends, the Almonds, invited us to the lake last weekend to hang on their boat for the day! It was beautiful outside, except for the wind, but we had so much fun! Maddux loves being anywhere near water and is almost too brave. He wants to do everything by himself even though he can't and gets frustrated when we won't let him. Greg was able to wake board and wake surf while I just soaked up the rays and swam a little. Here are a few pics of our day...for video of Greg surfing and wakeboarding you'll have to check out our Maddux videos blog.
Maddux Driving the Boat

Greg Wakeboarding...such a good looking man!

Maddux in the car ready for a day on the lake

Madisson and Maddux on the boat!

Girls Day

I recently went to Las Vegas to have a spa day with my Mom and two of my sisters. It was so much fun! I took Maddux down and my Dad spent the day with him while us girls went to the spa to work out, swim, and get massages and then we went out to eat after. It was nice to be able to relax before I head back to school...and Maddux loved hanging out with Grandpa for the day!

Here we are ready for our workouts!

Maddux hanging with Grandpa in their chairs

My Mom and Maddux...he is so lucky to have such great grandparents

In the car...he was showing how excited he was to get home and see Daddy!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BBQ at Woods Ranch with Friends

We decided to head up the canyon one night with friends for a BBQ, Fishing, and Smores!!
Maddux loved being outside exploring and was busy the whole time getting dirty, catching fish, and eating marshmallows. I love living in Cedar City during the summer time because of nights like this...

Family Picture by the Fishing Pond

Maddux posing on a rock...I am lucky I got this shot right when we got there because he was way to busy for pictures after that.

A big tire by the picnic area for kids

The very best part of the night was when Maddux got to help reel in a fish...he LOVED it and he LOVED the "fishy" he kept saying "eyes" and trying to touch the fishes eye. We ended up just catching and releasing it and Maddux still is talking about how the
"fishy gone...bye bye"

4th of July Weekend

We were lucky to have Greg's parents come and visit us in Cedar City for the 4th of July!
Here is what we did while thery were here...
Fireworks in our favorite's tradition to watch them here
Maddux at the fireworks showing us how he closes his eyes...notice that he really just squints because he wants to see your reaction. He did better than expected with the loud fireworks.
We also went to an indoor swimming pool in St. George that is really kid friendly. Here he is floating..he was so relaxed in the pool.
This was his favorite thing at the pool it was a "Froggie" slide that he could do by himself. I think he would have gone down it a hundred times if he could have...he cried when we would take him away from it.
Loving doing "bubbles" with Grandpa in the back yard
Also, Greg and Ralph (the Harris Family Studs) ran in the Enoch Day's 4th of July Parade and did awesome! Greg finished 1st overall and won $10 and a 4th of July Decoration. Ralph also won $10 for finishing first in his age group.
It was a great 4th of July!

Almond Wedding

Recently Dyllan, the son of my best friend Kim got married in the Salt Lake Temple. Greg and I were able to go up to Salt Lake by ourselves for the weekend and attend the endowment and the wedding. It was so fun to be able to be a part of it.

Here is their Family Picture

Madisson, Connor and Jaxxon
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Family Vacation

We decided to take a family vacation this summer to the beach. We rented a really cute condo on the beach and the three of us spent a week there. We went a few beaches, swam in the community pool, and spent a day at a really cool outdoor mall. It was relaxing and a lot of fun. It's the first big vacation we have taken since having Maddux. After a week at the beach house we visited Greg's parents for a weekend and were lucky enough to welcome a new niece into the family. Greg's sister Taryn had a baby girl. They named her Macy she was 6lbs. 11 oz. and is just the sweetest little thing. It was so much fun to be able to spend this time together relaxing and then end the weekend with family. Here is a little movie of our whole trip. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Water Park

We took Maddux to this really cute water park in St. George and had so much fun.

Here he is all ready for the park!

There were so many kids running around that he was hesitant at first..he just stood there looking around

Once he warmed up he loved the waterfalls probably the most

He would even try to stick his head in them to get his hair wet. It was so cute. I think the next time we go we will have to bring some of his buddy's along so feels a little more comfortable.

Grandma is trying to convince him that it's fun!

They also have this big water fountain that he liked but while we were over here he saw some bikes that kids had laid down on the grass and he walked over to one of them and grabbed the water bottle off of it and tried to take a was funny but gross too!
I just LOVE summer...water activities, sunshine, and hanging with my little guy!

Girl's Night Out!

One our way to California for our family vacation we stopped in Vegas for a night to see my family. Since the boys were watching the NBA playoffs we decided to leave the baby's with them and have a girls night out. It was so much fun! We went to a drive in movie theater and watched the new disney movie UP! It was a blast. Here are a few pictures...

Mom, Me, Deidre and Janae

Deidre and Alisha

Janae and her little girl Brooklynn

My mom and I
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Daddy's Boy

Recently Maddux has become Greg's little shadow. He just adores his Dad. He wants to be wherever Greg is and loves helping him. Greg is so cute with him too...he is always explaining everything to him and letting him try things out. Maddux even cries when Greg leaves the house and gets so excited when he hears the garage open and knows he's home....he runs to the garage saying "Daddy..daddy" and opens the door. (Unlike when I leave and he simply says Bye! and waves to me)
Watching the two of them together is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

I feel so lucky to have these two boys in my life... I couldn't ask for anything more. I love you both!
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End Of The School Year!

This year was hard for me to say goodbye to my kids! I LOVED my class this year and was sad to send them onto fifth grade. Here are a few pictures from our last day of school together

We made tie-dye shirts for our dance festival performance. We taught them the Hustle and the Electric Slide. It was so much fun!

The worst part of the end of this year was that my family...all three of us got the flu the last week of school. Maddux got it the worst and so both Greg and I had to miss a few days of school to get ourselves and our little guy better. He got it so sick he got dehydrated and had to get an IV. Here is a (self-took) picture of us at the IV clinic. It was definitely an emotional and hectic end of the year!

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New Calling

I was recently called to be the achievement days leader for my ward and I love it! This is a picture of the girls on one of our activity days doing facials. They are such a great bunch of girls and I feel lucky to be working with them.

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Candice's Wedding

I was able to go to my little sisters best friends wedding in the SLC temple. It was a really neat sealing and it was so much fun to hang out with my Mom and sisters!

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