Tuesday, April 23, 2013


My St. George house with the yard landscaped by my talented hubby. He has people knock on the door to tell them how amazed they are. Today he even got a letter in the mail addressed to: "Beautiful Yard" with a sweet thanks you note saying how much they appreciated the gorgeous view. What a nice note to receive!

My Davis house neighbors aka party animal Frat boys from Theta Xi. Wow! That is all I can say about this one! They would FREAK OUT if they knew I took pictures, but they were passed out and never knew I was even spying!

Sunday, April 21, 2013


This darling girl has the patience of Job for sure. She kept her call for TWO WHOLE WEEKS waiting for me to get time off work so I could be home to see her open it. 

The emotional moment that she has been waiting for, a Mission call to serve and teach of Christ.

YES! Spanish speaking, which she is really good at after 5 years of Spanish, which also means she will only spend two weeks in the MTC and she will join her group and leave with them to     "B-town"!

The "support" group and Hannah fan club! She is so excited!! She knows this call is especially for her. She is a bit disappointed that people can't believe she is really going to Bakersfield! She can not wait to meet the Hispanic people of this area and teach them a life changing message! Hannah  is so beautiful inside and out and has the kindest heart of anyone that I know. (I am not biased  as her mother either, anyone that knows Lissi will immediately vouch for her kindness!)

A few of my VERY FAVORITE people in life call Bakersfield home!! The Waite Family and The Nilsson Family, both who will take very good care of my girl. And who can forget Dwight Yokum singing about Bakersfield? I think my sister and I are going to do a "missionary version" of this song! (may be to frightening too publicly post)


Monday, March 25, 2013


It is once again the tradition time of Peeps. I hope you have your package bought and ripped open so they can dry out for a few days before eating (honestly it is the best way to eat them! perfect texture.)

A few of my favorite Peeps dioramas so far:

(Peeps going political and plastic surgery peeps)

HAHA! The best right? I have a feeling this Peep doesn't have as much trouble breathing in her Spanx as I do mine. (but totally worth it with such results)

Seriously. The dog was JUST FINE. It didn't care, it was going on vacation!

WHOA! What amazing results! The trending thing to do now days!

March on little Peeps!

Friday, March 1, 2013


You may remember this bad boy from our Thanksgiving trip to Park City. It was an awesome gift given to Shawn's brother Jeff, but his very thin wife thought it was for her too (she works out at least 2 hours a day) and they were ticked off! It was the best! We put it under their tree with a tag from Shawn's mom, they were not happy and of course we let them mull it around all day before confessing that we gave it to them. I wish I would have filmed their rantings!

Who wouldn't be so excited for this? Knit your own bicycle seat kit! So I snagged this for Lissi, at the bargain priceless price of $1.99 at Urban Outfitters.  I think she is hiding her excitment or maybe saving it to take on her mission if she goes in a biking area she will look so Mormon and hipster!

I LOVE this even though my sweet daughter called me pathetically unromantic!  I thought it was so great for my dear husband! I can imagine lots of fun with this "Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure". Unromantic? Pshhhh...what do you know anyway Lissi?

Another family favorite (and dirt cheap at Amazon) Remote control flying shark. It is filled with helium and swims just like the motion of a real great white! Super cool! Young and old alike adore this one!

This lovely and functional "Cat Butt Pencil Sharpener" was a gift for me from my kids.  Insert pencil,  sound of life like meowing and the shavings fall into the "litter box". A true conversation piece that any home would be better off with!

Parker is the king of quirky, and this was perfect for him.  Trust me, just get your own and read the fascinating cards covering everything from foreign movies to raw food. Very white.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


My sweet 15 year old Parker surprised Hannah (as parents we were baffled and pleasantly surprised also). Before Hannah came home from work on Valentines day, Parker (all on his own and without being bribed, provoked or compelled) decided to do some fun quotes and decorate Hannah's room. Chandler did not want to miss out and put ballons everywhere. The quotes were very much true to Parker's fun sense of humor. I captioned some of the quotes because his family is pretty much the only ones that can interpret his handwriting (sometimes).

"I have sister issues and parent issues and all sorts of  things"
Kim Kardashian

"I grew up believing my sister was from Neptune and was sent here to kill me."
Zooey Deschanel

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Don't get me wrong. I love magazines. I do not read them cover to cover ever (but really, who does?) and one quirkly thing about me, I usually always read them from the back to the front. I have no idea why or where I picked up this habit. At work when I am waiting for my next patient to arrive I love reading (emabarassingly), mindless magazines like People (the trashy side of me I suppose!)
Some of my favorite magazines that I actually subscribe to are Sacramento Magazine which has great ideas of the latest and greatest hapenings in the area. Also National Geographic is one of those that I adore reading. But, like many of you, I can't seem to get out of the check-out at the store without grabbing a magazine while waiting behind the line that seemed the fastest and turns to the slowest the minute I get into it. Anyway......here are a few of my magazine issues: (get it, that was a pun.."issues" haha!) I crack myself up!

