Monday, December 21, 2009

I don't know what to say.

This article makes me so completely sad, sick, upset, hurt, mad, etc... I can't believe that people can actually be this way and that we have let our country make stupid laws like this!

Christmas Spirit

Our Sunday School lesson yesterday was basically remembering the true meaning of Christmas. (I have a seventeen month old little crazy and so I wasn't there the whole time.) There was a list on the board:


Then there were columns that said:

Most Excited
Most Important

We were to number them in order in both columns. Mine of course were not in the same order, as I'm sure some of yours aren't. We then discussed why that is. During this discussion is when I left to do my job being the "Hall Monitor", but before I left some people mentioned things like: the stores have Christmas up at Halloween and is too commercialized, we are suppose to be politically correct and therefore, Christ is taken out of Christmas, we love the food and the parties, etc...
I didn't think much about it until later that night when I realized that as a parent I have been the biggest reason why it isn't more about Christ in our home. I have tried to let the girls know the reason that we celebrate Christmas, this morning when I said Christmas is Jesus birthday Jo Jo just laughed at me and told me that it wasn't. And when I tried to tell them that we should give Jesus a gift (of being nice) she almost started crying and told me that she didn't want to give him her presents. I obviously am not doing a very good job! :)
Now the reason that it is my fault of why Christmas isn't more Christ centered is because, I have been the one telling the girls to be nice or Santa isn't coming and that if they aren't nice they will get their presents taken away. Now I'm pretty sure that most parents have threatened their kids with this at one time or another and I don't know about them, but it doesn't really work. Kids will do whatever they want, whether Santa "sees" or not.
Since I've come to this conclusion, I've decided to act differently. Instead of saying that Santa isn't going to bring their presents I tell the girls that Jesus wouldn't want us hurting each other and he really wants us to be nice, to give, and to be happy. There will be no more talk about Santa not coming if they aren't good. It needs to be more about Christ and being friendly, kind, gracious, and giving.
One other thing that I've started and I hope will be a good tradition to help the crazies is that I only buy them three presents. (Of course they will get their stocking and Santa gift, but from Dan and I there will only be three gifts.) The meaning behind the three gifts is that Jesus got three gifts when he was born and so to help us try to remember him more that is what we get. I also hope that it will teach them not to be greedy children and know that it isn't just about them.

Sorry if this is all jumbled, but I needed to write down how I was feeling. Since I have started this blog, it has become my journal and I haven't been as good writing about my feelings. I think that I do well in preserving the things that happen on a daily basis with the crazies, but I need to do better at writing my feelings and thoughts down.

I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and try to keep Christ in your homes!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our First Snow

For my birthday I received this....

It is from my wonderful and thoughtful sis-in-law, Sarah.

This morning the girls played, for the first time this season, in snow.

SB even tried to make a snowman.

It was a mess.

But they had a blast!

Thanks Sarah. We love it!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Wednesday

This project has been needing to be done for quite awhile. I just haven't had any days when I feel like doing some major cleaning. Well I made today that day. This is what our desk has looked like for a bit. We have been throwing everything on it.

Now it looks like this.

I feel like I have accomplished something. Oh wait, I just remembered that I took everything from the desk and put it here.

I think I need more space!

The Best New Thing Yet!

Yesterday our new something was very unplanned. The crazies napped! All of them. Of course they had to be in separate rooms, but they were tired enough not to play and just sleep.

SB slept on the couch.

Jo Jo slept in my bed.

And of course this lovely little one slept in her crib, so she couldn't escape. Although, she wouldn't have escaped anyways because she was sound asleep when I put her in there, but still. I like the fact that I have to get her out when she wakes up. She loves the person who gets her out the best. And I love to be loved!

For two glorious hours the house was extremely quite and I was able to get some cleaning, cooking, and relaxing done. Oh my it was wonderful!!!

And while I'm talking about sleeping, wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to fall asleep like this?

Monday, December 14, 2009


We went to see Santa on Saturday and the twins did so good! I definitely thought that they would cry or not even get close to him, but I was so wrong. When it was our turn they went right up and started to talk with him before they were even on his lap. I helped get them up on his lap and they got a picture.

We then attempted to get Ty to sit on his lap, but she would have none of it. So Santa came up with a great idea and this is the picture that we got.

I love it and Ty was completely happy. After the picture Santa sat back down and talked with the girls for a while. They told him what they wanted and he asked them what their favorite colors were and then stories about how Mrs. Claus' favorite color is purple. He was such a wonderful Santa. I'm sure the other people in line were wishing that we would hurry up. When we were leaving Ty started to laugh and waved bye to Santa. She is so much like the twins (with everything) I sometimes wonder if they should have been triplets.
It was a wonderful experience and I'm happy that we were able to go see him this season.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Are You Serious?

