"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Did I mention LIFE IS GOOD?!

Okay...miracle of ALL miracles...Lilee crashed ON THE FLOOR at 7pm(2 hours before her usual bedtime) and Keat followed suit at 8pm! SO...Seth is at mutual and I am bound and DETERMINED to catch up on my blog!!

First, LILEE IS CRAWLING...what the heck?! I wasn't going to call it actual crawling until my mother in law saw her on Sunday and said it was definitely crawling. She does this sort of caterpillar crawl, but she gets EVERYWHERE! I'm sure I'm not outta the woods yet, but SO FAR, Keat isn't too bothered by his MONSTER of a sister caterpillar-ing herself on top of him when he's laying down watching a movie or grabbing the toys he is so desperately trying to contain. SO FAR anyways! In fact, most of the time, he just laughs and then turns it into a game. What a sweet boy!! I am loving that she is mobile though...she's happy, I'm happy!


Doesn't this picture look like those ghostly things from Harry Potter that suck the life out of people?! SO FUNNY!!

At the splash pad on Park Day!

A CUuuuuuuuuTE picture of my newest nephew Aaron!!


Lilee takes a bath like a big girl now...no more baby tub!!

I love this little bunch!!



Next, I had to share some awesome(sarcasm) pictures of how Seth and I celebrated our TAX RETURN!! I've ALWAYS wanted to go to the Melting Pot (in Scottsdale...they are actually opening one at Arrowhead in a month or so). It truly was AMAZING! The pictures REALLY don't do it justice, but it was wonderful! Thanks MOM AND DAD for watching our little Twinkies! We also went and watched the movie, Baby Mama...I about CRIED laughing. I must say though that it does have some bad parts...language and such, but I think Amy Pohler is one of the FUNNIEST women alive and I about died watching her in this movie!! SO...it was a great night with fantastic food and what better way to spend it than with the love of my life!! Thanks Seth-ee for a great night out!!


Cheese Fondue to start...

Followed by a DELICIOUS Caribbean salad...

YUMMY entree to follow...

End it with a Cookies and Cream fondue desert...okay, so we were a bit eager and forgot the BEFORE picture...dang!! I guess we'll just have to go again for that one!


What a DORK...do you SEE what I have to put up with?! :) He ALWAYS keeps me laughing!




I saved the best for last!! OUR MARCH FOR BABIES WALK!!! It was the most BEAUTIFUL morning and we had a GREAT time! I cannot thank you all enough for your support! The grand total for our team and all our individual pledges was somewhere in the $500's!! Can you believe that?! I was so impressed and grateful for everyone's donations! I especially want to thank everyone who not only came out to support us at the walk but who also graciously purchased a TEAM shirt(that Seth designed and Richard O. made) so we all would look great walking together!! We sure stood out in our GREEN and it was just amazing to see all of us there. We had about 25 in our group!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! It is DEFINITELY a cause worth all the time and effort we put into it. We will do it again next year so if you are interested, let us know!!


I LURVE this family shot!!

Before the walk started...we were missing a few people!


During the walk...don't we stand out!?

Here is the WHOLE group...L-R Sara, Becky, Seth w/Lilee and Keat, Donna, Holly w/ Clark, Craig w/ Mallory and Chase, Richard, Abe w/ Aidan and Tanner, Lindsey, ME, Tiff w/ Freeman and Nathan, Lindsey, Mike w/ Amy, Samara, and Eddie! I couldn't forget Lorissa...she was TAKING the picture!

Look at my little chunk...she LOVED the bubbles...well, as much as you can love them when you have NO CLUE what they are...cute tights, eh?!

Life is Good!

I know I am behind. Uhhhhhg...I have SO much to post...I am HOPING to get on tonight while Seth is at mutuals and the kiddos are sleeping! Fingers crossed!! :) Life is krazy...but GOOD!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

TAGGGGG...You're IT!

Okay...I've been tagged a few times...so I'm going to try to do all of them in this post!! :)
I should say that I have been working on these for about a week...some answers may not make sense with the particular day!!:)

First, tagged by Lindsey!!...OKAY...I need to do this one again because it didn't save all my pictures!! MANnnnnn, I'll get to it a bit later, k Linds?!

Okay...next tagged by Caroline AND Stef...thanks girls!

7 weird and interesting things about me...

1. Double jointed in legs...can literally turn them around and walk backwards. My mom used to bring me in as SHOW AND TELL for her 4th grade class every year!

