Monday, December 31, 2007

Good Friends. Great Memories!

It's so fun going back to AZ because we get to see so many of our best friends! Brad and Alyssa are great friends of ours that we met while we were at SC! Go Trojans! We miss you guys! Thanks for such a fun night, we know there will be many more memories! xoxo

The Copples (Brad, Alyssa and Talli)
Boston, Brooklyn and Talli in AZ!
Talli and Brooklyn!

Welcome Baby Maddux!

Baby Maddux Craig Ingram has finally arrived!

Saturday, Dec. 29th, 2007
6lbs. 3 oz.
20.5 Inches Long

Congrats Tarah and Drew!
We love you! Ambs

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

“This Christmas,

Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.
Write a letter.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise.
Forgo a grudge.
Forgive an enemy.
Try to understand.
Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind.
Be gentle.
Laugh a little more.
Express your gratitude.
Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love and then speak it again.”

Howard W. Hunter (2002)

Merry Christmas!!
The Carlson's

Monday, December 17, 2007

Family Pic

Somebody requested a recent Carlson Family photo..So here it is! This is Tawny's wedding this past summer! My In laws are the best! I love all them so much! Kisses!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Princess Wishes!

Last night we took the kids to
"Princess Wishes" a Disney on Ice production! Brooklyn has been so excited for the last couple weeks, she had all her Princess clothes laid out on her bed for days!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy Birthday Girls!

Just wanted to let both Jamie and Tara know that I was thinking of them on their big days! I wish we could all be together and celebrate! Both of you have always been such fun and amazing friends! We have many hilarious memories together and I hope many more to come!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy LATE Thanksgiving!

At the BYU - Utah Game.... I love you Ty!

Brooklyn and her little friend Sydney Gardner!
At the Game with our good friends the Sorensens! Go Cougars!

Rushing the field after BYU won the U of U, BYU game! Yeah! Uncle Andrew #88

Pedicures! Yes, Those are Brooklyn's little feet! She loves being one of the girls !

Grandma Brown and my kiddos reading books!!

JoEllen and Clarke Carlson (Tyler's Parents)

The Carlson Kids, minus one, we missed you Nate and Nicole!

Tyler and Grandma Brown preparing the Turkey!

For Thanksgiving this year, we decided to road trip out to Provo where we could spend Thanksgiving with the Carlson-Brown Family, since we will be spending Christmas in Phoenix! What a blast! It was so fun to visit all of Tyler's siblings that are at BYU, go to a football game, get a pedicure with my sister in laws, do some shopping, visit old friends and see all our favorite Provo hot spots! We hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving.... All out love and Thanks!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I've Been Tagged...muliple times...opps!

I've been tagged!

This is a different tag, so here are the rules: A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.B. Each player lists 6 little-known facts/habits about themselves. C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Here are a couple thing that you may not know about me, if you already knew, sorry to bore you, but I was TAGGED okay???

1. I have some sort of serious phobia of EXPIRED FOOD! I will not touch any food item that is within 3 days of it's expiration date! This cause's quite a stir around our house because my Husband will eat a block of cheese covered in MOLD! I think it all started back when I was living at home and my mom would send one of us girls into the food storage for some needed food item and we would realize later that it had expired 07/1982!!!! Ahhhh! Seriously this topic gives me quivers just thinking about it!

2. I love to DECORATE! I wake up every morning thinking about how I can improve or decorate my house... i drive around town looking through model homes, sneak through all the homes in construction in my neighborhood to see what finishes they have chosen.. am the first in line to buy Parade of Homes tickets... I go to bed thinking about my house, other peoples houses, and people I don't know houses! I know scary! I picked this up from my mom who had always kept such a beautiful home, now if i could keep my house as clean as her i would be doing great!

3. The biggest thrill of my entire day is going to the MAILBOX! I have always loved getting mail since I was a little girl! When I was little I had my mom make me a copy of the mail key so I could ride my bike to the mailbox, put something in there for myself and go back 10 minutes later and pick it up! It's like getting a little gift everyday! I have always wanted one of those personal mailboxes in my front yard....Where do you have to move to get one of those by the way?

4. I am deathly afraid of AIRPLANES!! I know most of you that have flown with me are dying laughing because it's usually quite the entertainment to sit next to me on a plane! I have never had a near death experience on a plane, I don't know anyone who has had a bad experience, I just have this fear and I fly all the time. I nearly had a Nervous breakdown when Tyler and I went to Belize this last spring, and we had to fly on a little crop duster across the ocean and land on a 7 foot wide dirt runway..I am not kidding this almost caused us a divorce!! Thankfully someone introduced me to a little pill called Zanex, and to my surprise we made it in one piece!

5. I love being a MOMMY!! I am always so amazed that I am a mom! Wow! What a blessing to have two adorable little healthy mini me's! Everyday is an adventure around here. I am constantly laughing at the cute little things that fly out of their mouths. I love sitting back and watching them when they have no idea I am watching because I can't believe how smart and articulate they can be! There are days (hopefully I am not the only mom that has these days!) that I wonder what it would have been like if I had waited longer between the two, got my degree first, traveled the world with my husband.... then I see my kids happy, healthy, playing together, crying for the other when one is not here and I realize I wouldn't change a thing.. My life is PERFECT!

