Saturday, November 13, 2010

Posing with Barbie.

This girl is always tilting her head and asking for me to take her picture.
Though often disheveled and creative in her dress she is always a cutie to me. 
(I never fight her about her wardrobe; I am just glad she is dressed.)

My son, the artist.

While playing at the park, he ran over to the pebbled-covered track and swiped lines in the ground. 
I arrived next to him to see this creation. He is so cool.
(If you can't see the little stick-figure man, then I will give you a hint. He is standing near the head.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"I'm a present, Mom."

My son is sporadic. I love the times when he is sweet and silly.
This is a bag that came holding a pair of jeans I ordered a year ago. It sat around for a while in the laundry room. When I cleaned out the toy closet I found a need for it. It stores our giant Lego blocks, and now, occasionally holds my 40 lb son.

Monday, November 8, 2010

How do you do it?

"A wise parent would never miss a chance to gather children together to learn of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Such moments are so rare in comparison with the efforts of the enemy. For every hour the power of doctrine is introduced into a child's life, there may be hundreds of hours of messages and images denying or ignoring the saving truths."
Henry B. Eyring

After reading this quote I thought about how many ways there are to teach my kids the doctrine of Jesus Christ: reading, singing, talking to them after a "naughty" moment, being a good example, etc. Corban is loving learning hymns (so far), and all I do is sing them acapella  before prayer at bed. We have only done 2 so far, but he requests them over all other songs. Why didn't I do this before? :)

They also even want me to read scriptures sometimes, when at first it was "ah, mom. Not that book again." Seriously. They didn't like it, and now Corban will tell me to get my scriptures out at bedtime.

What are some ways that you teach your children good things? 

I would love great ideas for sporadic learning as well as planned moments (like FHE).

Behold the scooter swing.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just in case you need help remembering the months of the year.

Oh, well. What's done is done, right?

Sister cute her own hair. Oh, Joy. I tried to fix it. But didn't have a lot of time, and had kids to babysit.
Maybe I can revamp the cut in a few days. For now I just told myself, That'll do, Rach. That'll do.
It's just hair. It will grow back.

(It sort of looks like Jimmy Carrey's hair from Dumb and Dumber, if you only look at her short bangs from the front.)

Happy Halloween.

The pictures are really dark. Too bad. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Corban singing what is currently his favorite song.

Corban likes to sing sometimes. He loves to whistle and make noise. I recently decided that besides the hymns he is learning (one a year) in primary I needed to step it up and start teaching him some of my favorites. So, a month ago at bed time I started singing "The Spirit of God." He loves it. Probably because of the fire in it. He called it the fire song the first few times he requested it, but now he calls it by name. He is cool.

Monday, October 25, 2010

How to train your dragon.

Dave's sister Candice offered a dragon/dino costume for Corban to wear.

He wears it constantly. He wants to wear it everywhere. He wants to sleep in it. He loves it.
Thanks, Candice! I am not sure he will ever take it off to give it back.
It is fun to have a cuddly dragon around.

Corban's song about dragon training is pretty great. He loves the movie How to Train Your Dragon. I am thinking of buying the books for Christmas. Has anyone read them? I figure he may like them.

Lyrics by Corban:
How to train your dragon.
You don't know how.
You can train him now.
Or you can train him later.

Dragon, dragon, dragon.
Dragon, dragon, dragon.

I am so lucky to have such an awesome little guy. I love you, Corban!

She also sent over an adorable kitty costume for Izzy.
Pictures to come.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This kid is super cool.

She is pretty cute.

Life took over.

A few things have happened since August.
I am not going to apologize for being MIA. Life took over and I was doing what I needed to be doing. It's true. I like the truth. I still have been Facebooking, but I can do that on my phone. :)


-Corban went back to school. He loves Kindergarten and he gets to be in the regular class. Only very minor problems to report. One example: whistling, humming, making noises while he is working.

-I started watching more kids. I have 1-4 extra kids a day. I almost have it under control too! There were some really hard days for a while. Learning to juggle everything else (housework, bills, yard work, showering, etc.) has been a bit of a trial, but I really am getting the hang of it. It is even fun sometimes. It has helped me grow as a person. I love all the kids that I care for and I am glad they are in my life. I really am lucky. I am just practicing for when I am a grandma. You know, watch the kids and then you get to give them back.

