Monday, May 25, 2015

My Tucky boy...

Tucker. Where do I begin with Tucker?! I love him so much. He ALWAYS has something on his mind. His mind is always going a million miles a minute. Always has a new scheme or idea or plan. I love that so much about him! This month it has been the talent show, so him and Carson have been practicing and practicing. He got the idea from his grandpa joke that he was telling at school. Then he went with it. They dressed up like grandpas and came out old and crippled, and then music came on and they started dancing. It was his and Ben's idea and it just evolved from there! :) It was so much fun seeing him mastermind this cute dance with his buddy Carson.


His other two besties, Taylor and Owen came over one Friday after school for a fun pizza and movie night. It was when Ben was out of town, so it was just us partying. I loved doing this as a kid, and my mom was so good to let me have friends over and play a lot and I love doing that for my own kids. Luckily Tucker is just as social as I am and also enjoys it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

My dream birthday...

My birthday this year was absolutely amazing! I wasn't expecting or needing anything fancy, but like usual, Ben made my birthday perfect and blew me away. I woke up to an absolutely silent house. Almost too silent, ya know! So, I went downstairs and found this: 20150520_093926
Along with flowers, and balloons, and bags and bags of gift cards to my favorite places, like Nordy's and Gappers and to get my nails did and to get a massage! It was like the perfect gift for me and more than I could have ever asked for! I almost didn't know what to do with myself, and may have even gotten back into my bed for a bit. It was heavenly!

Katrina was already on her way to bring me breakfast and it was so nice to just enjoy my Mcdonalds breakfast with one of my BFF's! And have it be brought to me while in my pj's was an added bonus! After she left, I just took my sweet little time being in my quiet empty house, getting ready and enjoying every second of not having to hurry or hustle. Seriously, that was the best gift right there, being able to take my time and not hurry was the absolute best! I took so long that I ended up having to decided on weather or not I wanted to get my nails done or do some shopping before my massage appointment. I chose to get my nails done since I didn't know when I'd have another chance to get that done! I also stopped and indulged a bit and got a vanilla Italian soda which was heavenly!
I then headed to my massage, which, of course, was wonderful! When I got out of the massage I was told to head home for some dinner and dessert.
On the way home, I decided I couldn't let the day pass without doing at least a little bit of shopping! :) So, I stopped at Nordy's and found myself the perfect pair of summer sandals which totally made my day!
Also, when I got home, Meg brought me this cute vase with these beautiful hydrangeas! I sure am lucky with these BFF's of mine!
AND... Kathryn gave me a glass jar full of cash and some SKOR bars, so really, it was the perfect day! :)
I got home to these guys, which really, make turning another year older worth every second.
They helped me blow out my candles on my delicious nothing bundt cake cakes. Kathryn got us mini ones of all different flavors and they were divine! It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!
My greatest blessing by far are these amazing people that I get to spend my normal every day life with. I love them more than anything, and am grateful for the love they show me by giving me these days off to recharge and count my blessings!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rosa's Birthday...

Rosa's birthday was two days before mine. I wanted to do something special for her, because I know she doesn't have a lot of family here, and I would hate to feel like I didn't have anyone to celebrate my birthday with. So, me and the sister missionaries took her to lunch. She wanted to go to Cafe Rio, and of course, with Rosa, we had a great time. I love that lady! She is one of Jackson's many adoring fans, and it just made her day because he started to say her name, and was saying Rosa over and over again and it was the cutest thing ever!
Here are all four of us, Hna. Boman, Hna. Santiago and Rosa and I. And Jackson being a pill. The little stinker.
So we got one without him. I'm so grateful for the wonderful friends I've made in the branch. I don't know what I would do without these people. They are more like family to me, and I just love them.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Tay Tay

This little lady is my whole world. I love her so much. She is so happy and helpful and sweet and loving. I don't know what I did to deserve such a sweetie. She's pretty much the best!
I got to sub in her primary class this month and I just couldn't help myself from snapping a picture of these cute little friends: Taylor, Isabella, Daniella and Jaylie.
She loves to create and make things all the time. I am constantly getting sweet little cards and pictures from her. This one was so cute, and perfect for the spring, I framed it and put it next to our front door. I had been wanting to find something for this spot and I had this cute 8x8 black frame there from something at Christmas time, so it was definitely time for a change.
And she loves her gymnastics. And I have to say, she is so freaking good! I am so proud of her, and her determination and how hard she works!
AND...she lost her second tooth!!! Her other front top tooth, and now she has a huge hole in her smile! She is the cutest with her gappy smile!
She inherited this awesome party light from Kathryn's house and has been using as a night light in her room. Her room is the party room, I guess! I don't know how she sleeps with it on, personally, but she loves it!
And here she is all dressed up for church one Sunday. I loved the side pony so much, I had to get a picture! :) I mean, really. The girl pretty much rocks! And Halejulia for being able to wear light flowy dresses again and not having to bundle up! woo-hoo!
I found this back pack on clearance for her for Kindergarten next year and she wouldn't take it off all day. It looks so big on her, but so so cute!
 She, of course, had to start wearing it to school that very day...
My big girl wanting to do everything on her own and independently! :(

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beautiful Flowers...