6. My best friend is my HUSBAND! I know this is so cheesy, and no I am not trying to win brownie points for those diamond earrings I have been wanting... Wink Wink! Just Kidding!! (My husband wont even read this) I can't believe that I married such an amazing guy! Tyler is so helpful with the kids, romantic, smart, thoughtful, sensitive and adventurous! I am sure he hates the fact that I drag him around all day Saturday to Michaels, Nordstrom's, and Target running errands because I am on the buddy system, but everything is so much more fun when he is around! I can't imagine my life without him and often wonder what I did to deserve him... I guess the begging was worth it....J/K

I tag Tarah, Sunny, Alyssa and Megan! Have fun girls!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Here are just a few pictures of our cute little kiddos.. Brooklyn was a "nice" witch and Bossy was a little pirate.. They looked so cute! Hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween! A*

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Family Photo Shoot!

Okay ... Am I the only Mother/Wife that takes weeks planning-coordinating a family photo shoot & then is inevitably always disappointed with the results?? Seriously! Brooklyn is notorious for having some sort of Nuclear flip out right before we take a family picture...either she refuses to wear what I put on her, shoves her entire hand in her mouth or decides that smiling isn't bad after all as soon as the photographer walks away! Anyway, here is a sneak peek at our Carlson Family Christmas Photo 2007.. I will save the actual picture for our Christmas Card! To all you Mothers out there preparing to endure this horrific task...
I feel your pain! A-
Okay...Seriously?? I am the

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We'll Miss you Monica!

Yesterday we got some VERY sad news... Tyler's "Jamaican Mama" Passed away... As many of you know we just went out to NYC to visit three of Tyler's mission converts. Monica was one that Tyler adored. He converted her 7 years ago, she was the sweetest lady and had grown so much over the last 7 years. She had such a great testimony of the church was eager to share her new love with others.. We are so grateful for the opportunity we had to take her out to dinner last week for her 54th Birthday! Her death was unexpected and very sad news for Tyler to hear.. We know she is happy and looking down on us! We will miss you Monica!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Happy 2nd Birthday Boston!!

Boston turned two!He chose "Cowboy" Cupcakes
Mommy and Boss collecting Pinata treats!

Opening Presents!

Cowboy Hat Pinata!!

Boston had a little Cowboy Birthday party this past weekend! Yes, his actual Birthday was last weekend while Tyler and I were in Washington DC... Yes, i do feel guilty that I missed my Son's 2nd Birthday, although everyone keeps reminding me he would never know the difference (it's still a sensitive subject), so we made up for it with a little party for him complete with a Cowboy hat Pinata, Horse Cupcakes and Hot Dogs (his favorite). The weather held out long enough to have a little fun at the park and BBQ some burgers and hot dogs! We jumped into the car to head home and it started pouring rain! Thanks to all the family that took the "long" trek south...(it's only about a 15 minute drive from Thornton, but we are constantly getting grief for moving south of I-70!)
Happy Birthday Boss! Mommy loves you!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Brooklyn got EARINGS!!

After much opposition from Tyler, my sisters and I took Brooklyn to get her ears pierced on Monday! She jumped in the chair, chose her earings, and it went south from there! After a few tears, she quickly recovered and loves her new jewels! After all, it's all she wanted for Bostons Birthday! Too cute!

Chase and Ashleigh's Wedding

Chase (Tyler's little brother) and Ashleigh got married last Friday in Washington D.C....It was amazing! Wow! Ashleigh looked beautiful as always and we are so happy that she is now offically part of the Carlson Family! Thanks for such a wonderful weekend! We had a blast!
We love you!

New York City!!

New York City

Oh my goodness!! There is so much to tell and so many pictures I wish I had all day! But here is the summed up version of our get away to NYC! I have never had so much fun in my life...Tyler pounded me into the concrete! We woke up early and stayed out late...we were KID free! He wanted me to see EVERYTHING! (and believe me we saw it all) Tyler served his mission in NYC , so he was a great tour guide.. We went to the top of the Empire State Building, toured Time Square, drove out to Montauk (the furthest East you can possibly go in the USA) drove through the Hampton's, ate Dessert twice every night, shopped , went to a taping of The Martha Stewart Show and Live with Regis and Kelly, (Jude Law was the guest!! Wahoo!), ate at Juniors, shopped at the worlds largest Anthropologie at the Rockefeller Center, took a tour of Ground Zero, visited with Tyler's two favorite women on Earth, Monica and Lystra his Jamaican Converts... Shopped in Soho, walked through Central Park, Met up with some old friends and much much more! We had so much fun and it was such a great time for Tyler and I to get away from it all...I love you Ty, you're the best! A-

Tyler, Monica and I!!
Happy Birthday Monica!

Tyler and I in South Hampton, NY!

On the Martha Stewart Set
Tyler and Lystra! We love you!

Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity!

Tyler's Favorite diner from his Mission, Juniors!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Day at The Childrens Museum

The Childrens Museum here in Denver is such a blast...
The kids can paint....

Work at "King Soopers", Boston was on "clean-up" duty....

Brooklyn preferred to run the register......

and load her cart up with many un-needed items...Wonder where she learned to do that??

Yes, this is a real saw!! She was making a "lunch-box"out of recycled materials....

The kids painting....No these Smocks did not protect our clothing as intended...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ashleigh Bridal Shower!

Ashleigh's Denver Shower!
This past weekend was Chase (Chase is Tyler's Younger Brother) and Ashleigh's Denver Bridal shower.. Ash received some great gifts..I am so jealous! I want to get married all over again... (To Tyler of Course) just to have another shower! It was so fun to meet her family and introduce them to all the Carlson Clan..I know it can be a bit overwhelming...Sorry Ash..I feel your pain.... Ash and I both come from very small families with two sisters each. The initial meeting can be a little intimidating. You did great..The names will all come in time!
We love you Ash and can't wait until you are officially part of the family! We couldn't ask for a sweeter, classier more humble addition! Kisses! A-