Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lexi's Senior Pictures

Michelle Evans (my cousin) came up and took pictures. She did such a GREAT job! I love them all. Lexi is having a hard time picking her favorite...
You'll see why, they are ALL SO good. Not to mention the fact that Lexi is just BEAUTIFUL!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

L O N G overdue

Samantha was Julie Andrews at the wax museum at school. Audra made her outfit.
She sang, "Favorite Things." She did a great job. If I can figure out how to upload it. I will.

Skyler was Laura Bush.

"Mom, how do you read?"

I had to recreate this moment. Bubba was looking at a book, and asked me how to read. I thought it was such a sweet moment. I made him do it again so I could take a picture.

Bauer and Maggie

Here are Bauer and Maggie.

Bauer (Jack Bauer) is a 4 month old Yorkie. He is Lexi's puppy. We got him for her for Graduation. He is a very timid little guy. He is super smart. He has already learned to "come" and "sit." He doesn't like to be in trouble though.
This is Maggie. She is a 3 month old Shih Tzu. She is a bit on the fisty side. She is my Mother's Day present. She is so cute, and is a little fluff ball that gets so excited when you pay her any attention at all. Chris says he doesn't know why he has to put up with all my Shih Tzu...
They are both doing good at house training and don't have many accidents. We will have "Shorkies" in a year or so and they are the cutest puppies EVER! Look them up!

To Nurture a Child...

Emily made this for me for Mother's Day! With Millie and Bubba's help. It is so cute. She made it out of cardboard. The bottom part is the song, "You are my sunshine."
I have been thinking a lot about Mother's Day and how my thoughts about it have changed so much.
I used to think that I wanted gifts and I wanted to be pampered and if I wasn't then the day was just dumb and my family didn't really care about me.
But now, it doesn't have anything to do with that. It is about me being a nurturer. It is about all those that have nurtured me. It is about spending time with my children. Talking with them. Laughing with them. Singing with them. It's about the gift that God has given me and how I choose to take care of it.
If you are a daughter of God, then you have the desire to nurture, whether you have children or not. We are so lucky to be given this calling from our Father in Heaven. I have had a lot of people nurture me throughout my life. Even now, as an adult, I still have friends that are important to me, and nurture me, not as a child, but as a wife and mother and friend. I go to them for guidance, for understanding and sometimes even just to vent. I find strength through my friendships with other women.
Thank you to all of you who have touched my life.
Thank you mom, for being such a great mom. I love you!


Nicolas is 18 months old now.
He is official in nursery. He has always been in there, because I am in there, but now he is OFFICIAL! Here he is playing with a 4 wheeler and making all kinds of start and running noises. Something boys seem to come by naturally. I am not sure how or why...Nicolas has the cutest pucker ever, this picture doesn't even do it justice. His top lip goes all the way to his nose. I love it. I asked him to kiss my "owie." I will keep trying to get a better picture.
These are his new big boy clothes for church. He looks so adorable! He loves the puppies as you can see.

AWWW...Nicolas' official first day of Nursery. April 26th.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bubba's Happ, well, not so happy 4th birthday...

Ugh! This picture really makes my stomach hurt. This is his owie after getting a 4 wheeler for his birthday.
This is Bubba super happy in his new jacket GG made for him! Before his big owie after getting a 4 wheeler for his birthday. This is Bubba getting ready to ride his 4 wheeler before his owie after getting a 4 wheeler for his birthday.

The one good thing about this day, we all gained a stronger testimony in the power and comfort of the Priesthood.


Lexi and I are going to New York, we are G O I N G to New York! NEW YORK!! We are going to see Wicked, In the Heights, Mary Poppins, and Guys and Dolls! Plus, we are going to see as much of New York as we possibly can!
We are going to New York!
We head to the airport around noon. We find out that we do get to sit by each other on the flight.
We play the in flight trivia game and watch Monk. We can't sleep. Way too excited for that.
We get into NY at about 11:00 maybe 10:00 I don't really know, and I don't really care...
We are staying at the Double Tree.
It is right smack dab in the middle of Time Square. We get out of the van from the airport and we are completely awe struck! The lights, the Broadway show billboards everywhere. The ball that drops-every new years eve...
We get into our room. We write down everything we want to do and see.
We can't sleep, but we have to, we plan on being up by 6:00a.m. and it is already 3:00a.m.

