Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Fabulous Read...


Looking for a fabulous book to read? I highly recommend "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. My family bought me books one and two of this series for Christmas and I haven't been able to put it down. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! (As much as I like Twilight!)

"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love." -
Scholastic Website

If you are thinking that this sounds too gruesome or barbaric, think of what you thought of Twilight at first when you heard it was a "Vampire Book", and give it a chance. It is tastefully and cleverly written and I don't think you will be at all disappointed. It catches your attention from the very beginning...I seriously just could not put it down and had the first book read within a day! Let me know what you think! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Happiness Project 2010... JOIN ME!!!

I have been working on my Happiness Project for 2010, (see this Woman's Day article, "C'mon, Get Happy" by Gretchen Rubin for an overview), and have come up with my 12 categories to work on that will make myself a happier person. The idea is to have one area per month to concentrate on, but you continue concentrating on each one so by the end of the year you are working on all 12! (There is also a really cool blog that you can check in on to give you ideas and keep you focused... http://www.happiness-project.com/.)

Here is what I decided my happiness project will look like:

January: Fitness
February: Love
March: Saving
April: Spirituality
May: Parenting
June: Cleanliness
July: Writing
August: Friendship
September: Home Improvement
October: Music
November: Thankfulness
December: Service

So Each month I will be setting goals and focusing on these categories. January I will be working on exercising, eating right and health in general. Wanna join me? Develop your own Happiness Project and post about it, then let me know in the comments so I can come read about it. I would love to have a group of us working on this together! If there are enough people interested, we could start a Monday Blog Hop or something where we all post about our Happiness Project accomplishments and Goals! :) We can all use a little more happiness in our lives!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I enjoyed my Christmas immensely. We spent the morning at our house, (the first year ever in our OWN home), opening presents, cooking and laughing together, then we went to my Mum & Dad's for Christmas Dinner and some extended family fun. I can't imagine Christmas without family. It just wouldn't be the same. (Though my heart does still pang for my brother and sister in England and their families as well as Mike's Mom & his brother and his family. I miss them all a lot.)

This year we had an amazing spread that started with DeAnna's homemade mini-quiche, cream cheese covered in raspberry chipotle sauce with shrimp, artichoke dip, crackers and cheese.

My Mum puts out the most incredible feasts for any dinner, but she really outdoes herself for the holidays. The main course brought roast beef, ham & turkey with ALL the trimmings. Roast potatoes, parsnips, horseradish carrots, green bean casserole, funeral potatoes, stuffing with cranberries & pecans, sweet potatoes with brown sugar, pink salad, broccoli salad, cranberry jello mold, bread sauce (traditionally made and simmered over a three hour period by my pops), gravy and rolls.

For dessert there were mincemeat pies, jam tarts, all types of cookies/bars and we even had a traditional English Trifle with real Birdseye custard on top. Oh, just thinking about it all makes me hungry for it again! In fact, I swear I can smell it all right now!

We had a fun day playing, chatting and watching a movie together. We also had a family talent show where each of the families had to do something together. Our family did "The 12 weeks of Football" where we changed all the words and acted out some amusing entertainment. It wasn't your typical 12 days of Christmas... I'll just say that, and give thanks that no-one got it on video. LOL.

I hope each of you had a very Merry Christmas and that you too enjoyed your time with your family. God bless you all!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Do You Feel What I Feel?

Today I woke up different. I don't know what directly caused it... maybe it was because I knew I was almost done with Christmas preparations... maybe it was because we spent a fabulous night with Mum, Dad, The Hansen's and The Santizo's at Temple Square last night looking at the Christmas lights and Nativity together... maybe it was because it started to snow... I really don't know, but I am glad it has happened. I can feel it... the true Spirit of Christmas. It is kind of hard to explain, but my heart feels full of gratitude and peace. Today I feel a bounce in my step and a glow in my face. I can't help but smile at everyone I pass. I literally feel like... like my heart has grown three sizes overnight!

