Tuesday, October 28, 2008



For as long as I can remember I have wanted a Ford Mustang. Not just any old mustang but one from the 60's. Those were the best years! Right after high school I came very close to buying one, it was beautiful. It was white with red pin stripe and red leather interior. But then came the hard news that you actually had to have credit to get a loan. :(  Silly me! So the dream slipped through my fingers. Then after my mission I lived with my brother and his family, my brother being a mechanic and sharing my love for mustangs talked me into buying a fixer upper. We had great plans of making it beautiful. I bought it from his neighbor for a whopping $250 and we had to push it down the street to my brothers driveway. I would sometimes go out and sit in it and close my eyes and pretend I was cruising down the highway, my eyes definitely had to be closed so I could ignore all the rust and holes in the floorboard! But alas it was not meant to be, shortly thereafter I married and you all know how that goes, we were trying to put food on the table not throwing money into dreams. So it was sold for a mere $200 dollars, which happily put more food on the table and probably bought a few diapers for our little one.

So in August when Brad and I were on a little get away for our anniversary I saw this little old gray haired couple getting into a beautiful mustang and I asked Brad if I had to be that old to finally own one, he laughed and said no. But I can see it now, Brad and I cruising down the highway with gray hair and sagging body parts, feeling cool in our shiny red convertible 'stang. Of course I will be driving, and for kicks and giggles and to relive the old days we will be listening to something like New Kids on the Block (Brad will probably have earplugs in). But until that day I will just have to sit in the parking lot at Walmart and covet all the one I see there!

Monday, October 27, 2008

3 Crazy Boys + 3 Crazy Moms = Fun, Fun, Fun!

So over Fall Break my friend, Shelley, had the awesome idea of taking her son Carter on a fun getaway and inviting two of his friends to go along with their moms. So Braden and I got to go along with Austin and his mom Holly. We kept it a secret from the boys until they got home from school the day we were leaving. Needless to say the boys were way excited when they found out!

Here the boys are goofing off in the car while getting ready to go.

We started our date by going to Liberty Land in Lehi. It was such a fun place to take the boys. We played mini golf, rode on all the rides and finished by playing Laser Tag, which was my favorite!

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The boys had fun fishing all the golf balls out of the water.


Boys will be boys! They were having fun throwing all the balls they found in the hole and listening to the bell go off.














We all felt pretty cool in our gear!

We also went to Cafe Rio for dinner. I love their food! The boys entertained us with a little show of their own, they can't keep their hands off each other. They are Crazy!


After we were done playing, we headed up to Midway to the condo that we rented. We did a little swimming and watched Napoleon Dynamite. The boys thought it was cool to not have a bedtime and be able to eat all the licorice and popcorn they wanted.

We had so much fun with the boys! It was fun to just be crazy with them.

Future Gamer in Training!


For the past few months Jacob can rarely be seen without a game controller in his hands and one of his favorite things to do is sit on the edge of the coffee table and pretend he is playing even when no one is playing games. He carries them all over the house too. I thought this picture was funny cause he had both the xbox and wii controllers.

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A tag I couldn't ignore

Shelley tagged me and I just couldn't ignore it.

Where did you meet? We met while on our missions in Thailand. Our houses were right next door to each other and I used to cut down coconuts and give them to her. I would also stand at the fence between our houses and beg her and her companion to make us brownies.


How long did you date before you were married? We got home from Thailand in February, started dating in April, engaged in June and married in August ( almost 6 months to the day from getting home from our missions).

How long have you been married? 10 years

What is your favorite feature of hers? Her cute little hands.

What is your favorite quality of hers? She is so kind and such a peacemaker. She never gets into an argument (a very good thing for me) and is always willing to pitch in and help.

Does she have a nickname for you? :-)

Does she have a favorite color? Earth-tones (brown, grey, greens), just look in her closet.

What is her favorite food? Definitely Thai food, especially when I make it for her.


What is her favorite sport? Soccer and chasing the kids.

When and where was your first kiss? On her front porch. She was so sick with a cold and really just wanted to go to bed, but she humored me and gave me a kiss anyway.

What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Traveling and just spending time together. Sadly, when we have time away from the kids we usually end up at Walmart just walking around.

Do you have any children? 4, Samantha, Braden, Ethan, and Jacob.


Does she have a hidden talent? Sewing with hot glue. For Sami's first Halloween, April made her a cute flower outfit complete with a bonnet covered in flowers and petals for her neck and hands. She held it all together with hot glue. Ironically, she is now the Relief Society sewing specialist.

How old is she? 32, I am 1 year and 3 months younger than her, but it seems like more!

Who said I love you first? Me

What is her favorite type of music? Unfortunately, country. Also a strange love of New Kids on the Block.

