A look into my world ..

Tooele, UT, United States
I am 31 year old mom to TJ (9) Thomas (6) and Gracie (34). And I'm happily married to my wonderful, loving husband Daniel. I love photography!

In memory of my dad ..

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 1

This is the first day of my 365 Project!

It's Memorial Day, today we went to 3 different cemeteries, visited family and had a BBQ .. it was a wonderful day! So without further a due ... here is the first picture of the project .. I think it's very fitting!

Friday, May 28, 2010


On Monday, I am starting the 365Project, I am really excited about it. I love taking pictures! So look forward for that ..and look out for lots of pics! :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some outside play ..

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shrek Forever After

Today me and my husband Dan and both our boys TJ and Tommy went to see the new Shrek movie in 3D. This is the first time we have taken Tommy to the movie. He is 4 years old. We were worried he wasn't going to do well, because the last couple times we have taken him it was a total disaster. So we braced ourselves and took him. He did amazing!! He didn't fuss, cry or scream ...he just sat there on his little seat and watched the movie. He only got up once to go to the bathroom, but that was not even during the movie, it was during the previews ..the rest of the movie he sat in place. He wanted to go to McDonald's though ..because we promised him. After the movie was over we all went to McDonald's for Shrek toys. Tommy got his Shrek toy ..but TJ .. my sweet big man .. said he didn't want a kids meal anymore. That made me so sad! They had these special edition Shrek glasses, and we got 1 of each kind. They are too cool!

 That's one side

that's the other side

Aren't they awesome??

Guess which one is mine?? The Fiona one .. yeah!

It was a great day with my men!! I love them.

Then we came back and dropped the boys off at their grandma's because they spend the night there every Saturday, and Gracie has been at her house while we were gone ... and she was upset with us. She didn't want to stay there ... so mom made us come get her! She knew something wasn't right. We went and did something without her. She said  "my McDonald's" .. she was mad we didn't take her with us!! Poor thing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Mommy Resume!

 Borrowed from Melodramommy blog: http://www.melodramommy.com/2010/04/giveaway-win-purse-from-thirty-one.html

CONTACT: Find me anywhere you hear or see children; sometimes I wear them too.

University of Real Life, Toddlerland
BA, Birthing Another
MA, Mothering Another
PHD, Praying hard daily, how else do you survive the BA and MA?

HONORS/AWARDS Finalist in the Semi Annual “My Baby Can Scream Louder Than Yours So-Please-Help-Me Jesus contest”; The Nursing-Mother’s “So This is What it’s Like to be a Cow” Award; “I’ve Sniff Bottoms More Frequently than a Custom’s Canine” First Place; “My Baby’s Head is a Lethal Weapon and I Survived Sleeping Next to it” Honorable Mention; Qualified to join the “I Abused my Diaper Bag to the Point it Exploded” Club. I write my own awards.


Chief Household Officer (CHO), To see a full list of my daily responsibilities click HERE.

Hazmat Specialist, I consistently identify, quarantine, and properly dispose of more hazardous waste in one week than an entire hazmat team in a year.

Translator, I am fluent and proficient in translating Toddlerese.

Teacher, my curriculum widely covers everything from the basics to those deep questions in life such as: “What’s that?” “Where did it come from?” and “Why Mommy?”

Personal Chef, I not only prepare and serve three meals a day, but snack times too.

Stylist, this includes everything from hair to socks and clothing. In addition I have had to give several lessons in what NOT to wear to my 2YO including the “No, we don’t wear a bathing suit over our dress” and “No, we don’t wear our Dora-the-Explorer Costume to church.”

On-Call Nurse, I’m told my kisses aid in the healing booboos

Professional Gift Wrapper, my clients specialize in making their own unique “presents” multiple times daily. I excel at quickly, and carefully wrapping these gifts with many layers of plastic one handed, and sometimes at night with only one eye open, all while holding my breath for very long periods of time.

Potty Training Doula, I’ve coached my patients in birthing more poopies, than a pediatrics ward has babies.

Driver & Tour Guide, encouraging safety first, I personally lift each client into his/her seat and assist them getting their entire body strapped into the car all while serenading them with many popular songs, such as “Twinkle little start,” though out the drive. I even narrate and give detailed descriptions of the various locations we pass through.

Wrestler, how else do you suppose I would get my youngest opponent diapered, bathed, dressed, and fed?

Heavy Weight Lifting Champion, yes, that’s what I call someone who functions throughout the day while carrying two human beings under each arm pit, keeping in mind that after the first five minutes, everything becomes heavy.

