Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Gingerbread House Casualty

The boys had fun making a gingerbread house the other night. I don't think we read the instructions that said to make the house and let the frosting harden before putting the candy on. They were just putting the finishing touches on it and the roof started coming apart, I ran and got the camera and took a picture before it totally collapsed. They had fun and I didn't have to have it sitting around the house for a week, so I guess we all won!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bye bye baby!

Nicoals is officially a big boy! We decided after hearing Kaden complain for the last year about how much he hated his loft bed (and I was fed up with banging my head on the ceiling while changing the sheets) to set up his old bed. We cut the legs off of the loft bed which makes a perfect bed with side rails for a very wiggly 2 year old. Now we have two happy little boys. Nicolas transitioned really well to the new bed and even yells for me in the morning just like his big brother did til he was 3 1/2. Hopefully that will last! I will post some pictures of the new rooms once the new handmade bedspreads arrive from Grandma for Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree!

Nicolas had his little friend Sam over to play the other day and they were helping me do some Christmas decorating. I got them some fishy crackers and got busy doing something and this is how I found them a few minutes later. They were just laying there enjoying the bubble lights and a snack!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our Little Joseph

Our ward Christmas party was a lot of fun. The kids got to do a Nativity for everyone. Kaden got to be Joseph and he did a great job. He had a few speaking parts that he memorized, he didn't even seem nervous. After the Nativity we had some yummy desserts and hot chocolate and the kids got to have a visit with Santa.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Family pictures

Since its been two and a half years since we've had a family picture taken we decided it was time. While we were in Utah for Thanksgiving my cousin Jaime took these pictures for us. She did an amazing job, we love how they turned out. My family hasn't had a big family picture done for almost 11 years so we also had that done. My plan this year is to send out Christmas cards for the first time! There are so many great pictures but these are some of my favorites.
Nicolas was really tired so we couldn't get many smiles, but I think he's still pretty cute!
All of my handsome boys!
A silly picture trying to get Nicolas to smile
The whole Bird family 11 years later!
Me and my brothers and sister
Grandma and Papa and the silly kids (you should of seen the lengths we took to get these kids all laughing, thanks Jess!)
Who could forget the baby of the family, even little Sadie Chihuahua had her own photo session!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

9 years

Today is our 9 year anniversary. Time has just flown by, I can't believe we've been together for 11 1/2 years, married for 9, and that we have a 7 year old and 2 year old. We have been through so much together, especially the last 2 years, moving to California where we knew no one. We have grown so much closer because we are all each other has had. I didn't have the option to run to my mom every time I've needed something. Jorge is such a sweet, loving husband and daddy. He is dedicated to our family and works so hard to provide for us and to allow me to stay home with our boys. I love and appreciate him more than words can say. He is truly my soul mate and best friend!

Fun times!

We made it back to California Sunday night. It was hard leaving knowing we wouldn't be back for Christmas. We had such a great time with my family and visiting some friends. Its so hard being away from everybody we miss them so much!
I got to celebrate my birthday with my family this year, they all made sure I had the best birthday ever! Jorge and I got to enjoy going on a date without paying a babysitter, my little brother Kelly got me these pretty flowers, and I got my whole family to go see Twilight with me!

Kaden and his cousin Katie had a great time together, he sure does miss his cousins!
All of the kids waiting to be served their Thanksgiving feast!
Poor little Sadie was so tired from all the action of the day.
We did a Thanksgiving pinata, this is all of the kids with their loot
Thanksgiving night we got bored and headed to Walmart, I couldn't find Jorge and this is what I found in the parking lot!
We went bowling for the first time with Nicolas and had a great time
Nicolas loved riding Trax to go to Temple Square, he thought he was on a choo choo Train!
Our last night in Utah we went to Temple Square with my parents and sister to see all of the pretty lights. It is something we do every year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our trip to Utah so far

We have been in Utah for just over a week and we are enjoying it so much!  The weather has been beautiful for November.  I went out and bought coats before we left expecting it to be snowy and freezing, but they are still sitting in our suitcases.  I drove out here by myself with the boys and Jorge just flew in late last night.  Kaden and Nicolas missed their daddy so much and have had fun spending time with him today.  On our way here we stopped in Elko and spent the night.  It was my first time driving more than 2 hours alone and the first time I've stayed at a hotel with just the kids.  We had a lot of fun at the hotel and the drive couldn't have gone better, well it could of if the dvd player hadn't died 20 min. into our 10 hour drive.  I was really nervous about how we would all do but I think I would do it again, especially with how low gas prices are!  Since we've been here both boys have gotten sick so we haven't been able to visit many friends and family.   Its been kind of nice to not be on the go all the time and just enjoy being here.  My parents worked hard to get their basement finished for us to have a nice place to stay. Here are some pictures of what we've been up too.

We had fun swimming in the pool at the hotel.  My friend Camie recommended the Comfort Inn, it was really nice and clean.  As we were going in Kaden said it was the nicest hotel he had ever been in.  We obviously don't get out much!

