Friday, November 21, 2008


I am just wondering if Twilight is all it is cracked up to be??? Anyone seen it yet?

I made this video playlist at

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Trasiberian Orchestra

If you’ve never taken the opportunity (or even worse – you’ve never even thought about taking the opportunity…shame on you) to see the transiberian orchestra in all their concert glory, you haven’t truly experienced all that Christmas music has to offer. It’s a great blast to the 80’s, and who doesn’t want that to be part of their holiday festivities?? I'm having a hard time limiting my highlights of the show.

Maybe it was lots of lasers and fire and strobe lights and probably about a thousand band members or maybe narrator telling a really cheesy Christmas story, that were my favorites. There were a couple of singers with good gravely voices and ....everyone had really long hair and.... the girls all had blue eyeshadow like barbie and the rockers. There were a handful of guitar duels and an incredible piano duel contest. Then... it started snowing!!!! Yes, you read that right... it started snowing inside of the E-Center.

I’m serious – it had every ingredient necessary to make a perfect flashback rock concert. It was awesome!!! Plus, all their music is so fun – what better way to start out this Christmas season than with a jam session of Oh come all ye Faithful?

Thanks Mom and Dad for taking us with you!!!! I had a fantastic time!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Good-bye Miss Heidi

Just about very morning I drop Zander off at Kindercare. Today was a little bit more somber then usual. Today was Miss Heidi's last day. Do you have people in your life who you just don't realize how much you appreciate until you know you won't have them in your life anymore? It isn't like Miss Heidi is dying or anything, or that I might never see her again, but I do know she is a person I am going to miss seeing everyday. She truly has been an important person that I took for granite.
Every morning when Zander wakes up, one of the first questions out of his mouth is, "Were am I going to School today?" My answer back every morning is either, "Mrs. Stock" or "Miss Heidi". Now, I know Zander loves Mrs. Stock, but he holds a very special spot in his little heart for Miss Heidi. His eye beam when he knows he will see her. Once he knows Miss Heidi will be taking care of him for the day, his smile is followed by a cheerful, "YEAHHHHHH!"
Today, when I came to pick Zander up, he went over to Miss Heidi and gave her a big hug. We said our good-byes - I tried to hold back the tears - and then we jumped into the car. As we were putting on Zander's seat belt he said, "Mom! I am going to miss Heidi. I am not sad right now, but I am going to be so sad tomorrow."

We are really going to miss Miss Heidi!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tagged - My Simple Little Life

I have been tagged so many times with so many different tagging requirements. Below is one tag I found interesting and a little different. Have fun!

What do you do all day? Randomly throughout the day, update your blog on your latest life happenings.

5:30 - Alarm goes off. Niel jumps up and turns it off. Then he slides right back into bed. We both try not to fall back to sleep.... and eventually, in aabout 15 minutes, we both crawl out of bed. Niel goes first! I guess there isn't any real reason for me to stay in a cold, empty bed.... so I get up too!

7:05 - Pull out of the driveway to head to work. Pull right back into the driveway because I think I left my cell phone on the counter. I run back into the house, only to realize the phone was in my purse, which is in the car. Laugh at myself! Go back out to the car and get going to work.

7:38 - Sign Zander into daycare. He loves his teacher Miss Heidi!!! She is moving to Heber this week. Zander is really going to miss her.... I am really going to miss her! She says "ZANDER" in a loud, cheerful voice. I love knowing he is happy during the day and enjoying himself.

7:42 - Pull up at the gas station and smile..... gas is $2.08 per gallon. The lowest it has been in almost 2 years. Man! This day is turning out to be a pretty great day so far!

7:54 - Log into my work computer, ready for a busy day. Head to the break room for my daily cup of hot chocolate!

9:30 - Conference call with my customer regarding services we will be providing. Mark came into the office this morning. He is my territory manager. I speak with him on the phone everyday, so it is good to see him in person.

10:32 - Rocky Mountain review with Andy, my area director. I enjoy these team meetings because it gives me an overview on what the quarter holds for us.

11:19 - Received a very nice email from my cousin Melanie! She is always so thoughtful and I am feeling very blessed she is in my life!

11:35 - Headed out the door for lunch. I got to talk with my sister, Ang on the phone for my entire drive down to Lehi. I don't get to talk with her nearly enough. It was nice to hear her voice!!

12:00 - Met Niel for lunch at El Pollo Loco! I love that place, but I love seeing Niel in the middle of the day even more. He had a big audit at work today, so I felt extremely grateful he made the arrangements to spend the lunch hour with me. We had a great time.... as we always do!

1:10 - Walked in the door from work and got a large work load dumped one me. I am working on quotes and making calls to get business in for this quarter. It's all about the money!

1:30 - Took a little bathroom break and ran into Lori and Kat in the bathroom. We did a little girl talk - it was a nice break from the stress of work, even if it was for just a few minutes.

3:02 - Called to switch stuff with our auto insurance.... insurance is expensive!

3:54 - Getting ready to walk out the door from work! Heading to the post office to mail a baby gift for my other Territory Manager. She just had a baby! Speaking of.... you can check out a blog that has some pictures posted on it. That is what I did right before I posted, checked out her pictures here. Sure cute!!!

