Little missy just woke up! She cracks me up - it's
like she's reminding me that she still has no
intention of smiling for pictures! We tried our first bites of
cereal this morning! She did pretty well!
Lukey giving his "permission" for Tessa to sit
in the bumbo. He is still convinced it's his!
Of course she has an audience, just like everything
else she does. Aubrey laughed just about the whole
time she was eating!
**Tessa had her 4 month check up yesterday. She
weighs 17 lbs & is 26 inches long. She is our
shortest and fattest baby by a long shot!**

love notes, spikes & the tree of life

This is a little "love note" that Aubrey gave me!
She told me it was a love note because it said I love you!
Lukey bear has his spikes back! Little cutie!
Oh, I have to share this story - bear w/me!
Caleb ate it on his bike and has two big scabs on his face.
The next day he couldn't get Tessa to laugh or smile at him.
He turned to me and told me that she was too scared of his face!
I reassured him that his face was not scary and Tessa just
wasn't in the smiley mood! Then, we were headed to the store
and he didn't want to go in because he didn't want to scare
people in the store! I told him he should be proud of his face!
His "battle wounds" are proof of how tough he is!
We went to the store and later that afternoon, while riding
his bike, he told me w/a huge smile on his face, "Mom, I'm
proud of my face!" It was really an eye opener to me of
just how young kids' self esteem can falter. I'm so impressed
by Caleb's ability to asses situations and get positive solutions
out of them! He is an awesome kid - I learn so much from him.

So what inspired me to blog this morning was hearing
these two in Aubrey's room playing - I heard something
about a tree of life, so I went in to see what they
were doing - Caleb had built this "tree of life" out of legos!
Our FHE this week was about Lehi's vision! Yeah!
They were paying attention after all!
We made some sugar cookies the morning!! The
kiddos are showing off their aprons! Too fun!
Here they are cutting them out!!
Lukey Bear has had a bit of a rough morning - okay
he's been a monster! So I put in "clues, clues" aka Blues Clues,
while we made our cookies!
It seemed to have worked! He's a bit happier - especially
after eating a few cookies!!;)
So sad! Caleb crashed on his bike! He landed right
on his cheek and skid! He thought his cheekbone was
broken for sure! Poor kid! He was so good
to let me clean it up!
Some more battle wounds!
He's happy this morning and his face looks so much better!
(It helped him a ton that his Daddy brought him some egg nog &
we planned some fun things to do when his cousins come for Thanksgiving!)
Tessa has been in such a smiley mood this morning I thought
I could finally get a picture of her smiling - she's on to me though.
She gets one glimpse of the camera and she's dead pan from there
on out! Lukey cooperated though - this never happens!
(scroll down and take a look at him the halloween group shot!)

Rollie Pollie

Why is it that when you want your baby to smile she'll
have nothing to do with it - but the second you put the camera
away she's all smiles? She's been rolling over for about
a week now - where does the time go?
Such cute little chubby cheeks!
Love the chubby legs!!

Our weekend in Cali!!

We got to spend the weekend in California visiting
with family!! We had a ton of fun!
Here are all of the kiddos ready to for "trick-or-treat"!!
We went to Bishops Pumpkin patch!
So fun! Here are some of the kiddos on the hay ride!
We also got to hang out with Mike's brother Matt, my
sister-in-law Virginia and their kiddos too!
Lukey loving his Daddy!
On the train ride!!
Miss Tessa spent most of the day like this!
Aubrey & her cousin Caitlyn!
Caleb & his cousin Dallin!

Aubrey and her cousins, Caitlyn, Dallin, Bryn and
my super hot sister Val!
Align CenterCaitlyn, Dallin & Aubrey. Can you spot Bryn in the back window? Hehe!

Luke & his cousin Alana!
What cute kiddos!!
Love this pic of Aubrey!!
So cute!!
A huge thanks to Jen for all the cute pictures!!
It was such a huge coincidence that
I saw my friend Sally there! It was so fun to see her
and her cutie pie little baby boy!!
It was also so fun to see Mike's brothers and to
be able to spend time with them & their families!!