My BABIES are TWO!!!

I can't even believe it! What a long strange trip it's been....
and it's only just begun!
(A bunch of cliches, yes, but all so applicable!)

Here is a small sample of our exciting journey thus far......

Click to play Babies First Two Years



We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and I hope that 2009 is everyone's best year yet.
The LaPlacas


I make a motion.....

.....To postpone Christmas until February.

Anyone second the motion????

**It's not like I've had 11 months and 20-some odd days to prepare for it this year**




I must confess, I don't love the tree I decorated. I like parts of it, actually I love parts of it, but as a whole, I think I screwed it up. I was thinking about it as I tried to fall asleep, but then when I actually did fall asleep, it was only to wake up a few hours later and agonize over it in my mind for hours. I can see in my head what I did wrong and if I could, I would completely start over. Too bad the Festival starts in 31 minutes. Oh well. I hope someone buys it and they can re-do it, if they want to. The hard part about doing a 'Festival' tree is every ornament, garland, etc. etc. on the tree has to be permanently wired on. Last year I did the 'hang it on, then go back and tighten each one on with wire' thing. It was hard, time consuming and I'm sure some were completely missed. So this year I tightened each one as I hung them. It was quicker, but the drawback was that once they were hung, they were staying....forever. That was my first mistake. The second is maybe I have too many ornaments and things on the tree. I have seen these trees that are so packed with ornaments that you can barely even see green from the tree and they look so cool and elegant. Unfortunately, I do not have the 'touch' to do it myself. I am TRULY not looking for people to say I'm wrong and that it looks great. I REALLY, REALLY feel I messed it up. I wouldn't have been up all night re-doing it in my head if I thought it looked fine and just wanted compliments from people. Maybe I'm being too hard on myself, and we are always our worst critics, but oh well. There is nothing I can do about it so I'm hoping that it reaches out to someone and they just have to have it! :) It looks OK, but I think it could be better. I guess that's all I'm tryin' to say.
SO--After that glowing review (haha) Here are the pictures
of the 2008 Festival of Trees 'STARRY, STARRY NIGHT' tree:

I put luminaries at the bottom instead of wrapped boxes.

They aren't turned on in the picture below. That's another story
for another day. Thanks to a nice man, they are working now. :)

(Pardon the mess around it. Everyone was just setting up and there were boxes everywhere.)



I just got home from spending 5 fun hours decorating a Christmas tree for the 2008 Festival Of Trees so if you live in my town or surrounding area, PLEASE go see the awesome trees. They are even better than last year! I'm WAY impressed. The proceeds go to the Cathedral Square Homeless Program so it's a really worthwhile cause.

Go visit! It runs from Thursday until Sunday at the Downtown Mall.

Pictures to follow soon!!



OK, I confess.....
My title is a little misleading. This post will contain no talk of spooks or turkey.

But it DOES entail another 'smilebox' slide show of this year's Halloween and a short recounting of Thanksgiving.

Sorry to get anyone's hopes up....

Here's the slide show (Smilebox is my new fave. So cute and easy. And free. FREE!!)

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Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect upon all the things that we can all be 'thankful' for. I don't even think I can list them all. But the the thing I am most grateful for is my family. Without them, I would have nothing. I have a great and oh-so-helpful husband, adorable children (who are healthy!) and a loving extended family that is always there to lend a helping hand or postive reinforcement when I need it. This Thanksgiving was especially hard to be away from my side of the family for some reason, but I know I will see them soon. {Well, sometime in the next year ;) } But I love them all and I am so THANKFUL for them.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the year and Holiday Season! I can't believe that Christmas is 24 days away and the girls will be TWO YEARS OLD just a short two days later! Holy Moly. Where does the time go??

I must aways remember to cherish every moment, because it truly just flies by.



Or, more correctly, Because I Love HER!!

My husband is so amazing. He took me out for a once in a lifetime, wonderful night--- including a fabulous fancy dinner and, yes, I am almost not believing it, he took me to see CELINE!!!

I have waited since...well...forever for that. In fact, I didn't believe I would EVER be able to see her in concert. I wanted to see her in Las Vegas so badly, but the timing was just bad and when her show ended there, I thought for sure that I had missed my chance.

Last Christmas my husband put a surprise in my stocking. I could see it poking out for weeks, but he WOULD NOT let me open it. He wouldn't really even give me clues as to what it was! But when I opened it, I didn't believe what I saw! It was the receipt for tickets to see Celine Dion! And she was coming here to town!---albeit it was in October of '08! He had purchased them as soon as he heard she was coming and planned my surprise for weeks and weeks. The near-year waiting for the concert to arrive was totally excruciating!!

