"they left us something more precious than silver and gold..."

Monday, August 27, 2007

"The sky is blue"

Finally...yes it's true ("the sky is blue") my main
man is back in town....holla back now! Life is good! Cam got back into town this past week and things are looking up for me!!! It is such a relief to have him home. The girls are sweating him and won't let him out of thier sight (I've become pretty much invisible to them - "He's my best friend mom" - Savannah). Although we moved here in June, Cam has only spent about a week here since then so we had a fun weekend running on the trails, going around the city, and just being together (plus I finally got to see the Bourne Supremacy...I had to wait for him - it was phenomenal!). So this morning as he headed off to St. Joe's, his first day of the 2nd year of his Residency, I made him take this pic...lookin good Dr. Kes!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sometimes you have to smile...

Okay so sometimes when I am beatdown, tired and I don't want to get out of the shower because I see the little people outside my shower door waiting for me, I have to smile. I think I smile because I don't want to cry but seriously when things are buggin (laundry, bills, messes/stepping on toys, making dinner in 90 degree weather, cleaning, and cleaning again, wondering if I am doing enough, trying to do enough, ...) I know I need to stop and realize a little more that these truly are going to be some of the best days of my life.

So I smile....

I smile when I think of telling Vanny that we are going to run errands and she disappears and then comes running in my office and says, "Ready to go mom!"
Hence the picture with her three purses and baby!

I smile when I think of Savannah washing the car and the child labor laws...she really volunteered to do the whole car, I promise!

I smile when I think of Lucy eating spagetti (she only has two teeth).
I smile when I think of Lucy in her little jeans...she is getting so big!

I smile when I think of Ka-Ka (a.k.a my one and only "sista wife") who saved me all last week when she came to help me with the girls while I went to hospital orientation (note: I don't smile when I think of hospital orientation). Thanx Ka you are the best (late movies/popcorn, my new pictures frames!, Savannah's new sticker/goal chart, Sterling's workout class, and to the GPS)!

I smile when I think of Vanny & Morgan making cookies!
I smile when I think of Vanny & Lucy fresh out of the tubby!
"If you have one smile in you,
give it to the people you love."
- Maya Angelou

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Calling someone who cares...

"TAGGED" I know you all care...so read on and enjoy a little of my
"So Called Life"!!!

Jobs I've had
1. Labor & Delivery Nurse
2. Telemarketing (hatin life)
3. After school program advisor
4. Einstein Bagel Girl
5. Don't get me started on Fudd Ruddruckers

Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again
1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 days
2. The Little Mermaid (with Vannah!)
3. Fever Pitch
4. Any of the Mission Impossibles
5. Scream (only if Emily is with me, comical!)

Places I Have Lived
1. Jeffersonville, IN
2. Provo, UT
3. Grand Junction, CO
4. Glendale, AZ
5. San Diego, CA

Favorite TV Shows
1. The Office
2. BB (too ashamed to spell it out for you)
3. Prison Break
4. 24
5. King of Queens

Places I Have Been On Holiday
1. Maui
2. Maine
3. Honolulu
4. Philadelphia

Favorite Dishes
1. Fish Tacos
2. Chipolte
3. Tortilla Soup
4. Teriyaki Chicken

Websites I Visit Daily
1. Email
2. Google
3. Blogs

Places I Would Rather Be Right Now...
1. Anywhere just with Cam
2. Skiing on the lake
3. With my sisters - all of us together
4. Quilting
5. The pool - I am on my way!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Nanny & Poppie

Blessings...Sweet Mallory Camille (my namesake!) was blessed this past Sunday....it was such a great weekend! Cam flew in from San Diego which made it perfect! Matt gave a beautiful blessing and Emily is really an awesome mom (of 3!). Going home to Nanny & Poppie's is what we like to call the "bomb diggs". The girls love them and in turn they spoil the girls with kisses, chocolate milk, long bubble baths, and Vannah is known to kick her Poppie out of bed so she can sleep with her Nanny! This was the last time we will be staying in our old house...wow, I can't beleive mom and dad are actually moving! Their new house is beautiful...it will be perfect for them...we are very excited for them!

Playing, Park, Perfect....

Meg came down from Draper and we spent an afternoon at the park with her boys (Caleb & Seth). It is always fun to go home and meet up with friends! Her boys are adorable...the picture of Savannah & Caleb is actually hilarious because they were both whining and crying and I said, "Say Cheese" and they both pulled off that pose (comical :) !!)

COUSINS!!! Okay so Vannah seriously adores her cousins...copys them, calls them on her "cell phone", does whatever they say, fights with them one minute - kissin kousins the next, talks about them all the time! They are great friends and I know they will grow-up to be forever friends. I love to go home and be with my family and my sisters - they are my forever friends!

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Girl Cousins...
Matt, Emily, Mom & Dad, Jessica, Cam2


We went home to Utah this past weekend for my Grandma LaRae's 80th birthday party! My grandma is like no other grandma (don't fight me on this one!). She is amazing in so many aspects...she is talented, beautiful, fun, thoughtful, and an awesome shopper! She is in a bowling league, plays more rounds of golf than most people I know, a competitive bridge player, talented in crocheting/sewing, an avid collector of porcelain dolls, and the list goes on and on. Thing I love most about grandma is her love for her family - she never misses a special occasion in your life...she is selfless...she is forgiving...she really cares about your life...she is one of a kind!

