Sunday, May 21, 2017


On Monday Jeff and Janet were still here waiting to watch Gabby's recital. We didn't do much that day so it was probably long and boring to them. We went to Gabby's recital that night. It ended up that Gabby's dance wasn't until the third from the last dance. I felt badly because Jeff and Janet had to drive back home that night. Gabby did well with her dance. She was nervous and I think she was also really worried about the choreography but she did well

The rest of the week nothing much happened. On Friday I went to watch my niece Hailey at the state track meet. She did great! She beat her best time by 30 seconds and she beat her school record by 8 seconds. It was fun to watch her and chat with my sister.

On Saturday some of our friends came over to watch a movie with us. This morning I met with a bunch of my friends for brunch. It's always fun to catch up with them.

The end of the school year is wrapping up. I can't believe it!

Piper quote: "Can I wear my China jammies cuz I'm still a big fan of China."
Me talking to Ryan, "Do you need to get any pee out before bed?" Ryan: "Of course not!"
Me: Let's get your sugar bugs off your teeth (brushing his teeth) Ryan says to Nana, "I have spiders in my teeth."

Ryan insisted on wearing Corbin's shoes. So funny!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dance Recital Sandwich

Gabby and Piper are taking dance from different studios. Piper had her recital yesterday and Gabby has her recital tomorrow night. Nana and Papa came up for the weekend to see them. They got up at 3:30 am to come to Piper's recital and they are leaving tomorrow night after Gabby's recital. Those are some crazy driving hours! We are having are great visit.

Piper did great with her dances. You could tell she was very nervous and she didn't crack one smile but she did pretty good and she did it and she didn't cry. Win, win, win. She especially did well on her S-h-u-f-f-l-e s-t-e-p move.

After the recital we went to Tucanos for their Mother's Day Special/Scott's birthday dinner. It was yummy good! We hung out the rest of the day at the house. Today for mother's day Scott helped me make breakfast (I'm way too much of a control freak, plus we have guests). We made bacon and waffles. My waffles were macadamia nut with coconut and coconut syrup. So yummy! We went to lunch at Cafe Ole and then hung out at Settlers Park for a bit. Right now they are all player Elder Sign and I'm blogging. Not sure about tomorrow.

My work schedule filled completely last week. That was exciting. Every slot I opened filled. Yay! I got my second pay check and because of incentives my pay was about $300 more than I expected. SWEET!

This has been a cold spring. I really wish we could enjoy temps in the 70's before it goes from 50-90 degrees. Come on 70 degrees!

Brrr. It was cold, out on the patio. Corbin sporting my sweater and Piper wearing her napkin below.

Corbin presents.

Gabby presents.

Gabby presents.

Gabby pic.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rigby and Scott's Birthday

This last week was out of the norm. I drove to Rigby on Monday morning to help my sister for a couple of days with her painting project. She is painting her kitchen cabinets. I'm afraid that after a couple of days of painting with Trisha she still had a TON of work left to do. We didn't have much chance to hang out or do much else other than painting. We got quite a bit done though. I will be curious to see it when it is finished. We did manage to sneak a couple of runs to Fiesta Ole (love). My parents came and brought pizza and visited with us on Tuesday night. We had some good laughs with them. When I got back home after dealing with a couple of temper tantrums I thought I was ready to go back to Rigby. Painting all day is tiring but it's still a break from high demand mommying.

Scott's birthday was on Thursday. It was a pretty low key day. I made a special breakfast and had a present scavenger hunt for him in the morning. That night for dinner we had steak (grilled by Scott) and homemade scalloped potatoes. After that it was cake and presents from the kids.

On Friday night we continued with birthday celebrations by having some of our friends over to play games. It was a great time with them. We still need to go to Tucanos for birthday lunch. May the birthday celebrations continue!

Ha! Ryan zonked out for a little siesta. 

When I got back from Rigby we just got pizza for diner that night. We had  little picnic. I love nice spring days.

Steak! (Gabby decorated the table and light, pretty good)!

Handmade gifts b y Gabby and Piper.

