Wednesday, December 23, 2009

a new bed

We decided to move Savanna in with girls. She is VERY excited about this. So when I put her little bed in there it was missing something above her bed. I looked online and found this adorable print I wanted very badly. It cost $25 for one 8"X10" poster. That was out of my budget. So I decided to make one out of fabric myself. Not identical, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute! Plus I just used scrap facbric. So it cost pennies!

20 week picture

Here is ME at 20 weeks. I forget to take pictures of myself pregnant. I should do it for the kids. They love to see themselves in mommy tummy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Being 3

Having a three year old is always an adventure. Lately Savanna has been waiting too long to get into the bathroom and having a lot of accidents. Well today she comes into my room without pants on stating she cannot find panties. So I head for the laundry room and on my way I find a puddle of pee right by the back door, and about 10 tiny pee filled footprints across my kitchen floor. I had to laugh. It was pretty cute. Being 3 has to be hard sometimes!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Had our Sonogram today!

And we are having a BOUNCING BABY BOY!! Jeremy is really excited. I was happy either way. Savanna, not the case. She was the only one who went with us. She asked if we could have a nice little girl too. The Tech thought that was pretty funny. So now the dilemma is a NAME. When you have a Fisher and a Hunter you can't name your other son John. So I am up for any ideas for cute names you have that will go with our boys.....
I would post a picture of the sonogram but they are the worst pictures I've ever seen. Totally blurry! Not even good enough to save. Very sad!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I've caught a case of LUNCH BURNOUT!! I need lunch ideas. Everyday I really dread lunch time. We very rarely have leftovers from dinner. I guess I am raising 5 little pigs. Or you could give me dinner ideas that are great for leftovers. I decided I need a cook. Jeremy said no. So I won't be getting one. I would love to know what your eating at your house......

Deep Conversation

Picture Savanna and I sitting in the rocking chair at 9:30 at night. This is how the conversation goes.

Savanna, "Ok, mom, listen. When I am a mom and your my baby, and daddy and Carlee and Loralie and Hunter and Fisher are my babies, I am going to CHEW BUBBLE GUM and clean and cook and make dinner."

Mom, "Are you going to play with me in the floor with toys?"

Savanna, "Yes mom."

Mom, "Are you going to yell at me?"

Savanna, "NO, mom."

Mom, "Ok, that sounds fun."

Savanna, "I am going to CHEW BUBBLE GUM."

Now this whole bubble gum thing is not because I chew bubble gum, it is because I DESPISE it! I won't let it in my house. It is gross and sticky and yucky! So therefore all my kids want to know the age they are allowed to chew it. My answer, 21. So, they are all looking forward to being 21. Until then, we are staying gum free!

I do think it is funny how Savanna sees adulthood when she grows up. I will have to break it to her she will be getting her own kids. We won't be hers. All she talks about is being a mom and her kids. She loves to play dolls. She is such a sweet little girl. And I mean literally little!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Dolly

This is a dolly I made for Savanna for Christmas this year. I also made a pillow and blanket for her doll. She is a total doll girl. We bought her a little stroller for the doll. This was a super fun project. The lips are a really light pink. Kind of hard to see in the photo.
Can't wait to her sweet face on Christmas morning! I love being a mommy. Especially to girly girls!

Cookie Making

This was a special time for me. The kids loved every moment of it. I had such a happy childhood and to see them doing what I always did was a special moment in my mothering.
Love Traditions!!

Trimming the Tree

We had so much fun this year. It took us two days to get the tree together and decorated, but it turned out great! Miss Carlee put the whole tree together. I think she did a fantastic job! While we docorated we also ate candy canes.
The kids love that part!
I love this time of year!
Happy times.

Monday, December 7, 2009



Today my heart is truly humble. I heard so many wonderful testimonies yesterday that really softened my heart. Then I clicked on one of my favorite blogs NieNie Dialogues and read her whole story written in the Arizona Republic and pretty much feel to pieces. I have so much to be grateful for. So often I forget and only dwell on what I don't have, or how I am mistreated. Yesterday in the RS lesson it was the message from President Eyring. He talked about how we can only be forgiven if we forgive. I have heard that many time in my life. But yesterday for the first time I realized two things. I have probably given more hurt than I have ever received, and also why would I be allowed to enter Heavenly Father's kingdom with grudges held in my heart. It would not truly be heaven if that was the case. I am grateful the spirit spoke to my heart yesterday. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and how blessed my life really is.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What a week!!

