Thursday, November 4, 2010


Buzz had a BLAST trick-or-treating w/ his cousins Hallie and Kylie! He LOVED walkin around with his other cousin Laney- thought she was super cool. It was so fun to see him get excited and run to each house...even though he thought he was invited into each home as well...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Broken things to mend...

I watched this video on this blog-
Jefferey R. Holland is one of my favorite apostles- every time he speaks I feel so reasured that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. If you haven't checked out the above blog- do so. It is soooo inspiring. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a child- and yet this video helps me understand that even the littlest of trials or discouragments can be brought to the Lord. No matter what is going on in our lives, the good and bad, we can always turn to our Father in Heaven and His Son for peace. We just need to keep our heads above the stormy water and TRUST in Him!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Start...

above-Nolen and Papa Nolte on our visit to Ut. in Aug.
Cousin William
Three of the five brothers...Bryan, Mark and John (at our family reunion)
Grandkids w/ their cool tye dyes!
The amazing cake my sis-in-law Sarah made for my hubby on his bday- The Office!
Grandma Karen w/ Nolen at Bates Nut Farm

Well- I am going to start blogging again. Even though my blog doesn't look the way I want it to- I am ready to become better at "journaling" our family events:) Since it has been FOREVER since my last update- I will just add a few photos from the past few months instead of downloading EVERY picture I have...simplicity- that's how I roll!

Anyway- stay tuned...I hope that I will get better and better at this and have more fun doing it:)


Monday, August 30, 2010

enough already!

hi there! still alive- yes. just not in the posting mood lately as you can see:) and this one wont even come w/ pictures- sorry! i will get to pictures soon enogh...maybe. but anyway- most of you know by now and if you dont you will NOW- im pregnant- 17 weeks to be exact! wahoo! i look like im 28 weeks pregnant already-probably why there wont be any week by week photos of me...hehe. anyway we are thrilled. i had AWFUL morning sickness and it finally started to go away around week 15 but all of a sudden it surprised me last night- sick as a dog again. what the crap??? other than feeling like i just want to sleep this pregnancy off things are well! like i say- hopefully there will be more posts to come with pictures very soon- cuz we have had a great summer thus far!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 Years!!!

Take me out to the ballgame...


Ok 1- I am not a good blogger. I find my posts quite boring because I post pictures then just give a short, brief paragraph or two about what happened. I really do wish I had better writing skills! Skills people!
2-I don't think I have ever really posted about my husband- not that I dont want to its just again I seem to just post here there and everywhere pics and then write about them. And Owen is not in my everyday pictures a lot- as he should be because he is a good man!
3- We celebrated our 3rd year anniversary this last weekend! Oh so nice to have Nolen dropped off w his gparents(thank you thank you!!!) and to be able to RELAX!!! We got a GREAT deal at the Hyatt downtown. GREAT deal or we would have had a campout in our backyard. We had a great view and enjoyed waking up in the morning on our own- with no Nolen calling for us:) We also went to another Padres game and had sooo much fun! I love summer ballgames- the atmosphere, the game, the crowds, the smells (kettle corn to be exact!) All together it was just good ol fun!
4- I love Owen Dewey Snead. I will forever.

Family time!

My parents were able to come down last week for a visit along with Matt and Lindsay's family. It is always so much fun when family comes to town. We went to the Padres game and they won 18 to 6! 18!!! NEW RECORD! the game was forever long but so worth it! We also went to the beach a few times and Nolen got to know his cousins Lance and Luke pretty well.


cute Ella tired of smiling for the camera...

A few weeks ago Nolen and I had a great oppurtunity to go to Disneyland with family! We met up with the Harbertsons, Valenzuelas, Hombs, and Stuckis! Thanks to Gma Karen and Gpa Jim for taking us! Nolen had so much fun for his first time even though he was bit young:) It was nice to have lots of adults so that I could get away on some fun rides myself. You can see in the pictures my cute little niece Ella. She got all dolled up in Cinderella's castle. Such a pretty princess!

Beach Bum

yay for BEACH weather again! Nolen is LOVING the beach. It is is FAVORITE place to be. He LOVES the sand- it ends up in his mouth mostly! The beach to him is a GIANT sand box with cool rocks and waves that he loves to splash in. good thing he loves it so much cuz so does his mama!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Justin's Bday!

We went to Brad and Katie's the other night for Justin's bday. So much fun to get together with family! Nolen LOVES his cousins!

Donuts and Skippo

Me after my donuts
Sue after her donuts

Gma after her donuts

Whenever Aunt Sue comes down to visit we (gma, sue, owen and i) ALWAYS play Skippo. It's tradition and well its INTENSE at times. Sue and I laugh and get a little loopy while Gma gets in a mood not a lot see- fiesty and hilarious- and my husband gets ANGRY if he is loosing but changes his mood dramatically if he wins to a very PROUD and HAPPY mood. Needless to say- its fun to play together...
We added a kick to our game the other night. DONUTS. oh geez. A whole DOZEN of them. Adding donuts to the game just made it that much more crazy.

*And Mark- I did record on camera a game of us playing the other night- you will have to watch it sometime--pretty funny!

Great Grandma

Nolen LOVES his Great Grandma Nolte! We are so lucky to live so close to her. I really see a sweet bond between the two of them. He just BEAMS when he is with her.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Elliot sat his WHOLE body in this TINY toy! Sooo funny!

I've been able to watch Nolen's good friend Elliot a few times- and boy do they have FUN together! It's so funny to watch them at this age (Elliot is only 3 weeks older than Nolen)- the sharing thing is not so easy! But overall they squeel and giggle a lot together:)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

being HOME

i LOVE being home with my baby boy. it has been so fun to see him LEARN and GROW this last month. today while we were at the park- I swang/swung next to him while he was in his baby-swing- and i just thought how crazy it is that i am at this point in my life- ALREADY! all i ever wanted when i was a little girl was a husband and a baby, and a home. got it. LOVE it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

videos for your enjoyment.

the first one- is mary tessa and nolen having fun

second video is- nolen walking:)

third video- my husband and emily seeing who can get the highest first...who do you think won?

March is gone!?

Nanna with Allianna and Mary Tessa

At Herman Park- awww:)
Tessa and Nolen LOVED playing together:)

Mark and me- a dream come true at NASA!

That's my man- outside the Saturn 5


FINALLY on the bus tour at NASA- talk to us before you do this.

Mary Tessa, Mark and Em

At Kemah

Cousin Simon
nakie buns

One year picture!

For real? March of this year has by far been the FASTEST month of my life! It flew by without me knowing it! wow- life really does go by quickly when you have kids-mom wasn't kidding! Well here is a list of things that happened last month...1. Nolen turned 1 on the 7th! We had a fun Elmo party for him at Aunt Mel's home-thanks to all who came and celebrated with our little boy:) 2. went to AZ to visit the Banners and Harberstons and meet sweet baby Chloe! 3. went to TX FINALLY to see my brother Mark's family. Oh so fun. met mom and dad there too:) 4. Nolen IS walking- when he wants to...still prefers crawling,but is well on his way to the walking world. 5. Nolen waves and blows kisses- adorable. 6. that's it.

Needless to say last month went way too quickly-busy and so much fun to be with family. LOVE these times in my life. so now you may enjoy LOADS of pictures from yours truly. (sp?)