Friday, October 31, 2008

Marc Antony and Cleopatra

Ryan and I are not the dressing-up-for-Halloween type, so I am surprised to say that we went to a Halloween party, dressed-up, and had a great time. We went as Marc Antony and Cleopatra. It was fun seeing all the crazy, creative costumes... thanks for the fun party Sarah! Here are some of our friends' fabulous costumes:

Zorro and Lady Zorro
The couple from JunoDora and Boots
Mr. & Mrs. Mullet

Tai Pan

We are all ecstatic... we now have a Tai Pan Trading Company in our vicinity. For those whose eyes have yet to be opened to Tai Pan, it is amazing home decor store with great prices. My friend Michelle introduced me to it a few years ago and so happy that we now have one. It was so big, I felt dizzy towards the end trying to sort through all of the cute stuff. I managed to get away without spending too much, but I will be back!
Afterwards, we went to Johnny Carino's. It was my first time and I am hooked. We had the Italian Nachos and I tried the Wedge Salad. Everything was super delicious.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Family Home Evening

Make pumpkin carving part of your FHE. We actually pre-carved the pumpkin, saved the cut-outs, then replaced them for the lesson.

Halloween Costumes 2008

Oh, the perils of photographing three children at once. Tatum had nothing but cheesy, fake smiles, Lyric just wanted to eat her halo and Davis had "ants in his pants" syndrome and refused to stand still. This is the best we could get of the three of them. So here you have it, two angels and Captain Davis.

Just Chill'in

Davis lov'in on his little sis.
Davis contemplating the meaning of life.
Tatum and her "twin" Claire.
Davis, Tatum, and their little friend, Manthus.

My Favorite Word


Lyric has learned to say "mom" and every time she says it, my heart melts. I just love seeing her arms reached up towards me and hearing her sweet cry for mom. It makes me a little sad to know my baby is growing up so fast.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

100 Random Facts

1. I refuse to buy something new, if the old one still works... I still own my piece of trash $38 vacuum from when I was first married. I am impatiently waiting for it to break.
2. I love being a mom. Nothing is as hard, nor rewarding.
3. I sleep on a heating pad almost every night, it helps my back pain and I think I fall asleep faster when using it.
4. I can't stand it when things are not put in the right place.
5. I love rocking out to my ipod Shuffle while cleaning.
6. Nothing is better than a hot bubble bath with a good book.
7. I went skydiving in my younger, crazier days (and loved it).
8. Now that I am a mom, I could never image going skydiving again.
9. I am so thankful for the safety and health of my family.
10. I won first place in the Pillsbury Bake-Off as a kid... Who would have ever guessed that??
11. I teach preschool and love my little class and all of the fun stuff we do.
12. I changed my major several times in college: social work, fashion design, and elementary education.
13. I love learning new things and would love to go to medical school one day.
14. I really wish my house would stay clean for more than two seconds.
15. I am not a morning person.
16. I need my sleep, 8-9 hours at least.
17. I love books and want a nice library someday.
18. I almost always have a sewing project in the works.
19. I am a huge fan of giving homemade gifts.
20. I love organization and wish I could be more organized.
21. I am the oldest, two little sisters, one brother.
22. I went to four different elementary schools, four jr. highs, and two high schools.
23. One day soon, I would love a nice camera and learn how to take awesome pictures with it.
24. I am a nature person... camping, hiking, kayaking, or just relaxing on the beach.
25. Ryan and I love our shows: Project Runway, The Office, Prison Break, and Lost.
26. I always wanted a big family, but am quite certain now, that I don't have the patience it takes.
27. I love sushi at "Ra," the Tootsy Maki Roll is my favorite.
28. Cleaning the house should have an "easy button."
29. I detest being in the car and dealing with traffic. I wish I had a transporter, Star Trek style.
30. I hate cooking with raw meat.
31. I cannot eat meet off of a bone, it makes me gag just thinking about it.
32. I could be a vegetarian, if it didn't require so much effort. My sister is vegan and I respect her for that.
33. Migraines seem to torment me 1-3 times a week.
34. I have developed a migraine cocktail: 3 tablets Motrin, 2 tablets Tylenol, and 1/4 can of caffeinated soda. If taken early enough it seems to stop a migraine.
35. I always wanted to be a ballerina and have every intention of living my dreams out through my daughters.
36. I hate doing laundry... it is a daunting, never ending task.
37. I wish I was more into exercise and could find the time to do it.
38. I am done with contacts and glasses and really want Lasik Surgery.
39. I am an awful singer and don't dance very well either.
40. I've come to appreciate silence and if I am driving by myself, I sometimes keep the radio off and just enjoy the sound of nothing.
41. I think I have a super-human sense of smell. I am pretty sure that is a bad thing.
42. I go to the movie theater maybe once a year.
43. The computer has turned into a big distraction in my life, e-mail, blogging, digital scrapping, online shopping, etc.
44. I have incredibly dry skin.
45. I need to be a better prioritizer.
46. I don't understand meanness and do not tolerate it, ever.
47. My family is so important to me and I didn't know that my heart was able to contain so much love.
48. My husband is a great, responsible, understanding, and loving man.
49. Sometimes, my husband is my fourth child.
50. I enjoy gardening and love my fresh veggies and fruit.
51. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.
52. I have a strong testimony, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints is the gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fullest.
53. I wish I was more diligent.
54. I am grateful that I have the blessings of the temple and know that my family can be together forever.
55. I am grateful for the example my mother and father have set for me.
56. I wish I had more energy.
57. I wish my kids could share all of their extra energy with me.
58. Public speaking terrifies me.
59. Rainy, cloudy days are the best.
60. I have always wanted to go sailing, but have yet to embark on that adventure.
61. I love finding good deals.
62. I listen to a strange variety of music.
63. I am ashamed to admit it, but I love Martha Stewart.
64. I wish the TV played less of a role in our household.
65. I love reading to my children and wish I did it more often.
66. I love cuddling with my kids, but do not let them sleep in my bed.
67. I love watching my children learn and discover new things.
68. My grandma "Rain" has always been one of my favorite people.
69. Everything is better with cheese on it.
70. I love cooking and baking and trying new recipes.
71. I hate messing up my kitchen.
72. I love going to Disneyland with my kids and watching their faces light up every time.
73. I love holidays and family traditions.
74. I am a huge Jane Austin fan. Oh, and Mr. Darcy,too.
75. My friends are so uplifting and I love being with them and laughing with them.
76. I hope I am always able to remember what my kids were like when they were little.
77. I never watch daytime television.
78. I like to keep things simple.
79. My mom and dad are probably in better shape than me. (They are gym junkies).
80. I am a perfectionist and can tend to be a little too particular about certain things.
81. I love planning and preparing.
82. I wish I was more up to date on current events and politics.
83. I love dancing and being silly with my kids.
84. I wish our family lived closer. (And Kate, too.)
85. The smell of freshly washed sheets is divine.
86. I am the opposite of a pack-rat... I actually take pleasure in getting rid of things.
87. My toenails are always painted, my fingernails are never painted.
88. Pinkberry is so, so yummy. I am shamefully addicted.
89. I love watching musicals and plays. Ryan and I have a goal to see one a year.
90. I am a list maker... apparently.
91. I wear flip-flops 365 days a year.
92. I can't stand wasting electricity, water, or not recycling something that can be.
93. When I was little I wanted to be a scientist, astronaut and artist. Hmmm, I see to have sidetracked.
94. I would love to have a cat or a dog, but have no desire to clean up after one.
95. I love to dabble in things: jewelry making, decoupodge, cake decorating, quilting, etc.
96. My biggest claim to fame is winning the school geography bee in 1992.
97. One day I will have a fabulous, office/sewing/craft room.
98. I love farmer's markets.
99. I didn't care much for chocolate as a child, but as an adult, it has become a favorite indulgence of mine.
100. I love documenting my journey through life to preserve all of life's precious memories.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Seven Months Old

This had been a big month for Lyric. She is changing so much and learning new things every day. She is such a serious baby... but is always willing to share one of her sweet smiles. She has been busy figuring the four-leg -movement thing and is finally able to follow her siblings around. Tatum taught her how to clap on the way to Arizona and Lyric loves to show off and seems so proud of her little achievement.

Lyric Crawling

At seven months, Lyric has not only mastered the art of crawling and clapping, but also knows how to put a little boogie to it.

Little Lady Whistler

Not too long ago, Tatum decided that she wanted to learn how to whistle. She has been practicing over the last couple weeks with much determination... and I am proud to announce the she has mastered the skill. She whistles constantly throughout the day, displaying her new skill for everyone to see... and hopefully comment on.