Thursday, September 27, 2012

Officially Announcing......

 Jacob got into PA school and we are moving to West Virginia right after Christmas!!! Jacob starts school in January! Wow! It was a long journey getting there, and it is going to be a rough 28 months, but it will be so worth it. I'm so excited. So I know a couple of different couples that have 1 spouse in med school, and the other is in PA school, and both spouses will agree that PA school is a lot more intense than med school. So I think I'm in for quite the treat. It's okay though, we will get through it. We are so excited to move and have a place to call our own again. We are excited to do some exploring on the other side of the country. The furthest east I have ever been is Missouri, so I'm really really excited. We are going to make a road trip out of our journey over there (the southern route, since obviously it will be at the end of December and who wants to drive in snow all across the country?? Not us!) and are excited to see the sights. Any must-sees fairly close to I-40? Let me know!! Here are some updates about each of us--
Jacob- started working in the ER. He LOVES it. A lot more than his old position as an RNA working with the elderly. His hours stink though and mean that we spend a lot of time apart. Most of the time we get together, we are with our kids- we have very little alone time. Thankfully, his shift changes next week and we will get to see more of each other. He is a Sunday school teacher for the 12-13 year olds, and a scout leader for the 11 year olds. (a lot of people here have more than 1 calling- at least in our ward). He is constantly working on something around the house, working on stuff in preparation for moving/school. He is a busy guy.
Me- One of my close friends started working and I watch her kids 2 & 3 days a week (every other week) and it keeps me busy. Right now I have two 3 year olds, and two 1 year olds. But there are 2 birthdays in October, so after October it will be a 1 year old, a 2 yr old, a 3 yr old, and a 4 yr old! It's been good. True, sometimes I want to pull my hair out.. Like on a day when all 4 of them are ALL being whiney.. 2 kids being whiney at the same time is plenty, and 4 is crazy. lol. But really, they are sweet kids and I'm lucky they all play so well together. Between that, taking care of household duties and trying to find us a place to live in West Virginia, I stay busy. I am also on the Relief Society activities committee, which has been fun, we have done some pretty big activities and have super saturday coming up! So fun. I'm also a Sunday School teacher for the 14-18 year olds. I actually really enjoy it, even though it's hard because they are teenagers and don't care what I say and are just interested in socializing :) it's fun though.
Sammi- loooves getting to play with her friends allll day long 2-3 times a week! I can't believe she is going to turn 4 next month. So crazy. She has been wanting to go do Disneyland and we want to take her, so we had a talk with her about how disneyland costs a lot of money and if she wanted to go, she would have to make some sacrifices. She wouldn't get a birthday party, and would only get one present from Mommy and Daddy for birthday and Christmas. She chose Disneyland and I'm very proud of her, she definitely understands her decision. Jacob's mom was showing me a present she had gotten for Sammi, and when Sammi found out she had gotten her a present, she started panicking saying "No, I don't want presents, I want to go do Disneyland instead" And when I asked her what she wanted for her cake, she started panicking about how she didn't want a party, but wants to go to Disneyland. I had to explain to her we would still have cake and open presents with family, but it wouldn't be a party with friends and games and prizes. Maybe I'm mean to make her choose and not let her have a party, but I really feel like she is learning about sacrificing something she wants, for something she wants more.
Jase- Jase is just Jase. He is still such a funny kid, and content to do his own thing. He is still soooo sweet and cuddly. He loves cuddling and playing and especially exploring. He likes trying to figure out how things come apart then get put back together again. He still loves going Godzilla on anything Sammi does. He loves destroying anything and everything. He is still a little garbage picker, but hasn't thrown money away in awhile (at least that we know of, ha) He will pull a wrapper out of the trash and dig out the crumbs from it. If he is still doing it when we move, we will put our trash somewhere out of reach!! He LOVES his dog. Keela is his favorite. And she is soo tolerant of all the obnoxious things he does to her. He lays on her, pokes her in the eye, sits on her, hugs her, kisses her (okay, she loves getting kissed by him :)) and she just deals with it. He adores her.
 For those wondering what is going on with my mother in law and her cancer, she finished chemo in late July, and we threw her a surprise party! It was so much fun! She is cancer free for the time being and mostly recovered from chemo. She is still suffering from neuropathy, but otherwise doing well.
So there it is, our crazy life!  I love it!  And it's just so fun, I'm so excited for our plans ahead.   Sometimes I still can't believe that we are actually moving clear across the country.  I just have to add in a thanks to my Heavenly Father, because He really did guide us and direct us so much in this process.  Lots of lessons learned, and growth, but never in my life has it been as evident that Heavenly Father is watching over me and guiding me as it has been the last year.  He had to humble me to get me to see it, but oh do I see it!  I'm so grateful for His guidance and His plan for our little family. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Things have been pretty normal (cough-boring!) lately.  I love a little fun and adventure, and we have been short on the adventure lately (never the fun though!)  We have been working our guts out on PA school applications (any prayers sent our way would help! :)) and I'm excited for the process to be over with.  I just want Jacob to get in this cycle soo badly!  Ahhhhhh.  Anyway, here's a few pictures I've snapped lately.
finger paint!
Jase is such a garbage picker.  He goes through and finds old nasty food and eats it.  Gross, I know.  Makes my stomach churn to think about it.  He also throws away money, toys, and dog food.  Oh sigh. 
We had chocolate pudding cake one night, and without seeing anyone do this, or anyone telling him to do it, he just picked up his plate and started licking it!! I should post the recipe on here, it is really good. Look for an edit later :) On a sadder note, Sammi spent 3 days last week in the hospital. So sad. We took her to the ER a little before 6 a.m. on Wednesday because her breathing just got really bad- she's asthmatic and was wheezing really badly all night. Anyway, we finally took her in, they gave her a bunch of medicine and breathing treatments and steroids (and don't tell me to try DoTerra Breathe-- we have and it doesn't help!!!!!!!!!). It was so sad. They didn't like her oxygen levels still, so they admitted her to the hospital where she stayed until Friday afternoon. It just took a long time for her lungs to start absorbing oxygen the way they should, and spending a long time on low oxygen levels can cause serious problems, including brain damage, so we kept her there where she could be on oxygen. On one hand it was a bit of a blessing because now we have a really helpful doctor who has done so much for her, and we are so grateful! Last weekend continued pretty much the same. We got home from the hospital, I got out of the car, my phone fell and the screen shattered, one of her prescriptions wouldn't go through, I forgot to take a salad to a funeral and to call one of my best friends on her birthday. Yeah, I felt like a real winner! :) Oh well, gotta have the bad weeks to appreciate the good weeks, right?! And this week has been pretty great! post signature

