Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Fall review...

I'm become so bad at updating my blog...and I'm probably not going to do it more often, but at least my photos tell a story and those are never lacking.  

Here is Cayden on his first day of Jr. High.  He's grown 3 inches in a little over 6 months. He's 5' 3" and weighs 10lbs less than me.  His feet are officially bigger than mine and He's a teenager inside and out.  We are enjoying it (most of the time).  Just as you stop worrying if they are going to make it out of their childhood years, you start worrying if they're going to make to their adult years!

Eliza has been in Jazz, Combo class, and has now announced that she wants to take Gym class with her little bestie.  She loves to try new things and is as sharp as a tac.  She Is reading every sign on the side of the road, every title on the TV screen, and every little book she can get her hands on.  Eliza even "reads" the scriptures at night (she repeats all the words after I read them like she has read them herself.  We still call her the baby and everyone goes along with it because they know it's really hard for me to watch her grow up.  She started Kindergarten this September and I enjoy every morning with her and miss her every afternoon when she is gone. 

We've never had our burning bushes turn red in the seven years we've lived here, so when they turned red this November, I had to document it as a momentous occasion as red is one of my most favorite colors.  I loved planting over 200 tulip bulbs that weekend and kept looking up at the bushes and how vivid the colors were.  That evening the sunset was amazing as well.  It was the last beautiful weekend we had before the snow and bitter cold hit us.

The girls on their first day of Fifth (Hannah) and Third (Madelyn) grade.

 Hannah (Sandy from Grease), Eliza (Leopard Kitty), and Madelyn (Girly Pirate) for Halloween.

Hannah Knee boarding in Bear Lake

Hannah's Birthday- 9(?) girls had their hair done and we went for a limo ride to dinner- it was a blast!

For my birthday Cord took me to a John Mayer concert.  This pic was taken by Cayden (future pro photog) just before we left.  Great concert!

Madelyn loves ballet- she just had her recital (pics to come in my Christmas update)- She can't wait to take in the spring because "they are dancing with Mexican fans" she says.

That's our fall update.  Not all that we've done (by a long shot) but some of the highlights of the last couple of months.  

We bought a couple of cars.  Poor Cord, He bought me a Nissan Armada and after a couple of weeks and a carpool with a few football boys and all my girls, I realized it was too small, so he bought me another Yukon XL that fit my family much better.  So no more Bob the Tamale.  The kids named the new car Kirby.  I have no idea why.  We had a bout of Strep throat run through our family, that was fun.  I think that about sums it up.  We are looking forward to December and the cute plays, programs, and parties.  I am almost done decorating the house as of this week and am most grateful to have the opportunity to reflect on the reason that we celebrate this time of year.  

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bob- the Tamale

Monday started as a great day.  I got things cleaned up in the house, fed the kids, cleaned up some more, and fed the kids again.  Then it was time to take Hannah to camp in Salt Lake.  We got in the car (Eliza, Hannah, and I) and headed out.  About 10 minutes from our destination, my car kicked into a lower gear (it's an automatic) and a whole bunch of errors started lighting up.  I pressed my ever-so-handy OnStar button and the magic person came on asking how he could assist me.  I told him my car had freaked out and to HELP!  He did his nifty diagnostic thing and after telling me that there were three errors with the car, he said he'd start with the least serious.  Are you crazy?  Give me the worst news first, since I'm going full-speed (plus 10) on the freeway!  My worst error was that my transmission could be failing and he suggested that I get off the freeway immediately and that he would call for a tow- That's my trusty OnStar guy!  I made it to the off ramp, which happened to be where we were headed in the first place, and I came to a stop at a left-hand turn lane.  Once I tried to accelerate again, my car was acting like it was a manual and wasn't sure which gear it was in.  Oh boy- on go the hazards.  I gingerly accelerated until I moved forward and made it into the parking lot (which thankfully had a bookstore, clothes shopping, AND a frozen yogurt shop)-I turned my car off.  After the tow truck came and we made it to the dealer, we were given a rental and sent on our way (btw- Cord appeared within 20 minutes- my knight in silver armor).  

Yesterday my car was ready and as I went to pick it up, Eliza Jane asked, "mom, are we going to get the tamale?"  I don't think I could ever correct her- of course Hannah promptly piped up and said, "it's a DENALI"- Thanks Hannah!  I think that was her last baby word, and she stole it.  

Since picking up our car, we have decided to affectionately name it "Bob", first because it's shorter than saying "the black car" and second because after what it went through and the fact that it made it to a safe place for our family, it deserves a name.  I dub thee "Bob, the tamale"- hopefully minus the transmission problems!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Until about a year ago- "fwimmin" is what Eliza called swimming- I will cherish that forever!


So much to little room (and desire to ramble...)- LOVE ing Summer vacation so far- we're all tan and rolling out of bed swimming every day.

Here are some highlights from the last post until now:

towers spontaneously appear in our front hall- this is the tallest yet (cylindrical)
Grandma has been up to visit twice in the last month- we love having her!
Happy Easter!

She loves to lock herself in Nellie's cage...hmmm
Rolling down the hill at Thanksgiving Point

The "red" room is now gray- just waiting for Cord to install the new chandelier
Grandpa came to visit too- catch on a beautiful spring day
...and a movie
Preschool graduation- all four kids went to Miss Molly- we LOVE you

Women's conference- so awesome every year
Christina's bridal shower- hugs and loves- you da best!
lunch with Gpa
Snow in late May- latest recorded snow fall in SLC ever (accumulated)
Mommy buys shoes, baby buys shoes in mommy's size...

I love my life!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Studio 5, here I come!

I will be on Utah's local morning show-Studio 5- this Thursday, March 18th at 11am. The producer asked me to come on and speak about Facebook etiquette and I'm so excited! At this time, I am truly grateful for technology that makes it possible for me to share the video of my appearance with my blogger buddies only hours after I appear. But I still wish you were all here in Utah just for this one day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Last night we not only loved the company we kept- but the food! We ate at Terra Mia in Orem. The pizza was pretty authentic italian with lots of choices and the service was quick- and Zazá- the gelato place within Terra Mia- was amazing. We enjoyed Pistachio and banana as well as lemon with strawberry- amazing! I highly recommend these two places (if you're not on a diet that particular night)!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'm loving...

My Roku players (they are little digital players that allows the kids to watch channels like Netflix instant watch selections and other internet channels as they become available) this is the way of the future (not necessarily this box- but the idea)!

You can order the jewelry here- the most adorable jewelry ever!

Test drove one this weekend- I think I'm in love- the kids are begging!

Next tropical vacay for sure (Bora Bora)

Monday, February 1, 2010


What a relaxing week. Thanks mom for flying up- there wasn't a better person to take care of my kids for the eight days we were in paradise.

We just got back from Maui and I'm already planning our next trip back...

Warren and Annabelle's is a must for anyone who's looking to laugh all night! Cord and I were put in the hot seat and it was so much fun.
Snorkeling couldn't have been more perfect- although I could see down 15 feet or more without a mask, just on my board floating on the water.
This was my view while lying on the beach- not bad, eh?
Near Wailea...some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Possibly a new favorite vacay spot (although Carmel is hard to beat).
I heart Jodi
the view from our room
snorkeling and whale watching (sans seasickness)
The best souvenir we brought back was Nellie's (my shorkie) shirt that says "Mahalo for a tummy rub"- precious!