Saturday, December 13, 2008

Random Snapshots of our Crazy Life

We have been so busy with holiday parties and life.These pictures are from making cookies with Nana, and playing at the Mccormick Railroad Park in Scottsdale. That place is just awesome!r

Ward Holiday Party

Magee and Santa

Tink and Santa

Connorman and Santa

Some of my gals from book club. Z, me and N
We have the best ward. We sure have fun! We had a yummy ham dinner and lots of laughs!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ashley is 8

Our little girl is 8, oh my. She is a cute little thing. She got French toast for breakfast, Her favorite Mexican place for diner, a Cake and nana and Poppy and Uncle rich to sing with all of us and Tommy. Gifts, Baptism shoes, and A new art center corner in her room, Followed by a night out with her favorite friends to see the movie Bolt, and dinner at Mcdonalds. Thanks to Aunt Kyley for her help too. A fun time was had by all!

She is a breath of fresh air in my day.
She is a sweet devoted sister to her brothers.
She is my side kick chef.
She loves to make homeade bread.
She is a tiny thing.
she Loves to color and create and is always cutting
She love to do laundry and knows how to sort all the clothes so well!
She loves snuggle.
She wants to be a Zookeeper when she grows up, and loves animals.
She loves Jonas Bothers, High School musical and Hannah Montana
She is very photogenic.
She is my favorite .... Daughter that is.
She will be baptized this month and can hardly wait, she talks daily about it.
She loves to shop,and got to Target and loves clothes.
She is a thumbsucker and loves soft blankets.
I could go on and on, she is my darling mini- me and I a so greatful for her. She is such a good exampleto our family

Friday, December 5, 2008


BOLDly go where no woman has gone before....
BOLDly go where no woman has gone before....BOLD TAG.. bold the things that you've done before.
1.Started your own blog
2.Slept under the stars
3.Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii
5.Watched a meteor shower
7. Been to Disneyland
6.Given more than you can afford to charity
8.Climbed a mountain
9.Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo. and I never will!
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14.Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty1
18 Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20.Slept on an overnight train
21.Had a pillow fight (is there really anyone who hasn't?)
22.Hitch hiked
23.Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (don't know you all have!!!)
24.Built a snow fort
25.Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung Karaoke..and Hated it
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant...many many times
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance )
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (my own wedding video...counts for me)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job..For joining the church, they were scientologists
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone ..only my thumb, and a fracture in one of my vertebrae
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Connor At golf practice. he has been going strong for over 2 years
This cracks me up, we were so tired and it was like 7pm while we were out doing a fire in the pit. We looked totally messed up.

With a rough little couple of days, My cute hubby bought me a dozen roses. He put them in my car while I was at a Cub Scout meeting and they were in my steering wheel. He is cuter than cute !

We can get our fire pit on again. We finally got a new one, since our other one was busted by the huge water slide that blew over and cracked the other one.. Fire pits here we go... All winter long...

We are decorated for Christmas. Inside and out.

The kids tree. I call it the UgLY tree. If you saw you would know what I am talking about!

The Pretty tree.

This is the SEVEN Good things in my week of my busy Household. I love all the crazy things that come up and I especially love, Random!

Friday, November 28, 2008


I just love things that are random! SO here is the scoop. I love to blog stock blogs on pictures and photographym i found this gals webblog on a few friends blogs,and thought I should check it out. Well her name happen to be ALLIE HOOPES. So i have been checking out her blog for a few months,and thought I should write her and see if our husbands are related? Well she just emailed me back and.... we are family, somehow cousins. distant cousins. but related. Just too fun. I can't wait to find out exactly how. Anyway, I just love Random! It totally made my day, right when I was having a moment from another email I had received. I love little things in life that are RANDOM!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful heart

I am so thankful for my many blessings.

- a husband who take me to Twilight...and likes it. ( he thought that it was really good and wasn't as romantic as he thought it would be..WHAT?) He is the nicest, most thoughtful guy on the planet. He is so much better of a man I could ever imagined I could be blessed to be married to. I definetly don't deserve him.
-kids who bring stories home that they made to surprise me.
- kids who just for no reason, give me anose wiggle and say i love you momma.
- parents that come to dinner and just enjoy being with us.
- a good group of girlfriends, who have your back, don't get offended at your many mistakes, love you unconditionally, tell you sweet things, go to movies with and just the thoughtful cards, treats, calls of concerns prayer and love! I love friends
- service. The act of serving people and receiving service. We helped some friends in our ward move last weekend, my mom watched the kids and we had such a great time! thanks for letting us serve
-my Bosch mixer for lots of yummy homemade rolls, cinnamon rolls, breads, and other things to add to my hips
-my granite countertops for rolling our all of my homeade bread,and putting hot pans right on. I don't know how I could ever go back.
-my wood floors, for helping my son and I with our allergies and making life more sneeze free.
-my garden.. for all the yummy organic things to eat
-our families, for all their love and prayers
-my Ipod for many hours of enjoyment
- my treadmill for making it so easy to work out when it is so stinkin hot outside and when my kids are sleeping so I don't have to go anywhere.
- for my husband's good job to help us acheive our financial goals, and putting food on the table.
-the gospel for making life so easy. The simple truths that teach us everything we need to know to get back to our Father in heaven.
- the missionaries that taught me because they help me see what I needed to see
-our callings. They sure bring us joy, and pain, but we always learn from them. We get stronger and better, and More compassionate having to deal with stuff you don't want to.
-the priesthood. I would not be who I am with out it, and would not understand the gospel near as much! I am so thank ful for it in my home.

