Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I just had to post one more thing before the year ended. Tyda has made the end of our year awesome. She has rolled over by herself for the first time today. What a big girl we have! Love you Tyda girl!

Happy New Year!!!!

Hoorah for 2009! Can you believe that 2008 has already come and gone? The twins turned 2 in the winter. Dan graduated and turned 29 in the spring. Tyda was born in the summer and blessed in the fall. I sewed my very first halloween costume (with the help of my mother-in-law) in the fall and I turned 29 in the winter. How fast this year has gone.

I didn't really make any goals this past year or in the past few years to be honest. I know that I should always have some sort of goal, but I was a slacker. What me? I would never slack! :) Well, because of my lack of ambition, I have decided to write here for all to see, my goals for the coming year. They may not be magnificent goals, but they will be some that I am able to meet.

1. Be nicer.
2. Workout at least 3 times a week.
3. Go back to school.
4. Start a decent food storage.
5. Be more patient.
6. Go snowboarding.
7. Go to St. George to visit my Grammy.
8. Camp and hike more.
9. Go to the Temple more.
10. Watch my sister and her family seal the deal for Eternity!

I hope that you all have had a wonderful 2008 and that you make 2009 a year of complete joy!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008


What a calm and relaxing Christmas it was this year! The girls were so excited for Santa to come and give them toys and candy, but when Christmas morning came around they wouldn't go upstairs unless Dan was holding them, because they thought that Santa was still there. After we got them calmed down and showed them that Santa was not at the house and he left them some toys and treats, they were way excited to eat my dad's WONDERFUL waffles and open gifts. We got a lot of wonderful gifts and we thank everyone who gave them to us. They are all very much appreciated.

These are the Christmas Eve PJ's the kids got.

The girls are in heaven. They recieved a few princess dresses this year.

Dan and I decided that we were going to buy the Wii and we wouldn't get each other anything else. It has been a good present. Everyone has had fun playing with it. Here is a clip of Dad and Jenna boxing. As you can tell it gets pretty crazy especially with Jenna playing!

Dad and Jenna Boxing from Tiffany on Vimeo.

The day after Christmas, we hooked a tube up to the 4-wheeler and had all the little kids ride in it on the lawn. They had a blast. Then when they were done, the older people went out to the field and went crazy. I got pretty beat up and fell off the tube the most. It has been a long long time since I have done anything in the snow. I had a lot of fun.

Dan and I Sledding from Tiffany on Vimeo.

The girls wanted to go outside to play on Saturday, so Dan took them out and they ended up on the trampoline. They were really funny because there was ice on part of it, so they kept falling.

Girls on trampoline from Tiffany on Vimeo.

Whitney and her family weren't able to make it down, so we missed them. And Ali is in Spain, so after 10 years we weren't able to see her, but I'm so glad that she was able to spend it with her family. Missed all of you and hope that you had the best Christmas possible!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Snow

I can't believe how much snow we have gotten just today. Dan went out to shovel around noon and then I just went out and shoveled again around 3:30 (so I could leave to go to work). It had pretty much stopped when I went out to shovel, but when I finished it was snowing pretty hard again. I'm sure we will be back out again to do it all over again. Which I really can't complain that much, because I love the snow. Plus, I can get a good workout doing so. The only thing that I don't really care about is how crappy it is to drive in. Well here is a couple pictures of me standing in our yard. I have some of Dan's boots on, and it is pretty much covering them.

It really started coming down right when we were taking this picture.

Friday, December 19, 2008


When the girls woke up this morning and came out into the front room, they found Zoey sitting on the couch in her "Apple Dress" (that is what the kids all call these dresses, because there is a little apple on them). After the girls ate their breakfast, they HAD to wear their "apple dresses". They are a touch small, but at least the twins' fit a lot better than Zoey's. You can pretty much see Zoey's bum when she is walking around. (They are size 24 month.) These are one of their favorite dresses, so they like to wear them as often as I'll let them.

Snow snow and more snow

The other day we had the girls go outside to play for a bit. It was really the first time this year that we have gone out to play. The girls love it so much and are always wanting to go out. Today I just bought them some snow pants (finally), so when we do go out, they won't get all wet. This storm that is upon us is quite the storm. It is crazy how much snow we are getting and will be getting the next few days. It has been such nice weather, so I guess it was bound to catch up to us. I don't think we will be going very many places until it gets a little bit better!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

1. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I like them all, but I really love "Where are you Christmas".

2. When was your most memorable Christmas?
I don't think that I have one that is better than the rest. They have all been great.

