Lake Powell Trip

Emma and I went to Lake Powell this weekend with my family. Here are some pictures of the trip. We had a blast. Emma was so cute. I told her she could come with me if she was a "big" girl. Then the rest of the trip she would say 'Girls only...no boys allowed'. It was a lot of fun for her and I to have some fun together with my family. We wish that Eric could have come, but I am sure that we will get the chance another time.

Swimming Olympic Trials

If Anyone is interested (you all know that I am), the swimming Olympic Trials is on TV this week. The racing started tonight with 2 World Records being broken in the 400 IM ( Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff). Here is the TV schedule if any of you are interested...

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Sunday, June 29 8:00-9:00 pm ET NBC

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Monday, June 30 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Tuesday, July 1 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Wednesday, July 2 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Thursday, July 3 8:00-9:00 pm ET USA

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Friday, July 4 8:00-9:00 pm ET NBC

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Saturday, July 5 8:00 -9:00 pm ET NBC

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming Sunday, July 6 8:00 -9:00 pm ET NBC

*****These will show at 9 pm Mountain Time (channel 57)******


Flashback Friday

I think that Emma is starting to look like me more and more. What do you think? This picture was taken infront of our old house in Murray ( off of Vine St. ). Probably when I was about 4 or 5 years old. Wasnt I cute. Next week I will try and find a picture that has more people in it. The last couple have been only me.



I thought I would try and take some new pictures of the kids today. I havent pulled my camera out a whole lot lately, and Emma just had her 3rd Birthday and now Marcus is 9 months. I figured I better get some of these milestones on camera (Emma didnt cooperate a whole lot).

More Pictures....

Here are some more...

Exciting new plans

Eric has recently decided that he wants to get his MBA. I am very excited because he has been so excited about it. He wants to do an MBA that emphasises in Sports Managment. I know that it means being poor for 2 more years, but it is worth it to have a husband that is so excited to do it. I know that it will be something that he will be very good at too. I hope that it all works out. I guess he needs to start studying for the GMAT and then apply for schools so that he can go next fall (August 2009). Here are a list of a couple of schools that he has talked about applying to...

1. Florida Atlantic University (in Fort Lauderdale)
2. Ohio University (Athens, OH)
3. San Diego State University


The Daunting Task.

So, many of you know that I have been looking for a swim suit for months and literally mean months. I started looking in APRIL since we were going to California, but that was a lost cause. I guess that my hold up was that I love the Sahde and ModeBe swim suits, but I cant justify $80 even though they are soooooooooooo cute. I ended up deciding that my budget didnt stretch that far. Good Old Target saved me again and came to the rescue. I had gone there in April, but they didn't have anything that fit well. This time they did have something really cute that didnt make me look like an 26 year old woman with 80 year old boobs.
I do have to say that the days of being comfortable running around in a swim suit (like I did from age 5-22) are long past. I guess I just got use to being so comfortable in a swim suit after all of my competetive swimming years, that I never realized how uncomfortable of a situation being in a swim suit can be. After retireing the competative swimming 4 years ago and having 2 children since, I decided that I needed to accept that my body has changed and it most likely will never be the way that it once was. Dont get me wrong, I know I have another 40 lbs to loose, but the shape will never be like it use to.
I guess the long and extended point and moral of the story is...be happy with your body and remember the wonderful things that it can do, like bear children rather than focusing on the things that it can't fit into.


Crazy for cakes

I have been interested lately in getting into making Birthday and Wedding Cakes. It has always been somthing that I have been interested in, but lately my interest was resparked. Anyways, I have started a blog where you can follow my journey in learning more about cake making. Hopefully you will see some progress in the next little while. Here is the link....

Check it out.

Oh, and if you live in Utah or Salt Lake County and you are interested in me making a cake for you please let me know. I need as much experience as possible. I will do it for just the cost of the actual supplies. I hope that you will seriously take me up on this offer. It would be fun!!!

Happy Birthday...Again

Emma opening her helment and knee pads.

Emma opening more presents.

The Birthday cake that I made for Emma....isnt it a cute princess crown. (it better be...it took forever).

Isnt it funny that we try and correct our children when they think it is their Birthday for multiple times a year, yet we throw them like 3 Birthday parties each year when they are young. Funny! Anyways, we had another party for Emma today. This one was with her family. My sister and Dan were here, Emma's Grandpa Lynn and Grandma Jo and Rex. She had a blast. Thanks you guys for coming and having a great dinner with us. Emma enjoyed your company!



