Sep 7
Zoo Trip
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Okay, so I’m SUPER UPER behind on my blog. So, here’s my attempt to catch up.

In August, we went to the zoo with Leona, her boys, and most of the kids she babysits. We were gone for a few hours but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be with 8 kids.

Evie was my biggest struggle…Little Miss Independent with short legs.

Explored everything…

Watched the elephant show…poor little Evie got the mini fan stuck in her hair…

Drank out of the lion’s head…

The carousel was up and running…

We had fun at the monkey house…

Saw the white alligator…

Got a long look at the giraffe and her baby…

Touched a centipede…

Got ice cream to cool off…

And rode the train…

I know that’s a lot of pictures but what can I say? We have some cute kids!

Jul 31
Me, Myself, and I
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Okay, I’ve been feeling a little (LITTLE) bit motivated to workout. Last week I asked Steve if we could work something out so I could have him put the kids to bed 3x a week so I could head to the rec center. Then I got a little more motivation when someone asked me if I was pregnant with baby #3 (seriously…those questions are NOT supposed to be asked to anyone…family or not). Annette, Steve and I are working on watching what we eat, and until I get to the rec center (and on the days I’m not there) I found this to do:

The Fitness Ladder

Basically, you start with the first rung, and progress from there…I think changing rungs each week. They gave a description as to what the work outs are and how many to do for each rung. Take a look-see:

Bend (introductory)

Stand upright with your legs apart, hands outstretched above your head. Bend forward, as far as you can, trying to touch your toes (it’s OK if you can’t reach your toes). Then straighten up and bend backward moderately. Repeat the specified number of times.

Sit up (introductory)

Lie on your back on the floor, feet slightly apart, hands at your side. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor far enough so that you can see your heels. Smoothly lower your head and shoulders back to the floor. Repeat the specified number of times.

Leg lift (introductory)

Lie face down on the floor, legs slightly apart, with the palms of your hands under your thighs. Lift your left leg, bending at the hip and knee, while simultaneously lifting your head from the floor. Smoothly lower both your head and leg. Then lift your right leg and head in the same manner. Repeat the specified number of times (each repetition involves lifting both the left and right legs).

Push up (introductory)

Lie face down on the floor with palms just outside your shoulders and arms bent. Keeping your knees on the floor and allowing your legs to bend at the knee but holding your upper body straight, lift your body until your arms are straight. Then smoothly lower your body back to the floor. Repeat the specified number of times.

Run and jump (introductory)

Run in place at a brisk pace for the specified number of steps, lifting your legs 4 to 6 inches from the floor with each step. Every 75 steps, stop and do 7 introductory “jumping jacks”: stand with your legs together, arms at your side. Jump up in the air, extending your legs to the side and your arms outward to the level of your shoulders. Then jump up again, bringing your legs back together and your arms back to your side.

The “Count” column in the table helps you keep track of the running and jumping phases of this exercise. The first number is how many complete sets of 75 steps of running and 7 jumping jacks you should perform. The second number gives the number of extra steps you should run after the last full set (don’t jump after these final steps).

Be sure to count a running step only as your left foot touches the floor, not every time either foot touches. The easiest way to keep count is to count to 75 as you run, do the 7 jumps, then start counting from 1 again for the next running phase. I find that keeping track of the number of complete sets of running and jumping is best done by setting out a number of coins equal to the number of sets for the current rung and moving a coin from one pile to another as you complete each set.

Introductory Ladder

Here’s the ‘rung’ list they’ve provided:

Rung Bend Sit up Leg lift Push up Steps Count

1 2 3 4 2 105 1 30
2 3 4 5 3 140 1 65
3 4 6 6 3 170 2 20
4 6 7 8 4 200 2 50
5 7 9 9 5 225 3 0
6 8 10 10 6 255 3 30
7 10 11 12 7 280 3 55
8 12 13 14 8 305 4 5
9 14 15 16 9 325 4 25
10 16 16 18 11 350 4 50
11 18 18 20 12 370 4 70
12 20 20 22 13 390 5 15
13 23 21 25 15 405 5 30
14 25 23 27 16 425 5 50
15 28 25 30 18 440 5 65

So, I figured I’d start with that and see where it gets me.

