Tuesday, November 18, 2014

good & bad.

the good.

this happened last night:
chet wrote those all by himself!
he has never been very interested in this kind of thing,
so those letters seriously make me so happy.

side note: matt has taught chet to draw poop on all of his pictures.
for example, if we draw a giraffe/bear/dog/etc chet always wants to add a pile of that animals poop to the picture.

the bad.

this past week has been so cold!
i accidentally left a 20-can case of diet coke in my car and this is what happened:
what a shame. a waste of perfectly good diet coke ;)
oh ya, and a total mess of our car.

matt's winter camp also got cancelled because it was too.. wintery.
is that possible?!
temperatures dropping to -30C with the windchill was what did it in.
i feel bad that all his hard work to plan the camp was ruined, but i have to admit part of me was relieved that matt didn't have to spend a night in a tent in that weather!
hopefully the weekend they reschedule it on will be less ridiculous.

Monday, November 10, 2014

tidbits from lately.

i took this picture the other day when the boys were watching a show.
it makes me so happy!
for 2 reasons:
1. i totally remember watching shows like this! i can't believe our boys are old enough to be doing things that i can remember doing. ahh when did this happen? they are turning into little people right before my eyes!
2. chet was first to lay down on the floor like that. and i watched as holden quietly observed his big brother for a minute, and then slid himself off the couch and down on the floor next to chet. and he kept checking to see if he was doing everything just like chetty. i am amazed by the relationship those two little turkeys have. they are best of friends right now. and i love it!

and here we are doing the worst thing ever - taking selfies.
be a weirdo:
pretending to sleep:

some more tidbits from life lately:

- chet participated in his first primary presentation this sunday. and it was seriously the cutest thing. matt and i watched with such pride. i swear we had the biggest, dorkiest smiles on our faces throughout the entire thing. unless, that is, i was sobbing from the sweet spirit that filled that chapel. there really is something so special about the primary children. they always manage to bring the strongest spirit to a room. i am so grateful that our boys get to grow up being taught in such an amazing organization.

- chet and holden are doing so good at gymnastics these days. to be clear, i don't think they are on there way to the olympics anytime soon. or ever. i am more just impressed with how chet is learning to be brave and try new things, and how holden is learning to follow instructions. i can't believe we only have a few more weeks of gymnastics, and then we will be onto something new. we are thinking of trying 'sportball' in the new year. it is a class where kids get to learn a different sport each week. for the record, i will support my boys in playing anything but hockey. mostly because i don't want to sit in cold arenas every week. ideally they will want to play basketball or volleyball - team sport, indoor so the weather doesn't matter, little equipment investment, and i like those games:) but if they choose to be band geeks, then i will be the best dang band geek mom there ever was.

- since i just mentioned hockey... matt's brother gave us a pair of his season tickets to a flames game. the flames lost. but we got to eat a malt and some mini donuts.. so who really cares which team won? another highlight was that got a tour of the ridiculously complex system that controls the ice rink. one of matt's counselors in the YM presidency is an ice engineer at the saddledome, so he took us down under the ice during intermission. i know it sounds kinda lame, but it was actually fascinating. i honestly just thought they filled the floor with water and let it freeze.. but i was very wrong. there is a whole team of people who take care of the ice as their full time job. matt almost got to ride the zamboni during intermission, which would have been so hilarious! but it didn't work out. hopefully next time it does.

- i made a quilt! i did it as a personal progress goal. and i think it turned out cute. but, one day as i sat at our kitchen table sewing a quilt with my headphones in (listening to the new taylor swift album, obviously.) matt told me i was a nerd! ruUUUde. especially coming from a boy who was playing 'clash of clans' at the very moment that he called me a nerd. but, perhaps he meant 'nerd' in a cute, intelligent, endearing type of way. 

- we inherited a whole bunch of lego. and our boys love lego. and when i say 'love' i mean 'loooOOOOove' it. they play with it every. single. day. and i step on the dang stuff every. single. day! ugh. but, despite the fact that lego causes me so much physical pain at times, i do love it too. i think it is a great toy. i love watching our boys fit the pieces together into little creations that they are so proud of. sometimes i am blown away by their creativity.

- we are basically celebrities. see:
ok, not really.
moving on..

- the boys and i went to the bow habitat museum & fish hatchery with the clarke cousins. we got to the feed a school of 27,000 trout in the hatchery, and then we spent a couple hours touring through the discovery center. it was really interactive and the kids loved that. i can't believe i had no idea this place even existed until a few weeks ago. 

- matt slammed his phone in his truck door. that means, that for the first time in our marriage, *he* was the first one to break his phone this round!

- chet told me he wants to be a mom when he grows up, rather then a dad. his reasoning? because moms don't have to do work.
but... chet i do work. being a mom is hard work. and i also literally go to work. remember?
"ya, but moms don't drive a truck to work like dads," he says.
oh. gotcha.

- matt is going on his first scout camp as a YM leader this weekend. it was supposed to be a fall camp, but the weather took a turn for the worse this week and nothing about this camp will be 'fall'. it will be a winter camp through and through. i feel so bad for him! there is not a bloody chance i would EVER sleep in a tent in -20 weather. not. a. bloddy. chance. let's hope the temperature rises a couple (dozen) degrees. matt is actually out in the garage right now chopping fire wood. keep chopping, sweetheart.. that fire could never be too big!

