Sunday, December 25, 2011

Best Christmas EVER!

This Christmas has been wonderful!
Our doorbell has been ringing non stop! We have had 3 sets of carolers and many Delicious and thoughtful gifts from friends. We are truly blessed with great friends who have big hearts. We had a secret Santa that did 12 days of Christmas for us. Zoey enjoyed running to the door each time the door bell rang. The gifts were small, thoughtful, and meaningful. Each one had a special quote but this is what they brought

Candy Canes
Santa Train
Christmas Eve- Zoey read Luke 2 out of the scriptures. Then we headed to the Zezulka's house for dinner and to open presents from Grandma and Popsie. Brit got a cot for camping. Maggie got a dancing Elmo, Zoey got clothes and zuzu pet stuff, and I got clothes and money. Dinner was calm and peaceful which was a blessing.

When we came home we looked on the porch and found the manger from our secret Santa. It was a perfect for the evening. Zoey made milk and cookies for Santa, thanked Dancer elf for watching her this month (Elf on a shelf) and then the girls started their bath. The Christmas Brownie brought them their pajamas Maggie and Zoey were soooooo excited. I was amazed at how excited Maggie got over her new pjs squealing and giggling as I zipped them up.
After we put them to bed we got a magical visit from Santa. Zoey opened the door and had a nice visit with a "helper" Santa. He gave everyone candy canes and advised Zoey to go to bed. When he left Zoey said, "That was not the real Santa. That was just a helper Santa. I know who that Santa was. It was the man who does the announcements at church." Ha ha she is so smart! Brother Hemmenway did a great job and fooled me! It was wonderful!

The REAL Santa watched Christmas Vacation and filled the stockings with care.

Christmas- Brit and I woke up at 7am. We turned the tree lights on, made sure everything was ready for the girls... And waited...we opened our stockings, started breakfast expecting the girls to join us soon, we finished breakfast and then got ready for church... The girls FINALLY woke up 8:30am! Zoey was very excited for her watch from Santa! And Maggie got a tea kettle for her kitchen that she inherited from Zoey. They opened the rest of their stockings and ate breakfast. Before getting ready for church I told Zoey to check to see if the reindeer ate the food she left them. She opened the door and her face lite up! MOM LOOK! SANTA' IS REALLLLL! There are his foot prints, snow fell off his sled and it's all over the yard! She preceded to walked outside and saw the reindeer's foot prints on the driveway. Then she ran inside to see if Santa ate his cookies. He did! Again, with excitement she said, "MOM SANTA REALLY IS REAL"!

We went to church and had a great day remembering the true meaning of Christmas!
When we came home we ate lunch, put Maggie to bed, and played with the toys we already opened. Then we opened gifts one by one. It was slow and enjoyable. Zoey tried on clothes, played with toys as she opened them, and we enjoyed the time together. After presents I napped while Zoey and Dad played Battleship. Maggie woke up at 2:30pm and she opened her gifts from everyone(She really loved her animal book from the Morans). She loved every minute of tearing open the presents.

We had a nice turkey dinner (thanks to our secret Santa), with mashed potatoes and cream of corn. Again it was enjoyable and mellow. We played with the new toys, had tickle time, put laundry away, gave the girls a bath, and put the new toys away in the girls room.

By 7:00pm Brit and I were twiddling our thumbs wondering what to do... We watched True Grit and Sherlock Holmes.

Honestly, the BEST Christmas ever! Magical, enjoyable, special, humble, and spiritual.

I love our new nativity set and the girls got lots of play time out of it!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the people who made our Christmas so wonderful!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Program

Zoey was a Sheep but Maggie stole the show with her hands in her pants

Thursday, December 15, 2011


We have had 2 nights of Christmas carolers. It's nice to know people still carol. I use to think that it was super lame(teenager) but it has really touched my heart this year. I'll admit I had tears both times. It's the small things in life that cost nothing that really mean a lot to others.

I'm grateful for the people who care for my family and me.

Every girl needs a good girlfriend

Last Sunday, I called my girlfriend crying. She said, " You never call on Sunday, what is wrong?" I said, "I was having a bad day". She started laughing and said, " I can handle a bad day, I thought you were going to tell me something worse." I picked her up and we went to the mall. It was great to just get out and enjoy time with a friend. Maggie played at the play-place... she would go up and DOWN the stairs but not down the slide. She was wearing tights so she would slip on the stairs every time!!! Zina and I got a kick out of it. I also found out that I don't like the Chandler mall play-place. The elevator is TO close to the play-place and when you are in heals and your kid wanders out and the elevator is open it can be scary... Not saying that I lost my kid...but I no longer like Chandler mall and heals!

