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Thursday, September 9, 2010


Steve and I bought season tickets to BYU football this year.  Last week was our first game versus Washington Huskies and we won!  Yay!  It was a great weekend for us.  My mom kept all 4 kids and we got to get away as a couple.  Thanks mom!

Here are a few pictures from this weekend-

These are from inside the Legacy tent.  You get to go in there when you buy a certain level of ticket.  They have food and drinks for you 2 hours before the game, food at half time, and food after the game where you can watch the post game show on TVs while the traffic dies down.  It was awesome.  And it was air conditioned.  Wonderful since it was like 95 in the stadium!

The band and the cheerleaders come in to pump up the crowd too!

And here are some pictures from inside the stadium. We are on row 32 at the 50 yard line!


Hot, hot, hot!
A little less hot!

Almost at the end
Sun's gone down.

Once the sun was behind the stadium it was much better.  The game was so fun and I'm excited to go back!

Back to School

Well, summer is over and we are back to school.  We had one last summer treat last night.  We went to the Longboards truck and got dipped and rolled ice cream.  So yummy!  Follow them on Facebook to find out where they will be next so you can go too!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


My day yesterday was crazy busy! Wade was in his carseat more than out too! We took the kids to school at 7:30. Then we came home around 8:20 for just a few minutes to rotate laundry before we had to go to his Speech Evaluation meeting at 9am. Good news is that he no longer qualifies for speech! He is talking within normal limits for his age and even higher in some areas. Since he is 3 on Saturday his services were being transferring to the school district from the county's regional center. The school district did extensive testing on him and he is caught up to his age now as far as speech goes! His comprehension has always been higher, and it still it. So whew! No more worrying about fitting speech visits in too.

So, after his meeting we went home and rotated laundry. Then we went to the car wash and it took way too long, but they did a great job. Then we came home to rotate laundry again! Then we met my parents for lunch at Del Taco. After lunch we came home and rotated laundry again. I also folded and hung up a bunch too each time! I had so much laundry! :pin:

At 1:30 we went to pick up the kids from school. Payton gets out and 2 and the other 2 get out at 2:22. I left Kylie at my mom's so she could take her to Brownies at 5pm. I was going to pick her up at 7 when it was over and all the other stuff of the day was over too. Got home at 3 pm. (I will be so glad when we live closer to the school!) Then I tried to get the house vacuummed and laundry put away and homework done before we had to take Payton to swim practice. She had to be there at 4:30. Wes had to be at baseball practice right after Payton ended so he was all dressed with his cleats on and all. Then when were at the pool. . .

HE FELL INTO THE POOL! fully dressed for baseball!!! :laugh: He didn't think it was so funny, but I did!

We had to drive home, get him changed, and rush back to the pool to pick up Payton as her time was ending. Just then my phone rang. It was Kylie's Brownie leader saying the meeting was ending at 6:30, the same time that Weston's practice ends. UGH! It was supposed to be over at 7 and I would have time to get Wes then get Kylie. So a quick chat with Wes' coach to ask him if I could get him a few minutes later (just 10-15 minutes after the end of practice, and he agreed), and we went to get Kylie. Rushed back to get Wes from practice. It was 6:45 by then and 7 by the time we got home and dinner finally started. Then we had to shower and finish homework and do dishes. By the time that was all done it was 10 minutes till 8pm. Just the perfect time for teeth brushing and bed!

I think I was more tired than the kids!

And today was just as busy too. Barely any time at home!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My New Nephew

Parker Dane was born this morning at 4:55 AM. He was 7 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long. He is beautiful and Julie is doing wonderfully! Kylie and I got to go to the hospital this afternoon and hold him. I love him so much already. We are so lucky to have him in our family.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Said I Would Not Do It Again

but I signed all the kids up for Fall soccer! I can only blame the craziness on myself.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I'm a Winner

Check it out! I won the cupcake hair clippies from this great blog! You should look at the fun stuff there: http://cutecupcakesallthetime.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 26, 2010

Molly In Video

Molly Pitcher

For the past few weeks, Kylie has been reading her biography book on Molly Pitcher to get ready for her book report. This was a 2 part project. She had to write a summary and prepare a 3 minute oral report. She also had to dress up for the oral report. Here she is in the morning with her patriotic dress, bonnet, boots, and pitcher.

