Saturday, December 3, 2011


Friday, December 2, 2011

one year ago...

One year ago:
She was my mother-in-law
She was Andy's mom
She was my children's grandma
She was kind hearted and loving

She is a person I admire, respect, and understand
She is an incredible woman
She is a fighter, a survivor
She is my friend

One year ago, Andy called and said his mom had been in a car accident.  I walked in an ICU room and saw a broken woman hooked up to several machines and tubes. She remained sedated and intubated for a long while.  Five months in the hospital.  Then she came to stay with our family.  She kept getting stronger and stronger.  I changed. My heart grew. I gained a deeper love and appreciation for who my mother-in-law is.  We would watch Dancing with the Stars and comment on the big ta-tas.  We ate lots of tacos and tacoish meals (people brought in meals and for some reason we kept getting tacos).  We played cards and Sudoku.  We had fun hanging out together. The kids loved having Grandma around.  Hank would wake up in the morning and start yelling from his crib "grandpa, grandpa" (not sure why he called her grandpa).  The girls would go sit on her bed as soon as she woke up in the mornings (sometimes they went in before she was awake).  They drew her lots of pictures and "I love you" notes and hung them up in her room.  Andy and I were able to go on a couple late-night dates after the kids were in bed.  We all missed having her around when she went home.  I am seriously grateful SHE is MY mother-in-law.  So glad she is part of my life.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

hello my name is kim and I have a problem

The first step is recognizing the problem, right?
This is what the kitchen looks like after I have been in it.
When I open a cabinet, I do not close it.
I do not know why I do this over and over and over and over.
I have walked into an open cabinet before--does not make a head feel good.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I think it is awesome that the two year old likes to sing along with justin beiber:
baby, ba-by, baby ohh!

fall fashion advice

With the cooler weather here, take some fashion tips from Hank.
Remember accessories, hats, boots, and layering (and of course pants are always optional) 

14th place and proud of it

Wakely had her first gymnastics meet.  She goes to practice 3 times a week for 2 1/2 hours each time and has been working hard.  She did routines on the bar, beam, floor and vault.  She tried her best and seemed really content with just participating. So in her level and age 13 girls had higher scores than Wakely and 5 girls had lower scores.  She was just happy to get a trophy.

Superdeeduper Saturday Projects

This is what I have been doing lately.
Getting everything ready for our Super Saturday.
Planning, shopping, sanding, painting, gluing. 
Now it is over and I am happy about that.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

Let me say how totally ridiculous Trunk or Treat is.  There was a lady going around with her own pillowcase and no little kids--and she wasn't even dressed up.  I called her out on it and she said she had to bring kids so she deserved to get candy.  Seriously? I brought kids too, and guess what? I am handing out candy.  Candy that I bought to give to LITTLE kids wearing costumes.  So then I started to hand out spider rings to people who should not be participating due to age.   Yeah, I totally showed them. Seriously, teenagers take your own money and go buy yourself some candy if you need it that bad.  And the adults--well that is just messed up on a whole different level. And another thing...the kids don't even say "trick-or-treat". They just stand there like dummies holding their treat sacks. How hard is it to say trick-or treat? 

Just for the record, I had my kids say trick-or-treat AND thank you? We are pretty wild and crazy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


So every once in awhile I do things that really impress the girls. 
Recently, Drew saw me ironing and was amazed I knew how to iron. 
Today was crazy hair day at school.
With some hair dye and a few accessories I totally impressed them with my hair skills. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Being the little brother

Isn't is great to have two big sisters?

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Old Man

The setting: Bear Lake
The scene: Waiting in line for the bathroom (two available)
The particpants: a dad and his two girls, and two teens

Andy and the girls were waiting in line for the bathroom at Bear Lake.  Two teenager girls were also in line.  Wake went in to one bathroom and the girl went into the other.  Wake came out and Drew went in.  The girl yells to her friend, "Hurry, the two little girls are already finished." Andy then takes his turn.  As he leaves the girl yells, "Come on, the old man is finished too." 


Friday, July 8, 2011

Mini Triathalon

As part of our family reunion, they had a mini triathalon. 
Andy designated himself the "course master" and led the pack of kids on their route.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hot Rockin 4th

Henry had lots to say about the "LOUD cars".

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lagoon Love

We went to Lagoon with Elynn and her girls.  Andy drove the minivan full of kids and Elynn and I went in her car.  Both cars pulled up to pay for parking with the same attendant.  Andy chats with the worker and tells him to let the car next to him know that he thinks the passenger is hot and hopes to go on the skyride with her.  The worker smiled and passed on the message. Of course I was flattered--who wouldn't be?

Hank is practicing for his "girls gone wild" audition

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Henry is always on high alert for tractors.
Now I am also on high alert for tractors.
Anything that is not a car is a "tractor" 
I especially liked when he saw a golf cart and called it a tractor
He loves talking about Grandpa's tractor (aka riding lawn mower)

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Wakely's baptism was great.  It was so fun to see how excited she was.  We had a fun surprise--Elynn and her three younger girls came.  Wakely had Grandma Jan give a prayer, Aunt Sallie give a talk, and the Stevensons (ward members who are part of the Mo-Tab) perform a musical number.  She loved sharing the day with her bf Raeganne.  She really is growing up and turning into a little lady. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kindergarten Communication

I think it is great how notes are sent home with kindergartners.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Captain Field Day

Mr Meikle organized Field Day for the elementary school.  He got lots of compliments and everything went really well.  I heard Wakely telling someone, "That guy in the yellow shirt, he is MY dad." 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Just like Daddy

Henry likes to be just like Daddy.  Andy got out of the shower and was toweling off.  Henry quickly unzipped his footie jammies and pointed to his manhood--another thing he realized they had in common.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some of Henry's favorites:
shoes, the vacuum, Birdie