Friday, February 7, 2014

Callie is 2

I cannot believe how fast time is just flying by. On Wednesday (2/5/14) we celebrated Callie's 2nd birthday.

 This little girl is sure our princess. She has so much spunk and is so sassy. We love her more than words can even explain.
 Waiting for her cake
Cupcake!! Yum!!

We celebrated with having Grandma & Grandpa Norman and Grandma Bea over for dinner and then cake and presents (from us only). She is growing by leaps and bounds every single day. She is getting so many words in her vocabulary now. She loves reading books and playing with her babies. She wants to help all the time with her little sister, doing everything she can do. She is just simply amazing and wonderful and loved so much.

Happy birthday princess!!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

More on us

Well we are fully into the new year and I still have a lot of stuff on my mind, and stuff going on in our house.

Today Brayden did his karate belt test to move from a High Yellow to a Green belt. He did amazing. Grandma Norman (Cynthia) and Grandma Bea were there to watch him. We are so proud of him. He is such an amazing young dude.

Last Saturday we took Lexi to get her ears pierced as well. She did great. She cried for about 10 seconds and then it was over. She looks so adorable with her little earrings in.
 (Getting them on straight)

Also so much is on my mind of things that I want to do, things that I want to accomplish, and just life stuff in general. To start I want to send everyone to read this post by a blogger regarding "The Ache" that only a mother can feel. ( Everyone is always asking us "now you guys are done having kids right??" This question is so hard for me to answer. At this point in our lives....meaning financially and space wise in our house.....then yes we are done. But I don't feel done. The thought of being done and knowing we are done makes me sad. All I can say to everything is at this point we have no more plans for any more babies. If the future holds another, I am not opposed to it, but we are not outright looking to have anymore.

I guess I just have to come to terms with there is just not enough time in a day for me to accomplish everything that needs to be done. It will all get done eventually. As long as the kids are happy and we make the most of each day we are given, life is good.

God bless.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


The new year has officially come and with that I am hoping "big" changes to our family. No I am not talking about any family additions or anything, but changes for us in things we do this year as a family.

We were able to celebrate the new year at some of our closest friends house, the Archuleta's. It was a very

This year Chris & I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. I am so very thankful for him as my husband. The statistics out there now show most people don't make it 10 years. There have been some major ups and downs but it has all been completely worth the ride. Hopefully we can get out and do something really fun this year..... I'm thinking nice vacation alone :)

I have also made a few person resolutions myself. I know that going to bed on new years eve and waking up new years day wont automatically change everything, but I know with hard work and determination, we will make great changes this year for our family and for myself :)

Hopefully everyone had a great new year and is enjoying everything the new year has brought so far.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Well since I last posted lots of changes have happened in our household. I really do fall further and further behind in this blog I have decided. LOL. That is the good thing about new years resolutions though...a chance to put down things you would like to change. One of those things is keeping up on this blog, as well as creating a new one for "mommy" things. I have had the desire to do that for a while now so we will work on that in the coming year.

Changes that have happened....

Chris is now working for a new company called Steel Encounters. Such a great opportunity and an awesome company to work for so far.

Crystal delivered a beautiful dark haired little girl on November 5, 2013. Little Lexi Dawn Applegate. Weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces and 20 inches long.

Brayden is now in 3rd grade and is loving karate and playing games on the xBox and Wii.

Boston officially started kindergarten this year. He loves music and dancing and playing the Wii too.

Callie is learning how to talk, is completely crawling out of her crib and is such a little girl. Her favorite thing to do is play with her baby dolls.

The animals are still the same as always.

We had an amazing Christmas this year and I am very much looking to the changes that 2014 is going to bring!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Always behind

It seems to me lately that I have been very bad on keeping up on things that used to be important. This blog is very important to me, but yet it always seems like its only something I think about every few months. And as every knows, in our life, a few months can bring about so many changes. So here is a quick update on each person.

Chris (29):
 Is still working up at Kennecott, but for the company North American Industrial Services. They had a major landslide at the mine a little while back and lots of people from Kennecott were laid off. We are lucky that he is employed by a separate company, and they are specialty contractors. He hasn't been laid off, but they did cut all his overtime house (which were most of his checks). We have been struggling with that, but we are making it though. He is still very active in hunting and just about anything outdoors.

