Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Well...I guess I could just re-post the pictures from our last blog entry.  Reed was at work today and slipped on something on the floor and broke his knee cap again.  He was able to get surgery tonight on it, so he didn't have to wait a week to get it fixed this time.  At least this time we know what to expect.

I guess I need to learn some things from this experience since I didn't learn them the first time around.  My sweet Willie already has taught me something during this experience.  Grandpa came and picked the kids up so I could be with Reed during and after the surgery.  One of the first things Willie wanted to do when they got in Grandpa's car was to say a prayer for Reed and for the doctor.  I was too caught up in the logistics of getting everything worked out to remember the more important things.  When Willie got word that the surgery went well, he said, "You know why, right?  Because of the prayer."  Such great faith!  I sure have great kids and I'm glad for all of their great examples and teachers that have helped to teach them the important things.  I am also thankful for great parents who always drop what they're doing to help out and take time to be with the kids.  Willie even chose to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house rather than go to school.  It was a hard choice for him though.  He does love both.

Just in case you missed it the first time-  Although the new x-rays (that I don't have) show his knee cap broken in at least 3 pieces, as well as all the hardware poking out of his broken patella.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Before and After

Crushed knee cap
Getting ready to go to the hospital 
Before surgery
After surgery

Friday, September 9, 2011

Good Thing...

Reed's not riding LOTOJA tomorrow.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


So you started school a week or so ago, and after the first day I was a little worried.  You came home from school and told me it was boring!  Your first day of school!  But as we have gone on, you have liked it more and more.  You come home from school super tired, and for that reason I am glad you are in morning kindergarten so you can still take your afternoon naps.  However, I do wish I was able to take you to school as well as pick you up.  And I would love to come to school and volunteer.  Actually, I would just like to come and be a fly on the wall and watch my little Willie interact in school.
Grandpa Edge came and watched you today while I was at work.  He takes such good care of you boys.  He rode bikes with you to and from school, and he even did some school with Sammy so he didn't feel so left out.  He washed sheets and made you guys breakfast and lunch.  You are lucky to have such great grandparents.
When I got home from work, you went downstairs for a little while, then told me to close my eyes and follow you.  You led me downstairs to the messy play room, and when I opened my eyes, you had cleaned the whole room!  You are such a sweet boy and you like to help and serve those around you.  But you weren't done there, you told me to go upstairs again and when I cam back down, you were trying to vacuum the basement.  This is hard for a little guy, so you resorted to picking up garbage off the floor!  What a nice kiddo you are.
We rode our bikes down to the Aggie soccer game, where you played mostly, and watched a little.  Afterward, we rode our bikes up that BIG hill to get back home.  You worked those little legs to hard and you only had to take one break, which your mamma was glad for, because she was tired!  We then went up to the park for an Elder's quorum  party and had dutch oven dinner and played games.  I don't know that you ate so much, but you sure had fun playing with your brother and friends!
Thanks for being such a great kiddo.  Your mom and dad love you so much.  We are proud of the boy you are becoming.
Know your mom loves you.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

So young?

Willie and I were talking during lunch today and he told me that today at school everyone was saying their favorite colors.  "And I told everyone my favorite color is blue because everyone else's was, and I wanted to fit in."  His favorite color is really green.  It made me sad that he is already worrying about fitting in.  We had a good talk with him about it though.  We are reading about Abinadi and how he "boldly" answered all the priests questions.  He wasn't ashamed.  We asked him if Abinadi would have said his favorite color was blue, just to fit in.  He smiled and said, no, he would have said red.  So apparently Abinadi's favorite color is red...But I was glad that we could tie in our scriptures to his life.  Hopefully he learns that it is ok to be different and it is not so important to fit in that he needs to change who he is.  I didn't think kids started worrying about fitting in so early.   

Monday, August 29, 2011

What to say...

What do I tell this 3-year-old who is CONVINCED he is starting school with Willie tomorrow. I think he is going to have the hardest time with this whole school thing. Poor kiddo is going to miss his best friend.

