Monday, November 22, 2010

Disney on Ice

We went to Disney on Ice last weekend and had a great time, but my favorite picture was of this little girl.  She came dressed up in her Minnie outfit and actually really liked the first 30 mins of the show, then she got tired and fell asleep.  Benton loved it, but was a little disappointed due to his misunderstanding thinking it was "DisneyLAND" on ice.  He kept asking where the rides were.  

3 Falls



I guess I feel like I need to document our time in the leaves since we have spent 15+ hours each year cleaning them up!  

*Kate doesn't enjoy them nearly as much as Benton does...they actually really bug her, funny girl.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Fun

 We have been to the corn mazes
 Did the pumpkin carving

 Got dressed up
 Looked cute, and went trick or treating

But I think one of our favorite moments was when our good friends showed up at the door with a plate of cookies, dressed like this.  (Benton of course had to join in the fun and dress up too) I haven't laughed that hard when I saw what Aaron was wearing, go Nacho Libre! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Little Beauty...

Had a birthday!  

When Kate was born, the two nights I was in the hospital, I asked them to take her to the nursery so I could sleep.  Both nights they kept bringing her back to me because she wouldn't stop screaming.  I didn't believe them because when I was holding her she was fine.  We still want to be together all the time.  

 She didn't like the cake, but her dad made her get all messy.  Her face shows her dislike for being messy.  This girl has an opinion!
 She did like, I mean LOVE all the dolls she got for her birthday! 
I thought she would like having a doll, but she went crazy over them.  She held them and squealed, kissed them, and would not take her hands off them. 

1year old stats:
98% for height
63% for weight

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bad day for the Andersen Boys

Both boys in my life had a bad day on their bikes the other day.  Benton walked his bike across the street on his way to preschool and the tire hit the curb at a pretty quick rate.  The tire of course bounced back and hit him in the nose.  Oh the pain, and the blood!  The blood dripped all down him and on to someone's lawn.  We had to do a quick change for school, but he made it. 
Christian on the other hand wasn't so lucky.  His 2nd crash of the day (his first was a minor skid out) sent him flying over some girl that had cut him off on her bike.  After laying on the ground in pain for a few moments he decided he didn't need to call me to pick him up and rode his bike all the way home from school.  By the time he got home his arm was in a lot of pain.  Still thinking it wasn't too bad I left him with both kids and went to Young Womens, only to get a phone call a few minutes later.  Kate had fallen on his already hurt arm and now he couldn't move it at all.  So, poor Christian now has a broken arm, and one sore body.  He is off the bike for at least 6 weeks...just in time for winter. 
Benton was so cute to Christian.  When Christian got home Benton kept asking him what was wrong and then wanted to tell him about his accident.  Hopefully they have better luck on their bikes!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Sometimes we end meal time looking like this...
We love having Kate in our family and enjoy the girly side she brings to our family. A few words to describe this little beauty would be: cuddly, sweet, determined, a screamer, particular, and loving.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Benton's First Day

Benton is lucky enough to be going to preschool with some really fabulous kids in the neighborhood. We are doing a home preschool and so far all of them are loving it. I think I was more excited the night before his first day, wondering if he is going to like it, is he going to be nice to everyone, and how did my baby get to be old enough for preschool??

Congratulations Dad & Pam

Welcome to the family Pam!

Friday, June 18, 2010

This is why We LOVE HIM

We have loved hiking lately and at times Christian will carry both of our children up the hill! Notice Kate's smile!
Benton loves time with his Dad and wants to be just like him. Here Christian is waiting to hop on a train with Benton, notice how they are both balancing on the rails.
Kate has always been a mommy's girl but she taking a liking to her dad lately. She thinks he is so funny and she loves being on his back!

And we can't forget "Mr. Pajama Head Man." (Created by Christian) Both the kids love it when he puts those PJ's on his head and turns into someone else.
We hope you have a great Father's Day!

Monday, May 24, 2010

4 Years and Feeling Different

It has been 4 years today that my mom has been gone. Finally this year I don't really feel like she is too far away. For some reason I am able to remember her and am thankful for her instead of having the aching and empty feeling. A few of the things I have been remembering about her are:
Her testimony. We would go to the temple every Friday together to see my dad's session at the SL Temple.

Service, service, service. As she was in the hospital and we knew the end was coming people came in her room and told story after story of how she helped them. Stories like: She was first one in the neighborhood that came over to meet us and she came to help unload the boxes, She was the one that stayed the longest when we were moving and cleaned all the toilets in the house, She read with the kids at the elementary (after we had all moved past that point), she came and helped clean my yard.

