"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Here are a few pictures. 4 to be exact. The first one is actually one I downloaded from the national weather channel in which it shows the current temperatures around the country. Take a look at Minnesota and the color the ENTIRE state is. OK. Then subtract 13 to factor in wind chill. Once you've figured that out, proceed to the following pictures.

Yep. That would be Kamrie..... on a bike, and me.......taking pictures, and NO ONE ELSE OUTSIDE. I could only take pictures for about 1 minute before my fingers were frozen and unable to push the button on the camera any longer.
After about 10 minutes, I finally dragged Kamrie inside to have some hot chocolate.

I think it's going to be a looooooong and cold winter this year.

Monday, November 26, 2007


I painted a little train on Tyler's wall this past weekend. I think next time I get an impulse to do something like this again, I will make sure I have a good paint brush. I used Kamrie's little fake water coloring brush this time and it took a lot longer than I thought it would. It's like painting with a toothbrush! :) Anyway, here are the pictures. Don't look too close!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Tyler has learned to take off his bibs, and it has all been down hill from there. Here are a few pictures we took during his favorite activity: eating!

Peek A Boo

Here I am Mom!

Soooooo big!

How "happy" are your eyebrows today?

A couple of times this past week Kamrie has come up to me, put her hands on my cheeks, put her nose up to my nose, and in between gritted teeth she says,"Show me your angry eyebrows mom!" After I furrow my eyebrows, she then says in a happy voice,"Now show me your happy eyebrows". She will then say,"Let's try and keep our happy eyebrows on today, ok?" I have no idea where this came from (really! I don't!), but it has given us a few good laughs this week.

"Happy Eyebrows"

"Angry Eyebrows"

Deciding to keep her Happy eyebrows on. :)

I asked them to smile for the camera. This is what I got.

Friday, November 2, 2007


We had some crazy fun at our ward's trunk or treat party. Our costumes were the 4 phases of metamorphis of the butterfly. Ryan's the egg on a leaf, Tyler's the caterpillar, I'm the cocoon, and Kamrie's the butterfly. Not a great picture, but the ONLY one that all four of us are looking at the camera!