- when i was going to school in provo, my roommate's mom got us a wicked deal on those enormous 8 foot bean bags that used to be so popular back then. so, naturally, i got one. can't turn down a good sale, right?! haha. unfortunately, since the original purchase i have never lived somewhere big enough to house this monstrosity, so my parents have been given the great honor of keeping it in their homes. until a couple week ago. when they sold their canadian home in preparation for their move to arizona. and we were faced with the choice to either sell the bean bag or make way for it. i said sell. matt said make way. so we made way. we did some rearranging, and some furniture tossing, and we now have room for the beloved bean bag. it's a bit obnoxious, but our boys love it to bits. they play on it more then i ever imagined. and, if it helps us burn up some energy this winter, i will have to way it's well worth the space it takes up.

and now i will finish off this random post with - you guessed it - more random stuff.
this picture has been floating around our house lately.
it was from our pre-wedding family baseball game/BBQ.
we shoulda worn those outfits on our wedding day. it would have been more memorable!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

halloween 2014.

somehow these super heros got their 80-year-old great grandpa to push them around on his walker!

well, compared to our halloween in san diego last year, this halloween was not very warm.
*but* compared to previous halloweens in calgary, this halloween was quite pleasant.
heck, there wasn't any snow on the ground!
and around these here parts, that's a pretty big deal.
usually everyone ends up wearing the exact same costume... a winter coat and boots.
and it's super lame.
lucky for us, the snow held off until november 1st this year.
if you can consider that lucky...

i think halloween is a weird holiday.
i could easily do without it. i'm assuming most adults feel the same way.
but our boys like it, so it is fun to make it a magical night for them.
plus, dressing kids up in adorable costumes is awesome.

back in september, we asked chet what he would like to be for halloween.
chet instantly responded, 'batman!!'
since chet has never watched any batman shows, we assumed that idea would pass.
but it didn't.
so we just went with it.
chet got to be batman. and holden - by default - got to be robin.
i wanted the boys to be a happier/brighter version of batman & robin then i have seen in the stores, so off to pinterest i went.
and there i found a step-by-step tutorial of how to make retro batman & robin costumes.
it was perfect.
i followed the tutorial almost exactly and, although i had my doubts along the way, the end result was so cute!
i had a lot of fun putting the costumes together with our boys. it was a fun project.

chet has already decided that that he would like to be a rooster for halloween when he is five.
and a blanket when he is six.
let's keep brainstorming, buddy.

aside from the obvious trick or treating on halloween night, we celebrated by carving pumpkins, making really gross halloween cookies that we threw away, trunk or treating in the cranston chapel parking lot on monday night with a bunch of LDS friends, tagging our boys along to a tri-ward youth halloween party - where our boys won 'cutest costume', going to the mall to trick or treat indoors and ride the scary-go-round.
it was a week FULL of halloween-ness.
and it was fun.
but i have already chucked our pumpkins and am ready for what's next!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


i wasn't very good at documenting thanksgiving this year.
we did lots of good stuff, but apparently i wasn't in the mood to take pictures of it.
the only one i took was of these dorky little turkey treats the boys and i made:
they didn't turn out quite like the picture on pinterest, but nothing ever does.
..including the halloween costumes i am currently working on!

despite the lack of pictures, i definitely have lots to be thankful for these days - most of all for my family.
i love 'em to bits.

Monday, October 13, 2014

best friends.

haha they might be getting a bit big for that!

i honestly can't get over how well chet and holden play together these days.
there is no doubt.. they are best friends.
it makes matt and i so happy to see those 2 playing together, helping each other, sticking up for each other, and even getting into mischief together.

holden speaks pretty darn well for a 2 year old.
but there are times when i just can't figure out what he is asking for.
and then, from across the room (and in a tone of voice that implies that i should be embarrassed for not understanding) chet will translate for me.
he always knows exactly what his messy little brother is saying.
and he is always holden's advocate when he is in trouble.
chet is a good big brother. a good helper. and - for the most part - a good example.
and that makes us especially happy because holden will do just about anything his big brother does.
he follows chet everywhere.
chet is lucky to have such an adoring little friend.
holden is always willing to share toys with chet, laugh at chet's lame jokes, and accompany him on a scary trip into a dark part of the house.

chet and holden like to play with lego and train sets, go on family bike rides, play at parks, and wrestle with dad.
chet loooves lobsters (for some odd reason). he was thrilled to try this on at target.
i told holden we were going to pick up chet from joyschool, so he grabbed his backpack for the ride.
chet and matt had a campout in grandpa leavitt's backyard, with haden and uncle todd.

chetty's first talk.

chet gave his first talk in primary last sunday.
it was too cute.
matt and i could not get over how brave chet was.

if you would like to watch the 2 minute talk, you can click here.
or, you can save yourself some time, and just read his talk here:

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi said, “And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.”

This means that when Nephi and his family obeyed the commandments Heavenly Father gave them, they were blessed to be happy.