I don't have a green thumb, but I wish so bad that I had a green thumb. The weather has been so nice, I wanted to make my front entry beautiful with some flowers, especially since my birthday is tomorrow. So, as a kind of birthday gift to myself, I took Taylor and Jackson to Fred Meyer, and we picked out some beautiful flowers. I'm clueless, I didn't know what I was doing. But Meg is a total green thumb and gave me some pointers. I did my best. I gathered some of my empty planters that I've had empty for forever, and some I just inherited from Kathryn moving. And we went to town.

I just love the way they turned out. I think they are so beautiful and it was so much fun putting them together and arranging them. The dark brown with the white flowers I inherited from my grandma and grandpa's house, and I love it, but it has no draining in place, which I learned the hard way that plants need. Neither does that little lime green one that I inherited from Kathryn. So, Juan was over one day for some reason, and Ben hadn't gotten home yet, so I asked him to drill a hole in the bottom of the flowered one, because it's metal, but the lime green one is ceramic, so we couldn't put a hole in that one. I thought that I'd be able to figure a way out NOT to drown the flowers in that pot, but by the end of the summer, they were swimming! 20150519_155416 
 I had some pretty cute little helpers, too! It was a fun afternoon planting and watering and beautifying our yard.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meg's Bday

Oh man, I love these ladies:
Meg turned 35 and we had to party. Everyone should have friends like these. Marianne is the best and totally decorated her 1985 van. Complete with the 8500 kids we have between the 6 of us! :) That was the joke of the night. Mothers gone wild, we wanted to take our bra's off and swing them out of the windows as we were rockin' in the van. But we spared everyone and instead just stuck out heads out the windows and screamed like 16 year olds at anyone who paid us any attention! :) HA HA
And, as Marianne put it, one does not drive the motherload, the motherload drives you!!!
After a yummy dinner at Twigs, we headed out dancing. I have not been dancing with a bunch of girl friends in waaaaaay too long! It was so much freaking fun! And these girls are wild and that's why I love them!
The roadhouse was more like the party house, and we partied. Our friend, I can't remember his name, even invited us up on stage. He loved us. All 5 of us, he said,. He kept on telling us that he had just married us in his mind, all 5 of us! :)
I think that all the girls were jealous that he kept on inviting us on stage with him... (That is me behind him) :)
He even put his guitar over me and played it over me, which was not awkward at all, and I am oh so glad that Michelle caught in on her camera for me! :) HA HA
Then there's Gary. Good ol' Gare Bear. He initially came over to our group and asked me to dance. And it was a wild ride. He is a dancer, that one. For his size, he sure is light on his feet! :) He eventually asked all of us girls one by one to dance, and though we could barely get our arms around him, we all had a good time with him! :) IMG_6512
We closed down the bar, and left when the band did. We're such groopies and partiers, ya know! :)
And the whole gang with Gare Bear...
I love these ladies. It was such a fun night! We were out until 3am, which is WAAAAAYYY past my bedtime, and for some reason in the picture below, I look drunk, but I swear I wasn't! :) ha ha
The next morning, luckily, I was able to sleep in while Ben took Tucker to his basketball game. And then we had nothing the rest of the day which was wonderful!!! My body needed some serious recovery time! Something was poking me in my bra, and I looked down and remembered that the lead singer guy when he played his guitar with me gave me his pick. I didn't have any pockets, so I put it in my bra!!! ha ha, I was dying when I discovered it, I totally didn't remember! :)
Jax and I snuggled on the couch, seriously, ALL DAY LONG. It was heavenly! :) I need to do girls nights more often! :)


Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Jacksy boy...

This little boy of mine. I love him so much! I seriously don't know how we got along without him. He is just the cutest and funniest and sweetest little man. Everyone loves him. Everyone. Even this big guy who is kind of grumpy about things sometimes. Loves him.
One day I unbuckled Jackson, but left him in the car for a few minutes to play while I brought in groceries. He likes to do that sometimes, but this particular day, I came back out just a few minutes later and he was already asleep on the ground. Poor baby boy was just too tired. He is trying to get out of daily naps, which totally seems way early to me. But I guess every child is different. Some days he is OK without a nap and then some days he pulls stunts like this! :)
He pretty much gets away with whatever he wants...
I have no power over his cuteness...
20150506_201039 He is so active and always going going going. It's funny to me to think that at one point they (and we) were scared that he wasn't mobile enough!!! He is into anything and everything. I can't turn around for even 2 seconds without turning around to something like this. Like Yes, that is a big glob of peanut butter on the ground along with an entire bowl of cereal. But no matter, he could do whatever he wanted and get away with anything and I would love him and still think he's the cutest little thing to ever be made! :)