Sunday, March 4, 2018

Glimpse of the Cutler Feb 2018

Casey- has been having some fabulous weeks at work lately. There's no office drama, everyone is awesome. His boss is super nice, he's become a fabulous dentist. He coached the 3 boy's soccer team this year and was so fabulous. He's a really fun kids coach. He's been working out pretty consistently since before January and I'm proud of him. He mainly did Insanity for the longest time but has recently started doing my BBG workouts which has been a great changed for him. This week he's taking a new disability insurance test and I've been laughing so hard because all day he just talks about how he's hungry and he wants to eat so much sugar food, even if it's not apart of what we're talking about in the moment, it's so so funny. Bless that man's heart.

Kimber- I've been doing an 8 week health challenge with fiends and it's been really eye opening. I've lost 4 lbs over all these weeks but more importantly I've realized some Health changes in my life 1) not saying yes to every dessert offered to me or not eating a gargantuan amount of sweets when they're offered to me. You can get by easily with just 1 cookie. Going to bed earlier. It's been fabulous getting to bed earlier and getting a lot more sleep. I'm finding myself really wanting 9 hours of sleep in my time of life. I've been cracking away at my New Year's goals and it's been awesome to really accomplish things I've set out to do. I've been hard core sticking to my to-do list and budget which again, I get so much more accomplished! I like being more efficient!

together- Casey and I have been watching Hart of Dixie a lot together, we like it, we did tons of Olympic watching recently too. We go to the movies a lot because we got these movie passes from his boss. It's been super fun to have free dates and see all the new movies that have been coming out! We work out together 2-3 times a week in the morning and the other days to separate workouts, I really like exercising with him.

Max- Max is becoming quite the young boy. asking so many question than before. He's so inquisitive. He's loving learning to read. He loves all things social: preschool, church, soccer, playgroup. He loves being with others. He's always trying to play parent to the twins, other times he's their best friend leading the posse around. When he gets in trouble he gets so sad and broken hearted. But sometimes he is just so dog gone mean to his brothers! He's a great helper, beginning to do big boy chores like vacuum the house, it's so incredibly helpful. Oh man I love him like crazy!

Bryson- Bryson is so so funny. His laugh is so infectious. He's always wanting to help me in the kitchen or help me in general. He's so mischievous making messes on walls or getting into things he shouldn't. When I come up on him he'll say "Im not making bad choices. Don't be mad!" haha. He has this squinty face that's oh so cute. He'll just lay and cuddle with me some morning and LOVES books being read to him. He very much identifies with being Captain America, he's always playing with Quinn pretending to be a tiger or PJ mask or rescue bot to save someone or get some bad guy. I love watching him play and he's so endearing. He's is just so so sweet, I can't imagine life without him

Quinn- Quinny is so funny. He's "mean" face is constantly on his face. Haha, he's always mean looking when he's talking to someone but I think he's just serious and doesn't understand, ha. He always stick out his lips when he talks to you and furrows his brow. He loves all things super heros and thoroughly identifies with being Spiderman, so funny. He loves being a character of whatever show we're watching or book we're reading. He's a tender spirit when he gets in trouble but has no problem being mean to others. He's still obsessed with milk. He was quite tenacious in soccer when he wan'Quinn is a good cuddle and can be so sweet! When he poops in the morning while I'm still sleeping, he comes in and whispers to me "mommy I'm done pooping" instead of yelling from the bathroom, haha. He's definitely in the whiney stage and cried often because Max is being most likely but I love him like crazy and am so so happy he's mine

