Monday, August 8, 2011

a little announcement

When I announce something...

sometimes I like to make an event out of it.:)

It's true..coming December 8th, 2011 (yes, Maizie's birthday)..Baby BOY Comin. We couldn't be more thrilled.

AND yes, I really did make an event of it over HERE.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

oh what do you do in the summertime?

So here in Las Vegas, this is what we do some days in the winter:

lay on our backs on gravel piles...and it's fairly nice so we don't have to wear too much.

The summertime is a different story...

we TRAVEL to go to find nice weather we can play OUTSIDE...

and enjoy kayaking on the grass.

But to be honest...we spend a LOT of time INSIDE in the summer because it is too darn hot to go outside.

SO what would you choose? Cold winter, but play outside in the summer...or semi-cold winter (yes, it is still pretty cold in the winter..the wind doesn't help) and super hot summer (meaning stay inside?)

What would you choose?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

here in vegas...

Here in Vegas we have been SO enjoying this spring weather lately! It is actually cool at night which has been quite the treat!

Memorial Day was the best day ever...a thorough cleaning of the house with the promise of this at the end:

 a fun little hike to explore old mining caves.

We definitely dressed ourselves that day..

Explored ancient hieroglyphs...

Showed off our muscles....

and really just enjoyed being with each other!

And all in one week here in the Comin household we have:

Made our first (almost) solo climb:

Graduated one preschooler who is SO excited for kindergarten:

AND FINALLY lost one tooth!

It's been one heck of a week here in Vegas!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

made my day.

I asked Lincoln to write me a story today...(in an attempt to divert his desire to watch a movie). I walked over to the table when he was done to find this:

"The Kiki mom is sweet and cute. She is good. She is fine"
Nothing cuter than a love note from my 4 year old.

well...other than watching him play flag football.
Can you believe how big he is?!

I heart my boys.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


When I was young I had heroes. People I looked up to that did amazing things. The older I got, the more I realized that they really were not heroes.  In fact, they were often the opposite. They were famous athletes, amazing musicians, big movie stars. And the lights on them faded the more I learned about them.

Fast forward a few years now and I have children. And they are starting to see people as heroes.  And as a mother, I see some of the people they are starting to idolize and squirm.  Except one.

You guessed it, Jimmer.  An incredible athlete on the court, and a person to match that off the court. BYU has had so much limelight in the last few weeks from their decision to suspend Brandon Davies from the team..right after they were ranked #3 in the nation and going into the tournament as one of the favorites. People have criticized and made fun of the honor code that each BYU student agrees to.  We see team after team make excuses and cover up the wrong doings of their stars for a taste of just one more win..or for a national championship.  It's no wonder that so many of our "heroes" fall and fail when they get out of college.  I feel for Davies having to publicly go through the time that he has had to, but let's take a look at Jimmer.  He goes into the season as a pre-season All-American and has lived up to that title. He is a strong contender for Player of the Year this year.  He came back for his senior year to see how far the team could go.  And they had a GREAT chance with Davies to go far.  So of all people who had a right to be mad..and I would say that Jimmer had a good reason to be..this was his response:

"He told us everything. He told us he was sorry and that he let us down," said BYU senior guard Jimmer Fredette, who scored 33 points in Wednesday night's loss to New Mexico and is likely headed to the National Basketball Association next year. "We just held our heads high and told him it was OK, that it is life, and you make mistakes, and you just got to play through it."

So when Booker wakes up in the morning and asks to put his jersey on again (even if he has worn it the last 3/4 days), I say yes.  Yes, because there is someone who has lived up to the hype, dealt with disappointment, works hard, and when it comes right down to it..even when the "team" he is on has lost a valuable member..instead of getting mad and being angry, he supports them, steps up and leads the rest to be better than they were.  And those are lessons I want my son to see and learn from his heroes.  Because isn't that what we do in our families as well...we learn that "this is life, and you make mistakes, and you just got to play through it."  Realizing that people will make mistakes is just the start of our journey, but lifting them and those around you to do better is one of our greatest jobs. And its nice to see some "heroes" doing just that.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

an addition to the bruiser club.

Hi! Welcome to my blog where you get to hear about projects and injuries.

Yep, we are at it again. She loves Booker SO much she wanted to be just like him.

All it takes is a slip of a foot at the park and you suddenly have THIS:

It's swollen shut..and she gets surprised every time she looks at herself in the mirror.

and yet, is still as happy as ever.

such a sweet little girl..with a black eye.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011


HAHA. you thought you were going to get rid of hearing about me and my projects, right?!

Well, I just found out that my duvet cover was picked for a knock off contest.

and I can tell you which project is mine. Voting ends next Friday. GO VOTE for my duvet cover, please..(you only get one vote). (click on the button above and it will take you there.)

and I PROMISE times a thousand, this is the last that you will hear from me...about this..unless I have your email address.:)

Friday, February 11, 2011

and for the rest of the family...

I have been clogging up these airways lately, so on to the kids:

Yes, I dressed her:
I think she looks like a little happy gnome, and that makes me happy.:)

and you wonder if my artistic abilities (that is the ability to sometimes take unusual object and use them for practical things) pass on to my babies:
Lincoln begged Ben last night to make a sign for all of his "potions" so that people would know that they were "not for sale".  It was almost bedtime, so Ben told him he could make it in the morning. Not satisfied, Lincoln took a few minutes being very quiet and Ben walked into this:

I added the words so you could see it. A perfect block way to say "NOT FOR SALE".

amazing, right!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

a word about losing

Well, here is the latest project. My favorite of the bunch.  It is also the one that kicked me out of the competition.  I told the boys this morning..Lincoln gave me kiss, Booker started crying, got mad and said,"Mom, maybe you should have done more". It certainly got me thinking.

