Thursday, January 15, 2009


These are Teigen times. Hallie loves to hold him and mother him, while Brynn loves to lay beside him and play.

Brynn sporting her new apron from Grandma Evarts on Christmas morning.

Hallie showing her lovely Ballet Arms. She loves to look pretty, act pretty and be pretty. Although she considers herself "fancy." She also fell in love with the Nativity story this Christmas. She got to be Mother Mary in the Christmas Play at Joyschool and fit the part perfectly.

Dear Blogging Universe:
Wow, after realizing that my last blogs' title was "Halloween Happenings," I've realized that life has got to move on. I have made attempts to update my blog since then; the first failed after staring at the computer for two hours and still drawing a blank...and the second attempt I actually came up with something to write, found just the right pictures and was 2 minutes away from posting it when I couldn't handle any more whiny demands from my impatient children. So, in disgust, I started clicking buttons as hard and loud as I could, slammed my laptop shut, stormed to my bedroom and locked my door. Only to realize that I threw a better tantrum than any of my kids could pull off and in the process, lost my precious post.

But tonight I am inspired once again. Thanks to my mother-in-law, and my good friend Sallie, I read a book this week which told a story entirely through letters. I thought it was clever and witty and a great way to get to know a person. Maybe if I take this approach I might get somewhere past Halloween.
Teigen is no longer a newborn. He is officially outgrown the itty-bitty clothes and weighs in over 12 pounds...but that was a month ago. He talks like crazy in a baby cooing sort of way and will smile at anyone that will pay attention to him. I think he has tagged Hallie as his favorite as she is the one that can make him laugh the most. Maybe it is because he looks almost exactly like her, minus the red hair, or just because deep down I honestly believe she thinks she is his mother. I'm not sure whether to attribute that to the "oldest child syndrome" or just her personality but she is all about playing mother, or "family" as she calls it. My favorite saying of hers right now is, "Dad, I'm just not into that." Adam has also been giving her ice-skating lessons and she is getting better each time. It might take a while though because there is usually figure skater's there practicing and her eyes are glued on them. She is now convinced that having graceful arms is way more important than actually standing up. She even does this whole pretty arm routine while lying on the ice. Brynn on the other hand uses her coordination to actually skate, although she would much prefer to go swimming. The place we go has a lazy river in it so she slips on her little floaties and then wants to be left alone bobbing in the water. She also is one that is not afraid to speak her mind. We blessed Teigen in December and afterwards had dinner at the house. She thought that was way too many people to invade her house at one time and kept telling people to "go away" and would not stop crying that they were eating "her hamy." (Brynn language adds a "y" at the end of every word.) If you can get past her intimidating glare though and find a soft spot in her heart, she flashes the most adorable grins.
Other interesting news...we were evacuated from our house due to a 42,000 gallon tank of fuel exploding and catching on fire at our backyard refinery. We picked out yellow curtains to hang in the kitchen. Adam loves the D.I. I do laundry on a regular basis, but can't figure out how to actually get it folded and put away. Adam loves the "as is" section at IKEA. I crashed the car once again into a non moving object. This Post will now end, although you feared it would go on and on and on.


the Carlos Family said...

I loved reading your blog! Your children are beautiful!! Hang in there and keep blogging.

The Curtis Family said...


It's good to see you are still around. I think your kids are adorable!


Kandace Welch said...

Congratulations on getting back. It's good to see how your kids are growing. I consider my blog to be like a journal of sorts. I try to put in special events, but also just what I think and feel. Hopefully this could be considered my contribution to my personal history.

Snelders said...

Great post! Its good to hear what you guys are up to and how the kids are doing. It will be interesting to see how my boys handle the new baby. I have to say though, that I really doubt there will be any "mothering" going on - on their part anyway. I'm just hoping they don't try to poke his eyes out!

Our beautiful lives... said...

Oh Snail, I love you! Your post is the greatest. True motherhood! I'm still amazed at how much your kids can look exactly like both of you! Anyway, your family is hilariously sweet. I love the pretty arms, although I'm wondering who taught her that? I'm glad I'm not the only one that hits stationary objects with cars. I guess I'm just saying I love you and we need to have another play date soon! Maybe we can hold each others heads and cry. :)

Me and the Boys said...

Julie! I am so excited to see a post. I obviously have issues of my own seeing as how I haven't posted a blog in well over 9 months. So, I finally figured out why I feel so frumpy. All this time I thought it was the fact that I have two boys who run me endlessly and keep me up all hours of the day(and night), on top of laundry, cleaning, and other such duties.
But hallie had the answer all along. I'm just out of touch with girly graceful arms. Maybe if I start doing everything with pretty arms, I'll feel more like the girl that I am.
And while I'm on the subject, I think I might just need a girl to point out those obvious things that I lack being around all these boys!
Loved your post and miss you guys.

Natalie said...

SO fun to get to talk with you today. I LOVE the picture of the girls in their aprons. I think all that is missing is an Easy Bake Oven! I love your story of trying to publish a post only to give up because the kids just won't leave you alone long enough! I have totally been there and I have thrown the same tantrum! You are so Cute. We love you guys!

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Amanda and Adam Walsh said...

Nice to hear from you!!

Amy said...


You are awesome you know that! I love how different Hallie's and Brynn's personalities are, and I love your blogging style, it is my favorite!