Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Music

So my Wonderful Children convinced my Wonderful Husband to get me the Glee Soundtrack Volume 2 for Christmas. I know I posted about how much I loved Volume 1 - and Volume 2 did not disappoint either. So I have changed my music to some selections from those CD's. So enjoy them as much as I do.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cute friend gifts...

Breanna is at an age where she wants to give gifts to all her friends for Christmas. I, however refuse to pay more than a dollar or two for each gift which limits her greatly. However this year we found some fleece scarfs at Old Navy for REALLY cheap so I bought her a bunch. Then she couldn't figure out how to wrap them - so we came up with putting them in cute little Chinese food boxes. The scarf went in one box and then we made "felt sushi" to go in the small box. It turned out way cute and all her friends were thrilled. The boys just got cookies in the big box and chocolate pretzels/turtles/peppermint bark in the smaller one. They were thrilled too.

This is me whipping up a batch of sushi.

These are the finished product. Cute huh?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas clothes

My kids looked so cute on Sunday in their new Christmas clothes. The primary sang in Sacrament meeting too and Connor and Hillary did great.

Without the scarfs - so you can appreciate my handiwork. Yes I made the skirts.

They thought they were being funny.

With the scarfs made by my good friend Mary. I would have attempted them myself - but I started the whole project far too late and she crochets at warp speed so she offered to whip them out for me. It only took her two nights - would have taken me MUCH MUCH MUCH longer.

Yes - I have obnoxious kids. This is them pretending they love each other at my request.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Because I hate it when my contest entrys are at the top of my blog....

Yesterday Hillary was with me at my friends house. She was doing some puzzles. There was a series of 8 kids puzzles each progressively harder with more pieces. Hillary dumps all eight puzzles out and mixes up the pieces and then starts putting them together. She is surprisingly good at puzzles.

Then she turns to me and says "Am I blowing your mind out Mom?" And yes - she was blowing my mind.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another contest...

Yet another contest I found. Feel free to enter - (or don't and increase my odds of winning). My Grandma Carol always told me - "if you don't enter - you can't win". Of course she was always talking about the publishers clearing house but I'm pretty sure it applies here too.

Ruffled Feathers

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Check out these blogs to enter to win an HP Touchsmart computer.

A year of Slow Cooking

NieNie Dialogues

My Charming Kids

Boo Mama

Kelly's Korner

Monday, December 7, 2009


This past weekend we went down to Moab so Pat could run in the Winter Sun 10K. It's his first 10K since he's started running again and I think he did pretty well. He finished and that's what he always says his goal is. Here he is at the finish line. There were only a very few people tuff enough to wear just shorts and a shirt. Most had on sweats and coats. I realize that most all of his race pictures look the same - him coming to the finish line very tired. Oh well. You can see the kids standing there in their coats and hats. It was VERY cold.

We decided to stay the weekend and make a mini vacation out of it. They had a lot of stuff going on in relation to the race. We went to a craft fair where you could ride Maggie the camel. Hillary and Connor both rode. They had fun but said it was very bumpy.

Hillary sat on Santa's lap. This is the second one she's visited with - but the first who she's gotten close enough to sit on his lap. She keeps asking for make-up. Guess Santa has some shopping to do:) He listened to her then gave her a candycane and a stuffed penguin which is now her prized possesion.
Saturday night they had an electric parade. Pretty impressive for a little town like that. Lucky it wasn't very long though because not even the promise of candy could keep Hillary from expressing how cold she was. But we made it through and enjoyed it a lot.
Most of my pictures look like this - so I will spare you - but I got a couple good ones. This is actually a man on a bicycle pulling a trailing that has a giant lighted snowflake on it. You see it now, don't you?

This is the kids waiting for it to start. I know Breanna looks like she is crying but she is not - I just caught her at the wrong moment. And Connor was onery as usual. Hillary was all smiles though.

This one is for you Tasman - lighted tractors - does it get any better than this?
This is the fire engine with Santa on it.

I had big plans of hiking and visiting arches - but it was just SOOO cold that not even with our coats, hats and gloves on could we stand to be outside very long. So we just enjoyed each other's company in our little motel room.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving Part 2

This is the first year we've done Thanksgiving on our own. I decided it was high time I started a few of my own traditions seeing as how my daughter is already almost 15. The first thing we did was get up and go participate in the Turkey Trot in Orem. It was great fun and everyone ran/walked in something. Pat did the 4 mile. Bre and I did the 2 mile. Connor was in the 1 mile and Hillary was a quarter mile. Everyone finished. It was cold and we were busy getting everyone to their starting lines so I didn't get any pictures. But we had fun and will definitely do it again next year.

