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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jacob's 1st Snow

This morning it was snowing fairly lightly when JJ went to work, so of course I get Jacob all bundled up to go out and play. This is his first real experience with snow.

This last weekend in Cleveland with James and Tara, it did snow a little, and very lightly, but the flakes were very small and nothing was sticking to the ground. Jacob just loved the snow; I wonder how he will like it when enough actually falls, and stay to play in?

These pictures are from playing in the very small and light snow in Cleveland.

(in Cleveland...p.s.Jacob had a blast with Gene, Brayden and even Annie)

Friday, November 5, 2010


This was Jacob's first real Halloween (he has been sick the last 2 years on Halloween), and even though he did have a little fun last year, he wouldn't wear the lion costume we borrowed for him. This was a ton of fun. Right now he just LOVES trains. He has a train from Gpa and Gma Taylor from last Christmas and he just loves to play with it. So I made him a train out of two large (costco size) huggie boxes, paper and paint and a ton of tape. At first Jacob only wanted to ride in his train, so we put it away so he could enjoy trick or treating. After 2 house, he thought that it was "awesome" (his words). Even though we had been practicing saying trick or treat all day, he would only said it at a few houses.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


We have been up to so much this October. WE have had a blast going to the zoo with friends and daddy!!!! (this was at the fun rides) (Jen thanks for always inviting us to go to the zoo. Yeah for season passes!)

Paul and Shawna came to visit!!!!! We all had so much fun! (We went to COSI)

We had a blast going to the pumpkin patch with friends from the ward!! (Amber thanks for planning the mid-week activities)

October has been so busy and fun with our wonderful friends!!! There is so much to keep little ones busy here.

A little update with the family. JJ is enjoying his rotations; he just wishes that he had more time on his hands. He stays pretty busy between family and school.
Jacob is getting so big. The last couple of weeks he is really been trying to push all the limits. So it has been a work in progress to help him learn. He is really loving trains. We checked out this book called "Chugga Chugga Choo Choo" and he is obsessed with it (thanks Lindsay Palmer for the awesome list of kids books). Good thing he is going to be a train conductor for Halloween-(pictures to come soon).
I have just been busy with Jacob and trying to get some of my many crafts done. I am also on a venture to take some cloths that I had before Jacob that don't fit any more and alter them or use the material to make a dress or skirt. Lots to do, but it will be fun!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Apple Picking

Jacob was so exciting to pick apples, and had so much fun (even though he would pick some that weren't good).

I really liked that there were quite a few apples in his range, but he still tried to reach for the ones up higher.

He even figured out to twist the apple for the stem to break off the tree all by himself!

We love going to midweek (play group), and he especially has loved playing with his friend Shane. They have so much fun together; along with the other kids too.

Now what are we going to do with all the apples? (we really didn't get too many)

Monday, August 9, 2010

A few pics of our place.

So we are not totally done, but this is what we have been busy doing....

Total Perfection!!!

So, I hate cooking new things. I am always so worried that it is going to turn out gross, and I am going to have to figure something else out. Well last night I made blackened chicken!!!! It turn out perfect. It was beautiful (sorry no picture we ate it all). We a couple of wonderful new friends over and decided to slice it up and put it into a build your own salad (tomatoes, green peppers, green onions, carrots, Colby jack cheese, and purple grapes) Yummy!!!! If I had made more chicken, the chicken was so good it could have stood one it's own. I am so excited I almost want to make it again tonight!!! Now I can't wait to try the next yummy dish on my list!!!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Well we made it to Columbus Ohio all in one piece! We have been busy with getting the apartment ready, and dealing with getting a washer and dryer, and microwave. We have been so busy trying to find a place for everything. (pictures of the apartment soon) Just busy, busy, busy.

Well our little boy is 2 years old. I am so glad that we had his birthday early. We got here the afternoon before his birthday, but man it was so busy that we really didn't have much time to celebrate his birthday. Jacob is so smart. By 2, he knows and loves his numbers 1-10 and his alphabet. About a week before we moved Jacob and I were in Mesa with my Mom and Karl. We split up so that we could get what we needed. My Mom had no problems finding us, because Jacob was yelling all the numbers that he could see. He was so excited. Now he is 2 years and 1 week and already almost has the numbers 11-20 down pat. He is so smart, just like his Daddy!!!! Things that Jacob loves: numbers, letters, chicken(especially orange chicken from Panda), COOKIES, blocks, cars, STAIRS (our apartment has an up stairs for the bedrooms and he just loves to go up and down them), shapes, coloring, movies--Cinderella, Cars, Incredibles, juice, puzzles, panda bear, slides, balls, and lining up anything and everything!!!! That's our little boy; we love him so much.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


