"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, July 23, 2009

name ideas???

Any name ideas for this little kitty??
We're keeping this one. He's a boy and he's the runt of the litter. Chad likes Maestro and I was thinking Mr. Bob Cat (Bob for short) We also came up with Marty and Newt.

My kiddos....

(long post...just a warning)
It's been a while since I've done a post just on my kiddos. So here it is...


*She is communicating all to well these days (most days I wish she would take a break) This girl can talk your ear off (she definitely did not get that from me)

*She loves to pester her little brother. She will follow him around the house and always, without fail, wants to play with whatever he finds.

*She has an excellent memory (again...not from me) She will remember something I said to her a week prior. If I make promises to her I have to remember to keep them because if I don't, she'll remind me.

*She loves a schedule. She has a routine for almost everything. Whenever we go to the grocery store, she always (always) asks for a snack. (that was my mistake, when she was younger I would always be well equipped with snacks to keep her quiet while shopping, now it's turned into an annoyance) At bedtime, she brushes her teeth, spits three times and then drinks water, goes to the bathroom, runs to her bed and has to have her pink bunny, Ring around the Rosie doll and now her froggy. Every night without fail she does all these things.

*She is a good helper, most of the time. She is really good about cleaning up her toys or getting me diapers for Sam or throwing things away or (my favorite) picking up dead bugs :)

*She LOVES animals. She would kill every animal we had with too much love. A couple of times we have found her holding the rabbit by the ears or by the fur on its back. She practically mushes Miss Kitty because she wants to hold her.

*Some of my favorite phrases that she says are:

"I love you so very much"

"I miss you so much" (she usually says that to Chad when he gets home from work)

"I so very mad"

When she says Mommy it sounds like "moo-me"

*She has been potty trained for a while now. So she gets bored with peeing normal I suppose. A couple weeks ago she decided to make it a learning experience. You know how you can stop peeing midstream. Well, she likes to do this and count her pees (if that makes sense) I don't know what made her think of doing that, but it's pretty funny) The other night she got up to 10!

This kid has really become such a little boy these past couple months. It's amazing at how fast they change!
*he loves his daddy. He is such a little daddy's boy. Whenever he sees Chad his face lights up! He just learned to say Daddy it sounds like "ba-yee"
*He now loves to climb. He has learned to climb on one of our couches so I am constantly trying to keep him off because he doesn't just sit on the couch, he throws himself backwards on it because I guess he thinks it's fun. He is bonked his head a couple times on the wall behind the couch.
*He loves to be outside. He would stay out there all day if I let him (but it's been way too hot!)
*He loves the kitties and Skipper. He laughs whenever he touches them. He loves to rest his head on them.
*He can give you the cheesiest smiles sometimes and it's pretty funny because he only has four teeth and his top two teeth are extremely big!
*He loves to eat, he would eat constantly.....anything and everything! I can't keep up with him. If he sees that you have food he won't let you get away without feeding him some.
*He loves to play with Carly but he has also learned the trick of screaming to get her into trouble. I've had to watch out for that. Speaking of screaming, this kid has a set of lungs. His scream can make you deaf for a couple seconds! It's been that way since the day he was born!
*He's not really saying much these days. He'll say "cheese" (like when your taking a picture), he can "roar" like a lion, he'll also say daddy and wave bye-bye but that is about all. He could be saying stuff and we just don't realize what he's saying.
*he loves to play with cars. He'll push little matchbox cars around the floor. he'll even make a vroom sounds.
*He'll give kisses (usually with an open mouth) but every now and then you can get him to pucker up.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More kitty pictures, I know. My kids love them!

Friday, July 17, 2009


How cute is this?!?
(they have all developed some form of a kitty cold. Didn't know cats could catch a cold. They are sneezing and all have to breath out of their mouths and they have goopy, watery eyes. :( I'm crossing my fingers they make it through because some of them have decided to stop eating.)
p.s. I walked into the laundry room and this is how I found them. I didn't set it up.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In no particular order....

I have a hobby, obsession or a sickness. Whichever you prefer. And this isn't even all of them.
(My scrapbook collection)
Packing up a house, you realize just how much *stuff* you really have.
I think I realized just how many freckles I have when I looked at these pictures. Yuk! My kids are cute though! (Carly has the biggest mouth!)

First time with curlers in her hair. Her hair has a natural curl in it so I thought the curlers would just enhance it. Well, I either took them out to soon or they're too big because it didn't really do anything. She thought she was pretty cool with them in though.

I know Carly looks drunk....I promise....it's just water in her sippy cup.
BTW...I never have pants on my children. I just realized that in most their pictures they have no pants. Either I am a lazy mom or it's just too hot here. Maybe it's a little of both :)

More pictures of our ridiculously cute kittens. I really wish they weren't so cute...now that they can get out of their box and pee and poop all over the floor it is lowering their cuteness factor. Carly absolutely LOVES them. She can't get enough of them and is constantly wanting to look at them or pet them. I'm surprised she hasn't squeezed them to death.

(Carly had no pants on in these pictures either!)

Monday, July 13, 2009

We're moving...

It's official, We got an offer on our home and we took it. We have to be out by August 13th, which is right around the corner. I don't know how we're going to pull it off but we have no choice! I will miss this house a lot, there were a lot of good memories here but I am excited for the future!

I will miss our swimming pool and the cute tire swing that Chad hung for Carly, I will miss our cool tree in our backyard that my kids loved to play in. I will miss our huge room with nothing in it, it was a great room for the kids to run around in. I will miss Carly's huge window in her room, at first I didn't like it but it grew on me and it's not very often you find windows this big.

I will miss our huge backyard and how much fun my kids had running around, I will miss the many things in this house that entertained my kids (who needs toys?) I will miss the fact that this is where my baby girl became a big sister!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

quick trip

I was able to fly up to SLC the past couple days to be there for my Grandpa's funeral. I'm so glad I was able to make it. A funeral is not a fun thing to do but I was able to see a lot of family that I hadn't seen in a while and I also got to meet my newest nephew (luke) for the first time.

The two pictures below are my with my 10 (yes 10) year old nephew Josh and my younger sister Sharise. We took the picture to show how short we are or how tall he is.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

This is how Sam eats Watermelon.
This is how Carly eats watermelon.

This is how Mommy and Daddy clean up the watermelon.
p.s. Don't mind Carly's scraggliness. It was hot outside.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

This man will be missed.