Thursday, September 23, 2010

5 years

Today is our 5th year anniversary. WOW!!! 5 years....that seem like such a long time when you say out loud, but it seems like I have been with my sweetie for forever and not just 5 years. We have done so many wonderful things in the time that we have been married. We have visited family a lot, in Manti, Richmond, St. George, Idaho, Cali, Disneyland (probably the most exciting so far haha) and we even took a crazy trip to Las Vegas for our ann last year.. it is really the only trip we have taken for an anniversary or even a honeymoon.
Man someday we will get our honeymoon trip...haha No it's ok we had fun camping at Tony's Grove up Logan Canyon for out honeymoon.. we were the only ones there. Anyway.. This year we wanted to do something super fun because it was our FIFTH anniversary.. I mean that is kind of huge, right? Well the only huge thing we will be doing this year is leaving our 6 week old baby boy with the inlaws OVERNIGHT.. haha that is pretty huge. Maybe next year we can go somewhere even more huge (is that even a word) with Clarke Graduating from Grad school and such.. and maybe just maybe I'll get in the Nursing Program..cross your fingers for me.. Ok Umm I am getting way off course here.. LOL
I want my awesome husband to know how much I have grown over these years with him by my side. He has taught me so many wonderful lessons and so many things I couldn't do without. I have become a better person, MOTHER, wife, friend, sister, and most of all a daughter of god because of you babe.
I watch you with the kids and think man I married the right person... look at how those kids just LOVE you, look at how patient and kind and funny you are with them. I'm sometimes to busy to stop and do things that you do.. but I guess that is why we have different roles.
Babe you have become such a WONDERFUL father and person yourself. You work SO SO hard for us and I am so very grateful for that.
Being married to my best friend is the best thing in the whole world. I'm so happy to be married to you for forever. You make me laugh all the time..well most of the time. You understand me and are so patient with me, you help me with school so I can understand it better and are so so patient with to wait for me to get it and that is HUGE.
I love you babe so so much You are the BEST thing that ever happened to me and I couldn't be more happy to have found you in my life. Even from the first time I met you I was so comfortable with you, every time we hung out we were never shy and it was never awkward.. we knew from the beginning.
I hope the next, how ever many years to come, are even better and we continue to share our love for one another.
LOVE YOU BABE!! So....This anniversary turned out to be one of the BEST's so far... Clarke seriously seriously surprised me with the best gift ever.. he took me on a helicopter ride.. WHAT?? I had absolutely NO idea.... He just said we are going to dinner and just kept driving I thought he was headed to Hamiltons (since it's a tradition of ours, we go ever year) since we were headed in that direction... Little did I know he had other plans up his sleeve. We ended up at the Logan airport, I have never ever been more surprised in my whole life. I still had no idea what was going on but I knew we had to be flying somewhere.. at first I thought we were flying to salt lake for dinner and sleeping over night but it was even better, we walked around the corner of the building and there was a helicopter waiting for us... I was freaking out inside I think I cried.. HELLO what kind of husband did I marry.. only the best ever!!! We flew all over logan, we went up green canyon first and flew in the mtn went over Tony's Grove nd went out thro Providence Canyon.. It was so dang cool to be above everything and see what it looked like from above esp the temple. I had the best time. After the heli ride we did go to dinner at Hamiltions. So yummy. After that we went to the store to get some goodies and headed to the anniversary Inn. We stayed in the Vegas nights room. It was way cool. since we went to Las Veas last year Clarke thought it would be a nice surprise for me, it was!! We had a great 5th year anniversary! Thank you to mom and dad Alder and Celeste for watching our kids we really appreciate it!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Peyton is one month today!! WOW! Where does time go? I can't believe it's been a month. Peyton is such a good baby and we LOVE him so much. Brookie can't get enough of him, she loves her baby brother.
He is getting so strong and growing a ton. He sleeps for about 6 hours at night...which is so awesome he has been doing this for about 1 week or so, maybe longer. Over all he has always been a really good sleeper.. We can't wait to see what the coming months will bring..

