Friday, December 26, 2008

This is a fun tag! Open the folder where you keep all your photos. Look at the 3rd folder and post the 3rd picture listed with out cropping or editing. Now explain the picture.

This is one of my favorite pics of Gavin! This is from Rob's reservoir, a family fishing hole. It was taken in 2007 by my sister in law Lyndsy. I had sent to camera with Cory and told him to take pictures. Lyndsy took the camera from him and filled it with so many cute pictures. I know Cory would not have done this. (Thanks Lyndsy!) I used this picture some many times when I was working at Die Cuts.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The little things

So the house problem worked out so nicely. But in addition to this BIG thing, I have really noticed all the little things the Lord has helped me with in the last few days. There was my quick dash to the store on Saturday morning. I was in a huge hurry to get back home as we had people coming over. I needed to pick up some crushed pineapple and I was at Walmart, which I HATE, so of course I could not find it. The pineapple was for a cake that Gunner had been nagging me to make with him. In my haste to get home, I decided to forgo the pineapple, even though I would face Gunner's wrath. As I was checking out at one of those self checkouts, I look up and there is a can of crushed pineapple sitting on top of the register! I know this may not seem like a huge deal, but to help a stressed mother not disappoint a sweet child, it really was!

Another instance, every year we donate a gift that we would have bought for Shaylee. So this year I was donating for an 11 year old girl. I had not done it yet, but intended to Saturday, but all the Toys for Tots bins were gone. Then Teisha suprised us with a visit. She & Johnny had been in charge of the giving tree for their ward. She was telling my mom and I about this 11 year old girl, who had been given a lot of nice clothes and even a book, but no toy. WOW! Just what I was needing. So again not a huge deal, but to have this drop so simply into my lap.....It just dosen't feel like Christmas until I donate that gift.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

We aren't going to be homeless!!

About three weeks ago, the property managment lady called and said that the owners son wanted to move into the house and they wouldn't be extending the least when it was up in February. She also said that if we would be out by January 9th, they would give us the full deposit back, without holding the cleaning fee. Knowing we were going to have to be out in February any ways, and that we could use the deposit instead of Decembers rent, we said okay.
So we began searching and searching and searching. If you want to see a shocker, look at the rent section on Craigslist and see how much people want for these run down, tiny homes. It is truly amazing!
We thought we had one about three weeks ago on the hill here in Springville. But there was someone who looked at it before us and they decided they wanted it.
So we started over, we found a cute one just down the street, a twin home, but pretty cheap. We were the first to see this one and were feeling pretty confident. We had an appointment to sign the lease at 7:30. We sat in the drive way for thirty minutes waiting for the guy to show up, when he didn't we went home and called him. He said another couple had looked at the place and they were commiting to a 4 year lease. And they could move in Saturday. We said we would commit to two years, move in on Friday and give him the deposit, december rent and January rent in cash. But he said he felt the other couple would be a better fit. This was last Saturday.
I was so discouraged by this point, I wanted to give up! A cardboard box was looking good at this point. Keep in mind we were trying to do all this in addition to all the holiday shopping and celebration.
So we started over. We were looking to live in Springville but were open to Provo and Orem too.
There was the niceest house posted on Craigslist in Orem, between work and the kids school. I had looked at it a couple of times, but it was a little more than we could pay. At this point I was desperate, so I emailed and made an offer. He meet with us, showed us the beautiful house and accepted the offer, if we passed a background test and our refrences checked out. No problems there! And yesterday we signed the lease! We move in on January 1st. It is a nice house, in a great neighborhood right in the middle of were we need to be. Heavenly Father knows what he is doing!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dear Santa...

So Gunner has never really commited to anything for Christmas at one point he wanted a telescope. But he brought this letter home from school today.

He is asking for a CTR ring, animal crossing city folk for wii, legos and Mario cart double dose for game cube and also a digital camera for his blog. And as every child his belife in Santa, he has asked santa to fix his beloved nutcracker.

Gavin was using it to crack pistachios and he broke the handle in the back that makes the mouth move up and down. So if any of you have ideas on how to fix that...My dad or Levi could probably do it, so I may have to give it to one of those experts! Help Levi, Help Dad!

