Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 28

A picture of something you're afraid of

Being alone.

Not just everyday alone. I NEED alone time. Everyone does. But ending up alone
with no family with me. I love my family and am so thankful everyday for them.

Day 27

A picture of yourself and a family member

While Shannon may not always like me (especially when I make her take photos)
I know that she will always love me.
But she is living proof to be careful what you pray for. She prayed for a little sister,
and she got me, plus two.
Sister to Sister we will always be. A couple of nuts off the family tree

Day 26

A picture of something that means a lot to you

My scriptures mean a lot to me. They are where I go if I feel lost and alone. Where I go if I need guidance. I can start reading just to feel inspired by the people, or if I am looking for answers. I expound my knowledge every time I open these books, and also even though they have been read countless times- you always learn something new. What other books can do that!
If you would like to get a free copy for yourself e-mail me or visit Mormon.org

Day 25

A picture of your favorite day

so many days to chose from. But can't really find any pictures of the day.
Because our computer crashed a couple years ago I lost all my wedding photos.
So I now only have the printed copies (and I'm to lazy to scan them)

So many fun family trips; visiting friends and family. Going to the beach how can a girl choose!

So here it is.

This is the day I found out that I was pregnant with Noah. The day my life changed FOREVER!
This is the day that I became a mom, and let me tell you, it is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me.
I love my boys more than anything and they mean the world to me

Yes I know this post is late- I have had a crazy last couple of days...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 24

A picture of something you wish you could change

Are they anymore words needed??

(HINT: It's not the building)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 23

A picture of your favorite book

ooo What a fun one for me!

Okay because I can't choose just one. Here is a list of my top five
(In no particular order)

Yes I know this is really seven books- but hey its one story line!

from the first time I read this book in the 8th grade, I was hooked! Love it!

These books become alive for me every time I read them
First paragraph of the first book- one of the best starts of a book ever

Book, movie doesn't matter I LOVE this book. Makes me cry every time

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 22

A picture of something you wish you were better at

This should be me...
I wish that I could sing,
or let me rephrase this. I wish I could sing and sound good!
I know the notes, I know what they should sound like; but I can't get them to come out sounding like they should.
My old band director once told me that if I could play a note in tune, then I could sing that note in tune.
HAHA joke was on him!

I will forever keep trying because I love to sing (so cover your ears) and hopefully one day (I'm thinking 2nd coming- millennium time) I will be able to sing :-) (in tune!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 21

A picture of something you wish you could forget

There is not one particular moment or space of time that I wish to forget.
HS wasn't so wonderful, but I made some good friends there who I still love and adore,
Had some nights I did things I prob shouldn't have- but I never repeated nights like that,
so they helped me live and learn.

I guess if I had to chose something it would be all the times I hot hurt
weither it be in love or school, by friends or family.

There are times I remember and I wish that the pain would just go away.
The memory I can live with, but the pain shouldn't still hurt.

I guess the pain helps me become the woman I want to be.

Helps me remember so I don't make the same mistakes over and over again.

I wish I could forget the pain.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 20

one word


I have wanted to go to Italy for as long as I can remember.
And one day; I will make that happen!

A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Easter Bags

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This bag is a bright pink with a silver trim and the name embroidered in silver
Embellished with green floral ribbon.
Tulle is bright pink, purple, green, white and silver

Day 19

A picture and a letter

WhAt could be more Awesome thAn the letter A?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 18

A picture of your biggest insecurity

Do you even have to ask?

If you haven't guessed, from yesterdays post then I will tell you.

After having two kids my body is a wreak.

I have fat in places I didn't know I could get it at
(did you know that your neck gains weight when you do??)
And all the stretch marks, and the sagging, and the pouches

Lets just say that after I am done having kids I am not opposed to getting
something being put back the way they looked before :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 17

A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

I recently signed up for a Gym membership. I needed something in my life to help me
get moving. Get Skinny, and healthier. And all around motivate me.

So far...it has worked.
I have noticed I do have more energy. Less desire to eat crap. And I feel so much better about myself.

I have really enjoyed the classes and all the instructors are so nice and friendly.
And the people in the childcare are awesome! They even know and remember my kids- which is a lot more then most places.

Hopefully by this summer I will have gone from this

To This!

Minus the blond hair...
I don't think I can pull off blond

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 16

A picture of someone who inspires you

I have been thinking about this all day long. And I can not come up with just one person.