I feel like the worst mom in the world....I was so busy getting everything ready for Emma's outdoor water party yesterday that I forgot to put sunscreen on her. How terrible is that. The first thing that she said this morning was 'mom, my back hurts', and she has been complaining about it all day. The worst part (besides the fact that I hurt my daughter) is that she has a doctors appointment Monday and I know that I am going to get scolded by the doctor. Sorry Emma.

Flashback Friday

This picture cracks me up....maybe it is just me, but isnt it a little wierd that a girl this young (I am guessing 6 years old) is in such deep thought. This picture was taken when my family and I went on vacation. We must have been to loud or something, and my parents just pulled over on the side of the road and we just hung out for a while. I wish I could still get that kind of a tan!


Emma's 3rd Birthday Party

Today we had Emma's 3rd Birthday Party with our Neighborhood Friends. We actually had a combined birthday party with one of her friends Brayden. We had a slip-n-slide, a baby pool, lots of yummy food, fun friends and tons of fun. I made the Birthday cakes and then we gave all of the kids squirt guns and bubbles. It turned out really cute and we had a blast. I hope that everyone that came had as much fun as we did but went home with less of a burn than Emma and I. I was so busy getting everything ready this morning for the party that I forgot to spray Emma and I with Sunscreen...I will try and get a picture of that and put it up tomorrow.
Happy Birthday Emma and Brayden!

Happy Birthday Mom!

I just wanted to tell my mom Happy Birthday! She is the best mom, even better than anyone could ask for. My mom is always so kind and generous. She loves her family, especially her children. She has always made us feel like the most important thing in her life. Mom- I hope that you have the best birthday today and that you know that all of your children love you more that you could ever know. Love you MOM, and Happy Birthday!



I was just watching SupperNanny on TV while making Emma's Birthday Cake and I thought I should let you all in on my secret. I LOVE Supernanny. She has some great ideas for disciplining and they work like Magic. I have recently implemented some of her disciplining techniques with Emma that I had read about in her Book. I was desperate and wanted to try something that might help control Emmas rediculous temper tantrums. When (and that is the key word) I use the techniques like I should, Emma behaves much better. Now I need to be consistant with the discipline and I should have an angel child....right. Well, I wish that it worked that well, but it does make a difference.


Happy Fathers Day...Flashback Friday

This picture is for Flashback Friday. This is a picture of me and my dad when I was really little. I thought I would post it around Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day!

PS....look how much hair my dad had.


Macaroni Gril Bread

I tried this new recipe for the Macaroni Grill Bread. It was so good...you should try it. (sorry the picture is so dark....my camera is not working right)

Macaroni Grill Bread
1 T. yeast
1 T. sugar
1 c. hot water
Let yeast and mixture sit and rise.
Add slowly
1 ½-2 1/2 c. flour
2 T. fresh rosemary
1 t. salt

Let rise in bowl until double the size. Roll dough
into one large round loaf, or two small. Bake at 400
for 15-20 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
When out of the oven, melt butter all over the top
and sprinkle with salt. And if you want to make it like
Macaroni Grill, then serve with Olive Oil and Balsamic
Vinigar. Anyways, it was delicious.


Happy Birthday Tawni

Happy 27th Birthday Tawni! This is my big sister Tawni. She is awesome. I know that this is an old picture (look how young Emma is), but I love it. I think that I have the best big sister in the world. She loves my kids and helps take care of them all of the time. I love being the same age as her for 1 month ( we are only 11 months apart). Anyways, I hope all of you Birthday wishes come true.


Emmas Dance

This morning I had the Primary Song CD on and the kids and I were just hanging out listening to it, and Emma started dancing really cute. I thought it would make a good video. I love how she flicks her foot up every once in a while. I dont know if you can hear the songs in the background, but it is kind of funny the way that she is dancing to these church songs.

PS...I cant believe how big she is getting. It doesnt seem like I am old enough to have a child this big. I guess I am getting old.


I just finished the first Twilight book last night. It was very good... I Couldnt put it down. Sorry Honey for ignoring you for 3 days. I guess I wasnt paying much time to my family. I have to say that a good book is much better than a movie.


Flashback Friday

This picture is to show you the age gap between my brother and I. I remember loving taking care of him, and now he is graduated from high school....wierd. I was eight in the picture. Dont you love the hole in my smile....I was so goofy looking.