Friday, December 30, 2011

December has been Kind

sharing a harry & david pear with darling benson (7 months) in the backseat of the car on the way to the temple

seeing the tired bishop, still smiling, after a long sabbath day

repeatedly hearing 'la la' from the sweetest tiniest voice from a little one

being with my family in the temple, all dressed in white, with eternity in full view

devouring frango mints.  yum.  you should try one.  i would share but ... mmphuh, chew, lick fingers, gone.

wrapping white elephant gifts.  this may be my favorite holiday tradition.  just wait til you see what i have in store for this year

kurt metzger's concert

finding christmas presents on my desk at work

holding a very new baby Greyson

watching Jana open her presents for her first baby shower

playing, tickling, chasing the kiddos around the house and hearing their chaotic, beautiful laughter

The Christmas Devotional from the Prophet of the Lord

remembering and focusing more on the Savior

Thursday, December 29, 2011

kids & blenders

what a kid.
after he kissed eva on the cheek. 
A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don't have a top for it. ~Jerry Seinfeld
mohawk city.  oh yeah!
or maybe just a little alphalpha
hey what's up.  we cool. we hangin'.
mickey blue eyes
isaiah should get an award or something for his
awesome facial expressions
just a little man
in his track suit

ps eva's cute fleece shawl - costco, 12.99
if they had one in my size, i'd have a matching one.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

my dad stole my hat.

let's see - this is what we packed into one day:
gingerbread house making
white elephant game playing
a little park excursion
lots of cookie eating
baby holding
picture taking
and lots & lots of noise.

hope everyone had a lovely christmas!

what does crazy look like?

shopping, the day after Christmas, with 4 children, driving a huge Target cart.  just sayin'.

reva:  this is the most fun i've had all year!
(she was being serious! we did laugh a lot)
oh my gosh. she just grabbed some of his cheek and pinched!.
i guess i want to pinch his cheeks too -- he's so cute. - marla
eva, tell isaiah you are sorry for grabbing his cheek. - emily
sorry zayah! - eva (after many tears
and a time out in the air filter aisle)

marla, quit taking pictures! - dan
well slow down and i will - they are getting blurry! - marla

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Little Tree

With Christmas near, it brings a lot of memories. 

I looked at my little tree and was transported to a hospital at Christmas time.  My mom brought me to visit Katy, a little girl with Leukemia.  We brought her a small tree and decorated it with her and played some games.  I remember feeling such varied emotions - glad that we could visit her and spend time with her, but deeply pained that there was nothing I could do to save her.  When you are little, dealing with death and dying is incomprehensible. 

Being 'almost' grown up now, I don't understand a lot of things.  But I do know that the Lord is in charge of every little detail in our lives.  And the more we come to rely upon Him and figure out what He wants us to do, the results are always better. 

Katy passed away a few years after that Christmas.  I'm sure her family thinks about her at every holiday, every family gathering, every wedding.  They look forward to seeing her again and they find comfort in knowing that this IS possible.

I know it is too.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


so i'm watching snippets of t'he fugitive' last night with harrison ford. 
and i look a bit more closely
at the characters --
one of them is an african american 
woman that sounds so very familiar.  
i look closer and scream at the tv
'oh my gosh, it's Rose!'

see! everything does all relate back to LOST.
Best. TV. Show. Ever.

what did we all do before i.m.d.b.?!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mormonism. All True. Every Word.

I about spit out my gum...

It's funny, I never see this stuff coming.  Watch the video - make sure you get to the end.


I know they are poking fun, but I think it's so very ironic that even in a mocking tone, they are speaking the truth. 

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
All True.
Every Word.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Repeat the Sounding Joy

"Focusing on what we already have and are grateful for right now is one of the most powerful things we can do to alter our life in a positive way."  - Mike Robbins

isn't this a lovely time of year? so much to be grateful for. 

here are some people i am grateful for -- in the form of quotes.

Get that flashlight out of my face. - Dan 

Grandpa! You’ve been tickling me ALL DAY LONG. - Eva

I can't figure out how this tree goes together! 
Dan, will you help me? -Marla
Women... - Dan

I totally tricked you Dan.  You put up the whole tree.  Ha ha HA. How's that for a woman?!  - Marla

It's my magnetic personality. - Jeff, after setting off the emergency alarm five times.

There hasn't been any Lady Gaga in this concert.  - Richard, at Kurt Metzger's Christmas concert

La La.  - Benson
Oh my gosh! He just said my name! - Marla
He said MA MA.  Geesh.  - Emily
Oh.  - Marla

Um. She smells like a ball of parmesan cheese.  - Marla
Yep, that's what Eva eats.  - Emily
She certainly does seem to love condiments. - Marla

La la's ipod! -Eva

You should really clean up your workbench, it's quite messy.  - Marla
I think it's time for you to go home.  - Dad

muppet movie = super good!  loved it!
had a smile on my face the whole time.
the kiddos made it even more fun.
just another day in paradise.  isn't my laundry darling?

Monday, December 12, 2011


"I cannot do all the good
that the world needs.
But the world needs
all the good that I can do."

- Jana Stanfield

Light bulb = ON. 

What a wonderful message!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I wonder what Howard looked like...

