Thursday, October 29, 2009

Off to Never-Never Land

We're leaving town this weekend for Halloween and to go to our niece, Valerie's baptism. When we get back, you can bet I'll have a berjillion great pictures of kids in their costumes, the reported 12 inches of snow in Beaver (we thought we had it bad! ha!), car trips, and beyond.

So, stay tuned and we'll be back soon. In the meantime, happy Halloween, and we hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blood and Guts and Snow!

Amid all our Halloween preparations, it snowed today. A pretty good snowing too--on the grass a solid inch stuck, and was really wet and heavy (probably because it's still so warm). Because it has been warm, the roads were still able to melt the snow off, so it was just wet, not treacherous.

Lee begged us all day to go outside and play in the snow and build a snowman. So, when daddy got a break from work right before dinner, we bundled Lee up in Anna's coat (we don't have one for him right now, and Anna's coat is actually bigger than the coat he used last year) and Lee and dad went out to build "Leif," the Leafy Snowman.

While they were out Anna and I made "Blood and Guts and monster eyeballs" for dinner. Recipe is on my food blog. Lee got a total kick out of that one. By the end he was laughing really hard every time we called it "Blood and Guts" and kept trying to correct us "No, it's basketti, mom! And Olive-Chokes, not eyeballs!"

Mostly it is great to spend time having fun with my kids. They are a blast. We find all sorts of silly ways to make each day special.

Monday, October 26, 2009


So, a long series of events has led to a lot of pondering for me lately. I keep this blog light-hearted for good reason, and I want to keep it that way, so I won't detail any of those events, but can I just say...

I'm grateful, so grateful, for what is truly mine: my family. I still marvel at how Cody and I found each other so easily and how happy we are together. I am infinitely grateful for his parents and siblings, that have shaped him and molded him into the spectacular husband and father that he is. As I type this, he's vacuuming the living room--and teaching Lee to do it too--and every day he does something to show his love for me and our children. He is such a huge blessing in my life, and I love him with all my heart. And not just because he vacuums. :)

I'm grateful for my parents and siblings as well, and the closeness we share as a family. I should also mention my gratitude for Cody's family and their love and support to me--not just to Cody. Our parents are still parents today, when we are in our twenties, and I know they will be our parents--and love us unconditionally--forever. That is so comforting and reassuring.

And beyond all else, I am grateful for a loving, caring Father in Heaven--a God who knows me personally, is aware of me and my little family, and who wants us to be happy. Just the thought of such an ally is enough to overwhelm me for life--and to know it is true provides all the strength, all the aid, and all the comfort I need. He loves me, He cares for me, He wants me to be happy in every extremity life besets. He is my God, He is my salvation, and He is my friend.

Next post will be funnier, I promise. ;)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Walk

Pumpkin walk 2009...I guess that's a pretty good description in and of itself. We went with our friends, Kati, Kurt, and Lee's good buddy Abbi.
It was a blast to see all of the fun pumpkins decorated and how creative people got. I think my favorite was the Friendly Green Giant, with pumpkins decorated like all different kinds of vegetables in a garden. We took some popcorn in little bags, and the kids adored sticking their faces in all of the photo spots...what do you call those things that are painted wood where you can put your face and take a picture...? Oh well. They loved it anyway.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Lee's been telling us all day to do the "Fontree-Fonfanch." At dinner we tried to figure out what it was.

I still haven't determined it yet. Any guesses what a fontree-fonfanch is?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Singing with Lee

Lee is really good at learning songs. Here are a few of his favorites.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lee the Foodie

Lee loves food. Not necessarily eating a ton, but cooking, exploring, and learning about food. Grandma F. gave him a little kitchen for his birthday, which he adores. His favorite foods are "Olive-chokes" (olives, especially green olives--he likes eating one and saying "Whoo! Sour!" The other day he even got his jar of green olives out of the fridge and was drinking the liquid out of the side...), Cabop (soda, which we hardly ever have, especially since my healthy living challenge), and hot dogs. But anything he can help with, he really likes.

We've had a couple of fun food adventures this week. On Saturday we made squash waffles (like pumpkin waffles, but with squash) and Cody made us "blood syrup." Lee thought it was hilarious. Last night we made homemade corndogs, which was a blast. Cody and I tried to be careful not to over-indulge in our sinful treat, but Lee didn't. He loved them, and ate more than either Cody or I. I figured it was ok since we only do things like that on very rare occasion. Besides, corndogs were our Family Home Evening treat. Anna loved hers too. I guess that recipe is a keeper. I know Lee might look a little bored in these pictures, but it was because he was talking when they were taken--something like, "Look at my corndog!" or "Can I have more blood syrup, please?"

Monday, October 19, 2009 tummy...

I've got 65 sit-ups to do! Yikes! That's what I get for taking Saturday and Sunday off.

You are all amazing. Thank you so much for your help. I am definitely going to keep doing sit-ups for comments.

Here's Lee singing, especially for you, Grandma F.

And a little mini-announcement for Cody's family: We're coming to Trisa's for Halloween! Yippee!

Friday, October 16, 2009

more pictures from recent

It's Autumn time!

Autumn is definitely my favorite season. I love the pleasantly cool weather, and how one day it can be sunny and warm and the next day it can be 40 degrees cooler and snowing. I love the bright Autumn colors and going up the canyons and into the mountains. I love the jackets and boots and squash and sweet apples. I love the upcoming holidays and singing holiday songs (not just Christmas...other ones too...).

I'm trying to soak in every day that I can. Yesterday we went to a really cool park with Raychel, Shayden, and Gavon. The kids loved it. Anna was so cute on the baby swings--it was her first time. She would hold her breath, and squeal when she was scared, then laugh her head off. They also had a spiffy NASA and ATK rocket--that's for you, Matthew!

