"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

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Recent Kamrie-isms:
I have been trying to keep track of the funny things that happen throughout the day on a scratch piece of paper in my kitchen, but I may have to rethink my system. I've accidentally thrown away two full lists already, and almost tossed this one as well! Yikes! Any other suggestions on how to keep track of all of them?

1. We invited our dear neighbors over for dinner last week. Their son wanted to say the prayer and started it "Dear Jesus"(they're not of our faith). That evening while Kamrie was saying her prayers she said, "Please bless that Caleb will remember to say dear Heavenly Father next time he prays."

2. As I was walking out the door after tucking Kamrie in for bed she said, "Mom, DO NOT move the peas." I asked her "What peas?" and she said,"Mom, listen. I don't know where they are or what they are doing there, but DO NOT move the peas. OK?" Ok. So if you happen to run across some peas somewhere, do me a favor and please do not move them alright? :)

3. Kamrie put a box on her head and said," Mom look! I'm a boxer!"

4. Kamrie was getting off a chair and her back popped. She got a huge smile on her face and said,"Mom, my back is talking to me."

5. While watching Elder Oaks talk during General Conference last weekend Kamrie said, "Oh my goodness! That brother has NO hair."

6. My friend Natalie was downstairs playing with our Noah's Ark with Kamrie. She held up Noah (who has a long white beard) and asked Kamrie who it was. Kamrie said, "I'm pretty sure that is Heavenly Father's Son. Noooo, it's his cousin."

7. During Kamrie's prayer she said, "Please bless mom will stop saying 'it's your turn to say the prayer Kamrie', ' it's your turn to say the prayer Kamrie', 'it's your turn to say the prayer Kamrie'. I'm getting pretty tired of saying it all of the time."
Mom's note: She does not say it all of the time.

8. After running a long errand (about 20 minutes away) Kamrie said, "Sheesh mom. That was a long one. Are we in California or somethin'?"

1. "Thanks mom. Lunch was sooo good today."
2. "Tyler is my very very best friend, Mom."
3. "I sure love you mom. Thanks for being my mom."

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Ryan and I were sitting on the couch one evening wondering how we could make this upcoming cold and long winter fun for the whole family. One thing led to another, and before we knew it we were in our garage cutting wood!

The mostly-finished product! We still would like to add/build some "branches" and "leaves" to make it look like it's in a tree, but that may have to wait until another month (we need to catch up on some sleep). :)

Side Note: I attached the house with super duty Velcro (staple gunned to the wood) so we can change it or take it down anytime we want. Eventually the idea is to make different houses (ie: a fire station, a school, a castle, a theatre.. etc) to spice things up a bit. Again, that will have to wait until another month. :)
The play room