3. What is your favorite Christmas treat?
It used to be mint M&M's and now I don't really have one.

4. What do you dislike most about the Christmas season?

5. What do you like best about the Christmas season?
Christmas Spirit

6. Who is the hardest person to shop for on your Christmas list?
Dan's Parents

7. If you could receive one gift without money being an issue, what would it be? A new furnished house!

8. What is your idea of a perfect Christmas Eve?
(All the Christmas Eve's growing up were perfect) Opening the Christmas Eve PJ's while waiting for Santa to show up. Once Santa gets there and we've told him what we wanted, we get into our PJ's and read the bible story. Everyone piles into one room to excited to sleep, but eventually sleep evades us.

9. Which do you like best, eggnog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate

10. Do you prefer a fancy Christmas tree, or one decorated by the kids?
I like the ones decorated by the kids.

11. What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?
We haven't done it for a few years, but we would go help fill the bags for Santa and then we would go sledding.

12. Do you like fruitcake?
No way!

13. Do you prefer skiing or snowboarding?
I have only been once for both, but I did like snowboarding better. I am hoping I get to go this year.

14. Are you dreaming of a white christmas or do you say “Bah Humbug” to snow?
A white Christmas.

15. What was your favorite gift from Santa when you were a kid?
I can't remember back very far, but I can remember when Shai and I got our day beds. That was fun.

16. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
"Miracle of 34th Street"

17. Have you ever eaten snow?
Yes. And I don't think I will ever be too old to do so.

18. Who do you wish could be with you this Christmas?

19. When do you put up your Christmas lights and decorations?
Usually after Thanksgiving, but this year my tree was up before. I think because it was so warm and not feeling at all like winter/Christmas, I wanted to feeling in our home.

20. Real or artificial Christmas Tree?
Artificial, but I do love the smell of real. We try to switch everyother year.

21. Who do you want to tag?
Anyone who feels so inclined to share with us a part of their life.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Dan was trying to take a nap yesterday and Hawley kept crawling all over him. He was getting frustrated and telling her to get off of him and she started to lick his chin. He kept telling her to stop and she just said that she was licking his hair (his goatee). He whispered for her to come over and lick me. She slowly made her way to me and tried to lick me. I kept pushing her away and I said "I don't have any hair, go lick your Dad." She just looked at me and said "I need to lick your polka-dots." She knows that they are called freckles, but she has just recently started calling them polka-dots. Cute Cute.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Conversation with Scarlett

I was getting the girls a granola bar this afternoon and I was telling them that they had to give me a kiss and tell me they loved me first. Hawley did it and ran away after I gave it to her. As Scarlett was waiting for me to open hers, I said "I love you."
"I love you."
"I love you more."
"No, I love you more."
"I love you so much."
"I love you so much."
"You are super cute!"
"I know. I am super cute."
I just laughed and told her it was true and let her run away with her granola bar. Somedays are just crazy and I don't think that I can make it through another 5 minutes and then they say little things or do something that makes being a mom worth it all!

Little Tidbits

While we were at Jenna's yesterday, the girls were all in Zoey's room cleaning up so we could go home. Well Dan went in to see if they were almost done and this is what he found...

It is a bead up Scarlett's nose. I guess it is true "Like Mother Like Daughter". I put a bean up my nose when I was little.

I totally forgot about this day. We had gone over to help Ali pack up her things and the girls started to play on the treadmill. It was so hilarious! While we were watching this video, the girls kept saying that they wanted to go to Ali's to "play with it". Ali we miss you and hope that you are having fun in good old Spain.

Treadmill Fun from Tiffany on Vimeo.

I thought that you would all like to know what a calm version of Zoey is like, today at least.

Crazy Zoey from Tiffany on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Twenty What????

Another year down and many many more to go (hopefully). Today I turned 29. Can you believe it? Me either. Time has gone by so quickly for me. It seems like just yesterday that I was single. Now I have three beautiful little girls and an amazing husband. Crazy crazy!

Sarah took me to dinner yesterday to Applebee's and I'll just say that it is a good thing that we like each other and we can talk forever, because that is how long it took to get our food--FOREVER!! It took about 30-40 min to get our food (which we ended up getting for free. What a good present. :) YEAH!!!) and then the lights at our table blew out, so it was really dark. I guess it just wasn't our night. It was fun though and I'm glad that I was able to go. Thanks Sarah for a fun night!

Yes I have a nasty cold sore!
Today Dan took me to finally see Twilight, which had the potential to be good, but was just alright and then to eat at Goodwood BBQ. Jenna and Dustin watched the kids for us and then we had some brownies and icecream at their house.

Jenna got me a new purse (like 2 months ago) which I love. Thanks Jenna. I got a coat (that I fell in love with awhile back) from Dan, Morgan, Sarah, Kim, Shai and Mom and Dad Brooks. Thanks all of you. I really do love it. It was a wonderful day and I'm so grateful to have the family that I do have. You are all AMAZING!
My Coat

Just wait til next year when I turn 30--holy crap!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Stuff

Yesterday we went to the mall with Morgan and Cody. They had come up for a company Christmas party and stayed the night. While at the mall we ran into Ryan while the kiddos were riding the cars.