But I made it and boy, am I glad I did!

She was just as awesome as I imagined. Tears welled up in my eyes as she took the stage because it was a moment I had dreamt about and never thought would come to fruition. There were songs I wish she would have sung and some I kinda wished she didn't, but all in all, it was soooo beyond fabulous. Especially the finale when she sang 'My Heart Will Go On'. She wore a beautiful flowing dress and was surrounded by suspended platforms filled with flickering candlelight. The room had this beautiful ethereal glow and we felt sort of 'transported' as her crisp and clear angelic voice truly pierced to my very soul.

Music is such a huge part of me and makes me very emotional. It seems that when I look back on my life, (as cheesy as it sounds!) I remember a Celine song to coincide with every important moment----some happy, and some sad. I remember playing her cd's in my 'DiscMan' on a continuous loop when I would go to bed at night. I used her songs to either help calm my tears, or to help me 'cry it out'. The words and her voice inspired me and gave me hope---and continue to do so today! Yes...she is a bit crazy----but that's one of her most endearing qualities! She has a kind heart and her family is the most important thing in her life. How can you hate on that? And it doesn't matter if you are a fan or not---you MUST admit that she is talented. Even though that word doesn't seem to even begin to describe her. At least to me, it doesn't.

I am so happy and privileged to have been able to go to the concert, especially with my best friend. (And, YES! He is a big fan, too!) Dinner was great as well. We ate at the hotel where we stayed on our wedding night (since this was a christmas/anniversary gift). I think what I ate was called Duck Wellington. It was so tasty.

Thank you, Tony, for making a dream come true! It was a magical evening!

Here are some really blurry shots we took with Tony's cell phone and some pics of the concert I found online. Enjoy!



Much Anticipated Bloggy Awards!

I won!

(See sticker to the right>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>)

And now I get to do my own nominations!

So here's the lowdown (I plagiarized Nats words because they are so perfectly written):

1. The winners (whomever I nominate) get to put this same little sticker thingy on their blog. It's like the cool club or something.
2. Link back to me, because it's all about internet traffic and about getting more visits to your own blog and to other's. A giving tree of sorts.
3. Nominate 5 other blogs. (This part is going to be hard for me because there are so many stinking good ones out there that I read.)
4. Link up to said awesome blogs.
5. Leave a message on those blogs so they can get all flustered and butterfly-y and blush-y like I did when Nat left a comment saying she nominated me.

And the nominees are: (((drum roll.....)))

1. Katy- Everyone I know 'oohs' and 'ahhs' over her blog and all the "stuff" she creates on there and how great of a photographer and writer she is---including myself! She's also a great friend on top of that. So that is why I am nominating her.

2. Nat- She nominated me and she's received a Bloggy already, but I love reading her posts. She makes me laugh so hard. Her kids are adorable and they get into mischief all the time. Love her.

3. Lianna- A good friend I've known for over 12 years. We've recently reconnected and I've loved reading about her cute family on her blog. She has blown through obstacles with a smile and a positive attitude. She is such an inspiration to me and everyone she knows!

4. Casey- She's another triplet mommy who somehow finds the time to post several times a week, if not every day. She is someone who can understand exactly what I am experiencing and that is such a comfort! Plus, her cute girls crack me up.

5. Gen- She is a quad mommy---need I say more??? I've never actually met her in 'real life' but we belong to the same HOM (high order multiples) group, as does Casey. Her kids are adorable and she seems so kind and optimistic! I hope to meet her some day soon...

Please don't be upset if you are not included on this list. I enjoy everyone's blogs, from simple to extravagent. I love you all and you all deserve awards for being great friends and people who inspire me to be a better person!


I Finally Did It!

This is going to come out entirely wrong, but I promise I will explain what I mean.

I finally showered on my own!!

That truly is the most accurate and succinct way of putting it.

Now before your mind starts processing...WHAT I MEAN IS... Yesterday, for the FIRST time since the girls were born, I didn't have to have another person in my house to be with my children while I showered!! WOO HOO!! (technically, I tried it once before, but the girls were all strapped in their little seats in the bathroom with me and I had to have the sliding shower door open so they could see me. They screamed the entire time. I was lucky to get the shampoo rinsed out of my hair that day. I swore that I would NEVER do that again.) I've always had to make plans in advance for when I wanted to shower. Either I had to work around my husbands unpredictable schedule or arrange for my mother in law to come over or something. And a lot of the time felt I had to 'hurry' so everyone could get back to what they needed to do.

