Sunday, November 13, 2011


I am thankful for fun memories I get to make with my kids. This weekend was super full and busy. On Friday the kids had the day off school so we headed over to the East side and used a groupon at a farm. There was so much to do, but the corn maze was the biggest hit.


I am thankful for Cody!! He was gone for a few days and we missed him like crazy. He is an amazing father to our boys and an incredible husband to me. I am one lucky girl!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I am thankful for yummy food. I love to cook, and this is one of my favorite recipes. I have put it on here before, but if you haven't made it yet you need to! It's soooo good....and please don't check the calories, it's worth the splurge :o) The Cajun spice gives it a little kick, but not so much that your kids won't eat it.


I am thankful for cool fall nights when we get to go to the baseball fields and watch the boys play baseball. Last night we watched Rhett play. He is so passionate about baseball, we are lucky and get to have two baseball seasons a year. He loves every minute!! On the sidelines we wrap up in blankets and drink hot cocoa to keep warm.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


******WARNING - do not read this Monica, it's not meant to make you feel guilty!!*********

Today I am thankful for our dog Socks. We have had her almost 2 years!! She is the first dog for both Cody and I, and although training her was a huge pain that part's over and the boys have lots of fun with her. She has lots of energy and loves to run around with them. Cody runs with her in the mornings and she loves to go on bike rides with our family and run along side. Today Kade requested a picture with her and then when he saw it said in a baby voice "Oh!! She's just a little angel!" haha not quite an angel but she is a good addition to our family.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Today I am thankful for books! I LOVE to read, and can't wait for winder break when I can put down the nursing books and read for pleasure again! Until then getting great books for my kids from the library makes me happy too! I try to take Kade there once a week, but on weeks when we don't I love just requesting books online and I can run in and there is a stack of great books just waiting for me. Right now a favorite author of ours is Julia Donaldson, she has a wonderful way of rhyming. We love "Room On The Broom", "The Gruffalo", and others - if you have little ones check them out, your kids will love them.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Today I am thankful for Sundays....the best day of the week! I love going off to church at 9am with my boys all dressed in their best. Today we had a wonderful testimony meeting and then I helped in Primary and felt the spirit so strong as we talked about fasting. I love relaxing at home with my family and just enjoying being together. Then we went to dinner at my parent's house, where I was spoiled and didn't have to cook anything. It was a nice end to a stressful weekend (big exam at school on Sat).

Friday, November 4, 2011


I had to rush off to clinicals early this morning, so that did not leave time to take pictures - so this will have to do! Today I am thankful for one of my favorite vacuum. I LOVE to vacuum and do laundry, and thought I know that sounds silly, they make me happy and Cody is not allowed to do either :o) My friend Jeanette told me about Oreck vacuums several years back, and I bought one about 5 years ago and have been in love ever since. It's super light, sucks up great - and goes from tile to carpet w/out any setting changes. So if you are ever in need of a new vacuum...get an Oreck and you will not be disappointed!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Today I am thankful for cute boys who come in the morning and climb into bed to snuggle with me. Cody is usually up by 5 so there is plenty of room for whoever makes their way down the stairs and wants to cuddle with me. This morning it was Ethan :o) I love my boys!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I have definitely let my blog slide this semester....and that makes me sad because I really do love to look back at past years....but I have had to make some sacrifices and this was one of them!

I am going to try this month to post a picture a day of things I am thankful for, not as daunting as my typical posts with a million pictures. Here we go!

Today I am thankful for Kade. Everyday after we drop the older boys off at school he turns to me and says with a big smile "I guess it's just you and me Mom!" I love all the special time just he and I get to spend together. It makes me so sad to think of next year when he'll be gone all day to Kindergarten.

Monday, July 18, 2011

{Kauai Part 1}

*****I am so very far behind on my blog that I almost want to give up. But I am going to try very hard to catch goes. I started this post several months ago....******

Where do I begin? Even though our trip was just over a month ago it already feels so long ago! We knew we wanted to go somewhere this summer....Cody was rooting for Alaska and I wanted Hawaii...we compromised by going to an island neither of us had been to, Kauai, as well as a few days on Oahu to visit Melissa (my sister) and Sam.

When we arrived on Kauai we got our rental car and headed to our resort. When we went to Oahu a few years ago our hotel room was very cheap....but also had holes in the walls, was ancient, and as a matter of fact was torn down and doesn't exist anymore. This time I splurged a bit and was able to get a great deal on Priceline at the Sheraton...the continental breakfast and great location made it worth the extra $. When we arrived we found out we were upgraded to a ocean view room, woo hoo!

The Koi ponds were fun, lots of bright big fish.

The view from our room (sorry Cody)

After unpacking we walked along the felt so good to move around after a long day of traveling.

This big sea turtle was just hanging out, we saw quite a few.

The next day after breakfast we set off to go on a hike (Kipu Falls)that friends recommended, as did our awesome book "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" told where to eat, swim, hike, snorkel, did not let us down and we used it for everything.

There were even more wild chickens on Kauai than there were on Oahu. They are everywhere. Cody sent one to chicken-heaven when he hit it with our rental car going quite fast on the highway. Whoops.....poor birdy. Feathers flew up in the air, it was quite a site.

{Random Pics}

I am trying very hard to catch my blog up before my school starts up again (this Friday). It has been a great 5 weeks of freedom...most of spent being entertained by these three monkeys of mine....

Ethan soars through the air.....{PS} don't let him know I put this on the blog, he would not be happy!

Who knew that a singing bunny would bring Kade such joy?

Ethan had the idea for a carwash....he's saving up for a new basketball jersey (he has a Lebron James one but since they lost he would now like a Dirk Nowitzki one....quite the fair weather fan!)

Dbacks games.....

Going out on the town to celebrate 11 fabulous years of marriage!

My one armed child helped me make and decorate (dump on the sprinkles) cupcakes.

Ethan wanted to grow his hair out and his spikes grew dangerously high....luckily he just had a haircut Saturday, it looks much better.

The kids love to play outside during summer monsoon storms.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

{Coming Home}

After a good night's sleep we packed up and headed back to HOT AZ. We were excited to stop at the Turners beautiful new home....our dear friends who left us about a year was so fun to see how much their kids have grown and catch up.....

{Day 4 Trampolines}

We had so much fun bouncing around at Anti Gravity.....of course when there are Ashtons around everything turns into a competition! All the adults got passes to and raced through the obstacle courses (not without a few injuries and several rug burns....but worth it!)

Colten impressed us with his back flips off the side walls.

Dodgeball was Ethan, Rhett, and Ashton's favorite...they didn't come out of that area once...