Monday, December 28, 2009


This Christmas was a hard one not having the boys, but was also very fun! We had a very yummy Dinner at Scott and Betsy's Christmas Eve then went to Mom and Dads for breakfast the next morning. You can't beat biscuits and gravy! When I finally got the boys around 11 we came back and opened presents with everyone. It was VERY chaotic, more so than normal, but still fun. So pictures below are the befores, durings, and afters of this Christmas. :) I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas!
So this is the pretty presentation at moms as we walked into the door. Very clean and neat looking for sure.
This is everyone opening presents and such....
And here are the boys looking at their cool stuff...
And the aftermath! Haha!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

So we attempted to build gingerbread houses last night. Yeah...kinda got off to a rocky start as you can see. Not so good haha! We got them all put together and then BAM! They all fal apart. This is why I despise making gingerbread houses, mine are always an epic fail. But...

We finally got them put together...granted they were leaning. But its ok. Until Tyler's fell again. Yet another epic fail. But....

We finally got it right with this one. It stayed! Woohoo! So we tore down Tyler's and rebuilt it like Nate's. It stayed!

Then it was time for the fun part. We started decorationg. Tyler was making his look like Christmas lights were on the roof. He thought it was hilarious.
Nate went for the more elegant path of putting sprinkles everywhere. EVERYWHERE! The table was sooo messy!
Tyler's gingerbread house. He's very proud of it. He loved the wreath, even though it slid halfway down the house.
Nates gingerbread house. A little less colorful but he thought it was funny to build a sprinkle mountain in his front yard. I thought it was cute.
So lesson learned, even though I really don't like making a huge mess to clean up, and it was a really hard thing to actually get these standing (I'm never going to go into the architecture field of work obviously) we had a really good time and I'm happy we were able to complete these houses. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My New Office :D

I finally moved into my office! I'm so excited! I still need to add some pictures and such but I love it so far! And I'm a huge dork but I had to post pictures cause I'm so excited!

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Bittersweet Day

* Today is my last day of work at the school. As much as I'm very excited to be starting my new job full time, it is very, very hard to leave the school. The teachers and other aides have become like family, and I see the students as if they are my own kids. I've had a number of them yesterday and today telling me how much they are going to miss me and how much they hate me for leaving (which in teenager term is a compliment...I think). I am going to miss them soo much. I'm going to really miss the great teachers I've worked with as well. They were all there for me through my tough times last year, and have really showed their love towards me on many occasions. I'm definitely going to miss this job. But, my life needed to move forward, and now it is. I'm on to bigger things and a new road in life.
*Even though today is my last day, I am soo excited for Christmas break to be here. I love Christmas and am very excited to finish out shopping tonight. Nate and Tyler are getting very excited, even though I'm STILL trying to convince Nate that Santa is real...he's being extremely stubborn about it this year. I'm thinkin this will be the last believing year for him sadly. But thats ok, maybe next year he can be my "elf".
*My new job is going fantastic. I LOVE it soo much and I think it really fits my personality well. I have enjoyed everything so far, and can't wait to officially personalize my office, which I'm going to start today. I really think this is going to be a good experience for me over all.
Anyway...Merry Christmas all! I'm not sure when I will be able to update again, since the school is were I've been writing from. I haven't tried to see if this blog is blocked or not at the CCHA. But have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I found out last night that I got the job at the Housing Authority! I am soo excited!!! The job is going to be amazing. I will be a Housing Counselor there and will be making 25k a year to start, full paid benefits for me and I found out they pay at least half the benefits for the kids. And they pay into a government pension. I will have to go to a training from January 11-15 up in Salt Lake but for that they will either compensate my gas money or pay for the plane ticket and such, plus a hotel room and an eating stipend each day. I will miss the boys so much while I'm gone but it will be worth it because then I will become certified.
My first day! I am officially done with Convergys and will start at the Housing Authority this afternoon. They are letting me stay at the school until winter break, and then I bump to full time. I can't wait! I am going to miss working at the school soo much but I am on to bigger and better things!
So on my big "lets improve my life" checklist I can check off find a good job finally, and next up on the list....move! Now that I can afford to. Say goodbye to the sardine can, roach filled apartment and hello to a better and much cleaner place! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Upcoming Events I <3!

