Saturday, December 17, 2011


For those who are not aware, an incredible elf has visited our house thanks to Grandma Bonnie. His name is Jingles. Every night we sprinkle magic snowflakes on him, and it allows him to come to life and he does magical things, sometimes naughty and sometimes nice.
I was able to catch him a few times in the act. Here are his latest adventures. He built a tower with bath toys last night... "silly Jingles- He's hugging my frog." said Blake.
The first morning after Jingles came to life. Blake wasn't sure how she felt about a mysterious elf coming to life, but she is now loving it!
This is silly Jingles cutting out all the snowflakes.

Just a random pictures of Callie! I obviously uploaded it in the wrong place, but it is so cute. She is always so excited to see me when I come to get her, and No, I did not put her in her crib sideways or leave the mobile down sideways! That's all her.
If you can't tell, Jingles is hanging on the lighting wire, after he decorated my whole house with my red Christmas ornament centerpiece. Blake said, "Jingles... Get down right now. You are making me so nervous!" Obviously, I can never say that again. My daughter repeating me is way too weird.
Bad picture, but Jingles put all blake's stuffed animals on the bed and is hugging Jeremiah on the very top! Blake thought this was her favorite surprise because she got to sleep with all her animals.
He has also dyed our milk green, spread all Blake's socks and underwear all over the house, spilled Shade's food, and gave Blake and Callie a new Little People Nativity which was a big hit!
WE are so lucky to have a great ELF living with us for a few days.

Does anyone else have an elf at their house and have some ideas of what these elves might do? Just so I can be on the look out, of course. :)

We love you Grandma Bonnie. We are so lucky that you love us so much that you put in all this work to inspire imagination and creativity in our children. You are an incredible grandma and mom and I am in awe of the work you do to put these 12 days of Christmas together. We are truly grateful. It is a wonderful sign of love for us and for our children.


Look who we Saw TODAY! Ward Christmas Party and Callie and Blake got to sit on Santa's lap. We had so much fun, and there were no tears, a huge improvement from the last 2 years! She told Santa she wanted a toy horse, unless Papa reads this, then she wants a real horse, preferably a pony! Just kidding Dad.

I love my girls but we sure missed Luke today at the Christmas Party. He is hard at work providing for us.


The Worst part of no or little snow is that there is nothing fun to do outside! Luckily for us, cute Luke built our tramp inside our basement which gives us many hours of fun! Even Callie is learning to love it.There was a storm on Tuesday for a few hours, and there was some snow flakes on the ground! This is Blake when we were feeding that day!
It's official! Coolest mom Ever! JK! I got cute Blake her first Cardhardt coat (spellcheck) and she loves it! She is so dang cute that little girl of mine!
Hopefully we will get some real snow soon. It puts food on our table, so to speak, so we need it!

Monday, December 12, 2011


So... Saturday night I was so stir crazy and I just wanted to get out. We went out for a little (with kids) date night after Luke got home at 8. We drove to the Train Depot, hoped on a trax train (which is free by the way) and rode it to the Gateway, where we went and ate at the Food Court. The kids had a blast! We went with Lindsey and Nate and Blake's friend Ethan. We only had 2 quarters so they had to share the 4-wheeler ride, but we had lots of fun.
Blake and Ethan riding the 4- wheeler.

Blake and Ethan on the train... the definite highlight of the night! We even had a group of carolers who rode the train with us part way so we got to sing, "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer"!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Darling Girls

