Wednesday, October 22, 2008


5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Playing School Soccer
2. Dating
3. In my Junior Year of High School
4. Working at Dairy Queen
5. Hanging out and making trouble with my sisters!

5 things on my to-do list today:
1. Clean House
2. Go to Stacies for Play Date
3. Figure out and make something for dinnner
4. Laundry
5. Shower

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. chips and salsa
2. fruit and marshmellow dip
3. candy ( pb m&m's, almond joy, choc covered almonds)
4. strawberries
5. brownies

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Pay off all debt
2. Build Dream House
3. Buy Zach's parents something big
4. Help my mom
5. Go on Huge Vacation with all my sisters and family

5 places I have lived:
1. West Richland, WA
2. Rexburg, ID
3.Spokane/Cheney, WA
4. Burbank, WA
5. Las Vegas, NV

5 jobs I have had:
1. Babysitter
2. Dairy Queen
3. Orthodontic Assist
4. Dental Assist
5. Dental Hygienist

5 people I tag:
1. Tashina
2. Kristine
3. Celeste
4. Sarah V.
5. Stacie

Monday, October 20, 2008

Reading Mr. Beast!!!

One of Zoe's favorite books to read ( well memorize and then read to herself) is Mr. Beast!!! She was reading it for like the third time out loud and thought I would test my sneakiness skills again. It worked, kinda, she caught me about half-way through, but still finished the story. It's just less dramatic now that she knew she had an audience. My favorite parts are when she elongates some of the words and shouts others. FYI: Some of the words are sound effects ie: "Whomp" and "Shuffle, Rumble, Grunt". So good luck understanding some of it, but it's still cute. :) I highly recommend this book to anyone, it's super cute!


Here is just yet another example of how Brielle and Zoe are attached at the hip. Well, more like Brielle to Zoe, but you get the idea. Zoe and Brielle love to sit and read together. Many times it is not this peaceful however, so I had to snap some photos while the sharing lasted! My favorite is the middle pic. :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Handbag Planet!

I saw this on Danielle's website and I thought it was a cool idea! Who doesn't need a new cute purse! Just go to the website below and register to win a free handbag! They are giving one away every hour!

A Precious Moment

This is one of those moments that you just LOVE being a mom. Brielle had gotten up at 6 am that day and didn't take her usual 30 min catch up nap she usually takes when she's up that early. We were gone most of the morning running errands and going on a play date so we didn't get home until close to 1 pm. I got Brielle her lunch, and then went to make Zoe's lunch and start a movie for her...I came back into the kitchen and discovered this. I don't think she has EVER been so tired she falls asleep in her high chair. Usually she just gets extra cranky and I have to rock her to sleep. I laughed out loud when I saw this! Zoe was VERY concerned, she said " Mama, you can't put Brielle to sleep in her high chair! She needs to go to her bed!" Ah, the things kids do and say!

Gettin' Cozy

Here is one of the many things I LOVE about Zoe. She loves to get "cozy". Many times when she hasn't had a nap she just wants to cuddle up in a blanket and watch...of all old movie with mamma. ( Her current favorite is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!!!) And of course wherever ZOE is guess who's not far behind? Brielle...she has to be wherever Zoe is. Zoe si very patient(most of the time) and lets Brielle crawl all over her. :) I just think they are so cute together.

New Kicks

Grammie was super nice and sent all the grandkids some $$$$ for any necessities they might need. We got Brielle some shoes..which was much more difficult than we thought to do. ( She has the fattest feet!!!!!) Anyways...she thinks they are pretty spiffy. Here are some pics of her taking them for a test drive.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tashina's Mini Me

(Sorry Tashina, but it's true.) My little Brielle LOVES to throw fits like Tashina did when she was little. The famous thing about Tashina's fits is the full body involvement, and here is a classic example of my daughter performing a classic Tashina fit. P.S. The only thing we told her was "no" and get off the table. The following video is of what happened immediately following removal from the table. The good news is, if my girls turn out like Tashina when they grow up, it will be worth it. She is an awesome sister and GREAT Auntie!!! WE love you Sheener!

