looking back

As the year is up i went back through the posts from this year and found which ones you liked the most.

The top TEN most liked post of 2011.
(not including the giveaway post, cause people like those a lot.) :)

before we get to the top 10, some Honorable mentions.
I linked each one so you can go back and check out all of this years favorites. :)

Now on to the top 10!

[i kinda miss my blond hair, but then again i don't like to have to get it done so often.]
[this was one long crazy week/weekend, i'm sure there will be many more where this came from]
[one of my favorite post. i wear those earrings all the time, but i'm not sure if people notice. maybe you should start looking. :)]
[i love making these weird type of pictures. i should post all the ones i made when i was away at college. hilarious!]
[honestly this is one of my personal favorites. for obvious reasons! i love my family.]
[one of the greatest vacations i have been on hands down. it was so fun to spend the weekend with my mom and sisters. i know we'll do something like this again, just maybe not ellen, but who knows.]

4. weirded out
[what do boob and feet have in common. find out]

[i can't even tell you how happy i was to finish this. it makes me so happy to be in my kitchen!]
[i can see why you all would like this one, cause you all want my husband, yeah admit it. you know you do. hahaha :)]

and finally the one you've all been waiting for.....

[really? well i can see why cause people get sent to my sight when they google, emo moms. hahaha. its all good.]

Thanks for making this year of blogging to much fun and worth it!
I appreciate every view & comment you give me!

Thanks for being such great peeps!
Thanks for sticking with me through my craziness.
I'm sure fun stuff will be happening this next year!

Have a great New Years!


[good job momma]


what up? phone.

It's Wednesday

so it's time to check out what my phone captured this last week!

there is quite a few.
all blog worthy of course.


 i love catching Evelyn playing with her barbies and barbie house, probably just as much as.....

 catching ken being demoted from the party to the patio, getting a tan with corn feet.... what's with the corn feet Evelyn?

 princess dress up time means to look like little orphan children.

bass pro shop carousel. i got really dizzy, but it was really pretty and fun so its okay.
 evelyn seeing santa again at our ward christmas party, she was first in line, she was so excited!

 this is me on the way to my families annual christmas/white elephant christmas party.

 and this is what happens after a fun party with your family. my extra weirdness always comes out.  i wish i had a pic of my whole outfit. i'll get that from my sister and put it up. it's awesome!

 yeah this is how we roll.
don't worry girls its not that cold, just put some socks on and a sweater and you are set.
what? your legs are getting cold?
you'll live.
 our giant kitty. Buddha.
he's about the size of mia and she is trying to pic him up.

i saved the best for last!
 i stayed up till 2:30 this morning making about 40+ cinnamon rolls!
i made them for my husbands awesome team at work. i hope they like them. it was a labor of love. i almost feel asleep a few times.
this is this morning when i could finally eat my hard work.

sooooooo yummy!!!

i have a few leftover.....any takers??
i'm more than happy to share.
but don't worry, i'm making them again in a few days.

what sort of fun did you capture this week?

have a great wednesday!


here come santa clause

we took the children to see Santa again this year at bass pro shop.
by far the greatest santa experience out there. please go asap. last year was long and the girls were tired and cranky, this year hardly any wait, they were excited and laughing and there was so many other things to do and see.

this year was really fun.

we love taking a video of the run to santa, this year mia was excited but then she wasn't so sure about what was happening.

they had so much fun!
the picture that the shop took of them was so funny!
evelyn has the best cheese smile ever!
i'll scan it in the computer and



Just a few things that i'm pretty sure everyone thinks or has done.

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weirded out

by the time you have finished reading this post you may be seriously weirded out and consider me a nut case.

oh well.

Here is one of my momma secrets.

So i have terrible, terrible feet.
crap feet seem to run in my family.
oh, i mean cracked feet seem to fun in my family.

i dislike it.

in the winter it gets worse because my skin in sucked dry of any moisture it tries to hold on to.

i've used all sorts of lotion, but i don't want to go out and keep buying all sorts of stuff to see if it would work, when it potentially wont.
i have children, i don't have extra $$ to spend.

so, on to the point.

i was looking in my medicine cabinet and i came across something that i haven't used ever, or at least haven't since i had a baby.


yep that's right folks,
i have no shame. 
i put boob lotion on my feet.
i thought why wouldn't sheep's wool not work for my feet?
i know its just a lotion and can get something like it from other brands, but that fact that it's labeled for boobs just makes it weird and funny. boob. sorry i had to get it out there again.