If you don't feel the true Christmas Spirit yet, take 1 minute & 50 seconds and listen to Linus explain what Christmas is all about.

Do you feel it yet? If not, you need the big guns... watch this one, and go share your Christmas Spirit with everyone you know! Merry Christmas Friends. :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Candle for Bryson...


My heart was sadly touched when I read about little Angel Bryson on a blogging friend's site. Click HERE for more information and if you feel so inclined, post a candle and say a little prayer for the Ross family.

Family Fight Night?

I don't remember EVER having a more peaceful Family Home Evening than we did this week. We usually refer to FHE as Family Fight Night because there is always some kind of trouble. However, I was literally shocked that this one went so well... so much so that I haven't been able to stop analyzing what we did because I want it to always be like that! (Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath!)

We ate dinner around the table together, went to Gardner Village to see the Elves and then had a 1/2 hour lesson/discussion patterned around 'The Happiness Project' post I did last week. There were no arguments, we had a ton of fun and even got to eat yummy chocolate at the Fudge Shoppe at Gardner Village. I definitely could do more Family Home Evenings like this one. :)




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Julie & Julia


Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this movie.

I took Miss Dee to the Dr this morning and she has strep. :( When I grabbed her prescription I saw the redbox machine and thought I would grab a movie for her to watch since she wouldn't be doing much of anything else. Well Dee LOVES cooking and we had talked about this movie when it first came out and how cute it looked because it was based on two true stories... the story of Julia Childs and the story of Julie Powell, an office worker who wants to be a writer. Julie who feels overwhelmed with the mundane-ness of her life, decides to cook through every recipe in Julia Childs cookbook (524 recipes) in one year and blog about it.

Well, about 4pm I started puking and wasn't feeling too good all afternoon/evening so I did something I don't often do... I actually sat down and watched the movie with Miss Dee while Hubby and Mike were out. It was so dang cute. I found it inspiring and heartwarming. I don't know if it was because I felt like I identified so closely with Julie Powell, or because I fell in love with Julia Childs and her bubbly personality, or because I found the relationship between Julia Childs and her husband so romantic. But the combination of all these things and more made it climb up to the top of my chick flick list. :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Happiness Project...

I subscribe to Woman's Day Magazine. (I know, it's an old lady mag, but I am pretty much addicted... I love it and I got three years for $10, what can I say... plus, it is awesome bathroom reading!) This month there was a fab article entitled "C'mon, Get Happy", (click on it to read it), by Gretchen Rubin that has made me really think for the past few days. Basically it has you think about what is stopping you from being happy and has you create your own "Happiness Project". Gretchen suggests coming up with 12 resolutions... things to work on that make you happier... and then working on one for January, then adding the next in February, etc. Some of her goals include making time for friends, remembering love, pursuing a passion and paying attention. At the end she gives you a list of questions you can ask yourself to kick-start your happiness.

Reading the article definitely made me want to set up my own "Happiness Project" for 2010, so I have to figure out what my goals are gonna be for the year. The first question Gretchen recommends asking yourself is "What makes you feel good?" I'm still working on it, but so far my list includes:
  • Cuddling with Hubby
  • Spending time with the fam
  • A night out with good friend(s)
  • Playing the piano
  • Listening to loud music and dancing all around when no-one is home
  • Chocolate, mmmmmmmmm, especially Cadbury's
  • Saving money
  • Hugs
  • Helping someone do something they can't do themselves
  • Eating well and exercising (I don't do this, obviously)
  • Reading a great book
  • Writing stories
  • Sitting in a hot, bubbly jet tub
  • Having manicured nails
  • A clean house!
  • Days off work
  • Seven hours sleep

So I am curious... What makes you feel good???

Monday, December 7, 2009

I never thought I would see THIS...

Take a close look at Santa... heeheehee...

That is my cute Hubby entertaining the kids.

If that isn't the sweetest thing ever,
I don't know what is... :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Deck The Halls...

