"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving

We had a BLESSED weekend together as a family. We started Thanksgiving Day off with a Turkey Bowl in the morning for the guys from our ward. THANK YOU RYAN B. FOR GETTING THAT TOGETHER!! It was lots of fun...and Keat enjoyed playing around on the playground equipment. Then, we headed to Seth's mom's for a Thanksgiving feast for Kings...and Queens!! It was delicious and we snapped a FEW pictures.

BLACK FRIDAY was a BLAST!! A good friend, Lindsey, and I headed to the stores at 5am. (This being the first year for me to really commit to shopping, I was all set for 5am...only to find half the stores opening even earlier at 4am. I was prepared for 5, so we left at 5!) First stop...Walmart. GREAT SALES! Second, Toys R Us and Mervyn's(they are next to each other). Next, we were on to Target...pretty picked over by that point. Had time to kill before restaurants opened for lunch, so we headed to Kohl's...good sales, but line was too long...left our stuff there and headed to Joann's. Again, didn't want to wait in line for fabric to be cut then again in line to BUY it!! Ate lunch. Finally, we stopped by Walgreens and ended the day being pampered with a pedicure!! I personally recommend this for ending ANY shopping extravaganza!! It was a blast and we were home by 2pm!! That night we took Keat to BOUNCE U...a fun place filled with inflatable bounce equipment. He and Seth got all their wiggles out after being cooped up inside all day playing video games with Mike and Amy(Lindsey's family).

Saturday...I can't even remember what we did...OH YES...we went to a friends to watch the HOLY WAR...BYU vs. Utah State!! GO COUGARS!! Utah kept it interesting, but BYU pulled through victorious!

Sunday was the Francois family Thanksgiving...err...cook out dinner!! Instead of overdoing the whole turkey thing...we had steaks and potatoes!! It was delicious!! We took some family pictures that turned out pretty good and Keat and Carsten played around most of the day! It was a great time had by all!!

I can hardly believe we fit so much into four days...but it was so much fun and I'm DONE with my Christmas shopping!! YEAH ME!!

We are so thankful for so much!! We have been blessed beyond measure and continue to be given things we are so grateful for!! We love you all and hope that this season of Thanks was wonderful for you and yours!!

Here are some pics of the weekend!!

Uncle Justin and Lilee

Aunt Mandy and Aunt Amie...with Aiden


Keat...with a stick...you'd think it were the first time he'd ever seen one!


Grandma and Lilee


Uncle Steve and cousin Carsten...with their matching jerseys!

The Francois Clan

The Cousins...Keat, Carsten, and Lilee:)


How stinkin' handsom is HE!

Tagged...by Anna

I have been tagged again! This time by Anna. Here are my answers!!

Four Places I've Worked:
1. Full Time Mommy...hardest and most REWARDING job ever
2. Home Depot...for 2 weeks...aweful!!!
3. Montessori Children's House (preschool)...awesome job!!
4. TJMaxx...with all the girls from High School!!

Four Places I've Lived:
1. Goodyear
2. Flagstaff (west side)
3. Flagstaff (east side)
4. Scottsdale

Four Favorite Television Shows:
1. House
2. American Idol
3. Top Model
4. Curious George...it's on TWICE a day you know...I bet Keat even knows what times!!:)

Four Movies I Want to See:
1. Dan in Real Life
2. The one with the girl and guy whose son is a musical genious and they are trying to find him after giving him up for adoption...anyone know the name of it?? ooooh, i just looked it up...AUGUST RUSH!
3. Bee Movie
4. Enchanted!

Four Favorite Foods:
1. chicken ceasar pita
2. pizza...Peter Piper Pizza that is!
3. Red Lobster...I love their scampi!
4. Ice Cream...MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP...from Baskin Robbins that is!

Four Weird Things about Me:
1. I'm double jointed
2. I have to balance my tastes...for instance...if I eat something salty, I need to eat something sweet to balance...you said WEIRD!
3. I HATE FEET...they disgust me...and I can't stand when someone says...I have cute feet...there is NO SUCH THING!! They are gross and they don't look CUTE...not ever!
4. I bite my nails...don't know if it's WEIRD or not...some may think it's gross...but it's a bad habit that I haven't been able to kick!!:)

Four Places I'd Rather Be
(1) Anywhere with Seth
(2) Anywhere free...nothing beats a vacation or hotel that you DON'T have to pay for!!
(3) Anywhere that I don't have to cook or clean
(4) Anywhere with good friends!!

