Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Saturday, August 22, 2009


I've fought with myself ever since I started my blog on whether or not I was going to add a play list on here or not. For the most part I didn't to because most of the music I listen to is pretty rowdy and Im pretty sure most of you would just hit the mute button every time you wanted to read a new post anyways so why bother. However, anyone who knows me well, knows that music is very important to me. One way that I get to know and understand someone is by finding out about the music that they listen to so i decided to post some of the not so rowdy music that I like so you can get to know me just a little bit better. Don't feel like you have to sit here and listen to all the songs but I always enjoy finding out why a certain song moves someone.

If the first song sounds familiar its because it was on a Clorox commercial. I heard it and it took me almost a year to find a downloadable version but I love it! Doesn't it just make you want to dance?!

Before you laugh at me for the the lyrics in the second song talking about brothels and bars, listen to the whole song. Its a tribute to the Prodigal Son.

I posted the third song because I've told a few of my friends about William Joseph but have never actually showed them how truly brilliant he is, so here you go guys enjoy.

The forth song is one that Stephen and I use to sit down together and sing. He'd play his guitar and we'd each take a part to sing, so its kinda nostalgic. Plus who doesn't love the sound of a twelve string?!

Fifth song just makes me want to play the piano. Jon Schmidt is Amazing!

Sixth is just a dang good song!

Seventh Bach's Cello Suit, I know this sounds so corny and cliche but the beginning of this song feeds my sole, I can feel it in every fiber or my being when i listen to it. Sorry the whole song isn't downloaded.

Eighth song is just a cute song about a fish : )

And the last song is also one of those nostalgic ones. My mom use to listen to this CD when we would clean on Saturdays and I always loved it. Its a kinda repetitive but its still a really pretty song.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Life's Little..........

This post is dedicated to all the little things that make life worth living.

Life's little moments-
There are some days when I wonder to my self " why do I even bother?" There will be a sink full of dishes tomorrow whether or not I choose to do them today. There is always enough laundry to cloth every homeless person in Phoenix. The kids faces are going to get dirty the next time I turn around. But then there are those little moments in life that make all those things seem a little less important.

Watching the kids play together and thoroughly enjoy each others company
A kiss on the forehead before Steve heads off to work
Listening to the boys say their prayers all by themselves (which I can assure you get quite funny at times)
Talking to a friend on the phone and hang up only to realize you've been talking about an hour too long

Life's little annoyances-
These seem to come to my head much quicker than the good things in life but some how writing them down makes them seem a little less annoying and a little more humorous.

HANGERS- Hangers our my mortal enemy! I HATE hangers! First of all the fact that I have hangers means that I've got things that need to be hung up! Strike one! Or how about when you are trying to get something that is hung up but there two or three hangers on top of each other making it quite a work out just to get the freakin shirt that you want. Strike two! Last and almost the worst for me is trying to get one hanger out of a pile of hangers while you are trying to hang up your cloths. Im already mad that I have to hang up cloths but now the hangers get stuck in a little hanger chain and you can't ever grab just one. Its like playing monkeys in a barrel, you end up pulling three or four of them with you. And instead of patiently taking them apart you just violently shake the hangers hoping the tag alongs will fall off, which doesn't work. Strike three hangers you are out!! I kid you not there have been several times when I was putting away laundry and I would shout in frustration and Steve would yell from the other room " Erin, put the hangers down! You're going to hurt someone!"

Dropping your keys- For some reason I find this extremely irritating! Must of the time it's because I've got my arms full of kids or groceries or something so it takes great effort for me to bend down and retrieve the keys. I dont know if this is something you do but it seems like everytime I drop my keys I can never get them the first time I bend down. I bend to get them grab and start to stand back up with out them in my hands. I repeat this three or four times sometimes before I successfully pick up my keys. Does anyone else do that? Its so frustrating!

Stepping in gum- I think this one bugs me because Im stepping on something that has been in someone elses mouth, SICK! Not to mention the fact that Im already mad cuz they didn't have to courtesy to just put it in a garbage can! Plus you never step on a piece of gum once. Every time you put your foot down you RE STEP on that same piece of gum, dragging little strings of gum behind you! Then you have to worry about getting into your car with the little friend you just picked up! UGH!

Life's Little Pleasures

Watching someone else step in gum!
That first sip of water after a long fast!
The feeling you get after the house is nice and clean

Those are some of the things in my life that keep it interesting and worth living! What are your Life's Little's?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Practicing Sitting

My littler sister has been staying with us this weekend while my parents are at youth conference for their ward. Last night we were browsing through some old pictures and videos of when the kids were littler. For some reason this little clip really stuck our funny bones, we could not stop laughing. Granted it was midnight and we were all hopped up on brownies and a case of the sillies but even still there are just so many funny things about this video. Listen closely to how articulate I am when I say "Jack is better at laying down than he is at sitting" I don't even think the word "sitting" came out of my mouth! The boys look so much different now then they did back then. Check out how Sam sports his PREEMIE onsie, he's practical drowning in it, also something we thought was gut busting! When they were little like this they use to make the funniest noises listen to the little grunts they make the imagine them in their little bassinet together in the middle of the night making ten times as much noise, I'm a little mad at myself for not recording that! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did, maybe you should watch it at midnight with some brownies it might make it a little more funny.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So today I was talkin to a few of my friends about how my boys are always doing naughty things, only to run into this mess later this afternoon. These two little boys sure keep me on my toes. But I have found, a good way to calm myself, in a situation that I could very easily get mad at, is to grab my camera and take a picture or video. For some reason this helps me find humor in the chaos of a disaster. So here you go Liz and Terina, here is a video of those little boys you think are angles, caught in the act!