The adventure begins...

New York: Day 4

Today we decided that we hadn't been on the subway yet or that we hadn't been in a Taxi either. We picked the subway first, the subway that we wanted wasn't running so we had to get on a subway and then take it to a main sub station and then switch and get onto a different one. It was intense. It was scary. It was all that and more. We ended up getting off in Harlem. We were wondering why everyone on the subway was looking at us so weird. We wanted to find the Temple. Turns out it is really close to Central Park and also the Museum. Hence, the Taxi!

Like everything else in NY, the Temple is built UP. There is no room to build out, so everything is 10 stories high. It is hard to find, but we did it. That was awesome. I said to Lexi, "We have to know where it is just incase we are stuck here or something bad happens, this is where we would want to get to and FAST." It just so happens that part of the Julliard Campus is across the street from the Temple so we got to see that too. We then went to the Museum of Natural History. That is where the movie "Night at the Museum" is filmed. Again, HUGE!
We were seeing "Mary Poppins" as a Matinee, it was very good and very cute. I enjoyed it, Lexi, not so much.
After the show we went to Macys. Macy's is an ENTIRE city block. No joke. It is 9 stories. I have never seen anything like it, in all my life. Alexis went to all 9 floors, just so she could say she did. hee hee. We finish all of our shopping! Bringing home some fun things...hee hee
We fouind the Ed Sullivan Theatre:
Then for our last show we saw W I C K E D !! It was Amazing, Magnificent, Incredible. I loved it so much. If I only saw that one show, I would have been satisfied with my trip. I didn't want the show to end. Alexis was 2nd row center! Me right next to her. It was FABULOUS!!
Nicole Parker played Elphaba:
I have no words to describe how good she is.Alli Mauzey played Galinda or Glinda (without the Ga) The cemistry between the two leads was something to see. I truly have never seen anything like it. I can't decide which one I liked better.
I loved the fun part of Glinda, but Elphaba won your heart. I would really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see them again. The same cast, I mean. I sat there and bawled like a baby during the last number. So sad it was over, so touched by the whole thing. I turned to Lexi and I was so embarrassed! I had no control over my emotions at all. We both just sunk down in our seats and said we were NEVER leaving. We were going to set up camp there and live there and watch the show over and over and over and over and over and over...you get the idea.
The trip changed me, changed something inside me...I am not afraid anymore. I used to live my life in such fear, but it is gone. I walked the streets of NY, I figured things out, it was the most amazing thing! I loved every minute. I am glad Lexi was with me too. I hope I can do something similar to this with all of my girls!

New York: Day 3

The next morning we got up and decided to get on one of the tour buses so that we could see more of the sites. We took the bus for a little while and decided that wasn't the way we wanted to see NY. We really couldn't get off the bus when we wanted to. We took it to Ground Zero and then got off the bus. Ground zero was very somber--even still. There was so much hussle and bussle until you were close to it--then there was a silence. We were both surprised at how quiet everyone was while walking by the construction site. This was not the best part of the trip, we were far from our hotel and we weren't sure where we were, where we were going or how we were going to get there. So we found water and walked along the edge for a mile or two. (Lexi would probably say 20) We saw Battery Park and the Ground Zero monument.

