Thursday, December 17, 2009

Warning Label

Most things have a disclaimer nowadays and so should my blog! It isn't for bragging or complaining; for me it's about celebrating life's joyous little moments. If you know me at all, then you know I am a little too intense and probably get too heavy most of the time. This blog is my way of keeping it light. I am not perfect and make more mistakes than times that I actually get it right. Maybe one day I can make some progress. Hopefully one day, you will say that I pulled it together and it will be true.

Since I am being so honest here, I must confess that my five year old daughter had to taste soap on her birthday. I know it is a complete reflection of my parenting that she even knows this word, so I hate to admit it, but here it is. The day of Ruthie's birthday party her sister Bekah got into her party treats well before the start of the party. Ruth felt deeply betrayed and conveyed that emotion with the animosity a soap star would have been proud of by stating "You Witch." Now use your imagination and insert a different letter to the beginning of that word. You are saying to yourself "What, sweet little Ruthie?!" Yes, it's true. Out of all my children she has had a disposition to naughty words. Next time mommy will have to fast forward Olivia talking to Claudia that way. Does Clear play work for soap operas? I will keep you updated on ours as the next little offendor to use that word gets a hot sauce/soap combo!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

parlez vous francais

Coleman asked me for help with the Nintendo DS, but I couldn't figure it out because he was playing in French. Then he was curious why I was playing a game on my laptop and I asked him didn't his mommy play games and he said no. Ruthie said that I did play games since I had my baby out and I didn't have a fat belly anymore.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Art With Heart

These cute dancers helped raise money for Shriner's Hospital by performing at Art With Heart. All of the routines were so cute and the girls have the best teachers. Ruthie and Bekah are working on a Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy number for competitions next year.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Photo Shoot

My girls got their hands on the camera for a photo shoot of their new dance clothes. Thanks to Grandma Sam they are sporting their new uniforms for dance class. Sammy is a fun grandma to shop with and she spoils the girls generously. They are so thankful for her and I am sure it reminds my mom of the time she talked her grandma into buying her a pair of white gogo boots that her mother wouldn't get. Thanks for the new school clothes and dance clothes! We sure appreciate the new threads as you can see by the smiles here!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alphabet Gratitude

America's freedom
Babies chubs
Cars with tvs
Daddies that know how to swaddle
Every last drop of diet coke
Forever friends that make you smile
Gorgeous vintage linens & clothes
Happy hair days
Ice cream, chocolate of course
Jason & Jack
Kisses from kiddos
Lemon zest in salad dressing
Mommas good cooking
Naughty little girls stories
Posts by inspiring bloggers
Quitting bad habits
Rachel, Rebekah, & Ruthie
Vases of roses from the garden
Walking doggies
Xtra sleep
Zero drama

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Seven Canyons

An Officer & A Gentlewoman

The Larvia Family is one of our dearest friends from Jason's Navy days. We were stationed in El Centro, CA home of the Blue Angels. It was exciting days there with a Walmart and a Sizzler. Jason and I both moonlighted as servers at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort and worked on our Associates Degrees. Friends were hard to come by because the enlisted crowd was a little rough around the edges and not very many married couples. There were a ton of characters, but our longest lasting friends have been Eric & Jerri Lynn. I remember driving 45 minutes to Yuma with JL to go to Target and maybe even the Red Lobster. She remembers the first time we met at a BBQ and I asked her name 6 times which I didn't remember doing of course; obviously. We rotated hosting eachother for dinner. They moved bases to San Diego and we would visit often especially when their darling Emily came along and could entertain us with her brillaint inteligence. Once every few years we get the chance to meet up and revel in the changes in each of our lives. JL is a very dedicated mother and wife. She just oozes kind service and creative talent. She has stunning eyes which she has passed on to her children. I admire her devotion to her faith and family. Hopefully, soon we will meet up in Old Town!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Grandpa's Workshop

The kids had so much fun at the cabin in Park City last weekend. They were especially delighted when grandpa let them create projects from the scraps of wood. He kindly assisted them with drilling and hammering to create signs for their clubhouses and even a mailbox. Grandpa Bob is a talented craftsman and thankfully shares his skill with his family.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

1st and 2nd Days of School

Bekah started on the second day as did all the first graders. She can't believe how long school is when you are there all day! She never eats her sandwich that I pack her, but amazingly never forgets the treat. Rachel is a big fan of the crushed almond butter and our homemade peach jam. Our trees have been brimming with apples and peaches which we have greatly enjoyed. Ruthie helps momma bake and care for Jack while the girls are away, and even sneaks in some time on the Wii playing All Star Cheer Squad. She is getting quite good at making her bed and keeping her room neat and tidy. She has had a few playdates with the neighbor boy and her cousin Briley both of which are not very enthusiastic to watch her model her new dance clothes and watch her tap dance in her new tap shoes again and again. Jack is eating like a madman that has been without food for days. His daddy has a special way of putting him to sleep that momma just can't figure out. All in all we are settling into our back to school routine quite well.