Or someone that I think I want to use I have already used them in a post (and I don't want to repeat)

So I am going to have to just say women who never quit.
It could be that you are raising your kids and driving you nuts;
but you don't ever walk away (at least for good) :-)

Or trying to put yourself through school,
taking care of family members,
battling an illness
or have a family member battling an illness.

You are the women who smile because if you frown you will cry
you are the women who laugh to keep from crying
Who lock yourself in the bathroom to have at least a moment of silence
before heading back out for round two, or three, or four

You are the woman who is starting over as a single mom.
The one who works all day at your job, to come home to hungry kids, dirty house, and bills

Doesn't matter if you are fat, skinny,short, tall, black, white
You never give up and always head back out for more.
You inspire me and I see you.

I may not say it, but I notice you and all that you do.
You give me the inspiration to keep going on when I don't think I can make it

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 15

A picture of something you want to do before you die

This would be so amazing,
So beautiful
and So thrilling

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 14

A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

I can't picture my life without my family, but where would I be if I didn't have Christ in it.

I went through a few years of rebellion where I didn't need Christ in my life, and my life just didn't feel complete. I knew something was missing, but wasn't sure what.

Then a dear friend helped me frind my way back. And now 7 years later I am happy to say Christ 
is a dear friend of mine now.

He is there to help lift me up when I am down, he listens when I need to vent and he
loves me unconditionally. 

I work everyday to become a better person and I know that as long as I keep 
Christ by my side that I can become the Mother, Sister, Daughter, Wife and Friend
that I want to be. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 13

A picture of your favorite band or artist
Reba McEntire

The Beatles


India Arie


Turn on ANY song from these artists and it will be sure to brighten my day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Valentines Day

So every year Collin and I have switch back and forth on who plans V-day for us. This year is my year. And after all that we have been through this year I wanted to make it really special for us; one that we won't forget for many years. So I started a couple weeks ago looking at the different blogs for ideas because I really just don't have a lot of money to spend this year. All in all I know I have accomplished what I set out. My grand total is about 25 dollars. And yes that is including our lunch.

Because we have kids, and don't want to stick someone with them on what could be their own special night. or the hardest part of the day for our own little terrors. Collin and I are having a late afternoon date. I picked up food at one of his most favorite places to eat (Chipotle), grabbed a couple of movies (One for us, and one for the kids), and made a date pail.
In the date pale I have put a special gift that is sure to make all his uncles (except Scott- who already has his own) laugh at him; a "I Love My Wife" shirt.
Some chocolate wrapped with some fun wrappers like UDAMAN Chocolate, and I LOVE YOU and Happy Valentines Day
And found the idea of Hearts Yahtzee on The Idea Room, and since Yahtzee was the first game that Collin very gave me; I thought it would be fun to play this year.
And grabbed a netfilx movie to complete our date. All in all it was a lot of fun and we had a great afternoon kid free.

**UPDATE: This post as you can tell is just a little late... I just now uploaded the pictures**

Day 12

A picture of something you love

After yesterday lets take a light note

Something I love; besides my family...

Books Books and more Books!

I read usually at least one book a week. Sometimes more sometimes less
But not a month goes by that I haven't read at least two books.

Currently this month  read Lipstick Jungle, and I am almost finished with the Hunger Games for the second time, and will be starting Catching Fire within the next couple of days. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 11

A picture of something you hate

Something I hate... I have been sitting here for five min staring at the screen wondering what to put.
I don't really hate a lot of things. I hate the word "Panties" I think it sounds so dirty and gross.

I hate Lima Beans. (The only veggie I don't like)

I hate kidnappers/ child abuser type people.

And I hate the things that some people have done to put our country in the position that it is in now.
You can not just blame Obama or Bush or Big Companies or Banks.
It is what America did to its self. We live beyond our means, we take out too big of mortgages on our houses drive cars that we can't afford, and why? Because we think that we deserve it.
Well we don't. And the ONLY way our country is going to become great again is if we put aside those feelings of entitlement and we start working and caring for each other.

We need to let companies fail who have not managed their money right. We need to let people get kicked out if they spent all their money on clothes and entertainment.
We also need to help our neighbor. If you see a family down the street struggling would it really hurt you to bring them a meal or befriend them.
If you see your sister about to get kick out of her house- don't you have room in your house to let her live with you? Not to support her bad spending habits but to help her get back on her feet and teach her how to budget.

We need to start caring a country.

