Friday, November 30, 2007


Oh my goodness, I seriously almost wet myself when I saw my friend's elfamorfasis. Ok, so if its not that funny to you, I must be in a really silly mood. THX KETA!!! Click on the link below and get ready to laugh! Watch out, Mark can really move!!! You should have your speakers on its part of the experience!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Most wonderful time!

The TRADITION is still going!! Every year growing up we would go up North to cut our Christmas tree (except a couple random years). I am happy to say that that tradition is still going strong. Luckily Mark has agreed and put up with the traveling, so we have adopted this fun activity into our family. My fam. still goes, so it's a big caravan to Young where we cut our tree's, then build a fire, lunch, then it's off for the hunt!!

Mark building the fire for hot chocolate.
The kids admiring his work,they did collect the wood after all.How many monkey's in that tree?

Mark cutting down my parents tree. They found a great tree!The boy's The girls
My stick bug friend that found me!
So I didn't get a pic. of eveybodys tree's but, there was a total of 5 trees we cut down. They were all awesome , It was a good time.

Monday, November 26, 2007


We had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our family's this year. We started off with my family "the Skousen's" with an early feast at 12:00 at my sisters house. We had a lot of fun, lot's of food, and a lot of company. It actually wasn't nearly as big as our usual Skousen Thanksgiving which is normally 60-80 people, but we deemed this year to be the in-law's year. Anyways, it was just my parents, siblings and nephews and nieces that live here in AZ. this year. We had so much fun, BIG THANKS to my sis. Sandy for hosting the fun! By the way, among other things, I did make my first batch of candied yams, and coconut and banana cream pie. I wish I got a pic. but I didn't want the liability in case they turned out disgusting. After I found out they were delish. they got snatched up before I could get to my camera!

We left there to head to the Johnson's feast at 3:30 and tried to stuff our selves more by 4:00. I left my camera at my sister's house and I did not get any pictures of the Johnson's, but It was just as delicious, and we had great company! We also got to take the kids to the park by Mark's parents house.We attempted to fly electric airplanes, but it was to windy. The kids had a great time riding there little tricycles, swinging, and playing on the toys.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I am THANKFUL for...

FrIEnDs: Where would I be with out good friends and influences in my life? I would rather not think about it. I have been so blessed to have good people surround me, helping me make good choices. Especially in my younger years when I wasn't so head strong about choosing the right. Good friends are so important to me. I can only hope and pray that my children have as good of friends as I do, to help strengthen them, and help them stay on the straight and narrow in these last day's!
gOoD FooD: I grew up with amazing cook's in our house. So I really appreciate delicious food. I'm not a very picky, but when I enjoy something you'll usually know.
BeiNG a MoThEr:It is a pleasure and an amazing opportunity to be a stay at home Mom!! I get to spend all day with a wonderful child who not to long ago was with our Heavenly Father. Even though it's been over a year I still feel that special spirit that so frequently comforts our little ones. Besides that, if I can do as half of a good job that the "Mothers" in my life have done, and I get the same title of Mom that they have, that makes me feel special!
MARK: Thank goodness for a husband who makes being a stay at home Mom possible. I LOVE Mark and am so thankful for all he does for our family. As the main provider and protector of our family, he does an amazing job!! I could go on forever about this MAN that I love, but I dont want to make you to blush with the details!! HAHAHA
ThE ChURcH: WOW, I am so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and to be a member of our church. I could go forever with a list of things that fall under this category. ie: the priesthood, Temple Ordinance's, covenants, promises, eternal family's, all the help that we have access to, the blessing of the Holy Ghost. I could continue to go on, but you all know! And if you don't, ask me!
BeInG tHe niNtH CHiLd: I am so grateful for my older siblings! You see, I get the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and their accomplishments! I learned not by my own trials, but those older then me. I watched listened and learned very quickly what buttons I could and could not push! It has been so fun for me to be the the baby girl of the family. I have learned so much and continue to do so from my brothers and sisters. So watch out you guys I'm always taking note!!
CoOl wEAthEr:I am thankful it's finally cooling down! I love to be outside and that is hard when it's so stinkin hot out side.

So there you have it. In a very random order some of the things I am thankful for. I could go on forever because we as a family are truly blessed. I hope every one has a fantastic Thanksgiving,and lots of delicious food!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tagged - 6 Random Things!

1. I have issues with letting anyone besides family babysit Kaden. I really got to get over that because there are some really great girls in my ward that ask to do it all the time. The weird thing is, it's not because I don't trust them, it's because I think they will be board at my house. Then if I have two girls come so they wont be board, they will ignore Kaden. It's probably not true, but that is what my mind thinks.
2. I love vegetables! Sauteed, roasted, steamed, fresh, I don't care, I just love them.
3. I love the smell of fresh cut grass! Weird, I know. I think it's because the smell takes me back to my childhood, before I had to start mowing for a chore. You know the good ol days of playing tag, running and sliding and turning your feet and knees green because it's still juicy from the cut:) That's why I do the mowing, and Mark does the trimming.
4. I love my church calling. (Activity Days for the 9-10yr. old girls)You can't beat a calling that you only have to do every 2 weeks, and the girls don't care what the activity is, they make their own fun!
5.My fav. season is fall. To bad we don't really get a beautiful fall here in the valley. I had to go to UT. so I could get a bunch of leaves turning color, I put them in a vase, just so I could have the feel and color of fall in our home.
6. My favorite activity to do (besides spend time with my hubby)is ride quads. I like the adrenaline rush I sometimes get when things get crazy!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Little things make me happy!

Kaden my little man, he is growing up so fast. I love to see his mind work, and watch him figure things out. Here he is trying to comprehend a caterpillar he found in the flowers.

It was really cute until he squished it in his fist.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Getting ready for FUN!!

TrICK oR TrEat!!

For Kaden's first Halloween dressing up, he or should I say WE had a great time! You know we probably enjoy it more then they do. The only thing he was concerned about was his candy. We only hit up a few houses, but he was as happy as can be. Kaden was lucky enough to have his cousins here from UT. to share this experience with, and thank goodness for Uncle Eric to pull the wagon so the Mom's didn't have to!!