Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Tickle Monster

Aunt Sherrie is so fun, she can entertain THREE BABIES AT ONCE!!
We have had a lot of fun playing with our family that came up for the weekend. The girl's love playing with their cousins!! Big cousins, small cousins they like to play with them all.
Thanks to the Petty family for being our weekend entertainment.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Boots the Cat-Dog

Today Ella started throwing a package of apple cider for our cat (yes I said our CAT) to fetch. The miracle is that he would meow and then go get it. Here is a little video of Ella throwing the package.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Memories of Emmett Michael Cederstrom: Part 2

By his father
David Michael Cederstrom

First off Brook and I wanted to publicly thank everyone for the huge outpouring of love and support that we have felt from our family, ward, and community. We appreciate all of it and love you all. Brook and I wanted to try and say something today because we knew that the program would be recorded. We both figured this would be the best way to permanently record our feelings and emotions about all of this. Of course being a father of two daughters I was overly excited to find out Brook was having a boy. Sometimes I denied that and said I didn’t really care one way or the other but I admit that was a lie. As the pregnancy progressed and he became more and more active inside of Brook I was able to experience him more often. Actually I felt him most at night when he would start his aerobics like Brook said. He did not like it when Brook’s belly touched my back in bed. It is interesting and sometimes a little disconcerting to feel someone kick you in the back when you are lying in bed at night.

As the 9 months started to draw to a close Brook of course became more and more uncomfortable and I started to get antsy for her to have the baby. I told her once that life kind of runs in stages and I was ready for the pregnancy stage to come to an end and for the new baby stage to begin. When we went to the hospital on the Tuesday before he was born I think we were both expecting to have the baby that day. I was a little disappointed and Brook was a lot disappointed that we were told to go home for another week of contractions and misery. Of course now we know Emmett was not going to follow the doctor’s recommendation and decided that Friday was as long as he could wait to get here. When we went to the hospital on Friday we were both convinced that this really was it. And it was within an hour or so that Dr Leavitt (Brook’s OBGYN) gave the go-ahead for the c-section. Since we had Elena by c-section and I had been in there for her birth I was not as worried this time about the whole procedure. I guess I thought this would be pretty much the same as last time. Now some of you may know this about me already but I actually enjoy watching the c-section. It is fascinating to me and I think my brother-in-law Mark Cook feels the same way about his kids’ births. I like to see my kids the instant they come out. That’s also when they get their first portrait. Emmett was held up just for an instant so Brook could see him and I could take a picture and then he was handed through the half-door into the NICU.

Before he even left the OR I heard him starting to cry so I knew he had a decent set of lungs on him. That was a relief. And then as they sewed Brook back up occasionally they would open the door into the NICU and I could hear him in their still crying. Before they even wheeled Brook out of the OR into recovery I went with Dr. Leavitt into the NICU to see my son. He was in an oxygen tent and was wiggling all over the place and crying. The nurse said that he was really working at breathing and as I watched his little chest rise and fall I could see that was true. Other than that he looked perfect and occasionally opened his eyes to look at me. I took a couple of pictures of him and a short video of him just moving and crying. Now I know I will be eternally grateful that I shot that video and spent the few minutes with him I did. The nurse told me that I could touch him so I opened one of the port holes into his tent and rubbed his forehead right between his eyes. That always helped to calm down my girls when they were infants. Emmett was no different than his sisters and his crying and wiggling seemed to calm a bit as I my hand was on his head. After a few minutes I went back to recovery and sat with Brook. It was only about 5 minutes later that Dr. Leavitt came back in to tell us that he had been on his way home when a nurse from the NICU had stopped him to tell him that Emmett was not doing as good anymore. I went with Dr. Leavitt straight back to the NICU and there met a team of nurses and specialists crowded around my son’s bed working to keep his little heart beating. After a while the doctors said there was nothing left they could do and they wrapped him in a blanket and gave him to me to take to Brook. But as I walked down the hall to her room he kept wrinkling his nose and wiggling in my arms. I turned to the doctors by me and said that he was not gone yet. It seemed to me that he was still fighting and did not want to leave his parents yet.