But today I got them all to sleep and I thought I would give it a shot.

Jordyn was asleep on the couch.

Ashleigh and Avery were asleep in the crib.

I was alone!!


I know you are probably thinking, 'doesn't that happen every day?' No. It is only by a few miracles that all three of them sleep at once, for the same duration, at any given point in the day. Even if they all fall asleep at the same time, usually Jordyn will wake up and cry for me or need me there with her long before the other two wake.

I sprinted into the shower, occasionally opening the door to listen for screams. But I didn't necessarily rush because I didn't want to ruin the chance that I just *might* have a leisurely shower free from children. I heard nothing but the sweet sounds of silence! I got out of the shower and put my ear up to the monitor to see if I could even hear the rustling sound of their feet on the mattress. All was quiet! I peered around the corner to see if Jordyn was still asleep. She had shifted positions, but was still sound asleep. Yippie! I had to text Tony to tell him my news! He replied, "Atta girl". I was so ecstatic. So I decide to push my luck a little further....

I proceeded to give myself a mini-facial, I painted my finger nails, did a hair treatment and then I finally heard a noise behind me. In bounded Jordyn. Happy and awake. And I was truly happy to see her! I even painted her toe nails for being such a good sleeper.

I know this probably all sounds so minuscule to you, but to me, I feel like I've won a war! Or a battle. Is that too negative? OK, maybe I feel like I've won a gold medal! =}



I'm tuckered...

I can't seem to wake up today! I feel like this little girl:

I hate when our schedule gets off. I use the word 'schedule' loosely, because it changes every day. But sometimes it happens on purpose and sometimes not. OK, most of the time not. But yesterday I had a 'girly' doc appointment and my doc had never seen the girls. She was the one who first told me there were three in my tummy when I was 8 weeks along. I hadn't seen her since, so I wanted her to meet the crazies. Unfortunately, when I called back in May, they only opening she had was in October at 12:15---smack dab in the middle of naptime. So I decided that we would just have one nap instead of the usual two--which we do sometimes in emergency situations. At the docs office, they were just OK. Not outstanding, but OK. We only had one juice cup spill all over the carpet in the waiting room. And their books only hit one person three times. Jordyn had a separation anxiety temper-tantrum, but other than that, they were OK. So my doc came out and met them, I had my appointment and we went home. They were all in bed by 2-ish and slept until 4-ish. Just perfect, right?

Well, Tony had a softball game that night and wouldn't be home before the girls would go to bed (since 1 nap=early bedtime). I started getting them ready to go to sleep---brush teeth, change diapers, say prayers and give night-night hugs and kisses and Ash and Ave went down in their crib. Yes, I said crib. Remember this? Well, I'd had it with the whole climb in and out thing so I came up with a solution:

Welcome to 'Giant Crib Land'

(I hooked them together and stuffed a down comforter in between mattress gaps. It still smashes down [even with two pillows under it] so if you can think of something firmer that will fit in a 6 inch or less space, let me know.)

Well, this idea works pretty well, but they do play a little more. At least I'm not worried about them 'visiting' each other and hurting themselves...as much.

