"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

Friday, November 27, 2009


Sam turned 18 months old on November 12. Where has the time gone?? Lately whenever he sees Carly go to the bathroom he wants to have a turn sitting on the toilet. I don't object. How nice would that be if he potty trained himself?? He hasn't done anything in the toilet yet (I take that back....he farted once) He just gets up, sits for a while, and then wants to get down.
Ever since we have been in Utah is seems like his vocabulary has just exploded. He is now saying :
Thank you
Love you
This is a big step up from just a month ago!

He is turning into such a big tease. He loves to tease his big sister and recently has found the fun in teasing his Aunt Sharise by not giving her hugs and kisses and laughing about it.

He is such a fun little guy and adds so much laughter into our family! We sure love him!

Happy Birthday!

My hubby turns 26 today! I couldn't have asked for a better husband and friend!
Love YOU!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope you all have a good one!

Monday, November 16, 2009

since we've been gone.....

We haven't been up to much since we've been in Utah. After a round of sickness and all of us fighting either a cold or allergies, we've just been chillin' at the house most of the time. Last Saturday we ventured out with my family and took the kids to a movie. I have NEVER taken either of my children to a movie. I take that back, the last time we took our child to a movie Carly was (probably) 7 months old.
We went and saw The Christmas Carol. We probably should have gone to a more kid friendly movie but oh well. Carly lasted about 5 minutes and Sam didn't make it past the previews. Luckily we had some foot space so they could walk back and forth. I enjoyed the movie though, I was able to watch most of it. Let's just say I won't be taking my children to a movie again for a while (unless it's something I know Carly will like)

Here's Mr. Sambo before church. He's so handsome, although he didn't want his picture taken that morning.
My mom and sisters. We went to Time Out for Women here in St. George. It was pretty great! It was nice just to have time away with my family and with no kids!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Utah and tonsillitis cellulitis and abscess and Brother's wedding

Carly loves Chantelle's "princess" dress.
Me and my Sisters and Brother.

The kiddos with their Aunt Sharise and her friend at the Temple
My mom and sister (des) made the girls' skirts.

The newlyweds!

So, we made it to Utah. We left last Tuesday morning and made it by Wednesday evening. My throat decided to start hurting Monday evening and by Tuesday morning it was horrible. I figured it would go away but all Tuesday in the car I was in major pain and couldn't eat anything. Tuesday night I barely slept (strange hotel room and sore throat=no sleep) By Wednesday morning my throat, ear and head ached. I was in so much pain I didn't know if I could make it. But I had no choice but to get in the car and drive. Luckily Chad doesn't mind driving and he drove most of the way to Utah! By Wednesday night I thought I was going to die. I dropped my kids, hubby and luggage off at my mom's and drove into St. George to visit with a Doctor. He figured it was Tonsillitis cellulitis and abscess (I thought "can you speak English?) Anyway....my lovely sister (who is a nurse at that office) gave me two shots of antibiotic (in the rear) and I was prescribed some pills to start the next day. Well, things didn't get better, they got a little worse. By Friday (My Brothers Wedding) I was so done with it....I had some pain meds that I took so I could make it through the wedding at least. That afternoon, before the reception, I was able to visit and Ear, nose, and Throat doctor that I used to work with. He then proceeded to agree with the first doctor on what it was and then proceeded to put me through the most horrible pain I've ever felt in my entire life! He numbed my throat (not enough) then took a needle to see if there was any pus in my tonsils......low and behold...there was.....so he then proceeded to lance my tonsil with a knife....A KNIFE.....and eventually drained out 10cc's of pus! I thought I was going to die. Luckily I had my sister at my said and I'm pretty sure I almost took her hand off!! The crappy part of it all was that I wasn't able to go to My Brother's reception which I am totally bummed about! Today I woke up (after a restful night of sleep) and I felt like my old self again (almost!) I hope I never have to go through that again.

On the other hand My brother and New sister's wedding was beautiful. They looked so great and I am so happy for them!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween fun!

We spent Halloween night at our friends house. We had some yummy chili and cornbread. The kids had fun trick-or-treating. Carly kept barging in people's homes taking whatever candy she could. It was a lot of fun!
Our Dinosaur and Fairy
( I'm bummed this picture is blurry!)

Sam hated his costume the first couple times I put it on him but he loved wearing it on Halloween!

The middle picture she was jumping off a bean bag to try to fly.

Carly was pretty disappointed that she couldn't fly, even with Fairy dust (a.k.a.glitter).