Thursday, December 18, 2008

Play Date and Christmas Goodies!

Today the boys and I went over to do a play date with our good friends Melissa, Emma and Paige to celebrate Christmas. We got into the Christmas spirit with a gift exchange (the boys were so excited to give their gifts to the girls... By the way... do you know how hard it is to shop for little girls when you only have boys? Geez!) by making and decorating sugar cookies, making a gingerbread train and watching Christmas movies. It was a bit overwhelming with 4 little ones all wanting to be part of the "action", but it was fun, nonetheless. :)

Gifts the boys got from Emma and Paige... they love them!

The finished sugar cookies.... yum!

The gingerbread train (I ended up doing it all because the boys wanted to eat all the candy instead of decorate and then they got distracted and wanted to play instead).

Snuggling up for Christmas movies! As we left the house, Emma (who is Glen's age), tried to give Glen a kiss and he ran like crazy. I guess he doesn't take after his father, in his younger years, that much afterall! :) Don't you love that my son is holding the babydoll? Lovely!

Jaxon just being cute...

Donuts with Dad

On Saturday, Glen Allen asked me to pick up some bisquit dough while I was at the store because he wanted to make donuts with the boys... I had never made donuts like that before so I excited to try it out. Sunday morning the boys pulled their chairs up to the counter to help dad make the donuts. They thought it was fun to make a hole in the dough and then cover them when they were done. I didn't get pictures of the process but the end result is what it's all about, right?!? We did cinnamon sugar ones and powdered sugar ones...they were YUMMY!
(Jaxon looks grumpy in this picture, although he really did want to make the donuts.)

Messy but delicious!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Saturday Desert Trip

Last weekend we decided to go with some friends, the Hockenjos' and the Harrolds, up the road (literally 10 minutes from our house) to enjoy the great outdoors. We piled in all the toys we could and rode all day! Between the three families there are 7 boys and 1 little girl (who can hold her own with the best of the boys) so needless to say, all day was ride after ride after ride, and the kids didn't like the idea of taking turns. Glen did a great job riding his little quad. He was still a little hesitant when we got there but by the end of the day he was doing great! Towards the end of the day, Josh wanted to prove his manliness by seeing what his truck could do. He piled all the kids in the back for a little joy ride... they were having fun until he was going so steep that they kept sliding from the front of the bed to the tailgate. All in all, it was a great day... especially when Glen Allen and I were able to take a ride and enjoy the beautiful Arizona sunset together (with no kids!) YEAH!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Trampoline and Grumpy Pants!

The other day the boys and I were outside enjoying the beautiful winter weather (that really isn't wintery at all here in Arizona) and Glen David wanted me to take pictures of him playing soccer on the trampoline. He is a funny kid... he likes to have his picture taken as long as he gets to do what he wants in the picture instead of me telling him to stand a certain way or smile or whatever I am wanting him to do (hence the muscle shot). The boys love the trampoline but Jaxon won't have it if Glen is jumping too high. The trampoline fun usually ends in Jaxon screaming, me yelling at Glen to stop jumping so high and then getting so frustrated that Glen isn't minding me and Jaxon is crying that I either make them both get off or I pull Jaxon off. Here are some pictures of the fun!

P.S. Don't you love the crazy hair?!? That is what happens when they need haircuts and the gel has disappeared from the attempt to actually do their hair earlier on in the day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

I can't believe that my baby just turned 2!! He is such a sweet and stinkery little boy... but he is ALL BOY! His birthday was on Sunday so we had a little birthday celebration with family. He couldn't wait for his cupcakes. He got to pick out the cake and the sprinkles at the store (with a little coaxing from mom for the Funfetti cake mix) and he was so exicted to eat them. When we got to Nana's house we realized we didn't bring candles and we couldn't find any at Nana's so we had to redneck it and use matches for candles. It's a good thing he doesn't know the difference. :) After the cupcakes was the fun part! He had a hard time figuring out the presents at first but quickly got the hang of it once he realized there was a present waiting inside! Grandma and Grandpa got him a movie and lots of candy, Nana got him a truck and a remote control dump truck, Great Grandma and Grandpa Bean got him a giant AquaDoodle wall mat, and aunt Brittney and Uncle Reid sent him the cute shirt he has on in the pictures... that says "My Aunt Rocks". Thank you everyone! As most of you know... this little boy LOVES motorcycles. We got him this motorcycle that does wheelies and makes a bunch of noise and he absolutely loves it. He won't put it down. If he could have his way, he would sleep with the thing! He is actually sitting by me right now as I type this playing with the thing. What a funny kid! He is such a joy to have and constantly makes us laugh.

The blue cupcakes with sprinkles and matches! :)
Trying to figure out what the heck to do with this package in front of him.
Wow, a Monster Truck!
And the coveted MOTORCYCLE!

