Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No "poo"

Is shampoo really optional? My mother raised me to shower daily, or even twice a day when I played sports, so you can imagine my surprise when I read this article today about women giving up "poo" for good. I have my father's hair, very fine, thin, straight and yes, oily. So washing it daily is just something that must be done. Even if I am just running a few quick errands on a Saturday morning, a shower always comes first.

This morning I forgot to set my alarm and was awoken by Robert rolling over, it was 6:32 am. By this time I am usually up, showered, feed and have my make-up on. So to arise at this time certainly puts a kink in my morning routine. (I have to leave my house by 6:45 to get to work by 7:00.) So I jumped, literally, out of bed and plugged in my trusty Chi. I threw on some makeup and got dressed while the iron was heating. I quickly shaped and flattened my bed head and ran out the door. I glanced in the mirror in the ladies room after getting to work and noticed my hair doesn't look so bad. In fact it looks just about the same as it usually does. Hmmm...

Now this is only one day, not 20 years, as mentioned in the article, but maybe this could work, only washing my hair every few days. Would my hair be healthier? Would my scalp feel better?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A day to remember

Today is my darling husband's birthday! I could not have chosen a better eternal companion. He is so fun and loving, caring and compassionate. I am grateful he honors his Priesthood and helps me to do what I know is right. I love you Robert! Thank you for being born.

Robert's favorite picture taken last year at Avila Beach.

Friday, April 24, 2009

For the love of blueberries

I am head-over-heels in love with blueberries. Starbucks makes a delightful Low-calorie Blueberry Coffee Cake. Seriously it may be the best in the world. Today it made my day. Thank you Starbucks!

Theirs looks a lot better than this.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Macky Jo

I adore all of my siblings. I am so blessed to have 4 wonderful sisters and 1 amazing brother. Today I wanted to say how much I love my baby sister McKenzie. She is my favorite little person. I can still remember the night she was born. I was 17 and couldn't believe I was going to have a new sister. She was my buddy all through her baby stage. I NEVER tired of holding her. (Heck I even still hold her now. Even tough she is almost as tall as me.) She has always been so cuddly. I loved to take her places when I lived at home. I was always getting compliments from random strangers about how beautiful "my" daughter was. Sometimes I tried to explain other times I just grinned and thanked them.

Mack has grown up way too fast! I can't believe she will be 10 in December. I am amazed by how grown-up and mature she is. She is a 24 year old in a 9 year old body. One thing I have always admired about her is her ability to forgive others. She just lets things pass. What an example she is to all of us around her.

I love you Micky Jo Jo. My little Macaroni and Cheese. And I am so thankful everyday that our Heavenly Father decided to send you to be my baby sister.

Our Family photo shoot last December

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Summer in April??

It has been over 90* the past three days! What happened to the April showers? Does this mean no May flowers?

Anyone else feeling the burn? Thank goodness for AC!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I don't think we could have had more fun this weekend! Elaine and I had a Girl's Weekend! Obviously a Girl's Night Out was not enough. I won free tickets to see New Kids on the Block a few weeks ago. Elaine has NEVER been to a concert! Can you believe it?! So I had to take her so she could get the experience. And she had never tried teppanyaki! So we had to do that too! We drove down to Fresno Thursday around 3:30 pm. We went to dinner at Japanese Kitchen with my sisters, Carissa and Courtney, and two other friends, Melissa Bird and Amalia Cutts. It was tons of fun and super yummy.

Elaine and me at dinner.

Court, Me, Elaine, Carissa, Amalia and Melissa

Our Chef

Best fried rice ever!


Carissa's crazy hair!

After we were stuffed to the max, it was time to head over to the Save Mart Center. We paid $8 for parking. (Which ended up being totally worth it when all was said and done. We escaped the parking lot so fast.) I was a little bummed because our tickets were in section 203 - AKA Nose Bleeds!

Elaine was dizzy just walking up the stairs, but we figured it was a free concert. So we sat down and realized a lady had taken our seats. We asked her if she could look at her ticket because we were pretty sure our seats were numbers 110 and 109. She explained that she was going to be on the floor because she got her tickets upgraded. Hello, we want that!! So she told us to go to guest services, we ran as fast as we could. We ended up in section 126, row H, seats 106 and 107!! See the narrow part of section 126, yeah we were down there! We were super close. I was texting my co-worker Ann Marie and she got her tickets upgraded to the section next to us, 101. Elaine and I convinced her and her friend Geri to come sit behind us since those 5 seats were empty. They did and the four of us had way too much fun! I got totally amazing pictures. Plus they had a small stage with a piano that they did three songs from that was right in front of us! We danced and sang! I swear we burned off all the calories from our dinner. Elaine said we should do this every weekend. I agree.

