Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy List


I'M HAPPY that we got to celebrate Pioneer Day last weekend! For those who may not know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or also known as a Mormon. In the 1800's, the Mormon's were hated and persecuted for their beliefs. They were forced from their homes. They were chased from Kirtland, Ohio to Independence, Missouri. They were then brutalized and chased out again. They took up refuge in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were again chased out of their homes there too. They traveled from Nauvoo all the way to the current day Salt Lake Valley in Utah. We celebrate July 24th as the day they entered into the valley and found their new place to lay down roots.

J had to go out of town to help his parents put new shingles on their roof. So, I'M HAPPY that my mom was willing to go to the Pioneer Day parade with me. I didn't want to go alone with the kiddos. Let's just say that I'm a chicken. ;-)

My favorite "float."  Captain Moroni

Covered Wagon

The start of the parade. I always get misty-eyed when I see the flag.

My mom and E showing their respect to the flag. :-)  So cute!

I'M HAPPY that Girl's Camp is almost here! My friend, Ellen, and I have been planning this camp for 7 months. I am so ready to just get up there and have a ton of fun! We will being having around 180 teenage girls camping on a mountain. Crazy much?!  Maybe, but it was my most favorite time of my youth and I hope to make it the same for them.

I'M HAPPY to have two such cute little boys. July is such a busy month. E turned two on the 2nd and P turned 5 on the 26th!  Crazy how time flies.

I'M HAPPY for this summer. I love that it stays light for so long. I love the warm weather. I even more love a good, air conditioned house. I love not having to bundle the kids up when we need to go somewhere. Summer just makes me HAPPY!

I hope you all have a fantabulous weekend!  :-)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday

Welcome to We Want To Know Wednesday!

Hosted by Mamarazzi and Queso


{1} Who would you call if you had to get bailed out of jail?
Hmmm ... you'd think that I'd call my hubby but I think I'd be too embarrassed! I'd probably call my mom. She's my best buddy and she'd help me. Although, she might be my partner-in-crime, so then I'd have to call J!!

{2} If you were a superhero what would your hero name be?

Oh man, that is a good question. I wanna be like Peter Petrelli on Hero's. He had the ability to absorb other people's powers and use them all. I guess I could be Osmosis Girl or Absorption Jane or something!

{3} What do you think is one of your best qualities?

Hmmm .... I think my compassion for others is a good quality. I care for others and try to help out. I asked J what my best quality was and he said my humor. That is another good one. I try to keep things light and make people laugh. Some days I can, other days I can't.

{4} What song would you pick to be your own personal theme song?
I love Ben Folds song, The Luckiest! It makes me think about my sweet hubby! We just celebrated our 8th anniversary on Monday, July 25th!  I love him so much!!! :-)

I also really love the DHT version of Listen to Your Heart.  It is so true. Don't go with what the world says, listen to your heart!

{5} What celebrity do you think is most over rated?
William Shatner.  Sorry to any Trekkies. I can't stand the guy. He can't act worth beans!! People think he's fabulous and I just don't see it. 
Let's not even get me started on female reality tv stars who throw themselves at men and degrade themselves. Ugh. No thanks. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fun At The Beach ... Last Month

Forewarning: Major picture overload

J and I were in charge of J's family reunion. We decided to go to a mountain lake and play. It was such a blast! The best part about this lake is that it has a "slow decline" in elevation. Does that make sense? It is really shallow for a long time and doesn't get deep until several hundred yards out. The kids had so much fun because they could go out far and not worry about it being deep. We set up some shade, some camp chairs, and just hung out and played. And, of course, we had food! Here are some pictures of the kiddos.

E approaching the water for the first time with Aunt Maria. 

A view of the beach.

P having a blast playing with the sand.

Splashing around. They had so much fun!

E wasn't so sure about the sand on his feet at first. He got over it pretty quick.

E playing with the sticks and stuff that washed to the shore.

Some of the fam damily out having some fun.

Great action shot of E throwing sand!

E and his cousin, A, having lunch. His uncle put that sticker on his forehead and he didn't even notice!

Me and E playing in the water and sand.

P loved this little water gun toy. It seriously kept him entertained for hours!

My baby boy is so stinkin' handsome and grown up!! :'-)

Aunt Laura with some of the cousins

Just an idea of how far out we could go in the water. It was only up to their hips!!! Pretty cool if you ask me.

CHEESE!  I can never get this boy to look at the camera long enough for it to snap. He always moves before it actually takes the shot. 

Make a castle .... well, maybe a mud pile!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday

Welcome to We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A
Hosted by Mamarazzi and Queso


{1} What would you do with an extra $1000 a month?
I'm going to be boring on this one and pay off debt. Once all our debt is paid off, I'd love to save up for trips. I really want to travel to Alaska, England, and New Zealand.

{2} What category of blogger do you think you best fall under?
I am the inconsistent blogger. My blog has mostly been a "scrapbook" of happenings in our family. I'd love to write more about random topics but I don't know if I'm that good. I read some very awesome blogs. I don't want to fall short.

