Friday, December 26, 2008

What's up with W.J.

A rare sight in W.J. (I thought this picture would be a little bigger!)


O.k. so this is my second winter spent in W.J. and I have yet to see a snow plow coming down my street. Now normally when it snows we get a couple of inches here and there and so I think "big deal" if our street doesn't get plowed it's really not that much snow. Well in the last two days I think was have gotten at least a foot and half of snow, and no snow plow. I drive a pretty good car in the snow, however, I am not sure how Brett in his little civic, is going to make it off our street. So what's the deal? Why no snow plows? I heard about cut backs because of the economy, but last I check I still pay the same amount of taxes, they haven't let us cutback. Then today for some reason we decided to go out, I know not the best idea, and not even the major streets are plowed. 7800 S. was horrible. We saw one snow plow and he wasn't even plowing he was putting down salt on a street that was covered in snow. I don't get it. I have lived in many cities over the valley and W.J. is by far the worst at plowing their streets. Oh boy I needed to get that off my chest. I feel better now!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Santa Claus

Yesterday we went to South Towne Mall to see Santa Claus, well after fighting the traffic, chasing William everywhere, spilling our drink, and taking Will potty three plus times we were unable to see him. See we got there at 12:30 and apparently they close the line at 12:30 so Santa can go "feed the Reindeer" from 1:00 to 1:45. So o.k. we thought great well let the kids go play in the little playground area for awhile. At 1:20 we decided to stand in line, well the line was long. We probably would have had to wait another hour before seeing Santa. At that point I was done and the kids had been done for awhile. So we left. And oh boy my kids were NOT happy with me.
Can I just say right here I really hate the Mall. Why do you have to go to the mall to see Santa, surely there must be an easier way. I tried so hard to avoid the mall and now I was going to have to go back another day! So today we decided for try number two (well actually three thanks to the big snowstorm on Saturday) as we were driving over to South Towne I heard on the radio that they were having a concert there right then. There was no way I was going to that mall during some concert so we decided to go over to Fashion Place Mall instead. It was great we waited for one person in front of us to see Santa. I think I might be done with South Towne. Anyways here are some pictures I took, since I am way too cheap to buy any. Unfortunately they only let you take two of your own pictures. Maybe next year Kyanna won't cry.



Night at Temple Square











Thursday, December 11, 2008

Time For a Haircut!

I guess it's time for a haircut. What do you think?



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Snow! Snow! Snow!

So I don't know if it snowed anywhere else today (Brett said it did not in West Valley) but here we got a good, oh I don't know, 20 minutes of snow this morning. Well Kyanna has been dying to wear her snow outfit for many many weeks now. I keep telling her that we have to wait until it snows. So this morning, without thinking about it, I said "look Kyanna it's snowing" well she ran back into her room and immediately started to put on her snow pants. She put on the snow pants, her socks, shoes, and jacket with absolutely no help from me. And then she runs into my room and says "I am ready to go outside". By that time it had completely stopped snowing and had already melted. But we went outside anyways to try it out. And luckily while she was running around in all that gear she fell on the grass so uhm...lucky we had the snow pants on!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Well I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had lots of fun. For what has been tradition as many years as I can remember we went down to my Grandma's house (which we have nicknamed the "farm") for Thanksgiving. As a result Thanksgiving is my most favorite Holiday. This year was great. The kids had so much fun playing at Great Grandma's house. I barely even saw Will he was off playing with his cousing Rachel and Anna (who are actually my cousins but are much much closer to his age :)) I am pretty sure however that Will's highlight was shooting guns. Yes we let him shoot a real gun, apparently when you are at the Farm all the rules go out the window. Kyanna's favorite part was riding the 4-wheeler, which at first she hated but then loved. I was actually quite proud of Kyanna she did very many brave things that I wouldn't normally expect her to do, like riding the wheeler and even riding a horse!




I wanted to do this before Thanksgiving but didn't have any time. But I wanted to post 10 things that I am thankful for. So here goes!
1. The gospel and my testmoniy
2. My children that are happy and healthy
3. My wonderful husband who works so hard for our family and treats us so well
4. My education and for all of those who pushed me and supported me while I was at school.
5. For amazing parents and parents-in-law who do so much for us everyday and who are so so so good to my children.
6. For my house (I waited a long-time for a house and I love having one!)
7. Modern conviences (Thanks Alisha without your post I would never have realized how much I depend on this)
8. For my friends who have always been great examples to me and have always been there for me.
9. For my brothers, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law who have become great friends even though that hasn't always been the case, I am talking strictly about my brothers here.
10. Lastly I am thankful for vacations becuase without these I would for sure go insane!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Football Fever

I never really was a big football fan before I met Brett. O.k. actually I think growing up I maybe watched part of a football game at the most. My family just wasn't in to football. Then I went to Snow College I went to a few of the games not because I wanted to watch football but more because well what else are you going to do down there. Then I went to the University of Utah I probably went to maybe 2-3 games but it was never my choice I was always invited and only went for the social aspect I would never have been able to tell you what was going on.

