Payton and I are suffering from Bronchitis/Walking Pneumonia. So needless to say things haven't been too fun around here.

I'm so lucky to have Jackson around while Nate is gone. He is amazingly helpful. For a 5 year old kid he can do a lot of things to make my life easier while I'm sick. If he could cook dinner and do the dishes I'd be in heaven.



I can't express how much I'm missing Monterey right now.

I think winter is getting to me. We were spoiled with our 18 months living on the California coast. Every morning I could open the blinds and look out at the ocean. Our favorite family ritual was our evening drive to see the sunset over the ocean.

I'm still not used to waking up to ugly dirty snow on the ground and icy roads.

I long for you Monterey.





Color Splash

Please excuse me while I spend all my time editing every photo on my computer.




I failed to mention that on December 26th Nate and I were officially married for 4 years.



Ladies Man

Payton was really sad to say goodbye to Keani,


but he never fails to find another lady to spend his time with.



The Curious Sleeping Habits Of Mr. P

Payton's sleeping habits boggle my mind. He generally won't nap in his bed, but he never fails to fall asleep in the shopping cart at Target. Every once in a while if he's really really worn out he'll fall asleep in the middle of playing.

This is just a sampling of positions I find him sleeping in.


Horrible Christmas Photographer

Can you believe that these are the only pictures I took on Christmas?

Jackson Christmas

Payton christmas


It seems as though living by the ocean gave me inspiration to blog! Or maybe my blog lull is due to the fact that I'm actually experiencing winter this year. Who wants to take pictures of dirty ugly snow? But I figured I could at least give an update to any people who still visit my sad little blog.

Nate is going to another school in Arizona living in the barracks and going to school all day. He did get to come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and hopefully he'll be done in March and back home. His time at home may be short-lived though. His unit is deploying in June, but we don't know yet if he'll be going. Cross your fingers.

Jackson is in Kindergarten and LOVES it. He's really starting to figure out the reading thing and he has so many little friends. All the girls seem to have crushes on him too. But really, can you blame them? He's also loves his CTR 6 class. There are 4 other boys in the class and they are all so cute.

Payton is the sweetest most stubborn little boy in the world. He refuses to truly potty train. In fact, not even 2 minutes ago he stealthily pulled off his underwear and pooped on the floor. He was two feet away from the bathroom. He also sneaks into my bed at night and I'm such a heavy sleeper that I usually don't even realize he's there until the morning comes and I'm halfway off the bed. I still don't understand how a pint-sized two year old can hog a King size bed.

I'm still at home with the boys and loving it. We have a cute little apartment here in Utah and I'm really happy to be here. I'm the 2nd counselor in the Primary Presidency and I'm really enjoying it. I love being there with the kids and Jackson thinks it the coolest thing that I get to be in there with him.

We really miss Monterey, but we're so glad to be back here in Utah close to family!


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