Monday, September 6, 2010


Hey everyone..
I am going to be making my blog private really soon. Leave me your e-mail if you would like to follow my blog still. Thanks a million!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Peyton Clarke Alder
born August 16, 2010 12:36pm
7lbs 4oz 21in

We are so happy he is FINALLY here.

I had been having little contractions all day on Sunday the 15th, I started timing them but they weren't really consistent so I just went about my mary day.. I woke up at 5am on Monday morning and was having more contractions, not really painful just enough to catch my attention. I fell back asleep then woke back up at 5:30ish and felt a huge jolt in my belly and it kinda freaked me out, then I had to pee, as I was thinking about getting up I felt this huge gush of water, like I was peeing my pants...but no I was not peeing my pants, thankfully, haha my water BROKE.. Yay!! I was a little scared at first I was shaking. I leaned over to Clarke and said Clarke I think my water just broke..there was water all over our bed and the floor I couldn't get it to stop. I called Labor and Delivery and talked to my friend Kirsha and she told me to come in. So we packed up our stuff and headed out. Luckly Clarke's brothers finance was staying at our house so she watched Brooklyn for us that day and his brother stayed home from work. I got to the hospital and saw Dr. Kirkman sitting their with Kirsha and Diana. He said so I heard a rumor and I said yes it's true YAY. So I got settled in got my IV and sat there and waited. When my Nurse (Wendy-who was the best Nurse ever..and I mean the BEST) first checked me I was at a 4. Dr. Kirkman wanted to start me on petocin because I had StrepB and he was worried about the risk of infection if my labor was prolonged. But I wanted to possibly have this baby naturally and didn't want to start on that just yet. The contractions were strong but not to bad I could handle it for the time being. I progressed to a 5 and they were getting more and more intense and Wendy said that I could only get an epdural between 8:30 and 9:30am because the Anesthesiologist was super busy that day and wouldn't be able to come back. So I sat and thought about it A LOT.. I decided to get one because I was really nervous that it would hurt A LOT and I wouldn't be able to take the pain. I still wanted to feel something though so he gave me the lowest dose he could and I could push the button if I wanted to. I could feel my contractions and I knew what muscles to use to push and I could lift my was the PERFECT labor. The nurse started the petocin to get things moving and peyton's heart rate dropped so fast...apparently my babies don't like the petocin because the same thing happened to Brooklyn. I started moving along and about 11ish my nurse checked me and said I was at an 8 she said that if I felt a huge amount of pressure down in my tail bone like I have to pooh then that means I am ready to start pushing.. she left the room and not even 15 mins later I felt that huge amount of pressure I wasn't sure if that was it or not but then it happened again and so I called her back in and she checked me and I was at a 10. I went from an 8 to a 10 in 15 mins...way fast.. so we started pushing on every I pushed for about an hour and a half at about every 5 or 10 mins. It was so awesome to be able to feel the contractions and to know when to push and how to push.. I felt his head come out and the placenta and him stitching me up I just didn't feel the pain. IT was AWESOME. They put Peyton on my belly when he first came out that was so special. He was so cute and so precious. The nurses got him all cleaned up then brought him back to me. I had him try nursing and the boy just lached right on, He can suck...I was like wow boy.. Brooklyn never did that either.. He is a really good eater and a good baby.
after I gave birth I immediately wanted grape juice I think I had like 4 or 5 glasses of it before they took my upstairs to recovery. I also was craving Jimmy Johns.. now that I didn't have to heat up my meat I was super excited to get my sandwich... I was able to stand enough to get in a wheelchair. That was awesome. I slept most of the rest of the day and Clarke went and picked up Brooklyn. When they got back I don't think Brooklyn really knew what was going on, she kept saying baby baby. She didn't really want much to do with him for a while. It took her a couple of days of getting used to him. At home now she constantly asks about the baby if she can't see him or if he is eating or whatever he is doing she is just curious... she loves him to pieces.. She always wants to hold him and she gives him kisses 24/7. It's the cutest darn thing in the world. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a MOM, best JOB in the world.. I want tons of these sweet little things. They make me smile everyday I can't express my LOVE for both of them. Watching Brooklyn with him and as she grows into her own little person I just grow more and more LOVE for her as well. I just look at her and Peyton and think Gosh I have such great kids and sweet little hearts. Brooklyn is so kind (most of the time) to everyone. She loves people and says hi over and over again...she is just a happy happy little girl. Peyton is just so content with whatever is going on. He is such a little tropper. When he is hungry he will let you know and he sure knows how to use those lungs.
I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father who has blessed Clarke and I with such beautiful babies. They truly are sent from heaven.
Thank you for all of your kindness and congrats. we really appreciate you all and love you all.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Prego pictures from the top.....

