Sunday, January 12, 2014

Alisha's Wedding

I can't believe my little sister is married. We have been conspiring and planning for this day for so long, and now its over and she has joined the ranks of married women! It was SO FUN planning it all and putting it together with my amazing sister in laws, Aileen and Brookie. Alisha looked liked a timeless, classic, vintage princess. She couldn't have chosen a more beautiful gown, and her hair and jewelry were simply icing on the cake. I mean, look at her for goodness sakes!!!!She is GORGEOUS!!

We (me and sister in laws) were all reminiscing back to our wedding days and wishing we had half the beauty and awesome wedding team (yes, thats us) to help pull off such a magnificent and amazing wedding day. :)

The reception was stunning. We did a vintage theme, with popcorn and hot chocolate and an oreo cake (yes, an oreo cake :) ) for refreshments. We rented a venue for it, which happened to just be right behind my house, literally, so that was nice and convenient. The place is beautiful and worked perfect for what we wanted. So many wonderful memories of this night!

Me and my angel baby, Sophie. Oh how I love her!

Mark is wonderful for Alisha. He is patient and kind, soft spoken and fun, with a  strong testimony. He is a little young still, 3 yrs younger than her, but he will grow and mature and they will be so great together. I am excited for this new addition to the family and all the changes it will bring, in her life and ours as a Speakman family. She deserves so much happiness. All my love to you, my sister.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Family Pics 2013

My Kiddos
I can't believe how big they all are. Time is going by too fast! Ah I love them! 

Christmas card for this year
Family Pics, taken in November. Didn't really get a good one of the whole fam, but got really good ones of the kids. Here are just a few of my faves....

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful one this year, minus the stomach bug making its way through our ranks that week. I am always amazed how quickly Christmas comes each year. And it seems to continue to come faster and faster each year! Halloween comes, then you barely have time to breathe before Thanksgiving, then you blink and its Christmas and then the New Year begins! I love the busy-ness though. It adds to the excitement and thrill of it all. :) Such a magical time! And its so fun watching that magic sparkle in my children's eyes each year. But as wonderful as Santa and presents and all that is, this year I really tried to help my kiddos to remember the reason we even celebrate this special time. I want them to always hold Christmas close to their hearts not because they get presents and candy and goodies, but because our Savior was born into this world. Its for HIM that we celebrate. Everything that we have, we have because of Him. I hope I was able to plant that seed into their hearts and minds and hopefully it will only continue to grow and flourish with each passing year.

Always amazed at how long it takes "Santa" to put this all together!  Even with help from some little Elves, Santa didn't finish til 2am! Yikes! 

I dont think Conrad quite knows whats happening yet...

My present from my honey! A beautiful Coach diaper bag. Perfect and lovely. Now I can be a mommy with some style. :) 

Weapons and more weapons. Thats all this kid wanted! he cracks me up. 

So excited to get her own apron to help mommy cook! 

Here it is...the one he has been waiting for...

Now THATS a happy boy! :) 

Santa knows just what to bring...FINALLY his own quad! 

My goals for 2014: Get my WHOLE HOUSE organized!  Lose the rest of my baby weight. FINALLY go on a vacation with just me and my hubby somewhere beautiful and tropical.
Get COMPLETELY out of debt!
Its gonna be a great year!! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I can't believe October is over, Thanksgiving is almost here, and then before we know it it will be Christmas! This time of year just FLIES. October was a busy, crazy, fun-filled, eventful month! I wish I had taken pictures of everything that happened, but I can barely remember to put my shoes on sometimes, so I am grateful I even remembered to take these! :) Enjoy! 

My sweet Sophie is 3 months old! How does it happen? How do they grow so fast?? I so fear the day when I am looking at my full-grown, adult children and wondering when they grew up. I will miss these days full of laughter, craziness, crying, screaming, playing, hugs and kisses, love, and joy. Its hard, but its my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
Sophie is my Angel Baby. She is a joy in every way. She rarely cries, is always happy, sleeps so well, and will sit for as long as I need her to (usually) in her bouncer and just be HAPPY! Seriously, I know the Lord knew I needed an angel to help me get through my insane days and so He sent me my Sophie! 

HALLOWEEN!!! It came SO FAST this year! Before I knew it it was the day before Halloween and we hadn't carved pumpkins, made our traditional "graveyard" desert or roasted pumpkin seeds! So, we crammed it all into one day on Halloween! BUSY day, but so much fun! 

Making and enjoying our YUMMY "Graveyard!" 

This is the first year we actually used a kit to carve our pumpkins. SO much easier than free handing it! Why have I never used one before?? I think they turned out pretty well for my first time, if I do say so myself. :) 

Halloween night - 
My little Pumpkin

Brax was a NINJA (he had lost his weapons and refused to wear his mask by now, all well) Bella was a beautiful WITCH, and Conrad was a DRAGON! They all loved their costumes! Good thing to, since this was like the 4th time wearing them for a Halloween activity! :) 

Our cool pumpkins! 

The week before Halloween we had a surprise. Johnathan was coming home earlier than expected! A missionary in his mission needed to be escorted home, and Johnathan was chosen to bring him since A} He is AMAZING and KIND and OBEDIENT and someone they could trust, and B} He was coming home soon anyways. Oct. 29th he returned. We are so blessed to have this amazing man as our son and brother. He is an example to everyone who knows him, and I know the Lord has a  special mission for this special kid. Man I love him!

WAiting for Elder Speakman... "I think I see his feet!" :)
After two long years, these sweet brothers were reunited. TEARS! 
I can imagine there is nothing like holding your son in your arms again after two long years of him being away...

And THEN...
ALISHA IS ENGAGED!!!!! AHH!! My little sister...getting married. Its happening. The last 4 siblings are growing up, getting married, moving out. Our family is going to start changing and growing again really soon. Its going to be weird to have new in-laws and more nieces and nephews (it has been the oldest 4 siblings who have been married and having kids for the last 5 years) but exciting too! And MY SISTER!! How is is she is so beautiful??? I'm so happy for her!
Her and her man, Mr. Mark Cooley


Homemade bread, jams, fruits and veggies, and homemade pie. YUM!! 

Playing games. Yes, thats GUM!

Ooh-la-la!!! Her face matched the color of the gown! :) 

Her buds!

So that was a QUICK recap of October and beginning of November.  Now, BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS!! :)