Easton- 14 months and freaking cute as none else. He finally has gotten with the program of using sign language and I love it! Always signing Please and sometimes doing all done and now I'm starting to teach him more. He's oh so so so cute! He loves making us laugh. If he gets a reaction out of you he's going to keep doing it and it's adorable. He gives the best hugs and kisses! I can never get enough! Seeing him hug his brothers so lovingly is so so so heartwarming!!!!!! He's finally a great sleeper! And sleeps through the night 6/7 days a week if not more. Up until like 13 months we were getting up and giving him bottle of milk at lie 4 or 5 in the morning and I kept wondering, when is this going to end?!?!?! But it did, thankfully. He has 4 top teeth, 3 bottom ones, and all his molars are beginning to come in!! Crazy boy! He constantly wants to be held by me and seeing exactly what I'm doing in the kitchen. He's at that whine by your feet in the kitchen stage, by 1 doing that is pretty easy! I love love love him. He's a follower of his brothers. Wherever they go he's going and it's so adorable!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017 was go go go this year with a little bit of good old fashioned cousin sickness thrown in there, ha. We drove through the night to get to AZ which forever and always, especially with young kids will be the best thing we ever do. Granny just got a trampoline which was so much fun for them all the jump outside in warm weather!

We hammered out our POGO pass this time around too. We did the zoo, bowling, urban jungle, airtime, the idea museum and all were so worth the time and effort involved! We also did lots of parks including the new big one by the Mesa temple, Pioneer park, that they've recently updated and redone, it was definitely a cool one. We did spook hill hike and Falcon Hill hike with Weston's family.

This time around we were able to spend A TON of time with the actual family in Arizona which was so awesome! Logan and Scott's families were with us or came up to Granny and Papa's house a lot so that was so very enjoyable to be with them so much. We so appreciate their time and effort to do that.

Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spend with the family eating food, children playing and talking a lot as adults. Cody and Camille came up for a little bit on Christmas Eve too and my kids so very much enjoyed that! We did our annual silly string fight which some kids loved and some hated, namely Britton, ha. Bryson was sick during it :( Quinn didn't like it unless you were helping him. Max was a pro. Granny also did a piƱata which everyone loved! Bad parenting moment: Max missed the first 10 minutes of it because we forgot him in timeout, I felt so guilty!

Casey jumped in the pool Christmas night and it surprised everyone and made us all laugh so much. Then after a daytime hike I, Kimber, jumped in and surprised everyone immensely! Ha, um it was so so freaking cold! Take your breath away cold! In my frantically frazzled state to get out I jammed my toe and it hurt so so bad!
I had two awesome girls get togethers: Amy Nicole and Brooke (going theough chemo and doing awesome!) we stayed up until THREE AMM! Ha, I don't know what we were thinking but it was super fun, that was the first time we've ever gotten a chance to do that since high school! And a lunch date with Dana, Brandi, Courtney. I can't believe how far back our memories with each other go!

It was such a fabulous Christmas! The weather was amazing, like so so nice out, INCREDIBLE! There was a lot of sickness unfortunately, Scott had influenza, Weston's family accidentally brought down a throwing up bug and spread it around a lot, Max and Easton got hand foot and mouth and passed it on to others, granny and others had significant colds, but we're all alive so it's ok!

And surprisingly to everyone, Scott got put in the bishopric! We all got to go to his sustaining and it was a wonderful spiritually high moment to end the trip. It was eye opening to feel the Spirit confirm to my soul this is where Scott is supposed to be and he too can be humbled for good and serve his fellow men.

So grateful for a wonderful Christmas with the Woodruffs!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Easton turns 1!

Easton turns 1!!!! how in the world did my baby turn ONE! He is so so loved in our home! He is the best little addition to our family. Always falling us all around. Wherever the crowd goes he follows! He's a full hearted equal opportunist: if anyone else is doing it, he demands to as well! He tells you exactly if needs aren't being met, ha. If the bottle is on the counter, he yells and cries and makes you get it down NOW. He is obsessed with milk. His little baby walk has sped up into a waddle that wants to run that is so adorable. The only thing that slows him down is his footie PJ's on hard floor. He's so vocal. Making so many noises, you repeat back and repeats back with gusto and more voice imitations. He knows where his nose is and tongue. Waves bye bye and night nights making voice intonations. He's finally sleeping through the night about 11-12 hour stretches without needing milk. Sometimes he still does but he's made such great progress. He's been a champ car traveller: falls asleep and transfers easy to his crib. He loves his mama, and I him. He laughs so much with Casey. He runs to the front door once hearing a knock or doorbell, so adorable. It's really so so darling how he follows all the boys around the house. He definitely believes in equal opportunity, if the boys are doing he is too! If they're on the tramp, he belongs out there too! Lately it's been getting colder, and I don't let him on the tramp with the big kids and he gets so mad inside crying. He's constantly wanting up on your lap for you to just hold him so he can see what you're doing, he's a doll. He and Max are such good friends, they sit in the car next to each other and Max is always helping him and playing peek a boo, or talking jibber jabbers sounds back and forth, they adore each other.