Then I met Brett and his family and well to but it mildly Brett, his dad, and his brothers can be considered football freaks (seriously ask them any statistic and they will know the answer). At first I really didn't know it was as bad as it was. Oh sure they went to football games and yes I went mostly because I liked Brett and I wanted to impress him but I had no idea that it was like it was. I should have known since Brett worked for the football team, but what can I say I was football naive. Anyways what I am trying to say it that I really could have cared less about football. But now after being married to Brett for 5 1/2 years and being around his family I have really become to appreciate the game of football. Brett has taught me soooo much about the game. You know this may sound dumb but I really think that you have to be smart to really understand and appreciate the game of football. It is such a strategic game. A game of war. I am no were near understanding all of football, but I love to watch it and I love to learn about it.

That being said I have really come to enjoy going to all of the home games this year. It has been so much fun. So many close games that came right down to the end. It was fun and exciting. So I posted a video of all the fans running onto the field when Utah beat BYU last night. I think it is cool to watch. And I also posted some pictures.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Go Utes!!!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Body Worlds


O.k. I just have to write about this BodyWorlds because I thought that it was just so awesome. I have wanted to go ever since they came to Oregon. Well they came to Utah and Brett said that we could go for my birthday, sadly yesterday has been the first day that we have had off together so that we could go. But it was definitely worth the wait! I mean I think that as a nurse I have a really great appreciation for just how amazing the human body really is, but this exhibit just really tied it all together for me. It even more confirmed to me how it's really quite a miracle that we exist and even more than that how we could even at all be possible without God. I am not sure how anyone could walk away from this and not believe in God. Anyways that's my two cents.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

CMT Awards

Just real quick here is a video of Will, Kyanna, and Brett dancing last night. I just thought that it was so cute! They are dancing to the CMT music awards that were on last night.






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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So I have been tagged, I guess this is what you do:)
8 Things...

8 TV shows I like to watch
1. The Amazing Race
2. The Biggest Loser
3. The Office
4. CSI New York
5. Gossip Girl (I am ashamed)
6. Greek
7. The Ghost Whisperer
8. So You Think You Can Dance

8 Things that happened yesterday(o.k. I am doing today since I worked 11 hours yesterday and that's pretty much all I did!)
1. Got Will ready for preschool
2. Did some work for Elder Care
3. Babysat Greyden
4. Went to the Grocery Store
5. Got Will's shoes back from leaving them at my mom's house on Sunday
6. Bought Will Darth Maul from E-bay for Christmas
7. Watched Muppet's Outer space with the kids
8. Kissed Kyanna better after she shaved her legs with my razor (not pretty!)

8 Favorite Places to Eat
1. Cafe Rio
2. Chili's
3. Red Robin
4. Firehouse Pizzeria
5. bajio's
6. Wingers
7. Joe's Crab Shack
8. uhm geez Cafe Rio again!

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To
1. Hearing if Brett got a promotion
2. Thanksgiving at Grandma's House!
3. Christmas
4. June 12th
5. Christmas Parties
6. Girls Nights!
7. Disneyland
8. Utah vs. BYU game!

8 Things on my Wish List
1. Brett getting a promotion
2. New entertainment center for my living room
3. My family to be happy and healthy
4. To feel better!
5. To work because I want to and not because I have too!
6. Kyanna to be potty trained!
7. To only snow on days that I don't have to go anywhere!
8. Go to bed before 10:00 p.m.!

8 people I Tag
1. Megan
2. Lisa
3. Jessica
4. Nicki
5. Alisha
6. Elise
7. Erin
8. Lisa A.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun!

Well what can I say other than it has been a busy Halloween for us. But lots of fun! It started last week with a Halloween Party at Grandma Valeri's and then that night our ward had a trunk-or-treat. This is a picture of Kyanna getting ready to pin the nose on the Jack-o-Lantern at the Party.



Then we had another Halloween Party on Monday night with my parents and my brother's family. The kids dressed up again which they love and I love because then I actually feel like I am getting good use out of the costumes that I bought instead of just one night. Anyways here is a picture of all the Grand kids from my side. Which consists of my two kids and my nephew Greyden!



