Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Shark

What do you do for a Christmas shirt when your child will ONLY wear a shark shirt to school?  I have a simple solution.  Cut out a Santa hat, and glue it on with Elmer's
 glue.  It will come right off in the wash.  You will only get one wear, but it is perfect for the last day of school before Christmas break.

Monday, December 16, 2013


 Mallory wouldn't ask Santa for anything because she just wanted a "candy can".
 David asked Santa for a hot wheels track that you stick on the wall.
 My sweet little angel, Bree asked for Rogue to get something in her stocking.
 And, Donny.  Donny asked for a dragon.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

When One Party a Day Just Isn't Enough

Happy 11th Birthday to my sweet boy.

 So excited to get $10 from a friend.
 Almost as exciting as getting his very own box of hot cocoa.
 Overwhelmed, and planning his breakfast for tomorrow.
 Mallory was excited for her Donny, Big Big.

Fished what I wanted!

Mallory's 4th Birthday Party

Happy birthday to my sweet Mallory!

I think Shalayne wanted to put this doll into her own private mommy stash.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I would like to personally thank Little Tikes for the special kind of "heck" that is wrapping a Lalaloopsy doll.  If you have ever wrapped one, you know exactly what I am talking about.  If not, just buy a bag if you ever plan on giving one as a gift.

I do not consider myself challenged at gift wrapping.  In fact, I would say I slightly excel.  But this whole lalaloopsy thing made me feel as though I had never wrapped a gift before in my life.

 I am happy to report that after many folds and a whole lot of tape I wrapped the doll.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Reindeer.  It really isn't the best picture,
but here it is.  Oh, and that dust!
I got the idea from this cute blog:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Crafty McCrafterton

I have been getting my craft on lately!
Here's a peek.
 The turkey face is made from a paint stir stick.
Of course we hot glued the feathers on the back.
 I did not make the star on top of the tree.  
I got it at a Relief Society activity years ago.
 I mitered (I'm not sure about the spelling) all the edges. 
 I'm not gonna lie, it made me feel like a champion.
I also made the little stand that the turkey is on, with mitered edges as well.

**I got the ideas for the tree and turkey on Pinterest.  I just changed them to suit my style.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Finished Coat Rack

Here is the after picture.  I am done with this coat rack.  I forgot to put the baskets on before I took the picture. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bree's 9th birthday party.  It was so much fun.  She had a Monster High Spa party.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scrap Wood

We needed a coat rack.  I priced them out and thought the prices were a little out of control.  So what did I do, suck it up and just buy one like normal humans?   No!!  I thought, (now stop me if you've heard this one before) "I can totally make that!"

 I told Ed that I was going to look around the house to see what I could come up with.  This is the point that he should have said, "let's just buy it."  But, my wonderful husband, with his need to feed my obsession of trying so hard to craft, just said, "okay".

I literally stared out the window several times looking around the yard to see what was available to use.  Remember that refrigerator that broke in the summer?  Well, we did not get rid of it, so I used the produce baskets for boot baskets.

So much frustration.  And one tiny little tantrum later, I'm almost done.

I'm not done with it, but thought I would post what I came up with.  The total of this project was $4.69, the cost of the hooks to hang the baskets.  Oh, and I still need to go buy hooks for the coats.
 From this
To this

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Candy Tax

Welcome to the Children's Republic of Mom.  It's not so much a republic, as a...Momocracy.  Here there is a tax of a sweeter variety.  You never know when your time will come to pay taxes, and you don't know how much.  Here, I sit on my throne of wrappers and laugh when they all go to school.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lesson Learned

I have never really had a super strong testimony of fasting.  I do it because I know I am suppose to, and I am ashamed to admit it, but halfheartedly.  Then last month when it was my turn to give the lesson to my Beehives (the 12 and 13 year old girls at church) I was able to choose from several lessons.  Fasting kept coming to my mind.  The lesson did not seem like it would be as much "fun" to teach as the other lesson, so I decided to print out the other one.  