Okay...now I'll tag anyone who wants to and has the time to do this...it was fun!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Holiday Season

We have had a fun couple of days...I just love the Holidays! The weather is getting cooler...FINALLY...there are yummy foods available...cider, eggnog, candy canes...people are nicer...generally!! It's just such a fun time of the year!! This week Keat and I have done a whole lot of NOTHING to bring in the new season!! We will probably wait another week or so to get our tree and start decorating...but I thought I could "decorate" my blog a bit early!! I hope you enjoy the new layout!


Here are my little TV watchers!! Already, just like two peas in a pod!!




Keat and I busted out the playdoh today...compliments of cousin Carsten who no longer plays with it!! It was a blast...and Keat spent over an hour smooshing the stuff everywhere and cutting it with the KNIFE and SCISSORS...thank goodness for plastic utensils!!!




OH, and last night Keat just COULDN'T WAIT to get into the tub!! When I was getting Lilee ready, he just jumped right in...clothes and all!! What a silly boy!

Monday, November 19, 2007

SUPER MOM

Super Mom....heehee, yeah right! Well...at least that is how I felt this last week. For those who know me, you know it is completely UNCHARACTERISTIC of me to venture off on my own, with both kiddos...but I did it...all the way to Flagstaff! It was such a great time! I got to go and visit with our friends the Oldroyds. We had a baby shower at Olive Garden on Friday for Bec and the boys. (Becky and Dave are adopting two little men, J D and Lucas, from Guatemala) It was great to see old friends from the ward and eat in peace. THANK YOU TYNE FOR WATCHING THE MONSTER THAT IS KEATON!! :) After that, Dave and the Oldroyd girls all watched my little munchkins while Becky and I went shopping and to dinner. I guess it's not hard to adventure on your own when you have SO MUCH HELP! Thanks again Dave, Britney, Jessica, Faith, and Kara for watching Keat and Lilee. OH, and here are a couple pictures of their evening...compliments of Brit and Jess.



Then, on Saturday, Keaton's friend, Jacob, turned TWO...so we went to Scottsdale for the party!! He LOVED the Curious George theme and was more excited about the cake with George on it than the presents everyone was opening! While I didn't get any pics of this...if you check out "Ang and Cody Thomas" on the left...you can see pics on their blog!! CUTE FUN TIMES!! Thanks again for inviting us!!

That brings us to Sunday. We got to go to church at our NEW time...11am...in our NEW building. Things were a little rough...seeing as Keat usually naps about noon-1. However, we got through church, got home, and Seth turned on the TV for football, as usual. This is what was on....and this is Keaton BEYOND THRILLED!!


I am nervous that we may have to spend our weekends watching NASCAR now!! The kid LOVES cars...he was clapping and yelling "GO, GO, GO" over and over again! TOO CUTE!! Just what I need though...two boys fighting over what sport to watch on TV!! I didn't expect this so soon!! :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sleeping schedule!

I forgot to mention...Lilee slept SEVEN STRAIGHT HOURS this past week. I think it's a trend. On Friday and Saturday night, she slept 6 hours, then another 4 after a feeding. Then, on Sunday night, she slept 7 hours, and then 4. Since then, she's given us about 6-7 hours each night. Then, about 4 more after that. SO...we are down to waking only ONCE a night!! WHOOO HOOOO! NOW, if my kiddos could just sleep in until 8, I'd be in HEAVEN!!

(: SMILES :)

Be still my beating heart!!
Have you ever seen such an adorable smile?!
I FINALLY got it on camera!
Here is my Lilee Bean.
To get her to smile...I had to sing a song I made just for her. If you are familiar with the primary song..."Popcorn Popping"...it goes like this...

"I looked out the window and what did I see...
Little Miss Lilee and she's looking at me...
God has brought me such a nice surprise...
She looks at me with her big blue eyes!"

