Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last Pool Day

The summer is coming to a close and I can't believe it! Nor do I want to even thing about it. To make it a little better, my little brother Sean is in the State to start school at BYU. So on Saturday we hit up my favorite pool with Sean, Matt, Kate, Averi, and Elle Belle. It was such a nice day and we had so much fun.
Ryan and Hudson had a fun time watching the surfers on the flow rider..........
and going around and around and around the Lazy River.
And Matt and Sean had fun tossing crazy, fearless Averi all over the pool! A good day to end the pool season........if we must!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Family Pictures

We had family pictures taken last week and I just LOVE them! Here are just a few!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Boating and Twins?

Sometimes people think Steff and I are sisters, not that Nic is my brother. And I can kind of see where that comes from, we're the same height, blonde hair, but every once in a while some one takes a picture and I can't really tell us apart......this is one of them!
A few weeks ago, while my dad was in town for Nixon's blessing we went boating in Pineview. It is one of my favorite places, it is so beautiful! So thanks everyone, we had an awesome time!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lyle.........or Hudson?

Hudson and I went up to Idaho a few weekends ago while Ryan was in Ohio. While we were there my Grandma showed me some of my dad's baby pictures. I hadn't really seen any before. And although everyone says Hudson looks just like Ryan........I think there's definately some Lyle in there too!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday is a Day for Play!!

It's no secret that we love boating, and it runs in my family! So when Nic called to see if we wanted to go we jumped at the chance. Things get a little crazy because we all have crazy kids...but that's just how we like things. This is me and brothers and all our new babies, all born with in 8 weeks of each other! (I think!)

Myself, Steff, and Kate before our WILD tube ride!

Averi skied for the first time and did Fantastic!
Matt doesn't need fellow passengers....they'd just get in his way!
Kendyl sure loves her daddy!
The Matt Clark family!
Steff, Kendyl, and Averi

Steff helped Brooklyn start off skiing from behind the boat, so she got in the water to hold the front of the ski up. Off Brooklyn went....but she was so concerned with her mom being left behinds, she almost ate it! It was so cute! But she did awesome!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Grandma's 80th Celebration!

Our beautiful wonderful Grandma Clark turned 80 a couple weeks ago but we waited to celebrate until my dad came out for Nixon's blessing. We went to Rodizio's and it was delicious, I think better than Tucano's. Ryan was in heaven,f talking Portuguese to to waiters, eating chicken hearts, and all the red meat he can fit in his stomach. I guess that last part applies to all all men! We so had so much fun but we sure missed mom, Sean, and Tanner!
Averi and Brooklyn
Ryan kept trying to sneak Hudson chicken hearts, don't worry I always caught him.
Kendyl always eats food in the most interesting ways.
Beautiful Kate and Grandma
My dad with all of his grand kids.......underneath that smile he looks a little overwhelmed.
4 generations of Clarks My dad, Nixon, Nic, and Grandpa Clark

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Poor Baby and Knees!

***warning long post.....lots of words**
So if any of you have met Hudson, you know he is an extremely loud and worrisome breather. Since he was about 2 months old he has had a hard time breathing. I noticed it especially at night and his labored breathing really made us nervous. You could tell he struggled and he would have episodes were he couldn't catch his breath and would panic until he could finally get a breath. Pediatrician #1 told us he had croup although he did not have a cough, he gave Hudson a steroid shot but it didn't help. Pediatrician #2 told us it was RSV or asthma, but the breathing treatment he got at the Dr didn't help, she ended up just telling us to come back if it got worse. Pediatrician #3 told us she thought he had some sort of growths in his trachea or on his vocal chords so we would have to go to Primary Children's to an ENT and get a scope, unfortunately they didn't have any openings for 3 weeks. Well today was the big day and we finally got some answers! He has severe laryngeal malaysia. Basically some cartillage collapses over the airway when he breathes in making it had for him to breath. He's on medicine now to see if it helps but if it doesn't get any better the Dr suggests having a procedure to take care of it. It was so hard to watch have a scope put down his nose but we are so happy to know what the problem is and that it can be fixed!
Now to my poor aching knees! Ryan and I ran our first post baby half marathon on Saturday! I decided when I was still pregnant that it was something I wanted to do. Obviously I had some weight I wanted to lose and this seemed the best way. When the Dr okay-ed me to start working out I started running very small amounts on the treadmill and worked my way up. After we got a jogging stroller I got more serious, it has been so fun to be able to take Hudson on runs with me everyday, he loves being outside and is such a good sport. The other thing I have found about training for this race is that I have a goal other than just simply losing weight, I have something more to focus on other than the number on a scale. I cared more about eating healthy and getting good sleep because I knew my body would not function like I wanted it to the next day on my run if I didn't. I didn't break any records and I didn't get an amazing time but I got to run on a very beautiful course (Provo River Trail past Bridal Veil Falls) with my husband and achieve a goal I had set for myself. I may no be the skinniest I've ever been, but I don't care because I feel strong and in shape, I can run 5-7 miles enjoyably but I know if I push myself I can go longer. I sometimes don't feel like I have many accomplishments but I proved to myself that I can do things I set my mind to. I hope this doesn't come across as bragging but sometimes we are so careful about not wanting to seem so into ourselves that we sell ourselves short a lot of the time. So I guess what I really wanted to say is....I'm proud of myself.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nixon's Blessing

Little baby Nixon was blessed Sunday and his dad gave him a beautiful blessing. It also gave us an excuse to all get together after wards and eat Steff's delicious cinnamon rolls. I don't have tons of pictures just a few precious ones after everyone left.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer time BBQ

Friday night we had a bbq at my uncle Micheal's house with all my mom's side of the family. The food was delicious and the company was fun.......what more could you ask for on a summer night.
Hudson and Nixon are already best friends!
With all of our cute cousins Hudson doesn't even need his mom!
Aliyah, Hudson, Me, Brooklyn, and Morgan
Steff and Nixon

Yvett, Elle, Kate, and Meg
Ryan, Nic, Steff, Nixon
Karen, Hudson, Leslie, and Michael
Matt, Derris, and Laurie
Since Averi moved back to Utah, her and Kendyl have had so much fun together.

Nichole has the magic touch!