Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year from the Marcano Family

What a great year! I'm amazed at quickly the time has flown and already we are welcoming in 2009 in a few days. Here's a recount from our family -

Jhonny broke out with Halliburton in April and has been dealing with the frustrations of the oil field. The biggest transition has been in getting used to the schedule and being gone for days at a time. In his spare time he has been busy doing home improvement projects. He teaches the Deacon's quorum on Sundays and tries to make it to Mutual on Wednesday nights.

In June I gave birth to Gavin 3 weeks early due to PIH. It took a while to recover, but I soon found myself looking for more to do with my time. I took on a babysitting job to earn money for dance lessons for the girls and joined the local MOPS chapter. The biggest transition came when I was released as a counselor and pianist in the primary and called to be the Relief Society President of our Branch.

Jessica turned 6 in June and started First grade. She is at the top of her class and has E's on her report card in all her subjects and conduct. The biggest accomplishment came last summer when she shocked the primary by reading her own talk. Everyone broke out in applause and she had a big grin on her face. Her reading has only soared since then. Jessica is also involved in her fourth year of dance. Jessica has been a big helper and great big sister to Lily and Gavin.

Lily turned 2 last April and has been celebrating her birthday every day since it seems. Whenever her dad brings home a treat or when I pull out a new (hand-me-down) outfit she shrieks with pleasure at her new "birthday" present. Lily started dance lessons this year at Lisa's dance and after two lessons of the Mom and Me she was more than ready to move on to the pre-ballet class by herself. Lily loves to learn and play and is always doing something new. For a kid who hasn't grown more than 32 inches in the last year, she sure has gotten "big." Her latest accomplishment is getting potty trained! Yeah!! Mom is most excited about that one. Lily continues to entertain us around here with her antics and latest phrases.

Gavin was born June 16th and has been steady on his growth chart. He has a big grin and loves attention. He is finally sleeping through the night, rolling over and almost sitting by himself. He is a cuddly baby who loves the most expensive pacifier. I'll do anything to prevent another thumb sucker. He also cries alot when he isn't getting enough attention to which his sisters are a great help. We look forward to seeing him grow and develop. He is babbling at us and when he's upset it sounds a lot like, "Mama".

Our family took a couple of vacations this year enjoying Zion's Park in Utah for my grandmother's 80th birthday/family reunion. It was great to see cousins that have grown and catch up on everyone. We also took a weekend to go to Grapevine and visit the Great Wolf Lodge in September. It was loads of fun and we made some great memories there.

We are optomistic about the future. Even though we may pass through some tough times, we are sure of the Lord's tender mercies and his watchful care. We are grateful for our testimonies and the blessings of the gospel. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Garrin Ellis Family


Dear Friends and Family, Merry Christmas from the Ellis Family!
We thought we'd catch you up on the happenings in our home this year. It's definitely been a year of challenge, change and growth for us...but hopefully we're better for it! Garrin has had a LOT of change this year--most of it work related. Earlier this year, we found out that the Utah Dept of Transportation was taking our business property for the new freeway interchange. As a result, we decided to shut down our current business and split off from our partner. This change will happen at the end of Dec and we will open up Garrin's Automotive on Jan 1st. This will be a great change for our family, but not without a ton of work, stress and worry. Unfortunately, we were unable to find property with a current shop so we have decided to build one. We have been working our way through city meetings, offers on properties and all of that and hope to be able to start building by February. In the meantime, Garrin will work out of our home garage to keep his customers happy until we can finish our new shop. By the way--the new shop will be 1 1/2 miles from our home in Lehi--we are so excited! Wish us luck! Garrin still teaches the 11 year old boys at church.
Stefanie changed jobs in April, now working for The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) Physical Therapy dept as a Patient Service Rep. She works 3 days a week there, and usually the other 2 for Garrin--especially with all the changes happening. At church, she plays the piano for the Primary (3-12 year olds). She started a family blog this year and trys frantically to keep up AND post all the family happenings. Visit us at http://everything-ellis.blogspot.com/
Devin is 19 and moved back home in April from college in St George, UT and back out again in November. He's always on the GO! He is currently living in Provo with friends....about 30 min away. He first had his car broken into and things stolen, and then totalled the same car this September. It was his first car. He is currently working at Anderson Window Well Covers and installs window well covers. He usually works in Denver, CO even though the company base is here in UT. He leaves on Mondays early in the morning and gets home Thursday night/Friday morning---depending on how you look at those wee hour arrival times. He's working on saving lots of money for the future---whatever that may be.
Shawnee turned 16 and began driving and dating. She's in the 10th grade and enjoys being at the High School. She continues playing the violin and has a steady babysitting job 2 days a week in our neighborhood. She joined the ballroom dance class this year and just had her first performance.
Kaylee will be 14 in a matter of weeks and is in 8th grade. She loves soccer and has been on several soccer teams over the last year---most recently Eclipse. She enjoyed being in her first school play "The Comedy of Errors" by Shakespeare and was Luce and a Player. She loves "hanging out" with friends and having fun.
Jaycee is 9 and in 4th grade. She loves playing with friends daily! She has been in the school choir and we just finished up the 4 performances in the last 2 weeks.
We went to on a family camping trip to Goblin Valley with Stefanie's family in April, and to Garrin's reunion above Logan, UT in July. It was lots of fun! We hope that 2009 will be a great year for you and we'd love to hear from you! Email us at stampinstefanie@gmail.com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Stefanie, Garrin, Devin, Shawnee, Kaylee and Jaycee

