December 29, 2008

movies..movies..movies...

we are a family of movie lovers.  i think we got about 10 dvds for christmas.  a little pathetic really.  some of the most memorable moments in my life are about movies...i saw bambi the night that my niece haley was born.  i saw malcolm x with my brother jeff and it brought on a conversation with him that is very important to my way of thinking about things.  dave and i saw groundhog day on our honeymoon and he chased me around the theater saying something goofy about feet.  we went to see one of the harry potters in the big theater in san antonio where they show the alamo movie.  hot summer afternoons we often escape to the cool dark movie theater to cool down after working outside.  plus it's the only date that i can get dave to agree to.  sometimes i'll see anything just to get out of the house for a few hours.;)  
so i thought i would share my thoughts on a few of the movies i've seen  this past few weeks.  we watched traitor again last night on dvd with don cheadle....i love this movie.  it is a total thinker and it's a little scary but i think he is awesome and i love that it makes me think.  i took dave to australia which i really liked and he sorta liked.  it was a great story, kind of gone with the windish and that little boy is just amazing.  if i could somehow prearrange a marriage with him for maya it would happen.  seriously.  we saw 4 christmases which is a perfect mindless movie that is totally predictable and those two have no chemistry, but it was cute...definately a rental.  yes man was a typical jim carrey movie but we laughed hard.  yesterday we went and saw the curious case of benjamin button.  it is a very long movie.  be warned...we didn't go in with that knowledge.  we liked it though.  it's a great story and they did a really good job, i thought, with the makeup on brad pitt.  cate blanchett is lovely.  the thing i love the most is it is completely original.  sometimes it seems like every  movie is the same.  they have done a good job this year of mixing it up a little with movies.  yay hollywood!
i have been on a complete brad pitt strike for the last few years but this movie reminds me why i loved brad pitt.  not only is he dreamy in a young robert redford kind of way but he really is a great actor when he has  the right role to play.  he did an excellent job in this movie.

 so there you go...there are my movie reviews for the holiday season.  i still need to see 7 pounds and marley and me so let me know how they were if you saw them and happy movie going! 

~saw marley and me and LOVED it!  if you love your pets, especially your chocolate lab named drake that's getting old and gray and deaf, then you better take some tissue...why didn't anyone tell me this?!  anyhoo, i love jennifer aniston and owen wilson both and i loved this movie!!!  sorry pulsipher but jen is the definite winner of the angelina vs. jen war.

it's over...sigh...

we have this tradition that on christmas eve mady gets her birthday dinner because her birthday is on christmas...yup that's right.  christmas.  i know.  so this year dave had the brilliant idea to have a dinner of appetizers.  we had stuffed mushrooms, hooters buffalo wings (i made them...we didn't take the little ones to hooters, don't worry.)  baby quiches, artichoke dip, veggie tray...yadayadayada. 
the big finale was a chocolate fountain...yummy! 
 after that we did our other tradition, the unwrapping of the christmas pj's.  i actually made pants for the little ones this year.  once upon a time a very very long time ago i used to make clothing for mady.  lots of clothing.  then she got older and that wasn't really that cool so i quit. then i found out that it's really a lot of fun to just buy clothes.  now it's all hip to make clothes for little girls so i figured i don't want the two little ones to not be hip and so i made them jammies. ha.  i think i'll sew a little more for them because i actually enjoyed it!  so here's a pic of my girls...notice mad hatters are from target...i still don't sew for her.  she wants me to make her a prom dress...eeeekkk!
christmas morning was magical just like it is every year you have little ones.  is there really many things better than little kids on christmas morning?  it doesn't matter if they get one thing or fifty they are just happy that the big guy came and brought them a surprise.  i love em! mady even said this year that she was more excited to see them then for herself...she's growing up...sigh.  

so i hope that your christmas was as great as mine!

it's a wonderful life...

i am surrounded during christmas time by decorations.  my decorations are special though.  as i looked at all of them this year almost every single one is attached to someone i love or a cherished memory.  i have the one that was the first christmas gift i bought to give out our first married christmas...a little porcelain polar bear sitting on a bell.  i remember buying them for my sisters and brothers and being so excited and feeling all grown up.  there's the little church that i bought in carmel, cali when we went with my sis and bil for my brother's wedding.  my sisters have made me many and they always make me feel loved.  i have beautiful santas that my mom has given me for my collection.  there are neighbor gifts and gifts from when i was in young womens.  i have cute things that my little niece haley has given me and that my awesome bil and sil have made for us.  the best thing about all of these things is that each year i take them out i also take out memories and feelings of love that have been stored all year and are welcomed just like old friends.

thank you!