Just in case you don't know who Molly Pitcher was. . . Molly Pitcher was a Revolutionary War heroine that went on the battlefield and gave soldiers water from her pitcher. Her husband was on the same battlefield and when he suffered a fatal shot, Molly took over his cannon and helped her side defeat the British. (I had no idea who Molly Pitcher was before Kylie's report!) She was appointed a Sargent by General Washington because of her bravery on the battle field.

Here is our Molly Pitcher!

And here is her classroom. Do you recognize any famous people?

Busy Week

Kylie and I hosted her Brownie meeting on Monday. We completed the Hobbies Try-It by talking about hobbies, having a show and tell, and then a round robin of hobbies to try. The girls made Scrabble tile pendants for jewelry making, bookmarks for reading, posters, for drawing, and decorated cupcakes for cake decoration. I think they all had a great time. Here are a few pictures from the meeting when the girls became food artists and made this fruit rainbow with marshmallow clouds and a pot of banana gold at the end. This was in the middle of the meeting for their snack.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Best Video

I believe that these are the words my mom would have written to her children many years ago and I hope that I am living these words with my own children right now!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tasha's Craftiness

In my ward when I was growing up a super cute little family moved in. In that family there were three little, adorable girls (and 2 little boys, followed by another cutie girl later). I got to babysit these little girls a few times and now these cuties are grown up mommies with blogs! One of them is giving away some crafty cuteness! I want to win it, but I thought I would tell you about it too so you could have a chance of winning. Here is a link:


So CUTE!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday Talks

Since we moved into our new ward we were asked to speak this past Sunday. Our topic was the sacrament as we read about it in 3 Nephi 18. Here is my talk as I wrote it.
Introduce family. Moved in Oct 24th. 12th Sunday in the ward, so far really like it

Before Christmas, I read a blog post by a lady I only know online. Her name is Sister Killian. Her words were very meaningful to me then, and they are again now as I was asked to prepare this talk on the sacrament. Here is what some of the blog post said:

Tradition: Part of the Blessings of Motherhood
It is this idea of traditions bringing us closer to our Heavenly Father that really stood out to me. When we were asked to talk on the sacrament, I wanted to focus on the fact that the sacrament is very traditional. By participating in this tradition, we draw nearer to Him, remember Him, and in turn are blessed to always have His Spirit with us.
On the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus Christ met with His Apostles and instituted the sacrament. In Luke 22:19–20 we read:

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

It is in this same order that we now partake of the sacrament, first the bread and then the water.

The exact words of the sacrament prayer are not given at this time in the New Testament like we have them in the Doctrine and Covenants, but after His Resurrection, we know He went to the Nephites to teach them and minister to them. One of the many great and important things he did while visiting the Nephites was to institute the sacrament among the Nephites. It is after the same manner that he taught the Nephites, that we now use for our sacrament.

We read about this ordinance in 3 Nephi 18.

First he commanded his Disciples to bring him bread and wine and he had those in attendance sit around Him. Then he blessed the bread, gave it to the disciples, and had the disciples give the bread to the multitude.

Then he taught them that there would be some ordained to administer this ordinance among them, “Unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name.” And he tells them to do it in the way He has shown them.

Then in verse 7 he teaches, “And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.”

This is slightly different from the Last Supper when it is recorded in the New Testament as “This is my body.” We do not believe that the bread and water are Christ’s actual body and blood, but an emblem to help us remember Him.

Then continuing in 3 Nephi 18:8 and 9 they repeat the same steps with the wine. When they had finished administering the sacrament, Jesus said in v10 and 11,

“Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done, for this is fulfilling my commandments, and this doth witness unto the Father that ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.
11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.”

It is in this same manner that we partake of the sacrament today. Our partaking of the bread and water is fulfilling His command to always remember Him and His atoning sacrifice. This ordinance is also a witness unto the Father that we are willing to do that which He has commanded us. In taking the sacrament we are entering into the covenant with our Heavenly Father, and we are promised that the Lord’s Spirit will be with us as was promised to the Nephites.

This ordinance is an essential part of our worship and spiritual development. Through this ordinance, we also renew the covenants we made with God when we were baptized.

The prayers said in exactness each time the bread and water are blessed formalize language used by the resurrected Savior when he visited the Americas.