39 weeks

38 and a half weeks

38 weeks

37 weeks

34 weeks

28 weeks

26 weeks

24 weeks

22 weeks

20 weeks

19 weeks

15 weeks

Man I miss my little belly.. Look at those pants... I totally could wear them. Only like a week and a half left.. just looking at these pictures again makes me hurt a little to be back to that size.. it's all worth's all worth it..

19 Months old

Brooklyn is 19 months today.. flip time goes by so fast. Brooklyn is like a little sponge, she repeats everything we say or at least tries to. she is dang cute and we couldn't be more happy to have her in our life. She is the cutest thing EVER.

Monday, August 2, 2010



A powerful life and wonderful blessings to last a lifetime

I was able to attend a dear friend of mine, Taryn Palmer's dad, Scott Hansen's funeral this past Thursday in Pocatello, ID. It was really such a beautiful funeral. I brought my sweet little girl with me and went with a few of my other dear friends, I was able to listen to most of it and really enjoy the things that were said about Taryn's dad. He lived a very amazing and wonderful life. If only we all had a father like him. He was more then just a father though, he was a true man of god. I only met him a couple of times and each time I saw him he always seemed happy with his life and content with the moment. You could look at him and see his shining countenance, you knew at that moment that he was a GREAT guy. I just remember always feeling that way when I saw or heard stories about him. I have heard so much about him and his life through out the days that I have known Taryn and throughout this week. I was grateful that I was able to attend her sweet father's funeral and got to experience tons of emotions and feelings of such gratitude, not only for my own dear family but for the amazingly true gospel here on this earth that gives us the knowledge that not only Taryn and her sweet family but mine and yours will again meat their loved ones again. That means Taryn and her family will see their father once again. I couldn't be more in love with this gospel and more grateful to be apart of it and to have it in my life and to know that I will also be with my family for eternity someday.
Taryn's parents bishop got up and spoke he said that Taryn's family had a saying hanging in their kitchen that said BECAUSE NICE MATTERS I think is right... I couldn't agree more. makes me want to be a nicer person and be a better person, wife, mother and friend. Because of the things he said and the way I felt, If I wasn't a member I think I honestly would have asked where to sign me up for such beautiful promises and sacred teachings. He did such an amazing job with bearing of his testimony it brought me to tears I have not shed in such along time. I felt the spirit of the lord wrap his arms around me as I watched my little girl play and make lots of noise all while trying to listen all at the same time. I couldn't be more blessed to have the wonderful things in my life. I am also truly blessed to have such AMAZING FRIENDS in my life. I really don't know where I would be without them and their amazing examples throughout the years I have known them. I always look to them for strength, even if they don't always know, I am really impressed with who they are and what they stand for and what they have become. I LOVE YOU!!!

