Friday, January 25, 2013

What We're Up To..

I wanted to post something about the happenings in the Raulston home..

Jared is back to the grind. With two other men he is launching a company that make carbon fiber bikes. We will have more information soon. 

He is working so hard. He is also teaching the 14-15 year old kids in Sunday school and loving life!

I am a mom of four. Need I say more? I do lots of laundry, dishes, and driving. I love every minute of it! :) ~Especially nap time~

Brandon had an incredible Christmas. He is so spoiled! He is looking forward to saving money for his Baseball and Football seasons. He will be trying out for the Major league at Orem City and hopes to make the team this spring. He then will be working his tail off to get all the money he needs for tackle football in the fall.

Little miss Jayda is loving kindergarten and primary. She is the queen of play dates. She just loves everyone. This year was the first year that she stayed up to ring in the New Year with us. :) She loves to read. I love watching little ones learn to read. It is a miracle. One day she just got it. Now she reads books, magazines, instruction/warning labels.. Pretty much anything that she can get her hands on. She just found out that she loves to shop. :) She loves the best of the best. 

BrookLynn is as fun as ever. It's crazy that we're registering her for her second year at pre-school. It blows my mind how fast life is flying. She loves pre-school but misses nursery at church. Yes, she is now a Sunbeam in her primary class. :) She had a rough go at her first couple week but we are hopeful for this coming Sunday. :)

Bane is SO much fun!! He is now 5 months old and loving all the attention. His First Christmas was so fun and he did stay up with us to ring in the New Year! He is scooting around in almost an army crawl. He's perfected rolling around and doesn't stay still. He loves to talk and squeal and giggle. He cries just to hear his own voice. It's adorable. 

We are so excited for this year. :) Fun, Birthdays, Pool Days, Friends and Family! 
(I wrote this a couple weeks ago and forgot to post it! :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Birthday!

Oh my goodness..


I had such an amazing weekend! 

Jared made me the yummiest breakfast in bed..

We were able to go on our favorite date, the temple. Then we were going to go to Tucanos (a Brazilian grill) but the wait was 2 1/2 to 3 hours so we decided to go get a drink at Sonic and pick up Chinese for the family instead. 

We went to church! 
I was able to substitute BrookLynn's class for a friend who was out of town. After church Jared made pumpkin chip cookies, brussel sprouts,and parmesan rolls and my dad made fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy. Mom and I tended the baby and read our books. We are reading The Host right now getting ready for the movie to come out in March.

Justin, Whitney, Gina, Mom, Dad, Baylee, McKayla, Jared, Brandon, Jayda, BrookLynn, and Bane were with me as we ate dinner and then they sang Happy Birthday to me :)
We had cake (that my mom made for me) and ice cream and opened presents. 

Monday.... (My actual birthday)
Baylee and Brandon watched the kids so that Mom, Gina, Aubrey, Meg, Tiffany, and I could go to Chili's for lunch. It was so much fun. I don't know why I didn't take a camera for a pic. But it was great!

I had the best birthday!! I love my friends and my family! It was so fun!! :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

~Happy 2013~

We had such an incredible Christmas!! It was such a wonderful opportunity to be with friends and family. 
Jared's family has 2 major holiday parties for the grandparents on both sides. It is so fun to see all of Jared's family. We had a blast. On Christmas day we were able to go to Jared's parents house and have our Christmas with them. I am so thankful that I have the best in-laws. I am so lucky!
Sjanna brought my grandparents up from Las Vegas and the Herrera family was all together for the holiday. It was wonderful! They came on Sunday the 23rd and left that following Friday. I love it when my sister comes up! 
We started cooking on Friday and by Christmas eve we had so many treats! It was so fun!
I think I personally gained 10 lbs. But with the flu we lost a few.. :) Ha! 
It was one of the most amazing Christmas' I've ever had. 
We had such an incredible year altogether! We had our 4th child & we were sealed in the temple in 2012, among many other incredible wonderful things. 
We are so excited to see what 2013 brings to us.