Sunday, July 17, 2011

Snow Cones

My girls have a full time job. We borrowed Grandma's snowcone machine. We got lots of business the first day...and the second...and the third. We finally had to raise the price to 75cents when we realized we were barely breaking even. The customers understood inflation and came anyway :) The girls do it all by themselves. Scoop the ice out of the cooler. Put it in the machine. Place the cups. Turn it on. Juice them up. Get paid. :) I'm proud of my cute girls for doing something so productive and actually WANTING to do it each day. I know what I'll be doing all week!

The other man...

Love him.

Daisha's fam

My cousin, Daisha, had a baby a week after I had Nixon. Her name is Alice and she is cute and tiny like a bird! She looks even tinier next to my sumo wrestler! Daisha and Cole have 5 kids now and they're all adorable! They were able to stop in Bountiful on their LONG journey from Virginia to Oregon. Cole just finished orthodontics school so now they're ready to begin his practice in their home city of Salem. I tried talking them into living next door to was a no go.

I've always thought Brooklyn and Daisha's daughters look alot alike. I finally have a (not so good) picture of them!

Freaks of Nature

I'm a patient person. At least for most of the day. But when 10:30pm hits and my girls are still hollering, "mommy, I need a drink", "mommy, the cd is skipping", "mommy, you forgot to read us a story", etc....that's when I lose it. I've even come to terms with the fact that they're going to sit in bed and sing, chat and play. It's the continuous yelling for me until I'm forced to haul my rearend UP the stairs for the hundredth time that really makes me lose it. 99 times- I can do, but 100- I'm DONE!

Please don't give me advice on how to wear out my kids. Trust me, it doesn't work. These children were boating all day yesterday in the hot sun and didn't get home and into bed until about 10pm. I woke them up bright and early for church this morning. They played outside, rode bikes and danced around all day today. But lo and behold, they claim they're not tired after hanging out in their beds until the wee hours of the night.

I need my adult, personal, kid free time! I've been going to bed at 1am JUST so I can have a couple hours of peace. AHHHHH!


We have an enormous raspberry bush. The girls eat raspberries all day. They're delicious.

Friday, July 15, 2011

My BIG Boy!

Nixon is huge! Here are his stats:
Weight: 11 lbs. 9oz. (75th%)
Length: 22 1/4" (35%)
Head: 16" (80%)

I'm so in love with this child. Here are some random little tidbits about Nixy. He probably cries more than he should, but acid reflux will do that to a kid. He actually hasn't been quite as bad lately (knock on wood). He likes to sleep on his stomach. He has the roundest head you've ever seen, which is accompanied by some seriously round cheeks. He has his daddy's pretty skin. He loves to smile with his mouth wide open. He wakes up once during the night to eat, then again around 6:30. His sisters LOVE to hold him; unfortunately, it's getting quite difficult considering his size. Nic asked me how many times I kiss him a day, I said it's probably about a thousand. He fluffs all the time and they're super smelly....I totally realize it's because he's a boy. He's become the neighborhood baby. I make sure everyone gets a chance to hold him when they need their baby fix :) Thank you Nixon Graham for making us so happy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


"Good juice" was what brought these kids back 4 times. Sympathy brought a few adults. And Daddy driving around the neighborhood giving kids quarters to come buy a cup was what brought the rest! They did very well that day :) Even made enough to purchase a popsicle from the icecream truck that night.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July!

We had a family filled week for the 4th. Nana and Papa were in town to help Matt and Kate move to Utah! And also because baby Hudson was being blessed! Obviously, we managed to party between each of those events.

We went to my parents' cabin. The girls had a blast on the 4-wheelers. That's one of my favorite things to do with them. We need to go there more often.

We went to the Lake. The water was cold, but that didn't stop the girls from skiing. Papa and Ryan surfed too. Papa was a natural for his first time. We almost had to paddle back to shore when the boat blew a fuse towards the end of the day. Luckily some nice people towed us in.Filter: Bronze Tint,Snapbucket

The girls went to Ashley's house that evening (Friday) and stayed till Sunday, blessing day. Kendyl enjoyed her first taste of sushi that evening.
They even got to go to the pool on Saturday!
Nic and I felt FREE AS BIRDS with just one baby in tow. We went to the ward carnival that night (Young Women were in charge, which meant I too, was in charge). It went well and the pie eating contest was great! We even got to eat out and go relax at the Eaglewood firework ExTrAvaGAnZa!
Snapbucket,Set: Sunrise,Vignette: Sm. Black,Filter: Bronze Tint,Frame: Grunge WhiteHudson was blessed on Sunday and Ryan did a great job. It was fun hanging out with the fam.

A few hours later, we drove up to Holly's house for Daniel's blessing! (If you're confused about who Daniel is, their baby was previously known as Morgan (at birth), and was recently renamed Daniel). Clark gave a great blessing.

Monday was the 4th! Happy Birthday to Holly! We went to the Kaysville parade in the morning and it was sweet! Besides candy, they thew out stuffed animals, neck ties...that were actually really cool, frozen yogurt and more.
Snapbucket,Filter: Lomoish Snapbucket,Set: Lomo,Effect: Orange Leak,Filter: Lomoish,Vignette: Rough BlackSet: Sunrise,Vignette: Sm. Black,Snapbucket,Filter: Bronze Tint,Frame: Grunge WhitePapa's flight left that day and we spent the rest of the day with Nana. We hit up Cars 2, ate KFC at the park, and enjoyed watching our neighbors' fireworks! SnapbucketBUSY WEEK- but it was FABULOUS!

Baby Elle

This dainty little button is already a month old! I haven't even announced her birth yet because I was waiting to get a picture with her. I will soon... but I figured I'd better do this post before she gets any bigger.

Congratulations to Matt and Kate on their second baby girl. I haven't held her yet, but she looks adorable in her pictures. Just over 6 pounds at birth. She's only 3 weeks younger than Nixon, but looks half his size.

Monday, July 4, 2011


I came home from a Young Women activity the other night and found Nic playing catch with Kendyl. The twins were at a Bees game with Dani. He really is a fun dad. Whether it's jumping on the tramp with them, letting them all climb on his back like a horse, helping them ride bikes, taking them on treasure hunts, picking berries with them or just reading stories to them; I know these kids are grateful for such a great dad. Set: Best,Snapbucket,Filter: Bronze Tint,Vignette: Sq. White,Frame: Grunge White

He Smiles!

It's official- At 6 weeks, this little man is smiling. He smiles at Nic the most (probably because he was named after him), but I've gotten a bunch too. And obviously, he's going to be smiling when he gets to hang out with Hudson :)

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Snake to bed

This is the toy she wanted to take to bed. In her prayers, she blessed the snake.
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