Can I just say that I love and "not so much love" this age of 3? Blake is so much fun, way too silly, and so entertaining. Along with her new imaginary friend, she is almost always either a mom unicorn, a dad reindeer, or a zebra. When she is one of these animals, she always points to each of her arms and says, "This is a leg." She loves riding everything, skateboards, bikes, push bikes, peddle bikes, and running "super fast". She is sort of a bully to Lucy, her cousin, but loves her anyway. My least favorite trait is the roaring! Whenever Callie falls asleep in the car, usually after a long bout of crying, Blake leans as close as she can to the car seat and roars like a Lion. Callie wakes up screaming, I have seriously violent thoughts, and Blake claims she can't be held responsible because she is Simba from the Lion King. AHAH!! She thinks she is so funny! And then in moments of pure innocence, she looks at me and says "Guess what? I love you so much."
Who couldn't love all that?
I think my lack of blogging is starting to scare me that I am not documenting the cuteness and exhaustion of my current crazy life. I love it so much and I want to remember it. Maybe this will motivate me!
This is my cute daughter wearing her cooking apron. She is unique in that whenever she gets a gift that isn't a stuffed animal, she refuses to touch it or look at it for a few weeks, and then it becomes her very favorite thing! I can't explain it... lets just say that Halloween costumes are introduced early at our house.
Callie is so dang cute! I love her smile, which I see so often these days. She refuses to take a bottle most days, but we keep trying. She is sitting up, she just cut her first tooth, and she is in the 95 % percentile at 6 months. Which is impressive since she is slimming down from the 99% at 4 months. She is eating food now, loves chicken and rice, prunes, and pears. She has ears pierced, and has lost all the hair she was born with. Now it is just a blonde fuzz.
She hates her carseat and cries every time I put her in it, to which Blake asks, "Why does she hate her carseat mom?" EVERYTIME! So cute. I have finally sort of put her on a sleeping schedule, which is helping the screaming and the babysitting. She takes 2 naps a day and only wakes up once a night now most nights. She loves swimming, and even survived her first couple of Daddy Dunkings. She hates her pacifier, but I am bound and determined she is going to take one. Everytime I see Clara with hers I grow green with envy. I need a mute button sometimes. She loves talking loudly, but only at church, and she isn't very flexible. :) She can't even get her feet into her mouth, even though she keeps trying.
We love her so much!
Blake's Christmas TREE! I may have helped a little on the basic outline but the rest was all her!
The FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR! We were out by 8:30 and loving it.

This was the day I decided that I needed a Carthart for her. She is wearing her "Running FAST" Cape (Thanks Aunt Carrie) and her "Mudd Boots like Moms" but she keeps rolling in the dirt and hay every time I feed and we go home like this. Her dad taught her that she can jump in the mud with her new farm boots, so she is usually muddy as well! What a cutie!

Blake got a motorcycle for her birthday, and this is just her climbing on Thanksgiving morning for a quick ride! She loves to ride!
We have the cutest little girls and I find such joy in motherhood. There is probably no more tiring or fulfilling jobs and I am privileged to be raising these girls.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Blake's Imaginary Friend

I just had to write this so I didn't forget. Blake has an imaginary friend named Alex today. She carries him with her hand in cupping shape, so he must be tiny. As she rode her bike down the street today she kept yelling, "Faster Alex Faster!"
This morning I went to Dr Doug's appt for Callie and I asked her what toy she would like to bring. We could only bring one... and she said, "I'll just bring Alex" and preceeded to climb out of the car with no toys, just a little cupped hand.
Oh my goodness, how much do I love this littler girl?

Monday, November 14, 2011


We had our family pictures taken by Matt Draper.  Check him out at!  He did a great job and we love them!  It is our first real family pictures, and I probably should have waited until it no longer looked like I just had a baby, but my family is so cute I wanted to document it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


BEST HALLOWEEN TO DATE!  For those who remember, Blake didn't really wear a costume last year, so the fact she was in a costume (PUPPY) and smiling is amazing!  But she also trick-o-treated!  We had a great Halloween week.  We had a Family Halloween Party on Sunday where Grandma Bonnie had lots of fun games and crafts.

 We also carved pumpkins as a family.  These were pumpkins that we grew at the farm so they were extra special.
 We handed out glow sticks instead of candy, and it seemed to be a hit.  This is our pumpkins advertising for us!
 We went trick-o-treating with our cousin Lucy and Clara.  We met at our house and took some pictures on the grass since Callie can't sit up yet!  Clara and Blake had similar costumes which were so cute!
                                                               Sisters and Best Friends!                        

                                             Clara (age 6 months) and Callie (age 5 months) but totally look like twins!
Best friends (or frienemies depending on the day)  walking between houses

A cul-de-sac in our neighborhood goes all out with haunted garages, free hot dogs, and lots of decorations.  The girls were brave and participated but definetely didn't love it.  Blake just keeps mentioning the scary gorilla!
We had a great time, though we missed Cody and Macy and Mckayla!  Maybe another year it could be a whole Crosland-Larsen Affair!

