Monday, December 15, 2008

mpm 12/15

so I know I am slacking on posting for the family, but at least I am planning my menu's.

Monday-leftover dinner that we didn't really get to enjoy last night
Tuesday-Smarter Fettuccine Alfredo
Thursday-birthday dinner for Tanner
Friday-sweet and sour meatballs (that we didn't have last week)
Saturday-black bean chicken burritos (that we didn't have last week either)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

we've been elfed

I had to do two-because there is so many of us that we can't just do one. I just added the second, so check that out too.

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Monday, December 8, 2008


This week is going to be a bit crazy, but the one thing I know will help is if
I have our meal ideas planned out.

Monday- leftovers from the last 2 days
Tuesday-Sweet and Sour Meatballs, rice, and veggies
Wednesday-Brushetta Chicken Bake
Thursday-crockpot blackbean burritos
Friday- spaghetti & bread
Saturday-pick your own
Sunday- 10 Minute Chilaquiles
That should get us through our busy week. Check out Org Junkies for lots of menu ideas

Monday, December 1, 2008


oh so thankful, for so many things! including, but not limited to-
the tender mercies of the Lord. which include-
an amazing Physical Therapist who is thinking about us often, who knows people who know people. Our sweet PT called a PT Scott in Orem, (pictured below) who knew a man Ernie (who had a child with a disability) that had started a foundation to help families with members who had disabilities that needed equipment, and help getting it. Scott talked to Ernie, applied for us to get a stroller. We had decided not to try to get it through the insurance because really we can't afford a stroller like this. But after Scott got it fixed with Ernie, he called to let me know that we had a stroller. That it was ours to keep, to thrash, to have, and if in the end it was still in good condition we could give it back, but we didn't have to. We went and picked it up from him a couple weeks ago. What an awesome blessing. The Lord works in miraculous ways. This is an $800 stroller, that is ours. Its big, and will fit Gage for sometime. I am amazed. Thanks to Cathy-for always thinking of us you are awesome! we are blessed to have you be our friend. Scott for being the middle man and delivery man-you went above and beyond, and we are grateful! and to Ernie you will never know how much you have affected our lives. Thank You!

a happy family. and that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their sweet boy
were able to come, make and eat a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
We had a great time.

Surprise anniversary presents that are delivered, and smell wonderful

surprise pictures on the camera!
goofy kids

a wonderful mom who loves me, and for the
time we get to spend with her. I should say parents
that love me, and family that loves me. I just don't
have pictures of everyone.

a temple here nearby. that we are blessed to be
able to go to.

a living prophet of God that leads us on the earth

and last(for today), but certainly not least
a husband who is worthy to hold the priesthood,
who was called yesterday to be in the new bishopric of
our ward as the second counselor. who is a servant of the Lord, and who loves the
Lord and testifies of Him. I am thankful that Jared
was called, and accepted this new calling.
I know it is a calling from God. On Friday night as we
were driving to the church to meet with the Stake
President, I was saying a prayer that I would know
that whatever calling we recieved that night
was from Him. and in the middle of that prayer
I realized that I didn't need to be saying that prayer
for reassurance. I knew, and still do, that the men
we were meeting with are men of God, they do His work, and
His will. This calling was from God. That the new Bishop is meant
to be the new bishop, and God called him to this calling. I have a testimony of
this. I have been getting prepared for this. The spirit has been telling me
that this calling was coming. and I am okay with it
I know that there will be some rough times but I also
know that God will bless us for our steadfast service.
I am grateful for the opportunity that Jared and I have to
serve. He is a wonderful man. and I am glad to be his wife

and for those of you who are curious-the new
bishop of the 10th ward is Bishop Dean Cooper, John Stewart
1st counselor, Jared Davis 2nd counselor.
awesome men. I am looking forward to seeing what these
guys can do.

MPM 12/01

Sunday-Enchiladas, lime rice, salad


Tuesday-cream cheese chicken, rice, rolls

Wednesday-quiche, fruit

Thursday-sandwiches, fries

Friday-kids to get own

Saturday-lemon pepper chicken salad

Sunday-lasagna, salad, french bread

Help! I need lowfat, but yummy dinner ideas. I am trying to count points with WW again, and am in need of recipes. got any ideas? Please share. Thanks. and don't forget to head over to Laura's for hundreds of menu ideas.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary

November 26, 1994

I feel very ecstatic to say that 14 years ago today we were married. What a blessing it has been to have this man be my husband. I love him more than words can say. He makes me laugh, we are still goofy together, and happy, very happy. I am in love with him, and am looking forward to an eternity. Happy Anniversary honey. I love you.
I will post a now picture as soon as we get one.


