Friday, April 19, 2013


My guy sure likes shoes these days!  Yesterday on Instagram I posted his little feet trying to put a pair of shoes on from the book I read to him.  He is obsessed with putting shoes on.  If he finds anyone's shoes lying around, you can be sure to find him sticking his feet in and trying to walk in them.  It's the best!  I love watching him try and balance as he sticks his feet into the big shoe and them dragging them across the floor to walk.
Today, rather than taking a picture using my Iphone, like I normally would in this case, I happened to be sitting at my computer which is where my Nikon sits.  I quickly grabbed it and in the moment was able to grab a couple of his obsession...  shoes!  This morning they are on his hands, tonight I guarantee he will be trying to put them on his feet!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


It's beginning... my little Sky is growing up and having what I would call teenage issues.  Today, while getting her ready, she didn't like anything in her closet.  She complained about there only being Matilda Jane clothes and she doesn't like Matilda Jane clothes.  I then out of frustration said, "Fine, you can start to buy your own clothes.  You can then pick out whatever it is YOU want to wear."  I know, I was being ridiculous!  I just hate thinking that she doesn't have the same taste in clothes and I already struggle with what to put her in.  Do I dress her in the cute little girl stuff or the more grown up stuff?  She's my oldest and so I haven't yet figured this out.  It's uncharted territory for me.  So after picking something out, I felt was pretty dang cute, I told her to put it on and ask dad what he thought.  Of course, dad gave her the thumbs up and tried telling her that she looked cute!  She sobbed while I braided her hair.  "I'm not cute," she said.  I told her when I was done I was going to take a picture of her and show her how cute she was.  This is what she did... out came the camera, and out came the fun, cute Sky I know and love.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Today, I sat around and watched Radd play.  His hair glistened in the sunlight.  I thought to myself "is it time to cut it?"  I can't bring myself to do it.  I love his little shag.  But how long is too long?  I've seen little boys with shags and it gets so long they start to look like a girl.
I love this little guy to the moon and back!  When I snuggle him, I stare at his long eyelashes and his cute little freckle.  I play with his hair and brush it out of his eyes.  He's my little angel!

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Easter Sunday!  We spent it up at my parents house.  We went to church with them and then did the usual hang out, have an Easter egg hunt with the kids and then have a nice yummy dinner.  It was pretty casual this year.  Just happy to have avoided the stomach bug that everyone seems to be catching and we've had in previous weeks.

I always like to have a good family picture of us.  I always try for the cutest Easter outfits and want to at least get a picture of my hard work.  Right?  My bestie (Suzanne) came over to grab a little dinner with her girls, while the other half of her family sat at home sick with that stomach bug.  She was able to take that picture I insist on for me this year.  Normally, it's the trusted tri-pod.  Then, (pressing my luck cause my kids never want more pictures) I asked Sky to kiss Jett.  Jett squealed with embarrassment and insisted that the rest of the family turn around and not watch.  It was quite hilarious!  I love his reaction!

Friday, March 29, 2013


This kid... he loves Oreo brownies!  That's all.

Friday, February 8, 2013


Crazy Hair Day... when your youngest doesn't have a whole lot of hair, you cringe like me.  What can I even do to it to make it look crazy?  Well, this is how it turned out...

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Valentines Day is in a week.  I needed a cute picture of Jett to put on the back of his cards.  With the forecast showing snow tomorrow through the weekend, I realized at the last minute that I better hurry and get one.  I had Jett throw on a better shirt and go outside.  It was starting to get dark so we only had a minute or two.  I can't believe how much older he looks in the few pictures I took.  Eeeekkk.  This kid is turning 8 this year and going to be baptized.  I'm not sure I'm ready for this.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Today was Brooke's first dance class.  I signed her up for a ballet class with her cousin, Macy.  These two could not have been more excited to go.  They practically twirled themselves into class.  Then after it was over, they jumped in the van with glee.  They were so excited to come home and show me what they learned.  I think this is going to be fun!  Before class, I made them freeze for a second and had them run outside for a couple pictures.  I know, I'm mean!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


And basketball has come to an end.  Jett was so much fun to watch.  He is super intense (no suprise) and did an awesome job!  I love going to his games and wish basketball would last all year.  No joke.  I really have fun watching him learn and he's still young enough I feel like I can see his thought process as he picks up on the fundamentals of the game.  Some pictures as it all came to an end.

