Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dress Advice

I’ve been trying to find myself a cute dress for church for a long time. I finally have it narrowed down to a few choices but I need some help. First of all, I’m terrible at making decisions. Second, I totally doubt my fashion sense. Here are the three I’m debating about. What do you think?

These are not the best pictures, so I also added the link for each one.





Thanks for the help!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Is it February yet?

I hate to say it, but I really don’t like this time of year. It’s just so gloomy. It’s still winter, but no the cheery kind of winter that comes with Christmas. It’s just kind of soggy.

Usually, February is the worst month of all for me. Even though it is short, it seems to drag on and on. I just can’t ever wait to get to my favorite time of year- SPRING!

But this year, I’m begging February to come so that I can get as far away from January as possible. Wait- before I go any further, I would just like to say that I am exceptionally blessed and truly happy with my life. I just want to let you all know why I have such dark circles under my eyes, and why I may be a little grumpy.

We got home from our lovely Christmas vacation to Arizona and I had a nasty back injury from sitting on the airplane all funny. Then, we all got a yucky cold and flu that hit really hard.

The bright spot in our month was the one week we were  all well, and for the first time since November (really) my house was clean and my Mom came to visit for the weekend. It was so nice to see her. Actually, we see her quite often but it had been a really long time since she had come down to see us. We got to relax and spend some time together and we finally went to Sweety’s for frozen yogurt. HELLO! I could go there every single day and not get tired of it. Seriously. 9 different kinds of yogurt and over 60 toppings?! Did I mention that it’s a SELF SERVE frozen yogurt place? Yummy!

Unfortunately, the day Mom left, Nathan came down with the flu. This time it was the barfing kind. Yay. Then I got it, then Ryan got it. Now, we are all well. We did end up taking Nathan to the ER after 4 days of being sick, but thankfully he wasn’t dehydrated yet. They gave him some medicine for his sick tummy, and within minutes he was sitting up begging for snacks (after eating pretty much nothing all week).

Yesterday, we were finally all healthy again and now the car won’t start. Dang. I guess I should take this opportunity to catch up on laundry or something.

So anyway, I’m thinking that this year February can only be a step up, right?

Okay, now a little bit of good thoughts because I really don’t want to be ungrateful. I’ve been following a new diet and so far I’ve lost about 6 pounds. It feels really good to be taking such good care of my body. Although, I’ve been aching for more of that frozen yogurt . . .

Also, I’m planning a giveaway in the somewhat near future. I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway once I hit 200 posts and I’ve got less than 10 to go! YAY!

All right, enough rambling for today!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Christmas Post Number 3

Not only do we get to celebrate Christmas Eve on the 24th, we also get to celebrate Ryan’s birthday. He turned 28 this year and we had a lot of fun celebrating with his family.

His mom made her special French toast for breakfast and Ryan opened up his gifts.



Later that day, Janelle, Dan and all their kids came over for an early Christmas. We opened presents with them and spent some time with them that afternoon.


I found this great shirt for Nathan to wear for the holiday. If you can’t read it, it says, “Believe me, I’m nice!”


For his birthday dinner, Ryan wanted to do a Pizza Bar and it was delicious! We made at least a half a dozen different kinds of pizza.


Toppings and Sauces


Bob’s Super Meat Pizza. I think there’s a crust under there.



Yum! Now I’m hungry for pizza again!

We also celebrated with Cheesecake. Of course!


He looks patient, but I’m sure he would have downed that whole thing if given the chance!


Nathan got to “help” blow out the candles. Good thing, cause there were a LOT!

Christmas morning we finally had to wake Nathan up because we were too excited to open presents.



Santa came! Although, Santa returned that toy and bought a better one after he saw how flimsy it was.


This was Nathan’s face when he realized that his stocking was full of toy cars!






A mini foosball table! Sweet!


Speaking of sweet, here’s a small sample of all the Christmas cookies. Still, I managed to go a whole two weeks sugar free.

After Christmas we headed back to Washington to spend the New Year with my family. Unfortunately, I hurt my neck and back sitting on the airplane on the way home so I didn’t take very many pictures at all. I did get a picture of Nathan opening his new Toy Story comforter for his big boy bed.


I also found a few from Washington before we went to Arizona that I wanted to share.


Ryan trying on Leslie's white elephant gift. In case you can’t tell, it sparkles.


Mom and Dad on their way to a fancy dinner for Boeing.

We made it home just in time for everyone to get a yucky cold. I think we are now finally starting to recover from our wonderful vacation!

Christmas Post Number 2

One of the great things about being on vacation is that you can spend a lot of time relaxing and doing things you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I spent a lot of my vacation time reading. One day, Ryan spent an entire afternoon building a block tower. He keeps telling me we need to buy some good old blocks for Nathan but I think they might secretly be for him.