Two times the other lesson would not print out.  I thought my computer was broken.  I asked Ed and we printed something else out.  It worked just fine, so I tried to print the other lesson out again.  Guess what?  No printy.  I took that as a hint from the Lord and printed out the Fasting lesson, and you know what?  It was a miracle!  My computer printed that lesson out just fine.

I gave my lesson and it was great!  I learned that I was not a very good "faster".  I knew the next Fast Sunday had to be different.  I NEEDED to do this correctly.  I had to start the night before, it was essential for me to have a true fast.

I felt good having had a good fast.  I had a purpose, I remembered to pray(before I was on my way out of the door for church).  I had done this right.  So why do I not feel any differently?  I had no great revelation. There was not an urgency to do something.  I just felt the same.  Well, maybe a little better because I had done this right, but perhaps I would not see the great effects from fasting until I had been implementing it in my life for a while.

My visiting teachers came on Wednesday.  Mallory had a little "incident"(shocking, I know).  They complimented my parenting.  Then today on the way down the stairs, I realized that I had been a better mother this week.  Resolving conflicts without blowing up at my kids, being more patient and loving with my kids, and trying to see things from their point of view.

Guess what I fasted for this last month?  That's right, to be a better mom.  I am so blessed to be a mom of these fantastic kids.  And blessed to be a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, who so desperately wants to bless us. All we need do is ask.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thirteen Years

I meant to do this yesterday, but the day went by so fast.  Ed and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary yesterday.  We have an amazing marriage.  Just the kind I imagined I would have when I was a little girl.  I was so blessed to meet and marry the love of my life.  Sure we have trials like everybody else, but our marriage remains strong and happy.  I still look forward to the rest of my eternity with my wonderful husband.

♥♥♥I love you so much, Ed.  Happy Anniversary!! ♥♥♥

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Of Pretzels and Boys

A couple weeks ago in church, David dumped the rest of the month old bag of pretzels (now a powdery mess) into his lap in an effort to get every last crumb into his mouth. Tiny pretzel particles were all over his lap(and the pew, and the floor).  I made him lean over my bag as I brushed them in.  If that had happened with Donny, I would have been a mess.  But now, being a mom of four kids, I have learned to chill just a bit.  Sometimes I'm a fruitcake, but for the most part I roll with the punches(sometimes literally).

There was a time when I wondered why I even went to church.  I spent most of sacrament meeting in the foyer, and every now and then some of the women at church would make a comment to me about how their children never acted that way.  (Well, good for you, Supermom! I wish I had a sarcastic font.)

I go, and have always gone to church because that is what I am suppose to do.  It is what I promised to do when I chose to be baptized.  I promised to take upon myself Christ's name.  I wouldn't be doing that if I were a quitter. I press forward, I attend my church meetings, I laugh, and sometimes I cry in defeat.  I don't however, give up.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Me(while looking at Monster High dolls on ebay)- Wow!  That thing has been played with to death!

Donny- How can she die if she is already dead?

David- She got resurrected!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


 I was sitting at my computer (I deserved a little break, right?) when I heard that sound.  The one that makes your heart stop beating and pound harder at the same time.  The scream from your child.  The one that you know is real.  Somebody is hurt.  And by the sound of that scream, we will be going to the ER.

I ran the 40 feet to the front door as my blood seemed to drain from my body by osmosis.  I reached for the front door about the time my sweet three-year-old, Mallory did, her shrieks ever increasing the closer she got.  We opened the door simultaneously and she screamed, "David got me all wet!"

I rolled my eyes, helped her get out of her wet clothes, told her to go get some dry clothes on and thanked my maker that she wasn't hurt.

I'm not sure that my heart is strong enough for this kind of scare again.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Visit From Papa Mountains and Aunt Suzy & Kids

I had the most amazing time with my dad, sister and nieces and nephews!  This is a ton of pics, but not a ton of jibber jabber.  I hope you enjoy.♥♥♥