Sunday, December 27, 2009

This is why...

I had to post this picture of the Savior. I felt such a reverence for him when I looked at it.

...and here we go!

DAY 1: Refresh the old
Every good Christmas vacation needs to start with a good redecorating project.
Mine happened one snowy day when my husband had work off.
Paint on the walls, bead-board up, tile is done. Add a few accessories, and I have a new guest bathroom!

Day 2: Where is my Camera???

DAY 3: It's off to church!

Sunday before Christmas, Tayden hated the sweater!

DAY 4: Celebrate!
Shea's Christmas program

DAY 5: The giving of gifts.

Some of the gifts the children received from Santa.

DAY 6: Remember the true meaning of Christmas
Christmas always ends with a journal entry into my little Santa book. I write what was special to each child that Christmas and what we were blessed with that year.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

She's Crafty!

That old-school rap song "She's Crafty" has been stuck in my head for days now. I have been making things, painting things, and gluing things. Every time I finish something the phrase "'She's Crafty" comes into my head. The things I am making aren't that wonderful, but I can't stop myself. My husband also taught me to use the electric saw and the staple gun, so the possibilities are endless. Some of the ideas are my own and some are inspired by other blogs that I follow.



I decided my table needed to be "aged".



Tuesday, November 24, 2009


No you're not seeing things, that is a mullet!
This was taken when we were first adopted.
Count your blessings, name them one-by-one. I couldn't even begin to count mine. I have only uncovered a corner of my own blessing picture and it does surprise me. My blessings do start with family though. I am grateful to a birth mother that gave my sister and I a safe and loving home to be raised in. I am grateful to a birth mother who gave me an older sister and brother that I cherish and love. I have always been blessed and watched over. I have a mother that went to prayer (and does still) often in my behalf. This was a great example to me because I know where to turn when life may be too hard to bare. I am blessed because I have a father who teaches not only by word but more importantly by example. I am blessed because I get to be the mother to the three people I am most proud of. I am blessed because I have a husband that lifts me daily with his humble spirit and dedication to our family.
Only a loving Father would give this to me. Only a loving Father would give me this kind of foundation.

Monday, November 16, 2009

"You cannot ignore the evidence"

Xavier, Tanner, Camie and Tayden

Not a little guy!

We had the opportunity to go to the UCLA vs. WSU game. My nephew plays on the offensive line for UCLA. It's hard to believe that he is old enough to be playing college football. We (my parents, Tanner, and Tayden) were 5 of about 30 fans of UCLA that day. We made it on T.V. though. Well kind of, you couldn't see me because a guy was in my way (and I look like I belong in "munchkin land"), but you could see everyone else!

Then on Sunday we listened to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland at our stake conference. He gave the congregation a apostolic blessing. He blessed us that our prayers would be answered, that our children would be safe, that the men would honor their priesthood, and that those that we know will be blessed as well. Wow, it was an opportunity that I don't see us having again anytime soon. I was so glad that my children could hear the voice of an apostle of the Lord first hand.
THE CHURCH IS TRUE, "you cannot ignore the evidence"!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Hallows Eve

What a fun Halloween we had. First we had Tayden's football game where he made a 84 yard touchdown and their team won 20 to 28. Next it was trick-or-treat time. I really wish Halloween didn't involve candy. Our dentist bill is already crazy. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No Regrets

Recently I attended the funeral of my good friend Tracee'. Though it was very hard to fill the whole she left in all of our hearts, I had a wake-up call. It showed me how short life is, and how important it is to express your love to those closest to you. It is so important to enjoy your time here on earth. Kids grow fast, people grow older, friendships are lost, and new friendships are born. But what matters most is that you never leave this world without making your mark on it.

After the funeral we all got together for dinner. We really
missed Tracee'.
I hope that when it is my time to return to my Heavenly Father that I will not have any regrets with the life I had lived. Love to all those that have made a positive impact in my life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Food, Faith, Family and Friends

Jen made this canister for me. It represents
what I will need for the next year. The four "F"s,
Food, Faith, Friends and Family
The celebration of my birthday continues. I have the most incredible friends ever! Jen Johnson, Amy Olson, Karen Johnson, Megan Lee, Tiffany Harker, and Lindsay Bates had a birthday lunch for me. Jen Johnson (my newest peep) made Island Pork salad (so good) and Karen made some yummy peanut butter brownies (they were good Karen, don't listen to Megan or Lindsay:)!). I am truly blessed to have such incredible women in my life. Thank you, thank you, I don't feel like I deserve you guys.

"Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it,
but only you get the warm feeling."
--Author unknown...or too embarrassed to share their

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This Baby Is 33!

So my birthday is today and I have to say that 30 is actually looking better and better to me. Wow, I can't believe that I am already 33. I am so blessed to have a loving husband that has made it a point to spoil me this year. He decided that I wanted a motorcycle helmet so we could ride together (all his idea). Well that probably won't happen until it gets warmer, and if my mom had her way it will never happen. I think she doesn't want to end up with my kids if Tanner and I are killed while on the motorcycle. Just kidding! (mom I love you) So anyway my husband took me out for dinner last night, and after we actually went shopping. What he realized was that he has been giving me presents long before my birthday. I have purchased shoes, clothes, rings, house decor, all in his honor. Giving the excuse that it was all for my birthday. I love that guy! He should appreciate that he really doesn't have to take the time to buy me anything, I do it all for him. Today he made dinner for me, (Navajo Tacos, YUM) he is a fabulous cook. Maybe I should let him do all of the cooking. Anyway, I am totally in love with my husband, he is my best friend and I am looking forward to many more birthdays with him.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

"You're a mean mom!"

Tay was forced for this picture!
Shea is still smiling.
Tye wants to forget the whole thing.

Thursday morning I decided that I should take my kids to get their flu shots. The previous morning my doctor said that it would be a good idea. So that morning I started to get everyone ready for school, and the whole time I was trying to figure out how to break the news. One side of me said, just show up at the doctors office. The other side said I should prepare them. I decided to go with preparing them. That was not a good choice. Immediately Tye bursts into tears, Tayden said "no way", Shea just smiled. I told Tayden that football hurts a lot more than a shot. So he no longer complained. Tye is still crying at this point and getting louder and louder. So we get into the car, after a lot of protest. Shea is still smiling at this point. We arrive at the doctors office, everyone gets out of the car, except for Tye. So I quickly bribed her and she slowly got out of the car. She is crying very loud, and she is normally a very quiet person. Tayden goes first and flinches a little. Shea gets up and smiles through the whole thing. All the while Tye is getting ready to sprint to the car. The office manager catches her and holds her. Tye is freaking out and when the nurse gives her the shot, she stops crying in the middle of it. So the moral of my very long story is...
no preparation needed.

Monday, September 21, 2009

September 21, 1999

Today is the 10th anniversary
of when I first became a
mother. We love you Tayden,
we are very blessed to have you
in our family.


Tayden with his birthday gifts!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Me, Amie Hull, Amy Olson, Kristen Andelin

I ran my first 1/2 marathon yesterday. I really thought I was going to pass out. I ran with a few of my friends. My time was 2 hours and 15 min. I haven't been challenged mentally like that for a long time. I had to push myself beyond what I thought I could ever do. But I am very glad to check that one off my list! My family was there to greet me at the finish line. It is kind of sad that I won't be running in the wee hours of the day with my girls for now.