hello blog friends!  before i do anything else i just want to say a big thank you to my customers.  i don't know if any of you visit the blog but if you do, thank you.  what an awesome christmas season we had with our little business.  i got to ship my pictures to places all over the country and even had my first canadian customer...we shipped to such far off places as north pole, alaska...annapolis, maryland....elbow lake, minnesota...wellington, utah...herkimer, new york... kinston, north carolina.  it's been so much fun talking to people with southern accents, emailing back and forth with sweet ladies from beaver dam, wisconsin, and meeting my blog bff, kristina, for breakfast to exchange pictures. thanks again pulsipher, it was fun.  it was fun to get orders for this picture from husbands to give to their wives....what sweethearts!  it was also great to get orders for this picture  for sons and sweethearts who love the duke,  the women who ordered those were the best, just full of love for those men in their lives.  i have to tell you this story because it brought a tear even to big d....this little lady from a small town in south carolina ordered the john wayne picture to hang in her house.  her husband said that was the way he was going to live his life and when he died of cancer last october they buried a little coaster that had it written on it with him.  she was going to get our picture to hang up so her kids could remember their dad that way.  i know!  my other favorite story was about
 this picture, a lady ordered it for her husband for christmas because it was something he says to his boys all the time.  she was so excited to find something with that quote on it....i love quotes they just stick with ya and teach good things.
anyhoo...thank you, thank you, thank you.  you have all been so great to work with and have kept me busy, busy, busy.  plus you paid for an awesome christmas for my family!;)  i can't wait to work with all of you again.  Happy New Year!

December 12, 2008

merry christmas and thank you...


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. 
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.


The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. 
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.


The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. 
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.


Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. 
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.


"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! 
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..


To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, 
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.


No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. 
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.


I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. 
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.


I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. 
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."


" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done, 
For being away from your wife and your son."


Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget. 
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, 
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

 Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people 
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. 

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

~i have had 3 brothers and 1 nephew that have gone to fight the war in iraq...last christmas we had a loved one spending his christmas away from his wife and sons.  let's all just take a moment and remember all of those brave soldiers who have been willing to sacrifice for not only us but to make our world a little bit better place to live for all.  send em some good juju.


December 7, 2008

tink, tink, tink...are you out there?  do i have any bloggin bff's left that actually come here and visit?  sorry i have been absent for so long.  life is very hectic right now and i have no time to play.:(  luckily it's because i'm fillin orders!!!  YAY!  they will be filled soon and i'll be back.

we are the champions, my friends


once again the mighty VIKING cheerleaders have taken first place!
can you say WINNERS!!
way to go little cheerleaders...you rock.
these girls seriously work harder than the NFL.
they practice three times a day.  
they practice 11 months out of the year.
they are all injured and do it through the pain.
they just rock.
i am proud of every single one of them.

deck the halls...

i have a confession to make. last year i was so busy with dickens festival and getting orders out that i. did. not. decorate. for. christmas. not one decoration on the tree, we were lucky to even have one. it was a sad, sad, christmas at our house. when we decided we weren't going to do dickens this year i made up my mind right there and then that the day after thanksgiving my house was getting decorated come hell or high water. there will be no more years of undecorating at this house dammit. so we decked the halls...it was fabulous. it looks and smells like christmas. ahhh. so i'm going to bore you with pictures. sorry but i think it's the bloggin thing to do.
the skinny little tree in the crock...
it's a must have for all prim lovers i think. 
 at least it says so in all the prim magazines.
i know this is a funky picture but isn't it cool how the lights all reflect on the tin?  ooo ahhh
i even decorated the windowsill above
 the sink...all out this year,
 i have to make up for last year,  you know.
the water on the windows?  the price 
of old windows my friends.
i wish that pictures could really do a
 tree justice because this is a beauty. 
i've said that approximately 100 times
to dave.  he might be sick of hearing it
so i'll just say it to you.
i love this black shelf.  it has become the place
for the holiday festivities and it's nice to
have a place for all of those.

thanks for touring our holiday home...you are welcome back any time.


christmas tree hunting in the wild outdoors...

dave's family has this great tradition of going into the woods and cutting down our own christmas tree.  we haven't gone since maya was a babe but we thought it was time to start going again.  so here are a few little pictures from our adventure.

aunt lori is sooo patient and loves the kids...
they love her too, can you see why? 
 she did this for an hour with them going one mile an hour.
 i guess that means they rode for a mile, huh? i crack myself up.;)  
our mighty beautiful christmas tree. 
funny thing is the only part of that tree
 actually in my house is the part 
above our heads...short ceilings suck.
is there anything sexier than a guy 
who loves 
his kids and isn't afraid to show it?
i think not.





so all in all a pretty good day. the weather was beautiful, the kids had a ball and we got to spend the day together as a family in the mountains. darn near perfect.