The doctors took him back into the NICU and began working on him again. He sustained a weak pulse and was breathing with help as the doctors gave him medicine and blood to try and get his heart to pick up again. Sometime during the 45 minutes or so that they worked on him the second time Dr. Leavitt anointed his little head with oil and then assisted me in giving him the only blessing he would receive in this life. I do not know what I said now in the blessing. But I do remember that I started out thinking he might still recover. I think that by the end of the blessing Emmett’s and Heavenly Father’s and my spirits were finally connecting because the spirit in that room despite all the activity around Emmett and I was tangible. The only thing I distinctly remember from that blessing was at the end when I told him that all he needed to know was that his parents loved him dearly and that we had anxiously awaited his arrival here but that we would accept the will of our Father in Heaven no matter what it would be. Shortly after I gave him the blessing I consulted with the neonatologist and the pediatrician and decided that they could stop working on him. The nurses plugged up some of the lines into him and wrapped him in a blanket and handed him to me. When they pulled the monitors off him he still had a faint heartbeat. He wiggled a bit as I walked down the hall with him just like before but this time he and I knew what was meant to happen.

Luckily for Brook Emmett was able to keep his little heart beating just long enough to be held by his earthly mother for a few minutes before he was finally called back home after only 3 hours here on earth to his heavenly parents. Brook and I were able to spend as much time in the room with him as we wanted. The rest of that evening Brook, myself, and all the others that visited that night just enjoyed holding him and feeling his spirit. I know that his spirit left his body around 8:30 that night but I also know that Emmett stayed close to us all throughout the rest of the weekend. Brook gave him a bath on her bed and a wonderful photographer from the hospital took lots of pictures for us. Those are what you saw in the slide show and on the table. Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. we finally gave little Emmett up to Sister Johnson (our bishop’s wife) so that preparations could begin to be made for the funeral today.

One of the many visitors we received in the hospital was Shane, one of Brook’s bosses. On one of his visits he said something to the fact that there are no coincidences in life just bumps in the road. And this was a big bump for us. I agree with Shane. There are no coincidences in life and we are meant to learn something from the experiences we have in this life. I have pondered that thought over the last two days and wondered what the Lord wanted me to learn from all of this. As the days since Friday have gone on I have had lots of thoughts clattering about in my brain. To be honest I don’t think I have learned much new information but rather I have been reminded of things I already knew. I know that Emmett is a very special spirit to our Heavenly Father. Emmett had to come and get a body and then return for a purpose that I do not know but Heavenly Father needed him back quickly. I think you have to be someone extra special if even Heavenly Father does not want you to have to endure this life. I know where Emmett is right now. And I know that Brook and I will get to raise him in the next life. Emmett is still my son and always will be because he was born under the covenant that Brook and I made 6 years ago with our Heavenly Father. But I am not worried in the least about him. I know that he is in the company of his grandparents and other family members that have passed on. On Saturday as I was driving home to change clothes and grab some things my mind was mostly blank. Out of nowhere a strong feeling entered my mind and heart that there is another son waiting on the other side. As I pondered that impression I saw in my mind’s eye a picture of Emmett sitting with a group of children. They were asking him all kinds of questions. Two of the things they asked him over and over again were what was earth life like and what were mom and dad like. Emmett is with his other siblings right now helping to prepare them for their turn to come to our family and that thought is comforting. I love my Father in Heaven even more after this experience than I think I did before. Heavenly Father and Mother are real. They are there and they are aware of all of us. There is a plan for each one of us. I know that as much as I know that I am standing here. I am thankful for my temple covenants. It is because of them that I will get to see my son when I leave this life. Emmett has reminded me of how vitally important it is that I stay close to the spirit and try to keep myself pure and unspotted so that when I do move on there will be no doubt in my mind that he will be waiting there for me to pick him up and hug him again. And I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Memories of Emmett Michael Cederstrom: Part 1


By His Mother Brook Ann Cederstrom

It was an early spring day around 8 months ago when I found out that I was expecting a new baby. After nine months of trying to get pregnant, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I took my pregnancy test. The next few months were the hardest that I have had being pregnant I was constantly nauseous and I got really dehydrated. For some reason I didn’t tell hardly anyone I was pregnant for a long time. For some reason the whole thing didn’t seem quite real. We drug our feet telling people we were pregnant but when we did this is what we posted on the blog.