Our Stubborn Big Girl!

This is a video of Brielle eating ZOE's dinner. We had the EXACT same thing on Brielle's high chair, with a kiddie fork and she wouldn't touch it! Zoe gets down and Brielle hops up there and starts using a big girl fork and trying to stab some ham. When Zach and I try to help her she gets very upset. She is one independent girl that's for sure. Here is a video, we show her eating, and the food left on her high chair, and then me trying to help her and how upset she gets. Nothing too exciting, but I had to laugh. You would think I would understand by now that OBVIOUSLY this plate of food is WAY different than the food on her plate. ( yea...right.) P.S. if you listen closely you can hear Zoe laughing and telling Zach that she just "tooted" on him. ( We raise such proper ladies.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tan Lines

Zach thinks this picture is hilarious. Unfortunately you can't see it that well, but it's a picture of Brielle's tan lines. She has the strap line tan, and then if you look above her diaper just a little bit theres a dark circle. Kinda hard to see, but still funny. Zoe has an even bigger tan, but we would've had to put up a pic of her white, white booty!!!, And I just think she's getting a little too old for that. ( Already!!! :()

Ogre in the House!

So Zoe wanted Zach to play "Scary in the Temple" with her one day and I managed to catch the tail end of it on video. The just of the game is Daddy roars real loud while Zoe is in the "temple" and she pretends to be scared or to talk trash back to him. I was downstairs doing the dishes and Zach decided to put a little spin on it this time. He was an OGRE, and they were both saying some REALLY funny things. Unfortunatly I only got the tail end of it, and when they all figured out that they were being filmed they got shy. ( I tried to be sneaky, but it didn't work.) So here is a small taste of our weird games we make up and play in our house!


I had to post these pics because Grammie made these cute dresses for Zoe and Brielle and I just love them!! Brielle obviously isn't happy about getting her picture taken, but you get the jest of it I hope! CUTENESS!!!

Brielle Turns ONE!!!

So I can't believe that my baby girl is ONE already!!! We actually celebrated her birthday on Aug. 30, because she didn't take a nap on her birthday and she crashed at like 7 pm. I think Zoe was more excited than she was. Brielle must have got "Happy Birthday" sung to her like 20 times that day by Zoe. I think Brielle's favorite part was the cupcakes, Zoe's favorite part was all the puzzles from Grammie. (She thinks they are for her. ) As you can tell we did cupcakes this year because I was tired of my double layer cakes not turning out. ( Ask Tashina, she saw Zoe's two year old cake. DISASTER!!!!) So we did chocolate cupcakes in her room colors! Thank you everybody who spoiled her and sent her cards and presents. It was very nice and she loved them all! We wish we could've celebrated with everybody, but we are counting downt he days till...THANKSGIVING actually when we get to see a lot of family!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A to Z fun!!! Courtesy of Danni :)

Danni tagged me on her post! ( I felt very special..Zach didn't think it was me though...silly boy.) I thought this was clever so I did it, but for some reason there is no "P" so just pretend! I would love to anybody's list who does it!