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Mullen Clan


Dear Family & Friends,
It is that time of year again. Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. We have had a lot of things happen this year that has definitely helped us grow stronger together as a family and as individuals and realize that we have a loving Father in Heaven watching out for us. In September we embarked on a new adventure and moved from Utah to Washington, and were able to go back to Utah for 10 days, and spend time with family before everyone on my side is spread across the country. Spencer and I also celebrated our 10 year anniversary.


Logan is 9 and is so helpful. He is excited to be playing basketball in January at the YMCA, and has been actively involved in the after school club at his school four times a week. We are constantly hearing the bouncing of a basketball, or the throwing of a football and have to remind him we have neighbors that can hear the vibrations of the basketball, and that something will break with the football.


Lincoln is 7 and has sooooo much energy. He just got done playing basketball at the YMCA and had a blast. It is great for him to have something for him to put all that energy into. He has really improved with his reading, and is looking forward to getting baptized this summer. He is loves playing with Linzy and can’t wait to go skiing this winter.


Lexie is 7, and loves to read and draw. She had a hard time leaving her friends in Utah, and her dance team, but has adjusted pretty well. 3 weeks before we moved out here, she fell on the tramp and broke her growth plate in her ankle. She is anxious to get back into dance out here. I will often find Linzy up in the top bunk with Lexie in the morning. She loves being a big sister, and is great at it, and can’t wait to turn 8 also.


Linzy is 2 ½. Time has flown by so quickly. She talks nonstop, loves playing with her friends, reading books with mom, going on walks, talking on the phone, and having lunch every day with Dad. Spencer’s work is only 1 ½ miles away, so he comes home for lunch every day, and Linzy really looks forward to that time. She is such a doll, and makes us all laugh continually. And she is potty trained.


Spencer is working as a Mechanical Engineer at Key Technology in Walla Walla. He is really enjoying it. We just got called as valiant 10 teachers and love teaching that age group. He can’t wait to go skiing a couple times this winter, and enjoys spending Saturdays with the kids.


I am thankful for the sacrifices Spencer makes so that I can stay at home with the kids. I was really scared about the move out here and was not looking forward to leaving all our friends and family back home, but have really enjoyed making new friends out here, and know that the Lord is watching out for us.


I have had fun getting into digital scrapbooking, and am doing great out here with Scentsy. We miss everyone back in Utah and love you all dearly, but we are enjoying it out here na know this is where we are suppose to be, and Walla Walla is starting to grow on us. We know the Lord is mindful of all of us, and watching out for us in all we do.


May we all feel of our Saviors Love this holiday season and remember it is him who we celebrate. Best wishes for a happy holiday and wonderful New Year.


Love,

The Mullen Family

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wow.

