Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Adree, Eliza, Abby, Annie, & Rylee all set with Mountain Dew & Cherry Coke for the long awaited High School Musical 3 at midnight. We had a great time and Eliza & Adree even got up at 6:00am to go to orchestra even though we didn't get home until 2:35am.
It was a great girls night out & my sister and I even enjoyed ourselves and even managed to stay awake in our old age.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Put english muffin half open on baking pan. Spread prego, sprinkle cheese, add toppings & bake at 400 degrees until cheese is melted & golden brown.
These are great fun to have at a party and let the kids decorate their own pizza with choice of all types of toppings!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So Eliza & I are going to our first midnight movie premier.
***I don't use recipes (I grew up with a very talented mother who cooks b just adding stuff together so I will do my best to give amounts)***
fresh ground pepper
1/4 chopped onion
2 cans albaqure tuna (I use Costco's brand)
Marie Calenders corn bread mix (I get the big bag @ Costco)
Drain your cans of tuna. Mix with chopped onion, fresh squezzed lime, egg & pepper. I then put about 1 & 1/2 TBSP of corn bread mix in the Tuna mix & mix that up. Spray the bottom of your deep dish pie dish and flatten down. Put in the oven @ 375 while you begin mixing up the corn bread mix. I use the 8x8 measurements. Take out your tuna mixture & pour in the corn bread mixture in then cook for 30 minutes.
Monday, October 20, 2008
One summer while traveling home from Yellowstone my older sister & my youngest sister & I ver fighting in the car. My dad decided in order for us all to survive the 5 hour drive home he needed to be creative. He pulled over to the side of the road & told us to get out of the car & run to the bottom of the hill & back up 3 times. It was raining outside & we thought for sure this was a huge joke. He was serious. We were a bit shocked & got out of the car & began our punishment & by the time we were at the bottom of the hill we were laughing.
I share that story because I feel so often with my sisters that when things are rough we worry & rally together to help & bond together & there is great joy at the end. When this picture was taken though it was about 6 months after my brother had passed. All of us girls withdrew from each other at a time that we needed each other so badly. It took me a very long time to realize the gift that my sisters were in my life and that the saying "Time heals all pain" is so not true. No mater how much time passes it doesn't take the pain with it. It should be "The Attonement heals all pain" & yours sisters will help you through it. As I reflect on each of my sisters & their strength I am in awe. I am so blessed to have each of my unique sisters & the memories that we share.
While sitting in the temple waiting to join his family he caught a glance of his mom dressed all in white & broke down in tears. He couldn't contain himself because it was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen to see his mother who had always been his constant example looking so pure and beautiful.
That story is moving to me. I pray that I can be that kind of mother to my sons. Happy Birthday Coco & thank you for bringing us into your family while my parents were away & for still allowing us to be apart of your beautiful family. We love you.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I woke up at 5:35 this morning when Nate hit my leg while talking in his sleep. I couldn't fall back asleep so I went in the front room to enjoy the peace & quiet of the beautiful fall Sunday morning. McKay had a talk today & Eliza & Taylor were singing "A Child's Prayer" in Sacrament Mtg. & today was my first Sunday being in Primary. I was excited and nervous. As I read & enjoyed the quiet of the morning I thought about what it would be like to be with the children. The boys got up & McKay & I worked on his talk. He is our child that is very quiet outside of our home but he ponders gospel topics deeply. He has been doing missionary work with a little boy on our street & loves to tell me each day how it's going. So we talked about D&C 18:10, 14-16 & D&C 4. As I watched him understand that the joy he was feeling inside by sharing the gospel was the blessing of obedience, was awesome. The killer was though "Mom what are you doing?" McKay wanted to know who I am working on. We then talked about "........except you become like a child........" & in that moment I realized what serving in Primary was going to be like. It is exactly what I need in my life right now. I need to be as close as I can to spirits so prescious & examples of who the Lord would have us be like in the way of inocence and kindness and love. As I sat in there with the beautiful children in our ward today I got goose bumps. I felt the spirit with every song. It took me back to my childhood & I fought back the tears. I am so excited to be taught by them every Sunday. To grow through them. I cannot wait to learn about the Savior through the eyes of a child with different needs. It was a joyful moment to sit there & watch my own children participate in the blessings I was given as a child. How truly blessed we are.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Cherry Hill summer of 2006
