Tuesday, December 29, 2009

my baby

She's two months old!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009


It's better late than never, right? Here's our Halloween this year. Kayla was only 4 days old so it was a little different. Jeff took the boys out while I stayed home with the lights off. I wasn't about to get up over and over after having just pushed out this gigantic child. She was a sleepy girl all day and didn't get in her pumpkin shirt until the boys were already home.
Kayla was sleeping but they wanted their picture with her on her first Halloween. They're so in love with her.

I love re-using Halloween costumes. Tyler was Darth Vader last year and a knight 2 years ago. I love Jaden's face. He's always such a happy clown. They ended up getting lots of candy, and as always, Jaden's was gone in a few days and Tyler's bucket is still 3/4 full.

I'm thankful for...

...good grandmas. My kids' lives are so richly blessed because of their grandma. My mom just adores them. I didn't have any kind of real relationship with either one of my grandmas so it's really fun to watch how great my kids have it.

...pumpkin bread. One of my happiest memories from my childhood is during the holidays when my mom would make pumpkin bread and she let me lick the bowl. She never scraped it completely so I'd have lots to eat. I made some last night and it was really cute to see Jaden waiting anxiously to taste the batter. Plus it made the house smell so good.

...lots of other things but, HELLO, I'm a little sleep deprived so that's it for now.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Born Tuesday, October 27th at 12:08 am
8lbs 15.5oz
22.5 inches
Here are a bunch of pictures, some at the hospital and some at home. I'm not even going to try to put them in order. Just wanted to get them posted.

3 days old
Tyler held her for the first time. He was so excited. Her ride home from the hospital.

Just waiting to get discharged.

The fun part...HA!

Dad's first good look.
Jaden can't contain his excitement.

Monday, October 19, 2009

a name

Thanks to everyone who voted on a name! It was fun to see which one got the votes. For those of you who read my mom's blog, you already know, but if you don't, I get to tell you. Sorry to disappoint the Kara fans but we're naming our baby Kayla Shay! Out of all the girl names out there, we just kept coming back to this one. Kara was just a thought to have something a little less trendy than Kayla. But we really like Kayla and have officially decided. I suppose we could still change our minds but it's not likely.

For some reason, I have had the hardest time picking a name for this girl. I didn't feel confident about anything. People said maybe I just had to see her first but I still didn't think I could just leave it to the last minute and choose at the hospital. I'd be so stressed. So the other day I was standing in line at the store talking to some lady about my name dilemma. She wished me well and left. Then the checker, who wasn't really involved in the conversation, told me as I was leaving "don't worry, it'll come to you in a dream." It was a really old lady and the way she said it was a little eery. I just said "okay" and thought "yeah right". That very night Jeff had a dream that he was giving our baby her name and blessing (a church thing for you non-mormons) and he said "kayla shay mason". He said he woke up right after that and knew that's what her name was supposed to be. He must have felt it pretty strongly because his vote was actually for Kara. After he told me, I told him about the weird lady who said we'd dream it and we had our little goosebumpy moment. Anyway, that's all I needed to make a decision.

Here's her name in her room. Not the best picture but it's all I've got.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


To make Tyler's day special when Dad and Jaden were at Disneyland, I took him for frozen yogurt after school. He always gets vanilla...boooring.
Then we went to Petco to look at some animals. Jeff hates rodents of every kind and a mouse would be his last choice for a pet. So we decided to have a little fun. We took this picture and sent it to his phone and said we were coming home with a new little friend for him. Tyler was laughing so hard, he couldn't even breathe. Jeff called us right away to make sure we were joking.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fun Dad!

What a lucky boy to get a day with Dad at Disneyland. Tyler's day will come next month. It was Columbus day and a little crowded but they still had a great time.

What would we do without Bo's funny faces?

Crazy driver!

Love this picture.

On the rockets way up high.

Monday, October 12, 2009

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

On Saturday, my mom treated us to a play at Victoria Gardens. We have this book and it's really cute so it was fun to see it on stage. They did such a great job and the boys loved it.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

so cute...

I took the boys to visit their cousin for a little bit yesterday. Tyler finally wanted to hold her. I guess she's getting sturdy enough that he wasn't so afraid of breaking her. I think it's funny how big his hands look next to her.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

school stuff

Tyler's teacher let him do this 3D book report during class and then present it to all the 2nd grade classes as well as his old first grade class. He was SO excited about it that he came home and did another one on a book we have here. Personally, I'd be horrified if my teacher asked me to present something in front of my 2nd grade class, let alone several others, but Tyler thinks it's fun!! I can't believe this kid sometimes!
Sporting his Eagles t-shirt.

Another fun project he did in school.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A favorite...

This picture is almost 2 years old! I'm just wondering why big boys stop sleeping like that.

Friday, September 18, 2009

When we put away the old crib after Jaden was done with it, I carefully put all the screws and other peices, along with the instructions, in a bag and duct taped it to the bottom panel of the crib. Then we moved. Now that we need a crib again, we went to put it together and realized that the bag that had been taped to it was gone. We looked everywhere with no luck. My darling mom thought a new crib would be a perfect gift. Thanks mom! And since she said she got a good deal on everything, she got us the dresser/combo to match. So this is our new crib and dresser. I love them and think they look beautiful.

Then, my BFF Erica came to visit with her husband and surprised us with ALL this stuff. She got me upstairs by saying they needed help with laundry. Once we were by the laundry room, she said, "Oh, since we're here, let's go look at the baby's room." It was such a fun surprise.

We had to put all the bedding on right away. Too exciting!
So do I have nice friends or what? Thanks Erica and Andrew!