Friday, August 20, 2010


The other night Gabriel told me he didn’t like to brush and floss his teeth.  I tried to explain how important it is and if we don’t brush our teeth, they will fall out.  He got really excited and said Oh Good!  If my teeth fall out I will get money!!!

oh dear




One of my favorite things is when there is a fairly large mess somewhere in my house  and I get it all picked up, I dust everything, and I’m left with a slightly dirty looking room because there are bits of things in the floor.   You know, like little scraps of paper, bits of popcorn, a crayon tip, some aqua dots.   I can’t help but feel excited to vacuum the floor and transform the room into perfection.  




I got to have a little girl time with some friends last night, and oh how I love it.   I really need to try to be more social.   



I am loving life.  My pace has really picked up since I started real estate.  I feel like I am going going going all the time, but I can’t complain because I have three amazingly amazing kids, and the greatest husband I could ever wish for.    Among a hundred other things.   I am very blessed.

Mom and Dad 8-13-2010 8-24-2

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back to studies, back to books.

Because the kids have been so excited for school, they’ve made it a little easier on me to send them.  Otherwise, I may have been a little bit of a basket case. first day of school 8-18-2010 7-34-13 AM

It was hard to get a good picture of Abigail when she kept making this faceAbigail face 8-17-2010 7-50-08 AM

We got a couple thoughAbigail's first day 2 8-17-2010 7-49-29 AM

Abigail and Dad 8-17-2010 7-53-15 AM

Some of the kids on the circle getting ready to leave for school.  (This is only about half the kids on the circle)  kids riding bikes 3 8-18-2010 7-38-00 AM

at school 8-18-2010 7-46-01 AM

 first day of kindergarten 8-18-2010 7-47-25 AM

These are odd moments as a parent.  I want my kids to go to school and be happy, which they are, so why does it make me cry?  Why is it so hard to see them grow up and become independent if that’s what I want for them?  I really don’t want them to stay little forever.    I should be really happy – which I am.   Sort-of.   Except for the knot in my chest and the water in my eyes.  

I have a feeling I’m going to experience this emotional conflict  many more times as they get older. :)Gabe in line 8-18-2010 8-03-48 AM

away they go 8-18-2010 7-39-21 AM

I’m going to miss you budGabe 8-18-2010 7-47-18 AM

Monday, August 16, 2010

A penny saved

The ice cream truck frequently visits our street.  It’s magical song can be heard from far away.  It’s tempting treats have been hard on Emma this summer because she’s been saving for a camera.  At first she wanted a cell phone, but we talked her out of that one.  Finally, after months and months of saving, and days of searching the internet (hard to believe we got a Kodak 9.2 MP pink camera for $22 bucks)    her camera was here.  I’m very proud of her.  Not many 6 year olds would have the patience for it.  And  what a good example to Gabriel who also has been wanting a camera, but just can’t resist buying candy with his money.   She’s been snapping all sorts of pictures and I think she’ll be a great little photographer.

(These were all taken by Emma)

cookies 8-12-2010 1-50-32 PM

Abigail in bed 8-14-2010 9-38-10 AM

Mom and Dad hugging 8-12-2010 1-37-03 PM

    aquadots 8-13-2010 2-30-19 PMBrenton 8-14-2010 9-35-54 AMPuppy 8-14-2010 10-16-34 AM

Emma’s Friends and Sisters: Mickelle and AllieMickelle 8-12-2010 1-23-59 PMAllie 8-13-2010 2-29-32 PM

Friday, August 13, 2010

What’s going on?

I was prepared to post about school starting and such, and realized I didn’t take any pictures of Emma on the first day of school.   This says what the last week has been like.  I’ve been very forgetful and busy.    School started a week earlier this year, and I wasn’t ready for it.

Emma started 2nd Grade!!! For some reason this has

struck me as extremely old.  I say this all the time, but my kids are growing up so fast!!!  Emma’s teacher is two words, 


I asked the  incredible teacher she had last year for a recommendation- something I will continue to do each year.   Who better to recommend a new teacher than someone who knows your child and the other teachers so well.     Emma’s new teacher is Mrs. Heath.  I love her and not just because she has a candy bar name.   She is organized and sweet.  I’ve got a great feeling about her.

Gabriel will start kindergarten

on Wednesday.  Maybe I’ll take pictures that day.  His teacher is incredible too.  I feel so relived and happy knowing they are at school for hours in great hands.   Seriously SO HAPPY!


Last week I picked a broker and have officially started Real Estate!   I joined a fantastic team that has more years of experience than I’ve been alive.   And I get to work with my Dad. 

Business Card pic

Don’t I look like someone who will do a fantastic job selling your home or finding your perfect new home?  I will.  I promise.  So if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell, a referral is the best compliment I could receive.  ;)


Our last few weeks of summer were mostly fun-filled days of swimming.   In St. George, you don’t have a lot of other options if you want to go outside.  One day, we had a primary activity and we got a mock rain shower from a fire truck.  It was a lot of fun.


Gabe’s favorite thing was driving the fire truck.  He had a happy little smile on his face that makes me laugh. Gabe and emma firetruck 7-29-2010 9-56-09 AM

Abigail just wanted me to push her is the swing the whole time.  She didn’t even want to go see the truck.  Abigail swings


One random picture.  Abigail insisted on brushing my teeth one night, and she loved it.  She brushed them so long I think I can skip my next cleaning appointment.

Abigail brushing mom's teeth 7-24-2010 12-18-38 AM