Leaving, On a Jet Plane…

…don’t know when I’ll be back again.

I love that song.

Three of my girlfriends and I are taking a fun little get away to London. After a long, bumpy, “Sorry, we’re out of the dessert you want” flight, we checked into our hotel and had more than five hours to start touring! Everyone else is passed out, but my email isn’t working so here I am. Blogging as I often want to but seldom have extra time for.

Here’s a few of the fun sights we have seen today:

Lunch in Green Park.



Traditional phone booth photos.

Westminister Abby

Big Ben

London Eye- from way up here we have a good view of the rioting that is burning down London.

And now we are all off to bed. I miss my hubby. I miss my kids. But I’m having SO MUCH FUN!!!


No Lion Around!!!

It’s the new year, and along with half the world, or more, I too have made a few resolutions. The amazing thing is I’m actually keeping them this year! Woo hoo!!! One very important change I’m making in my life is to be present in the today.

In retrospect I see last year as being busy serving everyone around me- everyone but my family that is. I can hear myself telling my kids to hold on, just a minute, this has to be done NOW.

Finally Christmas came and I got sick- actually I think my body just shut down from doing too much. Ever had that one happen? Well, it happened to me and I’ve had some time to think I need something different in my life. First order of business was to realize I need to schedule my family time. Sounds sad, but there it is. So I told Tony to mark a certain day as unavailable because we were going out. Somewhere. Doing  something. It was to be determined…

Well, I knew what I wanted to do, but kept that as a surprise. Can you guess?


We went to the zoo. Our zoo isn’t the best, but it is ours, and it’s as fun as you want to make it.

The kids took pictures of animals.

I took pictures of kids.

One thing we still need to work on is sticking together as a family. Poor Jack can’t walk yet, so Tony’s just pushing him along as fast as he can, then waiting for us to catch up. We weren’t together at any time during the day because as soon as I’d catch up he’d take off to the next animal.

We are so different!

But it was nice to realize that and work on making some changes.

The kids had fun, as expected. I had a blast. We laughed, made silly faces, and I loved every second. These days are the best!

Searching for Tadpoles

It doesn’t rain very often around here, but when it does it sounds like we live in the middle of a frog farm. I don’t know where they come from, but they are here in masses. The kids always like to go out the next morning and look for frogs and tadpoles.


Matt idolizes our neighbors son. He knows everything, according to Matt. So of course he was all ears learning how to catch tadpoles.


This one is my favorite.



I love curious boys.

Party Like a Rock Star!!!

Official birthday parties around here are only on EVEN birthdays. So because this is number eight for Miss Scarlet, and because she is a rock star with her very own rock band, that was the perfect theme for the party.


We set up a stage, played fun music videos, invited the coolest girls in town to join in on the fun, and danced all night long! Here are just a few of our favorites:_1010238









Girls parties are the best!

A Special Day

If you are LDS, as we are, 8 is a special age. A most important age. It’s the time in your life that you get baptized. You’re now accountable for all your actions. As long as you make good choices you also get to have the Holy Ghost with you always. So many great blessings, for the child as well as the family.


Luckily she picked out my favorite dress of the bunch. Simple and lovely.


Poor thing has pink eye, if you didn’t notice. She was miserable.


Spunky girl.


Some of Scarlet’s cousins were able to come support her.


Lovely family shot.


Ah yes, that’s more like it.


Scarlet got to be baptized with her best friend (they’ve been best friends since before they were born) in July.

We are so proud of the choices you are making Scarlet!!!

xoxo Mom & Dad

The Pirate’s Birthday


We’ve got a special tradition at our house for birthdays.

We sneak into the bedroom, nice and early. A big shout of “Happy Birthday” fills the air. (This little guy is pretending sleep, can’t you tell?)


Of course the Birthday girl/boy is completely surprised, jumping out of bed with all the commotion.


We do a little dance. Well, he does.


Then we are awarded a very lovely birthday hat. This year since we are pirates, it’s an authentic pirate hat.



Later that day all our family shows up for dinner and cake and ice cream. Nani made these delicious treats. Pirate ships!!!





Happy Birthday Baby.

Disclaimer: this post is about 3 months late. I’m pregnant, been sick as a dog, and am now just getting around to these important things in life.

Happy Birthday Scarlet!!!

Scarlet’s 8th birthday was this week. I can’t believe she’s already 8! You feel your age as your children get older, let me tell you…


Eight is a special year, you know. When you are eight you are officially a “tween.” All that means is that you are beginning to act moody like a teenager, but only some of the times rather than all of the time. You also are ready for makeup and other fun grown up girly things. This has been going on in our house for the past few months already. It’s interesting… 

We started our day by blowing horns and screaming “Happy Birthday” to Scarlet, waking her up at an early 7:30 am. She was crowned with her special birthday hat- a cowgirl hat,  and decked out in all these jewels. 

Our day was super fun. We started out early at the movie theatre. We saw Ice Age 3. It was the first show, so really we were the first on the west coast to see it. Aren’t we lucky!


Scarlet’s bestest friend in the whole world came with us. Did you know they have been friends since birth? Scarlet was late, and Kalei was early. 7 days apart. We like to say that they couldn’t stand being apart in heaven, so they arranged it that way. They are great friends and we love her to pieces! 


Of course Matt was with us. He loved Ice Age 3. He mimicked about half of the movie, and has started using some wonderful words. Now why movies for kids have to have words like “stupid” in them is beyond me. More than that- I’m annoyed. 

Moving on…

Scarlet’s Nani and Abuelo came for dinner, along with our best friends and their families. Scarlet got to pick dinner- My Famous Pasta, of course. It was good as always. The cake was another story all together. It basically nearly fell over. It was really humid, we had chocolate buttercream frosting, the house was warm from all the cooking that began at 2:00 in the afternoon. It tasted good though. That’s the most important part. 


As she’s opening her gifts she’s begun saying really silly things and making really silly faces. Maybe not silly… goofy might be a more appropriate word.


Why is it at this age they all begin acting a little weird. Like doing these goofy faces in front of a mirror and perfecting them so she can do them at the dinner table.



And talking herself in circles while the rest of us are ready to scream “Get to the point!!!” It’s a delightful time, really. I wouldn’t change it for anything.


Happy birthday baby.

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