i remember...

This is just a short post about things that i remember.

I remember when...

- i could cut watermelon however i wanted.

- birthday parties had cone hats, a couple streamers and a "the party is here" sign on the front door, that's it.

- my food could be photographed unstyled.

- a duck face, was just a ducks face.

- pictures of people included their heads too.

- lunches were brown bags with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

- Pinterest didn't exist.

the end. :)
those were the good ol' days. 


saturday recap

I'm sitting here swigging some water out of the super cool cup, i just threw on some balance doterra oils and enjoying the quietness of this 8 o'clock hour. 

I've survived some of the craziest weeks of my life, so far. 

Super Saturday was this past saturday the 6th

i have never been more excited for something to be over with in my life!! 

I was feeling a little bit of this...

and this....

and that...

and that night i wanted to party like it was the year 2000
but i was pretty much this, for the rest of the day.

it was so much fun to plan and get everything ready and have everyone there hanging out and crafting their little hearts out, but holy smokes was i tired.

It was amazing the things i was able to start focusing on and think about after everything was over. Chris is really excited to have me back and it feels good to have me back too.

Cheers to a successful super saturday craft day and double cheers to it being over. 

Drinks all around.


10 things

Nope this is not going to be a post about 10 Things I Hate About You. The movie not actually hating you. calm down. phew!

This is something completely random and what i think about on a daily basis. Welcome to my mind. Its a scary place, enter at your own risk.

may i present...

Prince Hans of the southern...

wait what? 

Delete this crap! CRAP DELETED!


you guys this is my first world problem. sometimes my back just itches so bad its madness!
these things i have found to be highly effective and thought i'd share my amazing knowledge from my advanced scientific research. 

1. fork-i think this is a given. just remember: don't put it back in the drawer.
2. butter knife- especially the ones that have really good teeth on them. moved side to side, not a sawing killer slasher move. no thanks. 
3. pair of scissors- this one can be tricky but works wonders
4. screwdriver- i prefer the phillips head variety for this task, but im flexible.
5. brush- but don't use it if its got tons of hair still in it, kind of defeats the purpose and causes more itchiness. trust me on that one. 
6. comb- same idea as the butter knife, but be careful of combs purchased from the dollar store, holy smokes some of those are like razor blades!
7. pencil or pen- i prefer a pen with a cap, the little clippy thing on it works pretty good. beware of using a newly sharpened pencil those tips can be temperamental and break and get stuck in your skin. ouchies
8. long nail file- just don't use it for too long, it'll file the skin right off your back. 
9. barbie- if you get the hands positioned in just the right spot. perfection
10. clothes hanger- these can be awkward and sometimes difficult to use, but when you are in a time of turmoil, they can be just what you need. 

That my friends is my expert, tried and tested, list of the top 10 things to use when you have an itch you can't scratch. 

Happy scratching! 

Please, feel free to share my wisdom with those who may be suffering. 


Unto others

I am supposed to be writing a talk right now, but i have way to many thoughts jumping around that i need to get out of my brain. So i'm starting here.

Where do i even begin. I have so many things going on right now that take up my time that i feel like i have nothing to do all at. Its weird, i know and doesn't make any sense whatsoever but that's how my brain is functioning at the moment. absolute zero. i get distracted easily and its hard to get back to what i need to be doing.

The main thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is how people treat each other. There have been many things that I've seen and heard that just make me want to slap people with a delicious sea bass. Knock some common sense in to them.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Its simple, spelled out very clearly, and easy to follow. How you treat others is a reflection of how you'd like to be treated. You can't expect someone to be kind to you when you don't give them the same courtesy and respect.

I'm an honest person, and honestly, i don't like everyone i meet right away. there i said it, its out there, i can't take it back and that's okay. I'm human, i have attitude just like everyone else, but something I've learned that has made my life drama free is how i react to those people. We may not be become best friends forever, besties or whatever (not everyone needs to be) but, I give everyone i meet a chance, i try.

