Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blogging as a journal is hard if you miss a year.  Do I try to recap or just start out today? is pretty boring at my house.  I think I will start out tomorrow and post about some of my recent house projects.  I actually did some of the things I pinned on Pinterest, and they involved tools-real tools like saws and drills. 
Maybe with kids home for the summer I may have more time to blog.  HAHAHAHAHA!  Yeah, like that would really happen!  I may have more stuff to journal about though.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Welcome to our second home...

So we broke down and finally bought a second home.  No, not a cabin in the mountains, not a beach side bungalow, not a penthouse in the city either,  but a 27 ft. camping trailer.  We have wanted one for years for various reasons, and we finally broke down and made the plunge. 

The most convenient thing about our little home on wheels is that we can take it almost anywhere we want.   Besides camping, we could come and live in anyone's driveway anytime we wanted!  So, you better watch out, you may wake up one morning to some "yard guests".  (BTW,  if you could e-mail me your yard/driveway measurements and your outdoor outlet placements I would really appreciate it!)  ; )  Ha ha ha!

Here are some pictures:

dining and living room
"King Dad and Queen Mom" easy chairs

kitchen and hallway to bedroom
The best feature!!!

We are so excited to go on our first camping trip with a real toilet!  We have some "stage fright" problems in our family which make camping with a porta-potty very miserable!  Also, we are thankful for a microwave and a t.v.!  Not really roughing it huh? 

Now, I want to find ways to incorporate some of my own decorative touches...stay tuned! 


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Let the games begin! is out.   I have such mixed emotions about this summer vacation thing.  On one hand I love, love, love not having to wake up at 6 a.m. to get going before Averi's therapists come at 7.  I love not having to run around on such a tight schedule to get everything done in a day.  I love not having school projects to do help my kids make.  I also love seeing my little offspring more, and I really love that they know how to clean the house and babysit themselves.

On the other do I say this nicely?  I hate the fighting, whining about being bored, the food consumption that happens during that boredom, and not getting any free "me time".  I admit that I am very spoiled when it comes to the school year and having a whole day to myself.  I love the quiet times.  If you have ever spent time around Averi you would know that those quiet times are few and far between!  The lack of quiet time is probably at the top of my "Why I am Crazy" list... it is a very long list BTW!

I can't resist putting this on here!  LOL!  This is sooo my life!

I am actually sitting here thinking about how funny and unique my kids are.  Here are some random things about our family that the outside world probably shouldn't/doesn't know about us:

-Christian loves money.  He has actually sold some of his old toys on E-Bay and made a lot of money.  He is a little entrepreneur!  He works really hard and willingly if money is involved.

-Taylor loves to snuggle!  She would be happy snuggling, hugging, or holding my hand all day long.  I think it is so cute.

-Averi has a "super-power".  She can tell you what day of the week it is going to be on any given date within a couple of years forward or backward.  She also never forgets a birthday (even if you only tell her once) and she has a Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM)  (yeah, it's a real thing) where she remembers almost everything we do each day and she can tell me about it for years.  I love it!! She is my personal calendar.  Every morning she wakes up and asks me who's birthday it is and I don't know, but she always has someone in mind, some people I don't even know, and she only met once.

-James is the weirdest person I know.  He makes up silly words, songs, names and stories all of the time!  I think he is the best "undercover weirdo" that has EVER existed!  He should have been a songwriter or children's book author.

-I have a hidden talent of burping REALLY loud!  It is an acquired skill that took a lot of practice and developing, so I am actually pretty proud of it.  Think Buddy the Elf burp, that is almost how good I am!  : )

-Christian is really funny and comes up with some brilliant perspectives on life that make us laugh so hard!  He kinda got his dad's weirdness.

-Taylor is really good at doing 50's dances, especially the "Twist".  But she hates to dance with boys who have sweaty hands.

-Averi pretends to be scared of words.  Her latest words are; tar, gar, and ter (some aren't even real words either).  We don't know why the heck she does this, but it is very amusing to say these words around her.  She runs away plugging her ears.  The words change often, so we never know what the words are going to be from day to day.

-James has the hardest time making decisions.  He spends HOURS AND HOURS researching, learning, and studying almost every thing he purchases.  I always tease him when we are shopping that we need to have a prayer and fast when he is taking too long.  We are not a good shopping combination.  

-I am a compulsive list maker.  I have notebooks and notebooks of lists that I make all of the time.  They are really funny to look at because I usually never accomplish anything from the lists.  Oh well....I have great intentions, I have the proof in writing!

So...did you learn anything new?  We are one weird family when you get to know us, but don't let that scare you off, we know how to behave in public (not Averi though-she is still learning).  

I am planning on LOTS of summer fun or at least lots of getting out of my house in the next few months.  So here I come Summer!!!! 

Friday, April 6, 2012


 HOLY COW!  I took a girl's trip with some of my BFF's Geniel Faumuina, Andrea Newby, and Jenn Byg.  We have been friends for years.  Gen was actually one of my long time college roomies and we roomed together for 3 years.  We were joined at the hip and it was like sawing off one of my arms when we had to part! 

We decided to go to Island Park and ride snowmobiles.  We rented a cabin and 4 sleds and set out on a little (BIG) adventure!  Luckily I have spent MANY, MANY days of my life in Island Park, or else we would have gotten lost for sure! We rode from Phillip's Lodge all the way to Mesa Falls.  We thought we would have seen a lot of people, but nope!  Not one soul but us!  I was so nervous because I have a HUGE bear phobia.  The grizzlies are coming out  of hibernation with their babies and the mommy Mooses are calving (having babies).  I knew we would be killed by one of them for sure!

Oh yeah!  I forgot to mention the wolves are everywhere too. 

We only got stuck 1 time when Gen accidentally fell off a little cliff nose first!  We spent 2 hours lifting that sucker out of being stuck in 3 different places.  It weighed over 700 pounds.  We are "SheWomen"!  I am so proud of us!  It was worth the adventure though.

L to R:  Becky Matson Muir, Kamber Hone Bishop, Me, Andrea Camargos Newby, and Gen Ballard Faumuina at Mesa falls in 1995.  I love theses ladies!  This is a very blurry picture!  WOW!

Me, Gen, Andrea, and Jenn Byg hiked down to the falls again 17 years later!  We can still make it. 
Luckily we made it home with all of our limbs and only one trip to the E.R.!  I can't wait to do it again next year!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Me and my Sweetheart!
For the "love of MY life"  Jimmy Scratcher.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

This is for James!  I can't imagine my life without him!

To my sweet kids who bring so much joy and meaning to my life.  I am the luckiest mommy in the world!  How did that happen?  I know...I was blessed with them so they could teach me how to be a better person.
This is for all of my family!  I am so happy to be part of such fun loving families.  Family is really what life is about here on Earth.  I am so blessed to be part of such awesome families!  I love them soooo much!!!!

And of course I love my friends!  How can I be so lucky to have met and kept so many good friends in my life?  It sure isn't all of the effort I put forth...ask any of them!  I am just lucky to meet the most generous, loving and forgiving people who like me even though they know how weird I am!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kickin' It Into High Gear!

Taylor and I goofing around while the boys were gone camping!  We love our "girl time". 
Averi got some glasses!  I don't know if they help or not, but she is so dang cute wearing them!  She actually likes wearing them too...time will tell. 

*We have had such a BUSY year already!  James and Christian have already had 2 scout overnight camping trips (I wish I had pictures).  I don't know if I mentioned it, but James is now the 2nd Counselor in the Young Men, which means he is over Christian's class.  I love that they are together! 

*I just got put in as the 1st Counselor of Primary.  I love primary, it is kind of like a marathon every Sunday...crazy!  I am excited and since I was recently the Secretary I could jump right in.  Of course, I'm going to miss the Ward Bulletin, it was the BEST calling!  I knew it couldn't last long. 

*My Grandma Empey passed away from cancer on her birthday Jan. 14th, she was 83.  It was sad and good because she was so sick.  

