About Me

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Friday, December 18, 2009

Emma's Haircut

Over the last few weeks, Emmaline has been having hair issues. Between the snot and food (yummy I know) her hair was always stuck to her face, nose and even together in large mats that were entirely impossible to comb out. So I did what any crazy mother would do... cut it off! But she had already helped with her bangs - the big weird hole in the front of her hair.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Family Portrait

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Happy December! I am sure that I am not the only one that wonders what in heavens name just happened with November! Well here is a recap of our November.

We finally moved 99% into our new house
Jeremy's youngest sister Kim came (and had a few photo shoots)
and Kim helped with...
The hunters from last year came again and I was the caterer (is that a word?)
Our best friends were sealed to their children in the temple (Amazing!)
A few more photo shoots of friends

Thanksgiving with the Elders and a family from the branch

um... I think that was all the big stuff...

Now on to December!
Here are a few pictures from the temple trip with our friends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Asparagus vs. Cookies

Ok- so I haven't actually set a cookie and a spear of asparagus on the table in front of Emmaline yet, but I have a feeling I know which she would choose! Notice the uneaten plate of yummy taters and pork! Jeremy and I were able to eat a few very quickly before Emmaline stole them off our plates... She picked them out at the store, hugged them tightly and threw them in the cart - literally.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The next BIG step for the Family!

So, some of you know that Jeremy and I have been working very hard to buy us a house here in the area. We decided that we loved it here so much, we just had to stay. One day while exploring the local realtor's listings, I found it! Our dream house. Everything that we had on our "dream house" checklist! It was even at a price that little old poor us could afford! I worked my little tale off for 2 months, through issue after issue to buy the house. Well, as of October 22, we are official American home owners. It was worth every sleepless night and aggravating phone call to get here. It is a quaint 4 bedroom house built in 1920 on 21 acres in The Village of Page. Yes, we live in a village. It needs some big work, but we are just so excited that it is ours, we can hardly stand it. To make it even better, it is a mere 15 miles from O'Neill, where Weldon has to go to school and we go to church and shop... so MY driving time will go from 3 hours a day to 1 1/2 hours! Oh what I will do with all of that free time... Jeremy's new job is only 20 minutes away, the same distance from our old house. I have made a video tour for you to enjoy. Please ignore my annoying nasally voice (cold and flu season already)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wedding Bliss

More to come soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Haydn's Excuse!

Dad - Haydn take that rock out of your mouth, if you swallow it you could die
and I don't want you to die

Haydn- yeah, but you go to heaven when you die?!

Dad - Yes, but I don't want you to go to heaven yet!!

Ah, the mind of a 4 year old!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Steele Images

Another fun photo shoot and a very beautiful couple! And they let me design their announcement...

Friday, September 25, 2009

True Beauty

There are many things that just amaze me. And reality is one of them...

True Beauty

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dentistry Genius!!

Weldon - for those of you that don't know- has a very severe under bite. The specialists think it is because he sticks his tongue out of his mouth. So, a very ingenious dentist came up with Weldon's own special "tongue crib". Of course it took a few tries and even a re-cementing because he pulled it out! Here are some pictures.. those of you with weak stomachs, try to ignore the drool...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Latest Photo Shoot

I will never claim to have an ounce of the talent that my friends Gina Patton, Kellie Carr or even my sister Erin have in taking amazing photographs. But I still have a really good time trying to emulate their excellence and creativity. Here are a few pictures I took for my friend Tina and her family.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Who needs Family Pictures?!

Four-Wheeling is one of those fun activities that we don't do nearly enough. But the best smiles can be found when involved in that activity!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vacation to Idaho!

We went to Idaho last week for a yearly visit and my 10 year high school reunion. On the way down, we took the flu with us! We were unable to go hike in the Sawtooth Mountains and we shared the flu with some family, but we recovered and were able to spend some time with family. Emmaline had her second birthday while we were there and had a fun party with family. We also went gold panning in the mountains with Jeremy's parents... the kids loved the river and spending time with all of their grandparents. My reunion was fun, it was good to see old friends- although I was sad that not many people showed up. Out of our class of almost 500, there were oh - about 50 of us... So here are some pictures of our adventures!

All recovering... I don't think there is any more room on that lap of mine!

Haydn loved playing with the dress-up clothes at Papa and Nana's

An exciting morning at Nana's!

All of the cousins were excited to see what Emmaline was going to get...

We bought a helium tank for the party and Weldon was in Heaven!!

My last minute Dora cake... the kids inhaled it!

A little frosting and Emmaline couldn't let it stay there!

Grandpa, Grandma and Jeremy looking for some gold to make us rich...

This is about all we got!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Haircuts, Water and Birthday!

Well, Jeremy is officially 23... no I'm kidding, he is a decade older then that! But he is still one hot daddy... We had a fun party with some friends which was then followed by haircuts. Everyone got a trim, Emma a bit more then just a trim. Her natural curls were giving me such a headache that I decided that I would just cut off the dead stuff. She of course still looks adorable and the curl is still there! Myself, I had a good chop job done. Mindy is amazing with hair and I love it!! We went swimming, both at the pool and just in the creek - water is endless fun!
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