2007: A Year in Review in Pictures

Here it is, just like I promised! 🙂  I wanted to do a collage of 12 pictures, one representing each month of 2007, but I have no idea how you guys do those cool things, so I’m just going through our photos and picking out stuff.  Let me tell you, it was really hard to pick just ONE per month!!  However, I did it.  And now… (drumroll please)… The 12 Pictures of 2007!!!! 

January — We were given a piano!!
Our Piano

February — The boys early one morning.
Tired Boys

March — At the park, after feeding ducks.
Spring Break

April — After our family Easter Egg hunt.
Easter Eggs

May — “C” is for Ches.
C is For Ches

June — Playing in our backyard.
In the Pool

July — My summer of Harry Potter.
The Book

August — Aiden’s first day of Kindergarten.
In Line

September — Parker’s 1st birthday.
New Toys

October — On a trip to the Phoenix Zoo.

November — Even Rebel Troopers must sleep sometime.

December — Our first family photo in a year.
Our Family 2007

Okay, friends. I want to see your photographic year in review!! 😀

Mi Casa es Su Casa

I got the BEST surprise this morning.  One of my closest friends from Reno is in Southern California and she was supposed to be going to San Diego for a few days.  Because of the fires, she obviously isn’t going.  So she looked up the distance and realized from her dad’s place to mine is only about 4 hours!!  So she called to see if she could come visit and stay the night with us. 

Uhhh, YEAH!!!!

I did a dance around the living room (making Parker and Dallin laugh), then called Ches’ office and left a giddy, crazy sounding message, complete with silly giggles.  I am SO excited to have my friend and her daughter come visit!!  YAY!

On a sad note, I am sorry for all those who have had to evacuate their homes in SoCal.  I’m sure it’s a scary thing, not knowing if your home was destroyed or not.  And for those who are there and haven’t had to evacuate yet, my home is open if/when you do evacuate and you don’t know where to go.  It may be a little further drive than you’d like, but we’re open!

Now, back to cleaning this office so Ly’ has some place to sleep tonight. 🙂


How many of you are on Facebook? I hear all the time about how great it is, but like MySpace, I just don’t see what the big deal is, honestly. I mean, it’s cool that I can keep up with some of my friends or family members, but there are SO many things out there for that. Heck, I’m signed up for stuff through Facebook, MySpace, Xanga, Beebo, Blogger, and WordPress. I would think that my blog is good enough, but I guess not. And being the sorry sheep that I am, any time someone invites me to be a member of something, I think “Why not?”

One cool thing about Facebook is that there is a WordPress application, so I am actually writing this post from my Facebook account, just to see how it goes.

I still feel like a sad little sheep. What things do you do that you follow others (sometimes blindly) in?


Sariah in Vancouver had her baby! Go check out the beautiful pictures and read about the birth. While you are reading about it, feel free to be a bit envious of Sariah. It seemed a little too easy to me! 😉 Just kidding, Sariah! Anyrate, be envious at the gorgeous new little girl. She’s a keeper, for sure.

Happy Blirthday to Me!

Yesterday was my one year anniversary of being a blogger. I had this really great post all written up and I was just putting the finishing touches on it, when my Yahoo! browser decided enough was enough and it shut down on me. Yes, those screams you all heard last night came from Reno. I was so upset! It was really good! I was too tired to sit and try to do it all again, so now I’m a day late, but here goes anyway. I doubt it’ll be as good, but I’ll certainly try.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this blogging world. I have made new friendships and rekindled old. I have learned a lot about other people (including some people I thought I already knew really well!), and I hope that others have enjoyed reading me and maybe learned one thing. Even if it’s just “Llamas eat grass.” Although I guess that would actually come from Aiden, not me. Anyway…

I want to share a little something that I have learned from each of you this past year, so I’m just going straight down my links list. At the end, I will mention some other blogs I enjoy, but haven’t linked to them (yet). Thanks for such a good first year everyone!!

Alyson — I learned to never write in a moment of anger about your husband. Oh, and that our boys are most definitely related (the whole Star Wars thing clinched it for me).

April — I learned that crayon on walls will bleed through paint, so you still have to scrub off the crayon. (This is advice I may need these next couple of weeks!)

Heather — I learned to be proud of being a stay-at-home mom, a homemaker, and a housewife. It’s a hard job, but it’s completely worth it.