Jul 8
Stadium of Fire
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We had a good time at the Stadium of Fire. Glenn Beck was awesome…and of course, made me cry. He always seems to do that. The presentation of the soldiers over seas also made me cry – it’s always great to see them in high spirits even though they go through more than we’ll ever know. The Blue Man Group was VERY entertaining…I never knew pipes could make such great instruments! And, other than the high pitch shrills of the girls in the stadium, Miley Syrus wasn’t half bad. She had one song that I knew from the radio, and another 2 that I enjoyed the music/words of. The fireworks were very pretty and I really enjoyed spending time with my family. Here are a few pics:

4th of July Family Picture

The rest of the gang

During the Stadium of Fire dancers, a big sheet of white

came over our heads. It was a lot of fun but we didn’t get to

hear what Glenn Beck was saying. 🙁

Evie and Spencer didn’t seem too worried about the sheet over

our heads.

The soldiers brought out a HUGE flag.

I think there were about 1350 kids out there as Stadium of

Fire dancers. Holy  Cow!

Spencer enjoyed the show

Evie wasn’t always impressed.

Evie loves her daddy…so do I! Also, look how cute

her hair is!

For some odd reason, Evie kept pulling my arms around her

in such a weird way. If I tried dropping my arms, she’d pull

them right back in. What an odd child.

My “Reverent Child” – always finds odd times to

fold her arms.

So…the fireworks….yeah, Evie was nervous.

She enjoyed it better when I covered her ears.

She warmed up eventually. She’d say “See mommy! See Daddy!”

and pointed at the fireworks.

Not the best picture but hey, it works.

Jul 8

Okay, so PLEASE do not look closely at me in a swim suit – YIKES! The Lehi pool was AWESOME! They had a ton of fun things to do… the one we stuck closest to had tons of dripping water, water guns, a slide, a tunnel and a HUGE (and I mean HUGE!) bucket on the very top that filled up every 3 or so minutes. After it filled up, it tipped over and dumped onto a “roof” of sorts and sprayed all over the place. Kids would just sit in the ‘dump spot’ and wait to be sprayed. We went with practically our whole neighborhood, or at least those who could make it, plus a few other friends.

Derrik (Spencer’s buddy) had a blast on the slide.

(above – heading up; below – getting off)

The tunnel

The group

Yikes…Don’t Pay any attention to this picture.

Jul 2

He said it alright! It’s been a rough day. This morning I was exhausted and both the kids woke up before I did. The previous post shows what happens when Evie’s running the place. We got ready, drove to Springville to pick up mail from a PO Box that has no reason for being in Springville…it should be in Orem or more north… and pictures and flowers from Walmart. We then drove to Novell to get Steve but ended up waiting for a half an hour since his boss came in and they needed to work on something together.

We then traveled up to Sandy and visited Mom Shaw in the hospital. She was very tired and the incision hurts but all in all she was doing okay. The had her walking around I think 5 hours after her surgery and every few hours after that. She’s rooming with a woman who keeps the tv on all night and swears at everything until the nurses come in where she turns into an angel. I’m sure she’ll be ready to come home soon…if she’s not past that point already!

Since we were in Sandy we took Spencer and Evie, plus Bri and Jadyn, to the Living Aquarium. The kids enjoyed running around, touching the water, and playing in the tunnels but it was definitely time to go at the end.

Steve had to be in Sandy at 7 and since that was only 2 hours after we were done with the Aquarium, me and the kids stayed up there to hang out with daddy. We went to the Fashion Place Mall for ice cream and took a stroll looking at the different stores. Steve headed to his meeting and we headed south.

We got to Orem and went to the Scera Park to play volleyball with Mikey and Coley. I sure do suck some^most of the time. It took me a while to ‘get in the swing of things’ where I sucked less. One of the guys hurt his ankle so we took a break to let him rest and get some tylenal in him. We started up shortly after and I set the ball to Mike. He went up, hit it in, but came down wrong. His ankle got twisted and already started to swell. 🙁 I feel really bad for him…I know it was an accident but I was the one who set the ball to him. 🙁 SORRY MIKEY! I hope you feel better soon.

