The reason I blog...

"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and
keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful, significant things. Some of them may be funny.
Some may be of significance only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly
beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experience."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, March 26, 2010


I think that about covers October (scroll down).  Now if I could just get the rest of 2009 blogged...I think I'll save that for another day!

all the love in the universe~

Halloween 2009

Halloween was fun this year...I took the kids out Trick-or-Treating around the usual places.  This was Clayton's first year of actually understanding the whole Halloween it was lot's of fun!  Aspen was a butterfly...and Clayton was Optimus Prime (transformer).  We went over to Holder's house to say hi and then took the kids out together.  Here are some pics...

Kindergarten Halloween Party

Aspen is absolutely loving Kindergarten!  I've been fortunate enough to be able to take work off to help out in her class from time to time...and the Halloween party was one of them!  They had one huge party for all 3 Kindergarten classes...and my job was to help the kids frost/decorate cookies.  It was messy...but so much fun!  I love being able to meet Aspen's school buddies and see her interact at school!  Here are some fun pictures from the parade and party! 

Aspen was a butterfly incase you couldn't tell...
L-R, T-B:  Story time with Miss Amy (Cat in the Hat), Parade Time, Aspen with her friend Caity (Cinderella's Fairy Godmother), Party time...making popcorn fingers, Aspen showing off her flying skills, and then both Miss Amy's classes. 

"Craft Time" with Granny Kim

Witches Night Out...

So I'm finally getting around to posting pics of Witches Night Out from...*cough*...six months ago.  Well it's better late then never right?!  Well the festivities start with an adult witch party at Kris's house for dinner and crafts...this year we made witches boots...they turned out so cute!  Then ALL the girls (little ones included) get together every year for dinner at I-HOP and then head out to Gardener Village to the biggest witch party ever!  It's so much fun and we look forward to going every year.  This year my sister Melissa joined in on the fun!  I've decided that Aspen's not a big fan of big we ended up leaving a little early...but we had fun nonetheless! 

This year Granny was working at one of the we went in to visit her...she was dressed as an 80's Rocker Witch! 


Clayton's proposal...

(Picture recycled from Clayton's birthday party)

Last night we had a get together with our friends (Hi Marcie!).  We thought we'd eat some New Moon together...catch up...and let the kids play!  It had seriously been way too long!  So we are sitting there talking/watching the movie and the kids were in the kitchen sliding around in there dress up clothes.  Kylee was dressed up as Snow White...and let's just say Clayton was apparantly smitten! This was the conversation we overheard...

Clayton:  "Kylee your cute!" 
Kylee:  "Thanks...You should marry me!"

Marcie and I couldn't stop was seriously the cutest thing ever!  Marcie...Kylee must get the younger men thing from you!  So the two have been betrothed and we'll be setting a date in 20 years or so!  And I couldn't be happier to have her as my future daughter-in-law! 

All the love in the universe~

P.S. I promise i'll be updating soon...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh no! Not another learning experience!

So I just learned something so fun yesterday...  On the new Yahoo! mail when you compose a new message you can click on the subject button and it will fill it in for you...with some of the most random sayings!  That's where I got the title for this post...and I thought it was kinda fitting!  But they make me laugh...sometimes outloud to myself... 

Anyways...sorry that was really are some pictures I took yesterday of the kids after church.  They are the cutest!  I wish I could get them to sit still for a picture together but the one's of them kissing each other are precious and about as good as I'm gonna get! 

We had a really good day yesterday...and the kids did exceptionally well at church!  It's become more of a routine for us lately so I think they are starting to get used to the whole reverence thing!  Anyways...things are starting to come together for me personally and I have some really exciting things to look forward to over the next few months.  I just want to say thanks to all of you for your kind comments and all your love and support towards our family.  It's an adjustment not only for us but for all of you as well, and I appreciate your support and prayers and I feel the strength from them daily!

All the love in the universe~

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More of CJ's birthday...

These pics were taken on Clayton's actual birthday, September 22nd.  It was sort of a crazy we didn't do much...but I made a cake.  We sang him "Happy Birthday"...and then he licked the frosting off half of the was late and none of us ended up actually eating any of the cake.  I think Aspen was already asleep too.  Oh well...we made it up to him at his party I guess.  And he's not gonna remember...that is until he gets older and reads this right?! 

