Wednesday, December 23, 2009

UPDATE on a Family I've never met

So this is a Family that I happened on through my blog...they are the Nelson Family and they sent his less than one year old boy home to Heavenly father earlier and this is part of there post recently...It's always a good reminder of our work here and our choices we made to come here...anyway I hope you feel the spirit as I did...

Yesterday we went and put some decorations up on Lucas' stone and it looks so cute. The boys each picked a Christmas song and we all sang to him. It was sweet. I'm so glad that we now have something to look at when we go visit his burial site. I had an emotional day today because I was going through all of our pictures on the computer and even some video. It was flashback after flashback and even though I know there is a reason for all of this, I found myself asking the question,"Why him? Why us? It's just not fair!!!" Then I had to remind myself of all that has transpired from this. How many lives he has touched because he was willing to come down to earth and suffer so that others could learn. I truly believe this was a decision he made in the preexistence and he signed up to go through this in order to help others. I am so proud to be his mother and I'm grateful for the things our family has learned. This is my favorite time of year and we are so blessed to have a Savior who was willing to come to earth to suffer and die for us all for a greater purpose. So that we could return and live with Him again someday. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We might go sledding tomorrow with the boys since we received a bunch of snow today. I love snow for the Holidays!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009


I am definitely making this with the kiddos during the break!

Frosty the SnowPuddle Treats
White Chocolate (we used white candy melts)
Doughnut Holes
Rolo Candies
Milk Chocolate Candy Melts (one for each hat)
Fruit Roll-ups
Orange Mike & Ike Candies (or any orange candy you can shape into a nose)
Mini-Chocolate Chips
Pretzel Pieces (for arms)
Wax Paper

Get out your ingredients. Cut Fruit Roll-up into strips and cut snips on the ends as "fringe". These are your scarves. Here's everything you'll need to accessorize one snowman (plus a couple broken pretzels for arms).

Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each. When melted, spread a little "puddle" on your wax paper. Dip a doughnut hole in the melted chocolate and place on your puddle.

Accessorize your snowman with chocolate chip eyes, a scarf, a hat made with the candy melt and rolo, nose, and pretzel arms. Let set completely (about 15 minutes) then serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS for Christmas! This is Cole's favorite Christmas song right now!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

MOnkey House

I read this article and I feel her...I know most days are monkey house and I'm slowly learning to be OK if the floor isn't mopped or the house isn't always day it will and the kiddos will be gone. Do I want them remembering the times I read to them or mopping the floor like Cinderella...I know some of you say my Mom worked in the field, cooked us dinner, raised 7 children under 5 and did it all, well great for her! I am still learning how to clean and organize and find time for myself, my husband, the kiddos, church callings, and school read this!

The Monkey House
In a past episode of Bravo's Project Runway, host Tim Gunn politely rebuked a contestant who had used human hair as fringe in his collection by telling him, "You've been living in the monkey house for too long." Gunn's analogy went something like this: When you first walk into the monkey house at the zoo, what do you do? You cover your nose and think, "This place stinks!" After 15 minutes you've adjusted a bit; "Well, I guess this isn't so bad." A little later, you may not even notice the disgusting smell (though it never actually dissipated).
I often feel like I'm living in my own monkey house. My daily chores get lost in the bustle of other priorities, and I become blind to the stacks of paper on the counter, countless emails in my inbox, and the clumps of dog hair in the corner. I stay in my sweaty clothes for hours after my run, and aside from applying a bit of mascara at stoplights, have no consistent beauty regimen.
I want to take care of myself and keep a clean house, and I know that I function better when I set limits and have less on my plate. But cutting back is hard. I prioritize certain tasks, like making sure my little boy gets mental stimulation, clean clothes, and weird, organic health food every day but am unsure how to accomplish all the other tasks on my list.
And to be honest, not every day is a Monkey House day. Some mornings I hop up, shower right after my run, and dust, scrub and vacuum. Or my sweet husband turns on a movie, hands me a pile of papers and says "Go." I feel a huge sense of accomplishment afterwards.
I think everybody lives in the Monkey House to some extent. Each day our time gets divided amongst our most pressing obligations, and we decide what we're willing to live with (and without). I choose to take great care of my son, train for marathons, and work part-time. I'd love to keep up with daily household chores more regularly, but also realize that means giving up another to-do. Part of having a happy and fulfilling life means recognizing that I'll never get it all done.
I'm planning to start small this month and get dinner ready on time each day. Then maybe I'll sweep the floor. Or maybe I'll just run an extra mile instead.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Leaf jumping what fun...we LOVE this time of year!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