I love Christmas. There are so many things to do, and I'm super excited for upcoming events. First one is tomorrow, the Relief Society Christmas Party. I can't wait for the yummy food and good speakers. Only downfall, I've been asked to sing. I get a huge, enormous, massive case of stage fright when I have to sing in front of people, so I'm sure its going to suck rocks. But hopefully the feeling will still be there. Also, The Messiah concerts are coming up on Sunday and Monday night. I absolutely LOVE singing The Messiah. Last year was my first year and it was soo powerful and amazing. I highly suggest anyone who can to come see it. We are a huge choir singing with the Southern Utah Orchestra. And bonus...Its FREE!
Next up in the running, Nate really badly wants to have a friend party this year, which I think would be fun, except I don't know when to have it. I wanted to do it the 19th, but they will be with their dad. Nate wants it to be the 21st, but thats close enough to Christmas that people might already by traveling. So I'm not sure what we are going to do, but we will figure it out.
Oh yeah, the light parade is on the 12th too. I love the light parade, and am kind of sad Nate and Ty won't be going with me since it's a Saturday, but am excited to take Ryder.
I am really, really (!) looking forward to Christmas Eve dinner at Scott and Betsy's house. Its a tradition we started a while ago, and something that we now look forward to every year. And I get the boys this year! So even better.
Then of course Christmas Day. The boys are so sweet. They told me the other day that it's ok it we don't have a big Christmas, they just want one or two presents. Why? Cause they will have three Christmas's; one with me, one with Parowan family and one at Grandma Carlile's. Yeah.... I love my kids (and im rolling my eyes). But all the same, they are still sweet for saying I'm ok to get them a little less this year.
Anyway, that about covers it for my fun happenings. I'm sure I'll post after them with how awesome they were and hopefully even pictures too. Have a good Christmas Season everyone!

Friday, December 4, 2009


I got a job interview on Monday for the housing authority! I am sooo excited! Thank you everyone for your prayers and support! I'll let ya know how it goes :D

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Background

1. Woohoo! New background for Christmas! I finally figured out how to get rid of my old one. I liked it but lots of people were having issues. So...yeah.
2. We went shooting on Thanksgiving after a super yummy dinner at Tony and Valena's. It was sooo much fun! I will post pictures later. And Steph I'll email them to you too when I'm at Mom's house next.
3. I am super excited for Christmas. Its still kinda stressful because I still haven't found a job..but there is soo much to be thankful for and soo many good (free!) times ahead for sure! More to come on our activities!
4. If ANYONE hears of ANY jobs I don't care how big or little...please let me know! My last day at Convergys is Dec. 19...and my last day at school for Christmas Break is the 18th. I'm getting a little nervous that I haven't found a job. So keep your eyes and ears out for me...would very much appreciate it.
5. I have a new found appreciation for my kids and their excitment for Christmas. Everytime we drive past even the littlest light set up..Ry is full of "OOOOO!!!" and "WOW!!!" Its awesome :) And Nate and Ty are super excited to give Santa their letters too. I love my kids..they make all the bad stuff go least for a little while!

Thank you soooo much for all your support and love everyone! I will try to post more often and will be posting for sure after Saturday, since I'm pretty sure thats when the Christmas Light Parade is. Love you all!

