Thursday, October 13, 2016


Indy was born in August of 2005, right about when we found out we were pregnant with Brendan. Frank and Amy's dog had puppies, and when we went to visit they were so stinking cute that we decided to get one. I do remember us having a conversation that the dog would probably die when our oldest was 9 or 10, but that seemed SO far off!!!
 She was our first baby! We loved her.  Even though she was crazy and destroyed our yard and chewed up EVERYTHING. After we got Samantha, the fence at our old house started going out. And the neighbors' gate didn't latch. Every day (usually multiple times a day) they would find weak spots of the fence to punch through, and once in the neighbors' yard they had a straight shot to freedom. I would get calls ALL THE TIME from people who found her, it drove me crazy. One time Indy ended up in the pound, and I was so frustrated I seriously considered leaving her there. We got her though, and I'm so happy we did. 
Then kids started coming right after another, and she was SO GOOD with them! They would jump on her and pull her tail and ride her like a horse, and she loved it. 

 A couple weeks ago we started to notice she was losing weight. Carson would feed both dogs in the morning, and when we paid more attention we noticed that she would eat a bit, and then Samantha would finish off her food. All of a sudden we had one skinny dog and one extra chubby one! We tried giving her extra, but she wasn't really interested in dry food. She would generally eat treats and people food (chicken, rice, etc) so we just tried feeding her what we could. She still acted fine, definitely slower but she didn't seem to be in pain or anything so we just kind of watched it. We tried talking to the kids about how she was getting older and probably wouldn't last a whole lot longer, every time we brought it up the boys started to cry :<( On Tuesday Carson came in after feeding them to say that Indy was lying under the trampoline and wouldn't move. She wouldn't eat or drink anything. The kids went off to school, and I just kept an eye on her. I tried to get her up but she couldn't. I figured it was probably time to put her down so I called the vet, they didn't have an appointment until 4:30. Rich was working OT so I called him and he started driving home. I carried her in and laid her on a blanket inside, and sat with her for a long time. After I picked up the girls from kinder they got to spend good time with her as well. Around 12:30 she managed to get to her feet and hobbled to a corner behind Rich's recliner, and the thought that went through my head was "She's finding a quiet place to die." Sure enough, a few minutes later her breathing got all crazy and soon she was gone. It was horrible watching the life go right out of her eyes, but I'm glad I was able to be there with her. Rich made it home about 2 minutes after she passed. I was so glad, because I was a wreck. We picked up the boys from school, and they were devastated. None of us realized that morning would be the last chance they would have to see her. We took her down to the animal shelter, and let the kids say goodbye to her. Whitney didn't seem fazed at all, but the rest of the kids LOST IT. It was heartbreaking, We were all sobbing in the parking lot. Finally we were ready to let them take her. To cheer the kids up we got Slurpees and talked about our favorite memories of Indy. They were happy for a bit but it has been HARD on Brendan and Carson. The last couple of days they will act fine and then burst into tears out of nowhere. Several times a day. They are sad, and it makes Rich and me sad. Poor Samantha is not doing great either, and seems totally lost without her sister. Good bye Indy girl, we will miss you!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekend with the Neilsens

It's always fun when the Nielsens come to visit! They were able to stay at our house and my kids were SO EXCITED!!! Of course we went to the beach. The weather was beautiful and the waves were CRAZY!!! No one drowned though and we had a good time.

 I guess because the waves had been so big, there was this giant sand berm the kids had to climb up and down to get to the water. It made it more adventurous for sure :>)

 We had a game night with some friends and played pantyhose tug of war. The pantyhose didn't hold up as well as I hoped, but I have to admit that it was a pretty hilarious game!
On Sunday we watched the first session of conference together, then we met back up with them at Kim's for yummy dinner. It was a wonderful weekend with friends that we love!
We wore the kids out pretty good.
The big kids too :>)

Friday, September 16, 2016


Well I wasn't expecting to be dealing with BOYS in kindergarten, yet here we are :>) A couple weeks ago a friend asked Sabrina what she liked to do at school, and her response was, "Chase Logan on the playground!" That was the first I heard of Logan! After that though she would chat about him frequently. He is a cute little boy, and when I volunteered in their class I noticed he would bring over her lunchbox at snack time and do nice things for her. Then she came home from school with a present. That he made. For her. When she showed me she said, "Mom, our friends think that we're in love, but we're just friends." I am dying!!! He also gave her a bracelet. Kinder crushes are pretty cute.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Birthday Girls

SIX! That is just crazy to me. These little ladies are sure growing up. We woke up to their birthday breakfast choice of chocolate chip pancakes. The rest of the day was pretty low key; we went to stake conference, played games, ate their birthday dinner choice of hot dogs and broccoli (???), and watched Annie.It was a nice day with my girls :>)
She is a little sassy pants who takes what she wants and is unapologetic about it (we are working on that ha!). She loves her family and is a great reader and has lots of friends. 

