Too Loud!

too loud

She inherited one of my family’s most notable traits: A big, loud mouth. When she tells you something, it’s at top volume. Songs are at a zillion decibels and don’t even get me started on happy giggles.  I guess I can be thankful that she isn’t shy. When she starts school she will be one of the ones that the teacher picks to lead the recital or emcee the presentation because her voice carries so … [Read more...]

10 Lessons I Learned from my Toddler Twins

toddler twins on errands

At times they will drive you crazy. But raising toddler twins isn't all tantrums and food fights. They are also the most lovable, most adorable pudgy-cheeked little people at times. They will drive you bonkers, but you will treasure them and never want them to grow up. Here are 10 lessons I learned from my toddler twins. Having toddler twins will make errands just that much more of a … [Read more...]

My Last Baby #52project


  I love this face. Over Spring Break, I have found joy in waking up every morning to the big, goofy smile of baby John. I’m not sure why, but I’m finding that every moment with this baby is precious.    I get a kick out of his silly smile. My heart warms when I hold his tiny body in my arms. Although I loved them with all my heart, I didn’t feel that way with the other three when … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

crock pot chicken and dumplings

  Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time fave comfort food recipes, along with this casserole (chicken divan). I just love the creamy chicken soup flavor and the fluffy dumplings. I make a crock pot of chicken and dumplings over the weekend, and usually have leftovers for lunch the next day.  The biscuits take a while to cook, so you can't really leave the crock going all day while … [Read more...]

#52project See You Later

See you later

Two weeks ago I stood in front of my aunt’s house and asked my mom to take my picture. All our bags were packed and loaded into the car. Good-byes had been said, hugs had been given, and we were ready to make the return trip to San Diego. There was just one thing left to do: Stop by the assisted living facility and say goodbye to my grandma. It was the reason we had come to Utah and yet I … [Read more...]

#52project Grandpa


Apparently Grandpa is the favorite. The girls got to spend an evening at their grandparents house while their brother had a zillion rowdy boys over for a slumber party last weekend. They had such a great time snuggling up under their fuzzy Frozen blankies with Papa. … [Read more...]

My New Happy Place #52project Week 7

New Happy Place

  Several years ago (before twins and baby JP), I visited Yosemite with my husband. We were camping at Tuolumne Meadows, about 45 minutes outside of the “main” Yosemite village. Shortly after unpacking, we set out on a walk across the meadow with all the fixings necessary for a romantic camping picnic-a bottle of red wine, crackers, and beef jerky. The thick, yellow-green grass on the meadow … [Read more...]

Get Cash for your Store Credit

gift cards for cash

  Have you been hanging on to gift cards that you haven’t used? Gift cards get a permanent home in our purses and wallets for a number of reasons. While a wonderful thought from the giver, occasionally we receive a gift card for a store that we just don’t use (like a Starbucks card given to a non-coffee-drinker). Or perhaps you received store credit for an item that you returned to a store, … [Read more...]

Happiness #52project Week 6


 “Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have." Unknown    I appreciate the endless sacrifices my husband makes for me and the children. My family brings me so much happiness. What do you appreciate?  … [Read more...]

Getting Twins on a Schedule

twins on a schedule

It was so important to me to get my twins on a schedule. I wanted to be able to dictate when they slept and ate, thinking it would give me more freedom. This vlog tells how getting twins on a schedule went down for us. … [Read more...]