Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Family Picture

Here is a picture of our family on Christmas Sunday. I sang with the choir, and we actually sounded pretty good!! The kids also sang a couple songs. It was a nice day. Everyone looked so nice. You can kinda see my pregnant belly in this picture.

Thanks Auntie M for taking our picture!

Monday, December 22, 2008

It's a......

BOY!!! We are so excited!! We brought all the kids with us. We also snagged Silly Grandma (my mother-in-law) to come with us last minute. It was fun to have everyone there. Pebbles was so concerned that the tech was hurting me or something. Anyways, it's definitely a boy!! YAY! Good job to all of you the guessed boy! Now I have to pull out all the blue stuff that I haven't used in ages and see what it looks like!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Boy or girl??

Thanks for all of your votes! It was so close the whole time! Boy won 11-9. I am hoping for a boy (haven't had one for a while, less drama, and it would be nice to be different than my sister...we've been prego two other times together and both ended up with girls! She's having another girl!). But, it will probably be a girl and that is fine too. Anywho, stayed tuned to see if we find out. Would make a nice Christmas present, huh?? That's the big secret...

Breakfast with Santa and Nativity

Last year some of you may remember the picture of the kids with Santa and my little one Pebbles screaming her head off and freaking out. If not...or to see it again, click here. Well, this one's not too shabby! I'm standing right next to her and all she kept whispering was, "Mommy!" It was cute!!!

We also had another event happen recently. My parents have a family night every year and we have the kids put on the Nativity. I did this when I was a kid and the tradition still lives on! We rotate who gets to be who. This year, E-man was Joseph, Bug was Mary, TJ was a shepherd and Pebbles was an angel. I didn't get a good picture with all the kids (so maybe any of my family reading this that got one could email me a copy! :-) ) Anyways, the kids did a great job. My nephew was a wise man and my other two nieces were also angels. It was a very nice night! I love family get-togethers!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Songs

I just love listening to Christmas music! I especially love to play it on the piano and to sing with the choir. I am so excited that our ward is doing a song that I did in High School, "One Child". I absolutely love that song!

I want to know what your favorite Christmas song is. My favorite this year is "O Holy Night" by Josh Groban. I love the way he sings it. So beautiful!! So, what are some of your favorites? I would love to hear! And, just maybe the next time you visit my blog you will hear it playing!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby Poll

So, I am 16 weeks and I could technically find out what I am having this month. So...should I? The first 3 babies were a surprise and the last one we found out with. Send your thoughts and opinions my way! Oh, and let me know whether you think I am having a boy or girl. I'm tied at 2 and 2, so this one is the tie breaker. Who will win?!?! We are so excited!

Friday, November 28, 2008


We had a very nice Thanksgiving. We went to my parents house yesterday for the "feast" - that's what the kids like to call it. Everything tasted so yummy! I love being pregnant at Thanksgiving because no one can question me about how much I am eating! HAHAHA!! The baby needs it, right? We stayed and played games. Afterward, we stopped by to see Ryan's mom. It was already late, but we stayed until midnight! YIKES!! It was fun chatting with her.

Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I want to list a few things that I am thankful for. For starters, I am so thankful for my family. My husband is my best friend and I couldn't ask for a better companion. He takes such good care of me and the kids. He is very hard-working. I am glad that I get to spend the eternities with such a wonderful man! I love my children. They make life crazy...I mean, fun! They are each special in their own way. I am especially thankful for this little one growing inside me. I think I finally felt the baby move yesterday! What a blessing it is to be a mother and to be able to carry a life inside of you! I can't wait until the baby starts kicking. I love my parents, my siblings, and allllll my in-laws. They are all so important to me and my life wouldn't be complete with each and every one of them. I am thankful for friends. I have been blessed with many friends over the years. I am thankful for the ones that I have kept in touch with over the years and also for the new friendships that I have made. It's so nice to have friends around.