On a brighter note, we finally got the tree and Christmas decorations up on Saturday. I think the house looks great! We ended up using a little mini tree I have and putting it on a tall box. We have a 10 foot tall tree, but in this house there are no ceilings that tall. So we improvised. And ALL the ortaments are on! Now you put that many on a 10 foot tree, they look great! You put them on a 5 foot tree and well...

They are all on the bottom branches!

We also found out on Saturday that we have to move out of this house by January 1st. The owners kids are moving to Utah and want to live in the house. So we have been frantically looking for a house. We found an adorable one up on the hill from were we live. We are hoping to get that one, we put in an application for it, but I guess a few other people are looking at it too. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Why you still sitting there...go!
Okay, maybe not this moment, but it is worth seeing.
I went and saw the first midnight showing on Thursday night/Friday morning. Having scored a TICKET (Thanks Danelle!)
I was prepared to be disappointed, cause I thought the guy playing Edward was not nearly as cute as he was in my mind. But the movie rocked!! And "Edward" even pulled it off. Unlike a few of the Harry Potters, it even put as much of the book in as a 2 hour movie could hold. Plus Jacob was adorable, Bella was perfect and the guying playing James was HOT!
Even if you have not read the books, I think you would enjoy the movie.
I will deffinetly be seeing that again.

Now a plug for my sister in law. go check out
Lyndsy does digital Christmas Cards. They are so cute and only $15 and you get a digital copy so you can print as many as you want. They are cuter than anything I have seen on snapfish, costco and walmart. Plus she can customize them. So if you have a favorite color or need more pics or less pics, she can do it. She is amazing. She has done my moms for the past couple of year. Check it out.

If I don't make it back on before Thanksgiving..Hope you have a good one. And happy shopping the next day, of you are like Cory and I then you will be out shopping!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Super Saturday

So a few weeks ago I got to go to super Saturday. Here are the cute blocks I made for the kids for Christmas. And a set for me.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Quarter Collection

Cory started a state quarter collection for the kids. They were either to little or not born to start it them selves when the goverment started the quarter series. There is only one state left to come out - Hawaii.
Once the kids got older, they took over their on collecting. I must admit, Gunner, with his obsessiveness is the best at reminding us to update them.

Today, Cory and the kids broke out their collection. Gunner and Taya's are about complete.

But they are all missing a few. So if any of you come across any of the following. Please let us know.

New Mexico
South Dakota

Let us know if you have any of these.
Also, if you have been reading Gunner's blog, THANK YOU!! He is a bit obssesed with it, but it is encouraging him to read and write which was the goal!

Now I must share a rant!
In August, Cory and I went to Ken Garff Nissan in Orem to look at trucks. We didn't really intend to buy the day we went, however we we did. Or so we thought.
A month and half later we had not recieved any statement to pay on the truck, nor had we recieved plates for the truck. When we called them, they said they had been unable to get a loan and we would have to come and pick out something cheaper. When we got there the sales man (Shelton) tried to pressure us into a larger truck, older, which was what we were trying to avoid, for gas purposes, we really didn't need a bigger truck anyways. This truck had ALOT of miles on it and was only $5,000 less then the one we had. So we told him, we would just give them back their truck, we would take Cory's old tuck back (which was still on the lot) and call it good.
Shelton told us to give him a minute. 10 minutes later he said it had all been worked out, they would take $4,000 of the truck we were in and give us $500 more of our trade-in. By this point Cory and I were a little uncomfortable and asked if we could just walk away. We were told, oh no the loan has already been approved.
So another month goes by. We still have no plates and no bill from a finance place. I call to see were I need to make my payment and to get the plates and get the run around for the next two weeks. We finally get through to the laid who does the plates. She tells us the loan has still not financed! About this time Cory gets laid off. So know we are out of more than half our income. There is no way we are going to be able to make this payment, nor get approved for a loan. So the day after he is laid off, Cory goes to the dealer ship and tells them. They tell him he will have to come up with more money for the down payment (Uh, no money, he just got laid off!) or have a co signer. He says why would I have my family co sign for a loan, I know I can't make right now. They tell him not to worry about they will work something out! Huh? How?!? So two more weeks. And on Thursday we get a very rude message on our voicemail telling us we don't own the truck and to bring it back! So we go to the dealership and tell them we will just trade back, like we orginally wanted to do. But oh no, they have wholesaled the Cory's old truck! So now we are out a truck. Oh and did I mention in the process of trying to get us a loan they had our credit pulled over 20 times!!! When I point that out to him, he says that is no big deal, it will only knock our credit down a few points. To which I tell him a few points each time it is pulled! Then he tires to say that is standard. I point out when we bought our Charger 5 months earlier, they pulled out credit 3 times!