Knot Too Shabby Home Decor

My friend Amanda and I have started our own home decor business called Knot Too Shabby. We specialize in wood decor such as frames, picture boards, magnet boards, etc. I am in the process of getting our website up and running so you can view our entire inventory and make purchases but for now... here is a little taste of what we have to offer. We also do custom orders if you don't find something that tickles your fancy! Here is a sample of a few of our creations...

These are our 2x2 foot scrapbook picture boards. You can custom order the paper color scheme, paint color and vinyl lettering of your choice.... $50.
These are our 8x10 plexi-glass picture frames. Available in red, black, cream and sage. $22
These are our 5x7 plexi-glass picture frames. Available in red, black, cream and sage. $16
These are the hanging 8x10 plexi-glass picture frames. Available in red, black, cream and sage. $20
These are our 3 5x7 plexi-glass picture frames with custom vinyl lettering. Available in red, black, cream and sage. $24
These are our 3 5x7 knob metal boards. Available in red, black, cream and sage. Includes ribbon color of your choice and magnets. $26
If you are interested in custom orders, please feel free to contact me. We will also be having a few boutiques before Christmas for those of you who live here in the valley. Dates, locations and times to be announced!

Playing Catch up... Dune Season!

As most of you know, my husband lives and breaths for riding, so of course his favorite time of the year is DUNE SEASON! This was the first (and maybe the last unless we can get some other families to come with us) family dune trip of the season. Glen Allen had a great time, the boys loved the sand and I wish I would have had something to ride. The boys just wanted to ride all the time but Glen Davids quad wasn't working right and we didn't have anything else to ride. So the boys and I just hung out, played in the sand, watched movies and took some good naps, while Glen Allen rode. All in all a successful trip with no long lasting injuries, just a big goose egg on the ol' noggin... see below!

Glen Allen suiting up!

My cute boys

Jaxon showing off his battle wound from taking a header right to the corner of the step on the trailer. OUCH!

Daddy and Jaxon cuddling to keep warm.

Mommy and the boys making faces at the camera to entertain ourselves (the boys thought this was so funny to make a face, take a picture and then laugh at themselves when they saw the picture).

Being silly!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Get your Christmas Shopping done TOMORROW at the Jack Barnes Boutique!

So as if I am not already busy enough... my friend Amanda and I decided to put some of our skills to use! We have just recently started our own homemade wood decor company called Knot Too Shabby and have been very successful in a few boutiques already this season! Tomorrow (11/15) we will have our products in the Jack Barnes Boutique located in Queen Creek. Come check it out and get your holiday shopping done in one day! We sell a variety of picture frames, scrapbooking boards, magnet boards, holiday decor, etc.

The boutique information is as follows:

The Barnes Boutique offering candles, jewelry, holiday decorations, ornaments, cards, health & beauty items, fashion accessories, scrapbooking, baby & kids items and SO MUCH MORE. Saturday, November 15th from 8:30am - 1:00pm. Come early and get a jump on your holiday shopping or buy something fun for you. $3 for Early Bird Best Selection shopping (8:30am - 9:00am) and $2 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Held at Jack Barnes Elementary School 20750 S. 214th St. off Queen Creek Road between Ellsworth and Crismon. Event is sponsored by the Jack Barnes PTO. Hope to see you there!!

If you can't make it tomorrow, I will be posting more information later on upcoming boutiques and the opportunity to order from our website (which is still under construction). I hope to see you all there tomorrow!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Is it just me or does anyone have one of those days where nobody does anything right, your patience are non-existent, you want to bite the head off of anyone who comes within 15 feet of you, and you feel like the worst wife and mom ever? Well, today is one of those days! I am not quite sure what happened... maybe my college kids started me off on a bad note, I don't know, but I am the biggest grouch in the world today. After exchanging some "words" with my class today for being slackers, I finished up the lecture and headed over to pick up the boys. The minute I got there the kid drama started with the talking back, tantrums, whinning, etc. Then I met Glen at his mom's house and headed over to the MVD to deal with car registration crap (which by the way, I found out I need emissions done on my car that has 5 month old expired tags... how lovely!) while fighting the boys who were running around the MVD like they were at Disneyland. At that point, the patience were gone! Then I had to meet a student of mine to pick up her speech and on my way over I broke down and lost it on the phone with my husband. He insisted on meeting me to take the boys so I could have a break. I was so mad (a combination of frustration, pride and embarrassment) at the fact that I was to the point where he thought I needed "me" time. Needless to say, he took the boys, I stopped to grab a bite to eat (which could have been part of my problem... because I was hungry) and then I came home to work. I feel like I am attached to this computer all day long going from class to class to post, check emails, put out fires, and grade. My husband finally came home, put the boys down to sleep and here I sit... typing away, wallowing in pity and shame that I am such a mess today. Plus I figure if I hide out in the office, I won't bite my husbands head off again for no good reason. I am so grateful for such a wonderful, understanding husband who knew I needed "me" time and didn't let me talk him out of it and who forgives me for being such a cranky wife! I LOVE YOU babe! Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up on the right side of the bed.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!

