Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Its almost here! Jackie is counting down.  She is SO excited! I really am loving Christmas through the eyes of a child. 

I am missing snow though....struggling to feel like Christmas without it.  Seriously Utah where is my SNOW?!?!

Sunday YW's put me in flow blown Christmas Spirit, I really enjoy my  calling. I love working with the youth! we had someone come sing the song below, its sure my favorite at Christmas time.

Jackie is REALLY enjoying our Christmas book tradition i had as a child (you read a Christmas story, scripture, and sing a song daily in December on the true meaning of Christmas).  Every night she reminds me its time to read our story i love it!  I hope she is grasping more of why we have Christmas and feeling that true spirit of Christmas by doing it....because toys are nice and all but I want her to REALLY grasp Christ is the reason for the season

Me, well I am just grateful for this time of year to remember my Savoir and everything he has done for me.  I am grateful for his love and his daily guidance in my life.
I am also excited to see my kiddos on Christmas morning! I sure hope their cute little faces are as happy and smiley as i have pictured in my head!
I am also happy we get to go to church on Christmas.  I don't think there could be a better way to focus on the Savior than to go Worship him on the day we remember his birth!!

Love all my friends out there Merry Christmas !

Breath Of Heaven - Amy Grant

Friday, December 16, 2011

My works company party had the best Santa I have ever seen with an awesome Photographer to capture the moments! :)


Monday, December 12, 2011

qucik update

Can you believe Christmas is almost here?  I seriously cant! I am always in awe of how quickly Christmas seems to sneak up on us. 

I am really excited though! I totally dig being a parent on Christmas.  I love love love finding gifts for my kids and get all excited to watch them open them :). 

But anyway a quick update since well i dont tend to blog at all any more haha

He LOVES his new job! Its going great.  He gets to sell people on the awesome sport of hockey.  Perfect! Also if anyone does want tickets to a game let me know he can hook you up!

Well i am staying plenty busy! with work and kiddos i am always on the go! I still LOVE my half days and feeling more like a mom on those days are nice.  I am recommitting my self to p90x so here is hoping i can drop some of this weight i put on since stopping nursing over a year ago....

We she is just our little sweetheart.  She is super cute with Abby and I love watching them grow into cute little sisters.  I hope they will be friends as they get older.  Jackie loves school and really enjoys what she learns there and all the crafts they do.  She is getting really excited to start kindergarten in the fall. 

Well miss Abby is still miss Abby.  She is SUCH a sweetheart and a cuddle bug most the time.  She sure has a STRONG other side though! She knows what she wants and is going to get her way.  She is our possessive child.  She knows what belongs to whom and no one else can have it.  (ie i cant have Derek s pillow and he cant have mine) lol.  She sure has a personality! I can never get enough of all the hugs and kisses she wants to give us!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gratitude a day #30

Today I am grateful for family.  I love my family.  I have SO much family i love it! I love that my family is so close.  I love seeing my cousins aunts uncles grandparents ect all the time.  Family really is the joys we have in our lifes.  Without them life would be so BORING! I am super glad to be part of them.  :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gratitude a day #29

Today I am grateful for good transportation! :) I love that we have reliable transportation that can get us here or there! Its nice to stay warm in the winter and cold in the summer :) YAY for cars! I am seriously glad that i live in a day in age with modern technology

Gratitude a day #28

Today I am Grateful i have a working knowledge of how to use a computer and internet....seriously there are people out there that don't.  I talk to them a lot at work.  WOW i am glad i know things like...copy and past.  Where the address bar is, how to get to websites.  How to scroll on a page.  How to delete words.  Ya know the basics :) I am SUPER glad i am not an idiot :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gratitude a day #27

Today i am grateful for our babysitters!  I never thought i could have my kids at babysitters while we work.  Its something that i was REALLY worried about when Derek got his new job.  Well i am VERY happy with our babysitters and i love knowing my kids are safe and happy while i am at work!  Its a HUGE relif and stress off my shoulders! So thanks ladies who watch my kids you rock! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gratitude a day #26

Today I am grateful for shows that teaches my kiddos things! My kids watch tv sometimes too much. ;) But i am glad that i can show them shows that can help them learn! My kids love the leapfrog shows and it teaches them lots! :I love super why and i love how much my kids love it!! : ) Its nice to know their brains are not always melting away! :)

oh and dont worry they watch plenty of the mind numbing shows too ;)