I am so so so happy Easton is apart of our family. He makes life better!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Kerri and Chris came down as well as Grandma and Grandpa Christensen! Wednesday I felt like I was cooking all day between getting Thanksgiving food prepped,  salad swap for friends, regular dinner, ha but Casey was home so it was much more enjoyable!

Thanksgiving morning came and it seemed like the family was coming later in the day and since we had REALLY nice weather we went for our own little family turkey trot up and around the neighborhood! The boys rode their bikes a ton (the twins getting on and off when they felt like it of course) Max the whole time, and Easton in the triple stroller. Casey listened to music. The parent not pushing the stroller was in charge of encouraging the twins to keep going, haha. It was so much fun to be out and active with our little family! Every time I said "turkey time!" the kids were supposed to come back to me and go "gobble gobble gobble" in a circle, it was pretty funny. We ran a little over 2 miles all together. I'm grateful for an awesome husband who gives into my silly antics and traditions :)

We got ready and loaded in the car to go over for Thanksgiving! There was SO much food it was crazy! They must have been cooking all yesterday and today it seemed like! The sides are always the show piece in my book. Brad made a great stuffing, Tayli did a million rolls, Derek and Karlee did the green bean casserole, I did the sweet potato casserole, there were so many delicious side salad type things and so many pies! Mostly all store bought but still really good! I made a really yummy cookie pie and a chocolate pudding cream pie! Both were favorites for us all! They also made the strawberry pretzel jello casserole thing and that was SOO good!

We all went to Harrison park (the special ed one that is super fun for the kids) we all walked there because truly the weather was amazing! And played for a really long time! Took some silly videos and pictures and even the adults played on a couple silly contraptions. There were so many great conversations had all day with all the adults around. The kids were pretty good at playing with each other a lot of the day and it helped that Grammie bought a new really hot wheel toy that they all played with.

It was just a genuinely happy Thanksgiving day all together!

The next day was Grammie's Christmas party which is always so fun for the kids! I think it's a lot of prep for Brad and Nan and their family but it's meaningful to the kids and I think they'll remember doing it year after year! Afternoon came and there was still lots of playing outside time! All the kids went in the hot tub with Derek (the previous night it was Casey and all the kids), just lots of great sitting and chatting. Dinner was delicious leftovers from Thanksgiving our favorite! And more PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE

Saturday morning I had my Santa Photo shoots that all went well. The Price's came for the last session of the day. All my boys went to Home Depot for their craft, we try to always go to those and it's so much fun for the kids every time. I'm so very grateful they put those on! I honestly can't remember much of the day. A Christmas movie perhaps? I know I made Hawaiin haystacks for the gang. More hot tub but this time I got in with Easton and then Grammie and Kerri followed us out to with Evie, it was a party indeed!

Being around family at the Holidays is just so special. That's what they holidays are for family time! It's a lot of effort for everyone, ESPECIALLY the main mom in charge but I'm so grateful for Nan's efforts and my own mother's efforts all these past years. I only have good memories of Thanksgivings!


