Thursday, July 31, 2008

Death Marks

I took Mia with me to run errands after Seth got home from work today. We were talking and having a good time when Mia said, "Ow! That is going to leave a death mark." I asked her what she said and she tried to explain, but the traffic and air conditioning were working against our conversation. She then says, "You know. On Barbie and the Pauper, Barbie has a death mark."
I began to giggle and told her that it was really called a birth mark. She told me that she "didn't care what everyone else called them. She was going to call them death marks!"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another give away.

I found some cute hair clips up for give away. Go here for a chance to win.

Give away

Everyone loves jewelry, amirite? My very talented Friend makes jewelry and has just opened an etsy shop (or is it Shoppe?). She is having a give away. I have been the lucky recipient of a few of her amazing creations and I promise you won't be disappointed!

All you have to do is go here. Leave a comment and BLAM-O! You are entered. If you do decide to enter, please mention my name because I get an EXTRA entry if you do!

Again, I know you will not be disappointed if you enter. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Diaper Give Away

I am almost a little reluctant to post about this because it could lower my chances of winning, BUT I will definitely do it for another entry. Baby Cheapskate is giving away 12 3.o bumGenious diapers.

I have been using cloth diapers on my youngest and I really love it. I would really love to win these diapers so go and sign up as me and win them for me! =) (kidding)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Maybe you know?

some of my photos, when I click on them (on the blog) they enlarge. Most of them lately do not. Do you know why?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Party for Ellis

We celebrated Ellis' birthday yesterday because Seth didn't get back in town until yesterday afternoon.

I made these cookie monster cupcakes. Ellis liked them. He calls them "Elmo Monster Cupcakes", followed by a very cute RAWR.

Grandma and Grandpa came. It is so fun to see how happy they were that Ellis loved his little $.10 phone/calculator. He likes to stick it in his shirt and ask me where the phone is.

Our friends and neighbors handed two cars down to us. These were the hit of the night. It was nice of them to give us 2 so that the boys wouldn't fight over them. Ellis was so funny. He wanted to go a lot faster than he could propel himself so he would make some random noise and one of the older kids would run over to give him a push.

The strangest thing happened, Ellis went to the doctor on Tuesday and got his shots. The whole day on Tuesday he just wanted me to carry him around. When he got up on Wednesday, he was really limping and he would cry if he was standing. None of the other kids ever limped even the day of getting shots. He was just fine during his party and has been since. I don't know if it was because he remembered the pain and was limping from that memory, or if he was really still in pain.

Gordon also got shots and he didn't cry at all. He was just looking forward to getting a band aid. I was so proud of him.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


My kids are upstairs right now playing "Life". I was just finishing up the dishes and I heard Jared say, "I can't wait until I am married! Can you Mia?"

I remember playing life as a little girl. One horrible game, I went through without any children. When I got past the last "baby spot", I started to cry (I wasn't crying as much as I was bawling my head off.) and I don't really remember wanting to play again since then.


Did you know that they are building a light rail station in West Valley City? I cannot wait for them to finish! With the price of gas these days, it would cost me 1 and a half gallon to go to my favorite friend's house in Sandy!

I seriously get excited every time I drive by the road construction.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Storm

The kids were out swimming in the wading pool and I was sitting on the swing watching them. We heard a lot of thunder and finally, it started to rain. It was so fun to watch the rain splash in the pool. It started raining hard in no time. I had a few errands I wanted to run and since most of the sky was blue, I figured that the rain would stop by the time we got to our destination. We loaded into the car and headed to the post office. I didn't get far and the rain was just pouring. I turned on my lights and kept going. I had gone about 3 miles and visibility was very limited. I pulled over to the side of the road and turned on my hazard lights. Next thing I knew it was hailing. The hail and rain hitting the car was SO loud. I couldn't really hear the kids talking to me. I looked in my mirror and Mia was near tears. She was so afraid and wanted to go home. I went the rest of the way to the post office and the water was just rushing down the street. It was going so fast and was getting deeper and deeper.

