Dec 6, 2010

I'll say a little prayer for you

Lately when I make the boys lunch, Hudson looks at me, folds his arms and scrunches up his little face. That's how he tells me he's ready to say a prayer. It melts my heart. :)

Nov 23, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

When we were at the store the other day we had to walk by the holiday section (okay, I had to) and the boys found these singing Christmas hats. They wouldn't take them off until the hat was done singing Jingle Bell Rock. It was pretty funny.
In other news, my husband and I just celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary on Saturday. My terrific parents took the boys for a night and Randy and I were able to stay at the 3 Palms hotel in Scottsdale. It was very nice. Thank you to my sweet husband for arranging that! :) And thank you to my parents for watching my crazy boys! :)
I'm so excited for the holidays! I can't wait to see my sister and brother-in-law for Thanksgiving! We'll have most of the McDowell side of the family together - so game on! My family is big on playing games, especially on the holidays, so I'm excited.
Happy Holidays to everyone!

Nov 4, 2010

Halloween 2010

This year Cooper was the Incredible Hulk and Hudson was a skunk for Halloween.

Oct 5, 2010


October is the birthday month for our family. Cooper turned 4 on September 30th. My mom's birthday was yesterday and my birthday is today. We have more later this month, too. It's crazy, but I love it. Cooper made out pretty good this year in the gift department.

He had 2 parties - one in Thatcher and one here in Mesa. His grand gift was the Batman Castle that Randy and I got him. He's been talking about it non-stop for the past few weeks, so he was pretty excited when we brought it out. He's also been having a blast with the nerf guns my sister Brooke and her fiance Keith got him. (In all honesty, I think the adults had just as much fun with them, if not more -- see the picture of my mom below) :)

Grandma and Grandpa Conrad got him some spiffy new Toy Story underwear that he loves. He told me the other day he was on his last pair of Toy Story underwear, so I had to do the laundry so he would have a clean pair for tomorrow. His drawer was filled with clean underwear, but he didn't want to wear any of them. Only the Toy Story ones would do. :) And thanks to Grandma McDowell & PopPop for the fishing puzzle. Poor Coop hasn't really gotten to play with it too much, because his brother thinks it's the best thing in the world and won't give it up. :) Anyway, thanks to everyone for the gifts and phone calls and cards. We love you all!

Sep 10, 2010

Sneaky Snacker

This is what my 18 month old does while I'm in the shower. I came out this morning and found him like this. He cracks me up. :)

Sep 1, 2010

1st Haircut

Yesterday both the boys got their hair cut, but it was Hudson's first official haircut. (I trimmed the back myself a couple months ago, but I don't count that). Hudson was so good! Granted, he was really tired, but he did so well. He sat in the chair and played with the bracelet they gave him and ate an animal cookie. He watched in the mirror as the stylist cut his hair and smiled. It was really cute. I remember the first time I took Cooper was completely different. He cried and wiggled so much I thought he'd come out of the store bald. Anyway, pictures below . . .

Aug 18, 2010

Car accident photos

Last Thursday, my husband, Randy, was in a car accident. Luckily, he wasn't hurt and the boys and myself weren't with him, so everyone is fine. Our car, on the other hand, is another story. . .

Our insurance declared the car a total loss. Looking at our car and the fact that my husband was able to walk away from that with hardly a scratch (seriously, hardly a scratch) I know that there were angels watching over him. I'm so grateful that he is ok and that Heavenly Father watches over his children. I'm also very grateful for airbags. :)

Jul 28, 2010

Diamondbacks Game

For Randy's birthday this year I got him Diamondbacks tickets (thanks to Keith for the tip about StubHub) and we went to the game against the Giants this past Friday. Randy and I had a pretty good time watching the Diamondbacks lose. The seats were pretty close to the field - I think it's the closest I've ever sat. We had a good laugh at the vendors calling out their crazy sales pitches - one guy offered free stuff to the next person who raised their hand and then told them the 'free stuff' was ice. People put their hands down pretty quickly when he offered to start throwing ice to them. I also learned that if you want to catch a foul ball to sit one section over. Three foul balls landed in the section next to us. It was a lot of fun. Happy Birthday, Randy! :)

Jul 19, 2010

Latest video

Here is the latest video of Hudson. I was in my bedroom when I heard Hudson yelling "mum-ma! mum-ma!" I hurried into Cooper's bedroom and found him on top of the toy box. I grabbed my camera and recorded this video. He's such a character. :)

Also, here's a shot of Cooper with his new haircut in his new shirt & tie for church.