Here is how I found Keat the other day. I checked my e-mail and the phone rang, so I went to answer it and found him ASLEEP on the floor, with my cell phone open!! HOW FUNNY!! I have NO idea what he was doing or what he was dreaming about...but he took a NICE LONG NAP...and that was nice for mommy!!
Then...a few days later...my little curious boy was found watching tv and putting my mascara on!! Luckily he didn't know to put it on his eyes...but it was all over every other part of him. It's hard to tell, but it was covering both hands, his legs, just everywhere!!


Being a mommy is a dream!! I love my life!!:)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Busy Blessing Weekend!

We had such a busy and wonderful weekend!

Saturday, we started our morning out by supporting my brother, Steve, and his company at the Juvenile Diabetes walk to cure diabetes! While our little bunch didn't exactly make it the full walk, we had a great time. Here are a couple photos of Keat playing on the inflatables! He couldn't get up them himself, so a group of kids came and "adopted" him. It was too cute for words!!



Then, after the walk, my mom had a MEET LILEE party for all my extended family!! It was so fun to have everyone there and catch up with everybody!! Thanks again, MOM, for putting that together!! Here is a couple photos of grandpa with his little grand daughter!!



This past Sunday was awesome!! We blessed our little girl at church on Sunday and had a brunch at our house afterwards!! It was so much fun to see everyone there supporting our little family!! And the brunch was a blast. Thanks to everyone who was able to come and those who couldn't, but kept us in their thoughts that day!! We love you all.
Daddy blessed her with many important things...health, good friends, strong testimony of Christ, many many good things!! She didn't cry at all, and was awake the whole time, listening to everything her daddy was saying to her!!
Here are the TWO pictures that we actually remembered to take!! I think I'm gonna have to put her in the dress again and get some photos...she looks like such a princess!!
Here is a group of us...not everybody there made it into the photo...but this is about as good as you get with all those people and kiddos!!
Here is our adorable little family....HAHAHAHAHA....Keat did NOT want to cooperate!

My 7 Randoms

I have been TAGGED...by Natalie!!
I have to list seven random things about myself. Here goes...

1) I am EXTREMELY double jointed...can even turn my legs/feet backwards.
2) Like Natalie, I have an obsession with books, but OLD books. It pains me to see Keaton tear his books...I always think, that would be so kewl in 50 years!! :)
3) I have "EMOTIONAL" movies on hand all the time. When I'm having an emotional day, I just pop in one of them (stepmom will do it every time) in and I have a good cry, and then I'm done.
4) I want to start my own bridal business. I want to learn to do flower arrangements and make cakes and do all the decorating and invitations. FUN!
5) I wish I lived somewhere that country singers always sing about.
6) MANnnnnnnn, this is harder than it seems.....ummmmmm.....My hair has been dyed EVERY color imaginable!!
7) I am a GIRL that actually LOVES McDonald's food!! Throw your stones all you want, but I LOVE ME A GOOD BIG MAC!!!!

Okey dokey...there! NOW, I am going to tag Amie and Lorissa!! What are your 7 randoms?

Friday, November 2, 2007

HALLOWEEN

Well, after consecutive days of posting...I must be slowing down. I just can't get myself to upload pictures. OR, maybe it's because we didn't take ANY!! Can you believe that? Sadness. I guess we figured we took enough at the Halloween party! Hopefully sombody took some pictures and are willing to give some to us.
Well, Keat didn't exactly understand Trick-or-treating. He was happy to get the candy...but he's not really a candy kid...so it wasn't a big deal!! Maybe next year he'll be bit more into it. Also, he's the BUSIEST kid I've ever met...so he doesn't really understand the concept of WAITING! If there were kids in front of him, he wouldn't wait. And THIS is why we didn't attempt Disneyland a few months ago. The kid would have driven us nuts!!
On a different note...Miss Lilee had her ONE MONTH CHECKUP appt. on Tuesday. Here are her stats....our little HEAVY WEIGHT weighs in at 9lb. 10oz. That is more than a POUND heavier than Keat at that age. However, she is 23 inches LONG!! So, her weight doesn't appear as much as Keat's because she is 2 inches longer than he was. She is 50% for weight and 95% for height. Keat is WISHING AND HOPING that her height slows down...otherwise she is going to TOWER over her big brother!! She is definately a solid little girl though. We are loving her chubby cheeks, especially when she is MILK DRUNK and half asleep smiling at us!! We love our kiddos!!
We do have bath photos from halloween. See the CHUNK that is Lilee!