Sunday, December 19, 2010


she was 2


1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

Do we just skip count as we get older? 

0 - 9

It seems more realistic that way.

I love this little girl more than melted butter. 

If you haven't just eaten melted butter straight out of the pan, well . . . good for you, I guess. 

But it's good, learned that from my mama.

This little girl has a bit-o-my mama in her too.  (not so much the butter, but other good stuff!)

Love her.  Happy to have her.

Happy Birthday, baby.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

fall happenings...

...on this cold, wet, white day.

What?!  It's December?

Where's my memo?

Christmas?  Okay, seriously have to go now.

p.s. Can someone tell me how to change my font color/size, I can't find the color changing thing anymore. Maybe the snow wiped it out with the rest of me? What?...what did I just say? what does that mean?!

Where's my money? my list?

What should I get for Christmas?!

I think I'm outta toilet paper.

What year is it?

Is your homework done?

We're homeschooling?!

Who's having a panic attack?!

"Cookie, Mama?"

"Oh, yeah, thanks, baby."

...'kay, I can do this now.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

more sum'time

cousins!! I have a blast doing a photo shoot with my neice, we went and took pictures of my two girls and one of her little sisters. How cute are they?

What's life without a car show?
(I dont' know what's come over me; my writing's so rusty with my summer sabbatical. Sabbatical? Sure, why not?)

Water. Water makes me happy. Except for the whole nausea thing that happens to us all when walking on a sound . . . what are these things called? docks? planks? Just thinking of it...I'm gonna have to shoot for the bathroom. 'Cuse me.

It's not just me, right?

Clearly, it's not Thanny and his friend Rachel. Not to be confused with my Rachel who did NOT sprout a head of hair over summer. Though she is spouting a bit of a mohawk. Very girly, I assure you.

I had the fabulous priviledge of attending the sealing of one of my friends from my young women days in Twin Falls this summer. Aren't these sisters beautiful? I was so happy to see them. I love 'em more than water. And they don't give me nausea.

How nice is that!

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Summertime, summertime

bit o' hiking

nieces and food

nieces and puppies

nieces and's the stuff summers are made of!

I'm pretty sure I have nephews, too. I'm just not sure I have any camera-ready nephews. 

I will get back to my blogging, I will, I will! Just gonna play a little summer-highlight-catch-up. I've missed my blog.

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Friday, July 9, 2010


I've kind of been dreading heading to this place and attempting to catch up on all the meanderings of the past month or so. In part because I would have to admit that I have no life 11 months out of the year, when I'm blessed with oodles of blog time.

But I'll go ahead and save myself the embarrassment of admitting such things, by not even mentioning it. 



Anyhoo.  Here's a shot of me peeping Jane out my very own window this morning.  Or is that not what that means?  Today is always a good place to start. I was to leave to my parents place today with my massive (to some) family of eight. Unfortunately, the van protested. And won.  She's cranky like that.

I'm a big girl though! I can take it.  We just moved onto the red car, red's been good to us.  And he was all gung-ho right up to his AC fix--I dunno what goes on in that place, but he fell apart on the way home.
I feel for him...kinda.  Mostly I'm just scowling.

Running down the line . . .we're going with green tomorrow. It starts, isn't full of sliced and frayed wires, and we relieved it of it's pack-rat stash. I had only a slight vision of driving with my hood on fire. That's gone now, so...hopefully we won't blow up. 

That'd be nice.

I didn't mean to devote so much time to the beasts that clutter our driveway shield our home.  Quite frankly, I shouldn't have even mention them...I think they're just doing it for the attention anyway.
Or am I getting all my kids cars issues confused?


Okay, today. Right.  Focusing here.

Today is about the men in my life. (Boy am I ever grateful I can stay on task...I know what I mean and I just do it. I don't stray from nuttin'. Anything. [I really, really want to use double negatives--it's just the problem of the nails-on-the-chalkboard thing it does to me] I was saying...I focus...)



Got it.

My little piggies.  Don't mind that I refer to them as little piggies, k?  I really am kind.  Well, kind...a.  I'm just looking to entertain myself.  Cause I have nothing planned for today, cause I'm supposed to be on VACATION!   That's why.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Piggy.  I love my little piggies. 