It is by adhering to this tradition that we walk in His way, and draw nearer to Him. When we keep this tradition of the sacrament with our families, we grow even stronger together.
My mom has often related a story to me about a young man in our ward that was blessing the sacrament and having an extremely hard time getting through the prayer without messing up. I know you can probably remember a time when you listened as a young man struggled through giving the prayer with the exactness that is required. It can get uncomfortable and you hope the young man isn’t feeling too embarrassed. You really start to feel for them and hope that they can just get it right. In this particular case though, my mom found herself listening more intently each time, really hearing the words of the prayer and taking them in. In listening to the words and really taking them in, the prayers became more meaningful to her and she really heard them, instead of just letting the familiar words wash past her. After what seemed like at least 10 attempts, the young priest finally slowed down, concentrated on each and every word, and got it all out without error. I think everyone in that congregation had a new love for the sacrament prayers and for the tradition of saying those prayers with such exactness. You could definitely hear it in the young priest’s voice.

Now, we must not just listen to the prayers and just partake of the sacrament. But we must also do as the Nephites did and follow the doctrine of Christ, which is to believe in Jesus, rely on him, repent of our sins, take his name upon us by being baptized in his church, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and faithfully follow Christ all of our lives. Taking the sacrament is an outward action that reminds us of all we have committed to do.
We must also be worthy to do so. Elder Groberg shared a story once of the importance of being worth to partake of the sacrament. I’d like to share that story now.
Some years ago, a young couple we will call the Joneses visited with their bishop about a problem the wife had. The details are not important, but through the direction of the Spirit, the bishop’s decision was that, among other things, Sister Jones would not partake of the sacrament for a period of time while she worked out some attitudes and problems.
With lots of love and support, she continued to attend meetings with her family, and few but her husband and the bishop were aware of the situation or even noticed that week after week she did not partake of the sacrament. At first she didn’t feel much difference; but as time went on, she became more and more desirous to be worthy to partake of the sacrament. She thought she had repented before, but as the real soul-searching deepened and as her desire to worthily partake of the sacrament increased, true fundamental changes began to take place in her life and in her actions and in her thinking.
More time passed. Finally, during one sacrament meeting, the Spirit bore witness to the bishop and to Brother and Sister Jones that the time had come for her to again partake of the sacrament. “Next Sunday,” the bishop said.
Next Sunday came, and Sister Jones sat again with her family, nervous, yet excited and full of anticipation. “Am I really worthy? How I want to be!” she thought. The sacrament hymn was more meaningful than ever. She sang with such feeling that it was difficult to hold back the tears. And the sacrament prayers—how profound! She listened so intently that every word sank deep into her soul—to take his name, always remember him, keep his commandments, always have his Spirit. (See D&C 20:77, 79.) “Oh, how I desire this,” she thought.
The deacons began to move up and down the aisles, and the trays were passed from person to person across the rows. As one young deacon got closer and closer to her row, her heart began to pound harder and harder. Then the tray was coming down her very row. Now her husband was holding the tray in front of her! Tears streamed down her face. There was a barely audible sob of joy, “Oh!” as she reached for the emblem of the Lord’s love for her. The congregation did not hear the sob, but they did notice the tears in the bishop’s eyes.
Life and hope and forgiveness and spiritual strength had been given and received. No one could be more worthy. Sister Jones truly wanted to have his Spirit. She wanted to take his name upon her. With all her heart, she wanted to remember him and keep his commandments. She wanted to repent, to improve, and to follow the guidance of his Spirit.

It is my prayer that we all want to take the sacrament worthily. We will want to listen to the exactness of the prayers and that we will want to teach this tradition to our children.
In closing I would like to leave you with one quote I found online on lds.org. It is this:
“The Sacrament prayers invite personal introspection, repentance, and rededication, yet they are also communal, binding individuals into congregations who jointly and publicly attest to their willingness to remember Christ. This shared commitment to become like Christ, repeated weekly, defines the supreme aspiration of Latter-day Saint life.”

I hope as a ward we can feel this communal bonding every week as we draw closer together in upholding the traditions of the sacrament as taught by our resurrected Savior to the Nephites.

I have a strong testimony that the sacrament does have the power to draw us together with our Savior, with our families, and together as a ward. By partaking in the ordinance of the sacrament, we will “come unto Christ and be perfected in him”


Friday, January 8, 2010

The Las Vegas Bowl

I forgot to post these pictures, but I think you can tell just how cold it was at the Las Vegas Bowl! It was fun though, and BYU did win.

The Haircuts

The Before

and The Afters