A Little Fun From A to Z

A = ADVOCATE FOR: Helping Out Family
B = BEST FEATURE: Ummm, depends on who you ask..I'll say my legs. Zach would say..... :)
C = COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: Zach, Zoe, Brielle, electricity and indoor plumbing
D = DREAMS AND DESIRES: Be an Awesome Mom, Get Zach through Medical School and have our house be the "holdiay" house.
E= ESSENTIAL ITEM: Bra (sorry I hope that isn't inappropriate, but its the truth)
G= GOOD AT: Giving Injections!!!!, not a bad cook either.
H = HAVE NEVER TRIED: sushi or skydiving
I = IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: Pay off all our debt, build a house, go on an awesome vacation and then give some to family.
J = JUNKIE FOR: cheesecake and Ice Cream
K = KINDRED SPIRIT: All my Sisters!!! I miss you guys!
L = LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I have a Spanish Tutor
M = MEMORABLE MOMENT: Sept. 6, 2003...and basically all of BYU-I experience!
N = NEVER AGAIN WILL I: Try having a baby without an epidural!!!
Q = QUOTE: "Captain, Iceburg Ahead!!"---------Sid the Sloth
R = REASON TO SMILE: Zach, Zoe,Brielle, ALL Family, We're all basically healthy
S = SORRY ABOUT: Many things...
T = TAG SOME FRIENDS: Tashina, Nachelle, Celeste, Stacie, Kristine
U = UNINTERESTED IN: People who never outgrown High School.
V = VERY SCARED OF: Spiders and Freak Accidents
W = WORST HABIT: wishing for the next thing to happen and not enjoying the moment I'm in
X = X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: Anywhere right now, We miss home and would LOVE to go there...but if we're really dreaming Zach really wants to go to England, I would like to see Italy.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

All Tuckered Out

So we've been trying to ween (is that spelled right???) Zoe off naps because she doesn't go to sleep until after 11:00 p.m. when she gets one. Well, I was working late one night and Zach had just finished getting Zoe some dinner and was working on Brielle's when he walked into the dinning room and saw this! :)

All Dressed Up!!

Just some cute pics of the girls playing dress up together. Zoe was a fairy godmother and Brielle was Snow White. I can't believe how big they are!!!

Dance Recital...Getting Ready!!!

How cute is Zoe!!!!??? This is her getting ready to go to her big dance recital!!! The teacher requested that we do makeup and a bun for the recital, so mom did some mascara and light light pink eyeshadow. But man...Daddy kinda freaked out when he saw her all dolled up. Started rambling about how she better not look like this in High School. I told him not to worry...she would look like this in middle school. :) (Aren't I a nice wife. Ha Ha) Anyways we got some pics of us with her...but as you can tell Mom was kinda camera happy and snapping a lot of pics and Zoe was done with you can tell from the last one here! It was so much fun though!!

Zoe's Solo

This is Zoe's "mini" solo. All the kids got a chance to run out and do something during their jazz piece. Unfortunately right as Zoe runs out there a lady stands up right in front of you don't get to see much. But it's still cute, she runs around in some circles and wears sunglasses!

Big Dance Recital Cont'd

Here is the Ballet piece that they did for her recital. Zoe is in the very front with her back turned to us. If you need another reference,she is also the one who is last to run to her place on the wall. My favorite part in the very beginning where they are tapping their foot on the ground...and when they jump around you might be able to hear Zoe say "Criss Cross Applesauce" because that is how they learned to jump...and she used it in the recital too! How cute is she???

Big Dance Recital Cont'd

This is Zoe with some of her dance friends Brinly and Sidney. The one below is of her with her dance teacher Miss Amy. It was a great experience and Zoe had such a good time. She starts again in Sept and it goes until JUNE!!! Miss Amy really was great...I don't think she made any money off of the class because she bought all the girls gum, two roses, a ribbon wand and a ballet skirt!!! So much FUN!!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just like Sister...

Zoe started making yelling and growling noises, and guess who joined in and started copying her big sis? We were in the middle of dinner and this started happening. I was laughing, so of course I had to take a video to share with you, because everyone knows I can't retell a story and still have it be funny. :) So I hope this makes you laugh!!

Hooray for Swimming!!!!

We owe a BIG Thanks to Grandpa for our new pool!!! He sent it last year...but since we were having Brielle mom never had time to get it set up. But Daddy set it up while mom was at work and Zoe and Brielle just LOVE it. It was starting to rain and they still wanted to stay in and play. Brielle's lips were blue and since Zoe was in she had to stay in too. Zach and I both remember swimming in these pools when we were litte and had so much FUN! (Zach says his was an aluminum water trough for animals...put a pool none the less. :) Ahhh, memories!) I hope our kids make some fun ones too. :)

Thanks Grammie!!!!