So bottom line, yes I am grateful I will not have to make the very large payment with out Cory's income. But, we strongly suggest, you stay away from Ken Garff Nissan!!!!!

Thanks for "listening" to me vent!

Monday, November 3, 2008

#1 Song

So this fun website will give you the #1 song on any given day.

#1 song when I was born.......Le Freak by Chic
When Cory was born....You Light up My life By Debby Boone
When Shaylee was born..Candle in the Wind by Elton John
When Gunner was born...Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny's Child
When Gavin was born....Family Affair by Mary J Blige
When Taya was born.....All I Have by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J

I think this list just goes to show how old I am and how young the kids are!

Last one, the day Cory & I were married was Believe by Cher.

Check it out, it is pretty fun!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

More of too much sugar!

Okay so to continue...
On Friday afternoon we had several stops to make, we went to my moms house, my work, Grandma Johnson's work, then back to mom's house for pizza and my parents tradition of taking their grand kids around their neighborhood.Even Paislee and Kailia went out for a bit, until it started to sprinkle.

Then it was on to the Alphins house for donuts, hot cocoa and chili. This is another tradition of Cory's from when he was little. (By the way if you need a real estate agent, Don Alphin, is the best!!) Then back to our house.

Trick or Treating was kind of lame around our neighborhood. It is nice having a quite neighborhood, except there are no kids to play with and come trick or treating. So the kids and Cory headed out to get some candy. We only had about 10 trick or treaters to our house! I have so much candy left over!

Yesterday morning was super Saturday. I really wanted to go cause they had some cute things. So Spent the morning creating with my mom and Lyndsy. But I felt rushed because...

Yesterday was Gavin's birthday party too. I begged old man Johnson (that's my nickname for Cory when he is being grumpy) to let us have the party at Jumpin' Jacks or something. To save me from having 12 kids at my house. But no!! We ended up doing a Rock Band party for Gavin. He LOVED it! We played Rock Band, and Rock Band 2 (our gift to Gavin) had cake ate pizza-- you know whats scare, carrying in pizza into a group of 10 hungry boys! I almost lost an arm! Luckily Bella, Taya's cousin was their to keep Taya company, other wise the poor thing would have been lost! But Gavin had a blast. I intentionally did not put any candy into the gift bags, because I figured most parents were like me and disgusted with how much candy was already in the house! It was tempting though.

Saturday night we went to Tucano's (YUMMY!) with my family. Gavin really wanted them to sing to him with the drums. You should have seen how cute he was. I would post a picture, but I forgot my camera! So we were trying to be cheap and kids 6 and under are free. So we were trying to tell the waitress Gavin was 6 and he pipes up, "No, I am SEVEN!" Opps, got caught in that white lie! Serves me right I guess.

After that week, I woke up today intending to play slacker and skip church (I know shame on me!) I was all settled on the couch with a bowl of cereal and PJ's just starting to watch a marathon of Top Design. When I was pushed off my seat and yelled at by the spirit "Get up and go to church!" to which I argued "Why me? and I don't want to!" But he wouldn't leave me alone! So I got the kids ready and myself. And headed to church. We were even there early!
I had been praying and looking for a way to bring the idea of service and the meaning of Christmas to the kids. Since the gimmes have already started.
Our bishop was making the announcements that you actually hear when you are early. And the bishop began talking about the service project that our ward does every year. It is called Operation Christmas Child. And they do it in conjunction with the First Baptist church here in Springville. You get a plastic shoe box, pick a gender and an age and fill it with appropriate items. The items are then sent to a third world country. Every year Cory and I buy and donate a gift in honor of Shaylee that we would have gotten her, to toys for tots. I had already decided to do this project in Shaylee's honor. When it hit me, I need to let the kids see us do this and participate in this with us. So I made up my mind right then that we would present the idea to the kids tomorrow in family home evening. So I was already happy that I had come. And then the Relief Society lesson was about service! The spirit I felt there was amazing! I left that room in tears, knowing why I had been thrown off my comfy couch this morning. But, the Lord wasn't done! The kids, all three of them, had primary lessons about serving others! I could not ask for a better moment to present the idea of service to them. I get chills even now, thinking about how this all came about.