I put it on at night or in the morning and put socks on after that and it works like a charm!! i just wear the socks for awhile.
it's really sticky so it's a pain to wash off your fingers.
buy hey, i didn't need to go buy special creams/lotions i had it all ready. score.

i'm just trying my best to live the 3 R's
reduce, REUSE, recycle
watch out, i'm going green.

so let the boob feet jokes commence.
wait, there probably aren't any.
 i think i might be on to something!

Officially weirded out?
That's what i thought.

Have a great day!

Sincerely yours,



disclaimer: i don't know if this will work for you as it does for me.
just so we are clear. :) 


Ispy with my.....non iphone.

Hello it's Wednesday!

I think everyday should be celebrated, but i decided Wednesday was the day that would get a little extra love. 

What has my phone seen this past week? I shall share!


we are just leaving to go shopping.
the only time i go to the mall is usually during Christmas time.
so i ventured out this past weekend with evelyn.
i ended up at forever 21 to purchse something for a gift exchange and got the cutest robot necklace.
we named it jamm-e, it's wall-e's cousin.
my husband picked this up for me the other night and i have a NEW favorite!
i like diet DP but DP TEN is better.
come on i need a little sugar with my DP.

 basically been sitting on our couch these last few days,
admiring my festive Christmas socks,
cause it's been cold and rainy.

speaking of cold and rainy,
i stepped back in time
to elementary school with this little number.

we woke up to find this,
little mouths decided that this was a good idea.

yes this cute little one was having fun with baby powder.
evelyn was the one that opened it, mia poured and played.
evelyn tried to blame it just on mia. HA!

take any fun phone photos this past week?
do share!!

i love a good story!



During the holiday's there are way to many good things to eat
going around, and i try to keep things in check, but it sure is hard.
so about 2 weeks ago i found this awesome website and i'll never go back.

i've never done anything like this before.
i'm sure that some or all have heard of this little beauty.
if you haven't i hope you'll be as excited as i was when i saw it.
the best part, is it has a free app for my phone too, so i can keep track all the time.
this site helps you keep track of what you eat,
and total calories you take in everyday.
it also records excersises you do and the calories burned that day.
it's simple, but it has been a real help.
however i never eat much, so my body always seems to be in starvation mode so it stores fat rather then getting rid of it.
so my challenge right now is to eat enough calories in a day so that does not happen.  who knew that eating would be so hard, when i love it so much.
i have my fun little counter on the side bar so y'all can keep track with me, and it makes sure i keep up with it when i know others are looking.
i'm sure some days will be better than others but i'm exciting to keep this up. especially during the "treats" season.
if you want check it out.
it is so easy!!



So this past Saturday i hosted a baby shower for my SIL Jennifer and her upcoming little bundle, which we are 85% sure is a girl, and that is enough in my mind to throw a girl baby shower. :)

this is her 5th child so the shower is a little unorthodox, but i thought that she deserved some love for this new little bundle.

i tried my very best to make it cute, but simple.

color scheme: orange and pink
drink: orange water and pink lemonade
food: cupcakes, dipped oreos, and cake rounds(chocolate and strawberry)
(i hate saying balls so there are called cake rounds.....)

It wasn't much but it was nice to see my SIL happy & having a good time.  She received a lot of adorable things!
I'll admit i was a little jealous of some of the things she got cause they were just so stinking cute!! :)

We had games, a diaper drawing, & prizes.

I thought i did a pretty good job getting things ready.

A first timer doing planning and making a party happen by myself. it was a lot of work but it was fun. 

The invitation was really fun to make. i made it on Picnik in about 10 minutes, got it printed at Walgreen's and sent them out that same night. It was so much cheaper than going to the store and buying some. I love to save money. 


All in all i thought it was a lot of fun.  It was a bummer that it started raining about 20 minutes before it started and it rained most of the time, but at least it wasn't hot, cause i couldn't turn the fans on because of my streamers. :)

I think I'm going to take a break from the party thing for a while, well at least parties at my house.  

Happy Monday to you all!!

Make it a great week!

Goals for the week:
-wrap all the Christmas presents
-make a skirt
-finish all the laundry
-clean out the storage closet



We celebrated Amelia's birthday on Friday because Saturday i hosted a baby shower for my SIL at my house, (pictures forthcoming) so it was too crazy for many birthday celebrations that day.

