Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

Another Christmas has come and gone. I think Jess and I were a bit stressed this year leading up to the big event. Jess, because of juggling his mountain of responsibilities and preparing for finals and me, feeling like I had to do it all this year since last year I did very little. In any case, we got through everything with even a few days to spare before Christmas.

The kids were of course oblivious to any adult concerns and were in love with everything Christmas. It is fun to see how magical and wonderful everything is through their eyes. Christmas morning they actually slept in a little and then crept into our bed and we discussed if we should should wait for Grant to wake up. I think the answer was no but he woke up shortly after anyway.

The big present from
Santa this year was a dollhouse that I grew up with as a child. We eventually passed it down to another family we knew, who passed it back to us when they grew out of it. To make it look new again my parents and I put in new carpet and wallpaper and repainted it. It was a bit of work but I think it is great when you can hand something down for so many years.

Of course what my kids wanted most this year were light sabers since they are huge Star Wars fans -since Thanksgiving. And I have to say, those light sabers are their favorite toys (along with their Darth Vader and R2D2 potato heads.)

Jess's big present, besides the gun he bought himself last month, was me paying off his student loan behind his back. Debt free!!...almost. My big present was an hour at a spa. I guess my stress this month showed a bit.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

iPod Give Away

I don't live close to most of my family. One of the ways we stay in touch with each other is through this website called Spokt. We post pictures and tell about what's going on in our lives. Even my six year old has joined and now posts her own comments.

Well, you have to check this site out for two reasons. The first is that it is an awesome web site. The second reason is that the founder is giving away an iPod touch and I'd really like to win!
iPod give away

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Concert

I got to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert on Thursday night. Thank you Sara for inviting me! I had never seen it before and it was really awesome. Their guest performers this year were Natalie Cole and David McCullough, the author of 1776 and John Adams.

Natalie Cole was actually nervous I think. Her first two numbers were a very breathy and a tiny flat. I thought to myself, "Am I actually critiquing Natalie Cole?" Yes, yes I was. It was still really cool to hear her. That is a once in a life time chance, and when she sang The Christmas Song it was perfect. I am pretty sure she has recorded that number because it sounded like the arrangement was made exactly for her.

David McCullough told about the history of I'll be home for Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. He did a great job as only a historian of his caliber would. The MoTab sang behind him as he spoke and it was very moving.

I have to say that my favorite part of the whole evening however was the organ solo. Richard Elliot (who is my favorite Tabernacle organist) was supposed to play Good King Wenceslas. Well, it started out as that number, but it soon turned into the Nutcracker Suite. It was amazing. He was playing that organ so that it sounded like the whole orchestra was playing. He was pulling stops out everywhere, crossing his hands, crossing his feet and going a million miles an hour. When he was finished he got a standing ovation. It was amazing.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Every girl gets to the stage when she doubts herself, thinks she is awkward and wonders if she is good enough at (fill in the blank). Teenage years are the worst of course, but I wonder if most women still have a moment now and again. Because I had more than your average self loathing moments myself growing up, I have constantly told my girls how wonderful they are. Sometimes I think I overdo it, but apparently I don't.

Yesterday Reanne asked me if I thought she was pretty. I said of course I did. I told her she had beautiful hair and striking eyes. She interrupted me and asked, "But do you think my face is pretty?" I said that if I didn't think she was beautiful I wouldn't tell her so much. Jess, being a boy, assumed someone had told her that she was ugly and asked her as much. She got mad and told us that she just thought her face was ugly when she looked in the mirror. I was depressed for the rest of the day. My beautiful daughter who has lots of friends, has a cute little body, is smart, talented, and is only six already has self doubts. It's tough to be a girl.

Friday, November 27, 2009


We continued our tradition from last year, creating another Thanksgiving Tree. I thought it was sweet that a lot of the leaves on the tree had to do with Jess this year. There was wrestling, daddy-daughter dates, eating slurpees with dad, dad being home and cuddling with dad.

We had dinner at our house this year. My parents came from California. My sister, my brother and his wife and her brother were also there. We had a full spread including a turducken! Don't worry, it was just a roll and not the whole bird/birds. My cousin Levi and his wife came for pies and the pumpkin dump cake. Why do we love to eat so much food on this lovely holiday?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween from all of us to all of you.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Our Halloween Dinner

The menu for tonight was mummy, mud with creepy crawlies, finger dip, and owls for dessert. (The slime that we drank wasn't poured in the glasses yet.)

The kids reactions. We will definitely do this again next year.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

Last October I brought home two pumpkins home from Walmart for the girls. That was ok, but everyone had a lot more fun this year at the pumpkin patch. Reanne went out to the furthest corner of the field to find the biggest pumpkin she could find. Sierra went out near the front and found a medium one and Grant just sat and played in the dirt.

Sierra and Grant

I realized once again that I don't pull out my camera enough, so I took some pictures of these cuties while Reanne was at school.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another First

Grant took his first steps this week. It won't be long 'til he's cruising all over the house.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Military Ball

Jess and I went to our second military intelligence ball on Friday. They provided us dinner, entertainment (Comedy Sports), and a dance. It was fun to go to our 30-something prom. And surprisingly it was much the same as your high school equivalent. You see trampy girls, guys who want to impress everyone, and the shy quiet people too.

