Best Christmas Present Ever!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

On December 20th, we recieved the newest addition to our family. Ashton Ivar Howard was born at 2:19 pm weighing in at 7 lbs. 0 oz. and 19 in. long. Both April and Ashton are doing great. Gavin and Olivia were so excited to see him for the first time even though Gavin was a little disappointed that we didn't call him Ridge. Gavin is going to be a great big brother to him and Olivia is trying to help out whenever she can. Her specialty is rounding up all the diaper changing stuff when Ashton needs a diaper change. Well, here are a few pictures of Ashton.

Our Shower Upgrade

So back in July, after a family reunion, we came home to our "new" house to the smell of mildew and mold in our walk in closet. Come to find out that our master shower had leaked the last time we had used it and soked our closet carpet. After some phone calls, pictures, visitors, etc, we finally got the go ahead in October to get it fixed. And two months later, its finally finished. We love the outcome so here are some before and after shots:



photo shoot

Friday, October 29, 2010

About a month ago our good friend Sarah took some amazing pictures of Gavin and Olivia. They both were very good after they were bribed with a kids meal. It was totally worth the kids meal, I love all the great shots we got of them. Gavin is 4 1/2 and Olivia is 2 1/2. They are just so much fun. They sure keep me busy and on my toes, I don't know what I would do without them. Now that we are adding one more to the family it will be that much more crazier and that much more fun.

Gavin's first day of Preschool!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Can you believe it Gavin is in preschool. He was so excited to go he woke up extra early to get ready. When I went to drop him off he ran in all by himself and didn't even look back. He is growing up way to fast. After I picked him up I asked him how his fist day was? He said " mom it was so awesome I had so much fun and there were lots of kids there to play with." I am so glad he is enjoying learning and is coming home everyday with something new to tell me or show me.

Fun at the Fair

We made it to the Blackfoot Fair this year and had a blast. Our fun neighbors the Butters came with us. We sure have a great time with them. Gavin and Olivia had so fun just running around. There favorite part was the rides of course. Gavin was finally tall enough to do a few this year but Olivia on the other hand could only ride on one. I can't believe how fast they grow.

Gavin and Burgess waiting in line for the ferris wheel.

Gavin and his cute friend Amarah sitting in a big tank.

Summer Madness

Monday, August 2, 2010

It has been such a long time since I have posted. We have had such a busy summer. From birthdays, to reunions, to camp outs, oh and moving into our new home which we love. It's crazy how fast time flies. Here are a few pics of our life. I will try and post a little more often.

Happy 4th B-Day Gavin

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My crazy Gavin just turned four. He is growing up so fast. This year he was so excited for his birthday, everyday he would say "mom is it my birthday yet"? I finally showed him what day it was on the calendar so he could count down on his own. He just loved looking at the calendar everyday and saying "it almost my birthday".

Gavin really wanted a super mario party. You can not find anything super mario in the stores, and you have to pay a fortune online for anything so I decided to have his party at the gym I coach at. It turned out so fun. The kids jumped around like they were Mario and Lugi. Thanks to everyone who came, it was such a blast. Gavin we love you so much. You are so fun to be around and have such a fun personality. There is never a dull moment with you around, you always make me laugh and have such a great imagination. Here's to another year of fun adventures, and seeing you grow into such a big boy!!! LOVE YOU!!

Gavin and his peace sign

Boys will be Boys


Four years old

Who can jump through the hoop?

Is it my turn yet?

Ring around the Rosies

Road Trip

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The beginning of January we went to Arizona with my sister Lacie and her husband Max, and Max's sister Jessa and her husband Trent. They of course had tickets to fly and we got to enjoy the 13 hour road trip. I can't complain to much about the drive there since the kids did amazing. We only stopped twice for potty breaks once to eat lunch, and to look at a dam. The drive actually went by pretty quick.

We had so much fun though while we were there. The house we stayed at had a heated pool outside that we kept nice and warm. Gavin wanted to be in the pool all day every day. He even got brave enough to put on some goggles and look under the water. That is huge for Gavin since he hates getting water in his face and ears. I guess I just need to take him swimming more often. Olivia on the other hand wanted to get out after being in there for five minutes. Why couldn't she be like her cousin Bailee who was a water bug. The weather was so nice, it was about 72 the entire time. While back home it was in the negatives. We enjoyed just being able to lounge around and visiting with everyone. There were some fun bike trails that we went on, they led to a bunch of different parks that the kids loved.

One of the days there we went to the zoo. I have never been to a zoo that you could feed the giraffes. Gavin was a little scared to feed it at first, but Olivia didn't want anything to do with it. We were there for a good part of the day it was so much fun. There was this little cat that was just sitting in the corner of it's cage, and everyone was trying to get it to walk around. As soon as Olivia walked up to the window it ran over to her and started playing with her it was so cute. She played with it for about ten minutes. The cat was not happy when I took her away, it jumped up on the window and started pawing at it. It probably didn't help that Olivia was screaming Kitty while I was taking her out, she just loves cats.

We were not ready to go home, we could have stayed there another week instead of coming back to cold Idaho. Thanks Lacie and Max for such a fun vacation. We should definitely do it again.

On the drive home we drove past the hoover dam, to bad it was so dark you couldn't see much but it was still fun to look at. Then we drove by Las Vegas. I have never seen Vegas so it was probably better that we were driving at night. It was so fun to see it all lit up, maybe one of these times we will be able to stop. We stopped in St. George that night at a condo Burgess' parents were at. They following day we had lunch, and took it up to the red rocks with his parents. We had fun climbing on the red rocks and just getting out some energy before we got back in the car to finish the drive home.

Now that we are back we wish we could have the weather of Arizona. It is so cold right now and there is still snow. I think I am ready for summer to come. Sorry this was so long so thanks for reading. Here are some pictures of all the fun we had, so enjoy..

What to sleep with??

Gavin is such a silly boy. After we put him to bed he always is looking around his room for something to sleep with in his bed. Here are some of the crazy things he ends up finding. I can't find the picture of him wearing his big elephant slippers, but it was so cute. I can't wait to see what else he will come up.