Crystal (30):
I am currently 19 weeks pregnant with our 4th child, another little girl. We have decided to name her Lexi Dawn Applegate. I am so excited to meet this little one. We are pretty sure (99.9% sure) this completes our family, so I am really trying to cherish every moment of this pregnancy. I am still wanting to eat everything in site that contains sugar. I also am not active in this pregnancy at all. I am a little worried to see what the scale says at our next doctors appointment. LOL. I am also still staying home with our kids, and doing daycare as well. It can be so challenging at times, but it is so worth it to be with my children every single day.

Brayden (8):
He has completed 2nd grade and will now officially be starting 3rd grade in the fall. He is growing up so fast it amazes me every single day what a great boy he is growing into. He is just like his dad, and is active in every aspect of the word. He cannot sit still or just lay around at all. And he is so physically good at every single thing he tries. He had surgery last week (to remove a right hydrocele). It took him all of less than 24 hours before he wanted to be up playing and running around again. He is having a hard time not doing the things he loves to do because of the surgery. Not much longer though and he can get back to his active self though.

Boston (5):
Boston has officially graduated preschool and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. I am so excited for him. He is so amazing smart and I know he will be so ready for school when the time comes. He is also so good when it come to things with the computer or wii or iPod. If I would let him he would sit in front of the wii and play all day.  He is able to beat levels on games that I can't even beat. He has also learned how to ride his bike without training wheels and is now working on learning how to ride a skateboard.

Callie (1):
Callie has turned 1 and is such an adorable little girl. She is the sweetest little thing but can have major attitude when she so chooses. I have been so blessed to be able to stay home and watch her learn and grown into an amazing little girl. She is very active as well and tries to climb on everything she can. Her favorite things right now are jumping on the trampoline (which she has learned to climb up to on her own), be pushed in the swing, push around her doll stroller or getting books read to her. She has started this thing now where when she is tired she will grab her cup of milk and bring me to her rocker so I can sit and rock her and let her drink her milk then put her down to bed. She is still in her crib and I am hoping we have quite a while before she learns how to get herself out of that.

I am currently almost 19 weeks (will be on Friday 21st) along. I just started to feel this little miracle moving around in my tummy. I love her already and cannot wait to meet her.

There is an update on each of our family members. I really would like to try harder to keep up on this blog. Especially to keep track of this pregnancy, and the many changes we seem to experience on a daily basis around here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Just to share

Here are just a couple pictures of my Random Acts of Kindness. This first one shows you some of the old homemade cards I have recycled to give out to people. Each random act of kindness will have a card to give with it.
This is the inside of ever single card I made.

Just hope this will lead other people to follow and do their part as well.

Merry Christmas, and God Bless!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

While I was surfing the web the other day I stumbled across an idea that has been going around the internet. 26 random acts of kindness. One for each other people who were killed in the tragedy in CT last week. (Though personally I think there are 27 because you need to count his mother.) This gave me reason to believe that there is SO much good in the world, if we only do things for other people out of love. We have tried, as a family, to do things for other people, but we don't do it nearly as much as we should. Seeing this facebook page, and idea brought about by Ann Curry, really was a push I needed to do more things. Please take a moment to go to this page ( and like it. I also encourage each and everyone to do something for someone else today. No benefit or reward for yourself. Even something without any recognition to yourself is good.

Here is the progress we have made:

1) Bought coffee for the person in line behind me at Starbucks
2) Brought a dozen donuts, a gallon of milk, a gallon of OJ, cups and napkins (so they don't have to clean up after themselves) to the local fire department.
3) Brought the same stuff to the local police department
4) Brought the same stuff to the office staff and Brayden's school
5) Put a treat and a thank you card in our mailbox for our mailman
6) Pulled out the garbage for a lot of houses on our street (tomorrow is garbage day) so they wouldn't have to do it in the freezing cold temps we got going on.

I have many more ideas (mostly from searching the internet) that we plan on doing for people.

Please consider doing something for someone today. It can be something as simple as holding the door for someone, or wishing someone a Merry Christmas.

God bless each of you.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.