Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Kaleb had a great football season! I really enjoyed watching him play and play well. He is an awesome little blocker, and made some sweet running plays. I guess he just had fantastic coaches... Stephen, my dad, and brother Kyle:) OH, I need to say a big thanks to my other brothers Derek and Brent for helping out for the last game, I am so lucky to have such an AMAZING family!! Now it is on to basketball!

Friday, November 19, 2010

All Contained

I finished cleaning out and organizing my mom's craft cabinet outside and the kids one inside. I started my mom's Monday, with the help from Stephanie, and then finished it on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, I started and finished the kids. I am really proud of myself:) I wish I had taken a before picture of my mom's, but at least you can see the after. I had a lot of fun shopping for all the containers at The Container Store, it is like my new favorite store. I need to give a big thanks to my friend Stephanie for helping me get started on my mom's, it made the task a lot easier. And, I need to give a huge thanks to Karly for helping me with the kids cabinet. She helped clean stuff out, throw stuff away, put items in new boxes, and help put everything back on the shelf's. She was AWESOME!!! I actually really like organizing and it feels great to have it done!

The leaves have been absolutely gorgeous this year. Karly and I went outside this afternoon to take some picture of the neighborhood.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Crazy Mondays!!

Mondays are always a busy day for me, and today was no exception. I usually try and get all my "chores" done on Mondays, so I can just have fun the rest of the week. Okay, so here is how the day went...
I Slowly get out of bed, really not wanting to face the day. I got the girls ready for school and Stephen got the boys ready ( I love when he is home in the mornings), and then headed down for breakfast. Kissed Stephen goodbye, got lunches ready, book bags packed, and then cleaned the kitchen. Hailey and Kaleb go to the neighbor who we carpool with and Karly and Blake hang out and play. I made out the dinner menu for the week, and realize I haven't eaten and grab me something to eat while I organize my coupons ( I LOVE COUPONS). Then, I sorted the laundry and started a load and finished up with coupons and the grocery list. Finished the grocery list, took the kids upstairs, checked my email and paid some bills. Next, I switched the clothes, with help from Blake, and then headed out the door. We stopped by the bank first, which is a hassle since my drivers side window doesn't work and then headed to the store. The store is actually pretty fun. We always get there when they put out the samples, so the kids and I enjoy all the yummy treats. We rushed today b/c I had my friend coming over to help with a project. When I got home I was on my cell phone with Stephen, and Karly didn't want to wait for me to get off, so she hopped out and went inside. She came back out with my dad and brothers Derek and Kyle, and they brought all the groceries in!! It was so nice. Steph, got there right as I was going inside. I got the kids lunch and started to put away groceries, while Steph was cleaning out the craft cabinet. I put all the groceries away, cleaned up the kids, then cleaned up their lunch, and took Blake for his nap. Steph had her little boy with her, so Karly played with him. I helped Steph with all the craft stuff for about an hour, and then she had to go, but I was so thankful for all her help, I really don't have much left to do. After Steph left, I put Karly in my room to watch TV for some quiet time, and then got dinner in the crock pot and realized again, that I had not eaten, so I grabbed me some lunch. I also forgot about the laundry, so I got the load out and put the other one in the dryer. When that was done it was time to get the kids from school. Picked up the kids from school, helped with homework, practiced basketball with the kids, finished dinner, and rushed off to Hailey's basketball practice!!! We all went to Hailey's practice and then for a special treat went to Krispy Kreme for some hot doughnuts!! It was a prefect ending to a crazy day.
Whoa, I wrote a lot, but it actually helps me feel better to realize I accomplished a lot today. I usually feel like I get nothing done, but putting it all done really helps me to see EVERYTHING.
Oh, and I need to give big thanks to Stephen who put all the laundry away while I was writing this. He is the best husband EVER!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Why do I blog?? I blog for 2 reasons...
1- So our WONDERFUL family in Utah, and Oregon know what is going on in our lives. We love them dearly, but sadly never get to see them.
2- I keep this blog as my journal, so I can have a record of what my family has done.

I try really hard to blog each week, but sometimes I get lazy or just think that nothing special has happened so I don't need to blog. But, I realized special things happen everyday and I need to record them. So, I decided that I would like to blog every night, and I am going to try really hard to do so. Now I know there will be some nights I can't get to it, but I will at least do more than one a week. When I print out my blog I want to be able to show them to my kids, and remind them of all the fun things they did or said, and how proud of them I am. And yes, I will even blog without pictures:)

Wish me luck!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A little Halloween and a trip to the Zoo!

I really hope these videos work, fingers crossed!

We had a fun Halloween week. Here are some highlights:

*pumpkin carving with Stephen

*ward trunk or treat

* Stephen being Lord Voldemort and Blake being young Harry (everyone loved it)

* me winning the chili cook off at church!! my chili was so good, no one else even bothered to bring any:)

* helping sew Uncle Brent's Willy Wonka costume, I helped with the jacket, but the vest was all me!!

* watching Harry Potter, baking cupcakes, and handing out candy instead of trick-or-treating AND

* the kids telling me this was the best Halloween!!

The kids didn't have school Friday so I loaded them up and headed to the NC Zoo. We brought Hailey's friend Taylor with us too, she also joined us for trunk or treat. The Zoo was super fun and we had a GREAT time. I think the highlight of the Zoo trip for me was watching the kids faces while at the elk exhibit... it was mating season;) ha ha ha. Ahh, good times.