The Brigade Sergeant Major gave a little speech and was going to tell stories of soldiers who were extraordinary during their deployment last year. He decided last minute to not share the stories but later came up to Jess and told him he was one of the soldiers he was going to talk about. I was very proud to be married to someone who is such an example no matter who he is around or what setting. What a lucky woman I am.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pink Pancakes

I was never a huge fan of Jerry Seinfeld, but I am now a big fan of his wife, author of the cookbook "Deceptively Delicious". This cookbook features recipes where you hide vegetables in kid friendly food. (I know Becky that you introduced this to me ages ago...why didn't I listen?)

Last night we made pink pancakes which where made from whole wheat flour, an apple and beets. I know what you're thinking. Gross. Reanne told me they were the best pancakes she's ever had and Sierra had three of them. I think Grant ate four of them and Reanne ate five. I was soooo happy that they not only ate dinner without a huge fight or complaint but that they actually were eating vegetables. Everyone was happy....but mostly me.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Today Sierra started our little home preschool. I am doing it with 3 other moms with girls around the same age. It is very low key, only once a week with a different mom teaching each week, but Sierra couldn't be more thrilled. She is so excited that she gets to go to school like her big sister (who wishes she could be in preschool by the way.) I wish I had a picture of the four girls but my camera was somehow missing it's memory card. Oh well. Next week.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Grant

Grant turned one on the 12th. I can't believe he is already at this milestone.
He was very curious about his two presents. It took him a minute to figure out that we actually wanted him to tear the paper.

Here he is after he dug into his chocolate frosted funfetti cake. Happy Birthday Grant!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

Today my daughter (I'm sure you can guess which one) told me that I was following Satan's plan because I didn't give her the choice of doing her own hair before church. You just never know what is going to come out of your kid's mouths.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mark the Great Benefit run

After I ran my race on the 4th, Reanne got to thinking that it would be pretty fun if she could run in a race (to get the prizes of course.) We signed her up for a benefit run in which the proceeds went to a family who just lost their father to heart disease. Reanne ran with her friend Maya. Here they are warming up for their 200 meter run.

Reanne could have placed in her small race but she decided to be a good friend and team player and stay by Maya. Maya slipped and fell and Reanne still stuck by her. They came in last place but I was so proud of her.

Aren't they the cutest!

Jess ran the 5k and cut down his last time by a couple minutes. 26:50. Good job Jess!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Little Monsters

The girls got these glasses for their reading prize at the library last week.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I just love to see my kids drawings. I think they are so creative. These didn't scan very dark, but I think they are dark enough to see them. Can you guess what the drawings are?

Upcoming artist Sierra with a drawing of her family.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Caught the Bug

Jess decided to run in the Lavender 5K race last weekend. He did great. His time was 29:42, of which I give credit to his long legs. Sorry no pictures. Although I wanted to be the supportive wife, it was way too early to get the kids up and ready and at the finish line. Maybe next time? I have a feeling there will be a next time soon with him.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


1162 is me in my first race- the Freedom Run.
Details: 5K, sister Tracy, 67 degrees, 7:00 am, 37:26, a lot of fun.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Poor Reanne

Yesterday Reanne had to get her baby tooth pulled at the dentist. It wasn't coming out because her big tooth, which was fully grown, was far enough behind her baby one that it wasn't pushing it out on it's own. All of you who know Reanne knows how traumatic that would be for her. Even with laughing gas, numbing medication and me holding her hand through the whole experience, she was still in hysterics.

Well, if that wasn't enough trauma in one day.....

After our Enrichment activity that night, Reanne was running around the church and jumped into an open cupboard door. It popped her head open resulting in a trip to the Instacare. She was relieved, and I was a bit annoyed, when the doctor didn't have to stitch the gash or even glue it. But the whole experience translated into what Reanne said was "the worst day of my whole life." I think I agree with her on this one. This was one day I was glad to have over.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Our Day At The Beach

It was overcast and chilly every day that we were in Santa Barbara but we still had to go to the beach. The girls tried to build castles in the dry sand because they were scared to get to close to the waves and Grant fell asleep to the sound of the ocean.


Last week we spent the day at Disneyland. It was the highlight of our California trip. The whole trip down Reanne and Sierra discussed how brave they were going to be and how much they were looking forward to the roller coasters. The first ride we went on was Pirates of the Caribbean. Reanne knew there was a few drops in the ride and suddenly wasn't so brave anymore. She screamed so loud as we went down that all the babies started crying. After that however, it seems she could handle everything well and she even went on Big Thunder Mountain and loved it.

Here are the girls after the 3-D movie "A Bug's Life." They added some "special" effects like stink from a stink bug, spray from a poisonous bug, and bugs crawling on your seat. Yuck!

Can you tell that everyone is getting tired? It was a long day but a really fun one. We all love Disneyland.