Friday, March 27, 2009

Metalica Anyone?

Carly is a little dancing fool. She spends several hours a day dancing, and she will dance to anything. Case in point Carly dancing to Metalica.

I really like her choice of dress.

Now we have Carly dancing to a little MoTab

Best of all is Carly at Dance class. She loves to get a little bit funky

Carly is just too darn cute!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Horse Crazy

I honestly don't know where it comes from, but my little Biranna is as horse crazy as they get. Sometimes I think she got sent to the wrong family and she should really be living on a farm somewhere. She has been taking riding lessons since last summer. We took a break when it was really cold, but she is back at it and loving every second.

She takes her lessons at The Stable Place http:// I really love her teacher Jayme, and even though I'm extremely uncomfortable around them, I'm even coming to love the horses.
Part of Bri's lesson each week is to help groom the horse. She is even learning how to pick out hooves.

Most of the horses at The Stable Place have been rescued and I love knowing that we are helping make the lives of these horses a little bit better.

This is Bri on Buck trotting.

Brianna and her teacher Jayme.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekends with the Queen

One of my favorite things to do is read. For many years I didn't read at all, then one day my Mother in law gave me a book to read and I think I had my head buried in a book for about two years straight. My favorite books to read are romance novels the cheesier and steamier the better. Now I know that the world, and Utah especially, has gone crazy for Twilight, but I have absolutely no desire in the world to read that book. I know it's weird, but it holds absolutely no appeal to me. I don't really get why grown women are so crazy for this book. Maybe it is because my loyalties lye with another. The Queen of Romance Nora Roberts. Nora has written 150+ books and I have read and own most of them. I've had the opportunity to meet her twice, the first was in NYC in 2001 and then in 2003 I traveled cross country to meet her again. Because of her I became friends with a really great group of ladies.

Me and Nora 2003 outside of Turn the Page bookstore in MD ( I can't believe I wore my hair like that)

My and the ladies of The Wreck Room.

So this weekend (and the next 3) as all of you Twilight-ers wait in anticipation of the video release. I will be cozying up on my couch and torturing Jon by making him watch the first of 4 Lifetime movies based on Nora's books. First up Northern Lights.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Decorating dilemma

We are pretty much finished with the major projects on the main floor now we just need to decorate. The problem is that we have no idea what we are doing. We like the way the fireplace wall turned out with the clock and my figurines, the bookshelves need some help but they will get there.

We finally figured out how to dress the bay window and even thought it isn't even close to our original plan, we really like how the cornus boxes turned out. Happy accidents.

We also go a new couch. I've been making pillows to add a little color and make it blend in the room a little more.
We have this huge tall (vaulted) wall behind the couch that we have no clue what to do with. we'd like to maybe put up some shelves (floating?) but I have a lot of shelves in the house. I also have a lot of pictures I want to put up. Before I had pictures all over in a million different frames and I need to figure out how to make it not look so random. I do have this great portrait of my my that my cousin Nina did that I want to put up but we just can't figure out where.
I also want to do a little spot to show off my quilts. I have this antique sewing machine from one of my great grandmothers, and two different quilts that were started by two different grandmothers and that I later finished, plus some that I have just done on my own.
So we want the room to look chic and put together, but still look like us. the problem is that Jon and I are more, cluttered and comfy than chic and put together. And we have all this stuff that we want to go in the room that doesn't all really go together. I don't really like to just put stuff up either. I like for everything I use to decorate a room to mean something to me. I'm sure it will all come together eventually, I just wish I knew how to put it all together.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I know it's still a little early yet for Easter decorations, but my crocus are up and I couldn't resist.
Several years ago I bought some plastic egges and put string through them so we could hang them on our trees.

The Girls really love doing it.
Daddy's Girls!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Train show

Jon really loves model trains and the girls are getting old enough that they can play with them too, so we went to yet another train show recently.

Even though we came to see the model trains the best part was the bigger trains.

The kids loved riding in this little train. My sister and her husband and little boy came with us.


The show was at the Ogden Train Depot and outside they have lots of real engines you can climb on.

I think Jon had the most fun out of the group.

Monday, March 9, 2009


These are my favorite candy ever. I know that they make a heart and a pumpkin and a tree for the different holidays but there is nothing like the egg. I wait all year for them to come out and then ration them after the holiday. they are my weakness. So Saturday Jon and I bought the kids a new movie to keep them entertained because we were exhausted after spending the day at my Grandma's funeral. I told Jon that I thought I deserved some chocolate after the week I had been through. SO we bought a bag of these wonderful creations. I ate 4, now to some of you this may seem like a lot but I thought I show quite a bit of restraint at not eating the entire bag. Well at 2 A.M. I woke up and threw up. I had thought that maybe the Reese's had something to do with because this has happened before when I have over indulged on the candy. But they are still my favorite, so Sunday night I only had 2. And there I was again at 2 A.M. puking my guts out. So I guess that is it for my favorite treat. Probably a good thing since Reese's PB cup are not really conducive to loving weight. But I will miss them.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Grandma Faye

My Grandma Faye Passed away Tuesday night. She has been in bad health for about a year now, and though we will miss her I am glad to know she is finally at peace.
Grandma had 3 kids and 12 grandchildren. The above picture was taken last Easter with just a few of her 26 great grandchildren. She loved being a grandma and was so proud of all of her kids. My Grandma loved to talk and would talk your ear off, one of the many qualities I inherited from her. I was grateful to have lived with her for a year before I got married and I got to hear so many great stories. She is a great example to me and we will miss her greatly.

Grandma and Carly

My favorite picture of Grandma and Brianna.

We love you Grandma Faye!