{3} What is your go to solution when you are having a bad hair day?
When my hair was longer, I'd throw a baseball cap on. Now that my hair is short, I'm afraid to look like a boy. If my hair is really doing crazy things, I just jump in the shower and wash it.

{4} If you were a Crayon, what color would you be?
The first color that came to mind is a Deep Purple or Indigo. That is usually my go-to crayon when I color. Yes .... I still color on occasion! ;-)

{5} They say love is in the little things. What is a little thing someone does to show you love?
When I get home from work, my little boys run to me with smiles on their faces and yell, "Mama!"  They usually give me a hug around the legs. It is so sweet and simple but it makes me feel great!  I also love when my family calls me just to talk. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Vlog


This time the question and a Show and Tell come from MiMi @ Living in France

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Share something you would be embarrassed by if someone found it in your house.

We Want To Know Wednesday

Welcome to We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously Shawn


{1} Which activities make you lose track of time?
Facebook and blogging definitely make me lose track of time! I lost track of time when I was addicted to Prison Break on Netflix. Man, I'm sad and glad that it is over. Not the ending I was hoping for.

{2} Is there such a thing as perfect?
Nope. Not in this life anyway. The only perfect person is Jesus Christ.  All we can do it try to be like him. I've always hated the word "perfect."  I was a pretty well-mannered child and I had several people call me "perfect."  Little did they know that it added a TON of stress and anxiety into my life. I was always trying to maintain "perfect" and would beat myself up if I didn't. I actually ended up in counseling as a young adult trying to deal with it.

{3} When do you feel most like yourself?
I think I am most myself when I am around my family. Especially when I get around my cousins, Jill and Jamie. We have so much fun together and laugh so hard! I love it! 

{4} Describe your life in a 6 word sentence.
My life is blessed and wonderful.

{5} Share one of your most beloved childhood memory.
Man, that is really hard! I don't know how to pick just one. I have several great memories. One of my favorite memories is learning how to play softball with my dad. He was great and patient with me. We played MANY games of catch in the backyard. He also worked with me a lot on swinging the bat and hitting the ball. I really enjoyed that.  I remember on particular evening of playing catch. The lawn had been just freshly mowed. My dad was by the house and I was further out in the backyard. I threw the ball badly and it went past him. It hit the ground and kept rolling and rolling and rolling. It hit the basement bathroom window and completely shattered it. I was horrified! I started to cry and thought I was going to be in trouble. Luckily, my dad was very patient with me and didn't blame me. He knew it was an accident. I am forever grateful that he handled it the way he did. :-)

I'd love to hear your answers! Link up and let them know I sent ya!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday

Welcome to We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously Shawn


This week's questions are from Janette:

{1}Name five of your favorite new blogs that you're reading.
Mamarazzi, Seriously Shawn, Impulsive Addict, Nerdy Momma Jenn, and Janette.

{2} When you were a young child or teenager, did you have an idea of how many children you wanted and what their names would be? Did you follow through on your ideas?
I always thought I'd have twins. I either wanted girls or a boy and a girl. I kind of went through several name ideas. I tossed around the ideas of Robert, Rebecca, RaNae, Sharae, etc. I have yet to use any of them and probably wont. I always thought 2 max but my mind has changed as I've gotten older. We're hoping (with help of clomid) that we'll be add another child one day. 

{3} "What is the silliest thing you fight with someone about? Could be your spouse, sibling, parents, co-worker etc."

My mom and I fight about the way to spell WIMP.  She insists that it is "whimp" but it TOTALLY isn't! My dad takes my side so we win every time. :-)

{4} What is your favorite scent that other's may not find very nice? ie: gasoline, sweat from your sweetie, etc.
Even though I don't drink coffee, I love the smell of it. I love to walk down the coffee aisle at the grocery store when someone has just ground some beans! I know some people don't like that smell but I do. I also LURVE the smell of Pamper's Baby Dry diapers. I don't know why but I have to sniff them as I pull them out of the package.

{5} Thoughts on Plastic Surgery? (had it? want it? regrets?)

I think each person should have a choice if they want to or not. I think some people definitely take it too far sometimes *cough* Michael Jackson *cough.*  I've never had any plastic surgery. I used to always think I would like to get bigger boobs but I think I'd rather get a tummy tuck. Kids sure trash your body!

Q1 is from HomeSickCajun
Q2 is from LindiciousLife
Q3 is from JessicaMcCoy
Q4 is from Amy@991

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Confessional


I CONFESS that my baby E is turning two tomorrow.

I CONFESS that I am happy he is growing up but it kills me at the same time.

I CONFESS that I'm not worried about the Terrible Twos. He is already there! ;-)

I CONFESS that I am looking forward to a playdate that I set up for the kids.

I CONFESS that the playdate is for me too! I love hanging with friends!

I CONFESS that I'm bummed about working this weekend. I work Saturday, get Sunday off, and then have to work on the 4th.  LAME!!!  The hazards of working retail ...

HOWEVER, I am going to make the best of it and still enjoy it! :-)

Have a great weekend all!