Friday, February 1, 2013


He'll be 17 months old tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I have to say that I have spent every possible second and then some snuggling this boy of mine.  He's definitely a mama's boy and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Most mornings while Brooke is at school, I snuggle him as much as he'll let me and then we vacuum.  Hahaaaa... it's true.  Once he's done snuggling and eating a banana on my lap, he gets up and insists on going into the laundry room to get the vacuum.  The weather cleared up, was a little warmer than usual and the sky was clear.  I have to be careful not to mention going outside unless I mean it.  He loves to go outside!  I think we'll be out there non stop the second it hits 55 degrees.  So today as soon as I said, let's go outside, he was off.  I was able to snap a few of him just walking around in the non snowy areas in the back yard.  I love this kid.  I don't want him to get any bigger!!! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Unfortunately, the dance class I was signing Brooke up for was cancelled.  She was so excited, ran in from school and up to her room to put on her new dance clothes.  The weather outside is terrible and the director didn't want anyone trying to get to class in the snow.  So, we'll shoot for next week.  Crossing our fingers the sun is shining bright next week.  I don't think I'll bother her.  She loves wearing her new dance stuff!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013


So it's kind of a weird story... 
I was engaged once before when I was much younger.  It happened to get rather close to the wedding and things were pretty much in place for once we were married.  We had gotten an apartment together that I was living in until the big day and we had purchased a car together.  I had already had one bridal shower and was going to have another one that night.  He called me at work and asked me to meet him at the apartment.  Of course I did.  He uttered the words, "I can't marry you..."  He had been to the Temple earlier in the day and it just didn't feel right to him.  He didn't know if the feeling was that he couldn't marry me now, or if it he couldn't marry me ever.  Not wanting to wait around to find out if it was just bad timing, I went home.  I moved back to my parents house, gave the car to him and went and bought something else.  It was a dreadful few weeks.  Thankfully my little sister Megan had just been born and I spent many hours holding her.  It kept my spirits up as much as possible, but the reality was, felt like life was over. 
Fast forward 14 years later... 
I now look back on that experience and am so grateful that he was bold enough to say those words to me that dreadful day.  It took a strong person to believe in what he felt and knowing how close we were to marriage, to have the guts to back out.  I have nothing but gratitude for his actions now.  I have even used this example in talking to the young women in my ward.  I talked about preparing for marriage and how important it is to be prepared and not just in love with the idea of marriage.  I have a life now that is more amazing than I ever dreamed possible.  I couldn't really be happier with how things have turned out.  The Lord was aware of the big picture, one I just couldn't see then.
After the break up and moving on, the only thing I ever heard about him was years later when I ran into a mutual friend.  This friend told me she heard he married someone else rather quickly after me.  She thought her name was Michelle.  So that is all I ever knew.  
Last year in school, Sky brought home a paper outlining the end of the year, the field trips and parties and who would be helping out.  One of the names was Mishelle Mitchell.  I was a little curious and asked Sky who the kid in her class was with the last name Mitchell.  She told me it was her friend Emma M.  Yes, it's the daughter to my ex-fiance and they are good friends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


He's a tad crazy!  He LOVES my vacuum more than any child I've ever seen.  He went so nuts that after the battle for a few days, I got online and ordered him his very own Dyson vacuum (pretend of course, but it looked just like mine).  I thought that would be the answer.  Ummmm... not really.  Although he will be seen playing with his vacuum, he mostly insists that I get out mine and vacuum with him.  It's amazing how much he communicates without talking in sentences.  I know exactly what he wants and he gets giddy when I get my vacuum out.  He does a little happy dance (for real).  Last week while at Target, I made the mistake of going down the isle of vacuums.  He started screaming!  The embarrassing kind of screaming!  I'll never make that mistake again.  So today, after vacuuming for a good half hour, I was done and ready to move on.  When I uttered those terrible words of "all done" he lost it!  It was as if life were over.  It's hilarious! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I'd like to pat myself on the back for this one!  This is my latest genius idea... at least I think so. I have gone through so many attempts for a chore chart.  I've bought things, I've made things, I've tried every idea in the book as far as I am concerned.  I was talking to my friend on the phone and she was describing her latest attempt to start a new chore chart idea.  I was determined to come up with something new.  I spent the day thinking of what it was that would motivate my kids.  I think I've figured it out.  

Here it is... something I've never seen done actually.  I am a list maker and like most people, love crossing things off.  I decided to list 5 or 6 chores 10-20 times (enough times that it should take them about 2 weeks to accomplish) and each time they finished a task they could cross it off the list.  I went to Target with the kids earlier in the day and let them pick out a $10 item.  Jett and Brooke picked out Skylander figures and because Sky couldn't decide, she has a $10 gift card to use when she's crossed everything off her list.  

