Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Her brother is missing her already!

Ella started "pre-school" today and was SO excited! We are doing a little "joy school" this year with 4 other little girls and she is very excited about it. Each week a mom takes a turn teaching the lessons and that way since there are 5 girls you only have to teach every 5 weeks. I was a little nervous about it, because I really don't want her to grow up and I like having my two little munchkins home, but she really wanted to do it. She said she had a great first day and she loved making new friends. When I asked her about it when she came home, she said, mom it was really fun, we did TWO crafts! She loves them! When I asked her what she learned she said " Mom I didn't learn anything! (with a REALLY big smile on her face!) I am sure she learned something but was having too much fun to notice! As for Cavin and me. Well, we undertook potty training a week ago, and this kid is doing awesome! He really wanted to and has done great. He goes when he says he needs to and understands really well. Now, we ALL know potty training is a process, not a task you can just check off, so he still has a long way to go before I am not hyperventilating at the store, but so far, I can't complain! (we still have to figure out the #2 thing, right now he just decides not to go for a few days!) Anyway, it was weird having him all to myself, but he is my buddy and we had fun! I can't believe my kids are getting so BIG!

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's FOOTBALL Time!!!

Saturday night Ragnar and I were given some tickets to the Texans vs. Cowboys game! That is one of the perks of working in the sports industry, you can trade tickets or have easier access to getting tickets and these were free so all the better! We ended up getting four tickets so we invited my brother Corey and his son John to come with us. Ragnar and John had never been to an NFL game so we had a fun time just being there. The game wasn't so great. The Cowboys, who Ragnar LOVES, played horribly so he wasn't too happy about that, but Corey and John were excited about how well the Texans were doing. As for me, I tried to stay mutual on this one and just cheer when a good play was made!

Here we are!

Reliant Stadium is nice, and it was especially fun having a "Morgan Freeman" (as Corey called him) look-a-like in front of us who kept us entertained!

Here are the boys! It's a good thing I love football too!

Thanks for a night out Rags, and thanks for coming Corey and John, and a special thanks to mom and dad and Natalie for watching the kids (especially since Cavin is potty training :).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Saying Goodbye!

It's always sad to say goodbye to a phase of your life. Whether it is good or bad, it defines who you are. On Monday we officially signed all the papers and handed over the keys (or our neighbor did). We were so grateful that after 2 years and 5 weeks that we were able to finally sell our home, but it is bittersweet. We loved having a townhouse as our first home. We loved these pictures as we watched it being built. We loved the people we lived around, the memories of children that were born and brought home there, the very beginning of our life together. We have been very blessed and feel EXTREMELY blessed to have been able to live there, and been able to afford to pay for both homes during this difficult time of trying to sell. We are so grateful for our neighbors, the MacNairs who so willingly took care of things after three realtors couldn't do their part. We will never forget this first home, but look forward to the many memories we will make in our next. Goodbye Smithfield, Utah, Goodbye CastleView Manor.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Austin Fun!

This week I got to go up to Austin with the kids to see my two great friends. I spent the nights with Stacey, Ben and their two girls Gabriella and Madilynn. We had a great time playing and visiting, but I also got to see my great college friend Kristen who was in Austin for a wedding. It was so nice to catch up. The kids and I had a great time!

Here is Kristen. I so miss hanging out together in college!

The rest of the trip was just Cavin and the girls :)

We went to a play place at a mall because it is TOO HOT to go to the park!

Here are their silly faces :)

Then Cavin and Ella went on their first carousel ride. Ella loved it, Cavin not so sure (as with anything :)

Riding the giraffe

Madi, Gabi, and Stacey

We went to a little pool to play!

Check out these amazing goggles! WOW...Babe magnet!

Madi chillin (had to have a picture of the sweet little girl)

And.....the princesses. Ella and Gabriella love to dress up and they sure look cute!


We really enjoyed getting away for a minute. Of course it would have been fun to have Ragnar along too, but we had a great get away. Thanks so much for hosting Stace and all the amazing dinners. Kristen thanks for taking time away from the family fun! I have great friends!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekend Fun

Cavin, Sunny, Ella, and Macey

Book time before bed!

Gearing up for the big adventure!

So this weekend we got to spend some of the time with our friends the Millers and their kids. They went out on a date to the temple and we had them for part of the night. My kids love playing with them and I think Cavin has a little crush on Sunny. He follows her EVERYWHERE! :) The next day we went with them and another family on the Port of Houston Tour Boat. They wouldn't let you take your camera on board, SO I had to get some pictures before. The kids loved being on a boat. It was about an hour and a half long which was about a half hour too long, but they still had fun. It was a fun free event for the day to do together. It is nice when your kids are at an age where it doesn't take much to entertain them or make their weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Only Ragnar

Only Ragnar would think to leave something like this before heading to work this morning :) It really is the little things in life that make the difference!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Six Years!

It was SO bright, we could NOT get a decent picture!

This past weekend Ragnar and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. Six years have flown by! It seems like every other year we try and do something more extravagant, but every year the one thing we do love to do is go to the temple to do sealings. We love to be able to go and be in the very place where we were married. This year was especially cool, because we were back in Texas at the temple where we were married and we were sealed for someone else at about the exact same time and place that we were sealed 6 years ago. It was fun. We went to dinner with my dad and sister and the kids afterwards and we had a nice relaxing 3 day weekend together. This past year has been a difficult one for us, and we are so grateful that through it all, we have each other and we feel like we both have grown so much these past few years. I love you Rags and look forward to many more years of celebrating.