It has come and gone and I still don't know if it has registered.
It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be.
Dan had a way harder time than I did.
I think I should probably have completed more in my life by this point.
I'm already losing my memory, but that could be because of being with kids all the time.
Or it could be that I inherited my mothers brain.
I haven't cut my hair in a seriously long time and my beautiful sister-in-law fixed it up for me.
My nieces and nephew came over and watched the girls.
Dan took me to dinner at Macaroni Grill. It was delicious.
I'm waiting for him to get back from taking the kids home so we can get all cozy and watch a flick or something.
30. I can't believe that I am 30.
Oh well, Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Everything New

I haven't been posting my something news very well. So I just thought that I would make sure that y'all know that I am still doing them. I've done crafts which I am not posting because they are presents, cooking some good things and some things that don't really work out (I guess I should read the instructions a little bit better), rearranging my bedroom (what do you think? I wish I had some paint and then it would look even better.)

We've been without any TV or movies for full days (whiny kids keep quiet and out of your hair when Backyardigans or Baby Einsteins is on!) We haven't been back to the park, but that is because the kids are sick and it is cold outside. I took pics (with our crappy camera) and edited them as best I could with not a lot to work with for our Christmas cards. I think they look somewhat decent. It has been a long time since Ty has been sick and so we remembered that she loves this...

She loves it. I don't know what that means.

This one means that the crazies are getting along.

It is a good day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Ty has officially perfected her fake cry! She likes to get into something she shouldn't and then go sit in timeout. When she sits down I tell her what she did wrong and then she cries for about 2-3 seconds and then stops. I will then remind her what she did wrong and she cries again for about 2-3 seconds and gets up and runs away. Here is a video of it, well some of it, she was just wanting to drink and talk to me.

Ty in Trouble from Tiffany on Vimeo.

She has joined the drama club with the twins and everyday is full of fun and adventure. If I ever do have a boy, I honestly don't know what I will do. My life is full of drama, girls, painted toes, pink, singing and dancing. But I wouldn't change any of it for anything else. I am happy where I am!

Ty, you are my little baby and I love you so much. You are such a sweetheart and I hope you always stay that way. You love to be with your sisters and make them laugh. You are definitely a show off. You love to wear your leggings even if you are in your pj's. You are so fun and loving and make your daddy and I laugh all the time. Love you baby girl!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Something New Thursday

Today the girls and I made Homemade Brownies. I've never made them before (I always use the box mix) and I had a recipe, so we tried it.
Here the girls are helping and smiling.

Here the girls are licking like there is no tomorrow.

Here are the brownies.

Here are the girls enjoying their final product.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I took the kids to the park yesterday.
It was a fun park.
It was one of the better ones that we've been too.
There was a man with his grandson there.
The girls quickly made friends with him (the grandson).
We had been playing for about a half an hour.
I happened to see a car pull into the parking lot.
A 40 something man got out of the car and lit up.
He had no children with him.
I was watching Ty go down the slide.
The weirdo walked by and then stopped and watched.
Started to wonder why this man is here at the park.
Praying that he would just go away.
He started a conversation.
"How many kids do you have?"
"Dang you've been busy."
ha ha ha
I turned away and talked with Ty.
Didn't stop him.
"I hope that you have a husband or boyfriend to help you with them."
Said "Ya I do." Thinking "GO AWAY!!"
I'm giving him no reason to keep talking, but he is weird and so he keeps going.
He talks about his 2 1/2 year old boy.
I just nod my head and watch the crazies.
He asked me what Dan does and then the weirdo gets a little bit more weird.
He starts to tell me about a cop that jacked up his shoulders.
The whole story.
Like I care.
He is getting really frustrated talking about this cop.
Tells me that he is waiting for the day to beat up this cop.
Goes to his car and pulls out a paper and tells me the cops name and badge number.
What am I going to do with it? I have no idea.
Gives me his name and asks for mine.
He isn't getting any more info from me.
Shakes my hand.
The man that was there at the park left soon after the weirdo had gone.
I hope he was sticking around until this man left to somewhat protect me.
Needless to say, Dan wants me to get my concealed weapons permit.
I just laughed.
I have some pepper spray.
That will do for me.

Something New Wendesday

This morning we decided to have a picnic breakfast. The girls were so excited to eat on the floor. Even Ty had a fun time. I guess anything from the ordinary is exciting!

Of course I have to have two pictures for all faces to be seen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something New Tuesday

I have made a couple of goals for myself for the month of December. The one that I will be blogging about all the time is:
Do something new every weekday.
Today was the first day to start this new goal.
Today I cooked something new.

It wasn't the worst meal that I've had and it wasn't the best, but it definitely needed something else.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Because Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away I am going to say how grateful I am for something nice and comfy to sit on.
We had stake conference last Sunday and we had to sit on those hard chairs and boy was my butt in pain after two hours.
We bought a couch about 4 years ago.
I love that couch, it has been with us through so much.
Here is a picture of said couch.

Well the sad thing is that that couch didn't fit into our new apartment. It is extra long and the way to get into our front room well, it just didn't fit.
We didn't have anything for about a week and then Dan's wonderful brother and his wife let us borrow their love seat for about a month while we shopped around for something.
And I will say right now how hard it is to find something for cheap, but something that will hold up and isn't completely ugly.
For the week that we didn't have a couch, it was somewhat uncomfortable to sit on the ground for long periods of time.
Luckily we have a recliner, but that only holds 1 adult and maybe 2 or 3 or 4 kids.
Well we finally found a futon that was within our budget and the reviews were good, so we went ahead and purchased it.
We also figured that a futon would be good in case anyone was crazy enough to spend the night at our house.
Here is a picture of our new couch.

