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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Thursday, September 22, 2011


While at church on Sunday, I over heard a nursery leader talking about how it was just amazing that a two year old could sing the alphabet.  Well, Edward isn't much of a singer but he sure knows his letters and what sounds they make and I kind of thought that was a little bit better than just knowing a song about the letters.  So, here is my proof that little Edward will be reading when he is three.  (He can already read his name and the word "dog".) Kids can learn anything we teach them.

*This is a long video so you don't have to watch it, this is mostly just for me to record the happenings of my little family.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dear Pinterest...

Top: Banana Republic Skirt: Banana Republic Belt: Target Necklace: Hawaii street vendor
Bracelet: ribbon Ring: My loving Husband Shoes: Ross Dress for less
Hair: Water and Baking Powder
Body: A work in progress
Thanks for helping me get dressed this morning. And thanks to church for giving me a place to go.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

10 Months

It is seriously hard to believe that Nolen is 10 months old today. He has grown so much and the months have flown by with him in our lives.
Nolen is still crawling but has now been standing with out holding anything. He has attempted a few steps; however, he has been unsuccessful. I think it will be another two months before we really see him walking.
Nolen still does not sleep through the night although we have come up with a good routine so that we aren't missing too many hours of sleep.
Nolen has two bottom teeth that just came in and he is getting his top two teeth as well.
Nolen can say "mama" and "dada" but still doesn't reference them to any one in particular. I bet his first word will be Edward. :)
Nolen loves his brother. He follows him everywhere and tries to do everything Edward is doing. He loves to play with the same toys and that sometimes results in a bit of a conflict.
Nolen is 22.4 pounds and almost 29 inches. He is such a big boy. He will soon be out of the 12 month clothes and right in to 18 month clothing.
Nolen will eat anything. He does not like us to put the food in his mouth; however, he wants to touch it first and then he will put it in and eat every last bite. He still does not eat dinner because his stomach can't handle that much food. Hopefully, when he is off formula, he can eat everything we are eating and not have to miss a meal.
Nolen has such a wonderful temperament and is usually calm unless he really needs or wants something. He is kind. He is caring, he is considerate, and he doesn't mind playing all by himself.
I love this little guy so much. I am so grateful he was given to us to care for while he spends his time here on earth. He is perfect for our family.

Dad, water, and jeeps

In 1999 Stephen purchased his first ever car. A used 1997 Toyota Corolla. He drove this car until last August when we purchased a family car, the Toyota Highlander. Stephen was then upgraded to the 2000 Honda Accord. He drove the Accord for a year and we were finally able to upgrade his car to an awesome 2009 Jeep Wrangler. He loves it, but I bet you can guess who loves it more, Edward! Stephen and Edward go for long 4 wheelin' drives together for awesome Father-Son activities.
Now that the rainy season has finally arrived the boys have been waking up and running outside to play in the mud. I am sure girls would never do this (note sarcasm); however, my boys LOVE water and they love to get dirty.
As a small side note, this ugly bush that has been growing in my back yard tuned out to be a beautiful New Mexico Sunflower!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Where was I? I was starting my Junior year of college at the University of North Texas as a Vocal Music Major. I had a crazy summer and was just trying to survive. I woke up that morning and didn't have enough money for gas so I had to take the bus to school. I had recently started a new job as a cashier at the food court so I had to take a change of clothes with me to school. After riding the bus for an hour then walking to the Music building I started to get the feeling something wasn't right. I walked in to the building and it was basically empty. I saw a crowed of people huddled around the television in the student lounge area. I ignored them. I went to my classroom and sat down. Not a soul came in to the class. Not even the teacher. After 10 minutes of sitting alone, I decided to walk back to the crowed of people by the television. By this time there wasn't even standing room in the student lounge. I asked a girl what was going on and she said New York City had been bombed.
I was shocked. I wanted to get closer to hear the details but I couldn't even force my way through the room. I went to the student cafeteria to see if I could hear more and that is when someone really said what had happened. A plane had crashed in to the world trade tower buildings. I started wondering if I knew anyone in New York. At this point the entire school just shut down. The side walks were deserted. The buses had stopped and America seemed silent. I walked the 5 miles home basically alone on the streets and cried.
Where were you?

flowers and boys

Since we don't plan to add another child to our family, we have only boys. Boys and flowers really don't go together unless you have a sweet boy named Edward who absolutely loves beautiful flowers and he loves to just stop and smell them, even if we are driving and he sees them growing wildly on the side of the road. I promised Edward, after driving passed flowers all day, that I would take him to pick some all for himself.

Friday, September 9, 2011

double bleh

Both my boys are sick... again.

Monday, September 5, 2011


I found this on pinterest and thought I would share... now how do I teach my children these rules?

25 Manners Kids (and adults) Should Know
#1: When asking for something, say "Please."
#2: When receiving something, say "Thank you."
#3: Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
#4: If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
#5: When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
#6: The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
#7: Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
#8: When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
#9: When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
#10: Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
#11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
#12: Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
#13: Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
#14: Don't call people mean names.
#15: Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
#16: Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
#17: If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
#18: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
#19: As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
#20: If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.
#21: When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
#22: When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
#23: Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
#24: Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
#25: Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

For bean,

Right before Edward joined our lives, I had the idea to put together a quilt with all of my old t-shirts and all of Stephen's old army stuff. I didn't really do much as my Mom did almost all the sewing and I just cut out the shirts and mapped it out on the ground. My mother is an amazing seamstress and I wish I would have inherited those awesome qualities.

sleeping baseball

Taking pictures of sleeping babies is something I just can't bring myself to do because I don't want to wake them up... but they look so cute when they are sleeping. So, I turned off the sound and flash to the camera and snapped a few pictures of Nolen while he was sleeping. I know they are dark and grainy... but this is the best I can do.
Also, Edward has been having a blast learning to hit a baseball. Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, September 2, 2011

This is a post about real life

Today, I didn't get dressed. Today, I didn't work out. Today, I didn't fold the laundry. Today, I didn't clean the house.
Today, I played with my boys. We laughed, we played, we loved.

I tried...

I have been trying to be a little more crafty and this was one of my first craft projects. Wow, it was hard. A lot harder than the lady said it would be on Pinterest. Here is what she made:

Here is what I made:

I found that the letter 'S' is nearly impossible and the letter 'M' looks much easier. I just don't have that artistic eye, but I tried. Here's hoping my other projects work out a little better.