Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I love phone calls like the one I got this morning from my mom, "Come by the house and pick up some stuff I made for Cy" I love that my mom sews for my children, things made with her hands with lots of love.

Monday, January 30, 2012


Rhett thinks that his Daddy hung the moon, really that is just how it should be, he does have a pretty amazing  father if I do say so myself! Tonight Daddy read him good night ipad before bed, he thought it was wonderful, nothing better than a little one on one time with Daddy. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Nobody makes a better bed time snack than Daddy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


This is how Rhett likes to carry his sword around the house! Such a silly boy.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Rhett thought that he was being sneaky and playing on my phone but I caught him! He is just to funny about things like this, everything that sister does he wants to do also. My phone has become the source of many arguments around the house.                   

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Stella found her headbands from when she was a baby and thought she should model them for you! I am thinking that they were much cutter when she was little and had no hair! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


And He will be called... Cyler Ward Skarsten or "Cy" by family and friends. We are very excited that we have finally decided on a name for littlest boy to arrive in May. (by the way this is the only photo that you will ever see of my belly, I can not even believe that I allowed Jason to take these!)

 Someone with a much cutter belly wanted in on the action! She just cracks me up some days.

This is totally for my children to have for the future. I do not think that I have ever put on here how we came up with each of their names and want them to have that little piece about themselves.

Stella Emory: I remember when I first told people that they did not LOVE the name Stella but those same people today can not imagine her as anything else! Stella has been a name that I loved for a little girl sense I was a young girl. My great grandmother was a wonderful women, I got to spend  a lot of time with her being the only child, grandchild and great grandchild for the first seven and half years of my life. She did not work so while everyone else was off at work in the summer I would hang out with her, she would tell me stories about her life but she always told me about a friend that she had growing up named Stella. I thought that she must have been the most amazing lady. When we found out we were having a girl I new that that name was at the top of my list, you daddy was not so sure but when I told him that the name Stella means "star" in Italian he agreed that it was a perfect name for the little star that was to be born in our lives. Emory was a name that your daddy loved and I liked so we kind of came to the agreement that I could have Stella for your first name and he could have Emory for your middle name. The reason that Emory is spelled with an o is because there is a resort near our lake home that is called the Emory and that is were the name was first put into our heads. It turns out that we could not have done a more perfect job of picking a name for our baby girl. We love you Stella Emory Skarsten!

Rhett Samuel: I remember when  I found out that we were having a boy as our second child, I was so excited but so nervous about what name we would pick. It seemed so much more challenging than a little girl because we all think and hope that at some point our little girl will grow up and get married and take the name of her husband, so in reality at some point it will change to some degree but a boy, that name they have the for the next 100 years or more! Well, Rhett you got stuck with another name that was your mommy all over it, it comes from her romantic heart, as you will know as you grow up I have always and will probably continue to love a good love story well, what better story of love than Gone with the Wind. I loved the name the moment I thought of it, it was good, strong, and manly but it had that story of love behind it. It also sounded pretty good with our monster of a last name! Your daddy agreed because he thought it would sound good some day when you play sports over a loud speaker! Samuel came from my grandfather, you Papi's father, he is a wonderful man that no matter what life gives us has always stood by his family and loved them. I could not have thought of a better man for you to share a part of your name. He was so excited about your birth and loves every moment that he gets to spend with you. So, Rhett Samuel you were named and could not be more perfect. We love you so much for all the days of our lives.

Cyler "Cy" Ward: When I found out I was going to have a third child I was blessed, when I found out I was having another boy I was so STRESSED, not because I did not want you but because I had no clue where to even start looking for a name! I knew how hard it had been with Rhett and it was even harder with you! Well, as you grow and learn that this family is a baseball family from the start to the finish. You are named for one of the greatest pitchers of all time Cy Young. We chose to name you Cyler because I wanted you to have a strong name for when you get older but as a boy and more than likely as a man to your family and friends you will be known as Cy. I love it and think and hope that you will love it just as much as we do. Ward is a family name, It was the maiden name of my mother's paternal grandmother and it was also the maiden name of my father's maternal grandmother. I loved the fact that you like Rhett will carry a part of my family in your name. Cyler "Cy" Ward Skarsten we are so excited about your arrival and love you so much!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I knew that i was not hearing enough noise today from this little man, I knew I was going to find a large mess and I did! He had taken hiis potty stool and used it to get in the sink. He then made bubbles with the jasmine vanilla hand soap, some ended up in his hair, bubbles were flying all over my bathroom. I am a little scared of the life that we are getting ready to have with two boys! I am pretty sure I just need to cover everything in plastic! They are just going to be a mess! I would not have it any other way. 

Monday, January 23, 2012


I have been really proud of myself as of lately, I have been a cooking machine! Anyone that knows me knows that when I am pregnant, my family lives on fast food and take out because I can not stand the thought or smell of food cooking in the house. I am soldering through and have been cooking for the past two weeks and so proud of myself!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Rhett is very proud of the fact that he has moved up to using the BIG potty! (Yes, someday he will want to kill me for these photos but I want to remember it poop and all!)
 Oh, this little lady is growing up way to fast! I do not even want to think about the fact that she will be FIVE in a couple of months, it just kills me.
 Daddy was being a bad influence, got to love how gatorade changed her tongue to blue, and yes, she had brushed her teeth, the blue just stayed!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Friday, January 20, 2012


Building blocks out of Daddy's scraps of wood. 

 I love this photo of Stella, the very tip of her tongue sticking out when she thinks really hard.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Choo Choo! All aboard. The kids made a choo choo train this evening while Jason was working in the garage.  I love when they use their imagination and do things like this all on their own. I am not sure why this particular train required the use of oars but it did. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Stella had dance this evening. She was line leader and very excited about that fact! She is doing really good this year at dance, there are moments that I just have to laugh.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


 Getting ready to take Stella to school this morning! They never take photos together of their own free will but this morning they were willing.