Friday, December 19, 2008


My baby turned "11" on the 16th of DECEMBER-- What a cute kid this one is--she is funny, kind, silly, a great dancer, organized(when she wants to be), great helper in the kitchen, good back rub giver, awesome babysitter, compassionate, loving and all around good kid!!!

Casey had fun with some friends at "jump On It" she had a good time and didn't want her fun day to end. I asked her what she would like for her birthday and more than anything she wanted to get her nails done professionally. I took her to the new salon by Smith's in Saratoga Springs and had a "girl's day out" she was soooo excited and her nails looked so cute--- it was fun!!!


Monday, November 24, 2008

Baby Sophia Isabella

My Cute nephew has a new baby sister
Sweet little baby Sophia born to my brother and his wife...she is sweet with big blue eyes- I can't wait to meet her!!! Sophia

Sophia and her cousin
my brother, max and the happy mommy!!

What a cute family.....It took a lot to get those sweet children here and they are beautiful kids!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Time...

The kids had fun carving pumpkins this year--we really didn't have to help at all, they just went for it and decided on their design and had a lot of fun!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy 45th Birthday Mike!!

Mike turned "45" yesterday--- he really doesn't like much fanfare and much fuss made over him but we tried to make his day a good one!!!! ----I tried to take a picture of him but that wasn't working, but he did accept his gifts...which were 4 new hotwheels (since he's a collector.).....and a Bourne Ultimatum CD and Neil Diamond tickets.......he wasn't too excited about the Neil Diamond tickets only because he knew i had to spend some money on them...but no worries, I have 3 people who want to buy them from me if he bails--you're not going to bail on me, right!? Happy birthday!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Suzanne and Paul Forever...

~Me, Suzanne and Tammy at the Wedding Reception~

~Married October 11, 2008~
Congratulations Suzanne and Paul!!
--My good friend Suzanne from work was recently married to her sweetheart in Oklahoma. They had their reception last Friday night and everything was "wonderful"--- You are a beautiful "bride" Suzanne!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

More Oompa Loompa's

These are my cousin Sara and David's kids: "Max and Ruby"-- aren't they adorable? When you're vertically challenged like our family is--- the oompa loompa thing just works :0)
sorry I stole this picture Sara-- I couldn't resist!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo.........

We had a fun time at the Legacy Center party Saturday night--- It had been 7 years since I was an "oompa-loompa"and I thought it was time to pull out the costume again. I got Tammy and Angie my co-workers to participate with me--

Casey and her friend Kelsi partied with us too!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here are the pictures...

Chelsea found a beautiful red dress for her dance. She had a day date from 1-7pm and then the dance was from 8-11pm-- She only had an hour to get ready but she pulled it off and I think she looked "stunning"!

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's Homecoming time...

Chelsea got asked to Homecoming by a guy she doesn't know and who she hasn't even talked to before...she's being nice but I think is regretting her decision to go with him. She found a pretty red dress and black pumps and accessories and I think that is the part she is excited about...DRESSING UP!! The Wanted poster was found on the Seminary Building and you have to admit is pretty cute and clever. She is going with 2 other couples and it should be interesting :0)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our 17th Anniversary...September 20th

I can't believe it has been 17 years that I met this guy of mine. This is our story: I was living in Las Vegas at the time in 1991 and a friend of mine from New Zealand was visiting me. Her name is Carolyn and we have been pen pals since I was 8 years old--(my Grandparents served a mission there.) Anyway, while she was visiting me, we were invited to a party with other New Zealanders. The lady I was living with at the time had a daughter who was married to a guy from New Zealand so we had quite the party.. New Zealand style... While we were partying, a lady approached me and told me about a guy that was living with her family who had just joined the church a few months before. She told me he was probably just laying by the pool if I wanted to call him and invite him over. What?!? Is he cute? what can you tell me about him? "Yeah he's cute she said, and he has big muscles and is really tan! She told me that the night before, he went to Rockabilly's dance club and so I got an idea... The spaz that I am called him-- Yeah I'm not shy but good grief... what am I going to say? ....ring ring ring... "hello?" ( in an ohio accent)...."ummmm hi, this is Stephanie, we met last night at Rockabilly's dance club... remember me? We danced together....?! .....silence...... "uh, no we didn't"-- ha ha Mike didn't dance with anyone that night-- Well then, I had to tell him the truth and that Sara had told me about him and suggested that I invite him over to this party. He told me that would be fun and I told him I would come and get him in 10 minutes.

I pulled up in front of the house and waited for a moment and then decided to go to the door-- as I was going to the door, he was walking out. NICE!! she was right, he was cute and talk about muscles!!! Okay so he was tall dark and handsome.... now what was his personality like-- what kind of music does he like-- is he outgoing, etc... He got in my yellow camaro Iroq and I was playing a country music song--which he said he liked and off we drove.... He and I had a great time at the party and I was impressed with his people skills and everything I saw thus far.

