Sunday, December 30, 2007
Then about noon Kira sent us out to lunch while she watched our kids (the day was looking up). How could I pass up a full 2 hours without my kids. So Cory took me to Burger King for a Whopper (I'd wanted one for 2 days) an then to several local shops. I thought at one point that we should head for home, but he was darn persistent about keeping me out.
Now here comes the part that I'm sure half of you reading this were in on. We got home at about 2 o'clock and what did I find but my house in full Hawaiian garb, and a room full of friends. Can you believe it! A surprise part for little ol' me. It was the first surprise party I've ever had and it was wonderful. There was good food and good company and I loved every minute of it. So I'd just like to profess from the top of my blog, MY HUSBAND IS THE BEST HUSBAND IN THE WORLD! Thank you sweetie from the bottom of my heart.
As a side note I'm told that Kira did a fare share of the work for my sweet boy so here's a big ol' cyber hug for her as well. I love you friend!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Me: So you can breathe.
(5 minutes elapse as I do dishes)
Trace: Mom where's my raisin?
Me: I don't know where is it?
T: (Pointing to his nose) In there!
And so began raisin gate 2007. I spent the next half hour trying to keep a manic little boy to lay still long enough that I could fish a raisin out of his nose, and boy did he get it up there. I got to one point where I thought we'd have to call Cory home from pack meeting and head into the emergency room to have it fished out professionally. What fun it is to be a mom! I guess we'll just add this to the list of things we've had to dig out of Trace which also includes cardboard from his ear, and peas from his nose. I guess I better go, I just looked over and my son has stuck another raisin up his nose!...
(another 30 minutes)
OK the raisin has been extracted and all remaining raisins have been hidden. Have a wonderful Christmas and may it be raisin nose free!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Then there's the dentist. Cory and I finally have dental insurance and I was the first to go in for some work. What fun it has been. Four cavities, all in the front, and one that may end up being a root canal (BLAH). But I only have one more appointment to go and then my mouth will once again be whole.
Cory is still working hard on school and (after much prayer) we've decided that I'll be going back to school next month as well. I'm really excited about it. It will be nice to know that if something should happen to Cory, I'd be able to support our family. Wish me luck, I'm sure it will be a challenge,but one I'm really looking forward to.
This week we also put up the Christmas tree since we'll be out of town all next week. It was wonderful and Jaxson loved it. He played under the tree for a half an hour just cooing and laughing at the lights. It was so stinkin' cute.
I'll close by saying Happy Turkey Day to all. We love you and look forward to seeing you all.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Cory is pluggin along with his MBA and we're hoping that he'll have all his papers done by Thanksgiving. we'll have to see how it goes. He just finished up a huge audit at work and we're grateful to have him at home at more regular hours.
Trace is going on his 3rd week with not to many accidents. I just need to help him understand that he can be potty trained outside the walls of our home. He seems to struggle when we leave home. But other then that he's doing well. He's very excited to be a T-rex tonight and I must admit that trick or treating will be fun this year cause he'll actually understand it.
Kenadee keeps me on my toes. My goodness I don't think that little girl will ever slow down. she's constantly running around the house and getting into mischief. But she's a sweet heart too. I love that little girl. When she decides to cuddle it warms my heart!
Jaxson is doing well too. he's sleeping through most of the nights now and he's smiling and laughing. It's so cute to seem him learning new things. He is adored (sometimes a little to much) but his big brother and sister, and he endures it well. HAHA
I too am doing just fine. I've recently started reading the Kingdom and the Crown series by Gerald Lund again and I love it. It makes me feel so much closer to my Savior and those who lived at the time he did. What awesome books.
Well it is time for naps so I will close. I'll post more pictures later of Halloween. Love you all!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Jaxson now weighs 12 lbs 1 oz and is a happy little boy. He handled immunizations well and she says he looks wonderful. He's in the 50th percentile for length and weight, but his head is off the charts at 120%!! Funny huh.