Then we came home and I started the turkey. The kids decided they wanted to make it a game day so we bought a few new games and they got out a couple of stand-bys and they played games pretty much all afternoon. It was great fun.

I put Breanna and Hillary in charge of table decor. They made this cute little Turkey crayon bucket and covered the table in paper so we could draw on it. It was actually a lot of fun. Hillary spent a LOT of time coloring - especially after dinner when the table was cleared.

Hillary and Breanna's artwork.

Connor's artwork
I vowed to get the tree up in a timely manner this year so we went on Saturday and got a real one. It's been about 5 years since we had a real one or got it up early. Hillary loved decorating it with sparkly purple ornament and loves the lights.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Part 1

Hillary's pre-school had a lovely Fall Harvest Feast on the day before Thanksgiving. Before we ate they told the story of the first Thanksgiving. Hillary of course played an Indian -Duh. But she has developed a BAD case of terminal shyness which resulted in her not being able to wrap up in the blanket like the other Indians. But she was still cute.

Here they are teaching the Pilgrims how to plant food so they wouldn't starve to death.
They are supposed to be joining hands in thanks - but Hillary refused to touch the boy next to her so she was holding her coat out for him to hold on to.

These were the table decorations.

Hillary served us bread and soup.

She ate while she did it.

Watch for part 2 tomorrow........

New layout...

I finally finished putting up the Christmas decorations including the blog. Enjoy. I have updated my playlist to Christmas music. Also enjoy that - or just go shut it off as it's mostly Kenny and Neil.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Hillary is 4 years old and we haven't had a family picture taken professionally since she was a tiny baby. So I finally got around to it. And yes - those of you who I know would like one - one will be on it's way to you soon. Here is just a sampling of my favorites. I think they turned out better than I had hoped.

There is a full color version of this one in which Breanna's hair actually looks red because of the sun. She likes that one better - but I like this one as we don't all look as orange.

Breanna's turned out REALLY nice. She has decided she looks like a model.

Connor has been announcing to anyone who would listen how hot he is in his picture.

Hillary is of course cute as usual.

She did a really nice one of Pat and I too. However I don't think either of us could be a model or even considered hot. Oh to be young again....
If nothing else I got my money's worth in self esteem for my two older kids. But we actually couldn't be any happier with the pictures either. If you live in the Utah county area I would gladly recommend Jody Hancock. Check out her blog -

First Snow

Last weekend we had the first snow of the year. You can see there's not much and it was gone pretty quick. But there was enough for a snow angel and I think one large snowball (sadly not pictured.) This was my mom's snow angel from last year. Hillary reminded me about it so I dug out the picture and posted it. She was able to do it all by herself which if you know about the accident - is quite the achievement.
Snow Angel skills must be in the genes...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Am I totally lame because I just bought the Glee season one soundtrack and REALLY REALLY like it? Or are you lame because you are REALLY REALLY jealous of me?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkins and costume stragglers

Another Halloween and I was dreading the idea of carving pumpkins. So much so that I wasn't even going to buy a pumpkin. But I love pumpkins so I gave in and let the kids get one at the store. Sadly I waited until all the reasonably sized ones were gone so we had to get big ones. Then I came up with the brilliant idea of painting them instead of carving. So enjoy the results.

Hillary's is on the right. Then Connor's in the middle. He created a one-eye'd monster. Then Breannas is on the left. Her's is the one-eye'd monster's girlfriend.

Pat went as a pirate. Don't be jealous. Argh, matey!
A cute one showing her kitty nose and whiskers.
This is Hillary's pre-school class. And Ms. Teri of course.
Breanna and Connor went out trick-or-treating without parental supervision this year. A few of Breanna's friends came over to go with them. Connor was excited to be included and felt very grown up. Bre was glad he came along as she is a touch too old to trick-or-treat and they just kept telling everyone they were with Connor.

This is Shelby, Seth & Bre.

This is Whitney, Bre & Seth. (I believe he finally admitted to being dressed as Edward Cullen.)

That should be the last of the Halloween pictures. I'm off to change my background too. Hopefully I can find something fall-ish I like as I'm not ready for winter yet. Neither is Utah though since the weather has returned to wonderful fall-like temperatures. Yay.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween costumes

You'd think since Halloween is on Saturday this year it would simplefy everything - but no. The Halloween festivities start today for Connor at school, the ward trunk or treat and carnival is on Friday and Bre and Hillary dress up for school on Friday - then we finally go trick-or-treating on Saturday. So I figured I better get pictures before the costumes get worked over.
Breanna is a fairy of some sort.

Connor is a bag of licorice

Hillary is a Pretty Kitty.

Sam just seems to be a regular fixture at our house now and insisted on having his picture taken too.

And the rest of these are just for fun...

I think Sam is the tallest 10 year old I've ever met. He's taller than I am:(