She always encouraged us to do our best and she told me more than once to "buck up." I am laughing just thinking about her saying that and how I use the term now.

She walked probably every day of her life. She would be out there no matter what the weather was like. She never complained if she didn't have a car either because she was sharing with one of us kids or it needed repair or something, she would just walk to wherever she needed to go.

When I got home from my mission she knew I was having a hard time and encouraged me to go to California to visit some friends and then called every day I was there and told me about the great things going on at home so I wouldn't want to stay forever in California.

Before I got married I had my tonsils removed and she stayed home with me every day while I was recovering and went daily (and sometimes more) to Blockbuster and would rent us a movie to watch.

She was completely selfless.

She loved Neilson's Frozen Custard and even ate a whole cup of it even after she was diagnosed with diabetes.

I am thankful she is my mom!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Little B

One thing I LOVE about a 2 year old is the funny conversations they have. Here are a few:

(I was getting ready to go to the temple with Christian and walked out in a long purple skirt)
B: "Mommy are you a princess?"
(then he turns to his Aunt Alisa who was coming to watch him, who happened to be wearing green pants)
B: "and Alisa are you a frog?"

Me: Hey Benton do you want _____ (anything from strawberries, to a story, to going to the park)
B: "Yes please, of course." (I think he says that like 18 times a day, and it never gets old)

Me: "Oh no Benton I can't find my wallet."
B: "Don't worry Mommy we will find it." ( and sure enough he walks into the back room and comes back with my wallet.)

He is also figuring out emotions right now and can tell when I am mad or frustrated. If I am not talking to him for a little while and then I will ask him a question he always says "You aren't mad any more Mommy?" (but in his cute little voice that makes me want to give him anything his little heart desires.

I just love that little boy!

(Pics taken at the Great Salt Lake)
Stinky, rocky, beautiful sunset

Friday, April 30, 2010

7 Months

I have LOVED having this little girl for the last 7 months. She is currently:
Rolling around the room
Trying to crawl
Uses her voice to visit
Loves her brother
Loves to eat whatever we are having
Can swing in the baby swings at the park and loves it
Called "Baby Kate" or "Baby Girl"
In the 100% for height and 87% for weight (18 pounds)
Waves to us
Is mad when a toy is taken from her
and makes us happy

A couple of days ago I was getting both kids loaded in the car. I put Kate in her car seat and went back to get Benton. As we were walking to the car Benton slipped and split his lip open. There was blood and he was quite sad about it. As I finally got him loaded in the car he turns to tell Kate the story.
K: using her sounds
B: Yeah Kate that is right I hurt my lip
K: still using her sounds
B: Yeah see right here (and shows her his swollen lip)
we keep driving towards the museum
K: still talking away
B: No Kate that is the Library not the museum
K: loving that he is paying attention to her
B: See Kate right here this is the museum where we play balls and ride the horse

I was loving this interaction. I can't wait for them to grow up together.

Thank You

I am sure most people know that when you go through something difficult there are always people supporting and comforting you along the way. I have truly felt this. Thank you to all those that have thought about, prayed for, called to see how things are, watched my children, and have supported me and my family, we have felt loved!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Simply Tragic

I awoke this morning to the sort of news you never want to hear. My dear sweet nephew Wyatt has passed away. I know life is so fragile but when an accident like this happens it truly makes you put your thoughts in persepective and desire to love those you do have. My heart is aching for my sister Danielle and Beau.
As we were driving home I noticed how green and alive our world is becoming. My thoughts were turned to Easter and my Savior and the joy that came after three days. The resurection gives us hope and comfort especially during these times. I am thankful for the plan of happiness and the love our Savior has for each of us.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thanks Grant

I was in California a couple of weeks ago and was able to see one of my favorite friends and her family. I was outside talking to Laura asking about potty training and while I was doing that Grant (who is 4) was inside showing Benton the ropes. I come in and see Benton trying to use the potty by him self. I guess that was the trick because he is now potty trained. It has taken us a few weeks but I think he is finally getting it. So thanks Grant for teaching my little boy how to be big! We wish we lived closer!


Kate and I are still in a debate. Just when I think I have convinced her to use the binki I see her doing this

Oh well I guess you can't win every battle, but I will keep trying!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Christian

These little faces can't wait to see you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kate's Blessing

Kate's blessing was perfect. Christian gave Kate a beautiful blessing and she did her job of being quiet. I think we are given these special moments in life to help us appreciate all that we have, and it was a day full of gratitute for me. We are so blessed to have sweet Kate in our life. Thank you for all those that came and supported us, we felt loved.


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