I know this picture is inappropriate but it was just hilarious seeing him walk around like that. He's going to love this one when he's older.  We got to the hotel late and couldn't find his swimming suit so he swam in his onesie. 
                                                      My cute boys all ready for bed.
My niece Kristine had a tea party for her 5th birthday.  Nicolas and Kaden got to join in on the fun.  The picture above is Nicolas and Jacob having their own little tea party.  Kaden got into the dress ups and played party games with the 12 little girls that came.  

We went and visited out friends the Arnesens in Lehi a couple of times.  The boys had a lot of fun running around and playing.  Abby liked to play with Nicolas.  We sure miss them, they are good friends!

Nicolas took a bath with my moms dog Sadie, neither of them enjoyed it very much.  Who would want to take a bath with a dog!
My brothers friend got married, this is my cute sister in law Jessica, my mom, and me at their open house.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Break a Board Party

On Friday Kaden got to break a board for the first time since he started karate.  They had a fun party and he got to invite his friend Brandon to come with him. 
Getting ready for his first attempt.  They accidentally used the wrong board and he didn't break it. He was very disappointed.
On his second attempt he snapped it right in half and was very proud of himself.
They got to get their boards signed by the black belts and then got to take them home.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two's Tag

My friend Stephanie tagged me a few days ago and since I've never done a tag before I thought I would do this one since its and easy one.

Two names you go by:
1. Mommy
2. Mama

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. Jeans
2. sweater

Two things you want right now:
1. For Jorge to be with us in Utah right now
2. To go for a long run

Two things you did last night:
1. Went shopping with my mom
2. Relaxed and talked to my family

Two things you ate today:
1. Pumpkin bread 
2. I took the boys to have school lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Two favorite drinks:
1. Ice water
2. An occasional Diet Pepsi

Now I tag Erica, Tiffany, Erin, and Abish

Friday, November 14, 2008

Soccer Party

After Saturday's game Kaden's soccer season will officially be over. The other night we had an end of season party at Round Table. The coach said really nice things about each player and presented each of them with a trophy and a cute scrapbook his wife made for each of the kids. She did such an amazing job, thanks Raimi! Kaden had a lot of fun playing soccer and was on a really good team. He was a bit more timid than the other players but did a great job playing defender. His team tied one game and won the other games. He really liked his coach this year. The coach made sure all of the kids had equal playing time and got rotated through all of the positions. He was very positive with the kids and they all had a lot of fun. Kaden hopes he can be on the same team next year. Thanks Coach John, you do a wonderful job!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bishop's Farm

A few weeks ago we went to a fun pumpkin farm called Bishop's Farm. Jorge had the day off and it was alot of fun to spend a whole day together. Right when we got there Nicolas wanted to go on a pony ride. He jumped right on "Max" and had a great time. Kaden got to dig for treasures, which were really marbles. We watched pig races, went on a train ride, and fed animals. They also had the yummiest apples pie and caramel apples I've ever had! It was a really fun place to go and the weather was beautiful.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Trick or Treating

I know its a little late to be posting Halloween pictures but better late than never! We had a great Halloween despite the rain than started about an hour into our night. Every year since we moved here we have gone trick or treating with our friends the Heaps'. Some people in our ward made an amazing haunted house in their garage and thats where we started our night. Then we went trick or treating for a while til the rain really started coming down. The kids had a great time and got a ton of candy (which I really need to stop eating)!
My three Rock Stars!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We Voted!

Today after our workout at the gym Nicolas and I headed to the polls to vote. As we were leaving the gym Nicolas was telling everyone he was going to vote! It was pretty funny. I am ashamed to admit this was the first time I have ever voted. I don't know why I've never voted, but with the hot issue of Proposition 8 I new I needed to support traditional marriage and vote. I also want to show my kids how important it is to support our country and exercise our right to vote. We have done our best to support Prop 8 by donating our time and money and putting a sign up in our yard, I am just praying that it passes, I can't imagine what will happen if it doesn't. I can't believe that signs were stolen from peoples yards and two people in our stake were deliberately ran over as they were waving Yes on 8 signs. Its so sad to see that people can have such hatred in their hearts! Last night for FHE we decided to explain to Kaden the importance of passing Prop 8. We discussed how God created the earth and man, and that he created a woman for Adam. We then explained what people are trying to do to marriage and how we feel about it. We didn't really want to teach our 7 year old about homosexuality but decided with all that's on TV and with everyone talking about it that it was important that we taught him what we believe and what we feel is right.
Kaden came home with a sticker that said "I voted". I guess they voted in class today, Jorge and I thought that was pretty interesting. He was excited that McCain won, which is who he voted for. He said he wished they could of voted for Prop 8 because he thinks it is really important that it passes.
Nicolas was so excited to "vote", he even got his "I voted" sticker and was proud to wear it.
Nicolas and I showing off our "I voted" stickers.(Excuse the lovely post gym look!)