Monday, February 28, 2011

On The Fridge

Bambi Coupon

My sisters were asking if I knew about a coupon for Bambi. Well, HERE it is...

Thanks I Heart The Mart!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Meal Plan

I updated my meal plan with recipes over there on my side case you're interested.

I highly recommend the BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. SO GOOD!

Hopefully this will be a better week. (I only sorta HATE cooking!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Constantly Learning

There have been many days in my life when I'm not sure what I'm doing... Not sure about the kind of mother I am. Wife. Friend. I wonder if I'm living up to all Heavenly Father wants me to be. Do I serve enough? Think of others enough? I sometimes have the desire to change, but lack the motivation. I'm constantly comparing myself to others. But today, I decided that's okay, because I want to be just like her.

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed some one's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
And in case you ever wondered why I blog...
"To you women of today, who are old or young, may I suggest to you that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous education effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many --now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings." - President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 13 Day 14 & Day 15

This Week
Ugh! This week was long and stressful and happy and fun all at the same time. Monday morning started off pretty normal. Julie brought the boys over for me to tend. My house was clean. I got up early so I was ready before the crazy day started. Well, Houston was sick and I met Julie at the doctors office and took the girls and Heber to McDonalds to wait. Turns out, Houston was much more sick than we were hoping and was sent right to the hospital. Heber stayed with us until Thursday night. It was a little stressful and crazy, but oh so worth it. I was glad to help. Wednesday night I cleaned the dance studio. Thursday I went to preschool with Jordyn. And today, according to Jordyn we went on a wonderful second date (to the mall to buy new earrings) and she was sad that Daddy missed out. Then, tonight Jason and I helped Terry (Jason's Dad) clean their rental.

What You Wore Today
Because I'm a day late, this seems much harder than it should be. Um, I wore jeans and a purple shirt with a black cardigan. Yep. That's all I remember.

Your First Kiss
My real first kiss was in eighth grade playing spin the bottle in Travis Allen's basement. ((Don't tell my parents.)) The first kiss that I count as my first kiss was in Florida one night when Noah kissed me. BUT, the most important first kiss was on Christmas Day 2005. You see, Jason and I started dating on December 2nd. I was so afraid to kiss him because I knew that would make our relationship "serious" and I wasn't sure if I was ready for that. Well, actually, I guess I knew that had something great, and we were destined to be together...and that scared me. A lot.

For Christmas I got Jason a new watch. Something else I can't remember. And some mistletoe. We were in the basement at the Hunter house and Jason went for it...and I stopped him. Yup! I totally set him up for failure. I was a BAD girlfriend. I was scared, remember? Well, Jason walked me to my car a little while after that and the rest is history. That means we kissed, a lot, in case you didn't know.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Houston Update

It's seems like just a waiting game around here. Head on over to Jaymie's Blog to see what she wrote. We're so grateful for everyone who is remember baby Houston in their thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Our Weekend - And Other Important Stuff

Friday night the girls and I went to IHOP with my sister Jaymie. It was lots of fun. I really needed to get out. The girls had so much fun. Especially when the balloon lady came by.After IHOP we went home and I cleaned my house. The girls fell asleep watching Dora.On Saturday night Jason took the girls and I on a date. For dinner we went to Wingers. In case you missed my story on facebook, dinner went like this:
Jordyn: "What is this place called?"
Jason: "Wingers."
Jordyn: "Oh. You're a boy and you have a winger...And Heber has a winger too."
Seriously. That's how it happened. No Joke!
After dinner we went to Color Me Mine. It was so much fun. The girls loved it.This is what I got when I said, "Come on Jord. Give me a real smile."After painting we went to Cold Stone at the University Mall. As soon as we left I remembered I was going to take pictures. Oops. Jordyn had strawberry with marshmallows and Tessa had cotton candy with something, sprinkles maybe.
Then, for the other important stuff....This handsome man is sick. Houston is in the hospital in Provo with RSV. We are so worried about him. So, all you blog readers out there, prayers for Houston. He needs them. His Mom and Dad need them.And while Houston has been away we've had a house guest. Heber has been sleeping over. He loves Jordyn. He sorta loves me. He kinda likes Tessa. And I'm not quite sure what he thinks about Jason yet.

Day 12 - What's In Your Bag

I have these bags. Lots of them. And they are all tied neatly in the middle. Currently there is nothing in them, but soon enough each one will be filled with a very stinky diaper.

These are my extra diaper bags. They are empty.