We were about halfway between our house and Grandma's house so I decided we would go there. Just as I made that decision, I drove out of the rain into this beautiful sunshine and we just went and finished our errands.

This reminds me of a couple experiences. When I lived in Texas, these rainstorms were the norm...especially in the summer. I had just bought my first car. It was a brand new car. I REALLY loved this car. I was on my way to work one day and we had this crazy storm. People were getting stranded. I stopped in at a pawn shop to wait it out. Someone came in and asked me where I was headed. I told him and he informed me that the roads were clear all the way. I had some things I needed to get done, so I went to the office. I finished what needed to be finished and headed for home.

I obviously went home the wrong way. The intersection was flooded. There were cars stranded and people pushing them. I was stuck, I didn't know what to do. I came up to the light and it turned yellow. I remember thinking, "If you follow the laws, you will be blessed." so I stopped at the light. While I was waiting there, people were pulling up in cars similar in size and they were floating, couldn't get traction on the road. Here I was in my little Honda praying my heart out. I looked down at the passenger side and there was water rushing in through the floor boards or the door frame, something. I felt like crying. This was my new car! The light turned green and no one around me could start going. Still praying my heart out, I slowly pushed on the gas, while watching the water rise in my car, the tires were slipping. Again I pushed on the gas and slowly I start to get traction. I made it through the intersection and didn't have any trouble the rest of the way home. I stopped in at a car wash and vacuumed the water out of my car. I took the car to the dealer I bought it from and had my warranty with (wasn't covered) and they did an inspection. They kept telling me how lucky I was because the electrical panel was located on the floor of the passenger side and there were no problems with me car. I know for sure I was watched over. In hind sight, I may have run the yellow light, but I know Heavenly Father helped me get traction when cars the same size and bigger were having difficulty moving. This was a good lesson to learn.

My second experience was while I was very young. I spent the first 10 years of my life on a farm. I remember that the day was hot and we were playing in the sprinklers in our swimsuits. My older sister and I were told to go turn of the water (Wheel lines). I went in my swimsuit. (I remember this so well because I am still surprised that my dad allowed me to go all that way in just my swimsuit.) We had just gotten to the main line and it started to hail. There was no where to run for cover so we high-tailed it home. The lesson learned here? Always put your clothes on before leaving the house. You might call this a life lesson. =)

Monday, July 21, 2008


These pictures make me happy:
Borrowing Mia's camera.

Gordon with a runny nose.


Today Ellis is two years old! There were definitely days I wondered if he would make it to two. He has had a pretty bad year and has been sick for most of it. I think because of this, he has been babied. Even though Ellis long ago mastered the stairs, he recently has started standing at the bottom of the stairs and crying if anyone goes up the stairs without holding him. He will stand there with his arms up and say, "Hold you?"

Some things Ellis likes are, talking, making messes, throwing his diaper away (He will cry if I don't let him), running, galloping, singing, dancing and saying prayers. He is eager to say, "I love you." His favorite song is, "Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree." He has a funny sense of humor and likes to get a laugh, he will talk in funny voices or make silly expressions, until we laugh.

Ellis is a sweet boy and we are lucky to have him in our family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I am the Nursery Leader in our ward. I have really been struggling with this calling because I did not feel like it was inspired. It felt like it was more of a convenience calling. I finally admitted this to my husband and he told me that he thought I should bring my concerns to the Bishop. I got home from a wedding reception tonight and there was a phone call telling me that the bishop wanted to meet with me.

I told Seth and he said exactly what had been running through my head since I heard the message, "I didn't tell him and you didn't tell him. Sounds to me like he was inspired."

Monday, July 14, 2008

"Gordy smo Gordy"

Gordon loves nicknames. From the moment he could talk, when people would call him "Gordon" he would say, "I'm Gordy." We often call Mia "Mia-bo-bia" and Gordon has picked upon it. Lately when I ask him his name he will say, "I'm Gordy-smo-Gordy!" I overheard this conversation this morning:

Gordon: "My name is Gordy-smo-Gordy."