We also did a thankful tree in our home with the boys! We tried each day to write things we were thankful for on leaves and tape them up! It was sweet to hear it all. Here are what our leaves said this year:

-daddy and his job and mommy (B or Q?
-scriptures, church, calling, visiting teaching, Bryson (K)
-for Jesus creating all of us (M)
-milk and naps (E)
-mommy cleaning up, daddy getting a motorcycle (Q)
-daddy unplugging the toilet, a family forever (M)
-birthday, Maxons, TV, pictures, doors, donuts (B)
-healthy family, CHM, vaccines (K)
-pictures on the wall, beds God made us, preschool, nathan, Dax, Brylee, Aidyn, Hendrix, Katherine (M)
-Jim and Jan and new clothes (B)
-Casey's job, Rock Springs, Overland ward (K)
-daddy building a bench (M)
-halloween stuff in the house (B)
-milk and Sippie cups (Q)
-food (M)
-facetiming, Granny Woodruff, Grammie Cutler (K)
-clothes (M)
-Heavenly Father gives us a sister (M)
-daddy goes to work and earns money (B)
-Atonement and Eternal families (K)
-night nights, beds, blanket, room (Q)
-Jesus and the gospel (M)
-Jesus, sports, and job (K?)
-diapers, washing machine, diaper cream, soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste (K)
-Jesus built our homes (M)
-coloring books, crayons (B)
-Jesus gives us families and the whole world and temple and churches and food (M)
-Mrs B. (M)
-library, gymnastics, race center, good friends (K)
-Granny and Papa, Grammie and Grandpa Cutler, FaceTime (K)
-dad make the trampoline, heavenly father let plant grow in the summer and rain and we clean up the yard
-Casey, Bryson, Maxson, Quinn, Easton (K)
-Mom, dad, settlers, married (M)
-mommy and daddy (Q)
-Maxson helps me (B)
-Amazon, instagram, smiths (K)
-Bob and owning our house (K)

Maxson turns 5!

Maxson turns 5!

He is a special boy, he's truly a very loving boy. Takes care of others needs, is thoughtful, can be super loving, can focus very well and is a deep thinker. He's growing up so much, it's just crazy!

Just yesterday he asked me "Is God going to give us a sister?" In definitely caught me off guard. I answered "I sure hope so! But I don't know. Our next baby may be a boy or a girl, but you can pray for a sister because God answers prayers sweet boy!"

Another day we had a conversation about Sis Huff (his primary teacher) Max tells me "Did you know Sis Huff's Dad died? How will she get a new dad?" From there we had a little discussion on eternal families and heaven and waiting and it was a sweet, but quick little conversation we had together.

Another day during a prayer, Max gives such sweet prayers so often, Casey and I are always squinting our eyes open to look at each other with a little smirk with a "did you hear that?" during his prayers, he's really so so sweet and thoughtful. Things he's said during prayers lately:

-Grateful me and my brothers can be on the same soccer team together
-Grateful we can be a family forever and mommy and daddy were married in the temple
-Please that we can have a baby sister
-Grateful our elf can go bak to the north pole to talk to Santa and come back

I know there's more adorable things just can't think of any!

So he was super excited for his birthday! He saw it on the calendar way long ago and was just looking forward to the day for months! On his birthday morning he woke up and I happened to be awake trying to shew the twins back upstairs into bed at 5:45 am, he came down and I got to see his sweet face of excitement as he looked at all the decorations and his presents! I gave him a big hug and said "Happy birthday sweet boy! Now go back to bed" haha.

One the light in their room turned green we all came downstair to open presents! He was such a sweet boy excited for each one no matter how big or small.

