2018 Family Moto

35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

I'm still a homeowner...

I was really hoping the title of this post would be "SOLD" ;however, that is not the case. Unfortunately the bank has a few more things to decide before my house can be officially off the market. In the mean time, I am sure you were wondering if boys are born to drive cars around. I have proof. Nolen is completely fascinated by this car and loves driving this exact car all over the house. I sure do love my boys!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I think I need a pinterest...

Oh, I just love these! I want to buy TWO sets! I guess it is time for me to sign up for pinterest because I am starting to dream about how I want to decorate my home and I would hate to bombard my blog with all my dreams... um, no, I don't own a home (not as of tomorrow, hopefully); however, I am sure we will be home owners in the future! I can't wait!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer fun

To be honest, we really haven't left the house much this summer. I feel like we go somewhere every day; however, that is just to the gym and grocery store. Really we spend our time here at home just playing and having fun.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Swim Lessons

We didn't really accomplish a lot this year at swim lessons; mostly because Edward had to be in the Parent/Tot class again and two classes were cancelled because of the rain. However; Edward did learn to jump in all on his own!!
We went from this....

To this...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Emma Watson

Modest is Hottest, Ladies. "I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me - dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes. I know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. But that’s not me. I feel uncomfortable. I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’ My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder. - Emma Watson
*I saw this on facebook and had to share. Wow, I totally respect Emma Watson. What an amazing role model.

Friday, July 15, 2011


8 Months!

Wow, in 4 short months, my little man will be a year old! Where has the time gone?? Nolen, we just love you to pieces! Nolen can now officially crawl and pull himself up. He is standing more steadily each day. I have to remember to close ALL the doors in the house or I wont be able to find this little guy. He still does not sleep through the night and I am at a total loss of what to do. Trust me, we have tried everything. I think he just needs more time and love, (of course, that is all I have to give). I just love this little guy so much and I really can not remember what we ever did with out him. Also, compare these pictures with Edward's picture below. They look so much alike!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I think my kids look a lot alike... I didn't believe it before, but looking at Edward's 8 month photo shoot... there are no words, I will let the picture speak for itself.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Trying to get Edward to sing happy birthday

Happy 31st, to my love

Hard to believe another year has flown by in Stephen's life. Last year we really celebrated his 30th with a huge surprise party. This year we took things a little slower and just celebrated with family. I dressed the boys up and Edward made the cake. (Ok, I helped a little.) I am more in love with my husband, today, than the day I met him. Our lives together are wonderful.
10 things I love about Stephen: (in no particular order)
1: He is an amazing husband.
2: He loves his children
3: He respects God
4: He works hard to support his family
5: He supports me in all my silly adventures
6: He is a great father and loves to play with his boys even when he is exhausted
7: He has my best interest at heart
8: He is positive
9: He does not gossip
10: He has always been the man of my dreams and I am so lucky to have him in my life

Our garden before and after

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Barnes Boys at the Beach

Barnes Boys at the Beach
Stephen and I took the boys to San Diego for a week. We had a blast! We left Sunday after church and drove to Phoenix. The first part of the drive wasn't too bad; however, I was not looking forward to waking up and driving 5 more hours with two rambunctious boys. We arrived in San Diego Monday afternoon and went directly to the beach. We rented a condo that was about a 4 minute walk down to a private beach in Encinitas. It was truly amazing. The beach was located down four flights of stairs or a huge bluff. Since we got to the beach in the evening, the tide was already rolling in. We played for a little while, and I took pictures only to notice too late that all of our stuff was being washed out in to the ocean, including Nolen. I gathered everything up and I think we only lost one thing to the tide (and don't worry, it wasn't Nolen).
Tuesday was my 30th birthday. We just planned to go surfing and out to eat. Wow, surfing was so much harder than I thought it was going to be. We surfed for 2 long hours and I only caught 3 or 4 waves. I rode the first wave of the day all the way to the beach, then I was just too tired to stand up. Stephen had a huge banana board and had a hard time maneuvering it in the ocean. He did catch a few waves along with Wade and Sharla. I, honestly, feel awesome being 30! I love where I am in my life and I couldn't be happier!
Wednesday we went to the Sealife Aquarium at Legoland. Albuquerque has a much better aquarium. We did enjoy looking at the sea life and petting starfish. Edward had some kind of a melt down so he missed the first part of the tour; however, after some Advil his attitude improved.
Thursday we went to the beach, we actually went every day, then we went to Legoland water park. Another let down. One of the main pools was closed so the other pools were packed and the water park was not that big to begin with.
Friday was the big day we planned to stay all day at Legoland. Unfortunately, Edward had, yet another, melt down as we walked in the gate. He then skinned his knee while digging for fossils. We did stand in a few lines and rode a few rides; however, our kids are just too impatient for waiting in long lines just to ride a 1 minute ride. I guess we will have to wait a few years to do Disney Land. We went home around 1:30 and we all took a LONG much needed nap. Stephen and I went out boogie boarding all by ourselves that evening and had a blast!
Saturday we packed up and headed back to Phoenix to spend the 4th of July with Stephen's family. We had such a wonderful time with family and friends. I wish we could have seen all of our Phoenix friends; however, we really didn't have enough time. Maybe we will see you all in another year.
Happy Vacationing!