Jul 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

The other day I was watching the news and the newscaster commented on Chelsea Clinton's upcoming wedding. That got me thinking about her dad when he was President and about all the other Presidents we've had through-out history. So, in honor of the 4th of July I spent some time learning about our Presidents. These are a few of the fun things I learned:

1. The President with the shortest term in office was William Henry Harrison. He served for 1 month before dying of complications from a cold.

2. Our 11th President was named Polk. (Just say President Polk a few times, it's funny) :)

3. Zachary Taylor was our 12th President and the only President never to have held any previous elected office. He only served for 16 months as President when he died from gastroenteritis.

4. President Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest President, taking office at the age of 42 after President McKinley was shot and killed.

5. President Grover Cleveland is the only one to serve 2 non-consecutive terms. He served as the 22nd President from 1885 - 1889 and then again as the 24th President from 1893 - 1897.

6. Apparently, President Taft was the heaviest President (avg of 300lbs) and also the last President to have facial hair in office. (Random, I know).

Anyway, I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend!

Jun 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband and my super dad and father-in-law! Love you guys!

Apr 19, 2010

Lions & tigers & bears - oh my!

We finally were able to take the boys to the Phoenix Zoo a couple weeks ago. I've been dying to take them, especially before it's 100 degrees outside. Luckily, the weather is still pretty nice. It was a little warm, but nothing us Arizonans would be bothered by.

The boys had so much fun. I think the play place was their favorite part. Cooper sure liked the giraffes, though. The rhinos were my least favorite - I have never smelled anything so disgusting! The monkey village was . . . an experience. You go into this open area that is fenced off from the rest of the zoo where the little monkeys roam around freely and you can observe them up close and personal. I probably wouldn't have thought much about it, except there are signs posted everywhere telling you if you don't bother the monkeys they won't bother you. What does a monkey consider being 'bothered'? And if they are bothered what does that mean they do? Don't they tend to fling their poo? Needless to say, I didn't make direct eye contact with any of the monkeys and I was in and out in record time. Oh, and the lady at the entrance told us not to touch the ropes because the monkeys pee on them and when I looked over at my 3 year old he was running his hand along the rope. Yep. I think next time we'll skip the monkey village. Ick.

Apr 5, 2010


**Note** To Linds: We saved you a spot next to Brookie in the picture. You were there in spirit! :)

We had a very nice Easter this year. I was able to see the Easter Pageant twice this year - once with my sisters and once with my family. I'm glad I went twice, because I didn't get a lot out of it with my boys there. Love them, but they don't sit still for more than a couple of minutes and 'quiet' is not a word in their vocabulary. I'm glad we went, though. Both Cooper and Hudson watched in awe as the angels came out to dance, sing and blow their trumpets. It was a neat experience.

I really enjoyed this general conference. It was so nice to spend Easter listening to the prophet and other leaders of the church give their messages. I love President Uchtdorf! I'm terrible at remembering which speaker spoke on which topic, but I loved the talk one of the men gave on motherhood. It rekindled my desire to teach my children the gospel and make sure they are brought up in righteousness. I've been slacking! :)

The Easter bunny brought Hudson and Coop some treats, which they both seemed to enjoy, and we went to my parents house and had an Easter egg hunt. Well, Coop hunted down the eggs while Hudson rode around on his little motorcycle. It was fun to watch.

I hope everyone else had a nice Easter!

