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a moment of silence please....

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I dropped my camera the first day of school when I was taking photos of the kids. It won't work now. It was a gift from Brent last Christmas. Needless to say, he is less than thrilled with me. (It is a good thing he loves me unconditionally - I am constantly testing that whole unconditional love thing with tstupid things I do such as this.) He is taking it in to see if it can be fixed today. Needless to say, I am bummed.

top ten highlights

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I had so many sweet emails from many of you telling us how much you missed us and were looking forward to hearing about our last minute vacation so here are some highlights.....

#1: Our first night in Galveston we stayed here at the Hotel Galvez. It is directly across from the beach. This was one of the nicest hotels I have ever been in and if I were to do it again, I would stay here a couple of days and do a little shorter cruise. It was seriously nice.

#2: We took off our flip flops and walked to dinner on the beach. Kiki, Reagan, and Brady's first time to see the beach and experience sand between their toes.

#3: Looking out over the cruise ship into the ocean. What a view!

#4: Progresso, Mexico. This was such a good experience for all of us. This is a very poor region. On the bus ride in we were able to see children working (instead of going to school on a weekday), clothes hung out on lines (no electricity), dilapidated housing. If I remember anything I hope to never take any of t…

"to do" list ...

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1. Pack family of 7 up in several of these:


for long awaited VACATION!!!
2. Get school supplies, backpacks, class schedules, and lunchboxes for all four of these:



3. Get this little guy



ready for preschool.

4. Lunch with a dear ole friend. (I love you Chesney!)



5. A playdate with two other dear friends and their sweet boys that I love (sorry no pics)

6. Make this:


for a new momma and her sweet family that I love..

7. Spend some quality time doing this:

(ok, on a personal note, I am lovin this picture - it just might show up on my new comment pic.)

8. Find time to devote to this...



9. An appointment for a kid that has these:



10. And one of these:
before I leave for vacation!

Wish me luck! I am wondering if I will survive it. At the risk of sounding like I am complaining, I am grateful for all of these things. I love my big family. I love my friends. I love to cook for friends and celebrate the birth of beautiful new babies and show them how much i love them. i love my calling and the wonderful…

Let me introduce you to 12 of my best girl friends...

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These are my girls! My posse. My therapists. My support system. My child development specialists who always have just the right advice. These girls make me laugh and a few times we have cried together. They have the best advice for anything from vacation ideas to potty training to ideas for a calling to great recipes. We dine together. We encourage each other. Oh yeah...and every once in awhile we talk about a book :O) We have been in the same book club for...i dunno...I guess 13 years or so. Atleast for me. That is when I joined them-thirteen years ago. I can't believe how much time flies. We have been through SO much together. When we started we were all getting married and having babies. Now we are sharing ideas on how to parent our teenagers. Two of our group are moving away and we will miss you dearly, Natalie and Jackie. I get tears in my eyes just typing this. We have such a great bond. Girls
I love you and appreciate your friendship. I feel so blessed to have you in my life…

If you're looking for a good excuse to not do housework...

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Let me suggest this: The Color Code.

Some of you know I want to go into this field someday. This book has been so helpful to me over the years in so many ways. (It started with a book about 10 years ago, the Dr. who wrote it is LDS and it was on the best seller list for a long time...) Anyway, you take the test and find out what type of personality you are. There are four types (RED, YELLOW, BLUE, WHITE). There is not a best color. All the colors have strengths and weaknesses. You will probably not be ALL one color but you will generally have a dominant color. I am 67% BLUE. The idea behind it is that the Savior was the best of each of the colors. We should try to overcome our weak areas and capitalize on our strengths. It takes about 15 minutes and it is free. You can sign up for the extended analysis (which costs money) but if you do the test and comment me with what color you are I will email you the packet I have created about the personality types. I have taught this class many t…