Friday, January 30, 2009

Flashback: University Ward Costume Party

I found these pictures and decided to load them. This was a Stake Costume Party. Matt and I were Mario Brothers characters. Matt was Mario and I was Princess Toadstool. My cousin Ryan was Link and his date Jenna was Zelda.

Princess Toadstool and Mario

Link & Zelda (Ryan and Jenna)
The Green M&M's (Mary and Merrill)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Today I got the call that I have been anticipating. Here is a short background to this call.

I enrolled Scott in a new charter school that opened up last fall in our neighborhood for kindergarten. We did an orientation last summer and were very impressed and felt that this is where we need to send Scott. There are only 50 seats available per grade. When I submitted the form the nice lady that took it said that there were only 10 seats left. Crazy! I was little worried that he wouldn't get in and that we would have to find another school for him. Well that won't be necessary b/c he has been accepted into Paragon Science Academy!

It is not a typical charter school b/c the only fee that we will need to pay is for his books. The money will be refunded at the end of the year, provided that the books are returned in good condition. They also offer after school care, which has a small fee, if we ever need it. It is a small school that encourages creative and logically thinking. The teachers push the students to have them reach their full potential. It's main focus is Science, Math and Technology, and of course they still have the liberal arts ie music, art and literature. Scott will be exposed to technology early on, not that he isn't now. He will also have the opportunity to learn a new language by the time he reaches the 4th grade. How awesome is that!!???!! They also use phonics to teach the kids how to read.

Needless to say we are excited and also in shock that our little boy will be in kindergarten in the fall.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


This weekend my sister Meesa and her family came into town for post Christmas visit. To take advantage of them being here as a family we went to the Phoenix Zoo for the morning to spend time together. It was a lot of fun. It was the kids first time being there. Carter and Avry both ended up with scraped knees or as Avry would say 'ouchies'. Scott fell a couple times as well but he was wearing pants, so no blood on him. It was perfect weather, it wasn't too hot or too cold. It was a fun time to be together as a family.



Scott and Carter


Dad and Patty

"Look it's a monkey."

Meesa and Avry

Carree and Carter
silly sisters
me and Avry

Friday, January 9, 2009

Random Act of Kindness

Early this morning a random act of kindness was directed to me. I had promised Scott that if he was obedient and did what mom and dad asked him to do all week that he would get hash browns from Jack in the Box. He really likes the hash browns from there. He was really excited and tried his best, there were times when he struggled but he did ok. So this morning as we pulled up to the window all ready to pay, the lady said that the guy in front of us already paid for our food. Wow! I couldn't believe it. That is the second time that has happened to me. The first time was when Matt and I went out for our birthdays a couple years ago and nice family had picked up our tab. Of course were very appreciative of the gesture and thanked the family. It's nice to know that there are still decent and kind people out there.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I'm sure that you all have noticed that whenever you read my blog you see something different, either a new background or new colors. Well just so you know I like change, in fact I welcome it. Some of you are thinking no one likes change, you're crazy. Well I do and I'm one of the few that does. Here's an explantion as to why.

Growing up my family moved a lot, due to my dad's job. Changing schools and making new friends became second nature to me. Sure there were times when I was shy but I quickly learned that it won't do, and also having a sister who was a very bubbly person by nature learned from her. Thanks Meesa. I think that the biggest lesson in change that I learned was when my mom died. From that point I really learned that change is going to happen whether you like it or ready for it. Change is a part of life and I have accepted it.

For the last 7 years I have worked in an environment where change is constant whether it is simply moving desks, learning a new system or changing to a new department I have enjoyed it. Monotony of life gets boring and it's nice to shake things up a bit. Even as an adult I have moved a couple times, and had a kid, which I think is a big change in life. We have even had to make a big decision to get rid of our house and move into something smaller. But it has all worked out and I never really stressed about it. I think that Prayer and Faith play a big role in how we deal with change. Pray to have the courage and strength to deal with it and the Faith to know that the Lord will make it work. That has helped me and my family deal with the changes that have happened to us.

No, there really is no point to this post other than the fact that I like to change things or do something different and share my thoughts about change. Well not true, there is a point, with the way the economy is going we are all finding ourselves in situtions that we never would have dreamed of being in. I just wanted to express my thoughts that change is inevitable and there is nothing we can really do about it except learn and grow from it. If you are reading this and are one of those people who are resistant to change well it's time to let that go and let change happen. There is a book that comes highly recommended called Who Moved My Cheese?, it's a good book.

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Calling

I have a small update, I was released from the Nursery, so said. :( I will miss those kiddies. But the Primary president didn't waste anytime. Matt and I were called to teach the CTR 5/6 class. This is Scott's age group. And yes Scott is in our class. We taught our first lesson on Sunday and it was fun. They are a a good group of kids. This age group is the largest class in our Primary and had to be split up. There is a total of 13 kids!! So we have 7 and the other 6 are with Sis Dutson. This is going to be an interesting year.

Friday, January 2, 2009

2008 Recap

Well another year has come and gone. I just wanted to give you a flashback of the highlights of 2008 that happened to us or that we took part of.

Jan- My brother getting married in St George.

March - Charlotte Wolfley's blessing on Easter Sunday.

May - Our first Disneyland trip as a family for Scott's 4th birthday over the Memorial Weekend.

June - Celebrating Matt's brother JD and wife's sealing.

July - Celebrating the 4th of July with our friends Daniel and Joyce and their little girl Charlotte.

Aug - Celebrating 5 years of marriage. Going to the Phoenix cooks with my parents to sell and promote their Vanilla Company.

Sept - My grandma's 70 birthday party.

Oct - being a part of our ward Halloween party and having a fun time with friends.

Nov - Thanksgiving with family.

Dec - Going to see Twilight, celebrating mine and Matt's birthday's. Matt's graduation from ASU and of course Christmas with our families.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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