Zoe was missing Grammie and wanted to tell her how much she loves her. Since you have to work Grammie we thought we'd post an " I love YOU" note and say thank you for my beautiful dress that you made me. Mom doesn't let me wear it every week like I want. She says I have to wear my other dresses. Something about this one being dirty or something totally UNIMPORTANT!!!) I feel like a beautiful princess. Thank-you and I LOVE you and MISS you!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Raining it Pouring...

We had our first BIG thunderstorm in Las Vegas today. That is the one cool thing about Vegas...when it rains you are almost guaranteed thunder and lightening. Lots of parents are probably aghast that I let my children play outside when it's raining...but my own mom will be proud. :) We had SOOO much fun playing in the rain when we were little....and as you can see, my own girls LOVE it too!!! *(If you listen closely you can hear the thunder over the rain. It is actually really loud, but I think the rain hitting our metal porch sorta drowned it out.) Here are a couple videos, and then an after pic. As you can see we didn't start out with coats, but Zoe and Brielle were having so much fun and wanted to stay outside longer I had to eventually get them even though it was like 90 degree outside while it was raining.

Zoe dances Britney

As most of you know, Zoe LOVES to's a little demo for ya. Pardon the screeching at the computer wigged out.)

Typical Sunday for Zoe

This is what happens when Zoe doesn"t get a nap on Sunday. After dinner we'll put in a movie for her and she eventually falls asleep. This is at 6:45 pm and she slept until 6 am the next morning!!! Sometimes I just LOVE sundays!!! ( Do you see the biscuit she's holding??? I love it when they are too tired to's just so darn cute!!!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Zoe sings her version of "I Love to See the Temple"

Once again Zoe is singing for all to enjoy. She is singing I love to see the Temple and below you'll see the translated version...and then the real version. This video is actually toned down. At one point when she was supposed to say "For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty, I'll prepare myself while I am young..." She used to say: For the temple is where I dance with boys and dance and dance..." So enjoy her "toned down version!

Zoe Lyrics:

I love to see the temple I'm going there someday, To spear the holy spirit to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of god...mumbled words..I'll prepare myself while I am young. This is my secret beauty.

Real Lyrics:

I love to see the temple I'm going there someday. To feel the Holy Spirit to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God a place of love and beauty, I'll prepare myself while I am young. This is my sacred duty.

4th of July!!!

We had a fun 4th of July. Many plans had fallen through so we finally ended up on plan F which was actually really FUN! We went to see "Transformers" at the outside movies at the District, and from there we could watch the fireworks from the Green Valley Ranch Casino. They were awesome, and the best part was you could walk to the end of the District and see ALL the fireworks shows going over the entire skyline of Vegas. Very cool. After we got home from the movie, we let Zoe do some sparklers, which she loved...until she managed to burn herself a couple of times. She says she much prefers the SNAPS you throw on the ground. ( She likes to jump on them to make them pop) These are just a couple of the pics we took of her and the sparklers.

Dancin' Queen!!!!

Zoe got a new dancing outfit that she absolutely LOVES. We have to give a BIG THANKS-YOU to Cami Ford, Brinly's mom who made the ADORABLE tutu! She is so happy that she looks like the other dancers in her dance class!!!! As you can see she loves to just wear it around the house.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Peek-a-Boo Brielle

Brielle LOVES to play peek-a-boo. Usually we hear grunting from the living room and we walk in an find her with a blanket or shirt over her face waiting for us to play with her. Here is a short example...

Varsity Material!!!!

This is a short video of Zoe dribbling the soccer ball. She likes to do this "move" where she stopsdribbling, runs a circle around the ball and then goes again...or she just leaves the ball there. Whatever she feels like at the time! Below are some pics of just playing at the park. ( Shed a little tear of proudness Aunties!!!!)