Friday, October 31, 2008


I LOVE being a Mom. I have always loved Holidays but having a child to enjoy it with makes it that much better. We had such a fun Halloween. I planned a fun party with all the Tullis kids filled with lots of food, treats, and fun games.

We headed around my mom's street trick-or-treating. (When I was growing up people always called it Halloween street because they usually give out great things. We got enough candy for the next month. Oh and this year she got about 900 kids. That is not including the repeats that we turned away. Crazy hu?)

We headed back to my mom's to give out candy. Andrew had more fun doing that than going door to door for his own candy. I finally talked Andrew into coming inside but before I did I caught him on the front steps with candy in his hands yelling "Kids...Where are you" He refused to come inside. He kept telling me "More kids are still coming mommy." I love that boy!

Now that the kids are asleep I get to enjoy MY Halloween with my amazing husband!!!

Jackson attacking a neighbors cat. After having his tail pulled one too many times, the cat turned and tried to claw Jackson. Andrew was all upset and threw a big basketball and hit the cat...I wish I felt bad for the cat, Kevin and I taught Andrew good.

Open candy with gloves game.

Eating Donuts off a string game.

Passing out candy with Grandma Trish.

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2008

We're In!!!

We are so excited. Today Kevin got an acceptance letter to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. It is not our first choice but we are thrilled to be in anywhere. Our first choice is Southern Nevada in Vegas because it is a 3 year program and they have an Pharm D/ MBA program. We would be on our own but be close enough to see family often. My mom is in St. George all the time and we are just a few hours from Mesa. Two of my best friends Heidi and Becca live there which is a big bonus. Anyway, we are going to celebrate tomorrow since Kevin works all night tonight. Talk about a Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Leaves...and Dirt!

Yesterday we went outside to play in the leaves. Andrew and I were having the best time tossing them up, taking pictures and crunching them...then I remembered I had another child. I found Jackson a few feet away in a pile of dirt. He was happy as could be because no one had stopped him from eating it. These pictures don't do him justice...he had it from head to toe. I craved dirt when I was pregnant with him (don't ask) but never thought he would like it as much as he does. I just had to laugh. Who knows...maybe I am just jealous :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Party in AZ

The past week or so we were lucky enough to be in Arizona with the Hinton fam. Kevin was interviewing down at Midwestern so we headed down to see everyone. We had the best time filled with friends,family,games,movies and shopping.
We were down there over my birthday. Kevin and his mom planned a surprise party. It was so much fun to see all our friends and family.(Limited pictures because I had no idea to bring my camera and since I am the one who takes pics there are none)
Anyway, We had a blast and we were so sad to see the trip end. Today real life hit and I am already for another sad is that. Andrew is still asking for all of his uncles and Grandma Lean.

Reading books with Uncle Timma

Popsicles with Papa Gary

Andrew going "Wee Wee with his Blanky"

Monday, October 20, 2008

A HIT of a Party!!

Our little Jackson turned 1 yesterday and we had a fun birthday party for him tonight! I decided to have a baseball party since Jackson crawls around everywhere with his bat hitting everything and anything he can find....including his brother...ouch.
Anyway some highlights include,

*Footlong Hotdogs
*The big bat and ball cake
*Bubble gum blowing contest... Way to go Jim Mr MVB (most valuable blower)
*Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest...this was a close race between Adam and Matt but Matt pulled it out. (notice it is all the adults that got really into the games)
* Signed baseball for Jackson from all those who came
* Jackson's new fourwheeler from Grandma Trish!!
* Enough popcorn to get everyone sick
* Cake everywhere (including ears) from Jackson digging into the Ball Cake.
* The many other fun gifts he got, he is so spoiled.
* Two kinds of homemade ice cream...yummy yummy!
* Funny baseball favors for everyone
* 16 Very Happy Kids!! Not including the ll "other kids" aka the parents

the cake

sunflower seed spitting contest

the four wheeler


and after

Thanks everyone who came... The party was a hit. You helped make this day a special one for Jackson...okay,okay mostly me. Anyay, Thanks a lot. We love you!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kevin Exclusive

I saw this on a friends blog and thought this would be fun for many of you to get to know Kevin better since I am always the one blabbing on here. I also thought I would be fun for our kids to have.

1. Where did you meet? We met on a study abroad in Vienna, Austria. We had the best time and were engaged by the time we came home...well except the whole meet and ask the parents thing. Because my Dad isn't around my brothers said there is no way you are engaged until all 4 of us meet him and approve.He is from AZ and me from Utah so introductions couldn't be immediately. A week after we got home from Vienna he met us in Florida for a family trip. The whole Tullis Fam for one week with their eyes on about pressure.

2. How long did you date before you were married? We dated but it was sort of speed dating. We laugh because all of a sudden we were flying home and I had no way to contact him. I remember asking him for his number...this was after we were planning on getting married. When I first called him he sounded weird. I had never talked to him on the phone. We were in Vienna for 4 months and then were engaged for about 4 months so I would have to say about 8 months.

3. How long have you been married? 5 years in April! Isn't this supposed to be the diamond year or something? hehe, jk

4. What does he do that surprises you? He surprised me with different things all the time. He has never loved Valentine's Day because things are expected. He would much rather show up with some flowers or a sugar cookie when I was least expecting it.

5. What is your favorite feature of his? I can only pick one hu?..... I guess I would have to say the smile. It is contagious. Oh and he has really great lips!!!

6. What is your favorite quality of his? Once again only one? I guess I would say his unselfishness. He would do anything for anyone at the drop of a hat. He spent all morning today (his one day off) over at my mom's mowing her lawn and fixing things in her house.

