Saturday, July 25, 2009

He's snotty!

Just a quick note: I asked Max if he wanted to play with one of his friends today and he said, "no...he's snotty!" I asked him if he knew what that word meant and he said, "yeah, he always has a runny nose!"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Max turns 5

Our Max turned 5 on a few days ago. We are so proud of him! He had a birthday party with water guns, water balloons, pin the tail, pizza, pinata and cupcakes. It was so much fun seeing him with his little buds! Of course, this year, announced that he wanted it to be "boys only." That was a welcome relief after having a son like Ethan who has never disliked girls in his young life. It's not that Max dislikes them, he is just acting like a 5 year old! He had a great time and mom and dad were exhausted and so happy when it was over!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Max's preschool graduation

We are so proud of Max! He has completed his second year of pre-school with "miss Wendy" as his teacher. He had such a great year!!! He loved his class and especially loved meeting his friends - Sawyear, Jack, Connor and Will. They had such a great year together and he's so excited for Kindergarten in August.

His graduation was so much fun and Max said his speaking part perfectly. He memorized it after practicing it just one time. We loved to hear all of the great songs they performed as well!

Audrey Jane

Audrey is growing so much! She is a "petite" girl right now. She has the smallest feet of any of the kids in the family so far! Lucky girl :) She is so much fun and just today started to play "peek-a-boo" with Owen. She is smiling, laughing, dancing, crawing and standing! She loves her brothers, but she knows when to watch out for them, too! She also loves the special time she spends with dad. When he gets home from work, she goes up to the room with him to play while he changes out of his work clothes.

She's a great eater and so far loves all of the fruits and vegetables that we can give her! Aboutr a month ago, she got her first tooth on the bottom and we're waiting for the second one to pop through any moment!

Baseball Dayz

We have been having lots of fun this past month going to Ethan's baseball games! It's his first year of machine pitch and he's doing great. He is one of the youngest on his team and he's very proud of that! Owen, Audrey, Max, mom and dad all love sitting on the sidelines. Max and Owen have loved the "snack shaft" (shack) as Max calls it. They ask to get a treat from there every time we go to a game. Audrey has been doing well...crawling around and grabbing grass whenever she can. It's lots of fun and I am planning on many, many, many more games to come...with the 3 boys. So far, Ethan hasn't found a sport he doesn't like :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Here are our two "muscle men" Ethan and Max. They love to flex their guns and I think they look so grown up when they do! Ethan loves to work out and has a whole routine outside that he'll do a couple times a week. Max likes it for a few minutes...but that's about it!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Honkey Tonk

Just a little note - as I was turning on the t.v. this morning, Owen came in with his "Wiggles" guitar, singing one of his favorite songs. This is what he sang: "Honkey tonk, b'donka donk! Sing along...slap your grandma!" I couldn't believe it - he was strumming and singing at the top of his lungs. These are the real words to a Trace Adkins song, but it sounds hillarious coming out of a 2-year-old's mouth!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Boys in Trees

Ethan is growing in so many ways this year! He's having a great time in Kindergarten. He is a fabulous artist and loves to draw - he will pause his favorite cartoon (Ben 10) and draw the picture that he sees on the screen..paying perfect attention to the details. He is also very into climbing the tree in our front yard - he gets up there pretty high!

Is that comfy?

Here's what we saw about a week ago as we walked past Owen's bedroom...

Audrey's growing up...

Audrey is almost 6 months old now and we can't believe it! She is a very happy girl and is already extremely attached to mom! She is sitting up and laughing and interacting with her brothers. Ethan has figured out a game to make her laugh - he puts a blanket over her and then pulls it off quickly. Max is very sweet and soft with her and Owen, well...he's still trying his best. He loves to say, "Audrey is a baby..." because it's his way of getting away with calling someone a "baby" without getting into trouble.