Last year I managed to put off putting up the decorations in the house until around the 13th of December. That was when my daughter decided to try and shame me in to doing it on her blog, (see here).

Well she hasn't blogged in a LONG time, so I thought I might get away with putting it off again this year, but NOOOOOOOOOOOO! DeAnna decided we were going to put up the trees for Family Home Evening this past Monday, (Not even December... November 30th people!!!!), whether we wanted to or not and drug all the decorations up from the basement after school. She even "paid" her brother and some friends to help her by making them brownies. Seriously??? It's not like you can ignore a room full of boxes for a week!

So I got to spend my entire Monday afternoon/evening decorating my house for Christmas. Thanks a lot guys! ;)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thankful...

This year I am thankful for so many things, but especially...
  • Family, family, family :)

  • My husband graduating and getting a job that he loves

  • Teenagers... even with all their attitude

  • A hubby who isn't afraid to do laundry or whatever else needs doing

  • Finally buying our own home

  • My parents deciding to stay in Utah after their mission

  • Being able to visit my home land for the first time in 17 years, even though it was for a sad occasion

  • A fabulous ward with fabulous friends and neighbors

  • The Oquirrh Mountain Temple

  • Scriptures and Prayers

  • Both of us keeping our jobs through a lousy economy

  • Trampolines and jacuzzi tubs

  • Dinner on the deck

  • Filtered water straight from the refrigerator door... mmmmmmm

  • Starting a food storage

  • Not living paycheck to paycheck

  • Living, Laughing & Loving :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

You know you are getting old when...

  • Lifting a frozen turkey into your cart seems like a good workout
  • People notice when you wear purple eyeliner
  • Shaving your legs becomes a once in a while thing
  • Your mom shares a video of you as a teen and then proceeds to tell you the video is 21 years old
  • You take ibuprofen with your vitamins every day
  • Your sink has eye cream, wrinkle serum AND moisturizer on it
  • Unless you are wearing make-up, you look like a raccoon
  • You have to limit your liquid intake at night
  • Bed time is before 10pm
  • You consider 7am sleeping in
  • Your kids think it is funny that there was no Internet or cell phones when you were their age
  • Your daughter begs to text for you because you are too slow
  • You are checking the amount of fiber in everything you buy
  • Your purse looks like a pharmacy exploded in it
  • You buy face powder that has "botafirm" in it
  • You have to do your roots every 2 weeks to cover the WHITE
  • You can only count three couples in the whole ward that are older than you
  • Your birthday seems more of a commiseration rather than a celebration

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday Therapy...

I remember being a teenager...
I remember the ups and downs of what I thought love was...
I remember having my heart crushed and thinking life was over...
I remember thinking I would never find love again...

I wish you could see your future...
I wish you could know what it is like to truly fall in love...
I wish you could realize they aren't worth the heartache, that there are others much better for you out there...
I wish you could see how insignificant he will be five years from now...

I hope you will continue to open your heart...
I hope you have a life full of as much love as I have had...

I hope you will look at your true love years from now and remember, that all this heartache didn't matter...
I hope God grants me the lifespan to be there to see it...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The price of being a woman...

Men have it great. A two minute shower, throw on whatever is clean, fingers through the hair and they are out the door. That's it? Seriously?

We women go through WAY too much to try and make ourselves beautiful. We spend about an hour every morning getting ourselves as pretty as we can... shower, body wash, shaving, make up, curlers, straighteners, perfume, six different outfits before we find the one that is "just right" for the day. Then there is the shoes, the purse, our finger nails, toe nails, lotion, jewelry... when does it end???? And heaven forbid we go out anywhere that evening because the morning beautification has been obliterated by then and we have to pretty much start all over. It's madness I tell you!

Does a man ever turn to you and say:
  • Does I look fat in this?
  • Which pair of shoes looks better with these pants?
  • I am having a terrible hair day!
  • Dang it, I chipped my nail.
  • I can't wear that to church, I wore it last Sunday!
It's bad enough that women go through sooooooo much to try and look prettier, but there is one thing that I seriously question our sanity over. WAXING. Why oh why do we allow ourselves to be put through this dreadful psychotic ritual??? It is torturous! Putting hot wax on our bodies, spreading a cloth over it and RIPPING it off when it starts to dry??? I would like to know who thought of this and what on earth made them think that it was a good idea at the time...

