Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cassidy - the little actress

It's been really fun throughout the past several years bringing my kids on set to work with me. Sometimes they've come along to just hang out with me, and other times they've been hired to act with me. But this time, Cassidy had a job all on her own, and I got to be the tagalong observer! Even grandpa came to watch, just in case I needed to run into work. It was so fun to watch her in action - no shyness whatsoever. Truthfully - my kids had been begging to act forever, but I kept putting it off because I didn't want it to be something they felt pressured to do from me - believe me, I've seen a few too many "Disney moms!" But it's great for them to be able to earn the extra money . It makes it so much easier to say no at the store, "Well if you want to spend your own money on it, that's up to you...!" Now that they've been able to do some acting, and I see how much they love it, I guess I'll let them :) Just better not see any diva attitudes, or there will be some serious renegotiating...!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

La Familia Torriente!!

Just got a copy of this picture that was taken on Rome's blessing day in July. But it makes me so happy to see all of my family together. My incredible parents, all 7 siblings, their spouses and all 15 grandchildren! My uncle Richard used to always say, "You can either have fun or take pictures!" I think we would have agreed with him on that day, however, I'm so grateful to have this picture now. It's a wonderful reminder of what Heavenly Father's Plan is all about - eternal families. I'm so fortunate to have the best family ever.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yikes-It's been a while

Since my last post, I can't believe how much has changed! It's crazy how that happens in our family. There is never a dull moment in the Robey household. Here are a few pictures that show just a few things we've been up to.

How cute is this guy?! That smile melts everyone's heart!

Rome is 5 months now, and weighs 16 lbs. But he's the happiest baby ever, and has the sweetest laugh. Now he's discovered his very loud vocal cords and likes to practice screaming.

Hunter Enoch's 1st Deer!! Made an amazing shot, and anchored him!

The proud papa! He said this was more fun than any other deer he's taken.

Hunter would like to claim this deer, that he helped with. But unfortunately, this one belongs to E's best friend Chris. Hunter and E only helped guide with this Trophy...
Of course E had to have a shot with him too :)

Crazy Hair Day!

Hunter Eugene and I on a field trip. On the way with 100 screaming 10-year-olds in the bus, I was wondering - what am I thinking?! But we had a blast!

Life is wonderful. We have so much to be grateful for.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vacation to Washington and Oregon

For this year's family vacation in August, we drove to Washington and Oregon. We were sad Forest wasn't able to come with us, but we still had a great time. Our first stop was Bellevue, WA, where we stayed with Enoch's brother Hoyt and his awesome family. We went into Seattle and did the fun touristy things, went to the lake, picked blackberries, had a campfire, ate so much delicious food, and had a blast being with family.
Next stop: Seaside, Oregon - one of my new favorite towns! It felt like home to be on the beach. Since it was pretty cold we thought that we didn't need swimsuits, but sure enough the kids wanted to go in the water with their clothes on. I told them they'd have to ask their Dad, who isn't the biggest fan of sand all over the car- ok let's be honest, he loathes it - (I had already given E the, "you'd-better-let-them-look"). Then the look on their faces was priceless when Enoch smiled and said, "Ok." They ran and gave me high fives, saying "He said yes! He said yes!!" I walked over to him with the proudest smile, and he said softly, "You're cleaning it up, you know!"... It was well worth it :)
Last stop: Bend, Oregon to see our amazing friends Jon and Heather. We went to a museum, the best candy store ever, and enjoyed sightseeing. Every time I travel, I'm amazed at all of the places in this world that are so beautiful. I'm also grateful for built-in DVD players, an incredible husband who can fix broken car doors (twice), and memories that last forever!

Snoqualmie Falls

Ye Old Curiosity Shop - and yes, the kids are almost as tall as me, even though that's not much of an accomplishment...

Finally found a house we can really afford!

Lewis and Clark memorial in Seaside, Oregon. It's amazing what they were able to accomplish, but those men didn't have to travel with a baby in the Baby Bjorn ... even though I've decided there's nothing sexier than that!

They look tough now, but they sure were whimpering for the next couple hours because they couldn't stop shivering!

Priceless ...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rome's Baby Blessing

This was such an incredible day!  Little Rome Douglas was blessed, and we had so many friends and family members there to enjoy the occasion with us.  I started crying before we even got to church because I had been thinking about the events in mine and Enoch's lives that brought us to this day.  Even bringing Rome into this world was eventful!  Yet here we are, with this beautiful baby boy who was told in his blessing that he is here to "bond our blended family."   All 7 siblings in my family were there with their children & most of Enoch's family was there. Rome, or "Little Douglas", is named after his uncle and Grandpa Doug who have both passed away.   I know they were here celebrating also.

We almost doubled the church attendance that day!
Enoch's side of the family
My side of the family

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hunter Enoch receives the Priesthood

I can't believe Hunter Enoch is already 12!  When I first met Hunter Enoch, he was 8 and trying to convince all of the other children at the ward Christmas party (including Hunter Eugene and Cassidy) that Santa was a fake! That was the same day that I knew I was going to date his dad (unrelated to Hunter Enoch's mischevious nature)!  Hunter Enoch has grown up so much since then and I have loved every minute of having him in my life.  He has been such an example of strength and faith to our family.  He is the oldest of the boys in the bunch, and they look up to him so much.  Sometimes he gets them all into trouble, but he is always the first to say he's sorry. :) This was such a great day for him, and we are all so proud of the young man he's become.  Hunter Enoch and his dad also went to the temple together for H1's first time, and had a great experience.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Echo Lake, Montana

Enoch really wanted to take a trip for his birthday, so Enoch, Brighton, Rome and I went to Echo Lake, Montana.  It was so beautiful.  We spent time with our good friends Curtis and Mandy, and their families.  On the way back, Enoch got the ultimate birthday gift: He was able to tour both an ammunition factory and a gun making factory.  He was in heaven - even better than a kid in a candy store!