It is red.
I have wanted a red couch for awhile.
We are happy with the purchase and now I don't have to worry about the kids destroying their uncle and aunts couch.
I only have to worry about them destroying everything in my house.
And anyone else's house that we enter for that matter.
Watch out Nana and Papa here we come.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thank Them!

Go send a card to a deployed serviceman now. The cards are free and are sent in care packages. Let them know that you are thankful for what they do, especially during the holiday season!!! Visit

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Morning D-R-A-M-A!!!

Sometime around 4 this morning Jo Jo decided to wake up and tried to get into bed with us. I told her no and to go get back into her bed. She started to cry and told me "my bed isn't comfy." I replied that it is comfy and she tells me "I'll wake up the other girls." I told her that she won't because if she does she will get in big trouble and that she can come sleep with me when Dad goes to work. She didn't leave and go to bed and so Dan got all upset and told her to get into her room. She fell to the ground and started bawling. I got up and carried her to her room and when I walked in she started to cry harder, so I set her down in the hallway and she stopped crying. I told her to do what she wants, but she can't sleep with me. I got back into bed and then the bathroom light goes on and then off, so I got up and she is trying to shut the bathroom door. I opened it and she started crying even harder and told me that she wants to sleep in the hallway. I grabbed her and sat on the couch. We talked for a little bit (while she was still crying) and then she asks me for a drink and I said "No, not when you are acting this way."
"I'm not acting!"
We talked a little bit longer and then she laid down on the couch and I covered her and went to bed.
Of course I couldn't sleep after that and I just laid there and thought about everything. Then around 5:30ish Dan got up and ready for work. He went and got Jo Jo to bring her into bed with me, but she started bawling again. She wanted to now sleep on the couch and not with me, so Dan told her that he has to get ready and she should sleep with me. She didn't want to so he put her back on the couch and she told him to turn all the lights off. He told her that he needed them on to get ready and he would turn them off when he left. She was fine with that and eventually went back to sleep.
This little girl is driving me crazy lately. She is starting to get a temper and a couple of times she has thrown something at me when she gets into trouble. Luckily she doesn't have much of an arm (or aim) and so they miss me terribly, but I am running out of ways to get her to listen to me and patience.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Visitors, Shark Reef, and Air Show

My parents came down this past weekend. The girls were so excited to have them here. They got here Friday and so we went to the Shark Reef which my mom has wanted to do for awhile. The girls were bummed that they didn't get to see any turtles (they were getting fed), but we all had a good time. The rest of the day we just hung out.

Saturday was the Air Show up at Nellis. Most of the day was spent in lines, we had to wait for two hours before we actually got to Nellis, but it was cool to see all the planes. The girls enjoyed them if they weren't so loud. It was not a warm day and I'm glad that we brought our sweaters.

Dustin, I think you may have some competition!

It was a fun couple of days with my parents and I'm glad that they came.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Dan has a radio for work and was listening to it last night. I heard Jo Jo talking, but she was in the room by herself, so I looked to see who she was talking to. She was having a conversation with the radio. When they would talk, she would talk right back answering question that they were asking or just talking about whatever. She didn't like when there were breaks and no one would talk. It was pretty hilarious!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nice Weather

This week has been so much better than last week!! Everything about it is better. I guess that doesn't mean much, it could still be crappy and be better than last week. Anyways, we have taken advantage of the nice weather and gone to the park and played outside with the chalk. The girls love it and it gives me some time to just watch them play and relax.
The crazies are getting so big and I love watching them play with each other. They play (for the most part) well together. Here are some pics of our day today.

Our Weekend Fun!

We were able to go to Delta for our annual pumpkin party. We usually do it on the Saturday before Halloween, but since it fell on a Saturday this year, we decided to do it on Halloween. The girls picked out their own costumes this year and were so excited to wear them. They told everyone they saw what they were going to be a couple of weeks before Halloween. They actually have what they want to be next year already picked out. Crazy girls!!
I was totally unprepared for this holiday. I don't know what it was, but I just wasn't as into it as I normally am. I forgot many things like my costume, Ty's tights, some pumpkins, etc... Luckily Jenna was able to find some pumpkins for us and so we were still able to participate in the contest. Dan and I were nice enough to let someone else win this year. :)

Mine and Emma and Elsa's


SB and Jo Jo's

Here are the girls dressed up and ready to go. SB as Snow White

Jo Jo as a "Cowgurl"

Ty, our miss Pumpkin Pie

My beautiful Crazies!!!

Their Uncle Ryan was nice enough to take them out door to door after the trunk or treat. The only problem they ran across was when they were walking up to one door a dog ran up to them and started barking. They all started to scream and ran back to the car. If you know my girls you know that they are terrified of any kind of animals, so this wasn't a good thing.

And here is the look that I constantly get from this guy.