Mar 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hudson!

My baby is officially one year old. It's a bittersweet moment. :( We had family over on his birthday (the 25th) and had a little party. He wasn't that interested in opening presents, although his big brother sure was, even though none of them were for him. Poor, Coop. Hudson loved playing with the balloons and he seemed to enjoy the cake, though. We took lots of pictures. The poor kid - the cake I got him had red frosting on it and it totally stained his face. He looked like he had a case of the measles or something. :( Luckily, it wore off after a good scrubbing.

We spent the weekend in Thatcher and celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday (hers is the day after Hudson's) and Hudson's some more. It was nice - we hadn't been since Christmas. I can't believe how big Hudson is getting. He's walking all on his own now (he figured it out a couple weeks before his birthday). He's such a happy little guy. He smiles and laughs all the time (he has what we call a mad scientist laugh) and loves to make noise. He's especially fond of screaming, particularly when we are in church. His 1 year well check is tomorrow and it will be interesting to see what percentile he's in. His last appointment he was only in the 50th, but as Grandpa Conrad says, "he's a tank" now.

Happy Birthday, Hudson! We love you! :)

Mar 1, 2010

Spring is in the air

I can't believe it's already March! Hudson will be 1 year old on the 25th, but I feel like he's just a baby. He's getting so big, though. He walks around the house holding onto the fire truck Cooper got for his 1st birthday. It rolls down the hallway and literally drags Hudson along with it. He loves it, though. He thinks he's pretty big walking down the hallway with the truck. He even figured out that if he stands on the side of it and scoots it across the floor sideways that he can keep up with it better than if he stands directly behind it. It's very entertaining to watch. I got a little bit of it on video, below.

The following pics are for you, Don and Joan. Cooper was so excited when he got his Valentine's Day card from you. He couldn't wait to spend his money, so we finally went to the store the other day and he got his Ben 10 toy that he's been bugging me about for the past 3 weeks or so. He took his toy to the cashier and handed her his money. He was walking pretty tall after that. :) He told anyone who would listen how he picked out his toy and paid for it with his money all by himself. We got Hudson a ball, which he chases all over the house. He especially loves it when someone will play with him by throwing the ball to him.

Thanks, Grandma & Grandpa!

Feb 2, 2010

It's a nice day -

for a white wedding. My sweet husband made this collage of all the McDowell brides (so far).

My sister Bre just married Chris Mortensen last weekend. Their reception was more of a 'celebration' as I like to call it. We all wore shirts with McDowell or Mortensen on them (depending on whose side of the family you are on) including the bride and groom. President Cathcart introduced the bride and groom and the rest of the family over the loudspeaker while we ran through a human tunnel as the suns game music was playing. It was a lot of fun - the whole celebration was. It was just a big party. Congrats to Bre & Chris.

Jan 21, 2010


How we're spending the new year . . .

We spent Christmas in Thatcher and had a wonderful time

Hudson is cruising all over the place on all fours. He loves to go into his brother's room and play. He's been pulling himself up on everything and anything and is starting to walk along the furniture. He will be 1 in March and I have no doubts that he will be walking by then.

Cooper loves to wrestle with his dad. He's into the phase where everything is a question. "Why, Mom?" is his most quoted phrase. He can spell his name and count to 13 (random, I know) and he just grows more every day. He's a really good big brother and when he's not driving me crazy he's a really big helper.

Randy and I are doing well. Randy had over a week off from work over Christmas, so I was spoiled having him home all that time. It feels like I don't get to see him that much during the week, because he works so much. In this economy, though we're grateful for the work. I spent this past weekend in Glendale at my sister Bre's bridal shower. I wish I had pictures of Bre opening her presents (it was pretty hilarious) but I was too busy talking and laughing. After the shower I had the opportunity to attend the Performing Arts for the Glendale Stake Youth Olympics. There were some outstanding performances this year - I was really impressed.

Anyway, that's how our year is going so far. I hope everyone is having a great start to 2010!