Sunday, November 30, 2008

Little Trip to Michael's

So Pennie and I went to Michael's to get a wreath... other things, minus a wreath, later we came home to put up my new stuff that was all 50% off. And we all know what 50% off means right? Means you can buy 4 or 5 of what you weren't going to buy in the first place. To my credit I have been meaning to buy some black and white frames for a few months. Which makes this part of the purchase a procrastinated necessity. Thanks for helping me make the right decision Pennie. What a chore we had trying to hang the last one the right height though... geez!

And then I needed a garland to go on top of my cabinets that are painted. This is a bad pic, but if you strain you get the idea.

And every garland needs a little birdie... or two. Adds a nice little splash of red.

My reindeer! I have wanted a reindeer for SOOO long. For those who don't know, I have loved decorating for Christmas my whole life. I don't think I was out of high school the first time I purchased my first flocked 8' Douglas Fir Christmas tree from my local rip-you-off-on-the-corner-of-the-street-vendor. Loved it! (Justin hates real trees, "why would you pay money for a dead tree?") Anyway I haven't been stocking up on Christmas decor because we have moved 7 times in 5 years. Now that we're stable... watch out. I'm gettin the whole reindeer clan and anything else on 80% off after Christmas! I can't wait. And now Tai Pan is here too... anyway, I love my lone deer and his big poinsettia.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Festivities

We were out ALL day yesterday shopping! Ben, Dad, Pennie, Grayson and I drove to Anaheim and went to Ontario Outlets (where we also picked up the girls from their AMAZING time with Mom and Manuel) AND we went to Tai Pan. I mean come on it was across the street from the outlets. So fun, so exhausting. Then Thanksgiving today! And Christmas decor tomorrow!! What a great month.


Alright here's the pic of my bookshelf and note the 2 empty shelves on the bottom. That's a preview to how our Christmas tree will be decorated too. I love it! 9' tall and everything fits out of Grayson reach. I made sure to put Justin's Spanish books in MacKenzie reach:) I've been checking craigslist for a while and finally found the perfect fit with the perfect price. I agree with my other family members... I just can't pay full price for furniture when I know I can find it used on craigslist!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Boot

Grayson gave his sisters the boot! He's tired of all the eye poking and ear pulling. He kicked them to the curb and hasn't looked back once.

He did have to talk me into dropping them off. On the way he and the girls watched our pop down screen tv... plus a little tape and an ipod.

"Bunny ears".

Here they were left. These people had no idea what they were getting into!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Character of God

"If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves"- Joseph Smith. Looking through my old missionary study guide I was knocked over by some very direct and thought provoking questions.

What are the characteristics of our Heavenly Father?
What experiences have lead you to believe in God?
Name several instances when God appeared to man.

Searching my favorite tools of the scriptures (Topical Guide and Bible Dictionary) I found a ton of references from the Bible indicating God does in fact have a body. Here they are with reference to body part:

Face- Gen 32:30
Feet- Ex 24:10
Fingers- Ex 31:13
Back- Ex 33:32
Mouth- Num 12:8
Voice- Matt 3:17
Flesh & Bones- Luke 24:39
Hands- Acts 7:56
Body- Philip 3:21
Eyes- "His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters..." Doctrine and Covenants 110:3

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Empty Boxes

I got that bookshelf from craigslist last week and decided it was time to fill it up. I emptied 6 boxes from the garage and feel great about that. I found a few cd's full of wedding reception pics too:) So I thought I'd add a few of them to the blog starting with my brother Benjamin.

This is Ben and Justin's 3 brothers Jordan, Jacob and Jared. Our girls have LOTS of uncles.

Do you remember being so little Sierra?

And when did Julia & Efren only have one?! Ha!

Laura, my sister-in-law before babies. Man, we look good:)

This is Justin's grandma, we call her Grandma De Anna. I'm pretty sure she doesn't check the blog, so I had to add this one.

Melanie and Luke. I think you were married right before us? I can't remember.

Nedra & Don when they were dating.

Was this a friend Holly?

And Olivia. I should put this one on facebook:)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is it Spring?

Because we finally did a little something to the front yard by planting flowers. We got some poppies this time (the big tall ones), a few pansies, something tall like a snapdragon but not, and something like a marigold. Note my acute observance of flower names.

I hope they last. The kids help plant them which means a few ever so gently ripped out of the containers before they were thrown into the ground. Might have lost a few roots along the way.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


All it took was a good kick in the pants to get me out and into the water I love so much. I'll admit it, my kids are DRIVING ME NUTS... or maybe it's the part where my husband goes to work @ 5am comes home @ 8pm and goes straight to bed to do it all over again the next day. I think the kids have seen Justin once this week. This schedule leaves me exhausted, grouchy and a little bit psycho. I would never make it as a single mom. I also wouldn't have 3 kids as a single mom, ha! So I made my first visit to the gym today! It was wonderful!!! The kids go to the "day care" if you will and I get to swim uninterrupted for 2 hours... There is a little piece of heaven on earth. Who'd'a thought?

PS that's NOT a pic of me swimming topless with goggles and a swim cap.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One Year

Happy Birthday Grayson! Here are some milestones:
1. Climb
2. Crawl
3. Eat dirt
4. Eat dog food
5. Loves baths
6. Loves his sisters
Hope you enjoy the pics!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Open for Business

Not only did I find the perfect sized bookshelf on craigslist today, but on the way home from picking it up I went to our new Tai Pan!!! So far the only store outside Utah and it was PACKED. $60 later I thought I did pretty good seeing that I stuck to my list of serving platters, but I wanted to spend more like $6,000. Come on Christmas all over the store? I wanted every Christmas tree they had (I'm guessing at least 75 of them) AND I "needed" all the ornaments to go with them. What made the trip even better, yes I'm know you're wondering how does it get better, my friend Liz was watching the kids! What a day. Thanks Liz!!! Thanks Tai Pan and thanks craigslist.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


This is NOT our ward... but man I wish it was:)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Is it time yet?

Some of us (me) are totally ready to bust out the Christmas lights! Our trips to Costco run about 20 minutes extra just to look at ALL the Christmas decor. Kennedy is catching on and asks to also go to Lowes to see "Christmas Mickey... does he have a button mom? Because I want to push it."

I even bought some more lights at Target because you can never have too many lights. Then I got home and realized we have zero front yard trees to wrap them around, hmmm. We'll have to do something about that for next year. Here's Grayson playing in them:)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Cool it Down

So I was making oatmeal the other day for the kids and (as usual) it was too hot. So I went to get an ice cube when my eye caught a glimpse of the frozen strawberries. Light bulb. I put one big strawberry in the middle of their oatmeal and not only did it cool it down, but the girls ate every last bite (oatmeal AND strawberry).

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I gave Grayson some drugs for his runny nose. 15 minutes later Justin gave him some more drugs (Benedryl) and put him to bed. Poor guy got an over dose, but slept peacefully the whole day:)

Saturday, November 01, 2008


This year Uncle Jordan and Auntie Heidi decided to come visit us and go trick er treating with the kids. Jordan's leaving for boot camp with the Air Force in a few days and we will MISS HIM!! This was our last big visit/sleepover with him and Heidi. The girls have no idea he will be gone for a LONG time. Anyway after finding out Jordan and Heidi were comin' to trick er treat with the kids we subsequently had a party with Katelyn, Bruce and Kathy also. It was like Disneyland! We carved pumpkins, ate dinner and got some candy. Good times! Thanks for all the fun and to Jordan... we already miss you.