Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy birthday Ethan! Happy birthday Austin!

I meant to post this yesterday...but it got away from me. we go! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHAN!

My favorite thing about Ethan is how HILARIOUS he is - he always seems to know how to make me laugh.

Besides that, he LOVES to have fun! Obviously seen in the photo below:
Ethan is a great person to vacation with. He's ready to do anything and everything there is to do, and isn't afraid to try something new.
And last of all - he's a wonderful father to two absolutely wonderful kids. Happy birthday Ethan!



Austin is a wonderful brother to Eric. The fun these two have together just makes me smile. It's so sad that Austin doesn't live closer to us!!! We miss you Austin!

Austin is also very, very sweet and also knows how to have a ton of fun! Just in this one kayaking trip - Eric and Austin proceeded to have too much fun flipping people over, as well as traded kayaks/canoes with me so I didn't have to get flipped over during Eric's shenanigans. :)

We love you Austin! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Time for Christmas!

First, a Christmas card FAIL!

(If you have never seen the fail blog - go google it and look - it's hilarious.)

On this Christmas Eve I think we should all take a moment to remember the true meaning of Christmas - so I saw, and posted here, this video from my friend's blog - Thanks Will and Julie!!! :)

(If you see it on my blog kinda cut off on the right hand side - then go click here instead.)

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Alexa's birthday surprise VIDEO!!!

This is a video of Alexa's surprise of Eric and I coming... she cracks me up. Pay attention to us whispering in the background...she doesn't even know. :) And yes, she MAULED me while I was trying to get a good picture. lol

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's just a bloggin' day

Today, I was awake at 3. After doing whatever, I went back to sleep. Later, I woke up to the above photo. As pretty and cool looking as this is, the weather is going to rearrange some of my plans for me. So, here are the things I want to get done today, and we'll see what order they go in. The hottest part of the day has to be left for Jixie and running with the dogs - but that sun has got to get ALL the way up first. So much for getting that done early. :(

1. Train Jixie - make sure her feet are good
2. Run (I may just run to Jixie but then that doesn't help the dogs get their exercise.)
3. Lift weights
4. Shower :)
5. Finish second batch of Christmas cards to go out - first batch was successfully taken by the post woman yesterday. :)
6. Dust EVERYTHING today - today I feel a little bit of a stuffy nose coming on, and since I'm allergic to dust by 1260 units out of 1200's pretty important. ;)
7. Finish all the laundry and remove extra laundry baskets to the crawl space
8. Find brita filters and put a new one in the brita
9. Get hair cut with Ange
10. Make a meal plan for until Christmas - I'm going to try to make a lot of the meals slow cooker recipes like Natalie's tortilla soup - SO GOOD NAT!
11. Go shopping for extra ingredients (and maybe another curtain rod to hang in the guest bedroom, as well as white textured curtains for my photo/craft room.)
12. Finish wrapping extra gifts I've been picking up for Kade and Addi (I just can't help myself - I want to get everything for them!)
13. Go with Brandon to the christmas party (Leave here at 6:00 - 6:30ish, get there at 6:30 - 7ish)
14. Make some cookies for Eric's 12 days of Christmas - 00000, this has been so fun! Angela and I have been doing the 12 days of Christmas for our Eric's. So today is the 6th day of Christmas. Today, it goes like this: On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six candy kisses, five candy rings, four telephone calls, three nice hugs, a two-minute massage, and a sweet kiss on my forehead. Later in the days, he gets cookies - so I should get those done today. As well as, I need to take some to my grandma - she broke her arm. :(
15. Clean kitchen, pantry and front entry floors with scrub brush.
16. If I feel so ambitious, finish sewing curtains, and rehang.
17. Get all this done in a reasonable amount of time to sit and relax for a moment.
18. Find out where Aubrey needs to go and get her there - Alexa's roommate is flying out of SLC tomorrow, so she stayed the night here - she may be staying another night, or... who knows! lol It's so sad that they have to either go four hours here, or four and a half hours to Boise to get our of Rexburg.
19. Go over and check on Tammy and Andrew's cats tonight - they're off to California for the next bit. We're going to be quite the pet caretakers this Christmas week - first, Tammy and Andrew's cats, and if Ange and Eric don't decide to do something else, we'll be watching their two hounds as well.