It isn't even that nice of a chart, simply typed it up quickly, printed and stuck on the fridge.  I hand wrote their names in random places, along with the prize they are trying to earn.  Really quite simple!  In case you're wondering what I listed on their charts, I'll tell you.  I wanted to keep it simple, something they could accomplish.  It's so important that they finish it and get their prize at the end so they are encouraged to do another chart.  I won't keep up the $10 toy, but will put rewards we already do but this will make it seem like they are earning them; such as a lunch date with mom or dad, or going to a movie.  Things like that.   For Brooke, my 5 year old: clear couch of folded clothes, match up basket of socks, unload silverware, pick up all of Radds toys, play with Raddd while mom makes dinner and brush teeth.  For Jett, my 7 year old: clear couch of folded clothes, unload dishwasher, match up basket of socks, bring down dirty laundry, read a chapter in a book, play with Radd while mom makes dinner, brush teeth, and for Sky my 9 year old: clear off couch of folded clothes, unload dishwasher, wipe off bathroom counter, vacuum family room/living room, play with Radd while mom makes dinner, brush teeth.  I used this to my advantage.  The things that drive me the most crazy... begging for stacks of clothes to be taken up, begging Jett to read a chapter, and begging the kids to help watch Radd while I fix dinner were all taken care of with these lists.  I've realized there are a few other things that I can put on the next list.  Like hang up your backpack when you get home and be in bed on time.  I wanted to promote teamwork, so they all have the couch of clothes to clear off, but if they all do it, they can all mark it off.  I'll be sure to post when this first list is finished to let you know how it turned out. 

Update:  It's day 2 and my kids have never been so motivated.  They are anxious to cross it off their list.  The folded clothes have not sat on the couch waiting to be put away at all and it's amazing.  It's my least favorite part about the laundry.  The hours and hours it sits folded waiting to be taken upstairs and put away and the countless times I ask everyone to take up their stack is so frustrating for me.  So this is so refreshing.  The dishwasher is instantly unloaded.  The first morning, before school, Jett unloaded the dishwasher and read a chapter.  If this continues like it has, I'll stick to my statement of this was a genius idea!

Update:  Its been a week and a half and my kids are doing amazing!!!  They are still going strong.  I would imagine in a weeks time they will all be done and I will post new charts.  I have heard my kids even complain... "ugggh she's doing all the chores."  It's really quite great!  I'll listen to that complaint any day.  Next chart I will adjust a little.  I have found that some things I need to list less times and other things more.  I should have listed "read a chapter" way more times on Jett's chart.  He read all the chapters in two days.  Should have seen that one coming!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


So it's been over a year, but I am back!  I am a little sad, that I missed a whole year of posting a picture a day.  As I go through some of the posts, it is such a great reminder of what my life was like.  I really enjoy seeing the pictures I posted each day.  They were mostly of my kids, but it should be that way.  They are my world.  They are the reason I take so many pictures!

In the last 6 months, I have used my iphone for taking those daily pictures.  As great as Instagram is, I can see it took the place of me taking nicer pictures with my nicer camera!  I don't plan on halting my instagram posts, just plan to take out the nice camera more often and post those daily, every day life pictures here.  I am inspired by a few people/photographers.  One being my first teacher Carin Davis.  She recently blogged about her "slurping" of her blog into a book.  It's then that I realized, I need to get back to the blog.  I need to write down thoughts and post pictures that I can soon, "slurp" myself and put into a nice book.

 Another reason, I'm a little more inspired is thanks to my hubby.  He surprised me with a new lens.  It's a lens that makes taking those every day pictures even easier.  It has a wider angle and a 1.4 aperture which allows for low light inside a small house, shots.  :)  Perfect! 

So here's to my new goal!  Many of these pictures you'll find on facebook too.  It's a quicker way for my family to see my pictures.  So that's for them, this is for me!  I think I can do this.  I've managed to get Radd onto a nap schedule (kind of a small miracle).  It's kind of worked its way out on it's own.  He wakes up at the same time every morning and we get in the car at the same time every day to go get Brooke from Kindergarten.  It just works out that he falls asleep on the way there and transfers to bed perfectly.  I've been using that time to go over the day with Brooke, feed her lunch and then shower.  I want to now squeeze in a few minutes to post a picture or two.  I think I can do it.

After getting my new lens, I was quick to use it.  Here is my first picture with it.  As soon as I could take the lens cap off and set down, Radd picked it up and put it in his mouth.  He is a teaseand it was a challenge to get it out of his mouth without breaking his cute little teeth.  I found something a little softer and something I didn't mind him biting down on so much and offered to trade.  He teased me for a bit and I joked with him and finally he switched.  He doesn't always take my no seriously.  It's fine because I just end up smiling with him.