Some of the commandments Heavenly Father has given my family are:

- Pray.
- Read the scriptures.
- Be kind to others.
- Have family home evening.
- Go to church.
- Take care of our bodies.

I know that when my family and I obey the commandments, we will be blessed with happiness too.

I want to obey the commandments because I love my family, I love my Heavenly Father, and I love being happy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

my best half marathon yet!

i ran the harvest half marathon this morning, here in calgary.
it was such a fun race!
the last organized half marathon i did was almost 2 whole years ago - just after holden was born.
i had forgotten what a thrill an organized race like that is.

the mornings here have been pretty chilly lately, so i was worried this morning would be the same.
i don't like running when it is too cold.
 ... or too hot, or too dark, or too windy ...
good thing i have a treadmill, huh?
while waiting for the race to start, i was shivering like mad.
i literally could not get by body to stop shaking!
but, once i got running, i warmed up pretty quick and it turned into a perfect running day.
the sun was out and there was a nice fall breeze.

most of the run took place in fish creek park.
and, for those of you who don't know calgary, i must tell you that fish creek park is so lovely in the fall!
all the fall colors were the perfect distraction while i ran.

the best part of this half marathon was that i ran it in my best time yet!
i finished in 1:43:17
that placed me 94th out of 950 runners.
and 3rd place out of 119 in my age group (girls 20-29).
i was pretty pleased with that :)

another best part of the run was that my family surprised me by showing up at the end.
i had told matt and my parents not to come, because it didn't seem worth the effort.
but when i reached the last mile marker, my parents were there rooting me on!
and when i crossed the finish line, matt was there with the boys!
(which was super impressive, seeing as how our boys aren't early risers).
it was such a nice surprise to have some cheerleaders.

if you didn't already know, i. love. running.
i honestly crave it.
is that weird?
maybe. but it's true.
it's how i start every day - i wake up before my family, head down to my treadmill, turn on my music, and just. run.
i have that time all to myself. and it makes me happy.
i am sooOOOoo grateful for a strong, healthy body that let's me do all the things i love.
and i make sure to thank my heavenly father for that every day.

this is a blurry picture of me waving to my mom at the last mile marker:
and here is a screenshot of the top chunk of runners in my age group. see my name in 3rd place?!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


we drove out to drumheller on saturday.
it took us about 1.5 hours to get there.

what is in drumheller, you ask?
well... not much.
it's definitely one of the tackier towns we have been to!
why so tacky?
well, the one thing that drumheller does have going for it is that it is home to a dinosaur museum - the royal tyrell museum.
and, to be honest, the museum is super great. very well done. very kid friendly.
chet's reaction when we walked in was, 'WOW!'
there were lots of neat things to see, and read, and touch.
i thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

but unfortunately, because of this really great tourist attraction, the town is 110% dedicated to dinosaurs.
the streets have dinosaur names, the stores all sell dinosaur souvenirs, there are pictures of dinosaurs on every other light post, colorful dinosaur statues at every intersection, and the world's tallest dinosaur in the center of the city.
i felt kinda bad for all the normal people in town who recognize how obnoxious it all is.

but, tackiness aside, we had such a great day trip.
the landscape around drumheller is very unique.
and, thanks to alberta culture days, we didn't have to pay for admission to the museum. score!
instead, we let our boys choose out one of those dinosaur souveniers to bring home.
holden picked a t-rex and chet picked a longneck - which we thought was actually pretty fitting.
chet named his dinosaur pickles, because it is green. and chet loves to eat pickles.
we helped holden name his dinosaur rex, because it is a t-rex...
(we are super creative like that.)

i have always had a hard time understanding where dinosaurs fit in the the grand scheme of things, and have been tempted to just believe they never really did.
they just seem so fantastical.
but after walking through the tyrell museum, and seeing the irrefutable evidence that dinosaurs did indeed exist at some point, i guess i have to believe it.
although, it's still a pretty crazy thought!

(the lighting in the museum made it impossible to take a good picture)
(i take way too many pictures of our kids sleeping in the car..)

Friday, September 26, 2014


i love my little nerds.
(how did that picture turn out so awkward?!)

i love my big nerd too.
matt bought this cake for himself, and brought it home to share.
which means he was the one to ask the workers at marble slab to write 'matt's cake' on it!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

summer is back!

calgary is bipolar.
we had boots and sandals lined up beside each other last week.
i feel like shoes and sandals is an acceptable combination.
or shoes and boots.
but boots and sandals seems a wee bit extreme.
but, then again, who am i to say?

all i know is i am grateful the snow didn't stick around long.
we have been outside a lot this past week, soaking up every last bit of summer we will get.

the boys also started gymnastics this week.
it went so well! .. despite the fact that i showed up to the wrong location.
back in high school, i had friends that went to this gym and i just assumed it was still in the same place.
but apparently they changed locations... 10 years ago!
we made it to the right location a couple minutes late (which is actually pretty typical for me) and the boys had a great time.
i am with holden in a mom & tot class, and chet is in a class with 5 other kids his age at the same time. the timing is perfect.
i think it will be great to have gymnastics to look forward to each week through the fall/winter.