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bear Grylls!

We took a trip to go to the temple, and we figured since we were already forking over the bucks in gas to get there, we might as well have some fun while we were there!  We got up early, took the kids, went to the temple (took turns doing initiatory) then went to the beach! It was great!  First we went to the Santa Monica Pier (I've never been) ummmm let's just say.. it's overrated. Maybe it's because the weather there is so gross (SUPER smoggy, ugh)?  I liked the whole outdoor gym thing and the fact that you can rent bikes and rollerblades and all kinds of other things, but the pier itself.. Not so impressive. Though we did see Bear Grylls there!  That was cool!!  We would have asked for a picture with him, but he was out for a run (shirtless, I might add) He and Jacob exchanged nods though!  How cool!!!  Anyway, it was pretty cool, cause I think both of us would rather see him than Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt, haha :)
Jase is such a stinker.  I made banana oatmeal cookies the night before to take with us, and he kept finding the bag and getting into them.  This is the next morning when he found the bag of cookies again!  He is such a cookie lover :)

At the beautiful LA temple.  2 great things about the LA temple--  1- its in a high traffic area, but when you are on the grounds it is so peaceful and quiet!  and 2- For some reason the sky is always clear and less smoggy above the temple.  Which I appreciate since I love my clean air! :)

Daddy and Jasers

Momma and Jase. Ignore my crazy face, and look at Jase's adorable crazy face!!
builiding sand castles!

