Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Too many to put on one post. Enjoy!

It's a miracle!

Than graduated!!! It's been a LONG road since he graduated with his undergrad in May 2003! But we made it! It was a crazy rush at the end, when all the sudden it was a possibility that he could pull it off this semester, but he made it!

I had great ideas to make shirts for the kids and I, and Than's parents.... but with work and everything it didn't happen. But I did make a shirt for me, and order some necklaces online from Oriental Trading and other decorations! Sorry it's sideways!

More decorations

Decorations amongst the Christmas decorations!

This sucked to make, but turned out cool!

Do you know how hard it is to find grey balloons? VERY! But I finally did, and even bought a helium tank, which the kids LOVED once I showed them what happens when you inhale it!

Cheesy pic before grad with Than's mom and step dad

A nice picture now

The graduates filing in

Beasley Coliseum

Can you see him in the middleish....

As part of a house warming gift the previous home owners left us this cute outfit. It was a bit big (12 mo size and she's only 7 mo) but it was PERFECT! Then with an added touch of a hair bow by me, it was complete!

We had quite a full house: Than's mom and step dad, Than's dad and brother and sister, my parents and sister! The kids eating at the table. Papa Murphy's Pizza!

With our nice new table, we only needed one extra chair to fit all the adults around it!
It was a great weekend, and luckily no one went into labor, because I was supposed to work, but was just on call! Prayers are answered!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Annual Family Picture

We had our annual family picture in our jammies last weekend. This year I decided to have us all in white shirts with our initial on our tummies from our jammie fabric. I think the turned out pretty cute! Unfortunately Trestin and I where in the middle of an pink eye outbreak (luckily with good hand washing it was localized to just the two of us), so don't look too close at our eyes! I'm happy with the portrait people at JC Pennys, and again wasn't let down. Cute poses and then their "doctoring up" of the photos was cute!
Too bad this is like $30, it was cute!

I really liked this one with our legs and Cassiah! CUTE idea! I got one of them!

That's one good lookin' present from Santa! Notice how Cassiah has a death grip on Garrick's shirt, right before that she about fell off, so she wasn't gonna let go now!

Cute on of our four kids!

Cassiah is chillin'

We lined up almost just right, by accident in the two pictures!

This is the main pose I bought, that will go on the wall! In years past they only got head shots and you couldn't see our pants very much if at all. This year they did awesome!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Still busy, but here's what we're doin'....

Playing catch up again, but oh well. With all our trees in our new house, it makes for alot of raking. Luckily the kids LOVED IT! "I want to do this every year Mom!" Well guess what son, that's exactly what you get to do, until you move out! The appeal is probably the jumping in the big pile, but I'll settle for what I can get!
Garrick jumping in
Aleksia's turn
Trestin is in there somewhere.....

All three, enjoying the leaves in our new house! After we raked and bagged the leaves, we found out that Pullman has a leaf pick up! I thought people where just lazy and raking them to the edge of the road off the side walk! Oh well, we'll know for next year!

25 (little) cinnamon rolls for Garrick's Birthday Treat at school! That's what he wanted last year too, but I convinced him to take cupcakes, but seeing as Mom wasn't nauseated from pregnancy this year I didn't have a good excuse!

The birthday boy! Well Saturday it was, but no school on the weekends!

One happy class to be getting cinnamon rolls. I heard one girl say, "These are better then my Mom's!" So I think they where a success! Garrick's cute teacher, Mrs. Thompson in the back ground who is due in February.

She finally decided that baby food and real food are okay! She liked Garrick's chocolate cake. She is her father's daughter!

Due to craziness at our house, we didn't get around to birthday cake till 3 days after his birthday! He was a good sport!

Garrick at his first b-ball game! He's not just running from one side to the other to stand under the hoop now. He's actually trying to block people and make 3 baskets last game!

So this past week was Disney on Ice, Worlds of Fantasy, up in Spokane. It consisted of Cars, Little Mermaid, Lion King, and Tinkerbell. It's always fun, but the best part is seeing our children's eyes light up, and the pure excitement in their faces gives me goose bumps! Trestin sat beside me, and he was so fun! He would get SOOO excited every time someone new would come out, and YELL, "MOM, LOOK! IT'S ______!" So much fun! So here is Minnie and Mickey.

Goofey trying to help fix Mickey and Minnie's broken car.

Well they couldn't fix the car, so who came to help... Mater! Cars was my favorite part of it. They where REAL cars being driven on the ice by people hidden inside. It was very cool!
The entire Cars crew that showed up. Minus McQueen of course.

Lightening McQueen! Their mouths moved, eyes blinked, and voiced by the actors from the movie!

Next was Ariel. Here they are dancing to Under the Sea!

Timon and Pumba where my favorite on Lion King, and they where cute on ice too! Simba and the lions where kinda whimpy though, not real big, but easier to skate in probably.

Then Tinkerbell. That one was the longest, and probably from one of the Tinkerbell movies (which we haven't seen) when she becomes a Tinker Fairy. It was cute, but wish it was shorter and Cars was longer. Oh well!

Aleksia's Kindergarten Fall Feast was the 19th. They made stone soup, muffins, and pumpkin pie. They made cute little turkey hats and sang the Turkey song:
Gobble gobble went the turkey,wobble wobble went his tail.
Shall we eat him, shall we great him, shall we let him share this meal.
"Please don't eat me," begged the turkey. "I am quite a friend you'll see.
And soon you will discover stone soup tastes better then me!"

The hat

Albuquerque the Turkey outside of her class room.

So Than defended his Masters thesis on the 20th, and PASSED! He was so nervous and stressing out, but he did awesome! Now to just finish his thesis and hand it in by Dec 1st! Here he is working out the kinks before his Power Point presentation. His title of the thesis is:
Catacholamine Innervation of the Ventrolateral Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis: Role in Corticosterone and Feeding Responses to Glucose Deficit
Try saying that 10 times! I can bearly say it once!

Than's sister Sarah, got Cassiah these ADORABLE Robez boots! Even thought they are HUGE on her, they are too cute to NOT have them on her now! So here she is very stylin' ready for church today! And how appropriate since it snowed all day today! Although they aren't very good snow boots!
Cassiah's stylin' boots from Aunt Sarah! Thanks, we (and everyone at church too) LOVES them!