Saturday, February 7, 2015


Needless to say I was a total slacker in January and took very few pictures. It was a rather boring month.  The beginning of the month was cold and there was no snow so there wasn't much to do but sit around, play games, and watch movies. Later in the month it warmed up a little so Mia was able to ride her bike and play in the back yard some.  One big highlight of January is Monty's birthday.  He turned 34 this year.  Originally the plan was to go out to dinner on his birthday.  However his brother brought him lunch at work so he wasn't really hungry.  Instead we just had a light dinner of whatever before opening presents and having cake.  Mia had toast with jam and peaches for her dinner.  Super exciting right.
I did the traditional ice cream cake. Mia got to decide what we wrote on it.  She wanted an M for Daddy's name and a 34.  That was simple enough, however I didn't realize until we pulled the cake out that we had no candles.  I totally dropped the ball this year.  The funniest part of Monty's birthday was Mia's present for him.  She has wanted for awhile to get Dad's watch fixed for him.  About 5 days before his birthday we took it in and they were able to fix it.  We came home and wrapped up all his presents and I told Mia that she had to keep it a secret and she couldn't tell Daddy what his presents were.  I fully expected Monty to know by the end of the day what we had done.  However Mia managed to keep her mouth shut.  Finally it was Monty's birthday and we were just finishing up dinner and Mia looked up and said,  "Can Daddy open his watch NOW?"  So close...  Monty about died laughing.
Monty also got a loop to hang all his belts up.  That way they stop falling into my shoes!

 He also go movie theater popcorn tubs to use in his movie theater and a new movie.
 Mia and I made cookies one day.  They were super chocolaty and delicious!
 At the very end of the month I decided I wanted to redo the 2 bedrooms upstairs.  This meant painting everything starting from the ceiling and working my way down.  I decided to do bead board on the bottom part of the walls and then paint the top half.  The bead board has turned into a lot more work than anticipated so my project is still not done.
 Painting ceilings is the pits!
 Luckily the weather was nice enough I was able to take the cap rail for the bead board outside to paint.
Stay tuned for the finished project.  Also I've already taken more pictures this month than I did last month so my next post will be a little more exciting.

Friday, January 16, 2015


I have been a slacker this month. Normally I try to get the blog updated the first week of the month but I didn't work much the beginning of the month (which is when I usually do my posts, and when I have worked, it's been BUSY!  Now that the month is over half over I'm finally getting a chance to do it.
We started the month by getting the house all ready for Christmas.
Mia loved helping decorate the tree this year. She didn't like it when we had to rearrange her ornaments that she was stacking all on the same branch.
In the end it ended up looking pretty good I think.
 Mia started this odd thing where she likes to wear plastic bags.  She pushes her feet through the bottom and runs the handles up over her arms. I don't know where if came from but she has done it several times...silly girl.
 We had our ward Christmas party which is always fun.
 We had some pretty good entertainment and they did an adorable slide show with all the primary kids dressed up as various parts of the nativity.  Mia got to dress up as Mary for her picture.
 Of course no December is complete without a visit to Santa.  Mia asked Santa for a scooter with 2 wheels, a whistle to go around her neck, and How to Train Your Dragon.
 Monty's mom had her annual grandkid Christmas party.  They had pizza, made cookies, and made ginger bread houses.  They also got all matching pajama pants. (All the grandkids are girls so don't worry there aren't any boys running around in butterfly pants.)
 My parents came down to work on a couple Christmas projects.  It's always lots of fun when they come down.  Mia loved every minute of it.
 We took them with us to see the Christmas Villages in Ogden.  My dad had never seen them so that was pretty fun.  My mom saw them once probably 7 years ago and a lot has changed since then.
 They had tons of other lights this year in addition to the villages.
Mia and I went on an adventure one day and took the train  to Station Park and did some shopping.  Mia was really good for the shopping and absolutely loved the train ride.  She keeps asking when we are going to do it again.