So, I guess it's on to Christmas. We started decorating today. Makes it nice that we have 2-3 days to decorate. The kids were a little bonkers...probably too excited about all the decorations. I am looking forward to Christmas. I haven't really been thinking too much about it. But, I am looking forward to it, nonetheless. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy the Christmas season with your family and loved ones!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I saw it again!

Ok...I know, I'm a nut! I saw Twilight again last night! But...here's why: When I originally went, we sat 4 rows from the front...a little toooooo close. So, I went with my SIL "M" to the theater and it was "family day" and all movies were $3!! Can you believe that? So, I got a good seat, paid a cheap price and enjoyed the content of the movie better without all the screaming!! LOL!! Although I was waiting for all the screams to start when Edward (sigh!!) came on the screen. But, nope! It was kind of nice. I did enjoy the whole experience of the midnight showing, but I truly enjoyed it more last night. Thanks M for going with me!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Wow!! What a fun night!! All the girlies came over to my house and we listened to the soundtrack and ate munchies. My sister posted up pictures around the house and made a Twilight banner. It was fun!! Then we all tattooed ourselves (mom included!! pictures to come...) and we were out the door. We got to the theater around 8:30 and we were already pretty far back in the line. What the heck! Plus, the security guards wouldn't let us sit on the ground...LAME!! We got into the theater a little before 10 and the only place that didn't have seats saved was the very front section. That's right, folks, we sat 4 rows from the front. Edward was HUGE!!! hahah!! I really enjoyed the movie. Obviously you can't fit a 500+ book into a 2 hour movie. But, I did like what they did. Oh, and did I mention how HOT all the Cullen boys are?!? Oh my goodness!!! So hot!! I could have me a little Emmett! Jacob wasn't too shabby either. It will be interesting to see him in the next movie since he will be the star.

Anyways...LOVED IT!! I would like to go see it again, when I'm not so close! I enjoyed the night together with the girls. Yes, we did go out to breakfast after so that we could all chat. We weren't really too hungry, but it was still fun. Thanks girlies for a fun night!!

For those that haven't commented yet...what did you think? I hope you had a great time!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's here!!!

Tonight is the night!! I am super excited! My 2 sisters, mom and 2 sister-in-laws and I are going together! We are having a little party at my house before we go to the BELLA terra to see the midnight showing! I really enjoyed the first book. I'm still working on the 3rd (I know...everyone else is mad at me too!!), so I need to get reading! I am going to be super tired because we are going out to breakfast afterwards. My sister (who is also pregnant) and I decided that we are going to nap in the theater before the movie starts!! Ya right...like that could really happen!! Anyways, I will post about the movie tomorrow! This is such a huge hit! And, according to my poll, a lot of you are seeing the movie tonight as well. Maybe I will see you there!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

We Elfed ourselves!!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Crazy 8 Tag

8 TV Shows I Love To Watch
1. American Idol
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. So You Think You Can Dance?
4. Heroes
5. Lipstick Jungle
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. Friends
8. How I Met Your Mother

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. Chili's
2. Ruby's
3. Olive Garden
4. Islands
5. Red Robin
6. Boston Market
7. Rubio's
8. El Pollo Loco

8 Things That Happened Yesterday
1. Had family dinner with the Bremer side...YUM!
2. Played the piano at church
3. Saw an old friend
4. Made a Pumpkin Cake dessert...another YUM!
5. Went to bed early
6. The Cowboys won
7. Went to choir practice
8. Talked to my mom on the phone

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To
1. My new little baby
2. Twilight on Thursday!
3. My ultrasound...hmmm...should I find out what I'm having?!?!
4. Working on my Christmas gifts and cards
5. Scrapbooking...I think I've forgotten how to do it...it's been so long!
6. Listening to Christmas music
7. My husband's raise in January and bonus in December
8. The day when my kids will behave themselves...ya, I know...YA RIGHT!!!

