Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Brianna collaged ❤

My little tech savvy first born took my phone for a while and came back with this for me:

Baby fail

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   This is what happens when I try to throw together a diaper cake last minute while nursing a newly sprained ankle and managing 4 wild kids. Not my best work. Whatever. They're just going to get pooped in. I'm actually quite relieved and grateful I made it thru that baby shower at all. Wanted to cancel so bad. But I committed, and was bringing gifts from mom plus Lisa Chaffin, so I made it happen. Had to do the foot pedals with my left foot only while elevating my right ankle. Super safe, right. I had to use crutches to get around. So awkward. I hate getting attention/spotlight like that. I feel like a hypochondriac. Prayingprayingpraying this goes away soon. I need to walk!!  


I sprained my ankle racing down the fireman pole at Get Air and it hurts so freaking bad πŸ˜’πŸ˜·πŸ˜©πŸ˜πŸ˜–πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

No more monkeys sleeping in my bed

Brian's out of town  (Utah, Marilyn's funeral), so these kiddos take it as open invite to invade the empty spot in my bed. An empty spot I actually enjoy spreading out over.
Trying to be kind and loving, since apparently this is the highlight of their little lives...and I do recall as a kid being excited when my dad left on trips, begging to sleep in my mommy's bed....
But i got all of like 3 hours sleep. I like sleep. I need sleep. I don't like the world without sleep.
So....sorry wanna sleep in my bed? Fine, I'm sneaking out and sleeping in yours!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bball refs

Happy body

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   Coming home from a good workout to this yummy skillet of veggies and eggs is seriously so satisfying  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Byebye green couches!

It's weird how getting rid of furniture pieces that have been part of your everyday,  for years, is kindof a big deal! I'm not super sentimental about STUFF, but it was definitely an odd feeling saying adios to these two staples of our family room. And my parent's family room before that. But it was time! Looking forward to our two new couches coming Friday! Redecorating/refurnishing is fun. And expensive. And...liberating?  I know I'm truly an adult when I buy my own furniture vs accept hand-me-downs :)

Seven going on seventeen

Half day at school,  Mere working, mom and dad at PT appts, so we picked up Lily! Always happy to have her over. Brianna's best little buddy  (most of the time ;)
Lily's been acting very sassy/mature lately, so I told her she's acting like a teenager.  She replied, "hmph, because I AM! Whaddup, PEACE!"
Oye. Here we go!

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   They choose interesting positions while reading... :-)  

My Laurels and THE PLAN ❤

Valentine shopping buddy

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yellow Valentine gifts from B!!! πŸ’›❣️πŸ’›❣️πŸ’›❣️πŸ’›❣️

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Party crashers

Atttending the North Stake's Family Vday Dance is our tradition....can't stop tradition just because our ward was moved out of their Stake, ha!
We had such a fun time!! I wish Brian was a little less inhibited on the dance floor, but Bennett makes up for him :) I got to dance and chat with friend Shannon, the kids got balloons, Brianna won a prize in the Limbo line, we brought her friends Nova and Kamryn with us, the band was great.... best way to celebrate Valentines! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Birthday hair

She requested a TIARA, so I did my best to oblige!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Her last year of single digital age!

 This nine-year-old chose to spend her birthday morning playing checkers with her daddy while eating dinosaur egg oatmeal, then getting a ride with him to school πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ❤πŸ’™

Sunday, February 5, 2017

They're flying home!!

It's been a weeeeeird weekend not having Brian and my oldest 3 with me....Charity and I have had a lot of QT. And the house has magically stayed very clean. But I'm so glad to get the rest of my babies back!   

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Sometimes she's dressed cute and poses sweetly.
 Sometimes she marches around the house, totally naked, yelling "I WANT NACHOS!!"

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spirals of Love

When i forget my friend's birthday....

Felt like doodoo for forgetting a lunch date with Robyn.... so I hurried to the store to buy I'm-sorry-and-still-love-you gifts, then went straight to her house and hung out for a bit!  Still awkward.  Ugh. Gotta work on not committing myself to more than I can actually remember to DO!

This is Courtney

Friday, January 27, 2017

In the Mead HS "Pit"

I took my kids to see one of my YW's drama performances at Mead High School last night. By some miracle, they all behaved pretty great! And I think Lynnzee and her mom were very touched that we made the effort to come. It was good for my kids too, to see what high school theater is all about! Hopefully the adult themes went over their heads... :/
After the show they ran around in "The Pit", basically a historical landmark here. I'm glad they've kept it, despite all the major renovations this school has had. 
It was a definite trip down memory lane for me to be here!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Fun to find these two playing games together first thing in the morning! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mormon mouthful game with the missionaries

Outing with Aunt Meg

Bethany couldn't possibly go to Chuck E Cheese alone, so Courtney was the lucky cousin that got to join her!   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fire Cider

I feel like I should get an award for finally finishing this bottle, 1 teaspoon a day. It better actually be good for me, because it was naaaasty

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Look what I found!

While going through my box of old stuff, looking for some YW items, I came across this lovely form :-) It's a good thing they specified that no one is allowed to get serious because obviously with a personality like this I would have been irresistible to whomever my assigned date was. It's a good thing I specified I disliked Swahilians, so I wouldn't get one of the many of them around as my date.  

I'm glad I'm not a throw-away-er

Found this from 1999! "Missionary Month" coming again to the Greenbluff ward in 2017 with cool nametags :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

This is how we VT!

Loved treating my VT comp and a couple of the girls we get to visit to lunch at Twigs!
We got our favorite waitress, of course ;)  Which obligated me to tip extra well... 

Shields of faith

"Dads and donuts day" at school

Still not a fan, and never will be, of celebrating with nothing but junk food. But I do love seeing them spend QT together and making memories. Plus, Brian couldn't dare be the lame-o dad who didn't show up to Dads&Donuts. Our kids would feel basically like orphans, since I didn't go to Moms&Donuts a few months ago (honestly forgot!)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reality check?

"Mommy, I wanna eat what Mermaids eat!"
"Oh really?  What do you think they eat?"
"Umm, probably fish and seaweed.  Do we have any?"
"Actually, yes Mermaid Courtney, I have seaweed right here!"
[shock and amazement]

Celebrating Mereditydoo!



When the furnace goes out in the middle of the night, it's really nice to have an electric fireplace! And a space heater. And an electric blanket.
Our house is 52 degrees right now. Got as low as 47 last night. Super awesome.
But what I'm not being sarcastic about is how grateful I am for my Ward family! The Mormon Network is awesome. I have a testimony of that :-) We couldn't find any heating companies available to come work on our furnace today....But a guy at church works for one, and he was able to squeeze us in. Hallelujah
Can't wait to be warm!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


So grateful for my neighbor with a serious plow, taking care of the mess on our roads! Now I won't have to gun it and hope momentum gets me in and out of here.

Surprise note from Bennett to daddy