Shae’s Preschool Graduation

October 17th, 2016 in About Me

Beautiful Shae had a preschool graduation! She had teachers that really loved her and helped her grow so much socially. I will forever remember them and be thankful to them.


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Reagan went to the same preschool but they were in different classes but did see each other for lunch.


Shae’s favorite parts of preschool were:

**Her teacher Ms Sherene, who has the kindest heart.

**Playing with all the boys in her class.

**Talking about her future job, being a chef at Shae’s Bakery.


**Taking home the “class pet” Freddie the Frog and taking him on her adventures. You were supposed to take pictures of him everywhere you went and she got so into it. I would let her pick where we went during the weekend and she would direct me in what pictures she wanted.


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Utah Dance Artist’s ‘UDA Creative Arts Preschool‘ is such a wonderful place. They are in Draper but right off the freeway and right off Bangeter, so people from all over the valley go.

Odds & Ends

October 17th, 2016 in About Me

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We think Honey is going to pass away any day, but they she keeps hanging on. Which is fine, I want her to last through the holidays. Then she can leave us and go play with Rocco.



I have such wonderful kids. I would freeze them all at their ages right now if I could. No huge problems, no diapers, no naps, I can stay like this.


I found this gem on my camera while cleaning it out. I think Abby took it and it just cracks me up.

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I love when my brothers stop by, it doesn’t happen often, and I have to invite them. But I love having them around.



For Father’s Day we got Tyler a very nice kayak. I did a lot of reading on which one would work for him the best. He really needs time each day where he is not on his phone and can just BE STILL. He was able to use it for about 3 weeks. Then at the gym he ripped his chest bad (ER trip was a fun one) and couldn’t use it for the rest of the season. Also during that 3 week time, he accidentally hooked it on the garage door and ripped the garage door apart. Kayak is still in tip top shape though.


I got a new van! Which is wonderful because my old van was permanently stuck in skid mode. Hard to explain, even harder to drive. I had to do lots of little tricks to get to and from places. A friend of ours owns car dealerships in Washington. He drove had someone drive one to me, I signed papers at my kitchen table. I had to sign them at 5:30am to fit into my schedule and they actually did that for me. It was above and beyond.

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We went on a couple hikes with my parents. They are such wonderful and attentive grandparents. They really love my girls and spend so much time really talking to them and caring about them. Makes me excited to be a grandma one day.

5k Goal

October 17th, 2016 in About Me

Abby & Cameron worked hard for 9 weeks training for a 5k. They followed this app that worked them up to a 5k. It tells them how to warm up, when to run, when to walk, how to cool down. You can change the “person” training you on the app. A zombie voice, Dracula, a female trainer, or male trainer, and a few more. I would just sent them out together three times a week for 30 minutes and they worked hard!



I talked my dad into running it with them. The girls did it, it was hard, they were VERY glad this goal of theirs was over. I was really proud of them to finish something that was hard for them.

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Here is a video of them towards the end and then at then at the end of the race:

Spring Piano Recital

October 15th, 2016 in About Me

I missed the girls main spring recital while I was at youth conference. My mom was sweet enough to take them to all their busy places on Saturday including their recital.

But they had another type of recital this spring. It was at the mall and had tons of pianos going at the same time. Their teacher asked them to dress as fancy as they could so they chose their fanciest outfits. My beautiful niece had the same recital with her studio right before ours. So I got to watch her do her thing. While at the mall I took the girls to Bath & Body Works for the first time ever. I have never had so many sprays and lotions put on me at once. Who knew they would love that store so much. I think Santa could just go shopping at that store for gifts and everyone would be happy.

Abby like working with her piano partner. Cameron….haha can you see her face? It was A BOY! But honestly it wasn’t a very friendly family. I kept on trying to say hello to them and get the kids to introduce themselves to each other. They were not having it! Who knows, maybe that boy can’t stand girls either, haha!

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They have a very fun piano teacher with an amazing studio. I am glad we jumped on the piano train a couple years back. It took a lot of talking Tyler into it but we did it!
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During the performance Reagan threw a fit and right after I said DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH THAT PHONE. She grabbed it, and threw it as hard as she could on the tile ground. And I just about left her in the mall alone to be raised by the mall staff. That girl sometimes still is so freaking hard.


Things I Loved This Late Spring

October 15th, 2016 in About Me

Two days after Shae’s birthday is my birthday. My birthday weekend was our ward’s Youth Conference. We went up to Aspen Grove in Provo. It really is a beautiful place and I was with my favorite girls so it was a nice time.