This little piggy has some naaaasty pink eye today; I think you can do nothing but agree--it's even worse in real life..  (Perhaps the cars were only looking out for my mama's eye health...but I've moved on from them, right?.)   But.  He's showing his manly-hood (have I mentioned he is taller than me now?  yes, after making me stand back-to-back and measure incessantly on the wall for endless days--he's finally made it.) by getting out and doing yard work despite the blur and pain.  I'm pretty sure it's maturity and not the million dollars we're paying him to do it.

My next little piggie (I like the 'ie' better) has a new found independence, humor, maturity, and good-naturedness.  He usually goes to his room once a day just to play by himself for a spell.  I think it's super sweet.  Maybe that's just cause I'm his mom? 

Then this guy...I just gotta srtay from pig here (the appeal is fading fast).  Where did it come from anyway?!  It was never there was it?

I love that he's always trying to make things work for us.  He's playing mechanic today.  He's like the brick house of us all.  (What is it with pigs today?)


Bacon--that's it. I have peppered bacon in my fridge. I've never tried it before, but have heard great things said of it. I love it when dinner comes to me out of the middle of nowhere. See--focusing and staying on task is completely over-rated. If I'd been focusing, in an hour (oops...three minutes!) I'd have no idea what to make for dinner. Now I have it. Pancakes, eggs, bacon. Scratch the pancakes--toast is faster.

Before I go off to indulge my taste buds.  Here's another reason I love the main man:

His girls are wrapped around his finger. 

And he loves his boys.

And me.


Wee-wee-wee for now.  I'm gonna go drown my car sorrows with pig fat.   Peppered pig fat. 


Sunday, June 13, 2010

little charmers

So several months ago two of my girls, who we shall call, oh, let's say...Hannah and Victoria! were busy writing away at the table.   They were busy whispering, drawing, writing, rolling up their scrolls and tying them with twisty-ties.  I didn't think too much of it; I just took a breath of contentment in at their working together and went about whatever havoc I was creating at the time.

 A few weeks later when I was straightening their room, I ran across 25 of these little babies in a basket.  And I admit, I was a bit excited to peer in on what was surely a warm fuzzies type of plan. 

Pfft!  So much for those rose-colored glasses.

I was left wondering how many of the neighbors had recieved one, and couldn't help but peer out the blinds whilst arming myself with oven spray.

Well, that and wet-my-pants howlin'.

Stable Girls

I see you mistreating your animals, am I right?  I've seen you put a gag on her, and have her take it off until two weeks/days. 

Tell me the truth, are you mean to animals? 

Animals are meant to be nice to, not to push around.  We keep them for fun, we don't keep them for being mean to.  If you are that way, fine be mean to our kind and gentle friends.  If you are that way . . . you are very, very mean.

Hannah and Victoria  (what happened to all that gusto?!)


(imagine happy horse drawing here)
Well, they told them. 

Their love of animals runs deep.  Here's a picture that Ellie took the other day of Megan with Tex (Uncle James' dog, and Allie).  They decided they like the second picture because it "looks like they're helping these animals in this poor, poor place."  It's their dream.  What can I say? any more oven spray?

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's happened

My baby. A toddler.   As much as I love toddlers and all their mischievousness and fun-loving discovering, I'll miss my baby. Who am I kidding? I miss her already.

Just last week, I picked out her clothes, the sweater wasn't noted.
Just last week, she giggle-squeaed, her hearty laugh well-hidden.
Just last week, she fit snug in my arms, I wish I'd held her longer.
Today as she was skateboarding, I cracked and soaked a tissue.

I've been doing okay with all the "firsts" of my last baby.  The smiles, "love you's", high-fives, steps, thank-you's and kiddes.  I just wasn't planning on this one.  I'm such a wimp!

Time to start marking days 'til grandkids, I guess. 

I know, pathetic.