Growing up, there are MANY opportunities to lose at something. I remember hating to lose (still do!):), but as I grew older, losing became a motivator for me.  As teams I was on lost games, I worked harder to improve my own skills so I could improve the team.  I tried new things. Things that were hard for me. I failed at some, but all of the time, I learned from failing.  When I was a sophomore in high school, I tried something much different than a team sport...I ran track.  I ran the 800 and 2 mile. Running has NEVER been my forte. I love running, but I am not fast. They called me "poky" in high school for good reason. But I worked my butt off. Seriously..I ran 2 workouts a before seminary in the morning and one at track practice at night. 2 of my best brother and Richard, ran with me. My mom coached us until we couldn't walk!  We trained through spring break..2 times a day. We cheered each other on and helped each other up when we failed.  Toward the end of the season I started to see a little success. At the zone meet (the meet before state), I ran the race of my life, finishing 2nd, getting a PR(personal record), and making it to state. The next week was state. The race started and the first mile felt amazing. Then I hit a wall. Everything hurt. Everything. I kept going, but I finished dead last. I did still get a PR, but I finished last. I was embarrassed and humiliated. I cried and cried. Losing is not easy. And yet, from that experience, I learned that trying new things..or getting out of our comfort zone is GOOD regardless of where you place.  I have tried many new things since that experience in high school..some I failed at..many I succeeded at, but in the whole scheme of things in my life, I think the most important thing is that I tried.

I am so glad that one night a month ago, I decided to put my entry in with Crafting with the Stars. These days, the opportunities to lose at something are more limited. When I found out last night that I wouldn't be going on, the first thought in my head was..I need to show my kids how to lose with grace.  I need to show them that I will put myself out there and work my hardest and that life is not all about winning.  After all, if you won at everything..there certainly would not be such a thing as "the sweet taste of victory".  Glad for those hard losing moments, from both young and now, that make victories, small and big worth fighting for.:)

Thanks for your support and votes! It means the world to me.

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Monday, February 7, 2011


Well, Round 3 is up to go vote! Great projects this week..Can you pick mine out of the crowd?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Round 2.

Round two is up..

can you guess which is mine?

Go and guess!:)

Go HERE to vote.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

if you wondered...

This was my first project for the first week of Crafting With The Stars.

It all rung up at under $70!

go here to see my post about it.
YAY! I made it to round 2! Thanks for voting. Cannot wait to show you project #2...Decoupage..better go get my self in gear! ha.:)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

makes me laugh.

So I haven't posted about Santa yet. Haven't posted about Booker or Ben's birthdays..haven't even posted a lick of my family coming for Christmas yet..and yet I am still on here soliciting your votes.  I got picked for an online crafting competition that starts tonight..(midnight). I had to do a project around the theme Thrift/Dollar Store..and I LOVE what I turned out in 3 days.:) Will you go vote for the one you think is mine (the projects are posted anonymously)? please?

Go HERE to vote.
You rock. Thank you.

Monday, January 17, 2011

in awe.

I am constantly in awe how something like this:

can grow into this so quickly.

Booker is 7 today.  He is truly one special boy.  Each time I look at him in awe of all he does and who he is reminds me what a miracle he is.  7 years ago I sat in a hospital bed holding him.. not quite sure what I was suppose to to do things just the right way. Booker has taught me how to be a mother. He has helped shape me into a better person..taught me to look at life with a grateful and detailed eye..and has shown me how to enjoy the simple things. His LOVE and ZEST for life is contagious. I am constantly saying that if I moved around and enjoyed my life as Booker does NOTHING COULD STOP ME!  He is one incredible kid and I feel SO blessed to have him in my life.

Booker at 7:

favorite color:  red, green and pink
favorite food:  peanut butter and jelly
favorite animal: zebra
favorite movie:  Star Wars
favorite place to eat out:  McDonald's
favorite subject in school: art
favorite activity:  play with Bob (his LARGE stuffed dog)
favorite sport: basketball and soccer
favorite team:  Arizona Cardinals (because they have a red bird.)
favorite basketball player:  Jimmer Fredette
goals to accomplish when 7:  learn to ride his bike, running first 5k, taking over the world.:)

Happy Birthday, Booker!

Friday, January 14, 2011

the football game. boys style.

One of the most enjoyable activities we had when the family was visiting was an impromptu football game played by Booker and Bodhe (his cousin).

The boys were SERIOUS when it came to putting their game together. 

Here is the fly by:

The beginning of the game..Boise St. (Bodhe and brother)
vs. BYU (Booker and Ben)

There were good catches:

Good planning:

Good Defense..or a good attempt:
This was Booker's first try at defense..Ben told him to not let Bodhe get the ball and this was his interpretation.:)

Good Scoring:

and Good Kicking:

Seriously, such a fun time..We laughed and cheered and can't wait till the next time! 

They even had a cheerleader:

She may have been a bit of a downer for that game.:)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I know, I's been forever.  But the upside is that we are all healthy and back into the full swing of life.:)  Have a lot to catch up on..but around here these days you will find Bruiser:

That's what we call him since his trip and fall into one of our side tables.

If you wondered..the side table won.

But he is one tough cookie. Love him.
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