Wednesday, May 20, 2009

10 Seven Year Old Boys and 1 Girl

It was G-mans turn to have a friend party this year. I tell you what... either I am getting too old or we just have too many boys in a small area for too long of time. It was WILD! Garrett had 9 boys show up for his party and 1 girl, Brynlee. That makes for a lot of noise. Bryn held her ground and dove right in for the fun!

We went to the Legacy Center for Pizza, cake and swimming. It was the perfect place to let the kids run around and be themselves!

Garrett had a great time! He said it was the best birthday party ever.

Not only did the little boys have fun, but Niel jumped right in too and played rough and tough with the kids. It was fun to watch!! I think Bryn ended up winning!

Monday, May 18, 2009

I {Heart} Faces - Blurb Photo Book Contest

Since I missed the i{Heart} faces laughter entry last week. I thought I would enter the contest this week!!

Conner is such a fun big brother! Zander loves to climb up on Conner's shoulders and see the world. It is fun to watch them both grow up.

I am submitting this photo into the Blurb Book photo contest. I am granting I Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I Faces web sites.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My Yellow Flower

I found this poem tonight that seemed to fit perfectly about how I feel. Today was the 10 year anniversary of little Jayden leaving this life. I miss her so! We took beautiful yellow flowers to her grave. They were perfect! I remember when I spoke at her funeral I said yellow was my favorite color on her. She was a brilliant light in my life.... my little angel.
I miss you Jaydee!

I find an old photograph
and see your smile.
As I feel your presence anew,
I am filled with warmth
and my heart remembers love.

I read an old card
sent many years ago
during a time of turmoil and confusion.
The soothing words written then
still caress my spirit
and bring me peace.

I remember who you used to be
the laughter we shared
and wonder what you have become.
Where are you now,
Where did you go,
When the body is left behind
and the spirit is released to fly?

Perhaps you are the morning bird
singing joyfully at sunrise,
or the butterfly that dances
so carelessly on the breeze
or the rainbow of colors
that brightens a stormy sky
or the fingers of afternoon mist
delicately reaching over the mountains
or the final few rays of the setting sun
lighting up the skies
edging the clouds with a magical glow.

I miss your being
but I feel your presence,
In whatever form you choose to take,
however you now choose to be.

Your spirit has become for me
a guardian angel on high
guiding, advising, and watching over me.

I remember you.
You are with me
and I am not afraid.

Kirsti A. Dyer

Saturday, May 16, 2009


This just can't be?! Megan is 12!!!

This year I decided to take some updated pictures of each of the kids as they have a birthday. She was a good sport. Megan is growing up to be such a beautiful young woman!

Some of Megan's favorites:

I like to read. My favorite book is - The Wedding Planners Daughter
I am very creative and clever. I signed up for creative writing this next year and I am looking forward to writing some stories!
My favorite color is Purple
My favorite food is Beef Stroganoff
My favorite movie is 13 Going on 30
I got to go to Hawaii this year.... AWESOME!
I have 2 Rats and 1 guinea pig
I am very intelligent and a good friend
I am a great big sister because I have to put up up all my crazy brothers!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day was perfect for me this year.... well, almost perfect!

I woke up with a nicely made peanut butter and honey sandwich from Zander. He attempted to make some oatmeal. Zander loves oatmeal. He can make it in the microwave all by himself. This Mother's Day morning we added a little too much water. He didn't think it was right so he scratched the oatmeal breakfast and turned to the second meal he knows how to make.... peanut butter and honey. He did a splendid job.... the sandwich tasted delicious. I just love how thoughtful he is.

The not-so-perfect part of my day was taking Conner to the doctor. Turns out he had severe strep throat. I felt so bad for him. He was in such terrible pain with his throat and so many aches, pains and a fever. We spent most of the morning at the doctor's office and the pharmacy. Doctor Freestone gave Conner a bright pink rose to give me. It is beautiful! Conner is feeling much better!

Stocks made he a very colorful hanger at school. I love it!!! And Garrett used his artistic skills to draw me a lovely picture. I think it looks just like me! I love Mother's Day because it reminds me of how lucky I am to be a Mom to 4 incredible little men!

Niel took me on a very nice date. We ate at Sundance. The food was delicious. The second best thing was the rasberry lemonade. Of course the best part was spending a nice night together. I am very blessed to have such a thoughtful husband!

Niel did another great things for Mother's Day. On Saturday night he took me, my Mom, Brooke and Bryn out to dinner. I love my mom very much and I was so happy she came to dinner with us!! Mom doesn't really like eating out too much. She prefers to eat healthy, so Niel took us to Sweet Tomatoes for a tasty meal. It was so great to spend time with my husband and 2 of the most incredible Mother's I know.

I miss you Joyce, Lisa and Ang! Three other incredible Mother's in my life that I wasn't able to spend the day with.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Law of the Credit Card

Niel has been competing in Toastmasters for a few months. You might be asking yourself what Toastmaster is? Niel could tell you a lot better then I could. I know he has been practicing speaking for a few months. First, he won the contest within his area club. Then, he won the area district (Utah County), and this past Saturday he won The Division contest!!! He keeps moving right along!

His speech is incredible.... and I am not just saying that! He keeps winning!!

His next speech is on May 30th. I will be out of town and unable to attend. So, if anyone is feeling like spending a day listening to some great speeches.... go cheer him on!

I was just so happy and proud of him, I couldn't help but smile big!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


It is amazing to me Garrett is all ready 7 years old. The years have just flown by.

Garrett was a good sport taking pictures. We had a great time together.... enjoying this incredible weather. He is such a handsome young man!

Some of Garrett's favorite things:

My favorite color is Red
My favorite food is Niel's BBQed Tri-Tip
My favorite movie is Wolverine
I love to play baseball
I like to play video games
I love to smile
I tease my little brother all the time
I am smart, strong, and a fast runner
I am a good little cleaner, organizer and I can mow the lawn all by myself

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

Megan and Garrett both celebrated getting one year older. Megan turned 12 and Garrett turned 7 this year. Their birthdays are just one day apart.

Look how grown - up they are!

We celebrated with lots of food topped off with the best people around!

We are so lucky to have such great friends and family!!

The day was perfect! We could even eat outside.... well, until it started to rain.

Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hemophilia Blood Run - Give-a-way!

Want to win some AMAZING prizes? Check out my Delightful Dots site for an amazing give-a-way!

I know a bunch of your are runners, and even if you aren't, you should still come run with us. Everyone in our house is participating in the Hemophilia Blood Run. The race will be Saturday, June 6th in Highland. A few of us are running the 5K and some of us are running the 1 mile. ALL of us are helping with the race on the day. We are looking for runners, volunteer's, and even donations (see my site).

Anyone who helps out the day of the race, either by racing, donating, or volunteering..... we will be having a YUMMY breakfast at our house following the race. You don't want to miss it!! Niel is an excellent cook!!