Howard Castle, York
March 2012
Let the adventure begin.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Dear Dad

just a man and his cake, 2011

just a girl and his her dad, 1976

Friday, December 2, 2011

Let the Record State - Movies & TV Edition

Let the record state:
  • I am a VINTAGE Muppet Fan.  This means I love the original movies.  This means I've watched the real Muppet Show, in childhood and in college.  This means that I may not like the new Muppet movie.
  • I ADORE the show Parks & Rec and if they cancel, I will be "occupying" myself in front of the NBC building. 
  • Favorite line from last's night epi:  “Leslie Knope: ‘Let the record state that I, Leslie Knope, love Ben Wyatt. I love him with all of my heart.’ Did you get that?’ Ethel Beavers: ‘Yes, I got it.'” Ben and Leslie kissed perfectly while Ethel piped up:  'Can I get a ride home? It's freezing.”  ADORKABLE!!
  • I heart "New Girl".   Jess: Believe it or not, that's not the first time someone's broken my feeling stick. I have a travel size. Nick: Did you just make up a theme song for yourself? Schmidt:  And I don't want to hear Schmidt, Schmidt, you're using too much tarragon.  Because I'm not.
  • Vampire Diaries doesn't start up again until January 5 and I don't know if I can live a normal life until then. 
  • I need to see Breaking Dawn again.  One more time.  By myself.  So no one else makes me laugh and I can enjoy the embarrassing parts with no judgment.
  • This looks like a super fun messy projects for me and kiddos.  Nothing says Christmas like colored snow. Wait a minute...
  • Favorite holiday movies: 
    • The Family Stone (You have a freak flag. You just don't fly it.)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (Muppets!)
    • Home Alone (KEVIN!)
    • ELF (Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?)
    • The Family Man (my bell, she stole my bell!)
    • While You Were Sleeping (These potatoes are so creamy. Mary mashed them.)
    • Swiss Family Robinson (The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kindred Spirits ... and their Kiddos

Reunion 2011 :)

all from two little utah state roommates.  <3
the whole shebang
beautiful reunion
julie always was freakishly strong ;)

"I guess what I learned from all that is that real friends,
the truest of friends, are really those
who know all about me
and like me anyway.
They are the people who no matter how
long it has been since I have talked to them or seen them,
I can call them no matter the time of day,
and just pick up where we left off.
Like no time has ever passed
since our last conversation.
People like that are the ones that you feel comfortable with,
otherwise you wouldn't be able to do it.
They're the people who are really there,
no matter what."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Kiddos, Happy Me

Eva, 2 years old, going on 13
Benson, 7 months old.
Eva, contemplating the myriad of colors for her toes.
Uh... Eva, I was sucking on that Ipod earlier, it's mine.  ~Benson
what the bathtub looks like when i go to take a shower
phase i put the toys away, proceed to shower
phase ii move the toys to the other side of the bathtub, proceed to shower
phase iii pick up the toys and play with them, fill up the bathtub instead of shower 
sign in my grandma's bathroom.  i got it for her years ago.
amazing how true it can be... ;)
my roommate.  i was only her roommate for about five minutes.
but i still had a good time. 
smile & drool, repeat all day.
i dressed her. 
my beautiful sister, who is a beautiful mother, inside & out
call the cheesy police, i just started spouting hallmark crap.
but i really mean it.  love you em. xooox

what i did over thanskgiving:  hold babies, eat super good food, sleep; repeat.  add some insane shopping, temple, driving & playing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wanna see something amazing?

well, look no further.

i present to you the magestic and beautiful Bountiful Temple

plus, it was a reunion with some lovely kindred spirits. 

i'm glad i got a taste for what heaven will be like. 

that is, if i start being good anytime soon.

Only in Utah

Found at Old Navy.  Not kidding. 

But here's a question... where was USU?  Come on!  Rep-re-sent!

There ya go.  I feel much better now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is for Suckers

Unless you are going to Utah to be with your BABIES!!!!!!  AHHHHHH!!!!



mmmm... pie.

break a .... dawn

breaking dawn movie review

what.the.crap. was up with the wolves.  every scene was laughable.  especially when they are speaking telephatically.  embarrassing.  when you see that part come on, it's ok to run out for a bathroom break.  trust me, you won't miss anything.

the stare, during the imprinting part.  looking at a baby like that should be illegal. 

the sex.  i was under my jacket for half of it so i really can't comment.  but it was uncomfortable.

the chess playing.  really, how can anyone play the game more than once.  what about yahtzee?  or that game where you roll the pigs?  heck even hungry hippos would be more interesting.

the graphic birth scene.  at first i was like this isn't that gory, why is everyone talking about it.  but on further reflection, it was sick.  s.i.c.k.  it was awful to see the CGI effects make bella look like an eating disorder was killing her.  a little too close to home.  and really, did he need to use his teeth to get the baby out?  how about a knife.  or a any.other.object.besides.his.teeth.

the resurrection scene of bella.  i'm convinced that when we all get resurrected, it's gonna be  awesome.  pure awesome. i can't wait to see that again.

some of robert pattinson's facial expressions were downright hysterical.

i am fascinated with kristin stewart's eyebrows. they are perfect.  mine look like this:

the random popping up of vampire heads in bella's window on her wedding night.

the scene where they are setting up for the wedding and everyone is casually picking up entire trees & massive benches.

for a great review, play by play, check out Alison's blog: