Friday, September 30, 2011


We were all migrating upstairs, and when I came down to bring her up with us I found her sleeping like this. (bad camera picture) but she's SO cute!! :) She always melts my heart.


Thursday, September 29, 2011




Two very happy and playful boys. :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Today we went to Dad's work to bring him some lunch and on the way stopped at a light by the Bank of America(?). The building is all glass/mirrors. As we drove up to it Hunter asked,
"What's that mom?"
"A bank."
then after a few minutes he pointed to it and said, "I want my baby born there when I have a baby in my belly." and finished by pointing to his belly. lol. What a funny boy!
"you want to have your baby at the bank?" I asked, "what about if you have your baby at the hospital down the street instead?"
"oh yeah. haha."

he really does crack me up.

When I told Neil he was like, "Did you tell him that he doesn't have babies?!" then he told Hunter that and Hunter just laughed. :)



I LOVE that she laughs so much! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I wish I had it on video... I was holding Mabel up so she could see everyone in the room and Hunter started dancing around and spinning circles. She thought that was the. funniest. thing. ever! I haven't seen her laugh so hard at anything like she was at him! She loved it! It was so cute. :) She always gives that boy the biggest smiles! It's hard to tell him to be soft with her because whenever he is doing something that I think could be too rough, she has the biggest smile on her face... and I'm left wondering what to do. ;) I love them!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Elder Uchtdorf! He is so amazing! I was on my mission when he was put in the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, and how excited all the Germans were!!! :) Cute.

Tonight was the Relief Society General Broadcast and he gave the best talk! (which he always does). But I loved it! You can find it here:

Thursday, September 22, 2011



This is how she fell asleep today. Like the girl would say on Despicable Me, "She's so cute! I'm gonna die!"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011



I got a lot of sewing done today, as well as a LOT of fabric cut - almost half of what will eventually be Mikaela's quilt. I love days where I can just totally enjoy sewing. :) (my house on the other hand is suffering greatly. and that's ok with me. ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

{9/18/11} Family Night

Today was such a great day! :) (Church was another thing... a rather crazy crazy day in and of itself) but today was good. While we were waiting for our crock-pot pulled pork to finish we went on a walk. Hunter was up ahead of me on the sidewalk when we got to one house that has a bunch of dogs, and one little one came running out barking at him. It scared him something fierce and he just cried and cried. It was awesome though because the mom that lives there came running out trying to console Hunter, and got one of the dogs balls and started throwing it/playing catch with the dog, which got Hunter really interested in them. He finally wanted to get down, and as soon as he got an opportunity to throw it, was all over it! He loved playing fetch with the dog, and especially loved it when one of the guys would throw it half way across the church parking lot! Jackson loved it too! He had some sticks in his hand that one of the smaller dogs kept bitting onto and taking out of his hands. They absolutely loved it! And I totally loved, and am grateful, that she came out to help calm Hunter's fears. I know he loves dogs, and I'm glad that he didn't have to walk away from that experience with fear for them in the future. :) What a super great and friendly family!

Then we finished our walk, came home and ate, popped some popcorn and got a surprise knock on the door, and low and behold it was my brother! So he joined us for our Sunday night (carmel) popcorn (which I let boil too long and the carmel got a little too hard - but for only my second time making it, it's not bad!) and a movie (the Princess Bride). :) It was such a fun and nice evening! I LOVE my family! They definitely bring me joy! :)


Saturday, September 17, 2011

{9/17/11} Otter Pops & Photographs

I wanted to get some pics of the boys using the Otter Pop wraps I made, so we dug out the last two otter pops from the freezer and went out side. Boy oh boy, I just love my boys!!! :)







Friday, September 16, 2011



These quilts are the quilts that I made for my boys when they were born (even though I didn't necessarily finish them at that time). But until today they really haven't been displayed in anyway. I'd say used, but we do pull them from the blanket pile and use them here and there for a nice blanket. Today I decided that since it's getting a little colder, and the need for more than just their blankies is here, that it'd be a good time to actually start making their beds. :) (we just never had any other blanket on their beds besides their blankies - which they just drag around the house all day, so there's no point in making their beds with those). Anyway, I decided I might as well put their blankets on there, and it really makes me so happy! I love it! :)

There is just something about seeing something that you've made with your own two hands being used and loved by those you made it for.  :)


I absolutely LOVED making my big and small projects for my FTLOS swap partner (For the Love of Solids - a modern swap). Every step was so much fun! Even ironing! And I HATE to iron. ;) and of course, I loved taking pictures along the way! :) I'll post more about this project after it's been received so I don't give away the extras I put in it. :)

FTLOS - zip-itself coin purse.

It's a pillow case for a 20" pillow. and a zip-itself coin purse.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


A certain unnamed person. I'm grateful to know that there are people who care, and are happy to listen and help in any way that they can. :) Sometimes I think people can be our dredge, but sometimes they are definitely our joy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



We had our quarterly RS meeting tonight. I love YW's, but sometimes it's very nice to be back in RS. :) I especially love my friends in this ward! There are so many wonderful sisters, as well as the YW who also get to come to the RS activities. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

{9/12/11} Happy Birthday!