Chocolate eclair cake. Yum!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Sunstone came to Boise for the weekend. Scott and I were able to meet some of our favorite progressive Mormons. Friday night Scott and I attended a marriage workshop about faith transitions. I feel like we've made it through that but we really wanted to meet Natasha Helfer-Parker who was huge in helping us navigate things over the last few years. We also recorded a long podcast with her and were so excited to meet her in person. The workshop was really good. There were only 4 couples so it was really intimate. It was great. On Saturday Scott and I ping ponged and he went to some of Sunstone and I went to some of Noah Rashada's secular Buddhism workshop and Scott went back to Sunstone. That night we went downtown at had pizza with the Sunstone group. I was also able to meet Lindsay Hansen Park and I'm a huge fan of hers. It was a busy, 2 babysitters in a row kind of weekend. Downtown was crazy busy because it was prom and we were eating outside and watching people walk by and I saw my nephew Braden on his group date and then Hart and Jory who were walking behind with cameras. Ha. It was funny.

It was also my busiest week so far in teaching. All of my time slots filled and I decided to get in a few extra classes and get up 30 minutes earlier Wed-Friday. That extra 30 minutes made me extra tired. It was pretty surprising the difference 30 minutes can make.

Kids are doing good. Ryan kept wrapping up one of his cars in his blanket and giving it Scott and saying, "I wrapped a present for your birthday." The girls were crafting some things as well. Corbin is getting ready for summer I think although he did say the other day he actually did say he liked school but then he recanted pretty quickly, Hard to know. Ha.

Scott's amazon business is going well. Every time he gets a sell he gets an email notification. That's exciting. Every morning he wakes up and sees how much money he made the day before. Passive income is the best! Ha.

Just me with one of my personal heroes. NO BIG. Ha. 

Lisa Butterworth in the middle and Natasha on the right.

Saw these baby geese on my walk this morning. We have a little marshland reserve or something about a mile from our house. Pretty cool.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fun filled Weekend.

There were lots of happenings over the weekend. During the week I had some of my friends over from my ward and we had lunch together. I don't see them much these days with not going to church anymore and I get up way too early to go to girls nights. It was fun to catch up with all of them. I also made some strawberry jam. Yum. We have been out of homemade jam for a few months now so my kids have been eating the jam like candy (which it basically is). On Friday night I took Corbin to a cousin birthday. Christy goes all out. She fed everyone dinner, yum. The kids had a nerf gun fight and pinata. Trisha, Keaton, and Amanda were there from out of town so it was fun to chat with them there. That night I went to friend's birthday party. She was turning 30 so my friend Krista went all out. We had a sleep over with a pinata, and cake. We stayed up until 3:00 eating and talking. It was very fun. The next morning we had some macadamia nut waffles and then I had to head home to go to Amanda's baby shower. 

Rachel and Christy threw the shower for Amanda and it was really cute and fun. Trisha spent the rest of her time with me. We went shopping and then watched a movie/took a nap. We had dinner and then we went to the movie The United Kingdom which is based on a true story and was interesting. It was a really fun filled weekend.

Today was a beautiful day and we went to camel's back park and hiked around and then got some pizza and had a picnic. It was some good family time. Scott held down the fort while I was gone for most of the weekend, so shout out to him.

My job is going well. I don't like getting up early but it's not THAT bad, maybe? I actually really like it so that's great. Scott's ice trays are selling. He sold 21 in one day I think. Slowly but surely. 
Amanda is the cute prego lady in the middle (not that you can really tell, I think my food baby is bigger than her real baby).

Cute and yummy food.

Sleepover friends. Lindsay (birthday girl) is obsessed with Parks in Rec (who's not) and Krista (the host) made shirts for all of us, "treat yo self." If you watch the show than you know and if not well, you are missing out.
Treat yo Self!


Piper's chick form story time.

Spencer's b-day party.

Scott and Gabby performing their puppet show.

Pinata (it was a bit of a disaster as it took forever to break and Lindsay smashed most of the contents to smithereens, I still got some good stuff though.