She also has a lot of attitude :>) 
She is definitely the more sensitive of the two, and will often cry about things that are not important. AT ALL. She loves to cuddle on the couch, and hold my hand when we are walking. She is also a great reader, and really enjoys school (and the boys lol).

These girls are great little friends (except when they're not ha!). They are enjoying playing soccer, and love all things girly (especially princesses, Barbies, My Little Ponies, and Shopkins).  
 Happy birthday to these two goofballs, we sure love you!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mermaid Party

How are my babies turning six???? They went back and forth for a LONG time deciding what they wanted to do for their birthday this year, and finally decided they wanted Ariel to come to their party. All the girls arrived, and we were anxiously awaiting for the designated arrival time. I was looking forward to getting cute pictures of her coming in, BUT the second the girls saw Ariel get out of her car they shot out the door like rockets and ran down the street to mob her. There was a lot of squealing involved and it was entertaining :>)

 Face painting was a hit!

 She led the girls in lots of dancing and party games, and told the little mermaid story (complete with singing - she was impressive). 

 These were happy and excited girls!

I couldn't believe it when they girls decided on the same cake this year. I have always made two but they both wanted the mermaid in the water (because who doesn't want jello on their cake lol) so I just made a big one! Can you guess who was pink and who was purple???

It's always crazy when you get that many 5-6 year olds running around your house, but the twins really had a great time. And next year is a "no party" year so I am ready for a break :>)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


One week into the school year I woke up and noticed my head was itchy. That happens sometimes, and ever since we had lice a few years ago whenever my head itches I dig out the lice comb because I am paranoid like that. It's always clear, but not this time :<( I checked all the kids, and the girls had it too. NO!!! I called off work and called them out of school and off we went to Walgreens to buy the shampoo. After combing through Whitney's hair for a LONG time and getting anxiety about going through all this again I picked up the phone and made an appointment at a lice salon. It was expensive but WORTH IT. She got everything out of all our hair, then I went home and cleaned. And did laundry (12 loads in just over 24 hours). And changed all the beds. And bagged up a bunch of stuff. It was a hot day, and we are enrolled in the summer discount program, and late in the afternoon I realized they had turned off our a/c and it was 84 degrees in our house. All I could think was "I AM SO DONE WITH TODAY!!!!." Then I had the thought come to my head that if lice is my biggest problem, I'm doing ok. That really made me think. It was an annoying problem and horrible day, BUT it was very temporary. How many people wish that lice could be their biggest problem. After that I was able to move through the rest of my clean-up with a semi-cheerful attitude. All rechecks have been clear so far, so I think we beat it!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day weekend

On Saturday of Labor Day weekend we took a little family hike up to Mt. Rubidoux. It was pretty!

 The kids are at a fun age for stuff like this now. We spent the rest of the day watching a lot of college football :>) Then, on Sunday Rich got released from the bishopric! He's been in for about 5 1/2 years so it will be nice for him to be home more. He was in young mens for a long time before that, he has been going to mutual for close to 11 years :>) On Monday we went on a little hike at the Santa Rosa plateau with the Thompsons and McDowells.  

We finished off with Sonic happy hour. Yum!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekend with Kristi

Kristi came to visit for the weekend! We went to In'n'Out and the Storm game
 where Krsiti and my kids showed off their awesome dance moves :>)

 She helped the girls with their gingerbread man project (who says gingerbread men can't have pink hair?)
We also went down to Laguna Beach. I didn't take a single picture but Heather and my aunt Deanna did, thanks to them! It really is beautiful there. The waves were CRAZY though!

 These cute cousins have so much fun together.

 And I love my cousins too :>)
We finished off by going to Cafe Rio, it was a great day!