Friday, October 31, 2008


Last night we had our annual Halloween Family Party! It was so much fun and were glad we got it in after having to reschedule several times. At this age, my kids are way too easy to please so it was not much work on my part and yet they thought it was the most awesome thing ever. Allie is not yet into into goblin guts and skeleton bones, although she was perfectly happy with drinking blood ("Mom, can I have some more blood." Like she does it everyday.) We made "spiders" for dessert, which were ding dongs with pretzel legs and M&M eyes. Detmer didn't want to let them out of his sight! I learned, though, that my kids aren't fans of ding dongs so next year will have to do a different body. Hopefully I can find something equally as easy! After dinner we decorated pumpkins, Allie, and Detmer. Of course it wasn't our intention for Allie and Detmer to be decorated, but it sure ended up that way. They probably have more marker on them today then either of our pumpkins! We used the fun Halloween crafts we've made this month to decorate. You may be able to see our little spiders on our dinner table that we made and then Allie is modeling the Jack-O-Lanterns we made. I love the holidays. So many fun crafts!

Can you believe the size of the pumpkin Grandma Marbles grew for us? It's bigger and heavier then the kids! Lance gave us a smaller one so we could carve it but the kids had way to much fun coloring them to go through the trouble of carving!
Detmer got all the Halloween lingo down this year. We ask him what does a ghost say? He says "woooooo". What does a witch say? "He he he". What does a monster say? "Roar!" As you can tell from this post, Allie is much more cooperative with her picture being taken these days, but I am determined to get some good ones of my little puppy Detmer tonight. Today we have already had our pumpkin and ghost breakfast (good old cookie cutters on the french toast). Now we are counting down the hours until we get in costumes and head to Great Grandma's and Grandpa Greg's. Luckily Zack and Lance slept over last night, so the kids are all having so much fun playing, the time will fly by!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Request's

Well, I wanted to do a comparison shot of my belly and Tammy's since we will never actually be in the same country during our pregnancies, so I asked her to send me a 20 week picture when she was already past 20 weeks! So this will have to do for a fun comparison! The first one I am 29 weeks, Tammy is 23 weeks, then I am 20 weeks. Tammy and I are in agreement that we feel like really huge nerds posing for these pictures, so everybody better really enjoy it!!! (For those who don't know, Tammy is my sister-in-law).

Okay, now I have two tags. I know I take forever to do the tags, but I always do them! I love to get to know all these random thing about other people.
What are the last three things you purchased?
(not counting boring groceries)New shirts, Christmas presents for Allie and Detmer. Which altogether equals way more then three, even though I only listed two things.
What are the last three songs you downloaded for your ipod?
Dance With My Father and Apologize. This should really be a two thing tag, because I can't think of a third song! Dave downloads for me and I'm not sure what else he did.
What are your three favorite movies?
The Notebook, 13 Going on 30. See, two comes so easy. So many things could feel the last spot. I guess I'll put Just Like Heaven.
What are three things you have not done yet?
What kind of question is this? Is it talking about three things I haven't done today? Three things I want to do but haven't done yet? Geez this is a hard tag. Alright, here's my random answers.
Caught up on my kids scrapbooks, printed my millions of pictures, and had my third baby!
What are three things you cannot live without?(excluding people)
The Gospel, my car, humor.
What are your three favorite dishes?
French toast, Costa Vida sweet pork salad, and lastly anything I don't have to make.
What are your three favorite T.V. shows?
Survivor, Friends reruns that I wish were still on at night!, the first seasons of King of Queens (I borrowed the DVD's from my friend after I had Detmer and watched them while I ran. Not good, I had to stop running so often because I was laughing SOOO hard!)
What are the last three places you traveled to that were more then one hundred miles away?
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how far 100 miles is so no one make fun! Vernal for Josh's wedding, Disneyland and the Bahamas!
What are your three favorite desserts?
Currently I have to say those peanut butter bars Kelly made two weeks ago. Mmm, can't wait to have them again:), chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter rice krispies.
What are three things you would buy if money were not an issue?
Some super fancy and expensive golf clubs for Dave. A golf course for him to practice on. A cabin.
For this tag, I am supposed to list six quirks about me:
1. I tried to do this tag before and could only think of one quirky thing about myself.
2. I could only think of it because Court had it listed on her tag. I also make a weird sound in my throat when my ears itch!!!
3. I am horrible about calling people back! I always try and wait for "a good time" and it never comes around because I always want to have uninteruppted conversations and that doesn't happen with the little ones around. Hence, I am not a phone person. If I got a cell phone (which I won't because then people would try to call me, yikes!) I know I would be a texter.
4. There is a long history between me and the phone if you want to get psychological about it (my dad has a whole theory) but probably I am just like several other people I know who aren't phone people.
5. My sisters are also NOT phone talkers. However, it is not in the blood. My dad can get going for hours on the phone and my mom only had to meet a person once before they exchanged phone numbers and called each other every five minutes.
6. Despite Kelly and I both not being phone talkers, we talk on the phone at LEAST once a day.
And now I tag everyone who has a blog and hasn't done this!
Also if anyone can give me simple instructions on how to make a friend's list at the side of my blog, I know Ash would really appreciate it:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

