Sunday, September 20, 2009


We finally got the girls to join a soccer team. They were hesitant about doing any sports since they played t-ball 2 years ago. They were the only girls on the team and had to wear boy uniforms-yuck-. They are so girly. So they were so excited to find out they were on all girl teams. Brooke is on the Red Rubies and Emily is on the Thunder Bugs. They LOVE it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Brooke thought Jack was taking her picture. This cracks me up. It's like Napolian Dynimite the more you watch it the funnier it is.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!

Yesterday was Sam's birthday!! He is now 33 years old. We went to the zoo yesterday morning and saw all the animals then went to lunch. We had Waite tacos for dinner as requested by Sam. Peanut butter icing yellow cake for dessert as requested by Sam, I have never made him anything else it is a tradition, that's what his mom made him too. It was a very nice -laid back day. We love and appreciate him so much words cannot explain. He is officially the most LOVED man in the world. Brooke got a funny picture of him hitting himself in the chest with Jacked sword. He is going to hate that I posted it but how could I not.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Day of School

Summer is Officially over. School has finally started. Every day this summer the girls would wake up get there own breakfast-get their brother breakfast and let me sleep, it was delightful! This morning I rolled out of bed at 7:30 and woke the girls up and realized I had no juice boxes or fruit for their lunches. Thankfully Sam was still home and I ran to the store while they ate breakfast. It was foggy and there was a crisp chill in the air, I loved it. It is almost Fall and the weather is starting to get a little rainy. The girls were excited yet a little nervous. They both have BOY teachers this year. Brooke was fine with the idea as long as he wasn't OLD or had long hair. Luckily for her he is neither. Emily's teacher is Fun. He is crazy and loud and reminds me of a grownup "surfer dude". As we walked away from there school on our way to the car Jack just kept asking Emme-Book (Emily Brooke) all morning he was so clingy and weepy. He is taking it hard. Mommy is boring. I'm OK with that. I hope the girls love their new school and hope they have a great year. Brooke is now in 3rd grade. Emily is now in 1st.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nana's and Papa's Texas Style

Over the 4th of July weekend while Sam was climbing MT. Rainier I whisked the kids away for some good ol' Texas fun at my parents house. My parents now live in Texas as some of you might know and they have a little ranch were they are raising cattle oh and one donkey who is about to have a baby. We flew into Austin on a Wednesday and were supposed to meet my sister and her family but they got delayed until the next day. Walking into the airport to meet them might be a normal task for the normal person but my mom likes to shake things up a bit and decided to face plant herself off the curb and breaks her foot. So begins the Craziness of the week, well maybe the craziness started when Melissa was delayed in the Durango airport for 10 hours unable to leave!! The next morning we all left for San Antonio to brave the summer heat and mass amounts of people at SEAWORLD!! The day was Hot, but full of fun. The kids enjoyed them selves but were ready to leave before we even saw Shamu that's how hot and tired they all were. The hotel swimming pool sounded much more exciting to them. After a 3 hour drive to Bryan were my parents live we finally were able to relax and go see the Ranch. My parents have completely fixed up and gutted the ranch of all the unwanted trees weeds and put up a beautiful fence and a HUGE barn. Not to mention the new toy my Dad got, his tractor!! Oh and my mom's new toy a red 4 wheeler to match my dad's tractor. Early in the morning we would go out and feed the cattle and of course give the kids 4 wheeler rides. Brooke really impressed me normally she is the princess not wanting to get dirty but around the ranch she got the buckets filled them up went to the feeding area and called the cows and fed them even with her hands, she was in her element. One evening it was me in the middle of Brooke who was in the front and my niece aspen in the back on the 4 wheeler. As I was explaining the gears and brakes Brooke grabbed the gas button and we all flipped backwards. Thankfully it did not land on us , but little aspen was under all of us and got draged a good 2 feet. I thought I killed her! Seeing her laying there-horrible- That kid had a baseball size knot behind her ear and she told me that night that she cannot forgive me:( I'm just happy she was OK.
That was the end of the Craziness thank goodness.

Medieval Fun

Port Gamble is the cutest (I would go as far as saying its the perfect)little town. If anyone is a fan of Gilmore Girls you'll know what I mean when I say it looks like Stars Hallow only smaller. A waist high white picked fence runs through the entire town with a beautiful church and grass filled yards that are always manicured. An old country store that sells the best homemade pistachio ice cream sits on the edge of the bay with a small road lined with antique stores in the front. On the weekends the town host events of all kinds and one weekend some friends invited us to go to the medieval fair. We parked in a dirt lot about 1/2 mile from town and walked along a tree lined path to the fair.

Port Defiance Zoo

There is a nice little zoo about 45 minutes from our house that everyone talked about so one day I packed up the kids and off we went. They had a wonderful Kids Zone with jungle gyms for the kids to play on the same designs that the real monkeys use. All the animals were friendly and came right up to the glass or fence it was great the kids could see everything close up. It's not big it's the perfect size where we can go and spend a couple of hours and still come home for Jacks nap and have a normal day.

The In -Laws

In the beginning of August Sam's parents flew up for a week and we had alot of fun. I am so glad they were able to come and see where we live and we were able to show them some of the scenery around here. We went to the Crab Pot on the water in downtown Seattle ( my favorite).
We took a trip to Hurricane Ridge it's a 3 hour drive into the Olympic mountains on top of the world. It was so beautiful and the deer in the parking lot were so used to people one walked right up to Brooke. We took them to Point no Point and sat on the beach and watched the sail boats sail by and the tug boats hauling loads of who knows what slowly make there way across the water. We saw a spider crab and Brooke dug a whole up to her waist while Sam, Jack and Emily played soccer. Sam's dad helped he put up his shed which is a major task. They worked hard one day clearing out trees, brush, bushes, and winding roots covering the ground just so they could place the frame that the shed would sit on. Albert is 73 and works like a horse!! Sam said seeing his dad work made him feel like a softy and he had to keep up with his dad. Ladawn, Jack and I stayed home one night and watched girly movies while Sam took the girls and his dad to a Mariners game, they had a great time. The girls ranted and raved, not about the game, but about the big snow cones. We truly enjoyed having them here and cannot wait until they can come back.

Zions Park

A couple weeks ago we gathered all of our camping things and headed out on a "before school starts" camping trip with some friends. Living here in Washington is quite different when it comes to camping - compared to living in New Mexico. We only drove 20 minutes to the camp and it was still in the same town, weird. We decided to go to the church campground and we had a ton of FUN. As we drove into the camp the kids saw Messiah's Meadow and that was the end of that. It is a huge field of big swings and when I say big I mean big Sam and I can both fit on one. Tire swings, three story tree house, ropes course back in the woods, Bucket swings, net to climb on, etc. Sam was in his element on the ropes course, there was a tire suspended 4 feet in the air and the goal was to lift everyone on your team through the tire. The kids loved being sent through and when it came to Sam he told us he was going to run,dive, and tuck and roll!! What?? We didn't believe him, he couldn't he would break his neck. The ground is hard and rocky to be rolling on that's even if he makes it though the tire. Well to all of our surprise he did it and it was amazing. Brooke's face was priceless, it was of complete horror and boy was she relived to see her dad had survived. Our camp was only down the road so we spent the first whole day and well into the early night there. After a night of sleeping or lack of sleeping on my rocky bed we ate a yummy campfire breakfast and headed down to the lake. With fishing gear, life vest, oars and three kids in tow we loaded into the canoe, such a sight, Sam in the front three kids in the middle screaming at every push of the canoe in to the water and more screaming when I stepped into the canoe. Little did they realize if we tipped there they would only be in a couple inches of water. With every turn of Emily's head from left to right the boat would tip and the girls would scream. Soon after we were on our way we decided that a canoe is not a 5 family member friendly vessel, we will stick to a row boat next time. Here are some pictures of Messiah's meadow, I forgot my camera when we went to the lake, but I probably would have tipped us if I tried to take pictures.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Diapers? We don't need no stinkin Diapers!!!

It is official JACK our amazing 2 year old is potty trained and I mean fully!! No diapers all day and no diapers at night. One day last week he just decided and we haven't looked back since!! All I can say is that I am soooo proud of him and amazed at how easy it was I mean really I did nothing it was all him!!! YEAH!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Good Times

I had the oppertunity to go with Brooke and her class to the Seattle Aquarium for a end of school feild trip and we had alot of fun we rode the ferry over and spent the day looking at all the fish and seals.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009

*The Expedition*

Yesterday Sam and a friend climbed to camp Mier (base camp) on Mt. Rainer. He has been so excited to do this and can't wait until the forth of July when him and some other guys from our ward are climbing to the top. It took the guys 5 hours to reach the camp and when they climb to the top they will sleep at camp for a couple of hours then at midnight will wake up and climb the rest of the 8 hours to the top. It is really hard do to the elevation and Sam said even at the half way he could really tell a difference in breathing. Here are some of the pictures he took.


We have a new house!! It has been a long process to get to this point. Our lease is up on the house we are renting on June 30th and we really didn't want to rent anymore, the house is great and the kids love going to the beach all the time but it's not ours. We started looking in March and found one the was great on 2 acres and 4 bedrooms but it was a short sale and they said it would take 45-60 days to hear from the banks if they had accepted our offer but we had time so we went ahead with it and we were so excited about it. Well 60 days went by and they said it could take up to 12 more weeks!!! WHAT? So we decided to look again and I am glad we did because we found a beautiful 4 bedroom on a little over an acre that we love!! It had been way out of our price range when we searched earlier but they lowered the price a couple of days before we started looking again, YEAH!! It needs landscaping but we loved it more than the first house so we made an offer and we will close on June 22nd. We cannot wait!

