Sunday, November 22, 2015

School Picture: Kindergarten

Take 1:
Pretty cute right?! I mean I anticipated the funny smile, but the eyes looking off were driving me bonkers. Wes of course was not bothered, even going as far as saying she was supposed to be looking off. Uh, no. I just couldn't let it go, so we did re-takes.

Take 2:
Much better. Sure, her smile is still not genuine. But, she is looking at the camera for the win. 

My sweet little kinder-girl. To say she is loving school is a gross understatement.

Primary Program

We had our church's primary program last month, which is when the children ages 3-11 are in charge of the songs and messages (with the help of their leaders of course). So my Peyton got to be part of it again. She had two parts. She was a little nervous of course, so though she had both memorized she got help the first time. The second time she got up there and delivered her message perfectly. I am in awe of my children. They are so sweet, confident, kind and capable! I love watching them blossom into incredible little people. Though at the same time I am hit every so often by the fact that they soon will be grown, and my heart aches. It all goes by too quickly! What a wonderful job motherhood is.

Love this girl. She is truly as sweet as she is cute.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What Are You Going to Be on Halloween Night?

One of my favorite things from this year was singing old Halloween songs from my childhood.

My kids especially loved this song- which is frankly just...... well, horid. Yet I remember singing this song and my kids loved it! It is almost guaranteed to make you laugh because it is so bad.

We also listened to a lot of, "What are you going to be on Halloween Night?"........

And it also just so happened that my kids each chose a character from this song.

Peyton had her costume picked out for forever, and knew exactly how she wanted it to be. A sheet ghost! It had to be scary too. Honestly, she only wanted her eyes cut out but I knew that probably wouldn't fly all night for a 5 year old, so we did improvise a little with her permission of course.

Jovie on the other hand was pretty set on being a black cat for most of the beginning of October. However, somewhere along the lines she got being a witch in her head and never looked back once she committed to it and told anyone and everyone she was going to be "a scary witch." And once I painted Peyton's face, she just had to have her face painted too.
The two loved being dressed up and did super getting their faces painted! Peyton sure was one of a kind, ironically because how iconic is a sheet ghost?! Jovie was one of many witched, but in my humble opinion she was the cutest one around.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't really happy they were what they were and not princesses. I love that they have unique personalities and still don't know they are "supposed" to be feminine. I love that Peyton LOVED her costume and didn't care no one else looked like her (and in my opinion she looked so hilarious). She loved scaring people and loved when people acted scared... she did scare a few young kids for reals too. And every ghost decoration she would yell.... "There's my cousin!"

Halloween we split our time between our ward Halloween party with a fun (real) hay ride, games, bounce houses, and then meeting with some friends in a nearby neighborhood for some real trick or treating. The kids were awesome and had so much fun with their besties! I am really greatful for the friends we've made and the friends the kids have. They are wonderful kids!

Wes and I didn't feel like we had enough reason to dress up so we were a bunch of bums this year, but hope to do something again next year.
Jovie really enjoyed the "cake walk" at the ward party. And when I say cake I mean frosting, because that's all she eats. And she loves her some chocolate frosting.
And Peyton and her friends on the hay ride... proving that the freaks do truly come out at night.

Then trick or treating time with our friends. It was an absolutley fabulous night.
And if Peyton doesn't truly look scary and hilarious in this photo, I just don't know what to tell ya. Wes and I about died laughing looking at her in this.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Halloween Prep

It feels soooo weird to write about Halloween since it feels like it happened a lifetime ago, even though it was only like 2 weeks.

My girls were enthralled with Halloween this year. Claiming it was their all-time favorite holiday for 100 million years... their words, not mine. So anything and everything Halloween they just loved. Even if it scared them just a bit. Don't get me wrong, we didn't do anything scary and don't do scary Halloween, they are just sensitive souls is all.

To prepare for the big day we crafted, carved, watched Halloween movies, trunk or treated at different places, hit up a pumpkin patch, and ate way too much candy. Like seriously lived off candy for about 2 weeks it felt like.