The other night, it was so fun to see how excited she was when Ethan and Max walked in the door after being gone for a long time. She started smiling and kicking her legs. Before long, they had her laughing. They just loved to see how much she missed them!

Audrey looks just like dad (of course) and we're so glad she's in our family!

Nacho - CHEESE

The boys love the movie "Nacho Libre". They went through a faze about 2 years ago where they were obsessed with fact, many a neighbor saw both Max and Ethan running outside in their turqoise "nacho tights". Last Christmas, my mom made them some red capes and they got Nacho tights from Santa. This Christmas, Max decided to bring it back and the ONLY thing he wanted from Santa were "Nacho tights." We thought it was strange, because he hadn't talked about Nacho for a long time. Well...they're back and he's put his own twist on 'em. Owen joins in the fun wearing his own pair of tights - but he prefers to go without the underwear (under or over).

Monday, March 2, 2009

scrub-a-dub-dub...3 kidds in the tub

Here are the boys in the tub...this is probably one of the last times Eth will let me take a pic of them in the tub :) They have so much fun together and Ethan is a good example to his younger brothers. They love to play sharks, spiderman, Ben 10 and squirt each other. It goes about like this: 1 minute of playing, 1 minute of fighting, 1 minute of crying, 1 minute of playing, .... and on like that for about 20minutes!

I'm flattered

The other day...I was asking Max if he wanted to play soccer this next year and he said, "I'd be flattered!" Max is so smart and I was surprised that he actually knew when and how to use the word. He's the wild card - always saying something funny!

Potty Potty Potty trained!

Here's O-dawg writing a letter to his Aunt Melissa on her mission! He is officially potty trained now and the way we did it is by letting him run around naked for awhile. So, for all you neighbors and friends who were sick of seeing him's OK! We're done now. We're so proud of him and we are happy to only have 1 set of diapers to change now.

Owen is such a fun boy - we went to watch dad's church regional play-off basketball game the other day. He kept saying "hi" to dad and was constantly acting annoyed at the other team saying; "awww...come on peeps!"

Sumo Princess

Here's Audrey in all her chubbiness! It's funny, because this picture makes her look twice as fat as she actually is...but I love it. She has learned to sit-up with little or no assistance now! She is laughing and especially loves to be entertained by her brothers. She loves to watch them and I can tell she really feels like she's part of the family now. What a joy she is!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

He kicked me...

As I was cleaning the kitchen the other day, I heard Owen and Ethan get into a little scuffle in the family room. Shortly thereafter, Owen came up to me (crying) and said, "Ethan kicked me in the weiner!" Not knowing if he knew what and where that was...I asked him where "the weiner" is? He looked up at me through his tears and pointed to his knee. As I thought about this, I realized he said that because he knew getting kicked in the "weiner" is a very painful thing! So...naturally, if it hurt when Ethan kicked him, it must have been in the "weiner!"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We're not together anymore

Well - I don't really know where to begin on this one. Ethan has never - ever gone through a period in his young life when he hasn't liked girls. I mean liked girls in the sense that he is attracted to them!

When he was in nursery, he used to try and kiss a little red head named Lauren. Why? Because he thought she was Mary Jane, from Spiderman! I would get so embarrased when I would go in to pick him up and they would tell me he was trying to kiss her again! What? An 18 month old?

Fast-forward 5 years and Ethan is now in Kindergarten at Woods Cross Elementary. He came home on the first day of school and said he liked a girl - Allie. Since then, he has continually given me updates on the Allie situation. He has kissed her on the cheek in "stations". He said the teacher didn't see it, so it was OK.

He told me that he has held her hand at recess. Aparently, some of the other girls are "jealous" and want him to like them. He has fluctuated between Allie and Lauren. He came home from his first day back after Christmas break and when I asked him how school was, he said, "me and Allie aren't together anymore!" I told him that he doesn't even know what "together" means...but I am starting to worry he actually does!

