Thursday, December 30, 2010

so sweet

Whew...Christmas is over. It came and went so fast. We were so lucky to have my entire family here for the holiday...21 of us. And we had so much fun. Until we got sick.  Luckily it was only our family, but it was every single one of us. The last 6 days has looked like the picture above.  On about the 3rd day of the kids being sick Booker said, "Maizie has been sick for so long. We need to get her better or else she will die."...and then quickly followed it up with "And I really don't know how we would survive without our little Maizie."  So sweet. More Christmas coming once I get my munchkins moving around like normal!:)
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Friday, December 17, 2010

win, win, win, win!


Yep, I meant to write WIN 4 times. Go to Kristie's blog at BLUSHING BASICS to win one of 4 headbands that yours truly made. And check out what Kristie styled them with..seriously she is one fashion queen. LOVED THEM!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

You know you have lived in Las Vegas too long when...

This afternoon, Ben and I were eating our lunch when Booker came in the house from the backyard. He was yelling for Ben saying, "Dad, dad!" He came in the house and said, "Dad, you need to come out here right now."  Ben asked,  "Why?"  Booker replied,"There is this very strange green thing growing up in our backyard.  There are thousands of them everywhere.  You need to come and see this!"  Ben and I couldn't hold in our laugter as Ben replied, "Ummmm..that is GRASS, Booker." "We have grass?" he asked,  "Wahhhhooooooo".

We've been in this brown wasteland much too long.
Though I did enjoy my run today in shorts and a t-shirt. Can't beat that in December!:)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Get a free print!

Head on over to KIKIcreates for a free digital print. 3 days only..then only $2.00 in my shop!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

can you believe it?!

She's two.

Honestly, I can say it has been the quickest two years of my life. She has grown from a sweet little baby to a sweet little girl right before my eyes. There are so many things I want to remember about Maizie at this time, but mostly I want to remember that smile. Her giggle. Her scolding her older brothers. And them listening.  She is one spunky, energetic, snuggly, sweet girl and I will love her to pieces forever!

Maizie at two:

Talks like a three year old.
Loves to dance and sing.
Favorite songs are "Hey, Soul Sister"," Dynamite", and anything Dora.
Loves Dora..and Boots..and everyone who comes along with it.
LOVES pizza and pancakes.
Adores her brothers.
Knows all her letters and their sounds.
LOVES to kiss and tease her daddy.
IS the queen of this house.

Happy Birthday, Maizie.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

the good and bad of it all.

Yes, I am copying my friends. There really is no better way to describe our Thanksgiving.

Let me tell you about it.

Wed. afternoon- Our goal is to leave Vegas by 1 pm.  1 pm we are in the car and as we are leaving our street, our car starts to shake. 1:30-Kids and Ben are at his office, I am at a car repair shop..just to check things out. 1:40- I am told we need 4 new tires. THE GOOD: we do not get a blow-out part way through our trip and have to pay for towing AND service. THE BAD: we start out our trip -$650 and at 6 pm.  

We are now 15 minutes out of San Diego. THE BAD: Maizie throws up powdered donuts everywhere.  THE GOOD: We are only 15 minutes away. And at least it was good smelling!:)..or maybe I was just tired.

Okay, maybe I don't have a lot of good and fact, I count the trip a TOTAL success with this being about the only BAD I can remember.

I did have fun with my SIL making up some fun turkeys..I really only did one thing on them, but it was fun watching her!:)

Making a quick trip to the temple..

Seriously having so much fun with our cousins...BTW what on earth did I do to Lincoln's hair?!!

Cannot go to San Diego without a trip to the fun...

And of course got spoiled and loved enough until the next time..

It really was such a fun time..a great way to end our Thanksgiving season and look forward to all that the Christmas season holds. So, so excited for it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

day four: the simple things

I love having the opportunity to get dinner together every night for my family. I love being able to go to the fridge and open it and there in front of me is a whole array of healthy cold food that I can put together for my family.  I love being able to pull out one of a hundred pans/dishes to cook and put our food on and if I want to I can make my table as fancy or undecorated as I want.  I can fill our cups with fresh pure water and refill them as many times as I need to, and as I sit around the table with my sweet family, I can feel safe and warm with a big, undripping roof over my head. And this is just putting together dinner. I could come up with a thousand circumstances everyday in which I am thankful for the simple things in my life..the ones often  overlooked and forgotten about, until you read, hear about, or experience the ones who go without.  The Lord has truly blessed us with so many simple things and for that, I am thankful.

Monday, November 22, 2010

day three: my peeps.

Have you ever thought that if words could describe you, which ones would follow you around?  I put only one above each of their heads, though many would be there...