Anyways, back to the story. So I get them in their crib around 8:20. A little later than I wanted, but when I'm alone, the process takes a little longer. I hear them talking and giggling, but this usually happens for a while then they settle down. Now I could focus on getting Jordyn to sleep. Yes we have issues with that, but it's what we have to deal with. So I'm trying to calm her down and get her to sleep but she is just not having it. Which is weird because she only had one nap and usually they go to bed pretty quickly when they are exhausted. It's now 9:45 and the other two girls have JUST gone silent and Jordyn is still wide awake wanting to color and do all manner of non-sleepy-time things. Grr. Tony gets home and sees she's still awake. I continue to try until Tony finally goes to bed just before midnight, leaving me with a still very awake Jordy. I finally get her to sleep at 1AM. Meanwhile, I'm laying awake thinking of 'stuff'--the many numerous thoughts that plague me when I have nothing else going on and if I get to 'thinking' when I lay down at night, I will do so for hours. So, unfortunately, I did. I finally drifted off around 2AM and awake to a wailing sound coming from the girls room at 3AM. This is not unusual because Ashleigh has, what I assume to be, night terrors. She will cry this loud, piercing cry about 4 times then be silent again. Well, this time she wasn't stopping. And it was getting hysterical. So I sneak away from Jordy {{praying}} she won't wake up, because if she did, there would be NO sleep that night. I tip toe into the girls room hoping not to wake Avery (she is used to the Ashy screams so she sleeps through it). When I peek in, I see Ashleigh standing directly over Avery screaming at the top of her lungs. Avery pops up to see me. So I hurry and get Tony so we can each hold one and try calming them down. We go into their room, pick them up, assess that there isn't really anything wrong, and put them down. Ashleigh protested a little, but calmed down. For about a half an hour. Then she cried again. This time only a couple times then she went back to sleep. Thank our lucky stars that Avery went back to sleep and Jordyn never woke up. So back to bed for me (again, laying there for about an hour). Finally I'm sleeping. Jordyn isn't bothering me and all in all, the rest of this night shouldn't be that bad. Then at 6:30 the street scrapers come by. Most of you don't know what that is. Let me try and explain. Here in Cali, people put their lawn clippings and weeds and whatever other garden excesses they have out in the street. Then a big loud truck comes by and scoops up the piles with big metal pinchers, and then, like a bulldozer, the pinchers raise up and dump their loads into the back. Now, Imagine what big metal scrapers sound like on asphalt. Ahh, yes. At 6:30AM. Lovely. So I'm awake. I finally get back to sleep when Avery decides she's not tired anymore and wants company from Ashleigh so she cries and cries to try and wake her up around 8AM. I cover my ears and hope to make it to 9. Ash wakes up and they both want out. Luckily Tony went and got them on his way out the door. They play loudly inside the gate while Jordy and I get 20 more minutes of 'sleep'. Finally, they wake Jordy up with their loud banging of every one of their loudest toys and I have to get up. Ugh.


Naps for all, today!



For Tony's birthday, we watched some football, had crockpot roast, mashed potatoes and cake. Can it seriously get any better?? (especially the cake part--- It was a chocolate swirl two teir cake with chocolate coconut icing and coconut flakes and toffee bits throughout. It was pretty yum-yum.)
I have a video of Avery saying 'happy birthday da-da' but it won't let me upload it for some reason. I'm really sad about that. It is so cute. But, oh well. Here are some photos instead:


Ashy (in a lovely outfit designed by herself) and daddy doing 'touchdown'!

We all wish daddy the bestest year yet!



That is the theme for today. I said this over and over again, in a quite defeated tone, and I do not know where to start. Here is just a sampling of what my trials have been lately:

1. The girls keep stripping their clothes off. They do it to either:
a) themselves,
b) each other or
c) all of the above.
Which, in and of itself, is not that big of a deal EXCEPT for the fact that as a result of the 'stripping' their diapers come off as well. And they are not potty trained yet. Nor do they see a problem with peeing/pooping/whatever else-ing everywhere...then playing in it. I know. Gross. I began with keeping them out of snapping outfits. Pants and onesies are out of the question. I even tried putting pants on over the outfits or even under them. Yeah right. That was figured out in a day. I switched them to zippers, but they figured that out too. So, I put them in only snap-crotch outfits with snaps on the back neck. Eventually, they figured that out, too. I then decided to sew up the snap crotches. Diaper changes were harder because the whole outfit had to come off each time, but I was willing to do it if it meant I didn't have to change two cribs at least three times a day (that's 6 sheets and mattress pads for those of you keeping track). Problem solved, right? Well, guess what?? They figured that out too. If they pulled on their sleeve, the neck snaps would pop and they could shimmy out. GAHHH! I decided to try zipper outfits again, except I turned them around backwards. They have to be one size bigger because instead of cutting the feet out (which I did do in some outgrown outfits) I turn the feet around backwards, too. This worked fine until they just stood in front of one another trading unzipping favors. I was pulling my hair out at this point. Finally...I had to do something drastic. Do not report me to social services. I promise there is no restricting of movement and there is no torture involved...it just looks really bad. Here it is:

That's right. When in doubt, go to duct tape. We always said in jest 'we should just duct tape them closed'. Well....be careful what you say folks. We call this their 'silver backpacks' or their 'space suits'. I know it looks horrible, but people, you need to know I am at the end of my rope!!! It is seriously my only option besides sewing their outfits on. Then un-sewing every diaper change and re-sewing. Not going there....yet...don't hold your breath. They have been able to undo 'old' duct tape (I try to lift up just the very center part over the zipper to unzip for diaper changes. We've gone through too many rolls to waste tape on every diaper change. They've figured out how to wiggle under there and un-tape enough to unzip.) We are still new at that so maybe they'll lose interest. Yeah, right....