body-less Sammi!
Jase's buried legs!  Jase is constantly surprising us.  He is SO Chill, but also really picky about a select few things. Funny kid.  He likes certain things the way he likes them!  Anyway, we thought having his legs buried in the sand would just drive him nuts, but he liked it.  Wonder if we'll ever figure him out??
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We set up the pool in April this year- since it was in the 90s and hot!!  Funny story: when I was telling a friend here about setting up the pool, she gave me a funny look and asked "wasn't it too cold?!"  I smiled and shook my head, and started thinking back to my childhood in Idaho.  In Idaho the water is MUCH MUCH colder coming out of the faucet and it's usually in the 80s outside during the summer. And I don't have memories of it being too cold, just memories of having a ton of fun! So no, it wasn't too cold at all! :)
 I love this picture of Sammi, she looks like a little diva :)
My happy boy!  My friend calls him 'King Chill'.  It suits him (unless he's hungry)
My kids love to swim!  And check out Jase's pectus escavatum (the dip in his chest) it seems to be getting better.

Monday, April 30, 2012

This year one of the local churches did a community Easter egg hunt, and it was awesome! It was a really nice hunt, the best one I've been to yet. They had it really well organized and it was well executed. They even had a hunt for the teenagers and another for adults! You better believe I participated in the adult one ;)

We went with some of our friends and they have a baby girl a little younger than Jase, and Jase REALLY like her a lot. :)

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Being me

I love being at home with my little ones. Kids smell so good, don't you think? So, there is something that I have been doing lately (and maybe it's incredibly dumb of me to not have done it before??? I just never thought about it) that I just have to share.. maybe it will help you guys too! SO my kids get up about 7. I used to roll out of bed at the sound of their cries and go get them. I would feed them, and scramble trying to play with them, feed them etc while trying to get myself ready. Not anymore. I read somewhere that when we are stay at home moms, that is our job. Our work. And that got me to thinking. You don't just wake up and start working. You wake up and get ready for work, then work! So now I get up 40 minutes earlier (we work out at night, so that isn't something that would motivate me to do this), get dressed, hair and makeup(remember working out the night before? That includes a shower :)), read my scriptures, and then have about 10 minutes to do whatever I want before I go get them. Sometimes I check blogs, make eggs for breakfast, write in my journal, read... Guys, it has made all the difference! If you feel a little big lagg-y (I know, made up word) in the mornings and maybe like you don't want to roll out of bed, give this a try! Having a little bit of time to feel like myself, and have my own identity besides "mom" first thing in the morning, has made me feel so much better. I feel stronger, I am more motivated to spend quality time with my kids, teaching, playing, laughing, running around, etc. It is easier for me to be a "mom" all day, if I am myself for a short while before I become mom. post signature

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Ok I have been thinking a lot about gossip lately. Like last 6 months lately. I want your opinions!!! I think I have come far enough that I am pretty much over petty superficial gossip. I don't like speaking bad about people and I REALLY try to avoid it. My questions are not about petty gossip, but about 'venting'. And not just venting to anyone and everyone. But maybe venting to the 1-3 people in your life who you know you can go to with anything. You know the people-- your spouse is one of them, and you have 1 or 2 other friends that you can tell all your dreams, wishes, and hopes to. The people you call or go to when you feel  Stressed to the max. You call them and you vent. Sometimes the venting is about other people. Is this okay, or wrong? Is it the way you say it that makes it okay? Is it not okay ever? Is it okay no matter what because you know these people will help you feel better, and won't spread what you are saying? Mostly I vent to my husband. He hears mostly everything. Does that make it okay since he is my husband and I should tell him everything? Or is it still wrong? I don't like gossip, and I usually try to shut down gossip before it starts by interjecting a compliment about whoever is being mentioned. Part of me thinks that maybe it isn't ever okay. I do NOT say bad things about Jacob to anyone (even venting), because I wouldn't want to damage our relationship in any way, and if I have an issue with him that I need to talk about, I just go to him. Thinking about that makes me think that maybe it isn't okay to vent about anyone, because it could damage your relationship with them. But what do you do when you are so stressed out and just need to talk and get things off your chest? What if someone has hurt you deeply and you just want to tell your spouse about it? Is it the way you say things when speaking to those you are closest to? When 'venting' I try to keep bitterness and judgements out of the picture and don't insult others.   Does that make it okay? I don't know. I am not trying to justify my actions in 'venting' but looking for honest opinions! So-- What do you think?
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

so good

I've posted this movie before, and just have to post it again. It is SO good. You don't have to watch it, just press play and listen while you surf the internet, do you hair, or whatever.
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Monday, April 2, 2012


