while the other three are so short they fail to make contact.


Tinian Funny

Now that you know the story of Tucker, I wanted to share this funny tidbit Tinian shared with is. We went and met tucker on a Thirsday night after dinner. We had fun playing with him at his foster mom’s house. He was so cute!! He was only 4 months old at the time and didn’t really answer to the name the foster mom had given him so on our way home we were talking about what name we should give him. I really wanted to name him Axl, yes, if you watch  the tv show ‘The Middle’, that’s where I got the name from. If you don’t watch that show, you should! It’s hilarious!!

Anyway were all giving our input and Tinian pipes in saying, “we should name the puppy Naked!!” 

We all had a good laugh at that! Of course he would be the one to suggest such a ridiculous name! :) That’s our Tini boy!

Tucker the Puppy

Well, some of you know that we got a puppy about a month ago and a half ago. We only had him for a week and two days. I was all for it and ready and willing to train him. He was a puppy and I knew it would be a lot of work. I had read a bunch of articles online and a book about training puppies. The boys and I left town for 5 days for Jonas to go to camp in Boise. Mark couldn’t take the time off work, so he had to put Tucker in his kennel for 4 hours at a time. Mark would take him on 2 or 3 walks a day and play with him outside a lot, but he just couldn’t handle being left alone for so long. I don’t blame him. A puppy needs a lot of attention. When the kids and I got back home he was really crazy. He was jumping all over the kids and just never calming down. In hind sight, we should’ve waited to bring him home until after we got back from our trip.

Anyway, I thought I’d post some pictures from his time with us. We had a lot of fun with him!

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I LOVE this photo of him jumping up to kiss Jonas! :) I made a layout of it a month ago and it’s definitely a favorite one right now.


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I found a lamb chop squeaky dog toy at Walmart and that was his FAVORITE toy! Not so much ours because of the squeaky part. He would squeak that thing to death all day long!!

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Giving treats!

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I love this photo.

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Another one of my favorite photos!! He kept investigating this gap in our coffee table and finally figured out how he could crawl under it! Adorable! :)

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I was working in my craft room that first night we had him and he got a hold of some paper packaging on my floor. I could’ve taken it away but it was just so dang cute! I let him play with it for a bit.

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He was just adorable! I miss him! I think he needed a home with other dogs to play with. His foster mom had a ton of dogs and I think he really missed that.

Anyway, I think maybe we can try the puppy stage when the kids are teenager maybe? I really would love to try again, but not right now.

First Day of School 2015!!

Yaaayyyyy!! We made it through another summer and back to school! I don’t know if the kids are more excited or me?! LOL

Anyway, all three of my boys are going to school this year. It’s kind of bitter sweet. I can’t believe my last baby, Tinian, is old enough to go to kindergarten! They’re all just growing up way too fast!


Look at this cutie!!


Brynnan is so handsome and so excited to be in 4th grade!


Jonas loves to spike his hair up in the front. I love it! He looks so cool! And of course he had to wear his PURPLE minecraft shirt!


I just love this boy! :)


Look at these handsome boys!!




This is Jonas’ excited face. I told him to smile nice and he said, “But I’m excited, don’t you want me to be?” haha!! So I had to take this photo!


And Jonas just being silly.



My baby, who’s not such a baby anymore!! *TEAR*


And of course, he had to be silly and crazy during the photo shoot.


Oh, boy, I’m in trouble with this kid!



This is their true selves.


This is how I wish they were all the time. ;)


We carpooled with our friends who live a few houses down from us. Samaria is Tinian’s age and they’re in the same kindergarten class. Brynnan and Hunter are both in 4th grade, in different classes though. I don’t know why Samaria isn’t smiling. She was so excited!! lol


Walking to class with his Paw Patrol backpack and shoes!


Playing on the kindergarten playground for a little bit before going into class.




Tinian’s friend, Draidyn, is in his class too. They played for a little before class too.



He’s ready for his first day!!


He found his name.




Tinian in the top left of the photo and Sami in the bottom right.



Happy to be in class!


But, Mom, I don’t want you to go…. Please stay!