Surgeon and Real-life “Operation Game” Champion, who needs that game of Operation when one can extract play dough, Cheerios, penne pasta, and crayons out of a moving target’s nose—This brings the careful navigation of a surgeon’s swift steady hand to a whole new level.

Personal Shopper, in addition to helping my clients choose the best products on the market, my clients enjoy a joy ride being pushed in the top front of the shopping cart.

Professional Entertainer, I write my own music, performing original songs for all daily activities such as “This is how we wash our hands” and “this is how we brush our teeth.”

Story Telling Specialist, I can recite “Brown Bear” and “Good Night Gorilla” by heart, backwards, forwards, and in my sleep. That’s what happens when you’re asked to tell the same story over and over and over again.

Dental Hygienist, while brushing my patients teeth, offer two flavors of tooth paste, including the fluoride free bubble gum and fruit punch, I even sing the “this is how we brush our teeth song” to my patients!

Photographer, I capture that perfect shot of my clients. Yes, I do just about anything to get them to smile, including bribery, praise, and making a complete utter fool out of myself.

Inventor, I have used the diaper wipe to do all things, everything from wiping bottoms, noses, cleaning stains of carpets, shirts, cleaning the couch, to cleaning the baseboards of the house to functioning as earplugs. Desperate moments call for creative measures.

House Cleaner, it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

Police Officer, I excel at giving warnings, I’m the Time-Out enforcer, and have been told my facial expressions alone instill the fear of God in the disobedient.

Personal Coach, I give more encouragement and stickers than Santa Clause presents.

Dry Cleaner, While I do wash, dry, fold, and put away all the laundry, I do NOT do the actual dry cleaning; I just drop it off. Hey, I guess I can’t be all things to all people after all. You can’t say yes all the time. Just don't tell my italian Granmother this, and we'll all be just fine ; )


Multitasking Expert, I can nurse a baby while talking on the phone, updating my facebook status, sipping sweet tea, changing the channel on the TV, and chasing after my 2YO—all at the same time.

Mr Poopie Assailant

Thursday, May 13, 2010

And the winner is ..

My little sister Katya is going to be in the Miss USA pageant this weekend May 16th. She has come so far, and I'm so proud of her.

Check her out ..she is on the 1:40 mark in this Miss USA contestants video, for UTAH!

Go Katya!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cute Story ..

Gracie usually likes her daddy in the morning, and she was hanging on him .. but he had to leave and take the boys to school. So he says "You have to start loving mommy more then me" .. then he left. Since then, she climbed up on me and was kissing me and hugging on me. Then she said she was hungry. This is how our convo went:

Me: Do you want Poptart?
Gracie: No Poptart
Me: Banana?
Gracie: No Banana
Me: Eggs?
Gracie: No Eggs
Me: Cereal
Gracie: No Cereal
Me: Apple Sauce?
Gracie: Noooo HOT Sauce
Me: Nooo not hot sauce ..apple sauce
Me: Danonino (her favorite yogurt)

She put a BIG smile on her face, and shook her head side ways. I laughed, and said .. guess that's a yes then.
It was so cute!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I {heart} Faces challenge

This week's challenge is Celebrating Mom.
I am so blessed to have this little angel in my life.
She is a little princess and a diva.
I <3 her!
Head on over to I {heart} Faces for some amazing entries

Saturday, May 8, 2010

For Mother's Day ..

Tommy got a free ticket for 2 adults and up to 6 kids to Tracy Aviary. It's a place where they have all kinds of exotic birds. It's in Salt Lake City ..it's beautiful! So today we went there. There was a bird show and everything. It was neat. Of course I took TONS of pics

And here they are ...





Friday, May 7, 2010

Some photo edits ..

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Tommy is obsessed with computers, to stop him from playing with our laptops we put our desktop in the boys room. I put some games on there for them. They totally love it! They can watch movies on it too.

He's SO happy!!

Busy at work ..

He's using Microsoft Excel!

Baseball Games

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A moment in time ..

Wherever you are, we hope you’ll have a camera — or a camera phone — in hand. And we hope you’ll be taking a picture to send to Lens that will capture this singular instant in whatever way you think would add to a marvelous global mosaic; a Web-built image of one moment in time across the world.

This is some of the photos that have been taken across the world, on the Facebook page. There is more and more and more being added .. I can't see how many people participated.

I think this was such an amazing event. I hope we can do it again next year, or soon.

This is my photo I submitted.