Jen the Mom — I learned that I’m not the only one who is adept at blowing up a casserole dish full of the dinner that we were about to eat! Oh, and that it’s good to think, no, to know that you are hot while pregnant.

Karen — This is the hardest one, because I think I have learned the most from Karen! I have learned how to appreciate the flowers I see in people’s gardens, found some good music to listen to, that it’s okay to be an adult who loves Harry Potter as much as, if not more than, you own child, how to pick a good dry cleaner for my umbrella, and the difference between the words jealous and envy.

Erica — I learned that as much as I loved being 17 and 18, I sure don’t want to be in that stage of life again! Instead, I would rather live vicariously through Erica and hear of all her adventures and experiences.

TexAngel — I learned that some friendships, no matter how old, will never die. We lead such different lives in many ways, but we are still friends. Yay! And it’s good to be proud of you Southern heritage (although I guess I’m not really Southern. I just lived there for a few years and picked up a thing or two).

Dana — I learned to never try to vaccuum up frozen corn that your kids have mashed into the carpet. It will just ruin the vaccuum! I also learned that I wish I had spent more time with you that year we were at Ricks together. You are so cool! Why didn’t I see it then? My huge loss.

Cara — I learned to 1) not take myself too seriously, 2) sometimes a mohawk may just be the way to go, 3) it’s cool to get Naked in the grocery store, 4) sometimes you just need a break, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean anything serious is going on, but you need a break, so take one! 5) pie is good and probably essential to total world denomination. I can NOT wait to hang out with you (or should I say harrass you??) when we are living in the same city! 🙂

Timber — I learned how important it is to think eternally, rather than just for the here and now. The Gospel gives us such hope and puts so many things into perspective, Timber is able to be so positive all the time. I’m striving to be like her.

Sariah in Vancouver — First of all, all Sariahs are just the coolest people ever! Actually, I pretty much knew that, but this Sariah has just helped reaffirm it. I learned not to be scared of meeting someone new, and that Mr. Universe isn’t the only complete Lord of the Rings freak out there.

Kris — I learned how to show total and complete love to my family, yet still be sarcastic with the world around me. Hee hee. Oh, and that Calgary isn’t the perfect city to live in (although I still love Calgary. Sorry Kris! But then again, I just go to visit.)

Julia — I learned that Julia and Paul are absolutely perfect for each other, that some people have goofier lives than I do, and that having a gaggle of girls doesn’t necessarily mean that you are avoiding dirt and mud dragged in everywhere, rocks up noses, or loud, unexplained, sudden noises.

Lura — I learned that Lura really can do it all: go to grad school, have a baby, entertain visitors while pregnant, have a husband in Iraq, and live with her mother-in-law. However, she can’t post very regularly. Hmpf. 😉

Therese — I learned that some people lead very funny lives. And if you ever get a call in the middle of the night from Canada and the girl sounds drunk, then she and her roommates have been havaing waaaay too much fun again. Offer her a cheeseburger and get off the phone. (This hasn’t happened to me, but I have read her blog enough to know this is quite a common occurance!!)

Laural — I learned that it’s okay to get completely frustrated with the hard situation you’re in and that it takes everything you’ve got not to kick someone in the head when they say “Everything will work out”. Yes, I know everything will work out, but we sure get sick of hearing it!

Allrie — I learned that even though I haven’t lived at home in 11 years, my mom is still “collecting kids” by becoming friends with my friends.

Kenyon — Ken is still very new to the blogging world, so I haven’t had a chance to learn a whole lot yet. However… Kenyon has introduced me to some really cool music!! Thanks for letting us all listen to it on your blog.

And now a “shout out” (heh, could I be more ’90s??) to the blogs I love to read, but haven’t yet linked to on my sidebar: Perpetual Chocoholic, People Say Stupid Things, Post Secret, and Waiter Rant. Now, there are many other blogs that I visit here and there, and a lot of them are secondary blogs of a lot of you, so I’m not going to mention all of them. I just wanted to mention those four if you need some good reading.

Once again, thanks everyone, for a fun first year. I plan on doing this for a while, so I hope we’ll all still be here for a while. Thank you for all the agreements, advice, arguements (discussions??), and laughter. And now, back to regular blogging.