I am so glad today is Friday! This week has been so busy. Today is my day to do NOTHING! Ok, I am doing laundry, but only because we are running out of underwear!
Yesterday was my OB appointment. It is always so nice to hear the heartbeat. Next month I will get a sonogram done. And we are NOT finding out the sex of the baby. I am excited for a surprise.
I also went VT yesterday and one of the sister I see has the cutest online boutique. Her stuff is REALLY affordable. You've got to check it out. She does some really cute things. Tons of stuff! I bought the headbands and hats and I make my own flower clips to go with them. You will love it! Having daughters is sooo much fun! Plus some cute baby boy pants. Fisher looks so cute!
Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

a walk

I just love Fall. Today was such a wonderful day outside. Carlee's friend invited her over after school, so I decided to take the kids on walk to take her there. Fisher rode in the stroller enjoying every minute. He watched Hunter ride his scooter and Savanna run far ahead and then walk back to us. She would run and laugh the whole time. I had to chuckle when I noticed her pants were on backwards. This is very typical of Savanna. Her white hair was a wild mess blowing in the wind. But her smile was priceless. Our neighborhood is very quiet. I could hear the birds which was very enjoyable. It was a special time for those few short minutes. Those are the moments that make all my work worth each effort.

Funny Little Girl

Every morning my friend Megan and I walk for about an hour. Well, this morning was really crazy around the house before the kids left. We got up late and didn't have time to do any cleaning before they left. So when I left to go walking breakfast was still on the table and the floor covered in stuff.
When we walk in the door to come home Savanna says
"Oh my word, this house is a mess!"
Like it was some kind of surprise. It was so cute how she said it. She has such a cute personality. I am going to try to post the cute things my kids say so I can remember to tell there kids!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Number 6 & Grateful for the noise

This is my first post about the baby. Not that I am not excited, but I just haven't really been in the blogging mood! I am really excited for the baby! I have been able to see the baby twice and seen the heart beat. That is always nice to have that reassurance. My feelings are that it is a Boy. But that many be because it would be the next in line being we have 3 girls and 2 boys. So I am not sure. But we've decided to not find out this time. This will be our last baby, and I do want one surprise! I really think it will be special to find out at the birth. Knowing this will be our last seems sad to me. But at the same time I am excited for the next faze of our life. Carlee is 9 and really getting older. It is fun to see her grow and mature. I really wish I would have had the same outlook I have now when the the girls were little. I don't feel I enjoyed each little moment like I am now. I was busy worrying TOO much about a clean house and being a SUPER MOM. Now my house is mostly a mess all day, the kitchen is well used, and the bathroom floors are usually a mess. But we have fun. We play and cook. We clean and play. But I've learn tomorrow will come, but they will grow each day.
I am so grateful for families. Grateful for Heavenly Father's plan of families. That all the work, tears, laughs, joys, trials, struggles, knowledge, will all be used in the Eternities with our family. It makes it all worth it. Knowing these children are only on loan, and that they belonged to our Father in Heaven first, and that we're here to help them return to Him, makes me rethink some of my parenting ways. I am so grateful that we are able to bring children into our home so easily. For some it is not so easy. My heart aches for them. There is NO other joy in the world like children. When I am away from them I miss them. I enjoy the quit, but am so grateful the noise will be there when I get home. This life is hard, but I am so glad I've gotten the chance to be here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Anniversary Jeremy!

This day 10 years ago Jeremy and I were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. What a special day it was. If you can believe it, while we were taking our pictures outside before the wedding we were sweating it was so hot! It is hard to remember most of it due to all the excitement. But one thing I will never forget was right before we were to leave my aunts house and go to the temple Jeremy come up to me and he had eaten oreos for breakfast and his teeth were full of cookies. Now I laugh, then I cried! He was so easy going, me, I was a stress case. Two opposites came together that day. And after 10 years, we have learned to love those things about each other. At first we both wanted to change them. Now we realize they help compliment each other.