November 27, 2008

HAPPY 
THANKSGIVING!

enjoy your day with friends and family...
and be grateful for all of the great things we have.

November 19, 2008

it must be getting winter...

every year about this time i cook up a big ol' pot of my aunt evelyn's chili.  i double the recipe and freeze a bunch and it lasts us through the winter....lots of navaho tacos and yummy chili for cold winter nights.  so i thought i would share my yummy recipe...dave says it's the best around!

aunt evelyn's chili

3 C red beans, i use pinto 6 C water
2 or 3 bay leaves
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 lb pork sausage
3 large onions, chopped
3 garlic buds, minced
2 1/2 can tomatoes (28 oz cans or quart bottles)
3- 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 small chili peppers, i use serano
3/4 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp powdered cumin seed 1 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp. tobasco sauce

follow instructions on beans about soaking.  wash beans thoroughly and cook  until tender with water and bay leaves.  brown meat, onions, and garlic.  add beans along with remaining ingredients.  simmer together 1 hour then cool and refrigerate.  usually best when reheated.  serves 12.  we buy scone dough and then put the chili on top of scones with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes and avacado and make navaho tacos.  

~like i said above...i always double the batch and then freeze most of it.  you need a BIG pot for that though so be prepared.  it's yummy!

imagine if you will...


  • a beautiful fall day in park city...cool, clean, sunny.
  • shopping at the outlet mall with no-one else. no children running around going crazy, no husband bored to death, no skinny little teenager that you feel like you want to buy everything for because she looks lots better than you.
  • the perfect outfit to wear to your husband's work christmas party on sale for 60% off! and it looks pretty dang good on you!
  • no little person having to go to the bathroom, !right now!, which is on the other side of the universe.
  • the heels to go with outfit on sale for $19.99...and they fit just right on your wide feet.
  • finding the perfect jeans at gap...all that 'what not to wear' viewing came in handy!:) and having a 30% off coupon to use on them.
  • taking your own sweet time trying on all of these clothes trying to find the perfect thing instead of grabbing whatever and trying to get in and out with the least amount of yelling and running around by your children.
  • stopping at rubio's in sugarhouse and finding out that they have yummy lobster tacos and eating them slowly without having to talk to anyone or get anyone anything or having something spilled all over the table.

~my friends, this was the perfect day....ahhh. i would like to thank my sponsors of this day, mady for watching the little ones & dave for not making me tell him where i was going and for not giving me crap for spending money we don't have. you are both beautiful people.

November 8, 2008

langston hughes...

I, too

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes.
But I laugh
And eat well
And grow strong.

Tomorrow
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me
“Eat in the Kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed -

I, too, am America.

~when i read this poem tonight by langston hughes it choked me up a little. i know this past election was a controversial one. i know many people are discouraged about the candidate that was chosen to lead our country. it will be an interesting time the next few years to see what comes about.

one of the things that has been awesome to me during this election is this...i have 3 bi-racial girls. they are all varying degrees of african american. i have tried to learn about the people who came before us that made it possible for these girls to be born in a time when they have all of the rights that are afforded to me. there have been so many african americans throughout time that have given great sacrifices to make sure that my girls can ride a bus, or vote, or be able to drink out of the same drinking fountain as every one else. they have made my girls human beings instead of a color. i have tried to teach them that. i am so grateful that my girls have people like barack obama to show them that anything is possible for them. i am so lucky because i will always be measured by my actions and not by the color of my skin. my girls are not afforded that right, but my hope and prayer is that someday that will not be. when an african american can be elected as the president of our country that brings my hope one step closer to reality. so, while i know many of you are not pleased with the outcome of the election...and i know for many of you it has nothing to do with the color of his skin...i am pleased for the simple fact that my girls now have another person to look at and know anything is possible.

November 7, 2008

the couch

ok so this new job is interfering greatly with my blogging! i haven't been able to blog stalk all week and so i am catching up tonight. so i got to my favorite blog 'pioneer woman'and lo and behold her dog is lying or laying (which one is it) on a cushion that looks just like my ugly 70's couch! i say to myself...holy hell pioneer woman has an ugly couch just like mine!!! i am cool, i'm not a dork with a $50 couch and chair from d.i because my idol has one too. then i scrolled down and realized that it was just a cushion off of her nice tan couch which is probably very normal and not spastic like mine. i had a temporary feeling of not being a dork and now it's gone.;) ouch.