And THAT is what went through my head while I watched my daughter get her eyebrows waxed today at the salon!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Marriage Monday...

Thank you sweetie for:
  • Packing me breakfast AND lunch this morning
  • Texting me through the day to let me know you were thinking of me
  • Fixing the toilet paper holder in the bathroom
  • Throwing in a load of laundry
  • Going to the store with me even though you just got home from work
I LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURVE YOU :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flashback Friday...

December 17th, 2002. I was YW President of the White Oak Ward in Silver Spring, Maryland. (This was the same ward I had lived in since I was 11 years old.) We lived just 20 minutes away from the Washington DC Temple, and so we took the Youth down annually to see the Christmas lights. Talk about Deja vu... I still think about these girls so often and peek in on them on Facebook. :)


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday Therapy...

I LOVE this song.. It is a song I can dance around the living room to when I am needing a pick-me-up or BLAST in the car and sing along to when I want to feel happy. Do you have any songs that you use as therapy to lift your spirits???

I just recently saw the video and it is soooooooooooo cute... especially the end. :)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Enough Already...



I am SO sick and TIRED of all the ILLNESS in our HOUSE!!!!!

Flu, stomach bugs, colds, sinus infections, knees, backs, ankles, strep...

I am SO sick and TIRED of buying lysol and gatorade and going to the doctor...

I HAVE HAD ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

Thanks, just needed to get that off my chest. :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Down With Holiday Stress...

Christmas is right around the corner. Has the economy got you a little stressed this year? Please come and visit my other blog, Frugalityville. We are just beginning a 6 week journey of tips and tricks to help you shave off some dollars from your spending this holiday season.

There is no catch to this website. There is no advertising, no hidden agendas. Just come and be a part of the movement to live on a little bit less and stash that saved cash for rainy days.

Don't start the New Year with "now due" credit card bills that will put tremendous strain on you and your family. With a little pre-planning you can have a beautiful Christmas that will be heavier on the "Merry", but hopefully a little lighter on the wallet.

I really want to help as many people as I can, so please link up and share this website with all your friends! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Flashback Friday...


I love Flashback Friday's! I came across this (obviously very old) pic this evening while I was trying to find something and just love it. This is me and my little sister Jenna in our home country, England, YEARS ago... don't you love the dresses? I'm so glad we are still such good friends... :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday Therapy...


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

BFF's forever...

Directly across the street, there is a house that looks exactly like ours (except for the color).

This is the house where Kayla lives. Kayla is DeAnna's best friend. They met the summer we moved here to Utah at church. At that time we lived down the road in a different set of houses, but they still bonded and walked back and forth spending lots of time together. When we bought our own house this past April, an added perk was that Kayla lived right across the street. The last seven months have brought them even closer, although I would have never thought that would have been possible. DeAnna and Kayla have become almost inseparable! You may or may not have seen them on youtube doing a music video together. While we only posted that one video, we have HOURS of video of those two doing funny stuff together. I love to see the two of them run across the street to each others house... not caring what they are wearing... make up or no make up... shoeless... at 1am... It is friendship in it's absolute finest form.

Kayla has also become like another daughter to me. You will even see her on my facebook as part of my stick figure family because we always joke that she practically lives at my house. :) The fact that I am also their YW president has only added to my connection with them. They can talk me in to just about anything, including driving them to outrageous places like Kaysville and Provo for sophomore football games. :) I love these two... I love what their friendship represents. It has become so that if they disagree on something, they just sit down and work it out... it is absolutely amazing.

