Thursday, August 12, 2010


My friend was telling me how she was getting her feet pampered. We all deserve some pampering now and again. And I would not mind it if someone cooked a delicious meal for me. Because after reading this post, I might be too hungry to cook. haha!


Grateful for such an easy going son

I am grateful for such an easygoing son.  He helps me chillax when I am all bent out of shape over something silly or something huge for that matter.  He doesn't complain when we are stuck in the dr's office for an hour and a half.  He just keeps on climbing and exploring; and is fine as long as I will sit on the floor and play with him.  Taylor is starting to interact with other babies, which is a ball to watch. And will let complete strangers(to him) hold him without batting an eye.  Of course, there are those times(bedtime) when all he wants is mom and it is time to go home. And I can't blame him. We have our routine. I will nurse him, lay him on my shoulder, put the blanket around him as he nestles in, lay him down, read scriptures to him, and say prayers with him through the bars of the crib.  And than all is right with the world and he can sleep.

THANK YOU, TAYLOR for being the perfect son for me.  I told him at the DR.'S today that he deserved a treat. But what do you give a 9 month old for a treat?  He has had ice cream, cake, and otter pops! (;  But today he got apple slices; he didn't seem too bummed out!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Scripture (Service) Scavenger Hunt

   Camping at Huntington State Park was super relaxing. There were showers, green grassy areas to play on, and a reservior to swim in. The park even had lifejackets we rented for free, for those who were apprehensive about swimming out to the middle of the lake.

Friday afternoon, my sister-in-law, who just got back from girl's camp, had us moms set up a scripture scavenger hunt for the kids. They were to go to five places and look up a scripture before they went to the next location. All the scriptures were about service. (John 13:34, Galations 6:10, Mosiah 2:17, Mosiah 5:13) All the dads were over a group of two or three kids.
As they were all racing to finish first; we were "acting", that we needed help, to see if they would stop. One of us kept dropping candy; we were carrying for a pinata. I was trying to move chairs and push Taylor in the stroller. Grandma was in the trailer, on the floor, picking up utensils that had fallen out of the drawer. And my other sister-in-law was taking trash to the dumpster and the trash kept falling. As one of the kids said afterward, "Everyone was dropping things!" They all thought this was a little strange but only two out of eleven people stopped to help us. Mind you, the winners weren't the ones who finished first, but the two that stopped to help.
We hoped that this would be a spiritual wake-up call to all of us, to stop from the busyness of our lives, to see those who truly need our help. Afterall, we always feel so much better when we do something good for someone else.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Off Camping

We are off camping for the weekend and hopefully the rain doesn't come with us. We have been having lightening storms and heavy rain off and on for the last two days. And I was wondering how my lawn was going to get watered!!! I guess you get what you ask for. We are going to see the Castle Valley Pageant near Huntington, Utah. They only put it on every two years so it is definently worth it to go check it out. And you should get there early they have activities for a couple of hours, on stage, before the show.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shopping Savings

Today I went shopping to get a few things for dinner and our camping trip this weekend.

First, I went to Buy Low. I got
Playtex bottle liners 100 ct: 8.99
3 Powerades:68 cents each
20 pears for 1.78
iceberg lettuce 34 cents
6 tomatoes .84
6 oz container of blueberries for 99 cents
My total at BUY LOW was 15.76. By far the playtex bottle liners were the most pricey but since I hardly ever give Taylor a bottle they will last forever.
My second stop was Macey's. I picked up
salsa 1.59
3 Onions 99cents/lb
12 snickers bars 3/98 cents cheaper than a SMALL bag of funsize snickers (this is for my brother in law's birthday pinata)
16 bottles Lawry's marinade(lemon pepper, herb and garlic, teriyaki, and steak and chop)This was a super deal, they were advertised 4/$5 and then there was a coupon on some of them for $2/2 making them 25 CENTS each!!!! WAHOO!!!! They did have to adjust the price because they were ringing up 2/$4
My total for all of that 12.13
A grand total of $27.89

Anyways, it's sad sometimes the things that make your day!(: Hey, easy dinners with marinades I will be happy about that for a long time. I would go get more but I will leave some for the rest of you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Prince Charming

My wonderful husband loves life and loves me. He is a kid at heart and that is one of the things that drew me to him. When we were dating, we always had fun just being together without fancy dinners or even a trip the movies. We would much rather cuddle at his house, spend time with the family, and go to BYU basketball games. At Christmas time, Brian dressed up like Santa and I even glued on the "eyebrows". I dressed up as his elf. We went and delivered candy canes and coal to people. I loved it. He is my best friend. And the best dad ever!

P.S. In this picture, we are wearing our matching BYU sweatshirts we got for our wedding. We were on our honeymoon in Park City, Utah. Don't we look cute?

Family Handshake

The reason, I have titled this blog, family handshake, is because that is a favorite memory of mine as a kid. Growing up, we were always consistent at having a nightly family prayer. And after the prayer, we would do our family handshake. We would put the tip of our fingers together, curl them, and move our hands up and down and count the members of our family. Even when someone wasn't there, we would count them. When we had guests, we would have them join our handshake, and we would count them. I hope everyone in our families and everyone who enters our homes will know that they count and are loved.