A Little About Hayden


Incredibly Silly

A great help in the kitchen

A budding artist…

Notice the resemblances?
“I have a lot of hiccups in my mouth”
“My nose isn’t working!” (when he had a cold)
“I spy… some rain popsicles.” (hail)
When he saw the shower faucet dripping: “It’s crying!”

New Look

So, as you can see, I’ve changed the look of the blog. I wanted something a little more simple. What do you all think?

High School Dances- Blast From the Past

I love looking through my photo albums, it’s so fun to see how everyone has changed- and to laugh at the way you used to look.
I didn’t go to many dances when I was in school, don’t know why- I mean, look how cute I was! ; )

So this first dance was during my senior year in 2003, it was the Sadie Hawkins dance. Which, if I remember correctly, meant that the girl was supposed to do the asking. But I’m pretty darn sure that he asked me. Hmmm. Can’t quite remember. I don’t remember his name, just that I knew him from choir.

The only thing I remember about the dance itself is that my date tried to get a little too “freaky” with me on the dance floor. I definitely learned that night the differences between school dances and church dances. And why am I wearing my choir dress?

This was my one and only Prom, and I went with this guy- Anthony. I had already graduated high school, so this was his Prom, in 2004. I worked with Anthony at McDonald’s, and for some reason had quite the crush on him.

That ended pretty quickly after this night- boys can be so weird! This dance must have been pretty soon after my jaw surgery; I remember my mom saying as I came down the stairs “there’s that million dollar smile!”.

By the way, my mom made that dress- I loved it!

Thanks for taking a peek into my past!

Valentine’s Day

I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day. Of course it’s important to show our love all year round, but it’s fun to have a day dedicated to just that. My birthday is in February as well, so it was always fun to have Valentine-y birthday parties growing up. So here are some of the things we did to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:

On Friday, the 12th, Kevin and I went our ward Valentine Dance. I haven’t been to a dance in years, so it brought back a lot of memories. I even remembered how to do the Electric Slide! (I’m sure that was quite the sight- a pregnant woman line dancing) The first song to play was a swing song, which brought back a lot of memories. I used to be in a few swing clubs in high school, and then at the Air Force Academy. It was so much fun. I am so excited now, because Kevin has agreed to take dance classes with me! I can’t wait.

On Valentine’s Day, Kevin and I put the kids to bed a little early so we could enjoy our steak and crab leg dinner by ourselves. We did enjoy it, even though the occasional shriek was heard from Hayden’s room.

In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d brag a little about my sweetheart:

Kevin is such a great guy. I am so proud of his accomplishments, and his determination to succeed.

Last May, he became the first person in his family to graduate with a college degree. He is an accountant, which means putting in a lot of extra hours during tax season. He’s also studying for the CPA exam, hoping to pass it all this year (and this is a hard exam!).

Kevin lets me sleep in some mornings when I just can’t peel myself out of bed. He takes the boys downstairs and feeds them breakfast. When he can, he puts them to bed at night. I love hearing them in the other room singing silly songs before bed.

Kevin always honors his priesthood. He is always willing and, most importantly, worthy to use his priesthood in the home to give us blessings when we need them.

Kevin is very knowledgeable when it comes to the Gospel. I can ask him almost anything, and he knows the answer or where to find it in the scriptures. I see him every morning at the breakfast table reading his scriptures. He is such a good example to me and the boys.

There’s so much more I could say, but I’ll leave it at that. He really is such a sweet guy, and I am so lucky to have him for the rest of eternity!

Tales of a treadmill

Before I got pregnant I had gotten into a pretty good exercise routine. I was running and lifting weights several times a week. Then I got pregnant, and sick, and tired. I’ve been doing yoga for a few months, but I’ve been feeling the need to bump it up a notch (it may or may not have something to do with the fact that I could hardly zip up my boots the other day…).

So I’ve started going to the gym in the mornings to walk on the treadmill.

The first day, I walked for about 20 minutes, and it was the longest 20 minutes of my life! Then I realized I had forgotten my music. So the next time I went, I brought my iPod. It’s amazing to me how much music helps me enjoy the workout so much more. I’ll be walking along to the beat of the song, trying as hard as I can not to groove and sing out loud (that would be embarrassing!), but as soon as the song stops, it hits me how tired and sore I am. And then the next song comes on, and I forget.

But back to the point, I was listening to these songs that consequently had been my running songs way back when. So I thought maybe, just maybe I should try to jog for a little bit. It took a good few minutes to work up the courage to try, because for one thing, I haven’t run in months and I have a big belly now. Mostly I was afraid that I physically wouldn’t be able to launch myself into the air, and I would just make a fool out of myself in front of the other worker-outers.

So I finally get the courage up, and start jogging slowly. It’s fine at first, but then it’s getting my heart rate up a lot, which means I’m basically gasping for breath. But I don’t want to stop, cause I just started, and since everyone in the gym is paying attention to me and only me (lol) they would all think I was a wimp. So I held out for a good minute and a half.
And you know what? I’ll probably do it again the next time I go. I just can’t help it when that music comes on.


I am not a photographer by any means, but I do like taking pictures. Especially of my family. I read an article on Mormon Mommy Blogs about taking pictures closer to their faces, instead of trying to get in all the scenery. I tried it, and this is what I got- what do you think?
I know I’m partial, but those are some of sweetest faces I have ever seen. Whoever invented cameras- thank you. It’s so great to be able to go back and see how much they have changed in such a short amount of time. They sure do grow up fast!

Paper Bag Popcorn

I just had to share my newest discovery… brown bag microwave popcorn! A cheaper, healthier, tastier alternative to store bought microwave popcorn.

All you do is take a brown paper bag, add about a half cup of popping kernels, fold the top over a couple times and microwave for 3-4 minutes. You can add oil and salt first, but it’s not needed. A half cup of kernels makes a full bag, so don’t add more, but you can add less.

Valentine Countdown

I just love this… it’s a fun little countdown to Valentine’s Day, and each day has a different little activity to do with the hubs. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it. I got the idea for it from HERE and HERE.

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam!

When I was the primary pianist in my last ward, I had a great view of the Sunbeam class each Sunday. There was one child who cried every. single. time. All the other children would sit pretty reverently, and seemed to enjoy it. I always felt bad for the mom and teacher of this child.

Now that Hayden is a Sunbeam- he is that one child. The one that screams and cries every. single. time. I am praying that he gets over it soon, because it’s so stressful for me. But he sure looks cute, doesn’t he?

(I bought him that tie for Christmas, and didn’t realize how big it would be, but I still think he looks handsome, even with a giant tie)