Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Anyone up for a challenge??

My sister-in-law says she's tired of being fat. So I came up with a program for her that has walking/jogging. We set a goal that she's going to do her very first 5K (3.1 miles) on January 31st. I can't remember which one it is but it's somewhere here in Phoenix and probably costs maybe $20-25. Anyway, if any of you are up for that challenge let me know. I can email you the program if you want to start. It should basically take about 20-30 minutes 3-4 times per week. It's not that difficult but I know the hardest part of exercising is being motivated to do it.
The idea is to do the 5K at the end of January and then continue the training for a duathlon (run 2 miles, bike 12 miles, run 1 mile) in March. That one is in Prescott so you may or may not want to drive for that. I have family up there so I'm going to do that as well. Happy training!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Well, I guess some of you may already know that little Tanner decided to come four weeks early. That is very weird for me considering mine are usually a couple days overdue. I am much happier to have him outside my body than in!! This pregnancy was a rough go so it's nice to have such a beautiful finished product and be done being pregnant. My water broke at 2 am so we went in. I decided I'd go without an epidural because all my other deliveries were easy and I wanted to see if I could. My contractions really weren't that bad for quite a while. They kept messing with the Pitocin because his heart rate kept dropping with each contraction. Well, I had finally decided I'd had enough and I'd take the epidural. They said if I was less than a 7 I could have one. The nurse checks and says "You're a 9. Oh and that doesn't feel like a head." So they rush to get the ultrasound machine and are frantically trying to find the head. Too late!! I was ready to push. I had never had that huge urge to push with my other ones. I think when my brain heard he was breach I was NOT ready to have a c-section and I knew if the doctor got there he would want to do that. The nurse tells me not to push but I really couldn't help it and out pops his butt. Randy's face was hilarious. He said "A butt??" I would go into all the embarrassing details but many of you may gross out so I'll spare you. Let's just say that one of the nurse's who ended up delivering him had to go to the ER afterwards because of amniotic fluid in her face. Poor thing!! It was their own fault since they put in some intrauterine thing to fill up the water I had been losing.

Oh he was born October 13. He was 6 pounds 14 ounces and 18 inches long. That is TINY for us!! I guess it's a good thing since he was backwards.

He always has his hand up to his eye. It's so cute but I'm afraid he's going to scratch his eyeball out.

What's cuter than a little baby bum??

I love his little naked back!! His skin is SO soft!! I think he's cuter because he's so small!

The kids all love him to pieces! Brianna is a mini mom. She wants to help with everything!! Jacob just loves to snuggle him. I didn't know he would be so attached to Tanner. Garrett loves to laugh at the silly noises Tanner makes all the time and how his eyes roll all over the place. Caleb is just waiting until Tanner can play baseball with him. They are all very cute with our little peanut.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Looky looky


OK so most of you probably don't know that I went into labor last Wednesday. They gave me the most painful shots in the world to stop my contractions. It didn't stop them but slowed them down at least. They didn't put me on bedrest but they said not to be doing things that cause contractions...oh like any sort of movement? Argh! So I've been trying to do things that are "sit down" types of things. I am almost caught up on my scrapbooks...yeah!! Then I decided that I'd try to make some bows for Brianna's hair. Why not? I have time now. I found some awesome sites that gave instructions. Ribbon is so cheap and I finally found the alligator clips at Sally's hair place. So Randy went and had a boys night with my brothers and I sat and made bows. I couldn't believe how easy they were to make!! Very fun! Brianna loved them. Guess I'll need to get more ribbon and try some more.
Here are the 2 websites I liked the most in case you want to make some yourself.

I can copy things. I just can't come up with the cuteness myself.
So that's my life lately. I'm not good at sitting still. It's too boring. I like to be up and doing stuff. I just have to make it until at least October 10 so I'll be 36 weeks at that point. Hopefully I can keep finding stuff to do sitting down :)
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Friday, September 19, 2008

AHA...finally found something for Stephanie



I've been cleaning files off my computer. I knew if I looked hard enough I could find a good picture of Stephanie since she's posted some wonderful ones of me :) These are from girls camp in 2007. The girls had to make outfits out of newspaper. Stephanie's was awesome!! She was the winner. Mine I think was a wedding dress. They stuck water balloons in for my boobs. So when I went on stage I turned around, grabbed them, and threw them out to the crowd. And what's with the makeup?? Who agreed to that?
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

My husband is the best...


I just wanted to let you all know that I think I have the best husband in the world. He brought a rose home the other day for no reason at all. I am really not a flower person. I figure they just die anyway so what's the point? However, this had to be THE most beautiful rose I had ever seen. It was HUGE!! He's awesome! I think I'll keep him.