Monday, June 29, 2009

I can't believe I'm 30!!

Since I'd just given birth to Rome and am still recovering from hernia surgery, I'd almost forgotten about my birthday.   And I definitely wasn't planning on celebrating much.  But leave it to Enoch and my amazing friends to make sure I get to celebrate the big 3-0.  At midnight, Enoch took me outside to show me that our house had been attacked with signs and hearts and birthday wishes.  (Thanks Melissa, Lindsay, Jenny, Brandy, and Deanna!)  Then the kids brought me breakfast in bed early the next morning.  My mom and sisters and all the kids - nieces and nephews too - came to have a huge brunch with Swedish pancakes and bacon.  Yummy!  Then Enoch took me for "ice cream" but then decided he was really hungry, so we went to PF Chang's -my favorite - and of course several of my friends were there to surprise me.  I received more birthday wishes and phone calls then I could count -gotta love facebook for that :)  But I can honestly say I felt really loved.  I even got another cake and ice cream party at Enoch's mom's house on Sunday.  I'm extremely grateful to have so many people in my life who love me, and this was a reminder that I really needed.  Thanks everyone!  

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rome Douglas Robey

He's here!  Our beautiful, healthy baby boy.  It took 4 trips to the hospital with pre-term labor, but the Dr. finally let him come 3 weeks early on June 15, at 11:09pm.  Rome weighed in at 6 lbs. 8 oz, 18 1/4" long.  He's been our sweet miracle.  He tried coming on April 21st, with contractions 2 min apart, and I was dialating rapidly.  I was rushed by ambulance to another hospital with a better NICU, and we were told to prepare to have him in the hospital for at least 8 weeks.  We were shown pictures of how tiny he would be, and had an ultrasound that estimated his weight at just over 2 lbs.  I was put on immediate meds to slow contractions down, but nothing seemed to be working.  Needless to say, we were scared to death.  When my father arrived at the hospital, he and Enoch gave me a priesthood blessing, and almost immediately the contractions slowed down, and then miraculously stopped altogether.  The nurses and Dr.'s couldn't believe I didn't give birth that day.  I spent four days in the hospital, and several weeks on bedrest.  I had to go in to the hospital two other times, and fortunately contractions were slowed again.  By June 15th I was already dialated to a 6, and having contractions 2-3 min apart.  So they let the little anxious one come :)  

We are so grateful he's here and we know it's only through God's miraculous hand.  Rome is such an angel, and we already can't imagine life without him!  

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Our June Stay-cation

We couldn't go far from the hospital since I'd had pre-term labor, so we decided to stay in my parent's camper trailer right on the Provo River.  It was simple and cheap, but a lot of fun.  We played games, fished, went into Park City, went to the Olympic Park, kids and E rode the Alpine slide, and then we went to Heber City for milkshakes.  We only had a couple of days, but I'm so glad we did it!  Rome was born just a few days later.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Perspective changes everything

* I was feeling really sorry for myself and the stress in our lives yesterday morning.   But then I attended the funeral of my 83 year-old next door neighbor.   I am so fortunate that I didn't have to bury my husband today.  Ok, I'll admit, sometimes I . . . just kidding babe.
* When I woke up early (reluctantly) to help clean the church to prepare for the funeral, I started off with a terrible attitude.  But as I was cleaning the beautiful building and had the chance to think to myself about all of the blessings that come from attending church there with my family, I realized how selfish I was being.  And I was so grateful that Enoch was there fulfilling his Priesthood duties.
*  I've had a cold and it's hard to breathe.  My head was pounding, and then I think, OK - I'm grateful that I didn't spend the last year with an oxygen tank as my source of air supply like my neighbor did until he passed away.
*  I have an ingrunal hernia that hurts like crazy, and I can't do anything about it until after the baby is born.   But then I am so fortunate that we are able to have children bless our lives.   Plus, I don't get nauseous or sick when I'm pregnant (just tired), so I really can't complain.
*  Last night, one of the kids projectile vomited ALL over the other kids, and the seats, and the floor, and carpet of our car while we were driving on the freeway.  The blessings I realized then are . . . okay I'm not perfect.   I wasn't grateful for anything at that moment. :)

Headshots of Kiddos

Thanks to my awesome sister-in-law Katie, we were able to get some last minute headshots for the kids when my agent called to see if they could come to an audition with me the next day!  Katie you rock!  Thanks for the awesome pics :)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Draper Temple!

When the LDS church opens a new temple, they allow for public tours before it's dedicated.  Enoch, my mother, and I took the kids to the Draper temple yesterday so they could experience it, and see why we love to go there so much.  They loved it!  There have been so many times that I have sat in the temple and felt so close to my Heavenly Father.  Enoch and I have sat together in the temple often to seek answers and guidance in our lives.  Having the opportunity to feel Heavenly Father's love, comfort, and reassurance at difficult times in that sacred place has brought us together as a couple more than anything else.  I'm so grateful for temples and can only hope and pray that our children take the opportunity to experience for themselves the spirit that dwells there.  I'm so grateful to my mother, who has been the most amazing example to me of finding joy in going to the temple.  Love you mom!