November 5, 2008

the first day...

well i made it!  the first day was great...everyone was sooo nice and helpful.  this morning i did a co-drive and just rode with someone on a special needs bus.  then this afternoon there was an emergency with one of the special needs drivers and they called me out...eeeekkk!!!  i think i forgot everything that i just learned as far as buttons and lights go.  i did ok driving and really enjoyed seeing those special kids.  so, whew, it's over and now i can move forward.

now lets talk about those kids...wow.  it makes me so grateful that my girls are healthy (or helpy as maya says).  what special parents these children have.  i admire them so much for their strength and patience and love.  so to all of you moms and dads who have these special little ones in your care...my hats off to you.:)

November 4, 2008

sahm no more...

for all of you sweet women who work outside the home please don't read this post because it will make me seem so ungrateful....

i am entering the work force tomorrow for the first time in 4 years.  when maya came to us i had a job i loved at a plant nursery and i did daycare in my home and ran my little business at home. we had waited so long to have a little one that we decided it was time for me to stay home with her and just do the business and be a mom.  i have been lucky for most of our married life to only work part time or do daycare in our home.  dave and i both have always felt that it was important for me to be home as much as possible.  well, tomorrow, my time as a sahm is over.  money is tight and the only way for us to get by is me working.  luckily i have been blessed to find a great part time job that pays well and will work around my husband's crazy schedule.  but damn i don't want to.  i want to just keep staying home.  i want to be here everyday when my girls wake up and see everything they do during the day.  i want to be here everyday when mady comes home from school just like i have been.  what if things change? what if i miss out on things?  will mady still tell me every detail of her day even if i'm not here when she walks through the door?  i know everything will be ok but i'm a little sad tonight.  so, see, it's better that women who work full time don't read this post.  i know they would be thinking,' woman buck up, i've had to work full time for years and you have been one lucky girl to be able to stay home as long as you have'.  don't get me wrong, i am very grateful.  i have always felt lucky to do what i've done.  i just wanted to cry a little tonight and then get on with it.  so i guess that's what i'll do.  wish me luck.

November 3, 2008

Pleasant Grove High School Jr. Cheer Clinic

Mady is doing a fundraiser so that she can go to California for Nationals in March. It's for girls/ boys from Kindergarten to ninth grade.

Viking Tots: Grades k-2($25)
6 hours of instruction and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14  from 6-7:30

Viking Tikes: Grades 3-6($30)
8 hours of instruction and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14 from 6-8

Viking Teens: Grades 7-9($35)
12 hours of instruction, stunting, and T-shirts
November 12, 13, 14 from 6-9

The clinics will be held in Pleasant Grove High School gyms, and the final performance is November 15 at 7 pm. The performances are for friends and family to come watch. parents of tots are more than welcome to come watch during practices and we recommend it.

This clinic is a good opportunity for kids who want to become cheerleaders or even just enter into gymnastics. We focus on basic skills and teach them cheers, chants, dances, stunts, kicks,  jumps, and tumbling. It's fun for the girls/boys and it raises money for the PGHS Cheerleaders so that we can take ourselves to Nationals again this year.

Thanks! For more information call 623-9479 or 796-0635

November 1, 2008

quote...

Whatever you give a woman will multiply. 
 If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
  If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
  She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
  So, fair warning...don't give her any crap.

my friend, felicia, had this on her blog and i had to steal it...she cracks me up!

October 31, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 27, 2008

holy hell guess what i did today!

i drove a big freakin monster school bus!
all by myself, people...from fairfield to american fork...on the freeway and turning and through construction and across train tracks!!  i haven't been that petrified in a veerrryyy long time.  but now i've done it.:)  yay!  now i have to drive 16 hours with an instructor, thank heavens, before i can take the test.  i have a whole new respect for bus drivers, i'll tell ya.

October 25, 2008

holy smack...i got tagged again!

thanks mel...

1o things that bug me:

1. whiny kids
2. people who talk on their cell phones in their car and don't drive well
3. when dave is with me and he talks on his cell phone
4. cell phones period...i guess
5. people who don't take the very best care they can of their kids
6. the phone
7. dave when he's ocd
8. the dreaded 'what's for dinner' question
9. not being able to go to the bathroom without someone bugging me
10. when my house is a disaster

10 things that make me happy:

1. my family, when they are happy
2. a clean house
3. when i'm caught up on everything
4. fall
5. the holidays
6. watching my girls
7. a brand new fizzing pepsi from harts...ahhh
8. camping
9. gardening, when i'm all alone
10. hot baths

i tag....nikki, erin, gretchen, britny & rachel h.

tagged by jack...

i just found out i'd been tagged....i could've posted about that!

8 things i am passionate about:
1. big d
2. my girls
3. my home
4. antiques
5. family
6. gardening
7. my little business
8. creating things

8 words/phrases i use often:
1. i love you
2. see you soon
3. mady, will you watch the girls?
4. hurry up!
5. shit
6. i'll get off the computer in a minute dave.
7.  you're driving me crazy!
8. stop it!

