Quick trip to Salt Lake

This past weekend my sister, Nancy, and I made a quick trip to Salt Lake to visit our parents. We rented a car and headed south. The trip down was fun, we spent the time talking and laughing. We got there in time for some yummy chicken pot pie for dinner, followed by some divine keylime pie. After dinner we headed to Temple Square for a piano concert by the American Piano Duo. We got there a little early so we had time to snap some pictures of the beautiful flowers around Temple Square. Here we are! Unfortunately, Dad had just had knee surgery and wasn't able to come with us. :(The concert was held in the assembly hall, somehow I've never been in that building, and it was beautiful. I love the architechture and woodwork. The concert was AMAZING! These guys really know how to put on a show. Their fingers were moving so fast and the music they chose really showcased their talent. I loved it!I took some pictures of the temple and thought they turned out pretty good.After the concert we stayed up late talking and enjoying the company. The next morning started bright and early. We were at the library for their semi-annual sale before 7:00. It was overwhelming and crowded. I felt like I was in the way. But, we ended up with some good books for cheap. We got 2 boxes for $33.50. Then we stopped by the apartment to check on Dad and went back out to shop until we dropped. Mom's dear friend, Sis. Rose, came with us and she was just a delight. First we hit the thrift stores and actually found some great finds. We ate lunch at a little British cafe and it was yummy. Sis. Rose is from England and she treated us to fish and chips. I even bought some of the batter it was so good.The afternoon was spent at Hobby Lobby, Shopko and Jo-Ann's. I found some fabric to make the baby's blessing dress and some blankets. By that time we were all ready to go home and relax. We had dinner at mom and dad's and talked for awhile and then made the trek back to Rexburg. It was fun but too fast. I wish we could've spent a few more days there. It was great to leave the kids and have some mommy time but it was also great to be home again and savor their big hugs and squeezes. Joe is an awesome husband and didn't complain once about my trip! Now I have some projects to get started on! Here's our rental car, it was fun to drive!

Joe at work

The other day while Joe was at work these military aircrafts came into the airport and was like a kid in a candy store!

Happy Birthday Eliza!

Yesterday Eliza Jane turned 9! Wow! Eliza is such a fun girl. Whether she's running around like an animal on her hands and feet or getting her hair fixed or drawing a picture she is enjoying life. She loves playing the piano and reading, but also loves bouncing off the walls with her siblings. Eliza is a great helper and can't wait for the baby to be born so she can be mommy's helper. We sure love having Eliza in our family and are so proud of all the things she does and is. Happy Birthday to my little Lizard, love you!!Her first present was a blindfold. She had to follow our commands to find her present.She really wanted this gigantic bear at Valentine's but I told her no. After Valentine's I went back and got it on clearance and then have been hiding it ever since, which was no small feat!Eliza isn't the only one who loves it!Molly patiently watching someone besides herself open presents!Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Mauery!All her loot!Eliza wanted a cake to look like Clover, I had all these great ideas rolling around in my head but when I actually made it, it didn't turn out exactly like I had pictures. Eliza helped make it and she was happy with the end results, that's all that matters, right?!All lit up!Make a wish!Dig in!Mmm!When I checked the kids last night this is how Eliza was sleeping!

Show & Tell

In Eliza's class whenever it's someone's birthday they get to take something for show and tell everyday for the week. Eliza really, really wanted to take her bunny, Clover to show her class. It was fun for all the kids. Quite a few kids commented that her bunny should be Bunnicula because of her pink eyes!Each kid got a turn to pet Clover. She was a little trooper and just laid there letting everyone put her soft fur. "Can I pet the rabbits George." To go along with her show and tell we gave Bunny Tails as her birthday treat.

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I just posted 4 Easter posts so if you're intersted, just keep reading!! Enjoy!

The Egg Hunt!

