October 29, 2007

Ear Candles

DH has been complaining about his ear. He feels like there is something in there. So, when I was at the health food store I bought some ear candles. I've heard these are great for getting wax out of ears and thought that might be what was bothering DH. We did it last night. It was kind of weird and kind of gross. It definitly cleaned out his ears, but unfortunately didn't help the problem. It was worth a try though.

October 28, 2007

Not Ready for Winter

I still had these pictures on my camera, and it made me realize that I am so not ready for winter. I LOVE the summer. I love shorts and swimming suits. Pools and reservoirs. Popsicles and ice cream. Sunscreen and picnics. Root beer floats on the porch steps, movie nights in the front yard with neighbors, walks, softball games, I LOVE summer.

These were taken at the reservoir by our house. We went there for FHE with some friends one evening. It was so much fun. That water is probably freezing now. You just can't do as much in the winter as you can in the summer.

I love this picture. S really is a sweet guy when he wants to be. I love when he takes the roll of big brother and wants to help J. It is so sweet. They held hands and walked up those steps and down to the water together. Aren't they some of the cutest kids ever?

October 26, 2007

October 20, 2007

Go Cougars!

DH went to the BYU football game today with his cousin Stephanie. T was lucky to get to go along too! He was soo excited to go. Stephanie said that he smiled the entire time. The weather was freezing and I thought for sure they would leave the game early, but they stuck it out for the entire game. And, BYU won, so it was all worth it!!

50 Years

Fifty years ago today my dad came to the United States from France. He was very excited for this day and even went out to dinner to celebrate. I wish I could've been there to celebrate with him! My dad is an amazing man and a constant example to me. Love you Pops!!

October 18, 2007

Finally, a Good Pack Night!

For a long time I have really been struggling with our scouting program. We haven't had great pack nights, weekly meetings, or anything for that matter. But, recently things have been much better. We got some new leaders who seem motivated to make scouts a positive experience for these boys.

I was having kind of a crazy day the other night; I was tired, the kids were cranky, DH was gone. I got the three younger ones all bathed and T was changed for scouts. I thought I was doing good, until I pulled into the parking lot and realized that it was pack night. So, we stayed, kids in jammies and all. I was actually glad we stayed because it ended up being a lot of fun. T's den sang a song about trains and the bear den did a skit. Then, we built train cars. It was interesting to see each persons take on their train car. Some kids used paint, others markers, one kid wrapped his in string (it was a ghost car), the girls put a feather boa on theirs. They all had a great time. Then, once all the cars were done they lined up and had races. The night was finished off with cookies!

I was glad that it was pack night and that it turned out to be so nice. It made my evening much better, and the kids behavior was much better too. T loves scouts and I'm so glad that things are getting better with the program.

October 15, 2007

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My cute sister and darling neice invited me to go out to dinner with them. We went to Azuka's and had sushi. It was yummy food, but even better company. We all got different sushi rolls and shared. My favorite was the U.S. roll and the spicy crab. Yummy! I haven't seen Dani for a long time and it was great to spend time with her and Andrea. I was so excited that they asked me to go with them. It was nice with just the three of us. I'm glad to have some family living close to me. There is comfort in family and I'm grateful for them.

My Girls

October 13, 2007

Soccer Boys

The boys both played soccer this year. T loved it, and S thought it was just okay. It's funny to see the difference of the two playing. Watching S play reminded me of when T was that age. They want to play, but after a few minutes they get tired, or bored, or distracted. Sometimes you see boys climbing the goal, wrestling, walking, or sitting. They don't mind if it's their turn to sit, and the best part of the game is when it's over and they get their treat. This was how the season went for S.

T had a very different season. He has really improved since he started playing and even since last year. He is much more aggressive in his playing. There was no walking or sitting on the field. Instead we saw good defense and lots of goals. Boys who didn't want to sit out, but did because they were good sports. T was on the Volcanoes and they went undefeated!! It was much more enjoyable to watch them actually play and to see how they've improved through the years. At the soccer recognition night they got t-shirts and had their picture taken for the newspaper. It was very fun to see how excited they were. Some of these boys have been playing on the same team for several years and they have all improved together! It was a great year! Go Volcanoes!!

October 9, 2007

Hannah Marie

Hannah Marie was born at the end of August and we are so happy to have her in our family. Her parents had been trying to get her here for a long time. It was hard to watch them as they struggled to become pregnant. They both really wanted a baby so much. They tried different medications, shots, invitro fertilization, but nothing seemed to work. They discussed adoption. It was a very stressful and discouraging time for them and our hearts went out to them.

They finally decided that they needed to just relax and try not to think about it too much. Not too long after that they found out they were pregnant! And it happened all on its own. No drugs, no help, nothing! They were thrilled, and so were we.

Hannah Marie came into the world a happy and healthy little girl. She is darling and her parents are thrilled to finally have her here. I know they will make good parents and can tell that they love her with all their hearts!

I'm so glad that we were able to make it to the blessing. Her dad gave her a beautiful blessing and the spirit was so strong during the meeting. She was a perfect angel the entire time. These little babies that Heavenly Father puts in our care are so precious and dear. I thank him every day for the children he has given me, and I'm sure Hannahs' parents do the same.

