Sunday, October 31, 2010

My 3 musketeers

No time to really write about the events of the last couple of weeks but everyone needs to see my 3 musketeers. My mom sewed the ‘hard’ part. ;) I put together the pants, shirts, HATS, sword-belts, and swords.


FYI-The pink musketeer was inspired by ‘Corinne’ from “Barbie and the 3 Musketeers”. Leah has to have her pink. :D

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Owen at 4

An interview with the Birthday Boy:

What is your favorite color?

-ummm…red (i happen to disagree, it’s blue)

What’s do you want for your birthday?

-A Nutcracker and 2 blankets

What is your favorite thing to do?

-Do Scribble-scraps (drawing)

What is your favorite treat?

-My favorite treat is a red one.

Do you like chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cobbler?

-I like chocolate cobbler. But mom I like Chocolate COOKIES. (He likes them both)

What is your favorite snack?

-Animal Crackers

What is your favorite TV show?

-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Diego WITH Dora

What is you favorite song to sing?

-The ABC song … A, B, C, D, E, F, G, …

What is your favorite Primary song?

-God of the world (I have NO idea where this came from, can ANY one help me out?)

Who is favorite person?

-I don’t like persons. I like happy monsters.

as the interviewer of this fine young man I have made some observations…

  • He loves to contradict you.
  • He loves to laugh. Give him a tickle he loves that.
  • He would rather sit next to his mom while she folds laundry or washes dishes than go off and play by himself. He IS a Momma’s Boy.
  • He loves to wrestle. (Anyone know of wrestling class for 4 year olds?)
  • Playing Dress-up and Make Believe is his favorite thing to do.
  • He is Mischievous. He gets a look in his eye that means trouble has happened or is coming…beware!
  • He loves to give kisses and hugs. But he only dishes them out on his terms. Night time kisses are few and far between. 
  • He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES babies. He never wants to see them sad, hungry, dirty…JUST happy. He's a great big brother to many a baby…lillyth, miles…just to name a couple.

I love this boy. He makes me crazy many times a day, but he is mine and I am glad to have him.

I love you my Little Man.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Birthday Boys-Monster Bash

***WARNING: This post contains a plethora of images. Lots of pictures taken by many hands. There is not much writing but we’re heavy on the pictures. If you don’t have the time to devote to a good perusal I’d come back to the post later…There IS a lot to see.***

DEDICATION- This post is dedicated to the Daddy working hard in the land of FAR FAR AWAY. We love you, miss you and wish you could’ve been here with us.

This was an experience of ‘Monster’ proportions. The preparations were ‘monstrously’ daunting. Good thing we started planning early. ;)

Owen & his friend, Spencer, have birthdays 16 days apart. They spend ‘monstrous’ amounts of time together each week, and they both LOVE to pretend to be monsters. So when we asked them if they wanted a ‘Monster Bash’ Birthday Party they were both on board. :D

IMG_2054 (The sign says it all, doesn’t it?)

After some snacking on Pizzas, Carrots & Apples there were 3 stations for the Kids to rotate thru.

***Note- All signs below were designed by me and executed/colored by Leah (with some help from her bros on the “Monster Toss”).***


The Bean Bags were designed by Leah & Mason and executed by the Mommy, me. ;) The Board was designed and painted by moi…the night before the main event. I swear I was NOT procrastinating…you try and find time to paint with a 3 year old Mama’s Boy 2 steps behind you all day long. ;0) I am pleased with the out come. It is something I’ve wanted to do for years and it feels so good to have it DONE! Total Man hours for Bags: 14. Total man hours for Board: 10.


The Craft is the little 3-eyed Green Monster/Alien on the Board. The packaged craft is from the Halloween Craft aisle at Hobby Lobby. The kits makes 30. Needless to say, I have extras.



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If you have balloons staked out in a large yard, perfect for running in, children will confiscate them and run. ;)

Then there was the Pinata… This was one tough “cookie” to crack.IMG_1744

We killed the Friberg’s broom handle in the process…

And of course there were Monster Cupcakes, why wouldn’t there be? Carolyn Friberg and I got together on 2 separate occasions in the week to make fondant, roll out fondant, begin the cutting, planning, decorating bit AND, of course, complete it. Total man hours: 20 (we have to combine her hours with my hours compounding the hours of “interest”).