We went out to Jacob and Lisa's for Easter dinner and the big Egg Hunt. Dinner was delicious, the company was great and the kids had a fun time. I'm so glad we live near Joe's family, I love them so much and it makes it easier being far away from my family. We had the best time! Here are the older kids and Penny ready to search for eggs.Joseph helping Molly find some eggs.Penny wasn't really sure what was going on but she did get excited everytime she found an egg.Molly posing with her basket.Happy Penny on a mission!Found another one!She was just having so much fun!Emma, Jake, Jane, and Joe.After Matthew found his 10 eggs he watched the other kids with this worried look on his face. Adorable!Andrew and Eliza.Dallin.Happy Matthew with his loot.Andrew and Dallin searching.Eliza with Aunt Lisa.Penny made a new friend with her cousin Jacquie, they were almost inseperable.Andrew and his eggs.Eliza in the tree.

Happy Easter!!

Easter Morning

Let the fun begin!

Coloring Easter Eggs

Usually I dread the annual Easter Egg Dye but this year was different. We had the eggs boiled and the dye ready so right when the kids got home from school on Friday we could get started. Everyone had a good time and we got some pretty eggs.The one egg that we put the plastic ring on exploded during the boiling process.I love Eliza's face in this one!Penny was so amazed that the egg turned from white to color magically. She pulled her egg out and was so excited. She kept saying, "I did it!!"The best part of coloring eggs is eating them afterwards. Mmm, love me some deviled eggs!

Piano Festival and Recital

Last Saturday Dallin and Eliza participated in the Festivals at BYU-I and both did really well. This was Dallin's 3rd time playing and he receieved a 99/100. Eliza was brave and this was her first Festival, she received a 98/100. They both worked really hard and it paid off. Good job you two!!Last night Dallin, Eliza, and Andrew had their piano recital. They all played really well, even though they were nervous! Andrew just started taking lessons in January and he's already come a long way. He was really nervous but once he sat down at the piano I couldn't even tell. I'm so glad the kids enjoy playing the piano and they're sticking to it. I guess I'm just a proud mama!!

Pinewood Derby

Dallin has been in scouts for 3 years and this year was his first pinewood derby. They've done the rocket and the raingutter ragata but never the derby. There were no rules, no weight limits, and no winners or losers. Even so, Dallin had a good time.
Dallin stuck a Lego man on the front of his car.In this video you can see that Dallin's car wasn't the fastest but he still had a great time. After the fact we weighed it and realized it was only 3 oz. Next time, maybe...

Our little baby!

Today has been a long anticipated day. The day of our big ultrasound. I love finding out whether it's a boy or a girl and I love seeing it moving, kicking, waving, and just being. It definitely is an amazing thing to see your baby before actually meeting it. The doctor's office had gotten a new ultrasound machine since our last baby and it was neat to be able to see things so clearly. We've never had a 3-D picture and it melts my heart to see this: So perfect and tiny. The kids were very excited to find out if it was a boy or a girl. The boys all wanted a boy and the girls all wanted a girl (well, except for Penny, she still thinks we're having a monkey). I knew the losing team would be sad so we tried to make it fun when we told them. On our way home we stopped by Wal-mart and picked up a gender appropriate outfit and that's how we showed them.I could tell admidst the girls whoops and hollers that the boys were a bit disappointed but after a few minutes they were just as excited, although they did tell me that we'd just have to have a boy next time! I feel so blessed to have the family I have. I admit sometimes I wonder what I'm doing and if I'm crazy but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Spring Break in SE Idaho

The kids had Spring Break this last week and it sure didn't feel like Spring. I think it snowed or tried to snow everyday. It was new, fresh, white snow and it was beautiful. I am not a big fan of snow and am thankful it melted everyday, but it sure was pretty! It didn't stop the kids from wanting to play in it and this is how we spent one of our evenings. The flakes were huge, the biggest I've ever seen! Penny was showing us how cold it was. Brrr!

