Wednesday, December 30, 2009

my interesting walmart trip

I (Justin) heard these announcements by some female on the overhead PA at wal-mart just before christmas - "As a gift to our customers, the next 5 people at the electronics counter will get free i-pods" (not true, i was there). 5 min later, "Attention all associates, there is a dead body on isle 9, clean up on isle 9". 5 min later, "attention customers, you all have been very bad this year, Santa Claus is NOT coming to town". Hilarious. A part of me wanted to high five that person.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Finally Here

We made it! After arriving 2 hours early to the airport and still running to catch our plane, Cohen falling down the escalators, having our gate switched on us, and Jace having ants in his pants for 3 hours of our 4 hour flight we are safely here in Utah. I hope you all have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The food blog has been update with our FAVORITE holiday candies!

Ginger Bread House

Can you guess what Cohen helped with...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yet Another Amazing Thanksgiving

If there is one thing that my family knows how to do, it is making great food. So when we visit any Rigtrup's, any and all dieting or rules about not eating too much gets tossed out the window. Before leaving for Virgina, I made sure to bring the ever famous toffee and fudge in hopes to veto any cooking during the big feast... but through much persistence, I still... like always... was in charge of the pies. I gave my best Martha Stewart crimping skills to the test and I could not be happier with the results.

And what would a trip to VA be with out seeing the sites of DC. This was our 4th trip out there and I still left wanting to see more. I am keeping a list in hopes of seeing everything on that list before we move. Highlights of our site seeing consisted of 2 of the Smithsonian's (Natural History and American History), seeing the Declaration of Independence and for Cohen... riding the train, he was in heaven.

I tried my best to get a good picture, but it was so dim in there and no flash photography allowed. Seeing the Declaration of Independence was like a spiritual experience for me. You know that the Lord's hand was in this work and it was amazing to see it for my self.

While walking all through this museum I could not help but think that Ben Stiller was in here not to long ago filming Night of the Museum!
Jace was a champ all day and did not make a peep the whole day! We were lucky to leave Cohen home the day we went into the city! Although I felt horrid that he was not able to see this train.
My Mommy.
Bella Bella
Ready for church!

If you ask Cohen who his favorite cousin is, it's always Bella. Although he does not seem so sure about it in this picture.
The sweetest girls in the world, my nieces, they were my little baby sitters the whole trip! Thanks girls!
My Air Force fighting brother, love you Wobb.
If he only knew that we were about to get in the car for a long long long drive back home, stupid holiday traffic. But to be perfectly honest, the kids both did great on the way there and back.
Me and my sister, Kelly.
Ride on Cohen... ride on
My Daddy
Waiting in line for the Declaration of Independence.
The feast.
My brother is off to Afghanistan right after Christmas and he was telling us (all that he could anyway) about what he would be doing there and all the training he has had to go through to get ready to go. We all tried on his bullet proof vest. It weighs about 20 lbs and when he is all geared up, all of his daily gear weighs over 100 lbs. Talk about being weighed down!

Thanks Rigtrup's! Even though we came back with a few more lbs then we left with, we loved every bite of food and minute of our time with yall!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Enjoy a laugh this morning!
You have to watch the first one and then the second one. I could not stop laughing!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This is what you get when a child is sick of getting his hair cut and won't sit still for just one more minute. My poor little man, his blond, blond hair does not help either. At least it's fun to run your hand over his head. Now let's all pray it grows back quickly.

I was glad when this bruise happened, not because it happened, but because I thought it was at least one that people would not be able to see along with the one on his forehead! Now he is showing it off proudly.The end result.

I so wish you were hear Carol so you could see it for your self!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

And You Thought College Was Hard?

