Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas in Phoenix

So I thought I would share some Christmas pictures since everyone else I know already has!! Here is Carter checking out his new tool bench that Santa brought him. It took awhile before we could pull him away from this to actually open some gifts. 

Carter loved the farm animals and ASU outfit from Nana and Grandad.

The car was a big hit!

Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog. If you don't know that song you are really missing out on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse---it's Carter's favorite!

It's hard work opening presents...Carter needed to relax.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and we are ready for the big day tomorrow. The presents are wrapped and under the tree. We are just finishing putting Carter's tool bench together and then we are going to bed! 
We got to see Santa tonight at Nana and Grandad's house. Carter gave Santa high five but he did not want to be by him by himself. 

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

Or was it? Scene: Sean and Jessica shoveling loose dirt on the side of their house into their truck today

Jessica: {lets out a scream while jumping up in the truck}
Sean: What is it?
Jessica: A mouse!
Sean: where?
Jessica: It went back into the dirt pile
Sean: it came out of the dirt pile?
Jessica: Yes, get it now!
Sean: {picks up long stick and starts looking for the mouse}
Jessica: Turn your stick around, the other end is sharp!
{mouse runs out}
Jessica: Get it!
Sean:{swings the stick but misses the mouse} I can't kill a mouse--what if it's someone's pet?
Jessica: It's not someone's pet--get rid of it. {hands shovel to Sean}
Sean: {picks up mouse on shovel and flings it over his shoulder over the fence somewhere}
Jessica: {screams and ducks} I was in your direct line-what if the mouse would have slipped off the shovel--it would have landed right on me!
Sean: I got rid of it, didn't I?!?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Card Photos

Here are some of the pictures that didn't make it for our card this year...

Monday, December 17, 2007

I was tagged...

5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Applying to BYU
2. Getting excited for high school graduation
3. Dating Steve Miller
4. Playing basketball
5. watching 90210

5 Things on my to-do list today:
1. Pack
2. Run
3. Fly to Minnesota
4. Write a report for work
5. Turn in my expenses for work

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Chips and Salsa
2. Apples and peanut butter
3. Ice Cream
4. Ice Cream
5. Ice Cream

5 Things I would do if I were a Billionaire:
1. Buy 2 new vehicles
2. Buy an awesome house
3. Travel
4. Pay for my kids' college
5. build a dream scrapbooking room

3 of my bad habits:
1. Eating ice cream
2. letting my toe nails grow too long---I'm just lazy!
3. shaking my foot whenever I sit down---now Sean does it too!

5 places I have lived:
1. Phoenix, AZ
2. Provo, UT
3. Glendale, AZ
4. Avondale, AZ
5. ??????

5 Jobs I’ve had:
1. Youth Summer Rec. Leader
2. Student Advocate at an Elementary School
3. Ross Dress For Less
4. High School Teacher
5. Education Consultant

5 Things people probably don’t know about me:
1. I hate shaving my legs.. (BUT I do it)
2. I hate blow drying my hair
3. I do not like onions
4. I am not ticklish
5. I hate loose hair (I want to gag thinking about it)

I tag....anyone who wants to do it!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Big Helper

Yesterday morning I was cleaning out the fridge, with Carter's help. I turned my back to wash out some dishes I had taken out of the fridge. Here's what happened when I turned my back...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Time