Royal Bliss concert summer of 2005 (Nate's brother is the drummer you should check them out at http://www.royalbliss.com/)
So as we drove home from Park City this afternoon I reflected on what a great day it was to have the five of us there together. It seems lately that we are all going seperate places & I wonder how much longer it will be that we will enjoy Saturdays together. I know my children have to grow and I have to allow them but it is hard to let them start to soar. I love family time & I love just hanging out with Nate and the kids. I was the mom on McKays first day of kindergarten crying so hard that another mom said oh it's okay it is always the hardest with your first. I didn't say anything because I didn't care if it was my 1st, 2nd, or last. I was still letting go of one of my babies to this big world. I pray that we have taught them well enough that they will make the right choices. I pray that they will remember all the mistakes I made that I told them about & what it taught me yet I know they have to make of their own. It is scary and so I cherish every moment we have together & love them as much as I possibly can. According to Eliza I even take stupid pictures to the extreme & record stupid things but you just never know when that may not seem stupid. Nate & I both grew up with parents who were always there to support us & so that has been so important for us. My goal is to just keep making all the family memories we can the time is golden.
Friday, October 17, 2008
My brother died at a young age but he accomplished a lot in his young life. He was always the center of attention and everyone enjoyed being around him. He would light up a room. I had the special experience of being at his side with my parents and my little sister as he took his last few breaths and slipped peacefully through the viel. Although it was very hard it was beautiful and peaceful to know he was physically out of pain. He had been in pain for 1 year so we were grateful for his pain to be over.
I am so thankful for the gospel. I am not sure how people have loved ones die with out the knowledge and belief in the gospel. It brings complete peace knowing that one day we will be together again. I am grateful for the good times I had with Brandon and I look forward to that day that we are reuntited.
Love you B!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I love that Nate is a great cook. Here we were eating out but at home he creates the best dishes
Nate loves Christmas not for what he gets but for us going shopping for the kids 3 gifts
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Our kids are sure that when it is my Dad's time to go he will die laughing. When we spend time with my parents their goal is to see how soon til Grandpa laughs. He makes you laugh when he laughs. He stops breathing & looses all control. It is a great show. My parents home is a home filled with much joy & laughter:)
My Dad is wearing the tie-die shirt. My Dad would wear one to work if he could. I am sure he will wear one in his coffin. When my little brother had back to school night one time he begged my Dad not to wear his tie-die shirt & of course my Dad did. Griffin was horrified.
My Dad is a great uncle.
Most of all my Dad is an amazing grandpa. Our kids love him & we are so glad to have them living back in Utah.
I am so thankful to have been blessed with such a great DAD! He always encouraged us to go after our talents & develop them. But most importantly I am glad he taught us to laugh & laugh hard.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This is me with my sister Carly & my mom after the Relief Society Conference. We were in the conference center & sat on the 3rd row. It was a fabulous meeting.
Taylor getting a little air with his scooter.
McKay also trying to get some air. We moved onto a flat street & all the kids on our street spend all day outside riding scooters. Our kids love it
Family time, lots of family time
We just love to be together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Taylor with his buddy Cooper @ our all time favorite movie Forever Strong
McKay & his buddy Bronson. If you haven't seen Forever Strong what are you waiting for. It is fabulous. GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sister Carly, my Dad, my brother Griffin, & I @ The NAMI walk. It was so great to have my family put a team together in my honor !
Our good friends little guy Tex. We love when Tex comes to play.
Taylor is the captain of his football team & gets to do coin flip. He is #74
I love this picture. Taylor is the one holding on to the shirt of #50.
Okay I would die to have her curls & she hates it. She thinks its a curse.
Eliza is only 11 but every where we go people think she is 14-16. It is kind of scary.
This is a face that just makes it so hard to get mad at. He is just so dang cute. His eyes just melt you.
Taylor is such a Smith & a very good looking kid. When he sings he has you hocked
Eliza is a beauty & loves to have her hair straitend
Nate showing off for his boys. The boys were very impressed that Nate could get off the ground. I was glad he didn't break anything