Well, I have been up since 3:30 this morning since I am stressed out to the max and can't sleep. After laying there with my brain on overdrive for over an hour I decided I might as well do something rather than just lay there. Blogging often makes me feel better, so I'm updating!!! Wooohoo!!!! post signature

The BEST date/ present of my LIFE!!

Okay guys.. Jacob seriously won best husband ever award in December. I had dreamed of going to Wicked for 6 years! This is NOT an exaggeration! Jacob gave me the BEST gift of my entire life by surprising me a few days early with.... Tickets to WICKED!! I was soooo excited I didn't have a reaction, lol. For those who know me, I get excited really easily and jump around and can't contain my energy. Well, I was so stunned I didn't have a reaction until the next day, which was the day we were going. It actually worked out perfectly-- Briana was flying into LAX the day after we were seeing Wicked, so rather than pay for gas to go pick her up, Jacob's parents got us a hotel so we could just stay overnight and pick her up the next day. It was such a perfect trip. We got to Hollywood (my first time in Hollywood-- holy smokes is it ghetto!!!!) and wandered around, went to our hotel and changed, then went to Wicked. Honestly, after dreaming about going to it for 6 years, and having never been to a Broadway play, I was a little worried I would be let down- that my high expectations would not be met. But they were!! It was magical! It was so incredibly amazing. We had really close seats, and WOW. I can't really describe how awesome it was, but let me say that it is worth seeing it in person. Jacob enjoyed it a lot too. We both agreed there is something just magical about being there in person rather than a screen. It's so different! Anyway, I will stop raving :) The next morning rather than be lazy bums we decided to go to the beach before picking Bri up. It was great! We were only there for an hour, and it was not long enough! I am eagerly planning a trip to the beach with our little family for sometime soon!! Here are our amazing pictures:
The inside of Pantages was so awesome. This picture doesn't do it justice even a tiny bit.

K maybe this last picture is kinda corny, but I had so much fun chasing the seagulls. This picture describes how I felt on our little vacation- Free! post signature

Las Vegas

Back in January we went on a really fun little vacation :) My parents bought a time share for a good price from some friends who weren't able to use theirs last minute in Las Vegas. We went Sunday evening through Thursday. The rooms were really cool, they were kind of 2-in 1 condos. You walk in and there are just 2 doors to 2 separate condos. Each one had a kitchenette, large wonderful bathroom complete with jacuzzi tub, king size bed in a room, large living room/ dining room. It was great, I think especially for my parents because they didn't have to hear the kids at all at night! (The kids slept in the living room on our side) Plus it was nice during nap time to just put the kids in bed then go hang out with my parents without worrying about being super quiet, but we were still just right there. So nice! Anyway it was a lot of fun, we went to the Shark Reef Aquarium there. It was pretty pricey for what you get, but definitely worth seeing once :) We hung out at the Bellagio and ate amazing gelatto and saw the fountains, we went to the M&M factory, went to Bass Pro Shops.. Honestly people in Idaho and Utah-- Cabela's in Lehi is pretty dang awesome with all it's decor, but it doesn't really hold a candle to Bass Pro Shops! Holy cow that place is aaaaamazing! We walked around and looked at all the animals, shot guns, shopped-- it was a really cool place! I recommend checking it out! One night my parents went out and explored, and another night we did. We went and ate at Famous Dave's to celebrate Jacob's bday- I've never liked BBQ as much as I did at Famous Dave's! Wow! It was fun! We made a cake and celebrated Jacob's and Jase's bdays (Jase's bday is the day after Jacob's). All in all it was a fun time!

Sweet little Jase :) He was so tired after eating cake he just cuddled up on the towel we had him on. He does that a lot, he is my little cuddly boy!

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