We made waffles for breakfast because he loves waffles! And even put mini M&M's on it, lit candles and sang happy birthday/let him blow out the candles as many times as he wanted. We then got to cleaning the house and getting it ready for his friends to come over for his birthday party! He's never been such a fantastic cleaner without complaining before lol, he even started BOB fo me! he just kept asking are my friends coming over now?! (and the count down was like 3 hours haha)

His friends came over for a super hero party! Everyone was supposed to wear their favorite super hero costume and there were some cute kids! Max invited, Adyn, Brodie, Crue, Adalyn, Serenity, Owen, Meitzen and of course Bryson and Quinn (those who couldn't come were Kelly, Nathan, Mason, and Dax.) So there were a lot of fun kids! When they got here they jumped on the tramp for a long time and played in the bounce house. I led them through "Super hero super hero come alive" and then all the balls on the tramps were bad guys they had to run away from. We came in and had pizza I had picked up from Papa Murphys. I squeezed all the kids around our kitchen table and the twins were SO eager to sit on big chairs with all the big kids, it was one of those mama heart melting moments where they wanted to be big like everyone else, it was so cute haha.

Next we opened presents, then they all got to be Hulk and smash down a wall of bricks they had to keep building over and over (at this pint max was being a stinker and not participating and being pouty and that made me frustrated.) At the perfect moment Casey came home from work  and I prepped him how to be a bad guy and then told all the kids that a bad guy just robbed a bank and stole a bunch of money! Their eyes were huge (the twins were so into it) and I told them if they see a bad guy to drag them over to this chair and tie him up! At the perfect moment Casey came in with the Hulk mask on yelling he just robbed a bank! The kids were so cute all on him like flies trying to drag him over to the chair, so funny. I then gave them all a little pack of streamers and they wrapped Casey to the chair, it was just so so so funny and fun for the kids. I'm glad Casey got to be apart of the party!

They jumped on the tramp and bounce house for a while and then came in and had cake and sang to Maxson and then back out jumping and left! It was a wonderful little birthday party and I'm so glad to we got to celebrate Maxson with his friends!

We had a little down time and watched Boss baby. The kids kept eating pizza and cake all day, and then we went for a quick look at the festival of trees at a local bank. Nothing quite compared to Utah, but still fun for the kids! When we got home we let the kids stay up a watch some small Christmas movies while eating popcorn and cereal. They all felt like it was so special and it was a great night to end with all our boys right around us. I love our little family. And I love that we have been blessed With mAson as our oldest child, he really is such a great one!

Also he was so eager to measured on the growth chart for his birthday! He's right under 4 feet!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

11 months of Easton

SO much happened between 10 and 11 months for Easton. the biggest: WALKING! On Oct 20 I think he took his first steps and within a week he was truly walking wherever he wanted. He's just the stinking cutest.

I feel like last month is when he he learned to wave hi and bye to people.

He gives the biggest kisses!

He is obsessed with milk and his bottle! LOVES both of them oh so much! It's adorable and funny to watch him walk around the house with his bottle going to town on his bottle of milk.

I think he's for sure my pickiest baby eater yet. Like seriously kid?! Just eat what I give you! Ha, don't get me wrong he does eat a lot of the food we give him, but there's a lot he chooses not to eat ha

He can constantly be found wondering wherever his brothers are. He's our little shadow always.

He babbles all the time and it's so adorable to listen to. talks and talks and talks

He had his first Thanksgiving and Halloween! He slept through Thanksgiving and was a warm baby kept from being frost bitten cold at Halloween.

He loves other babies. Others his age or a little older or a little younger. He instantly talks and talks to them hugs pulls kisses brings toys to. He's just the stinking cutest with other babies.

He still does is his scrunchy noses heavy breathing through his nose thing and the rest of us family members mimic it too bc we think it's so adorable.

Long live baby in the Cutler home! (bc Easton is already changing into a big baby! I can't believe my BABY Easton is changing from my tiny baby

He loves pulling all the ornaments off that tree! Darn that baby!

He is super good at stairs and heights

He always spits out what's in his mouth for you. It's so incredibly helpful!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

8th anniversary !

This year marks our 8th anniversary!

It feels like it's far and few between the times where I'm not nursing a baby or quite pregnant that we get to go somewhere alone so it was extra special.

A huge snowstorm came in Friday, the day we were meant to leave for Provo, darn it! Lucky we were able to make it work that weekend or I would have been oh so sad! So instead we left Saturday morning after we dropped all the kids over at Brad and Nan's house , they were so sweet to say yes to watching the kids for us. It really meant a lot and we are so grateful they would do that ofr us.