Kena is 21 lbs and again very happy and healthy. Shes at the 10th percentile for height and weight and again is in the 97% for head size! The doctor said she was glad their heads didn't look as big as they actually are because they'd be crazy disproportionate. It was funny.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
And here of course are the kidlets. Only the second time I've actually gotten them to sit still long enough to give me a picture. They've been angels the last couple of days and it's wonderful. Oh and PS Trace has gone 3 days without an accident! Woo Hoo. Looks like backing off has paid off dividends! Thank you all for the advice!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Well lets see, I would have been just starting my Sophomore year of high school, which means that I would have been at the peak of my pudge. That's right I was a pretty chunky kid in high school for any of you who didn't know me, but the following summer I would get a job and lose a good 60 lbs. Woo hoo for carrying around 50 lb boxes for Alco.
That was also the year that I met my dear friend Jami. She was one of the few people who got me through the troubles and drama of high school. In fact, she is the one friend from high school that I still speak to on a regular basis.
That was also the year that I started to butt heads with my mommy, probably one of my biggest regrets. She and I had similar personalities and we clashed on a lot of things. I think that was the year I decided to go to school out of state (Not because of Mom), which is where I met my hubby so I guess it was a good year for me.
2. What were you doing 5 years ago?
Ahh 5 years ago I was 1 year and 2 months into Cory's mission and probably and more then a little excited about being that close to it all being over. I was starting what would be my last year of school and trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I was living in a basement apartment on Richards St in Sugarhouse with sweet Piper (Whom I haven't heard from in forever, totally not her fault cause I lost touch) We were having a ball! I believe we had defied our landlord and gotten a kitten (she would turn out to be the fatest cat I'd ever seen) and I lived in mortal fear of being caught with her. Let that be a lesson to all of you, breaking the rules doesn't pay. I think at the time I was working in the Westminster College bakery, or I may have started working for Deseret Book by then. Either way I didn't really enjoy work, but it got me through the days.
3. One year ago...
We had just moved to Wyoming and were settling into our new home and ward. It was a blessing to be working for such a good company and still is. Our ward was incredible too. I'd just been called to be the ward Music Director, and was just getting to know my neighbor Jamie! She and I have since become very close friends and I treasure the fact that Heavenly Father placed her in my life as "not only your neighbor, but my Visiting Teacher and Friend"(as she would say).
I had just found out that we were expecting Jaxson and I was scared out of my wits! Let's just say we didn't expect him and I was nervous about having 3 under 3. I was speaking to my mom everyday and soaking up all the advice she could offer. It would be about 4 months later that we would find out her cancer was back, and only 4 short months after that (can it really have only been 4 months) that we would lose her. If I'd known then what I know now, I would have spent way more time with her. I would have talked about more important things with her, as opposed to diaper rash and how my pants were fitting that day. I think I would have asked her to teach me some of the incredible things that she could do (like knitting and cooking) and I would have been making videos of her. That's one of the things that gets me the most. My kids won't remember her and I worry sometimes that my memories just aren't going to be enough for them. And now that I've brought the mood down, next question please!
Yesterday I did not much of anything. Jaxson was pretty fussy and had an upset tummy, so I did lots of walking around and shushing. I did find time for a rousing game of Candy Land and Hi Ho Cherry-o though. I also cleaned my house (not that you can tell today) and helped Cory write a paper. Not a terribly exciting day I guess. I did test out our new paint color in the bathroom and am sooo excited to have it all done.
5. 5 snacks I enjoy
1. Fruit, any kind
2. Rice Cakes, especially the unflavored ones (weird huh, I must have a thing for Styrofoam)
3. Chocolate, again any kind
5. Peanut butter power balls (my mom use to make them when I was little. Peanut butter, honey, raisins, oatmeal, very tasty)
6. 5 things I would do with a million dollars...
That's a hard one, I'd probably buy a new house, pay off the one we're in, get us out of debt, and then go on a real family vacation (not to someone elses' house). If there were left overs I'd buy Trace a horse. Living in WY has made him quite he cowboy and he would really like to ride one, and I wouldn't mind myself.
7. 5 places I'd run away to
1. Heaven (is that possible)
2. Europe (any country)
3. NM to see my Dad
4. ummmm we really have to come up with 5?
5. I don't know, I guess I'd like to go to NY sometime, yeah lets go with NY
8. 5 TV shows I like
1. Americas Next Top Model (it's my guilty pleasure)
4. Avatar: The Last Airbender (Cartoon on Nickolodeon that I'm so addicted to)
5. Anything on Food Network
9. 5 things I hate doing
1. Washing the cheese grater (did that this morning so it's on my mind)
2. Washing Children (ever tried to bathe 3 kids in time to leave the house by noon, its nearly impossible)
3. Cleaning that bathroom!
4. paying over $2.59 for gas, this time last year it was $1.89 here. BLAH!