People dropped by with beautiful gifts on my birthday. It was very kind, I live in a wonderful neighborhood. My family ACTUALLY SAVED ME PART OF MY BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST. That in itself is a miracle.



Cameron is a MASTER gift gifter and gave me a craft pack for my gift. She had everything in a bag for a craft to make, her and I.


Tyler and I went on some fun dates. One date was a walk around the lake and watching a movie outside by the lake. I wish Tyler had time to cook all our meals. When we lived in Costa Rica he did. Wouldn’t you love a handcrafted sandwich like this for date night?

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The YW and I worked on a #iwasastranger project. I had all of them earn their own money to buy things for a ‘First Day of School Kit’ for the project. In the canvas bag was an outfit, a notebook, and an extra thing (they picked from a hairbrush, lotion, something like that). Then we painted the outside of the bags and put them all together. I was so proud of all of them, I just think all these girls are so incredible.



Mothers Day is getting better and better each year. Because my girls can do thoughtful things on their own. Check out my stash of gifts from them:


Then they did the most beautiful thing that I think anyone has ever done for me. The girls know that I lost my baby blanket at the farmer’s market 4 years ago. I had baby Shae wrapped in it and it fell off. I went back for a few weeks in a row asking people if they had seen it. The girls had asked Tyler to take them to a store so they could buy me a new blanket and teddy bear. Then they led me on a treasure hunt all around the house and gave it to me. They were so proud of their idea and what they had done. It was the most beautiful thing, I will remember it forever.

Shae & Reagan also did a little program at their school for all of the mothers.


The older girls and I had a fun morning this spring. We went to a new cafe and ordered coffee cake that was out of this world. Then we went to the Compassion Project which is a visiting pop up human rights exhibit. It is a couple trailors set up and you can walk through them and see how kids live in different parts of the country. You listen in the headphones to what their life is like and it is done very well. At the end you can help out by sponsoring a child in one of those countries.

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My sister came to visit from California. All I remember doing now is letting the kids run around naked in a river and at a park. Her boys crack me up because they ask all the time, “Mom, can I take off my shirt?” Which is NOT  a question I get at my house, so it makes me laugh every time I hear it. Shae & Reagan ran around with them in THEIR way, shirtless!


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We had fun doing after rain walks, feeding ducks, and looking at all the different signs of spring this year.

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I have a wonderful friend that lives further down my street. The girls love to go visit her and this spring she taught them all about the slugs in her front yard. How to race them and kiss them correctly.

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Our family had a day trip to Park City and we ate at an Italian restaurant. The girls and I did some outlet shopping with Tyler had an appointment.


Abby & Cameron worked hard on training for their 5k. They ran 3 days a week to an app. The app would cheer them on, tell them how far they had to go, when to walk, and when to run. It was a goal they worked on for 12 weeks. In the spring they were in the middle of their training.


Our family still really is having a hard time with Rocco being gone. Shae keeps like seashell by her at all time, it is her Rocco seashell. She says when she holds it up to her ear she can hear him breathing.


Abby was in another ballroom competition with her friend George, video here.

Lastly, I helped their dance studio get ready for their fairy festival. I did their dance team bulletin board. Although I think I have been let go this year, sob. I loved doing it!


Shae’s Farm Birthday Party

October 15th, 2016 in Parties

Shae asked to have a bunny birthday party. When I was looking around to see if there was a company that could bring bunnies to pet for a party, I found a traveling farm. A traveling farm! Well that needed to happen. Shae at school was friends with all of the boys in her class. They were all so sweet to her, let her play with them, and were so kind to her. The girls in her class had a lot of drama that year. Shae really keeps her distance from anything that has even a little bit of stress of conflict. So she asked if she could invite her school friends AND her neighborhood friends. I said yes but did not realize how huge of a party that would be. I pulled it off but I don’t know if I can ever do that again.



Shae and I have birthdays two days apart. Something I loved about where my birthday fell in the year is that sometimes I got to have Easter parties as birthday parties. So I asked her if she would like to have an Easter egg hunt at her birthday party. She loved the idea and I went to town finding the best stuffed Easter eggs I could online for the party.

Most of the party was going to be in the backyard so I just put up some simple directions inside for the theme.




Her cake was perfect for her party, and HUGE, and heavy! She picked a chocolate chip cookie flavor.