8 things i want to do before i die:
1.  watch my kids grow up 
2.  watch their kids grow up
3.  go to europe
4.  go sea kayaking by the san juan islands when the killer whales are there
5.  see my girls all graduate from college
6.  graduate from college myself
7.  make many, many happy memories with my family
8.  have my house completely finished the way i want it including the yard

8 things i've learned in the past:
1. the past is the past
2. forgiveness is a beautiful thing
3. family is what it's all about
4. i am a strong person
5. take your mistakes and turn them into life lessons
6. true friends are hard to come by
7. not to be judgemental
8. i can accomplish most things if i just put forth the effort

8 things i currently want or need:
1. a good vacation with the family
2. followed by a good vacation with just dave
3. MONEY
4. time
5. sleep
6. a digital camera of my very own
7. my kitchen done
8. an ipod

8 places i want to see or visit:
1. europe
2. africa
3. all 50 states
4. prince edward island, canada
5. scandinavia
6. ireland
7. scotland
8. the mediterranian

8 favorite restaurants:
1. olive garden
2. wingers
3. market street
4. spaghetti factory
5. famous dave's 
6. the little cafe place at mandalay bay
7. the roof at the joseph smith building 
8. the spinning restaurant at the top of the stratosphere in vegas

8 tv shows i like to watch:
1. the first 48
2. c.s.i~the original one
3. the starter wife
4. sopranos
5. criminal minds
6. what not to wear
7. hgtv
8. dexter

tag 8 people:
1. alan
2. haley
3. vanessa
4. mindy
5. tanya
6. glenda
7. felicia
8. mads



well i'm feelin the love people.:)  i'm in a bloggin slump.  what to write about.....

~i could write about how i started bus driving classes this week and they make me be there by 6am.  anyone who knows me knows that 5am is not my friend....but i have to get up then.  yuck.  i have this really spunky little teacher though and she keeps it hoppin.  i'll be driving within the week.  watch out world!

~or i could tell you about the deer hunt last weekend.  it was beautiful and cold and i loved spending time away with the fam in the mountains.  the girls had a ball and i got some good time chattin with the sisters in law & mil. we got to stand around the camp fire...one of my top fave things to do...yay!
here's a few pictures...

over the river and through the woods...
me and the manly man...
the neon orange and shell belt over the shoulder are the new trend for fall.  all of you should rush right out and buy both seeing how i am a fashionista. LOL LOL LOL
my girl and her dad...

~my niece, callie walked down the aisle yesterday and i could tell you all about how beautiful she was.  she was.  i could tell you about my family and how awesome it was to spend time with my brothers and sisters,  who i totally love.  i have this great family where we can go months, maybe even a year or two, between seeing each other and it feels like no time at all has passed. my brothers and sisters are the best.  i also got to see my little nieces and nephews totally dressed to the nines and they were all adorable.  oh and my older brother, affectionately titled 'cowboy uncle steve' because he is a HUGE cowboy was in a tux!  looovvveeed  it!

~i could talk about my husband and his severe ocd problem that he is having lately.  if he vacuums one more time i am calling an intervention.  

~or i could tell you how i tease him about a man crush i think he has on daughtry...even though he says that he just really just likes his music ALOT!  the funny thing is everytime i have gotten in his car since i got him the cd that's what he's playing.  i could talk about that but he threatened that if i blogged about that he would rip the damn computer off the wall and then divorce me. luckily i didn't blog about it, eh?  if any of you tell him that i did i will move me and my 3 crazy kids in with you so you better keep your snarky comments to yourself if you see him.  none of you want that happening!

~i just read a great book 'the secret life of bees'. my sister recommended it and we are going to see the movie next week.  if you haven't read it i would highly encourage it.  i'm not sure if queen latifah is old enough to play august but we'll soon see.  that's another thing i could blog about.

~i hula hooped on a wii last night after watching my sister and niece go to town on the thing.  i could probably give you a pretty good laugh blogging about 3 women faking hula hooping with gyrating hips and every once in a while leaning to the side to catch a fake thrown hoop...it was a funny sight for sure.

i could do a complete blog post on any one of those things up there...but how could  i choose just one?



