Friday, July 7, 2017


A few things:

Gwinna's very favorite thing to do right now is read with me and I LOVE it. She comprehends and recalls things at the most random moments and I have to search my memory for what in the world she is talking about. Too much fun being able to communicate ideas and stories with her.  

Noelle refers to Sia right now as Mo Mos... I have no idea why but it is cute and I love it. 

Sia is talking more and more lately. The girls were teaching her how to say "fatso" (terrible! I know!) the other day in the car and she says "fat toe" So funny. Oh and she says "funny?" and "funny" for many situations that are both hilarious and others not so much.  She went straight Godzilla on Noelle and Gwinna's setup of toys the other day and said "funny" very matter of fact and followed it up with laughing and continuing! hahahahaha.  oh this girl.
Calls Avo Frank "fink" 

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Our main event of May was Tia Sophia's wedding!!! 
That was a crazy morning that turned into a great day.  
Life with 3 girlfriends is usually that way.  
Poor Gwinna woke up not feeling great.  That turned into a barfing incident in the car, but luckily I was prepared...caught that one! Sia barfed next, not so lucky BUT they were still in PJs!  
Thank goodness.  
We all arrived on time. Also, thank goodness!  Michael Joe took one for the team and watched our girls while I was able to see Soph and Brett get sealed for forever.  
I was giddy in the temple.  It felt like me and Lil were back in church on Sunday as girls, I was just laughing at everything she said and of course really trying to be as reverent as possible at the same time which results in a red face & more giddiness.  
Another note: so good to hug Alayna and Eli in the temple and pretend I was at their wedding too! (I missed it last year)
I got in, took my shoes off and asked dad the directions to find Soph, Lil and Mama.  It was so beautiful to be in the room while Sophia got ready and then we ran into Andrea on our way to the sealing room which was such a fun, happy surprise!! 
The sealing was just lovely.  Sophia could not stop her sweet giggle at the end and Brett was smiling the whole time, the whole day really!  
I came out to find an exhausted Michael Joe and hot/crying babies :( Poor Sia.  She just does not do well without me.  She fell asleep on me within minutes and stayed that way for all of the pictures.  Noelle and Gwinna posed for a few and then spent the rest of the time in the air conditioned car.  
I was able to come to the reception all alone.  
Nice long drive, listening to Adele:)
When I got out of the car I heard Rosemary claiming she felt over dressed. Not so woman.  
Beautifully decorated, I did not take enough pictures, as usual.   
Lots of cake, a candy bar, eucalyptus leaves, candles and sparklers on their way out. Oh and fireworks that made the babies cry they were so loud~! It was so fun to be able to chat with Harley and Eldon, watch Soph and dad dance and visit with other old friends.  Me and dad realized as Soph was leaving that all 7 of us were there and "oh we should take a picture Soph's that she's gone..." 
hahahahaha! oops. I love my family. Good day.

A few other happenings in May:

microwaved smores in the house

finished the Book of Mormon stories with my girls!

watched Pirates in theater with Michael Joe 
(our first movie alone since before Sia was born!!!) 


our last morning in Grover..a bittersweet April Fools Day.

Our first day back in Hilmar. 

Exhausting, yet feeling good with new presents already from family!

Beautiful new home we are in living with my in-laws:)
 (our room...didn't take pics of girls yet)

Dates with the girls to Beauty and the Beast. So much fun!!!

This Easter we went to Great Grammy's for a very rainy lunch outside and an indoor egg hunt!

I cut 6 inches off that scary mess ^^^
 (last haircut April 2016)

Jumping on the trampoline with Grandma Debbie!!

On April 29th we threw a shower for the "breed." Me & Lil were in charge of decorations and games and our awesome Grammy Flo did the food:) Oh and of course we had to have this amazing ice cream that Kristen does for perfect! We did a couple oreo guessing jars (bride's favorite cookie) and bingo during presents.  
A couple of highlights: 
Brett's mom telling Soph she doesn't have a high standard to beat as far as making dinner for Brett since she made lots of hot dogs:)