Monday, May 11, 2009

One Lucky Girl

I just want everyone to know how amazing my Mom is!! She is always there for me and my sister no matter what we might need, she is a shoulder to cry on even if it's over the phone:) She is the first person I call when something exciting happens or if something not so good is going on. She is ever giving of her time, money, and self. She is the one who tells me how to make beans in the pressure cooker and reassures me it will not explode:) I love my mom and all she is and all she does. Not only is she the best Mom she is also my Best friend!! I love you, Mom.

Anyone who knows my Mother-n-law knows I am a very lucky girl. This wonderful lady has broke the mold in the mother-n-law department. Sorry ladies I got the best!! I am so grateful to her for raising the most wonderful son. She has the best sense of humor and is truly a gift from above. I am so happy she is my Friend.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Just what I wanted

This is my early Mothers Day present and I LOVE it!!! Our old one went out, oh to bad:)

Thursday, May 7, 2009


And my husband was wondering why we have so many dandylions in the field?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


These are my new sewing addiction. Twirly skirts! My girls love dresses and they love these because they twirl far out when you spin.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catch up!

It's been awhile since I last posted and I'm not sure why? I'm always reading about everyone on their blogs but I never post on mine so I'm copying a friend (Deborah) and I'm going to try and post everyday for a month straight!! The girls just finished up with their second session of swimming and are getting really good, after this next session they can start little piranhas which is a little swim team. They are loving it as am I it is just craziness on Tuesdays and Thursdays nights and we are all running around trying to get dinner and people ready for bed and with homework and all the mayhem!! Jack is growing big and still not caring about the whole talking thing. I don't know what is about our kids they have always rolled over really early, sat up between 4 and 5 months and walked at 10 months but talking nope not interested until about 3 ugh!! He is into the whole hitting his sisters now and thinks it is hilarious especially when they go running and screaming away from him. Boys are so different!
We found a house we liked and put an offer in on it, the sellers accepted our offer but it is a short sale and the banks still have to look over some things we should know soon if we get it. It is in Seabeck, WA about 30 minutes from where we live know. I love it it's blue and has 4 bedrooms(YEAH) my girls won't have to share anymore and my life will be a little less dramatic. It has 2.3 acres and a big stream in the far back with fish in it, which makes me excited the only thing is the name if the steam is BIG BEEF STREAM come on how gross is that BIG BEEF? We might have to think of something else, it does make me smile every time I say it though. Sam is still loving his job, he gets to work on submarines all day and all the fun things that go along with them. Sam and a friend from our ward are going to climb Mt. Rainer in June and he is so excited about that I'm a little jealous but lets face it I would never make it up that thing alive.
My parents came down over the girls spring break and it was really great to have them here. My mom and I went on a murder mystery dinner cruise around the Seattle harbor, we really had a good time. While they were here they bought me a sewing machine and let me tell ya I love it. I am on this twirly skirt kick. I have never really used a sewing machine before but man it is addicting, I want to thank Kacy for posting the twirly skirt on her blog and telling me where it get the pattern because I am having so much fun. My girls are going to end up with so many skirts!! Well I guess that is all for know, man now I have to think of something to post tomorrow:(

Friday, March 6, 2009

First Five Friends!!

I Saw this on my friends blogs and had to do it because it sounds fun.
First Five Friends Fabulous Freebies!
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me for you!

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1. I make no guarantees that you will love what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It’ll be done sometime this calendar year.
4. You have no clue what it’s going to be … it's a complete surprise.
5. You must offer the same deal on your blog to the first 5 people to comment on your "First Five" post. (If you don't have a blog, you must make something for someone after you receive my gift!)

I'll ask for addresses later if I don't have them! Good luck!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Decade!!

Tomorrow is Our ten year wedding anniversary!! TEN!! I cannot believe it, it has gone by so fast. I was talking to my friend the other day on the phone and he asked if I ever thought I would be married for 10 years? I mean really 10 years sounds like a long time, but it has gone by so fast. I think of "older" people and how they have been married for 50 years and they have grand kids or great grand kids and we have already knock off ten of those 50 years like it was nothing. I feel like I'm going to just wake up one day and look over at my husband and realize our lives have just passed us by. This makes me sad because I love my life and my husband more than anything in this world and I don't want any of it to go by without me soaking it all in. I am very grateful for him and all he does for me and our family, I could have never guessed I would end up being the luckiest person in the world, I won the LOVE LOTTERY!!hehe So here is to the next ten years and the many decades to come!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


I just love having a little boy he is the joy of the family. He loves to go down to the beach and LOVES his froggy boots his Nana bought him and always wants to wear them. He looks so cute in his jammies and his boots I love this picture.

Point No Point

Yesterday we decided to get out of the house and do something as a family. We have all been sick since Christmas and we couldn't take being stuck in the house an longer. We didn't want to be gone too long so we went to a place called Point no Point light house about 20 minutes from our house. It was really neat. A little light house from the 1880's stood there on the end of the "point" of the beach so ships could see it. The beaches here are pretty much all pebbles and rocks so it was a nice surprise to have sand beneath our feet. Here are some pictures of the morning, It was freezing!!!