I did at least and I have no idea how Justin has done it, but even watching him go through med school has been exhausting! We needed an extra storage bin so Justin pulled out the majority of his notes from his first 2 years of med school and we thought we would snap a picture of it before hauling it off to the recycling bins. He said he has gone through every page at least a couple of times and there was still more up in our office but Jace was sleeping and you never wake a sleeping baby, right?! Amazing job Justin-your the man!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Many Face of Mom and Cohen

Cohen and I decided to paint each others faces. And then we decided to be silly as well. I love my Cohen!

8 Months Old

I can not believe that my little Jacer man is 8 months old already! He has been crawling for about a month now, but I figured I would still show the first time we actually got it on video. He is still pretty slow but every day he is getting faster so he can keep up with his brother. Jace is also an amazing eater. Sometimes we wonder if Jace would ever stop eating if we just kept feeding him. He loves to be held... all the time! And hates to be left alone or left out of anything. When ever we eat dinner, he wants right up there with us to eat, if we are all up stairs, he wants to be with us up stairs, if we go anywhere, he wants to be there too. He is also finally sleeping all the way through the night!!!!!!!!!!! I could not be happier about that! It took him 7 1/2 months to finally do it more than 2 nights in a row, but I think we finally have him trained! Jace is also my little sensitive baby. If Cohen is crying, he gets sad too. He defiantly picks up on what ever emotion is lingering around him, including being happy and laughing. He LOVES Cohen and Cohen is great to make him laugh all the time. We love our little Jacers!

This video got cut a little short because I ran out of memory, but you get the idea. When Cohen was crawling his motivation was a simple cell phone. But Jace is much more high tech, he goes for the lap top!

Any one remember on Finding Nemo when Dorey pronounces escape? We were watching it at the time and I said it to Jace and he found it hilarious!

October Festivities

We had a wonderful October filled with all many different activities to do! There was first Farmer Charley's. Up in Michigan there was a farm that opens up to the public during the fall and it had so many activities geared towards families. It was freezing cold the day we went but we loved it!
Cohen loved every minute of it even if he was still so cold!

This goat kept putting his head through the fence and then getting stuck. I think he wanted to eat my face, look at that sly look he has, it worried me!
Cohen was a little scared to go by him self in the hay tunnel, so Justin went with him.

Cohen riding the barrel train, as soon as the train would stop he would plead the go "adin adin adin adin!". He rode it 4 times while we were there!
Getting lost in the corn maze, I guess we just have to eat the corn now....
Justin makes the best weird faces ever!

Next up was the ward Trunk or Treat party:
I don't think Jace was amused.
Cohen seems to be saying in the picture, "What up dog!"
Isn't my hubby a hot one. Everyone loved the new look, I think it's a keeper for sure!
And yes I was a flag girl. This is my old uniform from High School. And I turned my old practice flag into a BYU flag.... much better right.
Justin kept telling me "Just one kiss"... ummm... no thanks
Now he's a happy lobster!

Up next was trick or treating in down town Perrysburg. It was loads of fun and Cohen did a great job telling all the people, "tit or teet"!
Since the lobster outfit is not suitable for a car seat, Jace wore his Giraffe costume to this activity. It was amazing weather when we went. It got up to 78 that day. And for Ohio, that's hot weather!

Cohen would not get within 5 feet of this lion. So we had to settle for the awkward picture with the cute lion.
Cohen does not respond well to the "smile for the camera" thing. Can you tell?

And what would Halloween be with out pumpkin carving? Cohen helped me clean out the pumpkin and Dad later carved it. Cohen especially loved watching Dad made a scary face out of our pumpkin!

And lastly, here are some of the Fall colors we enjoyed the last few weeks. The leaves are almost all off the trees and we are now bracing our selves for the horrid winter ahead.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Little Joey

Every time we are teaching Cohen to say something new he reminds me of Joey from friends. I love friends!

Good job little buddy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I LoVe LoVe LoVe my boys!

Thanks to the amazing talent of Lindsay in my ward, she was sweet enough to capture the cuteness of my kids this last week and I thought I would show off her work for all to see. The one of Jace on his hands and knees I could stare at all day long!