Monday, December 17, 2007

'Tis the Season

With the hustle and bustle this season I have fallen off the blogger radar. I must apologize for my lack of posts. I haven't even found time to do my Christmas Cards yet and I am usually very good about doing them every year. I have two parties I am hosting at my home this week. One is for enrichment and the other is for some of my college hood friends. (a.k.a. puss n'boots )

Sunday, December 2, 2007

and the winner is Mandas Couch

thanks for playing.......yes his pants are on backwards and i did not even notice until we went to the restroom after taking this picture! we changed them around and then headed out to see the water show. stay tuned more pics of our vegas thanksgiving to come.

Friday, November 30, 2007

What is wrong with this picture?

Here is a picture of Hayden leaning up against a giant pumpkin on display at the Bellagio Garden in Las Vegas. Look closely to this picture and tell me what is wrong?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"guest relations informational request"

So my friend Ann who I met when living in Colorado gave me a "guest relations informational request" (aka Tag) and I started to fill it out and realized how much i hated sharing any of this information. All the questions were about high school and people I remember from high school. You can see her questionnaire here. I actually live really close to my high school and see people I know all the time. One thing that is very nice about living out of this state is that you don't have to see any of those people ever again. But sadly there are many people I do see and really don't care to. I do also have to say that some of those people from high school that I do see are really just regular people who were very insecure back at the age of 16, 17, and 18. It is nice to live so close to home but living away dose has it's advantage and this is one of those.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hubba Hubba

Here is a rare pic of my other half. He is cutting some granite for some friends. Here is a pic of Hayden and some of those friends (McKell& Emily).

there dad Curt

*Note: Do not think less of him because he suports the Cougar

Fall Leaves

Every child should experience the thrill of jumping into a pile of leaves.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

She is just so cute

Here is a picture of Tatum a few weeks ago when we went over to my parents house right after church. The weather was perfect and my kids love to swing on the play set.

Halloween 2007

So Hayden's costume this year was a Skeleton then after wearing it all day at school he wanted to be something else. I think it was a little warm. Luckily his costume from 2005 still fit him so when we went trick-or-treating he put on the Turtle costume. Don't ask me how this looks any cooler.......he sure looks happy:).

Tatum was a Love Bug and she loved getting candy in her little pumpkin purse. Halloween is so much fun with kids.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

****this fabulous image was jackfree here

Friday, October 26, 2007


Celeste tagged me, and I must comply!
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

So here are 7 random facts about me:
1_I bargain shop.
2_I like to clean and do yard work.
3_ I have been through the Panama Canal.
4_ I have taken a concealed weapons course.
5_I love anything related to empowering women.
6_ I have a very tender heart and tend to cry over random things.
7_I have worked in Washington D.C. at the United States Supreme Court.

That's me!

so now i'm tagging:
have fun!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

i can honestly admit that I have nothing to hide about my last visit to sin city. my dad taught tate how to play craps so now he is all over throwin dice. he knows how to walk away a winner. unfortunately i am not a winner :(. tate is there working on a project called Hyatt Place. you can see what it will look like here. we ate yummy food shopped, and walked, and walked, and walked. we went to two shows "Mamma Mia" at Mandalay Bay, and "O" -Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio. we also attended the the Bodies the Exhibition at the Tropicana. the entertainment was great and having time alone with tate was long awaited. my sister watched my kids and I am so lucky i have great family around to help me.

******i have many more pictures to share but blogger is having some technical difficulties so i will post those later.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Western Day

Hayden had Western Day at school. He was so excited to wear his new boots!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years ago Tate and I took the plunge and married one another. Tate was 27 and I was only 23! We dated for two years and then started the next chapter of our lives as a married couple.

Here is a recap on each year we've been married.....

One: colorado, first pregnancy, new friends

Two: new baby, wyoming and then back to colorado

Three: new parents, new jobs and learning to get through hard stuff

Four: back to utah, back to work, and back to my parents house

Five: work, hard work, and more work

Six: new house, new baby, and new goals

Seven: already looks good

Reasons why I will always love Tate:

  • he's my rock, my confidant and best friend

  • he's so manly, hot, know beautiful

  • he is the best daddy...our kids just love him

  • he always makes me feel pretty

  • he will work out of town for us

  • the fact that he wants more kids

  • he cooks for me

  • he can fix anything

  • he will dance with me

  • we seem to grow even closer year after year

Happy Anniversary Tate!

Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day of Kindergarten

Hayden starts his first day of school today! He was so excited on his way to school he asked me if I was excited for his first day of school. I replied "Yes I think I might even cry I'm so excited!".

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Unaccompanied Minor

Are you sitting down....ok so last Wednesday I put my five year old on a flight to Arizona all by himself! My child who has no fear was happy to leave me at the gate. When it was time for him to board his plane I started to panic inside and all that came out of my mouth was "Hayden I'll be right here." "ok mom" he said as he walked up the ramp with the other unaccompanied minor who was a girl a few years older than him. Tate wanted to take him to a Diamond Back Baseball game. Tate will drive home with him tomorrow and I am so excited to see both of them!

Getting Dirty

We gave Tatum a nice little bowl of pudding....Hayden had to get in on the fun.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Tatum has found her voice

Her current vocabulary consists of:



mmmineeeee (mine)

no no no no no



See my July 29 post .....just finished it

Jump down to July 29

Friday, August 3, 2007


tate has been working back east so when he flies home to visit he will leave his vehicle back there. we have a little spare car we drive around that hayden likes to call the subaruge. we use it when tate comes in town but it has one air conditioning! with the 95+ degree weather we've been having the car heats up pretty quick. so this week while tate has been home i have been driving the subaruge. he will take the kids so i don'thave to worry about dropping them off at the babysitters so i let him take my car that is fully equipped with a/c. my ride to work is not to bad but the ride home is when i swelter! while driving in the heat i am reminded of how lucky i am to have a car with a/c. i appreciate my car so much more!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

things we do when tate is home

hang out at home

market street grill

porcupine grill

watch videos

the original pancake house

shopping, sears, gap ,zumiez,pacsun, bc surf & sport

holiday oil

watch movies again

drive to riverton/harriman to help his bro

smiths marketplace

big apple pizza

sunday breakfast at home (monsters!)

sunday dinner at mom and dads

ice cream cake-for tate's bday


visit my cute friend shana

costco pizza, polish dog, and a churro

costa vida

ok so we eat out when tate is here. i'm not much of a cook. if i stayed home all day i'm sure i would come up with all kinds of good stuff to make for my hard working husband. he dose most of he cooking at our house.

we miss you tate

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Park City

I plan to go to Park City this weekend. I love how close we live to it.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Independece Day

Grandma Marilee and Tatum
hayden and katers

my boys tate and hayden

look at me!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


here is a picture of my dad relaxing on a warm sunday evening. isn't he dashing!

Monday, July 16, 2007

day three

look at the flowers that my husband sent me last friday, they are three days old here. thank you tate! i love them!

thank you tate, i love them!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy Birthday to You!

my husband tate and i have celebrated over nine birthdays with one another. in that time we managed to get married, live in three states, (utah, colorado, & wyoming) move eight different times and have the two cutest kids ever! last week tate had another birthday he wasn't here to celebrate so we will have to make up for it when he comes home. happy birthday tate!

while writing this post i pondered the thought that we have had nine different cars and with all of these cars i have great memories with tate. here are the cars we have used in our journey together.

1962 Bug: tate let me drive her while we were dating, i remember having to tow her from one home to the next, we better get this darling thing running again one day

1990 Jetta: the notorious b.i.g., big beautiful south, gangsta lean, what a P.O.S...... we passed this piece on in 2000 to tate's little bro and i think it died soon after that
1991 Subaru, Loyale: the red barron, this car was very loyal....we do miss you, mirror lake we decided we were going to get married :) the marathon trip to arizona and san diego, passed this good girl onto someone in 2002 in colorado

1992 Subaru, Legacy: tate impressed me with his mechanic skills when he changed the starter while the car sat in the pay lot at the student union! this was the last car my parents helped me with, i passed her on in 2000 to my little sister when I purchased the volvo 850

1993 Volvo, 850: my first car of my own! we took this car to arizona, colorado and wyoming, we had some great times in the "night rider" after putting well over 200,000 miles on her she has been passed on to our babysitter this year

1998 GMC, Sierra: the "silver bullet"traveled all over colorado. we took some great road trips in this vehicle to yellowstone, arizona, and back and forth from utah to colorado. we let her go to tates bro after we picked up the ford 350

2002 Ford 350 Superduty Crew cab: this has been a great vehicle we still have it and tate drives it all over the country. he is currently in connecticut and headed for pennsylvania this week. i like to call it "the machine" the power behind this engine is incredible. the worst part of the truck is the price at the pump!!!! i never imagined having to buy diesel and spending over $100 every time you fill up!
1993 Subaru, Loyale: another subaru you ask? yes we like them and tate is a wiz at fixing them he resurrected this one from the dead. we use her as a spare car when tate flies home. she has been back on the road just this year.