Molly and Penny making footprints in the snow.
Eliza was having so much fun she even lost her shoe at one point!
Daddy and a very frozen Matthew!
Ready to begin their snowball fight.
I enjoyed watching them from the front porch!
All the little footprints!
Penny was frozen but didn't want to go inside. Daddy's kisses make it all better.Now that the kids are back in school the weather is improving!!


Every year we cover our kitchen window with paper snowflakes. It's one of my favorite traditions. I love seeing the different creations everyone comes up with. This year they stayed up until the snow was almost melted and Joe suggested that maybe it was time to take them down. It always makes me sad to take them down, I never tire of looking at them!

1st Grade Patriotic Program

We had the privilege of attending Andrew's Patriotic program. Even though it's my third time going to the program I still was teary eyed the whole time and loved hearing those little voices sing out for our country. I could tell Andrew had a good time singing and I know we had a good time watching. "We are thankful, greatful, positively joyful, thankful for the USA!" Here's Andrew walking in before the program started. Waiting to sing.Singing the 1st song. I recorded a bunch of video but it takes so long to upload to blogger that you're just going to have to take my word for it!!After the program, posing for his mom!Great job Andrew!!

Happy Birthday Penny Pie!!

Wow! I can't believe that 2 years have already flown past. Penny has been such a blessing in our family. The first 6 months started out hard and plenty of times I was ready to throw in the towel but then miraculously, as if overnight, Penny realized there was a world around her and she became a fun little girl. It has only gotten more fun with each day since. Penny is the sweetest little girl and she is able to express herself through words at an earlier age than any of our other kids. She's talking in sentences and paragraphs. Penny loves being around her siblings and she's very good at copying whatever they're doing. Everyday she makes me smile and count my blessings for such a great little daughter. Penny, your daddy and I love you so much and can't wait to see the things you discover and learn this year! XOXO Let the festivities begin. Penny loves wearing skirts (tutus) so I decided to try my hand at making a couple. Here she is after opening her first present, wearing her new "skirt." Onto the next present.A Princess baby!She got a Weebles treehouse and I think the older kids had more fun playing with it than she did! Enjoying her Wendy's birthday dinner!Penny didn't really know what a birthday was but I do think she remembered what a birthday cake was. With her brothers and sisters help she decided she wanted a princess cake. She would remind me she wanted a princess cake everytime her birthday was mentioned. On my minimal reserve of energy I managed to make her a princess cake. She was happy and that's all that matters, right?!Clapping after the candles were blown out!

St. Patty's Day

Every year I get the kids new shirts for St. Patrick's Day. That's about all the celebrating we do. Sadly, I lack creativity and so therefore there was no green pancakes or a fancy green dinner. The leprechaun doesn't even come for a visit. My poor kids. At least they didn't get pinched!!Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Another School Project

Eliza was assigned to make a diorama based on a scene from her favorite book. She had just finished reading Gulliver's Travels so right now that is her favorite. She decided to do the scene where Gulliver wakes up and is tied down by the Lilliputs. The more we got done on it the more so got excited about it. I think it's my favorite diorama yet!Poor Edward was our Gulliver!
Good job Eliza. Another project done!!

Cake decorating creation

About a week ago I made a birthday cake for our friend's son. He wanted a Lego themed cake and that was his only specification. I put my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with. I did have some setbacks along the way but with my sister's ideas and help we pulled it off. I really love how it turned out. When I delivered it to the party the birthday boy saw it and said, "That is Awesome!" That made it all worth it!

Dallin is growing up

Dallin was awarded his Bear at this month's pack night. He has worked hard and enjoyed doing the requirements. It was an eye opener to see him as one of the oldest scouts. I got a little choked up seeing him in his plaid neckerchief. When he started cub scouts I thought Webelos was so far away and now he's one of them. I really need to stop blinking!Dallin pinning me with the Mother's pin.Doing the bear growl.Good job Dallin! We're so proud of you!