Totally Jealous

Enough said.


Here are some pictures of one of my favorite plant in our yard- our hibiscus
Here's our garlic for the year. I was disappointed with the size.
Our best hibiscus. Too bad it's in a spot that isn't seen so easily. Good planning Meg.
And this is what happens when you try to get the zucchini bread out of the pan too early. Hmmm...Someone needs to learn a little patience.

Friday, August 26, 2011



Thanks for the bedtime story tonight. I really like it where you tell me a story instead of me telling you one. You are much better at telling stories than I am. I'm so glad you talked me into staying for your story instead of wandering off to bed. I loved hearing about the castle full of good guys. Of 6,000 of them to be exact. And their weapons that were swords like whips. And their armor that was made of diamonds and their skin that shone like diamonds, and was as strong as diamonds, but as soft as your ladybug blanket. Oh yeah, this was a castle in Germany. In outer space. Then there was the castle of bad guys. In Africa. In outer space. There weapons were whips made of diamonds with one dull side and one kind of sharp side. You even showed me what it felt like if you got hit by the whip. I loved the part where you told me what the good guys language sounded like. And I liked that this was the whole story. Next time we will work on the plot a little, but I think you set it up great. Thanks for an awesome bedtime story and some great laughs.


Friday, August 19, 2011


Dear Mikey

You are now almost one-and-a-half. You are a good baby. Even an easy one ninety percent of the time. You are easy going. And when you want something or are not happy, you are not afraid to let everyone know. You have a great set of vocal chords, as long as you don't ruin them. You don't yell or cry too much, though, just enough to get our attention, and maybe the neighbors too. You love your bear and your blankey and your baba. You will take the Yot instead of your bear though. You like to tickle your face with the Yot's hair. You love to suck your thumb. Even though I know it's going to be a pain to get rid of that thumb later, I think it is too cute to worry about now. I love how you will come plop down on my lap any time I sit on the floor. Many times you will bring a book with you. You love our animals. We just got Warrior the kitten a few weeks ago and you love to pet him. One of the first things you do in the morning is "braaak braaaak" at the chickens as I open your windows. You love to go see the chickens. You are my snuggliest. Which makes me happy. You like to play peek-a-boo behind my back. Know that I love you.

Dear Sam

You are now 3 years old, and you think you are 5. Your big brother is about to go off to kindergarten, so now you get to be the big brother. You are such a fun boy and you love life and making people laugh. You are a good big brother to Mikey and I am sure you two are going to be great friends. I love that you always want to be with your mom. I also love to watch you grow and become more independent. Like today when you went down the big slide at the pool all by yourself. And when you want to get dressed by yourself. And when you can go off and play with your brothers for a while. It is so fun watching you grow and learn new things. I am excited for you to have time to grow while Willie is at school. It will give you time to develop your own personality. I love that your favorite color doesn't have to be the same as your best-friend Willie's. Thanks for trying to obey. I know it is hard, but it leads to better consequences when we do. Know I love you.

Dear Willie

This next week you will be starting kindergarten. I am so excited for you to learn new things and meet and make new friends. I am excited for all the experiences you get to have. I know that you will have a lot of fun and enjoy it. There will be some times that are hard for you, as there are for all of us. You will probably struggle when you see other kids get picked on and be sad. I know you will always do the right thing and help the other kids feel better. I am always amazed at your wisdom. You are such a smart boy and you always try to do the right thing. You are a great example to your little brothers. They look up to you and I am so glad they do. Thanks for always being Mom's friend and reminding me to do the important things. I know you will do amazing things in your life. It is fun watching you grow and learn and develop a testimony. Know that I love you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to make a 5-year-old happy

Willie and Sammy went mountain biking today. Okay, so Sammy went mountain "biking" on his coaster bike...I mean motorcycle.