So you can imagine what a blow it was on Saturday to find out that Kayla and her family are moving to West Valley this week. I know, it is not that far away. But it is out of our ward boundaries, and it is definitely more than a quick shoeless sprint across the road. :( It has been a really tough few days at our house. I try not to burst in to tears every time I see the two of them. They have both had some pretty major breakdowns and feel like their world is coming to an end. I know better... They are old enough that their friendship will survive this... within a few months they will both have full blown drivers licenses that will allow them to drive back and forth between their houses... and they will easily talk me in to doing it until then, because I know this friendship is definitley worth it.

So Dee & K... I love you guys very, very much. Everything is going to work out just fine. You will still be best friends forever and ever... Jannalee and I will make sure of it. :) Here is a tribute to you two!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Halloween...

This is the first year that I actually spent Halloween by myself! Mike and the kids went to the Utes game thanks to some VERY generous friends. I was glad they got the opportunity to go... they had an absolutely FABULOUS time! It was a hard decision for me not to go with them, but I had been making plans for the little kiddies in the neighborhood for weeks and wanted to be home to hand out candy.

I spent the afternoon fixing up the house for the trick or treaters. It took me almost 45 minutes just to do the spider web, but I was really pleased with how it turned out. I also fixed up the lights, put together a small graveyard, turned on the fog machine, put some spooky music on the front porch and dressed up like a witch. It was so much fun! I enjoyed "performing" for the kids and was surprised how many of them would come up to me even though they were small and a little hesitant at first... after all, even the little ones who I have spent LOTS of time with didn't recognize me! By the end of the night I had over 100 kids come by, so it was well worth it. :)


I did miss sharing all the festivities with my family, but we all had a great evening and kept in close contact thanks to cell phones! Hope you guys had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN too. :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Nightmare On (A) Maple Street...

3am I woke up to a horrible charley horse in my leg but I have never been so grateful for a twisted muscle. I was having a horrible nightmare. It wasn't the gory, dying, death kind of nightmare... It was the "my husband doesn't love me any more and there is nothing I can do about it" nightmare.

Have you ever had one of those? They are horrible! I wake up totally sad and my heart literally hurts!

Anyway, since I was practically screaming from the charley horse, Mike woke up too to massage the cramp out. I told him about my horrible dream and fell back asleep in his arms. When I walked in to the den this morning to start work, I found several post it notes in various places with the simple message "Love Ya" on them. Since this morning I have found no less than 25 of them (and I still keep finding them in cupboards and bathrooms.)



Thanks sweetie. What a wonderful way to reassure me you love me. :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Therapy: Why should my heart weep?...

Brandie has inspired me to be a better blogger... She has a great blog that she updates frequently and it has such an assortment of information, that I really look forward to seeing what she comes up with next! One thing I love that I have noticed that she does sometimes is to use memes on some days.

A meme (rhymes with cream, or ironically... theme), is an idea or pattern of thought that can replicate or evolve as it is passed from one thinker to another. In blog world, it translates to fun posts that can be repetitive like "Tuesday's Tip", "Wordless Wednesday" or "Thankful Thursday"... (you get the point). A reader can read the post, then if they choose they they can evolve the post in to one of their own, linking up to the original post if they want to. Sometimes it can be a thought, sometimes a picture that doesn't need any words. Sometimes it has questions associated with it to get the readers thinking and responding. I think it is absolutely fab, because if you can come up with one or two cool memes that you love, then you sort of know what you are going to post about for at least a day or two of each week.

Thursday's is one of those days that I don't often post... probably because I always have Young Women's the night before, so unless I put on my thinking cap and stay up really late, it just doesn't happen. So when I was thinking about what I could post about on Thursday's, I grabbed the dictionary and looked under words that started with "Th" for my Thursday's meme. The word "therapeutic" immediately caught my eye because it was defined as "curative, healing, good for personal growth and health"... does that sound as appealing to you as it does to me??? So without further ado, here is this week's "Thursday Therapy"...

DeAnna was asked to make a mormonad in seminary last week. If you don't know what that is, it is where they take a scripture and turn it in to a poster so that it sticks in your mind. Since they weren't bringing it home, (they were going up on the wall) she took a picture of it on her cell phone and sent it to me.