Monday, November 30, 2009


Today is officially day 1 of my new diet. As a couple may know, I've been trying to find a way to drop some weight but haven't been super successful. Well, today is the first day of the rest of my life. Ok not really. But my friend Amanda and I are starting the hCG diet. Its supposed to be really good, and her mom lost 25 pounds on it. Our friend Christy has already lost 15. So we shall see! Its definitely going to try my discipline but thats a good thing. I've been needing to work on it anyway. So anywho...hopefully all goes well and soon we will see a slightly smaller version of me! Wish me luck! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009


Hi everyone....sorry its been awhile since I updated...Steph reminded me I need to update more. Let's see. Since my last posting A lot has happened. Job-wise, Key is laying me off, they are moving their contract to a different center so I'm in the middle of trying to find a new job. If I make it to the last last day there would be December 18. They also cut back our hours as well, so money has been tight. Very tight. But we are surviving. I hope I can keep the school job, but so far all the open positions have been full time. We will see though, a couple are going to be giving call backs this week, so if they think I'm fantastic, I guess I'll get a call back. School is fun though, my kids are learning alot and are having a good time. They are very anxious for school to go on break for Thanksgiving.
I recently went to New Moon as well with my friend Staci, and that was really, really fun. The movie turned out WAY better than I expected and it was definitely worth waiting in line for about 4 hours. Plus it was nice to be able to spend some time with Staci...oh and her mushroom ravioli's were very tasty! Thanks Staci!
The kids are doing well. Nate has been getting into a little bit of trouble at school, but is starting to do better I think. He is very excited for his Thanksgiving/Grandparents day deal tomorrow at school. Tyler is also doing well, he recovered amazingly quick from his surgery and has been just hanging out doin' his thing. He also had a really fun time at his feast at daycare last week.
Ryder is huge. Massively huge. Ok maybe just I think so but he is growing up soooo fast! He is walking and running everywhere, and talking! I can't usually understand what he's saying but he babbles like its going out of style. It's fun.
Other news...I'm officially starting my diet this week. Yeah it sounds bad with Thanksgiving but I am really going to try to do good. I'm very tired of the extra weight I put on with the kids and am determined to get it off. It helps I have a couple friends doing the same diet so we can be a support to each other. So hopefully....I will be slightly smaller soon! :)
I can't wait for Christmas to get here. I LOVE the holidays and even though its kind of stressful because of the whole possibly not having a job on Christmas stuff, I'm tryin to make sure my kids realize the real meaning, and not just the present factor. I also look forward to Thanksgiving this week, it will be nice to be with the family, and I will have the boys too! So that will be good. Anyway I hope ya'll are doing good as well...and appreciate all the love and support thats been shown to us lately.
Anyway...Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope the holiday season treats everyone well and that everyone keeps safe!

p.s. I've heard that my background is giving alot of people grief. I just tried to change it but our school computers won't let me download the new backgrounds so I'll do it later at Mom and Dads. Look for a new Christmasy design! :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Red Ribbon Week

So Red Ribbon Week is not normally all that special or fantastic to me. I always remember in school it was a good excuse to get out of class. But since I've been working here at Canyon View, I've had a new profound smack in the face about it. Last year, I was literally brought to tears by the Every 15 Minutes video. It was soo graphic and showed every detail of what happens when you get into a car wreck due to drinking and not wearing seatbelts. After that, and since then, I ALWAYS buckle up and make sure the kids are secured tight. This year, it was a different experience. On Monday they started announcing every 13 minutes (yeah...deaths have increased from every 15 to every 13. scary.) someone from our school who had died from an alcohol related accident. Although it was fake, those kids weren't able to be in school; no phones, no friends, no going home, no priviledges at all. They even stayed at the principals house from Sunday to today. But today was the big funeral assembly.
The school decided to make their own video and showcase 2 of the kids who die, and 1 who goes to jail for texting while driving, and killing those 2 kids as a result. It was kinda crazy to think that something as little as shooting a text real fast while driving can cause fatalities. The video was very well made (good job to the EMS, Fire Dept, Police Dept and funeral home) and really showed the affects our choices have on ourselves and others. But what got me and the students was when the 2 kids who got "killed" had their final goodbye letters read to their parents. Wow. To be read a letter from your child who is now dead; apologizing profusely for their mistakes, naming all of their regrets, telling all of the dreams they had for the future that will no longer happen. Man I never want to have to go through that, ever. And on the flip side, I never want to put my family or friends through that experience either.
So what did I learn? I WILL NOT drive and text again. Or even drive and talk on the phone unless its necessary, or I can figure out how to use my bluetooth. And my kids will be trained very well not to drink and drive. I will drive that into their heads till my dying breath. Its not something little, its something to take very seriously. Its not something that only affects you but so many people around you. Be smart. Think.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Enrichment Night Discussion

