merry christmas

Merry Christmas!
Well, via internet I decided to tell you all what has been happening with our family. 2007 started out with a bang with the early arrival of Abigail. She kept us on our toes for the first few months and hasn’t stopped yet. She is growing every day, despite being super small!, and is now crawling and today started to pull herself up. She adores Lucy and follows her around like a puppy. Both of our children bring us so much joy and remind us of how wonderful our Heavenly Father’s plan is. Lucy is now 3 and getting ready to be a sunbeam. She loves her daddy and going on ‘dates’ with him. Her favorite activities are drawing, dancing, singing and playing with puzzles and blocks. She also enjoys her reading time with mommy twice a day, and always asks for more books.
Tyson is busy, busy, busy with school. We apply for the Construction Management major in April and he is working hard on keeping a high GPA and service projects. He is in the Sunday school presidency and he and Abby ring the bell during church every week. He is starting to sell more and more baseball cards on ebay ,and is turning into a great side job. So far he has been successful! I am busy teaching the beehives and keeping up with my own girls at home. I enjoy being at home and find it to be more than a full-time job. Tyson lets me exercise every day by myself and I really enjoy that break. I also am training to run the Canyonlands half-marathon in March with my girlfriends.
We are grateful for our opportunity to continue Ty’s schoolwork. It is hard to be back at college and on a tight budget, and it is even harder to be away from our families. But we know that this is the right place for us to be for now. Our ward is very kind and accepting of us and there are countless other couples with kids doing the same thing. Lucy has many little neighbors that are becoming fast friends and regular play dates with. Walks up to campus to pick up daddy are our favorite too.
We wish you and your families a very wonderful holiday and new year. May 2008 bring you health and happiness and opportunities to serve others.
Love, Tyson, Annie, Lucy and Abby Leavitt



thanks to grandma curtis and early christmas presents (only curtis' know what i'm talking about) lucy attended her first live nutcracker performance by utah regional ballet. the picture is sort of blurry, but she was more than ecstatic about it. i was a little worried about her making it through the whole thing, her bedtime is 7 and it didn't start till 7:30. but lo and behold, she stayed awake the entire time and couldn't get enough of it. the live orchestra was really interesting to her, but the dancing took the cake. the best part for me is that my friend and fellow dancer katherine dixon from BYU was the sugar plum fairy. how fun! and she was amazing as usual. i love knowing that this will be a tradition i can enjoy with my girls, and ty appreciates that he doesn't have to go.


seen and heard

i realized i haven't posted very much about the girls lately. i mostly made this blog for our parents to see how the girls are doing, but have used it more to keep up with my friends. oops. so here are some funny things the girls have been doing around the house.


  • she calls her nativity her "activity scene". and calls the angel a fairy.
  • we have a great church book from my mom, and yesterday she said, "mom, it's presibent sprinkley!"; but hey, she got joseph smith right.
  • she can fully dress herself, shoes, socks, pants, panties, shirt, jacket, beanie. she also can do this at an average of 30 times a day.
  • she is fully potty trained, but since we put up the christmas tree has regressed a little (hmm)
  • she loves hanging out with ty. (personally, i think she likes him better) because i am the disciplinarian and he is the fun dad who gives her m&m's for breakfast and let's her watch shows that i ban.
  • she loves healthy cereals- for real. if you pour her sugary stuff she can eat almost 3 bites. but get her some plain shredded wheat and she can down 3 bowls of it (with a little bit of honey).

  • is crawling, but can't pull herself up onto anything yet (hallelujah)
  • loves to talk, dangit. we thought we got a quiet child. her favorite words are (tingtangtao, dadadaoudee, oooooo, bluduooo)
  • she LOVES lucy. wants to always play with her, eat her food, steal her toys and be in her room.
  • is the apple of my eye, i love her so much and haven't trained her to sleep through the night yet because i just don't mind nursing her at 2am.
  • doesn't like her toys, but loves keys, staplers, cell phones, toilet paper, toilets, trash cans and board games.
  • will be 1 in less than a month! holy cow.


nyc christmas

have any of you been to nyc during christmas? this is my lifelong wish. maybe it's the dancer in me that is dying to see the nutcracker and broadway shows and the Rockefeller tree. someday i'm going to take my two girls there and enjoy the sights and sounds. wanna come?


family pics

oh, the annual family photo. so much stress, so much hair to do, and mother nature
cooperated with us and gave us some pretty backdrops to use. which one do you like best?

did i mention it was snowing? abby didn't like the snowflakes in her eyeballs too much.

lucy in front of our tree, i have a hard time with her being 3. only 10 more months.

our photographer and sister-in-law tara and ty's brother trent.
thanks to her i actualy have photos of my kids.oh yeah, their having a puppy in may. (we think it's twins :)


white stuff

saturday morning, december 1st we woke up to this winter wonderland. what a way to start the holidays.we had a blast playing all day long and driving in the snow. our street is really cute in the snow too. you can't even tell i haven't raked my leaves!

lucy was pretty stoked that it finally 'snowed' at her house. she was a little confused at first at how cold it was...but learned to love it anyways. she peed her pants while playing; either because it was too hard to come in and take off her snow bibs, or she just wanted to warm herself! probably too much info, but it was pretty funny.
beautiful view from my kitchen window.
i love it when the clouds are low like this.
the roads were way slick, but sarah and i still loaded up the kids, dropped them off at the sitter's and got to the gym. way to go us.
she may be smiling, but abby hated her snow outfit.


thanksgiving post

finally got around to the turkey day pictures. again we celebrated at my parents house for the delicious food and my mom's homemade rolls. we had a lot of fun at the leavitt's skeet shooting but don't have any pictures.
lucy and her favorite cousin sydney

mmm, pie.

