Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Have you been a good little girl this Year?
Bailey has a serious case of the nerves every year when she knows Santa is going to be visiting. She asked me over and over if I thought she had been good this year. By the way does Santa look familiar to anyone? Bailey got up close and personal and still has no idea that the Santa at the church party is someone she knows really well!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Matt's A "Good EGG"

Matt had his 14th birthday last week. Yes, ladies he is now eligible to go to the church dances!! We started off birthday morning at 6:30 am with a birthday breakfast at The Good Egg with Grandma and Grandpa Gooch. A fitting start for a birthday, for a boy, who is such a great kid!

Matt then had his first ever volleyball game after school, he was a beast at the net!
Bailey wrapped up a special gift for him, one of her books...
Matt wanted a four wheeler but we decided on a two wheeler...He got the cadillac of mountain bikes.....

We then went to Maddie's volleyball game....
and then came home and sang happy birthday and had cake.
Really, we could not be more blessed to have such a great kid as Matt. He is a great brother, friend, athlete, and student. He puts up with Bailey and all her demands and we looooovvvveee having him in our family. It has been a fun 14 years so far!!

Matt's stats: He is 6'2 and wears a size 13 shoe, not sure about the weight but definitely on the long lean end of the spectrum!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Got A Feeling.....Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night!!

Yeah, I'll admit it I love that song, we crank it when it comes on the radio!! That's how we started our Halloween 2009....
....Malibu's Most Wanted...
Matt especially loved the t-shirt that he found at Saver's!

Bailey really wanted a broom to go with her witch costume and was wishing it could fly!

Bailey dove right in,literally, in cleaning out her jack o lantern. She had the guts up to her elbows. It looks like she has some wicked idea to do something to Matt...
We hit up the trunk or treat at the church and then did some neighborhood trick or treating with Bailey. Matt headed off with his gang of gangsters to go roam the neighborhood. Maddie was present also, dressed as a hippie, but would not get in any pictures......teenagers!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Who made that great looking banner.....that would be me!!! Just doing my part to pump up the Fireballs.
Water break!!
A little girl talk.....
mixing it up with the boys....
She's got a break away!!!
Bailey has had a fun soccer season. She has so much fun at practice, loves playing all the games her coach comes up with at practice....king of the court, sharks and minnows, soccer ball tag.... she loves it all and has so much fun with her teammates. She's scored a few goals and is a defensive beast. If she scores a goal she gets a reward of chick fila, or buffalo wild wings. Missy loves her chicken!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Football Pics

I got a fancy new camera which I tested out on Saturday at Matt's game. I still have much to learn!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bailey's Lastest Pet

A few weeks ago, Bailey woke up bright and early and went out to check her little garden. She came running in to wake me up to show me the caterpillar she found eating the leaves on her pepper plant. She was so thrilled to have found such a big bug, and could not wait to put it in her bug catcher. This bug was well cared for, she would go and get it fresh leaves to eat, take it out for some fresh air, and it even went on a few walks. She would let it crawl all over her arms. This went on for about a week and then we put it outside so it could make a caccoon and become a moth. She was not a happy camper when she had to let it go! She also caught several lizards this summer that she kept as pets for as long as they survived. She wants a pet so badly she has resorted to bugs and lizards.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Lack of Blog Posts

I am going to be better about documenting our life!! I don't know why I think I have to have the perfect pictures and story to go along with them before I actually sit down to write about it. Every post does not have to be the perfect blog post. I also want to make sure I am documenting both sides of my family equally, it is very easy to talk about my side (the Gooch side) but I have not been as diligent in blogging about Ben's side of the family. I want my kids to have a history of all the parts of our family. I have also been thinking a lot about this past summer. We tried to pack in as much family togetherness as possible before Riley left on his mission. It is still so hard for me to comprehend that we won't see Riley for two years. Gosh, those 19 years went by so fast! Here are the pics from the MTC. That morning we got up, finished Riley's packing, gave him a blessing, stopped for some breakfast and then dropped him off. It went by so fast. We figured we didn't need to dress up in church clothes at the MTC since we only had about 5 minutes there at the most.We stopped at Great Harvest for some cinnamon rolls and a Jamba Juice that morning. They have changed their cinnamon rolls they are not as good as before ...just letting you know!!
Our last hug goodbye......
We took a quick picture before we got in the drop off line......

We took some of Riley's friends out to lunch the day before for one last shebang at the Brick Oven. He only hugged the boys! We love you Riley and are so proud of you!!