Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Taking Back My Kitchen

Where is Conner, you ask? Well, let's take a look, shall we? Here he is standing inside of a drawer. And now he is shoving himself into a tiny cupboard.

Future plumber, under the sink, we certainly need a plumber in the family.
Inside the china cabinet.
And this isn't my kitchen, but here he is in the window sill, behind the blinds, and I am very bad at taking photos in windows, sorry.
So there you have it. I have made the decision to take back my kitchen. There are two gates now positioned on either side of my kitchen. The bathroom door that leads to my kitchen remains locked. Conner is not happy with this new situation, he frequently stands at the gate screaming at me and pounding on the gate. Occasionally he is successful in knocking one of them over. But I am determined for the kitchen to be MINE.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hey There, Delilah

Friday, September 18, 2009

I Love to See the Temple

The kids had a primary activity at the temple, and afterwards, we had a little photo shoot. :o)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Dancer

Sienna started her first real dance class this week. Don't worry, the dress up shoes stayed home. :o) She had a lot of fun and so what if she was a full 8 counts behind everyone else, she was the cutest! Her favorite part was the treat at the end, of course.

In Memory of Patrick Swayze

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RJ the Cub Scout

RJ earned his bear badge, woo hoo! Here he is pinning on the parent pin. I already know what you're thinking, and yes, it's true, I'm too sexy for my shirt.

Kameron Update

Last Night at 6pm: "Kameron is doing great....his heart rate is a little low but his new kidney is producing lots of urine and he isn't in too much pain." Today at 12pm: "Doctors are very happy with Kameron's progress. He and the kidney are doing great."

Monday, September 14, 2009


This is my nephew, Kameron. He is undergoing a kidney transplant. The surgery started about 11:30am this morning and it will take 4 to 5 hours, and another 2 hours to recover. Please keep him in your prayers. :o)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sore Buttocks

There are no words to describe how passionately I hate lunges.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Sunday, September 6, 2009

I'm a Big Boy!

Wrapped up in a towel like daddy, folding arms for family prayer.

Watching TV with Daddy
Trying on Sienna's Shoes Wearing RJ's Shoes
Sporting some fabulous snow boots..... Bigger is better!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Plumbing Sucks Rotten Eggs!

Ryan hates all things plumbing. It's the one and only thing we've found so far that he can't do successfully. If he puts something together, it always leaks. If he fixes the leak, it always creates another one. Then he usually loses his temper and uses words the children shouldn't hear. So, two weeks ago our garbage disposal stopped working. This is one exception to the usual plumbing failings, because Ryan is usually a rockstar with garbage disposals. After about an hour of trying to get it to work, he vehemently declared that he was done with the matter, would absolutely NOT take the thing apart because it would surely leak when he put it back together, so just CALL THE "$*&*#" PLUMBER!! Even though I thought we couldn't afford it, I called the plumber. He told me some things to try, they didn't work, so after two agonizing days of gunky sink syndrome, the plumber came. And fixed it in 35 seconds. I felt like a fool, but the good news is he didn't charge us anything and now I know what an allen wrench is. Now we enter present day, two weeks later. My faucet is leaking. I delayed a couple of days to bring this fact to light knowing Ryan would not like this conversation. Today, as I was retrieving something from under the sink, I discovered this no longer appeared to be a small faucet leak, everything was soaking and there was an inch of standing water under the sink warping my only one-year-old cupboard. In an effort to keep the peace, I called the plumber. Luckily, they were available. The plumber arrived and fixed the leak in only 7 seconds. Once again, I am a fool. The good news this time: Although I'm sure there's a lot of laughter in their office about the crazy lady over in WestPark who doesn't know how to operate a sink properly, they were nice and charged me nothing, I am now leakless, the underneath-my- sink cupboard is perfectly organized, and most importantly, my children's vocabulary and my marriage remain intact.