10. 5 people I tag
5. hmmm any takers!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Of course I was intrigued. I thought perhaps Kena was hugging her bear or something, but he showed the sunset. I told him it was a sunset and he said "No Mommy, its a Jesus hug!"
Talk about melting a mommies heart! It's times like this that make me remember why we are told to be "as little children!" What a simple faith.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Me: Hey buddy what kind of cake do you want?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Cory and I have recently been trying to move forward with the purchase of a new home. We decided to stay put this weekend though and just make do with what we have. That means I get to move forward with wall paper removal (for anyone out there considering wall paper, make sure you want it forever, because its a bugger to take down). But I am excited to paint our bathroom with the new color we've chosen. Oh and here is a pic of all the kids together. I was finally able to get them all to sit down and still and face forward.
Monday, September 10, 2007
But as the day wore on I thought more about it and it makes me truly grateful for the Atonement. How could anyone every doubt that Heavenly Father loves us and wants whats best for us. He's made it possible for me to be with my Mom again, and not only that, but she will be my Mom. Not just my sister in the Gospel. It's so good to know that when we are together again she'll still have that relationship with me. What an awesome blessing! Without that knowledge I'm sure my blue days would come much more often. And another sign of his love, look at all he's given me to get through my blue days. I have my wonderful family here, but I also have a Dad who has been incredible and always makes me feel better. In fact, when I'm sad he's the first one I'm prone to call. Thank you Dad. You've been a great support to be and I really appreciate your faith and love. And then there's the temple. We went this weekend and somehow it makes me feel that much closer to her. And then there my sweet children who always give me hugs when I'm down. Sweet Trace will say "it's okay Mommy, I still love you!" What a kid.
So I guess in short what I want to say is that even though we are all prone to sad days, NEVER forget how much Father really does love us. He's given us all this and more, and all we have to do is ask and he'll take that pain away. I love you all and can't wait until we can be together again! Until then, cherish the little things and be grateful for all you have.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Everything on our end has been going well. Cory and I have been looking at a new home (I know we've only lived here for a year but our current home is squeezing us out). We've found a wonderful home that had 2 bathrooms (HALLELUJAH). We started the process this last week and have already received our
pre-approval. Here's hoping that if all goes well, we'll be moving before Christmas. It will put our family it a great new house with some wiggle room.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Jaxson was the perfect baby. He was crying just before sacrament started and I thought to myself, "Well, I guess we finally got our crier." But after a quick meal and a few loves from his Dad, he settled right in and was awake for his entire blessing, with no tears. Of course, his blessing was wonderful and great and everything it was suppose to be.
Then we partied here at home. Good food and good friends. It was truly a wonderful day.P.S. For all who asked, here is the recipe for the Broccoli Salad and the Cake.
1 head of Broccoli
1 head of Cauliflower
1/2 Pkg of Bacon (crispy)
1 small red Onion, chopped
1 c. Miracle Whip
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. Vinegar
Cut up all ingredients to desired size and mix together in bowl. Then mix dressing and pour over the top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Melted Ice Cream Cake
1 white cake mix
2 c. melted ice cream (your choice of flavor)
Mix together and bake at 350 for 38-40 minutes
2 c. confectioners sugar
1/2 c. bakers cocoa
1/2 stick of butter
6 large marshmellows
1/3 c. + 1 T. milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix sugar and cocoa together and set aside. Heat butter, marshmellows, milk, and vanilla in a sauce pan until marchmellows are melted. Immediatley mix with dry ingredients and pour over cake to frost.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"Why is that?", I asked
"You so lucky for me!"
What a cute kid, and smart too! We are so lucky though. We have happy, healthy kids and a great job. Cory came home yesterday and informed me that we are getting a signifigant raise because his manager is proud of him and the work he's been able to do. That means in the time that we've been here our pay has been increased 3 times, and always it seems when we need it most. And so I say again, "We so lucky!"
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Other then that all is well. Trace has finally, it seems, decided to get back on the perverbial potty wagon. Which, might I add, is a huge blessing. And Kena is Kena, ever active and as cute as a button. What a lucky lady I am!