You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. some may be significant only to you. some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience. - President Hinckley

Friday, November 28, 2014

An Adventure on Our Terms

The people who bought our old house next door have lived there for almost 4 years.  The love the house but hate the location.  They would like to be closer to the city.  When we found out they were moving, I told Travis ( he seemed un-phased).  I suggested that maybe we could buy it back and sell the one we are in to get the equity out of it.  He hadn’t thought of that idea and was super excited about it.  We had the attorneys and the loan people look into it and see if it were even a possibility to do that.  And it was!  We got everything in place, qualified and signed at the beginning of December.  They are renting it back from us while they build their house, which works out well for us because we don’t want to list ours until spring time when the market is better.  This way we get the equity out of the house we are in (which we were trying to do anyway by buying it ourselves – it was just too much $) and we can stay in  our neighborhood/ward/schools and we already know we love the house we are in.  It’s smaller, but we are okay with that.  It’s plenty big for us to manage and raise our kids in.  We have decided to change some of the cosmetic things about it and have those done before we move in, and it will feel like ours again. J 

Funny thing is, our kids have no idea.  We are going to list our house in a few months and they will just be surprised that we are moving.   Then we are hoping to be able to having them stay somewhere for the weekend while we move everything over and they come home to a new house….but I don’t know how feasible that is.  Either way, it is a fun idea.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Tyler got this tattoo and wanted to show my dad on the day that BSU played BYU.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Bear Has a New Home

I love the sentiment that comes with the spring bear that Travis killed many years ago, but the thing is huge and I just don't have room for it anymore.  So, Travis gave it to our neighbor, Carson, and Hunter helped him wheel it down to his was a bitter sweet day.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Down Time /Multi-Tasking

We had some time to hang out on my bed the other night.  Tyler was doing homework , Dallin was playing my phone and Gwendalin was recovering from a fever....Moments I would never change.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Every once in a while I will come across these little "roses" or gifts that my kids leave me....they used to really irritate me, but now that I am working and I get so little time at home with them, when I find them I smile and snap a picture.  This one I found when I was starting a load of laundry this week.  I asked Dallin if he drew on the washer and he said no...and I said I thought it was him because it was his name.  He looked at me sheepishly....:)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Snapped these on my way to work...the sunrise was just beautiful.