Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday Best

This was just another one of those super-successful attempts at a family picture. Not so great, but it's all we got of our little family; the other group ones are better. These were taken in front of Ted and Evelyn Badger's house in DeRidder, Louisianna, after church on Sunday, December 30th.
It's not our scheduled year for a Badger Christmas, but we came anyway since we now live only 2 1/2 hours away, in Shreveport. Stephen will begin his 6-month residency at Willis-Knighton Health Systems on January 2nd. We're all settled into our little Shreveport apartment thanks to the help of many family members on both ends of the move.
Pictured here are three Fowler kids (Paige, Tanner, and Brinley) and Brooklyn and Breyton Badger. They love the swing in front of Grammy's house. Here are the three brothers Eric, Stephen, and David.
The big group... in the mix are a whole lot of Badgers and Fowlers.

Breyton, Jana, and David Badger

Christmas Morning

Christmas was spent in DeRidder, Louisiana this year with the Badger family. Here's Brooklyn trying on her mom's new Crocs. She highly approved of the slip-on style. Here she is saying "cheese" for the camera.
Mom and Brooklyn sporting some retro aprons.
One of the many toys Brooklyn received.

Fun times had by all. More info. to come!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

Park Reunion

Landen Twiss, Brooklyn Badger, and Charlie Koch cruisin' the playground. Charlie of course, got the most comfortable ride, while Landen was a little squished in the back. Unfortunately, this cute little arrangement didn't last long!
On Saturday, Nov. 17th, a few of my friends got together from BYU. Sarah Twiss was visiting from Colorado, so we all had a great excuse to get together. The great group consisted of me, Nora, Jennette, and Tiffany. We met up with Sarah (who patiently waited for her severly late friends - some things never change) at good ol' Finkbiner Park in Glendora. Of course, we all brought our kids (in utero in Jennette's case) and husbands, except for Jennette, because her husband was working. It was great catching up with the gals and watching our kids hang out!

Here is Charlie Koch and Brooklyn sharing some wagon time. Little Landen decided he wanted out because he got pushed up against the back edge with the weight of these two kids pushing on him. So sad! Charlie seems to be enjoying himself, however! The gals - we missed Tiff in this picture. She had already left for home - she wins the "Mother of the Youngest Child" award. Tyler was about a month old at the time!
On the left, we have our 7 1/2 month pregnant Jennette. Then there's Sarah, then Nora (both not pregnant), then, me, who was, well, somewhere between pregnant and not pregnant at the time. (I miscarried a day later.) Crazy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Well, things went down on Sunday night/early Monday morning. Desirae got a D and C at 5PM on Monday (she had to wait because she ate breakfast). The doctor said things went very well. She's doing fine except for the fact that we all three now have colds. Thanks for your prayers and support. (Special shout out to TJ and Michelle for the flowers) Thanks again.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bad News Birthday

Hey Everybody,
Today is Desirae's 28th birthday and unfortunately we received some bad news. Yesterday, Desirae had an ultrasound and they didn't find a heartbeat. The tech didn't tell Desirae anything except that the baby was small for how far along she should be and left before Desirae could ask her any questions. Today, the OB called with the bad news and had Desirae come in. He told her that she is probably having a miscarriage. He ordered more blood work and another ultrasound to be done next Wednesday to find out if there has been any growth or change. Jim and I have given Desirae a blessing and left things in the Lord's hands. Please keep Desirae in your prayers and we'll keep you updated.


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Trick or Treat!

Here she is! Brooklyn loved the whole Halloween affair. To her, it meant the first taste of candy corn, dum-dums, milk duds, and a host of other delicious goodies - this holiday is first-rate!Angel befriends bumblebee! This was our first costume party on Saturday night. It was some sort of fall ball at my parents ward. Littered about the lovely parking lot that night was popcorn, hot dogs, chili, kids in costumes, and of course, the church-wide tradition of trunk-or-treating!
A fierce trio: Batman, Robin, and one white angel with mardi-gras beads(handed out as one of the treats that day). This was our second trick-or-treat experience. It took place at about 10 A.M. on Halloween in downtown Glendora. Brooklyn got to sample some of the candy she had been collecting and was glad that she amassed gobs of it! Needless to say, after several attempts, no nap was ever taken on this special day... it may have had something to do with the sugar overload...

Brooklyn had no probably walking right up to the store owners and trick-or-treating while her older cousin Caden (Batman) played more of the shy guy. Caleb (Robin) got cranky after a while, and Brooklyn tried to soothe him by sharing some delicious candy, which he graciously accepted.
Round three: the night crawlers! (As if twice wasn't enough!) This time the hunting grounds were grandma and grandpa's neighborhood! (Notice even my dad dressed in his best stripes for this one!) Brooklyn became quite the professional trick-or-treater, practicing all the proper etiquette. She knows the proper greeting at each stop, "trick or treat," (in her words, "treat-treat!") and with some prompting, she also thanked each neighbor before we left. She does need to develop the self-discipline to not grab a fist full of goods from each candy bowl that came within reach, or extend her open hand for more candy after someone already deposited her allotment into her bag. We'll work on that for next year...

The Pumpkin Patch

The luxury limo battles oncoming traffic and other four-wheeling wagons in the parking lot for the first-in-line spot at the crosswalk. "Ha, ha! You'll never catch up with me - my Papa's pulling this hot rod, see you at the patch, slow pokes!" "Aw, man! I gotta share my ride with these big orange balls. Who's idea was this?"
What happened to the comfortable and spacious wagon I knew only moments ago?
Well now that I've been booted from my ride, I guess I'll feign some interest in the pumpkins. After all, I'm sure my gramma needs my expert advice on which ones to take home.