Last night we had enrichment and it was definitely worth going to. After we ate some yummy spinach lasanga John Ault was the guest speaker, and it was kind of an open forum on things we had questions about. Alot of people wrote down questions for him to research and answer of trials they were going through and how to get past them. Most of the talk was focused on the first topic, which was wondering how to love and support wayward children. Although I didn't think I would get much out of it, it was really helpful.
John spoke alot about how we need to realize that our lives have been planned out, there is a path that is in place for us, and for our children. Even though we make mistakes, Jesus died for us. He had perfect empathy for us. When he died, he was able to say that he was one of us...he was Kim Stubbs...for a brief time when he had to live all of the mistakes I've made and will make. That is a really big thought provoker for me. Also that if we stay in tuned to the Holy Ghost, there are times we will be provided with that same type of empathy to a degree if it is needed to understand someone else's situation. This also goes along with dealing with our own children.
He discussed for quite a bit how alot of time we will try to change people, maybe not even realizing it, but try to do it without getting dirty ourselves so to speak. But there are times when we have to step in and suffer right along with them, and have true genuine love for them, like Christ did for us when he died on the cross. There is a bigger picture that we can't fully see, and it causes us to want things to be the way we want them, when in fact they are going the direction they need to according to our master plan. So because of that we try to take the easy way out, the way thats least 'dirty' for us. But thats just not how its supposed to go sometimes, we need to be able to have non-hypocritical love, again true genuine love for ourselves, or for the person that we are concerned about, and have faith that things will work out how they are meant to work out.
Another big thing he talked about was how to really guide our children thru victim empathy. There were three main keys that can lead to this kind of empathy. The first is being able to state what they are feeling, thinking, or doing. So for example, say "You FELT you wanted that toy because you really like playing with it, even though your brother had it first." This helps the child feel like you understand why they did what they did. The second is getting them to understand how the other person felt, the one they had wronged. This could be done by stating a sentence such as "How did it feel when your friend took your favorite toy when you weren't done with it?" That helps them to be able to see things from the other persons side, and realize that it made them feel bad. The third was asking "How did it feel when you did that?" This can help them get in touch with why they did it, and that maybe it didn't feel very good. Such as, "How did it feel when you stole that toy from him? Did you feel happy, sad, mad?"
Through that all though, it is needed to follow through with what you say, and make sure if you make a mistake to acknowledge that as well. I really liked the qoute John said while talking about this. He said "Once you have had to step into the ring to battle, you have already lost, even if you win the fight." I thought that was great because it's true. When you fight and argue it just leads to the other person getting hurt or feeling less of a person, or if your on the other end of it you end up hurt as well.
There was much more he spoke of and some personal experiences he shared that were very enlightening to me as well, and I really learned alot about myself as well as what I can do to be a better mother. It also made me think of ways that I can do better for myself and my family, to create an all around better environment. I really appreciated all of the things that were taught that night and the spirit that was felt because of it.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tylers pictures :)

Ty just coming out of surgery...poor guy had blood everywhere :(

Me and Ty in front of a waterfall in the garden

Tyler playing in the registers waiting room, it took forever to register.

Finally getting his "jammies" on so we can go in to surgery

Surgery was delayed so a sweet volunteer lady helped Ty paint a car while he waited

This cute lil guy was in getting surgery too, and kept pushing Ty around in the cool cop car.

Just waking up from surgery...he was so sad and sleepy

Feeling much better now....waving to the camera :)

Playin in the wheelchair today...he loved that thing.