2. I have spent WELL over $500 on scrapbooking accessories and HAVE YET TO MAKE A SINGLE PAGE!!

3. I have a dream of going to Alaska...JUST to see the Northern Lights

4. Since I mentioned Alaska, I guess I should also say that I have a dream of going to Astoria, Oregon to RE-ENACT the scene from Goonies where the kids ride down the road on their bikes in search of One Eyed Willy's buried treasure!! Ahhhhhhhhh, great aspiration, eh?

5. I was told to eat an ice cream shake once a day, every day during my pregnancy with Keaton. That was the best diet I've EVER been on!!

6. In college, my roommate and I began writing a screenplay. We spent hours in cute little coffee shops and clubs discussing all the details...of course we didn't get much further than deciding on the characters and then got carried away trying to decide WHAT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES would play such characters. We even went as far as to decide that Rob Thomas/Matchbox20 would do the soundtrack for our movie...in our world it was already a movie!! OIIIIY!!

7. I cry at EVERYTHING!! Not such a shocker to anyone who really knows me...but it's gotten pretty bad after having kids. It's like the hormones that control the water works are broken...you show me a Huggies Commercial and I'm gone!!

And this one is from Kristi...

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Niki Newman from the soap opera Young and the Restless
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When a friend donated to the March of Dimes to get me to my goal yesterday!
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? When it looks nice
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Turkey
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? 3!!!
6.IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I should hope so!
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Constantly - It's probably something I should work on!
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yep!
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? I am terrrrrrrrrified of heights...so no!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Raisin Nut Bran
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Nope!
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MENTALLY STRONG? I think so most of the time
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint Chocolate Chip...but only from Baskin Robbins!!
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their eyes
15. RED OR PINK? Pink
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?My inability to get motivated!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss my bub Logan quite a bit!
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? yep
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Jeans and Black Bling-y flip flops!
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? English Muffin
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Lilee SQUAWK for attention, Seth tell Keat to put SOMETHING on the chair...("noo, no, no, noooo...not in the garbage"), and Keat sounds confused!!
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Cornflower Blue
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? RAIN...and freshly bathed babies!!
24.Who is the last person you talked to on the phone? My momma
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Love her
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Basketball
27. HAIR COLOR? Dark brown
28. EYE COLOR? Used to be blue...but I need to detox because apparently they have changed to green-ish. (Some say if you DETOX your eyes will/can change color)
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope...hopefully my kids will get MY eyes!
30. FAVORITE FOOD? I EAT EVERYTHING...ALL THE TIME!! I love Mexican...chips and salsa...ice cream, SUSHI...mmmmmm....OH, just about anything!
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Both
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Thomas the Tank Engine sing-a-long! Uhhhhhhhhggg, if that DVD gets lost or heaven forbid SMASHED...I may throw a party!!
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Black
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? SPRING AND FALLLLL!!!
35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Ice Cream or rice krispy treats
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ????????
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? ????????
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Reading?? Is that something people are doing these days? Hmmmm, maybe I should join the bandwagon!
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Gateway logo
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T. V. LAST NIGHT? American Idol!! YEAH!
42. FAVORITE SOUND? My kiddos laughing together
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Hawaii...yeah!!

And finally...this one is from Ashley....how's that baby Ella baking?! Not long now, huh?!

A-Z Tag

A- ATTACHED OR SINGLE: attached

B- BEST FRIEND: My Seth-E-Poo

C-CAKE OR PIE: CAKE...esp. Texas Sheet Cake or Better than S-E-X-Cake!!

D- DAY OF CHOICE: Friday...fun for the weekend!!

E- ESSENTIAL ITEM: Computer

F- FAVORITE COLOR: LOVE Turquoise and Teal!!

G- GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: FINISHING my student teaching to complete my degree after losing our precious Logan. It was hard to go back, but I'm SO grateful I did!

H- HOMETOWN: Goodyear, AZ

I- INDULGENCES: I indulge myself MUCH too often. However, I guess Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Shakes are a bit of an indulgence!!

J- JANUARY OR JULY: OKAY...well, I love January because it's my birthday, but I love July for the 4th!! Also, it's our anniversary...SOooo, it's a tie!! I think I'd like July even more if it wasn't 150* outside!!:)

K- KIDS: 3 precious little tukeys!! 2 at home, one for eternity!!

L- LIFE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT: My family...I can't imagine my krazy wonderful life without them!

M- MARRIAGE DATE: July 17th, 2003

N- NUMBER OF SIBLINGS: 1 brother

O- ORANGES OR APPLES: Greeeeen Apples with a to die for dip!!

P- PHOBIAS OR FEARS: My greatest fear is losing my husband or another child. Also, I fear not being able to get pregnant again.

Q- QUOTES: "There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood"

R- REASON TO SMILE: Keaton is "dancing" with Lilee right now and they are LAUGHING hysterically...if that doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will!!