Among the MANY things my family teaches me:
service, patience, hardwork, selflessness, empathy, sense of humor, drive, ambition, passion, faith, miracles still exist, opinionated, friendly, positive, smile through everything, love deeply, helpful, focused, happy, and calm.

I'd say my peeps are taking care of me. And I will always love them for it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

day two: why him, of course

So of course I cannot do a thankful week, without including him. All my life I dreamed of who my husband would be. How he would treat me and my children. What a good provider he would be. What a hard worker he was. How he served those around him. How he cared deeply for the world and how people lived upon it. How he would always be a good example for our children of faith, patience, love, forgiveness and trust. I really did dream of all these things.

I will never take for granted that I was blessed with him.  He has exceeded all of my dreams and more.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day one: being taught

Every moment that I look at my children I feel thankful to be a mom and feel grateful for the experiences I've had to get me here.  Bear with me as I tell a quick story.

After high school I had to choose between going to SCAD or to BYU. There were many things that led to my decision, but ultimately after going to Savannah and seeing the awesome facilities, history and art coming out of there, I felt strongly that I should be there. So I went.  I enjoyed everything about the school..I played volleyball for them and had incredible experiences doing that, and just learned so much. I grew as an artist and a person.  My number one goal was to come out of school and get a job designing logos and ads for large companies, including Nike.  It was my dream to be successful and knew I could because I could put the time and effort in to being that good.   My third year in I started to get a feeling that I needed to go to BYU. I questioned why over and over again, but while playing in a tournament one weekend, I dove for a ball, and a teammate dove at the same time and we collided at my elbow. It broke. How do you brake an elbow? I don't really know, but I was in pain for a long time (read months and months) because of it.  I broke my right arm and am right handed so it would have been nearly impossible to finish the semester of designing, drawing and painting with my left hand.  Through this and other experiences I transferred to BYU.

Fast forward to the next semester, I was at BYU and applied for the graphic design program and was quickly DENIED. The only word I can use to describe this time was shock. After getting over the disappointment and anger, I prayed to Heavenly Father to know what he wanted me to do.  He told me to go on a mission.

8 months later you could find me in Alberta, Canada in a small town named Red Deer.  We were working with a family whose mother had been meeting with the missionaries on and off for 15 years. She had many things that didn't allow her to yet join the Church, but we also started teaching her children as we were there. One day her 16 year old son broke down crying, telling us he would have to drop out of high school because of what was happening in his life. He told us he was up every morning at 5:30 to wake up his 15 year old brother for school, 6:30 to pack a lunch and get his 6 year old brother off to school, and then watched his 18 month old brother the rest of the day...and then did the cleaning and cooking on top of it all. While he was crying and telling us, the Spirit whispered to me and let me know that my number one priority in this life was to be a mother. I went home that night and wrote down how I felt, what the Lord had told me, and made a promise to make that  happen.

A few years later I was back at BYU with a new resolve. I knew I didn't need to work for large companies, or be successful in the world's eyes. I had a new goal, and knew I had a lot to learn before motherhood which I knew wouldn't be too far off. I applied to the illustration program soon after and quickly got ACCEPTED with the same portfolio I had used a few years earlier. Looking back at these experiences have taught me quite a few things. First, that the Lord leads and guides our lives as we are willing to let Him do so.  He knew what my priorities were at first, and knew that lasting happiness wouldn't come for me through that. He knew what one of my big purposes was here on Earth, and wanted me to remember, and as I let Him guide me, I came to know of them too.  Second, I know that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of His children. I have heard over and over again, people doubting that God really cares or that He really knows what we do. Over and over agian, I am reminded how much He does. That is comforting to know and feel.  And in this circumstance, I am so grateful He let ME know and come to gain a knowledge of my role as a mother and how important it truly is.

I mean, really, who wouldn't be happy waking up in your office everyday, (as it IS open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day) and seeing my cute clients who need so much from you. It is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, but wouldn't trade it for any amount of "success" in the world's eyes. They are what make my job the best in the world:

So thankful today for being taught from on high and here at home.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

he knows chinese?

Ha! I'm laughing even before I tell this story. Ben took the boys out on a hike the other morning.  They had been going for a few hours when they came upon a hill and Lincoln started singing, "Sube, Sube, Sube."..(now don't laugh..That's how you SAY "up" as in "go up the hill" in least that is how Diego says it!):)  SO they got to the top of the hill and Booker says, "Hey dad, I know how to say down in Chinese!"..I think Ben was pretty impressed for a second. And then Booker continued with a song, "Gubay, Gubay, Gubay!" Ben couldn't stop laughing and as soon as he got home, told us the story.  I guess it explains his chicken scratching that I saw on his homework one day..I asked him what it was..and totally serious he responded, "Oh mom, I wrote all my homework in Chinese!". WOW.