Tylers Big Surgery

Tyler had his surgery on Tuesday, and oh boy what a trip it was. We went up on Monday night, fully expecting to have to be at the hospital early, so we stayed in a hotel. A rather creepy one at that but that's a totally different story all together. The next morning we found out surgery was going to be delayed, so we figured it wasn't going to be that bad. We got there about 11:15 am, and registered and checked out....and waited...until a little after 3:00 pm! I felt so bad for Tyler, but he was a real trooper.
The surgery took about 2 hours, and when I went in to see him, he was having such a rough time. Everything hurt and he was confused and crying, and blood was coming out of his nose and mouth. He also couldn't breath well or talk at all due to the breathing tubes. I felt soo bad for him, it was really hard. But we got him calmed down and back asleep and he ended up sleeping for quite awhile after we wheeled him back up in his room. When he woke up he was alot better, we watched TV and movies for a while before bedtime.
The next day we got really bored, so we decided to go roam the halls. The nurses gave us a wheelchair that was just his size and he had a ball in it. We also went to their playroom where we were able to get a prize for bingo day....even though we didn't play. He was very excited. After we got back we got discharged and left, eating some food then stopping in Cabelas for a bit. Ty rode with Dan to Parowan and I picked him up there and then we came home. It was an eventuful trip thats for sure....long and very rough. But we are happy to be home.
Thanks to everyone whos been wishing us well and sending out love and prayers, it was much appreciated!
p.s. Im downloading pics seperate just cause its easier :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

The SLC Trip

Finally posting a couple pics from our Salt Lake trip. Tyler had his first procedure to pop the prosthesis out of the roof of his mouth...step one to the big surgery coming up next month. We had to wake up super 3:30 make it in time for the appointment. I ended up getting always in big cities haha...but we did make it on time. Barely. He was soo brave. They let us go in the room with him to be able to hold his hand while they put him to sleep and the doctor was soo nice, he drew smiley faces on the oxygen balloon as Ty was going out. The procedure itself was very quick, it didn't take long at all. Me and Dan waited in the waiting room for like, 10 min and it was over and I was able to go in to the post op room while he woke up. He was a tad woozy at first but soon enough he was his own little playful self. We then went home..and got stuck in the craziest rainstorm. Ahead we saw where it broke, right in the middle...and was clear to the road. It was like the rain was parted just for us to go through...for a lil bit. But then it hit us hard and I was hydroplaining all over the place. But...we made it home in one piece. The hospital let Ty keep his oxygen mask, his socks, and a pillow from his stay, and he loved it! So it was a good trip...and he keeps asking when he gets to go up there again! Thats probably a good thing haha instead of him being scared. trip is in a couple weeks on October 6. Wish us luck!

Ty being so brave after he woke up...he was so happy to have poppy blankey :)

The cool can see where its raining on either side of the road but a clearing in the middle. So cool!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Last 2 months or so.....

So I finally have internet access...woohoo!! So I'm posting a bunch of pictures from what we've been doin the last two months. When my phone gets turned back on....yes UGH! I will be posting pics from our trip to Salt Lake with Tyler, but for goes!! The last 2 months in pictures form! :)

My cute lil Ry waking up from his nap at Grandpa Cowleys house durin the reunion :)

This is my new hair color...or colors lol I need to get it re-done though its growing out :P

This is Nates soccer team....he loves

This is Nate throwing the ball in at one of his games...he does awesome when he tries to.

And the infamous first day of 1st grade picture...Nate goobering it up as always...yeah lol

These are the cute lil kitties that were chillin in my parents backyard..RIP fluffy, vince, and possibly tiger who have passed on to kitty heaven.

This is the family at our recent family was tons of fun!

So thats it for now...but I'll post some more soon when I can transfer from my phone to internet. Woooohooooo! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Been Awhile...

Sorry it's been so long since my last has been busy! Nate started 1st grade, I started up my school job plus Convergys, not to mention soccer for Nate which he is doing really good with so far! internet connection. Yeah. No bueno! But hopefully soon I'll get it back! So anyway life is good...just very busy and tiring.
I'm also doing better this month than I thought. The 29th was supposed to be my due date...and I thought I'd be bummed out all this month but its really not bad. The realization comes and goes that I would've had a lil boy right about now, but I'm ok, the boys are ok, and we are just trudging on. We'll see when the actual date comes...but so far so good.
One last side note...Tyler goes for his surgery to get the prosthesis out on Monday so say a lil prayer for him. This one is very minor but when being put fully under, its always kinda scary. So I think thats it for now! Thanks for the love and support from everyone! I love ya all! <3

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Black Ninjas!!