We are excited to announce that we are expecting Baby #3 in late December 2009. I was 14 weeks on Monday, and why I decided to wait to wait this long to DECLARE IT TO THE WORLD I don't exactly know except due to scheduling errors at the doctor's office (as I grumble expletives under my breath) I was not able to get in until today. For some reason, even though I have been puking my guts up for almost a month and a half now, it didn't seem real until I went to the doctor… (WARNING: now that the news is officially "out" on the blog you might get bombarded with posts about me whining about pregnancy symptoms! Be prepared to filter through all blog posts for the next 6 months!)

The most exciting news we received this entire pregnancy was that we were having a boy. I went into the ultrasound by myself because David was at work. He was going to take his break when I called, but he did not get my message. The ultrasound technician was going a long when all of sudden she said out nowhere that we were having a boy. When she found out that I only had girls she screamed with excitement along with me. I drove straight to Target after the appointment and showed David the ultrasound pictures. You should have seen the smile on his face. If you want to know what a happy daddy looks like than you need a freeze frame of that moment. Along with ultrasound pictures this is what we posted on our blog.

For those of you who haven't heard... (which is most everyone) After having our two beautiful GIRLS we found out yesterday that we are (finally) having a BOY!!! David is sooooo excited!!! It has sure been a lot of fun to get to look at BLUE things.

As the pregnancy continued the kids became more and more interested in Baby Emmett. Ella constantly asked me “what’s baby Emmett doing?” and I would tell her he is dancing, or he sleeping or he’s rolling over. Ella loved to feel my belly, and even though Emmett hardly ever actually kicked her, she always thought he did. Occasionally she would get talking to him. “Baby Emmett” she would say, “What are you doing?” She was so excited to have a little brother.

Being the little sister she was Elena would copy everything that Ella said. I really don’t think that she understood about baby Emmett, but she would talk about him anyway. The only thing that Elena picked up on herself was calling my belly button the “Baby button.” She always wanted to see the baby and beep my “Baby button.”

“Remember the “Kicking times” with joy for the life that was there.” Emmett was always a very active boy in the womb. Although I didn’t notice him near as much during the day, he did his nightly aerobics right when I laid down for bed at night. One night I laid down and could not feel him moving. He just laid there. It took me over thirty minutes of bugging and poking him for him to finally move. Because of this night I went to the hospital to have him monitored. From the second they put on the traps until the last minute before I could no longer feel him kick, he never took a break again.

The last few weeks, I can’t deny, have been a struggle for me. Between my belly growing bigger, the baby kicking, and small contractions I have been very uncomfortable. Tuesday night after a day and a half of having contractions at home we went to the hospital to be monitored. Before we left I was having contractions two to three minutes apart, but I was not dilating. In order to keep the baby in as long as possible I went home to wait. Although I had contractions Wednesday and Thursday, it was Friday when I was at work that my contractions got unbearable. Again we came to the hospital and within an hour they let us know that we would be doing the C-section that day.

The day had finally come, we were so excited. Not long after going into surgery they pulled out our beautiful baby boy and showed him to us and then handed him into the NICU. While I was in recovery they came and told me that the baby was doing great, but he needed some oxygen. It was then that David took pictures of our baby. It was not five minutes after David came back that they came with the report that the baby’s heart had stopped beating. The wonderful staff of the EIRMC NICU worked as hard as they could doing everything imaginable to save little Emmett. I will never be able to express how grateful we are for the amazing knowledge and courage that these doctors and nurses showed trying to save our baby boy.

There came a point that there was no longer anything that the doctors could do. The baby was not going to make it. It was then that we got to bring him to our room. No one will ever know how grateful I am that I got to hold my precious baby at that time. He was so beautiful! A member of “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” came and took some amazing pictures that we will cherish forever. We got pictures of people holding the baby, bathing the baby, and even the baby on his own. Oh how marvelous are the volunteers from this organization. I will never forget all the things they did for us.