I loved it so much that I asked her to make me one which I have put on my desk at work.



The simple message of this mormonad has really set me thinking and touched my heart very deeply... With all that I am blessed with and all that I have, "why should my heart weep?" It has reminded me to focus on my blessings and the good things in my life rather than just constantly feeling sorry for myself when I have trials. It also reminds me that I have the ability to help make other people's hearts smile by serving them when they need it. It was a message I really needed to hear and has made a BIG difference in my attitude this week.

How do you remind yourself to have a happy heart?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You know you are in Utah when...

... it snows the week of Halloween. :( Really? Are you kidding me? I had to fight the urge to get out the Christmas music today...

Seriously!














Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Who said nothing worthwhile is ever easy????

I'm not the craftiest mom in the world... I usually just buy stuff instead of making it. I am not the most festive mom in the world... Dee and Kayla put up the decorations outside our house for Halloween. I am definitely not the most creative mom in the world either, especially when it comes to Holidays... but I am pretty sure I can do this...


It's called Ghouls in the Graveyard and I am seriously excited to do this for my teenagers. Pathetic isn't it? If you are as lame as me, you can get the recipe here, although as lame as we are, I think we can pretty much do this just from looking at the picture! :) I might even upgrade and make my homemade mac and cheese... that'll shock em! ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bubble bubble toil & trouble...

This week we took a trip over to Gardner Village with our good friends the Hottons and our adopted daughter K-la to see the witches. If you have never been, you should definitely take your kids. It's not scary, it's just fun. The witches are everywhere, and it makes for some adorable Halloween pictures. :)


I could have seriously walked around there for hours and just enjoyed the atmosphere. Hopefully we will get to go back again before Halloween is over. As much as I protested, I was really happy that we finally got a pic with both of our complete families (above, center) thanks to a stranger who offered to take it for us. (A couple of us had eyes closed... maybe we all have our eyes open in Ruthy's.)

Afterwards we went to Maceys to clean out their soft serve ice cream machine, much to the disappointment of the line of customers behind us! Good friends at good locations = good times! :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm a grandma!!!!!!!!

Ok, not really. But I was, (sort of), for almost 4 days.

Friday, DeAnna became the proud mother of "Baby Dee". (She named it of course after herself.)


Baby Dee is what they call in her child development class a "Real Baby". She has a computer chip in her that makes her cry when she needs a bottle, needs a diaper change, needs burping or is just generally fussy. She came with a bottle and two diapers, both of which also had computer chips in them. DeAnna also had a non-removable bracelet on (they cut it off on Monday), which made her the "mother".

Every time Baby Dee cried, DeAnna would have to respond to her within 2 minutes by chiming her with the bracelet. She then would have to figure out which of the four things the baby needed to stop her from crying. If it was a bottle, she had to sit and feed her for at least 20 minutes. Diaper changes were easy, she just had to switch them. Burping, however, could take up to 30 minutes and fussiness could last for however long the baby decided. It was indeed like having a real baby in the house!

The baby had a sensitive neck which needed good head support at all times, and was also sensitive to any trauma to the body which would make her cry. (It was possible to kill your baby by giving it shaken baby syndrome or if it received excessive trauma to her head.) She also woke up several times during the night needing attention. (Just like a real baby!)

It turned out that we had quite a lot on this weekend. Baby Dee had a trip to the mall, attended Mike Jr's football game, went to Golden Corral for lunch with us, accompanied DeAnna to a sweet 16 birthday party and came to church to name a few things. The trips out in public were definitely an experience. We did have a car seat and stroller which she borrowed from Ruthy to make it a little easier.