October 8, 2007

Discovery Center of Idaho

Two weekends ago we went to Boise to visit my brother and his family and to go to a baby blessing. The adults had planned to go golfing while the kiddos stayed home, but it was soo cold. My SIL and I didn't want to stand outside and freeze, so we opted for taking the kids to the Discovery Center, while the guys golfed.

It is a huge center with different rooms focusing on different things. They had areas about weather, electricity, water, physics, gravity, and lots of other fun and interesting things. We spent a long time there. The kids all had a blast. It was a fun way for the kids to learn about different things that they are surrounded by every day.

T's favorite thing had to do with electricity. There was a metal hand on a table attached to a bunch of different wires. When you put your hand against the metal one and turned a knob, you would get a small shock. Then, he discovered that if you licked your fingers, the shock would be stronger. He called each of us over so that he could shock us. He thought it was hilarious.

Saturday night we went out to dinner to Johnny Carino's and left the kids at home. I was a little nervous about this, but it all worked out great. They had fun being alone and everyone got along for the most part. For our appetizer we got Fire Sticks and they were so yummy. It was a tomato tortilla filled with chicken, bacon, sausage, cheeses, and I'm sure some other stuff. Then it was rolled, deep fried, and served with ranch. DELICIOUS!! I'm going to try and find a recipe similar to this, so I can make them myself.

After dinner we went over to my brothers' office so he could burn some ugly red spots off me. He said they are called angiomas. I hate them. He started doing some without numbing the spots, and they hurt. So, I told him I wanted him to numb me. Then, DH walked in and wanted to try to burn off the spots. I thought this was a horrible idea, DH didn't, and my brother was cracking up. So, DH ended up getting to do a few. They thought they were so funny. I told DH that he wouldn't be laughing if he knew what it felt like. So, he did it to himself a couple of times. Men are such dorks. But, now my spots are gone, and I'm glad. My poor brother always has to do some kind of work on me whenever I see him. Luckily he doesn't mind. At least I don't think he does.

I always love spending time with my brother and his family. They are so fun, and we get along really well. I hate that our family is spread out all over the place. It would be so nice if we could all be a little bit closer.

October 6, 2007


My darling friend from Sleepy Kittens did this fun post, and I thought I'd play along. If you'd like to also, go ahead!

A- Attached or single: Attached
B- Best Friend: DH
C-Cake or Pie: Not sure. I'm not really a cake person unless it's my yummy Devil's Food Cake, or one with cream cheese filling, and I usually don't eat pies except for on Thanksgiving. I might have to call it a tie.
D- Day of choice: Whichever day of the week DH is off.
E- Essential Item: Lotion
F- Favorite Color: Pink
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: Bears all the way.
H- Hometown: Lancaster, CA.
I- Indulgence(s): Chocolate, ice cream, spinach dip, I guess all food!
J- January or July: July, warmer weather is WAY better!
K- Kids: 2 handsome boys, and 2 beautiful girls!
L-Life is Incomplete Without: My family and the church.
M- Marriage Date: December 27, 1996
N- Number of Siblings: 2 brothers, 5 sisters
O- Oranges or Apples: Another toughie. I love Clementines, but if it's a regular orange, than I'd prefer apples.
P- Phobias or Fears: Creepy Crawlies
Q- Quotes: "Make someone happy, and you'll be happy too!"
R- Reason To Smile: Hearing my kids say the love me!
S- Season: Spring
T- Tag Three +: Open invitation to all.
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I am very insecure about myself.
V- Vegetarian or Meat Eater: Meat Eater
W- Worst Habit: I am a compulsive cleaner, I can't help it.
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasound to see precious babies growing inside of me.
Y- Your Favorite Food: I can't choose only one.
Z- Zodiac: Pisces

October 5, 2007

Blogging Drought

For some reason I feel like I don't have much to blog about lately. This seems silly even to me. It's not like I'm not super busy every day all day long. So, I'm not sure what it is. My sis told me, that I've been a real bad blogger lately. So, I'm going to try and redeem myself here a bit. I've been reading and commenting a little, just haven't been posting.

This week we had our Enrichment meeting. I think this just might be my eternal calling. We had a harvest dinner and played some games. We ate bbq chicken, salad, rolls, beans, and a wide variety of desserts. After dinner we played some games. We had a bean bag toss, which seemed kind of juvenille, but everyone had a blast. We hung donuts from strings and had a race to see who could eat their donut the fastest without using their hands. I got a good laugh. Then, I taught line dancing. We did the Watermelon Crawl, and Boot Scootin' Boogie. I loved it. I love dancing and wish I had more opportunities to do so. I think all in all it turned out to be a very good night.

Tonight we had our "date night" with some friends. We've been getting together with two other couples for about 2 years now. We alternate who cooks dinner, dessert, and who brings games. Over the summer we didn't get together because everyones' schedule was so busy, but we finally got a chance to do it tonight. It was our turn to cook. I made pelmeny (a yummy yummy Russian dumpling soup), which is a favorite. I love eating it, but hate preparing it. It's not hard, just very very time consuming. We had a great time, and it was nice to spend time with good friends. All of our kids stayed at one house and played together while the adults went to another for dinner. When we went to pick them up, everyone was happy, some kids were sleeping, and the house wasn't a complete disaster! Sounds like success to me!

So, that's just a little of what we've been up to.