Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Party Results

I feel compelled to let everyone know that Lexi's birthday party was not the utter failure I previously thought it might become. As it turns out, it actually went pretty well for a party planned in less than 48 hours. I took a lot of pictures, and thought I'd share them in my blog, mostly so that next time I freak out, I have something to look back on. There were 10 kids at the party along with around 15 parents. We roasted hot dogs on a fire that was so stinkin hot everyone came up with plans to avoid sitting next to it.
We also had chips and drank juices and soda. After food, we played the first game. The kids had to sit on a balloon to pop it and see what was inside. If they found a Tinkerbell napkin inside their balloon, they won a prize. Then the kids went on a treasure hunt to find their "goody bags".

I personally loved this game because they really had to think about the clue instead of just run and find the candy. It was fun for me at After the treasure hunt it was time for cake and ice cream and presents. Lexi was really lucky and got a lot of the Tinkerbell things she had been asking for, and I was really excited about some cute outfits she got as well.

She had a blast at the party and was really happy because a few friends from pre-school got to come to the party too. So truth be told, it wasn't the end of the world, and it wasn't a disaster. In fact, I didn't get that Bad Mom of the Year Award after all.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Eternally Bound

I know this is going to sound lame, but yesterday I had a ton of fun just hanging out with Amy. How you ask; well, we went to Hobby Lobby to pick out some fabric for Christmas gifts. Then we went to Best Buy to look at cameras. Now while this might not be exciting happenings for most's the most I've been out of the house "alone" in a long time. Technically I did have one small person (Alexis) with me, but she was good most of the day.
On the way home Amy and I were talking about babies and life and death, all sorts of interesting topics; and it made me think, wow...6 years already. I sometimes can't believe she's been gone for that long. I can't complain, most days go by without tears, and some days I'm even "happy" for her. It's the other 5% of the time when it just smacks you in the face that you have to worry about. Talking with Amy yesterday helped me realize a little more just how important it is that I continue to raise my children in the gospel. I never want them to question where they are from or where they are going when they die. I want them to be comforted in knowing that even though it hurts when we lose people, we will see them again. We have the opportunity to live with them again, after they pass away. This gospel is the only one that explains that path back to our loved ones. I want my girls to know exactly what it takes, and be able to do it.
Since I'm not the public speaking type, this is about as close to a speech as I get. So just in case certain people are reading this, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for not giving up on me and Jayson through all those years of missionary discussions, all the Monday Night Dinners, all the fights, a few break-ups, but mostly through all the heartache in your family. It means so much to me that even through all that, you were there waiting for us to decide when it was the right time for us. Right there to welcome us in, to help nourish us in the gospel, to make sure we understood how important those steps were. I know I can speak for Jayson and the girls when I say...We love you, we thank you, and we would not have made it this far without your love and support. That means all three of you... R,S,A (you know who you are).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bad Mom of the Year Award

As most of you know, my daughter Alexis turned 5 this Tuesday. She is the baby of the family, and as such sometimes gets a bit spoiled (in other words, she is spoiled rotten). I'm the type of mom that type of Mom that tries to make the really cool homemade birthday cakes, print out the fun coloring books for everyone, make the fun goody bags, and of course have lots and lots of games and activities for all party-goers. So far, I've been able to get this done without much dispair...until this birthday. This has been such a crazy week if I have had no time to even find a Tinkerbell cake much less make one; not to mention the kids are out of school tomorrow so I have zero time alone to get it done tomorrow. So here I sit at 7:30 the night before my baby's 5th birthday party with next to nothing planned for her. I bought the hot dogs, still need buns, I bought some juices and soda, but I have NO CAKE...what is wrong with my brain. I have this vision of 20 screaming 3-7 year olds in my back yard bored out of thier minds with no cake or ice cream begging to go home and young Alexis crying somewhere in a corner...or under the apple tree. Why you ask am I sitting here blogging about my problems instead of fixing them...yeah good question. Plan of attack: get off Blogger, find a cake, bake and decorate said cake, go to store and buy buns, come home print off party games, pray. Yeah..lots of prayer needed for this one.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hubby Tag

Hubby Tag

1. Where did you meet your husband?
We met at the high school, during his football practice.
2.How long did you date before you married?
Almost 8 years...sad huh.
3. How long have you been married?
It will be 7 years on November 3
4. What does he do that surprises you?
He cleans the house when I'm at meetings, takes care of the girls when I need his help.
5. What is his favorite feature?
He has the most amazing blue eyes...
6. What is his favorite quality?
My favorite thing about him is how wonderful of a Dad he is. These 3 girls are very lucky.
7. Does he have a nickname for you?
Sugar, Baby, Lita,'s what the girls call me so he does too.
8. What is his favorite food?
Hmm, I think green tortilla soup or chicken & dumplings...I gotta ask.
9. What is his favorite sport?
10. When & where was your first kiss?
When: 1993 sometime around the end of Nov. Where: My backyard leaning up against his Mustang.
11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
Watch movies (not Disney), play board games, drive out in the country.
12. Do you have any children?
Yes, 3 amazing little girls.
13. Does he have any hidden talents?
He can draw really well...he just doesn't tell many people.
14. How old is he?
Turned 31 this year.
15. Who said I love you first?
I wrote it first...not sure who said it first.
16. What is his favorite music?
Country, 80's, and I'm slowly getting him into Indie music.
17. What do you admire most about him?
I admire his determination. No matter how tough things get, he will always continue on, and always see the brighter side of things. I am soo thankful to have him in my life.
18. What is his favorite color?
19. Will he read this?
He occassionally looks through the blog, so maybe.
20. Who do you tag?
Amy, Jacquee, and Lindsay

Monday, October 6, 2008


Yay for Amy and her post about Picasa vs. Flickr. I am happy to say that this blog now has a slideshow!!! So sit back, relax, and enjoy some never-before-seen pics of the people we know and love. Feel free to send pros and cons about the whole thing, and again...TY Amy for saving me all the trouble of Flickr.


It's beginning. Yep, it's that time of year again...FALL!!! I love watching the leaves change, feeling the air get crisp and cool, and snuggling up to sleep at night. I love this time of year. Of course, it just happens to be my busiest time of year. October starts a 3-4 month streak of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays in our family. Speaking of such, tomorrow is Lexi's 5th birthday!! She's very excited because she just got her ears pierced this Friday. It was our birthday present to her this year. Just as soon as I get them, I'll post some pictures of her newly decorated ears. On to the main reason for my post today. I noticed this year that Halloween costumes have gone up in price again. Having 3 kids, I would spend nearly $60 on just costumes for the girls. I have decided, it's just not worth it. That being said, I can't tell my girls they can't go trick-or-treating, so I'm trying something new this year. I'm going to try and make the girls costumes. I have a few sites that I'm looking through, and I'd love to share them with you in case you have the same $ issues we do. Here they are:
Well then, I hope this helps anyone looking for some help with the rising costs of...everything. We hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween (be safe & check that candy) and hope you all get out there and enjoy the season.