Then it was time for Will's preschool Halloween party. Which I was lucky enough to be able to attend. I dressed up as Velma from Scooby Doo (thanks Megan, sorry I forgot to take a picture of myself) none of the kids knew who I was but at least the other Mom's there were able to figure it out. I am so glad that I was able to go to his party and I have to say that I am so impressed with his preschool and his teacher. She is so good with all of these kids, I really don't know how she does it. Also, from talking to my friends and calling around, her preschool is inexpensive compared to others, yet she spares no expense when it comes to buying stuff for these kids. She always has a snack for them, she has great art projects, each party she gives the kids a book, and she has a party every month. I am just very impressed.


And finally Halloween night! We had an awesome dinner, thanks to my wonderful husband ( I had to work all day). We had eye balls and brains, frog eyed salad, spiders, and witches brew. YuMMY!!! Then we got the kids ready and they went out with Brett. And these kids scored when it came to getting candy. We live in a neighborhood were there not quite as many kids as some others, resulting in not a huge amount of trick-or-treaters. Therefore, each door that they went up to they were given handfuls, big handfuls, of candy. By the time they got home they could hardly lift their bags. Kyanna loved it she walked the whole time and insisted on carrying her candy. She is very protective of that Candy! It was lots of fun! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Here Is the Info

O.k. so I know that I just kind of mentioned that I was pregnant last post. So I thought that I had better give ya'll some details that you have been asking for! It's still somewhat early but we are not one to keep it to ourselves. So I am almost 8 weeks pregnant. Which puts the due date at the beginning of June. I have my first Dr. appt Nov. 6. I think the best way to describe how I am feeling is that I am surviving, meaning I am not sick all the time but I definitely don't feel myself. YOu know the kind where your really hungry but the thought of eating anything makes you want to barf. Yes I am feeling tired but who has time to feel tired with two young kids. So my worst time is at night when I am really tired and really don't feel good. We decided (o.k. mostly I decided) that we are not going to find out what it is. We figured why not we have both boy and girl stuff so either way we are going to be prepared. And thought that it might be kind of exciting waiting until the end. So that is just about it.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Random Stuff

This video was actually taken a couple of weeks ago, unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened. I don't know what has happened to Kyanna lately (must be that she is two) first this video, second last Saturday she came down the stairs holding my open bottle of vitamins and said to me " I don't like these" so of course I had to call poison control, luckily though she would have had to eat like 14 of them before it made her sick, which I am pretty sure she didn't since she didn't like them. And then today I found her eating toothpaste! Honestly.

Sorry about the messy bathroom we are in the middle or remodeling it.


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About a week ago we decided to have a picnic up in the canyons and look at the leaves turning colors. Well did you know that there are no picnic areas up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Well there isn't. So we decided to try Big Cottonwood Canyon. Oh there are lots of picnic areas but each on there cost 6$ I am sorry that is ridiculous. By the time we decided to just eat at one it was getting dark and way too cold to stay long. So don't tell anyone but we didn't pay!







Last Saturday we (and when I say we I mean Brett) decided to sell his car that we have had for less than a year. But it was time it needed four new tires, a new windshield, and well it was time to register it, so I guess this was our way of avoiding all that. Plus it was a huge gas guzzler. The good new is that we got exactly what we paid for it. On Tuesday Brett bought a 93 Honda Civic which is much nicer than this car and gets much better gas mileage.




Well that is pretty much it just wanted to give a few small updates. Oh and by the way I am pregnant.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Help Me!


O.k. so last week, right before it got really cold, I was told that I need to go and pick all of my tomatoes because they wouldn't make it through the cold. Well I am not exactly sure how this happened (maybe it's because I am an excellent Gardener) but I picked well over 100 tomatoes from my garden. They are all green but they are starting to turn red. So here is my problem I don't particularly care for tomatoes, Brett loves them but he can only eat so many. However I do love salsa, chili, and tomato soup. So I am in desperate need of some good recipes. I especially love salsa that involves fruit. So if any of you out there happen to know of any great recipes that I could use for all of my tomatoes I would love you forever. Or hey if any of you are coming this way stop by and I will give you a bag!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fun at Cornbellys

O.k. so I know that it has been a really long time since I have updated my blog and I am really tired so this may not make a lot of sense. But I felt like I needed to give some kind of update. Actually life has been quite calm which has been nice. Yesterday we went to Cornbelly's with Jill, Cole, and Tori. It was lots of fun, but really only because we went on the two for one day and before dark so it was cheap. But the kids really had fun, until it just got too cold to really even function. Poor Kyanna wouldn't even take her hands out of her pockets. So here are some pictures from that.


They loved this jumping pillow and it was nice because the had a little one for little kids so Kyanna actually had fun on it too.

Kyanna of course is holding her hands out for me apparently she wasn't too thrilled about the pumpkin princess!

It was fun to see Will and Cole get along so well and have so much fun. And apparently they loved the pumpkin princess and the pumpkin coach!

This was a very cold hayride. But still fun!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Kelly!