He actually did really good! He sat quietly and just dealt with the fact that I wasn’t going to stay for the whole class. I tried to get a picture of him and Samaria in front of their backpack hooks because they’re right next to each other, but Tinian was being a stinker at that point and was done with photos. I’m surprised I got some good ones of him inside the class!

So, now I have the first 3 hours of the day to myself, which is always nice. Kindergarten is from 8:25-11:19. My friend, Becky, is going to drive the kids to school at 8 and her hubby is going to pick up Tini and Sami after kindergarten and then I’m going to pick up the big kids at the end of the day. It’s nice to have people to carpool with so I don’t have to always do drop off and pick up, especially at 2 different pick up times.

Well, I’m going to go do something fun while I still have an hour to myself :) I hope you’re all having a great day and enjoying a few kid free hours.

Jonas Funny

our kids love knock knock jokes! We recently introduced the interrupting cow joke to them. Jonas can’t do it, and it’s quite hilarious listening to him try! 

Well, today he tried it again, this time he said to Brynnan, “interrupting pig”. Brynnan started to repeat back and jonas immediately barked “PIG!!” And then realized he said the wrong think and corrected himself quickly, “Oink, oink!” We all had a good laugh! :)


I know I’ve been really bad about keeping up my blog. It’s easier to post things to facebook, but when I do that I don’t do a whole lot of “journaling” so to speak. I have been going through old photos and since I started my blog in 2008 it has been helpful to see how I felt back them about the pictures that I took so that I can scrapbook those pictures now, yes, I am really behind on my scrapbooking! lol

Anyway, I thought I’d start with Baseball. Jonas is playing baseball again with the Field of Angels.

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They had a mom there taking photos of the kids in front of their sign.


Every year that Jonas has played they have always had 4 teams, 2 T-ball and 2 baseball. Jonas has played on the T-ball team for the past 2 years he’s been playing. This year he wanted to play “real” baseball so I signed him up for that. When we got there this first night we found out that there were so many kids that signed up this year that they divided the kids up into age groups. There were the little kids that played t-ball from 6-7 and the older kids played baseball/t-ball from 7-8. ARGH! I had no idea. Everything I knew said it started at 6:30 so we showed up a little before 6:30, needless to say, there was a LOT of waiting being done so I gave the kids my phone so they could watch minecraft on YouTube.


Tinian had fun running around and entertaining himself. Don’t you just love this photo? Such a serious kid, but still so cute!


Jonas hanging out with one of the boys on his team.



Brynnan and Tinian had fun sliding down the railing on the bleachers.

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I couldn’t get a good view of Jonas while he was up to bat so I didn’t get a picture. He hit it on the tee because the guy that was helping the kids at bat just put the ball on the tee. I could’ve told the guy he didn’t want to hit it like that, but it kind of went by so fast. lol


Here he is running to 3rd base. The girl in the ‘love’ shirt was his “helper”.

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Brynnan watching the game.

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Hanging out in the out field. Jonas likes to be at the very front so he can try to get the ball when it’s hit.


Jonas hanging out with some of the kids on his team after the game.

It was a great game! I’m so glad that these kids get to have these experiences and I’m so thankful for the wonderful people that put it all together!!

Jumbled Thoughts About Sirius

I have sat down so many times in the past 2 months since we put Sirius down to write this post, but I never end up publishing it. I don’t know why. I’ve wanted to post pictures of our year we spent with him, but I haven’t been able to go through them. I don’t know why this is so hard. We still have his stuff. I see it everyday and I don’t break down crying about it, but when I sit down to write about him and what happened, I break down. I just can’t not cry.

He was a special dog. He was perfect, in the beginning. He loved us, other people, he didn’t run away if he was off his leash. He wanted to stay with us. He loved us. He was a loyal dog. He loved to play and run and he was so happy. I don’t even remember when all that changed. In the fall I did start noticing he didn’t like when people came to the house. He would bark at them. People that he’d been ok with before, he just didn’t like them anymore. He loved kids when we first got him, but when the boys started school and tried having friends come over he started jumping at them and nipping. We had to keep him in his cage if anyone came over because we were afraid of him hurting them. We tried to work with him, but he just didn’t understand that they were ok. He was so blinded by fear or anxiety or whatever it was that he just didn’t like anyone but us.