I feel like people aren't given a chance so show others what they got.  I don't usually make a great first impression. I can sometimes (depending on the circumstances of meeting) come off as abrasive and harsh, i'm an extremely sarcastic person so i may seem rude, or mean, or a just a complete nut case, and i am so unbelievably grateful that people have given me more chances to show them what i got.   

What if i was the last straw to this persons already difficult life because i didn't have time to chat for a couple minutes?  What if this person just needed a friendly smile as an answer to a prayer? What if i could have changed someones life by just being there when they needed someone to listen? What if?! 

Its a terrible way to live, if you're constantly thinking 'what if'? 

I am no way a perfect person, not even a smidgen of me is perfect and that's okay, because i have friends and family that let me know that its okay, that they accept me for who i am and they can look past all my flaws and weirdness.  I want to be respected, i want people to like me, i want friends and family to laugh with and have fun with.  I know that the only way that i am going to get what i want, is to give, what i want, to someone else. 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

I am no writer and I have trouble getting my thoughts to be coherent, it's not a gift i posses. This post is sloppy and spastic but its what i feel. I just want to see more love for others and i pray everyday that somehow i can help someone feel love, respect, and self worth.  The world can be harsh and sucky, and we shouldn't be adding to that. i feel like a hippie spreading the love, but i totally believe in it. 

Thanks for reading my thoughts. I feel much better now that they are written and out there.

Spread the love, man.


year break is over

so when i found out i was pregnant with Camden in the summer of 2012 i was super excited, but also a little pissed.

let me explain.

i had just lost 40+ pounds. apparently, i was extremely desirable, so i got knocked up. it happens. i knew those pounds i lost were gonna come right back on. ugh. it all turned out well because i ended up gaining more than that in the pregnancy. could you imagine if i hadn't lost all that weight. phew. i blame all the pizza. oops. didn't expect that. oh well, its life.

so when i got pregnant i told myself after i have this baby, i'm gonna take a "break" so to speak. i said i'd give myself 1 year to let my body just rest and have my insides get back to normal. which is good cause my hips finally went back to where they were before at around 7 months after. it was painful.

so in march i started just observing what i was eating. not changing much. that's how i start. i need to see what im eating first then go from there. i stopped drinking soda again, and slowing started restricting. heck i still eat whatever i want but i don't go all Augustus on it. even though i want to.

so anywho. i really started working hard in April. it started with a #1800minutechallenge. All through april and may work out 180 0minutes. which is about 20 minutes a day. on May 31 i had 2730minutes. i did it.

in the middle of all this my husbands work started a Challenge. You have to complete a certain about of minutes of exercise and steps per week. 10,000 steps a day and 20 minutes a day of exercise for 4 weeks in a row to get a reward.  It started April 14th and ended June 8th.  i got my reward on week 4. i got a mini fitbit. i ended up with almost 600,000 steps for the 8 weeks it was going on. We were on a team and i crushed everyone. i didn't need to but i have an extremely competitive side. 

those two things helped me want to go and work out. i started going to a boot camp that a super awesome woman in my ward does. She is so bad A! love ya Jennifer you sexy momma! Shes kicking my trash and i am super happy about it.  i started going to another boot camp with my super smokin hot bff Brooke and when she teaches i want to strangle her only because i love her so much. her workouts are killer.

anyway, i've been trying to work my bootay off. its a work in progress. i haven't been weighing myself this time around and it feels good not getting all obsessive over a number. all i care about is that im back in my pre pregnancy jeans, they're a little snug, but they'll be loose in a couple months, after hard freakin work. something im looking forward to.

and to my super amazing sexy lover husband. i know i'll be smoking hot again, so lets keep it that way. no knocking me up this time around. love you babe!!!!

a little progress for ya.

end of march to beginning of june.



hi, hi, hiya! (10 points to Slytherin if you can name that movie.)

Okay so schooooooools out for summah!  