About a month ago i got a great deal from Groupon.  2 for the price of 1 admission($7) to the Children's Museum in down town Mesa. groupon had sent me 15 dollars to use toward a groupon so i bought two.  So we used those FREE passes that i "bought" and celebrated with an afternoon at the museum!

It was so much fun!  Amelia had the time of her life, and Evelyn did as well.

They just played and played and ran around and got super tired. Mia took a great nap that afternoon, she was so tired she put herself down for a nap in her bed.

I could write more but reading alone is sometimes boring, you need pictures to capture all the excitement.

we were first timers at the Museum
and we will be making more trips back.



My baby is two today!

In the last couple of weeks her two switch was turned on full swing, but she is just as cute as ever.

I am so happy that i have my Amelia in my life.

She has her crazy attitude,
 but she is one happy, easy going little nugget.

you sassy little thing.



I never realize how much time has passed until i look at the date of the last time i posted. doh!

i have been busy, but then again not busy.  I'm not sure how to describe it.

the thing i'm busy with the most right now is the baby shower that i am planning for my SIL for this Saturday.  I decided the 15th to do this, i got the invitations done and mailed out the next day. and now i'm collecting and making decorations and figuring out arrangements for the desserts and fun. 

I love throwing parties. i think it was 3 Sundays in a row we had some sort of party at my house. it was nuts.

One thing that i need to remember to not over look is the fact that my sweet little baby, well not anymore, will be turning 2 on Saturday as well. 

We are celebrating on Friday.  We are taking her to the children's museum in down town mesa for a day of awesome. I've never been myself so i'm super excited too! :) i can't wait to share the fun and excitement of her birthday with her.

How has your weeks been, thanksgiving? decorating for Christmas? ( i need to start that too)

my goals this week are:

-get all decorations (babyshower & christmas) up by Thursday
-take more pictures
-30min of exercise everyday
-drink 8 glasses of water a day
-smile & laugh a little bit more this week
-take my kids for a couple of walks
-watch a Christmas movie to get my holiday cheer going
and finally
-don't screw up the cake pops I'm making :)

have a wonderful Monday!!


who? what? where?

where oh where has my little dog gone?

wait uhhh, yeah sorry, i don't even have a dog, and if my cat went missing ..... uhhhh never mind.

but really, i've been off in another world it seems.

yeah no big deal, i'm just jumpin into the unknown, unexplained, and plain weird. it's cool, i pretty much belong there anyway.

now that you are all officially weirded out i give you this.....

you can oooo and awwww now its okay. hahaha.

this is where i have been,
-just chillin with my ladies. 
-babysitting for family
-planning my ATTACK for black friday.
-watching way too many episodes of awesomeness on Netflix (aka. desperate housewives(which i finished) 30 Rock, toddlers and tiaras, and the list goes on.)
-trying to keep the house clean, which has been pretty easy, but i just jinx myself.
-trying to make sick kids be well again.

and saving the best for last.....

-trying to keep up with my little attitude pants Amelia. Yeah she is two(deceber 3rd) and is full of sass and serious RAGE. i thought miss Evelyn was bad, but i'm in for an all new challenge with this little munchkin. Yes she is adorable, but she has looks that could kill, that is no joke, but it is still hilarious. :)

i wish you all a merry week, i'll see y'all just around the river bend.


he's back!

This last Friday my younger brother Taylor came home from his 2 year LDS mission in Uruguay. 

It's so great to have him home.

Evelyn and Amelia were so excited to see him.  This would be the first time Amelia would meet her uncle Taylor! It was so fun!

right before we left to the airport.

we parked in the wrong terminal(my fault) so we had a bus schedule(we rode the bus from 4 to terminal3) so we made an quick awesome sign out of it.  Evelyn was so excited to hold it up!

Yay! here he comes with two other missionaries! I didn't actually see this part i was too short. I'm glad chris is tall enough to get the good shots.

evelyn giving uncle taylor a big welcome home hug.
she was seriously so excited!

Amelia hugging taylor for the first time.  She was watching everyone else hug him and just had to get in on the action.

They love their uncle taylor.
He met 3 new ones.
Rigden on the far left in the hat.
Rylee the little cute nugget he is holding.
and of course Amelia.

After all the airport fun we headed over to Tia Rosa's for a delicious lunch. I haven't been there in forever and it was so delicious. YUM.

Now let all the parties begin.

So glad to have him back! It went by so incredibly fast!


the next day

I guess since it's the 1st of November the infamous Halloween post must be happening today.....

and yea verily, here is it!