(Two disclaimers: one, sorry about Dallin's red mustache, we were having a bbq. Two, sorry this story is a repeat for some, but it's just too cute.)

The other night I was in taking a bath when the phone rings. Due to the late hour Dave knew it would be for me so he didn't answer. As soon as the machine came on, the caller hung up. The phone proceeds to ring again immediately. And again. And again. And again. Finally Dave gets up the energy to answer (I think I finally told him it may be something important). Dave calls into me to call Corben when I get out of the bath. About five minutes later, the phone starts ringing again. And again. And again. Finally I tell Dave to bring me the phone, figuring this must be something pretty important. I dial Corben. He answers and says "Hi. This is Corben" (to which I was tempted, but didn't say "I know, I called you.") He continues, "Do you have your August Friend?" I said I probably do and he tells me to go get it. I tell him I'm still in the bath, I just called figuring it MUST be some sort of emergency. He tells me as soon as I get out of the bath, go get my Friend and call him right back. I get out and head to a couple of possible places where my Friend may be. I find October, September, June, July. Finally, I find August (I was in a rush to beat the phone ringing again). I thought for sure Corben was going to tell me he was in it, so I was prepared to be a very excited aunt. Well, it turns out I do have a famous nephew, but it was not Corben. It was Dallin (and how cute that Corben was that excited, he couldn't have been anymore excited if it was himself, hence the calling me 36 times). So if you are like me and your Friend hangs out at your house for months at a time, turn to page 41 of the August issue and check out my cute nephew Dallin (sans a kool-aid mustache) and his awesome story. Congratulations to Dallin for being a published author at the ripe old age of 8!!! (For anyone who doesn't know, the Friend is a church magazine for young kids).
Now, if you were changing jobs and you could pick any state in the US to do your training, what would you pick? Did you say Oklahoma??? That's what I thought! That is where Giff is doing his training for his new job. About two weeks ago he and Shirelle headed on the scenic drive (no, really, they even got to see a six legged cow) to beautiful Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My most recent report from Giff tells me that he is doing well (although he misses us all dearly, as I'm sure you can imagine:)). He has plans with his co-workers to go out and see all there is to see in Oklahoma, so that should keep him pretty busy for the next four months! A friend of his from high school is there doing the same kind of training (although a different class). Such a small world. He is also excited that one of his classmates is a member of the church. Despite my complaints about people who ditch their family, I am really excited for him and Shirelle to have this experience. I think Giff will do great at this job and it will be a fun adventure for them (I wish anyone of my family members the same success going away, as long as their eventual plans have them back in Utah!). Here is a couple pictures from his going away party:
Also, I now have proof that it's not all Power Rangers and Spider Man around here. And Bill and Ted. And Indiana Jones. When we were getting ready for church on Sunday Allie makes some sign with her hand and says "catch you later Bill and Ted." Then the other day, she had on a necklace, and I've never seen good old Indiana Jones, so I'm not sure what she was getting at, but she it was a long, big, purple necklace and she said "now I'm Indian Jones!" But just know that sometimes, princesses do prevail. I also have one including Lance (yes, in Princess dress-ups) but I think I will hold that for ransom.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy All My Life

Yesterday during conference President Monson said: "Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey and share our love with friends and family." This is one of the main reasons why I love conference. There is always such an uplifting message and a reminder of what life is really about: Joy in the Journey!