Everyone left so I took the kids to the playground and let them play for about 45 minutes.  When I made Spencer and Evie get off the swing so we could leave, Spencer started walking funny and that’s when I noticed he was leaking through his diaper. 🙁 Not cool. I guess he was stinky when we were at the mall although I didn’t hear Steve tell me that and I didn’t smell it either. Evie was stinky at the mall and I changed her before we played volleyball. We got home and Spencer’s bum was red and very sore! 🙁 Poor little man. I put him in the bath to let him soak and then when to put Evie in and BAM! She was stinky again (3rd time today). They were both pretty…well, runny…and not stinky… and they both ended up with red and sore rumps. I feel so bad for them! It hurts them to run since the diaper or shorts rub against it.

I decided it was such a long day that I needed my dairy fix and we were out of milk. Spencer said he wanted to go to the store with me so pjs went on and off we went to the store. They were great until the check out stand where Evie found one of those pusher things with a dome on the bottom that pops the balls up as you push it…you know, the really loud, annoying ones. I told her she couldn’t do it in the middle of the store and she threw a HUGE fit. I was proud of myself for talking to her calmly even though I had a headache and just wanted to be at home or away from the kids. I put both kids in the cart since they like helping put the items on the moving belt and Evie decides to SIT on the edge of the cart. Well, I ‘catch’ her from falling over by ‘pushing’ her into the cart where she hit her head on the side. 🙁 I hugged her and kissed her and said I was sorry but she just wanted the popper noise maker thing and when I said ‘no’ again she threw another fit. Luckily the cashier lady was SUPER nice and said she really enjoys her job because she meets so many different people so  that was pretty cool.

We came home and as we were unloading, Evie came back outside and stood on the back porch and cried…very loudly.  Then it was drama about the sippy cups. And, can I just say,


Jun 28

Dea Spina put out a Volunteer Creative Team member call (first come-first serve) and I was the first to respond! Dea allowed me to use her kit LikeNoOther in exchange for my layout(s) that she could use in her emails, blog, etc. I had so much fun doing this and can’t wait for another opportunity to try again! Thanks Dea!

Jun 22
New Calling
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I talked with Bro Amado today and I’ve accepted a new calling. Anyone want to venture a guess?

Jun 18
Triana Ord Photography
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My friend, Triana, who is starting her photography business took our family pictures last Saturday. She’s been a busy bee and I’m so excited for her! We met her at the BYU duck pond at the south end of campus and started playing. We took a few family shots playing on the ground (until Spencer bumped his nose and got a nose bleed), let Mikey & Coley do their family shots and maternity shots, then did a few more family shots. While Mikey and Coley were up, Spencer and Evie played. Triana snapped a few shots of my kids but Evie NEVER SMILED. What an attitude!!!! 🙂 But she’s my attitude, right!?!? 😀 We tried pleasing the kids by sitting where they wanted to see if we could get them to smile…it worked with Spencer, plus Mikey throwing little pod berry things at him, but not with Evie. Triana was awesome though and always tried looking for an artistic and expressive look. She put this picture on her photography blog of Evie and her ‘tude and I just love it!

I am SO going to have her take our family pictures every year and for those of you who read this and live in Utah, you should totally consider her to take yours as well.  I’ll post more pictures once she’s done editing them and giving them this “grungy/rustic” feel that I love so much. Seriously, take a look at her site and HIRE HER! She’s wonderful and amazing!!!!

Here’s a few more:

Jun 15
Told You So…
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So, after 30 minutes outside talking with my neighbor, Shana (who the day before FRIED the back of her legs and I laughed at her), I ended up looking like this!

And all I can say is OUCH! OUCHIE! Please, pity me! 🙂

Jun 14
Funny Stuff
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We like to see how Spencer thinks through everything…his mind is just amazing to us and we know we’re in for a laugh! Here’s some from this morning:


I’m talking to daddy and Spencer is trying to tell me something.

Mommy? Mommy?

Hold on Spencer. When I put this finger up {my pointer finger} it means ‘wait a sec.’

Spencer pauses.

Mommy? Mommy?

Steve and I just laughed and let Spencer tell us his story.


Steve: “Spencer, why did we buy a new van?”

Spencer – Answer #1: “Because I like the color.”

Spencer – Answer #2: “Because I wanted it.”


Steve: “I’ll snap you like a twig!”

Spencer: “I”ll snap YOU like a PIG!”


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