Friends started leaving after the sugar rush of candy, cupcakes and Hawaiian Punch, but we stuck it out a bit longer to open presents inside the warmer house.

To round off the day we finished with ME having a little mini photo shoot with the “Birthday Boys”, siblings and cousin. These are just for us. But you’re welcome to see them too.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Madsen Cycles-“the Bucket Bike”

Have you ever heard of the “bucket bike”? I hadn’t till this morning, and I have to say I am intrigued. The idea that I could have a child plus ‘accessories’ all in one location sounds awesome. And it is so cute. Check it out.

I can easily envision myself going on bike rides with the kids with this. Leah & Mason on their bikes, Owen in the back of this one and a trip to the library, or park, or grocery store would be a breeze. Currently Leah & Mason have to stop frequently waiting for Owen and me to catch up to them.

If you’re in Utah, Monday they are having a rally in Provo, UT. A gathering of ‘Bucket Bike’ owners and will have a few bikes there to check out. Also, if you look at the bottom of the flier below you’ll see that you can enter a contest this weekend, just send an email to with your name & why you want a bike. If you win you have to be able to make it to the Rally to pick up the bike. Just another reason why I wish we were in Utah.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Groupon is cool

I’ve been using Groupon to get some cool deals check it out here.

I’ve treated Kevin & I to a delicious meal and today I purchased the Groupon for a Bucket Bag by SnapTotes. I’m ubber excited. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

“You’re STILL here!?! WHAT!?!”


(This photo was entered in the iHEARTfaces weekly photo challenge “Smirk”)

On Mason’s first day of Kindergarten we parents hung around to get some photos of the “BIG DAY”. He caught us hanging out at the edge of the blacktop and he rewarded us with this look. This kid cracks me up. He is totally saying, “You’re STILL here!?!? Why haven’t you left yet? GET OUT OF HERE!” Then he ignored us pretending we didn’t exist any longer.

Go here and check out some of the other photos submitted this week:

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Big Sister



Dear Leah,

I love that you are a big sister to your little brothers. You have always opened your arms and welcomed them into your classrooms at school, introducing them to all your friends. I know that you look forward to having Mason in school with you and you are happy to share your space with him.

As your mother it makes me so happy, proud, teary and emotional to know that you have that love for Mason and Owen. Thank you for being a loving big sister to both of them. And just remember to use quieter voices with them when they irritate you and I'll work to do the same.

You are a beautiful girl growing up to be an equally beautiful young lady, inside and out.

You are loved...Always and Forever.

Hugs & Kisses,



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Family Time---busy, busy


-Clean house.

-Set up beds.

-Everyone (but Owen) staying up late to see Grandpa, Grandma, Ryan, Ethan, Anna & Garrett arrive. Then staying awake a little longer to visit before sleeping.


-Wake up early. Everyone up and out of the house by 9:20am for the Early Bird Showing of "Toy Story 3." Movie was enjoyed by all. Owen and Mason made Kevin leave a total of 3 times for potty breaks. Such a good Daddy, not a single complaint crossed his lips.

-Lunch at Chick-fil-a. A free sandwich with your movie ticket when you buy a drink and fry. MMMmmMmmMMmmm. Diet Dr.Pepper. A weakness.

-A trip to the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade.


Leah decoded 14 messages and earned a circle puzzle. We'll be going back in the next couple weeks to explore in more detail.


I might not take the boys along. Mason’s idea of a good time in there was playing “Angry Birds” on his Uncle Ryan’s iPhone. That won’t be accompanying us next time.


-I then took the adults to Ann’s House of Nuts Outlet store off Berger Rd in Columbia. No pictures, but we did get a steal of a deal on some nuts and dried fruits.

-The day ended with Susann & Frans Martin’s family joining us for a dinner of personal pizzas and salad. (Susann is my in-laws niece.)


-Drove into DC and parked instead of riding the Metro in. $16 all day/car.

