Thursday, January 27, 2011


6months ago yesterday I was doing this:

Yesterday, I didn't do a whole lot.
Just stayed home and enjoyed the fact that I can dance to michael jackson (more on that later) with Clark, and watch Audrey sit up on her own.

And the other day, I did this:

(watching grace get a citizenship award (way to go Grace!)while juggling two kids and not able to zoom in on time to take a decent picture)

But back to this little girl. I had a feeling we would eventually have a tall child. Both Andy and I have tall genes in our families, we both just happen to be the runts. So it's not too surprising that she's in the 50th percentile in weight and 90th for height.
Loves attention, especially from her mamma. That's what I would put in a personal ad for her. I can't believe that at this young age she will cry if someone (even her daddy) is holding her and I happen to leave the room.
She's also a belly baby. She's perfectly content on her stomach, especially now that she can roll around and scoot forward if she needs to.
And just this past week she has started to babble.
Love it.

Couldn't imagine life with out our little Audrey.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I love watching QVC.
I don't watch it for hours on-end mind you, but if the tv is on, I'll generally flip to it, just to see what they are selling. I love it even more now, since I can see it in HD. Things just look better in HD.
I feel that I am in control my spending habits, but when I see a product that could simplify my life at a great price...I just have to check it out for myself.
Today a package came with my name on it. It contained 30 white sponges claiming to clean any hard surface by simply applying warm water. So I thought I would document my first test. This was actually why I wanted these in the first place. I hate the dirt that stares at me everyday between the cracks of our kitchen counter. So I was so excited to find something that said it would get rid of it, without harsh chemicals, just water. I think they did the trick...right?


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Judge Not...

I learned (again) a life lesson yesterday.
Grace had a day off of school, so I took the kids swimming at a friend's complex. In my haste of gathering all the kids' stuff, I neglected to grab this little girl's suit. Luckily, I managed to remember a swim diaper.
Rewind to years before when it was just Grace. I remember seeing a little boy or perhaps a girl just wearing a swim diaper at a local pool. I can recall having the thought, "I can't believe someone would allow their child to run around in just a swim diaper...I would never..."
Lesson learned.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Only in LA...

would they have two professional basketball teams. One of which is not as popular as the other (hint: not Lakers), so we thought we would take advantage and check them out in action. I wasn't sure if the kids would be into it, so I found the cheapest seats online. Turns out they loved it, Grace more than Clark. It did help that it was a good game and our team was victorious. And as an added bonus, my sister Marie and kid Brody got to join us (I don't think Brody is a fan).

So we spent part of our MLK day watching his dream being fulfilled.
Appropriate right?

p.s. go Clippers

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pay it forward

Does this sound like fun or what?

I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment. They must in turn post this (either on facebook or their blog) and send something they made to the first 5 people who comment on their's. The rules are that must be handmade by you...and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011!


I have felt inspired this past month.
Blame it on the new year.
Blame it on not being satisfied with my norm.
But gosh darn, I have been inspired to do things.
1. Family History
I have always grimaced at this word. It has always seemed like a daunting task (still does). But if anyone knows our bishop, you'll know that he lives and breathes this stuff. He's retired and spends most his days at the family history center. Anytime he speaks, somehow he ends up on the subject. So I have been feeling like I should give it a try. I've attempted to work on it before, with not much progress or hope. But a couple of months ago, our current family history consultants (is that the correct name for their calling?) spoke in church, and they offered to come and help anyone. SO I finally made the call and just this afternoon sat down with Ingrid. She gave me a 'to do' list to start. Basically, you want to leave your kids with the necessary documents in order (i.e. birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.). I can do that.
2. Blogging
When I get online, it's primarily to read blogs, not to shop, watch shows, or get on facebook (which is an excellent movie btw). It's my way of staying in touch with all of you out there. I just want to do it more. I always think of things to blog about, but never put forth the time to post. Well, no more!
3. Mind is drawing a blank
I guess that was about it, I can't think of what else I've been inspired to do. Must not have been very inspirational.

p.s. personal side note: thanks for coming to visit marie. We loved having you and Brody here. I'll post some pics soon!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas 2010 has come and gone, but the blog still has remained the same...til now.
Unlike the rest of the mormon community around here, we did not venture to Utah (much to our families' dismay) this year. We decided to spend some quiet, relaxing (as much as we could with 3 kids) and fun time here in sunny/rainy CA.
My favorite part of our holiday time was having Grace and Andy home for a whole week. No schedules, homework, or strict was heavenly! I had a hard time getting back into our regular routine, but alas, it came regardless.
Happy New Year to all!