We had a wonderful drive down to Provo! We mostly just got to chat and chat and chat, UNITERRUPTED catching up on small things we wanted to tell each other, stories, thoughts, opinions, I could just talk to Casey all the freaking day long. I love that man.

We got to Provo and started at Sweet Burrito, a new place and it was really delicious! It's often hard to talk Casey into going and trying a new place but this one was a definite winner that we'll come back to! We parked in Casey's favorite parking spot for the BYU football games, and then walked to the BYU bookstore to look for a Christmas present. Then walked over to the football game! I've loved getting to go to the football games with Casey again, this year and last. It was just hearing about the experience of the football games casey had with each of the kids; he's such a a fun dad and you can can tell from his words that each boy and him had such a great time together. BYU football is totally crap this year, ha. But we still love trying to cheer them on. We left right before half time. It also was FREEZING! We were in the shade at first and I was dying, once we moved to an area of sun it was much better. Got our beloved cougar tail but we couldn't even eat it all! Go cougs. Better luck next year though, ha.

We quickly went to the temple and did a sealing session which was fun! I love getting to do temple sealings for our anniversary month to remind of us of the words!

We picked up some quick things Sam's Club.

Dropped our stuff off at the hotel.

Ran over to Olive Garden. Casey was so happy for that chicken alfredo and breadsticks and salad! And it really was super good! I trie the Zupa Toscano soup this time around and it was awesome. While sitting at the table we answered random couples questions back and forth which is always fun to get to know each other more.

We quickly ran back over to BYU to catch the basketball game! We got lucky and some random guy gave us sweet tickets. Row 9 and nice padded seats! Again, the team wasn't so hot but it's alwsways fun to just be there cheering on BYU.

Came back to the hotel and I was so stinking tired from the day's activities! I got 10 hours of UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP. that felt stinking amazing. We did church in Evanston back to our kids and our marriage/love cups were definitely filled up. So happy I got to spend som alone time with my wonderful eternal companion. How I love him to the ends of the earth!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

10 happy things

1. When Bryson and Quinn pretend to go on trips with luggage, adult shoes, hats. They go on missions, church meetings, dates, grammie's house, school. When Bryson tells me he tries to suppress his smile so much and his dimples are so apparent. Quinn has that deeper voice with furrowed eye brows and a serious face. They love playing together

2. Today the 3 boys played doggies. Crawling around then house like a dog, up and downstairs, into other rooms, they played so well together, I don't even know what they did they just played!

3. Casey teaching the boys how to hit balls today. Each one taking their turn getting up to bat, SO excited when they actually hit the ball. This is what all my parenthood dreams are made of, playing baseball in the backyard with your small children! It was magical

4. When Max takes Easton on the tramp all by himself to play with. Easton loves all the attention Max gives him. Except Max doesn't love all the attention Easton gives him i.e. getting into his toys he's playing with. Max carries Easton over to me and exasperating says "you deal with him!" They are the best

5. When Casey comes home from work the boys often hide and then everyone tries to scare each other. Casey does such a wonderful job at coming home so happy to see us, even if he's tired. He's just the best dad and husband

6. My robot vacuum, seriously it has changed my life and 100% made my home cleaner! I love turning that baby on sitting back while it cleans the downstairs!

7. Reading my scriptures so much more during the day! I love understanding the stories better/again, following characters and lineage, knowing Im doing what I am supposed to each day and going to bed happy and not feeling bad. I love the way I feel all day long!

8. My mom texting me stuff during the day that she's thinking of me. I'm so glad I get her as my best friend. We're lucky to have each other!

9. Watching Easton walk everywhere! After a week of learning to walk he just took off and he's everywhere! I love being surprised every time I see him toddle into a room! He has the sweetest smile

10. Watching shows with Casey at night, I love that we can find stuff we like together :)