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Santa Baby

Introducing the newest addition to the Parker family:  Miles Vern Parker (MVP)

He was born at 8:18 am on 12/18/09 at a whopping 9 lbs.  He was 20.5 inches long and cute cute cute as could be. 

He has a perfectly shaped head, just a little bit of blondish hair and a very calm demeanor (so far). 

He has been such a “happy accident” and a blessing to our family already.  Now that he’s here, I can’t imagine not having him. 

Those of you that know me well, know that I refer to the first 3 months of baby-dom as “baby jail”.  I’m officially in baby jail, but I have to say, my “ball and chain” is very adorable and my “sentence”  is going very well.


the happy couple

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Every morning as Tessa walks in the door, Carson says, “Hi Tessa” in a very sweet, loving tone.  Tessa replies in the same tone, “Hi Carson”. 

Many of the high school students (that work in the day care) have mentioned how cute Carson and Tessa are together.  They are “joined at the hip” so to speak. 

When you ask Tessa about Carson, she starts to whisper and giggle saying, “he’s my boyfriend”.  And from what I hear, Carson feels the same. 

Tessa says that they plan to get married when they grow up and they want to have a ball pit at the wedding.




I saw this comic strip and found it to be first, really funny, and second, really true!

Being a psychology major in college combined with my experience working with people with disabilities, I used to think that I knew a lot about being a parent.  I would see mothers in the stores with their screaming children and I would judge them.  “My children will never act like that”, I would think to myself.  Or, I’d see little kids running around with bare feet on dirty floors with stains on their shirts and runny noses and I’d think “not my kids, never”. 

So there I was on Saturday night, sitting in the germ-infested McDonalds playland with two bare-footed, runny-nosed kids with stains on their clothes and messy hair and feeding them greasy chicken nuggets and fries.  It occurred to me that I am not the mother that I thought I would be.  They have worn me down. 

But, I think that every parent must think, “my kids won’t be like that” before they have children, or no one would ever procreate.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my children dearly, but OH I’m so tired.

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Nate has begun an exciting career in wrestling.  Ok, I don’t know if it’ll become a career, but he really likes it…and he’s pretty good at it!!

He had the opportunity to sign up for “little Vikes wrestling” sponsored by the high school wrestling team.  He had his first “match night” last night.  He did a fabulous job and I was so proud of him.  He is pretty strong for a little guy.  He has two more “match nights” if anyone’s interested in coming!

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When I was in Kindergarten, I won first place in the Reflections contest…something I’ve always been very proud of.  I had high hopes that Nate might follow in my footsteps when he had the opportunity to enter the contest this year. 

I bought him a canvas, some paint, and let him “go to” it.  He did a great job and he’s very artistic, in my opinion.  I love his painting and I really thought that he had a shot at winning something.

Much to our dismay, Reflections is not what it once was.  They used to separate the entries by grade so that the students only competed against their own age group.  They don’t do that anymore.  Nate had to compete against 6th graders and needless to say….he is not moving on to the next level.

But….he’s on my top level.  Good Job Nate!!!


trick or treat

My kids are getting to the age where they are starting to care about trick-or-treating….which was kind of fun this year.  Up until now, they only have wanted to go to a few houses and be done.  This year, they did a few blocks and would have done more, but the little Tessa was done.  (She’s still not feeling it)

We started by going up and down Main Street in Bountiful and visited each of the stores.  Later, we joined Katie, Jason, & Averi at their lovely new home in Roy.  We trick-or-treated in an actual neighborhood….which was refreshing in a world of “trunk”-or-treating.  We started pretty early, so many of the people were not home….or they were at the trunk-or-treat. 

The kids had a lot of fun regardless.  Nate was darth vader, accompanied by his “daughter” Princess Leia aka Tessa. 

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Averi made her debut as a spooky vampire and she looked dang cute….with black hair and all.

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After the treats, we headed back to their house for some taco soup, birthday cake for Joey, guitar hero, and movies.  It was a fun time.

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Papa Lee’s Halloween Bash

We’ve gone without Papa Lee for many years, and now that he’s back….the festivities have begun. 

When I was a kid, my dad always went to great lengths to throw fabulous parties.  This Halloween was no exception.  He went full throttle and the kids had a fun time and were spoiled rotten. 

First, I have to say that I can’t remember the last time that my parents dressed up for Halloween, but they did this year.  They were Elton John and Kelly Osbourne…very cute.

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The house was all decked out for Halloween and Dad had made really cute little place settings for all the kids, complete with their own personalized halloween coloring book and treat bags.  They played some really cute games (winning A LOT of prizes) and then we finished by making some awesome scarecrows.  Afterwards, the kids enjoyed PB&J sandwiches in the shape of bats and carrot sticks while the adults had some taco soup. 

Thanks for the party mom and dad!  The kids were happy to party with you this halloween!

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Spooky Dino Park

We helped Kris celebrate her birthday by letting her and Bob take us out to dinner and give us free tickets to the Dinosaur Park.  I love her birthday.  🙂

The Dino Park was all decked out for Halloween and the kids had a lot of fun!  They got to trick-or-treat, look at all the decorations and dinosaurs, watch a magician, play on the playground and even make slime….which Tessa called Dinosaur boogars.   Thanks for the fun time, Kris & Bob!

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a look at Miles

I went to get an ultrasound today…and was pleasantly surprised to be able to get a 3D look at the little guy.  I never was able to get one with my other kids, so I was expecting the same old boring ultrasound photos.  Now I wish that I had brought in a DVD to record it because it looked REALLY good on the screen, much better than the print outs because of the movement. 
I think that he has Joey’s nose and lips, my chubby cheeks, and I see a lot of Tessa in him.  He also appeared to have less hair than the other two kids. 
He weighs about 4 lbs. 5 oz. right now….which is two weeks ahead of schedule, so we may just be home for Christmas afterall. 
Truth be told, I have not been very excited about this pregnancy.  In fact, it’s caused me a lot of worry and depression at times. I have been dreading the day that I’d have 3 to take care of.  I doubted my mothering skills for that challenge.   But I have to say that this picture totally made my day and I finally got a little excited for his arrival.  It’s a real little baby in there with all the parts and everything.  Wow.  And now, I can’t stop looking at it!
And yes, Kenneth, I realize that this has turned into a “mommmy blog”. 

lizards and scorpions and snakes, oh my!

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We took our freakishly fearless 3 year old daughter to the Reptile Exhibit in Salt Lake last Saturday.  We knew she’d love it, and she sure did.  She wanted to hold everything she saw, and I mean everything.  Sometimes the people gave her a double take when she asked to hold their creature.  She was able to hold a python and a scorpion, pet many snakes and a giant iguana, she also enjoyed petting various lizards.  I think that the scorpions and the snakes are her favorites. 

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Nate also enjoyed the exhibit, although he prefers to look and not touch.  We did talk him into petting a smaller lizard, which was his favorite animal there.  He is NOT interested in those snakes.


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