8 Things On My Wish List
1. A new wallet
2. A new diaper bag/purse
3. A vacation
4. A better camera
5. Bigger bedrooms for the kids...this new baby is sleeping in the bathroom!!
6. To be caught up on my scrapbooking
7. A new sewing machine or serger
8. To be thin again!

8 People I Tag
1. Marianne
2. Natalie
3. Mandy
4. Jenny
5. Jamie
6. Christina
7. Cori
8. Amy

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Ok...I have two votes for "What's Twilight?" Seriously or are you just pulling my leg? If you seriously have not heard of the books and the upcoming movie, click here. It will not disappoint. I have plenty of people to refer you to if you have any doubts!!

Oops...I guess I should have put an option on my poll for those that are not going to see the movie. Sorry Carina!! :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Spooky Dinner

I know...I know...I'm really late at posting this. We had major computer problems but now we are all good.

Anyways, we had our 4th annual spooky dinner right before Halloween. We invited my brother and his wife and my cute little nephew. We had bloody worms and eyeballs (spaghetti & meatballs), mummy fingers (breadsticks) and slime (lemonade) for our meal. We froze spiders in our ice cubes (my brother was NOT a fan of that). We had a lot of fun. We read a couple stories afterward and I made a Ghosts in the Graveyard dessert. It was a really fun night.

The first 2 years we did it with just our family. Last year we had Ryan's sister and her family. It's been so much fun and we have enjoyed carrying on the tradition! Thanks family for a really fun night!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mother/Daughter Date

Today I took my little girl to see High School Musical 3. I have to admit...I loved the movie! Super cute! Loved the songs...everything!! She liked it to. I love all the movies! I miss doing that in high school (pop concerts...singing and dancing). I know...I'm a sap...I totally cried in the movie!! haha!! Can't wait to own this one on DVD!! We had a great date together!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Party

We had our ward party the other night. The kids looked so cute in their costumes! Even Ryan and I dressed up! (I made those costumes!) The kids got so much candy...and it's not even Halloween yet! We did trunk-or-treating (which is car to car) and I got 4x the amount of candy. E-man went around 4 times! Good grief!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mindless ramblings...

Well, to top off my last post, I now have a cold!! Good grief!

On a brighter note...THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING...THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!!! I am so excited! I love all the holidays...especially because I get to decorate my house. Right now there are tons of cobwebs everywhere and a skeleton hanging from the ceiling, just to name a few. The kids are excited about their costumes. We will have an Ariel, a Snow White and 2 pirate skeletons. We have our ward party on Saturday night. The kids are off school on the 30th and 31st (I know...LAME!). Plus they aren't allowed to wear their costumes to school. Fine times are ahead!

So, what's your favorite fall/winter holiday? Take my poll and let me know (or for you google readers, leave a comment!).

Let the holidays begin!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Woe is me!

Yesterday I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I have never done one of these posts before...so, here goes!! I have been doing fairly well with this pregnancy. Only thrown up a couple times, but that last little while I have been feeling pretty good. Tired always, but good nontheless. So, yesterday, I ate my soda crackers and drank my water before I got out of bed and then ate my breakfast (my regular for the past few months...bagel and hot chocolate). Well, that didn't want to stay down at all!!! Totally wiped me out! I rested while the kids were at school and then headed to the park with my friends. Felt okay...brought some water and soda crackers and bread. I had NOTHING in my body. When we got home from the park, I felt a headache coming on. So, I laid down and it turned into a migraine. AUGH!! Then...I threw up again! What a day!! Throwing up...twice AND a migraine (which I can't take anything for...and Tylenol doesn't count!!). I was down for the rest of the night. My poor hubby had to take care of homework, dinner, showers, etc. Plus he kept getting called from him mom to go over and help her. He's being pulled in too many directions...he is going to snap soon, I know it!!

