Saturday, December 12, 2009


Today, Kylie and I went outside to build a snowman. After rolling the snow to make the middle, I realized I had made it way too big and I couldn’t lift it up. So I decided we should make a daddy, mommy, and Kylie snowmen :) Kylie had so much fun helping me and it was nice to get outside. We have had a lot of snow lately and I just haven’t really wanted to leave the house. Anyway, here are some pictures to enjoy of our little Kylie bug :)





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Our snowmen family :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Are you ready for Christmas yet?

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I am!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Some lovely visitors

I knew I should have posted like 2 weeks ago when everything was fresh in my mind, but then I probably would have bored you to death with my ramblings, so here is a cliff note version of Ryan and Tiffini’s stay.

So Austin’s brother Ryan lives out in Ohio.  We don’t get to see their family very often, so it was nice that they were able to come out to see us for Thanksgiving.  Their kids are adorable and we had so much fun hanging out with them.  Here are a few of the highlights.

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Yes, Wendy, Ashley, and Tiffini and I went to see New Moon. Duh! I really really liked it.  I thought it was much better than the first one.  A lot less biting her lip and and making impatient noises from Bella.  I do believe I’m going to have to go back and see it again :)

Kylie LOVED hanging out with her cousins.  She is going to be such a good big sister.  I think she loved McKinlee the best :)  She was constantly giving her kisses.






Family Pictures

I thought this picture turned out so stinking cute.



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Thanks for the great visit you guys!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know how thankful I am for all the many blessings that have been sent my way. I will forever be grateful for my husband Austin and for the hard worker that he is. He constantly lets me know how much he loves me and I am just grateful for all that he does for me. I'm grateful for my little Kylie. Being a mom has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. That little girl is the sweetest thing that I have ever seen. I love being able to be home with her. She is such a joy to be around and I'm so thankful Heavenly Father let us be her parents. I'm thankful for my in-laws and all that they have done for us over the years. They are always willing to help out in any way and I'm so thankful for the love that they constantly show us. To my parents, who have been such good examples to me and the rest of my siblings. They always did what they could to provide the best for us. They have become my best friends, and I wish we lived closer so I can see them more, but I'm grateful for the opportunities that we have to visit a few times a year. I love you guys!

And most of all, I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and for my Savior Jesus Christ. There have been many times in my life that I have been given second chances and I will forever be grateful for that. They have seen the person I could become. I would be lost without this gospel and without the knowledge that I will be able to spend eternity with my family. I pray I can always strive to do what is right and to always be a good example to others. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas Trees

Hello everyone. Sorry, I will not be posting any new cute pics of Kylie because our camera has been sitting in our hall closet collecting dust. But I do have a very important question to ask...Where do you buy your Christmas trees? And I'm talking about the real thing. Not some stupid fake one. Sorry, I am all for real trees. Well, except maybe for last year. I do believe there was an egg sac left over from some stupid momma spider because we had all these little spiders crawling around the floor. AND I do believe there was a dead animal carcass somewhere hidden in the tree because the thing started stinking like...well a carcass. It was sick. That has never happened before. But anyway, we've always gotten our tree from the lot next to the Planted Earth store on State street in Orem. It's like diagonally from the Scera pool. So my friends, I ask, where is the best place with the best price to buy my tree? I've always wanted to cut my own tree down and don't know where to do that or how much it costs. Anyway, please let me know!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

Well, Halloween has come and gone, but we sure had a lot of fun! We went to our ward’s trunk or treat and Kylie was able to get a bunch of candy. She was mainly interested in the suckers and would therefore grab one if it was in the bowl. She would never grab the good stuff! :) After that we went up to AF to see Howard and Wendy and Austin’s grandma. By the end of the night she had quite the haul. I am now officially sick of her candy. Literally, I think I ate 1/4 of it. Yes, I’m addicted. My name is Linley and I’m addicted to delicious fattening candy :) Anyway, hope you all had a great Halloween!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Let the Halloween festivities begin!

This past Tuesday our ward had their Halloween Carnival.  I had never been to one before because it’s mostly for the Primary kids, so it was fun to take Kylie.  She got candy and toys and even got her face painted.  I’m pretty sure she had a good time :)

Here’s my little Tinkerbell :)

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Austin and I, (ok, it was my idea) decided to put our wigs on Kylie.  Here she is with Austin’s wig holding his gold teeth (Austin is going to be a Redneck).  She looks so stinking ridiculous in this mullet wig.

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Now that’s what I’m talking about!  How cute is she!

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Austin’s work had their Halloween party today, so Kylie and I went up to see Austin.  Isn’t he…hot?  :)

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Tonight we are going to Howard and Wendy’s for a Halloween get together.  I’m excited to make caramel apples again and eat good food.  I’m going to be so fat this weekend.  Now where did I put my stretchy pants?...


So on October 19th, we picked my brother Brandon up from the airport.  He reported to the MTC on the 21st and we were blessed to be able to spend some time with him before he left for 2 years.  I hadn’t seen Brandon since last Thanksgiving, so it was fun to spend time with him.  Kylie cried every time he would look at her, but by the time we had gotten home from the airport, he was her best buddy.  On Monday we carved pumpkins.  On Tuesday we invited my brother Damian and his wife Jenelle over for dinner and home made caramel apples.  Ok, get this.  My dad was called to the Las Vegas mission.  My brother Shane was called to the exact same mission.  My brother Damian was called to the Los Angeles Spanish speaking mission – and that is where Brandon is going.  Weird huh!  Anyway, Austin, Damian, and Jenelle were giving Brandon advice and telling him funny stories about their missions.  It was fun to hear of everybody’s experience out in the field.  The next day we took some pics of Brandon in front of the temple and then headed over to the MTC and dropped him off at the curb…literally.  I really don’t like how they just have you pull up, get out their bags and say “See ya!”  I missed seeing the video and being with Brandon just a little be longer.  But anyway, we said our good byes and of course I cried.  He is going to make such a great missionary though.  I love that kid.  We’ve gotten a letter from him and he seems to be doing great.  I know he will do  an awesome job :)

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Tracy Aviary and Hogle Zoo

Two weekends ago we headed up to Salt Lake to go to the Tracy Aviary and the Hogle Zoo.  I had never heard of the Aviary place before but by golly, it was such a fun place to go!  It’s in Liberty Park and it’s not that expensive to get in.  They had the coolest birds there.  Kylie loved it.  We went like an hour after it opened and we pretty much had the place to ourselves (not unlike our zoo experience…).  Here are so of my favorite pictures.



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This guy looks like a dinosaur


Bald eagles are so pretty

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After seeing all the birdies we ate lunch at Liberty Park and then headed over to the zoo.  Yeah, the zoo was a popular place to go that day.  Plus they had like this hippie mother earth group there that was doing some sort of convention.  It took about 20 minutes of waiting in line before we got our tickets (to the zoo, not to see the hippies).  Anyway, it was such a beautiful day out and we saw a lot of animals that usually are hiding or sleeping the other times we have gone.  Kylie was in heaven.  We wore her out halfway through though.  She said, “I want to take my nap.”  So we laid the back of her stroller down and she was out like a light.  Here are some more pictures of our day.


I call this monkey “Soaked in pee and baked in the sun”


I loved seeing the baby elephant :)

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So this girl standing next to me was blowing on a piece of plastic between her lips and this baby tiger DID NOT like it.  Of course the girl thought it was funny so she kept doing it…