-Spent much of our day inside the American History Museum. We found an exploration lab that Leah and Mason had a great time in.

-Went over to the National Archives building. My brother-in-law Garrett had a large pocket knife with him that wasn’t allowed in the building. Mason and I volunteered to wait outside with the knife instead of going up to view the documents. We had some fun snacking and taking pictures.

-We finished of the day with a quick visit to the Natural History Museum and a walk past the Smithsonian Institute Building.

-Came home to dinner 1/2 prepared by Kevin. I finished it up and we were off to bed…after waiting for our turn to shower. ;) Having one shower really has its draw backs when you have company.


-Grandma and Grandpa stayed home with the grandkids for a low-key day together.

-Kevin went into work.

-I drove the Young Adults and Teenager into DC once again, but this time to tour the Memorials and Monuments. I didn’t bring my camera along. I didn’t want the extra weight. I was the official photographer for everyone else using their cameras. Because of that I do not yet have any pictures, but that’s ok I wasn’t in any pictures. (I would like to note that it was over 90-degrees with humidity that day, probably over 100-degrees. I didn’t really want to know. I was so glad we left the kids at home.)

Map picture

***Each pin represents a stop we made. In the following order.***

  • Parking garage
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • White House
  • Holocaust Museum (This was my first time and it was AMAZING!!! I could’ve spent ALL of our time in there. Informative, creative and worth every minute spent there.)
  • Air & Space Museum
  • Parking Garage

-We got stuck in horrendous traffic when there was a miscommunication between me and my navigator. A typical 30-minute drive ended up taking 1 hour-40 minutes.

-We were cutting through DC to get to the Washington, DC Temple. There is an exquisite display right now of bronzes statues depicting the life of Christ. Amazing craftsmanship! Anyone in the area reading this? Be sure you get down there to check it out. It’s on display till October and I plan on taking the kids down a couple times before they are gone. Beautiful.

-It was a record setting 36-minutes from the Temple to Home. Dinner was waiting for us---Chicken Broccoli Casserole. Thanks Mom!


-Leaving our home behind at 10am we drove up to Palmyra, NY. Getting to our hotel and KFC at 5:35pm and to The Hill Cumorah Pageant by 6:10pm.

-The Pageant was fabulous. Despite being ‘oh so very tired’. I stayed awake by photographing the program and taking kids to the bathroom.


-Up early. 6am. To shower and get to the Palmyra Temple by 7:30am.

-Attended the 8am Endowment session in the Palmyra Temple. I was so tired. I stayed awake, but just barely. The building is beautiful. I love stain glass and that Temple has it everywhere. So beautiful.

-We got back to the hotel with 20-minutes to spare before checkout. Everyone got packed up and out of there with minutes to spare. :)

-We went straight to the Joseph Smith Family Farm. Where you can tour the Log Home, Frame Home, a Threshing Barn, Cooper Shop, and The Sacred Grove.

-We ate lunch at the picnic tables.

-Drove into Palmyra, NY. Walked Main Street, past the Print Shop where the Book of Mormon was first printed, saw an intersection with a different Faith’s church on each corner.

-At 5:14pm, we parted ways with the Grandparents, Aunt and Uncles.

-We headed home from there. It took us 12 hours to get home. Mostly because I was SO TIRED I couldn’t keep my eyes open and help my husband to stay awake. We pulled over twice to sleep. The first time for only about 30 minutes. The second time for about 2 hours. I still couldn’t keep my eyes open enough to read to Kevin, but he was wired and awake. We pulled into home just after 5am on Sunday. It felt so good to fall into bed. I didn’t wake until after 2pm. My husband is the best Daddy…he got up at some point to take care of the needs of our 3 children.

And so I say, THE END…to this adventure.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

"I spy..."