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Monday, September 15, 2008


OK this cracks me up...grown men playing flag football. I don't know why it makes me giggle. But it's Randy's newest thing. It's a league through the City of Goodyear. The team is Randy, Dennis and Don (my brothers), JT Brown (cousin), Jared Biggs, Ryan Taylor, Doug DeGraw, Brad Quinet, and Mark Merrill. Their first game was last week. Here are some pics of it. Oh, and any of you that may know Biggs make sure you tease him about his TIGHT fitting shirt!!

Cinders trip

We had our annual Cinders trip. The cinders are in Flagstaff. We go every Labor Day. It is always gorgeous and we always have a ton of fun riding quads. I absolutely LOVE camping!! My kids are so awesome when we are camping. I'd go every weekend if we had the time. We like the type of camping where no one is really around. There are no facilities. We're just in the middle of nowhere. We took over 300 pictures so I guess I have to narrow those down to just some of my favorites. That's hard!!

Oh FYI, the crazy guy doing the wheelie is not Randy. It's his brother, Rusty!

Another month went by???

OK so see how it's been another month since I've been on again. This seems to be my life. It is just flying right by. One of these months is going to slow down I swear. It definitely wasn't this past month though.

Jacob got baptized. Wow! That was a little crazy. There have been sometimes where I've actually quite liked Satan's plan where I could just make him choose good choices. He seems to have really grown up since he was baptized though. It's almost like he actually realizes that he is responsible himself now. We remind him of that every once in a while and have been trying to let him have a little more freedom with his actions/consequences. We had quite a crew at the baptism. My parents came from MO. Randy's parents were there. We had aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, neighbors, friends, etc. It was a great turnout for such a great event!!

We went to the races up in Prescott. That's what Jacob wanted to do for his birthday. My brother-in-law, Tim, was racing. Talk about one of the most redneck of redneck activities. I couldn't help but laugh at everyone around me. I finally told Randy in the middle of it that I think I'd fit in more if I was wearing a tube top with my pregnant belly hanging out. There was a lady sitting about 10 feet away from us that was so excited for the 50/50 raffle to come around. She said "I'm buying 5 of them since I have a 50% chance to win". Meanwhile the bucket is filled with hundreds of tickets. I'm wondering where her math was on having a 50% chance to win when she had 5 out of hundreds of tickets. Tim ended up winning his race which really made my kids day. They thought he won just for them. It was fun.

Other stuff I've been doing...canning. I canned 56 quarts of peaches. Thank goodness Jacob loves to help can stuff. He came home from school and did an amazing job helping me. I never would have got it all done in a day if I didn't have him helping me. Guess I should have taken a picture of him but our hands were covered in slime. Randy actually helped me a little too. It sure makes me grateful to my mother for teaching me how to do so many things.

I think that's all for now.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Hello again!!!

I want to know who has checked my blog the most and been most frustrated that I haven't posted anything new?? I can't believe it's been over 3 months. Our summer got a little hectic for a while apparently. School has started and things have slowed down a little. I'm not going to go back and repost pictures because I took probably over 1000 pics this summer. So I'll just go from here and maybe try to keep better updated :)
I guess some of you may know of some things that have happened around here. I guess our biggest news that a lot of people don't know (because we didn't tell anyone before we split from the Sarival Ward) is that I'm pregnant. Now since it's been 3 months since I've posted and I was pregnant before that I only have 10 weeks left. We're having another boy. We think we're going to name him Tanner Austin but we're not 100% on that. The kids like that name though.
Other news...Randy graduated from ASU in May!!! We are glad to be finished. That was sure a long haul through college with so many kids but I'm grateful Randy sacrificed for us and went through it anyway. In May we also celebrated our 9th anniversary. Time flies when you're having fun, right?
June was very busy! Our ward got split and I got kicked out from being with my 2 brothers and my cousin. We're in the new Canyon Trails ward. A couple weeks after it split I went to Girl's Camp with my partner in crime (Stephanie Frazier). We sure have lots of fun up there!!! The rest of the leaders may think we're crazy but we think it's fun. What's more fun than playing Marco Polo in Walmart and having some stranger join in the game? When I got back I got called as the Young Women's President. WOW! I love the YW so I don't mind but life is going to be busy for a while esp when the baby comes. I knew I needed excellent counselors that could take over while I'm out. I couldn't have better ones!!
July was also action packed. We had a family reunion at Panguitch Lake, UT. It was so gorgeous up there!!! I could have stayed another week or so except that I was already annoyed at the lack of phone service. It was nice for a while but when you're trying to conduct real estate business on vacation with no service it doesn't work out so well. We went on lots of hiking and fishing trips. At the end of July I got to go on the Pioneer Trek with the youth. Originally I was suppose to go as a Big Sister but I was pregnant and they wouldn't let me. So Stephanie and I traded and I went as a photographer. That was awesome to capture the youth but next time I am definitely going as a Big Sister. Then maybe I won't be lost for 4 hours in the dark on a quad in the rain with mud splattering from head to toe and 3 pounds of it in each eye. That's my long story short about that.
Anyway, school just started. That makes life a little easier but then harder at the same time because then our day is packed with getting homework finished and everything else.
So...that is the last 3 months very condensed! Sorry it has taken me so long to update this. I'll throw in some pictures over the next week or so...hopefully! Now I have to catch up on reading everyone elses who have actually been posting.