When I'm a grown-up

The other night, Joey walked into the family room to find Max sitting by himself. He asked him what he was thinking about and Max replied "I'm thinking about what it would be like to be a grown up." "What would that be like?" Joey asked. "I could be the boss of myself and stay up late," said Max "and I would eat all of my food - even my carrots!"

Good things, indeed!

Ethan and Max had a fun opportunity in early December. Sharon Smith (now Miles) is a woman in our ward with her own line of dress-up clothes. She designed a Nativity set and asked Ethan and Max to model them for her on Good Things Utah. This was especially fun, because the other "models" were a few kids in our neighborhood that they are good friends with.

They were so excited when they found out they were going to be on TV! On the morning of, I got everyone ready and we headed to the studio (Owen stayed with his favorite girl...Amber Ressel!) Joey met us there (he works 1/2mile away!) They went into the green room and started getting ready. It was so much fun - especially to be with our friends and neighbors.

They sat us in the audience (we were a little nervous, because Audrey was asleep in her carrier and we didn't know how long that would last!) The "warm up" guy let us know everything we could and couldn't do. The most important thing was just to clap really loud (since there were only about 15 of us there!)

Our segment was at the very beginning...which was perfect. The kids hammed it up (especially Ethan) who made sure he was smiling the whole time and evey waving. Max was definitely smiling, too. Another exciting thing was that for some reason, people dressed up as Star Wars characters were there. I was feeding Audrey during their segment, so I still don't know why they were there. Anyway - the boys thought that was great!

The hosts were super nice...much nicer than I thought they would be in person. Regan wasn't there and she's myh favorite. Nicea, Angi and Marni were, however. It was so much fun and something I hope they'll remember for a long time! It was fun to see the "behind the scenes" of a show like that. Ethan's picture is also on the cover of the nativity package - and it was sold in Deseret Book! He's kind of embarassed, but deep down, he loves it!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Audrey is 4 months old and of course...our little princess. She is adored by her brothers and NEVER lacks for attention. She is such a sweet, calm baby. She is very smiley now and is drooling like crazy!

She has already dealt with more noise, chaos and bouncing in her four months than most babies do in their firs year. She is used to it and I think...she likes it!

She was such a blessing and has been a calming presence in our home. I am looking forward to her friendship in years to come.

I love Justin Timberlake

Joey and I met while attending College. I was working at the Glenwood Apartment Complex in Provo, Utah. Joey lived in the complex and we met one week when his mailbox was broken. He "had" to come into the office every day to pick up the mail for his apartment. I thought it was strange that he was the one that came to pick it up every day...but I didn't mind. I had access to the computer system, which contained information I needed to know about him. I looked him up and found out that he was a 22-year-old returned missionary (Dominican Republic), from California and attending BYU. I was currently dating someone, but his last name was Neiderhauser (pronounced Neederhowzer) and I just didn't think I could be Emily Neiderhauser for the rest of my life.

On around the 6th day of his mailbox being broken, Joey called the office with a "maintenance request" for his apartment. Of course, I answered the phone and after he made the request, he asked me on a date. Not wanting to two-time my unfortunately-named boyfriend, Ioved Joey I couldn't because I was going home for the weekend. Aparently, Joey could tell that I was lying and he vowed not to ask me out again! I broke up with Mason a few days later. The next time I saw Joey, he was picking up a sequined suit from the office that his mom had sent him - he was going to wear it to a girl's choice dance. I asked about it and he said I could come up to his apartment and see if if I wanted. It was a Saturday and the office was I did! He showed me the suit and we talked a little. He asked me out and that was that! Our first date was to Chili's restaraunt...and for that, I will always love Chili's!

My roommates immediatley loved him and 1 of them thought he looked like Justin Timberlake. For some reason, he had bleached his hair and he loved to wear tight sweaters. I didn't know if he was my type at first...but after a few dates, I absolutely loved him!

He proposed in April (6 months later) in the Glenwood office! We were married July 29th, 1999 in the Salt Lake Temple.