Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Curious George, no Cailou, no Hamster. Actually his name is Jack! We made a deal with Carter that once he was fully potty trained he could pick out a hamster. Yesterday was the day. He was so excited to pick him out and the cage. Hopefully, his full potty training lasts as long as his excitement! (and longer even)
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Home Cookin'

Tonight I cooked dinner, like really cooked a meal, for the first time in 6 months. I tried a new recipe in the crock pot. The grub was good and so was the company. (Sean is working in Phoenix this week so we get to see him each night!)

Machaca Burritos

1 chuck roast
1 can diced green chilies
3 Tbsp garlic (I didn't have any so I left it out)
1 1/2 tsp onion powder  (I only had onion flakes so I used those instead)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbs water

Put the roast and the green chilies in the crock pot on high for 3 hours. Combine the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 7-9 hours. Serve with tortillas, cheese, sour cream, and homemade salsa that you canned a few weeks ago (Delish!), and whatever else you want. 

Monday, June 22, 2009

The fun details

Here are some more pictures from my trip to see Emily. She already posted about my trip on her blog, and I've gotta say, I feel the same way! We both said at the end of the week that we had been a little nervous at the beginning of the week that we might run out of things to talk about. But we never did. It really was like old times living in the dorms or our crappy apartments! I miss that girl already! The best part was that our kids played SO WELL together! I loved it! On our last day, Carter asked if Noah and Isaac could come home with us. 

1. Emily and her kids, the Becars with Cannon (such a cute kid!), and Carter and I
2. Carter, Isaac, Em, and Noah walking to the Gateway Museum
3. Carter loving the train park
4. Isaac, Noah, and Carter playing on Isaac's bed that Carter asked if we could bring home. 
5. Our visit with Grandma Grace who just moved to South Jordan. Much closer than Seattle!
6. The boys knocked out after a hard day of playing in Draper
7. Carter filling up the truck at the museum
8. Carter loved the water feature at the museum
9. The girls! Em, me, and Ellen reunited again!!!
10. Isaac and Carter playing board games

Thanks for the fun trip Emily and letting us take over your house!! You definitely have to come to Phoenix next! 
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

"Daddy said I could get a hamster!" 

what my child was crying this morning as I was explaining that we couldn't get a hamster today. Thanks, Daddy...we sure do LOVE you. YOU are the best! 

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sense of...

Excitement!! We went to Utah this last week to visit my best friend from BYU, Emily. It had been almost 5 years since we had seen each other! Carter was so excited to ride the airplane and be "up in the sky like Daddy." His sense of wonder throughout the flight was very cute. I brought all kinds of "secret weapons" for the flight and didn't even need them because this is what he did most of the time (see below). 
Lots more fun details to follow...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Kid!

A few months ago I was teaching my niece Carley how to sew a quilt for personal progress in Young Womens. While doing this, my nephew Cameron (aka Kid), asked me to make him a quilt for his birthday. He wanted to redo his room in ASU colors so this is how I did the quilt. In order to repaint his room we had to first organize it. While organizing his room we found lots of ticket stubs from different sporting events. I borrowed them from him and framed some of them for his "new" room. I gave the quilt and the frame to him on Sunday and he loved them. They look great in his room. We are almost finished decorating it--pictures to come soon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stuck (4)

*for a refresher on where we last left off read here.

So I was pretty mad that Sean was apparently back on with this other girl. I went to FHE the following week and was a few minutes late. We were playing softball. I walked up to the field and walked right past Sean (remember, play on playa, right). As I walk past him, he calls out to me and says, "you're late."
me: had to make my grand appearance i guess
him: you're so stuck up
me: and you're so stuck on yourself so i guess we're even (good one, i know)

i walk away. i play 3rd base one inning and catch a line drive that was hit super hard. i'll be honest, people were impressed. especially, sean. i hope. he didn't talk to me the rest of the game. i was still mad at him. i left thinking, he really is stuck up. why wouldn't he talk to a superstar like me, right?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The results

Here are the new curtains for my office. I LOVE them. What do you think?This clock was on the wall and I can't paint it since our name is burned in it on the top so I moved it to the other side of the room with my typewriter. It's a little blurry, but I love how it looks together. 
I decided not to reupholster the chair that was in the room and moved it out instead. I have been wanting to make the office an office/playroom so I painted the toy shelf my sister Wendy gave me after organizing/painting her daughter's room last week. Now I am wondering if I should replace the non-red buckets with red buckets to better match the curtains? Or does it not matter? Carter told me last night that he loves his new playroom. His toys were stuffed in 3 baskets in his closet prior to this and it was a hassle to get them out/put them away. Now he can see them and put them away much easier. 
Since Sean graduated I have been looking for frames to hang our diplomas in. I found these at Wal-mart and am loving how they look! 
Now onto the next project...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Potty training experiences...

We went to the store yesterday to pick out his own potty. Today he's: had 1 accident, went on his own and was then cleaning it out with his toothbrush (so helpful!), brought the bowl out to me to show me he went potty. I was excited! Hopefully, the people who were standing in my family room with me looking at my house were just as excited and didn't mind while I excused myself to give Carter a sticker for his chart and his treat. And last but not least, I just asked him to go potty and when he walked in the bathroom, he shut the door and asked me not to come in. Oh great. But he came out showing me that he went to the bathroom. That's good news.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Dad's song

My Dad was recently released from being the Stake President and a reception was held for him this last week. Interestingly enough, my brother Keith replaced my Dad as the new Stake President. So to surprise my Dad, my brother asked a member of the stake to write a song about my dad.

(thanks for posting it Katie!)