FUNNY! The  8 reason's my diet isn't working? Duh, Because I likely made the dessert and devoured 8 portions!

Walk off 10 #'s! Yeah right, I will do that right after I make this Brownie Ice Cream Sundae and eat it. It will take me about 4 solid weeks of walking to burn the calories in the dessert!

And  gotta love this one, "swimsuits that fit" Sure! Any swimsuit can fit if you have ENOUGH FABRIC! But after indulging in the above recipes, the fabric needs to increase!

Yep! Doing the cookie recipes, then worry about the article about being more confident if I have time!

"The best new Jeans and flats" Perfect, because after making recipes I will need new jeans. However the flats are the ONE thing that never changes sizes in my wardrobe, hence my shoe fettish!

Ok, this one I may try the "Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes" but let's be honest, the one I know I will try is the not so healthy treats that jump off the cover and beg to be made. Good thing I kept the  above issue to get more jeans that flatter!

I swear these magazines set me up for failure. Bipolar magazines= diet article combined with decadent recipes and how to find clothes that flatter? Why do I continue to buys these? See, I have issues!

Thursday, January 24, 2013


SERIOUSLY, I WANT THIS! I want everyone to dance and clap their hands and tell silly stories at my graveside service while this is played!  Not that I am planning to go anywhere soon, but no one ever plans on it really. Once I helped with a funeral and the only thing they wanted played  was "Black Velvet"  (very loudly) and they were all wasted from drinking Black Velvet alchohol, a story for another time, just a little side note).  This song makes me happy. I have listened to it over and over again. I don't know who chooses the music for my favorite show "Parenthood", but the have really great taste in music! ENJOY!

When I die
I don’t want to rest in peace
I want to dance in joy
I want to dance in the graveyards, the graveyards
And while I’m alive
I don’t want to be alone
Mourning the ones who came before
I want to dance with them some more
Let’s dance in the graveyards

Gloria, like some other name we kept on calling ya and waiting for change
But I belong to all of your mysteries

And all of us, we’re meant for the fire, but we keep rising up and walking the wires
So when we go below don’t lose us in mourning

’Cause when I die
I don’t want to rest in peace
I want to dance in joy
I want to dance in the graveyards, the graveyards
And while I’m alive
I don’t want to be alone
Mourning the ones who came before
I want to dance with them some more
Let’s dance in the graveyards

Oh my love, don’t cry when I’m gone
I will lift you up, the air in your lungs
And when you reach for me, we’ll dance in the darkness

And we will walk beyond
Our daughters and sons, they will carry on
Like when we were young, and we will stand beside and breathe in their new life

’Cause when I die
I don’t want to rest in peace
I want to dance in joy
I want to dance in the graveyards, the graveyards
And while I’m alive
I don’t want to be alone
Mourning the ones who came before
I want to dance with them some more
Let’s dance in the graveyards

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Sometimes I feel like this poor guy!  Especially when I am shopping in San Francisco, where if you don't bring your own bag, they charge you. Yes. Yes they do! (this city that I love is screwed up, I know!) You get charged for shopping bag, but if you bring your own towel to sit on, you can ride the bus naked. I have no intention of trying this naked bus riding thing!  In Davis the majority of people bring their own shoppping bag. I have about 10 Trader Joe's bags because I continually forget mine, they just sort of collect in my car or room. Then I am guilted into buying another one when I forget mine (pathetic, I know.) I don't get these bags because I am environmentally friendly, I will confess if you don't tell anyone...I buy them for two reasons: because they are really cute and you can haul so much more stuff in them, which means less trips upstairs with bags and I would hate to add more cardio to my life, so I just load up each arm with bulging sturdy bags. Shhh, dirty little secret about me!

Awesome skit on how I feel. This cracks me up!

Can I recommend my favorite bags EVER? Trust me, these are amazing bags. They hold up to 50#'s, really they do, I have personally tested them over and over again. They fold flat so they are always in my suitcase for travel. Awesome for the beach. The best thing to take shopping in the city because they fit in my small purse, then as I shop I can fill this up instead of carrying a bunch of small bags. (Or if I wanted I could put my towel in it if I ever want to ride the San Francisco city bus in the buff!) Get one! The middle bag is my lunch bag. These adorable bags are made by "Blue Q" and make great gifts as well. There is a cute shop (Newsbeat) by my house that sells an irresistable variety of these great bags.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


After 3 months, We finally received the photos that we had done in October for Christmas.  (Don't get me going on a rant about flaky photographer!) It takes a lot to get me mad (I got mad).  Needless to say, our traditional "New Years" card will seem more like a "Be My Valentine" card or maybe even a "Happy Groundhog's Day" greeting, which may be more appropriate coming from us anyway.