In other news..My new Christmas cards are up in my etsy shop. Go check them out..and let me know which are your favorites!:)

Friday, November 5, 2010

something free!

Head on over to kiki CREATES for a free thanksgiving print download!
I'm only giving it away for ONE week, then it will be normal priced in my shop.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

november, yay!

I don't know why I find November to be so refreshing to me. Maybe because it is "fall" here in Southern Nevada.  Maybe because Halloween is over and all the craziness that goes with it. Maybe its the upcoming holidays which equals lots of family and memories. Whatever it is I am so thankful it is here!

Last year I did an "I am thankful month".  It seemed like each day I wrote about something, 10 more things came to mind that I was thankful for. I loved the experience of doing it, so I decided to do it in a new form this year. Thursday, November 18-Thursday, November 25  I will be doing "Thankful week".  Last year I had a few people ask me for the graphic I used..If you'd like to join me..even for a few days that week..or any other..feel free to go on ahead and use this. 

(click on it, then right click and save it!)

Hope your month is shaping up to be fabulous!
Can't wait to share some of the fun things I have been working on.:)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

through a princess' eyes..

Dear friends and family,

I am sure most of you know me. I am my mom and dad's sweetest girl ever, Maizie, however, for the sake of this post just call me Princess Maizie.  I LOVE pink. SO. MUCH.  And I love playing princesses SO MUCH. My mommy knew this so she got me the perfect Halloween costume:

My mom even dolled me all up. She did my hair, put pink on my cheeks, pink on my lips and sprayed me with pink hairspray. (I told you I liked pink!)

I loved my dress. It was perfectly bubbly and happy, just like me!

Halloween was just the best ever.  My brothers and I went TRUNK or TREATING.  I didn't really understand it.  I walked from car to car, said "trick or treat", said "thank you" and pretty soon I had a bucket filled with candy.
My mommy and daddy NEVER let me have this much candy, so as soon as I got home, I dug in! I had to see what everyone was putting in my bucket!

My mom unwrapped an orange tootsie roll..she thought I would like it...

but this is what I really thought of it:

So back to digging again..and this time I found just what EVERY little girl loves...

Yep, you guessed it..not one sucker, but THREE!
I found the perfect combination..big red, big green, little pink.
mmmm. perfect.  Just like my Halloween night.
My brother, Lincoln, thought it was pretty great too..
He and Booker gave it TWO thumbs up!

And of course, I would have to agree.  Can't wait to see what next Halloween will bring!

Yours forever,
Pink Princess Maizie.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

the jedis.

There are certain things that are serious at our house....

Star Wars is DEFINITELY one of them.

After officially introducing the boys to Star Wars this summer, they have been hooked.  We had movie parties, watched all 6 episodes over and over again. We had a Star Wars party, including Yoda and Darth Vader cookies, gifts from Yoda, Yoda and Darth pancakes, Star Wars name it, we have done Star Wars. The kids know every character by name and where they fit in the whole show..and don't you try to tell them something that is wrong..because correction is soon to come!

SO naturally for Halloween the boys would want to be nothing but the best.:)  Let me introduce you:

Hello, I am Lincoln Wan Kenobi..Jedi master.
I am serious when it comes to training and defending the light side.  And I look seriously handsome with my whiskers.

And I am Anakin.  I am arguably one of the greatest Jedi Knights ever, and will just not mention my darker days.
I trained under Obi Wan and thus take my fighting very seriously..yet always with a smile!

We are always ready for battle (thus why we have been through 6 light sabers in our house in a little over 3 months!) and are always ready to defend the light side at a moments notice.

Can't wait to see these two in action on Halloween night!

Coming soon:

Introduction of pink princess Maizie!:)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

cookies and friends.

Booker has been begging for awhile now to have 2 of his good friends over to play, and with Halloween this week, we decided this would be the best time to have a cookie party.

The kids were so cute as I went to pick them up at school..they were so excited and giddy to get to come to our house and decorate cookies. Oh, what kids remind love and be thankful for the little things in life.:)

They had a ball decorating their cookies..though I don't think some of the cookies could have possibly held more candy or frosting!

Although this picture is blurry, I loved seeing how Lincoln dumped his candy all over his cookie..and Maizie did just about the same. It was a nerd pile cookie!:)
Booker and his friends...they really are such sweet girls.
And of course the best part was eating them! Maizie was showing me how she was going to eat hers..yikes!
Yay for cookie parties! and yay for friends!:)
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