Monday, October 27, 2008

Our family pics are up on Michelle's site click here. Click on "flash site". At the top of the page click on the tab that says proofing. Then enter the password: Tyson. If you want, let us know what pics you like (it's always so hard to choose). There is an image name above each picture, and pause/play buttons on the bottom left. She's good huh?!?! Anyone in Utah, she lives there, and for the peeps here in Vegas, she'll be back in April. Thanks Michelle! 

Saturday, October 25, 2008


We got our family photo's taken this week by a friend of ours in town from Utah. You can check some of them out here.
An interesting note, Tyson went in to the lake over his head. Luckily Jim was right there and went in as well. Also lucky, we already had taken some family pics and just ended up doing Tyson naked w/ diaper. Did you know Tyson means "firebrand"? it's fitting.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm finally answering a tag...

Here's how to play:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I usually don't dig the tagging thing, but this is a tricky way to do it. I can't pretend to ignore a comment on my blog that I've been tagged. Plus I really dig Suzanne and am glad to have contact with her blog since she's moved. (Not that i don't dig others who have tagged me, I just pretend to ignore it. Rude, I know, but honest.) Here goes.

This is what my family calls me. I'm very strict about my kids' sleeping/nap schedules. When I got pregnant with Tyson I did like many do and started reading books. I became really interested in reading about sleep habits in babies in children. Seriously I think I could have at least a minor on this subject. Many people have commented that being so rigid with sleeping schedules really ties us down and limits our activities, but seriously I don't care. I'm totally commited on ensuring my kids get GREAT sleep. Sleep affects so many things, childhood obesity, attention spans in school, general health etc. Babies and Toddlers need 14-16 hours of sleep/day. Early elementary, 11-12. Late elementary at least 10. Highschool a minium of 8-9 hours. Babies and kids don't automatically know how to eat good foods, brush their teeth and when they need to sleep. We have to help them but making sure we put them down for naps and get them to bed on time. Our kids go to bed by 7-7:30pm and get up about 6:30-7am. That makes for a nice evening of some mommy/daddy time. Plus there's that whole word of wisdom thing, early to bed early to rise, etc. that some of us buy into. The Nap Nazi will now step off the soapbox.

I got certified in high school, it was hard. Sort of like a boy scout thing on steriods. We had to do overnights in snow shelters that we dug, and seriously learn how to use a compass. Our hardest test was 2 days 2 nights in the middle of the woods (no trails) with a map, compass points, tarp for a tent and backpack. We had to basically survive and find our way back using the map and compass points. I went on searches for people, but mainly we got called out to assist during flooding. I even got out of school a few times. Now that I have kids, I like camping in a motorhome or trailer. We bought our first tent-trailer this spring.

I grew up in a MAJOR sports family. I played fastpitch softball and wished I would have played basketball or volleyball. For a chick, I seriously know a lot about baseball and football (don't ask me about soccer, I'm clueless), and I'm one of those people who actually enjoys watching baseball on TV. I love highschool and college football (I prefer it over professional). If our boys choose to play sports I will definitely be their BIGGEST fan!

Not because I'm afraid, but because I feel bad for them. I don't kill spiders, I put them outside. Spiders are good, they kill the pesky bugs. I used to be really afraid of spiders in particular, but once I learned about them I got over it. This does not apply to poisness spiders that might harm my kids, then I would probably get Jim. I also don't like killing fish. I LOVE to fish and camp, but NEVER keep the fish. I have been known to sabatoge a few stringers full of live fish before. Seriously, don't kill bugs. Most of them are harmless.

Seriously I cry too easily. Commercials on TV, church of course, when I get really mad. Sometimes it is ridiculous. BUT, it seems like lately I have toughened up. I really try not to bawl about everything. I really don't like people to see me cry, I have an ugly cry face.

It's not a short fuse temper and it really takes something MAJOR to set me off, but when something does, I get MAD! I can hold my own in an arguement, I'm not afraid to stand up for myself and be vocal about something I'm passionate about. Sometimes I can be a little too blunt and vocal about things and let people know exactly what I think. I hope I don't turn into one of those crazy ladies, I'm really trying find a nice balance.

I don't have a lot of friends, but the friends I do have are GOOD friends. In fact, some of my best friends today, are people I've known since the 8th grade. I hope that they know that I would do anything for them, and have done some interesting things for my friends. And my family, NOTHING is more important to me. I never thought I would be a stay at home mom, but absolutely love it. One of the reasons I married Jim is that he holds family in the same regard as I do. Not just our immediate family, but our extended family as well. Jim does so much for both of our parents and I love him for it.

I tried to pick people who I haven't noticed have been tagged lately, so...
I TAG...

Jennifer Bowen
Patti Carpenter
Brooke Elton
Kaycee Fillmore
Ashley Gunson
Alicia Kester
Blaire Ostler

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Do you like bread crust?

I don't. I don't even like the name, "crust". I recently was telling someone that I came to the realization that I am 28 years old and I don't have to eat the crust if I don't want to. I think I was conditioned to eat the crust (my grandpa used to tell me it would make my hair curly) because you are just supposed to. I was just looking at some blogs and feeding Luke a sandwich. I was pulling the crust off of it and eating it for him, and thinking "I hate freaking dry crusty crust". Then I had a brief realization that I always eat the crust off my kids' sandwiches for them. Like I'm doing them some huge favor, and it makes me a good mom because I eat it for them. PSYCHO, I know. Maybe they like crust and just don't know it because they never have to eat it. Then I thought of my dear friend who HATES bananas and everything about them, so she just doesn't buy them (she's going to love reading this), when ever I see her kids I feel like its my duty to give them a banana. AND then I realized that I'm a WAY bigger wierdo than she is because I actually thought that I am being some sort of crust marter. SO, NO MORE CRUST for me! AND, I'm going to eat cookies in bed tonight because I'm technically a grown up and I CAN!