We spent the next 2 1/2 weeks together and were inseparable and I was hoping that he wasn't too good to be true. He was outgoing, funny, hardworking, devoted to the gospel, and everything I could want. I was afraid that he would slip through my fingers so in only 19 days of knowing each other, we were married!!!!hee hee--- I don't recommend this to anyone but that is our story and I love him even though sometimes he can be difficult to live with ... hey, so can I!!! To many more years Mikey.... I love you!!

For my Anniversary---I got a beautiful "Bosch Universal Plus" 800 watt mixer. I have always wanted one and now I finally have one--WOW!! My Uncle and Aunt, Chuck and Linda have sold Bosch's and other kitchen supplies for as long as I can remember and I grew up with a Bosch mixer. I called them up and they hooked me up with the top of the line mixer---I can't wait to get using it---next payday, I'm getting a wheat grinder from them as well. If anyone is interested in their website it is: and type the word bloom in the customer access box.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

We have another teenager in the house...

Chris had a fun day-- he invited a few guys from his football team over and you went to the nickelcade in Orem and played for a few hours and then came back to the house and played video games. This party went on for 6 hours---- you party animals!!

1. you work hard-
2. you play hard-
3. you have a great memory and can recite songs word for word in fact you know white and nerdy and are so funny when you sing it because you hike up your pants and pull out the nerdy glasses-
4. Even though you tease your sister's mercilessly, you love them and protect them -
5. You are a great athlete and practice harder than any kid I know-
6. You get awesome grades-
7. You love animals and just got a baby kitten-
8. You do funny things with your eyebrows-
9. You work hard in the scouting program and recently earned your "life"-- way to go Chris!!!
10. You can be a real spaz when you want to but yet can be so calm too, strange!!
11. You try to do what's right-
12. You love to play with kids-
13. You're happiest when you have a ball in your hands-

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cucumbers and Lacrosse?!?

Okay-- so I can't get my pictures off of my camera and my son just turned 13 and I've had an Anniversary-- so kind of big deals, but I guess those posts will have to wait another day or so :0 ) In the meantime, I'm going to ramble and tell a funny story.

Yesterday at work, my friend Susan brought "lemon" cucumbers to work that she had grown in her garden. The "lemon" part of the name is because of the way they look but let me tell you, it was delicious and everything you would want in a cucumber and more and tastes nothing like a lemon. Anyway, I put one in my purse to take home for later and then got really busy and forgot about it. Chelsea had a lacrosse game in Sandy and life got busy and the lemon cucumber sat in my purse. After the game, I took Chelsea and her friend Lindsey home and while we were driving home, we were talking about what sounded good to eat. --Chelsea was saying that fast food would make her throw up and said a salad would be good, and Lindsey said that a cucumber sounded good. WHAT?!? a cucumber?--- "I think I have one of those in my purse!!"--after all of the --"ha ha's" and "yeah whatever's", etc... I pulled out my handy dandy cucumber and offered it to Lindsey and convinced her that it was in fact a cucumber. After we were done laughing hysterically, she delighted in the delicious, crisp treat that came from the bottom of my purse( it was clean, don't worry). It was like manna from heaven. Good Times!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Flashback Friday

What cute toddlers-- just for fun--I pulled out their journals I kept of my kids cute sayings and I'll share a few now:

  • Chelsea: One day I was drawing you a picture when you were about 2 years old and you clapped your hands and said "Good job Mama!"
  • Chris: One day you were getting dressed (you were 3) and I got you a pair of jeans to put on. You insisted on putting them on yourself which I had no problem with and so I got busy doing something else-- pretty soon I heard you say, "mom, why did Jesus make zippers so hard to zip up!!"
  • Casey: You didn't like Chris to laugh at you about anything and at 2 you would put your hands on your hips and pucker your lips and say, "Not funny "Tis!"
~It's fun being a mom to 3 strong willed kids who definitely have different personalities-- If they don't kill each other it will be a miracle but at least there's never a dull moment and I've enjoyed every step of the way so far- well almost every step, hee hee!!!~

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Jumping for Joy on the top of "Squaw Peak"

~ I think the altitude was getting to us... ~

~ Good Air ~

~Check out that form!~
~Even the 44 year old man jumped for joy which cracked me up-- you're a silly guy Mikey~ ~A bunch of "goobers" that I love~
~What a view ~
~Chelsea and the mom and wife of all of the goobers , I don't know where they get it from!!~


Our family loves to go to Squaw Peak in the Fall- we usually wait until the leaves are turning their bright red and orange but we got a "jump" start on it this year-- don't worry, we'll be back! We love to hike and explore and it's a wonderful family outing for us. After Squaw peak we usually go to Steve Young's Arabian Horse ranch and visit the horses that are boarded there and visit the cats that roam freely. My kids have gone there since they were itty bitty, it's a lot of fun and they love it!!

~Some photos of the horse ranch~

School Spirit!

Chelsea was showing school spirit by dressing up in her "purple"tights for the High School Football game- I know that is why they pulled off a win in the last few seconds-- Go Pioneers!!