But, hey! she's still bald, I have that!  :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beautiful Dad

Beautiful faces are they that wear
The light of a pleasant spirit there;
Beautiful hands are they that do
Deeds that are noble, good and true;
Beautiful feet are they that go
Swiftly to lighten another's woe.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

what's up

Scaring animals.  Kidding!  I was nice, I swear it!!  Though I s'pect another mint might have helped.

In case I haven't scared you all off (you can't smell through these things, can you?  please say no!).  Give me another chance, cause I'm sure I can do it.  I can be terrifying, really.  Just ask the kids.  On second thought, let's not ask them, I don't need them disrupting my sleep with nightmares.  I'm thoughtful like that.  :)

Anyway, I'm still not sure why (except I really had a hard time choosing between two blog layouts, and that may have played largely into it), but I made another blog.  I've always wanted a homeschooling blog.  So, that's what I'm kinda, sorta calling it.

 Just don't quote me on that, k? 

Thanks, I appreciate it.

So, if you're not sick of my ramblings yet.  You can get another earful on the new blog.

I hope you at least enjoy the white tushes above.  I must have a thing for them, isn't that two white tush pictures in the last few weeks?

Eek.  Time for a new fascination, methinks.

Monday, May 31, 2010

repeat road trip

We made another trip to Temple Square. There's just something about that place. :) It was neat to walk with two of my girls and show them where Andy and I were married and where we went for pictures.

Seeing them sit in front of the words, no sounds; just the beating of my heart.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

new stuff

I've had fun changing my blog.  Part of my attention deficit charm.  Not to be confused with my, ya know, other charm.


I dunno.

Anyhoo, if you're up for some changes, here's a couple tips.

My friend Diedre showed me how to make my pictures big, I've been looking for that  Here's her tutorial.  I think she's brilliant.  Probably cause she is.

I've also been wanting a less cluttered look to my blog than the scrapbook type ones I've been using.  (We'll see how long this lasts. :))  I ventured out into google land yesterday and ran across this charming site, which is where I got the template and a signature!  I love my handwriting now.  :)  BTW, the link is for the 2-page layout templates...which is what you'll need if you use Deed's "big picture" tutorial.


~sometimes my pictures are too big, and part of it gets cut off (I don't know how to fix that except for changing it from xlarge to large--like I did with the duck pictures)  feel free to chime in with what's probably an html? fix

~~I didn't save my template before uploading the new one and my navbar disappeared, kinda freaked me out.  (Though, I did copy and past my sidebar stuff...but didn't need to.)  It required another html fix...I really need to learn html, that stuff scares me.  But I figured it out! after 20 more gray hairs sprouted, that is. **
~~~I didn't read all her instructions for installing the signature, so in case you miss it . . . after you get your signature code you can install it under "settings, formatting,  post template".

What other cool stuff am I missing?  Fill me in!  :)

**in case you're missing your's what it should look like (go under layout and html) mine said something like--which was something like "nothing -5 important!": 

#navbar-iframe {




/* Variable definitions

If you're crazy enough to try this, you will need a hot bath and candles and chocolate once you're done.  A foot rub won't hurt either.

met some cool families

When we went to my Aunt and Uncle's place (during our Utah visit) I wasn't expecting this sight.  There are geese and ducks everywhere.  They live there year round, how cool would that be?!  Well, except for the poop, unless you're in the midst of toilet training, in which case you might feell right at home.

We learned that the geese mate for life (unless one of them dies--then the other will, I guess--re-mate).  I absolutely love how the geese stay in families.  The father keeps an eye out and lures threatening predators away (not us, yay!) while the mother sits on them.  After they're born, the mother will lead them to water and the father follow them.  Both the mother and father watch over the young til they're ready to leave the flock. 

Geese and their traditional families. 

"The things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." -Goethe

I read this quote today, made me think of families.

Uh, you talkin' da me?

I think we need ta work on our communicatin'

and cleaning
and showering
and blogging
nose pickin'
...5738 other things

But maybe we should start witt the vibes.
Seriously; creepin' me out, loves.

Or, maybe I should give the camera a rest.


Cheap entertainment's my friend.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Road Trip


Can you guess where we went?  :)  It was beautiful!  I want to go back and spend the day there all by myself.  Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  (And I want a wall like that.)