6:31 - Just got home! I went to the post office, only to wait in line for 20 minutes and not even move. Plus, I was 6th in line, so I didn't feel like wasting my entire night in line. Went and picked up Zander. Then, we headed to the new Smith Marketplace that just opened today. The store is sooo big and very cool! The problem was it was so crowded. We purchased some flowers and salt just so we could go through the express line which took 16 minutes... yes, I timed it! Then, we stopped at Mailboxes etc, which had no line!!! I keep wondering where all these people come from?? It was nice and quiet at Mailboxes Etc!

6:45 - Niel made a delicious dinner.... fish sticks and tater tots. He even made his special fry sauce! We ate dinner as a family and watched Amazing Race! It was pretty good tonight. The divorced girls were booted off!! It is Megan night tonight.... I like it when we are all together as a family!

7:30 - We left the house and headed up to the cemetery. Today is Jayden's birthday. It is very crazy, and hard to believe she would be 10 years old today. I had purchased some yellow daisies. Yellow was a perfect color for Jayden. It was my favorite color on her. My dad had all ready visited the cemetery. It was nice to see flowers from him on her grave. It was great to have all the kids there. They remind me of how blessed I am! Niel was there too.... and once again, I felt overjoyed and extremely thankful for him and the great life we have together. Sometimes, thinking of those who have passed on, reminds me not to take for granite the loved ones I have with me in my life right now.

10:39 - The day is gone. Each day seems to go by quicker then the day before. Zander reminded me to turn on the hall light. Conner talked about is day. He showed me some of the Math tutoring he is doing. When I got into Garrett and Stockton's room, they were both asleep. I even caught Garrett with his thumb in his mouth, he has tried to so hard to quit that bad habit. I got headers done for Ang, Lori, and Amy B. Then I worked a little on Heather's christmas cards.

It sure was a great day! I always wonder what type of emotions I will feel on Jaydee's birthday. This year was probably the best year yet. I thought a lot about her, but mostly I thought about my life now. I have such amazing, incredible people in my life! Heavenly Father has blessed me with more blessing then I know what to do with!! I am ever so grateful!!

Happy Anniversary Steve and Megan!

*** I am tagging everyone I mentioned in this email, and anyone else who really read through this entire LONG blog post!!!! *****

Monday, November 10, 2008

Then there's you....

Who would have guessed, when I walked into Ruby River 4 years ago, I would walk out with my life complete changing? The past 4 years have been the most incredible years of my life!

Four years ago.....I had just started a new job! My new life was beginning!! My adventure with four little boys, part-time school, full-time job, single parenting, life altering moment had just begun. And in walked the best part of my little, crazy life.... Niel!

Things have never been the same (thank goodness). I can't imagine how I survived without him.

Niel makes me laugh! We are silly together and I enjoy every minute of it!

Recently, Dietrich moved back to town. Niel and I took advantage of every moment we got to spend together! Don't get me wrong, family time is one of my favorite things.... but Niel time is priceless!

I can honestly say there isn't anything Niel wouldn't do for me. Any man who will dress up in a sheep costume is a REAL man!!! We even won best couple costume this year for Halloween (yes, I dressed up 3 times this year)!

Dodge City, at Anniversary Inn was a splendid night. And no... we weren't celebrating our anniversary, or birthday..... he planned the entire weekend for us just because. He was suppose to go hunting, but surprised me!

It was a very nice surprise!

To celebrate our first date 4 years ago, we went to Ruby River for dinner and then bowling! I kicked his butt at bowling, but he won the 50 states contest. He is just so smart!

Tonight was our last official alone night. We cooked up a great meal, one of our favorite things to do, and watched Friends!
Unfortunately, Dietrich is moving away. But that will not stop our fun times... no way! We always seem to squeeze in some type of adventure together. That is what I love so much about Niel.... never a dull moment.

One of my new favorite songs, Someone Else's Life, has a phrase I love:

My hands shake
My knees quack
It's everyday, same way
Then there's you!

Every day my life brings new and incredible things. And everyday, when I wake up, my best friend is laying right beside me. I feel like I am living someone else's life.... it almost seems impossible to be traveling down this journey of life with someone like Niel!

It has been an amazing 4 years!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I Dare You...

Warning... this post contains curled bangs, ruffled shirts, and young faces!

Back when we were in High School, we thought it would be so cool to get our pictures taken professionally. What were we thinking? Maybe we just had too much time on our hands...laugh!

These fine girls were my B.F.F.'s!

Jen, Becki, Shatie and myself!

And here we are now.... about 14 years later!

Becki was in town from Arizona a few weeks back, so we got together for a quick reunion. Jen wasn't able to make this one.... so I posted a picture from just a few months before. I wasn't able to make that friend reunion. But there is a picture of grown-up Jen too.

High School makes for some really great memories! I had really great friends!! They were a good influence in my life. I miss those days sometimes! We don't get together nearly enough.

So... now I dare you! Let me see what you looked like 14 years ago!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Garrett's football team won the Championship game!!!! They played their little hearts out! Below is a picture of Garrett taking on 3 big kids! He was an excellent, strong, little lineman!

The field they got to play on was ginormous compared to their little bodies! The plays were announced on a loud speaker and everything!

They didn't just win... they creamed Pleasant Grove!
Way to go Knights!!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween - Part 2

Happy Halloween - 2008