Friday, May 3, 2013

Introducing....Canon John Barber

On Tuesday, February 5, Lindsi went to the hospital to have our baby Canon!  We were so excited to have another cute grandson and everything went perfect for Lindsi.  I went to Lindsi's in the morning to watch Cashe until Abby could come home and then headed to the hospital so that I would be there for the delivery.  I have had the honor of watching all three little babies come into the world, and it truly is a miracle!

Lindsi all ready to go; she looks beautiful

After hardly any labor at all (less than an hour), Canon John Barber was born.  We were all amazed at all of his dark hair.  Such a cutie and we were in love with him.
Born at 12:10 p.m. weighing 6 lbs and 3 oz.

First family photo.  Doesn't Lindsi look great?  She made having babies look so easy.

And baby makes five!  What a beautiful family.   Cashe loved Canon and kept kissing him.  I bought him a t shirt that said I'm a Big Brother.  To this day, it is his favorite shirt...of course...I stayed with Cashe and Abby while Lindsi was in the hospital and had a blast. Such a funny boy my Cashe a roo...My sweet mom stayed with me and we had fun getting everything ready for Baby Canon's homecoming.

All ready to go home in his new outfit.

I was able to take some time off work and be there for Canon's first few days.  It was fun just to snuggle with him, play with Cashe and spend time with Lindsi...she is an amazing mom and I admire the patience and love she shows her family.  
One lucky Nana loving on sweet Canon

Canon at one week.

All buckled up and ready to go.  Such a happy boy; love the smile.
And the most recent photo at almost 3 months.

Brian and I are so happy to have Canon join Cashe and Diesel and we love them all so much.  We are so glad to have our girls live close so we can be such a big part of their lives.  

Catching up...February and Happy 1st Birthday Diesel!

The beginning of February brought Diesel's first birthday!  He loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and so Kristi found cute invitations and all the accessories to go with that theme.  The food served was all the items the caterpillar ate, and the party was a hit!

Cute invites 
The photo table with lots of cute pictures of the birthday boy!
Kristi started the party with reading Diesel's book. 

All of the guests wrote notes to Diesel in his book.  Super cute idea.

All of the yummy food.
Diesel even had his own personalized water bottles.

And the cutest cake ever!

Lots of fun new toys!
Priceless picture of Diesel with his great-grandmas
Grandma Jackson, Grandma Stephan and Grandma Elfie

The Barber family within a few days of a new baby boy!

Cashe giving Diesel a hand opening presents and enjoying playing with a few of the new toys.

After presents, it was time for the cake smash by the birthday boy.  He was stripped to his diaper and then given his cupcake and away he went.

Ready to eat

Getting a little messy
Really digging in and enjoying the sugar!
One very happy and messy boy.  Love the grin through all the frosting.

On Diesel's actual birthday, February 4, both families met for frozen yogurt and gave the birthday boy lots of love.

Happy 1st Birthday, Diesel.  We love you!!!

Catching up- January Birthday Fun

We started the month of January with Cashe's 2nd birthday!  Not sure where the time has gone; it just seems like yesterday, he was born and now he is a month away from being a big brother.

 One of Cashe's favorite activities is to go to the aquarium, so that is how we started his day.  
 The birthday boy enjoying the fish
 Of course, you can't go to the aquarium without a prize from Nana.  Cashe chose a  "big truck" which he loves and takes everywhere.  Of course!

In the evening the whole fam gathered for a birthday bash at Chuckie Cheese.  Cashe loves trucks, garbage, dump, excavators,  any kind of truck, so it was a perfect truck theme party
 Cashe enjoying a few rides before pizza
 The cute truck cake made by Lindsi and Nick.
 Jord, Diesel and Kristi enjoying the party. 

Nothing better on a cold winter day than play dates with cousins.  
 Cashe and Diesel enjoying a break from playing and having a snack.

Nick and Lindsi had a quick night away before Canon arrived so we were able to take Diesel, Cashe and Abby to Cafe Rio for dinner.  I think we managed quite well and they loved sharing food.  Both boys LOVE Cafe Rio.

And so ends January...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Catching up-December Fun

We started the month of December with a little service.  Ben needed to complete Citizenship in the Community merit badge and part of that badge requires 8 hours of community service, and Ben chose the Utah Food Bank.  For two weeks, we delivered meal boxes to seniors in the valley.  It was an incredibly humbling experience as we were able to bring not only food, but a little cheer into homes.  Ben packed the boxes, and we got our routes and off we went.  