Gratitude a day #25

Today I am grateful i survived black friday and got a few awesome deals! YAY for the bedding set i got Abby.....she is going to LOVE it! :) anyone you brave the crowds?  I am grateful for my Sister In Laws who got me to tag a long....we made it out quick!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gratitude a day #24

Today i am grateful for thanksgiving!! haha yeah lame i know and easy post for today...but really its my favorite holiday.  I love the family time, the food, the mind set of everyone.  I love how happy everyone is and how people are so willing to help others and how thankful everyone is being.  Its pretty awesome!
Plus seriously mashed potatoes homemade stuffing, hmm gravy green bean casserole fried corn man how can you NOT be happy about that !

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude a day #23

Today I am grateful for paid days off!!!!! I have the next 2 days off and get paid for it....ahhh i love days like that! I am pretty excited to relax, eat, and spend time with my girls and  family!! :D

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gratitude a day #22

Today's post is a big grateful for washing machines and dryers.  Seriously i mean my life would be so much harder with out them.  I hate laundry but even the thought of doing it ALL by hand makes me want to cry.  SO i can handle folding basket after basket as long as i do not have to do it by hand! So i am very grateful for modern technology and how much easier it makes my life :)

Gratitude a day #21

Today i am grateful for the internet.  Seriously without it i would be in trouble.  The internet helps me do EVERYTHING! I work using the internet, i do all my before shopping price matching using the internet.  I check out all toys using the internet.  I stay entertained using the internet.  I can buy most all Christmas presents using the internet, ahhhh the internet is awesome that is all i have to say :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gratitude a day #20

Today I am ever grateful for cooking :)

I LOVE to cook! (hate cleaning up) Cooking is very stress relieving for me, and makes me really happy.  I love to cook for my family and I love how excited my kids get for the food i make for them.  I LOVE to look up new recipes and try new things its so fun to me.  i guess i should add to my list today i am grateful for pintrest.  Pintrest gives me so many new yummy foods to try and make.  Its AWESOME! :)

Gratitude a day #19

Today (well technically last night i am a day late) i am grateful for awesome daughters who love the things I love! Its so nice that we can just be little buddies and play and have a lazy Saturday.  I love that they think its fun to cuddle with me and watch the cougars! :) I love even more that they cheer :).  I sure love my darling daughters!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gratitude a day #18

Today I am ever grateful for Temples! Because of this building and 9/3/05.  The 3 people (plus a whole lot of others!) who mean the most to me in this world will be with me forever!

I am ever so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I can not imagine only having my family for this life.  The fact that they will be with me in the next life brings such a sense of peace.  Families are pretty great, so today I am going to take a moment to hug each one of my kids just a few more times.  (i would hug Derek but i wont see him until tomorrow ;))

I hope my friends out there know how much I love my church.  I am so grateful its apart of me and my life.  I hope and wish everyone can obtain the blessings of eternity with their family because really is anything in this world more important?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratitude a day #17

Today I am grateful for Girls Nights Out! (not GNO because i think that is just a weird abbreviations makes me think GYNO haha)

I got to go see an early premier of twilight with my sis-in-laws! Always nice to get out and have a little break that is just for me :) I love my husband for being willing to help with the kids and who loves me enough to give me a break!

Oh and the movie is pretty good

Gratitude a day #16

Today I am grateful for wonderful nice people in the world.  Last night when we were at Wal-Mart a sweet couple was in front of us.  They were short on money to purchase what they had bought.  The lady in front of me and behind them sweetly and quietly offered to buy the rest of their items for them. 

The couple had a cute little daughter about 1, they were so grateful and thankful for her generosity.  So yes I am grateful that there are still sweet kind people in the world who are willing to do SUCH awesome acts of kindness. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude a day #15

well its day 15 the half way point.  I love doing this it really helps me be more upbeat and realize all the awesome in my life :) There is a lot of awesome and its over look a lot by all the bad.  If you know me, you know i try to be positive most the time, its my way to make it through life.  It helps me be better and happier.  SO YAY for making it to day 15...anyone think i can keep this up for the rest of the year? I would love to try! (oh so you read this yesterday on my blog...um your losing your mind, because i sure am not!  It was not there yesterday.....)

Today I am grateful for Family

I feel SO lucky to have so much family.  My situation has blessed me with so much of it! My parents divorced when i was younger, and both remarried,  so i count my self has lucky to have so many people who love me and who i love!