So what a week! I am sorry for the lenghty post, but I need to get it all down! So thanks to those who made it this far.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Too much Sugar!

So much has gone on this last week! I am so TIRED! Monday we had our annual pumpkin carving contest at my parent's house. I am sad to say my pumpkin did not win. Here's the picture

Can you believe it! I think it was rig, because Gunner, Gavin and Taya took 3rd. Okay, it might have looked better had I actually had time to carve it. But Cory and I ended up carving the kids. Gunner's pumpkin was so hard, it could only be carved with Cory's skill saw, Gavin lost interest after about 5 minutes, but still wanted his done and we would not let Taya use a knife. But I thought they turned out good.

Tayas is the top one, Gunners is on the right and Gavin's is on the left.

Levi and Starlee - the cheaters, won! (CHEATERS!) They tied for 1st.

This is Levi's. I don't have a picture of Star's cause hers was texted from St George.
I thought mom and Dads were AWESOME!

This is Dad's.

This is mom's. The hand and the eye were both carved from pumpkins.

I hope everyone does not think we are strange or weird, but even if you do, we had fun and that is all that matters!

So then Tuesday was Gavin's Birthday. Yup, my little man turned 7!! It was not much of a day, cause we knew we were going to go big Saturday for his party and out to eat. We also had Pack meeting. Gunner was suppose to get his Wolf, but they forgot it, so he will get it next month. We are the Wolf and Bear scout leaders. I thought nursery was a horrible calling, nah, this is the harder one! We have one boy that tries our patience!!! But our den did preform a skit, which turned out well.

Gavin's asthma started acting up really bad on wed and Thursday. He stayed home Thursday and was passed back and forth between Cory and my mom. Poor guy. He went and saw the doctor, who said his oxygen levels were fine, but he upped the dosage on his preventive meds, which are now making him throw up every night for the last 3 nights!

And then came Friday. The constant sugar high starting with Frosted Flakes for breakfast all the way to the one piece of candy before bed that I let them have. Cory and I helped at the school with parties. I went to Gunner and Cory to Gavin's. I also popped into Taya's class too. The Spanish teacher came dressed as Taya for Halloween. And Taya and Mrs Anderson matched in their snow white costumes. They have to dress within their curriculum, so something they are studying at school. Gunner's class just finished Treasure Island, so his Link costume doubled as a pirate. Gavin's class was classics story's so his captain Jack became a pirate from Treasure Island. And Taya's was fairy tales, so she was Snow White from Last year.

This was taken before school.

My MISfortune Teller costume.

Cory and I together. This was taken by Gunner, which was actually pretty cute! Cory is a rock star!

Okay, I am tired, so the remainder of the week will include such highlights as Trick or Treating, Gavin's Birthday party and dinner. So stay tuned for more to come!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Peter Piper picked a Pumpkin

On Saturday we went to a pumpkin patch here in Springville and let the kids get their pumpkins. It was fairly busy because of the beutiful day! But we managed to find some good ones. We will be carving them this weekend and then will be kicking butt at my families anual pumpkin carving contest!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Family Pics and other stuff

We had pics taken on Saturday. They turned out so cute! Jill Scott, our photographer, is the best! But the range of looks on Tayas face is truly funny. She wouldn't relax and so they all look strained. Their a couple of cute ones, but for the most part....! I will be posting some of the pics later.

On a slightly less fun note, Cory was laid off today. He was working for Contempo Tile in Orem. There sales have been declining (as have everyones with anything to do with housing). So they had to lay off the two newest guys, which included Cory. They gave him a decent severance check at least. Which sort of leads to the next topic....

We have always said we wanted to live in St George. We have always said someday. But we feel if we don't do it know, before the kids get much older, then we would not be able to it at all. If Cory is going to have to get a new job, why not look there? We are praying about it. We have talked to the kids and they seem excited at the idea. So we will see....

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tagged! 8 Things...