{In 10 years we have accomplished a lot together}

Jeremy completed his Bachelors Degree

Moved 4 times

Was offered a great job

We bought and old home and fixed it up

Were lucky enough to sell that home and build a new home

Blessed with 5 healthy sweet children in our home, with number 6 on the way!

Learned a ton through the many trials of life, which will only

help prepare us for the many more to come

No gray hair yet!!

Looking forward to the next 10 years!

Even though life has been hard it has been worth it. I don't think we would be the same people if we hadn't had the trials in our lives. We look at things differently and are better able to help other and have compassion. I am so grateful for eternal families, and the knowledge that all this work will not be for nothing. We will end up together with our families and our Heavenly Father if we continue to endure things faithfully. I thought I loved Jeremy 10 years ago, but I had no idea what love really was. Love has a whole new meaning for me now.

I love you Jeremy!

Happy Anniversary Sweetie!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Door to True Happiness

“The gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone’s theory or proposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend. And with that knowledge, He has given us the gospel—a divine gift, the ultimate formula for happiness and success.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf,
This was my happy thought for today!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009

We had a wonderful Halloween this year. We went to the Trunker Treat and had tons of fun with Grandma Saline. Then we met Jeremy back at home and walked through our neighborhood. Too much candy for sure, but the kids had a blast and the costumes were super cute! And as a special treat this year, we has Alice with us. She came with her dad and brothers who came down from Vernon to go scouting for a deer hunt next weekend.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10th Wedding Anniversary Trip

We Made It to 10 Years!!

Well almost anyway. Our anniversary is Nov. 11th. We decided to take our trip in October because of our schedule. We had such a good time.

We decided to take 3 days and go to Mesa and relax. I really wasn't feeling up to traveling much.

When we first got there we went to the temple. It was so nice to be there together without feeling like we had to hurry back to the kids. We even ate in the temple. I LOVE the temple food!

Then for the next few days we kind of did whatever we wanted. We really didn't have a plan except for a Suns Game. And that was a REAL TREAT! I have never been to a basketball game before. We got tickets from a law firm that works with Jeremy. They have a Suite. It was so nice, and the view was perfect. They had lots of food and drinks. It was fun to enjoy something like that with Jeremy without all the interruptions. It was almost like we were dating again! I really enjoyed the game much more than I thought I would.

We had a great time eating at fun places, walking the mall, and shopping at other fun stores we don't usually get to with all the kids.

Best part was Jeremy took me to a Salon and had my hair cut and styled. I LOVE the cut!

I decided we shouldn't wait 10 more years to get away again!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Changes are in the air! I love this time of year!!

{I am able to keep my door open most of the day

{I am finding some really great fall recipes

{and when Jeremy and I sit outside in the mornings & evenings I need a sweater! Did I mention I LOVE sweaters!!

I received an email this morning stating "It Was Time". "What had happened to me?" and that "I really needed to update my blog". {Thank you to my Dear Sweet Friend, who I miss a ton, and would really love to be able to hang out with, she also shares my love for FALL!} And while I knew it was true, I have been putting it off. Our family has been sick on and off for about 2 weeks. I am SOOOOOO tired of sick kiddos!! I think we might FINALLY be over all of it. That makes me so happy!

Jeremy and I have both had birthdays. The kids were so disappointed we didn't have cake. On my birthday I was so sick I couldn't get off the couch, so cake was the last thing on my mind. Jeremy's birthday was fun. I made a yummy soup with topping, and I made an Apple Crisp and we had ice cream with it. I can't believe we are so old!!

Last weekend we decided to buy a different vehicle. I absolutely LOVE my Armada. But we are just growing out of it. Kids need more leg room and I need to grocery space. We went with a 9 seat Excursion. I LOVE it! It is SO roomy. Can't wait to go Grocery Shopping!

We have have tons of stuff going on, but with being sick it has all kind of blurred together! I appreciate my health so much more now.

