Sunday, November 14, 2010

New commitments

I am thankful for good people in my life this year who have talked to me and shared things with me and opened up to me. I shared with some and opened up to some.  I am learning and growing too. I am not perfect. With that said,  I think I may have offended some.  You can always tell because behaviors change yet you don't know what you did.  I was told.... you can't offend. People just let themselves be offended.  I am going to try my best from now on to NOT facilitate a reason for people to choose to be offended by me. I have never tried to offend anyone but, Now I am going to work harder. There is no reason to hurt people in this world.  I have lots of things as a mom and friend and sister I need to work on.

I love this quote and as I approach the new year I am always curious as to what my new commitment is.  This is what I am taking and running with.

"Brothers and sisters, seeing your example, I pledge anew my determination to be better, to be more faithful—more kind and devoted, more charitable and true as our Father in Heaven is and as so many of you already are."
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Sunday, October 10, 2010

my sweetheart....

 He is hot and lets our little girl decorate the hair he has left.
 I love him
(9 of the living bishops from our ward) He is a great man!

My posts could all be just about him. He is my best friend and my companion all wrapped up into one. I adore him. He whispered something sweet in my ear and I melted just like I did over 13 years ago when we met. He is lovely

my lovely son....

I have an 11 year old son that is sometimes a dream. He melts my heart. He has so much love to give. He is very much like his dad and is very tender. I am so proud of him. I appreciate him. I get so scared that he is growing up. I can't imagine what my life would have been with out him.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Homemade Pizza

With working so much I have missed out on all the Home cooking I so very much enjoy.  Today with hanging out all day at home and enjoying Conference. We made homeade breadsticks and pizza. 
So yummy.

 Spinach artichoke with fresh Parmesean and stuffed crust with mozzarella 

Barbque chicken pizza with fresh garlic and fresh parmesean

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


We are blessed to have these men in our life.

                                                                    And this one. .......

I tell you our life is surrounded by funny funny people.  How boring would life be with out fun and laughter!

Friday, September 17, 2010

FF...friday favorites

I Love these children.
So Very Much.
I love them.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

So proud of our Scout!

My sweet eldest son loves scouts. He has worked hard and he has put his heart into all his church responsibilities and scouting! I love this kid.  He will begin to adorn this new scout shirt with many things and accomplishments.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Finally a vacation..... and a great one!


the beautiful flowers at David's brother beach house.  hydrangeas are one of my favorites.
la jolla coves
San Diego Super charger vs chicago bears in qual comm stadium! so fun.

temecula duck park.

David's cute newport beach. love it!

relaxing day at newport beach.  playing with cousin, firepit at the beach house and smores.
one of my favorite things to photograph is temples. this is from the other side of the free way. 
San Diego temple is breathtaking


we went to OC to visit our fun brother and sister and see there new beach cottage! We had such a relaxed time.  Stayed up and watched episodes of our new favorite show White Collar and went to the beach.  We love them and had so much fun. Here is Tink with cousins A and R.  They had a sleep over together in their room.  sooo fun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ashley,activity days and her 10 favorite things

so the assignment this week was to bring 10 pictures of things that represent you.

grace- that was her name til we changed it.
purses- she loves them
book of mormon
 she did this assignment all on her own! she is so cute

Sunday, August 8, 2010

random snapshots

Sunny, Magee, Tink
 (this is when we were in Brooksville Florida)


so we are making the blog I know I said back in january we were, but we are now. If you emailed me you wanted to stay you should already have an invite i sent this morning. if your have followed my blog, you can still access it!  if you want to keep reading. email me your info!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


to answer the question I have been getting lots...I use the Nikon d40. I love it! I have some really cool lenses with stabilizers . I love to take pics and this makes the hobby much easier. I also like the canon rebel but the nikon buttons are easier and much more user friendly

Friday, August 6, 2010

FF ( Friday Favorites )

Friday Favorites....
I love this man I love this man. he warms my heart. makes me smile. makes me want to be a better person. he is gorgeous and doesn't even know it. I love his smile. He is the hardest worker I know. He is so good with our kiddos. He helps others nonstop and unconditionally. He is darling. I am greatful he chose me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


they didn't see me take a shot of this precious moment. this was right after family home evening. he always puts so much effort into fhe and each of the lessons. he teaches our kids the things that are needed for them to grow in the gospel. the kids love my man. i love my man. he makes my heart swell and my love grows more for him with each passing day. i love this man.


so we took a drive to arlington.... near buckeye but inthe middle of no where. it is so pretty out there. this green is money for those farmers. i loved exploring out there.

sbeautiful sunset
on the old bridge wow i can't wait to take more pictures out there.
sunny in either star wars or legos or harry potter shirts.....always. love that boy
tink, never serious
she didnt know i took this. she was looking the other way. so cute.
love them.

Monday, July 26, 2010

summer 2010

this pic sums up our summer thus troubles. we bought a 2004 Nissan quest van in april 08 and have loved it. UNTIL now. we have spent many thousands of dollars and were without it for 6 weeks, ( more weeks it will be in the shop I am sure) and what a pain in the rear end. my man is seen here, squished under the car trying to fix the catalytic converter. this pic is taken at 10:30pm on a cool 106 degree night! we still had to have it towed!

during which our 3 little chickens decided to have a lemonade stand. 10:30 pm. if you drove down our culdesac you would hear the SCREAMINGS of our little woman. Fruit Punch, Lemonade and popsicles coming from the boys, too.

this is sonny (our oldest) sulking because no one was buying their product.

the marketing department with cool wet shammies to try and keep them cool around their necks

tink so happy to sell.....nothing but a glass of fruit punch to her mom for 50 cents.

notice my man in the garage under the car! love him.

sonny found this praying mantis in our living room and has been tending to it! actually a pretty cool pet

I miss these 2... no time for bread. and too hot to turn my oven on.

and what my 2 youngest have done allllllllll summer. sleep til sometimes 1 in the afternoon. they are burning the midnight oil. late night movie marathons. swimming. etc.

magee is drooling,
it is 11:47 and this is what they look like. Most days these 2 miss breakfast and lunch. what a life.

tink...actually snoring can you hear her?
sonny, so in harry potter 6. he has breezed through them this summer....
until next time.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


I love this......

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Magee's early Bday gift.

Magee is so cute. He has been seranading us non stop and thinks he is a rockstar. Good thing he is so dang cute. His sister is ready to hurt him though. He got a small acoustic guitar from us. How cute is he!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My swimmers

In 3 meets this is the collection

my swimmers are so cute. they work hard and love to swim with all their friends.
more pics to come

Friday, June 11, 2010

GOOD man....

I love this man...we met started dating June 10, 1997

married June 20,1998

we had a baby in 1999

baby in 2000

baby in 2003

married in 1998

we were in the celestial room for the first time together on this day
12 years later we took our family to the gila valley temple open house and spent the first time in the celestial room with all of our children. there is nothing sweeter. tears came to my eyes as my sweetheart and i looked at each other knowing that we are a family forever. our 12th... actually 13th anniversary is approaching and my sweet heart who has made some plans for us.
Dave started a new job recently,works with the youth at church and gives it his all, he was called to be Bishop, gives his all to our family and the members of our congregation with his whole heart, attends to the house and our every need. In the midst of all this busy chaos. he has planned a anniversary getaway for us at the fancy biltmore hotel, dinner at ruth chris and a broadway show. he is good to me. we have great people that help us with our children and we have a great life. i am thankful for my blessings.

The Hoopes 5