I really just wanted to say that I am grateful for my sweet husband who is so generous and NICE and everything I cherish, I am grateful for my sweet little baby girl who really isn't a baby any more. She is 19 months old and soon to be a big sister to a baby brother whom I also could not be more grateful for. It is truly a miracle to have a beautiful little life and spirit growing inside of you. To feel it's every move, and I mean EVERY move, is such an amazing experience. I have friends and people who I have met along this journey in my life who have struggled with having the opportunity to get pregnant and experience those wonderful things that can not come in any other form, that being said it makes me hold on to those experiences dearly to my heart. I am at a point now where I am ready to be done with this pregnancy but also am enjoying the fact that there is a little baby still living inside me right now who probably just met Scott Hansen and is saying hello and goodbye to loved ones, the veil is so thin and to think that I have been entrusted by our dear savior and lord to take care of one of his sweet children is one of the greatest blessings and compliments I could EVER receive.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Brooklyn is 18 months today

Wow where did the time go. I haven't updated my blog in like a century, I'm having my second baby in less then 6 weeks and my baby girl is 18 months old.. I have enjoyed most of every min with my sweet little girl. She is super fun and makes me laugh allthe time. Lately when she wakes up she points to the window and says what's that over and over again. Brooklyn says so many things and does so many things. I can't even count them all. I wish I could remember them all too. but here are a few of the things I can remember.

-says hi and bye
please and thank you
momma and dadda and knows exactly who we are
yes and no
-trys to say buckle
luv you
whats that
nanna (banana)
uh oh
d (for uncle Derek)
B (for LOL )
gampa or papa
the letter Y - I know random- we have those foam letters that go in the bath and I taught her how to say Y and now she thinks all the foam letters are "Y" it's pretty cute.
I'm sure there is more but that is all Clarke and I could come up with right now.. She is so smart
She knows there is a baby in my belly. I have been pointing to my belly for a while now and saying baby and she will come over and point at it and say baby and now I ask her what is in mommas tummy and she says baby and comes over and lifts up my shirt and points at it. It's super cute.
She knows how to get on and off of her bike.
she is obsessed with opening and closing any door. She loves to help daddy in the garage and doesn't mind getting all dirty. She picks ball caps (hats) and puts them on backwards. so stinkin cute. I will post pictures later.
Even tho I wanted this post to be about mostly Brooklyn I better say some other things to so yo peps don't get so bored. Maybe it's to late for that haha
This baby is growing so fast and moves around like no ones business. I love it, well most of the time. He is everywhere but mostly hangs out on the right, where Brooklyn did. He thinks it's just awesome to kick my in the groin, esp when I am walking around. Well I need to go to bed I will continue this post along with adding some pictures later..

Saturday, May 22, 2010

IT'S A............

We are (LATE) excited to announce that we are having a BOY!!
We are so excited and a little bit nervous, of course. All we know is girl. But like anything new you just kinda take everyone's advice and make it your own and learn through trial and error.
I can't find the CD with all the ultrasound pictures on it so this will have to do... and most of you already know the news and have known for a while... I'm just a little slow with the whole Blogging Business.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

A new addition

Most of you know already but some of you who don't facebook or talk to me much don't know But Brooklyn is going to be a BIG sister. Yup that is right we are expecting. I am due Aug 13th. So I am about 16 weeks along. Great news is that I can still fit into my pants..but I seem to be getting more and more fat. My belly is in that in between stage and that may be why I don't feel so pretty these days. At least Clarke tells me everyday that I am gorgeous.. that makes my day. I had heard that one your second pregnancy you show a lot soonier then you did the first time and I can honestly say I believe that is 100% true.
We are mostly excited but very very nervous since we will both still be in school and working full time. What in the world do you do with two kids in daycare and work, school and all the rest of the stuff in this hectic but awesome life. We are struggling with the idea of me quitting my job and living off of our savings and student loans or me trying to find a night job.
I can't help but feel a sense of gratitude for this wonderful baby who is growing inside of me. It has been a huge roller coaster for the last couple of months just trying to get the grasp of it all. There are so many of my friends who are struggling with trying to get pregnant right now and here I am "struggling" with the fact that I am pregnant and wondering how I will do it all. That sounds a little selfish. I know that heavenly father has a plan for all of us and knows what is best for us and when the right time is for our family to come to us on this earth and join us. I am so grateful that I can get pregnant and give birth and raise a family of my own. There is no better calling then that of a Mother.
Here is an ultra sound picture for your viewing pleasure.

a new me...