What do you admire most about her? Everyone loves her. No matter who we meet or what we are doing everyone loves being her friend and spending time with her, an enviable quality.

I tag Mike & Heather, Eric and Matt.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008


My friend Holly tagged me, it is about my husband, Brad.


*Where did you meet? We met while on our missions in Thailand. Our houses were right next door to each other and he used to cut down coconuts from their tree and give them to me.

*How long did you date before you were married? We got home from Thailand in February, started dating in April, engaged in June and were married in August ( almost 6 months to the day from getting home from our missions).

*How long have you been married? 10 years

*What is your favorite feature of his? His beautiful blue eyes and his bum!

*What is your favorite quality of his? There are so many! I love how spontaneous he is, he always brings fun into our lives. He is loving and romantic. He is the best dad, the kids can never get enough of him! I could probably go on forever.........

*Does he have a nickname for you? I don't think so.

*Does he have a favorite color? I think it changes all the time. I know he likes blue and green.

*What is his favorite food? Definitely Thai food, but he is also a lover of fine foods.

*What is his favorite sport? Probably Dr. Mario on the Wii! He isn't into regular sports. Not into sports or hunting, how did I get so lucky?! Ha,ha,ha!

*When and where was your first kiss? On my porch. I was so sick with a cold that all I wanted to do was go inside and go to sleep, but the next morning when I woke up and remembered that he kissed me I was so excited. I think I danced through work that day!

*What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?  It doesn't matter what we are doing, as long as we are together.

*Do you have any children? 4, Samantha, Braden, Ethan, and Jacob.

*Does he have a hidden talent? Playing piano, but that isn't so hidden. And he is an awesome cook. Ethan is always telling him "Daddy you are a good Chef!"

*How old is he? 31, I am 1 year and 3 months older than him, but if you ask him I am like 20yrs older!

*Who said I love you first? I believe it was him.

*What is his favorite type of music? His first love is classical, but he also loves Good Charlotte, Panic at the disco, Coldplay and other groups of that genre.

*What do you admire most about him? His ability to teach himself anything and his dedication. I also admire how in shape he has become, he has accomplished so much in the last year and a half.











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Good Job Sweetheart!


I tag Shelley, Lydia, and Gina.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Races and Rides!

Yesterday Sami, Braden and I went and watched Brad race in BYU's Homecoming 5k race. The kids were really excited to finally see their dad run, even if it was freezing cold!DSC_1894

Braden, Brad, Sami and Mike Walker waiting for the race and trying to stay warm.


Brad and Mike warming up at the starting line.


While waiting for Brad to finish, Sami found this moth laying on the ground. Her Grandma Jill would have a heart attack, she hates moths or anything with wings!

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Brad finished in 21min, 33sec. A personal best for him. He came in 4th place in his age division, the 3rd place came in 4 seconds before him so he was a little bummed about that. But we were all proud of him!





Brad getting victory hugs after the race!









After the race they had a drawing and gave prizes, this is what Brad won.........


Anyone who knows Brads family knows that if any of us wear this then we will probably be thrown out of the family!

After the race we all went to Lagoon for Frightmares! It was cold, but fun. There were no lines and it was fun to run from ride to ride. At one point we rode Wicked 4 times in a row and never stood in line. It was a blast! They have fun haunted houses set up and  different shows you can watch. We went to a Hypnotist show and the kids loved watching the people up on stage acting funny. They danced with mops and played butt drums for us. 


You can't tell from this picture but Braden really did have fun, I think he was just tired by this point of the day. We would definitely go again, it was so much fun.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mommy's Little Helpers!

So today is Shelley's birthday so of course I had to make her our deliciously ugly cake! And let me tell you it lived up to its name.


Trust me it tastes much better than it looks! Happy Birthday Shelley!

Anyway, I had a couple of little helpers who were very anxious to help clean up.


They were more than happy to lick everything clean. Jacob was covered in frosting too, but I couldn't have him running around like that so I don't have any pictures of his chocolate face.






I love their big smiles!

Fun at the Park


I love having time during the day with just my two youngest, they are so fun!



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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Goodbye Summer!

Last week my friend Shelley and I took the kids to the park and we were dying because it was so hot! We decided that when all the other kids got home from school we needed to have one last hurrah to say goodbye to summer. This past year a bunch of us in the neighborhood went together and bought the "Vortex" from Costco, so we set it up one last time. The kids had a blast!

Carter, Braden and Brookie

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Carter and Sami

Gretta, Sami, Sara, and Brookie warming up on the Sidewalk. Do you remember how good a hot sidewalk always felt when you were cold, oh the memories!

Luke and Jacob playing it safe away from all the big kids!


Oh to be a kid again!