Okay, so I am a newbie blogger, so this is the first time I have been "tagged". But it seems fun, so thanks Karilyn, for introducing something fun and all about me (which doesn't happen often when you are a mommy"

8 Things I am passionate about:

1. Cory! Love of my life and best friend.
2. My kids, all 4 of them. Don't get me started on them.
3. My family
4. Living the gospel, and being an eternal family.
5. My friends
6. Staying out of unnecessary debt. Or as we call it "the Vacuum".
7. Ensuring my kids get a good education.
8. Scrapbooking, all though I am fairly far behind

8 Phrases I say Often:

1. Love you!
2. Walk it off.
3. I don't know how to make I don't know.
4. Are your arms and legs painted on. (thanks Dad!)
5. Turn off the games.
6. No, I don't speak Spanish.
7. Am I speaking Spanish again?
8. Good Afternoon, Traco.

8 Things I want to do Before I Die:

1. Go on a cruise.
2. Finish all my scrapbooks.
3. Make a "gourmet" meal.
4. Learn a foreign language.
5. Be a Size 8.
6. Visit Nauvoo.
7. See each of my children married in the temple.
8. Meet all of my grandchildren.

8 Things I want or Need:

1. To appreciate my kids and husband more.
2. To read to Taya more.
3. New dress shoes for work that aren't open toe.
4. A Gavy hug.
5. The economy to settle down.
6. A cricut machine.
7. Be more patient.
8. To stop coughing.

8 (or 5) People I Tag:
1. Teisha
2. Lyndsy
3. Laura
4. Athena
5. Michelle

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Boys Will Be Boys?!?

Not this time! Gunner is in 4th grade. Never had an complaints from any of his teachers. Never been in trouble for anything.

Gavin, however, oh Gavin! Gavin is in 1st grade. It took him half of the year in kindergarten to come out of his shell. After that there was no stopping him! He had been in 1st grade for only two weeks when he had a discipline note sent home saying he was disrupting the class and running in the halls. (I saved it and put it in his someday prove to him he was a handful!) To be honest I have to feel some compassion and pity for his teacher.

So what happens when you take sweet, good, obedient Gunner and combine him with wild child, goofy, adorable Gavin and for fun lets throw in several bowls of wet, soggy cheerios? Combine all this with a handful of their friends and a big lunch room? That's right...Gavin and Gunner started a FOOD FIGHT!!! Were do they learn this?

Now let me elaborate on how I found this out. 8:00 PM: Me tucking Taya into bed:
"Gunner and Gavin had to clean the whole lunch room today at breakfast?"
"That's nice, go to sleep."
"They had to clean up all the Cheerios"
"Because they had a HUGE food fight!"

After a look in the back packs, I discover a note from Gunners teacher (conveniently located at the bottom of the back pack). Telling us about the food fight.

Bring on the punishment...Any effective suggestions?

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Roarin' Good Time!

So this past weekend we (our family, my parents, my brother, Levi, and his little girl, Bella and my sister Star) headed out to Vernal, Utah to Dinosaurland. We got there late Friday night. We had just enough time to eat a bowl of soup (Thanks, mom!), set up the tent trailer, eat a smore and fall into bed. But the next morning every one was up and ready to go by 9:00. So off to the Quarry we went. Much to our disappointment the Quarry was closed because the building cracked in half. So we went on the little hike, which was a little disappointing, not a dinosaur insight!

So we headed back to Vernal were we spotted the Field House Museum. That was cool. We saw a movie about the different groups of Dinosaurs and how they dig and excavate for fossils. The boys were so into it. I haven't seen them hold that still for awhile! Then we went through the museum were we got to do a lot of hands on fun.

Then out to the cool garden, were we got yelled at for touching the displays! But they were so fun it was hard not to.

It was a little nip in the morning and at night. But we had a heater in the tent trailer, so it was not horrible.

On the way home we stopped at Strawberry were Cory caught the one and only fish, it was a good size one too!

Over all it was a awesome weekend!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A message to all Women

This was sent to me by my Aunt Terry, it moved me to tears, I for one will now be voting,simply because of this story!


This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920

that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and left her hanging fo! r the ni ght, bleeding and gasping
for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
to vote.
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks
until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because-
-why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new
movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
'What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The
right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history,
social studies and government teachers would include the movie in
their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing,
but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think
a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote..

History is being made

Sunday, August 31, 2008

One last Fling!

