Peace and Pandemonium

Friday, August 26, 2011



This is how my blog feels to me.

Unattended to and forgotten.
I'm trying to do better.
I'm ALWAYS trying to do better.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


9 Months

Asher is growing and developing by leaps and bounds.

For a couple of months, Asher has been crawling up the stairs. This month he decided to start crawling down them. Steven and I have taken great care to teach him how to go feet first and he is picking it up. I'm still nervous as hell when he's out in the hall and I cant see him but I feel a little more confidence that he at least knows what he is supposed to do.

He is now a speed crawler. He is crusin' all over the house and like I said before, this sometimes means on both levels of the house.

Asher is also standing for longer times and standing more often. He has a very good sense of balance and I think he will be an early walker.

He started spitting. For fun. He likes to smear it around with his fingers. It's not my favorite.

He has gotten pretty good about going for longer lengths of time without me. I'm still trying to decide if I'm happy about this fact or saddened by it. My baby is growing up!

His curls are as cute as ever.
His smile lights up the room.
When he laughs we all laugh.
He is soooo loved by his brothers and sister.
He has a great bond with Steven which is so nice for all three of us.
He continues to make everyday of my life the best it has ever been.
He is a complete joy and I adore him.

1 year is right around the corner.

Naked on my bed right after a shower. It doesn't get much cuter than this folks.


Back to School

I decided to get a little bit crafty this year which is SOOOO unlike me. I guess it must be the influence of Pinterest getting to me.

I made these candy pencils for the kids teachers and we delivered them on back to school night.

They are made from a package of Rolo's and a Hershey's Kiss on top. I'm not opposed to doing whatever it takes to get in a teachers good graces. :)
The other two said "Write on! School is starting." and "This pencil may be #2 but you are #1." They were a hit!

This year my kids will be having home lunches because I refuse to pay $1.50 per kid, per day, for a lunch that will surely be either thrown out or lightly picked at and then thrown out. To help make this first day a little extra special I decided to print out these cute sandwich wrappers.

This idea came from a darling blog called Little. Lovely. Maybe these wrappers will make the tuna fish taste better? Ya think?

Finally, my little rug rats, all showered and ready for their first day of the 2011-2012 school year. Isaiah broke the family rule of never wearing plaid on plaid and I'm afraid that Sophie's shorts are too big around the waist. Other than that, it was a great morning and has made for a quiet day thus far.

Let my summer vacation begin. Holla!

Monday, August 22, 2011



Asher discovered the art of playing in the fireplace.
Leading me to discover that I hadn't cleaned it out since winter.
It was an informative day.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


A Very Lucky Lady(bug)

My Rachel is getting married in 5 short weeks!
We decided we needed to get some tasteful and classy "under the wedding gown" images.

I am so pleased with how these turned out.
Furthermore, I cant believe my best friend of nearly 20 years has finally found her match.
He's a good one too.
So happy!


Playing around...

Which is saying a lot because I haven't felt like it in a long time.

Friday, August 19, 2011



Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Crossed Legs

Sunday, August 14, 2011


One hundred million billion gazillion percent sure...

...that they don't come cuter that this!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Deer Creek

Ashley and I took our kids to Deer Creek on Saturday.
The kids ate a picnic lunch, built sandcastles, flew a panda bear kite and had an absolute blast.
Then we topped it off with milkshakes and fries in Heber.
It was a perfect summer day.

The kids not paying any attention to us despite my ridiculous efforts to get everyone to look at me.

Isaiah braving the choppy waters.

Ash and Johnny bear playing in the sand.

Sophia getting water in her bucket. The key ingredient to a good sand castle.

The kids flying the panda kite. It was perfect kite flying weather.

Fugi Instax mini.
Impossible PX70 Push! film. Shot on an SX-70.


Scera Movies

Every Tuesday we go to the Scera Summer Matinee.
So far this summer we have seen such "classics" as:
The Last Airbender.
And many others.
This morning was saw How to Train Your Dragon.
We love this summer tradition.
We especially love the popcorn and soda for breakfast.

(All the sugar loading first thing in the morning is partly why Matias is standing on his head in this picture.)

Expired polaroid 600 film.