At Peyton's school "Fall Festival":

Jovie and her Cinderella friends, Ruthie and Charlotte (aka Chummy)
 Peyton with her teacher Miss Woken
 And with her BFF Gracy
I made my girls bring their allowance to buy things there... they both chose cotton candy. 
 And Jovie chose this game, while Peyton opted to go through the "Freaky (or freaking as Peyton said) Fun House" with Wes.
 Of course we put up our decorations and crafted a bit throughout the month. The girls loved some of the decorations and used it on themselves.
Carving pumpkins--- a Halloween must. Don't be fooled by Jovie who was completely uninterested and was quite content watching Hotel Transylvania and eating popcorn while I did all the dirty work. Peyton was awesome and did most of hers (besides the actual carving) all by herself for the first time ever. Although I don't think she was too sad joining her sister either.
-Funny fact: that purple bucket was Jovie's trick or treat bucket and literally never left her side at home. She had it in her hands at all times. She didn't really care about the candy but HAD to have the bucket within sight at all times. Even when she slept she had to have it on her dresser. The first thing she did when she woke up is grab her bucket and constantly carried it around. I think it is funny it made it into this picture.
For my dad's birthday (on the 25th) we went with the whole family to our favorite pumpkin patch. We failed to consider the fact it was the last weekend before Halloween and slammed. I may have had a minor panic attack and lost my cool... I was also starving and tired which does not make for a pleasant April. But regardless of those things, we really did have a blast.
And I felt loads better getting some delicious Spaghetti Factory in my system as we ended the celebratory night.
Another night Wes and Jovie met Peyton and me after her dance class at Chick-Fil-A for their fall festival. The girls got their face painted, we rode the "hay ride" and pet some animals all before enjoying a delicious meal. Have I mentioned that Chick Fila is practically the only place Jovie will eat meat? Girl has good taste I suppose.
 And again we joined my parents for their wards party and trunk or treat before the real deal holifield.
 Peyton won the "spookiest costume" award during their costume parade.
 2 weeks of candy folks......
 We also went one night to "The Halloween House" by my brother in Riverside. But this was one of the more infuriating moments of my month. We got there super early and parked ourselves (genuinely the first ones there). As late comers came this big man (pushing I would guess about 400 lbs) stood directly in front of us. When the show started I kindly asked him to sit or move to the side as he was blocking my kids and family (and about half the house). He stared at me and didn't bother moving at all. I was teary eyed with anger and even my very calm, cool, and collected husband was more bothered than I usually ever see him. So much that we were both stewing and we just ended up leaving and took the girls to get donuts instead. People... seriously I am getting mad writing about this. Luckily, we had seen a few songs from a previous show, so Jovie got to dance to Halloween music which is all she cared about anyway.
 Can you believe we still have the actual night to write about?!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tommy Want Wingy

Loving that this little Miss still performs on command. And loves the attention she gets too.


Next I'll have to record her "whippin' and nay-naying".

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Riley's Farm: Field Trip

Peyton got to go on her first field trip in a school bus!!! And I got to go with her! We had a lot of fun learning about apples, riding on a hayride, making cider, petting animals, etc. It worked out nicely that one of my friends who happens to be the mom of Peyton's friend in class came along so I got to have a friend to hang out with too. I think my favorite part of the day was hearing a kid ask "Is that Riley" as we showed up to the farm and saw the workers dressed in "timely" clothing. It was pretty funny. But, I also loved having lunch with Peyton and visiting with her friends.

 making apple cider
 Peyton and BFF Gracy
 The little group of girls I was in charge of.
 Her class
 Her favorite part... the bus ride

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Here it is... the rest of September. Really it's not even events so much as just cute photos of the girls I can't stand to leave out.

I was reading to the girls one morning, and Wes snapped this.
 One day my family all met together to do a 6 (I think) mile bike ride to the Soup Plantation and back. The kids did awesome. I only had one major scare when Peyton went quickly downhill towards the main street and fell over right before into the bushes.
 I forget where we were coming from but this little girl still crashes from time to time.
 I've always thought Peyton looked like my mom until Sandie sent this one over to me of her as a kid. Now I think she looks like both of her grandma's and very little like either or her parents.
 My favorite.... "shhhhhhh"
Me and my Peyton Pie
 One of Jovie's many selfies.
 A rare cold day.... if it rains, they must wear their boots.
 We watched some friends of ours and had a lot of fun playing at the park and lake.
 Cousins!!! It's so fun to watch these 2, only 28 days apart but so very different in so many ways.
 They took photos of each other on my phone. I found them and my heart just melted!