update pictures I am just updating the last month's worth of pictures...these are some vinyl ones first. The one on top is $4 and the one on bottom is $3.50, plus shipping. let me know if you are can choose anything you want to write on it and fonts...Cole's fond is girls are weird.

Ornaments are 4in for $5

this one is slightly over 3 in and I added glitter to the inside this size is $4

This one is cool, square and barely 2 in for $3. Choose colors and I will coordinate the ribbons. These are all plus shipping!

2x3 shabby magnets $2 each or three for $5

Just an idea you can do with a metal bucket and vinyl...(bat font)
The boys...CHEESE!



Gus' friends were star wars

Everyone helping to vacuum!

CHEESE again!

Cole turned 5!

His train table

CHEESE again with Uncle Booey

CHEESE one last time, I think!

Cole's soccer

Love the Daddy!

Sucker face

Pooh, Thomas, Cowgirl!


Sucker face!

This is basically your month of October in revue...I hope you enjoyed them!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! This is always in the back of my mind...our little will come one day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

breast cancer

My cousin is 28 and battling this ugly disease we once thought was an old person Aunt, her mom passed when she was in her early thirties from this same disease. Back then they didn't have the technology to see if it was genetically linked. Now they can and they in honor of both my cousins Cass and Chan who have the gene I am making vinyl breast cancer ribbons and donating a portion to

This sticker is 2 1/5 x 5 1/5 (approximately) and cost $1 plus shipping...interested, leave a comment and let me know!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

What I learned at Conference...

I learned that I don't need cable to watch conference...R's big screen laptop is great.
That the kiddos can make it through one day of conference with out problems as long as they have their own crayons, scissors, glue, packets.
That the kiddos can not make it through day two of Conference no matter what!(maybe next session)
That LOVE was the theme that I took away from Conference this time...say I LOVE YOU more, in more ways, by the things I do and how I act. R had a great Priesthood session and is aware of his roll as a Father and what may need to be done sooner than later.
I learned that Elder Bednar's children were just like our children are now.
I learned that G likes to fold his arms and pray all the time.
So that is some of what I learned, what did you learn? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I know it isn't here yet but it's never too early to plan for the future and this can be yours for the small price of $7.50(plus shipping)...this vinyl measures 4x26 and is in orange, put it on your door(see example) or on a painted board...such a fun addition to the beginning of the holiday's!

PS...notice the pumpkin?

Friday, September 11, 2009


Today I am remembering...mostly of the events of this day eight years ago...I was working with the babies in my class, 6 1/2 months pregnant, just starting to get uncomfortable in my pregnancy and then hearing the first trade center building was hit...just thought it was an awful first I didn't think more then owe those families I felt sad for them...then the second building was hit and I panicked...the city panicked the nation panicked...parents came to get there children, I remember one mom worked at the court house and her husband came and said they moved everyone to the safe house...I thought should we have a safe house, what am I doing having a baby, bringing my sweet girl into this, what were we thinking...I had to call Rob and he calmed me down...reassured me that things will turn out alright in the end, he reminded me of the covenants we took the year before and that no matter what happens we will be together forever with our beautiful children...I love him so!

So as I remember that day and I look at those images and I remember how I felt or what I was doing I thank Heavenly Father for the greatest comfort of knowing no matter what happens here on earth there will be a greater and better place that I will end up, with my family which is the whole purpose of this journey right?

Monday, September 7, 2009


Picture day was Friday and I took these before they left for school that day! I love my kiddos!