Wednesday, April 30, 2008


As I type I am listening to the audio version of New Moon, sequel to Twilight. It took me about 2.5 days to read the 500 page book and I was hungry for more, in every sense of the word!! I am totally hooked and have not ever been into a fiction read such as this, but my sister in law Sarah was one step away from forcing me to read it and I finally gave in! It is AMAZING!!!! The fourth book is coming out in August and the movie, yes I said movie, will be out 12/12/08!!! I am already picturing myself sleeping outside for tickets. (okay I'm sure it wouldn't be sold out, but it could be...) Anyway, I am not one to like a fiction romance and am completely intimidated by a book that is more than 2 inches in width, it is for sure a must read. I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.

I will totally blog more on the trip when we get home, we miss everyone, but the shopping has been dreamy!

Two new loves Edward Cullen, and H&M!!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

still a bit of a girly girl

You Are Mulan!
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Strong and spirited. You're no one's girly girl; actually you are very determined person with a strong sense of self. Never let go of that! The only thing that equals your sense of self is your family, but the traditions of society can always be bent to protect something or someone you love.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

a lizard named DRAGON

Today after church Shane was unloading the car and noticed a curious little fellow lingering in the garage. I was inside getting lunch ready when I heard Shane open the door and yell, "Tyler come here quick!" I immediately think snake (ewwww), so I yelled back wait what is it? We all went outside to meet our new little green friend named Dragon. Isn't he sweet!

After lots of petting and holding and more petting we decided to leave him to a warm rock in the front yard. The kids were very sad that we couldn't keep him but after the whole lizards belong to nature talk they decided to say their there a chance that hamsters belong to nature also???? I don't think the kids would buy it for a second!

Friday, April 18, 2008

We're thinking of you...

Happy Happy Birthday Emilee!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Moving and Acupuncture

Okay, we are in. Wow the move went really well, thanks to my stud of a husband and a couple of hard-working missionaries! They had the truck loaded and unloaded in a matter of about 4-5 hours. Then the whirlwind hit. It is safe to say that our feet are starting to touch the ground again and my new (borrowed) kitchen was worth it all! We are also going to have to get used to the new morning schedule, if interested ask us sometime about the chasing down the bus story, it was meant to be in a movie. I can't wait for Tyler to be done with school the commute stinks!

Apparently I pinched a nerve in my neck during the move and have been in pretty bad pain for the last few days. I finally broke down to see a Chiropractor friend who also does Acupuncture. He gave me a good adjustment and then asked about the needles. I said bring 'em on! Acupuncture is the best for so many reasons, I would highly recommend it to anyone with any issues at all! I've had it done a few times before and really noticed a difference. I have to say that today I felt better than I have in a long time and will go back on Thursday. It is so easy to neglect our issues as mothers and I finally decided that if I don't feel good than I'm not happy, and if Momma ain't happy than nobody is!! (isn't that what they say?) No really, I am a much more agreeable person, wife and mother when I don't feel the stabbing pains in my neck;)! Hopefully with a little more snap, crackle, and popping...and a few more needles I will be as good as new.

We are getting really excited for our upcoming trek across the wild west. We miss the Sharp's (all of you) and are so excited to see you! Especially the newest bundle Mercedes (Sadie, Maize...what were the other nick names Sarah?) Oh and Dax and Crue and H&M, and Ikea....I probably shouldn't keep going, but just one shopping love Michelle (we would make a great couple if we weren't both girls!)

Can you tell I'm on some sort of high?? I love ACUPUNCTURE! (and my kids are tucked warmly in their beds, so peaceful!)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Blissfully Pink...Happy Birthday to My One and Only

Today was quite the marathon. My little girl turned 5! To celebrate we started with the early morning balloon tradition, which she almost ruined by getting out of bed much earlier than normal. Then she had a secret appointment for a makeover at Pink Bliss at 11am with two friends from school. She had no idea what I had planned for the day, just that it was a big surprise. It was adorable to watch, the girls got their hair done (little twisties complete with golden glitter hair spray), nails painted (alternating pink and purple with silver stars on each nail), and make-up done (pink eye-shadow, lots of sparkles, purple hearts, and of course more sparkly lipstick). Then the girls were able to make their own lip gloss, Ry choose Strawberry, Lucy-Cotton Candy, and Caroline chose Grape. It was a very entertaining event! After we met a bunch of friends for the best pizza in town. I was so grateful to have so many people come to help Ryli celebrate, including our very own Sue-wee! After that Becca and I went to check out the new Savers, because thrifting is just the best!

*Quick Green Tip: did you know that one of the largest contributors to our landfills these days is clothing? Re-use PEOPLE!!!*

Anyway, then back to pick Ty up from school, home to rest. Shane picks up U-Haul truck, off to soccer game, home to eat dinner, a little cake (yes I had some and now I feel sick), and children to bed. As I type my precious husband is "staging" the boxes and furniture for the loading of the truck tomorrow. We are moving, yuck. However there is much motivation due to what awaits.

Back to the Birthday girl. I knew I had to post tonight because the rest of the weekend will be dedicated to getting settled. I have to say that for me to not have a daughter in this life would be life unlived. I am SO grateful to know my Ryli, she is my one and only....

Saturday, April 5, 2008

A tribute to My Man...

One of the things that I remember most about me and Shane's early courtship was one afternoon we were in D.C. waiting for the Metro and a Hispanic lady approached us asking for directions. Of course I had the deer in the headlights look, then suddenly this unfamiliar handsome boy happily Spanish. I thought how cool that was that he was able to help with something as simple as directions, but obviously it was something I wasn't able to do. In a way I felt like he was my hero. Ahhh.....the beginning, so simple-hearted!!

So here it is Conference weekend and we had planned on watching from our church with the rest of the ward. Then came a tornado...and changed our Saturday viewing plans into sweat, chainsaws, and benevolence. The tornadoes hit Little Rock this time, right in the middle of town. Some of the homes damaged are in our stake, so when our Stake President called, the men responded with vigor.

It all comes down to this, one of the most admirable and charming qualities in my husband is his willingness to help others at all costs, without hesitation or complaints, it's his nature. I KNOW that when there is a call for help he will be there if possible. The fact that he was able to participate in the clean up effort of the Little Rock Tornadoes makes me glow with pride. When he walked through the door this afternoon he was filthy, sunburned, and smelled like a tree, but I was more attracted to him than ever! I can always count on him to save my day, and sometimes other peoples. The lessons my children and I learn from him are immeasurable and precious. I don't know what I would be without him......I adore you sweetheart!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Move # hmmmm....10

Well it's official, we are planning our 10th move. We were able to get everything out of our storage unit last night, thanks to the Edgar's, no thanks to the rain. We are crammed in our little apartment for the next 12 days. The move date is the 12th of April but we will start making small trips in about a week.

This all came about through the work of our Bishop, and the Lord. We are so blessed with this opportunity, it's hard to put into words the humility that comes with it (I certainly don't feel worthy). We have a wonderful family in the ward that has moved to Paris for the next year or so for work. They have an older son who will be deploying to Iraq and they decided to find a family to fill their home so it didn't sit empty. This isn't just any old house, it's big and beautiful and we will probably use less than half of it. This isn't just any old family either, they are incredibly gracious and they keep thanking us as if we are doing them some sort of favor.

I'll post pictures as soon as things are settled, I'm sure we will be pretty busy for the next couple of weeks and then we will be off to the West.

Here's to a garage and a backyard....Nate we'll miss you for this one!