Okay, I'm gaining a new respect for Relief Society Presidents of the world. Or maybe it's just my very needy branch. I think I've clocked a weeks worth of service in the past two not counting the phone calls and preparation time for the past two Sundays and four days worth of work trying to straighten out the visiting teaching routes now that our missionary couple has been out to see every less active person on our very long list. I know that I need to delegate as my husband has so poignantly pointed out.
The problem is that I'm still trying to figure out how to do that. The distance is my biggest obstacle currently. It certainly doesn't help to live in the middle of no where. Phew! My poor kids have spent hours in the car on too many days in a row and I'm afraid I've got quite a cranky little two year old who is not getting a regular nap other than a few minutes in a carseat from one errand to the next.
But it is Christmas, I've had a lot of calls that I can't ignore, and I can only think about the talk given by someone a few years ago about how as an adult this person learned to appreciate all the service her mother rendered when she was a child. I hope that some day, my family will be able to look back on this experience and appreciate my example and not begrudge my time away to help someone in need.
I don't think I realized how time consuming this job really is. Mom said that this calling is the woman's equivilant to a Bishop. I guess I just never realized HOW much is involved behind the scenes.
So until I can figure out how to balance all of my new responsibilities with the old, I may be out of blogging commission for a while.
Until then - I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day

Yesterday, School was cancelled, because of the snow and today it was cancelled, so we got an extra 2 days for our break. The kids took advantage of the snow and went out to play. It was very fluffy. We got a good foot yesterday, and people out here don't know how to deal with that much snow. The roads don't get plowed, and you can tell people don't get the chance to drive in the snow very often. It is funny. I was talking to someone yesterday, and he said that he has been here for 11 years, and there is always one big snow storm, a year but not this much. Usually, when the snow falls, it doesn't stay long. So this is new for here, and they don't know how to deal with it, so they cancel school.
I went to walmart last night and cars are parked everywhere, and there was a road grader plowing one of the streets. None of the streets are cleared off. Yesterday morning on our way back from the optical center, we saw a snow plow, and he didn't even have his blade on the ground on the road. Weird I know. Maybe he had no idea how to use it, since they never have to? LOL.

Basketball

Lincoln had his last basketball game on Sat, and here are a few pictures. He had a ton of fun, and wishes the season would be longer. But he still had fun. The girls watching Lincoln.

He Shoots, He Scores!!!


Someone get open.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ellis Family Photos

Over thanksgiving we had a good friend of ours come up and take our family pictures, since it will probably be the last time for at least three years that we will all be together at once. It was a really special thanksgiving, and we are so grateful for our family. Anyway, here are a few of the pictures.








Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wanted...

I am needing addresses, so if you could post yours for us that would be very helpful. Also, if you have not been invited to view our blog yet, let me know ansd give me your email address. Thanks,
aShley

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

G000000000000000 Cougars!!!!


Here is our shout out to our favorite team!!!

The Cougar Song
Brigham Young University

Rise all loyal cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.You will fight, day or night, rain or snow. Loyal, strong, and trueWear the white and blue.While we sing, get set to spring.Come on Cougars it's up to you. Oh!

CHORUS:
Rise and shout, the Cougars are outalong the trail to fame and glory.Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out As you unfold your victr'y story.
On we go, to vanquish the foe for Alma Mater's sons and daughters.As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong,We'll raise our colors high in the blue, And cheer our cougars of BYU.

Goooooooooooooooooo COUGARS!!!!
This Sat is the big game (BYU vs. UTAH)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gratitude

So last year during November I was posting things I was grateful for daily. I found that it really helped me think about things I was thankful for on a daily basis, and really helped me enjoy and appreciate the Thanksgiving season a bit more.