Honestly, it turned out to be a great day. I am grateful for her outlook on life. It reminds me to laugh off bad days because things could be worse.

Note to self... be REAL, don't care what other people think, and laugh at the small stuff!

A moment to reflect

Yesterday, I volunteered at the Winter Classic with some people at work. It's an event that UOPX and the Diamondbacks put on together. 500 kids that are homeless or on the verge of being homeless got to come meet the players, run the bases at Chase field, take pictures with Santa, get new shoes, get 2 brand new books, lunch, and make a fun craft. I was at the reading station so I got give all the kids 2 books and then sit down and read with them. It felt good to spend time with kids who were in more need then my kids. It helps me realize that kids are kids! They just like to have fun and spend quality time with people that care about them.

I also talked with a student today who just found out her daughter has leukemia. She is so determined to finish school even in her tough situation. She was doing homework in the doctors office and is praying for clear test results...not that the Cancer will go away but for clear test results.

In short, I am grateful for my family's health, the shoes on our feet, and the love that I share with my spouse and kids.
I hope I can continue to see the blessings that I do have through my trials.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


It's been a while since I have updated the blog but only because it has been a tough few weeks.
As you know Maggie got kicked out of daycare and it rocked my world for a few hours. Little did I know that is was actually a blessing. The next day I started to get my head on straight and Brit came home WAY early... He was let go at work. Then a week later the job I was hoping to get was given to someone else.

On a brighter note
Thanksgiving was wonderful! Betsy, Scott, Jack, Grammy, Justin, Ashlee, Boston, Jackson, and Charlotte all came to visit. We had a mellow and yummy dinner. Black Friday shopping was also mellow and delightful. Honestly, I am so grateful for the Miller family and the LOVE, Peace and Joy that they give to my family and I.(We missed the Morans at Thanksgiving.)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Kissing cousins

While thawing the turkey Maggie took it upon herself to grab a straw and start drinking the water.

More Thanksgiving 2012

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A very sad day

Maggie just got kicked out of daycare for bad behavior... I'm so sad!

Oh Maggie I will laugh about this someday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crafts for November

I made these for my sister and my mom... An early Christmas present...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

Zoey-Devil diva
Maggie- Pirate and pumpkin
Mom- Angry bird (I got 2nd place at work)
Dad- Zombie

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Not good

Absolute horrible day... actually just the last 3 hours.
I am so fragile right now it is not even funny!
My patients was tried so hard today and I feel like a failure.
I cried for an hour and did not feel any better. I lost control of myself, my emotions, my words, and my actions. Satan got the best of me and used me as one of his slaves in this weak hour. And the worst part is I took it out on Zoey.
My first born, my baby, my angel, my cute pumpkin.

I have never considered myself to be a bad Mom but today I was. I regret so many things that I did today but I do acknowledge the learning experience that I had, unfortunately.
I'm frustrated. I'm sad. I'm hurt.

I am so grateful for Christ's atonement so that I can repent and try better tomorrow. I am also grateful for a forgiving and loving daughter.

*Please don't call, don't email, don't text, I was just venting.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am ready for halloween

Check out this cute wreath that I made. I think I am going to make a wreath for every holiday and season! Super fun!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A random Tuesday...

Today is Tuesday. I took the day off because I have to work Saturday. Heavenly Father guided me so that I was home today. I really wanted to take Friday off because then it would break up my work week. It is fall break so any day would work for me....But Friday would work best!

Part 1
Over the weekend, I was informed of a funeral of a ward member. I decided to take today off to support the family. Brit asked his boss if he could take a few hours off for the funeral too but they just gave him the whole day off. We had a mellow morning and dropped Maggie off at daycare to nap. Zoey joined us for the funeral and it was a very spiritual and emotional service.

Part 2
1:45pm- When we got home we made lunch and decided to have a picnic at the park. Zoey wanted to bring a friend so we went next door to see if Sadie wanted to come. She did and was ready to jump on her bike. I insisted that she ask her mom (our neighbor but good friend too). Her older sister said that she would tell her. Normally this would be fine but for some odd reason I insisted that Sadie asked her mom before we went. I was at the door watching all the kids run around and could hear Sadie asking her mom over and over if she could come but I did not hear Casey answer Sadie. I walked in and Casey was hunched over, her phone to her ear, and crying. I was scared I walked into a personal moment that I was not supposed to be apart of. As I asked what was wrong and if I could help she said, "I think I'm in labor!"
This is Casey's 4th kid. Her induction was planned for Sunday when her Mom, Husband, and sister-in-law would be home to help her.