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real all the way---even with the hassle. It fell over last year after it was decorated and it started falling over on me this year when I was home alone decorating it. I had to push the chair against it to hold it up--run to the garage and get a hook and string to anchor it to the wall!
3. When do you put up the tree? The Saturday after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? The day after Christmas, unless we have a New Year's Eve party at our house then I do it New Year's Day
5. Do you like egg nog? Love it!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? This is a tie: A. My first stereo--it had a record player on it! B. My dollhouse
7. Do you have a nativity scene? I have 3
8. Hardest person to buy for? My brother Keith--I have him for Christmas this year.
9. Easiest person to buy for? Carter---anything Mickey Mouse!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail---I love sending them but I really love getting them--send them out already people!
11. Favorite Christmas Movie? Charlie Brown Christmas
12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Mid-November
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes....we'll leave it at that. (we were living on a teacher's salary--give us a break!)
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Klippel family brunch Christmas Day--omlettes, fruit pizza, cinnamon rolls, and orange julius' YUM!
15. Clear lights or colored on the tree? White---so pretty
16. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
17. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? 2 presents on Christmas Eve--1 is our new jammies and 1 is the siblings and cousins gift exhange with my family
18. Favorite ornament theme or color? Red and Silver.

What are your favorites this time of year?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Forsberg Grandkids

There are 12 grandkids now, thanks to the two newest additions: Mason (Russ and Katie's) and Conner (Keith and Stephanie's). It's so fun to be so close (even though my family would argue that we are not close--we are 20 minutes away!) so Carter can play with all of his cousins. He sure loves the new babies!

Monday, December 3, 2007


We went to Colorado Springs this weekend to visit our friends the Martuscello's. We had so much fun we were sad to leave. We were however, excited to get back to warm Phoenix. It was so cold there! We took Carter to the aquarium there and he loved it. He also loved their dog Diesel. He loved playing with him. Next time we go it will have to be during the summer! It was too cold for us Phoenix wimps!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How could you be mad at a face like this?

Today, Carter was at my sister's house while I was at work and Sean was at school. He really loves going over there...but he may have just ruined it. He took a permanant black marker and drew all over my sister's tan couch! We're sooooo sorry...but it's hard to stay mad for too long at a kid with such a cute face, right?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We started the day out with a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in Peoria. I did the 5k with a friend in our ward and our husbands did the 1 mile with all the kids. It was a lot of fun. Sean said Carter was cheering for all the people running by saying "Let's Go!" It was a beautiful morning and a great way to start the day before we pig out on all the food!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sierra Vista 15k

I went to Sierra Vista this last weekend to run a 15k race with my sister-n-law Marlee. (9.3 miles) This was the first time I have ever run 9 consecutive miles! I was pretty proud of myself! This was a great start to my training for the Sedona half-marathon in February! We had a great time visiting down there. My mom, my nephew Cameron, Carter, and I went. We can't wait to go again after Spencer and Marlee have moved into their new house!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

San Diego Zoo

We went to San Diego over the weekend to go to the zoo. It was lots of fun. We even met up for breakfast with my friend Cassie from BYU. Carter loved all the animals--especially making "animal noises" at all of them.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy 5th Anniversary!!

It's hard to believe it has already been 5 years. As I look back over the past 5 years, there are so many memories. Here's my Fave 5:

1. The kitchen and Shower incident (this is a tie---they happened within 1 day of each other)--Sean standing half-naked in Amy's kitchen as a joke and Amy walking around the corner and seeing him! He still hasn't lived that one down. Sean slipped in the shower and had nothing to grab onto--he fell through the shower curtain onto the floor. I was dying laughing!!!

2. Waiting to find out if I was pregnant and not being able to decide if there were 2 lines or only 1 on the pregnancy test. After deciding there were definitely 2 lines, Sean turned to me and said, "Well congratulations I knocked you up, I guess I should hug you." (we planned the pregnancy but were both in a state of shock at how fast it happened!)

3. Chasing a fugitive--Sean ran out of the house one morning in his pajamas and no shoes chasing after someone he happened to see out the front window running from a cop car. Sean thought he could catch him. This went on for awhile, with Sean looking over our back wall trying to see the guy--he saw him once and took off running after him again-this time with his shoes on. Unfortunately, he didn't catch him. But Sean found the police officer and gave him all his ideas on what he would do to catch the kid.

4. Carter being born--we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl. When Carter was about ready to come out the doctor asked Sean if he would like to announce the sex of the baby. When Carter came out the doctor turned the baby right to Sean so he was the only one who could see him. Sean yelled, "it's a boy! right?" Everyone laughed and then the doctor confirmed that yes it was definitely a boy!