I enjoyed so many of the talks, but one of my favorites was definitely Joseph B. Wirthlin. Last year during October's conference we were getting ready to move. We had conference on the whole time, but were easily distracted. The first time I had a chance to sit down was right when Joseph B. Wirthlin got up to talk. If you were watching, I'm sure you remember his talk. He started to shake very badly. Russell M. Nelson had to stand and hold on to his arm. I think everyone would have understood if he had ended his talk early and sat down. I think even some expected him to do so. I was so glad he didn't, because the talk he gave was one of my favorite ever. I remember thinking it was no coincidence that his talk was about loving the Lord with all our hearts, and by finishing his talk, he was a great example of that. He showed his love for the Lord and that the words he delivered were not his own, but straight from Heavenly Father, and knew they needed to be said. This quote from his talk last year is one of my very favorites, because I believe it so much: "Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the pathway of discipleship. It comforts, counsels, cures, and consoles. It leads us through valleys of darkness and through the veil of death. In the end love leads us to the glory and grandeur of eternal life." The first thing I loved in his talk Saturday was "LEARN TO LAUGH". I'm sure everyone reading this knows that learning to laugh is not something I struggle with, it never has been. I've always been able to laugh, even at myself. Again, I think it's just because I agree with it so strongly that I loved it so much. I have found myself in some of the darkest moments of my life, surrounded by loved ones, laughing hysterically. I have always thought that is Heavenly Father's gift to us, even during hard times. Having a three-year-old and one-year-old, it is very easy to find many opportunities to laugh. The other thing Elder Wirthlin said that I loved was something he heard from his mom, and hopefully I can teach it to my kids. "Come what may, and love it." This echoed a conversation I had with Gifford on Friday night. We talked about how blessed our lives have been. Of course not without challenges and heartache, because no one's is, but the abundant blessings we've received far outweigh the struggles, and we need to remember even during those struggles to "love it" because chances are it is setting our lives up for something better!

I mentioned Dave and I going to the Joseph Smith movie a few weeks ago. I had seen it before, but was again touched by the powerful spirit of the movie. If you haven't seen it, GO!!! If you want to learn or re-learn that Joseph Smith was a true prophet or build the testimony you already have, see it. It's free! It can't hurt. Make time for it and you won't regret it. At the beginning of the movie, a girl is traveling with her father to try and meet the prophet. Her dad asks her how she knows he's a prophet, she's never met him. She says "you don't have to meet him to know he's a prophet." That sets up the rest of the movie, and I have thought of her saying that many times since. It was true of Joseph Smith, and it's true of President Monson. It's evident by the words he says and the spirit he conveys he's a true prophet. I'm so grateful to have a prophet to lead us and to let us know the things we should do so we can avoid the stresses that the world attempts to burden on us.

Along those lines, I have been slowly decorating my house since we moved in. I got most of my entry way finished, but there was a spot where I wanted to put a board with some vinyl lettering, but could not think of what to put. I thought about it all the time but nothing fit. After I saw the Joseph Smith movie, I was thinking of how blessed we are to have a living prophet. Here's what I decided to put up:
My photography wasn't that great, the middle picture of Jesus got the flash! If you can't see it it says "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet" and I love the way it fits in that spot.

