Sunday, September 28, 2008


I wish I were reporting that my new ride is the White VW camper Eurovan, but after much research and looking, I've given up on having one (I know many of you are disappointed). You seriously can't find them in Utah. Utahns just don't have good taste in vehicles. Plus, to get one with reasonable miles and year, they are so expensive. VW quit sending them to the US in 2003, so that's the newest one you can buy and they are well into the $30,000's.
Okay, so all that aside I bought a Honda Pilot (w/ the 3rd seat) and I'm excited and loving it. Matt is out of town on a hunting trip and left me the Volvo - which he's thrashed and needed so much work and I went and traded it in for my new ride. When I called him to say, "should I buy it" he was a bit shocked and said, "Myken sleep on it". I didn't. He won't care. I'm sure he'll be excited, but everyone can't believe I did it. I did buy his truck while he was at work, without him seeing or driving it, remember. And he was tickled. He's relieved not to have to look, drive, have the anxiety that comes with buying a new car. I'll keep you posted if his reaction is different than my prediction. I bought Black cause I love it, but the city of American Fork is completely under road construction and it's already filthy. It'll be awhile before I can keep it clean, which is going to drive me crazy. OK enough! I'm going to cruise Main!


I think Zoe's ready for the potty. The other day I got her little one out and she was so excited and went many times. She would go, walk away for 2 seconds and get back on. Olivia was attacking her toilet and getting involved in the training process. Her favorite part was wearing her "my little pony" panties. Hopefully soon. I can honestly say this is one of my least favorite parts of raising children. It's always hard!


Ellie has struggled to decide what to be for Halloween. We were at Walmart and of ALL the costumes they had there, this is what she picked (it was titled BRAINWASHED). At first I tried to talk her out of it, but after a minute I thought, "What's the harm, it'll be hilarious". The funniest part to me is that a 5 year old GIRL would choose this (on the package it say's BOY's Medium). This is what makes her so great and what I love about her. Her quirkiness and disregard for what others think. It's great. So here's a pre-halloween preview of Ellie in her costume!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Okay, Amy tagged me and I'm givin in!

I am.............

*I am....laying in bed, watching Spongebob with my girls.
*I and my kids are getting sick.
*I know....the church is true. (Serious) It's the first thing that came to my mind.
*I want.... more $, which is stupid I know, but true.
*I many things to be grateful for.
*I miss.....Matt, he's on a hunting trip.
*I fear....dying or having my kids or Matt die. (even saying it scares me).
*I feel....grateful for all I have.
*I hear....Patrick and Spongebob arguing and Ellie and Zoe arguing.
*I smell....nothing.
*I crave....Parker's fries and a cheeseburger.
*I cry....all the freakin time. Over just about anything and everything. I think everyone I know has seen me cry at least once. Embarrassing.
*I search...for things I can win lately, sweepstakes, giveaways etc. Embarrassing, but I'm going to win something soon! (THE SECRET)
*I wonder....if Matt's going to kill me when he gets home and finds out I bought a car while he was gone, not a coat or an outfit, but yes a car!
*I regret....not traveling the world before I got married or before I had kids.
*I wish....I could sleep in until noon tomorrow.
*I girls more than anything in the world.
*I care....about the election and who's going to win and what it's going to do to the future of our country.
*I always....get a Diet Coke in the morning. The healthy highlight of my days.
*I worry....about this economic crisis we're in and about getting enough food storage.
*I am not....even close to the same weight I was 3 months ago and am so mad at myself for it.
*I remember.... how relaxing life was before kids and how I miss those days, but wouldn't trade them for anything.
*I is hard and we have challenges for a reason, to shape us and make us who we are and make us stronger.
*I the car when I'm alone - loud, but when my kids are with me Ellie begs me not too. rude.
*I am not always.... the kind of mom I want or need to be. I always want to do better.
*I argue....that being a mom is the hardest job on earth and way harder than just going to work everyday. (Matt agrees)
*I write....notes to remind myself about everything and on my blog. Need to start writing in a journal.
*I lose.... weight and gain it right back. Wondering when I'm going to learn how to maintain.
*I other people's problems a lot and am exhausted sometimes and don't want to hear anymore.
*I don't if something makes you so unhappy, it's so hard to stop doing it.
*I can usually be found.... at Target (or out and about. I can't stay home for long, I start to go crazy).
*I stay home more and stop shopping. I need to start reading my scriptures daily. I need to set a better example for my kids and those around me. I need to do lots of things.
*I forget....what is really important in life and get caught up in things that don't really matter.
*I am happy....when I'm productive, exercising and taking care of myself and my family, and doing what's right.

