Monday, July 25, 2011


Well... It's been CRAZY.

But a long story short? We are moving back to Utah! Bart got a job offer in SLC and he starts in 2 weeks... Wow. If any of you know of homes for rent with fenced in back yards that would be GREAT! Please let me know.

More to come...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

We really are alive..

I promise. We have been doing lots of fun things. We have been busy. By the end of the day the last thing I want to do is be on the computer. I love hanging out with my sweet girls and my hot hubby. And when the girls are in bed I do dishes, laundry and clean up dinner. :) But here are a few photos.

These are a few of the pics from Dinosaur Park with the girls and aunte E and aunt Katie! we had so much fun! And some from Red Butte Garden with Grandma Karen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Life as a mom of two...

Some days are hard. Some days are comical. Some days are lazy. Some days seem to repeat themselves. Some days are great. Some days are crazy. Some days are fun. Some days I don't get ready. Some days I don't even get dressed... But you know what? Some days I see little glimpses of heaven through my girls' eyes.

I live for the moments when Grace puts her soft, little arms around my neck and whispers into my ear, "I love my mommy." Or when I hear Lainey chattering to herself after a nap and feeling excited to be able to hold her again. I LOVE watching Lainey's eyes light up when I enter the room and having that feeling that she KNOWS I am her mommy. I love knowing that they just barely came from heaven and that they are teaching me more than I will EVER be able to teach them.

I love being "reminded" of my worth from them. There are days when I worry about my hair looking right, loosing weight or not feeling like I am good enough but when I look into their bright blue eyes I am reminded that they love me even with all of my many flaws. I am the one they want to tuck them in at night and that is all the assurance I need.

I love watching the gleam in Grace's eyes when Bart and I take her to try something new. She has that amazing innocence that children posses making them excited for the challenge. She doesn't fear that she won't be able to or that she will look silly... She is just excited to have a new experience in life. Like bowling... she LOVES it.

I love the way they make me laugh. The way that Grace melts my heart. Like the day she was SO ornery. She was naughty and I was loosing my patience. I finally sat down with her after time out and said, "Grace, why are you so sad today?" I will never forget her reply,"I am so sad, Mommy cuz I need you to HOLD me!" And I did. I held that sweet little girl until she didn't want to be held anymore.

I laugh at the way Lainey throws HUGE fits. If you take something away from her... WATCH OUT! She got a hold of a slice of apple Grace had been eating and when I took it away from her the neighbors probably thought she was injured. She can throw a mean tantrum... and she's only 6 months old :)

Grace can be naughty herself... Like just last week when she asked if she could put some lotion on in the bathroom and I told her no... But she kept asking and asking an asking. So I sent her to her room for a little time out and came back to find this.....

It was one of those moments where you are trying so hard not to laugh because you should be mad... but you give up and laugh and take pictures.

I could sit back for hours and watch Grace and Lainey play together. No one else in this world can make Lainey laugh like grace does. They are hysterical together. The simplest things get them going and they laugh and laugh and laugh. Like Grace running towards Lainey when she is in the highchair. For some reason that is the FUNNIEST thing in the world to them. I can't help but feel that they are such good friends already because it wasn't too long ago that they were friends in Heaven, talking about coming down to earth to begin their journey. I know they remember each other.

Simply put... I adore my girls. I love everything about them. I love being their mommy. And even though its not always rainbows and roses its worth every moment. They aren't going to want me to hold them forever. They will only be little for so long and I am determined to enjoy every second. Heavenly Father has blessed me and blessed me and continues to do so and for that I am SO thankful.

Families are forever... I know that for sure.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Grace Says...

Grace makes us laugh so hard with some of the things she says. . . Here are a few for you to enjoy!

*We went out to dinner as a family and she got a cute little kiddy cup with Sprite. On the way home she says, "I can drink my Sprite in the tub?" I said, "No sweetheart." She says, "SILLY SPRITE!"

*Poor girl was constipated and I was trying to coach her trough it. After a few tries she yells, "COME ON POOP!!!"

*We took Grace bowling for the first time today and she didn't want mommy to help her roll the ball. After we were done and one the way home I said, "Do you just like Dad to help you bowl, Grace?" She says, "Ya". I said, "Why?" She says, "Cuz Daddy can and mommy can't because Daddy is nice but mommma is just shy."

*"Daddy has a big nose!"

*During Sacrament meeting she took the bread and while we were waiting for everyone else to take it she leans over and whispers, "Mom, I want the water now!" I said, "Well honey, we have to wait for them to bless it." She proceeds to fold her arms and I thought she was just being reverent... But then she leans over and whispers in my ear, "Heavenly Father, bless the water. Name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

*"Mom your breath stinks! You need a shower..."

Friday, March 11, 2011


Sorry... I have been so out of the online community the last month or so but I was tagged by my sweet friend Jenny! So here it goes!

1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals or are they members of your family?

Our little red bone coon hound "happy" is a member of the family for sure. We love her to death but she doesn't sleep inside on her own bed or anything....

2. If you could have a dream come true, what would it be?
For everyone around the world to have clean water to drink and food to fill their bellies.

3. What would you do with a billion dollars?
Travel, and help people all over the world have clean water and food to eat. . .

4. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
Bart's laugh :) And a good book.

5. What is your bedtime routine, with your kids?

Jammies, brush teeth, potty, read the Book of Mormon together, prayers, 3 songs, snuggle time, kisses and lights out! Whew... quite a routine.

6. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your significant other?

BLIND DATE! I really didn't want to go but I am sure glad I did!!!!!

7. What kind of books do you read?

Right now Harry Potter. Love them!

8. How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Happy. Helping my girls with their homework and kissing Bart every morning before work.

9. What’s your fear?

That I won't try hard enough

10. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to see outer space?

NO way...

11. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Get my girls out of bed and feed them...

12. If you could change one thing about your significant other, what would it be?

He wouldn't be Bart if I changed anything about him...

13. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

princess consuela banana hammock... Just kidding I'm fine with my name.

14. If you had to choose between six months of sun or six months of rain, what would you choose?

This is a no brainer... SUN

15. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

Fruit? I can think of lots of tasty things but I wouldn't want to eat them for 6 months straight..

16. What is the thing you enjoy about blogging the most?

Connecting and catching up with people. Keeping in touch with people that live far away.

17. Do you prefer salty or sweet foods?

Sweet for sure

18. What items are in your purse right now?

Oh dear. . . lip gloss, diapers, formula, wipes, gum, wallet, phone, tylenol you name it!

19. If you had to choose between vacationing at the beach or in the mountains where would you go?

This is a toughie... I cant decide! Both... A beach in the mountains :)

20. What do you watch on television that you know you shouldn’t?
Teen mom :) Drama, Drama, Drama

I tag, Erin, Bree and Tina... only if ya want to ;)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I feel so LIBERATED!

I have always wanted to chop my hair super short but have never had the courage to do so.... UNTIL NOW! I am so happy with the result and feel so free!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

11 Step Program for those thinking of having kids

Am I a copy cat??? Yes, Yes I am... I saw this on a friends blog, and I thought it was so funny. Seriously I laughed until I cried!

11 Step Program for those thinking of having kids
Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)

2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.

4. Set the alarm for 3AM.

5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.

6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.

7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.

9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? T o find out...

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.

2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.

4. Then rub them on the clean walls.

5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.

6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.

1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.

Leave it there.

2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.

3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.

4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.

2. Make a small hole in the side.

3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.

4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.

5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.

6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.