Then we did a little bit of shopping. I got a new dress and some shirts and a couple pairs of shoes. I went into the store to get one pair and ended up getting two because they were having a sale. It was a great sale too. They are actually the same shoe, but in black and brown. I love them. I am going through a phase where I want more and more shoes. I have never really had a thing for shoes, but lately I have been wanting more and more of them. I guess that it is about time for it, because I have gone through phases of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc... The girls' stockings are new too.

Scarlett likes wearing my dress.

Then my friend Sarah and I went to our Spa's Christmas party. I got my eyelashes tinted (I've wanted to try it out for a while) while she got her brows waxed. The best thing about it was that it was free! I'm all about free! I am not going to take a picture of them because that will be way too close to my face and you all don't need to see that. But I think that I will really like it.
Thanks for everything Dan I love you so much and I'm glad that you like to hang out with me!

I hope that you have all had a great weekend! Start your week out great and smile!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dan's Crown

This is the man that I love so much!

I guess this is the way that manly men wear them! :)

In case you can't tell, it is an upside down tutu. I have been making them for Christmas presents this year. The girls are in love with them and I haven't even gotten around to making them one. If anyone is interested in buying, let me know what size waist and what color and I'll sell them to you for $10 a piece.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Decorations, Santa, and Thanksgiving

I've been behind on my posts lately and that is probably because I don't feel like writing anything. I haven't been feeling well the past week or so and I am using that as my poor excuse to be somewhat lazy!
So to catch you all up on what has gone on in our lives. We put up all our Christmas decorations and the girls had a blast decorating the tree. As you can see a lot of the decorations are on the bottom and I will leave it exactly the way they decorated it. I love it!

The day before Thanksgiving we took the kids to the mall to go have a visit with Santa. All day I had been telling them that we were going to go see Santa and sit on his lap and tell him what we want for Christmas, because 'Santa gives us toys on Christmas'. They were so excited to go. When we get there, they see him sitting there and get all excited saying 'Santa Santa'. Zoey went first and she did awesome and then it was the girls' turn and they didn't do so well. I walked Scarlett up to him and she just started crying and didn't want to get anywhere near him. Dan was holding Hawley and she was doing the same thing. Finally Santa slid over so Dan could sit by him and hold the girls. Hawley went first and she told Santa what she wanted and was very excited to get some candy. Scarlett was hesitant to go even though she would be able to sit on Dan's lap, but she did and she talked to Santa for a bit and then got her candy. They waved and said goodbye and were happy as can be. Silly girls! Sorry about these pics, they were taken by Jenna's camer and she doesn't know how to work it.

Thanksgiving was a good time. We went to Delta and just hung out with family. We stayed until Saturday so we could go to the tree festival and then we came home. I didn't take any pictures, because I am so scatterbrained and completely forgot.
So there is an update of what is going on in our house. Nothing to exciting, but as long as things aren't crappy, I'll take it.
Oh by the way I am so excited because I am completely DONE with my Christmas shopping! YEAH!!!!!

Mad Skills

Do any of you have any mad skills? "You know, like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills." Well this girl has some way mad skills. Talk about impressive! What is your skill?

I have none.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Day Just Got Better!

I don't know if any of you know, but I am very very easy to make happy! Just the littlest of things make my day. I have had one of those days. My silverware drawer has been the most disastrous thing ever since we moved into this shabby house. Here is the embarrassing proof...

Many of you are probably wondering why I don't have a silverware holder and I will tell you why. The drawers in my kitchen are such small weird little areas and a holder wouldn't fit. It isn't on the top of my list, so whenever I go to the store I always forget to look for something.
Well the other day I was getting a frame or something and I happen to glance down an aisle and there they were. The perfect containers to hold my silverware and on the plus side--they were only $1. When I got home, I immediately arranged the drawer and can I tell you how excited I was. Like I said before, the littlest things make me happy. It is such a magnificent thing to open that little drawer and not have to dig through the mountain of spoons, forks, knives and sporks. My day just got better!


Friday, November 21, 2008

4 Months Already

The past 4 months have gone by so fast. Tyda is getting so big and is so fun. She is talking and laughing like crazy! Everyone says that she looks just like the twins, what do you think?

This is Tyda at 4 months.

This is the twins when they were 4 months.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Quilts

We got a package today with some fun new stuff. Grandma Brooks sent the girls their finished quilts (and a couple of shirts :)). She has been working on these quilts for awhile and I was excited to see them all done. They turned out WAY cute. Thanks Grandma your the best! Zoey was pretty bummed when I took them out and I didn't have anything for her. She actually ran to the door and cried for her mom. Poor Zoey!

Hawley's Quilt

Scarlett's Quilt

This video is for you Grandma. It doesn't show how excited they were at first, but I got some of their excitement.