Willie LOVED it! He thought it was so cool that he was out doing something that his daddy loves to do. He had his first couple of falls, but for the most part, just got back on the bike. Except when Dad got out the camera for some pictures. We rode up Green Canyon on the little trail and down on the fire road. He would have just ridden all the way home if we would have let him. Maybe next time we should put some better shoes on than his crocs.

Mapleton Moonlight Half

Emily, Lindsey and I ran my favorite half marathon last Friday night. It's great because it gives everyone a chance to win. You can start whenever you want, and the first to cross the finish line after midnight wins. No timing devices allowed. It is a nice laid-back atmosphere and there isn't that rush at the beginning with all the runners trying to get their spot. It takes place during a full moon and is a mostly downhill-ish course. You know what doesn't make for a great half marathon? cinnamon roll/cake breakfast, coke and potato chips second breakfast, lunch, and eating dinner at 2, as well as post-dinner-pre-race-meal at 5, then running at 9:30. Who would have thought... It was actually a very fun race and I didn't get too sick until the last 2 miles. Thanks Em and Linds for making me run this. Not to mention the sweet shirts we got. (Sorry whoever's picture this is. You are such great models of the shirt)

(No pictures...which shouldn't surprise you if you know me and/or my family)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Snaggle Tooth Mikey

Can't see it?
Get a little closer...

There it is!
Darn it. Mikey was playing in the bathroom while the older boys were bathing and he took a header. Chipped both front teeth. Now if we could just get him to not smile so much, nobody would notice.

This below is Mikey (and all 1 year old's) favorite hobby. Emptying out cupboards. Or playing in the toilet. No pictures of that though. Should have gotten a picture of him dipping his teddy bear in the toilet though. Next time.
This is how he looks when he is walking. All the time. Like he is just about to tip over. And he does. A lot. Hence the teeth.

Dancing Daring Dangerous Will

OK. We will start with the dancing. I let Will help cut up rhubarb for rhubarb pie the other day. Then all of his dance moves morphed into chopping motions. He told me he was practicing chopping. Hence:
Favorite activity as of late:
We made an American flag cake for the 4th. Something about Willie: He LOVES the American flag. Anytime we see one, he stops and puts his hand on his heart. We had the chance to go hang out with Dad at one of his scouting camps-Mountain Man Rendezvous. Among many other cool things for boys (throwing tomahawks and knives, setting traps, shooting a bow and arrow, shooting guns, etc.) Willie got to experience a flag being retired. He was almost in tears when they put the flag on the fire. He told me on the way back to our tent that he was glad that he got to see it, but it made him so sad. I told him it was good that he got to experience it, and now he knows how to do it and what it is. He then told me that he is glad that he experienced it so he doesn't ever have to see it again.
Dad gave Willie a pocket knife. Hmmm...Good thing we have accident insurance? (A must in this house) So far we haven't had to use it. Willie is a very careful boy.
And since we haven't gotten to use the insurance due to the pocket knife, why not put a five-year-old on the roof for the afternoon?

I Am Sam

Sammy had a birthday. I'll let him tell you how old he is:
Whew, that took a lot of work!

He had a great birthday. He got a dragon cake. It took all I could do to talk him out of a Ninja Turtle cake. We should have done it. Oh well. The dragon cake turned out pretty cool too. Thanks to Dad for the cake.
Thanks to Grandma for all the Ninja Turtle Toys.

Some things about three-year-old Sam:
-All we could get him to say he wanted was "a bear like Mike's" for his birthday. Mikey got a little teddy bear (thanks Grandma) for his birthday, and Sammy, apparently, is (was) super jealous. So he got a bear like Mike's (a little bigger, lighter color. Not exactly like Mike's. That would cause problems.) (Thanks again Grandma). And he carries it around with him all the time. The bear's name? "Bear Like Mike's." As in, that's what he calls it. All the time. His bear like Mike's.
-He will NOT wear pants. It is a fight every Sunday to get pants on him.
-He is not potty trained. We are working on it, and using everything we can think of, from phone calls to Raphael and Leonardo (thanks Bri) to a suppository treatment(thanks Amanda). Any suggestions are welcome.
-He doesn't believe that his name is Samuel. It is Sam, or Sammy, or Raphael. Sometimes Batman or Superman. Definately not Samuel.
-He loves his baby brother and likes to let Mikey "wrestle" him. (read: lay on top of him)
-His best friend in the whole world is Willie. He does whatever Willie does. He chases him around the stores. He is so sad when Willie gets invited to play at friends houses without him. One good thing about afternoon kindergarten for Willie is that Sam will be napping (fingers crossed) so he won't miss his BFF too much.
-He loves his mama
-He likes to snuggle...on his terms.
-Speaking of his terms, everything has to be on his terms.
-He still loves to make everyone laugh.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I get to do nothing but hang out with these guys for the next three months....