Anywho, I just wanted to document my awful day. I'm only 10 weeks!! I hope this yuckiness stops soon!! The things we go through to bring these precious children into this world!!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Here is the newest trailer for "Twilight"! Can't wait to do the midnight showing with my sisters!! (Thanks Jenny for sending me the link!!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Random Picture Tag

Post the 4th picture in the 4th folder in your picture file and tell us what it is!

So, not the greatest picture, but here you go. This is a picture of me when I was in the play "Beauty and the Beast" in April 2007. It was the best time of my life!! I had so much fun! I am a villager in this picture. I was "lady with babies"...how appropriate. So, that is what I am holding, wrapped up in blankets. I loved every minute. Later on in the play I was the Salt Shaker. I got to do a death drop with the pepper. It was so awesome!!! Ok...I'll stop typing about it now! Obviously you can tell it was a wonderful experience for me!! LOVED IT!!


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


This is for all of my Mormon readers!! Super funny!!!

"Love Me, But Don't Show Me" Music Video from Lennexe Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

School Pictures

The kids had school pictures taken this past week. Now that I have three in school, everything is triple the amount. The cheapest package was $14. That included a class picture, 1 3x5 and 4 wallets. Ya...my family is WAY bigger than that. So, if you wanted to add anything to that package or choose another package, the price just sky-rocketed! I couldn't believe it!! So, while the guys were gone Saturday night at Conference, the girls came and hung out here. Thanks to my 2 sisters (Wendie for hair and outfits; Jamie for background and lighting...and both for posing), we captured some great pictures! Now I don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get the pictures for everyone in the family! I bought pictures of different sizes for all 3 kids and it cost less than the cheapest package!! So crazy!! I posted the best pictures of the three kids. I must say that they turned out FABULOUS!! Don't 'cha think???

P.S. - I took the pictures myself!! :-)

Friday, October 3, 2008

The much anticipated details...

Ok...I went to the doctor today. I am 7 1/2 weeks along and my due date is May 18th (which is the day after Ryan's dad passed away). We are excited. The doctor wants me to get an ultrasound though just to confirm my dates since my last cycle was a little weird. So, when that gets done, if anything changes, I will be sure to post.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My silly little girl

Everyone always says that they have to write down some of the things that their kids say. Well, I have 2 to blog about right now. My little one is 2. She was in the shower with me the other day and I was throwing up (yuck...I know!) and she just kept saying, "Bless you!" So cute!! I wish that's all it was!! Then, tonight at dinner we had baked potatoes. I scooped the potato out of the skin, grated some cheese on top and put some chili on the side and gave it to her. She pulled a piece of chili out and showed it to me and said, "Pooh-poohs!" Too funny!!!

By the way, I go to the doctor tomorrow, so I will post about that then. I will have an actual due date and how far along I am...for all of you who are dying for the details!! Thanks for caring!

Friday, September 26, 2008


So, you would all kill me if I said "just kidding" about the last post, huh!?! hahah!! Ok...no, it's true! Baby #5 is on the way...and we couldn't be happier!! Crazy...but happy!! :-) Thank you for all of the comments!! 27!!! Good grief!

So, I have a wonderful story that goes along with us deciding to get pregnant. Some of you said that you thought I was done. Well...that means that you never talked to me about it because I have always been on the fence. I never felt like I was completely done. Ryan on the other hand wasn't open to discussing it. So, here's the story. Ryan's dad passed away in May. About a month or so after he passed away, Ryan had a dream about him. He was holding the hand of a little child. Ryan didn't tell me about the dream...I think he was a little scared about what it meant. Then about a week or so later I started having baby dreams. Ryan and I talked about it and he told me about his dream as well. We decided that we should pray about it. Sure enough we felt so strongly that we were to start trying. I have had 1 cycle since stopping the pill (too much info??? sorry!). Here's the very interesting part. My due date is the day that Ryan's dad passed away. Can you believe that? I guess when it's meant to be, it's meant to be, huh?