Camel's back park.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter and Half Marathon

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you have all enjoyed your Easter. We are just getting ready to eat dinner over here. Just the usual happenings over here last week. The big event was me running the Robie Creek Half Marathon yesterday with my brother Gabe. He runs it every year. He has tried to get me to run it several times and I never have but this year I did. He texted me about it a few months ago and I went to look into it and realized that this race fills up within 10 minutes. It's a very popular race and it is BRUTAL. I'd heard it was hard but IT. WAS. HARD! I only half hardheadedly trained. I started running about three miles at a time a few times a week about a month ago. I wasn't part of the race but I heard you could buy someone else's spot right before the race when people have to drop out for whatever reason. I sort of did a little training just in case I got in but not really wanting to get in. Ha. Last Saturday I ran 6 miles just in case I ended up running it. I was hoping that Gabe would just buy a spot for me when he went to pick up his race packet but that didn't work out. If I was going to do the race I had to drive down there and buy the spot myself. I went back and forth all day trying to decide if I would go down there and buy a spot or not. Ha. I finally sucked it up and went down there and bought a spot from someone. Now I was in it! I was dreading it because I knew it was hard and I knew I hadn't trained well enough but I figured oh well! Saturday morning I drove to Gabe's house and we showed up at 10:00, (2 hours early). Ha. He really wanted to get a parking spot I guess. We just hung out until the race started and then we ran the first mile or two together before he moved ahead of me.

Normally when I run these races I try not to stop running no matter what. Not this time! If I was hurting too bad I just walked, It was great! About 8 miles of it is a straight up hill climb through the mountains and I speed walked the entire time. I walked really fast and I used less energy and went faster than people that were doing that really slow painful jog. I ran most of the way down the mountain and ended up with a time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Not bad! My half marathon pace in the past has been between 2 hours and 2 hours and 10 minutes but those times were when I actually trained for months ahead of time AND they weren't mostly uphill the entire time. I was pretty happy with my time considering I speed walked a lot of it. I am sore today but not as bad as I thought I would be. I didn't get the sunscreen on my neck and shoulders very well so I'm a little burned but not too bad.

Getting back to our car was a bit of a marathon. You have to take two separate buses to get back to Boise and then they don't even drop you off at the starting line so you have to get a ride to your parked car. Annoying. I didn't get back to my house until 6pm. So between Gabe being crazy about being 2 hours early and it taking 2 hours to get back to the car it was quite the long day. It was fun though and it was cool to hang out with my brother. Plus it's a break from being at home all the time. The weather was PERFECT! Not too cold, not too hot. Running in the heat makes me want to DIE.

Ryan asked Scott for some mandarin oranges and specifically told him NOT to eat any. Scott told him he'd only eat a few and Ryan called out, "Dad, how dare you eat my mandarin oranges!" Haha.
Gabby painting

Popcorn, movie night.

Pre-race pic.

Easter baskets.

Dying Easter eggs

Egg hunt
Deviled eggs from the decorated Easter eggs
Scott thought it might be fun to eat our Easter dinner outside. Piper said, "I din't not know we were eating outside, that was unexpected." Ha. Our ghetto dinner out there, but hey maybe memorable? My foot that close to the table does not help the situation. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017


My parents came into town for a couple of days last week. My dad had some meetings. We met with all of the Boise Beal crew for dinner at Pizza Hut on Tuesday night. I feel badly for anyone else in the restaurant. that night. We were noisy! The cousins hadn't seen each other in awhile and it was PARTY time. The next day I met my mom for lunch the next day. Ryan had an epic tantrum. He's been "potty trained" for awhile now but it is still a struggle! He freaks out in particular peeing other places. I forced a diaper on him before we went in the mall because I knew it would be a problem but he wouldn't pee in the toilet or in the diaper and he was screaming bloody murder. It was amazing. He finally peed in the dang toilet. This kid, I'm telling you. 

Last night we had a BBQ with a bunch of our friends. It was fun. The weather was not good but luckily the hosts have a large house that is kid friendly. 

My work schedule was starting to fill up before Spring Break but I took several days off and it hasn't picked back up since. I worked this weekend to try to make up some hours. I'm hoping that my schedule will pick back up. It's way more annoying to get up at 5:00 in the morning to only teach 2 classes and earn half the money. It makes the early mornings less worth it for sure. Fingers crossed my schedule fills up better this week. 

Pizza Hut. This half of the restaurant was all Beals.

Gabby busted out this book one night. Love it!

Facebook upadate: Gabby's creative brain is so fun to see. She saw that I had bought some Popsicle sticks and asked if she could have some. 20 minutes later...

DeMeyer Park

Enough said.

I went with Gabby's class on a field trip to the foothills. Jayden, left of Gabby looks like her long lost twin brother to me. Fair skin, lots of freckles. So cute.

Piper's bunny mask from the library story time.