Jack Jack getting a Sunburn

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Write His Will Upon Our Heart

More often than I should, I let things get too heavy and focus on the wrong things. I am especially grateful for blogging and the amazing way it touches my heart. Two of the following posts have reminded me of the sweetness of gratitude and the power of focusing on the right things:

This is going to be Raw & Long

I am grateful for a wonderful husband that provides for our family in every way especially the most important way. He always makes me laugh and forget my tender little heart aches. He sings me country songs and dances with me in the kitchen. My beautiful girls are kind, and at the same time they are wild and creative. Little jack is a mad man for his momma and slows me down so I can take in the beauty of life without rushing to check things off my list. I am spoiled with lots of family and genuine friends. Thank you to the many of you who remind me of the good news of this life. Today especially, that thanks is to Becky and Stephanie.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Ruthie licked the white cream filling out of each individual cookie in an entire package of oreos. Then she carefully stuck back the two chocolate cookie pieces of each one and placed them into the cookie jar. Needless to say, Jason was quite disappointed when he tried to eat some oreos.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sweetie or sweet talker

Last night Rachel thanked me for all the fun stuff that they do like swimming and dancing. I was quite astonished that all of my efforts to entertain the dollies amidst keeping our new little man alive were finally being recognized and appreciated. Then I looked at the clock and realized it was nearing bedtime and Rachel's earlier request to stay up late was echoing in my mind. Bekah followed it up with some impressive gracious remarks and Ruthie agreed that I was the best mommy in the world. Did I really make an impression on my children or are they blessed with Daddy's charming gift of persuasion? At any rate they stayed up super late and I ended the day thinking I could possibly be the living up to my "non-stop fun mom" title one of Rachel's classmates gave me during field day.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Romance Novelist or Criminal

This morning I was braiding Rebekah's hair and she told me that she wanted to live in a mansion when she grows up. I asked her if she was sure because that requires so much cleaning and she replied that she was going to have a maid. She further said that when she got divorced that she would get to keep the mansion and her husband would get the kids. Except she would like them on Mother's Day. This way her mansion would stay clean and the maid would have more time to serve her tea. I can't wait to see how these kids turn out. Some really weird things being said here and I am not sure if they are brillaintly imaginative or if our parenting is somehow missing the mark.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bike Ride & Road Rash

Bekah has been working hard on learning how to ride a bike with Jason. There has been some very serious injuries almost incurred until last night when one actually happened. Bekah ran over Ruth with her bike.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thanks Neenie for Blogging!

My dear friend Neenie hosts The Pink Teapot Etiquette Blog and she recently had a giveaway that I won. I promise it wasn't rigged! I won postcards which I used to announce Jack's birth. They did a fabulous job at I am so excited to share them with you and recommend their work. Becky Kimball took the pictures and I am so thankful she graciously helped me get these photos for Jason for Fathers Day. You can see more of her talented work on her blog .

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Party Planning at its Best!

My super talented friend Brittany launched a party planning business One Charming Party. She has Bekah's Vintage Glam Barbie party posted on there among several amazing parties. She also has a blog with fun information on her mad entertaining skills. I recently asked her advice on some wedding favors and this is the scoop she gave me:

The four biggest trends that I've noticed in wedding favors are eco-friendly gifts/donations, cookies or other desserts, regional inspired and homemade jams.

I'm including some links for you to see what I mean. If this isn't what you are looking for then let me know and I can round up some more ideas for you. Hopefully this will get some ideas going though.

regional favors:

cookie favors:

cookie favor from etsy (she sent me a sample and these are awesome, she can make probably anything in any color):

jam (scroll down to the elderberry jelly pic):
more jam:

tons of blue and brown here:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jack in his tanning bed!

Little Jack had high bilirubin counts and had to tan in his bed of lights for a couple of days when he came home. It was very sad not to be able to cuddle him and have to let him rest in there, but we are so thankful he is all better now and we can giggle about these cute pictures.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Famous Author

My sister in-law is going to be a regular blog contributor. Her first article brought tears to my eyes. It was very touching and I look forward to reading her column regularly. You can check it out at Better Way Moms.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Young Update

So things have been a bit crazy around here as we have welcomed our new little boy Jack into the family! I am working on a post with pictures so stay tuned in! Today, Rachel got to go show off her riding skills for Spanish Fork TV's outdoor show which is featuring the Utah Ponies of America Club. Ruthie went with her and first prepared her own breakfast which consisted of 2 carrots and 2 chicken dinosaurs (sick). Bekah told me she needs to get some more fashion clothes because there is nothing in her closet that she wants to wear. Jack is in his suntanning bed; hopefully, for the last day as his jaundice count is on the way down!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

At 2 am it all makes sense

Last night, around 1:30 am I woke with some contractions. I decided to do some yoga breathing and positions on the floor in the dark to relax. I remembered a couple of years ago doing yoga in the middle of the night. I was really stressed out and took a shower to relax my muscles. I have a rod in my back for scoliosis and yoga helps me a lot. After the shower, I tried to release the trigger points in my shoulders by doing the plow position. It felt really good and I stayed there quite a long time. So long, that I couldn't get my feet to come down from back behind my head. I was stuck in the plow position and I thought at that moment how it might have been a good idea to get dressed after the shower in case the paramedics have to come rescue me stuck, dying in a contortion. I finally was able to release the position and laid their with my back spasming for a very long time.

That was the last of my late night yoga sessions until last night. With this giant baby in my belly, plow position was way out the range of possible positions, so I was relatively safe. As I practiced breathing in childs pose my mind wandered to my dream which had Greg Kinnear pointing. What was he pointing at? So disturbing, because why is he even in my dream. I couldn't resolve the question. The name mericek keeps coming to me, but when I google it I can't find anything. I love to go to dream to interpret my dreams which you shouldn't read too much into but I find very interesting.

I wondered if Jason realized I was laying on the floor for two hours and hoped that he would wake up and walk past me so that I could grab his feet from under the bed reinacting a scene from a horror movie. I love to hide and scare him. This would have been the ultimate. Alas, he did not wake and I calmed myself enough to return to bed.

Birthday Party for Bekah