This year I have been a bit more down in the dumps and frustrated with life - and I think that might be because I haven't been focusing on the things I'm grateful for, the blessings I have. I've looked too closely at what I don't have, or the things in my life that aren't perfect. So I'm going to work on being grateful a bit more in my life, and specifically this month. Here are just a couple of things I'm grateful for.
  • The gift of sight - We get a lot of comments from people about being "BLIND" - since our business is The Blind Guy. And we joke about it right along with them - but I don't think there's a comment that goes by when I don't think, "Man, I'm lucky not to be blind!" To absorb the sights of our world - or more than anything - see my little boy's smiles - what a gift!
  • Colors - (this kind of goes along with the last one....)I love that there is variety in life. From hair color, wall/paint color, color of people - I love that there are different colors of sunsets, clouds, grass, trees. I love that I can wear different colors, eat foods that are different colors, and decorate in different colors.
  • Taste - This weekend when we were up in SLC for our anniversary we ate some tasty food. (ZTejas and Rumbi Island Grill both have AMAZING salads!) I feel so grateful that I can taste things and marvel at the different flavors. YUM!
  • Technology - I think about life as I was a little kid and it was pretty great - but WOW! life is so amazing with all of the technology available to us. The thing I love the most about technology is how it can help us stay closer and in contact with the people we know and love. I love being able to chat with my mom on the webcam or instant messenger at any time of day. I love that my little sister can instant message me a question, or that my kids can talk to their grandparents on the computer. I love that we can have blogs, email, and other amazing things all because of technology.
  • Books and libraries - The whole world can open up to us because of books. How sad it would be to not have books at our convenience. I was reading a story about "The Little House on the Prarie" times and thinking about how the pioneers and our ancestors from years ago didn't have bookshelves full of books - or libraries to borrow books from. We are blessed by books in so many ways. I love that I can teach my boys by reading them books. I love that we can be silly, we can learn gospel principles, or journey to a far-away land through the pages of a book. I feel blessed that we have 2 local libraries and a bookmobile! (And today is bookmobile day - yay!)
  • Modern medicine - our lives are made better by medicines, doctors, and technologies that can help us live our best lives. I'm grateful for doctors who follow inspiration and promptings, and who better the health of those of us who need it.
  • Music - I often complain that since I have had children I don't get any time to listen to my own music. I have thousands of songs on my ipod and computer - but we are frequently found singing the ABC song, a song from Primary, or something from Sesame Street. But you know what? I love it all! I love singing Gabe's night-time songs to him. My favorite in our night-time line up is "A Child's Prayer". As I sing him the words, "Heavenly Father - are you really there?" I feel like I am singing my feelings in a lot of ways. I love that music can have such emotion and feeling to it. I love how listening to a song can make me want to dance, relax, or think of love. Such power!
  • Family who I love so much! I think one of the things in life that causes me so much saddness and frustration is not living closer to any family. I get so sad that we don't have family around for Sunday dinners or family shopping trips. I hate that I have a neice that was born in APRIL and I haven't even met her yet because she lives in Dallas - and another neice that was born in August and I've only held her for like 1/2 hour! I hate that our family has to travel at least 4 hours to see any of our family, and that every trip to see family feels so strained for time. I feel so conflicted trying to choose who we're going to see, and know that we can't do it all. (anway - this was supposed to be a GRATITUDE post - and I'm just complaing about this one) - but the only reason I'm complaining is because I am so grateful for the family I do have and wish we got to spend more time together!
  • Sunshine
  • Comfortable shoes and sandals
  • Warm slippers to keep my cold toes warm at night
  • flannel sheets
  • Changes in seasons - I might not enjoy the cold - but it is nice that it's not hot all the time.

I could go on - and I probably should - but I am grateful for so many things. Please - leave a comment and tell me something YOU are grateful for today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

WE are going private wit hour mullen clan blog, so if you would like to continue to check it, I need your email address. Just go to my site, and leave me your email address.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

help

Okay everyone, I have been a blogger since May and still have not been able to figure out all the customizations i want. How do you all customize the template (background) on your blogs. I have only been able to find the templates on the blog site. They seem to be the base for the others but i want to add the fun designs to the sides. Anyone who can, please help me keep up with the Ellis' share your secrets. PLEASE

4 Generations



We were blessed to have a visit from Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Marilyn today. Jessica and I were involved with the Primary Program and it was great. The time went by way too fast. . . but it was a nice visit.

Gabe the Mighty Warrior



Cory and Joanna had given a lesson in FHE last week about Heleman and the stripling warriors. I had told Gabe he needed a sword to bury. I found some cute armor at the $ store so here's Gabe, the mighty, mighty warrior!

Forgot First Post






Saturday we went on a bike outing to Stokes Nature Trail with Gabe, Hunter, Chase, Kori, and Genevieve. It was a nice ride with the kids and had fun with the bikes. That night we came home and had spaghetti with the boys!

