Tuesday, December 30, 2008

California

I can't post any pictures yet, because we are still in Cali. I just wanted to write a short update.
Christmas was so wonderful. It was a real treat for us to come here and spend this holiday with my family. Santa got us a wii! Yeah for us. I am looking forward to getting the wii fit to use after the baby comes. It is so warm here!! In the 70's. I talked to my sister in law yesterday, and it is in the 30's back home. Burrrr!!
Dan is looking into new job oppurtunities outside of St. George. It will be wierd living somewhere else, but looking forward to having more of a stable income. It is going to suck working for someone else after being our own boss for so long, but you do what you have to do. I start school on Monday. Scary........
I will update again with pictures when we get home! Have a safe and very Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The results are in........

we found out yesterday morning that we are having a GIRL!!!! 

where the arrow is.. there are no "boy parts"
here she is covering her face with her arm.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

SNOW!!

So, every year it snows here a very little. It is fun for the kids, and not a big deal for me. It is so little that driving isn't a problem. Last night, though, we got DUMPED on! We have 2+ inches of snow in some places. It truly looks like a White Christmas. Here are some pictures from our house..........


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Hubby.....

Where we met: a church function
How long we dated before we got hitched: 3 1/2 years
How long have we been married: 8 years and 8 months
What is my fav feature about him: his eyes, they are a beautiful brown-amber gold.
What is my fav quality about him: he is the most honest and hard working man I know.
What is his nickname for me: sweetie
His fav color: blue/purple
His fav food: anything I cook for him!
His fav sport: mountain biking
Who said the L word first: he did
First kiss, when and where: I honestly don't remember. I will have to ask him! ;o)
Fav couple thing to do: oh... you know!
How many kids: almost 5!!
His hidden talent: he can ride a unicycle! you know you are jealous!!
His age: 34
His fav music: jazz
What I admire most about him: he is the most amazing husband and father.
His fav pastime: hanging with his family, playing guitar
Will he read this: I will make him!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

early Christmas present.

Let me start at the beginning....
Last night at 10:30, my friend Renee texted me to see if I had lunch plans for today. I asked Dan if it was okay for me to go. (budget) He said it was fine. So today @ noon, the kids and I went to Panda Garden and met Renee. It was fun. It is always nice to eat in a restaurant. 
So we were turning the corner to come home, and we saw Dan's car parked in front of the house. I said "daddy's home!". The kids were excited, and so was I. I love it when he has short work days. More time with the family. I tried to open the door, but it was locked. Dan came to the door, and was blocking everyone from getting in. He then let us all in together to a
 wonderful surprise..........
we were really surprised, and super happy!
Loving the piano sounds!

Since we will be in California for Christmas, Dan decided to give this gift to us now. I have wanted a piano for a long time. I absolutely LOVE it!!
Thank you Dan!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Decorating

So today I decided to put up my christmas decorations. I hung the wreaths outside on the house. I was going to start the lights, but then thought it wouldn't be such a good idea. My neighbors would probably think I was crazy. (being 5 months pregnant and all!)

I got the inside decorations done, with the exception of the tree. I am thinking, and really hating the idea, of doing a fake tree this year. 

We will be in LA for Christmas this year. I just don't want to have to take the tree down before we go, or risk leaving it up. I know, I know.... if it's unplugged it's not a big deal. But, it will be so dead by the time we get back it will be a pain to do it then.

We LOVE Christmas time. I love the decorating, the music, the meaning. It is truely a magical time of year.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

coloring

One of my boys favorite past times is drawing on computer paper. They love to create their own masterpieces. They then cut them out, and hang them on their walls, the fridge, or any other wall that has room. Yesterday Kamdan drew a picture of me.


I don't know why I am frowning, then again everything they draw seem to be sad. Maybe that is a super hero thing. (that is usually what they draw.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I have a moment.....

Wow, it is busy, busy, busy here for us. Life gives no option for slowing down!
I just got back from a wonderful trip to Washington (state) visiting my BFF and her family. It was colder than I am used to, but a lot of fun! 
I looked at some apartments while there, and got some info on some rental homes.

anxiously awaiting our food!
Best Thai salad EVER!! (at The Rock)
I have been accepted for a pell grant (yah!), so I will be starting school January 4, 2009. I am going to be starting my generals, and go from there.
 