~side note...
Okay so this is pretty random and it seems like I have been getting on my blog way too much lately...do I need to get out more? But yesterday I was at work and it is only like my third day there, so I am still getting to know the docs and nurses, etc. So I had this great delivery experience with this family - just a super sweet, loving family. Everything went perfectly...cute little baby boy. So she delivered the baby, we got everything cleaned up and the doctor was talking to her and then he ran out of the room and came back with a big glass of cranberry juice and sprite...put the straw in it and then just sat there at her bedside and talked about how great she did, their beautiful family, etc. I have only been a nurse for 5 years but I have never once seen a doctor do this. It was so simple, yet it was enduring for me. He wasn't even really her doctor, he was just covering for someone in his practice. I don't even really know this doctor well but in that small instance, I admired him.
So it got me to thinking (all night and this morning) whom do I admire? What is admirable? Their qualities? Their choices? I think in most ways it is someone I respect, think highly of, value.
- My parents...for so many reasons...for moving our family across the country after 20 years in Indiana and starting all over. For always, always putting us ("the girls") first. For always being loyal, for wanting the most for us (not giving us the most but teaching us what the "most" really is...family, education, setting goals, doing your best, being faithful, being kind, being respectful), for the sacrifices they have made to give me better opportunities...for so many things.
- My sisters...Amy: Her endurance, always wanting to try new things, she doesn't care what people think, she is always herself, she is fun. Jessica: Her independence, her humor, her beauty (and beauty secrets), she always wants to be a friend. Emily: How she overcomes obstacles, she is a very loyal person (very), she is a great financial planner, she is a really caring-true person, she is always there for me. Lindsey: She is young - she has so many choices, she is thoughtful, she loves her family, her ability to shop :), the way she wants to learn and do more things.
- Grandma LaRae & Grandpa Red, Grandma Freeze, Grandma Wray.- Joseph Smith, Emma Smith, President Hinckley, Russell M. Nelson, Marvin J. Ashton, Thomas S. Monson, Pioneers (early days & today) , missionaries, converts, re-activated members.
- People (strangers) who are nice for no reason...just nice people who don't flip me off or honk at me when I am driving and accidentally swerve into the wrong lane while handing Savannah something in the back seat, people who open the door for me, say good morning to me every day when I run on the trails behind my house, people who give me the benefit of the doubt, people like that.
- My Uncle Bob. My Aunt Julie. My Uncle John.
- Our military and their families...wow, we really can't even comprehend their sacrifice.
- President Bush...like him or not, who wants to be in his position?- Mothers. Fathers.- School Teachers. Social Workers.
- Friends...many of which have taught me different things in my life (whether they know it or not) and as I get a little bit older I understand more of what you can't understand while you are growing up and living in it...Renee, Melissa, Kim M., Bri, Tara, Beth, Hilary, Krista, Anne, Sarah C., Hannah, Ang, Caprice, Erin, Meg, Sarah R., Kim F., Camille, Shari, Jamie, Lindsay, Sandy, Makalia, Jodi, my nursing class, Janae, Kelly, Brooke, Summer, Heidi, Kami.
- My brother-in-law Matt who joined the church and then waited to marry my sister so he could take her to the temple. How he took my sister through the temple without his own family being able to be inside...I will never forget that day.
- Those with disabilities and their families...their attitudes, their stories...they are strong people...Dick Hoyt (google his story).
- Mrs. Erickson, Mrs. Harris, Sue G., Judy G., Coach K, Carolyn M., Pam S., Linda & Johnny....people who have made impacts in my life at different stages.
- Mothers who give their babies up for adoption to give them a better chance in this life.
- People who make sacrifices for their beliefs, their families, their dreams.-
People who talk the talk and walk the walk.- J. Cam: For always being true to who you are (for never claiming to be perfect but for always trying to progress), for really living in the moment and enjoying every second of it, for your determination and work ethic (baseball, stocking shelves, cleaning carpets, DOCS secretary, taking the MCAT early, never letting down, always putting "us" first, for loving the outdoors & athletics (hoops, skiing, baseball, running...), for enduring my talks and just listening, for making me laugh, for being a good dad, for your testimony & faith, for the way you see people...not judgmental, seeing the best and then helping them to see the best.
....So basically what I am trying to say is that I think it is good to admire people and let them know it...let them know you appreciate them, let your friend know you like her new hairstyle or new cute outfit (even though you need to get your roots highlighted or just had a baby and can't fit into any of your cute outfits), tell a stranger thank-you when they help you, don't honk at mom's driving or anyone for that matter, give someone the benefit of the doubt, be the person you admire.
~Em, thanks for letting me go off on the phone on you the other day...and then when I talked to you the next day, you didn't even bring it up. You always understand.
~Erin...I still can't believe you read the whole Old Testament...I didn't think that was possible...I really admire your dedication.
~Cam, I am glad your home (understatement).~Linds I am happy you enjoyed the spa day for your birthday.
Okay just a random thought.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


SAVANNAH (Vannah, Vanny, Sis)... This chicka is currently obessed with swimming, babies, and purses! She loves being a big sister and hanging out with her cousins and friends. She plays a mad game of GO FISH, loves PB&J, and you can catch her singing her made up songs 24/7!

Island Park IDAHO

We just got back from a week vaca to Island Park (close to Yellowstone) in Idaho. Vannah loved swimming in the lake and playing with all her cousins. Cam loved skiing, skiing, and did I mention skiing. It was nice to be away from everything...no t.v., phones, or internet. It was so fun to see all of Cam's family - we hadn't see the "Krew" for almost a year!
Here's to I.P Bills Island summer 2007: Brett's boat taking the boys "surfing", beautiful weather, Mafia, Playmill: Footloose, skiing on glass, Grandpa Kelly buying the kids fishing poles (plus the awesome castle & huge water tube to play in), dancing on the dock (and our audience!!!), don't even make me bring up the game of Amazing Race (alliances forver!), tubing - of course, yummy food (SJ's oreo's), and I think I will stop at the bats.