So that is what I hate. People who don't care enough to help each other out. You don't have to be rich to help a friend who is having a hard time. Most times all people need is to know that someone cares about them,

Do you care?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 10

A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

ummm.... I don't do anything messed up. At least not really.
Back in my younger days I would have to say that my wonderful
Sister from another mister would fit this roll. But since we 'now live in different states
and both have our own little families going on this no longer applies.
Of course I am talking about my soul sista Miss Erika Koven

I love this chica from now unto forever.

But alas, my now mild manner touble making is now made with a different sister.
One that also doesn't share blood but has the title of sister none the less.
Miss Courtney McKnight.
She is the frosting to my cake, the mac to my cheese and the peanut to my jelly.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 9

A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

This is my mom. She HATES to take pictures. To even get this one I had to tell her that we had to have SOME kind of picture to use at her furneral. Finally she smiled at that.

She is an amazing person. I know most people say that about their mom; and some of them are right. But they aren't as amazing as my mom.
She had six wonderfully difficult children and one husband who can sometimes be worse than all six of us kids; all of us as stubborn and hard headed as the next and made it out alive. Once she was done raising her six, she helped raised her grandson. And now she is helping to raise kids all over. She went back to school at the ripe old age that she is and recertified her teaching degree and now subsitutes all over the west side of Vegas.
My mom is one of the most caring and loving people and is very giving with everything that she has.
Don't get me wrong she has her faults too (just ask Susan- my mom can be mean!)

But anytime I needed anything; someone to talk to, cry to, live with she has been there.
She is such a strong woman and is always working on bettering herself and taking care of everyone else.

I hope that I can be like her when I grow up

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 8

A picture that makes you laugh

This little boys makes my laugh so hard.
1. Because he reminds me of my brother Josh
2. Because all of those silly little boy pictures are so true. I could easily see
both of my boys doing this

Any little boy pictures doing something silly can always make me laugh

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 7

A picture of your most treasured item

When I read this one I started to cry. Simply because my most treasured item is lost.

My most treasured item  is this aquamarine ring that belong to my Great
Grandma Redd. It is a ring that she gave to my mom on her prom night,
 and my mom gave it to me on my prom night.
I let my sisters wear this ring on their prom night and I also wore the ring on my
wedding day.
Noah decided to play in my jewelry box a couple months ago and thought the ring would be a fun item to play with. I tore up my mom's house trying to find it for hours and days and still no ring to be found.
My Grandma Redd is someone that I didn't know very well. I was four when she passed.
But for some reason I have always felt very close to her. I know she felt the same way too. I hear stories how I would always sit on her lap and talk to her and play with her face. How I would love to just be near her. When she passed away my Grandma Hurst (her daughter) felt like I should get her temple apron. So that is my second most treasured item.
 I believe that she is my guardian angel. I have felt her spirit around me in times of need. I have felt her arms around me and her telling me that it will all be okay. I love my Grandma Redd and wish that I could have known her better. And I can't wait for the day that I get to see her again.
So this post is going to be left picture less until I find the ring
or go through the temple and get to wear her apron for the first time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 6

A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Audrey Hepburn

She can sing, she can dance, she can act, she was one of the most caring and loving people.
Had great style and a lot of class.
I would have loved to live one day in her shoes; or at least of had the chance to meet her.

But since she passed away in Jan of 1993 my second choice would be

Anne Hathaway

Isn't she breathe taking. And she seems so sweet and down to earth too. I love her!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 5

A picture of your favorite memory

This is such a hard one! Can you really EVER have just ONE favorite memory? I have some great ones from my childhood that weren't so great at the time, but now looking back crack me up and are awesome!

(Please forgive the picture quality- they were scanned in and then I redownlaoded them from the internet)

Building the chicken coop with my dad and Mel, and then my dad claiming to "accidently"
trap us in there so we had to spend the night with the chickens.

Being a Gopher Girl. My sophmore year of HS I had to have some teeth removed (long long story)
and I looked like a gopher. Such a hard time but it really taught me a lot about myself and not to care
what others think about you.

See the Green '53 Chevy in the back? That is the first stick shift (and car) that I learned
to drive. It also is the first car that I ever helped my dad restore. My Grandad Hurst bought it right off the lot
and it has been in the family ever since.

Going to Disnyland with my family

And of course ANYTIME that I get to play! I love playing with my kids and nieces and nephews
And whenever I am able to have some alone time with my husband

Life is so full of moments- and so many great ones, some not so great ones, and little ones that you never remember. But all those moments add up to who you are, and where you are going, and what your life is about. Enjoy all of your moments. I know that I have.