5. Sleep Walking---in the first few weeks we were married I woke up to a loud noise (thinking the ceiling fan was about to come crashing down on us). I realized Sean was standing on the bed with his arms going in and out of the fan. He was yelling "I'll get them-don't worry." I had no idea that Sean had a habit of sleep-walking. There have been very entertaining nights since then.

There are so many great memories I had a hard time just picking 5. I can't wait for all of the many memories to come!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Casa Grande Triathlon

Today I did a traithlon. I had my best time so far in a triathlon of 1:19:43 I was really excited to finish so well and got 9th in age group and 13th overall. Carter was cheering me on the whole way! Now onto training for the half-marathon in February!

Happy Halloween from the Incredibles

My Dad borrowed Sean's costume for his work party so I took Carter dressed up down to his office to see him.

Kaden, Carter, and Denali at our ward party.

Sean, Jess, and Carter

Monday, October 29, 2007

Carving Pumpkins

We carved pumpkins with the Kurzawski's last night. They turned out pretty good. Aaron took a great picture of all the pumpkins lit up so you can really see what they are. I will have to post it when I get a copy.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Down on the Farm

Last week I had to work in Tucson which is an hour from Sierra Vista where my brother Spencer and his wife Marlee live. So I took Carley (my niece) and Carter with me and we stayed with Spencer and Marlee. Carley and Carter had so much fun playing with Marlee all day while I was at work. They didn't want to leave. Carter's favorite part was definitely feeding the pigs at Marlee's parent's house.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tips to make life a little easier...

I came across some cooking/cleaning tips recently and thought there were some great ideas. I have already tried the vanilla in the ice chest idea and hope o try the other ones soon! Here they are:

1. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
2. To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
3. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispie treats in the pan. The marshmallows won't stick to your fingers!
4. To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop. Skillet will be MUCH easier to clean.
5. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces--no more stains.
6. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead-no white mess on the outside of the cake.
7. If you accidentally oversalt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato--it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."
8. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the fridge--it will keep for weeks.
9. Place a slice of apple or piece of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.
10. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
11. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (I've never tried this, so if you do, let us all know if it worked.)
12. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
13. Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march--see for yourself if it works.
14. When you get a splinter reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Put the scotch tape over the splinter and pull it off. Might be a life saver for a kid who's scared of those tweezers.
15. Now, look at what you can do with Alka-Seltzer:
* Clean a toilet--drop in two tablets, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
* Clean a vase--to remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water adn drop in 2 tables.
* Polish jewelry--Drop 2 tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for 2 minutes.
* Unclog a drain--clear the sink drain by dropping 3 tablets down the drain followe by a cup of White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
16. When storing large thermoses or your camping cooler, to keep it from smelling bad: First, wash it , of course. Then put one or two drops of vanilla flavoring in to the thermos or cooler and wipe around with a paper towel. When you're ready to use your cooler and thermos again, they won't have leftover camp food smells that seeped into the plastic.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Who loves Nursery?

I love nursery! But more importantly...Carter loves nursery! Yesterday was his first time going (by himself) and he loved it! I almost forgot what it was like to be able to sit through Sunday School AND Relief Society AND actually be able to listen!!!

Monday, October 8, 2007

What are the odds?

Officer: "Did I pull you over a couple of months ago?"
Me: "Yes"
Officer: "I thought you looked familiar."
Me: "Well, it was actually one week ago today about 5 minutes earlier and about 10 miles back."

What are the odds that the same cop would pull me over in the same spot twice?!?