This is my church bag. It is full of my primary stuff.
The striped bag is my temple bag and the white one has the DVD player that we take in the car sometimes.

This is my current diaper bag. It has wipes and diapers.

And this one. This is where all the good stuff is. I hope you're ready for this...
This is it. All the loot.

Side one: Jordyn's underwear, some napkins from IHOP, two things of dental floss, an umbrella, some singular for Tessa, insurance cards and immunization records, shout wipes, my keys, tic tacs, Viking cards - the kids ones, 5 dollars that someone put in my purse, hand sanitiser, a gum wrapper, and the start of the pens.
Side two: My camera bag, a sample of birth control, some envelops with coupons, some receipts, a coin purse thing, my planner, my wallet, two thumb drives, 3 pantyliners, and 16 pens.

Entertaining. Right?

Day 11 - Your Siblings

Pictures of pictures. That's what you're getting today. You see, I don't know how to scan. BUT I did learn how to turn the flash off on my camera so there isn't a reflection anymore.
I am the oldest of 5 girls. My mom had all 5 of us in 5 years 6 months and 2 days. This is one of my favorite pictures. Sara, Kara, and Julie. I have no idea how old we are here.Here we all are. This was taken in December of 2007. Julie, Jaymie Leslie, Kara, and Sara. (I'm not going to tell you how old we are here.)
I'm pretty lucky to have such strong and beautiful sisters. Each one of them is kind and loving. I depend on them, more than they probably know. Plus, my daughters love them!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 10 - What You Wore Today

Jeans, a peach colored tunic-y shirt with a white undershirt. A black belt. Flip flops. And underwear. Deodorant. Pearl earrings that Jason gave me for our very first Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope that Cupid's arrow struck a few hearts, turned a few heads, and made a few people happier today.

Day 09 - Your Beliefs

Yesterday Jordyn had "testimony" in primary. We talked about it a lot during the week. We practiced a few times. I would ask her what her testimony was and she would tell me that she knows Jesus loves her. But other people don't. And she will tell them. Cute right?

The more I practiced with Jordyn the more I thought about what I believe. I'm grateful for her example of the Savior's love. I do know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He loves me. I know that His true gospel is on the earth, and I know that it is lead by a Prophet of God. I know that Joseph Smith restored the true gospel and that he translated the Book of Mormon. I love that book. It changes me every time I read it, and I know it is true.

I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who created a plan that would give each of us the opportunity to be tested, to learn, to grow, and to one day return and live with Him if we are worthy. I'm so grateful that temples and families are a part of that plan. I know that I can be with my family forever and that knowledge is comforting and powerful. I know God lives. I know He loves us. I know, I really do.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 08 - My Moment

A moment. I'm guessing this means I can pick whatever moment I want. The day we got married we had a great luncheon at the Lion House. Jason's sister, Nonie, made this awesome video for us. The first time I watched it I cried. Enjoy.

Yeah, it's kinda long. But worth it.

Favorite Holiday - Besides Christmas

It's true. I love Christmas more. But Valentine's Day is my all time *second* favorite holiday. Did you know that Jason proposed on Valentine's Day? Yup. He did.

Jason swore he would never do such a thing on Valentine's Day. He hates all of the commercialism. I LOVE IT! My dilemma? Every year I get my hopes up for something, anything. I want a date with flowers, and a gift, and dinner, and some making out in the car afterwards. Every year I lie and pretend I don't want any of that stuff, all while secretly hoping that I'll be surprised.

I think I expect too much. I think.

This year, like every year, we're in tax season. ((TAX SEASON IS STUPID!)) Jason is busy. He really is. Tonight he is going on a camp out thing with the young men in our ward. Grrrr! I'm trying to pretend like I don't care, but I do. We don't see him that much around here. Tax season, remember?

Tomorrow night we're going on a Valentine's date as a family. The girls miss him as much as I do. Case in point: Tessa is sitting at my feet at this very moment crying for Daddy. So, family date it is.

But still, I'm hoping for flowers.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 07 - Your Best Friend

Where do I even begin? I'm not sure how to even describe my feelings toward my best friend...who just so happens to be Mr. Jason Hunter. You see, I'm pretty sure Jason walked into my life, flipped it upside down, and set me on the straight and narrow.

