Thursday, August 20, 2009


A couple of weeks after we came home from the mainland we bought a puppy. He is a mix of a Ridgeback and Akita. We bought him when he was just 8 weeks and was such a cute and cuddly little thing. He has grown like a weed and is so tall. When we bought him he weighed just under 10 pounds and no he is weighing over 35 and still growing haha. He has been such a good dog for us and is very protective. He is so good with the kids and they just love him to pieces. I have been taking him to obedience training and he is such a smart dog. After just 2 days of working with him he had learned sit, down (lay down), and shake. I am so glad that we got him. He has made my nights a little less lonely while Corey has been gone. and he definitely makes me feel more safe.


These two always have so much fun together no matter what they are doing. This whole day they were playing so good together from the morning thru lunch where they got super crazy with their pizza until they passed out on the couch at the end of the day. I am so lucky to have such wonderful and loving kids!

faux hawk

I just love Teyons faux hawk. And I love even more that when he sees me fixing my hair or Kayla's in the morning he will back his little butt into me while pulling on his hair until I style it for him lol. He is such a stud!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

annual pass!

One of the very first things we did when we came home was get an annual pass to the very beautiful Waimea Valley. We love going there. It is just so beautiful and peaceful.

last day in Utah :(

Our last day in Utah we met at Dad's work to have some lunch. We were able to get everyone there except Jake, although he did come over the night before. Chris had to leave early for class so I didn't get a pic of him there. It was nice to have everyone together one last time to talk and laugh together. I miss everyone so much! Thank you all for making our trip so wonderful.

fun project

I had so much fun putting this room together at my parents house. I just wish that I wasn't so a slow poke and finished it sooner than I did. I really liked having an ongoing project for most of the time that I was there. That way whenever I just needed to release my mind and think of nothing I would head in this room and work. Art does that to me and that is why I love it. I compare it to how Corey likes to escape sometimes to video games....well this is what I do, paint draw, create. I also loved that I was able to do this at a house that I know my kids and other kids will get use out of. Who knows when I will be able to do this to a house that we actually own...that may not be until grand kids come around if we keep moving around so much lol.

time with grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa Bastian took the kids to the pond to feed the ducks. They had so much fun with Grandma and Grandpa. Just from looking at the pictures and videos and hearing Kayla's stories I can tell that they had a blast. Teyton was so cute trying to get up as close as he could to the ducks the little daredevil. And Kayla just loves anything that involves animals so she of course was in heaven the whole time.

Grandma Bastian was so nice and very brave I might add to take the kids to the zoo while I tried to organize and finish packing everything up before our flight home. I really wish that I could've gone but the kids still had so much fun. I have the best Mom! I know that these two can be a handful at times, she was really a lifesaver.

fun with the abbott's

We had so much fun going to Classic Skating playing with the blow-up toys with the Abbott's. Bouncing on huge toys + loads of sugar = a ton of fun and a major energy crash for us all at the end of the day hahaha. We were lucky enough to be able to spend a few days over at the Abbott's house to spend some quality time before we headed back home. I just wish that I had remembered to pull out my camera to take more pictures. At least I remembered the last night lol. We all miss them so much and are so grateful for all the time they let us invade their space. ;)

25th Birthday

Kayla planned the best birthday for me. She took me to the food court for lunch and then we played at the indoor playground there with uncles and Grandma. Teyton and Kayla picked some flowers out in the backyard for me and helped Grandma decorate the house. Later that day Corey surprised me with a delivery of the most beautiful bouquet of wild absolute favorite! :) Then we finished the night with some Chinese and a yummy cake that Kayla made and decorated herself. Such a fun and memorable birthday. It is nice to be loved by my kids and wonderful husband....and of course my brothers and Mom and Dad. I'm so glad that I was in town to celebrate with them.

birthday time!

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