Saturday Outing






When we came home we had spaghetti and the boys had fun slurping the noodles. Sorry Mom and Dad.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Crockpot Recipe on my blog

Go to PhD in Motherhood for a recipe for Mexican Chicken Chowder

Life at our house





























We haven't posted in a while - sorry about that. Life keeps us plenty busy. I'm better at keeping up on our personal blog - but not as good on here.

Here are some pictures of our boys from Halloween this year. Gabe was Buzz Lightyear and Hunter was a cute little monkey. I also found them the cutest little skeleton pajamas that they loved wearing to celebrate halloween (they glow in the dark!)

Cory and I also celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this week which is crazy (seems like it was just yesterday in so many ways). We're going away for this next weekend to officially celebrate.

Other than that it's just the same old stuff for us right now - work and keeping up with the boys. Hunter started walking - so it really is a lot of work keeping up with him.

Hope everyone is doing well, and getting ready for the other holidays that are coming up. Gabe has asked every morning since Halloween, "Is today Thanksgiving? You said it was after Halloween." So we're getting ready - looking forward to spending it with all of our family!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Here's a 2 for 1 deal



Shelly came over with the girls (Sydney and Sammy) and went trick or treating with us...so you get a 2 for 1 deal here...my family and Shelly's girls. I had to include the 2nd picture as all 3 girl's faces were hilarious! Shelly and I walked their legs off! Hope the girls slept good that night, Shelly! Grandma and Grandpa Ellis also came and visited with Garrin while we went out with the girls.




Timber

We've been doing Halloween and cutting down trees. Next week we're doing our primary program. So I've been a bit stressed out and busy.

video

Where is Everyone?




Calling all Ellis's Where is everybody? Well, we are here. Here are a few updated pictures for everyone. We are so excited to go back to Utah for a week the week of Thanksgiving and spend the week with my family. This weekend we are going to Boise for our nephew's blessing. Spencer's dad is flying in so we are excited to spend the weekend with him and the rest of the Mullen's. We took fall pictures last week. Here are some. Check out our blog for the rest. What is everyone else up to?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

a call for crockpot recipes

I love my crockpot. Seriously love it. Although I use it frequently in the Summer so I don't heat up my house cooking, I especially love to use it in the Winter months. But I need more yummy recipes!! Please take a moment and post your favorite crockpot recipe in a new post (and feel free to share as many as you want!)

Swiss Chicken
yummy and oh so easy!
(since I usually cook for 2, that's what this recipe is for)
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 9 slices swiss cheese (you can use less, I just heart cheese)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups dried stuffing
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  1. Place chicken in crock pot
  2. place cheese slices on the chicken
  3. mix soup and milk together, dump it over the chicken and cheese
  4. mix stuffing and melted butter, dump over everything
Cook on high for 2-4 hours or low 6-8 hours
(and of course, you can also bake this in the oven - cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes)


If you decide to post a recipe, can you add a label to your post?
This way it will be a little easier to find all of the recipes.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Our first snow


Here's our first big snow. It flaked a bit the day before, but then the next day it snowed all day. I can't complain though cause it was the good sticky kind that you can play in and build stuff out of. We had a blast building the snowman and our fort. HE HE ain't it great to be a kid.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

strupps and their adventures



We have had a whirl wind of a summer and fall.Aspen had her baby Elden Hale on Sept.11 and Carson and I went down and spent 2 weeks with them and enjoyed every minute of it. I did a lot of cooking and learned how to cook some very yummy meals. Troy did his cross country flight while I was there so Aspen and I had time just the two of us and the little ones. We did go and have fun. when we were not sleeping I think we both needed to catch up on sleep. But why sleep when you can play and at all hours of the night. I forgot how warm it was in Texas in September. if only I could find a job out the for Travis.

When I got back home I started working again full time because I needed a break from Carson 2 weeks, 24-7 I don't recommend any one do that with a kid. I couldnot even give him to Troy. troy had his own little one to play with.

SO when we got home Travis had me go and by a deer tag and the he drug us out 5 in the morning opening day of hunting season and I got my deer. Travis said it was 8 tines the sizes of his that he got with his bow while I was in Texas.

Carson even had fun. Cant wait until he is old enough to shoot his own.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Monkeys

PLaying at Lincoln and Lexie's school on Saturday.