This is my favorite picture from our wedding. Mistletoe. Get it?And when we left the wedding...look how happy and excited we were.Pleasant Grove Rodeo.
Spanish Fork Rodeo

Pretty much, I'm a lucky girl. Jason keeps me sane. Seriously. I'm not sure what I did to deserve him. So, why is he my best friend? He loves to play games with me, and sometimes he lets me win. He gets up with the girls in the night. Even when he just went to bed an hour earlier. When he gets up and goes in the kitchen he always asks if I want something. The other night when we went to the movies, he walked up behind me and put his arm around me. ((The butterflies were fluttering.)) He honors his Priesthood. He's a great dad. He works hard to take care of our family. He doesn't get mad at me when I want Bajio for dinner, even though is would be breaking the budget. Tonight I kissed him when he got home from work, the good kind of kiss, and I loved it!

Best friends are the best!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 06 - Your Day

I woke up this morning at around 8:30, only because Tessa kept sticking her finger up my nose and saying "breakfast mama." After that we cleaned the house and I took a shower. Then the girls took a bath. At 11:00 we had some friends over. I went to high school with Kamille and she came over to learn all about couponing. The girls were uncharacteristically clingy. They were being brats about their toys - and they know better. After our visitors left we had lunch and then took a drive. I was hoping that the girls would fall asleep. We went to the post office and then the bank. Tessa finally fell asleep, two blocks from home. While Tessa napped I watch Veronica Mars on the Netflix and helped Jordyn put her Valentine's together for preschool tomorrow. We played toys, read a few books, cleaned up and went to the library. I dropped the girls off at my Mom's around 6:00 and went to my primary presidency meeting. I picked the girls up around 8:30. We came home, put on jammies, brushed our teeth, read some more books and fought about going to bed. Around 10:00 I gave up and got in bed with Tessa. Jason got home at 11:00 and woke me up. The girls were sleeping and I remembered I needed to write this post.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 05 - Your Definition Of Love

I found this video on You Tube. It's not the original music video, just something someone put together. But, it's great. I remember listening to this song in my kitchen when I was a teenager. I LOVED it. I still do.

P.S. I've been corrected. My Mom sent me an email in response to my Day 03 - Your Parents. She asked, "How old are you anyway? ((28)) I'm pretty sure we've been married 30 years. Just saying." HA! Sorry Mom.

The Boys Are Back

Yesterday was my first day watching Julie's kids. I will admit that I was very nervous. Four kids three and under. YIKES! But, the last two days have been pretty good. Yes. Tessa and Heber fight like crazy. Yes. Houston cries, and I forgot what it's like to take care of a baby. Yes. I've been showered in hugs and kisses.
Jordyn has been my little helper. She is great with Houston. She holds his binkie in. Bounces him. Sings. See the chairs. They got in all by themselves.Who knew my camera could do this? Not me. Just discovered it.
Heber loved his chicken nugget lunch.
I'm pretty sure Jordyn did this. So funny!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 04 - What You Ate Today

Way too much.
Nothing Healthy.
Enough Said.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Team Lost

Technically I don't really have a team. I was only cheering for the Steelers because Jason was. Besides, I don't really like Green Bay. My Dad wore his Denver Broncos shirt, that shows how much he cared. Needless to say...We had a fun time.
See, look at these two monkeys. A. Great. Time. (Yes - There Was Cheese Wiz in that picture!)

Baby Houston. Isn't he cute!?!
Tessa loved the M&Ms and Grapes.
Heber LOVES football. He was having a great time. And Jordyn. She just loves showing off.

Day 03 - Your Parents

My parents met on a blind date. My Dad wore bell bottoms and cowboy boots. My Mom fell in love, my Dad fell harder.

My Mom grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. She misses it there, a lot I think. I should move there just so she could come and visit. My Mom's Mom had rheumatoid arthritis and was pretty sick most of her life. I watched my Mom take care of her, and after she passed away, I watched my her take care of my Grandpa. (He died of Lung Cancer a couple weeks before Jason and I got married.) My Mom is awesome.

My Dad grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah. My Grandma made him wear brown correction shoes while he marched in the high school band...everyone else wore white. He's a hard worker. He is also, like my Mom, a great example of service. He took care of my Grandma before she died and he takes care of my Grandpa now. I know it's hard for him. But he loves them. My Dad is da bomb.

Together they have been married for 25 years. They are great parents/grandparents. They love all of us. Would do anything for us. Are always taking care of us. Today, Jordyn wanted to take some papers she colored to "show my family" and Jason said, "I'm your family, show me." She told him that she wanted to "show my family that really loves me." She's right. She knows that her grandparents love her!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 02 - Your First Love

Well, that is a long story. I'll try to keep it short. Noah moved to Utah from Florida our senior year of high school. I think he hated it here. We started hanging out. After we graduated we went to Florida on a vacation. Just us. Yes, my parents let me go. No, I have no idea why. Florida = First Kiss. ((What were my parents thinking?))

