The other night Hailee was practicing gymnastics. We were all just hanging out, watching her, then noticed that Bella was trying to copy Hailee. Everything Hailee would do, Bella would try. It was so funny! So Kyle said "go grab the camera!" These are the shots I got of her!
Carson has this hangup about going on a mission. One day we asked him where he wanted to go on a mission, and he came back with "I'm not going to go on a mission." Confused, I asked why not. His reply was "because I don't want to have to get married." Still confused, I asked what he meant. He said"If you go on a mission, then you have to come back and get married. So I'm not going." We laughed so hard at this!!
So the other day, the boys had a bunch of friends over to play, including Sierra Bunker. We have been friends with the Bunkers for a very long time. Our children are all about the same ages, and my kids don't know life without the Bunkers. So, anyways, all the kids were eating lunch and I was listening to their conversation. Austin was teasing Carson about having a girlfriend, and Carson said "No I don't! I'm never gonna have a girlfriend, and I'm not getting married, and I'm not going on a mission!" All the boys were laughing and carrying on, and sweet little Sierra, the only girl there, comes over to Carson, puts her hand on his shoulder, looks at him with her gorgeous, big brown eyes, and says "Carson, I'll marry you." AWWW, I wanted to melt! How sweet! All the boys are just cracking up by now, especially Austin! Poor little Sierra was so serious, and Carson says "Sierra, I'm never getting married! I'm going to go to work everyday, and come home and relax in my "man tub" by myself!" Sierra says "what's a man tub?" Carson tells her it's a hot tub, but no girls are allowed, so it's a "man tub" (his uncle Jeff taught him that) Those were his exact words! Carson says the craziest things. So, in a about 10 years, when Sierra is looking at Carson with those brown eyes, he's going to be eating his words! He may not know it yet, but he's going to marry her. It's already been arranged! Here is a picture I took of the two of them. Aren't they so cute!!
After I took this pic., Sierra looked at it and said "oh, my hair is a mess!"
Bella loves taking baths. If I ask her if she wants to take a bath, she'll nod her head yes, and get all excited. The other day, I was in my bathroom getting ready and she pushed this chair over to my bath tub and was trying to get in. It was so funny to watch her. She was so serious and intense. She even turned on the faucet to try and fill the tub up. She's growing so fast. It's sad, but at the same time fun to see her personality. I love this girl!!
Lara tagged me with this little questionaire, so here goes...
(Answer these questions for you and your spouse/significant other)
1. Your Song: We don't have a song, but Kyle always jokes that his song to me is "Queen of my Double Wide Trailer" He's such a dork!! 2. Your favorite feature of his: I love his eyes. They are a crystal clear blue. 3. His favorite feature of yours: Hmmm... that's tough. I don't know! Maybe we should ask him...actually, we better not! 4. What drives you crazy about him: when he leaves his dirty socks strung all over the house, like in the most random places. 5. What drives him crazy about you: When I stress out over dumb things, and when I pick at my split ends. It's a bad habit I have. 6. Favorite trip you've taken together: Gosh, I would have to say when we went to Chicago. That was fun. As a family, it would have to be our Jackson Hole trip. We're going to Cancun in September, so that will be fun! 7. How do you picture your lives in fifty years: 50 years? I don't want to think about that!! That makes us 80 something. Let's say 30 years....Broke from all the toys we buy, and from raising our kids!! Just kidding. Hopefully Kyle will be retired and we will be traveling all over the world!! But really, we'll probably have his and hers recliners that we'll sit in while we watch Lifetime movies all day. 8. What was your worst fight over: That questions kinda personal. But I will tell you we haven't had a fight in a really long time. We're about due for one. Kyle, you up for a good fight? Just kidding. 9. Most romantic thing he's ever said to or done for you: We aren't really "romantic" people. It's just the little things he does for me that I love. 10. Favorite "down time" activity: His favorite down time activity would be going for a rhino ride. Mine would be a good chick flick, or curling up with a good book. So, I tag everyone on my friends and family list.