We finally came to Ellis Island and the Staten Island Ferry. So we jumped on. The Ferry gets you pretty close to the Statue of Liberty, but not close enough in my opinion. I would love to take a different Ferry and actually go to the island. I think that if I ever get back to New York that that is one thing I want to do. Seeing the Statue of Liberty was AWESOME! Something I have wanted to do my whole life. I am so glad that I was able to fufill this dream.
We had a hot dog from one of the carts because I said I wanted a NY hot dog and we had to cross it off the list. We decided not to get back on the bus to go back to the hotel, instead we decided to walk. That was a long walk. It was at least 5 miles back. We saw a lot, but my legs were getting tired after yesterdays adventures. But it was fun, we saw a guy filming something, we don't know what, but we took a picture anyways...
We walked to the Empire State Building and decided to go up to the top. There are really long lines and a whole lot of people in there. The Building was fun to see, but I don't think I would ever go to the top again. It took about 2 hours to get to the top. Just standing in lines and then we were only at the top for like 10 minutes and then the long wait down. There were a lot of people so it was hard to see much anyway, and it was expensive. Something funny that happened, we were talking to this family, they had a baby girl with them. The employees were letting them go through the line, to get down, a lot faster than anyone else. When they asked them how many in their party--they said 5. They had included Lexi and I with them so were able to get out of there really fast. It had Lexi and I laughing for quite a while. We could definately see a lot from up top. This is where the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts. That was fun. We found the Chrysler Building. "I want it to shine like the top of the Chrysler Building" (Annie) We drove past Madison Square Garden on our bus ride to Staten Island.
We barely made it back in time for our next show. We grabbed some Philly Cheese steaks from a vendor cart on the road. And gobbled them down.
We saw "Guys and Dolls" The costumes were great and the set was incredible. I wouldn't say I could recommend the show. Especially if young kids were going to watch it. It is a little on the skanky side. It was good, but not great. The way they moved from set to set was pretty amazing, one of the best that I have seen.
On our way home we saw this guy making the most incredible paintings with only spray paint and a few tools. Mostly a spackle thingy...we watched him for a long time.
Today was Shirsten's 18th birthday, so we had lots of fun desserts to sample and sat around and visited with everyone. Then it was off to bed.

New York: Day 2

We got up at 6:00 in the morning and headed to Rockefeller Center to watch the "Today" show.
There was a men's choir from a College there, that was pretty fun. We saw Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales through the glass. Al Roker wasn't there, someone else came out onto the plaza so we left because we were cold and tired and hungry.
We went back to our Hotel, after finding food to see if anyone was ready to see NY. We decided to check out the things right by our Hotel. We stayed at the DoubleTree right in Time Square. Right on Broadway, in the middle of ALL the action. The ball that drops at the beginning of each new year was always in sight. SO FUN!! So, we went to the M& M store. Talk about big, it was 3 stories high.
Next we ventured to Central Park. We figured we could find it because we could see Columbus Circle from our Hotel room. That was awesome, I recommend that to anyone who visits NY. Go to Central Park and take the bike tour. You get to see the whole thing and have someone explain all of the history and see where a lot of movies are filmed. The whole new money on the west side and old money on the east side (or vise versa) was pretty interesting. We saw where a lot of famous people live, like, Brad and Angelia, Tom Cruise, Richard Gere, Madonna, I can't remember them all...but there were A LOT!! The old money: The Rockefeller, Carnegie...
We walked around this area for quite awhile. We went to F.A.O Schartz TOY STORE. Again, it is HUGE! This is where the piano on "Big" is located. I can't even explain the size. It was 3 stories but it was also like half a city block. BIG BIG STORE! The soldier at the enterance soluted us. That was pretty fun. We walked back up 5th avenue to our hotel and bought Chris and Brianne something so that we could say that we purchased something on 5th. ha ha
Later that night we went and saw "In the Heights" it is a new musical that won a lot of Tony's last year. It was SO good. I loved it, it made me want to get up and dance. Well, actually I wanted to learn to dance and then get up and dance. The lead girl was absolutely amazing! Mesmorizing even. We got back to our Hotel and crashed--ready to get up and start another busy day.
What a GREAT DAY!!!

New York: Day 5


This has been the best trip it was so much fun. I am so glad I got to spend time with Lexi and see NY with her.
I am ready to go home and see my family.

We get up early, get to the airport, in a LIMO, and fly home.
Alexis and I play the trivia game on the plane the whole way home.
We stop to eat at Marie Callendars on the way home with Lauri and Denali, Maren and Tamsen and Rilee, and Demaris.

HOME--My girls and my boys! Yeah!

1. It stinks really bad!
2. The sewers really do steam.
3. The people there are really friendly, except the one begger who growled at me.
4. There is garbage EVERYWHERE.
5. It was fun to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.