Thursday, December 27, 2007

Did Anyone Else's Pants Get Tighter???

Isn't this a lovely picture??? I was sent it in a "forward" email...look closely (if you want to be grossed out).

So, we had Christmas at my parent's house because our condo is a total disaster. We were super NOT in the Christmas (or any kind of good) spirit because all we could focus on is our dang house that we are building. The day after Christmas was my final, I spent most of the holiday-preparation hours dealing with subcontractors, bills, neglected children and cleaning. Luckily, everything is wrapping up and we should be closing in the next couple days! Yay!

Needless to say...Christmas was lovely, the kids are pleased, and I convinced Dan to write me a love letter for Christmas! There's nothing better! BUT...yes, I am ready to start my January Diet because I am constantly feeling the urge to unbutton the top of my pants! I'm hoping I'm not the only one. So, to get ready for my crappy diet, I'm trying to remind myself of some of the things I should stock my cupboard and refrigerator with. Here are some of the staples of my diet that keep me alive...I would like to hear yours...(I do a mix of Weight Watchers Core and Atkins)

1. Crystal Light

2. Almonds

3. Salad with Eggs, Cheese, Ranch, etc.

4. Tyson's Pre-Cooked Teriyaki Chicken breasts

5. Black Eyed Peas

6. Fruit

7. Cheese & Salami

8. Low carb tortillas

9. Lettuce Wraps from Costco (these are the best!)

10. Green Beans

11. Low carb Ice Cream in Diet soda

12. Pickles

13. Scrambled Eggs with veggies

14. A once a week splurge at a restaurant...

What about you?? What are your favorites when you diet?? (Even if you do a completely different diet than me...) I need more ideas so that I will last longer than 2 weeks!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Birthday To My Man!

My sweet, manly, beard-man is 30! He's a little shocked and weirded out. But, I just tell him there's something about a thirty year old man that really turns me on! That seems to help.
So, in honor of my poopie-loopie (Dan), I would like to share a few cheesy sentiments...
I love that Dan is Mr. Adventure. He's up for most anything....(sometimes it scares me). He is all about dirt biking, snowboarding, surfing, hunting, you name it. I am a wussy-pants and so I am thankful to him that he has helped me push my limits and try new things. I'm still a baby, but I have done lots of fun things in my marriage that I probably would never have done without him. Thanks Dan!

Dan works super-duper hard for our family. He comes home completely mentally and physically exhausted, but he always manages to muster up some energy and love to give to the kids and I. I appreciate that so much. I am so proud of how well he runs his business and also of the beautiful work he does. He is so's a few of the thousands of things he builds...

Dan adores these kids of ours. He is so proud of his boys and just melts when he is with little Audrey. He loves to take the boys to play Halo with his friends, to the sand dunes, camping, wrestling, pretty much anything to help the manliness wear off on them! Then he loves for Audrey to sleep on his shoulder and give him lots of kisses!

I also love that Dan is...spiritual, he is tough enough to protect his family, but sensitive enough to cry, he's so intelligent and passionate, he is so kind to me even when I deserve a big kick in the butt, he loves to be with me, lots of other great things but most of all I love that he "loves me like a rock! He rocks me like a rock of ages. He loves me. Loves me, loves me, loves me, loves me..."

Happy Birthday Dan!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Potty Mouth...(Sorry, Grandma)

Okay, this is gross (to you). But, if you know me...I'm all for talking about poo. So...Shane did this insane poop the other day that was the craziest color of turquoise blue. I was a little disturbed and perplexed at the meaning of it all. I googled "blue poop" and was much relieved to learn that the dye from foods is usually what causes blue poop. Did you know that?? I sure didn't. I thought it must be a sick germ he had or that I don't feed him right. I would have never guessed that it was from the 10 blue raspberry candy canes he ate during the day!

To further educate and expand our vocabulary, I have included a fabulous list of synonyms for poop...

1. Anal butter
2. Black banana
3. Bootie cake
4. Brown nugget
5. Butt cluster
6. Lincoln log
7. Monkey tail
8. Toilet twinkie

The act of pooping can also be referred to as...

1. Blowing some mud
2. Dropping a brick
3. Growing a tail

For more information, please contact ME or the following web site...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Accident Prone???

SO, I bought some DONUTS. Very NAUGHTY. And, sweet baby SHANE came to me asking if he could have a SECOND one. Ofcourse, I said NO. No, No, No. Ten minutes later he came upstairs telling me that he ATE another donut. Before I could get MAD, he gave me a huge HUG and said, "I'm so SORRY that I ate the donut. IT WAS JUST AN ACCIDENT!" I was like, WHATEVER. You don't eat DONUTS on accident. "Yes, Mom! It WAS an accident!". I couldn't help but LAUGH.
Hey! I eat things on accident ALL THE TIME! Like last night, at MIDNIGHT...Dan and I got the MUNCHIES so we went downstairs and I PERSONALLY downed HALF a loaf of French Bread! That was a TOTAL ACCIDENT! And, this morning when I had a way GOOD brownie for breakfast! Crap! How did THAT happen?!? Then I come home and have the same GOOD brownie for lunch! Ugh! What is my problem?


