Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

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2017 BriannaGoals

I gave her the idea to write something positive everyday and put it in a jar. I told her I'd give her 10 bucks at the end of the year if her jar was totally full and she did at least one paper a week. So far, she's done one paper every day! This girl is motivated, and easily sees the positive things that happen everyday ❤
PS - does she not look more grown up here?! And ridiculously gorgeous. Oh my heart.

Family Unbirthday Party

I accidentally made a cake... Not trying to be cute here, it really was an accident. It started off as an idea to bake pancakes, and things just snowballed from there. 
So why not make a memory out of it! They loved busting out the candles, party hats, and singing! Here's the video: https://youtu.be/ZMD-zA276YI

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Because I'm a little loco...

We hosted a kindergarten playdate and invited everyone in the class! Fortunately for my sanity, only 8 came. Brianna helped organize and orchestrate our games and activities. Turned out to be a lot of fun!

Bye freaky dude

After too many years of listening to this elf's crazy jingle bell tune he sings when you press his belly, we are finally getting rid of it. I've been thinking I'll just get rid of it when the batteries die out, but unfortunately these batteries are possessed by the devil and never die. It's probably healthy for me to practice getting rid of things anyway, since I'm not very good at that. As evidenced by the fact that I do an entire blog post justifying my decision to get rid of something.

The Christmas art wall

Quick picture before it comes down!

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   NewYearsEve outing with my ladies! Pedis, shopping at Jema Lane Boutique, lunch at Main Market, then Lululemon,  where I chased Savana around and we became besties.   

We be instagrammin


Love my littlest niece!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

My parents are amazing

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   It's challenging enough to raise normal children.  I'm just in awe of how my parents have raised their special needs daughter.  Plus seven other children, a few of which have special needs as well;) Seriously though.  The love , dedication , and tireless sacrifice they offer for our Sammy is so beautiful and inspiring.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sword in the cake

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Lindsay's birthday treat creation

Don't worry,  I won't quit my day job ;)
But it was fun to involve the kids (esp julia&dean) in making this!

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   PieFace Cousins!  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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         Christmas for the CatTales!  

Brianna's thoughtful gift

She thought of this all on her own, knowing that my response when she asks what I want for Christmas is usually, "a clean house!"

Cousin dance party!

We are loving having the Arizona family here!

Snow much!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Marshmallow mushroom!

The Brians

Same name, same taste in clothes as they head over to help Stevie.
Big bro is super sick - gall bladder gone bad- so they administered a Priesthood blessing. I'm grateful this power is available for healing and comfort!
And I'm grateful for both Brians. And vneck sweaters. 

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   Gifts from Gma  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The cleanup!

You know it's been a good day when you're quite sure the cleanup job will take weeks to finish...

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   Gifts from G&G McKell   

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas hand tatooes

"It is a present! "

I love that he wrote this on his gift for Nathan :-)

2017 family calendars!

It takes hours and hours, but it's worth it! So fun to give these out to all my siblings,  parents, and grandma.This year's theme was the past fam reunion. Last year was the Baby edition.  Year previous was the SuperSmiths. Thinking of 2018 themes.... maybe a "Christmas past"....will be lots of work, hopefully I'll not save it til Dec 23 to make again :)

Workin the Christmas Eve! 💪❤💚��💚

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   Brianna and her friend Izzy :) They're playing while their moms do their favorite workout- chatting a million miles a minute so the time on these blessed machines flies by!   

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas piano lesson

I don't often get to stay and observe Brianna's piano lesson, but since school's out, we've got that flexibility!

I'm just so grateful for her teacher. 
She's skilled, patient,  kind, fun, lives a few blocks from us, and charges $10/lesson!
So perfect!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

RACKing cars! #LightTheWorld

Brianna told me over and over how much she loved doing this! We got a couple dozen cars in the school parking lot :)