Feel the need for a gratitude post. We are back in Hilmar after a bit of a ride in Grover Beach, always feeling a bit unsettled there. It feels good, right, familiar and comfortable here. Not that we are not going way out of our comfort zones in other ways right now but this is where we feel that needs to happen. Strange. We have always kicked so hard against ending up back where we started. 
Grateful for my sweet little family. My girls. Their forgiveness. Our walks and talks. Our reading time together. Their sweet hands, faces, kisses, hugs for each other, dance moves, singing (yelling really) voices ... the list goes on. I just like them a lot, ya know ?;) 
My husband. His goodness. His desires to succeed, continue living every part of life to the max, his willingness to help. The way he adores his girls. All of him.  He is my favorite, my best friend. 
Myself. I guess that should be odd to write but no. I do love myself. I am grateful for my tendencies, my weaknesses even, my strong body and the desires I have to improve daily and teach my girls to be awesome, worthy daughters of God. 
Grateful for such AMAZING families. They let us come as we please, eat their food, 
whirl through their homes as a tornado, and lounge around being our greasy selves;) I think they even still like us at the end of the day!:) 
Grateful for my chiropractor parents. Oh my goodness I need an adjustment right now....
I am also grateful that our families do not judge. At least not to our faces;) I know that I have been rude, prideful, such a complainer and a holier than thou type individual way too often in the recent past. Somehow these lovely families I was blessed with have looked past it all and are still willing to be nice and helpful to me! I am blessed more than I can say with good, good peoples in my life!!

I realized before we moved back here that this home will be our 9th home we've lived in together since we got married 6 years ago😳 no wonder I love to purge so often!
Haha but truly it has been and continues to be the greatest adventure with my husband and sweet girlfriends. They adapt easily and we are so excited to be coming back, it just feels right for all of us. We have not mourned Grover Beach once (except for maybe the cinnamon rolls & chocolate croissants...oh and this really great pizza place we found a few weeks before we left!)

Saturday, May 20, 2017


We celebrated daddy's 32nd birthday with a watermelon cake with coconut frosting & berries. Yum! 

They are either watching Goosebumps or Good Luck Charlie here:) 

Gwinna kissed this window about a million times so I had her clean it.  Spring cleaning! 

During our last few weeks here I really wanted to try EVERY dessert place in the area. 
We got to a few of them: 
Avila Valley Barn (such a fun place..we fed the animals, girls got ice cream and we got a berry pie to take home. So good.)
Lickety Split (cupcakes...not at all great:/) 
Eclair Bakery (really good eclairs;)
Doc Burnsteins (ice cream. good not great) 
Sweet Pea Bakery (my favorite-girls got cupcakes and I got the most amazing chocolate croissant I've ever had....flaky and warm and mmmmm!)
Old West Cinnamon rolls (we got an original & a crumb. Gwinna said "I'm in heaven" and pretty much ate the whole original on her own! So we had to do this place twice so I could try it too;) 
Very good. I was in heaven too! )

On good nap days for Sia I would watch Fixer Upper in our rocker and Gwinna and Noelle played with Shopkins in their toy room. So lovely.

Shots (the before picture) 

after church picture ^^^

Tia Sophia and (now) Uncle Brett came to visit a week before we came back to Hilmar.  We went to pismo beach outlets together, ate Doc Bursteins ice cream, and played in our yard :) 
And THEN they went to the beach alone one day and came back ENGAGED!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

through all the crazy

These girls, this life.  
It is insanity.  
My mom recently pointed out that I need to be grateful though for so many things and she included "bottles and TV" and in doing this she lifted a weight of guilt from my back because I OFTEN rely on both of those things to get through sometimes. There I said it...
There are days that are productive and I truly feel like super mom because we get everything done that we need to, yet many other days not so much.  I do love these little monkeys though through all of the crazy!

Saturday, March 4, 2017


This is just a typical morning above.  
Pancakes going, Sia about to dump it all everywhere, windows open (daddy's already gone for work), bottles of life's essentials sitting there...(coconut oil, maple syrup, water)...breakfast-great part of the day!

A fun adventure to the Santa Barbara zoo and Anthropologie.  

And then this ^^^
Ugh....Noelle had to have a few teeth crowned and it was a rough moment in my life. 
 These babies are so good & precious and I could barely handle this whole scene. 
So moving on...thank goodness!

Valentine's Day.  
I often forget I should never buy anything because my AWESOME Grammy Florence always gets it all and sends it over in her magical boxes! She got frosting, cake mix (which we did cookies with), and cupcake liners (which we decorated with).

Rainy days...