*James and I also got to go on a "business trip" together in January too!  It was for the hospital and patient experience improvement, so I attended for my volunteer position.  We took the kids and they stayed with  their Grandma and Grandpa Williams while we were in our meeting, they had a lot of fun.  It was so nice of them to keep the kids for us!  James had to present in front of a ton of people!  He did so good.  I married one smart fella!  I kinda love him-A LOT!!!

*James and I just got back from Mesa Arizona. We flew from I.F. there for a really quick trip.   Averi's Aide from school- Renae- just got married in the Temple there.  I am so lucky to have been to so many Temple Sealings lately!  Each one was such a unique experience!  I have learned so much.  Renae married a wonderful man who's wife passed away from cancer a few years ago and she has been divorced for a few years too.  I am so happy for them!  We loved getting to go to her wedding!  It was really sweet! I wanted to pick fresh fruit from the trees on the Temple grounds, but James wouldn't let me-I bet those limes and grapefruit were the best ever!!!!  I don't think they would have cared!

We went to the Phoenix Zoo and spent a couple of days just having fun together.  It was an awesome Valentine's Day trip.  I had so much fun just laughing and spending time with him, he is THE BEST husband in the UNIVERSE!! My parents were so kind to once again keep our kids for us.  I think I would be insane if it weren't for our awesome parents and the help they give us with our kids!!!  I LOVE THEM!

*Now it's back to the grind!  I guess we have to pay to play.  James is swamped at work!  Poor guy!  I have to find something meaningful to do for my hospital volunteer job, plan some Sharing Times and one 5th grade Valentine party for Taylor's class, and try to wean myself from diet Dr. Pepper.   Maybe I give off the wrong impression that I am sane or something?  I need to quit that!

*Oh yeah!  I can't forget to mention that in Arizona we went out with our friends the Chattertons after the wedding and we ate Alligator at the Islamorada restaurant in the Bass Pro Shop.  It was good but weird, it had a funky texture like it was chewy and had goosebumps.  I felt like the people on that "Swamp People" show, but with all of my teeth.  I honestly don't know how they chew alligator with their lack of teeth!  YIKES!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year!  
I cannot believe it is 2012!  Time goes by so fast.!

So...for the first time in the past 20 years my New Year Resolution isn't to lose weight.  Yahoo!  Actually if you saw me today you may question this decision, but don't worry, I know what I am doing!  I stopped dieting about 8 months ago and my life has been so nice.  I lost 15 lbs. and I haven't put it back on-and I don't eat all salad and diet food.  I eat what I want.  So I am sticking with this to see where it takes me.

My new "resolutions" are going to be things like:

1)  Do better at all of my "Churchie" things-scriptures, prayer, know....the standard good stuff.

2) Don't try to be an "overachiever"!  I am trying to do the KISS method.  Keep It Simple Stupid!  I tend to overdo things.  I can still do what I like to do without having to go crazy doing it!

3) To do better at my "mommy" duties.  I know I have been bad when my kids can't stop thanking me for making "real" food now.  LOL!  I made breakfast the other morning when I had my nephews and niece spend the night and Christian said "Are you starting to cook breakfast now?"  I laughed and said heck no!  I have Averi's therapists over starting at 7 am every morning.  I used to cook breakfast, but now I am too busy in the mornings.  Sad huh?  I tell my kids they will thank me some day for giving them a chance to learn important life skills like laundry, cooking, cleaning, and yard work.  It works most of the time.

So...if I have it in writing maybe I will feel more compelled to do this stuff, right?

I probably should include "be less crazy, less air-headed, less weird, or more normal, (or stop using so many exclamation marks when I write)"  but that would mean I wouldn't have good stories to tell.  I love to laugh at my crazy life experiences, it's too fun!  And I like using exclamation marks because that is how I think inside of my head!!!  It is really loud in there sometimes!  : D

 P.S.-  I will be so mad if the world ends this year!  We aren't planning any big vacations until 2013 so we can pay off our debt, so the Mayans better be wrong!  I got a Mayan calendar, but I can't read Mayan, so I have no idea what it says.  Who trusts people who played ball with other peoples head anyway? Not me!
Here is where the Mayans made up the future...
This is me standing on their "human head" ball field-Gross!  I won't even tell you what else they did...freaky!