So we promised the kids we would do something fun to end the summer this weekend. But the question was how to fit it in to this busy, busy weekend. Friday night was there school picnic, which was fun, but a little to school like. Then Saturday my Mom and I threw a bridal shower for my best friend from high school, Tammy (okay more like grade school.) We planned to take them to Seven Peaks on Monday, but then found out there was a huge storm expected Sunday/Monday. So we took them Saturday afternoon. We had a blast! We took the Hamberlin Kids with us (Hunter, Jade and Denver) Gunner and Hunter pretty much did there own thing. I tend to forget that Gunner is at the age, were maybe he doesn't want mom and dad hovering so much! Gavin and Cory were buds and did EVERYTHING, including the boomerang and the "toilet" as Gavin called it. So that left me, Taya, Jade & Gavin to do a few of the tamer things. I could barely get Taya on the tadpole area. So that nixed any of the slide for her. But we had so much fun, we will definitely be buying season passes next year, and getting the kids in some swim lessons.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

First Day of School

I am free!! Wednesday was the first day of school. After much debate, Cory and I decided to keep them in the charter school, Freedom Academy the boys attended last year. Gunner went into 4th. Gavin went into 1st and Taya started full day Kindergarten. I admit, I was a wreck when Cory and I took them to school. It was hard to watch them walk away and think that they really were all so big! It was really hard to let Taya go, cause she is so tiny and sweet. I worry about her alot more than the other two. They did great. Gavin has several of his friends from last year and I feel bad for Mrs. Frey, his teacher, she has no idea what she has gotten herself into! Gunner has a cute teacher. She is a bit young, and I will not even attempt to spell her name, cause I will butcher it! Gunner calls her Miss Cilantro. Taya has the same teacher Gavin had last year, who is awesome! So I know she will do great!
A cute side story, the kids were visiting their Nana. Nana asked how the first day of school was. They were telling her all about it when Nana asked Taya if she was the smallest one in her class, with out even hesitating Gunner says; "she's not the smallest, but she sure is the cutest!" It reminded me of when she was born and he was staring in the NICU window at her, he turns to his Nana and says "Isn't she precious!"

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Employeed again!

I am now, again, on the employeed list! I just got a job with Traco Manufacturing in Orem. I am there new receptionist. I am excited about it, they seem like a great company to work for! While I have enjoyed my three weeks off, I was getting on the bored side. The kids all start school in three weeks, so I was worried that I was going to be here, alone, bored...not to mention broke, trying to buy their uniforms! So It worked out good! If you made it to the BBQ, we hope you had fun...we enjoyed it, and plan on making it a yearly thing..hopefully next time the wind won't kick up next time!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Birthday

Gunner turns 9 tomorrow! I can't believe he is that old! He is going in to 4th grade. Wow! It just doesn't seem that he should be able to do that yet. I guess that if Taya is going to kindergarten, then Gunner has to be older then that! But wow! He asked for a fish tank. We got him one that fits in his room on his desk. I will be taking him, first thing in the morning to get fish.

I have started scrapbooking again. I have not scrapped since Die Cuts. But I finally broke out the adhesive and the straight edge cutter (cause I couldn't cut a straight line if my life depended on it!) It was fun! It was nice to get back into it and not have some one tell me how bad I suck!

The 4th was intresting! But fun. Hope you all had some fun too! As you can tell from the photo, Gavin had a lot of fun, but give Gavy a rib and he is in heaven.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The start!

So Cory started the new job today. He was a bit nervous. He had to pass a background check. I said there was nothing on his background, but he was worried about a traffic violation on there from last year. I said everyone has some sort of traffic violation. He got to work this morning and was sent home!....because the back ground check had not come through. They have a strict policy that no one can work there with out a back ground check. But they called this afternoon and said everything looked great! He thinks he is going to enjoy it alot more than Nature's Way, it is way more in tune with what he