Friday, January 11, 2013


Dear Nordstrom's,

I love you!!! In fact I absolutely, without any doubt adore you! We have known each other for a very long time.  Even though I am not totally faithful to you and I usually love The Rack most (unless it is your great Semi-Annual Women's sale). But that last note you sent me totally made me feel like you were the one and only for me. It sealed the deal on who my favorite is.

You totally get me! Finally, someone other than another woman understands me.  For 23 plus years I have tried every way that I know how to explain to my sweet husband Shawn how much I am actually saving when I spend money. Sadly after all of these years, he still does not get it. Thank you so much for recognizing my shopping genius. It means so much to me and I will never forget this! Hugs and Kisses my wise friend! 

Yours Truly,


In case you can't read this love letter, it says:  You're a shopping genius!  You saved more than you spent.
Total spent $47 + Total saved $133 = SHOPPING GENIUS!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I returned home from a really nice extended visit to my "home" in St. George. It was filled with lots of laughs, fun visits from friends, too much good food and a night of recalling childhood memories of Christmas with all of my siblings. It was loud and busy and joyful! I am always brokenhearted to leave my family, but grateful for the many tender mercies life tosses me through all of this journey. I had been pondering things that I would like to improve during 2013 (trust me, there is a very long list, likely many that others would like to recommend for me). But my overall goal is to add more kindness to life. Something that seems to be missing for many people lately. We are too busy, we forget simple courtesies and manners and are rather self absorbed much of the time. So for this year, forget the ever failing goal of losing weight. I vow to be more kind. 

As I returned home from the airport very late, my sweet friend Jill (my "tough" Harley riding friend, remember her from Easter post dressed as rabbit bearing chocolate filled basket very early at my door)set an amazing example of kindness to me. She knew I would get home late, sad and without any food in my fridge for lunch the next day. This kind gal sent me a text directing me to look on the chair by my door the next morning. On the chair I found this really yummy lunch packed with  pure love! It had homemade stew, luscious bread, caramel chocolate almonds, apples and a diet coke. The sweetest thing: a really funny card(it referred to shoe shopping) with the nicest note from her in it! You that know me can imagine that this sent me to work crying like a baby because my extreme gratitude from kindness such as this was overwhelming. Jill did more than feed me lunch this day. She warmed my soul, touched my heart and gave me something to emulate as an example of kindness.
My lunch packed with love! How cool is it to carry your lunch in a Harley Davidson bag?

So as I enter 2013, I will try to infuse more kindness into life. A few thoughts that help me are here: An inspired talk by an incredibly kind and noble man, click here to read entire message: "Happiness, your heritage"
As we lift others, we rise a little higher ourselves. President Spencer W. Kimball taught, “The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls.” 9
President Gordon B. Hinckley believed in the healing power of service. After the death of his wife, he provided a great example to the Church in the way he immersed himself in work and in serving others. It is told that President Hinckley remarked to one woman who had recently lost her husband, “Work will cure your grief. Serve others.”
These are profound words. As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.
President Lorenzo Snow expressed a similar thought: “When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated.” 10
In today’s world of pop psychology, junk TV, and feel-good self-help manuals, this advice may seem counterintuitive. We are sometimes told that the answer to our ills is to look inward, to indulge ourselves, to spend first and pay later, and to satisfy our own desires even at the expense of those around us. While there are times when it is prudent to look first to our own needs, in the long run it doesn’t lead to lasting happiness.
Dieter Uchtdorf:

"We each have a covenant responsibility to be sensitive to the needs of others and serve as the Savior did-to reach out, bless, and uplift those around us. Often, the answer to our prayers does not come while we're on our knees but while we are on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us. Selfless acts of service and consecration refine our spirits, remove the scales from our spiritual eyes, and open the sindows of heaaven. By becoming the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answer to our own."

A few simple things that I will start with:
  • send a card
  • open a door
  • pick up a dropped object
  • give a sincere compliment
  • return some else's shopping cart
  • smile
  • be interested
  • say something nice to lift someone
  • thank a teacher, friend or co worker 
  • pay for the person behind you in the drive through once in a while
  • let someone else in front of you in line
  • act when prompted to do something kind

Friday, January 4, 2013


Celebrating the festive season, my work decided to do a Christmas party and everyone was to wear their "Ugly Christmas sweater". I could not find one, so I did what every resourceful girl would do, I made my own. 

My creation! The really awesome part about it: That face x 2, that is my boss!! He must have liked it because thankfully, I am still employed!

Me and Amanda. Amanda is one of those great people that make work fun. I really like her, even though she does really gross things as an Ultrasound Tech. This is a rare picture that she is not holding a probe in her hand. Thanks for leaving it at home for the party Amanda!

Some of SDI with their "Ugly Sweaters"

I gave my lovely sweater to my Boss' wife after the party, she totally appreciated it. I think she said she was going to mail it to her mom for Christmas!