-I am close to being done with my Personal Progress. This will be my 2nd medallion. This has really been a great thing in my life. The program is wonderful and it helps create good habits. I am so thankful for my calling with the YW. I love them so much. This calling has taught me so many things and I learn so much. I always thought I had so much to offer the YW and really I have gained more than I ever thought I could from them. They are fabulous. Each of them is so important.

-I had a birthday a few days ago. I am not even 30 yet. A few years back I seriously thought I was turning thirty, so I just feel like I should be 32 or something.

-I am not getting any smaller, but I am working on it.... in a turtle kind of way. I try to walk more and exercise when I can, but I love junk food and really just need to cut back. I am cutting back on the junk food, but I just haven't cut back enough yet. I will. Healthy me will make a comeback. It's cool. Winter is coming up and I just might need my fat layers to keep me warm. You never know.

-Izzy is almost toilet trained!!!! We are good for number 1 now. Number 2.... I don't want to talk about it.
Great job Isabelle!

-Dave is still commuting. Poor guy. He works so hard for us. We are lucky to have him.

-The kids are healthy.

-We have a working porch light. It hasn't worked since we moved in. Dave is amazing. He also put in a couple ceiling fans. He is so talented!

-The saddest order of business... the pup is living happily with a family in Provo. It was just too much for me to do all that we have been doing and then add a new puppy on to that. He was a good dog. Super cute. We miss him.

If you made it this far you actually care about what has been going on in our lives. Thanks. The blog is a back burner item. I wish I could make cute posts all the time, but it just isn't a necessity. I will update when I can. Facebook is just more simple. :)

There is never enough time in the day and I working on simplifying/having a good system to cut back on stress.

I am a work in progress.

I love you.

Chore Chart by Corban

Can you guess everything?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Possible new member of the family

Meet [insert cute puppy name here]. Dave brought him home on Saturday. He is adorable. He is tiny. He is part mini-poodle/part wiener dog. I guess you could call him a Wiener Doodle. Which then makes me say in my head, " a poodle, a noodle, a doodle." (What About Bob?)
I love his coloring.
This little fella (If you have any name suggestions... please, do tell) is only 3 weeks old. His mom was really sick and had to be rushed off to the Vet, so Dave offered to take one of the 5 or 6 puppies since they have to be bottle fed and the owners couldn't take care of them all. Poor little guy.
Anyway, I am allergic to dogs. So we may not be able to keep him. We will keep you posted. 
(Those are my hands in the pictures. Dave can hold him in one hand.)

Reading time.

My Izzy loves to get books from the library. Sometimes, long after I have told her goodnight I hear pages turning in her room. She loves to look at books. She also likes to rip them. Beware. She always ruins the spanish books that are really wordy. Oh, well. The library lets us continue checking things out as long as we pay for damages.

Anyone care for some delicious camera?

This is what you get when you go to put some biscuits in the oven and you find a toy. Poor Izzy was so sad her toy camera was melted. I was just surprised to find the toy. At least it wasn't completely melted and was easily removed, though it was slightly stuck to the rack. I will be checking the oven before I turn it on from here on out. I am glad it was only a toy this time.

Fishing with Dad

Payson lakes

YrLloypstsy wruxpWrypWinsYrYoSyspspWors or He is a cutie.

FWD: Pix MESSAGE from Corban



Naturally, she had to give him a ride.


Cute. He keeps giving her rides.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Goofy kids and Sprinklers

(The first shot looks like synchronized running. My kids are cool like that)

Izzy, Corban, Mommy

and an airplane floating above us.
I love my Corban.

Parasols are great.

Izzy had to pose with her new chinese parasol. She searched through her dresses for the perfect one and then asked me to take a picture. before I even showed her the picture I snapped she said, 'I like that one.' Thanks, Grandma Connie. We love you and are glad you have returned home safely.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


You can barely hear him. He is telling a story about a dragon. He loves to make up stories, usually he is trying to scare Izzy. He is always telling her the piano is alive and it is hungry. Then he hides behind it and throws toys out. He says that the piano is throwing up. He is so funny.

Breakfast time.

The kids are always telling me to take their pictures to send to Daddy. Corban will even take pictures of himself and picture message them to Dave. I still haven't figured out how he learned to text without help from us.

As you can see from the pictures of Izzy I really need to get the kitchen painted.... or I could just pretend I don't notice it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I just love my husband and kids so much.
I am thankful for all I am learning because of them.
I am thankful that they forgive me so quickly.
I love the silly/awesome/amazing things the kids share with me.
I love them.
They make me happy.....
They also make me crazy, just a little bit.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010