You should be!

(Sorry about the sideways pictures...Thought I fixed them...now too busy teaching my boys to dress to care :)

Happy Birthday Mikey!

This real-life mud pie inspired...

the mud-pie birthday cake...

which I believe was a hit.

Happy birthday Mikey. We love you!

Monday, May 16, 2011


"I love to see the temple, I'm going there someday...I'll prepare myself yum, yum, yum yum. This is my sacred duty."
-Sam Tanner

Saturday, April 30, 2011


We got some chickens yesterday. 3. Our boys named the hens: Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo. Sound familiar? Such cute girl names. William has changed his from Leonardo to "Chirpbeak William Tanner." I wonder how many more name changes these poor girls will go through!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

love love love...

this picture of Mikey. Thanks Sara!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Whine whine.....

That last post made everything sound much worse than it is. Life is great and I made it sound like it isn't. Here are some great things that have been going on that outweigh the "bad"

1. Kids' better
2. Dog's better
3. New fire pit in backyard= hot dogs and smores for dinner every night
4. Tilled garden
5. Planted onions...more planting to come soon :)
6. Snow melted (I hear more of that to come soon too)
7. Several nights of good sleep
8. Days at the park
9. Conference talks available to watch
10. Snuggling the kiddos
11. Hubby who is home with boys while I am at work (most days)
12. Almost Summer!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Break

My idea of an ideal spring break:

1. lots of snow
2. sick kids
3. 6 ear infections
4. amoxicillan in bulk
5. trip to vet with stinky dog (I'll spare you the details...you should thank me)
6. more amoxicillan (for stinky dog...hopefully no longer to be stinky, and therefore allowed in house, which would be nice because of all the snow)
7. Laying on the bed and watching super hero shows (as well as Beauty and the Beast...he he he)
8. Cleaning up throw-up
9. Staying home with kiddos for a whole week...worth all the snow and stink!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Happy Birthday to my Willie. We are so lucky to have him. He is a great big brother to both Sammy and Mikey. He tries to make them both happy. He loves to feed Mikey his bottle before he goes to bed and give him lots of hugs and kisses. He shares all of his toys with Sam-man. Even the new toys he got today for his birthday. He is a social boy and likes to have friends and cousins over. He made me a bracelet the other day while I was at work. It had a heart on it because he loves me, and a P for panda (and no, there is nothing significant about pandas). He is very thoughtful and considerate of others, which is hard to do, especially when you are 5.

His choice of food for his birthday dinner? Green beans...Jello (green please)...and Apple sauce. In that order, but NOT green bean jello.

I love that boy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hey Friends and Family-

Reed and I are participating in the Ragnar relay this year for the American Cancer Society. We are trying to raise some money for cancer research. If you would like to help and donate a few dollars, you can click on the link and donate. You don't have to :) Just thought I'd let you all know. Thanks!


Monday, March 7, 2011

I know her...

She's my sister!
She's so cool.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Inside Jokes

Lately it has felt like I am on the outside of many inside jokes between Willie and Sam. One of them will say something at dinner and they both start laughing pretty hard. Sometimes even Mikey joins in. It happens all throughout the day. I guess at least they are getting along pretty well, even if it means I am on the outside!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Polar Plunge

It's sad that my four-year-old is already tougher than I am.