June 21, 2012

Miss Lehi’s Little Miss

June 9-

We are fortunate enough to know and love Miss Lehi 2011, Alex Richardson.

She was competing in the Miss Utah pageant, and so she needed a Little Miss.

She chose our little Hallie.

Hallie excitedly agreed.

Her requirements would be to to do a little dance number with all the other Little Misses(each contestant had their own, there were 44), be at rehearsal every day, and do a little walk around the stage in her white dress every night of the pageant (4 nights). Then on Alex’s evening gown night she had to escort her around the stage.

BUT, before she even did all that she was able to participate a little in the Miss Lehi Pageant, where the new Miss Lehi would be crowned.

Before the pageant Ryan and Hallie had to go and practice their part. They went a little early so that Ryan could take her out to dinner and have a little date together.

At the pageant Ryan escorted her for a little stroll around the stage while they read a little bio about her. She was supposed to smile and wave. She got the waving down, but she was so somber the whole time. I think she gets so focused on what she is doing that she forgets to smile and have fun!



Receiving her roses…I think that was her favorite part.

She did crack me up though. After their little walk and she was standing there waiting for them to finish her Bio, she did a little twirl and curtsey. Just totally out of the blue. HILARIOUS.

At the end of the of the pageant she was able to pass out the awards to the contestants. Again, don’t let that little somber face fool you…she LOVED every minute of it, and was so giddy afterward.


She LOVES Alex! She was her little shadow the whole night!



After the pageant she wanted to get ice cream. Ryan said that we would take her. She then made me so proud by asking if we could, “please go pick up Eli from the babysitter first, so that he could come too so that he wouldn’t feel left out.”

Is that not the sweetest thing? I love when my kids actually show love toward each other.

We hit up Culver’s.


It was also a monumental night for Evie…she had her first bite of ice cream. Of course she was a fan!!


Stay tuned…next our crazy week at the Miss Utah Pageant!

June 13, 2012

12 month baby girl

June 2-

12 months(and some days) ago we were blessed with our little Evie Tia.


So we had to celebrate!! Because I absolutely love celebrating birthdays, especially my kids!IMG_0561





Many family showed their love for our little Evie by joining us for dinner and cake at our house.

She was NOT impressed!!


She was whiny and cried most of the day, and her party was no exception.

She was not interested in dinner, guests, cake or presents! Good thing grandma Gonie was here to baby her. Otherwise, I probably would have just put her to bed and ate her cake myself, opened her presents returned them and got something for me!





After everyone was gone, she decided she would put on the charm!!

Honestly, as soon as the last guest left she was so happy, content and sweet! She ate lots of food, then dove into her cake and ate about half of it. After every other bite she would look over at me with the cutest little eyes and give me a sweet smile!



I couldn’t believe how her demeanor changed so quickly and drastically!

I am not totally surprised though, she is a girl after all.


a little info on Evie at ONE:

*Can blow kisses

*Sleeps great through the night. Usually takes two 2 hour naps a day.

*Loves oatmeal for breakfast.

*Not a huge fan of real food. But does like meat, cheese, beans, fruit, and yogurt bites.

*Is ornery most the time. Not a very happy child. Wants me to hold her ALL. THE. TIME!

*Can say: mama, dad, uh-oh, and hi.

*can wave bye-bye, and hi.

*Currently has 7 teeth, and is working on her back molars.

*She is a people watcher. Likes playing with kids, especially Hallie and Eli.

*Can walk a little bit, usually walks a ways and then tumbles down, so just continues to crawl.

*She can actually be a little show off.

*Is impatient and temper mental.

*Is VERY VERY wiggly. She will not sit still. Always has to be jerking herself around.

*Loves her super soft blankets and her binky.

*Has the cutest little smile, and sweet little eyes.

Even though this little girl is by far my hardest baby, I LOVE my little Evie-beans sooo much. She has lots of personality and can be oh so sweet!



Our family on Evie’s birthday

June 05, 2012

A Sappy one

And it isn’t even his birthday, Father’s day, or our Anniversary.

Lately, I have felt very lucky to have this handsome man in my life.


The last few months have been very stressful and super busy for him.

I honestly do not know how he does it all…and he really did it ALL!

He was able to manage being the general contractor for our house, plus doing some frame work, the electrical, some of the flooring, and all the little things that come with building. Plus he traveled a ton for work, worked a full time job, and still managed to spend time being a good father and husband!

He also still managed to cook a few meals in between all the craziness.

I do not know how he did it all, but he did.

Not to mention he has been super patient with me, as I have not been the most patient, calm, and loving person the last couple months. When I am stressed and tired I am super ornery! He just ignores it all and lets me have my space! I truly believe that he is the ONLY person that would be able to live with me and put up with me!

He is such a good dad to the kids and tries to fit in breakfasts on Saturdays, playing games, watching movies, and just hanging out with them.



I really don’t know what I did to deserve him, but I am glad that I got him.


I love him so much and appreciate ALL that he does for our family! He truly is amazing!