Friday, April 18, 2008


This is dedicated to Nikki. Don't worry...it does get better. Caleb has been our only child that is completely enthralled with making messes out of everything. I always swore I would never have "one of those kids" or be "one of those mom's". HA! I swear I watch my kids. I'm not sure when and how they make messes like these. I think they secretly lie in wait until you turn your head. They have their little plan all ready to put in motion.
This first one is a powdered sugar mess. Randy and I must have been really tired because we didn't even know the kids were awake. They were so helpful in getting Brianna up to the table and everything. Then they took a #10 can of powdered sugar and spread it all over the place. I mean everywhere...dust in the blinds, on the TV, movie cases, books, on every cabinet, chairs, table, counters, everything. Then Caleb thought about the wonderful idea of cleaning it up with water on the floor. So not only do we have powdered sugar dust to clean up all over, we also had glaze to clean up from the floor. Randy about freaked out. I laughed so hard I had to find my camera before we could clean anything up.

Next we have one of Caleb's favorite things to do for a while...pull out all blankets, sheets, and towels from the closet. He did this just so he could climb and lay on the shelves. This could be done in a matter of seconds. It didn't matter what I was doing. If I heard the noise it was done before I could get there. He always drags Brianna into it. He must think he won't get in as much trouble if he has her cuteness with him.

Popcorn...who needs a bowl? Of course it tastes better if it is spread completely all over the table and floor.

Life cereal...again, who needs a bowl? They were supposed to be sitting at the table. Instead they decided that emptying all the cereal--and smashing it into the carpet--would be a better idea.

I have NO idea what happened here. I think he had like 10 minutes while I was busy. How can you trash a room like this so quickly??

All of these pictures came within a months time. Talk about frustration!! I was wondering if it would ever end. Those were the times where you wonder why motherhood was such a great option. No one ever tells you the hard moments. They only told you the wonderful stuff about having kids. I tell Randy all the time now how glad I am that I actually like Caleb again. He was the best baby in the history of the world. But he was our only one to go through TERRIBLE TWOS!!!
Anyway, at least you know you're not alone going through these crazy times!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New look

Baseball season is upon us so I felt the need to support my St. Louis Cardinals!!! Go Cards!! However, I lost all my list of friends so I'll have to figure that out somehow. The thing I hate about being a Cardinals fan is that out here in AZ everyone thinks you are a football Cardinals fan even if there is a BAT under the Cardinal. No way. That's not for me. I've lived my whole life in MO and will be a Cards fan for the rest of my life. That's the only reason I'll go to a Diamondbacks game...if they're playing my home team.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Finally finished!!

Check it out!! This is my latest creation. I had a ton of t-shirts from high school stuff that I really didn't want to throw away but didn't know what to do. So my sister-in-law told me to make a quilt. This is what I came up with. I'm so excited to have it now!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Childhood games

Does anyone have silly childhood games you used to play with brothers and sisters? Most of you know that I have 2 brothers that live in our ward. Well, during one of our Sunday dinners we were randomly reminded of a childhood game we used to play. It's called ABC blackout. You have to slyly brush up against someone or you can flat out hit them. Then you run away saying the alphabet. If you get to Z before they tag you back you say "blackout" and you win. The game goes back and forth since you keep tagging each other. Even if you do get to say blackout it really doesn't matter because the person chasing you will just touch you and start it all over again. We were laughing so hard when we were playing it. It's a really good workout, sprinting all over trying to get away.
Hope you have some games to share. We're still a bunch of grown up kids and will play just about anything.

