Thursday, March 6, 2014

Grandma and Grandpa

In January, Grandma and Grandpa Mills came to visit and we loved having them. Luckily, the zoo was having a free day and we took advantage. 

Lucy's favorite animal is the zebra. And because it is Lucy's, it is also Josephine's.  

It was packed, to be sure. But we had fun anyways. Caleb's favorite was the tiger. He is obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes right now, and so he has the same devotion to tigers that Calvin has.

We went to McDonalds, played games, and enjoyed having family with us. Thanks for coming Grandma and Grandpa!

It's Alive, It's Alive!

I am resurrecting this blog, blowing off the dust, and posting again. I am doing this for the sole purpose of having a record for my family. Again. The kids are growing so fast and life is getting so busy and we need to remember. So, here we go again.

Starting with Christmas, we spent the holidays in our new home in Colorado. We did our usual tradition of acting out the Nativity. 

The manger and blanket/sheep.

Siya was Mary, Truman was the baby, Caleb was Joseph, and both girls wanted to be angels and not shepherds, so Mom was the shepherd. 

Christmas morning did not disappoint. We had such a happy, relaxing, exciting morning. We spent the day together, playing with all the toys and gifts we received. It could not have been more fun.

Siya loved her Bubble Guppies theatre stage for quite a while. We also wore our new Christmas pj's for most of the morning. This was the first year we opened pj's on Christmas Eve. Adam really wanted to have this tradition in our family.

Caleb LOVES LOVES LOVES legos. Anything legos. It's a fun phase. Now I just have to come up with a way to keep the legos off the ground so that Truman doesn't eat them now that he is rolling everywhere.

Adam's big gift was a ladder! Functional, but he was excited. 

Truman LOVED his first Christmas! He is just as sweet as sweet can be.

Lucy loved her giant art kit. She is still using it quite often three months after Christmas. Thanks Meema!

We had a merry merry Christmas indeed!

Friday, October 19, 2012


We had such a wonderful time picking raspberries this year. This is one thing I really missed while in Orange County. We had lots of yummy strawberries but I sure do love utah raspberries.

The last time we went no one was in this stroller but the year before that I have this same shot with Lucy in instead of Siya.

Now we have helpers too!

Caleb was so enthusiastic he kept shaking his jug to show us his raspberries. It didn't take long for his raspberries to become juice.

But, we sure had fun. And have lots of YUMMMY jam.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sawing Logs

Lucy had her tonsils out few weeks ago. These are the only pictures I managed to take. The whole process was much more painful than I had anticipated so my mind was focused on pain killers rather than recording the event.

Here we are bright and early at the hospital still in our pj's 

I promised her a toy if she was brave and she was so excited to get them out so she could get a toy. The nurses thought she was funny.

The next five days were kind of tough but she made it through. And her snoring improved so much even the first night it convinced me that it was the right thing to do.

Rise and Shout!

We went to our first BYU football game of the season. Nothing like football to put one in the fall spirit.

Caleb came.... and lasted about 20 minutes until we had to go exploring. It was hot but it was fun! Go Cougars!!!


Our Lucy Lu started her preschool year. 

She was so excited and gave me her silly face to show the extent.

This year the school requires a uniform on Mondays.  I think she looks so charming in it.

Friday, August 3, 2012


 I thought I would be so ready for this day, but I am just NOT! Kindergarten has snuck up on me and I am not ready. Caleb sure is though. He is in afternoon kindergarten which made the first day quite tortuous. He spent all morning asking what time it was and why he had to wait until after lunch.

We walked him down to the elementary school and he was mad that we had to go with him, but then he was sweet and gave me a hug and a kiss. Watching him walk away with his class was a tearful event that confused the girls. Lucy kept asking why I was crying.

He's in an interesting class: first, it is year round school which I'm anticipating will be full of transitioning from off to on to off track, second, his teacher is a young guy named Mr. Joshua. It's his first year of teaching and he seems cool and enthusiastic. I'm interested to see how they will get along.

At Caleb's evaluation testing, his teacher concluded that he already knows everything that they will be covering this year in kindergarten. So, now, Adam and I are trying to figure out what is the best thing to do: let him sit for a year and develop social skills and maturity or figure out another game plan to help him keep growing academically. He sure LOVES to learn, but he is still quite an emotional little guy. We would love to hear any suggestions.