I'm tagging everyone on my bloglist. If your name is on there, you better do this!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Ellie and I were having a conversation about Eskimo's for some reason yesterday. I was telling her that sometimes it doesn't get light for days on end where they live and we were discussing how awful it would be. She was asking questions that I didn't know the answers to and I said, we'll have to GOOGLE it. She asked what that meant and I told her that Google is on the computer and it will answer any question you have. After a brief moment she said, "Awesome, so we can google how Heavenly Father was born when he was the only person on the earth". I can say I was stumped. I told her we'll have to wait and Google that in Heaven". It was so cute of her. How does she think of this stuff?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy 33rd Birthday Matt!!!

Matt turned 33 on Friday, September 12th. I just wanted to tell him how much I love him and how I know I'm impatient and not so nice sometimes, but I do love and appreciate him so much. He works so hard to support and provide for our family, all while going to school, spending time with us and being a great father to Ellie and Zoe. He is so good to them and they love him so much!!!!! He has so many great qualities....








Hard Working

etc. etc.

We love you Matt!

My Little Citizen

Ellie has earned her first "Citizenship Award". She came home from school with her gold metal, pencil and Wendy's Frosty gift certificate. She had no idea why she got it, but said her teacher did say "she noticed the other kids were running through the hall and Ellie was walking and behaving like she should". She's Awesome and loving school. It's so fun!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

So Thankful for Friends!!!!!

So I had an epiphany today at work (I'll spare the details, but it was somewhat of a painful one) but my great friend Kat was there to share it with me, or should I say, there to listen to me cry my eyes out and be my therapist. She has a way of making me feel good about myself and appreciate life. She is really amazing! I have shared so much with her and deeply miss our runs, which were therapeutic in more ways than one. I feel so blessed to have so many people I call friends, who are always there to listen to me, support me, offer assistance etc. etc. etc. I truly don't know where I'd be without you. I can't imagine not having my sisters or friends to talk to, sometimes 2-3 times a day. I love you all and am so grateful for you!!!!!


Greg, Kels and Olivia came over and it was time for the girls bath. They wanted "ibby's" to get in with them so bad. These pics were too cute not to post. (How cute does Zoe look?)


It was crazy hair day at school today for Ellie and she was so excited! You should have seen some of the other kids. Where do these mom's come from?


Happy sweet 16 (really) to my sister Alex (wow we're only 17 years apart). She's the greatest. I love hanging out with her and her friends, they're hilarious! She's such a good, nice, humble, kind person and I look up to and admire her in so many ways! She's so beautiful, inside and out. My kids love her to death and I'm sure will want to be just like her when they get older. Love you Alex!!! (just some pics of us celebrating her B-Day! - Ellie felt the need to go downstairs and make her hair crazy for the party?????)

The Mask!

Ellie got some new pajamas (spongebob of course) and they came with one of those eye mask things - I don't even know what they are called. Well she was so excited about it and put it on before going to bed and I was sure she'd have it off within seconds but she didn't. She fell dead asleep with it on and Matt and I were laughing so hard. I went into her room in the middle of the night and it had come down around her neck. For fear, she'd choke in the night I took it off and she was livid with me the next morning. She made me "pinkie swear" I wouldn't do it again!


Every Labor Day we go to Fairview with my Dad's side of the family and camp in trailors, play crazy golf, do some gambling, ride 4-wheelers etc. It's always so much fun. The girls had a blast and were busy and entertained the whole time.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ellie's 1st day of Kindergarten

I can't believe summer is really over and Ellie has already started Kindergarten. (I'm late on my posts because I lost my camera and just got a replacement). Ellie is lovin school and is exhibiting more independence by the day. She did not want me to sign up to do anything with her class and said, "I'm going to do kindergarten by myself". OUCH!!! She also said on her first day (which i took off from work), you don't need to walk me to school, Dad will. I took her to her assessment and went to work and cried to all my co-workers, but surprisingly enough her first day of kindergarten I did really well and it's been okay. I guess I'll survive this afterall.


I can't believe summer is really over. We had such a great summer and the kids have played non-stop. It's been so much fun. I can't even think about the winter yet! AARRGGHHH!!!! Here's a few great pics of the kids - Ike and Zoe doing each others hair! HILARIOUS!!