June 19, 2016


Teenage daughters are good at keeping their mommas looking good.  Kenz did a little eyebrow fixing on me today.  She's such a cute girl and I feel lucky to be her mom and friend!

Father's Day 2016

So true!

Happy Father's Day to this guy!
We are so lucky to call him ours.  He brings so much laughter and fun into our family.  He's caring, hard working, a great priesthood leader, and so much more.  Love you Ry!

June 14, 2016

Oldest & Youngest

Oldest & youngest grandsons right here!
We got to meet River tonight.  I can't believe he's already six weeks old and we are just barely meeting him.  I wish we lived closer so that I could snuggle him all the time.  He's so precious!  I actually wish we could buy a huge compound and everyone could live close by.  How great would that be?  I'd love it!

June 12, 2016

My babies

Kenz and I were going through some old scrapbooks and we came across this cute picture.  This has always been one of my faves!  Tanner really wanted to paint his sisters' toenails.  I remember he was concentrating so hard, and Kenzie just sat there and let him do it.  I think she may have been just barely 1 year old.  I can't believe how fast they've grown.  Love this pic!

Aubrey & Jo

I was getting my hair done the other day and these 2 cute girls were hanging out on the trampoline together.  I'm so grateful that we get to live close to some of our family.  I love that the cousins get to make fun memories together.  I wish we saw more of each other, but I'll take what I can!

Family Yard Work

We have 2 planter areas in our front yard that have been just piles of weeds, wood, and all sorts of junk.  Really it's been a huge eye sore.  Tanner, Kenz, Jo and I worked hard to clean those areas out and I really wanted to buy rock to put down.  I was talking to Tanner about it the other day and then that night he sent me a text that he had found free rocks.  So, we took a drive to check them out.  They were perfect.  When Ry and Spence got home from scout camp we loaded all the kids up, borrowed a truck, and got to work.  Miracle of all miracles everyone really worked well together.  It took us 4 trips, but we got it and they look great!  I will eventually plant something in there, but for now it looks 100 times better than all the weeds that were there.  Yard work takes a lot of effort.  Really it's something that needs to be done daily.  I'm excited that our yard is FINALLY looking nice.  We still have a ways to go, but at least we are making a dent.  Yay for family working on this project together.

Drill Retreat

2016-2017 Las Chalitas

This was the girls first week of practice since school got out, and they worked hard.  They get up early and practice for 3 hours each day.  They are going to be awesome this year.  The drill retreat was the perfect end to their first week back.  These are some amazing girls and I can't wait to see all that they will accomplish this year.

June 9, 2016


I got the pattern to make this tree skirt years and years ago.  I made all of our stockings and an advent calendar in the same style and was so excited to have a matching tree skirt.  But, by the time I was done with everything else, I was done!  So, I tucked it away never to be seen until recently.  Since I'm working graveyards, it's something that I can do at night that keeps my fingers busy which helps me stay awake.  Anywho that was a really long way to say that my tree skirt is finally done! 
I can't wait to put it around my Christmas tree this year. 

June 7, 2016


Spencer invited his friend to come over and hang out.  I went to go talk to them and found them like this.  I laughed at them as they were laying on the bed, playing on their phones, not talking.  Is that what hanging out looks like now?

Well, will wonders never cease! 
These boys actually played basketball together NICELY!
That's the way it should be.  It made my heart very happy.

Girls in Cali

Dani invited the girls to Cali with her last week, and they had a blast!
They did a lot of swimming, went to the beach, painted mugs, did masks, went to the mall & the movies, went out to eat, and just enjoyed spending time together.

One night they went on a "safari"!

Hanging out doing masks and nails and just being together.

Kenz went on a double date with Hannah while they were there!

Finger painting with their toes!

Enjoying the beach despite the chilly weather.

Not to shabby!

This picture cracks me up:)

(Courtesy to my sis for all the pics I "stole" off her blog!)

I'm so glad the girls were able to go and spend time with their cousins.  I won't lie I was a little bit jealous.  Hopefully we'll all get to go sometime in the near future.  I love spending time with family, there is no better place to be!

June 3, 2016


Tanner has been waiting to go skydiving for probably 2 years.  But, you have to be 18 in order to go.  So, for his birthday we paid for him to go skydiving!  He was super excited.  We tried to go a few weeks ago, but it ended up being too windy.  So he had to wait a little bit longer.  The day finally came and he was all smiles.  He got a little bit nervous once reality sank in as to what he was doing.

His tandem jumper has over 6,000 jumps!

They jumped at 13,500 feet and fell at 125 miles per hour.
Tanner loved every single second of it!

He was all smiles when he was done and said that he would definitely do it again!

June 2, 2016

Class of 2016

This handsome boy of mine graduated from high school!  I can hardly believe it.  He was more than ready to be done with high school, me not so much.  But, it came anyways.  I'm so proud of all he's accomplished and the man he is becoming. 

Proud Mom & Dad

Love, love, love this boy of mine!

Receiving his diploma, CRAZY!

So grateful that he had so many good friends during high school. 

Our Family

June 1, 2016

Seminary Graduation

 4 years of seminary
Book of Mormon
Doctrine & Covenants
Old Testament
New Testament

3 Drivers

Another teenage driver!  How can that be?  Spencer has been begging to go get his permit.  Finally today we were able to go, and he passed.  We went out for a little drive and it was a little terrifying;)  Luckily he has a whole year that he gets to practice.  I'm sure he'll be begging to drive all the time.  Deep breaths for this mama!

Book Club

Here are some of the cute ladies in my book club!  We've been meeting for 3 1/2ish years.  We always have a good time together.  Not everyone reads all the books all the time, but nonetheless it's a great time to get together, laugh, eat treats, and enjoy some girls time!