I love having family to turn to in time of need, to pick you up when you are down, to offer a shoulder to cry on, to help you when you need it, to support you and your kiddos.  Most of all I love knowing so many people care about me.  I also love having people to care about, because really what makes you feel better than helping those you love??

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gratitude a day #14

Today I am grateful for my husband.

yeah you would think i would put a picture up, but there are not any on my work computer and I do not feel like downloading one right now :)

Derek is my perfect match.  He is my other half.  He is amazing for me.  He knows me better than I know myself.  He knows what I need, what I want, and how to handle my crazy.  (trust me there is a lot of crazy in me:))

I am so grateful he is a strong member of the church, I am so grateful he wants to spend time with my kids and I.  I am so grateful he cares that we are happy,Ii am so grateful he does things to assist me.

I love that we can just hang out and watch sports and consider that a fun family time :).  I LOVE that for our anniversary we just went and watched BYU beat Ole Miss.  I love being lazy with him.  I love just hanging out.  I love that he works so hard.

I love his sense of humor.  I know not everyone gets him, but I do (most times!) and I love that he keeps me laughing.  Life is no fun without laughter and we sure have lots of it at out house!

Jackie and Abby sure adore him! I love all the fun games they play that our just theirs.  I think one of my favorite things to do is to watch them play :)

I love my husband.  I am so happy that we found each other and that i was lucky enough that he asked me to marry him.  Some call us crazy for making such a huge decision after knowing each other for only 3 months, but i do not regret it.  Its been an awesome 6 years 2 months 11 days.  ;)

So yes I am super grateful for Derek and all he is and does.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gratitude a day #13

Today I am grateful for our church and the Primary Program.  Today they did the Primary program (all the kiddos sang and said lines) It was awesome! I have always loved and looked forward to the primary program.  Having a kid in it only made me love it even more.  I was so proud of Jackie, she said her lines and enjoyed it! My dad and sis came and Derek's parents came down to watch her.  She loved having family to see her preform.  It was a good Sunday! :) I love all that Primary teaches our kiddos.  Its amazing what these little kids can learn and how much they can grasp.  Abby learns so much in nursery too! I love hearing every Sunday what my kids have learned and hearing them sing their little songs! :)

gratitude a day #12

Tonight I am grateful for Saturdays. Man I love them. Even if derek has to work 11 hours. Its aso nice to have a day off to relax and get things accomplished. Today I cleaned with jackie and played with Abby, shopped with friends, and ate a.yummy dinner at brick oven. Fun fun day!

gratitude a day #11

Today I am grateful for ( yeah a day late :))fun adventures
Today I took the kiddos to a hockey game where derek works. And my kids had a blast! They loved our time together and our adventures at intermission. They are my cute little buddies and I love any time with them.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gratitude a day #10

Today I am very grateful for my super cute sweet daughter Jackie!

Look at that face! How can you not be in love!  Jackie is my baby, and will always be :) Their is something about your first kid.  The kid who turned your world upside down and made you a mom.  I sure love her! 

She is a little ham.  She always has a joke or something fun to tell us.  She always wants to help me with Abby and is a wonderful big sister! Abby sure loves her big sister and wants to be with her big sister when ever she can! They are such sweet sisters together!

Jackie has a HUGE personality.  She is a go getter who knows what she wants and will try to get what ever it is :).  Recently my dad told her if she learned all her Articles of Faith he would take her to disney land.  Jackie is NOT taking this lightly.  She has now learned the first 5 articles of faith plus number 8.  :) I think she will have them down by summer :) 

Jackie is a huge help to me.  She has gotten to the age where when she does jobs i do not have to go back and re-do them :).  She loves to do dishes, put clothes away, and pick up.  

Jackie loves school and is doing great at pre school! She is doing really good at learning her letters and writing.  She loves when she figures out how to spell words all on her own. I love watching the world open up to her as she learns more and more.  