As we have gone through this experience my thoughts have constantly fallen back to a few thoughts and or experiences that have happened the last few hours. The hospital staff has helped in these situations enough they knew what we would need and helped us gather so many things that will remind us of Emmett forever. These treasures were not only to remember the short time we were living, but also the times that we got to spend with him after he had passed.

Even though situations like this are always hard, we have all learned a lesson or two from this experience. Two of the best lessons that I have learned came from the mouths of small children. The first was from my nephew who had been surrounded by people saying prayers for our precious Emmett. After he heard that Emmett had died he told his mom “It is a good thing that that baby got enough love while he was here.” Even though the doctors, the nurses, or we as his family could not save him, we could love him and that is what we did.

Another lesson I learned was from my sweet Ella Jean. Ella has had a really hard time, so when we told her that Emmett was going to be buried with Grandpa Gene she asked “But when do get to come out on the grass so we can see them.” We should all look forward to the day when we can stand with those we love that have passed on and see them again. By doing this we will strive to be the best we can and then we will be together again.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Not just for BOYS


Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009


Even though it is just Elena's birthday today, we celebrated early this weekend. First we went to Green Canyon swimming on Friday. It was lots of fun swimming with Grandma Tamara, The Cook's, and of course us Cederstroms! I didn't have time to make cake that day, so we did birthday cake on Sunday at Grandma Tamara's house!
Elena got so many fun things: An Ariel doll, a dress up doll, a pony, and clothes!!
What a fun way to turn 2!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Sometimes kids are so silly! Today I had a "I can't wait to show these pictures" moment with Elena... Can anyone say black-mail?!?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pies Pies Pies!!

Ella is dancing this year and they are doing a fundraiser this month. The money will pay for Ella's dance classes/costumes. Ella is selling 10" frozen pies for $10.00. You can buy Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, Coconut Cream, Lemon Meringue, and Red Raspberry. If you would like to buy any pies I need your orders and money by November 16th.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


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I wish I could get this comfortable in my nice warm bed, let alone on a hard kennel!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elena's Shiny Hair

You might wonder why Elena's hair is always either really shiny or it is matted and disgusting? These pictures are a very good representation of how meal time usually goes with Elena. She eats for a awhile and then it is a requirement to either smear said food in her hair or to put her bowl/plate on her head. I don't know if her hair is shiny because of these daily treatments of gourmet proportions, or if it is because she has to take a bath EVERYDAY to keep from looking nappy!
(P.S. Grandma Cederstrom: Yes, that is a mushroom stuck to her forehead!)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Show me your guns

Ella is doing a Cowboy Dance in her dance class. In the dance they pretend to shoot guns in the air, so when we came home from dance class I told her "show Daddy your guns." She proceeded to put her arms in the air and show her muscles. So... this is Ella

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Moon Party

Last year we went to a "Twilight" party in Pocatello and it was lots of fun, but very expensive. We decided this year we wanted to do our own party and make it cheaper. It is going to be lots of fun. We will have dinner, the movie, and a free T-shirt for only $25. Anyone that wants to come, feel free to let me know we need to get a count ASAP.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Levi Project: Part 3

Elena and I took another trip to Grandma's house today to do some more sewing. This is a picture of the top of Elena's levi quilt. I think that it turned out really cute. Only one more quilt top to go, and then I need to tie them all. Anyone want to come to a quilt tying party.

Random tidbits of joy

This is Elena in her "Mad Bomber" hat. It even has the ball on top just like Grandpa Gene's hunting hat!

These are Ella's "Jesus Feet" that she made in church. She was so excited to show them to us when she got home.
Don't tell Health and Welfare, but Bruno isn't the only one that gets sent to the Kennel when he is bad!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Udder Covers

I saw this great deal on a friend's blog today. Go to https://www.uddercovers.com choose the "Udder Cover" that you like, put it in your cart, type backorder in for the promo code, and pay $8.95 for shipping. You will get your very own "Udder Cover." Usually they are $32.00 plus the $8.95 shipping, so this is a GREAT deal.
(P.S. For those of you who don't know Udder Covers are breastfeeding covers)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ella's first Dance Class

Lately Ella has been watching a couple of different Barbie movies and has become very into dancing around the house. Today was her very first dance class. It was fun watching her, she did a really good job. Her only complaint was that they didn't do enough "Barbie Dancing."

