Sunday, April 26, 2009

Luke Talking

Luke is such a cute little guy! Lately he has been very talkative. I love it when he has a conversation with me. He is so intent and focused and very expressive! Here is a video of him talking to Jim.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I absolutely love this song! I have listened to it so many times. I hope you enjoy it. It is by Jon Schmit. Listen through to the very end because he talks about the story behind this song.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Health Update

Will these ever end? I'm so sick of things being wrong with me!

Ok, so the update . . .
I went into the doctor today and I have the beginning stages of TMJ (or lock-jaw.) It's nothing serious but it does cause a bunch of pain and discomfort for quite a while. I got some muscle relaxant to help. She thinks it started because of the combination of my cold and the mass that made it hard for me to breath while I slept, so I tensed up and made my muscles spasm.

So, no big deal. It'll get over quickly. We'll schedule the surgery soon and hopefully it will all be over! Thanks everybody for caring!

Thank You

As some of you know, I have been very sick. We aren't sure what happened but I thought it was just a bad cold and then I was suddenly so sick I fell asleep and slept for almost 16 hours straight (which just an hour break in the middle for some food). I also woke up three times because I wasn't breathing. (So scary!) I'm still trying to figure out what is wrong and why I'm still feeling some things.

But, I want to say thank you to all of my wonderful friends. On Sunday two of you offered to bring us dinner and four or five other called to see how I was doing. That meant so much to me. Thank you all of you for caring. I'll get over this and all will be well. Thank you!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter morning we had an Easter Egg Hunt for Violatte and Annalee and my little sisters. The weather was absolutely perfect and we had a great time sitting outside watching the kids gather up the eggs.

Las Vegas Trip

Jim had to go to Las Vegas for travel with work and my parents were kind enough to watch our kids (all three of them!) so I could go with him for a night. We had a good time. We walked down the strip looking for the Marie Calendar's restaurant (which we found out had is no longer where it used to be).

*And, while I am on the topic of walking, I'd like to recommend that you never, ever, ever walk along the strip.*

We ate at an amazing restaurant and then went to the Belagio to watch the water and lights show. We only got one picture of us in Las Vegas because, to us, there is just nothing beautiful there. I just don't understand how tourists could want to take pictures of all the fake world monuments (like the fake Eifel Tower) surrounded by flashing neon signs of things so appalling. So, here is us at the restaurant.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Luke's Blessing

Luke was blessed this past Easter Sunday. He was exactly two months old. It's amazing how much he is changing from when he was first born. He is such a wonderful little boy.

I absolutely love this picture of him. He smiles all the time. Also, the blessing outfit is absolutely darling. A friend of mine made it and it just is so perfect for a little boy's blessing. I love the tie and vest and everything!

We had a lot of family come out. It was so fun to see them. Here is almost everybody. The only one missing is my Mother-in-Law. She was not feeling well, so we missed her in the picture. Also, my friend Mary and her daughter are also missing from the picture. Included are my parents; my siblings, Gavin, Tara, Jenna, Clarissa, Heather, and Elliana; Jim's father; and my Grandparents. We absolutely loved having everybody out to visit us!

My friend, Bri, was kind enough to take these pictures of us with her camera after church!

This is our family. It's fun to see how we are growing. And . . . I think we have the cutest kids!

Monday, April 6, 2009

5 Things Tag

5 things I was doing 5 years ago:
1. Getting married (this month is our 5 year anniversary)
2. Finishing my college semester
3. Working three jobs
4. Looking for an apartment
5. Trying to get over Mono

5 things on my to-do list for today:
1. Deep clean the bathrooms
2. Go shopping
3. Print off and mail invitations for a party
4. Go to Credit Union to pay car loan payment
5. Lots of phone calls!!!

5 things I would do with a million dollars:
1. Pay our tithing
2. Pay off car loan and other debts
3. Pay off our mortgage
4. Put money in savings for kids' college, missions, and marriage
5. Pay of our parents' mortgages

5 places I have lived:
1. St. Anthony, ID
2. Macks' Inn, ID
3. Logan, UT
4. Ridgecrest, CA
5. (just four places)

5 jobs I've held:
1. Supervisor at Taco Time
2. Actress at Macks' Inn (and housekeeper)
3. Secretary in the Nursing Department at BYU-Idaho
4. Mary Kay Consultant
5. Cashier at Wal-Mart

5 things I want to be doing in 5 years:
1. Being a really good mom
2. Remodeling our house
3. Dancing
4. Staying in good shape
5. Gardening more and doing more yard work

5 people I tag:
1. Cynthia
2. Ashley M
3. Annicka
4. Kiahna
5. Melissa C

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Pictures of Luke

Luke is getting so big! He now smiles quite a bit. He is alert and loves to watch the girls play.
He loves his bouncer that plays music and vibrates.

He is such a cute little guy. It amazes me how much he looks like Annalee when she was this age.
We dressed him up in a little baseball outfit with a little baseball cap. He didn't like the hat so much.

Family Trip to Burrow Schmit Tunnel

Jim and I decided that we needed to do more things as a family. We are going to plan out a family day trip for the first Flex Friday of every month.

This month we were going to go the Trona Pinnacles, but it was so windy that we decided to go to the Burrow Schmit Tunnel instead. We invited some of our friends (the Lee family) to go with, and we really enjoyed that! Here is a view we saw on the way to the tunnel. In the middle of all the brown, there were these pink rocks. (Violatte was so excited to see pink rocks!)

We really laughed when we saw the different signs directing us toward the cave. I think this one is a rusty septic tank.
This sign is my favorite. Very creative. Who knew painted rocks could be so welcoming?
A little bit before the cave is the house that Burrow Schmit lived in while he was digging the tunnel.
Here we are in front of the tunnel. It was so windy and really cold, but once we got into the cave it was pretty warm. The cave is 1/2 mile long and took the man 38 years to dig. (And I thought I was stubborn!) The walls seemed to be rock. It was pretty dark, but thankfully, we had our cell phones to light up the way (since we didn't bring flashlights.) Violatte was so brave and both she and her friend, Gwyn, pretended to be Dora the Explorer inside the cave. We had a really great time!