Evelyn had a kindergarten "promotion/graduation" today.

lets just call it what it is people. another event to praise/spoil our children for things they are supposed to be doing anyway. going to school and learning stuff. i mean its nice to have an end of the year program or something like that but it was redic. Principal gave a speech, the principals from the high school was there (????) i mean come on, its KINDERGARTEN. just blows my mind all the hoopla that goes along with moving from kindergarten to 1st grade. i remember just going home after the last day of school then showing up for 1st grade.  REALLY?!?! The End. 

Anyway, we are happy for Evelyn to be a 1st grader now and happy she was able to have a wonderful kindergarten teacher. 

We did get some great pictures though. enjoy. 

She's just beaming with joy! Oh this girl. Never wants to smile for pictures. 



so this past monday, the 17th. St. Patrick day. you know the holiday

i hope you all wore green so you didn't get pinched and i hope you ate something green that day

i made green eggs and green pancakes, and green jello. Ev of course turned her nose up to them, and almost threw up from gagging because they looked weird. 
this girl folks. 

Mia of course ate a little bit of everything. one point though she said "mom, cheese on jello is gross" well duh.
this girl folks.

the kids were still a bit sick from the weekend. so any adventures that day were to be short & sweet or non existent. a little of both happened that day

 i had a babysitter lined up, but, they didn't end up coming. so we cancelled our lunch plans and did some stuff with the kids. 

we went and got some froyo! i LUV froyo. and when i say L-U-V its pronounced like LOUve, its a extra special type of love. then after that we went to Target, got a few things then i skipped over to Joann's to get Gold vinyl stickers for my kitchen. yeah it RULES!

anywho, came home and just sat around the rest of the day.

i was able to go and get one free thing that day!
more than last year, so, YAY! 

i had never had firehouse so i wanted to try them and they are just right down the street. score. 
it was so delicious. yum yum! i found a new fav sub place! 

nothing amazing happened, but it was a good day. 

oh right, my bad, it was my birthday.

27 years of amazingness

 27 looks pretty good on me. 


dude, i got this

 just cause i know you all want to know,

i taught RS on the 9th

and i just gotta add to this just a bit...
one thing that i love about living where we are and meeting the people that i have met 
is that there are a whole bunch of crazies.

i have seriously LOVED every second of it.

something that i need is people.
im a people hog.
 i need them to laugh with, and at me. 
people that can joke around and be fun.

and these humans are pretty swell.


one year

its crazy to think that i no longer have a baby anymore and that he's a full blown toddler now. 

Camden turned ONE on the 1st. 
I still feel like it was just yesterday that i had him. 
i remember it so clearly.
maybe because i wasn't doped up?
or maybe because i never wanted to forget that moment and i thought about it all the time after 
and i still do. 

if you're new around here im talking about this post. :)

just a tiny little brother that grew so big, so quickly. 

he is a mommas boy through and through. 
nothing is fun unless momma is near by.
sweet but annoying, but i love him for it. 

he is so smiley 
he knows how to work his lips. whether he is pouting or smiling. 
he loves airplanes, and cars and to climb.
he's been walking since 10 months and is trying to run now. 
he loves figuring out how things work and will spend quite a bit of time doing that

its been a week in his one year old life, and he has already changed so much. 
its so fun to watch him learn, and discover.

we love our little cam cam
we are so blessed to have him in our little family. 



i finally decided to give you a house tour!


but im gonna do this a little different. i hope you enjoy.

may i present: 

my house as a teenager instagram. :) 

chillin by the stairs. **mwah** #stairs #dontfalldown #selfie

#chillin in the family room. #lazy #cute #word #familyroom #selfie

making a snack in the #kitchen. #yumyum #nomnomnomnom #selfie

decided to hang out in the back yard.
 #perfectweather #dirt #mud #imlame #imawesome #selfie

#loft time. #hangingout #chillin #awesome #LOLZ #selfie

 room/ bathroom #selfie #stopcheckingmeout #thatsmybutt #hashtag #selfie

camcams room. #baby #cutie #letters #name #selfie

ev/mia room #pink #flowers #cute #princess #adorable #fun #selfie

man cave #mancave #movies #obsessed #starwars #cars #tv #selfie

#bathroom #selfie #serious #glasses #soup #sink #qtips 

i hope you enjoyed the tour. #icouldnthelpmyselfidieeverytimeilookatateensinstagrampage 



me, myself, and im never alone

hi, hi, hiya!