Mia: "Uh huh."

Gordon: "G-o-r-d-q-v. That is how you spell Gordy-smo-Gordy."

And now because he is so cute, here is a picture of Gordy-smo-Gordy.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

We had a productive Saturday. I made a birthday crown for Ellis (his birthday is July 21 - so I am ahead on this one!)

Mia wanted to help me make freezer jam and started asking me first thing this morning if we could make some so, we did.
We made some Strawberry.

And some Raspberry.

I think they look so pretty all standing together.

Jared asked me if he could taste the jam, so he had a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. Gordon thought they little glasses of sweetness, so he asked me if he could drink it. He was not very happy that I didn't let him.

Mia's new excuse for anything wrong with her is, "Maybe I ate too much butter."

Mia: "My tummy hurts." (starts to cry)

Me: "Why does your stomach hurt?"

Mia: "I don't know. Maybe I ate too much butter."

Me: "What did you have butter on today?"

Mia: "Nothing."

Me: "What did you have butter on yesterday?"

Mia: "Nothing."

Me: "Maybe there is something else wrong. Do you feel sick?"

Mia: "No, I just think I ate too much butter."

We had so much fun!

Our 8 year Anniversary is on Tuesday, July 15. We went out to celebrate yesterday. Seth took me to the Alpine Slide, which I have wanted to ride on since I was a little girl. We also went on the Alpine Coaster. It was so much fun! The Alpine Coaster is a 2 man roller coaster that you ride through the trees. We were zooming down this little track with just a seat belt to hold us in. It was crazy fun. It was fun just being together and not having all the little interruptions that we constantly have at home. We were able to focus on each other and enjoy the little reasons we were attracted to each other and were married.

Friday, July 11, 2008

More hair

This one I copied from Julie whose little girls, I swear, wake up with cute hair. It needs a little work on my part...the ponytail are lopsided (what are you going to do with a little girl that does not want her hair done?) and the top three twisted ponytails should be in a straight line. Over all, I like this style a lot.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


This picture doesn't do it justice, but my in-laws picked up some WOOL FELT at a yard sale and I am the lucky girl it went to. I can't wait to decide what to do with it.

These are pictures of the CUTE shirts my friend TaLaisa made for Mia. I haven't let her even try it on yet. This will be one of her school shirts and I don't want it ruined until she gets to school (or on the way to).

Woo Hoo!

He did it! We took the training wheels off the bike! Jared is still learning how to get the pedals going but he can ride by himself once he gets going.

Mia also went a ways on her bike with no help, but I didn't get a picture of it. She was doing great but decided to take a break when Jared did.

We only had this boy's 10 speed bike growing up. I remember that I had spent the night at my friends house (I was nearly 10) and we were going for a walk. My friend asked her sister if I could ride her bike. I was embarrassed to admit that I didn't know how to ride a bike. We walked instead but my friend wasn't happy about it. After I got home, I decided I WAS going to learn how to ride a bike. I took this bike that was much too big for me to the top of the big hill that led to our driveway. Did I mention that this road was gravel? Well, it was. I think I got Karen and Carol to help me get on the bike and give me a little push. I made it all the way to the bottom of the hill before I crashed. I did this several times and considered myself "able to ride a bike". I may have been a little wobbly the next time my friend wanted to ride bikes with me, but if I could make it down that hill, surely I could ride on a flat street on a bike that fit me.

Did I ever tell you about the time I ran into the school fence on the same boy's 10 speed bike? No, well that will have to be a post for another day.

No one went crazy!

We got a Nintendo 64 from a yard sale last year some time. Jared especially likes Super Smash Brothers. We don't let him play it very often because he tends to turn into one of the Characters on Super Smash Brothers and tries to "Smash" everything and everyone. I let him play with Mia today while I got a few things done and he promised that he would not be crazy. So far so good...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hair today.

Mia let me do anything I wanted with her hair. We ended up with Messy buns. I think they turned out rather nicely.