Friday, June 6, 2008

So Cory Interviewed for the Contempo Tile job today. He felt the interview went really well! And sure enough he was not home even an hour when they called and offered him the job. They wanted him bad enough they even offered a lot more money than he is making now. He will be working directly with contractors and he gets day hours! I am so excited! He will be off at 2:30, just in time to pick up the kids when school starts! Now the question is what to do with the kids for the next two months? That is what we are trying to work out now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The last two weeks have been long and fun! We spent three nice days in Park City at Cory's parents timeshare. We swam and I bought all the kids summer clothes at the outlet stores there. We were home for two days and then went to St. George. We spent two days with Teisha and Johnny. Then we went to a Allen family reunion. It was so fun seeing all the cousions I have not seen in awhile. I can't believe how big all their kids are getting. Then when we got home all 3 kids came down with tonsolitis. Poor things! Lucky Gunner only had to miss one day of school. His official last day of school is tomorrow, which I know he is excited about. Cory is being interviewed for a new job, that would be days!! Yes I am a little excited to have him join me in the crazy evenings, just for a little help! Taya was interviewed for kindergarten and more than likely will go to full days kindergarten, or so we hope!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Home at last!

Okay, so Gunner was not faking! About 8:00 on wed. night he asked to go to the doctor. It must be bad if he WANTS to go to the doctor. The Doctor felt he was sick enough. (because I don't want to embarass Gunner, I won't say more than that he was having some stomache problems) to be admited into the hospital. He had to have an IV...he didn't even flinch while the nurse fished around for 15 minutes for the vain that disapperead. He also had to have a tube down the nose...which was not nearly as easy. He was there for a little over 24 hours, but it sure felt a lot longer! And when you added in one bad night complicated by the "bed" they provided me with, we were both glad to come home late last night! He is fine, no complications, just some follow up next week.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Being sick?

Okay if I don't post this now, while the kids aren't looking, I might not get a chance! Today has been rather hectic.

Story of the day: Taya had a dentist appointment this morning. Because she is so young and there was lots of work to do (a root canal and 2 caps) they decided to it under sedation. So she was not allowed to eat and drink after midnight. No one wants to get between Taya and her cereal. It's just a bad idea. I told her last night she was not going to get any cereal in the morning, just to kind of prepare her, hoping it might be a little easier in the morning. Not so much! She wanted dentist first thing, just like always. So after refusing her, repeatedly, she sat on the couch and pouted. Gunner woke up with a stomache bug, my punishment for letting him stay home yesterday. Now, Gunner sick, is not like a normal kid sick, if you ask Gunner it is 100 times worse then anyone elses illnesses. The kid is a drama king! So now I have Taya pouting and Gunner sicker than a dog. This makes Gavin feel, left out? So he says he has tummy ache. Can I say frustration! I tell Gavin, go to school, if you are still sick in an hour call me I will come get you. He wasn't happy, but school is almost out and I have not heard from him. But he says I'm the meansest mom. So back to Taya at 8:30 I have to give her a Vallium. Not fun, forcing that bitter pill into a cereal deprived little girl. But then she was fine...and so giggly. Everything was so funny. But that was nothing compared to the shot that they gave her once they got there. She cried and then all the sudden...asleep. Which is where she is now. But her teeth look so much better. I even got Gunner to take a nap. So this is what peace and quite feels like. I'll post a picture of the new teeth as soon as she dosen't look like a drugged princess. Have a happy day!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Getting Started

Okay, so I am taking a page from Lyndsy's book and trying this fancy new fangled thing you "youngsters" call a blog! If I make a blogging faux pas, forgive me, or better yet just stop reading this!

Story of the day: I woke up late this morning. In my rush to get going, I shook Gunner and Gavin awake. Now, normally, this is not that big of deal, but they did get a lot less sleep than they normally get this weekend. Gavy happily plopped into the bathroom, to start the daily ritual of getting the perfect faux hawk, that is just coll enough, but not over the top enough, to get him in trouble at school. I went back to my room to get ready. When I emerged 25 minutes later, Gavin was down stairs, all ready...Gunner was in bed, asleep, with the pillow and blanket over his head!! AHH! I was already running way late, so I pulled the blanket of him and told the little punk to get dressed! That was the last straw for Gunner! I have not seen him throw that type of a fit since he was in kindergarten! I was about to tell him to quite whining and get a move on, when it dawned on me, every once in a while you just need to play hooky and have a day where you indulge yourself! Which, for Gunner, the best way to indulge is to stay in your jammies and socks and do nothing but play video games and eat little snickers bars all day! So I told him that. You should have seen the look on his face! I am sure that was the last thing that he thought he would hear me say! But it worked. When I came home for work, the kid was totally calm and oh so happy! So I guess the lesson of the day is, its ok every once in awhile to take a break from everything and have some fun!