I often blame myself because I was the one he was home with all the time. I didn’t spend enough time with him or I didn’t know how to train him right and I didn’t want to. I had so much more important things to do. I didn’t want to see how bad he had gotten. He was ok, he would grow out of it. He was so good to us, why didn’t he like other people? Why did we ruin him?!! I just don’t understand any of this. Why did this happen?

Heavenly Father warned me about this. At the time I ignored the feelings. We found Sirius on Craigslist and he was the perfect dog. We went to meet him and he liked us. He was a little scared when we went into his backyard to play with him, but we just chalked that up to it being a different situation. The old owners told us he had been a little afraid of strangers and there had been a couple incidents when he was a puppy, but they said he had grown out of the scared behavior.

We’re still so confused about what they did to Sirius, exactly. We know they isolated him and never took him for walks, the whole two years they had him. The wife and kids didn’t play with him and he spent most of his time down in the basement. He wasn’t allowed to go into their kitchen and ate his food in the cold dark basement as well as slept down there. We think that is what made everything so hard coming to live with us. We like our dogs to be a PART of our family. We don’t want to just lock them away. They’re supposed to be our companions. If they aren’t, what is the point in having a pet anyway?!! So, we think that over time, Sirius just got too stressed out. “His” room was in the living room, where all the action came in and out of the house. For an isolated dog, I’m sure that was hard. I just don’t understand why we had him from Feb-the end of the summer and it never really bothered him. I suppose we’ll never know.

I’m just so mad and sad and I really HATE what those people did to him. Whether they did it knowingly or not. They should’ve never owned a dog!! And then WE had to be the ones to fall in love with him and then kill him. We had to kill our perfect dog because he wasn’t perfect to anyone but us.

I said we still have his stuff. Mark says it’s because we’re lazy and just haven’t put it up on Craigslist yet. That’s not it, at least for me. I know that if we sell it, he’s really gone from our lives. I don’t want that to happen.

He was just a dog. Why is this so hard?! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to let him go. He was the first dog that I feel really loved me. Yes, Nemo was a good dog and loved us, but it wasn’t the same. I don’t know how to explain it.

I miss you boy! I miss cuddling with you on the couch at night after the kids went to bed. The last couple months I would let him sit on the couch with me. He knew he was only allowed it at night. It was such a comfort. Especially that last week. It was a horrible week and that last day was so HARD. I tried not to think about it. I spent tons of time with him that day, playing and loving on him and just enjoying him. I don’t ever want to do that again!!

After Mark and I got home from the vet that day Jonas came in the door from being at our neighbors house and said, “Don’t you know, he’ll always be in our hearts.” and I just broke down crying. Jonas cried at dinner that night. He’s never been too fond of animals. I don’t know why, but this was hard for him. Brynnan, on the other hand, who loved Sirius so much didn’t cry. I really didn’t expect that. I thought for sure he would bawl his eyes out and want me to hold him, but he didn’t. And Tinian, he was happy to see Sirius go. Well, ok, not happy, but it didn’t really effect him at all. I still don’t really understand that.

The other night I was rocking with Tini in the chair, as is our nightly ritual, and I asked him if he missed Sirius, even a little. He has always said “No.” and said it again that night. I asked him why and he said that he was scared Sirius was going to bite him. That makes sense because of everything that happened with Brynnan we told Tinian not to go around Sirius because he was always bothering him. If anyone deserved to be bitten it was Tinian. So, we constantly had to remind Tinian not to go by Sirius because we didn’t want him to get bitten.

Anyway, I’m just kind of rambling now and it’s late so I need to go to bed. I just needed to get this off of my chest finally! I can’t believe it’s been 2 months already. I’ll try to post some pictures someday. I know I’ve been bad about keeping up my blog. I’ll try to be better!

Tinian Funny

tinian and I were eating a snack of chips and salsa after church today. He started talkig about the different colors of salsa. It was so funny! He said, “There’s yellow and red salsa and you can eat that, but the purple salsa you can’t eat. Only Daddy’s and big boys can.” Haha! It was cute.



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