Luckily I didn't get a ticket either time. Both times I was pulled over for driving too close to the car in front of me---but I don't buy it. There is no way I was too close either time!!! The cop told me that he looks for women driving rental cars (which I was in both times) because this is how people trafficing drugs are doing it these days. Weird.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Bounce U

We went to Family Night at Bounce U with our friends the Kurzawski's (we missed you Alicia!). Carter and Kaden had so much fun running and jumping around. But I don't know who had more fun....the kids or their dads!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2007


My Sister-n-Law Katie teaches gymnastics from her home (Katie's GymBugs) and has a class for kids 3 and under. Carter is in the class with 2 of his cousins, Mallory and Tyler. One of the perks of working from home is that I get to schedule my office days on Thursdays so I can take Carter to this class. He loves it!! Today Katie had them jump over a stuffed snake in the middle of the group circle and after Carter did it he ran right to Katie and gave her a big hug. It was pretty cute.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A day (or two) in the life of a Working Mother...

Yesterday: Woke up at 5:30AM for 4 mile run
Worked (answered emails, administrative tasks, etc...) until 7:30 when Carter woke up
Had breakfast with Carter and got him ready for the day
Worked again until 9:30 when Sean had to leave for school
Took Carter on a quick walk and Played with him until his nap at 10:40
Showered/packed/worked/did a load of dishes/took out the trash/did a load of laundry and got ready to leave on my business trip
Woke Carter up at 2 so we could pick up my rental car
Tried to mail letters with Carter for work at FedEx Kinkos--apparently they only ship packages
Dropped Carter off at my sister's house and then went to the post-office
Drove 5 hours to Gallup, New Mexico to my hotel---got pulled over on the way there
While on the road I made calls to clients and to doctor and dentist to reschedule appointments due to work/home schedule for the 4th time---I don't think they are very happy with me
Worked at the hotel until I went to bed at 11:00

Today: Woke up at 5:00AM for 10 mile bike ride
Had breakfast meeting with colleague at 7am --didn't have time to change so I was in my gross sweaty clothes with no make-up---embarassing!)
Got ready and left for 1 hour drive to the school
I stopped to get gas first and to grab a lunchable--I am going to the middle of nowhere and will have nowhere to eat
I drove in fog and on dirt muddy roads (only thought I was going to get stuck twice)
Arrived at the school only to find out the principal forgot I was coming and wasn't there
Met with the teachers briefly in their classrooms
Sat in the computer lab the rest of the day (snacking on my lunchable)and printed out reports for the teachers and made assignments for the student's based on their test results.
While printing out reports I answered emails from clients and defended my schedule to my boss--no I cannot fit in anymore visits to schools this month!
Met with the teachers again to show them what I had done all day
Left the school and drove again on the dirt roads--not so muddy anymore and not foggy
Called to check on Carter---no cell phone service all day
Drove for 3 hours until I got to the next hotel in Winslow, AZ to find out they don't have a gym---how can I do my running tomorrow?
Collected Visiting Teaching Numbers from the Supervisors to turn in my report(I am the VT Coordinator)
Currently taking a break before I start on my long list of work items to do tonight
I'll call to say goodnight to Carter, work some more, and do it all over again tomorrow.

I'm tired...maybe I'll take a quick nap...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sean's brother Brandon has started his own cooking classes. Here is a flier for those who are interested. It is a little small so click on the image and you should be able to read it a little bit better. I had to shrink it a bit to fit it on the blog. Sean and I are going to do it, so it should be a lot of fun! If you know anybody who would be interested you should send them this flier.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Editing Pictures

I am learning how to edit our pictures on our new computer. It is pretty fun!

Friday, September 21, 2007

1st Bike

Carter is lovin' his new bike. He looks so big in these pictures...I can't believe it!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I did it!

I did my 2nd triathlon yesterday. I didn't do as well I as I had hoped but I was pretty sick, so I am just glad I finished. I had no water on the bike ride---so that part was not fun. This was a reverse triathlon so you ran, and then biked, and then swam. The swimming part was pretty crazy---there were people everywhere so it was hard to pass. One guy in front of me kept walking but I was finally able to pass him. Hopefully, I don't get sick on my next one in November.