The farm that came had a donkey, bunnies, chinchillas, tortoise, bunnies, pig, chicks, and a goat.
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The kids got bunny ears and to go on an Easter egg hunt for party favors. The Easter egg hunt was a hit and the kids sat on quilts while going through their eggs.





This is the first birthday party in a long time where people brought presents. Holy moly, that was a lot of presents!


Here is a little video from the party and a group picture. It was fun to see all of the boys that Shae loves and that were so kind to her during her school year.


Shae’s 5th Birthday

October 15th, 2016 in About Me

My angel baby exited toddlerhood, her as a baby is long gone, she turned 5. She just can’t ever turn 6, I would like her to stay at 5.

On her special day she woke up to her requested breakfast; chocolate milk and heart pancakes.

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She got a few cute gifts and loved/hated being in the spotlight. She loves the extra love, she doesn’t love everyone staring at her. It makes her a bit uncomfortable.


A couple weeks before her birthday we gave her an early birthday present. She acted the same way (video here), she loved the present but hated the attention! We got her two bunnies but sadly the did not last. I shall tell you the little story:

Meet Spotty–then Freckles. Now meet Thumper–then Pumpkin. Shae’s sisters talked her into changing the names. We loved these little bunnies. The bunnies were SWEETIES and easy to take care of. One day I sent Shae & Reagan to go give Freckles some carrots. They came running back in and said Freckles was sound asleep and wouldn’t wake up for the carrots. I ran in there and saw that Freckles was dead—and also covered in baby carrots. It was the day before Shae’s birthday and I told Tyler to hurry and find a bunny that looked just like that to replace it with so she would never know. He found one that was white and I thought up a good white lie. I would tell the girls that since they fed Freckles SO MANY carrots that his spots went away. It worked. Although this new bunny was all white, has red eyes, and doesn’t like to be touched. A week later Pumpkin died. It was so odd they were acting totally fine and happy and the next day–dead. It turns out that the lady who sold everyone this liter put online that ALL OF THEM HAD DIED. She thinks it was some gene mutation. So I told the girls that Thumper had ran away to go live in a field. Now we have one HUGE, white, red eyed bunny that doesn’t like to be touched. We take good care of it but–it isn’t the same.



Back to Shae’s birthday–for her birthday she chose to go get her hair done. There is a place down the road that just does washes and styles. Shae picked to have her hair braided for her party later in the day.

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She had her huge farm party (next post) and then for our late night mini trip she chose to go to the little library a few blocks over. My friend runs this little library and she loves it.


Shae got some birthday money and spent it on Shopkins. She felt so big going to a store, picking something out, and buying it with her own money.



Shae is my angel and she had a wonderful 5th birthday.

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Moab-Odds & Ends

October 10th, 2016 in Our Travels Worldwide

Sadly, I don’t think we ate anything really good in Moab. They need to up their foodie game! I did cook a lot at the home. We rented a really great home in Moab that had a community pool. Boy do my girls LOVE to swim, they could go on a vacation where all we did was swim.


The girls loved where we stayed because there were big bunk beds in one room where they all fit. That is what they talk about most from the trip–getting to sleep in those bunk beds.


The weather was perfect. The girls were dolls. Moab was such a great family trip. It was the first family trip we did since Mexico. Which was not a fantastic trip. I’m glad we can start traveling again together!


Moab–The Arches

October 10th, 2016 in Our Travels Worldwide

Wow, being in the Arches had me feeling like I had traveled to some far away country. Everyone really must see the Arches at some point in their life.

Boy oh boy was the weather perfect. Light jacket in the shady places, no jacket in the sunny places. I had Reagan on my back during the hiking–probably the last time I can pull that off. It was not hot and we did a lot of short hikes that the girls could do with ease.



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Little video of the girls enjoying the Arches here:

Moab–Native American Day

October 10th, 2016 in Our Travels Worldwide

Abby & Cameron have both taken a Native American camp at the Natural History Museum of Utah. They always love to hear Native American folklore, learn what games they have played through the centuries, watch clips of their ritual dancing.

So I knew in my plans in visiting Moab that we needed to see some Native American hieroglyphics while we were there. I knew before we went that it was the “Birthing Scene” but I wanted to see if they could guess it. And they did! They are very fascinated with how their bodies hold eggs and that one day they can create another human inside themselves. So the birthing scene was a nice choice for them.

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I have such interesting & smart girls.

ALTHOUGH, I do remember at the end of this I did a picnic dinner for everything. And everyone complained about every little thing that I just sat in the car and ignored them all. Haha, sometimes those interesting & smart girls can be such stinkers.

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