Sunday, June 19, 2011

Families are Forever

9 years, 3 weeks, and 4 days ago Tony and I were married for time.

8 years and 1 day ago, we were sealed for eternity.

It's hard to believe how fast time has flown. And yet we have done so much!
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Girls Night Out!

Wednesday was so fun!
We went over to the house of a sister from the ward.
We did homemade facials.
I tried the yogurt/egg white facial.


  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (I like Greek yogurt)


Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt (do not use flavored yogurt!). Mix them up and apply to face. Leave on face for a few minutes then rinse face in warm water, followed by a warm washcloth.

Made my skin feel so soft!

Then watched The Young Victoria.

I love this movie!
The strength she had.

So, with how much fun we had, why don't I do this more often?
Well, for starters: I love being at home with my family.
Second, I am so busy.
Just trying to keep up with all the kids
and their activities.
Third, why do I need to do fun things for myself?
It's not what moms do.
We are selfless.
Oh, so devoted to our families.
But we need to take time for ourselves.
Taking care of ourselves helps us take care of our families.
We need that boost to keep us going.

I am so grateful to my friend for suggesting this idea.
Thanks, Lindsey.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Right on the Beach

Some have asked us where it was we stayed.
Well, here is a link:
312 S The Strand

We were right on the beach.
Walk out the door, cross the one-way road, and you're there.
It was quite fun for the kids.
They loved playing in the sand and water.

They loved looking for shells every morning.

There was even enough room for our family.
LinkThree queen beds, a hide-a-bed, and a sofa sleeper.There was a small washer/dryer
so we could wash some of our clothes if we needed.
The kitchen was great.Tony loves the sink.Might have to get one in our own kitchen.There was a shower down stairs, and a full bath up stairs.The hard wood floors were amazing.
The view was amazing!

We walked down to the pier and out to the restaurant.

We saw people fishing off the pier.
One guy caught a ray!
The kids loved to see that!

Here's the peg-legged gull we saw.

So, since we had such a great stay, we will be staying there next time!
Can't wait!!
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Battling the Heat

So, if you get hot this summer and find yourself in San Diego,
Go to Sea World and climb on this ride.

You will feel so refreshed afterward!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Traveling with Twins

So we needed a stroller for the trip,
but we didn't want one that took up so much room.
Well, we got these at Target and
here is how you make it into a double/tandem stroller:

It sure worked great...for about 50 yards.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Reusable Activity Books

Not sure how many of you have seen this post at
with the fun way to keep kids quiet in Sacrament Meeting.
I loved the idea.

We did something like it with the older kids.
Just used regular crayons and it worked okay.
I'd clean the crayon off with a wet wipe or with glass cleaner once we got home.
(Just so you know, Hobby Lobby has the dry-erase crayons and I used a 40%off coupon to get a good deal. They are also at Smiths where they have been 20-30% off each time I've looked the past few weeks.)

I took the crayons, eraser, and sharpener out of the box
and put them in pencil bags we found at Wal-Mart for $1.

Anyway, we used this a couple of weeks and the page protectors were not easy to clean off for the kids.
So I decided to laminate the pages and punch holes in them.
Then I hooked them together with binder rings.

We love the rainbow ones the best.
Got them at Staples and Hobby Lobby.

Well, for our long drive to California, I wanted something to keep the kids busy.
I hate crayons (especially for the little kids) because they will get it on their seats and clothes while we travel.
But the dry erase crayons wash out of clothes so well.

So I bought a few activity books and took them to the
FedEx store to have the spines cut.
(That was more expensive than I thought.
The next little one I just cut with my paper cutter.
The next big one I had my Wonderful Brother-in Law cut with his miter saw.
It wasn't as smooth of a cut, but looked great and was fine once the pages were laminated)
Then I took them home and laminated them.
(That took forever!! But now they can be used over and over again.)

I was going to take it back to be bound, but ended up just punching holes in the pages with my Crop-a-Dile and used binder rings to secure them together.
The hidden picture book is the favorite of everyone.

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