Today we went outside in our yard to see the yellow and red trees--our big maples in the front are thinning out rapidly, and the chestnuts are about halfway changed, with big splotches of yellow and green. It's quite stunning.

Oh dear, Lee just announced, "Okay guys, I've got some dinner ready to you!" And he's been hiding in the kitchen for a while....I'd better go check what his dinner is. yikes.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh look mommy, I have a funny thing in my mouth!

Annalisa, honey, that's what we call a "Tongue."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Piano Baby

Annalisa loves to play the piano. Often, that's all she wants to do, and will cry if I take her down from the piano bench. It always cheers her up if she is sad as well. And it cheers me up too. Especially when she has bedhead.

In other news, I did 55 sit-ups this morning from your comments! Whew! It was a good thing, too, because I slept through my exercise class. I needed the sleep--I'm not feeling very well. I'm worried about the you-know-what-flu, so I'm going to take it easy and just stay home today. It is a bummer though, because there's tons of fun things going on today (Happy Birthday, Raychel!) that I would love to be a part of, but sometimes these things just happen. Today I am feeling better than I was last night, though, when I had major chills and body aches. Now it is just a headache that radiates to my back.

I'd highly recommend you all join me in my exercising for comments! It is super fun. You don't have to do sit-ups, though, you can do jumping jacks, bicep-curls with a can of green beans, kegel exercises :D...the list goes on and on. Here's to blogging for a healthier me.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Hm, apparently I didn't think through the rules of my exercising for comments very thoroughly. But right now, I need it, and so I am going to say, for at least this week--I will do 5 sit-ups for EVERY comment. Yes, Melanie, Yes, Kathy, your three each on the previous posts will count. My tummy will be sore tonight! yay!

That may change next week. But seeing as I'm the one on the floor doing the sit-ups, I reserve the right to change my rules. :D

The picture to the right ---->

I remember seeing this on Nikki's blog of awesomeness before she went from Super Mom to Super-Duper mom (gave birth to twins), so I fished it out for my own evil purposes. Hopefully not too evil. Hopefully just enough to give me some more exercising motivation. From here on out, like I said yesterday, I'm exercising for comments.

Seriously, folks! Make me work hard! I did 25 sit-ups this morning before my walk, thanks to all your efforts yesterday. If you're a first time visitor to my blog, or never commented before, go ahead and try. I love comments. And now they're going to a good cause. ;)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Needing a little push

Many of you have been watching my blog for a while, and if you have, you will know that I've been working hard this summer to be healthier and lose weight. I did so awesome this summer, and I feel great about it--but now I need a little push to keep going. I'm enlisting all of you. If you could comment with some motivation, that would be fantastic. In return, I promise to do 5 sit-ups for every comment I get on this blog. Forever (unless there's some extenuating circumstance). In fact, ANY of my blogs. Also, I will try to post more often so you always have something to comment on. Feel free to make me work hard! I want this!

To lighten up this post, here are some pictures. October 12, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
(this was Cody and my first "date" after Lee was born. I made a nice dinner and tried to dress myself up a little bit.)

This red coat doesn't fit Lee any more. Obviously. ;)

Lee, shortly after Annalisa was born.

And, Lee today, watching Curious George while mommy plays on the internet.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Too much fun

I was bored today, alone with the kids, and needing to get out of the house. So, I took Sara's wedding as an excuse to wander around Hobby Lobby...supposedly "getting ideas."

Lee liked the "Sparkly Stuff!"An old guy randomly told me that I should be having a baby every year, with how cute mine are. He's probably right. It's the having the baby every year that's the hangup.

Sara and I have this thing with plastic grapes. They smell like Barbie legs. It took us months to figure that out. We kept going back to the craft store and smelling them. Now, it's kind of a tradition to smell plastic grapes wherever we see them.I decided it was time to go when I finally got caught taking pictures of everything in Hobby Lobby. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Scary Halloween

Lee is so excited for Halloween this year! Last year with him was so much fun. He was just learning about the different holidays and understood that they were special, different days. This year is already even more fun because he remembers last year--not specific details, but plenty to get him really excited. Of course, he's kind of mashing his holidays together, and thinks Santa Claus is coming with Halloween...but that's okay. He's been fascinated by all the spooky things in the stores and is practicing his Trick-or-treating. Last night we found some decorations downstairs and put them up, and today Lee and I made some ghosts to hang outside. He had a good time playing with them. Who knew that a few garbage sacks filled with newspaper and hung up with old yarn could be such a treat? Anna, on the other hand, got kind of bored and went to sleep. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Conference is the best

Can life get any better than snuggling with my hubby and kids on the couch, with good food and the inspiring messages of General Conference, for an entire two days? I submit that it cannot!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

For Sara and Eric

Congratulations on the impending nuptials! We are pretty excited over here for you.
Don't worry, I know this is a totally gimpy picture. You'll just have to go to Sara's blog for a better picture. This is the only one I have of Sara and Eric together. Well, I also have this one...

And just in case you don't know, Sara is my little sister. Eric is her fiance. They're getting married on December 29.

Friday, October 2, 2009

It's a baby thing

Of course, more about the kids

The kids have been so cute recently! Lee hardly opens his mouth before I'm holding my sides with laughter. Annalisa is developing an adorable little personality that constantly keeps us on the toes, and makes me want to carry the camera with me everywhere, hoping I can capture even just a tiny taste of her sweetness to devour later in life.

In completely unrelated news, my cooking class went well last night. We talked about vegetables and how to get more into our diets. I had seven ladies attend, who asked questions and laughed with me, and even a few helped cook the recipes. I had fun, I filled my fridge with food I don't have to cook today (even people who love to cook like having a day off every now and then), and I think the sisters had fun too.