Monday, April 4, 2016


We went to Disneyland in February.  It was as magical as usual. :)

Miss B met Thor (WP and I traveled to Asgard with was epic, also Thor is super tall).  We had a blast in all our favorite places and rode all the good rides (the new Star Wars Space Mountain was epic).  We worked the Fast Passes expertly, Miss B, WP and I watched a Tangled play, and we each enjoyed some of our favorite treats.  I enjoyed a rest at my favorite spot in New Orleans Square which I always try to sneak in. We also finally got to experience Cars Land and goodness it's cute.  I LOVED it.  The Radiator Springs Racers ride was fabulous and the whole set up was stinkin' adorable.  Disney sure knows how to work the themes!  Q finally got the courage to ride the big roller coaster (California Screamin') and then didn't want to do anything but that the entire rest of the trip!  Goodness.  WP enjoyed the carousel, naps wherever he could get them and snack time.  Actually he loved it all.  He's a pretty easy going kid.  Except for the gorilla we encountered on the Tarzan Tree House. One time whilst the big kids and dad went on the Indiana Jones ride, I decided to literally RUN up the tree house holding a hefty baby and a camera.  I was afraid the family would return quickly, but I don't know what I was took ages for them to return.  Anyway, WP really didn't like the gorilla.  It scared him silly.  And then my poor calves were sore for days I tell ya.  It was a blessed, busy, tiring two days.  


Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Day My Baby Went to Prom

My baby up and went to prom on me!  She is far too grown up these days.  Sigh...  

She had so much fun though and it was a blast getting together with all of the aunts, grandma and my cousin (who did her hair and makeup).  We laughed and laughed as she got beautified.  

She went with a friend in my hometown so we traveled up for the date.  We had been wanting to take the kids tubing and so took the opportunity to do that on Friday before the dance.  The kids and dad went up the mountain to the ski resort and had a blast night tubing.  There was even a conveyor belt to get back up the hill, they just hopped on and rode all the way up!  They all LOVED it- the tubing, the pretty snow, the conveyor was epic.  I stayed back with the babe and hung out with family which was great for me as well.

On Saturday, Miss B started the day paint balling for the day date and then had Thai food for dinner.  The dance was in a car dealership's ballroom and she said they had a live band complete with saxophone and piano even.  She was in a great group and enjoyed getting to know them as she'd never met them before.  She loved the entire thing!  It was so surreal helping her pin on the boutonniere, take prom pictures and send her off.  It literally feels like I was going to prom a few years ago.  It's so cliche, but time certainly speeds by when it comes to your wee babes! We were also QUITE worried about finding a dress but we ended up with a perfect one (after a little creativity and a sewing machine)!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I've had a few frustrating days lately.  I think I have allowed myself to get into some negative habits...which have seeped into my job as a mother.  I don't like that and it makes me even more frustrated. And instead of trying to blame my negative feelings on everything under the sun, I finally realized a lot of it had to do with simply my own attitude.  I have not been blogging a lot lately and while on one hand, I have felt more free in my time, I have also missed the journaling aspect.  I really enjoy getting my thoughts out and thinking things through. So with that, I am going to try and be more patient (but firm), deliberate in my actions wth regards to parenting, stay positive and enjoy and embrace the small things as well as blog more often! Here's to a more pleasant me. And because I really love lists and accomplishing them, I will add the list that's been hanging out in my head of things to do around the house. I've already finished or started a few of them!

My GOALS for the year
Say something uplifting to each family member every day. 
Make a family motto. 
Keep a gratitude/blessings journal.
Read scriptures daily. 
More consistent family scripture study. 
Schedule temple attendance. 

Add board and batten to dining room and paint.
Get a new system for bills. 
Go through stuff and organize.
Paint entry hall and doors.
Add collage to master bedroom.
Move silhouettes above piano (in oval frames) with a quote on chalkboard. 
Hang hall collage. 
Build shelves in family room. 
Order blog book. Work on at least two more. 
Project life- scrapbook with app and/or with physical photos. 
Implement "The List" for kids devices. 
More smoothies and jumping jacks in my life. 
Make better afterschool snacks and lunches. 
Work on garden and bonus room. 
Plant a peach tree. 
Paint front door and fix trim on the outside. 
Paint pantry door. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Location Scouting

I've been location scouting and trying like crazy to find a new spot.  I've gone out 3 separate times driving through the desert and tromping with a baby, camera, crate and sweating like a beast trying to find a good spot, set up ANNNND get decent pictures of a one-year old all by myself. Not an easy task I tell you...but I did finally end up with some good photos. I also left a little ladder way out in the hinterlands and forgot about it for four days.  Luckily it was still there when I went back for it.  Which is good because it is turquoise and I really love it.

For the last set of photos, I took Q and Dennis to help haul stuff and get the babe to smile, which was a lifesaver and genius of me! And we found the cutest little wooden and worn maraca out in the was perfection for a prop and to keep him entertained.  What a cute babe he is too.  And what a glorious location...I shall be back for sure.

"Please mom, no more pictures- I'm begging you!" Haha

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rustic Cabin Birthday Party

For WP's first birthday bash, I chose a sweet little wintry, cabin theme...because he's only one and I can pick right now...which is so wonderful.  And actually, I've been planning on using this type of theme since he was born!  Luckily there were so many decorations out there this year that matched perfectly.  Target had the awesome banner and the most fun paper straws you've ever seen!  They have paper deer antlers sitting at the top of the straw.  Seriously- who comes up with these wonders at Target??  I made some cool 3-D tree cookies with cookie cutters from Ikea and we ate cookies, hot cocoa and cake after our lasagna (because WP LOVES lasagna). He finally dug into his smash cake after carefully picking at the raspberry and whipped cream at the top, but then he really went to town and I had to scrub his highchair for 30 minutes the next day and spray it off with a hose.


I took him out for a little photo shoot in the cotton fields one day and he fell in love with eating dirt clods and wasn't very pleased when I took them away or made him leave- but he sure loves that trapper hat and giggles when I put it on his head!  His little one year old self is so charming these days.  He loves fleece blankets and will find them in the laundry room and begs until I give him one and then he says "ohhhhh" and cuddles into it in the most heart-warming manner in the universe.  He is walking really well too.  He started at about 11 months during Thanksgiving.  He was motivated by brooms and dogs (a couple more of his favorite things).  He is still really tall for his age and in the 95th percentile and becoming more average for weight as he slims down with all of his walking.  Gosh we like him lots and lots which is good, because he is starting to make more and more messes and keeping me very busy!

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