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Isobel

We were at the skate park with family the other day. The kids were happily playing in the sand at the volleyball court while we talked. Cousin Holden at one point put his face down in the sand, we were watching from the pic-nic table wondering what in the world he was doing, later his little sister Isobel, not to be left out, did the same thing. What a goofy girl. She was so sandy and didn’t care in the slightest. I think most kids would have cried, but she just went on playing.

On a different note I downloaded a preset/action for photoshop that rounds the corners of my pictures for me. No tutorial needed.

That mother nature is a prankster.

Mother nature has been tricking us. Toying with us. It’s spring, just kidding it’s not. I love snow, winter, the cold, but I’m getting kinda sick of it. I’m looking forward to warm weather, sandles, capris…

I’m hoping that it’s really spring now and not just a trick. It’s raining today, I don’t mind that too much, just snow, stay away!

My birthday day.


Ready to snarf birthday cake!

I had a great birthday. It started off with grumpy kids and laundry, but picked up with lots of Facebook birthday wishes and family calling me and even cookies from my V.T.. I took my time getting ready for the day, shower, make-up, I even ironed my pants (un-heard of!).

We visited Mark at work for lunch and had Ranchartios Super Nachos, which really are Super! Mark let me open one present at work. He had a few that he bought on-line and had them sent to work so I wouldn’t peek. So while I was there I opened one.

I was surprised to open four sets of Knorks! I think Mark’s co-workers thought it was strange he was giving me silverware, but these Knorks are incredible people! I was so surprised and stoked to get these.

I took the kids to the park and my Dad visited us there. He lives pretty close to that particular park so we headed there afterwards, cause he was excited to give me his present to me. I was excited to, cause I’ve been hinting I wanted an original painting of his for a while. My Dad is a great artist, and I’ve only been able to get some sketches from him so far. So I was so happy when I opened it to find a painting of a barn he did. It was framed beautifully and came with the photo he took the actual barn. I’ll get a picture up of the painting after I hang it. Thanks Dad!

I had to hurry home after that so that I could get kidnapped from my sis Barb. My Mom watched my boys and Barb took me for a surprise shopping trip to the Distribution center. She had a different plan on what she was going to get me but we had to change it, but I think positivity, and in the end Barbara and my Mom went in on a new Temple dress for me. I was so surprised and so excited to get a new dress. The one I had was a few years old and pre-kids, and WAY didn’t fit me anymore, so I was in need of a new one. Thanks Barb and Mom!

I had told Mark that I wanted a nice meal at home for my bday dinner. He made my favorite, Stroganuff and canned corn. Also served, french bread, my favorite Sarsaparilla and top it all off an incredibly awesome cake for dessert. This cake is to die for! And Mark did a great job. Mark started cooking as soon as he got home from work and he made dinner in his work clothes, a white shirt, tie and slacks. He rolled his white shirt sleeves up and put an apron on, it was super cute, I wished I would have gotten a picture (there’s nothing sexier than a man in the kitchen)!

Mark gave me some sweet presents this year! I was so surprised (which is hard to do sometimes) to get some lens filters for my camera, a 16 gig Class 10 memory card! That is huge! and the best of all a new lens! It’s a fish eye lens, that can do some cool effects, like this…

or this…

It also does macro and wide angle. I love it. I was so excited to get out and try it, so we walked around downtown so I could test out the lens. Thanks Mark I love it all! And I love you! Duh!

Thanks for a great birthday everyone! I can’t believe I’m almost 30, I don’t feel like it. In my head I still think I’m younger.

What I thought was cool, but I was wrong list.


Shoulder pads.
Scrunchies.
Broaches (no I wasn’t 80 years old).
Naming my plants.
Pearl necklaces (un-cool when you are in 7th grade).
Country Dancing.
Writing on my shoes.
My favorite pair of earrings that one side was a dog and the other side was a fire hydrant.

I tried to find a picture of me doing something “un-cool”, but it was really hard! (wink, wink) So here is a picture of me doing something really COOL-playing Top Skater. And, cough, cough…yes, that is me, about 40 lbs ago.

Is there something you used to wear or do that you thought was cool, but now you know better?

Random thoughts about motherhood and being a mom.

