He's TWO!

My little baby is two. I know that it is cliche to say that he has grown up so fast, but it seems like days ago I was lov'in on my new born. Here are some pictures of his birthday dinner.

I love this little guy, here are a few things that he does that make him such a wonderful little kid...

-Everyday you say 'pootball tadium opn' (in question form)...translation, ' Is the football stadium open and can we go inside?'. You are just like your dad and have already gained a zeal for BYU Football.

-The repetitive kisses that you give me on my arm over and over again. There is nothing better than a child that is so lovable.

-How you love your sister truly as your best friend. Whenever she is gone you ask where she is, whenever you wake up you ask where she went and whenever she returns you give her a huge hug and a kisss.

-Even though you love your sister so much, you tend to tease the heck out of her. You know exactly what gets on her nerves and you push her limits with a smirk on your face.

-You want to be just like your dad. You love playing in his work boots, playing basketball and football like him, and even eating the same foods as him (jerky, rio, etc.)

-You love Dr. Pepper, but call it 'bopper pepper'

-Even though I can laugh about it now, I don't each day when I have to clean up your mess from the bath. You LOVE water! You love to splash the water, hence the mess.

-You are always such a happy and smiling kid.

- You tend to yell everything that you say. It is like you continually think you are at a football game.

- I frequently find you playing basketball in your room by yourself having the time of your life.

- You already know what 'Marks' is.

- You already play pretend with Emma. When she tell you that you are the monster, you act like one. When she tells you that you are the dog, you get on your hands and knees and start barking.

-You love dogs, but you hate dogs. You always want to be around them, but if they get too close with out you knowing or without your permission, you freak out.

- You love your grandparents...All of them.

-You make friends very easily, and loose them very easily. You can be so kind on some days to your friends and share so well and then other days you walk around hitting them. Hopefully the being kind part of you stays.

-You hate wasting time to eat.

-You sleep so well. Ever since you were 6 months old you have slept through the night and taken a really good nap. With how active you are, this is my saving grace...A time for me to relax.

Love, Tamber


Mornings outside

We tend to spend out mornings outside playing with friends and just letting the kids get some jitters out while waiting for Emma's bus to come pick her up. The kids look forward to it everyday. This is a routine we have had now for about the last 2 1/2 years that we have lived here.

Here are some pictures from our morning out the other day...

Love, Tamber


Football Games

As the air cools and fall is in full force, that only means one thing....BYU Football. One of our families favorite activities is to attend the football games. Going to these games does consume the majority of our Saturday, but if it means spending time with family and cheering on our favorite team it is well worth the sacrifice of a clean house and to do list items not checked off the list. Of coarse it makes the whole experience even more well worth the sacrifice of time when BYU wins. Here are some pictures from yesterday's game.

Love, Tamber


My First Tri.

Well, I am here to tell the story, so you probably know by now that I survived my first triathlon. I was quit bummed when they closed the Lake 2 days before the race because they found round worm. Instead of an 800 meter swim they changed the race to a 75 yard swim (1/9th of the original) plus an additional 1 mile run back to the transition area. I think every swimmer there was bummed, but what can you do. The race was tough (especially the hills on the bike portion), but my real goal was to train for it so that I could loose weight, and I did...20 lbs of it. I am excited to do my next one so that I can start training soon. Here are some pics from the day.

Tawni and I after the race.
Me finishing.
Close to the end.
Coming close to the end.
Finishing the bike portion of the race.
Emma and Marcus during the race.
Marcus building a house.
Starting the bike portion out of the transition area.
The kids.
The transition area...me coming in from the swim+run portion.
Me talking to Tawni before the race.

Love, Tamber


Preschool Again.

Emma started school today. She had a blast. She even gets to ride a bus everyday. I was suppose to go with her today, but she didnt want to have anything to do with me.

The one negative of Emma going to school, Marcus misses her so much. All day he was asking where Emma went on the school bus.

Emma and Marcus waiting for the school bus.
Emma waiting some more.....

Love, Tamber


First Tri.

The swim....
The Bike....

The Run...
4 days and counting....
Love, Tamber


Love it.

Today we had a great program in our Sacrament Meeting. There was a Homecoming program for a young man in our ward who served a mission in the Chicago Illinois Mission. His little brother died just before he left on his mission. He showed his mission nametag and on the back, he had a picture of his brother that died on the back of his name tag. He said that he liked to keep a picture of his brother close to his heart while he taught investigators about the Plan of Salvation and Eternal Families.

After he spoke, he and his entire family sang a primary song from the friend that I loved. It is called The Family is of God. I loved it. The words were exactly what I needed to hear today. I Love my family so much and know that I will get the chance to live with them for eternity.

The Family is of God

1. Our Father has a family. It’s me!
It’s you, all others too: we are His children.
He sent each one of us to earth, through birth,
To live and learn here in fam’lies.

2. A father’s place is to preside, provide,
To love and teach the gospel to his children.
A father leads in fam’ly prayer to share
Their love for Father in Heaven.

3. A mother’s purpose is to care, prepare,
To nurture and to strengthen all her children.
She teaches children to obey, to pray,
To love and serve in the fam’ly.

4. I’ll love and serve my family and be
A good example to each fam’ly member.
And when I am a mom or dad, so glad,
I’ll help my fam’ly remember:

God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be—
This is how He shares His love, for the fam’ly is of God.

Words and music: Matthew Neeley

If you want to listen to the song, click here.

Love, Tamber