So I really really needed a hair trim but instead of just getting a trim I got a whole new look. I had them cut off 13 inches...what the, are you for real? That is a ton of hair. I honestly wasn't really even that sad after I actually really liked it. I knew it would grow back and I even thought of going shorter and might in the near future, but one step at a time. I really want to get it highlighted to, I think it could use some more style to it or color, something. It is much easier to style, only thing is sometimes I feel like a little girl and not so pretty. Lately I have been feeling a little down in the dumps because I don't feel pretty, I'm sure it's just a phase.. anyway blah blah LOL here are the before and after pictures.



13 months old...well like 3 weeks ago.

We got her this new toy, it is a magnet toy that makes animal sounds and calls out what the animal is. She played with it at my friend Kassandra's house and she said it was really effective so I thought I'd better get Brookie her own and she loves it.

Miss happy pants

What a cute little girl we have... Who just LOVES to shop with mom and dad

Loves to drag the hand towels all over the house

got a new toy.. thanks aunty Shan

just chillin with my grandma Alder

I am so cool, just look at me..

Learning to walk with my cool walker.. thanks Jill

I love my buddy Porter

I love to go out to eat with mom and dad esp at Texas Road House...My fav

So happy and jsut can't stand it on my very first birthday

Just one happy little lady

look at my mo stash

I think this bear is a little to big for me mom but I love it anyway

just ate a lemon

Brooklyn is now 13 months old. She is learning so much we are just amazed at how smart she really is. She is picking up on so much.
Here are a few things she has been up to.

~she says binki
~says blankey
~says tanks (thanks)
~says ese (please)
~says hi and hey
~says ugh oh
~says arff arff (ruff) when you ask what a puppy/dog says, and every time she sees a puppy/dog. so cute
~still calls me dadda or nanna
~eats whole fruit snacks...i know right "whole" well I have been super nervous for a long time to give her these and Clarke just gave her a whole one once and she didn't choke on it, thankfully. Like I have said before she is such a good little eater and has only choked a couple of times...which i am super grateful for.
~blabs on about who knows what and waits for a response also so super cute...
~totally done with bottles and warm milk. She drinks from sippy cups now and through straws.
~LOVES to read
and the best one of all is she has finally learned to walk.. yes walk. It is so fun to watch her take off and get around knowing I don't have to haul her everywhere we go.
~she has started her awesome tantrums. Mostly it's just because she wants to get down and walk when we are in a store or somewhere where she just gets into everything, and there is no talking it through...she is only 13 months what should I expect, really. Good luck to us on the drama.
~she really is a very good little girl for the most part. We can't get enough of her and are so amazed at all the things she does each day. I am really starting to get a lot more sad when I go to work because that means leaving her with the babysitter, whom we all love so much, it's just I would rather spend my day playing and reading stories to my sweet little girl. The sad thing is is that on my days off I have to do homework so I feel even worse for neglecting her...I try to do my homework while she is taking her naps but it's just not enough time most of the time. Oh well we get through it and we all survive. Here are some fun pictures over the last couple of months.
~so for your info the reason she has no really cute bows on her cute head is because the little kid wont keep them on. She pulls them off first thing. It's so annoying because they are so cute on her. any suggestions on how to keep them on?

Brooklyn LOVES her new car seat and facing forward in the car. She was screaming and laughing in the back seat the whole trip around town for her first ride.
p.s. when we took her out of the seat here she started to cry she wanted to get back up in was just awesome.. cute little bug

First time eating spaghetti by herself
mom I'm eating, really do you have to take a picture of my nasty face..

drinking chocolate milk and loving it

every chance she gets she will play with the computer. She loves to play with this thing and pick at all the buttons. she is a picker, (we always find her picking off the white balls on the couch) Hilarious.