Thursday, February 26, 2009


It's been almost a week without a post. Wow! Just now while I was putting Ashton to bed, I said, " I want to watch E. R." Then Ashton' said, "Yeah, I want to watch Eeyore too! And Pooh Bear!" Ha. He was riding on Violet's scooter today and fell. No, he didn't skin his n=knee, but managed to land with his eye right on the side of the handle. He gouged it pretty bad. There was blood, and some swelling. Now he has a complete circular mark on his eye lid down to under his eye. He almost looks like a puppy with a spot on his eye, if that makes sense. It should be pretty colorful tomorrow.

Volleyball is officially over. We played (if you can call it that) in our last tournament on Monday. We played terribly and were out after our first two games. That's okay because we still did well during the season. I had fun...most of the time :D.

The Primary Children's Radio - thon is currently underway if you are interested in donating.

I'm looking forward to some good food and games on Saturday with the old 'compound' crew! We don't get together enough!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Calling all Sponsors!

We are looking for sponsors (companies or individuals) to support our annual heart walk in Sept. All benefits go to Intermountain Healing Hearts, a non profit organization for families of those with Heart defects.

Sponsoring the Heart Walk is a great idea for a business because they get their logo and information all over our groups promotional material, and t-shirts etc. Last year we had over 300 people and are expecting more than that this year.

If you or anyone you know is interested in helping out (or even participating) please email me at: Melissa at and check out our website at

This is a great event for families to attend and we have a lot of fun prizes!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What next?

I cannot believe I am actually braving the minute it takes to write a post. Today I was on the verge of tears. It takes quite a bit from my kids to get me that frustrated. No worries, nothing major, just crazy. So I was busying my self with something very necessary (ie. housework of some sort) I'm sure. I thought that Myra and Ashton were upstairs playing either in Ashton's room or Violets.

I go up to get them because it is time to pick up Kindergartners and what do I find. My kids are in the bathroom. Ashton(for who knows how long) had been filling up cups (dinner glass size) of soap & water and dumping them on Myra's head. Also flinging it all over the bathroom. Myra is roaming around with the toilet bowl brush (gasp!) and drenched. The cupboard drawers are pulled out (Ashton's stairs tot he counter/sink) and there is about 4 inches of standing water in them. Plus all over the floor.

So I ever so patiently (Ha!) stripped them, pulled my hair dryer, curling irons and hot rollers out of water, and threw on new clothes. Then I rush over to the school and am late. One of the car pool kids is hiding inside the school and throws a fit. "I don't want to go with you. I want my mom." Now I look like a child abductor! I swear, one thing after another. I get home, Vi uses the bathroom and leaves the door open. Time out for her since Myra got in. I go up stairs to clean the bathroom mess with Ashton and come down for lunch.

Violet had watched Myra climb up on the table and dump our her whole cup of milk. Fabulous!! I feel like if I don't follow my kids around all day, they are naughty. I really try to make my home as child proof as possible. But the bathroom is not doable. I never heard the water running, which I usually do. Myra got into Cd's and I still haven't put the DVD cabinet back together after she pulled all of those out. What is a mom supposed to do?!?! Plus they ended up putting crackers all over the floor in the basement - so much for that snack and Vi put her old laundry in her dollhouse. I'm sure it seemed like a reasonable idea at the time.

Ashton did pee in the toilet standing up and thought that was fabulous. Hopefully tomorrow will not be full of mischievous children. I might pull out my hair.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Stepford Family

Have you ever seen something and thought to yourself, this cannot be real. The kind of thing only happens in creepy shows. Over the Holidays, Darin & I were at a play of "A Christmas Carol" with the Marvels. At intermission Mandy and I turn to each other and say the same thing. "Did you see that family over there?!" No joke, they (mom, dad & like 5 or 6 kids) all had on matching clothing. Down to jackets, shoes and I can only imagine, underwear. Boys all had similar hair, as did the girls. It was so abnormal.

The only thing we could come up with was that they were alien's from another planet had just had family portraits taken. It was so bizarre. They all had black rain/rubber boots on. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about it again. (Mufasa.....Say it again..Mufasa BBBBrrrrrruuuuahhh.)

So, yeah, it was way weird. It did seem like they stepped out of some Twilight Zone special. Dodododo Dodododo..........We kept talking about it all night, but tried our hardest not to stare. I hope they didn't notice, they might try to assimilate me! AGGGGHHHHH!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Heart Day!

