"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

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Carly Girl turns FIVE!!

Her birthday isn't until tomorrow but I figured I'd do a little shout out to her today!


3 yrs.

2 yrs.

I think I post this picture every year but I just love it!

5 yrs.

Some things about Carly:

*She is so excited for school. She talks about it at least once a day.

*She knows no stranger. She'll talk to anyone and everyone! Going to the grocery store is quite a task with her and takes twice as long. Everyone is her friend.

*She sleeps when it's dark and is awake when the sun is out and can't understand why i would want to sleep during the day.

*She's always been so active and still is. It's no wonder that she sleeps so good at night.

*She is a lover of all things outdoors. She is constantly finding grasshoppers and will keep them in her backpacks.

*She loves to tease her brother.

*She has an amazing memory (but only when it's something she wants to remember)

*She loves to sing and will sing herself to sleep almost everynight. She is also a shower singer.

*She loves to draw and color. She loves to copy words that she sees.
*She would eat all day if she could.

*Her hair gets so tangled and she screams everytime I try to brush it.

*She gets excited over everything!

*Her teenage attitude is appearing too early and I'm afraid we'll have some rough storms ahead of us. But.....I'm glad she is strong willed, I just hope I can help her use that for the right reasons.

*She still thrives on a schedule. If something is out of place in our bedtime routine she can really freak out.

*She always wants to have a party.
*She loves to collect things in backpacks, bags, or buckets.

*She likes to pick out her clothes. (not so sure I like that)

I sure love her. I know most days I don't appreciate all the good things about her but she is so special and I'm so glad she is mine. She has challenged me in so many ways but I have learned so much about myself and life since I became a mother and she was the one that gave me that gift! I hope she always knows how much I love her!

Looking through all our old pictures I found this gem. It's amazing what you do for entertainment with your first child (and first dog)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

slip n' slide

I have a feeling this is how we'll make it through the summer here.

(Sam was being grumpy for this picture)

I promise, my child does eat. Infact, he eats more than I do sometimes.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Not sure why my last post of Sam's Birthday just up and disappeared. :(

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Our garden is coming along pretty well. It's been pretty exciting to see some things pop up. We now have watermelon, pumkins and our potato plants are showing their faces.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

painting project!


*I can't take all the credit for the painting. Chad came home on Saturday and helped me finish the job!

I got motivated while Chad was out of town to start a painting project. It gave me something to keep me busy at nights, although it took a lot longer than I thought. The pictures speak for themselves!

While Chad was out of town he won this big whale in a drawing. The kids love it! Carly named it Sarah and Sam insists it's a boy whale.

Monday, May 2, 2011

an update.

We got another addition to our family. Not exactly the kind I'm wishing for but it'll do for now. We're just hoping that Dolly doesn't think this little cutie is a snack. Yes, this has happened to us in the past, twice. These kittens (along with another litter) didn't make it to a week old thanks to our previous dogs. (and no, we didn't get rid of those dogs because of that incident.)

Yes, Dolly is a mess, she insists on laying underneath chad's car which is why she is covered in grease.

Good old Tom. He doesn't like the new kitten too much either.


I couldn't resist taking this picture when I saw her like this. She loves her stuffed animals!