October 24, 2008

well kristina told me i have to do a new post....hmmm...what to post about.  i'll have to think on that and get back to you.  right now i have a screaming baby who desperately needs a bed.:)

October 17, 2008

secrets

my blog bff, kristina, is running an interesting little post over there at pulsipher predilictions. it's not for everyone so if you are easily offended i wouldn't go check it out.  she's doing this thing where you can post a secret that you have never told anyone and it's all anonymous.  she has like 366 comments over there at last refresh.  the things that people are sharing are amazing to me.  it's like they can finally say it out loud, or online:), and no-one can judge them or talk about it or tell the whole world because you have no idea who said it.  it's cathartic.  people have shared things such as they pick their nose (i had no idea how many people do that!), sex secrets, marriage secrets, job related things, even how they secretly think they are hot.  the most amazing thing to me is that most of these women are mormon and they all have the same problems.  problems that you would in no way think that other mormon women are having.  it makes me kind of sad that we are so scared to let down our guard for fear of being judged by others that these are 'secrets' that we don't tell anyone.  i've even put a couple on there that i have never told anyone, even my sister, and i tell her everything!  i know that we are not all judgemental but don't you always look around you and think how perfect everyone else is and how lacking you are?  i know we all have our problems...blah, blah, blah but why can't we trust each other more instead of acting like everything is great all of the time?  ole pulsipher has made me think about all of these things.  way to go kristina!:)  so, go check it out...again some things are a little graphic so i warned you, don't say i didn't.

October 14, 2008

politics...

here's the deal...i am not a politically savvy kind of gal.  i know who i like and generally know why but as far as expressing these thoughts i'm not so good at that.  i'm not telling who i am voting for because i have no desire to debate my thoughts and choices with anyone.  so, you're wondering, why in the hell are you talking about this then?  i love this election.  i don't think i have ever, as an adult, seen so many people passionate about the presidential candidates.  i think it rocks!  i love that everyone is getting involved and educated about this decision.  we are at a crossroads right now in our country and everyone's vote counts.  on our little street we have the two main candidates represented with signs on lawns.  i love that!!  go little political people...it's so good to see passion.  it makes me feel so grateful that we are able to express ourselves and our opinions...even though i won't do it because i fear retribution from strangers.:)  i'm a wuss but i'm so glad that everyone isn't like me.  yay america!

October 13, 2008

YAY!!!

I PASSED MY BUS DRIVER KNOWLEDGE TESTS!!!!  ALL 4 OF THEM!!!!
dudes...i almost cried at the dmv...seriously i had to hold em back.  i am one of the biggest boobs in the universe so i cry at most things.;)  now on to the training and the big momma driving tests. 
yay for me!

October 12, 2008

a few of my favorite things

the first snow of the season...yay!  i love snow!


this lamp...i love this lamp.
i bought this little lamp at a great garage sale a couple of years ago and it's been waiting for a new lamp shade.  there has been a blank lamp shade with fabric waiting to go on it for a month.  i have an unfinishing problem and i finished it!!  so finishing that lamp shade is one of my favorite things today.:)


annoying the teenager...it's definately one of my favorite things to do.;)

these two little whippersnappers looking out the window with their binos at cattle as we drive down the road.  if you look really carefully you'll notice that the young one is looking through them backwards and will not let us fix that for her.  they make me smile; therefore they are one of my favorite things.



halloween decorations on my porch...i love my porch.  thanks dave.

did i mention snow?


hangin with these two ladies anytime, anywhere including the richfield di.

and last but not least...my friend, the bubble bath.  sometimes the thoughts of this is what gets me through the last hour the little rugrats are awake.  those parents who think that bedtime is the best time of the day with their kids are crazy.  by that time of the day my head feels like it will seriously explode if i hear one more whine or cry.  uggghhh!  so this nice warm bubble filled tub of water coupled with some cold pepsi and my new country living are my favorite thing at the end of a long, long, long, day.

October 9, 2008

new babies...

how beautiful is this baby girl...soo beautiful!
my niece mel is 3 yrs. younger than i am.  we had a rough start with each other...she stole my thunder when she was born and took away her mom & dad from me.  it took me a few years to overcome this tragedy in my life.  i wouldn't let her play with my barbies and i used to go to my room and not play with her if i came home from kindergarten and she just happened to be at our house.  i KNOW...what a brat i was.  i got over this in time and then she became more of a little sister to me.  we spent hours playing with her fisher price tree house and her sesame street little play thinger.  i spent lots of time at their house because her mom baby sat me.  i remember the night her baby sister, haley, was born and we went to see bambi and mel cried...she did that a lot when her mom wasn't around, come to think of it.  when i was in jr. high and high school both i lived with them for a little while and mel was my bunkmate.  she shared her room AND her bed with me.  nice girl.  she also made brownies which were very good, especially to someone who doesn't like to bake herself.:)  mel was also a smarty pants...even when we were young i admired her because she was so smart and good. then she went and served a mission which made me admire her more. now little melly is all grown up and has turned into one fine lady.  she married one of the nicest men i've ever met...thank goodness, because i couldn't handle it if she had married someone who was a twit.  they have a beautiful sassy little mama named siona...who acts very much like her mom...the sassy part. and then little isley was born on monday.  is she just gorgeous or what?  i'm saying yes.  i haven't got to see her yet.  i'm waiting till dave goes back to work this weekend so i can go see her and have all the time i want without an impatient man bugging me.  i can't wait to see her and smell and feel her little softness.  hmmmm i love the babies, especially when they are nieces and you don't have to take care of them in the middle of the night.:)  so there you are, i am once again a great aunt...hahaha...get it, GREAT aunt....pun totally intended.  thank you mel for all the years of being my little sister/niece and for giving me beautiful little great nieces.  you are an amazing woman and i admire you more and more all the time.

