Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Us!

12 years

6 births

1 funeral

2 houses

1 apartment

3 jobs

6 cars

3 couches

many trials

COUNTLESS blessings


Sunday, December 26, 2010

The first video is Reagan opening his gift from Brad Christmas morning.  (It is a Donald Duck Pez) Reagan's mouth is full of gum from his stocking.
The second video is fearless Aubryn skiing December 23rd.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Random Tid Bits

Reagan "helped" Rylan say the prayer at dinner last night.  It went like this,
"Please bless that we will have fun tomorrow.  Please bless we can do whatever we want.  Please bless Santa will come and bring us presents."

During dinner Reagan sat tall and let out a big burp followed by, "I have BAD MANNERS!"

Reagan has been known to throw up when he eats to much junk food.  It happened again recently after the neighborhood cookie exchange.  A couple days ago he asked me to open a wrapper from a piece of candy.  While I peeled the wrapper he told me with a big grin (what other kind does he have?), "I like to puke!!"
Rylan was terrified of Santa.
When Reagan sat on Santa's lap he asked him for a candy cane.  Last year he asked him for an orange.
Aubryn wants a pillow pet. And a bunny Zhu Zhu.  And a Zhu Zhu car.
Brad wants Home Alone 3, which Brian and Brad found at our friend Garth's house when they stopped in for a visit.  He has the whole collection Brad can borrow!
Rylan's new favorite word is WHY? and, of course, NO! and he screams way to much.
When Reagan says, "I'm gunna beat you up!" he means, "I'm going to beat you!"
When he says, "I don't want to be ice cubed."  he means, "I don't want to get really cold."
One last thing worth remembering.  Last Sunday the children sang a song on the stand at church.  Reagan whispered to Brian that he didn't want to sing.  Brian told him to just go up there and smile.  He did.  He stood right in front with his huge teethy grin and didn't sing one word.  He smiled big the whole time and waved at a few people too.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below

With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars. Reflecting on the Snow.

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear

but the sounds of Christmas can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring.

For it is beyond compare to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart.

But I am not so far away. We really aren’t apart.

So be happy for me dear ones. You know I hold you dear.

And be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I send you special gifts more precious than pure gold.

I send you each a memory of my undying love.

After all “LOVE” is the gift, more precious than pure gold.

It was the most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do.

For I can’t count the blessings and love he has for each of you.

So, have a Merry Christmas, and wipe away that tear.

Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Just so you know...

Brian is an insurance "smellman" and James sucks on a "firepacer."  So says Reagan.
It is 30 degrees outside today and Aubryn asked me if she could sell lemonade.  I said no.  She said, "but it will make me feel warm."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I asked Aubryn, "Did you bring home your homework?"

"Uhhh, the teacher hides it."
Reagan was very interested at lunch today about where his food goes when he eats it.  I got out a book about the human body and showed him the esophagus and the stomach and so on.  He asked, "Where does the apple land?"  as in, after he swallows it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Jeffery R. Holland stated, "It is the plain and very sobering truth that before great moments, certainly before great spiritual moments, there can come adversity, opposition, and darkness."

Today I was looking closely at a nativity set. Mary had a flower in her curled hair. She had make-up on and looked poised and ready for her picture to be taken. I thought how strange that was. Then I imagined what Mary must have really looked like just after giving birth to the Christ child. I imagine her hair was a bit messy. Her face probably was not fancy. She was most likely exhausted after a long journey and then labor and delivery. She was not dressed in her best clothes. She was most likely looking weak.

So, because of who I am, my mind turned to my labors. Moments before the births of my children, I looked and sounded at my worst. I cried. I had let it all go. I had completely surrendered and succumbed to what was happening to my body. I didn’t care how I looked. Society tells me, as a woman, to look beautiful by their standards is when I should feel my best. When I am dressed in cute clothes and my hair lays just right, then I should feel happy. Yet, it was after these moments of complete fragility and tenderness that I then experienced the most empowering experences of my life. I felt strong and confident. I felt of the power of God. I felt like a truly beautiful and capable woman.

I have felt this in the spiritual realm of my life as well. At the times that are the hardest, times that I do not think I can handle what I have been given, or think that I cannot move on, that is when I surrender to God and feel His peace. I then feel strong, through Him, and know that I will be okay and all will be well. It has happened time and time again.

There are moments in our lives that make us weak and frail and then we truly experience great strength. Who has ever thought a runner was weak minutes before he crossed the finish line?

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Dad, did you know some people don't believe in Santa!?"  said Aubryn.

Thursday, December 9, 2010



Reagan wanted to call his Dad at work.  He never has before.  I dialed the number and handed him the phone with the instructions to ask for Brian.  The phone rang.

"Thank you for calling Allstate, this is Val."

"No!  This is Reagan.  When are you coming home!?"

"Mom."  Reagan whispered, "Can I tell you a secret?"

"Sure. "  I said.

"Eyeballs are yuck."

I had to have him whisper it to me three times before I understood what he said.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Mom, I had the baddest, baddest dream.  I got lost and somebody found me and I pushed their button and they got mad at me." said Reagan.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

These Videos Make Me Happy

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Good Question, Wondering that Myself.