 Ben ready to go to work
 Just a few of the many bags we packed.  The seniors received milk, bread, cheese, some fresh fruit and other much needed and appreciated items.
 Cute Grandma got involved and helped pack and deliver.

Ben had his final Christmas band concert at Butler.  It was bittersweet knowing that we only had a few more concerts before middle school ended.  
June, Ben, Thomas, Brandon and Aaron 

The next activity was the Dance Company concert at Butler.  The girls in  dance company have a tradition to dance a Silver Bell waltz with the partner of their choice.  Cute Aspen asked Ben way last spring, and they practiced several weeks. This was a tradition for 25 years, and it was fun to see Ben all grown up dancing the waltz.
 Ben and Aspen are on the far left.  The auditorium was so dark and my camera didn't quite get the lighting right.
 Aspen and Ben after the concert.

Next up...taking the boys to see Santa.  We went to the nice outlet mall in Lehi, and he was the best Santa!  The boys were excited to see him and looked so festive!  
 I just have to say, these are the cutest boys ever!!!

Every year the Mormon Tabernacle Choir invites a guest artist to sing with them in a fabulous Christmas show.  This year Tom Brokaw narrated the program with the soloist Alfie Boe.  These tickets are very hard to get, but my sweet in-laws called in October and were able to get some tickets.  Chris and I were able to go with them.  This concert was beyond amazing!  I loved every minute of it and was so glad to be able to go.  
 Lee, Virginia, Chris and I before the concert.

Miss Abby had a dance concert as well at her middle school and so we were able to see her perform.  
 Love this girl!

We were also able to spend an evening with cute Diesel while Kristi and Jord went to his Christmas party.  Loved playing and loving him!  
 Diesel ready for bed in his Christmas jams...I think he had a pair for every night in December.  

Then it was time for our family Christmas Sub for Santa party with Bri's family.  Lindsi is the BEST to organize this every year, and we were able to help a young mom with Christmas.  We had everyone come to our house where we had a great dinner and enjoyed spending time together.  
 The Barbers with their gifts.  Cashe was not loving having his picture taken.
 Jord, Kristi and Diesel enjoying the fun!
 The Pugmires with some gift for the children

Megan and the kids came up from St. George just for the party.
 And here are all the toys and clothing for the sweet family.  I had the opportunity to go with Lindsi and deliver the gifts.  Cute mom just cried and was so appreciative of what we had done.  That is what Christmas is all about.  Thanks Lindsi for being so great to keep this going year after year.

Ben and I went to City Creek for a lunch and a little last minute shopping.  That is one place Ben actually likes to shop.  We had a fun few hours and downtown was so pretty and festive.

 How about that?  A picture with Ben and he is smiling!

After a busy month, it was time for Christmas Eve at my house.  I love that my girls love to come home every year and spend the evening with us.  We also had Grandma and Grandpa Jackson and Chris and Lee, so it was a fun party!
 My kids and the grand boys!  Brian and I are so blessed to have our family live so close.  Love these kids!
 And of course, my boys...and will be adding one more in February.
 Cashe helping Diesel open his present

 Diesel just hanging out with Papa

We also had a visitor with us for Christmas.  My friend Cindy was going out of town for the holidays and needed a house for her dog Snickers.  So he came and celebrated with us.  He is the best dog and we loved having him for two weeks.
 Mr. Snickers

Christmas morning was pretty quiet at our house.  Ben was happy to get a new camera and a laptop computer!  Brian gave me a new camera, so after this post, my pictures are going to improve dramatically!  We were pretty boring, so we headed out to Lindsi and Nick's for breakfast and some playtime with Cashe.  
 Thanks you guys for letting us crash at your house!  Breakfast was great.  We missed Abby as she was in Portland with her mom and grandparents.

My cute foreign exchange student was in town and so it was fun to go to lunch with Manuela and catch up.  She was so sweet and I love keeping in touch with her.  She is hoping to come to BYU when she is finished with her education in Germany.

And so, that ends the month of December, so all that is left to say is....

Next up...Cashe's birthday, Diesel's birthday and the arrival of Canon....