Sunday, September 20, 2009


The Hatcheting of Ella Jean

We had a minor accident today in our house, that left Ella looking like she took a hatchet to the head. It kind of reminds me of when someone shook ketchup and massacred my brother... David was getting leftover noodles for the girls today. Elena decided that he wasn't moving fast enough and pulled the spaghetti sauce off of the stove. For awhile we thought that it was just ALL OVER THE FLOOR until I saw sauce on Ella's shirt which led to us finding the stripe down the back of her head and down the back of her legs. Thus, another Boyle Family Hatcheting Story ends happily.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Levi Quilt Project: Part 2

I am so excited that I am actually moving along with this project. While Ella was at school Elena and I went to my mom's and I finally got to sew!! This is the top of Ella's quilt. It turned out so cute!! Now I just have to put the back on and tye the quilt. The other quilts are still in piles waiting to be sewn, but at least this one is mostly done!! Keep watching for glimpses of the other quilts.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You know your child is growing up when...

Today I was trying to convince my 4 year old daughter, Ella, that taking a nap would be a good thing. (This is David by the way.) Of course, she wouldn't go for it. I thought I could at least outsmart her. Alas, it did not work. In fact she turned the same logic back on me attempting to mimic me. I said, "Ok, you have two choices. You can either take a nap or go to sleep." She responded by saying, "No, these are the choices. I can watch a movie or play."

For crying out loud, she is only 4 years old! I thought I was supposed to have more control over her, at least for another 9 years. Oh well, maybe I should just get used to being relegated to the position of "the old guy that thinks he knows what's best but really has no idea". That way when she officially becomes a teenager it will not be much of a change.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Daddy Torture 101

The other day we were cleaning the living room and Ella was whining a little more than Dave thought she should. To make a long story short she SOMEHOW ended up in the laundry basket upside down. As miserable as she looks in this picture she was laughing and crying like she couldn't decide if it was fun or not!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Levi Quilt Project: Part 1

If you are anything like me than somewhere in your house you have a huge pile of old jeans that you have the best intentions of making a quilt out of someday. We are no different. We have been collecting jeans since we first got married. For a long time we had dreams of making a huge camping quilt like my mom's. Well, after my Grandma died I inherited her huge levi quilt, so I didn't need to make one for our family anymore. Even though we now had our own levi quilt, we still had a pile of old jeans sitting in our closet. The last time that we went camping we put the big levi quilt down under the kids and due to the inclement weather wished we had it to put over ourselves. It was at that point that I decided that for Christmas I was going to make twin size levi quilts for each of our kids to use when we went camping. Usually when I start a project like this I have the best intentions but I get stuck somewhere in the middle. Maybe it is the nesting instinct in me since I'm pregnant but this time I decided I was going to finish the project.
After cutting who knows how many pairs of jeans (I know I have six waist bands sitting on my floor) I have all three quilts cut out now. I just have to sew them and find back for two of them. My mom found this really cool piece of fabric at the DI that I am using for the back of one of the quilts but it will have to be a surprise what it looks like!

Anyway.... Wish me luck and hopefully in the next few weeks/months I will have some pictures of finished quilts to post.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

That's what: Part 3

I realized today that I never posted the results to the WHAT IS IT? yesterday.
Last week we (well, I should say Dave) were looking for something to eat for dinner, and David decided he was going to make homemade pizza. Well, the only things he could find to put on the pizza were mushrooms, bacon, and corn... yeah, I know corn is really weird! I guess they bought a pizza in Germany once that said it was an "All-American" pizza that had corn on it, so he decided it would be alright here too. I really had to get past the corn. I couldn't think about it when eating it. But, it actually was pretty tasty.
So, I guess the closest person to guessing was Tianna. YAY TIANNA!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Hangin' at the Zoo

On Saturday we got to Hang out at the Zoo with The Rowdy Boys! We had a great time looking at the animals and learning new things about them.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What will he look like?