Yesterday we took our kids to a Pioneer Christmas play in Salt Lake.  Reagan and Rylan were really having a hard time behaving.  I took them out in the hall about half way through the show.  I was wondering why in the heck we drove down to Salt Lake for this, when a reporter from the Deseret News came up and asked me, "Why did you bring your children to this?"   READ HERE

Friday, December 3, 2010

Out Takes

Wondering why Mom is acting so silly.
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James at 2 1/2 months

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"Mom!  I had the yucky stuff in my mouth and I sounded like anudder guy!"  Reagan said.
"Mom, look, his nose is movey."  Reagan said refering to a wiggley nose on a snowman decoration.
"That was kind of hard."  Said Aubryn after getting James out of his bassinett, almost tipping it over and then tripping onto the floor.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I was getting frustrated with Reagan at dinner tonight because he would not eat his food.  I looked over at him at one point and he was licking/eating the back of his chair. 

"Reagan!  Stop that!  Why are you eating the chair and you won't eat your food!?"

"Because it has frosting on it."  he said.

Later in the evening the kids were have a snack before bed.

"I want more ice cream."  Reagan said.  Brian told him he couldn't have anymore ice cream, but he could have a carrot.

Reagan said, "I only want to eat tasty stuff."

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday, Aubryn!!

Aubryn on her first birthday!
Happy birthday, Aubryn!!  I love you SO much.  You are a blessing!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Roll Call

So, Hubby and I were talking the other night about how many people look at this blog.  We disagree.  I think about 15 to 20.  He thinks closer to 50.  50!!?  We need to settle this.  I opened the comments.  If you follow us on this blog, will you just say "here" so we can count you?  Thanks.  I need to come up with something good for when I win this bet.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

First Snow

Aubryn and Reagan watched Brian out the window as he did this. I overheard their commentating.

"What's he doing?" Aubryn said.

"I think he's making a circle." said Reagan

"It's a heart!" Aubryn said.

"Yeah, he is a good walker on the snow." Reagan said.

I think this has become a tradition.  See HERE  and HERE
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Aubryn's party!

Friday, November 19, 2010

How To Be A Rock Star!

1. Wear tight black jeans
2. Have long hair that you whip around

3. Stand with your legs far apart, always

4. Have sharp angles on your guitar

5. Sing like you are yelling, but you are really singing

6. Hold the guitar way up, then way down

7. Sometimes, run across the stage

8. Point to the other band members while you play your solo

9. Say the name of the city you are in throughout the concert to get the crowd going

10. Swing your arm back and all the way around when you play a big cord

Lesson taught by TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA!!!!!!!!

Trans Siberian Orchestra from anjie hawks on Vimeo.

Trans Siberian Orchestra again from anjie hawks on Vimeo.

TSO from anjie hawks on Vimeo.

James slept through the show!  It was three hours long!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where in the World is Brian?

                                In front of "Touchdown Jesus"

Brian took a trip to the Utah vs. Notre Dame game in Indiana over the weekend. He flew standby. Not sure he will want to do that again. He left Thursday. Missed the first flight to Indianapolas. Flew to Los Angeles. Took the train to Hollywood.  Did some sight seeing. Took the train back to the airport.  Flew a red-eye to Indianapolas. Arrived early Saturday morning.  Drove three hours to the game. Go UTES! They lost. They lost bad. Drove three hours back to Indianapolas. Wandered around Indianapolas on Sunday. Went to the Airport early Monday morning. Missed the flight to Salt Lake. Waited all day in the airport. Got on a late flight to Los Angeles. Missed the flight to Salt Lake. Slept on airport floor. Barley got on the flight to Salt Lake Tuesday morning.
                                    "First Down Moses"
                            Brian, Danny, and Jason.
                       Jason sleeping on the airport floor.
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This is the Kid's Playroom

I think they are excited for Christmas. The rest of the house still has autumn decorations up. By the way, Brad cut out the murals. Amazing!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

"Mom, I lost my tongue."  Reagan said.

Aubryn replied, "Reagan, if you lost your tongue then you can't speak Spanish."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"AAAAHHHHHHHHH!"  I heard from Aubryn's room shortly after she went to bed tonight.  I hurried in.

"Are you okay?"  I asked.


"Was that you?"


"What are you doing?"

"Trying to scare my hiccups away."  she said.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Turtles and Cars in all the Wrong Places

"Eww! That smells like turtles!"  Reagan said refering to my hair.
Rylan was having a hard time falling asleep this afternoon at nap time.  I kept going in his room checking him and telling him to lay down and go to sleep.  After awhile I was getting a bit frustrated. 
"Mom.  Moooom!"  he called.
I went in and asked, "What?"
"Eeeee Mom. (see Mom)" he said as he pointed to his bottom and turned it toward me.
"Are you poopy?"  I asked.
"No. Eee Mom." and he did the same thing.  So I checked his diaper.  I found a matchbox car stuffed down the back of his diaper.  I can see how it would be hard to go to sleep with a car parked in there.  What a "crack" up.

Monday, November 8, 2010


The first thing Reagan said when he saw me today was, "Mom!  I have to tell you my dream!"  (Proof that this child truley is mine)  He told me all about it and I was in the dream.  Then he said, "Remember?!"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Trying for a nice pic

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Friday, November 5, 2010

I love this in black and white.
This blessing outfit is special in our family.  Brian was blessed in it, and so were his two brothers.  All my boys have been blessed in it.  That is 8 boys!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Brian!!

Brian's birthday was Nov 1st. Unfortunatly, he got the stomach flu for his birthday. It didn't even come with a card. We did have a hot date to Denny's and Winco a few days before. Fun times!! Doesn't seem to matter what we do or where we go, just glad to be with you!! I love you, Bri!
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