Easter pics

I can't believe I forgot to put up Easter pictures. I guess life got a little crazy for the last couple weeks. We were up to Randy's family for Easter. We went to the city Easter egg hunt. That was wild and full of kids but they all had fun.
I made all the dresses and vests for all the little ones. That was a little crazy but we got them finished and they all looked adorable!! They all said they looked like princes and princesses. All the kids were dancing with each other. It was really cute.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Got Brianna's ears pierced

So on a whim my sister-in-law and I decided to get our girls ears pierced. Brianna always plays with mine. It was actually Randy's idea. He thought she'd be cute with them pierced...as if she's not cute without them. She was tough. She only cried for a minute or so. That night at bedtime she said "Mommy, can I take my earrings out now?" I thought it might have been a bad choice at that point but she has been loving them. They're really cute!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Our weekend camping trip...

Check this out...I am posting again and it's only been a week, not over a month. Maybe I'm actually getting the hang of this.
So this past weekend we went camping just west of here to Hassayampa River. It was a pretty cool place. We had never been there before but heard about it from some friends. We went there to ride quads. My kids absolutely love camping and are actually perfect (well, almost) when we go. They are just outdoors kind of people...so are Randy and I so that works out well.
It was a really relaxing trip! I guess that's a good start to TWO weeks of spring break now.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Not so good at this...

OK, so I've been getting razzed about not keeping my blog up-to-date. I guess I'll have to try harder. Maybe if I do it more often it won't take me 20 minutes to figure out what account I signed up under and how to post something new. I'm telling you I am technologically challenged :) After this post, I'm hoping to figure out how to add a slideshow.
I did get a camera in the past couple weeks so now I have no excuses for not having pictures. I guess I'll have to inundate my blog with pics of all the cuteness that happens in our house. Since it's been over a month since I last posted I'll give a shortened version of everything that's gone on. We've been having a blast around here.
In February we took the kids up north to the SNOW!! They had a blast. We went tubing with some cousins. I got to drive up and down the mountain of mud. It was quite interesting as we would start sliding every once in a while and I could see the HUGE drop off on the side of the mountain. My sister-in-law was cracking me up as she would grab onto the center console as if it was going to save her. Our lovely white Suburban was no longer white. It was a huge heap of red/brown mud...very fun!
The next weekend we took an adult only weekend...my 3 brothers and their significant others as well as another couple. Wow was that fun! We went and stayed in an awesome cabin that was 4500 square feet in Showlow. Then we went skiing at Sunrise resort. Talk about the best weekend ever. It was nice to enjoy some adult company, kid free. The skiing was great. There was a lot of powder. It was only my 2nd time skiing but I had lots of fun falling and getting back up. The green started getting boring so we went to blue. The only bad part about falling so much was that the snow was up to my shoulders when I'd fall. We're definitely planning another adult trip.
March has already been full of quite a few events and it's only been a a week and a half into it. We have gone to a spring training baseball game in Surprise which the kids loved. We went on a field trip to a dinosaur museum. The weather has been beautiful so we've gone to a few parks. We finished up our co-ed softball season (we got 2nd). Just this past weekend we planted a garden at my brother's house. That was very fun. I can't wait until we actually get some produce growing. We planted everything we could think of...tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, radishes, corn, watermelon, canteloupe. I think that's it.
OK, is everyone happy now?? I'll try to do better, I promise :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Here we are...

I hear this is the new hip thing to do...have your own blogspot. I can't believe how many of my friends are on here and never told me about it. Hmm, maybe I'll have to rethink who my real friends are :) I'm wondering how I'll have time to keep up with this and still handle all the other daily stuff you have to take care of as a wife, mother, friend, etc. Life is hectic. We keep thinking someday it should get easier but it just keeps getting busier.
So a little about us. Randy is from AZ up north in a little town called Cottonwood (it's near Sedona). I am from MO in a tiny town called Horine which we hated so much so we really claimed Pevely. I know, it's not much better. I love small towns though. Everyone knows everyone. We met while I was going to college in Kirksville, MO. Randy was on his mission and actually served in our area. I didn't meet him until he only had a couple weeks left...good thing. He went home to his girlfriend who had waited for him for two years and I figured I'd never hear anything else from him. However, here we are almost 9 years and 4 kids later so obviously I did hear from him.
We have 4 kids...Jacob (almost 8), Garrett (6), Caleb (4), and Brianna (almost 3). They give us SO much happiness in our lives but at the same time make us want to pull our hair out. I still don't understand how they can be so sweet and good one minute and so stinkin' rotten the next. Whoever wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde must have had children as their inspiration.
Alright, that's all I have for now. I guess I'll have to find some pictures to post or something. I'll get this whole thing figured out sooner or later.