Slide show of Clayton's Birthday September!

Clayton's birthday was thrown together a little last minute...but we are grateful that our friends and family were still able to come wish the Dude a happy 3rd b-day!  He was real excited about all the fun things he got...and loved his spiderman cake (ya i went back to buying them after the ugly cake experience for Aspen's last birthday...I need cake decorating boot camp before i'm ever gonna do that again!).  I love that both the kids birthdays are somewhat in the summer so we can have outside birthday's...less cleaning for me to do! 

All the love in the universe~

Monday, March 1, 2010


I officially suck at blogging...I have tons of stuff/pictures to blog.  But since it's been so long...rather than post about Clayton's 3rd birthday (in September), Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas...since you know it' *cough*...March.  I thought I'd give you all an update on what we've been up to lately... 

Aspen is loving Kindergarten...she has grown so much this year academically.  She has homework everynight...which she usually loves doing...but sometimes we fight and cry about having to do it.  Usually it's me doing the fighting and crying...cause it takes time and patience to sit with a 5 year old and help her slowly write the answers down! But for the most part it's fun!  She's been ice skating a lot lately...and just proudly passed her Level 1 class.   She came home and told me, "Mom, I'm the winner.  I won!"  when she showed me her certificate and patch.  She's doing really well and it makes me happy that she's succeeding.  Although I never thought I'd have a figure skater in the family!  We are thinking about putting her in private lessons...and then she'll be doing the Spring Ice Show again this year.  She's so sweet when she wants to be...and she can be a little devilish when she wants to also.  But I love her just the same!  Her favorite foods right now are chicken and rice, chocolate milk, bug juice, hot chocolate and plain hershey's chocolate bars...she takes after her Momma on the last one! little man is growing so fast!  I think he just went through a growth spurt recently cause all is 3T clothes are too snug for him and i'm buying size 4 stuff already!  He's quickly gaining on his big sister!  He is in love with everything Transformers or Star Wars!  And there are somedays he doesn't change out of his Optimus Prime halloween costume (which I promise I will one day get around to posting!).  He follows Aspen around all day...playing whatever she decides for him to play.  But then there's times i will find him destroying lego buildings with his star wars/transformer guys all by himself...and it's so darn cute!  Clayton is also ice skating these days!  According to Joey he hates it, but when he's at home he's constantly showing me his moves!  So I think in time he'll start to love it as much as Aspen does!  His favorite foods right now are hotdogs, corn dogs with mustard, chocolate milk, candy candy candy...and occasionally a sip of mom's Docta Peppa!  The kid has a major sweet tooth!  He is the happiest when he wakes up...unless you are trying to dress he usually gets to go to day care in his jammies!  He hates sleeping in his bed...and has become, to my dismay, my new bed buddy!  He calls them sleepovers in mom's room...and i have a hard time denying him at 3 am!  I'm working on it...

Update on me...well things are going ok.  I'm still working full time, enjoying my nights off with the kids...or sometimes with out them.  Watching lots of movies, taking some pictures, editing some pictures, doing some sewing, a little rearranging here and there.  And most recently "training" to run in a most of you that's me who hates will be a big accomplishment!  My life is pretty boring!  Don't know if all of you fact probably most of you don't...Joey and I seperated a few months back.  I'm ok, he's ok, the kids are ok!  We are making the best of the situation and doing well as friends.  I wasn't planning on saying anything...but it's maybe why I haven't blogged anything since September.  And I figure I need to get on with things and reclaim my blog!  So that's why the change in the website needed to happen.  I will still probably update you on Joey every once in a while as he's still a HUGE part of this family...I hope I won't lose those of you that are friends with him...I like to think we are friends too!  Although, I'm not sure any of you still check this blog since it's been so long since i've updated!  Anyways, I'm hoping to start blogging more regularly...showing you some pictures...and sharing some things i've been working on...and what the kids are up to.  And eventually I'll get around to posting some of the things we've done the last 6 months!! So don't be afraid to comment and say hi...really I would love it!! 

All the love in the universe~