One thing I HAVE to blog about is 3 dear friends. I had been really sick and my house was getting the best of me. While on the phone with one of them I was complaining about it. Well, a couple days later she calls and tells me she is coming to get my kids and will be back with another girlfriend to clean my house. I was mortified! I have done things like that for other people, but have never experienced myself. Well, she reminded me of the RS lesson we had were we are suppose to let other gives service and not refuse them blessings. Well, it was super hard, but I appreciated it SOO much! That to me is what the Gospel is all about. And I had never experienced it on the other side. I would have had NO problem going to there homes and doing the same thing. But to sit while they were serving me was really hard! But it was a wonderful reminder to me that Heavenly Father does love me and it aware of me! Them my sweet visiting teachers brings me dinner, yummy canned treat, and a yummy plate of cookies. That week was a good one for me. Even though I was so sick, I felt better by being loved!

Oh, and I have to mention Conference Weekend. I love Conference. And this one came at a time in my life when I had many questions and struggles going on. And what do you know, they had all the answers I was looking for. I am so grateful for a living Prophet today. And for Apostles and leaders who are inspired from the Lord!

Sweet is the peace the Gospel brings!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Grateful for the Storm

It is 7:50 and Hunter just got on the bus. As I am sitting here looking around I literally feel it is the calm after the storm.

All I see are the remains of mismatched shoes, clothes that didn't make the cut, granola bar wrappers, hair brush, and of course toys all over. My table is filled with grocery bags that I was too tired to put away last night and the box of cereal that was eaten for breakfast. Our bedrooms are so messy there is no sign of us owning carpet at this point. And I say "Our" bedrooms because mine is not any better than the kids. Mine has turned into a laundry room. If only the clothes could fold themselves!

Although I do prefer a "Thunder Storm",
I am very grateful for our "Family Morning Storms"
My children are such a blessing in my life.
Who could really ask for more!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Princess Turned 3

We had such a great time planning Savanna's party. All the kids loved it! I made party bags when for when the party was over and put in fun little toys for each kid. I think she truly felt like a princess for an afternoon! Now all the kids are already planning what they want to do on their birthdays! Three years have really gone by fast. She is really growing up and that makes me sad. She is so small and cute I can't imagine her grown up!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009


With 3 of the kids in school now my house is much more quiet.

I actually get a lot of time to think now.

{These are some thoughts I have had lately}

For years I have always been so caught up in the "getting it all done", and not the "enjoying what I am doing while I am doing it." For about the last 2 months something has really changed in me. I am really enjoying my days with my children so much more. I find that I am relaxing and letting myself get in the floor and play with them or just act silly and not worry about the carpet needing vacuumed or the beds made. I have really enjoyed Fisher being a baby and how sweet and funny he is. It is almost like I am able to sit back and look at my life through new eyes. I have so much to be grateful for. I've always known that, but I never took the time to enjoy all those things. I know it is gift from my Heavenly Father. I have been praying for a long time to be able to relax and not worry so much about the messes and enjoy these mothering moments. As the messes always reappear the next day anyway. Heavenly Father has truly blessed me after many years of pleading and trying to change. I am so grateful for this change, and at a time where I can still enjoy them while they are little. I am so grateful for the knowledge of {Eternal Families}.

Little children are such a blessing from our Father in Heaven. They love you unconditionally. My life is still busy, crazy, frustrating at times, and the messes still exist, and I still deal with all the normal mothering things, but I have so much more patience and love while I am doing it. I am loving each day of it! I realized how these days are flying by and soon I will be wishing them back. Oh how grateful I am for the blessing of being a mother. I love sister Julie B. Beck's Talk "A Mother Heart". I strive each day to continually have a mother heart to bless my children with.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Time is Flying!

I can't believe tomorrow is September 1st. I talked to my baby sister today and she might possibly have her a baby boy by tomorrow sometime. She will probably be induced in the morning. How fun is that!

We have been staying busy doing what we do. Jeremy has had some MAJOR changes at work. He now works most of his week in Morenci instead of Safford. That was a bummer for him. He was never fond of the drive. But he is doing something completely different and is enjoying what he is learning. He is good at whatever he does and I never worry about him.