BLAKE'S Birthday Present From Dad

 Blake's dad got her a motorcycle for her birthday!  Yes, we are crazy, but it has been so fun.  She is getting faster, and even though there is a throttle restricter, Luke had to invent a lease to keep her from taking off.
This is Blake taking her dad for a ride in the pasture.  He is having to run hard to keep up!  

 And this is cute Callie Goose, smiling away at the farm.  She is borrowing Clara's hat and it is so cute on her!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Park City

With a crazy chain of events, we ended up in Park City Last week instead of Lake Powell. We had a great time and thanks to my parents, we all got to stay in the Marriott Mountainside. It was so much fun. We swam in the Hot tub and enjoyed the SNOW (yes, I said snow). we rode the roller coaster and Callie started Cereal for the first time! A great week!Callie wouldn't sleep so I thought she might be hungry... so I borrowed Clara's cereal and we began feeding her. It didn't help, but it was still an adventure.
I am not smart and I didn't flip this picture before I downloaded it. Turn sideways and see Blake and I riding the roller coaster!
Blake and Lucy... fought like cats and dogs... but had a blast doing it!

The Girls loved their Papa! And the Hotel, mostly just the elevator. Luke taught them about jumping up in it, so it became a ride like the roller coaster.
Thanks Mom and DAD!

Blake's Birthday Party

We had a small little Birthday Party for Blake and her friends at the farm. I kept asking her, and she kept saying she wanted a horse party... so we did. We had cowboy cupcakes and a cowboy pinata. It was so cute and fun.

All the kids rode Kona, and we also did a horse relay race with a stick horse... which was way harder for me to run with them to keep them on the path! I might have forgotten they were only 3...

The only way Blake can show how old she is... and don't correct her! It is so cute!
Grandma and Grumpy Goose... Just kidding. Callie is always happy!
The kids patiently taking turns to hit the pinata... which turned out to be really hard to break. Note to self... buy a better bat (no plastic wuffle (?) bats)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Callie's Baby Blessing

Sunday, August 7th, 2011 We blessed our beautiful baby Callie Jessica Larsen. It was such a great day and we were so glad that most of our family could be there. This isn't the best picture, but it was kind of crazy at our house, so I am sweaty and Blake is grumpy and Callie was sleepy. I ended up getting Blake a white dress at a consignment sale and I was so glad I did... it made her whole day. She kept saying, "This is so beautiful". It was the best $3 I ever spent. Of course she wouldn't take it off, so it has stains all over it, so it was a one time wear. Callie did so well that day, happy most of the time, except taking pictures, and just seemed to enjoy the commotion around her. There were 3 babies blessed that Sunday in my ward so it was crazy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA JEFF! We were having our Blessing Day on Dad's Birthday, and he was nice enough to share his special day with Callie. We love you so much Dad, and we are so grateful for all you do. I hope you enjoyed your birthday, even if it was overshadowed by the littlest girl in white!

Grandma LaRae and her husband Ed came as well.

Dave and Marlene, Luke's parents, with Blake and Callie.

We didn't get a great picture of the girls... never a great idea to take pictures when everyone is there. It was a little chaotic. For a really cute picture of Callie, go to Carly's blog. She looks adorable. Maybe I should steal it and put it on my blog. :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Spartan Race

We have had a few requests for Luke's Spartan pictures. Taking a three week old baby seemed like a good idea, but it was so hot, and we would not have survived it without Grandma's help. Luke and Zac ran the Spartan Race in Midway. It was so fun to watch and Blake loved cheering on all the competitors as they jumped into the mud. Unfortunately, her dad cramped so bad after that he fell on the ground "scream giggling" and now Blake is terrified of any mud getting on her... she is afraid of the intense pain it causes. Thanks Luke!
But seriously, so fun and I am so proud of Luke for doing it. It was hard work just watching them pull cinderblocks up mountains, scale fences, run up and down Soldier Hollow twice, and of course, jump through fire and mud. We love you Dad!

Right after his huge belly flop! His wife, the amateur photographer missed it!

You can't tell here, but they have huge bleeding scratches on their heads from the barbed wire crawl. Who's jealous?