This is how Detmer enjoyed conference. The swing is out for Kaden but I think Detmer enjoys it more!And just because she's so cute, here's a picture of my Allie. She was really excited that we were dressed the same. We had white shirts with a green shirt over it and black pants. I should have taken a picture of Detmer, who insisted on wearing a jacket like Allie's. It was a serious fashion clash, but, eh, he's a boy. We enjoyed a night at McDonald's with the Cardon's while the boys were at Priesthood.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Grandma Nancy

Gayla and I were talking on Tuesday when she came to pick up Kaden. Allie comes up and says to Gayla "Grandma, Grandma." Gayla answers and Allie says "Look, I got a new necklace." Then a minute later, Zack says "Grandma, I'm sleeping over tonight." And as she's leaving all the kids sat on the porch yelling "BYE GRANDMA!!!" It made me think back to several years ago when Gayla's little Madison who is now 9 would come over to have "Grandma Nancy" read her stories. I guess what goes around comes around!

My mom was never one to say she couldn't believe she was being called grandma, or she didn't feel old enough to be a grandma. I'm fairly certain that becoming a grandma was the best thing that ever happened to her. I remember vividly the day Corben was born. I was with her at school. Her opinion was that having a baby was one of the best moments between a husband and wife, so she encouraged Kelly to just keep in touch on the phone. She also confessed to me that she was glad Kelly didn't need her there, because she didn't want to see her in so much pain. As soon as Corben was born, we went to the hospital. From then on, my mom was hooked! If she ever went a day without seeing Corben, which was rare, she did not like it. When Dallin and Trevor were born there was triple the love, triple the gifts, triple the visits. She never showed any favortism, they all knew they were the favorite. When Kelly and Jeremy moved to North Salt Lake (perhaps to create some distance???) she was not deterred and happily jumped in the car to drive down, twice as motivated when Dallin was born and all of her grandkids lived in the same complex.

She was an amazing person in every aspect of life. One of the first people that came over after she died said "She was my best friend. But that's silly to say, because everybody felt like they were her best friend." We got an endless amount of letters and I was amazed at the random acts of kindness she'd done, most of which I'd never heard of.

Her most amazing attribute was her positive attitude. She never complained! My sisters and I have all talked about whenever we are sick, we lay in bed, having so much more compassion for our mom then we ever had when she was on this earth. We didn't realize how trying it is to feel so horrible and still have a house and kids to take care of. Yet she did it day after day, and we never would have guessed that maybe she didn't want to hear every single detail of my date when I got home at midnight. Maybe she could have really used some sleep. But that didn't stop each of us kids from bouncing up the stairs at all hours of the night to visit with Mom (while Dad laid next to her, never missing a beat in his snoring pattern!). She listened to every word (and yes, I mean every word) and acted like it was the most interesting story she'd ever heard. When she died, many people commented they didn't even know she'd been sick. She lived life to the fullest and gave us all that she had.

Often times I would find her asleep with her scriptures opened on her chest. We would tease her because she had to use the mega-sized scriptures. When she first brought them home, during family scriptures that night we set them across the room and went back to sit on the couch and read them. We thought we were hilarious and luckily she had a great sense of humor. Sometimes just telling stories about her we can get laughing so hard we cry. There was never a dull moment and she was always willing to laugh at the absent minded things she did.

Speaking of the scriptures, she was a great missionary all her life. One of my favorite stories happened shortly before she died. One of her friends was going through a hard time in her personal life. This friend was working the late shift at Cheveron. My mom showed up at Chevron late one night while her friend was working. She told her friend she had been reading her scriptures that night and came across a scripture that she really felt her friend needed to hear. Her friend hadn't been to church in awhile, and if it had been me, I would have thought "man, too bad my friend can't hear that." But I would have never had the courage to share it. But everybody knew how pure her intentions were. When I was in high school, she would pray with each member of the family individually before they left for school and my dad before he left for work, since we were all leaving at different times.

Of course, I am often wishing my kids had their grandma. I can just picture how much she would adore them (I don't know why anyone wouldn't!). Especially since I know what an amazing grandma she was, however, one of my most satisfying feelings is that during her last years when she was the most sick, she got such true joy from those three little boys.

I consider myself very lucky to have had such a great example to look up to. I could aspire to be more like my mom in so many ways. And believe it or not, I'm working on it:)