Monday, October 6, 2008

DRIVING!!

Watch out everyone...i got my drivers license this morning!! So if you value your life...stay off the roads. Jk i really am a good driver. But just thought i would let everyone know!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Thoughts on conference?

So, I'm curious. . .after reading about Stefanie's talk on conference, how did we do? What did you all get out of it? I liked Elder Wirthlin's "come what may & learn to love it", Elder Holland's talk on the ministering of heavenly and mortal angels, the beautiful children's choir, Pres Monson's admonishment to make memories, and Elder Nelson's counsel on eternal marriage. There were more good ones, but these stucck out for me. You?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Do you have a strange mind?

This is weird, but interesting! fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psot it on yuor own bolg!!!!

The Green House

I have a blog for my family, but I don't know how to add it to this page. Here is the address and hopefully someone else who is more computer savy then me can put it on here for everyone to see. stephandlarrygreen.blogspot.com

The Green Boys

Joseph and Joshua
Just thought I would show off my cute little boys. This is them all dressed up to go to Uncle Jeff's wedding. Of course before we left we had to change Joshua's shirt because it got dirty, but so it goes with little boys.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations Uncle Jeff and Diane, and Diane welcome to the family!

Been Busy

I haven't been on this blog much to post. We've been busy around here though.

Cory's been working like CRAZY! One night this week he was gone from 7:30 am-1:30 am the next day. Then he got up and was at the shop again at 6:00 am. Busy guy! Last night was the first evening we had him home all week and I think we were all too pooped to even imagine doing anything other than sitting and starring at each other :)

I posted about the new building he's been working on, and the new stuff he's got going on with the business on our personal blog - so check it out here: CORY'S NEW SHOP. I'm pretty proud of him, but look forward to a time when it can calm down a bit....

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I Want a Boring Life

hehehehehe.....yep....it's true. I'd like a boring life. One where I can lounge on the weekends and relax....

Spent Saturday at the soccer field (although I DID get to sleep in as long as my body would let me---8:00am...sad I know). Let's see---grocery shopping...which then means clean out the fridge and straighten the pantry day. Picked up 40 lbs of chicken that I had to wash and trim and re-bag for the freezer for $1.39 a lb...love that. Canned 20 quarts of tomotoes, went to the ward party/emergency preparedness fair....decided I better work MORE on my talk...when...yep...got the dreaded call. Devin was in a car accident...I know that's NOT a shock to most of you...we don't know why our family is targeted this much. He seems to be ok...although his back and neck are bad again....we were just trying to get his bills from his other car accident almost 2 yrs ago paid for...so dont know how this will affect that. His beloved first car that he bought/is paying for is most likely totalled. I'll have to try and post a pic. Sad.
Stayed up until midnight after having to run to Provo to pick him up---trying to finish up the dreaded talk :) Thanks for your comments on that.

So....got called to work an extra shift tomorrow---so that will make 30 hours this week for me this week after my 32 hours last week...ugh...not used to so many hours!

So...when is my BORING life coming??? Hopefully soon!

Stefanie's talk

Stefanie,
Well we are all anxious to hear how your talk went today and what good inspiration you gave to your ward. Share with us some insights! Love ya!

Welcome Ellis Bloggers

I took the liberty of inviting more authors from the old family website to join us here. I hope everyone will take some time to visit the first blog and get familiar with the tutorial that Joanna wrote if this is your first time. Hope to see more posts from more family members!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Talk on General Conference

Hey---as long as Tammy is making us THINK...I thought I'd ask too! LOL! I have to speak in church on Sunday and I'm trying to simplify my life so I thought I'd ask all of YOU to write my talk.




hahahahahaha




OK...what I really wanted to know though is .....my topic is on the Blessings of Watching General conference---how does it affect your life--what blessings do you receive....how do you keep the little ones busy---(or even your husband awake. lol)......any thoughts at all on Conference?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Waters Babies






Okay so I had some wrong information. Kaylin May was 6.5 and 19 inches long.











Eldon Hale was born by emergency c-section weighing 5.14 and 18 inches long.





Then of course we can not forget our beautiful little girl Piper. She is 25 weeks old and the joy of our lives.