New Quilts from Tiffany on Vimeo.

Thanks again. They are gorgeous. I'm excited to see Tyda's!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cassette Tapes

I knew that there was a reason that they stopped making cassette is because it was such a hassel to keep the kids from making a mess with them! When I pulled out my halloween totes the beginning of October I found this sound effect halloween tape. I haven't had a cassette player for the longest time, so I just threw it on the ground and if the kids got to it, then who cares. Well they did get to it and the rest is history! Pretty much the instant that they had it they were pulling the tape out of it. They had fun playing with it!

It is pretty cool how far we have come with the technology that we have. I'm glad that I live today when we have all the things that we use every day. What a blessing it all is!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

We have another....

Hawley didn't start sucking her left thumb until she was about 6 months, but we now have our little Tyda sucking her two middle fingers on her right hand. She will be 4 months next week. We are on a roll... 2 out of 3. How many more will we have? If we are anything like my family, the rest will follow in suit. My mom had six kids and only Ryan (the oldest) didn't suck anything (although he sucks now! :) Just kidding Bro!). I do have to admit that it is easier than a paci--it never gets lost or falls and it is very cute when a baby does it, but it is much harder to break the habit.

Tyda at 4 months

Hawley at 6 months

I guess we will just have to wait and see what comes our way!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I am a bit deafer (is that a word?) today. We had the opportunity to attend the TSO concert last night. It was just as good as last year! I really enjoy watching them and listening to the loud music. It was really funny to watch a couple of people down on the floor--they were pretty crazy and annoying. We had pretty good seats, which is a plus. If you haven't been to one of their concerts you should see about going. I love it!

This is Dan and I after the concert. I did take a couple pics of the concert with my phone, but I haven't put them on the computer yet. So if I get around to ever putting them on then I will post them, but don't wait around for that!

Thanks to Jenna and Dustin for watching the little ones. You have helped us out a ton and we thank you for everything!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

8 Things about me...

8 TV shows that I watch (in no particular order):
1. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
2. Backyardigans
3. Little Einsteins
4. Dora the Explorer
As you can tell half of the shows I watch are kid shows. I don't watch much TV, but when I do there are only a few shows that I will watch.
5. Extreme Makeover Home Edition
6. Jon & Kate Plus 8
7. What Not to Wear
8. The Girls Next Door (I know this is morally wrong, but I am very intrigued by the way that they live and that they want to live that way--and so many other people want that chance as well. Hello he is 82!)

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Macaroni Grill
2. Cafe Rio
3. Noodles and Company
4. Goodwood BBQ
5. Jason's Deli
6. Chili Works
7. Taco Bell
8. Hogi Yogi

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
1. Woke up at 4am (Crazy kids)
2. Fed children
3. Showered
4. Went to Old Navy (They are having a sale right now.)
5. Went to Payson Hospital to visit my Mom
6. Read with Dan
7. Ate
8. Slept

8 Things That I am Looking Forward To:
1. The Holidays
2. TSO Concert
3. Receiving my pictures the beginning of next week
4. Being Debt Free (hahaha will never happen)
5. Dan getting a job that he loves
6. Secrets that will happen within the next year
7. Watching my kids grow
8. 7:30--the time I get home from work, so I can be with my family.

8 Things on My Wish List
1. Travel the world
2. Be debt free
3. A new coat
4. A bigger house
5. A nice, cute bed frame
6. Good health forever
7. A new wardrobe
8. Happily Ever After

8 Things I Love:
1. Dan
2. Scarlett
3. Hawley
4. Tyda
5. Free or huge discounts
6. Pictures
7. Spring and Fall
8. All my Families

8 Things I Can't Stand:
1. Most Veggies
2. Criminals
3. People who think that they know EVERYTHING or have to have a story to top your story
4. Doing my hair
5. $3-$4 Gas. It is almost below $2 woo-hooo.
6. When restaurants get my order wrong (which seems to always happen to me)
7. Athletes who get paid millions and teachers who get next to nothing.
8. Ignorance

8 People to Tag:
1. Shai
2. Jenna
3. Ali
4. Carrie
5. Jen
6. Whitney
7. Krystal
8. Heidi

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bath Time

The girls were taking a bath the other night and I decided to have Tyda join them. She was laughing at the girls and just having a fun time. The girls liked having her with them, so they could play with her. They absolutely love their 'Baby Tyda'.

Tyda loves having baths, but she really likes the tub where there is a lot more water to splash and lay down in.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Our little Biker Chick

This motorcycle is a remote control bike that I got for Dan for Christmas last year. We thought it was a good size for Tyda.


A couple of weeks ago I had my friend Carrie and her sister Chellese take our pictures. We did some regular ones and then we did some with the girls in their halloween costumes. I think they turned out really cute. I'm excited to have them hanging in our house.