This was a strange moment for me. Flashes of the at home birth of my niece, and the car birth of a friend crossed my mind.

Casey's main concerns as she went through contractions that were 3 minutes apart were: the kids were not fed, she was hungry, and she did not want to go to the hospital if she was not in active labor. Brit was immediately put to work on kid duty and I took Casey to the hospital. She wanted food so we did two contractions in the Chick-fil-a drive-thru...Good thing they are fast! As we drove she finally informed me that her membranes were striped YESTERDAY and she was dilated to a 4.
Her husband goes to school in Casa Grand and was already on his way. She had strong and consistent contractions the whole way to the hospital. Once we got to the hospital Dan(brother-in-law) was there to give her a blessing. She made it through a few more contractions then her cousin showed up. Once the nurse checked her we found that she was at a 9 and 90% effaced. She was not going home! It was then that I prayed for time! Adam(Casey's Husband) was 45 minutes away. Her cousin took over for me and I waited in the waiting room for Adam to show up. After she got her epidural things slowed down a little bit. That was just enough time for Adam to make it. Adam Showed up and I left to get dinner for the kids. Casey had her healthy baby girl, Presley Kimberly Mack, at 5:45pm. (Picture to come soon!)

Part 3
Zoey requested a park day tomorrow since today's was cancelled. =)
After the craziness had settled down I remember that it was Kelli's birthday at 8:45pm. We are not close but something told me that I needed to do something. I grabbed a jar of salsa and a card and took it over to her. I have tried to stop by her house unannounced and have failed many times before. I knocked and knocked and had the same response as before. nothing. I hate doorbells and never use them but I did today. It worked! Kelli and I ended up talking for over an hour. I learned that her and I think alike. We have kids who are cute but very stubborn. We have husbands who are quirky yet perfect for us. We have lots in common and today was the ice breaker for our friendship.

It's all because I took a day off on a Tuesday.

I am grateful to be the Lords servant. I hope that I can listen to the spirit often in my life and be what He needs me to be. I am thankful for my family and friends who support me so that I can make a Tuesday a little better for someone else.

Friday, October 7, 2011

4 years

I am a Phoenix.
Student- March 21, 2007
Employee- October 7, 2007

And still going...

Sunday, October 2, 2011


He swears he was awake but his snoring was disturbing Zoey and I.
We watched all 4 sessions of conference and Zoey was AMAZING! She listened enough to get the topic of EVERY speaker, found their picture or colored their picture and put it under the topic they spoke about.
Maggie was awake for 2 1/2 of the sessions. She was good but again she is 17 months.
Maggie is a huge climber. She is either on the chair sitting like this or on top of the table. She can even climb in and out of her high chair on her own. Gezzz these kids grow up too fast!

A is for Apple

I(with the help of Brit) made applesauce this year. No sugar, no preserves, JUST APPLES! I got them on Tuesday and did not make it till Saturday. I yelled at Maggie to go put an apple back at least once a day! So when I went to cut them I found about 4 that had one tiny bite taken out of them. It was rather cute!

Peaches, Pies, and Salsa

A bushel of peaches=
peach salsa
and homemade peach pie, Oh my! I wish I remembered to take a picture BEFORE we devoured it. It was PERFECT. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter to vent the pie and it was adorable!
We enjoyed eating the peaches this year instead of canning them. Maggie LOVES peaches. This kid could not sign "more" fast enough with her hands once she put the last bite in her mouth.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fun in Ikea...parking lot

This was a fun night. Maggie and I waited in the parking lot for Zoey and Dad to got potty. I did not have my keys and Maggie was bored. I started to twirl her around and she loved it. After Brit and Zoey arrived Z hopped in and Brit and I played catch with our kids. Who needs Disneyland when you have Ikea?

In the video it looks like they come close to a parked car but I was in complete control!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Skydiving 2011

A few of us from work went skydiving with Jessie for her Birthday. It was AWESOME...again!
Getting ready
Chachi and I
In for the landing

Did it!!

All the crazy people that jumped!!!

Happy Birthday Jessie