Aug 20, 2014


I was feeling adventurous one day and made some corn starch playdough.  I realized that my child was getting bored.  She wasn't just playing by herself anymore and needed something new to do.  She loved it.  Well, at least for an hour.

I don't know why I feel the need to take such terrible photos of my babies, but I do.


It was our anniversary the other week.  Our ninth anniversary.  Boy, things sure have changed.  Instead of doing romantic getaways we are enjoying the free entertainment of dead stuffed animals.  It also included and blow out from little brother in the parking lot that resulted in a team effort to clean child and car seat of orange poop all before the downpour of rain came crashing down on us.

Don't get me wrong, I do love every minute of it.  It's just so different than a few years ago.

Aug 19, 2014

Ogden Temple Open House


 Last week, we were able to go to the Ogden Temple Open House.  It was beautiful.  Thanks for inviting us Roxanne!

Last week was crazy.  We were going to Iowa to see my Grandpa before he died...then we turned around and then didn't go.  Then we were going to go.  It was just a hectic, sad time.  Walking through the temple brought some calm into the storm.  Once we got to the celestial room, I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace.  I knew everything was going to be okay, and that Grandpa would be home soon.

Love this little family of mine!

Aug 18, 2014

Bees Game

The Husband's office had their summer party at a Bees Game.  We'd never been to a game yet, so we were excited to go.

One moment she is quietly cuddling, only to turn into this crazy child whipping her head about.

She kept pointing at the sky and say "Airplane!"  I had to explain to her that dragonflies were not the same thing.

Luckily, it was a pretty cool night.  While we didn't get to stay for the whole game, it was still a fun family outing!

Welcome to the Selfie section of this blog.  Yes, Aiko really is that chubby.  Yes, little brother is that pale and smiley.  

Random photo after we got home. 

Yes, little brother can almost hold onto his bottle.  Adorable right?!

Aug 17, 2014

A few missed Reunion Photos.

I found a few random photos from our Family Reunion the other week. 

My child's favorite part was not the bouncing or going down the slide, but going in and out of the exit.  Falling out was her favorite way to exit the bounce house. 

I realize there are a bunch of Aiko, but really, you need to look at the other kids' expressions. 
Like little cousin Corbin on the top left. 

Or little Nixon on the top left again.

Pure chaos. 

I'll admit, I feared for every child's life at some point.  

But in the end, no one was seriously damaged and it was quite hilarious to watch. 

Aug 14, 2014

Utah Only Holiday

So, the 24th of July in Utah is a State Holiday.  Which, only state employees and mamas get off.   Usually, people have BBQs, family parties, go swimming...ya know, hot activities.  Instead, my sister and I decided that we'd celebrate the Utah Pioneer holiday Japanese style.   We looked up the best Sushi place in Ogden and off we went.  We went to Hanamaru Japanese Sushi & Kaiseki.  

It was delicious.  

I've been on a seaweed salad quick for a while. Call me crazy, but I love the texture and the flavor.  Luckily, Aiko does too. 

The sushi place has this amazing rock garden.  It's quite peaceful for having their restaurant just off of Washington Boulevard.  We let Aiko run around to get all her squirms out.

After the husband got off work, we headed to the REAL soccer game!  Our friends, the Terry's invited us along.  With the World Cup just ending, I was feeling some deep sadness for soccer.

I really want to start playing soccer again, but after three knee surgeries I'm really hesitant.  I keep thinking, well, maybe if I just don't play super hard, or run, or this or that...I just miss playing. 

It was a great game and it ended with fireworks!

It's a crappy picture, but can you see all the eerie glows on the field?  Crazy how many cellphones were out that night. 

Thanks for inviting us Terry's!