Friday, April 8, 2011

Introducing Ian Atwater!

Ian was born on March 22nd 2011. He was 8 lbs 7 oz, 21 inches long. He has been such a great baby! I have been enjoying every minute with him...even the middle of the night feedings. I just can't wait to snuggle with this little guy. He is happy and healthy....and we feel so blessed to have him as part of our family.

At his 2 week checkup the pediatrician suggested we go and get an X-ray done. He thinks that Ian might have something called Hip Dysplasia. We are still trying to figure out what that means exactly but basically there is an abnormal joint structure, resulting in the two joint bones losing contact with eachother. If he does have this he will wear a brace to correct the problem. We are happy that we caught the possibility while he is so young, and that we can fix it early. We will keep everyone updated on what we find out.

The kids all adore Ian! They have all become such great little helpers!! I was changing Ian's diaper the other day and Brooklyn was helping me. She noticed that he had man parts, pointing at them she said, "Look mom, Ian has a turkey!" I laughed so hard!! Seriously kids say the funniest things sometimes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthday Season

Cameron and Wesley both had birthdays. Cameron turned 8 yrs I can't believe I am getting that old! We let each boy invite one friend and we went to Chuck E Cheeses to celebrate and to Liberty Land.

Cameron got a rip stick for his birthday and is really good at riding it.

Cameron got baptized this Saturday. We are so proud of him for making the decision to be baptized. He is a great kid!

Fun Facts about Cameron:
  • Loves Thai Food and Cup of Noodles
  • Loves Fishing, could go everyday if we would take him.
  • He is very social..has an easy time making friends. Wants to spend most of his time outside with his friends.
  • His favorite movie is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • Cameron loves chocolate...chocolate cake, chocolate candy, chocolate ice cream, etc..
  • He is very coordinated and catches on to things quickly. He started riding a 2 wheeled bike when he was just 3.
  • He is excited to play basketball this winter.
  • Is SO EXCITED to start cub scouts, he has been counting down the days, hours, minutes.
  • He loves and looks up to his dad and wants to be just like him.
  • Cameron is a good kid, good brother, good friend, and good student! We love you Cameron!

For his birthday Wesley got a Trick Trike, a bike that you can do 360's and tricks on, he spends his afternoons riding his new bike.

Fun Facts about Wesley:
  • Wesley loves to laugh and to make others laugh. He is quite the goof ball sometimes!
  • Loves cereal, he could eat it for every meal of the day.
  • Favorite candy is gum!
  • Wesley loves to be in the water and to swim. He learned to swim without a life jacket this summer.
  • Loves to be active...jumping on the tramp, riding his bike, swinging at the park, and just playing with his friends.
  • Loves his mom...always gives me hugs and kisses and tells me he loves me.
  • Wesley has sucked his thumb since he was a baby...he just got a thumb sucking retainer put in to help him stop.
  • Wesley loves, loves babies! He is looking forward to a new baby brother or sister
We feel lucky to have Wesley as part of our family!...We love you Wes!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kid's say the funniest things!

So I had to take Wesley and Brooklyn to my first Dr's appointment. This was a bad time to take the kids. I ended up needing a pap smear and an ultra sounds so we ended up being there for quite a while and it happened to be right at lunch time...let's just say the kids were not on their best behavior. The poor Dr. probably thought I was nuts, having another kid.

My Dr started talking to Wesley and told him how I am going to be tired a lot. And that I am going to need some help around the house. After talking to him a while he asked Wesley "so who's going to help out your mom?" Wesley thought about this for a minute and then replied, "JESUS".

It was pretty dang funny!!

I think all he knew was that it wasn't going to be him.

Can't Hardly Wait!

Can’t Hardly Wait!

We have some precious news today!
A brand new baby's on the way!
We feel so very, very blessed,
Boy or girl, we cannot guess!

We're full of joy and happy tears,
Can't wait to meet our little dear,
And hold our baby snug and tight,
Just rocking gently through the night.

We're glad to share this news with you,
And share all our excitement, too,
For it is time to celebrate,
We think that we can hardly wait!

by Andra Mccoy

Baby 4 is on it's way! Due date is April 4th. Here's a look at the first 3...Cameron, Wesley and Brooklyn all at 2 wks.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

First Day of School

Cameron started 2nd grade this year. He is enjoying school and taking off with his reading and his math. He was student of the month for the month of September.

Wesley started Transitional Kindergarten this year. It's kindergarten for students who are not quite ready for Kindergarten. There a 4 teachers instead of one, less students, and more structure to the day. Wesley enjoys going to school and can't wait to get off the bus and tell me that he was good at school and that he got a stamp on his hand. (If you follow rules and listen to the teachers then you get a stamp on your hand at the end of the day). He is slowly progressing, we are hoping we might be able to get him caught up to go to first grade next year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mock Photo Shoot

For my birthday my sister-in-law Jess gave me a style makeover and photo shoot for fun! Her sister's as a hobby do a style makeover and photo shoot for mom's that just don't feel sexy anymore. I was quite nervous going into it...I hate getting my picture taken, especially in front of people I don't know all that well. Well I was quite surprised how much fun I actually had. They took me shopping and made my try on all sorts of styles that I would not have normally picked for myself, then they did my hair and make up and took some pictures. There was absolutely no pressure...they helped me with posses and facial expressions. Thanks guys for the fun day!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hike to the Grotto in Payson

We have to hike the Grotto every summer. We hiked the Grotto with my brother Brian and his family. The kids had fun running around and loved getting wet of course.

Salsa Recipe

Salsa Recipe--by Alicia Atwater

3-4 (14.5 ounce) cans of stewed/or diced tomatoes.
1/4 onion (I like to use red onion).
1 green bell pepper
1 lime, juiced (or you can use 1Tbsp lime/or lemon juice from concentrate).
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt (or one fresh garlic clove minced).
2 Tbsp white vinegar
sliced jalepenos from a jar to taste (I use about 10-15 slices...this will be pretty hot). (I also make sure I buy the hot jalepenos in a jar not the tamed ones).
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (or you can use dried cilantro same amount).

Mix all ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend on low to desired smoothness. Best if you refrigerate for a couple of hours before eating.

Eclair Recipe----by Stephanie Stephens

Elair Recipe

1-5 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cup. milk
1 sm. container cool whip
4 ounces cream cheese--softened

Mix pudding, milk and cream cheese with an electric mixer at least 2 minutes and until smooth. Fold in cool whip. Refrigerate 2 hours. (For smoothest results--without lumps--mix milk and pudding together, in seperate bowl mix softened cream cheese, then mix the pudding milk mixture with the mixed cream cheese)

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sifted flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat to a full rolling boil. Add sifted flour all at once and stir until a dough forms and pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and transfer dough to a mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly. Then add eggs 1 at a time mixing until well combined after each addition. Spoon dough into 16 strips on an ungreased cookie sheet (I will grease cookie sheet slightly). Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Satiny Chocolate Glaze (from
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

In a double boiler combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla. (I don't have a double boiler so I just microwave all ingredients in a glass container for about 1 and 1/2 minutes).

Assembly: Fill shells by either cutting tops off of shells and filling with a spoon or making a hole in top or side of shell and fill with a pastry bag. Then dip tops of eclairs into warm chocolate glaze. Refrigerate until chocolate is set (about 30 minutes). Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. (also good out of the freezer).