It's this guys birthday! And boy oh boy does he ever make me happy!!! I could go on forever about how he's such a sweetheart, and so so cute, and I love how cuddly he is. Even when he's being a little stinker he's so dang cute! SO glad to have him in our little family! :)


(this is from Bear Lake this summer. lol)

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Teaching YW's. :) Today was especially fun! I really liked the lesson topic, and then to add that all the girls LOVE being able to hold Mabel while I teach. :) I love that she is so loved! Then Jacks came in and would NOT let go of me or let me put him down! He was really tired, not to mention that they split the nursery today. I don't know if he was such a fan of that.... because any time anyone left he would cry. They finally just brought him to me. It made for some good fun. :) I love simple happy moments like that.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The love and help of others

I don't have a picture for this. But I definitely can't go without saying that my heart is full of gratitude for everyone who is so willing to give and serve and love those around them. Friends, family, or complete strangers! Thank you! :) and I must say it is definitely fun to help and serve as well. :)

{9/6/11} Lap Time

We have started going to the library's lap time - like story time, but for younger kiddos. It's fun. Except my boys are all over the place! It's really good though because not only do they read stories, they also sing songs, and do puppets, and there is usually a lot of interaction. This lady was great because she'd always have some kids come up and hold the animals during the story or song. When Jackson realized there were stuffed animals up there that he could hold he was all over it! As soon as I told him to go up and have a turn, he practically ran to the front! It made me laugh, he's so cute! :) He also wouldn't give the animals back... which I don't know how to feel about that as the parent. ? Oh well. Hunter had fun too, but he's still a little more timid and kept coming back to me and wouldn't stay at the front with the animal for the story. ;) This picture isn't great, but I wanted to capture them up there  - although by the time I took it Hunter was already almost next to me. :) Fun boys! They sure make me laugh!

Hunter is the blur and Jackson is in orange.

Monday, September 5, 2011

{9/5/11} Mondays that feel like Saturdays

...but they really are Mondays! I love Labor Day... because Neil doesn't work and kids aren't in school. :) One of the YW came over today to play with Hunter and Jackson. It was awesome!! Hunter absolutely LOVED it! They had so much fun! A few times when I went in his room to talk or see what was going on, Hunter would get up and push me out the door, "Go out Mom!". He wanted her all to himself. It was cute! :) And nice for me because I got my room cleaned up and a lot of things put away! Yippy! :)

Neil also got to watch his movie, or a few. At one point he was watching 10,000 BC, and Jackson was downstairs at the part where the guy meets the saber tooth tiger. I came downstairs just after that to find Jacks growling. When he saw me he ran over to me and tackled me, got on top of me and growled at me for over 5 min! It was awesome! I was laughing my head off... and he was totally serious. :) What a funny boy. I finally got up and he just kept on! He cracks me up.

I also worked a lot on my Modern Swap item... I haven't had so much fun sewing in a while! I am loving it! I also took about a hundred pictures as I've been putting it all together. I asked Neil today, "If I were to make a quilt for our bed, what would you want it to look like?" He told me he really likes the design I'm using for this project, even the same colors of pink and orange. lol. silly boy! I would want it blue and green. ;) I'm not sure though. I think I'll have to wait to see the entire thing to know if I'd really want something so big on my bed. But it was nice of him to say that! :)

Overall, this day has just been super awesome!


all of my favorite things.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

{9/4/11} Fabric

I got a lot of fabric cut today for some projects. I really like cut fabric... because it means I get to sew something. :) It's also fun to get started on something new.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


For some reason I really love the clean sharp look of vinyl right after you peel all the extra stuff off the page. Today I finished and mailed off some vinyl that I made for my sis. She's the football mom for her sons football team and is decorating coolers. Fun. :)

It makes me want to make more stuff in vinyl... but what???

Friday, September 2, 2011


Being Organized

I spent the evening getting some binders ready for the YW presidents. I really love being organized. And I really love office supplies, and all that good stuff. :) Reminds me of when I was little and I asked for office supplies and desk items for Christmas. That hole punch has probably been the most used and useful Christmas present I've ever received. :D


{get ready to sing....} O'Reilly!

We had a little bit of car problems and on Wednesday we went to Autozone... talk about BAD service! The lady basically told us a bunch of mumbo jumbo and when we couldn't get our car started again, refused to give us a jump and we ended up walking home. Excuse me? Aren't they supposed to help you fix your car? Isn't what that store is all about? So confused. Anyway, we were able to bring it home later that day (it started up again) and figured out exactly what was wrong with it: Just needed a new battery - A jump would have been very useful for us. Anyway, we went back the next day and I talked to someone else who was just as unhelpful, hoping he would help us, but alas he wouldn't. Anyway, it was annoying. So then we went to {get ready to sing again...} O'Reilly! It was grand. The guy was really nice, very sympathetic, knowledgeable, and got right to the point with what was wrong: the battery. :) So now we are set and ready to go!! Thank you curly haired man!

PLUS, while we were there Newman drove up! (from Seinfeld) Ok, not exactly but he could have been his twin. It was pretty awesome. :)