Tuesday, December 30, 2008

marley and me

It was better than the book. And I loved the book! We all cried like a bunch of babies. Poor Reagan was uncontrollably sobbing through the last ten minutes. We want to go back and see it again. yes, it was THAT good.

Monday, December 29, 2008

thought for the day...

Today, I am NOT going to concern myself with....

dirty dishes

floors in need of vacuuming

new toys from Santa strewn about

achieving laundry nirvana - (it doesn't exist, btw)

getting the car oil changed

preparing for my pres. mtg later this week

TODAY I am going to...

do Brady's new puzzle with him

watch a movie with Jensen

Play Hannah Montana on Wii with the girls

shoot some hoops with Tanner

write a couple of thank you notes to people who enrich my life

...and ENJOY my family being home!

Monday, December 22, 2008

For Your Holiday Viewing Pleasure

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Monday, December 15, 2008

re-gifting, at it's absolute cutest

So we found this under the tree.....

Brady wanted to join in on the gift-giving spirit but funds must have been limited, I guess. He asked Reagan to write "To: Reagan, From: Brady" on toilet paper and then picked out one of his trucks to give to her. He wrapped it in the toilet paper and stuck it under the tree. Too cute.

teacher gift

I was suffering last week from a bout of blog-negligence due to the time hog that my calling has recently become. I will be back in full swing soon, though. For now, this will have to suffice:

Haley asked for teacher gift ideas. Here is a favorite of mine. Go to your local Blockbuster and get a large popcorn bucket and fill it with goodies for the movie. We like the pretzel Dips and Hot Tamales but they have EVERYTHING you can think of. Then throw in a Gift Card for a movie rental ( or two or three or ten - if you REALLY like your kid's teacher). If you wanna go crazy you could add a GC for dinner somewhere too. I have always gotten good feedback from teacher' s when we give them this.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

rushing to forgive....inspiring

I was so touched by this man who lost four loved ones to a tragic accident. Such a Christlike reaction, so immediate. Read on and be touched:

A korean whose wife, two young daughters and mother-in-law perished when a military jet crashed into his house says he doesn't blame the pilot who safely ejected. The Marine Corps fighter plane was returning from an offshore training mission Monday when it clipped a tree and slammed into homes about two miles from its base. Two homes were incinerated, and three others were damaged. Three generations of a Korean family died in one home. The family's pastor, the Rev. Kevin Lee of the Korean United Methodist Church in San Diego, identified three of them as Young Mi Yoon, 36; her 2-month-old daughter, Rachel; and her mother, Suk Im Kim, 60, who was visiting from South Korea to help care for her daughter's newborn. The body of 15-month-old Grace Yoon, Rachel's sister, was found in the home Tuesday, Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said. No one else remained missing.
The San Diego County medical examiner's office has not officially released the names of the victims. Young Mi Yoon's husband defended the pilot Tuesday. "I don't have any hard feelings," Dong Yun Yoon, 37, told reporters near the rubble where his home once stood. "I know he did everything he could." "Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," Dong Yun Yoon said. "I know he is one of our treasured for the country."

Monday, December 8, 2008

McKinley Ilene's Baptism

What a wonderful day! It far surpassed my expectations. We had so many loved ones and friends there. It meant alot to us that so many took time out of their Saturday to come celebrate with us. When I got home I realized I didn't have any pictures of me with MCkinley! :O( I am hoping my dad got one. I didn't get a pic of him with her either! He and I were taking all the pics. If any of you have pictures that you took, please email them to me!
Here are a few of the folks that showed up....

Lindsey and Kyle (my sister and her hubby).....

The Fredericksens (friends from C2) made it! We were so happy to see them!

Memomie (my Dad's mom) came from Saginaw for the big day!

That is my mom with my sister.
Papa Jack came and gave the closing prayer. We love him so much!

Grandaddy (my Mother's father) and Lila came.

McKinley's middle name is "Ilene". She is named after a very dear friend of mine that died about 14 years ago. Her oldest daughter, Lynsi, came. She totally suprised us - we weren't sure if she would be able to make it. I teared up when I saw her because it made it that much more meaningful for me to have her there. I was able to introduce McKinley to Lynsi and remind her about Ilene and why we named her after her.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Santa playdate

We went to playgroup today with our friends, the Sallaways. On our way out we stumbled upon the big guy himself! He was hanging out in Nordstrom of all places and there wasn't a line or anything! This is a perfect example of why I am glad to have a camera small enough to carry with me all the time.

BTW, We had to take this pic of Brady and Ashley holding hands. They do it all the time. We have decided we will put it out for all to see at their wedding reception in about 20 years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I saw this tag on jessica's blog. It looked like fun. I am one of the few people in the blog-o-sphere that actually ENJOYS tag. I like to do them and I like to read them. I am supposed to do it in a word but that is HARD! I tried my darndest. I actually filled this out on Sat. and scheduled it to go out today so that is why it says we went to the temple last night (Ward Temple night was Friday).....

1. Where is your cell phone? charging
2. Where is your significant other? home
3. Your hair color? blonde-ish
4. Your mother? atypical
5. Your father? generous
6. Your favorite thing? family
7. Your dream last night? sad
8. Your dream/goal? salvation
9. The room you're in? office
10. Your hobby? reading
11. Your fear? illness
12. Where do you want to be in six years? better
13. Where were you last night? Temple (and "Uncle Julio's")
14. What you're not? patient
15. One of your wish list items? trainer
16. Where you grew up? Carrollton
17. The last thing you did? shop
18. What are you wearing? sweats
19. Your TV? on
20. Your pet? Great Dane
21. Your computer? laptop
22. Your mood? relaxed
23. Missing someone? Vali* (see addendum)
24. Your car? Suburban
25. Something you're not wearing? makeup
26. Favorite store? Gap
27. Your summer? enjoyable
28. Love someone? hubby
29. Favorite color? red
30. Last time you laughed? "Dodgeball" (the movie)
31. Last time you cried? testimony meeting

I tag: Karen S, Ami A, and Megan O.
just copy and paste and then fill in your own answers. :O)

Addendum: How's this for Karma? I said in here that I was missing Vali. She is one of my dearest friends from C2. I have known her for over twenty years. Who shows up at our door last night right before FHE but Mike and Vali! I love them so much. They were going out of town and were going to miss Kiki's baptism this weekend so she brought by this beautiful white towel she had embroidered with her baptism date and her name. They are the best!!!! I am so happy that she came by but I am still missing her. I wish I could be with her every day. Is there anthing better than seeing ole' friends???