"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test- to return and live with our Heavenly Father."

-L. Tom Perry

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I had to get a picture of this cute little dress that my friend made for Carly for her birthday. Carly loves to wear her "Dora dress."
We took it easy on Memorial day and hung around our house and swam. It was nice to enjoy the nice weather and the pool. Our friends came over to enjoy it with us.

A flower we picked from our magnolia tree. The kids thought it was pretty fun to play with. Sam wanted to eat it.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Birthday bash

I decorated her chair with balloons and paper but she tore them off right away.

She gave Dora a dimple in her cheek after she blew out the candle.

We had a quiet little Birthday party for Carly. Just the four of us. I made spaghetti (which is usually her favorite) Then we opened presents and had some birthday cake. I think all in all she had a good birthday. She kept asking all day if she could eat her birthday cake and open her presents so it was hard to get her mind focused on something else. I still can't believe she is 3 years old!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday to you....

2 years old
Carly 4 months old

My Carly turns 3 years old today! It's amazing to think that I have a one year old and a three year old! Am I that old?!? Seriously though, I think this birthday is a bitter sweet. Along with the Independence she has gained she has also gained a butt load of attitude that I'm not quite sure how to deal with. Where has my sweet little girl gone? I ask myself that question at least 10 times a day. Her new favorite phrases are as follows:
"Don't say that mommy!"
"Don't spank me mommy."
"No Sambo!"
(all of the above said with major attitude)

Her new favorite hobby is taking toys from Sam and then hitting him.

Enough with the bitter...now on with the sweet. She now will say "I love you mommy" at random moments. I love to hear it because it doesn't happen very often. She often compliments me on my hair or the clothes I am wearing. She loves to sing and sometimes she'll even dance. She loves playing with bubbles and play dough. She can count to 13 in English and 12 in Spanish. Every now and then she'll bust out a new Spanish word she learned from Dora and it surprises me every time. She likes to have you tell stories to her before bedtime and sometimes, very rarely you can get her to tell you a story.
Well...I think that is enough for now. I sure do love this little girl.
(pictures will soon follow)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


GIVEAWAY!! Go here and enter! They have such cute stuff, I love it!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lots of Pictures

Thanks to Chad's laptop I'm able to finally post pictures of my trip. We had so much fun! We were very busy but I got to see a lot of old friends and family. It was nice to spend time with my brother and for my kids to spend time with their Uncle. I'm sad I didn't plan it better so I could see my little sister Graduate or my big sister's new baby, but we had fun and we already miss everyone!
Above: Just a silly picture of a silly little girl.
Below: Two excited nieces waiting to see their Uncle Dan get off the airplane!

I stole this (below) picture from my sister.

(below) A walk down memory lane. This is where it all began. This was where Chad and I first lived right after we were married. It's not the one right on the street but the one next to it. They look alike. We have some really great memories from this place. We had to hook up our clothes dryer on our back porch because there was no room inside. We couldn't run the washer while taking a shower or else we'd get dirty clothes water come up through the drain. We got our firsts pet fish and our first two pet kitties here. I miss this little 400 square foot cottage but I could never go back to it!

Below: This picture is out of order but for Mother's day we had a girls night (on Saturday) We had pedicures and went out to dinner. It was so much fun and so needed. It was fun to be with my mom and my sisters.
(below) Celebrating my Dad's birthday with my Bro-in-law's graduation cupcakes!

Below: My Grandpa Holt has always had a huge garden and green house as long as I remember. I have yummy memories of eating fresh peas, cucumbers and green peppers straight from the garden. Sometimes we would even pick out our own flower we could take home (to kill) I love going there whenever we have the chance. It always reminds me that someday I want to have a garden as big as his. I honestly don't know how he does it at 80+ years. Carly had fun running around in the greenhouse pretending it was a forest.

This was the cake I made for Sam. I had the hardest time deciding what to make but the monkey turned out cute and it fits his personality.

This was at Pirate Pizza (or something like that) It's a new place in St. George that is really fun! After some confusion with our order and then Carly dumping our whole pizza on the ground we decided we should do cake and ice cream somewhere else :)

Sambo man is One!

It's crazy to think a year has come and gone since our little man was born. It has flown by...a
little too quickly, my baby is soon becoming a toddler and I don't know how much I like that. He is so fun and quickly learning his independence. He loves to walk and is now trying to run. He loves to play outside and he loves to be with Carly. He dances whenever he hears music. He has started to cuddle with us but only for seconds at a time. He has four teeth. He will eat pretty much anything. His smile is contagious along with his cute little giggle. He hates getting his
diaper changed. He loves bath time and would probably stay in the bath for an hour if I let him. He wiggles and moves like crazy, even in his sleep. We sure love this little man!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Things done in the past two weeks...

*Flew to Utah
*Saw my little bro. return from his mission
*met some good friends of mine at a fun little park. (it had been YEARS since we've seen each other)
*Met some other friends at a different park to catch up on life.
*drove to SLC to celebrate my Grandma's 80th birthday
*celebrated Mothers day by getting pedicures with my mom and sisters.
*drove back to St. George.
*Celebrated Sam's first birthday at a cool Pirate Pizza Place and then birthday cake and presents and my sister's house.
*drove to Las Vegas and then flew back home to Texas (not by myself this time!)

Many pictures will come soon. Our computer is being silly so it is out of commission.