S- SEASON: FALL...I LOVE the idea that the heat is GOING AWAY and there is a crispness in the air!!

T- TAG EIGHT FRIENDS: Caroline, Jennifer, Cammie, Sarah, Robyn, Tiffany, Karen, and Amie!!!

U- UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I will REDO a diaper 50 times until I have each side done just so...it's about the only thing I'm particular about!!

V- VERY FAVORITE STORE: I'm with you Ash...I just ADORE Target. I can't wait until our SUPER target opens and I can have a one stop shop!!

W- WORST HABIT: As stated before, I can be VERY Lazy...working on it though!!

X- X-RAY OR ULTRASOUND: Ultrasound...there's nothing like seeing your baby safe and sound!!

Y- YOUR FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican and ICE CREAM!!

Z-YOUR ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn with Aquarius tendencies. I was born on the cusp. The last day or the Cap and the first day of the Aqua sign!!:)

SOoooooooooo, ladies I tagged...pick one or pick them all!!

WOW...that was WAY more than anyone wanted to know about me!! Thanks for all the tags, they were fun!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MARCH FOR BABIES...Leaping for Logan!

This is my FINAL plug for the March of Dimes(I promise it's my last)! The walk is this Saturday. If anyone out there would like to donate, simply click on the link to the right of my blog and you can do it all securely online! This truly is a great cause and one I hold very close to my heart! We're giving itty-bitty babies a chance to live...it's amazing!

Friday, April 11, 2008

You Drive Me Crazy!

An overplayed Britney Spears song may come to mind when you read the title of my post...however, I am referring to a different kind of crazy!
You know, the one that hits when you find your two year old
1.) AWAKE after putting him to bed 30 minutes earlier and
2.) you smell the very pungent odor of nail polish.
OR, the one that makes you sick to your stomach when you find 1/4 of your makeup is not only ruined but ornately decorating your son. It doesn't help when your husband is more concerned with whether he put the makeup on his body or on his FACE...gasp(how could MY son put makeup on HIS face?!)!
OR maybe still, it's the heat that you feel rise to your ears as your two year old empties an ENTIRE box of Frosted Flakes onto the carpet...not to mention the clothes, toys, and baby sister, that happened to be on the carpet at the time!
"but mom, THEY'RE GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrEAT!"

If that is the kind of KRAZY you can relate to...share your stories...it would be LOVELY to know my UNBELIEVABLY terrible two~isn't so unbelievable!

Just because I find it difficult to post without pictures, here are some recent ones!!
Here is the latest adventure in POTTY TRAINING!!
I don't know if I'm more excited about him being on the potty or READING!!:)
He got these EASTER BUNNY teeth from none other than the EASTER BUNNY!!:) What a dork!!
We spent a Family Home Evening planting flowers around our tree...look at my sweetness! (I'm talking about Lilee)
Despite the aforementioned naughtiness that occurs pretty regularly, Keat really is a big help!
What cute kiddos they are!
First day in the POOL!! Have you seen a more excited face in your life?!
Keat sure loves Lilee!!
Goin' down the slide for the first time...look at Lilee trying to figure out how she is going to get over there to get in on the action...she wants to be JUST like her big brother!:)
Kolby got this kewl sprinkler thing for his B-day and we all had fun with it!
These three boys are SO cute together. I love how close they are getting and watching them interact!! They will be the best of friends!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Little Miss is 6 Months

Our *LITTLE* angle is not so little anymore!!

Lilee turned 6 months old on March 27th and on the 28th we had her well check at the pediatricians! Here are her current stats...beat them if you dare!!

Lilee is, once again, OFF THE CHARTS for height...she is 27 1/2 inches long! She weighs in at a WHOPPING 19 pounds, 2 ounces! That is just insane!! She ranks in the 95%!
Compared to Keaton at this time...he was 17lbs 8 oz. and 28 inches long. SO, basically, she is a PORKER!! What's funny is that she really DOES NOT LIKE FOOD! By this time Keat was eating table food as well as baby food. Lilee only eats about 1/2-1 jar of babyfood like once MAYBE twice a day! She's just big boned...haahaa!

The extra pounds don't slow her down though. Lilee get's up on all four's and lunges forward. She rolls all over the place and sits and plays with Keat all day long.

She LOVES when Keaton talks to her or dances for her.

She "talks" alllllll day long, and has even uttered DADA a few times! Seth is a VERY proud daddy whenever he hears it!

She is SUCH a happy girl and we just can't imagine our family without her!

I can't believe she is SIX MONTHS OLD...where has the time gone?! When Keat was 6 months old we decided to start trying for another baby....certainly NOT there yet!! :)

We love our *little* lady!!