Let me just say a few things before i put a few pictures.

This is the first time my husband has actually gotten a costume (on his own i might add) and dressed up with me and matched! i told him it was the greatest Halloween yet, and he said happy anniversary. hahaha. so every 5 years he'll dress up? it was well worth the wait though!

and last night i took Evelyn around the neighborhood, and then i hit up a werewolf bar mitzvah Halloween party. it was sahweet. i have no pictures but i'm sure i can share a link with you soon of the cool people that were there. i was so excited when i saw that Katniss and Peeta were there. :)

anyway, enjoy.
Evelyn-ballerina butterfly(that's what she said she was)

 my husbands hair is prettier than mine. hahaha.



Today we are celebrating, and remembering the past 5 years.

On this day on 2006 i was wed to my husband for this life and the eternities.

It was exciting and fun. The planning, the dress, the festivities, but i didn't really care all that much about it.  I've never been one for a big hoopla or being the center of attention, don't get me wrong i love me a good party (and planning for other people, not for me), and the reception seemed to be great, but i just wanted to get married and start my life.

I was looking forward to being a wife, having children, having a little family of my own. It's what i wanted, and it's what i have.

These past five years have given me so many wonderful things, and i hope i was able to return the favor too.

5 reason why i love you:
  •  you always know how to make me laugh.
  •  you tell me everyday that you love me.
  •  you check up on me to see if i'm doing okay.
  •  you listen to what i have to say.
  •  you tell long, complicated stories and i don't think you realize how long they really are. it's cute & i laugh :)

Happy Anniversary Husband!

your wifey


alive....sort of

well, i made it through the weekend, not completely smooth though. wow.(this is a long one....i apologize I'm usually not this wordy)
Lets begin.

Right before bed Friday night Amelia threw up. It was sad :( So we knew that we would be getting up a few times in the middle of the night to help her.  Well little did we know that Amelia would think it would be a good idea to walk on over to Evelyn's bed and throw up on HER! So of course Evelyn and her gag reflexes had to kick in and she got sick too. Ugh.

I didn't get much sleep that night and i had to get up early to go to the store and clean before i left at 11.  Oh boy, so i started the wash, went to the store, got home, cleaned, Chris had to work on the back yard get it cleaned up, then i finally left to my Grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary Party.

I love my family. We are a bunch of crazy Crandell's.  I didn't get to stay very long, but it was great to see some cousins, aunts and uncles, that i haven't seen in a long time.  I love it when family's can get together. So FUN.

I left and finally got home around 2ish. immediately started cleaning and getting things ready for a little McClellan family get together that was happening at my house that night.  Party started around 5ish and the house was packed.  i hope everyone had a great time. a lot of yummy food, fun, and just a good time, i think, i was running around, i think i sat down for 5 minutes tops just to eat a few bites of food.

The sad part is i think we got everyone sick.  I disinfected the entire house over and over again, every toy, nook and cranny, just in case my kids had something more than a weak stomach and tiredness, cause sometimes that's all it is, so i wanted to be safe.  I guess i was in the air too much cause almost everyone that went to the party has gotten sick.  I feel like a jerk, UGH!!

But my Sunday that was supposed to be spend recovering was spent in bed all day with a bad case of the flu or something.  Oh my goodness, i haven't been that sick for awhile, i guess it was my time. I'm finally starting to feel better today. Thank goodness, but now my sweet husband who took care of me all day yesterday is in our room laying in bed with the same thing.

Our house is in lock down for the next couple of days. So i will try to recover more today and hopefully all this sickness is behind us, cause Chris and i have a big day coming up this week and we can not be sick! 

We are celebrating our 5 year anniversary Thursday! AHHH!! madness i tell you! :)



well, if i don't survive today i wanted you to know that i love you all. :)
today is a busy busy day. starting off early and ending late.

don't get me wrong i know it's going to be super fun, but just busy, and long, and tiring.  wish me luck!  :)

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Any fun plans??

I'll have plenty to post about on Monday, I'll still be recovering on Sunday, this i know for sure!

have a good one!!

I leave you all with this adorable picture of my nieces, nephews and my children watching Charlie Brown: The Great Pumpkin and snacking on Popsicles!

Puts a big smile on my face every time i look at it!!

 Amelia, Evelyn, Hanna, Brinlee, Rigden, Tillman, Easton & baby Rylee on Amy's lap!
(left to right)
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