2. (YES, we are only on TWO!!) A couple weeks ago our darling daughter, Ashleigh, decided she wanted to join her sister, Avery, in her crib. Their cribs are in the middle of the room, back to back. So she just hopped over and climbed in. I took a picture but I can't locate it at the moment. I'm sure you can imagine. She only did it the one time and that was weeks ago. Well, yesterday, again, my darling daughter, Ashleigh, decided she wanted to take her climbing a step further and climb OUT of the crib all together. I could hear some unusual noises (non-naptime noises) like a weird 'tink-tink'-ing sound. I realized that sound was plastic hangers 'tinking' against each other. And the hangers are WAYYYY out of reach for anyone in a crib...So I jump up and rush in there. Oh the mess. I was too mad to take a picture. But let me try and describe what I found. I will start with the fact that our home is two bedrooms. So we have crammed 5 people's ever-growing belongings into every nook and cranny possible. The girls' room was also the guest room (we moved the extra bed out a couple months ago for more space) and it is also my craft room/miscellaneous room. I have bins of gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, etc. etc. for crafting and all of that. So after she climbed out, Ashleigh decided to pull out various sizes of gift bags and they were strewn about. They were surrounded by three emptied boxes of thank you cards and envelopes....scattered everywhere. There were piles of (previously folded) clothes and costumes and blankets and stuffed animals...and AAAAACCKKKKKK!! We've never needed that room to be 'baby-proofed' before. Besides, where would we put all of it anyway?? So I had to add cleaning up the room to the list of my normal-everyday-barely-able-to-do chores, including things like actually feeding them...ugh. I dread that. I know that sounds horrible. But they are so messy and of course I feed them really messy things like pasta and sauce. Anyways...I had to scurry and somewhat baby proof the room in the time between them waking up for a nap and when they went down again all while trying to feed them and clean up all the other necessary blahs involved with almost 2 year olds. I called Tony nearly in tears and he told me later to just get out what would kill them instantly. LOL. So scissors and needles and other poky crafting items...sewing machine...outlets...ugh. So I kinda did that as best as I could with the limited space and storage utensils I had. I tried putting them in the same crib for naps today and they cried almost an hour but have finally settled down. I will let you know what I come up with next. I'm thinking toddler beds pushed together kinda like one gigantic crib. I'll have to be crafty to cover up the gap between and make it so they can't just climb out. But that's for another day.

I think I'll stop here since this post is already a novel. I'm sure I've already lost readers. :) But I needed to vent. I seriously don't know how to fix it. Any of it. But we'll come up with something and be OK. We always do....


First Trip To The Park...

I know, I know. You think I'm crazy that we just had our first trip to the park a couple weeks ago. But I tell you, chasing three in a large open area is not my idea of fun. Also, I had to wait until they were out of the 'lets put everything in our mouths' stage...well, at least two of the three are out of that. Ashleigh will put anything in her mouth. I don't know how to stop that. But, I digress. We had a great time. Here are some pictures of the fun:


<<<<< Five GLORIOUS Years >>>>>

Yes, we've now been married for five years. And yet, it feels like longer.... :D

No, truthfully, it is weird to think we've been married five years. In that short span of time, just like in all marriages, we've had ups and downs, tears and laughter and we've acheived the greatest thing ever imaginable together---raising our three beautiful daughters.

I can't imagine Tony not being in my life. He's a great influence on me, like helping me to come out of my shell and to enjoy the little things in life. I am happy and content even to just sit on the couch and watch TV with him. He makes me laugh, he's the greatest and most helpful dad and he is my best friend and the one person to whom I can tell anything.

{{Thank you, Tony, for 5 wonderful years together. I look forward to experiencing more of life's great challenges and adventures with you. I LOVE YOU!!!}}


Using Stanley for Evil....

The girls have figured out how to push Stanley the Snail (referenced here) around and use him to climb up and reach places they aren't supposed to. Here are some photos of the action:

Because of this little trick, they got into the bag of teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy clear and black rubber bands I use for their hair. A bag of about 500. Not kidding. Literally 500. ALLLLL over my living room floor. They are SO easy to find....not! And OF COURSE they did this as I was getting dressed and about to leave the house---yes, getting dressed AND getting them in the car, pretty much simultaneously. I was overjoyed, as you can imagine.