Well, that's my story....and I'm sticking to it!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


I have a little secret! Know what it is?? Check out the caution sign to the left of this post!

(Sorry...I'm no good at keeping secrets!)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Shout out

I just need to give a big shout out to my wonderful sister-in-law Tiffany. She is the Queen of Organizing. She came over this week and helped me organize the kids' rooms. They are just so overwhelming. She loves to do this and is super great at it. She brought over her label maker and we labeled containers, organized their closets and got rid of TONS of junk. It was so nice!! She is so awesome!

Anyone in need of an organizer?? I have a referral for you!! She's trying to start up her own business!!

Thanks Tiff!!! You're the best. So...what room can we do next?!?!?!!?! :-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

What a guy!

My husband celebrated his 10-year anniversary with his company earlier this year. A couple months ago they honored him with a certificate and a gift card to Tiffany's!! A $350 gift card, I might add!! So, what does he do? He found this beautiful necklace for me...with the help of my sisters (thanks Jamie & Tiff!). What a sweetheart, huh? It's absolutely beautiful!! I will have to post a picture later of me wearing it. I love it!! Thanks honey...I love you to pieces!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Piano lessons

This is a little plug for me. I am a piano teacher. If you are interested in having your child take lessons, please leave me a comment and I will get more information to you.

I have been teaching for about 6 or so years and have been playing the piano since I was 12. I truly enjoy teaching children. I love to see the look in their eyes when they get it or play a song that they know. Anyways, I am recruiting students, so if you are interested...you know what to do!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Grandparents Day

My parents always forget about Grandparents Day, but we always seem to remind them! It was this past Sunday. We sang a cute little song for them that I found on the internet. The song is sung to "Take me out to the Ballgame". It goes like this:

Let's go see our Grandparents
Take us there for a while.
Mommy & Daddy both need a break.
We'll play games and we'll stay up real late!

Oh, we'd like to thank our Grandparents
For all the things that they do.
So it's time to say.............."You're the Best!
And that WE....LOVE....YOU"!!!!

Cute huh? I took picture of the kids with my parents and with my mother-in-law. It was a nice day. We had my mother-in-law over for dinner. We gave them a singing card and a cute little book about Grandparents. I hope they liked it!!!

What's your name??

Your real name: Melanie

Your Gangsta name (1st three letters of your real name plus izzle, favorite ice cream & Fav type of shoe):
Melizzle Mint Sandal

Your Native American name (fav color, fav animal):
Purple Monkey

Your NASCAR name (1st names of grandfathers):
David Norman

Stripper Name (Fav perfume/scent, fav candy): Ici Reeses

Soap Opera name (middle name, street you live on):
Dee Duncannon

Star Wars name (1st 3 letters of last name, 1st 2 letters of first name): Breme (well that's kinda lame!!!...almost my last name...oh well!!)

TV Weather/Anchor name (5th grade teacher's last name, major city that starts with same letter): Broderick Boston

Spy name (fav season, fav flower): Summer Carnation

Cartoon name (Fav fruit, article of clothing you are wearing now): Strawberry Pajama Pants

Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, fav tree):
Cheerio Palm

Super Hero name (2nd fav color, fav drink): Yellow Lemonade

Witness protection name (parent's middle names):
Louise Craig

Goth name (black, name of one of your pets): Black Keemo

Movie Star name (1st pet's name, 1st street name):
Boots Mills

Iraqi name (2nd letter of first name, 3rd letter of mom's maiden name, 3rd letter of dad's name, 1st letter of a sibling's first name, last letter of mom's first name): Ermjd

Rock Star name (first pet, current car): Boots Astro

Saturday, September 6, 2008


So, I want to upload a YouTube video on my blog, but I don't know how. Can someone leave me a comment and help me?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Poll Results

Wow!!! I have 23 readers!! Thank you for voting!! I am a little curious though...I have 1 stalker!! Should I be creeped out?!!? A few people left comments about using the google reader thing. Well, I imported all my blogs to the google reader and then added it to my blog and it does the same thing...let's me know when people update. Then I can see how cute everyones blogs are! Google is blah!! Anyways...that was fun! I will have to try to come up with another poll...they are kinda fun!