7 Weird Things about Me:
1. I have to sleep with at least the sheet on, even if it is 90 degrees. 2. I'm stumped, help!!

10 Years ago...1. I was pregnant with Sydney 2. we drove a wannabe pinto 3. we lived in a 2 bedroom condo, that was a down stairs unit right on the corner. 4. I was serving in primary 5. I watched kids other than my own

5 things on my TO DO list...1. tidy up around the house, make muffins, go to costco, get kids from school, and go out on a double date with Joe and Kim and my sweet husband for our anniversary

5 Snacks that I like...1. popcorn, fruit, cereal, 100 cal packs, veggies

5 Things I would do with 1 million dollars...1. pay off my house, buy a little car, go on a vacation with the kids, and then alone with my hubby, help some in need, save the rest

5 Places I have lived...1. Oxnard, CA. 2. St. George, UT 3. Port Hueneme, CA. 4. Westminster, CA, and 5. somewhere in Washington state

5 Jobs I have had...1. mom 2. homemaker 3. childcare provider 4. house cleaner (an actual job I had that I got paid for, before I was married and did it for free) 5. taxi driver
most of the jobs I have had all revolve around the fact that I am a mom, and wife. I love it.
i tag anyone who wants to play along

Monday, November 17, 2008

2 years


WOW-how time flies. I was reading a friends blog and she noted how it had been a year since she started her blog. So I decided to go to the earliest post-it just happened to be November 17th 2006. WOW! Two years of blogging. What a wonderful blessing this has been for me. I love it. and I love keeping up with everyone else through their blogs.

Monday, November 10, 2008

so i guess its time for an update-things with my contacts worked out great. Thanks for the encouragement. Potty training is going as well as could be expected. He finally figured it out and is now only having issues with pooping. it will come, hopefully soon. He stayed dry at church. that is my usual stress, being away from home for more than 3 hours. but he did fine. Sunday was our Primary Program. Its when the kids ages 3 to 12 give talks and sing songs to present what they have been learning through out the year. It can be a very sweet experience, except when your child looks pale and has had the flu that weekend, and you are praying he doesn't hurl all over the 5 kids sitting around him.(he was sad because they moved his seat, and he was actually crying)(FYI, if I was really worried that he wasn't feeling well, I would have kept him home. but sometimes you never know if they are really well until like a week later) and your 4 year old is standing up, sitting down, laughing, poking, and the worst, hitting his teacher.(dad had to get up, walk around the back, and up the other isle to step in and keep him from giving his teacher a black eye) Our family also sang one of the verses in the song "Home". All the kids, and us sang the first verse, we sang the second one alone, and then we all joined in again for the third verse. The verse we sang went like this "Home is where there's father, with strength and wisdom true. Home is where there's mother, and all the children too." We were loud enough that one person said they didn't know we were singing alone. So I figure that is a compliment. I think that Austin had the right idea, as he was sitting down by my feet hiding. I enjoyed the experience, but its really not my favorite thing to do-sing in front of people.
We have the greatest neighbors. They share their toys with us. They had two wiggle bikes, shown in the pictures. and because my children can't share, they now have two more. the kids still don't share. But it is wonderful to have such great neighbors. All the kids run out the door when they see Sammy playing outside. We love you guys! and not just because you share your toys. :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thursday night fun

Super Citizen

Tanner is our super citizen this month. I wish his teacher would have sent a note that said why she picked him-cuz I don't remember. I do know that she thought he was just quiet, but really he is just paying attention and being good. Way to go Tanner. He got a certificate, and a free dinner at Golden Corral!!

hair cuts

Yay for hair cuts. You have seen all the boys with their hair recently. I was so happy when Jared set up hair cuts with a friend of ours. She spent over 2 hours cutting the kids hair today. What a friend!!

look at that pile of hair. oh man did we need some hair cuts


We had a great Halloween. Busy, busy, busy. We started off by walking in the Kindergarten Parade, and then helping in Logan's class. We then stayed and watched the big kid parade, and the 2nd grade singing program. After school was out, we ran a bunch of errands, picking up the big kids on the way, I needed candy to pass out- I know, I waited til the last possible moment! I am great at procrastinating. We had trunk or treat at the park and then headed out trick or treating. The kids got a ton of candy and were super pooped out by the end of the night.
Logan's class-his teacher is great. She has 7 kids too, totally cool.

Gage loves playing in Logan's class, there are so many great toys. He got up and sat in this chair all by himself

Playing games

All of the 2nd grade singers

By this time-5:30 pm- we hit melt down mode. It only took him 30 minutes to get over his fit, and go to get candy without his costume

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

today i had an appointment with a new eye dr. I will spare you all the details. Let just say that to help my eyes see as good as they should will cost several hundred dollars a year. the new contacts may or may not be great. for the trial run today in the office they were wonderful. but who knows what a week would do. tonight, its sad to me that everything we need relies heavily on money. that we can't just barter-not that I have anything to barter with, but still. i am struggling tonight with the fact that i just don't have the money to get those new lenses, even though they would be great, and probably the best thing for me. and I have to settle with the yucky ones just because of money. blah
hopefully tomorrow will bring a better attitude. I have been potty training this week, only 2 days of peeing everywhere (not me, him). Today was a great day. no accidents. this is wonderful. we also stayed up way too late last night finishing up 20 quarts of applesauce. i am sure that is why i feel down tonight. tomorrow will be better.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkin carving is a favorite of the kids this time of year. Last nights pumpkin carving was one of the best we have had. it was fun.
Gage's pumpkin was the one we used for the contest on Saturday night. So he just had fun playing outside.

Cori got pretty creative this year.

I just missed dad pushing the boys around. They were having fun. Austin would rather play in the car than have anything to do with the pumpkin.