The other day Dave and I got thinking...
What will our Baby Boy look like?

Will he look like Ella?

Will he look like Elena?

Will he have Blue Eyes?

Will he have Brown Eyes?

So, we filled out lots of information about ourselves, and came up with a picture of what we think he will look like. So, after much anticipation....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What is that: Part 3

I know it has been awhile since we played this game. For all of you that need help, you guess what the picture is and on a given day I will reveal the secret. For this particular "What is that?" try to be specific, and I promise that it is not anything discusting like puke.
I will give you the weekend to mull over the detail of this picture, the secret will be revealed on MONDAY!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Stephanie!

This weekend we got to go to our cabin in Victor and celebrate Stephanie's birthday with Dave's family. We all went swimming Friday, some went canoeing Saturday morning, we all went Jackson on Saturday night, and then we ate yummy food and hung out at the cabin the rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma Tamara!!

Today is my mamasita's birthday. (I would tell you how old she is, but it would horrify the small children, and this a family blog)
For her birthday I decided to make her a "Crazy Cat Lady" cake, because of the herds of cats she has living in her yard. We also bought her a remote that is bigger than her head, so that she can't lose it anymore.

Thanks for not killing us or our children!
We love you!
Brook, David, Ella, Elena, & Baby C.

Just Chillin'

Annual Boyle Campout 2009

This weekend we drove up to the forest just past Helena and went camping with my mom and my siblings. Even though it rained the whole time we were there, we had a great time.

The pictures at the end of the slideshow are from our 2nd Annual Boyle-Grand-Kids Unbirthday Party. Since we are rarely together on the kid's birthdays they all draw names and exchange presents at our campout. It is a lot of fun. Don't believe me? Watch the following video...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Go Tigers!! Soccer 2009

This year Ella and I got our first taste of soccer.A few weeks before the season started they called and said that they didn't have a coach for Ella's team. At first I was
really nervous, cause I have never played soccer before but we had a great time.
I wouldn't say that Ella is an expert soccer player, I wouldn't say that she really knows what she is doing most of the time, but she had a BLAST playin' with the other kids!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Playing in Logan

This weekend we went to Bear Lake and saw David's cousins in the shows at Pickleville Playhouse. On Saturday when we woke up it was raining and cold, so we couldn't go to the lake and play. After we ate lunch the weather cleared up a little bit and so went to Willowcreek park. The kids had so much fun playing and we got some really cute pictures. Here are the pictures of us at the playground.

At the park there was also a little zoo. When I say it was a little zoo, I mean it!! But, the kid's had fun and we saw a few animals that the kids haven't seen before.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Blastid Blogger!

Do you ever have one of those days when your computer won't work right? Well, I have lots of pictures that I need to post to blogger, but my online albums won't work today. "Blogger cannot connect today..." It makes me crazy!! I finally have some time to post, and the dumb thing won't work! Oh well, I guess... now that you've had to listen to me rant...
Everything else is going pretty well. We will be really busy the next few weeks, but other than that there is nothing to exciting going on.
Hopefully I will have some fun pictures posted soon.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


For those of you who haven't heard... (which is most everyone) After having our two beautiful GIRLS we found out yesterday that we (finally) having a BOY!!! David is sooooo excited!!! It has sure been a lot of fun to get to look at BLUE things. (Not that Girls aren't fun, but it is fun to have something new to look forward to.) I won't post the explicit picture showing that we know it is a boy, but if you have facebook David has it posted there!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Drown Rat

Generally when you see a picture like this on my blog you would probably think that my children drown the cat. However, if you have talked to David lately he has probably told you the story about how the cat visciously attacked him for no reason. For some reason the cat and David have a different point of view on what is "provoking. David doesn't think that carrying the cat into the bathroom and then holding him down in a bathtub full of water is enough reason for the cat to attack him. What can I say... I already have 3 kids, one of them is just a lot bigger than the others.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Alpine 4-H Horse Camp 2009