May 12, 2016

Treats and Stuff

My cute friend brought me this delicious cupcake from 25 Main in St. George. 
I'm not a big cake/cupcake lover, but these cupcakes are FABULOUS!! 
Good thing I don't live there because I may eat one every day. 

We're keeping busy with end of school stuff: homework projects, detention, year end shows,
games, practices, parties, Lagoon day, fitness day, graduation prep.  So happy its near!

May 10, 2016


~8 school days left for me
~ 8 days left of high school for Tanner
~13 school days left for everyone else
~14 days until Tanner graduates
~18 days until everyone is off for summer


May 9, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

I'm so blessed to have such an amazing mom!  She's my cheerleader, my teacher, my helper, and my friend.  I'm grateful for her loving example and her desire to always be there for all her children. 
I love you Mom!

I'm also grateful for a wonderful Mother-in-law.  She raised an amazing man that I'm lucky enough to call my husband.  She's always made me feel included and treated me just like her own.
Love you!

And, of course Mother's Day wouldn't be complete without this crazy bunch of kids who made me a Mom!  I remember from when I was young that when I grew up I wanted to be a mom.  I love each of my kids fiercely, words cannot even begin to explain the love I have for them.  Sometimes I feel that I'm failing miserably, yet they still love me.  Thanks for making me a mommy, I love you!

Saturday & A Turtle

Jo made this cute turtle in her sewing class.  She did a really great job, except she forgot to put the legs on LOL!  She was laughing when she told us that.

We took Spencer clothes shopping for his birthday.  That kid is going through a major growth spurt and is growing out of all his clothes.  He really wanted a suit for his birthday which is what we planned on getting him, but then Tanner said he could have one of his suits.  So, instead he got some summer clothes which he needed too!

We also took Tanner's suit back to have it tailored.  When we got it, they didn't get the measurements quite right.  We're hoping for a better fit the second time around.

We had plans to go up the canyon and have a camp up (as Penny would say).  Unfortunately it was a bit chilly and rainy.  So, we decided to stay inside.  We ate hot dogs and made smores.  Tatum and Penny had some fun games planned.  Papa and Penny were mummies!

We also made a human pyramid! 
Fun family times, just what I like!

Senior Soccer Night

Senior Night for soccer was last Friday.  They got to play under the lights for their last game and there was a huge turnout from family and friends to support the boys.  The game was awesome.  We had some great goals and it was a great game to watch.  So strange that this was quite possible the last soccer game we will see Tanner play for a long time.  We've been watching soccer since he was in Kindergarten.  Soccer has been a big part of our life: watching during the hot summer and cold winter, traveling to various places to watch, cheering and celebrating, nail biters, disappointment, victories, life lessons.  I'll miss it all!

We got to go out on the field with him at the beginning of the game to celebrate and pay tribute to the wonderful boys that we have.  There are 11 seniors this year and I think 5 or 6 of them have their mission calls.  How awesome is that?!

I tried to get an action shot, but it's so hard.
Love this boy and his love for soccer!

Happy 15th Spencer

This guy turned 15 on May 5th.  He's my little Cinco De Mayo Boy.  For dinner he wanted meatball sandwiches, and for his birthday treat he wanted No-bake Cookies.  Easy enough!

15 things I love about Spencer:
~he's tender hearted
~he loves to play rugby and football
~he's very smart
~he loves history
~he fulfills his priesthood duties
~he gives great hugs
~he's a good cuddler
~he's a great friend
~he does well in school
~he likes to make people laugh
~he loves his family
~he can't wait to get his permit
~he also enjoys basketball
~he does his daily scripture study and says his prayers
~he will always be my little Spence!

May 5, 2016

Baby River

My brother became a daddy for the second time.
Little precious River Michael was born on May 4th weighing 7 lb. 8 oz. and is 20 inches long.
So excited to have another Arhets boy!  We haven't had one in 40 years and are so glad that the
Arhets name will now continue on.  I can't wait to meet this precious baby boy and to give him lots of snuggles!

Other Happenings

We went to the YCL retreat a couple of weekends ago.  The girls got some good stuff planned for camp, we played some games, shared some spiritual messages, ate good food, and watched "Once I Was a Beehive"  Super cute movie.  Despite the fact that Kenzie didn't want to go, I think it was a success and she even ended up having a good time.  This is a great group of girls and I know they'll be good leaders to the younger girls who go to camp this year!

Doing a little missionary shopping. 
It's a start, but we have a long way to go before we have everything he needs.

My stupid foot is broken:(
I've been hurting since November, but since I'm totally a doctor I did a little self-diagnosis and determined that I had plantar fasciitis.  I have it before and this is what it felt like again so I thought I just needed to be patient and that it would eventually go away.  Well, I tried everything: massages, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle, got nice new shoes with good support, bought inserts for my shoes, bought orthotics, got compression socks and a massage ball.  Nothing worked!  After months of hurting, my friend told me I should go see a Podiatrist and get a steroid shot.  So, I did.  When I went for my follow up and told him that I felt the same and had gotten no relief, he said that he wasn't almost sure I had broken my foot instead.  Now I get to wear this awesome boot for 3 weeks.  If I still don't have an improvement than I'll have an MRI to see if I need surgery.  I'm crossing my fingers and saying my prayers, because I CAN NOT have surgery.  I've got no time for that! 
Hopefully this works.  I really need this to work.

Tanner competed in the Mr. Spanish Fork contest.
Here he is in his lovely swimsuit portion of the competition. 
He didn't win, but had a fun time being a part of this crazy fun tradition.