I wanted to wish a Happy Birthday to Kelly! Yes, this is your husband, Brett. I remember the first birthday that I shared with her. It was six birthday's back. We went to Joe's Crab Shack with Megan, Matt and Lisa. I remember Jill showing up later. I think someone else went, but I am not sure. So, if I forgot you, I am sorry. It was so much fun hanging out with Kelly and her friends. That was the first time that I really started to like her. It was a half date, but I was too cheap to buy dinner for her. Anyway, I have had so much fun each birthday since then. Honey, I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I love you so much! You are a wonderful mother and a perfect partner for me. I hope we have many, many more birthday's together! I love you dear.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yearbook Pictures

o.k. so I totally copied this idea from my cousin, but I thought that it looked like fun. So I decided to do it for me and Brett.

1978 (I'm actually glad that I did this one because I was thinking of doing my hair this way!)


1962 ( I think I look freakishly like my mom in this photo)



1956

1968

1978 (looks like Bobby Brady!)

Friday, September 19, 2008

What I like About Fall

o.k. so I have been reading other blogs lately about why they like Fall. And while I love fall, I love the cooling season, the changing color of the leaves, football, Halloween, and especially my birthday. But I have to admit that I really get excited for Fall because it means a new television season with all new episodes! So here are a few of the shows that I am most excited about.



Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mrs Hughes

Brett's co-worker sent him this video. I thought that it was pretty funny. My favorite is the very first line. ( again don't forget to turn off the music!)
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Demolition Derby

So I have for soooo long wanted to go to a DEmolition Derby, but for some reason or another never really got myself to one. Two years ago, the day before I had Kyanna, we were going to go the West Jordan Derby but it sold out five people in front of us. But tonight we went to the Riverton Demolition DErby and it was awesome. Makes me want to go out and just smash into some cars! O.k. just kidding, but I am upset because I left my stupid memory card in the computer and was only able to get like a 10 second video of the derby. What would have been great is getting a 10 second video of Will's reaction to the cars smashing into one another. Seriously I explained what it was before we went but apparently he didn't completely comprehend because his jaw just dropped once it started. The look of shock on his face was priceless. Anyways I am going to post the video, mostly because I think it is cool, but it's kind of loud so....sorry. ( don't forget to turn off the music first!)
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Pictures from Will's Party

Real quick here are some pictures from Will's Birthday. I think that he had a really fun day. In the morning we gave him the present from us, which was a bicycle. Then he had his friends party. Now considering that we are the sunbeam teachers, I am not sure why we subjected ourselves to these little monsters during the week. Seriously Sunday is enough. No I am really just kidding it was fun to have some fun with them and not have to tell them to be quiet, sit-down, or listen to the teacher. Then that night we had a little family party. It was a fun and exhausting day!


Will with his new bike helmet (sorry about the messy kitchen!)

playing duck, duck, goose

Funny Faces

Riding his new bike

Family party

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Happy Birthday William!




Four years ago from this night I had no idea that my whole world would completely change like it did. But I am so thankful! This little boy has brought so much joy into our lives. There are so many things that I love about Will. The first thing that I love about him is how incredibly smart this child is, I never thought that I would have a child that is smarter than me at only four years old, but I constantly find him outsmarting me! I love that he loves to cuddle and give hugs. I love his imagination. Will has an amazing ability to make a sword or a gun out of just about anything. I love his freckles that are just over his nose. I love that he is such a great example to his sister and his friends. I love that (for the most part) if I ask him to do something he does it! And I love that he deals so well with me and Brett really having no idea what we are doing when it comes to raising children. I could go on but I have a birthday party to prepare for (which I am sure I will post pictures later!). Happy Birthday Will. I love you!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Big Day for Will

So today was a very very big day for Will. This morning he had his first day of pre-school. He was so excited. And other than being an hour late (I guess some miscommunication) it went really good. He said that he had lots of fun, although his excitement was overshadowed by the fact that we got him some Star Wars underwear at the store while he was at school. In fact if you ask him that was the best part of his day!

Then tonight he started T-Ball. And really I have never seen anything so cute as a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds attempting to try and play T-Ball. They all looked so little in their big shirts and big hats. It's all for fun, no competitive. There are no outs, everybody gets a chance to hit each inning, and they get to run to all bases ( with a lot of help from coaches and parents). The first time Will hit the ball I actually ran around the bases with him. Oh and the best part is when they are in the outfield, they all wait for the ball and then when someone hits hit they all swarm to the ball. It's so funny. But the best part is that they all, even those who get to the ball last, look at their mitts to see if they caught the ball. So cute. He really had a good time and of course the highlight are the treats at the end of the game.
Getting ready to start the game.

Waiting for the ball to be hit to them.

Uhm... Will picking his nose while waiting to run.
Getting ready to hit the ball.