circle, circle.

this is, by far, the funniest thing i have seen in a long, long time. hilarious, freaking hilarious.



i heard this song again tonight. i love this song, and i realized exactly why i love it. this song is totally my parents. totally. my dad is always waiting for my mom.

don't get me wrong, my mom is not a late person. she is on time for everything, early even. and so is my dad. one trait i did not inherit, dangit. but, when there is not an exact time that they need to arrive somewhere or when they are just headed out to go shopping or something like that, it takes my mom forever to get in the car. and my dad is always waiting in the car for her, not even joking...always waiting. and he is usually just waiting for her to put on lipstick. the woman goes nowhere without lipstick.

but my dad patiently waits for her to do whatever she needs to do. granted, he complains occassionally, but more often than not, he just patiently waits. and he would patiently wait until the end of time for her, of that i am certain.

i have the greatest example of a husband (and father) that i could have ever, ever hoped for in my dad. my expectations are high for myself because of my dad. and there is nothing wrong with that.

thanks dad, for being the best example to me.
i love you.


my baby sister.

my baby sister moved with her family to portland, oregon this week. i am very sad and i am going to miss them very much.

julie came to get her hair cut in logan on wednesday with the family and i got to go to lunch with them. i also got to go and hang out with julie while she had her hair cut. it was a great day. i'm so glad i got to spend time with her before she left town. and even though little jakey wouldn't give me a kiss, i was glad to see him, too. (and jared and lucie, too, obviously.)

ju-ju, i love you and i'm going to miss you terribly. and i promise to come and visit.


for today.

because sometimes i am at a loss when it comes to thinking up blog posts, i am going to try another one of these little guided gems. i found this one here, but it originated here.

for today (at the end of the day): september 19, 2008.

outside my window: is the dark night sky, with lightening in the west. i sure do hope that it rains. i love the rain in the fall. and love that it is now fall.

i am thinking: about all of the curve balls that life throws. i'm thinking that we should never get too comfortable with the way things are because you never know we never know when the next curve ball is coming and from what direction it is going to arrive.

i am thankful for: the knowledge that ever curve ball can be handled. it may be the hardest thing we have to deal with, but we are never left alone to handle them all on our own. i'm so thankful that i know that.

from the kitchen: well, since i don't spend much time in the kitchen these days, there is nothing exciting happening there. just lots of gross messes being made. and those messes are not being cleaned properly. frustrating, to say the least.

i am wearing: my pajamas. i'm ready to climb in bed and end this day.

i am creating: lots and lots of digital scrapbook pages...in my mind. now i just need to actually work on them.

i am going: to finish this up and lay my pretty little head on my pillow and pray for pleasant dreams and peaceful feelings.

i am reading: oh-so-many things. mostly i am reading piece of work and harry potter and the order of the phoenix. i'm working on the book of mormon in spanish, too. and i don't even speak spanish. i want to, though. so i'm gonna teach myself, with the assitance of others. it's really a long story. i'm sure it will come up again later.

i am hoping: that tomorrow will be a much better day all around. and that it won't be such an emotional wreck of a day. so, here's to hoping.

i am hearing: ella and louis praising autumn in new york.

around the house: there are dirty boys and dirty boy messes.

one of my favorite things: is being able to rely on people around me for support. especially friends, since my family is so far away.

a few plans for the rest of the week: work, work and work. my weeks mostly consist of work. oh, and mowing the lawn. can't forget about that.

here is a picture thought i am sharing:


remember this.

i'm finally getting around to posting a family picture. remember that trip i took to the desert? well, while we were there, one of my sister's friends took some pictures of the fam. here is one, all jazzed up. everyone minus one brother and one brother-in-law.


the big one.

i just wanted to take this opportunity to wish my big sister a very happy fortieth birthday. that's right, the big four-oh. in my mind she will always be about seventeen. i truly wish i had some pictures of her, the way i remember her. she was a true child of the eighties. there is one picture that i'm thinking of with my whole family, minus my mom who was taking the picture, on my eighth birthday. she has the best hair with this shirt with a popped collar and duran duran buttons. priceless.

anyway, kristen, i love you and am so blessed to call you my sister. i couldn't ask for a better sister or a better friend. i'm so grateful for all you do for me and i truly am so lucky that you are my big sister.

happy birthday!



i love the sound of: giggling, happy babies.

i love the sight of: smiling faces waking me up in the morning.

i love the taste of: the umpteenth soda in one day. (it's only good when it's with my sister.)

i love the smell of: overpowering nail polish remover. (hahaha...only when i know why it is so overpowering.)

i love the feel of: family.


happy birthday.

i can't believe that it has been a year since little lillie joined our family.
i predicted then that she was going to rule her world...and trust me she does.
i can't imagine what our lives would be like without her.

happy birthday, my little mama.
oh how i love you so.
and i can't wait to love you more with each passing year.

here are a few pictures of your adorable face.
obviously, they show just why i can't get enough of you.

two days old.

first new year's eve.

chillin' in the chair.

with the bros.

pretty girl.


playin' wii.

smiley and full of giggles.

again, happy birthday, mama.
love you lots and lots!


trouble is his name-o.

malcolm is my two-year-old nephew and i just can't get enough of him. i want to squish him and kiss him and squish him more. he is the cutest thing in the world--at least i think so, and i'm pretty good at judging cute things.

anyway, during my visit to my sister's, we made a trip to target. while we were there, i found the most perfect t-shirt for malcolm. the shirt i found was much, much too small for him, but kristen found one that would fit him. she, too, thought it was perfect so she got it for him. and he wore it proudly--for two days.

(please excuse the fact that i have no makeup on...it was early.)

see, how can you not want to squish him endlessly...even if he is trouble. the shirt says "why i am in trouble: 1) won't share anything. 2) won't give mommy a break. 3) keep getting caught. 4) won't take a nap. 5) made a huge mess." it's not that malcolm is always in trouble, but he sure likes to push his parent's buttons. thus, the perfect shirt. gotta love the kid, though. he is freaking adorable.