Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wow it's been awhile

Oh my how time flies! Life has been so super busy and wonderful at the same time. As Christmas comes closer and closer, it has made me realize that I need to update our blog and our friends and family about what we are up to! So here goes...



Jessalyn Taylor May was baptized with her cousin on October 12th of this year. I cannot believe how much this little girl has grown! She is reading at a 4th grade reading level and knows almost all of her multiplication facts! Oh did I mention she is only in 2nd grade! That's right, she's pretty awesome. She loves school, softball and was a rock star in soccer this year. She is looking forward to playing basketball this January. 





































































































































 This little dude is almost 5 years old! He is so funny and we love every single second with him. I'm told he acts just like his dad did when he was little and I wonder sometimes why I am being punished for Jake being a pain! lol :) We love every mischievous minute with this little guy! He is in preschool with Jake's Aunt Janet and he is learning so much! He can write his own name, can count to 20, he knows the entire alphabet and can tell you anything you want to know about spiders. He loves to talk... talk... and TALK! He knows all about transformers, power rangers, race cars and trains and will tell you about them all the time, whether you want him to or not. He is growing so big and always asks to go back to Disneyland!Jake and I are up to our usual "no good." Jake is the 2nd counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency and is still teaching middle school math at Oasis Academy Charter School here in Fallon. He loves his job and that makes us all equally happy. This summer he played so "old-man" slow pitch softball, but he really enjoyed himself and the kids and I loved watching him play. He is also VERY busy remodeling our house. He has gotten so much done on it, we it barely looks like the house we bought almost three years ago.
As for me, I am LOVING my first full year as a full-time Speech Pathologist for the School District. Some days the meetings and paperwork get to me, but I am so grateful for this job and career. I get to see kiddos learning how to speak and communicate and how excited they get. It's great! I am serving with some wonderful women as the 2nd counselor in our Primary Presidency. At times it's hard to see my loving, handsome, 4 year old boy rolling around on the floor because his name didn't get picked, but he is getting better every day. I love being a mommy and I love my kids and value all the time we get to spend as a family. I never let our time together go unused!

This time of year we are so blessed to be celebrating our Savior's birth. Thank you to everyone who has helped us this year and we look forward to all that is ahead of us! Merry Christmas!


And I end this post with the Blessings posters we made this year... So much to be thankful for!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lake 2012

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RZtUrACWozE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Here is Zander's first ride on the knee board. He loved every minute of it! He was even giving his dad directions of where to turn :) It was so stinking cute!!

Dirty Thirty


Ok, I did it, I turned 30 and you know what? I survived, I actually enjoyed it! It was a busy weekend but Jake made sure it was wonderful :)

I had a few things that I REALLY wanted to accomplish before I turned the big 3-0...

1. Enter and Complete (running only) a 5K

Well I can mark that off... and Erin (sis in law) got me to do it and I am so grateful!

And I had this little girl inspire me by running the kids race before me!


2. Get my Bachelor's Degree


Well I did that too!!

3. Have my two sweet babies


Got it!

Those are the top three and I did it, I cut it close but I did it! I love everything about turning 30, I feel like I have accomplisted so much and my life is so full!! Thirty is great and it gives me so many things to look forward too :)

Graduation Time

Wow! I had no idea that it had been so long since I have posted, so here is an update! I FINALLY graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors of Science degree in Speech Langauge Pathology and Audiology and a minor in Developmental Disabilities... phew that is a mouthful!

Yes, I am a complete dork and I realize this, but I am a graduated dork and I am so excited!! This has been a LONG time coming but I am just so proud of myself. But I could never have done ANY of it without some amazing family. My husband and kids were always so supportive and such an amazing inspiration for me. And my parents were a MAJOR part of my success and I am so blessed to have them in my life. And many many more people were there for me and my family through this all.'



 Jessalyn and Zander didn't come to the graduation :( They got to stay home and play with their cousins all morning. I'm pretty sure that they enjoyed themselves anyway.
 My husband helped me so much during these last few years, he was the ultimate support through all of my happy school days, or the days when I didn't think I could do it anymore, he stayed home with Zander when we first got him so I could finish the semester, he had sacrificed so much for me and I know he loves me so much and I love him! (Sorry no more mushy gushy crap!)

Here is our SLP Crew! Leila, Me and Erin (we are missing Corinne) We helped eachother through school so much. We worked on MANY group projects together and we were there for eachother during EVERY stupid question other people would ask and we had to suffer through :)


This is pretty close to the entire SLP class of 2012. It was a pretty good class and I enjoyed all of these girls (except the stupid question ones...oops)

Walking across the stage!!



Leila, Me and Erin... I graduate May 19th and turned 30 on May 20th, that should explain my hat a little!!
Thank you UNR, I can't say I'm going to miss you!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

An Anniversary... or you could say Zanaversary ;)


That's right, we have had this little guy for a WHOLE year! He makes us laugh EVERY day and I can't even imagine what our world would be like without him in it. To tell you the truth I don't even want to try to imagine my life without him...


So we had a pretty normal day and then when Dad and Lynnie were done with school we decided to go out to Mexican food... Zander of course got the authentic mexican meal of Chicken Nuggets and French Fries!


And he ate it all! The last bite was the best as you can tell, he stuffed it all in because we were stealing his french fries... Then we went and played in the ball pit and playground at Dairy Queen and had an ice cream cone. Then we came home, took baths and cuddled and went to bed. It was simple but perfect. We were all together.

This little guy is amazing. He has grown so much since we got him. He is so smart and VERY Precocious. He loves to be sarcastic and makes us laugh and smile and love our life just a little more every single day. He is sweet and kind and helpful... He is simply the best 3 year old ever!

Thank you V and J and their families for their support. Zander is so loved by so many people and he knows it! He is so blessed.

I just love them!


Even with their angry faces... they are so scary!


My favorite is when they play so nicely together. I am so extremely blessed I can't even put it into words!

Easter 2012


We had everything ready for when the kids woke up from their nap. Yes they both fell asleep, it was a long weekend!


So here they are doing the deed of dying eggs!


Then we ran over to the Lewis home (the river) and did a family egg hunt. The kids had a blast and it was so fun having a egg hunt with their cousins.


Jessalyn did VERY well for herself!


Zander didn't do too bad either


Overall, every cousin had enough candy to last a lifetime (Or at least through Spring Break!)


My loves!


And I promise she isn't choking him, that's just how we show love :)