Every year we also go to Salt Lake to see the lights at Temple Square.
 Mia liked all the lights but her favorite part was the train ride down there.
 They had cool lanterns this year depicting various scenes from the nativity. They were pretty cool looking.
 We got a picture of the family all together but they didn't manage to get the tree behind us.
Another tradition we have is s sisters lunch with Monty's family.  Only the 2 younger cousins got to go this year because the other 3 were in school.
On Christmas Eve we went to Monty's parents house for the annual Fa Ra Ra dinner.  If you've eever seen A Christmas Story you would understand but it's a big Chinese dinner.  Monty's sister made sushi.  I've never had any sushi before and I have to admit this was pretty good, although there wasn't any raw fish in hers.  While we were waiting for dinner Mia got to make (and then eat) Olaf.
After the Fa Ra Ra dinner we headed home. We drove around and looked at some Christmas lights.  There were a couple houses in our area that had music synced to their light show.  They were pretty cool.  When we got home Mia got to open one present.
 It was her new Christmas jammies.  Don't mind her hair she used hand soap as gel before we left Nana's.
 After a quick bath she left milk and cookies for Santa and some carrots for his reindeer.
 What the living room looked like after Santa came.
 Mia was really cute this year at Christmas.  When she came walking out she said "Wow oh wow it's a scooter with two wheels.  She was excited to open presents but didn't throw a fit when everything didn't revolve around her.
She enjoyed handing out presents for us to open as well.
 One of Mia's favorite presents was her Utah State blanket from Uncle Shawn.
 I got an awesome new pot and pan set.
 Mia also got a bunch of new art supplies.
 Needless to say she was spoiled once again this year.  This was even before we headed down to Monty's parents where she was spoiled again by everyone else.
 She would have been happy as a clam riding her scooter around the kitchen for the rest of the day.
 Christmas finally brought us our first snow fall of the year.  Mia helped Monty shovel the driveway before we headed out.
 I forgot to take pictures while we were all opening presents.  After presents all the girls put on their matching pajama pants (capris for the adults) for pictures.
 Although the snow didn't stick around too long Mia enjoyed sledding while she could.  She was really good at hauling her own sled up the hill this year.
 One of the times she took her new whistle with her and would toot her whistle all the way down the hill.
Hopefully we will get some more snow so she can do some more sledding.  I guess I need to start taking some pictures this month.  LOL. Guess I'm still a bit of a slacker.

Friday, December 5, 2014


November is always a fun time around our house.  We started early getting the house ready for Christmas. With such nice weather we couldn't not put up our Christmas lights.
 Don't let Monty try and say I didn't help. I have photo proof.
 Mia in her bed she made for her and Violet (the dog)
 Nothing better than a game of Candy Land in front of the fire on a cold morning.  Mia's getting pretty good at playing it too. Most the time she'll follow the rules.
 I think it was in September Mia started a tumbling class.  In November they had a parent day to show off all the things they've learned. I'm there every week but on parent day I got to go out onto the floor and I took some pictures.  The balance beam is one of Mia's favorites.
 She's really good at her forward rolls and likes doing them on the wedge because she goes super fast.
 Backward rolls are a bit harder. She has done them by herself a couple times but usually needs a little help.
 My brother and his family came out to Idaho from Colorado so Mia and I made a quick trip up to Grandma and Grandpa's house to see them.
 Mia and Khloe were really good friends and played well together.
 Mia loves swimming in Grandma's hot tub. Poor Daxton had to stay out with his daddy.
 My sister in-law brought this really cute snowman craft for the girls to make.  They are socks with rice or something in them that you then decorate to make a snowman.  Mia has 2 of them that she is constantly playing with now.
 There was steady competition for Grandma's attention.
 November is also my birthday.  I had my usual birthday pie (YUMMY)!
 Mia got me the movie Now You See Me.  If you've never seen it I would highly suggest's a good one.
 Monty got me an awesome popcorn popper with the seeds and movie theater flavoring to go with it.  It makes the BEST popcorn. I love it! Makes the microwave stuff taste awful.
 Mia made her own little fort.  Notice her favorite Daniel Tiger in the background. LOL
 The night before Thanksgiving Monty's family does pie night.  That way you can enjoy your pie because you aren't stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner. We went to Idaho for Thanksgiving but I was on stand by for work.  I was scheduled but they didn't need me, but I had to be available until 9 to know for sure that I was off for the night.  So we packed everything up and headed down to Monty's parents for pie night while we waited.
 We had soup for dinner and then there were lots of pies to chose from for dessert.
 Mia went for the berry and the girl, I did the same.
 Doesn't Sophie look super impressed by Monty's beard?
 I forgot to take pictures of Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house.  We did the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with my parents and my brother Shawn (Steve and his family were back in Colorado), and then planned out our Black Friday shopping.  Yes we are those crazy people up at all hours trying to score the deals.  We got everything we wanted again this year in large part to my online shopping I was doing for everyone late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.  It was definitely an easier way to do it.  Friday afternoon we took Mia to the "Big Park." She loves the park that is near my parents house.  We had to convince her that it was closed on Thursday to keep her from begging to go.
 She's getting pretty good on the monkey bars. She keeps telling us she needs to practice.  It's pretty funny.
 I don't know how she didn't fall out of that swing.  Monty had her swinging about as high as it would go.
 Even Monty did a little climbing...
Can't wait for Christmas.  December is even more fun than November!