(this one is sooooooo unbelievably random and boring i am just warning you right now)

just twiddling my thumbs trying to think of things to jot down. the mundane, the weird and the down right disgusting.  pretty much sums up things in our middle of no where neck of the woods

snot closed eyes, vomit, endless annoying coughing (just let it end, PLEASE!!) has been going on since Saturday night.

Mia, Ev, then Cam.

we are basically a walking PSA for Doterra oils right now though.  You're Welcome.

i feel like i should put some pictures up or something to make this way more interesting, but i'll spare you and keep this nice and boring.

i feel a huge amount of guilt from my kids being so sick. i was asked by two different people to help them out today and i had to say no. it took every thing in me to say no. i hate saying NO. now im the jerk that didn't say yes, and i feel like a schmuck for not helping, even though there is no way that i could have because of the sickies. the circle of life y'all. (edit: 9pm: i was on my way to go help a friend pack, clean and such cause she's moving and my van DIED. it bit the dust. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this can not be happening. anywho, moving on. )

uh, lets see. oh well im sure everyone is just DYING to know what my callings are in our new ward. Yep, CALLINGSSSSSSSSSS. plural. multiple. dose.

RS meeting planning person .ONE
RS instructor. TWO

talk about a "are you sure you want me to get my weirdo self in front of people and teach them?" moment i had when i was asked. pretty much a 'uhhhh, come again? yeah that's what i thought you said.'

but im sure i'll do fine. just as long as no body looks at me. so im sure things with go swimmingly.

and that's all i have to say about that.


now that we're friends on facebook

 im gonna share something that i don't share.
 it'll be our little secret.

What happens when we become friends on face book.

1.  I don't share something on your timeline like it says for me to do. I go through your pictures.

I need know everything about you with out actually asking you about yourself, and i will not like a single picture from the past even though i reeeeeeeeally want to, so you won't know that i am creepily stalking your pictures right then. i need to keep your vision of me sane.

2.  As soon as i've gone through pictures. I check out to see what friends we have in common.  I try and figure out how in the world we would know that same person. If you could, just to make my life easier, try to have a picture with your friends in the place you met them. it makes stalking you much less time consuming.

3.  I will then find out if you have either an Instagram or Twitter account. and then i will proceed to follow you and hopefully you will follow me back.  Then i will proceed to look at all pictures/tweets and not like any pictures/tweets from the past so you wont know that i am creepily stalking your pictures right then.

4.  Wait for my new friend to post something and then i can like/comment , and then i feel like we can be great friends. i personally try to say something witty and funny, cause it will make me look cool and non stalker-ish. (at least i tell myself that)

5. Repeat with every new facebook friend.

I know you've always wanted to know what happens after we become Facebook friends.

So HI all new friends. just keeping in real.

how you may be feeling now:



so im just here sitting on the floor of my bedroom hiding from my children. well, camden in napping and the girls know where i am, but i'm just sick of hearing them fight over who gets to play minecraft on my kindlefire. the game doesn't make any sense anyway! i just don't get it. 

amywho, stuffing my face with samoa girl scout cookies (the devils cookie) and drinking a diet dr. pepper that i swore i would stop drinking but really one every week isn't that bad. 

just picture me doing this. its a beautiful thing really. 

update shmupdate
here we go. 

-sold our house.
-moved into a basement
-bought a house
-moved into house
-train ride
-building baby gates
-and some other random stuff in there too



congrats you made it through.
now i will start posting normal life stuff. so awesomeness.

now i must go because i must DANCE!

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