I am now 13 weeks along, and I seem to be getting some energy back. I am really looking forward to this pregnancy being done! It is a lot harder the older you are & with having other kids to deal with. No sleep for the weary.........

Dan is looking for a night job, to get us through the winter months. Darn cold, short days!! He is also going to start teaching guitar. 
The guitar lessons is something that he will continue to do in Washington. They are in need of some teachers there. Ellen's daughters piano teacher said that there were only a few teachers there, and that they are in need of some more. That was nice to find out!







Wednesday, October 29, 2008

baby

So yesterday I got to hear the baby's heartbeat. Everything is going fine.

Monday, October 27, 2008

picture update

So, I thought it was time to do an update with pictures, since I am already on the computer.
Khydan got a "new" mountain bike from the DI for $15! Such a steal! All it needs is some TLC, and it will be good to go.
He is so proud!
Olivia turned 1 on October 9th. We had a fun party with lots of friends and family. She LOVED her cake!
Aunt Renee and her girls, Bre & Jay got her this cute ride along. The batteries lasted about a day before they mysteriously disappeared! (sorry)
   Kamdan looking so serious.
Khydan fell off his bike. We had to go to the ER for stitches.
They dermabonded it instead.

pumpkin time

it is pumpkin carving time. we had so much fun choosing designs, gutting and carving our masterpieces.


some more than others. Kezedan, for example, HATES getting dirty. he freaked when Dan put his hand into the pumpkin.

 


so i got to gut and carve his for him.


our finished pumpkins!



Monday, October 20, 2008

new news.

So Halloween is almost here! Yeah! We are all really excited, as it is our favorite family holiday. Khydan is going to be Ironman. Kamdan is going to be Flash. Kezedan is going to be Spiderman, and Olivia is going to be a monkey. Dan will be his usual scary clown, and I am going to be an overworked, sleep deprived, pregnant mother of 4. Perfect fit, I think. 

I am no longer working. After working 2 jobs for 3 months, I am burned out!! I had my first Saturday off since July!!!!!!! So very nice. 

We had a garage sale. It was nice to get rid of some crap. We used our earnings to buy the kids some winter clothes. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

update...

Khydan has lost yet another tooth!! Amazing! Pretty soon that boy is going to be gumming it!
We have started our German classes. That has been really fun. It is pretty difficult to get the "phlegm" sound in the right place though. But we are trying. Luckily, my aunt Rijckie speaks German, so we can turn to her for the corrections.
Kezedan is now out of his toddler bed, and into a full size twin bed. 
Olivia is practically running. She is talking allot more as well. I can't believe that she is going to be 1 in 2 weeks!! How crazy is that?!? It has gone by way too quickly. She has been allot of fun to have in family.

So my weight loss goal..... I didn't make the 25 lbs. oh well. I have had great success with it none the less. I have lost 12 lbs.
arms- was: 14 in.   now: 13 in.
thighs- was:25 in.  now: 23in.
hip- was: 43in.    now:40 1/2
waist- was: 43 in.  now: 391/2 in.
tummy- was: 40 in.  now:37 in.
I can proudly say that I feel really good. I am also fitting into clothes that I haven't been able to get on for 2 years.
Now that I am ______. (Geez, I can't even say it!!!)  I am not going to be all crazy about losing weight. I am going to be smart. Continue to work out and watch what I eat. 




  

Saturday, September 6, 2008

weight loss, and SHOCKING update


I have lost 12 lbs.! Yeah!!! I have also lost multiple inches. I am wearing clothes that I haven't been able to wear for 2 years! I started jogging, and boy do my legs HURT!!!! But I am determined to keep up with my good progress, even though we are (very unexpectedly) having another baby. Dan is SO getting snipped after this one! I am still not sure of what to think. I am not quite ready for congratulations, but I will get there eventually. I am now stressing about our house being WAY too small, our car needing to be a bit newer. (ours is a 91) How we are going to have 2 babies in diapers. Olivia isn't even one yet, etc, etc.
If anyone has any advice, please let me know. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

End of summer........



Yeah! August is over!!! We have completed 3 weeks of home schooling. It is getting easier the more we do it. I really recommend it to any parent who wants to have more control over what their children are learning. (you can check out the website K12.com)
Olivia is walking and talking so much more. She is so much fun to have around! 
Kezedan is so inquisitive. He really wants to do school with his brothers. So we give some coloring pages to do. 
Kamdan is really doing so well. He has really nice penmanship, and is very smart. He turned 5 on Aug. 13th.
Khydan is a lot farther along than I even knew. He is constantly telling me "I already learned that!" Oh well, I am doing the best I can to find where he is needing to be. His birthday was Aug. 28th and is now 7. 

