Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year...New Resolutions

Here we are again at the beginning of a new year and yet again we set our goals for the year. Even though our last year goals are almost all forgotten and not all done, some were finished and even half finished....which can be called success. Last year's resolutions you can find here, and our recap of how we did is as follows: 

Tyler wanted to eat healthier and exercise, which he did the first half of the year then work got REALLY busy, not much free time at all. His second goal was to magnify his calling at church, which I feel he did a pretty awesome job at, those 11 yr. old scouts have been accomplishing a lot. 

Becca wanted to "cut the excess" last year, lose weight (which I did lose 7 pounds, and gained it all back by the end of the year), cut the debt (didn't happen as much as I'd like), cut the clutter (did better with that with the yard sale), and my extras were digital scrapbooks....still not done. 

Our Family Goals last year were to read the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, started it but did not finish, and doing Family Home Evening every week...didn't get that one done either. 

I feel like last year we started out very motivated and then just got tired and busy by the end. 

This year's goals we've made simple again:

Tyler's:
- Read 5 Presidential Biographies
-more serious scripture study
-eat fruits/vegetables every day (at least 2 or 3 times a day)

Becca's:
-less spending (still working on that debt)
-read the Ensign every month
-stay current with blog
-read more books!!!! 
-extras: would be working on those digital scrapbooks

Spencer's:
-Read New Testament!!
-Become a good YouTuber, he's going to start a channel soon so you gotta watch!

Preston's:
-learn to talk and communicate (more on this later)

As a family we would REALLY love to do more family home evenings every week, but we do get busy with basketball, stuff for Preston and work. So hopefully we'll just spend as much time as we can together as a family. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

For Thanksgiving this year, Tyler's twin brother and wife invited us to their house in Kentucky! Also they had a baby in November and were blessing the baby at church the Sunday after Thanksgiving so we definitely wanted to go to be apart of that and to see the cute little baby. Believe me he's SUPER cute and such a good baby! 

Well, we got all excited about going and then saw the weather...Winter Storm Cato was going to be in our path. Great. We were not sure if we should drive through the mountains in Maryland and West Virginia but decided that we could do it....it took us a little longer than it should have but we made it. I was the driver and was a little stressed out about it, because I drove in this for the first 5 hours of the drive! And we still had 5 hours to go after that. 

Luckily we made it to the house with no incidents, and started having fun with cousins and family. Preston loved the extra attention he got from his cousins. This is his oldest cousin tickling him. 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast! It was delicious!

Then the next couple of days we played and went bowling and went to a movie. It was so much fun, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well Preston did! When home we had yummy treats to eat and I'm pretty sure we gained a few pounds while being there. Here is Spencer showing off his oreo milkshake mustache. 

This was on our last day of being there after church....I think the boys were tired? 

Hope you all have a Happy New Year tonight!!! Can't wait to see what the new year will bring to our family. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fall - part 2

 Lots of pictures of my cute boys this past fall.

I got my good camera out one day and Preston was intrigued with it, and I got some cute shots of him. 



Brothers!

These two I cannot get enough of. 

He loves it when his daddy comes home from work. 

Preston this night was being very silly, and was a little tired so he put the skunk over his back like a blanket. Also, no, he's not asleep just pretending to sleep. 

Even if brother needs to do homework, Preston is going to be near him. 


Loves him so much, and Spencer is so patient with Preston.

Fall outside our window. 

Spencer decided he would try basketball out this winter! This was before his first practice, they are the Clippers. 

Brotherly love. I mean really, the boys L-O-V-E each other!

Day out with Daddy at the mall, and Preston getting his hair cut. Oh I love these boys. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Halloween 2014

We were invaded by Zombies this Halloween. 

Spencer decided he wanted to be a zombie this year so I thought Preston could be one too. Plus you can use all of their old outgrown clothes for these costumes!!! Win/win. 

Preston makes a pretty cute zombie though.


The boys on Halloween. 

Ready to go Trick or Treating!!! Preston loved trick or treating, he almost said the words and wanted to go into everyone's house, he's so friendly.  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Jamberry

I've gotten hooked on something that is SO not me. I'm not a girly girl, and rarely do my nails, like polish and stuff. In fact, I have one thing of fingernail polish in my bathroom, and I can't even remember what color it is right now. So now that you know that, I don't know why I love these nail wraps that my sister-in-law started selling. I think probably they are creative and give you a little rebelliousness you can wear. 

Here is the first batch that I bought. 

I put on these purple with black bats for Halloween. I loved these ones because purple is my favorite color and I love bats. 

All my nails. 

These are the Midnight Celebration ones, I liked them too. 


My second batch...no worries I didn't buy all of these, I got some for free for hosting a party. But see how fun they are!!!! Totally wearing my basketball ones for March Madness. And the Santa Suit ones for Christmas. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fall

In the fall we had lots of activities and fun. 

Cute Preston.


 



Preston loving that his brother is home so he can play with him. I think they have too much fun together. 

At one of Spencer's baseball games we think Preston was bitten by a mosquito then had quite the reaction to it. His foot got all swollen and blue and purple. I was worried but luckily in a couple of days it went away. 

You can see how the purpleness covered most of the top of his foot. 

Preston ate PASTA!!! He is a huge picky eater, so for him to eat this was so exciting! We usually will put whatever we are eating in front of him to see if he will take a bite, and he rarely does, but this night he did. I was so glad that he had something new to eat. 

Preston figured out Mr. Potato Head...kinda.

Loves.

Preston in pjs that Spencer wore when he was 2 yrs. old! I can't believe I held onto these pjs for that long but sure glad I did. 

Spencer played baseball this past fall too. He liked it a lot. 

Funny thing about this season though was that we were to be called the Brewers...the printers that did the shirts mixed something up and printed out Braves shirts. So we were the Braves.

Preston ready to go and get Spencer from school. I think this picture makes him look so much older. 

We walked to get Spencer one day from school and they started holding hands on the way home. Be still my heart! 


Friday, December 26, 2014

Monticello

Tyler's parents were able to come out and visit us for a week!! We were so excited about seeing them and having them all to ourselves for such a good amount of time. We tried make sure they had fun and was able to do lots of things they hadn't done before. Which we might have succeeded, they went to a Redskins game, toured the Pentagon, shopped with me, and we took a fun trip to Monticello. 

Here is the view that we get once we rode the shuttle up to Thomas Jefferson's home. It is gorgeous there!

The back of the house, after we did the tour. There is just so much information in that house. It's crazy. I do know one thing, Thomas Jefferson invented a lot and was a thinker. Wow. 
 Another view from Monticello.

The front of the house...or back. It's the back yard so I guess the back. 

 I love this place. 

Preston kinda took off so Spencer was helping him down the stairs. 

Family picture!  

Thomas Jefferson's grave. 

A whole bunch of nickels. 

Spencer and Thomas Jefferson. They both look so regal. Don't cha think?

Preston did this with his blanket on the way home. I don't know why, but it was cute.

Trying on grandma's boots. 

Silly boy!

While we went shopping with grandma and grandpa he got this new train track, he loves it.

Remember that picture with the other grandpa??? Now here is Preston getting some food from this grandpa...sly one. 

It was such a blast to have Tyler's parents come and visit us, and we were all sad to see them go. We definitely wish we lived closer to all of our family.