Anyone not paying a lot of attention didn't realize it was a doll she was taking care of until they got right up on her. Though there were many people who knew exactly what this was, I found myself explaining to a lot of people who obviously didn't, that this was indeed just a school project. As I watched various people whisper and pass judgement on my daughter who is only 15 and obviously not old enough to have a baby, I was disheartened by some of the lack of humanity that was shown. Comments passed, dirty looks and judgement that was aimed at her and then shot over to me and Mike made me feel a little sad. I was especially disturbed with one lady in particular who was verbally bothered by the fact that Little Dee was black. It really disturbs me that there are still people in the world who can't get past the color of some one's skin. :(

I was very impressed with DeAnna and how well she took care of the baby. While feeding the baby on the sidelines of the football game, the tackle came in our direction and the QB got thrown right in to DeAnna. As instinctive as a real mother, she turned the baby away and took the brunt of the hit herself. She was very protective of the baby's feelings which I found interesting. Many times when we were out she mentioned that she was glad the baby didn't hear all the rude comments and have it's feelings hurt. She really didn't complain the entire weekend. She got up with the baby at least three times a night by herself and talked to it almost like it was real. She even dressed it in a Cowboys dress, Copper Hills hair bow and sporty socks.


Although I felt kind of stupid feeding and burping the baby, I did give DeAnna a little help while she was trying on clothes in the dressing room or getting ready for church etc. I have to say that by Sunday afternoon I had kind of become a little attached to the baby myself. :) The best part was when she cooed after you finished doing something right. I will tell you this much, while I am definitely not ready to be a grandmother yet, I have a feeling it will be a wonderful thing when it comes time.

All in all it was a good experience. Little Mike even got attached to Little Dee and although he laughed with his football buddies at the baby, he kept cooing at her when they weren't looking. :)


DeAnna who has always loved babies soooooooooo much DOES realize that she is not ready to have her own baby yet, although, she still wants twins... and though we were sad to let Little Dee go back to her drawer in the school, it has been nice to have a bit of peace and quiet around here the past couple of days. Now if I can just get her to wait at LEAST 10 years before making me a REAL grandma... :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday To My Two Boys...

I have been slacking on the blogging the past couple of weeks and during that time Mike Sr & Mike Jr had their birthdays. Mike Sr is 38, (haha... you are two years older than me... at least for the next couple of months...), and Jr is finally 13. (I am getting old... I have two teenagers now!)



I can't believe how much these two are a like.

  • They both love football, (although much to Mike Sr's chagrin, Mike Jr is a Colts fan).
  • They both would choose McDonald's or Pizza over a sit down restaurant any day.
  • They both like screamo music. (Thank heavens because I would not be taking Jr to one of those concerts!)
  • They both play drums. (Sorry neighbors.)
  • They both like the Utes.
  • They are both mommas boys.
  • They both like to play Madden 10 together.
  • They both like to push my buttons (and neither of them can take me!!!!)
  • They are both teddy bears under their tough exteriors. :)

If you want to see last years photo story of Mike Sr growing up, click here. Mike Jr, click here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE & MIKE!

I love you guys. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Seeing the cup half full...

Mike has had a rough couple of weeks with his knee injury. (BTW, this mom thinks that dads that want their sons to play football should be the ones to take them to all the doctors appointments when they get injured... just sayin'!)

Anyway, despite not being able to do all the things he is used to, (walking in general for the first few days, playing outside, jumping on the tramp, running around the neighborhood, playing football etc., etc.), we were able to find one thing he enjoyed thoroughly:

Thanks to everyone who has kept him in their prayers. The good news is that he hasn't torn his ACL as they originally thought he might have. He has "Patellar Tendinitis" which is also known as jumpers knee. They have given him a new brace which basically becomes part of his skin flexing with his muscles while keeping the inflammation down. Much to his dads delight, (and his moms chagrin), he is allowed to return to football as the pain allows. Hopefully they will both be smart about this one. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Does anyone else have a problem with
ordering a burger called a "fat boy"?


I guess at least they can't be cited for false advertising!

Monday, September 21, 2009

How To Get The Dr To See You Faster...

Ain't he just adorably cute?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Look what was hanging above my front door today...