Let's just face it...I love comments!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of School!!

Or...as Ryan says, "We're free at last!" The kids had a fun first day of school. They all really like their teachers. I have a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and a little Kindergartener!! It is so nice to have them back in school again...back on a routine. It will be weird to have only 1 kid at home during the day. Enjoy the pictures of the kids in their new outfits on their first day of school.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Go Angels!

We went to the Angels game on Monday night. It was a lot of fun. We had GREAT seats! We were in the Diamond Club Section...thanks to a friend of ours. Ryan's sister was offered the tickets invited us to go along with them. You know...I never knew that there was a fancy restaurant behind home plate. That's where we were sitting. We could actually hear the umpire saying "Strike!" It was amazing! The Angels lost...as they do every time we go to a game, but it was still loads of fun! Thanks to M and Bubba for the invite!

Monday, August 25, 2008

My poll

In case you are wondering about my poll, here is an explanation. I know that some people read my blog and never leave a comment because they don't know how (yes, mom and dad and Wendie, I am talking about you!! :-) ). I have just seen on multiple friends blogs that they receive like 10-15 comments per post. I average about 4. So, I just wanted to see if anyone was actually reading my blog or not!! Do I really have an audience?!?! LOL!! Anyways, just vote...it's anonymous! That should probably help with my stalkers! hahaha!! Oh...just humor me!! It's the end of summer and I am dying to get the kids back in school!!! I need a little laughter!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dress up fun!

Little girls look so cute when they dress up. Just wanted to post some cute pictures of my girls and my nieces!


So, I'm sure that you can see that my header is different. Thanks to my good friend Jenny, she helped me through this...and it took me a long time. Well, that's cuz I did it wrong. She has such patience with me!! LOL!! Anyways, if you want the link, click HERE. Have fun! I did!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A good movie

Last night Ryan and I watched "August Rush". Have you seen it? Did you like it?

(This is my favorite scene of the movie)

We really enjoyed the movie! It was clean and about music...my favie!! I remember seeing previews for it, but we never get to the movie theater, yet alone rent movies. So, when my mom and aunt gave us the movie and told us to watch, we obeyed...and we are glad we did!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Guess what...?

is going to be an Auntie again!! YAY!!!
Yes...my sister is pregnant...with her third. She's hoping for a boy after having 2 girls. Cross your fingers for her!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My surprise...

I am the proud owner of the Twilight series books!! My sweetheart surprised me and ordered them over a month ago, but wouldn't be shipped until Breaking Dawn was released. He brought them home for me today!! YAY!! I am so excited! I just finished New Moon and need to start on Eclipse!! What a great hubby I have!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy birthday TJ!!

Well, we finally celebrated the last of our birthdays this past week. Our birthdays are January, February, April, May, June and July!!! Crazy, I know! So, TJ just had his 7th birthday. We had a magic show party for him and his friends. You know how whenever you do a party you invite more than what you think will come and expect half to show up? Well...we had 11 kids here!! Only 2 couldn't come! Can you believe it?!?! So, back to the Magic Party thing. My brother-in-law came as "Craig the Magnificent" to put on a magic show for the kids. He is so good...it's mind-boggling the tricks he can do. The kids (as well as the adults, his wife included!) were in awe! The kids had a great time. So, now I have a sweet 7-year old boy...who is about to be in 2nd grade. Time flies. He really is a sweet boy and is a big helper (most of the time) for his little sister. He brings so much joy to our family. I love you, my TJ!!!

Beach Fun!

