Family Pictures!

We got family photos taken a few weekends ago, and I've been waiting with bated breath to see the proofs. Here's a few of my favorites (poached from the photographer's website).

I don't care who you are...you have to admit that I have some of the most beautiful boys in the world.


In Case You Missed It...

on Facebook, we found out the gender of our third little munchkin yesterday.

It's a BOY!

We couldn't be more excited about having another little man.

We took the big brothers with us to the appointment so they could "see" the baby. They were so cute--Kyle watched so intently, and even Lucas pointed and babbled about the screen. I think they're going to be great buddies/partners in crime.

We've already had a few people express "condolences" because this baby isn't a girl. Honestly, I haven't felt any disappointment whatsoever. Perhaps I haven't really thought about the energy it will take to chase THREE boys around. :) However, we already have two of the handsomest boys in the world; why not add to the earth's beauty by having another? ;)


4 Years Ago...

I became a mommy.

It was a long, hard wait, but you are worth it.

Since then, you've grown faster than I hoped you would. Every day I'm amazed at how much you learn and absorb from your surroundings.

You love to sing Primary songs, and you know every word of all of our program songs. I think that is pretty impressive.

You love books, letters, and words. Everywhere we go you try to sound out the words you see, and if you can't figure it out, you ask us to help. I'm confident you'll be reading by the end of the year or shortly after.

You love your brother.

You may not always get along, but I know you're best buddies.

You're affectionate and attentive to others' emotions. Whenever I'm having a hard day, I can always rely on you to climb in my lap to snuggle and give me a kiss. You're not embarrassed to tell me that you love me where everyone can hear you...yet. :)

I couldn't have chosen a better son than you, Kyle. No matter how big you grow, you'll always be my little boy, and, to quote a book that you love but I can't ever read to you without sobbing,

"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be."

Happy 4th birthday, Kyle!


Fall Has Fallen at Our House!

Ever since we moved in to our own place, I've been DYING to have decorations for all of the seasons of the year. Unfortunately, I'm not particularly crafty, nor am I particularly wealthy, so I've gone pretty decoration-free for the last year.

Luckily, this year will be different, thanks to some very talented ladies in my ward who hold boutiques in the fall. I spent a little bit of money but got a LOT of good things. I also tried my hand at being a bit crafty and I'm happy with the result.

I'm not really keen on going over-the-top on my holiday decorations. That works for some people (like my mother-in-law, who seriously goes ALL OUT and it looks awesome), but I'd rather keep them to one specific location. Luckily, I have a nifty bookcase with little nooks that is just perfect for this type of thing. So yes, even though it may pale in comparison to some holiday displays, I feel quite festive. :)

The complete bookcase

"Eat Drink and be Scary!"

This is the bit of crafting I did myself. I have one for Thanksgiving, and I plan on making one for just about every month of the year because they're so easy.


Why I Wouldn't Hate...

having another boy...

I've had several people ask me if this baby is a girl lately (I guess I look large enough to be midterm). I've spent a lot of time thinking about what gender I "want" this baby to be. After having two high-energy, messy, loud, destructive boys, sometimes it seems like having a girl would be a much-needed break (although, with my luck, she'd end up being a tomboy). However, I've found there are many reasons that I'd actually want to have a third boy.

1) No need to buy new clothes. I have boxes and boxes of little boy clothes in every size for both seasons (since Kyle was born in winter and Lucas was born in summer). HUGE money saver!

2) I know how to deal with "boy" drama. We had a family get-together at my in-laws' last night, and I observed how different "girl" drama is from "boy" drama. It's not necessarily any more dramatic--I just know how to handle a dramatic boy and I have NO CLUE how to handle a dramatic girl.

3)I don't have to wake up earlier to get places on time. I'm already chronically late (church is the worst, BTW), and I have a hard enough time getting myself ready. Boys are pretty much wash-and-go, which leaves me plenty of time to take care of myselfe. Cole and I have already vowed that if we ever do have a girl she will always be fully decked out. In order for me to accomplish that, I'll have to plan more preparation time...which generally means less sleep in the morning. And I'd be totally insane to want to sleep LESS.

(These are all tongue-in-cheek, in case you couldn't tell. If this baby is a girl, it will seriously be no trouble at all making the adjustment.)

On a more serious note, this is something I have been REALLY thinking about lately. It seems to me that people I know (both close friends and distant acquaintances), especially members of the church, have been having a disproportionate number of boys lately. I wondered if this was just random chance of if there was actually a greater explanation.


It's no secret that we live in the latter days. We all know what kinds of prophecies will be fulfilled, quite possibly in our lifetime. I am personally of the belief that the Second Coming of our Savior is a lot closer than we expect. Before that, the gospel will be spread to all kingdoms and nations of the earth. This is going to take a SUBSTANTIAL missionary force. I fully believe that the surge of little boys being sent to this earth is in preparation for that need for missionaries.

When I think about these boys and the responsibilities they will face, I'm reminded that it is my responsibility as their mother to train them up in the way they should go. It is my job to teach them the gospel and prepare them to serve the Lord. It's so humbling to me to think about the important role I have in the future of the church.

This is why I wouldn't mind having another boy. I would love the sacred opportunity to prepare another one of Heavenly Father's choice spirits for service in His kingdom. I only hope that one day, my sons can look back and say of me, like the stripling warriors in The Book of Mormon, "We do not doubt our [mother] knew it."
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