I am glad Miss Dee is completely paranoid about everything including walking through doors... I would never have looked up and seen this if she hadn't been with me:


That is a genuine female black widow spider. (Well it was!) I used half a gallon of bug spray to kill that sucker. That dang thing just WOULD NOT DIE!!!!

Gotta love living in Utah in the hills. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Some of my favorite people...

Last week our youth had the opportunity to go and do baptisms for the first time in our new temple... The Oquirrh Mountain Temple (which was just dedicated on August 21st-23rd). I was so excited to see 11 of them show up... That is the most youth we have EVER had go to the temple on one night. (Aren't they a great looking bunch of kids?) It was one of the BEST experiences I have ever had with the youth in the temple in my whole life. (It probably didn't hurt that my hubby and two kids were both there too!) I couldn't help feeling elated the whole time we were there and for many days afterwards.

I am so grateful for temples and the eternal blessings they offer to families. If you want to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the blessings the gospel can bring to your family, please visit mormon.org. :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dear Utah Drivers...

Did any of you get stuck in traffic this morning or get detoured since a major part of Bangerter was closed down from 4am to after 8am? I thought it was weird that the police had Bangerter closed down when I went to work at 6... there is not usually ANY traffic at all that time in the morning... but I didn't truly start wondering what had caused it until one of my co-workers came in around 8 and said he too had been on the road for over an hour trying to get in.

A quick look at KSL and we were informed. A black Jeep traveling along 90th had run a red light and was hit by a HUGE Semi-truck that was traveling around 60mph along Bangerter Highway. The Jeep was drug for 150 feet until it stopped and the guy driving it was killed.




In the two years I have lived here I keep reminding myself how lucky I am not to be driving in the DC Metropolitan are anymore! I do not miss those overly aggressive drivers. Utah drivers are almost too nice sometimes. Where else would you see someone hold up an entire street of traffic to let someone out. Still blows me every time I see it! :)

However, one thing I have noticed over and over since I have been here is the immense number of Utah drivers who run red lights. It is absolutely terrible! I mean seriously people, when your light is green and you should be able to go but four more cars go through the red light crossing right in front of you, that is a major problem!

One thing I appreciated in Maryland was the presence of red light cameras. I believe that they made people think twice before running that light. Cities here should definitely give some thought to installing them. When people know that they will get a hefty ticket for doing it, much of the red light running could stop.

Why am I so bothered by this suddenly? Maybe it is because I have a 15 year old permit holder in the house right now which makes me more painfully aware of the stupid drivers around me. People have cut her off, sped around her illegally and done other stupid things that have honestly made me want to go after them! I don't want her injured because someone was ignorant and ran a red light or... (another HUGE pet peeve of mine), someone was TEXTING while they were driving. I can't tell you how often I see people doing that even though it is now against the law.

Do you remember the two men that were killed two years ago in Cache County by a 22 year old who was texting while driving? If you text while you drive and/or think that you are careful enough to avoid causing injury to anyone, you must watch this video from Utah's Zero Fatalities Website. Please, please watch it and see how many lives were affected... devastated in fact, by a 22 year old who made a very bad decision to text while he was driving.

I know there are many other things that can cause distractions while we are driving that we need to be careful of, but these are two easy decisions every driver can make right now. DON'T run red lights... you can spare the extra 2 minutes, and PUT THE PHONE DOWN while you are driving... no text or phone call is important enough for you to risk lives over. (If you are dumb enough to think it is, then at least pull over first before looking/answering it.)

The decision to run a red light cost that driver his life this morning. I can't imagine how many people will be affected by his death. Please, let's all take care while driving. Our vehicles truly are LETHAL weapons.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Just a spoonful of sugar...

YIKES...

Look how much sugar

is in some of the drinks we enjoy!!



I'm thinking I will have to be looking at labels
a little more carefully!

http://www.sugarstacks.com/ has some other foods
you might be interested in seeing...

...like these small portions of bbq sauce & ketchup!


There are a selection of other foods there too.
How much sugar am I feeding my kids? :(