Clear AND tiny. Bad combo.

Oh, and did I mention this was the SECOND time this happened?....today???? Ahh, yes, it was. Apparently I didn't move it far enough out of reach the first time. Yay for me.

And, boy, am I glad I'm not still finding rubber bands every day........


Fun With our G & G

My parents came in to town last week for a visit. The girls took to them right away and they had a grand 'ol time together.

We hung out at the house, we went to the fair and all had a bbq at nanna and papa's house.

Thanks for coming to see us! Here are some photos of the visit:


Birthday and Mother's Day----BACK POST

I started this on May 26th but never finished it. Sorry so late. So here goes:

I had a fabulous birthday this year. I am 27 years old now! Weird. Getting older doesn't really bother me. It's just weird to realize you are a certain age, whatever it might be. It's kinda fun to me, actually. I've always been one that couldn't wait until I was 'older'. I hung out with older kids when I was younger and always idolized my older sisters. I guess that is all still true. I married someone older and I suppose I can always take solace in the fact that he will always be 3+ years older than me. :D (Love you, dear!) Thank you for the beautiful roses. They were a creamy pink with a hint of a darker pink in the center around the outer edges of each petal. Here is a picture, even though it's hard to tell the colors:


For mother's day, we made the treck home to see my own mother! It was sort of coincidental that we were there that day, but it happened to work out really perfectly. My two sisters and their families came up from Utah and my two siblings in I.F. were there, so it was the first time in a long time we were all together in one place. We went to our home ward and had a great great time with everyone. I made a fancy cake that turned out really cheap and chintzy looking but it tasted absolutely fabulous, even if I do say so myself. It was a chocolate/white swirl with chocolate ganache on two layers and a raspberry filling on one. Here is a picture even though I really don't want to share it because it turned out so badly. I planned on piping some chocolate swirls and putting some flowers on top but I had spent so much time doing it and was just too tired to finish--so I quit. It looks like a horrible and cheesey baby shower cake. I was trying to make it feminine and masculine because it was also a birthday cake for several people. Well, it didn't work out how I wanted, but it tasted good and in the end that's all that matters, right? Oh, regretfully, here it is....

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the mothers and women caretakers out there!
You are all special and amazing!


Seriously Naughty

My girls are sooo bad lately. Who am I kidding. They've always been mischievous; but overly so recently.

Here are a couple pictures of some of the naughty things they've been doing lately. Mind you, this is only a sample. If I tried to capture it all, I'd be taking pictures all day....

Climbing on top of the side table....and usually dancing. Apparently, hilarious.

Our biggest problem as of late, is getting completely undressed in our cribs. I should have censored this photo, but you have to see the whole picture to really get it. I surprised her and the face is priceless. (so is Ashleigh's in the background)

There will be more blog posts to come on this one.....

The girls decided to 'help' mommy organize her magazines...thoughtful, aren't they?
(notice that 'innocent' ashleigh is no where to be seen...she is usually the instigator)

I love the pure joy of naughtiness on their faces. Jordyn is purposely turned away I'm sure to prove her UN-involvement. Uh-hem.

Oh the joys of toddlers. Three at once. Yippy skippy. :)

Random Photos

:::::Some of our Favorite Things:::::

  1. getting 'cozy' under mommy's blanket
  2. eating messy messy pasta (jordy with a fork, of course)
  3. riding our rocking animals: zoe the zebra (not pictured), betty the butterfly and stanly the snail
  4. wearing hats--any and all kinds.... EXCEPT for the ones mommy wants us to wear.
  5. playing on daddy's strong legs; especially when he lifts us in the air----all at the same time!


Happy 08-08-08!!!

Let the games begin!!

(horns playing):




OK, that was a poor attempt at the Olympic trumpet song.

I tried to think of a more succinct way of typing it, but that's all I could come up with....sadly.

Speaking of sadly, here is a picture of a cake I made to commemorate the occasion:

(Only a few thousand mishaps along the way. I made the biggest mess I've EVER made while doing this cake. And that's truly saying something.
I don't know why I bother...But I guess practice makes perfect. At least it will taste good. This I know for sure. Just close your eyes while you eat it.)
Now, I leave you with a few Olympic facts and meanings behind the popular symbols of the games:

The Olympic Motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger".
This motto is used with the Olympic Symbol: the five colored rings.
The rings are interlocked to represent the sporting friendship of people from all over the world.

