Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jill turns 13 - Whoa!!

Yes it's true!! We officially have a teenager in our house now. Jill turned 13 yesterday and what a party it was. It all began when Melanie and her kids (our neighbors/friends) came over to sing to Jill and give her a gift. The gift sent Jill into flip out mode; it was the Jonas Brother's new CD. Needless to say, the rest of the party was filled with the sounds of the Jonas Brothers. Yea!
Jill had invited a few friends over and they went on a "bigger or better" scavenger hunt. I was amazed at the stuff they got. They started out with a tiny goldfish, which they traded for a sucker, which they traded for a pack of gum, which they traded for a box of brownie mix, which they traded for a poster board (I know, how random), which they traded for a box of mac n' cheese, which they traded for a bag of chips, which they traded for an over sized zucchini, which they traded for another box of brownie mix, which they traded for a box of Capri suns, which they traded for a 2 liter bottle of Sprite, which they traded for two pieces of cake, which they traded for an empty bottle of exercise powder (whatever, it was bigger), which they traded for a television. Seriously, a television. They didn't actually physically trade anything, so they ended up with all the above mentioned stuff (I can't remember the exact order, but it was a lot of stuff). I couldn't believe it. I don't think I would've given a whole box of Capri suns to some strange girls that knocked on my door and asked me if I had anything bigger or better than a .... Oh well, they had fun!
Jill is amazing and beautiful! She has a fun personality and a great sense of humor. She is a good friend and a great daughter and I can't believe she is 13. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital as a newborn.
We love you Jill!!
Lizzy, Jill, Alyssa, Shaelee, Erika, Tamsyn
We definitely did not have a shortage of junk food.

What's a birthday party without Scotcheroos?! Delicious!!

Fun circle of friends

Jill has really great friends. She received a lot of nice gifts. Among them were several bottles of nail polish which sent the girls to nail polish heaven. The smell was lovely.

The party ended with some pizza and a spontaneous round of doorbell ditching. I guess that is still fun even when you're 13.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I've been tagged

Okay, so my sister Amy tagged me ages ago.
Sorry, I'm kind of slow!!
Here goes, I've never done this before:
3 Joys
My husband
My children
Planning for our cruise in March
3 Fears
Losing my husband
Losing one of my children
Not being able to go on the cruise in March
3 Goals
To be a good wife and mother
To finally get all my recipes typed and in a binder
To save enough money for our cruise through substitute teaching
3 Regrets
Not finishing college
Being too shy at times
Quiting the violin
3 Current Obsessions
Saving money for the cruise
Saving money for the cruise
5 Facts about me
I am afraid of the dark and bad guys
I love to stay up late and hate to get up early
I love to do dishes, laundry, and vacuum,
but I very much dislike and hate to dust
I love, love, love surprises
I can't wait for our cruise in March (as if you couldn't already tell)
So, there you have it. ME in a nutshell; whether you wanted me in a nutshell or not!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Going on dates with Zaron
Laughing with my four cute kids
Friday night slumber parties with Zaron and the kids
Watching re-runs of Brady Bunch, Emergency, Adam-12, Chips, and Greatest American Hero
Friday night homemade pizza
Watching a good football game
Cafe Rio salad
Diet Coke
Reading a good mystery
Magic Mountain
Roller Coasters
Going to Amusement Parks with family and friends
Scary movies
Romantic movies
Milky Way candy bars
Homemade waffles
Little House on the Prairie
Perry Mason
Quiet time to myself

Unexpected flowers from my husband for no reason

Watching Kevin play football and not get killed
My kid's fun personalities

Driving home from Costco with a weeks worth of food, and having stayed within the budget
Hallmark Channel mystery movies
The Amazing Race
The Mole
80's music
Watching the snow fall through a picture window while wrapped in a blanket, reading a book, and drinking hot chocolate
Playing the piano
Josh Groban
Barry Manilow
The Carpenters
Pride and Prejudice (the old one)
Anne of Green Gables and Avonlea
Michigan thunderstorms
Good friends
And the list could go on and on and on..................................

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

GO BLUE!!!!!

On Saturday, we went to the BYU football home opener game against Northern Iowa. We had a great time!! BYU killed Northern Iowa; poor little guys. I kind of felt bad for their 25 fans who had traveled so far. Actually, I didn't feel bad at all. I'm glad we won. Who wants to pay $100 to watch their team lose, I certainly didn't; I don't care how good the nachos and hot dogs are.

Who's that random guy in the background?

Did I say we all had a great time? Well, most of us did. Megan was only happy if she was eating or drinking something. I have to say in her defense, it was a tad bit hot during the game; about 100 degrees to be exact.
Jill loved to "rise and shout" after each of our touchdowns!

Way to go Cougs!!!