We had a bonfire at the beach a few weeks ago. Sorry for posting so late. We went with the Armstrong family. It was a lot of fun! The kids loved going to the beach. My little one was a little afraid of the water...as you can see in the picture...she is the furthest away from the water! Daddy finally got her in though. We had a great time. We always like being together with family!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Memory Tag...YOU'RE IT!!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

No one has any memories of me??? How sad!! :-(

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Oh my goodness!

I don't know what to do!! So I have been having issues with my 2-year old. When she has a #2 diaper, so loves to stick her finger in there and wipe it everywhere!! And, today, instead of taking a nap, she decided to fully unclothe herself...including the clean diaper. She is barely 2!! Is potty-training really the answer??? Already??? HELP!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I'm A Twilight FAN!!

Well, I finally did it...I joined all the Twilight fans by reading the book!! Well, I'm not done yet, so don't say anything to spoil the end or any upcoming books, but I am totally hooked. I am surprising myself!! I LOVE this book! I NEVER read. I hated reading all those novels in High School. I did the bare minimum. I can't believe that I am dying to find time alone so that I can read! It's weird...those words coming out of my mouth!! Anyways, I love this book...it has definitely kept my attention. Can't wait to see the movie in December! How about you?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Tag...I'm it!

A- Attached or single: Totally attached
B- Best Friend: Ryan-my hubby & Jamie-my sister
C-Cake or Pie: Probably pie...chocolate satin, strawberry & lemon meringue are definitely YUMMY!!
D-Day: Saturday...when Ryan's home
E- Essential Item: Sunglasses
F-Favorite Color: Purple
G-Gummi Bears or Worms: Actually, I kinda like the worms!
H-Home town: Garden Grove, CA
I-Indulgences: Peanut M&M's, Reese's, anything chocolate!
J- January or July?: January...my birthday!
K-Kids: 4 monkeys...2 boys, 2 girls
L-Life is incomplete without: my family
M- Marriage Date: April 19th, 1997 (wow...that seems so long ago!!)
N-Number of Siblings: 2 sisters and 2 brothers
O- Oranges or Apples: Oranges...YUM!
P- Phobias or Fears: Being alone, thunder and lightning and earthquakes!
Q- Quote: "Don't worry...be happy!"
R- Reason To Smile: I have a wonderful family...immediate and extended!!
S- Season: Summer
T- Tag Four: Jenny, Marianne, Mandy, LeeElle
U- Unknown fact about me: I just started reading "Twilight"...so far, so good!
V- Very Favorite Store: Probably Target & Costco. Although for clothes, I do love Old Navy and New York & Company.
W- Worst Habit: Sitting on this dumb computer too much!
X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasounds
Y-Your favorite food: Chicken dishes
Z: Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Birthday baby!!

I can't believe that my baby is 2 today!! She is growing up way too fast. She is such a sweet little girl and I am so blessed to have her as my baby. She is talking a lot and loves to sing. She will give me kisses and gives great squeezes! I love her to pieces and I am grateful that she is part of our family. Happy Birthday, my sweet little girl!

(Her shirt says: 50% mommy + 50% daddy = makes me 100% perfect!)

Fire boat party

The boys were invited to a birthday party in San Pedro and they got to go on a fire boat ride. It was really fun! This boat is huge!! They had a great time! The party was at the fire station and then we left for the boat ride. What a great birthday party!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Who could it be??


Click on the link above and let me know who you see!! Leave me a comment!! And, no, I had no idea about this. Don't even know the illustrator!! Some one just drew a picture and it happened to look like my kid!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I found this picture...pretty true, huh? I am so flabbergasted with these gas prices...it's so crazy!! I am not looking forward to summer because I want to go and do all these fun things with the kids, but I don't feel like using up all my gas!! Good gravy!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

You Can Shed Tears...