Well, it was another wild and crazy year at Horse Camp this year! For those of you who don't know, my mom and I have been volunteering at Horse Camp ever since I was 18 and slowly along the way we have picked up more of the family to come with us. This year Tracy (my sister), Sherrie (my sister), there kids, my mom, my kid's, and me all went so it was lots of fun! Here are some pictures from camp, I hope you like them!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Celebration of Liberty Fireworks 2009

We had a great time last night watching the fireworks at the lake. The kids spent most of the night throwing rocks in the water and getting soaked, but it was tons of fun. The fireworks were great!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Special Delivery

Special delivery for Brook and David Cederstrom and family...
We are excited to announce that we are expecting Baby #3 in late December 2009. I was 14 weeks on Monday, and why I decided to wait to wait this long to DECLARE IT TO THE WORLD I don't exactly know except due to scheduling errors at the doctor's office (as I grumble expletives under my breath) I was not able to get in until today. For some reason, even though I have been puking my guts up for almost a month and a half now, it didn't seem real until I went to the doctor. So, sorry for all those who I have offended by not telling you... I didn't tell hardly anyone. Back to the baby at hand. This picture isn't wonderful because the baby was rolling over a lot during the ultrasound, but we think (crossing our fingers) that the baby's head is facing the bottom of the picture and you can kind of see it's spine near the top.
(WARNING: now that the news is officially "out" on the blog you might get bombarded with posts about me whining about pregnancy symptoms! Be prepared to filter through all blog posts for the next 6 months!)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Celebration of Liberty

Here in town there is a group of people that have started a tradition for the 4th of July called Celebration of Liberty. They started it last year and we have enjoyed being a part of the activities.
Last Saturday was the Children's Parade. (It is always the Saturday before the 4th) Your just supposed to dress up your family is red, white, and blue and march down Main Street.
Last night my mom and Lisa performed in a program that is also a part of the Celebration about the Constitution. There was lots of music, a reinactment of Patrick Henry's speech "Give me Liberty or give me death", and some really good speakers. Glenn Rawson was the key note speaker and it was really good.
The day before the 4th they do a big firework display at Rigby Lake. It is set to music (kinda like the Idaho Falls fireworks) and has actually been really good the last few years. This year I'm pretty sure the music will be broadcast on KUPI 99.
If you want anymore information about the Celebration of Liberty click here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Andrew!!

This last weekend I got to make my brother a fish cake for his birthday. It was a lot of fun, and I think that it made him very happy! If you want to see a closer look at the cake click here.
Happy Birthday Andy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stampede Days 2009

Once I got the rodeo program done for the year, we had a great time at Stampede Days this year.

Friday night at the rodeo Ella rode a sheep for the first time! She was sooooo excited!!! When it came time for her sheep to leave the shoot, it hesitated and then suddenly jumped. Needless to say she ended up on her face right out of the shoot. She was not very happy for awhile, but as Dave carried her back to the grand-stand he convinced her that it was fun, and that she needed to try it again. We'll have to see I guess.... I guess it was worth it, cause she got a bag of prizes just for riding!
The next day we went to the parade on Main Street. It goes without saying that our parade is definetely a small town parade, but it was a lot of fun. Ella got to ride in the parade with her preschool this year. The morning of the parade Ella asked if she got a prize for riding in the parade (because of Mutton Busting) and when I told her no, she almost wouldn't ride. It was a good thing that a bunch of her friends from school were there to ride with, or I don't think she would have gone!! Little stinker...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Memorial Day

This year we went and spent a lot of time putting flowers on graves for Memorial Day.  Ella got really into it this year, the wind was blowing, so she insisted on sitting the flowers back up that had tipped over.  She also enjoyed putting her own flowers on graves.  The first place we stopped was at the Rigby Pioneer Cemetary to visit my dad's grave.
Next went up to the Ririe Cemetary to visit the graves of my Grandma and Grandpa Nielson.  On the way there we had to play "Bushel and a Peck" because my Grandma used to sing it to Ella whenever she went to visit the nursing home.  That is how she remembers my Grandma the best.

Last we went to the Victor Cemetary to visit the graves of all of the Boyle and Drake side of the family.  It was fun to take the kids and get to show them where all our family is buried.