Today was Nate's first soccer game and they actually did pretty good. They ended up losing but for only having one practice...and just now meeting the coach for the first time (he had been gone for the first practice) they did awesome. They still got some things to work on but all in all they were pretty good. Theres alot of natural talent on the team. Nate was awesome and wonderful and marvelous when he was playing goalie, he wasn't afraid to dive for the ball or anything. We just need to work on drop kicks, and his field play. are pics :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SLC and Back in ONE DAY!!

Today we went up north for Tyler's doctor appointment with Dr. Morales. It was a VERY long day but it had it's upsides. We left at about 6:45 this morning....ugh sooo early! Me and Ty slept most of the trip that made it go by quick. I can't believe all the construction up there! It was crazy! So we got the doctor appointment out of the way and all the scheduling for surgery out of the way, and were up in the dental clinic scheduling the surgery to take out his prothesis, and what happens? They call a code blue (a code meaning someone has stopped breathing) in that very clinic! Ty was amazed at all the people who ran past us, from nurses to docs to security to office thing I know, if something does happen to Ty, he will get speedy help! They are good up there! Then after that we went to eat at Chuckarama and right out the window, the Trax rolls by. Ty wanted to ride on it soo bad! And my mom told me my dad had been wanting to ride it for a long time, so we parked and hopped on. We rode from Trolley stop clear to Central Station and back. It was kinda fun! It was late though, so we had to get headed home. On the way home, it was soo windy that we passed a semi that had just got blown over! It was crazy! And then...we went back to sleep haha! It was a very long day and lots of driving but really good. Oh and as for update...Tyler will be having the same day surgery to have his prothesis popped out on Sept 14, then his actual surgery is on Oct 6.

Dad was soo funny...had the big ol' map pulled out lookin just like a tourist :P
Bored on the way up...after I had woken up.

Ty got his own ticket...and was SOOO excited!!

Dad washing the Blazer with Nate and Ry..doesn't really have to do with the trip but I thought it was cute :P

Sunday, August 2, 2009

1 of 2 things.....

When God leads you to a cliff, trust him fully and let go.
Only one of two things will happen...
He will catch you when you fall, or He will teach you how to fly.

Ryder is sleeping, the house is quiet...and kinda messy (I should be cleaning not writing this but oh well)...I'm listenin to my new favorite song She Is Love...and I get this email (thank you Steph for sending it). It tells a sweet story of a wealthy woman who takes care of a homeless man, who in previous years had taken care of her when she had nothing. The story was good, but what got me was the qoute...when God leads you to a cliff, trust him fully and let go. How many times have I hit that cliff? Oh wow more than I can even count.
I've made some stupid choices in my life that did lead me right to the edge. I've felt utterly alone, and like no one understood. But as I was thinking back on my life, I realized the second part of the qoute is true as well; 'He will catch you when you fall, or teach you how to fly.' I have fallen..and hard. But I was helped up and dusted off everytime.
So this brings me to my life at present. I hate my apartment, I hate my job, money is too tight, and the list goes on and on. I could whine and gripe all day. And why? because I'm not doing my part. I am too scared of falling. I don't want to hit rock bottom again...even though I'm already headed there if something doesn't change. But I'm afraid of change. Notice anything similiar? Fear. Fear of pain, fear of hurt, fear of stress, fear of soo many different things that could all go away if I could just let go and jump...and have a little faith. I keep making excuses of why things aren't my fault, why I can't change things around, and it took a good friend of mine to give me a little slap of reality.
He literally told me to quit whining and making excuses. If I want a new job...look for one and actually apply. If I want a new place, call around and get budgeting to see what I really can afford. If I want a better education....get one. Do what it takes. And he's right...I didn't have any excuses anymore when I was done talking to him. And whats the worst that will happen? I fall...and land right back where I am right now.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Last Day of Swimming Lessons!