Savanna will be turning 3 on the 7th and I have the cutest party planned. Watch for pictures! Fisher is getting in some molars on the bottom and has been a little cranky. Loralie has 2 loose teeth we hope the tooth fairy will soon be the proud owner of. Loose teeth creep me out! Hunter is loving school and really into digging holes lately. Even in the heat! Carlee is really growing up and now insists she wants to do her own hair. Which I let her do, but I still get the last say so before she leaves the house.

I have tons of pictures I want to post about, but I just haven't had a second to really sit down. But I wanted to write a little down about what we've been doing before the time gets to far gone.

Jeremy and I have really been enjoying the cool mornings out on our porch swing. Our neighborhood is really quiet and in the mornings we will sit out there and eat breakfast.
One of my FAVORITE times of the day.
I was reading in one of my favorite books last night and she was talking about how putting our spouses first make us a better mommy. We need to nourish our relationship with our spouse and put them first. This will actually help our children in the long run.
I love that thought, and I think it took away the guilt I sometimes get thinking my kids should ALWAYS come first. It is ok to put OUR relationship first and in return, we are better and happier parents!
What special things do you and your spouse do to nurture your relationship??

Monday, August 24, 2009


I've been hearing and reading a lot about how important
are in a family. The glue that holds a family together. We've come up with some traditions we have been doing for a little while and I thought it would be fun to share.
This is what I like to call our
Saturday Fun Family Breakfast
I get out all our fancy dishes and glasses
(that would be glass in our house)
We use cloth table linens, napkins,table cloth, ect.
And of course our most fancy serving dishes
The kids absolutely love when we do this. Just to see Savanna's face using a fancy glass is priceless!
This is also the perfect time to work on MANNERS!

#1*Every Sunday night we have a "Family Planning Meeting"
We plan events that will need to take place during the week
We decide who will prepare our morning family devotional
We also decide on a Family Goal for the week
example: using softer voices
(this is a regular)
#2 *Every Fast Sunday we have a
"Family Testimony Meeting" in our living room
This is where the kids are taught how to bare their testimony. This helps them to become less shy about getting up in front of others. We also take the time to discuss why we fast, and what fast offering are.
#3* Sundays we have what we call "Daddy's Day"
Each child gets one on one time with Daddy to talk about whatever they want. Sometimes they might play a quick game or read a story, depending on their age. The kids really love this.
#4* Each day of the week we have assigned to one child to have their
"Personal Parent Interview"
This is our time to find out more about each child individually. We focus on these areas in the child's life.
We kind of do a check list and ask questions in each of these areas if we feel there could be a problem. One thing I learned is when asking questions to children of any age, ask them who they "FEEL" about the subject. This helps get more out of them.
#5* Dinner Time "Happies & Sads"
We love this as a family. It is great for me to think about for myself. While eating dinner we go around and each person gets to tell about what their Happiest Moment in the day was and their Saddest Moment was. Let me tell you, you will find out so much more about your child's day. They can't just say, "school was fine" they have to tell you about an experience they had. It will really open doors.
#6* "Family Scripture Study"
Every night before bed we read a chapter from the Book of Mormon. I have a fun chart we mark off. We have been reading half the chapter from the English Book of Mormon ( I read that half) and Jeremy will read the last half in Spanish. The kids love it, and Jeremy gets to use his Spanish. I can't believe even though I cannot understand him, the spirit is there.
And Last, #7* "Family Prayer"
One thing that has been fun, is we all kneel in a circle and hold hands. It helps remind us that our family is ETERNAL and we do not want any links broken. This is a concept our kids are able to grasps.
I have come to really love traditions. The kids look forward to them and it has brought us closer as a family.
What traditions does your family have?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Taste of Cake is GREAT!

Don't you love the pink bib?

I don't think he could believe it was really happening. He doesn't get to eat messy things with his hands very often


Chocolate Cake Mix

added chcolate chips

put it into 2 round cake pans

cut each cake into 2

total 4 layers

chocolate frosting between eat layer

more frosting and sprinkles on top

Did I mention I have a

personal assistant in the kitchen

Such a cutie pie

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


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