Playing at the Park

Who looks like they are having more fun at the park: Daddy or his daughter?Weeeeeeee!

Take a look at those facial expressions on the slide! I don't know which one is more hillarious! Okay, they're both pretty cute!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

High School Reunion

10 years, wow! It was a bit like a time warp. I am so glad that I have stayed true to my beliefs! My life has been truly blessed as a result!
It probably wasn't that fun for Stephen to spend several hours with perfect strangers, but I was so glad that he came along for the moral support! Even after I harassed him about not matching me and giving away his black suit to Good Will, he still looked good (duh!) and it was a fun date! Below is a picture of us with Crystal and Joshua, our dinner-table neighbors. Crystal was in my English class all four years of high school. She ended up majoring in English at Cal State Long Beach and now is working on her Master's Degree there. Her hubby she met in her Italian class. He confesses taking another semester of Italian, just to get to know her - hey it worked! P.S. She looks exactly the same as she did in high school! Good ol' Craig Williams! My memories with Craig date back to 5th grade in Ms. Hagan's class! He is really sweet. It was great to see him. I wish Genesee would have come! She would have loved seeing all of these people too!
This is Courtney Rainey. She majored in English. Now she's working on her masters in Art History so that she can fall back on teaching if nothing else works out in the fine arts realm. I am happy for her because she has definitely stayed true to herself, she is pursuing her goals, and she is independent and happy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Kids Club, Here We Come!

Yellow Duck? Check. Reading materials? check. Hot pink shoes? Check-check. Let's go! Whenever we get ready to leave the house, Brooklyn grabs just the essentials, copying her mom. Does she look like she's ready for preschool or what? Actually, it's just another day of going to the gym... and that means, Kids Club, here we come!
Here is her smile-for-the-camera face.

Side note - she now prefers the "big sister" bib. Today she replaced a stained old white bib with the dancing-bunny-big-sister-bib all by herself. Apparantly this fashion-conscious toddler prefers to eat in style!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Just another Pizza Night

So how do you like the new bib? Pip thought it was just another hand-me-down, Tina didn't even notice it. Finally before Jim left for his meeting and after the meal was finished, we made my dad read it out loud. Later when Jeff read it, he thought it was an eye-test because we made him read it first without then with his glasses on, just to see how blind he was. We had to point it out to Calvin after we had him take the bib off, then back on again. Carol still doesn't know because she was at a baby shower, so Caden will tell her tonight.

I guess we'll soon find out who's actually checking out our blog! :)

Friday, September 7, 2007

3 Days to Celebrate 3 Years

Caden's 3rd Birthday was quite a reason to celebrate on the long Labor Day weekend. It was also an excuse to escape the extremely hot temperatures in the valley - I don't know how people survive summers in the desert! Don't the waves look beautiful! It was great weather for the beach - everyone else must have thought so too!

Caden's B-day

Brooklyn had a great time at her first real birthday party. Games included duck-duck-goose, throw a waterballoon at the "thirsty" tiger (drinking fountain), and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Brooklyn loved running around with other tots like herself. And of course, she couldn't get enough of those cupcakes and ice cream!

Brooklyn's Favorite Magazine

Brooklyn loves to "read" the Friend magazine. I point out familiar objects in pictures, she repeats them, then she makes up an nonsense story. It's pretty cute that she's already so interested in books and magazines - what an studious gal!

Uncle Eric

Stephen's brother Eric stayed with us for a week before returning back to BYU for the fall. Brooklyn became fast friends with Eric. They sat next to each other in the car for 12 hours or more. Here are some pics of the morning before Eric left.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Celebrating Mom's Good Day! 8/24/07

Here's the whole J.Mac Clan at Chili's last Friday night celebrating mom's good news! Even a "little raise" at work is worth a huge celebration! Way to work it, MA! We're happy to celebrate the good times with you!
Pip and Jeff -the newlyweds are still smiling after ten months of pure bliss in paradise. (left)
The proud uncle of Brookie-Brooke and Caden and Caleb's Daddy.(right)
The famous four McKendrick gals! (below)

The Ranch in Jackson, California 8/5 - 8/11

We spent a week at this great ranch near Stockton with some of Stephen's siblings and their families. Mark and Tracy's Family, TJ and his boys, and Eric all went up to Tracy's grandparents' ranch. Our days were filled with lounging in the pool, frequenting the local bead stores in town, assembling giant jigsaw puzzles, feeding the horses, and venturing out on wild truck rides. In the evenings we shared delicious dinners (and desserts of course!), played games, and watched movies!

Here's a front view of the main house with the big square pool in the front. It was filled with this milky blue "mystery water" which did not get circulated through a filter making it completely opaque.
Here Stephen and his brother Mark attempt an intense afternoon workout by the pool combining a swim with some good ol' push-ups. Mark is training for a marathon and Stephen- well - he just likes to show off!
The boys also like to play a king-of-the-mountain type game in which they would see who could last the longest on the floating raft in the center of the pool. The would run to different corners and try to push eachother off, then see who would be the last man standing. Dangerous? Yes. Competitive? Of course! Were the moms all worried that the kids would be tossed aside and gone forever or at least permanently and frightfully injured? Most certainly.
One of the games got so rough that the flat carpet got torn off the raft. If you look closely in the center of the middle picture, they are in the middle of repairing it with needles and thread!

Another Day at the Beach 8/4/07

Before heading up north for a week, our family went to the beach with T.J., Michelle, Brandon, Mason, and my parents.
Here Tina and Brooklyn are watching Desirae and Stephen ride some waves!