So taking pictures with a camera phone is NOT a very good option when wanting clarity, so you really can't tell where my children are....but look hard haha. Today was the last day of swimming lessons, and Tyler passed with flying colors, ready for level 2! Nate...well, 3rd time is a charm they say. He just needs to work on his back stuff. They have LOVED swimming lessons, and they have been both of them more confident as well, its been a nice change.

Tyler was waiting for his teacher to hide some sticks on the platform, and practicing his strokes in this top picture. Nate was diving for rings in his picture next door here.

And Nate was being a dork and goofing off in the picture over here. He's definitely got a little bit of Carlile in him thats for sure. He has been doing good, although not as confident as Tyler is in the water. But we will work on that.
I just realized everyone BUT Tyler were doing the backstroke practice haha. He was too busy uh, doing something, I don't know what. I wish the picture would've come out more clear, he had the cutest orange goggles on, he looked cute in them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


We decided to play soccer today.! I think I have a natural born soccer talent in my family! Woohoo!! Nate takes after momma, except I wasn't a natural born took a TON of practice. But..he on the other hand rocks.

We went to Grandpa and Grandma's house to play in their backyard, and it was super fun! Nate is soo quick on his feet, and even though he was playing in flip flops...I know, not good soccer shoes haha...he has a really good kick and is very fast on his feet. Tyler tried his hand at it too, but decided "pitching apples" was much funner. Sorry Grandpa...I know if you woulda seen that we would've all been in trouble!

Ryder tried to get his hand in on it too....but didn't get the rules about not touchin the ball with your hands. Instead, he would pick up the ball and carry it to the goal. But hey...whatever works. He's not even 2 it's all good. But he got tired of that game really quick and went back to cookies and sippy cups.

I can't wait to see Nate in action on the field. I know he's goin to be AWESOME out there. He kicked hard, was tricky on his feet...and even caught one of my kicks straight in the stomach just like a goalie is supposed to do. I'm definitely a proud momma today! I was hoping one of my kids would take up my passion for soccer...I think I got my wish. WOOHOO Nate! :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July Fun

This 4th of July was really pretty fun. I had the day off, woohoo! And we got to hang out with the family and some friends all day. Danny had Nate and Tyler during the morning, they had wanted to ride on the fire truck with him in Parowan, so me and Ryder went to the parade here with the family. It was really fun. Betsys mom Margaret had made cute little candy bags for all the kids and had the very genius idea of bringing candy for the kids, since people here are stingy with candy at parades. It was fun.

After the parade I went and grabbed some stuff to make a salad for lunch and was able to pick up the boys. As always I was late to Betsys but we ate some yummy sandwichs and watermelon and that, and had some very, very yummy homemade berry ice cream and a 4th of July cake. It was the perfect lunch for the day.

The boys were in rare form as always, being show offs and goofing around all day long, which of course, is why we love them. After lunch we decided to go swimming, and all headed over to the Parowan pool. Again, as normal, I was running late cause I had to go grab some money to get in, but when we got there we all got in the pool and had a great time. The water was perfect and warm, and the boys practiced their swimming like they had learned in swim lessons this week. It took Ry awhile to warm up but after a bit he was in there splashing around too.

It was really fun seeing all the stuff they had learned, and how much more confidence they had while in the pool than even a month ago while we were swimming in the hotel over Memorial Day weekend. I was super proud of them. Still has a long way to go for both, but they are gettin there and it makes me happy they have the opportunity to do all that they are doing right now.

After swimming we went to see my friend Meghan for awhile then were going to go out and watch fireworks at Betsy's, but the boys fell asleep on the way out there. Then, fabulously enough, they woke up when we got back into town, so we ended up meeting up with Tony, Valena and Melissa for fireworks at the airport. The show was good and we came home and went to bed. It was a long and tiring day, but very, very fun! Thank you to Betsy for planning such a fun filled day for us to enjoy!