He was kind enough to let Nathan knock it over when he woke up from his nap.

Wednesday, the 22nd was a really great day for me. Ryan, Nathan, and I drove up to Scottsdale to visit my Grandma Beverly’s grave. We were going to meet my Uncle Jimmy there (I haven’t seen him in close to 20 years!) but he had unfortunately just had surgery and couldn’t join us. Beverly was my mom’s step mom and she passed away in 1979 so I was never able to meet her. It was a very sweet and spiritual experience for me to be there and feel like I finally got to “meet” her. I know that she played a big role in helping my mom be the woman she is today, and mom has likewise done the same for me. I owe a debt of gratitude to her and I’m so grateful for eternal families!


Her grave is right beneath an olive tree that was planted when she was buried. It was only a few feet tall then!



The other big thing that happened that day? Ryan and I went out. As in “on a date”. Big. I know.  We actually went out with Ryan's sister, Janelle, and her husband, Dan, and both their parents. We went to a fun Karaoke bar where Dan and Janelle are regulars. We were the youngest ones there by a long shot, but it was really fun. And did I mention it was a date? Plus, Nathan got to spend the evening with all his cousins, two dogs, and a cat. I’m pretty sure he had a good time too.


See? Proof! It really was a date!


Everyone- minus Janelle (she took the picture)




It’s kind of hard to see, but REALLY?! Palm trees with Christmas lights on them?!

On Thursday, the 23rd we took advantage of the sunshine and went to the Phoenix zoo. It was probably 70 degrees and our family was baking in our jeans and t-shirts. EVERONE else there had sweatshirts on! I even saw a child with a scarf. Craziness!


Nephew Jarin (and his friend) sitting on a gorilla’s lap!


Our family and AN ELEPHANT?!


Ryan and Kallie in a nut shell . . . I mean clam shell!


Nathan “driving” the tractor


Petting the “doats” in the petting zoo.


Nathan’s favorite part was the little people playground.


Nathan and Avery.




Still more to come!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Post Number 1

I know it’s been a while since Christmas, but I’ve been really sick since we got home. So, here’s the first part of our Christmas Adventure!

The first half of December this year was probably the busiest few weeks of my life! By the time we headed out for our vacation, I NEEDED it.

We left Oregon on the 15th and headed up to Washington just long enough to say “hi” to my family. We flew out of SeaTac Airport early on the morning of the 16th. It was really nice being able to leave our car with my parents, so we didn’t have to pay for parking. We made it through security without incident- no body scans, or pat-downs, or air blowing up our shirts. They even let me carry Nathan, who was really sick, through with me. I’m so thankful that white noise puts that kid to sleep so fast. He slept most of the way to Arizona.

Ryan’s parents live in Mesa and his sister, Janelle, and her family live just a few minutes away. Janelle’s kid’s are Nathan’s only cousins.

We spent our first few days in Arizona just relaxing and soaking up the sunshine. We visited Janelle’s house and took turns riding on their plasma car.




We even got Ryan’s mom to ride it!

On Sunday, before church, we attempted to take a family picture in front of the Christmas tree.



Nathan would NOT let that waffle go. So, it’s in all our family pictures too.

That night, we had our traditional Savior Supper. When I was growing up, my family always did our Savior Supper for dinner on Christmas Eve. Ryan’s birthday is Christmas Eve, so now he and I do our Supper on the Sunday before Christmas. We have a lot of fun dressing up but we also enjoy the sweet, simple spirit that comes when we remember what life was like for our Savior.




One of our favorite things to do while in Arizona was to play outside. Without coats. Grandma and Grandpa have a great covered porch out back with a toy kitchen and Nathan spent a lot of time out there pretending to wash his hands. I would hear him out there all the time saying to himself, “wash,wash . . . soat (soap). wash, wash . . .soat.” Funny kid.


He decided on his own, that the little phone holder on the side is a soap dispenser.

He also enjoyed tasting all the toy food. Mmmm. Tastes like dirt!



Nathan’s cousin Avery came over that day and they had fun fixing the back wall together. Actually, I think Nathan was just doing whatever “Ay-wee” did.


Grandma had an extra set of Christmas beads that she used for decorating and Nathan thought they were very pretty. He constantly carried them around and begged us to drape them on him. Then he would strut proudly saying “I pretty! I pretty!”




I wonder who he got he idea from?!


It must run in the family, because Nathan insisted that Grandpa have the opportunity to be pretty too, and he didn’t even put up a fight. OR maybe Nathan just has him wrapped around his little finger!


More to come!