This is a poem that someone included in a card to our family:

You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
Or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he’s gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

-Author Unknown

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Day

We went to my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws house for a BBQ and to feed the ducks. We had a nice time. It was a nice end to a roller coaster of a week...especially since we went back to reality on Tuesday. We captured a cute picture of the kids and a nice family picture. Just thought I'd post them!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sad News

We had a really rough day on Saturday. Ryan's dad passed away. It has been really hard on the family, of course. We are thankful that we could all be together to be one another's strengths. People have been so kind an generous with all of their thoughts and phone calls and dinners for my mother-in-law. It is so nice. We have also received some caring phone calls and offers to help out with whatever we need. It's amazing to see all of the generosity from friends and family during our time of need. We are having a funeral for him on Thursday. It is going to be a busy couple of days until then. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. How blessed we are to know that we are an eternal family. We love you Grandpa Ray!!!!

(This is a picture of Ryan's parents and all 6 kids)

We had the funeral on Thursday. It was really wonderful. I know that he was looking down on us with a big grin on his face. He should be so proud!! We truly honored the great man that he was.

Friday, May 16, 2008

They've Got the Right Stuff!!

I can't believe that these guys are coming back...after 15 years!! I was so in love with them in junior high. I had the poster in my bedroom (of Donnie Wahlberg, of course), the pillow case, the t-shirts, the HUGE button that I pinned onto the belt loop of my jeans, the keychains. LOVED THEM!! I am hoping that their music will appeal to those of us that loved them back in the day as well as the kids now. Boy, do I feel old in saying that statement or what?!?!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

It's time for another birthday!! Bug is 5 today! I can't believe it! That means that Kindergarten is right around the corner. I can't believe that she is old enough already. She is really growing up. Like I always say, time flies!! She is very loving and caring. She likes to be my good helper...most of the time! She is all girl...and I love it!! Happy Birthday, my sweet girl!

Friday, May 2, 2008

American Idol - Poll Results

So, since both Carly and Brooke are gone...it looks like it is going to be a battle of the Davids...according to your votes!! Bring it on Archie!! hahha!! I love David Cook! He better win!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

American Idol

My pick for the winner of American Idol this year is David Cook. I have really fallen in love with him!! I think that he is amazing!! I have a couple songs of his on my blog. He is truly amazing! Now let's just hope that he doesn't get cut early like Chris Daughtry did!! So, who is your pick?

My guilty pleasure!

I just found out that my favorite American Idol contestant (he totally should have won...but that's a whole other post!) is coming out with a new album!! Yes...Clay Aiken!! :-) Sorry folks, but I love his voice! It comes out next Tuesday (on Bug's birthday). I listened to a song and it sounds good...back to the Clay Aiken that I loved a while back. YAY!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

Nine years ago today my first child was born. We didn't know if it was a boy or a girl. We were blessed with a cute little bald baby boy. I was induced with him and it took ALL day. He was born at 9:40 p.m. I can't believe how much he has grown. Time sure flies!! He is very loving, sensitive and caring. He is a good big brother to his siblings...and I am so happy to be his mom. Happy Birthday sweetheart!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Was yesterday a beautiful day or what?!?! It was so hot...in the 90's. It was a great day! We were invited over to my brother and sister-in-law's house for swimming and a BBQ. My other brother and his wife came as well. What a nice day to swim...well, kinda. I didn't get in...except for my feet. It was freezing!! Pebbles didn't want to go in really either. Both of my sister-in-laws took some great pictures and hopefully they will send me some and I will add them to this post. (Hint...hint!!) Today is a beautiful day as well. I am welcoming the warm weather...nice to pull out the shorts and sandals!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wii got one!!

We are so excited!! This game is so much fun...we have had a blast creating profiles for family members and playing all sorts of games. Uncle C and Uncle S are a riot to watch! Wii should have a Wii night!! Come on over! The kids would love to play with someone other than us!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Rock Band!!

Ok...so we are finally cool!! We played rock band!! It was so much fun!! So, now I think that I am up for a little guitar hero! The drums were really fun and so was the guitar!! We had a great time playing!! Thanks neighbors!!