Saturday, January 31, 2009

little E

To continue with Eden, these are some of my favorite earlier pictures of her. I picked these to show that I started doing her hair early on. Many of you have commented on her hair and I do have a lot of fun with it, probably mostly because I had three boys first. Nowadays, I get most of my ideas from blogs and I really should give credit but I usually don't remember where I originally saw it, I have just let it roll around in my mind for a while or tweaked it or occasionally I actually do come up with my own ideas. Back in the beginning there wasn't as much hair so I didn't need other ideas but I have to thank Kendra for leading me to the first hair blog (hairtoday that is listed in my sidebar) and then I just went on links from there.

In the beginning I mostly did bows with small ponytails. The one above is from Heather and McKay's wedding in Chicago.

I started doing several ponytails from watching sister-in-laws do their girls' hair, but I never have been a perfectionist so I don't worry about things being straight or perfect, I just do it for fun and Eden now thinks its fun too.
I always tried hats and scarfs but this is about as close as I got on the plane ride to Chicago.

Its hard to see but I manage to get 5 tiny white ribbons on her ponytails for the Sacramento temple open house.

I just love this picture for some reason.

and this one...the aftermath of the hairdos!

I was so excited when she finally started getting enough for side pigtails.and I just really like these pictures because they are so Eden.

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Daddy's little girl

While I wait for normal computer functionings I still want to post and I don't really like to have too many posts without pictures. I finally just remembered that I have a few pictures on a kodak gallery that I could get online. Most of them are of Eden because I first went digital when she was a baby and I was so excited to have a girl! So these are a few pictures of Eden and Sam during her first year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday Circa 2001

(What I could find on this laptop that used to be my MIL, look at little Brady!)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Our computer is sick, we have been trying to nurse it back to health for the last week or so. We called on some computer doctors for help, a great friend and a great cousin to help us get rid of this annoying virus and it seems to be gone but there are still some leftover side effects that we are still trying to get past. In the meantime I have hooked up the laptop but it is old and does not have my pictures so my computer time is suffering once again. I have so much to post, my fun girls weekend in Vegas included so hopefully I will get to it soon. I have recently found a bunch of old friends on facebook that are probably checking out this blog so let me say that I'm happy to catch up with you and check back for better updates soon! In the meantime, I guess you can continue to enjoy the old picture of Sam and I in the previous post! It has had more comments than I have ever before received on a post! I did always think that it is funny that I'm standing closer to his companion, Elder Hendricks, than to Sam because I was so worried about seeming improper! I also think it is funny that I thought that outfit was so cute! Thanks for remembering with me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Oldie but Goodie

(I'm having trouble getting my pictures to download so I scanned this for today, it's when I went to see Sam at the airport when he left the MTC for New York)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Soup Day

I few weeks ago when it was so cold, I decided that we needed some soup for dinner. I made some potato chowder in the crockpot and then decided to make some homemade bread bowls to go with it. I found the recipe for our bread machine and doubled it and made them into mini bread bowls so that we could each have our own. Sam was so surprised and I was pretty proud of myself.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Headband gone wrong

I ended up being up all night with a sick Tucker the night before this hairdo. I had started the beginnings of it the night before after her bath so I couldn’t just leave it but I was hardly conscious and it didn’t turn out very well when I finished it in the morning. I sent her to church with Sam like this, and I think it worked OK at least you can't tell how bad it is in the picture, but I definitely want to try it again sometime looking a little better.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"Siwwy Eden"

Eden likes to say that everyone is silly, she often says “siwwy mommy” or “siwwy daddy” and she evens says it of herself “siwwy me.” I have so many pictures of her because she always wants me to take her picture or she is at the age for doing siwwy things so this is just a random post dedicated to siwwy Eden!

Pictures she requested when we first got the new camera. She wanted to make sure her foot showed in the second picture. She also picked out this outfit because it matched, pink and pink!

Sam gave me an ipod speaker thing for Christmas so we were blasting some music on the kitchen counter. Eden climbed on up to dance to the music.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


The boys got Monopoly for Christmas and have been playing it nonstop. One night we put the little kids to bed and we all stayed up to play it. Kolby and Jordan didn’t last as long, but Brady played all the way until the end and we got completely schooled. He pushed us both to bankruptcy and won the game! We’ll have to have a rematch sometime.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Eden was excited for her first day of primary. I’m glad that she wasn’t nervous. I’m sure it helped that she was excited to see her brothers in there and also she knows so many of the other kids, and teachers and leaders so well. She was a tiny little sunbeam, but a cute one!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils

Every year we do a service project for Christmas with Sam’s family and it is a surprise for Sam’s dad. This year we collected pencils for school children in Vietnam. We were overwhelmed with the amount of support we got. As a family, we gathered over 10,000. Our kid’s school alone gathered over 7000 pencils and pencil sharpeners. It was so much that we had to tell people to stop because we weren’t sure how we would afford to ship it. As we started putting them in boxes it was so cool looking that we decided to wrap one of the boxes for Sam’s dad to open and see what we did and what so many pencils looked like. It was fun to see his reaction and fun for the kids to be so involved with the project too.

Christmas morning

These are just the random Christmas pictures and warning, there are a ton. I’m never good at taking pictures on Christmas because I want to spend more time watching so they are mostly quick pic’s at the beginning. The boys main gifts were video game things, games for the Wii, but of course there were legos and balls and books and remote control things. Brady and Jordan got a Nintendo DS from santa and Kolby got a gameboy which is what they asked Santa for. Eden got polly pockets and vanity set (fake make-up, nail polish, blow dryer and curling iron). She also got some other girly things and a play fridge from my parents and a play sink from us. She also loved the things in her stockings, like her Dora Band-Aids that she used up in two days (you can see them on her leg in the picture) and her chapsticks. The only thing she asked for from Santa was a flower so she also got a toy flower in her stocking. Tucker got a ball and a car among other things. I’m not going to name it all so hopefully you can see it in the pictures. Sam went overboard of course and got me a ton of stuff, the biggest being a coming up girls’ weekend in Vegas and my gifts to him paled in comparison. I got him Netflix for a year, but we decided to cancel that and get an Ipod on ebay instead. I also made him the tile picture for his office. Sam woke up sick and didn’t get to enjoy it as well as he liked, he spent the morning laid out in the recliner, but did start to feel better later and still made our traditional crab leg dinner. It was a nice Christmas and we were able to go slow and enjoy everyone’s gifts.