Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas '07

This year was a blast!! We stayed so busy and it started with our ward party on Dec. 14. It was a lot of fun and we captured a miraculous photo of all of the children on Santa's lap all looking at the camera and smiling.....did the planets align?? On the 15th we it made to the annual Whitelaw Christmas gathering, first one since Ty was a baby. It was so wonderful to see everyone!! The next week was a little crazy, Ryli had her school party, Tyler had his, then on the 20th our youngest turned two. Cannon is not one who loves the spotlight but after some inspection decided that presents were okay. We were also hoping to see him tear into his cake which in usual Cannon-fashion proceeded to pick up every bite put it on his fork and then take a bite. It was exactly what you wouldn't expect from a two year old......but that's Cannon!
Christmas was as full as ever with breakfast making, house hopping, and then dinner making for some friends from church who were without family. All in all we had a great time and ended up with three new friends that now live in Ty's room.

Gram surprised the kids with three hamsters and so far they have been so much fun. Ryli named hers Serafina

Tyler named his Chip (of Chip n' Dale)

Cannon named his Gus Gus

Monday, September 10, 2007

Until Now...

Here we are, the five of us! This is where we are in life as of 10 September 2007:

Shane recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance and a minor in International Relations. His job hunt brought us to Little Rock AR, which made me very happy because this is where I grew up. Shane spends his Friday nights coaching Ty's soccer team and every other night of the week as Super Dad to three busy bodies!

Tyler is 5 1/2 and is very busy with Kindergarten and Soccer. He loves to read, play Star Wars, swim, and play with friends. He is definitely the oldest child with that natural born leader instinct emerging whenever possible. He is a fantastic big brother!

Ryli is 4 1/2 and is very busy with pre-school at Gymboree Play and Music and her Tap and Ballet classes. She is going to the same place I went as a little girl and I love that she will have the same great experiences and teachers that I had! She loves to dance, sing, play with friends, and read books!

Cannon (bubba) is great! He is now 20 months and has hit the terrible two's early! (or is it just a desperate attempt to be heard over his brother and sister?) He loves balls, drawing, reading books, and helping in the kitchen with just about anything! He is a very sweet guy, very much a mama's boy, for now anyway...

As for me, I'm the family taxi! You give me a place and a time and I'm there! I LOVE staying at home taking care of my little ones, there is no better place for me or them! I'm so blessed to have a supportive husband to get me through the tough days, they aren't always easy:) I love living close to my family. It's so great to be involved in the big events and every day life.

We are loving AR so far! The next step will be Grad school for Shane. In the meantime we are enjoying life in the south and watching our children grow. It goes as fast as it comes!!