The five colors of the rings (black, blue, yellow, green, and red) were chosen because at least one of these colors appears in the flags of every nation of the world.

The Olympic flag was first used in Antwerp in 1920, the five rings appear in the center of a white field.

The Olympic flame symbolizes the link between the ancient and modern games. By tradition the flame is carried by torch overland from Greece (except when it needs to travel over water) by a relay of athletes/people from participating countries. The games begin when the torch is used to light the flame signalling the beginning of competition.

At every Olympic Games opening ceremony an athlete from the host country takes the oath,

"In the name of all the competitors l promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship,
for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams"


That Last Title Sounds Totally Bratty----

So I would just like to explain...

I normally kill everything (including the herb garden I planted at the same time as the tomatoes.)

I'm actually amazed that none of my children have died while in my care...

So, it is astonishing to me that I actually have a garden with alive and edible things!!

I didn't mean it to come accross like I was the best thing since.... fertilizer or something. My thumb is so black. So...that's it. It just bothered me everytime I saw it.

Thanks for listening :D (or reading, rather)

Update: I must give credit where credit is due, and the probable reason why my plants are still alive is because my husband waters them no less than 80% of the time. (I do remind him from time to time, but for the most part, he is right on top of it.) So, truly, HE is the one with live, edible tomatoes. He doesn't even like them (that's putting it nicely) but he knows I do and that's super nice. Everything in my life is a big collaboration with someone, somehow. I was wrong in not mentioning it specifically! So THANK YOU, DEAR! :)


From MY garden!!!

Holy moly! I grew heirloom tomatoes! I mentioned a long time ago that I actually planted some and now I am seeing the fruits of my labor---pun intended! And they are soooo delicous! My pots are growing above my head and are pretty much out of control. I don't know what I'm doing, but there are tomatoes growing on them so I must be doing something right.

I've had two big ones and two cherry tomatoes, plus these three:

I made really good bruschetta one day and yesterday I made the best guacamole (even if I do say so myself) using a green zebra tomato! And, lucky me, my husband hates avacados. :D I ate it all yesterday with the best chip-match. I just grabbed them in the store because I thought they'd go well with guac. And boy, do they! Here's a pic:So, if you need chips to go with your guac, these are awesome!! (if you are reading this, Kettle Brand Chips, please send me some more!!) :D


I must say...

...to all the readers that have come out of the woodwork! YAY!! I am so glad you posted something! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you guys! I should do a "WHO'S READING MY BLOG" post more often!! he he he :)

I know there are more people lurking that will never tell me and that's fine. :P
I know who you are... JK. Feel free to lurk. I do it too.

Please, if you have a blog that is not on my bloglist to the right>>>>>>>>>
Give it to me! You can put it in the comments portion (because I have it set to approve every comment before it's posted. Just tell me if you want it deleted) and I can do that! There are lots out there I'm sure, so please tell me! I would love to be up on what's going on in your lives as well!

Oh and thanks for meeting us the other day Uncle Lee and Aunt Louise. I feel awful that I forgot to take some pictures. But as you saw, there were a few other 'things' going on. :) (by 'things' I obviously mean 'cranky girls'). It was so great to see you! I hope you had fun on your vacation----even if you did roast!

Thanks everyone! Have an awesome day!


I've been keeping track---

And I've had nearly 100 visits to the blog since my last post. That's a lot. HOWEVER>>>> only ONE person has done my memory thing. SO, I ask....


I've been hearing a lot of stories about people impersonating people (especially targeting people with multiples) on other websites/blogs/chat rooms/message boards going as far to steal their photos and stories and basically pretending to be them. It sort of freaks me out. On one hand, I think, what harm could it really do? But on the other hand, I think, what kind of sicko-s would do that?? It's just plain weird and creepy.

So now I ask...should the blog go private? Or not? There are so many reasons for it to stay open---we want to welcome any visitors to our blog and would love to share what's going on in our world. But I also don't want to be taken advantage of in any way. My family is the most precious thing to me and to think of them being exploited for someone's sick enjoyment is just heartbreaking.

So what should I do? I don't think I know 100 people that would visit my blog, honestly. So either start posting to the 'memory' entry or I might have to go private....which I don't want to do!!

I am going to put up a poll so, please, even if you are just a lurker, VOTE! I really want to know what you think!


