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, May 29, 2009


Howdy all! I thought that with the summer coming soon, I should catch up a little on the happenings around here! This last month was branding season in Nebraska. We attended two brandings, one for the Masco's (our branch president) and one here at work. Brandings are a lot of fun and lot of work... so here are some pics of our fun times!

The sister's came to help out - they were in charge of cooking on the cowboy grill - Yummy!

Jeremy is always on branding duty... maybe next year he will get to do what I got to do at our ranch's branding...

ROPE! Jim let me rope for the first time on horseback! It was so fun! I caught 6 - I think - and I definitely want to do it again!

After they are roped, you drag them to the muggers - the boys on the ground wrestling them and then you brand, give shots and band them (if they are a boy!)

After a few tries, I finally got one just right... you are supposed to catch both back feet and this time I did! I was very proud of myself!

The week before that we went to the Masco's branding, where Jeremy once again got to brand and I got to watch kids and take lots of pictures! I am ok with that too!

Three handsome boys waitin to get to work!

Ty muggin a calf and not really caring too much about it!

Haydn and Emma comin' out to see what is going on...
Maybe next year Haydn will be big enough to do some muggin of her own!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Ending

Here are the pictures of Haydn's hair after it was fixed by Barb in our branch. It will grow, but it will take a LONG time! Haydn wanted to wait to take pictures until after we had surprised Gramma and Nana this last weekend for Aunt Kim's graduation... now that was fun!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The worst kind of Irony

The other day I was talking to my mom about the frustrations that we are currently having with Haydn. My dad, being the wise man that he is commented that she is much like I was at that age and that I turned out quite well, so there is hope - right? Well, I now wonder how much like me she is...

Today was an interesting day for Haydn. First, she thought it would be fun to hang from the letters on the dressing room door at the store and broke one off -

Then she decided to draw all over herself with my dark red lip gloss she found in the car... so there wasn't any stopping her then. I couldn't even get it off with eye makeup remover.

THEN... when I was downstairs trying to keep Weldon out of the dirty dishes in the sink and fixing noodles for dinner Haydn and Emma were having a bit of fun upstairs. Now let me just say this, I have had friends that have shared their stories of daughters giving themselves "princess haircuts". I just laughed with them and thought to myself, Haydn is too smart to do that! Well... this is where the Irony comes in.
Haydn decided that she needed her bangs cut. At first I saw just the bangs and I was very upset. Then after taking her to the mirror to show her what she did, I saw the rest! I asked her where all her hair was and she showed me. My anger turned into amusement, when I realized that my daughter hadn't just cut her bangs, but cut off almost all of her hair! That old saying, don't laugh because it will happen to you... if not worse... is so true! I will post pictures of her fixed hair as soon as I know what to do! Enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Baby Lucas is Here!

Our good friends Larry and Gina, welcomed their new baby boy, Lucas to the world. I was lucky enough to take his first pictures. It was so fun! Here are a few that I liked.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Short walk down memory lane

Since Haydn has now turned 4, I was thinking today about what she was like as an infant. She really was the picture of a perfect baby. Slept well, ate well, laughed a lot and put up with her not so gentle brother. Now if every baby was just like that, who knows how many we would end up having!
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