2001 Volvo, V70 XC: we just brought her into the family this past march. i found her and had to have her. the price was right and she seats seven. we took her on a trip to california and arizona this past spring. i love her and hope she is around for a while.

tate i am so glad we have decided to travel together in the road trip we call life. I wish you many new adventures in the years to come!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Visitors Please Say Hello

I am finding myself becoming addicted to this blogging thing. I put a visitor tracker on my page that tells me where people are from and have seen that I have had eight new visitors today! Wow.....all of you please say hello in the comments, I would love to browse your blog.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, July 7, 2007


  • June 30

    Tatum turned one last Saturday. I am so glad we have her in our life. She brings us so much joy. When people ask how my baby is doing I get this smile on my face and think of how sweet she is. Last week she started to use her hands to tell me she wants something. If she wants someone to pick her up she will reach her arms out and wave her fingers to motion you over. It is so cute. she loves her brother and always wants to be where he is. She also loves to swim. You can see a picture of her swimming on her birthday Here. My favorite things about Tatum:

1-Kicks her legs with joy when I pick her up

2-Love pats when she gives me a hug

3-Her cute teeth when she smiles

4-Bops to any music she hears

5-Always happy to see me

6-Loves her brother

7-Loves her Daddy

8-Likes to swim

9-Takes wonderful naps, and still goes to bed early

10-She is a girl and I never thought I would enjoy having a girl so much!

Monday, June 25, 2007

My Favorite Things Swap...Thanks, Tabetha

I just love all of Tabetha's Favorite things! Thanks for all the cute stuff! I sent off your package today so you should be getting it in the next few days. Hopefully nothing leaks or melts all over!
Can't wait to find the perfect picture to put in my necklace!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!

Thursday, June 21, 2007


When growing up I never appreciated my father for the man that he is. As a child your view of your parents can be very different than what they when you are older with your own kids. I look back at how afraid I was of my dad and how intimidated I was by him. He still dose intimidate me to some degree but now I regret feeling the way I did.
Now I know his intentions with the five of us were only good. He wanted good things for us all and he still wants to see us succeed. After being married to someone that comes from a broken home I respect my father even more. He is the Rock of our family.

Happy Father's Day Dad

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Father's Day

Ten reasons why my kids love their Dad:

1- always willing to tote us around wherever mom and dad go
2- loves to cuddle, tickle, and wrestle with us
3- will always let us help fix stuff with him
4- he works so hard for us so we can live in our nice house
5- will make us really nice meals, no McDonald's with him
6- cleans toilets, wipes noses, and changes diapers :)
7- drops us off at school and daycare and picks us up
8- he is good to mommy :)
9- takes us fishing with grandpa
10- he makes life so much more fun......we miss you daddy
Happy Father's Day Tate

Friday, June 15, 2007

Here comes the weekend!

Here we are at the Zoo a few weeks ago. We went late on a Friday afternoon to see the Ghost of the Bayou, a white alligator with blue eyes. Legends say if they look at you in the eyes you will have good luck! I have pictures of myself on this slide as a youngster.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Two Peas in a Pod

katers & hayden
Don't they look like they could be model's. If you look closely you can see how Hayden colored green in the eyes of his T-shirt! He was trying to hide it from me when he first did it. I couldn't help but just laugh. He's a stinker!

Katers and Hayden on Thomas the Train Saturday May 26th.
They had a great time and loved being on the outdoor train car.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Clown Day

Today is Clown Day at Hayden's school. His dad took him to the Party store and put this outfit together. I am very impressed with Tate's skills as a makeup artist!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Purple and Pink

May 19,2007
Daddy and his little princess. Here is a picture of Tate and Tatum at a wedding reception for his brother Tanner. Tatum is looking a bit worn out! You can see her little purple cast on her arm.
They are both so cute!

This is a week later and the purple cast slipped off so we had to have it replaced. They put it up above the elbow so it wouldn't slide off again.