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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


For Noah's 9th birthday, he was so happy to get to celebrate it with his friends at school with cupcakes and treats the day before and then on Saturday, we took him and the little ones to the new children's museum in San Antonio, the Doseum.  We had heard from friends that it's a really cool place for  kids. The night before we went, we showed Noah a video on their website about the museum and he was super excited about going the next day.  And so Saturday morning--we loaded the kids up and headed that way.  When we arrived, it was already pretty crowded when we pulled into the parking lot--and when we walked in, the place was bustling with families and kids running and exploring everywhere.  It's a huge museum and there are activities for the kids to do both indoors and outdoors.

Here are some of the fun things the kids enjoyed doing while we were at the Doseum...

After spending a few hours at the children's museum, we left to grab a bite to eat and then headed back home to continue Noah's birthday celebration with cake and opening his gifts.

Gavin and Taylor LOVED helping Noah celebrate his birthday… :-)

He loved opening his presents from his grandparents, his cousins, his brother and sister and mom and dad.  

We had such a fun day celebrating little man's 9th birthday.  Special memories were made.  It's hard to believe he's this age…it just seems like yesterday we were holding our tiny little baby boy in our arms…

Oh how we love you Noah Riley!! Someday when you're older and reading this little blog book of mine about our family memories--I want you to know this…. You, my dear son, fill all of our lives with SO MUCH love, laughter and joy --and have since the day you were born.  You have such a big heart and love to make others laugh.  You never meet a stranger and have more energy than anyone I've ever known.  I know the Lord has a very special plan for you and your life.  You have been blessed with some very special and unique talents that will bless you and carry you through this earthly life.  May you always have a desire to stay close to the Savior and seek to live your life in accordance with His teachings.  I know in my heart and from experience that if you do this, it will lead you to greater happiness and joy in this life.  I thank Heavenly Father every single day for blessing me to be your mama. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

I working Mommy...

 I had just stepped out of the shower the other morning and you know that sinking feeling you get as a mom of small children when you feel something is up or out of the ordinary?  You know the one I'm talking about...the one that stops you in your tracks when you all of a sudden take note and realize how quiet the house is and you know it shouldn't be that quiet with a 2 and 3-year old in the house.  I quickly threw my robe on and started walking around the house in search of my little munchkins --and yes, I was already trying to mentally prepare myself for crayon/marker drawings on the walls---toilet paper rolls spread out all over the house or maybe even peanut butter spread all over the kitchen walls.

I found Gavin pretty quickly laying quietly on the floor in the den watching a Max & Ruby video on the iPad (whew and big relief!) --but Tay Tay--well, she was no where in sight.  I searched all the bedrooms...the laundry room...the bathrooms and then I decided to check Daddy's office--and that is where I discovered her doing her thing.  A half naked cutie-pie sporting mama's reading glasses just working away in Daddy's office....taking notes, typing on the computer and making important phone calls. :-)

She just casually and calmly looked at me when I walked in and said, "I working Mommy".  I laughed so hard and then turned and darted towards my purse to grab my phone to start snapping these photos and videos.

Yep, this precious moment pretty much made my day.

And, I gotta tell ya, I was sooooo relieved and grateful that she didn't write on the walls after all--or all over Daddy's computer screen and his important legal documents that were laying on the desk.  :-)  


Never a dull moment around here.

Happy Friday, y'all...hope everyone has a blessed weekend!


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