I always knew I wanted to be a Mom. There were times I didn’t think it would happen, but here I am, a mother with two cute rough and tumble boys. There’s a a saying that the joy of motherhood comes in moments, and I think that’s true. Slowing life down is what I’m all about so I can enjoy those moments more.

Being a mother of young kids isn’t easy. Just today while trying to conduct primary I took Welly, my three year old out at least 5 times. Struggling with him in the hallway, friends would pass by and give me that nod of acknowledgement that they’ve been there too. But even though motherhood can be hard sometimes it is the most worth it, rewarding, selfless, joyful, most personal growth experience ever!

“There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply……and prioritizes them above all else”

I feel totally lucky that I can stay home with my kids. After visiting with my sister Candy in California, I had a big reminder of how unique it is that I can stay at home with the kids. She basically said it is rare and virtually unheard of that a mother can stay home with their kids. Most living situations where she lives requires two incomes to live there. It’s just too expensive otherwise.

I’m very careful these days about what I say yes to. I think it’s way important to not over schedule ourselves. “We live in a world that is filled with options. If we are not careful, we will find every minute jammed with social events, classes, exercise time, book clubs, scrapbooking, Church callings, music, sports, the Internet, and our favorite TV shows”. Recently I had to take a hard look at my priorities and decide “is this taking me away from my family?” even a simple thing like volunteering in the community needed to be careful weighed.

I recently got a new calling and when I accepted I was worried, very worried that it would take me away from home and time away from my kids. My husband is very wise (don’t tell him I said that or else he always think he’s right) but he said that the church is here to make our family better, not our family is here to make the church better. I’m learning that even in church callings I need to prioritize my time.

Elder Ballard talked about this…”may I suggest that the bishopric and the ward council members be especially watchful and considerate of the time and resource demands on young mothers and their families. Know them and be wise in what you ask them to do at this time in their lives. Alma’s counsel to his son Helaman applies to us today: “Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass”

I don’t know why I got on that but anyway, I just hope that if any mothers are reading this they will take a look at their time and prioritize and ask themselves the question, “Is this taking me away from time I could spend with my kids, time away from teaching them, laughing with them, are you missing those joyful moments?”.

A hot date.

I’m finding that date night or alone time away from the kids is important. We do a lot of family dates, but I think it’s really important we get some time to ourselves. We’re better communicators when we do for one thing.

I’m taking my husband out on a date tonight and I’m really excited.

I’m not sure what were doing…I’m leaving it up to chance! I came up with ideas and put them in envelopes, sealed them then marked what category they were from….(dinner, activity).

For instance I came up with four ideas for dinner and I’ll let Mark chose an envelope, then we’ll stick with what was in the envelope.

I got this idea (well, I adjusted it a little) from Love Actually, they have lots of great ideas!

All over the place.

**Not sure how to teach my three year old about strangers.

**Loved General Conference! I got so many answers to my questions and had help for specific problems that I’m having in my life right now. I felt the love that my Savior has for me. Looking forward to the next conference.

**Still loving my calling, but it also still intimidates the crap out of me. I’m trying to let my guard down and be myself. I’ve promised myself that this time I will do things differently.

**I can’t seem to get this laundry thing under control.

**Loving the British TV series Doc Martin.

**So loving my husband right now. I mean I always do, duh, but thanks so much for always taking the time to talk to me, even if it is 12 o’clock at night.

**I’m missing my dslr so much. I want it back. Sam’s club, why can’t you just get it in your stores!

**I’ve learned that if I’m feeling anxious that if I complete a project it usually goes away.

**Not sure how to ween my now 1 year old.

**I had a great time going down to Salt Lake City with the new Primary Presidency the other night. I expected it to be more awkward. You know, hanging out with people you don’t know for a few hours, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had a great time.

**I’m a huge fan of Netflix. I don’t know why we didn’t sign up for this earlier. We get both the DVD’s in the mail and the disc that lets you stream right to your PS3. That’s probably my favorite part of it.

**Not sure sometimes how to not come off sounding like a complete jerk. Sorry Mom.

**Wishing I had more time to sew. My temporary sewing table has now been set up for at least a month, without anything being done.

**I feel bad that I can’t help a friend. I hope she understands.