"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, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!




Wednesday, December 15, 2010

videos

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We went to a place called Santa's Wonderland. It's a drive through light show, the kids LOVED it! They also have a place there they call Santa's Village (or something like that) They have the music, shops, places to eat and most important....the kids got to visit with Santa. Carly ran up to him and hugged him, Sam did the same (mostly because he does EVERYTHING that Carly does)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas fun!


Don't mind the chocolate in her teeth!

Target ran out of white garland....oh well!


Cutting down our tree.
Now on the agenda....making lots and lots of yummy Christmas treats and then gaining five pounds by eating them all!!



Friday, December 3, 2010

Probably the only snowflakes we'll see at our house this winter.

Our Thankful tree we did in November.
some of the things we were Thankful For
Carly: Annie Movie, my puppy, that Skipper will be alive someday, the 4-wheeler, computer game and Rain.
Sam: My Dad ( he said that everynight), My Jesus, apples, rain, toys
Me: good weather, girls day!, medicine, computer/internet, families
Chad: The cows, rain, Big yellow bananas, Thanksgiving, Food





The Sneeze

The aftermath of the sneeze

She loves animals way too much.
(except for when she traps Dolly in the doghouse and throws a ladybug in the trash)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jack the donkey and crafts galore!

We had a little visitor this morning. We were in the kitchen clearing up the kitchen (not sure why this is underlined!) Nelly started barking like crazy and this is what we found out back. It's our neighbors donkey named Jack and obviously the kids just love him!


I have had so much motivation this past week and when motivation hits I take full advantage because I never know how long it's going to last before it vanishes.

Below- I have wanted to make THIS pillow for the longest time so I thought i'd give it a go. I'm somewhat pleased. The stuffing I used is pretty lumpy. They'll probably only last till after the holidays and then I'll find a new place for them and replace them with some pillows with color. I'm tired of looking at brown and beige in my living room!


While in Utah my sister cut me some vinyl letters. It's the first verse in "Home can be a Heaven on Earth." I just love that song. I was originally wanting it above our bay window area but the wall was too textured so I had to put it in our entry. I think it works well and now I just need to find a little table or something extra to add to the room.




Today we had a girls craft day! It was so fun and I can't wait to do it again! For the craft day we made the blocks with the vinyl words on them and then I made the turkey's tonight while Chad went to a movie. I just loved THIS turkey when I saw it I knew I had to make one. It made it even more appealing when I realized I already had everything I needed to make them!






Sunday, November 7, 2010

One of the many creatures we find around our house.
Last night we had some family come over. We made tinfoil dinner and did smores over the fire. It was a lot of fun and the weather turned out to be perfect!




Sam enjoying the lizard we found.

Carly, of course, wanted to keep it.

This little girl loves puzzles. She been working on a 100 piece puzzle at Naw Naw's house. I decided to kick it up a notch and get a 150 piece. She did pretty darn good with it. She probably did 80% all by herself. I'm glad I found something that will actually keep her occupied for longer than 10 minutes!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm sick of looking at my last post. Since we haven't really done anything worth blogging about here's a funny commercial. I don't know why I think THIS is so funny.

Friday, October 29, 2010

today

Made THIS today with the kids. It's actually pretty cute!

Also, made THIS tonight for dinner. I thought it was really yummy(,not sure about what Chad thought.....but most of you know he's a tad on the picky side!)

Just thought I would share....

p.s. Love you Chad!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween costumes!

I know it's not halloween yet but I just loved these costumes to much to have them wear it only one day. So they've been playing in them most the day and are loving it!! I couldn't resist snapping some pictures either. :)





So, between moving into a new house and traveling and having family over there was NO WAY I was going to try to make costumes. When I found these two cotumes on sale I couldn't resist. It was just a bonus that Carly actually wanted to be a witch for Halloween too! (with no persuading on my end)

Monday, October 18, 2010

I'm not a woman of many words.....

so here are a bunch of pictures.....
















Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trip to Utah!

These pictures are not in order because frankly I really don't care :) They're lucky to even be posted at this point!
Carly and Ellie






Playing with the ducks at Wheeler Farm





The Oquirrah Mountain Temple
My Grandma Holt went through the temple for her first time, she was also sealed to my Grandpa who passed away a year ago in July. My mom was then sealed to her parents. It was a great day and I'm so glad I was able to be there!





The Hogle Zoo












We had a great time while we were there, as we always do! It's always great to spend time with my family and I'm blessed to be able to visit so often.