7. Does he have a Nickname for you? He calls me Babe...not too exciting.

8. What is his favorite color? Green, Green, and more Green...we laugh at him because he loves it...the brighter the better. Isn't green supposed to mean something? Andrew thinks it is a grouchy color because of one of his books but I know better :)

9. What is his favorite food? Anything homemade! Too bad for me hu? No, I like to cook. He would rather me cook ham and potatoes than go out to eat any day. Oh, and check this out...he would rather have seconds than dessert. Weirdo!!! More for me!

10. What is his favorite sport? His favorite sport growing up was always basketball...I tell you this, he can keep up for sure. Since his knees are bad and I convinced him it wasn't the "Rich People Sport" he has really enjoyed tennis. We do that quite often together.

11. When and where was your first kiss? First kiss was in front of a world famous Opera House in downtown Vienna. We had just walked around the city and snow had just started to fall. I do have to add that we were with his sister and he pretty much told her to leave...he said "Don't you have some homework or something you need to do?" In other words he wasn't too slick...I could see it coming.

12. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Travel!! We love taking off on new was a little easier when we didn't have 2 little rugrats but we still love them.

13. Do you have children? Ya, two amazing boys. Jackson 1 this month and Andrew 3 in March.

14. Does he have a hidden talent? He is really nerdy smart and I love it. He will be embarrassed that I told the world but he just took a big Pharmacy Admittance test and scored the 92nd percentile. One of us needs to know how to use our brains...I am back learning the Alphabet all over again.

15. How old is he? 26...some days 26 going on 18!jk

16. Who said I love you first? He did. I was leaving for the night..I had to catch the very last Ubohn so that I could catch the very last Shnellbon to my home in the outskirts of town and he said it right as I was about the leave. At first I didn't know what to say. I think I asked him how he knew...typical girl hu? trying to discuss it. I think I finally said it too, but I don't know if it was that night.

17. What is his favorite type of music? He like most everything. He probably likes alternative the best. He also has all this music from back in the day that he still loves...Led Zeppelin, They Might Be Giants.

18. What do you admire most about him? How great a dad he is! He wants to be involved in everything. I think that is one reason he changed his career choice. He knew that doctors are on call, and work hard hours, and during school and residency he would miss a lot of the boys lives. I am just happy that he loves being a dad and that he puts his family first...whatever he decides to to.

19. Do you think he will read this? Only because he knows I am doing a husband post! I love you Baby!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Today...after music class and a field trip playgroup to the pumpkin patch...Andrew comes up to me and said "Mommy I am not having very much fun." I asked him why and all he had to say was, "I am not playing with any friends." Am I seriously not cool anymore? I thought I at least had another year or two until my child preferred friends. So after naps we headed to play with another friend, Josh. And Kevin laughs at me because he thinks I am so social.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I begged Andrew to come over for a Picture.

Me...Alone carving pumpkins for our fun family activity.

So we got around to carving Pumpkins last night. I had a great time but I think everyone else could have passed. Strange hu? What kid doesn't like to carve pumpkins...apparently mine. Kevin hates carving pumpkins. He hates the smell and the goo inside. I decided I would go ahead and carve some anyway with the kids. Jackson was off by the time I washed the pumpkin and Andrew was gone soon after. As soon as I cut off the top Andrew got this disgusted look on his face and started to dry heave! He would not touch it. I couldn't believe it. I could barely wait to dig in to the "gobbly goo", as Andrew called it. So anyway, I carved pumpkins by myself last night. I have actually already got another pumpkin to do before Halloween...that's what it takes to get some alone time around here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Finding an old journal and watching the BYU game today made me start thinking about the college years and all the fun I had down in Provo. I met some amazing friends. These girls,known as "the Diva's", met freshman year. I have the best memories from BYU and just about all of them include these girls. We went through a lot together and although I don't talk to them nearly enough I think of them as my dearest friends.

Most of these girls are the people who check my blog I thought it might be fun to comment about some of your favorite memories too.

BYU football games...I loved having season passes
Quote Page
the freshman 15...not the best memory but i had to include it (I remember going into Niki and Lauren's room during finals and they had one of everything from the vending machine, hahaha)

I will continue to add but you do it to!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Crappy Day.....Literally

For the past few days my kids have been a bit sick. By a bit I mean a little cough here a runny nose there. Until last night....can I just say I have no idea how so much crap and vomit came out of two boys so small. I know I know too much information.

It is always a comforting thought when you call the nurse, she wants you to come and see the doctor but when you get there you he wants you to wait it out. Like I want to wait this one out... I will send them your way Mr Doctor. Yesterday was a bit frustrating but not today. Today just became hilarious because it couldn't have gotten any worse...okay never say never. So now 3 sets of sheets, 13 outfits and 7 loads of wash later I think we are on the mend. Anyone know a good carpet cleaner?

Monday, October 06, 2008

St. George

Last weekend we headed down to St George. My mom has a house there and we just love it. Kevin's brother Timma came up from Mesa to meet us. We had a blast!
Some highlights include

*Marathon...poor runners it was raining and cold the whole time
*Conference...of course great as ever.
*Ping-Pong...Andrew and his bandit slam it
*Rubix Cube....weird I know but we found one at the dollar store and Timma taught me how to do it.
*Shopping....I hit the jackpot!!
*Board Games... Thanks Timma for letting Kevin win, I told you our lives would be much more pleasant:)
* not the marathon, I wish, I did find some other paths that were so fun and gave me a run for my money

It was so much fun to get away. I loved all the fun things we were able to do and especially just being with my boys.

Thanks Timma for making the effort to come up. We loved seeing you. Andrew is still talking about you and asks when he will get to see you next. We all hope soon. Love you!!!

(Here are a few pics but hopefully more to come. Some of them wouldn't rotate)