Friday, October 21, 2011


Well, I have surpassed the number of books that I read in 2010. I just finished my 52nd book for the year and October's not even over. I'll do better towards my goal of 100 books this year, but still won't quite make it. Oh well. I never really expected to. I purposely set the goal high to keep me motivated. Who knows, maybe one year I'll get there, when the kids are grown and I don't have to work and I've lost my iPhone so I don't waste so much time playing games on it...maybe.

Anyway, here's a list of my 5 star books so far this year:
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall...I totally recommend this to anyone who works out, or wants to work out!
Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally, and lots of fun
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Everlost, Everwild and Everfound by Neal Shusterman
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
These is My Words by Nancy Turner
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde...super funny and clever
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers #4) by Dave Barry

Honorable Mentions:
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2) Read this one with my ears and LOVED the reader. The story was good too.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans...a completely different genre for Evans, but liked it and am anxious for the next one.
Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1) by Heather Brewer
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
A World Without Heros by Brandon Mull...gotta love Brandon Mull
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan
Illusions by Aprillynn Pike...Ive decided I really like books about faeries
Dark Days and Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #4 and #5) by Derek Landy
Princess of Glass and Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan...he's been busy this year!
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
River Secrets and Forst Born (The Books of Bayern #3 and #4) by Shannon Hale

Don't Bother!!!
Witch and Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson
Unraveled by Gena Showalter
Skinned by Robin Wasserman...the story concept was way cool, but the main character was a B*&^% from you know where

So there ya go! The good, the bad and the ugly.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More Summer Fun

Girls Camp

Man I love these girls! We had a blast!

Amy, Meg, Chloe, Jessica, Missy

Brooklynn on our hike

The view on our hike

Face painting with Missy and Brooklynn

Brooklynn and her Boondoggle

Stephen's Family Reunion
At Rick and Tilly's farm somewhere in Utah

Water Fight!!!!

4th Of July Parade
With the Silver Blades. I took a break from being in charge this year and ran the 5K with my sis. It was fun!

Hogle Zoo
We haven't been to the zoo forever. That's what happens when your kids get OLD!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Stuff

Well, here it is, the end of summer. The kids are back to school tomorrow (well one kid, Braden starts on Wednesday). The summers just seem to get shorter every year. There never seems like enough time to fit in everything we want to do (or is it enough money? maybe both).

Here's a few highlights from our summer

July 10, 2011

Family Reunion @ Deer Creek

Road trip...
St George/Tuacahn,

then Las Vegas

then on to San Diego

first to skate

then the beach
Mission Beach, San Diego
I could so be a beach bum in San Diego. The water was no Hawaii or Mexico, but the beach was fabulous. I LOVE THE SUN!

and finally Magic Mountain, roller coaster heaven. How can we go back to Lagoon after this?

Pool Party w/skating friends

New Haircut

and Lagoon

Brook's first time on The Rocket (and Belle's too), and they liked it!

We will try to fit in one last fling (a biking trip) over Labor Day. Then it's on to Christmas!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Well the cap and gown are still warm and I'm already blogging about the day. You should be impressed.

What a day! I can hardly believe my boy is GRADUATED! Seems like just yesterday we were doing preschool graduation. The years have flown by. I'm very proud of the man this boy is becoming. Braden, I know you'll go far in this world. You are smart, funny, kind and rather good looking if I do say so myself! Use your heart, your mind, and your spirit in all that you do and there is nothing that you cannot accomplish!

Way to go buddy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

MCT Treasure Island

Brooklynn recently took the opportunity to try out for the Missoula Children's Theater production of Treasure Island. She tried out on Monday, found out she got a part, rehearsed all week from 4-8pm and performed on Friday and Saturday of that same week. It was a crazy busy week and we didn't see much of Brooklynn, but it was an awesome experience and she had a BLAST!

"Big 'Ol Blue the Pirate

The motley crew of pirates and ruffians

The Cast of Treasure Island

Wanna know why...

Wanna know why I don't blog more often? Because it takes so blasted long to upload pictures! Grrr!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011


So happy to be in Disneyland!

A re-creation of a picture that we took when Braden was about 7 with Uncle Jeff the last time we all went to Disneyland (they are posing like the statue in the background)

So happy!

I'm a Fairy!

With Mr. Toad

Trashin' the Capm

World of Color

Lots of cotton candy and other treats

On the ferris wheel

Jungle Cruise


Teacups comment

We had a great time!!