After that we were "hanging out". The difference between hanging out and "hanging out" is kissing. I really really liked him. So, he left on a mission and then I left. We wrote the entire time. We wrote about dating and marriage. We sent tapes and packages. I'm pretty sure I only survived those 18 months because of him. We said "I love you" which was probably super illegal on the mish. So, there you have it. I loved him.

I came home and then he came home. I was dating someone else. (Looooonnnngggg story there.) We broke up. Noah and I started dating, or something. I met up with Jason and we started dating. Noah wanted more time, I think, and I didn't. I chose Jason.

The End.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 01 - Introduce Yourself

Technically this is still Day 1, but I only have 28 minutes. It's been a long day. You see, Fridays at my house is cleaning day. Plus tonight I did the ironing. 18 shirts later, I'm ready to tell you all about myself.

I was born in Payson, only because that's where my Mom's doctor was. They brought me home to Pleasant Grove and that is pretty much where I've stayed. In high school I loved singing and FBLA. I served a mission in Argentina. I met Jason at Blockbuster (more on that later) and we got married on 06-06-06. Seriously.

I like chocolate, movies, and those bean bag things you heat up in the microwave. I love my family, the gospel, a clean house, sleeping in, chicken and rice that my Mom makes, and hanging out with grownups. (Barbies and Barney don't quite do it for me.) I hate ironing (thus the 18 shirts) cooking, because it never turns out, and when people stop right in front of me when I'm walking.

Hobbies: I love to blog. I'd like to think I can write, but mostly I just amuse myself with all of my ramblings. I enjoy reading, especially cheesy "mormon" books. I used to like to scrapbook, but I don't like getting all of my stuff out. I like playing games...Ticket to Ride, anything on the Wii, cards, you Oh, and who could forget couponing?

Bad Habits: I'm obsessively organized. I probably watch too much TV. I yell at my kids, way too much. Sometimes I run my dishwasher when it's not full just so all of the dishes will be clean. I count the toys when I'm putting them away. That way I know if any are missing. When I drive from my house to my Mom's I don't usually buckle my kids. (I know - TERRIBLE mother.)

Secret Obsessions: Dawson's Creek. Taco Amigo bean burritos dipped in fry sauce. Red Lobster. Spending money on other people. The clearance table at Seagull Book. (I guess they're not a secret anymore.)

Okay. There you have it. Me in a post.

Blog Challenge

In my quest to find something to blog about, Rachel suggest a blog challenge that she is doing. I thought I'd give it a try. Play along if you want.

Day 01 - Introduce Yourself
Day 02 - Your First Love
Day 03 - Your Parents
Day 04 - What You Ate Today
Day 05 - Your Definition Of Love
Day 06 - Your Day
Day 07 - Your Best Friend
Day 08 - A Moment
Day 09 - Your Beliefs
Day 10 - What You Wore Today
Day 11 - Your Siblings
Day 12 - What's In Your Bag
Day 13 - This Week
Day 14 - What You Wore Today
Day 15 - Your First Kiss
Day 16 - Your Dreams
Day 17 - Your Favorite Birthday
Day 18 - Your Favorite Memory
Day 19 - Something You Regret
Day 20 - This Month
Day 21 - Another Moment
Day 22 - Something That Upsets You
Day 23 - Something That Makes You Feel Better
Day 24 - Something That Makes You Cry
Day 25 - A First
Day 26 - Your Fears
Day 27 - Your Favorite Place
Day 28 - Something That You Miss
Day 29 - Your Aspirations
Day 30 - One Last Moment

Okay, now that I just read all of the things I'm feeling a little nervous. Might make for some interesting reading, or really boring.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Reasons To Blog

I've been thinking hard. I've been looking everywhere. I'm having a hard time coming up with reasons to blog. So... here are some pictures to look at. On YouTube I search "hair braiding" and I learned how to do this.

Went to Smith's again today. I spent $43.35 and saved $76.17. The toothpaste was $0.23 each, the Dove Deodorant was FREE and the butter was $0.69 each. AWESOME! Plus, I transferred two prescriptions and received $50 in free groceries.

Tonight we're going to the ward basketball game. Maybe I'll take pictures and blog about that.

Come on... Somebody ask me something. I'll be honest. I need something to blog about.