Sunday, December 16, 2007

I'm Dying To Know...

If you had to watch 5 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be??

Here's Mine...

1. Funny Girl - "Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my paraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaade!"
2. Oliver!- Great music.....I love musicals! Why can't real life be a musical??? Why can't I have an awesome voice??? Dang.
3. Annie - Childhood memories, big time.
4. Pete's Dragon - same.
5. Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and the
box sets of The Office.

I cheated...that's more than 5...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ogden Christmas Village

Every year we take the kids to the fun Christmas Village in Ogden. It's always hard for me to get motivated to spend a couple hours in the freezing cold, but it's always worth it. The kids freeze their butts off, have icy cold hand, snot dripping from their noses, etc. but they never even notice. They run around like mad looking in all the windows, playing on the playground and eating snow!


Is Money Burning a Hole in Your Pocket???

Not mine. But, if you need some more gift you watch Oprah's Favorite Things show?? Apparently, she lists MORE of her favorites in her O magazine. This site lists all of her magazines favorites and where to buy them...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I'm Dying To Know...

What 5 foods do you crave most often??

Here's mine...

1. Cake! I make Dan absolutely crazy cause every night I moan and groan about how I need some cake! Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Molten Cake, even brownies will do!

2. Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls......yum. This is an appetizer, but I always order it for my main meal!

3. Welch's Grape Juice - Dan is with me on this one! We always wish we could get this on tap!

4. Salad with Ranch Dressing and Eggs! A salad is not a salad without eggs on it!

5. Gravy...I dream in gravy...biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, meat and gravy...

We have no food in our house right now so this is torture thinking about it! And it's Sunday, so I can't run to the store yet...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Darling Christmas Project...

Aren't these cute? You just take different pieces of scrapbook papers and pin them to styrafoam forms. I wish I had time to make one!
For complete instructions and lots of pictures visit...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I MISS writing! Writing STORIES, writing POEMS, writing in JOURNALS, just WRITING. I always DAYDREAM about the ample QUIET time I USED TO HAVE where I could actually THINK and have the TIME to put things on PAPER. Now, I have 3 super CUTE kids that require my THOUGHTS 95% of the I just DAYDREAM and know that ONE day...I will find myself ALONE, completely WASTING THE TIME AWAY doing NOTHING but REGRETTING that I am not spending my time WRITING.
Here is an awesome poem I have saved on my computer...
Love it. Wish I wrote it.

After a while...
After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean possession
and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrows ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn...
Veronica A. Shoffstall

Monday, December 3, 2007

I'm Dying To Know...(the question of the week)...

What are your top 5 beauty products???

Here are mine:

1. Jojoba Oil - I have dry skin and love this stuff for my face! You just use like 4 drops of Desert Essence and then put foundation on makes it go on so smooth and is a great moisturizer. It absorbs quickly! Love it. Read lots of reviews about it on

2. Gold Bond Ultimate Lotion - Forget that nice smelling Bath & Body stuff! I would rather have soft skin! This stuff is the best!

3. Make Up Forever Star Powder - This is a really cool eyeshadow, lot of colors, with a real neat shine to it. I don't wear eyeshadow a lot except for going out and stuff but I love to use this stuff as an eyeliner by using my next favorite product...

4. Perscriptives brush "Paint" - Great brush for applying eyeshadows as eyeliner. You can get them half-price on eBay.

5. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - This is a facial cleanser that's made out of Olive Oil. It's great for your skin, removing makeup, and not drying you out. DHC has lots of great stuff.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Looking Back at 2007...

My super Grandpa Lou giving us a tour of Hill Air Force Base Museum

Grandma Levy with sweet baby Audrey

Caden, Audrey, and Shane

Playing ball at Little Sahara


Grand Teton National Park

My always-crazy Shane

Our trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Beloved Yia-Yia (Dan's Mom)

The San Diego Temple

Surfing and Bodyboarding with Emilee (My Sis-in-Law)

Dan's favorite lake...Bloomington

Our 4th of July morning in Huntsville

After several hours of vollyball in the sweltering heat!

A fascinating place to camp...The City of Rocks.

Caden's T-Ball Game. Go Rockies!

My two motocross daredevils at Knolls

Shane at Bear Lake

Caden at Bear Lake

Audrey at Bear Lake

Finishing up our trip down the Snake River

Caden's first day of Kindergarten

Love this girl!

Riding the trails in Torrey, Utah

Our annual trip to the Yarbrough's cabin at Fish Lake.

Halloween! Princess Leah, a Clone, and Darth Vader.