I actually did it! I successfully completed my first tri-athlon without drowning, crashing or passing out and I made it in less than 24 hours! :) For anyone out there who has ever considered attempting a tri-athlon... if I can do it, YOU can do it!! It was such a crazy, exciting, exhausting morning, but well worth it! The morning started bright and early at 4:30 am with a piece of toast with peanut butter (I guess it's good carbs and protein) as we headed down to Coolidge with my tri partner Alyssa and our husbands. Luckily we left all the kiddo's with grandma's/nana's so they weren't a distraction. The race started at 7:30 and it was called a serpentine swim (one person at a time in 10 second intervals) needless to say, we didn't actually start until about 9:00 because of all the faster tri-athletes in front of us. I was so nervous about the swim but after all was said and done, I would do the swim three times over if Ididn't have to bike or run! I felt good about my swim and even better when I passed about 7 or 8 other people. YEAH! The swim was 400 meters. Then we transitioned onto the bikes and let me just tell you, padded riding shorts and a gel seat... no, it doesn't help! The bike was much more difficult than I imagined. I tried to stay positive as I got a great view of the lovely Coolidge farm scenery for the 10.7 mile loop. About 3/4 of the way through the ride, the volunteer who was directing the bikers and stopping traffic yelled, "great job, you are half way there!". I just about jumped off my bike, punched her in the face and then crawled up in a ball on the floor crying. My hands were numb, my toes were numb and my "sitting area" felt like someone had hit me with a hammer over and over again. Of course, I survived the bike and then it was off to the run. At the transition point, I was so thirsty that I guzzled an entire water bottle (note to self - BIG mistake)! I immediately got a cramp in my side which of course started off the run on a good note. The run was probably the most difficult part of the entire race because I was so exhausted. All through the training process I was not real concerned about the run since I had done the 3 miles several times without a problem but I obviously didn't take into consideration that the run would be the last part. I was just jell-o legs by the time the run came and it didn't help that it started off in desert terrain full of washes, rocks, sand, hills, etc. With a mix of running and fast walking, I finally completed the whole race. Although I was flat out exhausted, it was such a great feeling to cross the finish line. I feel silly admitting it, but I found myself tearing up as I got to the end. It was an emotional, draining, tiring process but it was such a big accomplishment for me! It was also amazing to have so much support along the way with family and friends cheering us on. My mom and aunt Lyn competed as well and did GREAT! Although I gave them grief throughout the whole training process about the crazy idea they had to actually do a tri-athlon, I am so glad they convinced me to do it! My mom and aunt want to do another one in May in Vegas.... anyone want to join us?!?! :) Whose up to the challenge?

Alyssa and I getting our stuff ready!

The lovely swim... it's the cap sexy?

Coming in at the end of the bike, getting ready to transition.

This is about 50 yards from the finish line... we are dying!


My mom, aunt Lyn, Alyssa and I.

Training buddies!

New Do!

With the seasons changing and the fall approaching, I thought what better thing to do than go darker! My friend Amanda did it and I love it! It's much better than the skunk look I had going on. What do you think? By the way, don't judge my picture skills, this is as good as it gets when I took my own picture! CHEESE!

Happy Halloween!

Well, better late than never huh? For Halloween we headed over to my mother-in-law's ward party. The boys had a great time playing all the little, tractor ride, cake walk, etc., that the ward put together. After the sugar rush from cookies, cupcakes, and cotton candy, we headed over to my parents house to do the actual door to door trick-or-treating. The boys loved it and Jaxon was all about running from house to house looking for the next piece of candy. By the time the boys were done (or actually mom and dad were done) we took the boys over to my mother-in-laws where they had a Halloween sleep over so Glen Allen and I could go to the big kids Halloween Party! I don't typically dress up for Halloween but after much planning and shopping around we decided on some costumes. Glen Allen was the mummy and I was the vampiress! (pictures to come - I have to track them down from my sister-in-law). Our partying didn't last long because by the time we got there at 10:00 I was cranky from having nothing to eat all day and I was so worried about getting enough sleep for the big day ahead of me with the tri-athlon. On the way home, we hit up Wendy's (not smart at 10:30 at night on the night before a race) but unfortunately, there are not many options at that hour!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who doesn't love Grandma's and PJ's?

Aren't Grandmas the GREATEST!?! Just the other day my mom called and said she found a killer sale at Children's Place. Check out the new PJ's! The boys LOVE them (it doesn't look like it by their faces, but they were just mad at me for getting in front of the TV and interrupting Wow Wow Wubbzy)! Thanks Grandma!