Also this week they took a bunch of the keys off our computer.

Poor little Elli doesn't ever do anything wrong so shes the forgotten child on our little family blog. Here's a picture of her fast asleep after enjoying a big fat cookie.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Little Criminals

This year for April Fools my mom thought it would be funny to put tattoos on the boys under their onesies so when we gave them a shower or changed their diapers we would find a funny surprise. Today after their bath I was trying to get the tattoos off so I had them stand with their hands on the wall so I could get the tattoos off their backs. I couldn’t help but laugh as I was sitting there with two tattooed little boys with their hands against the wall, they looked like little criminals……they are little criminals!! Anyways I thought it was funny so I had to take a picture.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Little Rascals

From some reason today I just thought this was more funny than frustrating, lucky for my kids! I swear I have to keep both eyes on those boys or I'll pay the price!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

8 months

Elli lived to see 8 months old this Sunday, no thanks to her brothers! For some reason this has been on my mind for a few days. Eight months already and it seems like she was just born. I can't help but think that I have taken advantage of the time that I have with my kids while they are so young. It is easy for me to forget how precious they really are to me amid the screaming, crying, diapers, cleaning and whatever else motherhood throws at me.

To my sons: What a miracle you truly are! There was a time when you nearly fit in the palm of my hand, your tiny fingers wrapped around mine and i promised i would keep you safe. I watched you as you laid there struggling to breath, fighting for a chance to live, i promised i would fight just as hard for the rest of your life.
By no small miracle you made in home, i promised I would care for you, help you learn and help you grow so one day you could be strong like your Daddy.
I promise to keep those promises, I will love you, care for you, keep you safe. I will help you lean and grow!

To my little Elli: What a blessing you have been our lives! There is something about you that calms me and gives me peace. Your so content with life, some thing I've yet to learn! There are some blessings that our Heavenly Father gives us and we know they came from him, you truly are a blessing! I hope I can be the mother you deserve, but please be patient, I'm still learning, and there's alot of learning left for me to do. We are so grateful you are with us!

There are several times through out the day I feel like I don't quite deserve to be a mother. These children deserve some one much better than me, someone much more patient than I, Someone more fun, more clean, more creative but I am theirs and they are mine. I know that I am not alone in this venture, I have a father in heaven that knows my weaknesses and has promised to make them strengths if I am willing to work for it. He also know that I have strengths and has sent me these beautiful spirits for that reason. Today may be a good day and tomorrow might be bad but I have the blessing of prayer and the power gift of the Holy Ghost to help me know that I am doing OK and tomorrow is another day to try a little harder and be a little better.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Go ahead and laugh I will (some day)

Its been a while since I’ve updated my blog mostly because Im a lazy loser but also because I feel like something big has to happen for my post to be interesting. Well we had a wonderful Christmas, small but wonderful. We had an awesome time with Steve’s family. Steve’s sister does an elaborate game every year with family trivia that is a blast! It starts after Thanksgiving, we receive numerous emails everyday with pictures and questions about the event. One of the categories is a picture and you have to write a funny caption to go along with it, the family really started to show their colors with this one and it was gut busting fun!! We spent the rest of the night sharing musical (or not so musical if you were sitting next to me) talents and singing carols, and chatting late into the night. Christmas Eve was spent with my family we opened stockings and had a blast playing a life size game of Jenga that’s right my dad made a Jenga game out of two by fours it was humongous, we spent all night trying to come up with fun new names for it I think Giganga was the one that suck. Leave it to yours truly to knock it down trying to be witty and make it hard for the next player. I think before the tower toppled it was only a foot or so from the ceiling fan. It was a fun filled night! Christmas morning was simple we opened a few presents and a nice breakfast then we headed to my sister in-laws for games and dinner! It was a very nice pleasant Christmas and the first time in TWO YEARS that we didn’t have a child or two in the hospital.

Our 3rd anniversary was on the 29th of December and I have to tell ya I always thought it would take years for me to not want to do anything special for our anniversary but by the time we actually made it out the door I was ready to call it a night. My mom came over to take the kids for us so we could go out and the event began….. Jack started a coughing fit and I knew the night was over! You have to understand, for some reason my kids think its just plain hilarious to make what should be a nice night, a catastrophe. Jack starts the coughing fit so I have him come into the kitchen to get a drink to clam him down before the inevitable happens. Much to my chagrin it was too late and he threw up all over the floor. My mom picks him up and puts him on the counter to clean him off only to be the victim of Jacks next spew that was much worse. And because he was on the counter it not only got all over my mom but also splattered on every surface of my kitchen. I sigh and think “well at least its in the kitchen and it’s easy to clean up” right?! HA! No no I’m not that lucky….Sam comes running in to see what the commotion is all about and slips in the throw up and smacks is head on the tile!! Oh Boy!! So I pick the weeping tot up and try to comfort him by rocking him and pacing back and forth in the living room……whats that you say…. In the living room? Yes you guessed it Sam throws up all over me (who now is wondering why she ever got dressed up in the first place) and the carpet which is not as easy to clean up. Needles to say you can now understand A- why we never go out and B- why I was so ready for the night to be over