So, I have never been a real big fan of Valentines Day. I remember when I was in 6th grade, this boy in my class gave me a box of sees candy, and asked me to be his girlfriend. I was mortified!! I think from then on, I had this fear of Valentines Day. Anyways, I was going about my business today, doing loads and loads of laundry (mom, how did you do it with 7 kids?) feeling a little bit frustrated. I was trying to clean the house, and I was going backwards. As I was cleaning one room, the room I had just finished cleaning was being destroyed by two boys, and even a sweet little Bella. Any mom with kids knows my frustration. So, as I'm walking around the house, not sure which room to tackle next, the doorbell rings. Austin answers it, and comes upstairs to get me. (we need to have a talk about not answering the door until mom is there. Good thing we live in Logandale!) He tells me the Fed Ex man is here. I was a little flustered, because I was anything but presentable. I was still in my pj's, hair was a mess, and still had on yesterday's makeup. Of course I wasn't trying to impress the Fed Ex man, but geez! I could at least look human when I go to answer the door! But, I just shrugged and carried Bella downstairs with me. He takes one look at me and says "oh, you have your hands full!" I'm thinking, "yes, I know, you don't have to remind me." Anyways, to make a long story short, Kyle had sent me roses for V-Day. For those of you who know Kyle, you will appreciate that. He likes to put on a tough guy persona, but really, he is a tender guy. (Sorry Kyle! I just blew your cover!) So, to get to the point!! It made my day so much brighter, and I realized that although at times, being a mom can be tough, it's definitely worth it! This is right where I want to be! Thank you Kyle, I love you. Let me just take this moment to thank you for all you do for our family. Thank you for getting up at the crack of dawn for the past 10 yrs. to go to work at a job you don't particularly love, and working your tail off so that I can stay home with our kids. I really do appreciate it. Maybe V-Day isn't so bad after all! Oh, and Kyle, if you're wondering what I'm doing up at this hour, I have cupcakes in the oven for the kids parties 2-marrow! (He hates when I come to bed so late!)
I was on the computer the other day, when Austin came in dressed up as Spiderman. When I called him Spiderman, he got mad at me and said he wasn't Spiderman yet, he was Peter Parker (the guy that turns into Spiderman.) It was then that I noticed the lovely comb over he had done to his hair. He did look like Peter Parker. He had been in the bathroom working on his hair, and was very proud of it! The bad part is, he wanted to do his own hair for school the next day. I let him. You have to choose your battles!!!
Kyle enjoys sports, wrestling with his boys, playing golf, country music, going for rides on his rhino, good authentic Italian food, wants to go back to Italy someday, and is an awesome cook! He is a fun involved dad, who loves his kids. He is a BYU football fan, but when it comes to basketball, go Rebels! He is the hardest worker I know, and is good at everything he does. Gerilyn loves being a mom, the smell of clean kids, memories of Lake Arrowhead, rainy days, happy people, a clean house, throwing parties for my kids, vacations, the beach, the sound of my kids laughter, vacations with my mom, sisters, and sister in laws.
Hailee is a fun girl who loves anything pink, likes to shop and is very good at it too, is a big tease like her dad, likes school, is always concerned about other people. She is into gymnastics, and is on a competitive team. She works so hard in the gym and someday wants to be a college gymnast.
Carson is 7yrs. old. He is one of the funniest boys I know! He loves to watch movies and can recite lines from them word for word. He has the best laugh ever! He is a very sensitive kid and when I tuck him in at night, he tells me he loves me to heaven and back. He loves to play basketball, soccer, baseball, and flag football. He is such a likeable kid and has tons of friends.
Austin is a 6 year old pistol! He is a crazy kid! He loves teasing his big brother, being with his daddy, capri suns (he could drink a whole box in 1 day), is very picky about his hair, likes to watch people, and loves to wrestle. He is a tough kid and reminds me of his dad. One of his favorite pastimes is to follow Hailee and her friends around and drive them crazy!! He always has to be doing something and staying busy or he goes crazy. He asks a lot of questions and is always observing and thinking.
Kyle gave Bella her name. It's actually Isabella, but we call her Bella. It means beautiful in Italian. We think the name fits! She is 3 and a stinker!! She tries to keep up with her brothers and sister and does a pretty dang good job at it! She is super independent, and as her uncle put's it, she just raises herself! She loves Disney Princesses, and anything girlie. We love this little girl and couldn't imagine our family without her!
Our Families Favorite Things
Dancing in mom and dad's room before bed
The Clark County Fair
UFC Fight Night Parties
Playing the Wii
Going to Movies
Going to sporting events
Riding in our Rhino
Playing Disney Scene It
Monster Truck Jam
Getting together with friends
From The Mouths Of Babes
"Daddy, just go back to work!" (she was very mad at him)-Hailee 2 yrs. old
"I'm just so tired...I've had a rough day"-Hailee 2 yrs. old
"Mom, can you buy me a cell phone?" No Carson, you don't need a cell phone." "But mom, I'm going to Kindergarten and I'm gonna need a cell phone!" "Why do you need a cell phone?" "To text girls!" - Carson 5 yrs. old
"Me and dad are gonna go get sandwiches for those English guys working outside in our yard." (they were Hispanic)
Austin 4 yrs. old
"Sometimes when you grow up, you want to wear stretchy pants" Carson-5 yrs. in his best Nacho Libre voice
"Mom, when all of us kids go to Kindergarten, you can take 10 naps a day, and you can call whoever you want because we won't be screaming" Carson-5yrs. old
"this girl in my class sat down right by me and then tooted...and she didn't even care! Like it didn't even matter to her! Girls aren't supposed to do that!"-Carson 6 2nd day of Kindergarten
"NURSERY SUCKS!"- Bella in the hall at church 3 yrs. old