Wednesday, December 31, 2008


J.J. told me the other day that my hair looks like Darth Vador's helmut! Usually, I would not like that comment, but coming from J.J. (who loves Star Wars and Darth Vador), it may be a compliment. It is a conundrum! What do you think? (the picture is with my mom, sisters, and sister in law.) The most recent one I could find.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I Love these Conversations

Today, J.J. came up to me and said, "Mom, now that I am 4 I can do alot of things. I can be nice to you, I can always poop in the potty, I can be nice to Cate, and I can do what you ask me to do, and I can be nice to my friends and share." I said, "Awesome! Why couldn't you do those things when you were 3?" J.J. replied, "Because I wasn't 4 yet." Of course. Why didn't I think of that.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jonathan

It is Jonathan's fourth birthday today and I can't help but remember the day he was born. He should have been born on the 15th since I went into labor at 7:00 am that morning. But he wanted to wait until the 16th so he was born at 12:09 am in the morning on the 16th. He was three weeks early and so tiny. He weighed 4 lbs. 12 oz. His eyes were too big for his head and his hands were huge (like puppy paws), but I thought he was adorable. There is no feeling in the world like becoming a mother. It is the greatest experience along with the most terrifying. I don't think the word responsibility really means anything until you become a parent.

Jonathan, I am so glad that I am your mother. You make me smile everyday. I love how you are so generous and always want to share with everyone. I love how friendly you are and how sensitive you are to other's feelings. I love when you come up and give me hugs and kisses for no reason at all. I am going to miss those when you get bigger. I love how when I do something for you, you always thank me. "Thank you mommy for getting my shoes for me!" I love your imagination. You are so creative and are always thinking up the funniest games and sherades (and sound effects). I love that you are a crazy boy. Sometimes you make me a little bit frazzled, but I am glad that you have that side to you (Though I do wish you would stop climbing on the counter and jumping are going to hurt yourself.) I love your sense of humor and I love that you love to laugh...especially when you come up to me and say, "Mommy, that was funny, let's laugh at it." And then we laugh. I am glad that you love primary and going to church. I am so glad that I can be your mom. You make me a better person and are teaching me everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, Mom

Monday, December 15, 2008


We just got back from our trip to Hawaii. It was complete bliss. We went with our friends Travis and Teneil and brought my sister to be the nanny for Cate. We had a great time. We have been going to Hawaii the first week of December for the past 9 years and it is always nice to have that to look forward to, though I think I want to try somewhere else next year. I don't know though. I absolutely love Hawaii.

The highlights of this trip

1. Meeting Josh Holloway(Sawyer on Lost)!!!!! Me and my sister were freaking out. We are big Lost fans and so when we saw him outside his trailer, we screamed and made Trevor stop the car. I will post the picture when my sister sends it to me. Still waiting Saundra! He is as cute in person as he is on the show...maybe cuter, and really nice. It is funny because I usually don't act like a crazy fan, but if there was anyone I could meet off of Lost it would have been him and so that was fun.
2. Swimming with Sharks! Crazy, I know! Everyone picked something out that everyone else had to do, and our crazy friend Travis picked swimming in a cage in the middle of 15 huge sharks. The scariest part was standing on the boat and seeing all of their dorsal fins in the water and your thinking, "Am I really going to get in there? I must be crazy!" I am glad that I did it though because if Travis didn't make me, I would have never done it.
3. The North Shore. The waves were huge and so we were able to do a lot of boogie boarding. We even got to watch some of the surfing world championship. We watched the world champion compete. I really don't understand surfing or the scoring, but it was cool to see these guys ride huge waves. They don't look big in the picture, but most of them were twice as tall as the surfers out there.

4. The Sun! It is always nice to warm up a bit before the cold winter hits.

5. Our condo. It was awesome! It was probably the nicest that we have stayed in. The Ko Olina on Oahu. Highly recommend it!
6. Having our friends and sister there to share in the fun. You guys really aren't last. I should have put you second...yes, you lose to Josh, sorry. This picture is the 4 of us. The only one I have. Travis on the left, Me, Teneil in the middle, and Trevor on the pink boogie board (we bought it for 5 bucks at the swap meet). The boys had to suck it up and ride a pink boogie board all week. Good job boys.

7. Our very muddy hike to a waterfall. I only had flip flops on and so I had mud up to my knees by the time we were done.

Thanks for the great times!!!

My little Vampire child. I just had to share.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


I want to send Christmas cards to all that would like one. Please send me your address so I can send you one. Email them to Thanks!


We had a really good time with my family at the cabin in Island Park this Thanksgiving. The things that I will remember...

1. The cabin was always burning hot (because Grandpa would wear a sweatshirt on the sun!)
2. The play that the kids put on...especially J.J. and Little T's costume. -J.J. wore his little cousins black leggins, a baggy shirt with a tie around his waste with a curling iron as a sword. He was prince charming. Picture follows.
3. Taking pictures of my sister's family. My first photo shoot. It turned out, i think.
4. Pies, Pies, Pies.
5. The telephone game that Saundra made us play. So many laughs...tears to the eyes laughs.
6. Poor David getting sick.
7. Quiddler
8. Talking for hours with the family.
9. Cate waking up every hour every night.
10. Staying up until 2:00 in the morning to watch Moulin Rouge for the 12th time.

I am so thankful for families! I love you guys!!! All 20 of you!

Here is J.J. in his costume.

The tire swing. The favorite place for the grandkids.Isn't he cute?

J.J. and Calyn letting me take a few pictures of them.
Here are some of my sister's family. I think they are pretty good. I still need to photoshop them. I photoshopped one, but I don't know if I like it. So, now back to the tweaking and learning. I can say that I love, love, love, my new prime lens. Best purchase ever.

AfterA little too bright. I am trying to figure out how to change that. But I love the saturation of color.