if any of you want to know what ty does at my parents', it's sleep.

cousin (2nd?) henry. so adorable, makes me ache for a boy.

abigail and henry, hmm, they look related?

jessie and my cousin joe. we had so much fun with them, hope the feeling was mutual! we are still laughing over all the funny stories we heard and told. fun times by the pool table; that's the first time i felt young again for a long time.


i still want

so we just upgraded our phones again. i swear, the two years always flies by. and instead of getting the two for deals that we always get...i want this. but of course, we got two new phones for 19.99. not too shabby.

but the blackberry is really cute, and i could text so easy (i barely even text anyways). i just want to be hip, is that too much to ask?


i want

so christmas this year is going to be very different than last year. no money + school tuition + rent+2 kids=small christmas. but our kids are young enough it doesn't matter, and lucy is still learning the difference between 'wants' and 'needs', aren't we all though?

but my list of wants, when i dare think about it, is so long it's embarassing. my needs, really are simple. i need food, water, shelter, family and my faith, and i have all that. what about you? if you are reading this, you have a home, a computer and internet access (which means you have shelter and food also, if not you seriously need to prioritize) and a list of wants also.

i have no idea where i'm going with the post, so i'll stop, but just a little morsel for you to chew on.


random pics

  • while at my mom's house i've decided to dig out photo's from her computer- pictures that i don't have on mine.
  • my gingerbread house 2006. not my most favorite, but the only one i have! we do them every year, from scratch of course.
  • last year lucy 'helped' my mom decorate her tree. we loved how all of the ornaments made it to a 1ft section of the tree.
  • thanksgiving 2005...luke and lucy.
  • 5 minute old abigail


turkey day

so we are off...eventually, to my parents' home for thanksgiving. we hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and free of accidents or illnesses. i am excited to see my cousin joe and jesse and their son henry and just enjoy being a family.

best wishes for all of your families,
the leavitts


vomit again

if we could get through one month without one of my kids barfing, i would be a happy woman.


smart girl

we've been reading this book a lot since my mom let us borrow it this summer. a great book for kids but over the last couple of weeks lucy has been saying 'maybe if my clothes and toys burn up, we can get new ones!' i couldn't figure out where she would get something like this from, and then i realized that in this book the little girls' apartment burns up and they save for a new chair. ty and i laughed when we realized she thinks it would be fun to have everything burn, because that means brand new things!



i'm it. now relax and enjoy the next 7 random? facts about me. i promise to try and find some random things a majority of you don't know.

1.i wore headgear for 18 months in second grade. here is a beautiful picture for you to take in. that's right, 24 hours a day, for a year and a half. talk about a character builder.
you can click on the photo for a full view.

2. i've always wanted to be a nurse,always. but didn't want to work that hard to get in to the program at BYU...i'm so stupid.

3. i thought i would have all sons.

4. my brother bill, sister sarah and i played in an adult soccer league in overton, nevada 2 years ago. it ended up being our 'old' team and 3 teams of high school players. but guess, what? we totally schooled them all and won the tournament in sudden death.

5. i have a very short attention span and i'm trying to work on that. if i'm talking to you and after awhile just nodding and smiling there is a good chance that i totally have no clue what you are saying because i'm thinking about what i forgot at the grocery store.

6. i like to skeet shoot, and i'm not that bad either.

7. i have a lot of faults: i haven't been good at keeping up with friends. i never applied myself in college, i eat lots and lots of peanut m&m's, and ever since lucy was born i have woken up early by myself (that means not waiting until lucy pokes me in the eyeball and tells me she's hungry) maybe 6 times in 3 years.

there you go, sorry you had to sit through it. but i'm excited to read 7 random things about Tara Sandoval, Carrie, Becky, jandee, jessie (you can email me!), renee and charlotte.

oh, i just realized i got tagged again by becky. so 5 classes that would improve me:
1. business 101
2. floral arranging 101
3. old testament
4. photography 100
5. singing class (because i am horrible)


secret wish

this morning lucy and abby were playing in the hallway, when i looked in on them lucy had a 'wand' and while waving it over abby she chanted "dissapear!" "dissapear!" um...should i be worried?


just so you know

i recently was thinking of how i get sucked into the 'blog' world of people's lives: perfect pictures, perfect grammar, perfect families. and i just wanted you all to know, these pictures and posts from our blog are a glimpse at our 'fake' life.

let me explain, you know the house you see when you come over, clean floors, clean couch, no dishes in sink; that my friends, is my fake house. There is usually squished bananas on the floor, toys scattered from heck to breakfast and me chasing someone around with a diaper or shirt. and always saying "i don't know", "hold on", "not right now!" but i only show you my wonderful kids' pictures and cute fragments of our lives, edited of course.

but that's the dignity of humanity isn't it? our fake voice and wonderful pictures and manners towards guests; thank goodness for that , or you'd all see what i am really like. i have good days and bad days. some days i'm on the ball and others i'm a little off center, but i'm ok with that, and i'm constantly trying to improve. as for now, i am avoiding house work venting on my blog. which isn't a first....but just so you know, my real life is less perfect than my little blog portrays.



happy halloween! for all of you wanting to know, we finally had a barf-free holiday (well, almost). lucy did cry so much that she dry-heaved on the sidewalk after getting scared half to death. but other than that, it was a great night. the weather was perfect, the neighborhood really nice and we enjoyed it as a family. i really do love the fall and all the holidays.


how weird is this

just got my potterybarn kids catalog and their baby dolls names are lucy and abby. creepy huh? or i could just think how popular and trendy my girls' names are... i just think it's crazy how they are the same.
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