Anywho, I'm sure I'll come up with a million more things I need to do - but if I can get all this done today, then anything extra I come up with, I can do tomorrow. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009


So, I started thinking about Alexa's birthday when I knew she would be in Idaho - I wanted it to be perfect. I started actually sitting down and planning it about a month ago. The week of her birthday, I asked her her plans, and she had a blind date on Saturday - the day I would be there to surprise her! This guy named Glenn is in her physics class. And he is has a roomie who needed to go on a date, and Alexa said sure. So, after Alexa told me this, I found Glenn's number in BYU-I's directory, got his house address, reversed it on white pages, found his home phone, called his mom, had a lovely chat with her, and got Glenn's number - and told him he had to change the date. Crisis averted.

So after a long date on Friday, Alexa went to bed VERY late. So surprising her early in the morning was no hard task. Her roommate Aubrey knew I was coming, and blindfolded her right before Eric and I came in side.

Then we finished breakfast and put it in front of Alexa, while she was blindfolded. Her roomies sang happy birthday to her, and then took off her blindfold.
My mom was on the phone at the same time, and Alexa was screaming about how excited she was we were there. See the breakfast in her hand.
We ate some breakfast, and then Alexa had to go practice her viola for a church thing. So I made Isabelle's present - this little pillow.

Then we took Alexa for her first pedicure ever.
It was also Eric's first pedicure. He chose to get the pink flip flops. hehe

Can you tell which ones are boy's toenails? haha
Then we did some shopping in Idaho Falls, and afterwards, went to her apartment - and SURPRISE!!! There was a huge party. This is one half of the people. The guy on the right of the picture was her date from the night before.
Amber made her a cake.

Then we blindfolded her again and took her to Laser Tag. While she was blindfolded, we all walked away about five feet, and she was talking to us, but didn't know we were gone. When no one answered, she reached over, where I should have been standing, and yelled "are you crapping me!?" SHE IS SO FUNNY! So unique and so hilarious. She just cracks me up.
I made her this circus cake for her actual birthday on Sunday. Here she is blowing out candles.
These are the animals for the circus cake.
And this is the cake part of the circus - the ribbons make the tent part of the circus.
Then she opened up her present.
She was SOOOO excited.

Lexi, I love you! You're the bestest sister! I MISS YOU!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's December...

I LOVE CHRISTMAS! It is my favorite holiday. know those videos you can find on the internet, with the music playing, and the christmas lights flashing to the music? I love those, and want my house to be just like that. So last year I found a music box that made the lights do that. Unfortunately, I'm not super rich, and haven't spent enough money to make it more grand. Mine just has four different sections, and they will flash at different times to the music - but JUST four of them. One day - I hope it will look like the videos I have uploaded here.

Eric and I found this house on our way home from our date yesterday night - I'm SOOOOOO jealous.

Also, Nat did SO wonderful at the beehive bazaar held this last week!!!

Here is her beautiful display. She used books to hold down the table legs - SO smart. And, I overheard a ton of people talking about how much they loved all the cookies, and one lady even said "she's the best baker in the world!!"

We bought one of everything, if not two, :), but this was the only one I could take a picture of - since we ate all of them before we could take pics. haha
And this is a menu planner that was selling at the beehive bazaar- it' s a picture frame, and it has all the days on it, as well as a spot to write when ingredients expire, as well as what you still need! I LOVE IT! They had one in green - and I want it!
We got our christmas tree up and put our tree skirt down. Thank you Sally for such a cute, cute, cute tree skirt! It took her so much time - she cross stitched the whole thing!!!