I laughed my head off at the very end when Harry, Hermoine and Ron are all "middle aged".
Hermoine was rocking that bouffant like no other.

I laughed.
Ashley cried.
Isaiah memorized.
Christian, what did you do?

Fugi Instax Mini.


Timp Half

Steven ran the Timpanogos Half Marathon two weekends ago.
He rocked it with a time of 1:59:44.
Less than 2 hours!!
I was so happy for him.

I am currently training for my first half ever.
My race is on September 10.
It's the Mt. Nebo Half and it goes down Payson canyon.
So far I have had a few bumps in my training road.
First it was the worst sunburn I've ever had which made it virtually impossible to wear a bra for nearly a week. Sleep was pretty difficult for the first few days too.
Second it was a bad case of mastitis. Ouch!
Third it was an even worse case of your common, run of the mill, laziness. That really took me out.
Thankfully I recovered from that and got back on the wagon with a 10 mile run last weekend.
I felt fantastic after that. My confidences was boosted and for the first time since training I felt like maybe I could really pull this thing off.
Then I hit my fourth bump in the road.
My toenail fell of. It didn't hurt too terribly bad but its pretty tender right now so I haven't been able to run for a few days.
Today Im getting back on track though and am going to pop 800 mg of Motrin and run anyway.
I'm looking forward to it.

Spectra polaroid.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Dog walking

Isaiah started a dog walking business.
He is pretty much OBSESSED with dogs.
With Isaiah, its all or nothing.
Right now, he cant stop talking about, researching, watching videos of, and learning every detail there is to learn about dogs.
Last week it was peppers (jalapeno, serrano, habenero) but that's a different story.
To help feed his insatiable appetite to learn about dogs he has decided to go into business.
He now walks neighborhood dogs (and cleans up after them) for a small fee.
I couldnt be happier,
Responsibility. Exercise. Building relationships with animals and their owners. Independence. Income.
These are only a few of the benefits he is getting out of this.
Summers are fun!


Lily Bear.

My Sophie girl is almost 6 years old!
She lost 2 teeth this summer. The bottom middle teeth.
Danced all summer long and performed so well in her recital last month.
Took swimming lessons and disliked them very much. She prefers NOT to get her face in the water.
She is the best big sister to Asher. He adores her. It's hard not to.
She is a skinny little bean pole and I try to tell her to eat more. She's mostly not interested but she loves her frozen berries.
She loves to play with her friends and dress up like a princess.
She is such a wonderful model and has willingly worked on many of my little projects with me.
The girl can work the camera.
She cleaned her room the other day. It was taking a long time so she made up a song to keep her going.
She sings so well. Remembers lyrics and can carry a tune like nobody's business.
She wants to be in singing lessons. I hope to get her started in the fall.
She will also be taking ballet in the fall. She's such a coordinated little dancer.
She is about to go into first grade! All day school. What will I do without her all day long?
She is my sweet lil' Lily bear and I love her so much!


Asher Love

My baby is 8 months!!

He has 7 teeth.
Bites me and leaves me covered in welts and bruises.
Can stand and keep his balance for 30 seconds or more sometimes.
Crawls up the stairs. It freaks me out!
Cannot crawl back down them. That freaks me out even more.
Says "mamamamama and babababababa." It's babble and is certainly not a first word but its fun to have conversations with him.
Loves to play with his brothers and sister.
Eats all kinds of foods.
Has thick wavy/curly hair that is so dang cute!
Is generally just the best baby I could ever ask for. (Minus the biting.)
He will be turning 9 months in a couple weeks.
I can not believe how fast this year is going.
We are obviously all madly in love with our Asher baby.



Matias wasn't invited to walk the dog that Isaiah was walking. So after I followed him around with my camera taking pictures of him cry, I helped him find another dog to walk and that frown turned upside down.


Mom and Asher


Thursday, August 4, 2011


Believe it or not...

It's that time of year again folks.

School is starting in a couple of weeks.
Another summer will soon be behind us.
The season will turn.
The weather will cool.
Fall colors are right around the corner.
My favorite time of year is almost upon us...
Autumn! I cant wait.

I also love this little dirty gem.


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