Sunday, August 17, 2008

weight loss...

I have Lost 11 lbs. and quite a few inches. I will measure @ the end of the week. 
Whoo-hoo!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

yet, another update.....

                                                                         being silly!



So I got a job last week. It has been really hard being away from the kiddies, but I need to help out the family. Olivia took her first 2 steps yesterday. That was such a cute, but depressing moment. She is growing way too fast! She will be 10 mths. old on the 9th. of August! It has gone so fast. 
Khydan & Kamdan are both having birthdays next month. We have their gifts done!  WHO-HOO!! Now I can start on Christmas!

I am still doing the weight loss. Although, I haven't really lost anymore weight since the 6lbs. But I have lost 3+ inches from my stomach, thighs, and so forth! I know, I am crazy for even talking about this. But, no one has ever called me a sane person!!! I have nothing to loose. I have to look at myself everyday. If I am not honest, then I will fail. 
Dan went into the studio to lay down some tracks. for a drummer to practice to. Hopefully, he will find a drummer that can keep up!

We will be home schooling the boys. We are doing the K12 program. Our school district offers it. That is so awesome!! We are really looking forward to that.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

links

hey everyone, send me your info so I can add you to my peeps! I will have to have ellen tell me how again, but I am sure that she would help me! :o)

Friday, July 18, 2008

update

sorry I haven't posted in awhile. We went camping for a week to Fish lake, Ut. (it's by Capital reef National Park) it was very pretty and a great time with family. Dan's parents and his brother roger and his family went with us. 

I will have to post pics later. Our internet is having problems that the company is having trouble fixing. So it takes 20 mins to upload pics. So annoying!

I got a job. I will be working 3-4 nights a week. Not much, but at least it will buy groceries. 
I have lost 6 lbs.! Yeah. I am really excited about that. 
Khydan lost his first front top tooth. He pulled it out himself. GROSS! I don't do loose teeth, sick!
Olivia is standing on her own now. She also says bye & waves. She is getting way too big, too fast.
We got Khydan and Kamdan enrolled in the K12 program. It is a home schooling program through our public school system. It is really awesome. We have chosen German as our world language to learn as a family.  
Dan is keeping very busy with work. He is trying to squeeze in guitar time as much as possible. It is so nice to just relax and listen to him play. He is an amazing musician. 
Not much else is happening here. As soon as we have a better connection, I will post lots of pics.

Monday, July 7, 2008

weight

So I have lost 2 lbs. Not great, but not bad. We are leaving today to go camping. We will be back on Sat. I will post all of our fun when we get back! 

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Our Fourth of July

Dan had to work for most of the day. when he was finished we went to Main Street to enjoy the free splash park. we had a lot of fun. Here are some highlights.

Dan getting in on the fun.
Olivia had a blast!
just a cute moment.
I'm cold!
Khydan entered in the watermelon contest! No, he didn't win, but he had fun!!
After the splash park, we went to Dan's parents house for dinner and to watch the fireworks. We had a great day!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday!

I just want to personally thank our service men and women who protect us and this great nation. It is an honor to have you risk your life for our freedom. Thank you to our Founding Fathers for the thought that they put into our constitution. Thinking of our future at all times. I am so blessed to be here in the wonderful nation, We truly are a blessed land. 
In God we trust......

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

time to be accountable

Okay, so I had a thought last night as I was trying to fall asleep. I figured I would use my blog as a weight loss accountability. I will post updates weekly with all of the stats of my progress. My goal is to be down 25lbs. by my birthday, September 19. 

weight: 176
arms: 14 in
thighs: 25 in
hips: 43 in
waist: 43 in
upper stomach: 40 in

I know, SCARY!! I have been very unhappy for some time. I have tried to do this on my own, but I lose my motivation very easily. So this is going to help me keep my motivation. Comments are welcome, but only if they are positive ones. ;o)
I will post pictures monthly.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

my kids

Miss Olivia's baby blue's.












Not sure what is happening here......                


Gardening

Working on the garden. I got really sunburned that day!
My father-in-law helping me shovel manure.
Kamdan took some random pics of our yard.......
Kezedan making mud.