Monday, November 3, 2008


I just had to repost this from my aunt Laurie in Northern CA. She totally nails it.
"I am Yes for Prop 8. No matter how many times you steal my sign, or vandalize it, I will still be yes on 8. Replacing my beautiful yellow sign with your No on 8 sign will not change my mind. Nor will it change the minds of any of my neighbors who you have targeted also. Tiptoeing up to my front door, going behind my planters where I have stored my signs for the night, to steal them will NOT CHANGE MY MIND!!! It is stealing. They are my property, not yours. Did your mom ever teach you not to steal?

You are asking for tolerance. Are you so blinded that you can't see that you are not being honest, true, or tolerant? You are denying my rights to freedom of speech. Are you so afraid of what I might have to say?

It is unclear to me how you could possibly think bullying is OK. That is what you are doing. I do not like it. You are not playing fair.

I want my kids to grow up in a world where a religious ceremony has significance. Real significance. It is different. I want to give them the same world that I had. One where we can be free to speak our minds, vote our conscious, and declare war on evil. One where we can choose what is taught to our impressionable young children. One where parents are not arrested for refusing to allow their kids to be taught about homosexuality in early elementary school. Isn't that what America is based on? FREEDOM?

You can't squash me, or my opinion.

My pretty little yellow Yes on 8 sign has already been replaced.

Friday, October 31, 2008


Alec and Ella sat for .5 seconds to take a few photos. But aren't they the cutest kids in america!!! I call I can be biased. We had so much fun trick-or-treating with Reese. Alec decided he liked handing out candy at Margaux's moms house way better than walking all the way up to each door and saying trick-or-treat. Such a waste of time. The whole bucket was sitting at our own front door for the taking. Duh mom.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Reese's Party

We have been so lucky to make great friends down here in CA. We love our Kropf's and hope Reese had a wonderful first birthday. We had a Blast at Margaux's bash. Decked out to the nines. She is the master party inventor. She had beautiful food, and great decor. She had me do the cake and it was so much fun we hope we get to do another soon. Anyone who is in the market, we are in business. Happy Birthday Reese!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


If any of you have had the opportunity to hang out with Alec at all, you'd fast notice his large personality bursting from his little three year old body. I have been compiling these stories for way too long now. I just have to share.

Me: Alec, do we push Ella?
Alec: No.
Me: Do we shove Ella?
Alec: No. (A little annoyed)
Me: Do we Karate Chop Ella?
Alec: No, but I don't want Ella anymore....I want a new Ella!

Trying to tide Alec over till we got home from church, we gave him some seriously salt deprived chips from the mexican joint we had the night before.
Alec: Mom. These chips are NOT RIGHT! They are NOT GOOD!

After asking for the 10th time for more fruit snacks and I again said NO. Alec says after a few minutes.
Alec: Mom. I don't want to be big and strong like Steve. I just want to be little. Now can I have some fruit snacks?

I can't remember exactly the situation here so I'm sure you can conjure up something similar.
Alec: You go to your room mom. Right now!
Me: Alec. Only grown-ups get to send people to their rooms.
Alec: Mom! I AM a grown-up. I'm a LITTLE grown-up!

Monday, September 8, 2008


Alec was way more excited to go to our academically souped-up joy school than I ever imagined. He surprised me by not even whimpering when I dropped him off for his first day. The all-boy, all high-energy group seemed to fare well as we found Miss Kristen still in one piece when we came to pick them up. I am in heaven. Thanks Kristen. We owe you big time!


Check out our new monogram cupcakes. I literally had a dream about these about a year ago and finally made them this summer. The cookies take twice as long as the cupcakes, but I think the outcome was totally worth it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Earthquake

So we have now survived our first California Earthquake. 5.4 magnitude. Chino Hills was the Epicenter which is about an hour and a half north of us. At first I thought someone had snuck into our house and was behind the couch trying to pick it up and then realized that the walls and everything else was shaking as well. I'm yelling..."Oh my gosh!" and Alec started to freak out and asking me what was wrong. By the time we got up and knew what was going on, ran to the back doorway, it ended lasting about 15 second total. WIERD! Welcome to CA!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Jessica & Del

Happy Anniversary you two!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Here's to Summer!

Somehow we got lost in the flurry of birthday parties, road trips and failed swimming lessons. Here's to summer!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Someone we passed today said "Big brother sock her one?" They seemed a little disgusted when we had to answer yes. Well, it wasn't intentional i suppose as he threw his sippy cup to the floor after he had guzzled down his juice. The thump on poor Ella's skull echoed through the house. OUCH for the second week. Poor baby Ella. Actually, tonight she rug-burned her other eye which is now all red. Watch out Will. Ella's headed in your footsteps!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Getting it done.

So I can't seem to figure out why I can totally kick it into gear and get so much done when Brady is out of town. I mean, is it that he makes me so weak in the knees that I just can't think straight or maybe I feel I'm counting the minutes till he comes home on his white horse to rescue me from a long day with the babes. Not sure, but I'm telling you. I KICKED some royal kiester today. Let me tell you about my superstar mom agenda. First We cleaned up the house and I washed not only Alec's sheets but my own that were long overdue as well as all 85 towels. After skipping around the house...okay just kidding about the skipping, after pulling some teeth and getting things all cleaned up from breakfast, we headed out the front door, which I'm ashamed to say I've only used about 3 times, and ventured up the "Elegator" to the fourth floor to check out the view. Then we packed lightly and walked down the block to Mother's Market. A little organic market that can either be a gold mine or a cookie gone Seriously WRONG. So we stroll though and see all the OC lunch hour crowd who either freak out at how cute Ella is waving and Saying "Hi" and Alec in his sunglasses that he wears inside and out because he HATES bright lights. Or, they look as if they would kick me out of the store themselves for being in the small isles with my side-by-side stroller. We get out quickly without too many outbursts of singing twinkle little star at the top of Alec's lungs. We head home in time to finish Go Diego Go and make dinner and then off to the park to play and take some pics. Brady, wish you could have been here.