I love my Jackie! She sure is a huge blessing in my life!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gratitude a day #9

Today I am grateful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I would be lost in life with out His gospel and His church.  My week would not be complete with out attending church, and my days are not as good when I leave out scriptures and prayer. 
I know he is always there for me.  I know he is always guiding me.  I know is always mindful of what is going on.  I know he has a plan for me.   I know he loves me.  I know he died for me.  I know he suffered for my sins and tribulations.  I know he knows my pain.  I know he understands my joy.  I know he knows me.  I know he knows whats best for me. 
I love him with all my heart, and I will strive everyday to be just a little bit better, to be a little bit nicer, to give a little more unselfishly, to love my children a little bit more, to play with them just a little bit more. 
I am forever grateful to him and his life and his work.  Because of him  i can have my family forever. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

gratitude a day #8

Today I am grateful for hot water. Nothing like a wonderful hot shower or hot bath to make the day start off right....or end the day.....or make the middle better. I so love showers/bath they are my favorite!

Gratitude a day #7

Today I am grateful for Paid time off! Enough said right?  I was so happy i could take the day off as needed and spend time with my girls :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

gratitude a day #6

Today I am grateful for sleeping in! :) I love weekends and not waking up at 6 am :) its wonderful to get a few extra hours of sleep! :) Even better when mi kiddos love me enough to watch a movie when they get up early or decide to sleep in them selfs! YAY for a fun sleeping in weekend!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gratitude a day #5

Today I am so grateful for my friends! I have so many wonderful friends out there.  Its so nice to know i have people i can turn to when i need to complain or let off steam.  I love having people who care about me and people i can care about! 
Friends are SO important! You need them in life to help and assist you in everything! I do not know what i would do with out them.  
So thank you to all you out there.  You all know who you are.  Thanks to every one who as listened to me complaining about my life.  Been there to celebrate the joys.  Watched me grow and watched my kiddos grow! I love you all!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gratitude a day #4

Today I am grateful for my smiling sweet daughter Abigail.  Abigail is such a blessing in our lives!  She is so fun! She loves to play, and joke around.

She has brought so many smiles and laughs into our lives i do not know what we would do with out her! She adores Jackie and Jackie loves having a playmate! I am so glad we have 2 girls close in age so they can be there for each other (and fight as they get older ;)

Abby really is a huge blessing in my life.  When i am sad she is always ready to give me hugs or kisses.  Abby is always ready to be my little buddy,  she wants to be with me and do things with me.  I love it! She is always willing to help me.  She is very independent and likes to do her own thing  :) She has a HUGE personality and its so fun to watch her grow and compare the differences between my 2 kiddos!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gratitude a day #3

Today I am thankful for heaters! It was SO cold this morning. I do not know what I would have done without my heater!

I would have looked like mister duck here.  :) Really, I am just glad I do not have to rely on fires or a stove to keep us warm!

Now I just need to remember to make sure our cars are in the driveway the right way, so I do not need to scrap 2 car windows before I leave for work.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gratitude a day #2

Today i am grateful for my job!

In a time when its so hard to find jobs i am so grateful to have a job that I like and feel appreciated in! I love my employers they know how to treat me right. Its nice to not hate or dread going into work everyday! :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gratitude a day #1

Well its November! Do you know what that means? Well let me tell you.  My Favorite Holiday! YAHOO! I am a Thanksgiving lover.  Its my favorite holiday by far! Why you might ask?  Yes I know Christmas is so close to it, but really I love Thanksgiving because its simpler :).  No gifts to get or give just time with family and yummy food and a chance to remember how blessed we all are.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE Christmas.  I just really enjoy Thanksgiving! No Christmas Music or decorations at my house until after thanksgiving! :)

So to kick of Thanksgiving I am once again going to do my 30 days of Gratitude! I challenge anyone to join! Its really fun and really helps kick of the holidays! It also helps YOU feel better about everything in life.  I am a big believer that when the going gets rough you have one option to get through it.  Be HAPPY! That is only going to happen by looking at the good in your life and not focusing on the crappy :) (yeah yeah i know it needs to be addressed, but trust me as you switch your focus from neg to pos it makes a HUGE difference!)

So day #1

Today I am grateful for my dad!

My dad is an awesome dad, and the most wonderful grandpa! I LOVE seeing him as a grandpa! Its been so fun to watch him love my girls.  They both get SO excited at the chance to go to grandpas house! They love sleepovers or anytime grandpa is coming! He is such a great example to them of how to be a great person and how to love and care for others. He is so supportive of my girls and wants to be there to watch them succeed!

He is also such a great dad! He loves to call and check up on me and see how things are going. He always has great advice and is so willing to help out! He is supportive of me and my family.  I could not have asked for a better dad growing up (and now!) My dad truly is one of the best men i know! I only hope i can be more and more like him as I get older!

I love you daddy! Thanks for all you do for my family!