Friday, July 18, 2014

My Girls

I just finished reading a book titled Deliberate Motherhood.  I highly recommend it.  It made me think about what kind of a mom I am and how I can improve to be a better mom.
I love being a mom.  It's by far the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done.  I feel a great sense of peace and contentment, one that I have never felt before until I became a mother. 
Here in Vegas I am often looked at as though I am a sideshow in the circus, perhaps we are a bit circus like, but I'm proud of my circus and the opportunity I have to shape these children into wonderful human beings.
Here are my little mothers in the making.  They make me smile with their fun personalities that I feel so privileged to be able to watch develop. 

It's easier to just dump out the fun dip and then lick it up.  Saves a lot time instead of having to use the little candy stick.

    Mascara always looks better applied around the eyes.  And a little dab on the chin for good measure.

Super hero girl is always ready for whatever may come her way.  Whether it be playing with friends or being ready at a moments notice to go swimming, she is prepared.


Purple eyeshadow is always better when your sister wears it too.

Such excitement on Easter morn for picture taking.  The one person who hates pictures the most is smiling the biggest.

Such good help when taking pictures and trying to get everyone to look at the camera.

For once Adriana is sitting on Esme and not the other way around.  It must be the life jacket that is so intimidating.

Trying on the new goggles to make sure they are a good fit.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eight is Great

This boy made me a mom eight years ago.
I can't believe it.  I know it's so cliché but seriously where did the time go?
Easton is a very sweet, kind, mild-mannered boy.

He is a really good helper around the house and is always willing to help his sisters or myself out.

He still loves collecting "treasures."

                          He loves to swim and could spend everyday, all day long in the pool.

He does not, I repeat, does not enjoy getting his pictures taken.  Much of our photo shoot went as follows:
Over the Fourth of July weekend Easton was baptized.  We had all of my family and all of Clint's family come and stay.  It was fun, amazing and tiring.
Adriana and cousin Sawyer enjoyed playing the piano together.

                                    There was always something going on throughout the house.

We ate and ate, swam and ate some more.  Or maybe it felt like we were constantly eating because cooking for 25 people, 3 meals a day is a lot of work.  I had a lot of help though and everyone pitched in to make some delicious meals.  These festive sugar cookie bars were made by my sister Danielle.

                                                Easton proudly displaying his patriotic shirt he made.
                                      The little's enjoying some delicious oreo pops.

                                                      Lots of fun with Legos. 

We watched some great fireworks.  People by our house really know how to spend a lot of money on fireworks. 

The big day arrived.  Easton was excited and nervous.  For the last couple of months during family night we talked about baptism and the covenants you make.  We also had the missionaries come and talk to Easton.  There was also some "dunking" in our pool to practice for the big event.

By the time we got home from the baptism Easton had had enough of the paparazzi.  As is evidenced by the look on his face in this photo. 

                                                                     My siblings!

Marielle riding the wave rider received as a gift from Sean and Nicole.  It really works and has a little propeller on it.

                                                                Hot tub time!

                                                                          Lots of swimming. 

We had so much fun and are so grateful everyone was able to make the trip down to celebrate Easton's big day.  It meant a lot to him and to us to have our families support.  We miss everyone already.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Lest we forget what the kitchen looked liked when we moved in.
The cabinets were not in good shape.  And check out the bulkheads above the cabinets.  Extra big, just how you would want them to waste as much space as possible in the kitchen.

Clint ripped out the bulkheads only to discover over 20 wires hanging down.  The builder didn't want to take the time to properly install them in the walls and just left them hanging.
We had an electrician come and properly place the wires inside the wall.  We also had to have a gas pipe moved and placed properly.
We then had the walls drywalled and crown moulding installed.

                                                          The cabinets were then installed.

Da da da daaa...... The finished project.
Here is a brief cost breakdown:
Cabinets: $8,700 (includes pull-out drawers in all of the cabinets, soft close drawers and doors and under cabinet lighting.)
Granite for countertops:$1,000
Labor for drywall, wiring, pipe relocation, countertop installation: $3,650
Appliances: $3,300
Faucet: $140
Backsplash install and supplies: $350
Total:  $17,140

                                          The light is from Lowe's on sale for $89.

There are a couple of little things left to do.  I need to get a glass shelf for my cabinet with the glass windows and also a new doorknob for the pantry.

Esme is really good at locking all of the doors in our house- doors to which we don't have a single key to any of them.  The door to the pantry would not open.  We were either going to starve or Clint had to remove the doorknob.  We plan on replacing all of the doorknobs anyway so we chose the latter option.

                      I love my bridge faucet. This beauty was found on Amazon for about 1/2 the cost found elsewhere. 

The stools are from Target.  I bought them on sale and I think they were $75 for two.

 This little one is busy doing what she does best.  Taking things out of the pantry and placing them throughout the house.

It makes me so happy!
A sneak peek of the living room.  This is my Restoration Hardware knockoff.  I loved it but when I saw the $2,500 price tag there was no way I was paying that.  I did my own version for a lot less-it cost me about $200.