Gobble, Gobble Gobble, Fat Turkey Day.

Flag football. His first attempt at anything with his new Achilles Tendon.

My Turkey. so juicy

David's SMoked Turkey.Amazing

David and His bird

The kitchen at 620 pm. 15 minutes after guests left. Yeah it is clean again

Jumping on the tramp with Aunt Kyley.
We have a good turkey day. Nana, Pop Poppy, and Uncle rich came over and it was the smallest crowd we have ever had, but it was great! Another turkeyday come and gone

Our spread. wich was really yummy
Connor sharing his Thanksgiving Story, he surprised us with! He is the most thoughtful kid.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

8 Tag

I was tagged from a few friends

Eight shows I watch (no particular order)
1. Kbyu
2. Greys anatomy
3. House
5. America's Funniest Videos
6. General hospital, very rarely
7.Private Practice
8. The Unit
the only one I watch the night of is the Office. We are normally to busy to watch much, but I love reruns on Hulu and online

Eight of my Favorite Restaurants
1. Texas Roadhouse
2. Taco Smell
3. Chipotle
4. Dieos in Downtown Oceanside, Ca
5. Red Robin
6. Chipotle
7. the cheepest dive mexican 24 hour place
8. Any salad bar place

Eight things that happened yesterday
1. Took pictures of Ashley
2. Went to lunch with my sister and mom and kids and cute hubby
3.Helped some of our cute friends move into their new house. We had so much fun!
4. Went to Twilight and Dinner with some friends
5. Got ready for Sunday, ironed folded, packed church bag
6. Got ready to sub for a primary class
7. Did scout stuff, which I do everyday, it is never ending!
8. Made a beautiful flower bouquet for my kitchen

8Eight Things on my wish list
1.To be able to sleep.
2. a good pair of running shoes
3. more time with david
4. gas to keep going down in price
5. my car to run better
6. Keep motivated for working out
7. our grass to grow to i Dont have so much stuff on the wood floors
8. the weather to keep getting colder

8 things I am looking forward to.
1. going to Sea world in December
2. Christmas at my in-laws
3. Ashley's baptism in December
4. The economy turning around for everybody we love who is stuggling
5. a 5day weekend with David, ( he has so much extra time off he has to use it up)
6. going this week to Twilight with David, so He can see what I have been dreaming about for a year.
7.Making thanksgiving dinner, and lots of treat for our friends and family for the Holidays.
8. Having lots of guests over for Thanksgiving and Tink's Baptism, and holiday parties. Yippee

sunday Seven

Here is my Sunday 7 for the week

Lots of cereal in food store closet. Yeah I love Fry's 1.00 cereals

Lots of food storage. Love food Storage

Good friends who give and give.... I will post my picture of other favorite frinds from Twilight Movie night. I am surrounded with the Best Gals around.

Taking Pictures of Ashley. She sure is a pretty thing....

I came down Stairs and the kids were all playing cars so nicely, It is always so fun to see them so sweet with each other.

A new do. I feel so much lighter, now what can I do to get everything off the Hips??

Here is my Sunday 7 for the week

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Family Tag

Family Tag

1. How many people are in your family? 5

2. When did you get married? June 20, 1998...10 whole years already....where did the time go?

3. Are your children boys or girls? boy, girl, boy

4. What do you do for fun as a family? watch movies, watch americas funniest videos, do fire pits in the backyard, go to Cabelas, go hiking, go fishing

5. Is your family complete, or are you planning on having more children? The ship sailed in april for me to have any more children, but we have always planned to adopt. We will see if the Lord has that in the cards for us.

I tag anyone that wants to do it, It is a short one

Monday, November 17, 2008

Locks for Love

Well my hair has been growing for quite some time and got past the point of no return and kept saving them for locks for love. Well I found this fancy salon in phoenix and 2 of my girlfriends said they want to do LOCK FOR LOVE too so they went with. We had been planning this for a while, and it was great! we got free haircuts too! Here is the results...this is beforeThis is after
End result. I am very happy. it turned out cute and I love it! My hair is so much darker, too because all the long light colored hair is gone!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

weekend update

We had a great, fun busy weekend. We never stopped and we had a great time! We had 2 weddings receptions, a sealing, a 3 mile walk for charity, a family dinner and baby blessing,and lots of driving! We sure had fun though. Then for Family Home Evening we had a fire pit and roasted marshmellows and then grandpa and grammy showed up to spend the evening with us. We had lots of fun.

Our cute sister inlaw and her girls and our family all walked in the PHOEnix MS WALK. We met so early and we were tired from a late night, but it was a great time

Cousins dancing and putting on a show from High School Musical

Roasting marshmellows with grandpa

Ethan Playing all at Aunt Bobbi's

Yeah we are done with the 3 mile walk, and these are the free tshirts that we got!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Have you voted??

We did and it took 5 minutes tops. Sorry to anyone who had 4 hour lines!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Our Garden Update

We all were asked in our stake to plant gardens and eat and store from them. After much labor we are beginning to see the product of our labors and it is really exciting!

sweet baby carrots

Radishes. Yuck, but Uncle Rich and David love them so I always plant them!



Romaine lettuce and spinach lettuce



Honeysuckle we planted to bring the bees in to pollenate our garden. We planted 4 of these and we love them!

We have lots more planted but this is just an update

The Hoopes 5