This is my Owen having a conniption at a family celebration last June. He cried, he screamed, he was not a happy little man. I believe he was tired and not getting his way...gasp! I must be a terrible mommy. ;)

Today after finishing our weekly trip to Costco I once again witnessed a little boy in his Daddy's arms having a royal meltdown. Gratefully it was NOT one of MY little boys. I looked on with a sense of camaraderie, here was a Daddy who wasn't going to allow their child to tantrum and get away with it. The Dad was cool headed and the kid was...not. ;) The little boy was screaming for his mama, I'm sure she would have made it alright. ;)

I digress. My story is about my Owen afterall. As I was climbing into the car, while Kevin was returning the cart, I was thinking how much I wanted to give the Dad in front of me a high five and congratulate him on a job well done. I was quickly pulled out of my revelry by the sound of my little man's voice.

Cool as a cucumber. "I spy with my little eye someone screaming."

His voice was calm and sounded like a calculated scientific assessment on the scene before us. The greatest, most hilarious part to me was the dichotomy, nay the juxtaposition, of the picture of Owen up top and the calm voice coming from the back seat of the van, "I spy with my little eye someone screaming."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I entered this picture of Mason at last years Freedom Festival Parade in Provo, UT into a Photo Contest on Pioneer Woman Photography, and it was included in the first group of photo finalists. I am so honored.

Check out the website here. Or the flickr group here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Owen...The Right-arm of the Law

(Owen on the left and Mason on the right)

I am a mother to two boys. Two boys that spend HOURS together everyday. Often they are together in the same room, sometimes they do things TOGETHER, usually they coexist in the same space. When Owen gets bored and wants to play he tackles Mason to the floor. When I call for Mason Owen says, "I'll get him." This usually results in him yelling through the house and tackling Mason either where he is or when he is in front of me (because Owen has chased him up/down the stairs and into the room with me). Owen loves to "GET" Mason.

One day back in May, I had Sally, our minivan, for the day to run errands and pick up a few last minute items needed for a Church activity. My list had been enlarged and revised multiple times and I was trying my best to be snappy and frugal. The boys were troopers. But after 30 minutes in one store they were starting to unravel and didn't want to listen to Mom anymore.

"Mason, Owen, please stay by mommy. Hand on the cart...PLEASE. I'm almost done...Now where can I find an exacto knife?"

Mason and Owen let go. Mason teases Owen and runs 5 steps away. Owen chases but comes back with a, "Please stay by the cart." Mason continues to taunt. Owen jumps for him, both of them squeal with delight. Mason runs down the shopping aisle and turns the corner.

Exasperated and attempting to mother and shop simultaneously I call out, "Mason, come back I can't see you."

Owen instantly pipes in, "I'll get him." Then takes off running down the aisle and out of sight.

Moments later Mason rounds the corner of the aisle from the opposite direction and stops in front of me panting and smiling.

Owen comes 'round the same corner, yells, "I'll get him for you." And proceeds to TACKLE Mason to the ground, "I got him Mommy!!!"

Mason yells, "Get off, get off!" But you know what? He was laughing, they both were.

For an additional 2 minutes this wrestling on the ground continues and helps me to have the time to find the knife I was looking for. Thank-you!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Deals to Meals

The Deals to Meals blog is having a Bosch mixer give away this month. So Awesome!!! Go check out their website, especially those of you on the West coast. If I lived out that way I would TOTALLY get signed up.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mason's Decision

On Sunday April 25th, 2010, while I was doing dishes Mason came into the kitchen. He stood there watching me for a couple of minutes and then said, "Mom, I love you."

I responded, "I love you too, Mason."

"Mom, when I get big I'm going to marry Emma."

"Big Emma (MacFarlane) or Little Emma (Scott)?"

"Little Emma, of course. We love each other."

"I'm so glad you love each other. Where are you going to get married?"

"I don't know Emma hasn't told me yet. But" Very smart boy. The girl gets to decide these things. ;)

"How 'bout the temple?" I ask.

"Well, yea that sounds good."

"Do I get to come?"

"Yea, I want you there. You'll get invited."

Then I stopped doing the dishes, got down on his level and said, "Mason, I love you so much. And I am so glad you want to get married in the Temple and have me there. You know I wouldn't miss it for anything."

"I know Mom. I love you."

Then he leaned forward gave me a big hug followed by a kiss on the cheek just before he turned away and went back to playing with his brother and sister. Isn't raising kids fun?