TAG TO ALL...Memories

I've seen this on a few blogs and I always say, 'ok, I'll do it later' and don't get around to it. So I'm doing it here for you to procrastinate upon as well. If I didn't post on yours, please tell me and I'll go do it immediately (or sometime in the next month or so) :D

Here are the directions:

1. As you comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

So please comment---it will just take a second (as I said, I PROMISE to be better at commenting!) I can't wait to hear what you remember about me!

Back Posting...

I will be doing a few back-posts over the next little while. See, I start a post and just save it because I have to wait for my lazy bum to download a picture or something, and months pass before I get it done and post it.

Soooo, if you are bored and have nothing else to do, occasionally check earlier months for posts that may be new. If I remember, I will change the date to a current one so no one misses anything interesting (interesting might be a stretch...we aren't that exciting over here).

Just so you know, there is a new post in the 'june' section.
You're welcome ;)



The newest member of our family:

Miss Sophie Olivia Romero! Weight: 6lbs 13oz Height: 18 inches

She was born to my sister Maegan and her husband Ryan on Friday. She joins big sisters Sydney, Sabrina and big brother Skyler. Isn't she just so beautiful??

Congratulations Romero Family!! We love her already!


Independence Day

Wishing you all a happy 4th of July weekend and a renewed sense of pride in our country and appreciation for our freedom in the coming year! Here are a couple pictures of our day:



I just wanted to post a message to the greatest daddy in the world! We are so lucky to have such an awesome guy in our lives.

Here are some of our favorite things daddy does:

1. He does our laundry (and that's A LOT of laundry)

2. He cooks us dinner most nights

3. He cleans up after himself

4. He sings and dances for us to make us giggle

5. He gives us the best kisses

6. He rubs my head to calm me down (from Avery)

7. He works hard so we can live so comfortably

8. And best of all, he loves us more than ANYTHING in the WORLD!

(I could go on and on about how wonderful Tony is, but I'll stop here)

WE LOVE YOU DADDY!!! We are glad you are ours!




The girls had their first 'official' play date with one of my best friends' little girl, Atlee, when we were in Idaho. They live in Montana now, but Ashley and I were roommates for a couple years in college. We got pregnant at the same time and were only a week apart in due dates! Obviously, I had mine before she did. :) But I consider them the exact same age and couldn't wait for them to all get together. Of course, there wasn't a whole lot of interaction between them aside from the girls stealing her toys and occasionally knocking her over, but I think they liked having another person to play with...or boss around depending on which one of my kids you ask. :D Atlee is so cute and I am so happy we were all able to get together, Ash! I can't wait to see what your little boy is going to look like! I'm so excited for you!

Nothing brings folks together like FOOD! :)

(yes, they are the same age, my child's gargantuan cranium is just that much bigger)

We had our good friend Boo over for dinner when his wife was out of town and the girls took to him right away. Even Jordyn, 'Miss Stranger Danger', climbed up on his lap and just chilled with him for a good 20+ minutes. She later realized she was not with mommy or daddy and screamed. But up until then it was great! Haha :)

When we were in Idaho, we also stayed with our friends the Silcocks who live in Declo. They were such gracious hosts and we couldn't have asked for more. I know that we brought craziness upon craziness to their home, but they were so understanding and helpful. The girls loved playing with Shaeley, Colby, Cal and luckily they didn't have much contact with new baby Axle (because we are just learning 'soft' and tend to be that not so much). I got my first sunburn of the year (luckily minor) watching Colby's t-ball game, and we were lucky enough to be there when Shaeley had a dance recital. Both did so great!! Here are a couple pictures of the Declo fun! :) (apparently Avery was with Julie, Ax and Shaeley because none of them made any pictures...sorry guys!)

We also had a chance to see my grandparents, albeit briefly. We left the night before around midnight, drove through the night and arrived at my grandparents house in Ogden, Utah around 11 AM the next morning. As you will see by the pictures, the girls were thrilled. I can't blame them. Poor things. 11 hours is a long time in a car seat (minus a couple quick diaper/outfit changes).
Ashleigh up....

Ashleigh down....
Ashleigh outta here....
....All while she and Jordyn screamed and Avery just stared at Gramps.
I didn't even get a picture of Gram in all the chaos. They were tired and it was a new place with lots of breakable items just within reach. We said hello, drank some OJ for breakfast ('cuz of course we weren't allowed to leave without eating something). :) I love them so very much and it means everything for them to see us and the girls, even if for just a few minutes.