Here is a cute picture of Elaine with her Tigger pillow. Happy Valentine's/CHD Awareness Day! Obviously this time of year gets me really missing my girl.
Darin surprised me with roses and chocolate last night. I got my Valentine's early! :) Tonight we are going out. We have had a nice, relaxing day so far. Snowed in this morning, but it has warmed up considerably now. I do believe more snow is in the future though. Hope you all have a special Valentine to spend the day with!
On a side note, Ashton has been having a lot of success with the toilet training! I hope it keeps up.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stink -O Man

Ashton just emptied (by spraying) an entire bottle of Fabreze in my basement. Violet came and told me after the fact. She was too busy watching her show to be bothered. Thanks for the help, dearie. UGHHHHHHHHHH. The stench smacks you in the face when you go down, and then you breath. You can literally taste it. I've banished all children from the basement until it airs out some. It is so disgusting! Just writing about it makes me shudder as I recall the horror. It is nasty! I thought the bottle was safe down there are it was on top of the entertainment center. It is a 6 ft. entertainment center. Nope. Dang monkey children.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Home School Musical

Well, Saturday was an adventurous day for me. I think that I only got to see my kids for about 2 or 3 hours the entire day. Weird! Well, I was up at PCMC doing CHD Awareness Week stuff with IHH that I posted about already. Then we had Desert Star in the evening. Man, I love that place!

Anywho, we decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Boy was that ever a mistake! It was my worst experience there EVER!!! We did call ahead seating, apparently for no reason. We were quoted 50 min. to wait. By the time we arrived we should have had like 10 - 15 min to wait. To make a long and irritating story short, we basically waited for 45 min. and they still couldn't get us in (I think someone was screwing with the seating stuff). Some one pulled the fire alarm in jest and at that point we had to leave to make it to the show. We were all starving and ate a ton of popcorn at the show.

The show was a blast. "Linoleum Dynanmite" was my fav. We laughed and laughed. To prepare for the night I had watch High School Musical. It was my first time. I probably would have still liked the show without seeing the movie, but it was more fun having seen it. There were a couple of songs from the movie. I recommend going and seeing the show. I also enjoyed the name Zach Teflon.

After we went to Cheesecake factory. We didn't have to wait nearly as long and the food there is soooooooooo good. I was unadventurous and got the same thing as before (a pasta dish) and of course yummy Cheesecake. Aaron and Mandy ended up getting into a whipped cream fight (they smeared each others faces). Good times. It was a late night, but we had fun even if Texas Roadhouse tried to ruin our night.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Congratulations to Carolyn for being my 12,000th hit on the blog! :) You rock!

CHD Awareness

February 7-14, 2009 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

A Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) means a child is born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels. Such hearts may have incomplete or missing parts, may be put together the wrong way, may have holes between chamber partitions or may have narrow or leaky valves or narrow vessels. There are approximately 35 different types of congenital heart defects.
**CHDs are the #1 birth defect in America, affecting approximately one in one hundred or 40,000 newborns every year.Each day 10,830 babies are born in the U.S.; 411 of them have a birth defect -- of those, 87 will be born with a congenital heart defect -- that's more than cerebral palsy (27), sickle cell disease (27), Down Syndrome (12), and oral/facial clefts (11) combined (total of 77). (According to the March of Dimes)

**CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect-related deaths, and sadly 20 percent of children who make it through birth will not survive past their first birthday.
In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.

**For many children a new heart is the only option, but only about 30% of the children who need a heart transplant receive one in time. Elaine was one who was part of the 70% who could not wait long enough. In 2007 there were 327 pediatric heart transplants performed in the United States. The average heart transplant only lasts around 10 years.
(Elaine right after her 3rd open heart surgery)

What can you do?

Support Intermountain Healing Hearts! Saturday some members of the group were able to meet up at PCMC and set up CHD week table with fliers, books, information, and also toys and candy. Payson Market also donated heart shaped sugar cookies that were distributed throughout the hospital to staff and families. We were also able to get a large sign (by approval of the CEO :) ) hung over the parking garage. This sign acknowledges CHD week. We are slowly trying to get more involvement and awareness in our community. We hope you are all doing the same! Thank you to all!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Happy #6 Violet!!!

9lb 6 oz 18 inches


I cannot believe my baby girl is six years old! She is growing up into quite the little lady. She said she wanted jewelry & makeup for the big day. I'm sure she'll be spoiled with some!

Vi, I love you. You are my "baby got back" baby!! Congratulations on being student of the month this month.