We are moving in lease than 2 weeks to Columbus. I can't believe it is so soon. I love Arizona, even in the summer heat. I love being around family and friends, and we will miss them all so much. It is amazing what you find that still needs to be packed! There is so much that is going on...Jacob's early birthday party, Father's Day (on the road) and then Jacob's actual birthday the day after we get to Ohio. not to mention the other family members with birthdays before we even leave.
I can't believe that our little boy is going to be 2 years old. He is just growing up so much. He is so smart. He knows his numbers 1-10, and his ABC's. He loves numbers, shapes, colors, and lining up anything and everything under the sun. He loves almost every fruit and veggie, in fact most of the time he prefers them over bread and meat. Jacob loves to read books, he loves to just run, run, run, and he loves to climb and jump. It is always a huge task to even keep up with him, but we love him so much. Happy Early Birthday Jacob!!!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010


Almost done packing, but the bare minimums. Wow I can't believe that we are leaving so soon. We are so excited to move to Ohio (of course I just choose not to think about us leaving family). I just wish all the details were all worked out. I also wish I could just wiggle my nose and we would be in Ohio.

Jacob and I are traveling to see family and giving JJ plenty of space for a distraction free study time for Boards. Lucky him!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our own little preschool.

Jacob and I have been having so much fun. We have been doing activities, movies, songs, coloring, and finding all his things with either the color, letter, shape or number that we are working on. I have found that it is a lot easier and more fun to do colors and letters. We always have a full day of activities when we work on letters. I think that those are his favorite days too. He is so smart. I just love him so much. Jacob has so much energy; it is hard to keep up with him.

We leave in about 2 months for Ohio. We were excited to finally get a little more information on the rotations in Ohio; not much but I'll take it. JJ is working hard and studying all the time, but it is really paying off. So far this year he has gotten straight A's, and this quarter is no different so far. We are so proud of him. He is also studying for his board exams. JJ is busy, busy, busy.

I have just been busy packing and playing with Jacob. I think that I am about halfway done with the packing, but there is only so much that I can do right now. I will just have to wait, but I am a little anxious!! Jacob has been such a good helper.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Packing, Packing and more packing!

Well first of all Easter was a blast! Jacob had so much fun this year. He went crazy just picking up as many eggs as he could. (pictures soon).

I have 15 moxes packed already, but still have so much to do. I am kind-of at a stand point where I can't do much more for another 2-3 weeks. We are very excited to move to Ohio. Well better get back to getting ready to move.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

So JJ is finishing his last quarter of classes!!!! I am so excited with this new schedule. On Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday JJ is done with classes by noon!!!! Even though he needs to study (which he does at home), it is nice because Jacob takes his nap at about 12:30. So while Jacob is sleeping and JJ is studying at home I can run errands!!!!! I love my son, but it is so nice to go by myself.

I have now packed 7 boxes, but I still have so much to pack! I just want everything to go smoothly. JJ will be very busy studying for his board tests, and we will be moving the day after his test. Lots to do, with plenty of time. I figure if a do some boxes evey week then I won't get too stressed out.

Jacob is just getting so big. He is started to talk so much, even though he doesn't articulate too well yet. I just love it!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jacob's favorite word!

So Jacob has discovered a new word........."NO". He is saying no to everything; even when he wants something (like when i ask him if he wants a snack, he says no but then walks over to the pantry waiting for a snack). He is so silly!

When I found out that I was pregnant with Jacob, I gave JJ a baby book called "Kisses for Daddy." It is so cute. So basically the whole story is the Daddy bear trying to get a good night kiss from the baby bear. He tries all different kinds of kisses...koala, giraffe, tiger, bat and more....but everytime the baby says "NO, no kisses for daddy."

Jacob is so funny, he just laughs so much when JJ reads him the book.
I just love seeing Daddy and son time.

Jacob is just growing up so quickly.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Why it is so difficult to move? You would think that I would have this down by now, since we have moved every year of our marriage. This is by far the biggest move, since we are moving to Ohio. We need to change everything (insurance-health, car, renters..., address info, doctors, and so on). I think once we are out their it will be nice, and a new adventure.
Well nothing else new with us really, except that Jacob is talking all the time. He is so cute, if I ask him to say something he doesn't want to, but if I am just talking to him he says all sorts of words.