"Check it out Mom!"
Lately Alec yells "Check it out Mom!" It cracks me up. We LOVE living in our place. It's kind of crappy to go back to renting again especially the countertops. BUT, we have a plan. We just rented our townhome and we are SAVING for a house someday down here in Million dollar land. Hopefully the prices will keep falling. So sorry to all those who own down here. I think the bank owns most of the homes down here now. It's really sad. But, hopefully we can capitalize on the market and buy when the buyings good. Plus, we'll really miss the pools, the landscaping and the complete absence of the word yardwork!

Serious business strut.

I really hope it's a snail dad.

Ella had an encounter with the counter.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Road Trip

Aunt Jamie & Uncle Travis were THE BEST to entertain us for four days this weekend. Thanks Brady for having to work in Pheonix!! We had so much fun. She made us pancakes, drove us all over the city and of course humored me by taking me to the ribbon store twice. She even hung out with both of her boys AND Alec at the mall for three hours till we figured out how to get Ella to hold still for her new earings! So cute! And Travis made sure Brady experienced the golf course at least once a day!

Hangin in the backyard!

Here comes trouble! These two were so "Hiwarius" to watch, as Alec says it. They jumped and jumped and jumped and played and played and played. Mostly with Lulu who tried really hard to just go with the 3yr old flow.

We had to totally stage this picture just to get them all in one shot. We were blowing Giant bubbles, feeding the Giant Gold fish, the ducks and we got lucky when a few turtles swam by.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Ella is busting out all her cuteness. Her new tricks include:
1. Clucking
2. Waving like princess Di
3. Taking her first few steps
4. Ooooohing at everything
5. Pointing to lights
6. Saying Daddy, Mama, Doddy (Doggy)

And you just gotta love the tiny little wisps of hair. Its all she's got. I spiked them all out today and found a touch of curl. SWEET! It even held a little clip for about 10 minutes. We're making progress little girlie girl!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Amazing Artists

I used to drool over a graphic designers site I swear was done by cindy ferguson and blog-surfing tonight I think I've found her again. Isn't she awsome!

Way to go Mom!

Wow, you know when you try really hard to be normal and all that comes out of your mouth is straight stupidity? Oh, don't lie like you don't know what I'm talking about. Please say there are others with at least occasional foot-in-mouth disease. Today I didn't really botch it horribly, I just stood there and looked like an idiot. I can't seem to get anything to come out of my mouth in times like these. Nice person says funny sentence, followed by a giggle and then it's my turn to respond and..........nothing. Not a dang thing comes out of my mouth. Like I've grown up in the middle of nowhere and have never had an actual conversation with another person before. So I sit there you dummy. And something wierd that makes no sense comes awkwardly stunmbling out of my mouth before I can stop myself. I wish I could say this is the worst experience of the kind but there have been worse. For example. Living in Orem with April and a few roomates right after college graduation. (Remember that I now have a college degree here!) I run my rent check up to the nice landlord couple living upstairs. The husband who is several years younger than I am standing at the door says "Oh you haven't met my wife so-and-so." She is embarrassed for being in her pajamas. Now do you ever have like two separate thoughts that try to sneek out at the same time? Stumbling out together and making you seem like you have mental problems? So she kicks in here and I say "Oh don't worry. You should see me in the morning.....oh the stench!" Now as I'm saying this I'm thinking gross breath, morning hair and the word STENCH has to come flying out of my mouth. Of course they look at me like I'm pshychotic and I just hurry and shut the door. So, to all of you who have ever thought I was just you know I just have problems!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The wooden door.

Let me just say that we found the most amazing little secret park in our complex tonight. Grammy and Grandpa Spencer had just left after dinner and we headed out for an evening stroll. I had a flowy skirt on with flip-flops pushing my impossibly-hard-to-turn but otherwise great little side-by-side double stroller around with Alec running along beside having near death experience after another. And as we passed through this unbelievably castle-like wooden door, we see a beautiful little fountain at the end of a palm tree lined courtyard and to our delight was the greatest little park tucked away in a little round nook to the left. I start thinking to myself, we may not want to find a house to buy here. I told this to Brady as we were walking back and he laughed at my silliness and said he was sure I'd like wherever we move next because it's going to be the last. So i guess that means we'll be here for a while. SWEET!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Photo Workshop

Katie from Peekaboo Photos and I went to this super fun photo workshop a few weekends ago. I haven't had more than a second to edit my pics and get them online but here is a preview. I learned a lot and talked Brady into buying a new lens. I love it. Blurs the dickens out of any background I can muster up. When we got to our hotel the first night, the front desk guy says "So, good news is you got THE very last room. Bad news is it has only one queen."

Monday, March 24, 2008


To Josh. We love you and miss you more than you can imagine. The memories seem to slip into somewhere hidden now that we are trying so hard to hold on to them. All the times you tried so hard to run and hide from the ever adoring nieces and nephews who just couldn't get enough of you. All the Sunday dinners and the holidays at Grandma's house. I feel so lucky that I got to hear you say "This is the best grandma's house ever!" Thank you for being a sweet gentleman & making your little mother beam with pride. Thank you for helping so many times with Alec and Ella and every other little errand we needed you for and being so willing to help. We wait for the day when we will be able to see you again and hear "Waterfall" played with your own little fingertips. We hope the wait won't seem too long. We love you.