~haley...i totally stole this off of your blog...hope you don't care but it's such a beautiful picture!

October 8, 2008

handbag give-away

enter to win a free handbag here....handbag planet.

October 2, 2008

this makes everything ok...

so because my morning was a rough one my sweet husband, after 20 or so minutes of begging, agreed to take me to one of my favorite places in the world, strawberry.  and he took me to breakfast.  what a sweetie.  and on the way home he turned around to go past a house that i wanted to see, which was beautiful.  i KNOW, so much sweetness for one day.:)  
for those of you who don't know what strawberry is, first of all if you live in utah, you should  find this place because it's beautiful in any season.  strawberry is a peaceful, beautiful place in the mountains above heber.  there is a huge lake that i have spent many hours on and around fishing with dave and the oldest one.  the two little ones have been jipped when it comes to fishing.  i have also spent many happy days camping and 4-wheeling in the mountains surrounding this lake.  some of my best memories include this area.  so here is a picture of the mountains all golden with fall colors.

well every year round about this time the kokanee salmon from the lake start to swim up the little creek on the south side of the lake to spawn.  they turn this beautiful red color, lay their eggs, and then die and rot on the bottom of the creek to feed their eggs.  (i know it's not pretty people but it's the cycle of life.)  it's one of the coolest things to see and we try to go up every fall.  we were almost too late this year but there were still a few.

they're cool, huh?  well worth the drive. 

and, of course, i had to take a picture of the two little ones with dad.  and would it truly be a blog post if i didn't include it?  i think not.

i'm going to get a little serious here for a sec...
during fall i feel feelings that i don't feel at any other time of the year.  the colors and the beauty takes my breath away and i feel this great thankfulness to my heavenly father for the beauty that he surrounds me with.  i can't for one second think that he doesn't just love us so much...why else would he create a world that holds such beauty?

ok...i had to get it out.  go to strawberry if you can and witness all the wonders of the salmon dying and the fall colors and the cool, crisp air.  you won't regret it.  and thank you big d for turning my f day around.

ouch!

ok for those of you who don't know...i am trying to get a job driving one of these

i know, i know...keep the sarcastic remarks to yourself please.  you know who you are that have them.  i don't want to hear it.  i had no idea how difficult it was going to be to pass the stupid cdl test.  there's a whole lot of STUFF about brakes and s/cam somethings and psi and all this crap that women were not meant to know about.  so i thought that i had studied and then i went to take the tests this morning.  there were 4 of them....i got a on all 4.  i haven't felt that rejected for a long, long time.  that was way worse than being the fat cheer mom who is totally out of style....that happened yesterday.  man it's been a rough week.

September 30, 2008

bloggity blog blog blog

well my girl is a bloggin...whattya know?  she's kind of a smart !@#...a real chip off the old block!:)

September 29, 2008

homecoming...

well the mighty vikes defeated timp...their biggest rivals...at homecoming on friday.
 go big blue! so you know what that means, the big homecoming dance.  of course i had to share pictures of my girl before the dance.  she's the prettiest thing i've ever made so i have to show her off from time to time.  it's a mother's right really.  i have to tell you the thing that makes me most proud of her though.  for the 'day date'  the boys took them paint balling.  there were 4 girls and their dates.  2 of the girls wouldn't do it!  can you believe that?  luckily the 2 that did were mady and her good friend brei.  yay mady & brei!  way to be tough girls.  AND they whooped trash and didn't get hit once.   it's a proud day for me.:)  i didn't raise a wimpy girl.  yay me!  so here are the pics...



September 17, 2008

shanna...

i'm going to talk a little bit about my mother-in-law, shanna.  she just had a birthday so i figured it was a good time to chat a little about her.  shanna is one of those women...you know the type...meant to be a mom.  her whole entire life revolves around her 12, yes 12, children.  add to the mix 11 daughters/sons-in-law, and a bunch of grandkids.  she is an amazing lady!  she has more energy at 60ish than i have and i am far less then 60ish!!!  seriously, this lady never slows down.  dave's biological dad left when dave was about 10 and she raised 8 kids pretty much by herself.  she is one of my heroes.  not only did she raise these kids but she did a fabulous job.:) then she married a man (who is a sweetheart) that had 3 kids and then they had one together!! i know!!! she's giving and kind and sweet.  plus she has a GREAT smile!  one of those that you just love to see.  she takes a lot of grief from us and still has a great sense of humor about all of it.  we like to tease her because she lets us.  she's a great grandma and the kids love her.  so i just wanted to let you know what a great woman i have for a mil.  i've spent a long time as one of her 'kids' and i'm glad that i married her son so i could have her as part of my family.:) love you lady.

* i made this little apron for her and wanted to show it off a little cuz it's the first one i ever made.:)

September 16, 2008

September 15, 2008

miss you

dave just got back from being gone for a week.  i can tell you now because he's home, i'm a little paranoid about people knowing i'm alone.  so i thought i would share a conversation we had while he was gone.  i call right in the middle of training with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes...

me: i miss you so much
him:  i wish i had a tape recorder
me: why?
him:  so i could tape you saying that and play it back to you the next time you think i'm  being an @#$hole.
me:  i wish i could tape you the next time you're being an @#$hole and play it to myself while you were gone so i wouldn't miss you so much.
*laughter on both sides*
him: love you
me: love you too

i guess it all depends on the perspective, eh?

September 13, 2008

my maya girl...

how to explain miss maya....hmmm.  my maya is the sweetest little girl you could ever know.  she is chock full of love, kisses and hugs and constantly saying the sweetest things to me.  she can share and take care of other kids, especially her little sister.  then there is the other maya.  she comes out when things aren't going her way.  example:  she wants to stay at the park, she wants a lunchable at walmart, she doesn't want to go to bed, peyton has something that she doesn't want her to have...you get the picture.  then this scary little wild animal comes out.

i think that she probably looks a little like the wild scary beast in the book 'where the wild things are'.  i'm not sure though.  the scary little wild animal comes out at the most inappropriate times....in the middle of walmart,, at the zoo, at the park, at zupas at lunchtime, anywhere really...she's not picky about where she freaks out.  it's not so bad when dave is there to help, unfortunately he's not there most of the time when it happens.  my sister, ginny, is also very good at helping maya through these fits of craziness.  she can calm her down.  today the scary little wild animal came out at the park, and wouldn't go away!  she was there while we drove to 'harts' so that i could get the magic potion that helps me deal with the wildness. she was there the whole time we drove home, there was kicking and screaming and gnashing of teeth.  there may have even been some hitting and pulling hair on herself.  i try really hard while i'm driving to just pretend it isn't going on.  sometimes i am good at that and sometimes i'm not.  we came home and the little wild animal went to her cave and had a nice little nap.  while she was napping i decided the best way to remember why i love the little girl was to do something nice for her.  isn't that supposed to work?  i think it did.  when she woke up my maya girl was back...whew!  i made her this little dance bag and the whole time i thought of all the good things about maya.  there are so many after all. 

September 11, 2008

my little diva

little miss diva peyton had her 2 yr. dr. appt today...when i told the girls we were leaving to hurry and get ready this is what she came out with...jacket, purse & sunglasses.  the kid makes my heart smile, she is such a girly girl and we are not a house of girly girls.  i love it.

this is the pose...
i thought i would just share a little smile with you...if this doesn't make you smile you need a checkup because somethin ain't workin right.:)

September 10, 2008

i'm in a funk...

i don't know if funk is a real word but i think i've heard it used before. i'm in one of those places where i kind of have no ambition to do anything but there is so much i want to do and sooo much i need to do. do you guys have those times? what do you do to get through them? share, please...i need some help.

September 8, 2008

these are a few of my favorite things...


yummy chocolate soup...only the finest ingredients to be found in the backyard, made by the world-renowned chefs, maya & peyton.

maya's first lost tooth...


i got this awesome glass cookie jar from my sister....it had belonged to her mother-in-law, marge, who was the most exotic woman i've ever known...now i've learned that she was eccentric but when i was young she was exotic.:)  anyway i thought she was awesome, they lived in a house on frat row in slc and that was also very cool to me....i'm rambling.  so i love this jar...it means a lot to me...and i love these vintage jello molds that i picked up at the most fabulous garage sale ever from a very cool lady who got me turned on to hammered aluminum which is also one of my fave things...rambling again, sorry.  so put the two together and you've got one of my favorite things in my whole house.:)


these little muscles are also one of my favorite things in my whole house...
i know that you all are in deep envy over my couch but please refrain from rushing here to steal them!!  they are definately one of a kind.  i call them retro...it makes me feel better.:)


antique windows that are done.
windows instead of plastic.



what happens when you leave your two little ones with their cheerleader big sister who takes them to a football game with her....does that just make you smile or what?  it does me.

well thank you dear friends and family for letting me share a few of my favorite things with you.

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