Me, AMR, Geri


Oh my gosh! Can't believe I was there.

The stage in front of us

So close!

"Pose for me"


Oh and did I mention New Kids on the Block was my first concert in 1990. My mom took Carissa and me along with some friends! We were a bit closer at the first one, but they were both totally amazing. We spent the next day relaxing and eating good food in Fresno with my sisters. And then we finally had to return home to reality. I think we will be doing another Girl's Weekend soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flashback Thursday

I thought I would post the other three pictures my mom sent me. Enjoy!

Christmas 1986, I was 4. You can see Justin in the bottom left corner. That's me in front of my dad. My mom has Carissa on her lap in the back. My grandma Hosford took this one. HAHAHAHA, no faces.

Disneyland in 1985. Mom's words on the back, "A bunch of kids were lining up to see Mickey Mouse so we got in line - we were about 4-5 back. He saw you and I guess thought you were cute. He came right up to you and set you up on his lap. That's why it was so off-centered. I wasn't quite prepared yet. And Carissa missed out."

Here I was about 3. This is one of my mom's favorite pictures.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy birthday DAD!

My wonderful father, who was killed in a car accident in 1990, would have turned 48 today. My mom sent me a beautiful card in the mail with a little letter about my dad and how much he means to her. It was so sweet. She also included a few pictures from my childhood. She wrote on the back of each one in detail about the memory it captured.

This one is obviously taken at Disneyland probably in 1984. Carissa was a year old and I was 2.

My mom wrote, "Here's a classic - look at your Dad's shorts. And he LOVED those stupid things. They were in style back then. That was back in the day when I always dressed you and Carissa alike. And you wore the same size in most things."

I wish he would have lived a little longer so I could remember him better. I am grateful to be a member of the church and know that I have eternity to get to know him. May we cherish all the moments we have to spend with our family here on earth.

And remember - take lots of pictures.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A knock on the door

Last night at about 9:42 we heard a knock at our door. Robert was sitting on our bed reading his scriptures and I was in the bathroom doing my nightly routine. I figured we had left our car light on and it was our neighbor informing us of our lack of attention. (This has happened 3-4 times in the last 2 1/2 years.) I opened the door to a young woman in tears asking to use our phone. I let her in and told Robert to go get the phone. She explained that her father had just found pictures of her and her boyfriend together. One was of them hugging and the other of them sitting on a couch. She said he went crazy and was threatening her. She grabbed her wallet and ran out of the house. The poor thing didn't even have shoes on, just socks. She called her aunt and asked her to come get her. She then called her boyfriend and told him what happened. I grabbed her a pair of my flip-flops and tried to give her some privacy. Robert got a box of tissue. She told me she was 18 and had been dating her boyfriend for 2 years! She had lied to her father before and told him they were just friends. Robert asked if her father hit her or harmed her in any way. She said no, but that he had hit her before and it was quite brutal. I told her I would drive her wherever she needed to go. We decided to meet her aunt at a school parking lot a few blocks away. Robert went out to make sure no cars were driving by and she ran out and jumped in my backseat. The poor thing was so embarrassed. I reassured her that it was no problem and I was so happy we could help. I asked her her name, Lizbeth, and told her mine. She said I saved her life and that she was going to name her first daughter after me! (I'm sure she will not remember my name after all the insanity of last night.)

I am so thankful we were home and able to help. I hope and pray she was able to find a safe place to go. I am also thankful for my parents, and that I was never scared to come home. I am grateful my home was a sanctuary of love and happiness. And that it still is!

Thank you Mom and Verne for not beating me even at times when you may have wanted to.

Friday, April 10, 2009


After listening to conference last weekend my thoughts have been turned more fully to my Savior this Easter week. I was deeply touched by the talk given by Elder Holland titled "None Were With Him" in the Sunday morning session. (Read it here.) As he spoke my heart was filled with love and adoration for my Savior. I felt a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice He made for me in Gethsemane. If you didn't get a chance to listen to it I hope you will. If only everyone could know what he did for them...

"O, My Father" by Simon Dewey

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

For the love of baking

It seems like every week I have a need to be creative in the kitchen. Last night I gave these a try...

They are Lemon Gems. I am not a huge fan of lemon, but these are delicious. Get the recipe here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A new home...

We are thinking about buying another home. We love our house, but with home prices being what they are we could get a bigger newer home for a third of what we paid for ours in 2006. This was not on the agenda for 2009. (As some of you may remember from my previous blog.) We feel like the time is right and so blessed for the opportunity to invest in our future. We have bid on two homes in the past few weeks and were outbid on both. We know the Lord is directing us to the home for us and we are trying to be patient. (Obviously not something we have learned yet because trials keep coming to teach us patience.) We are planning on buying in our ward, Awater 1st. We are so happy here and don't want to move. So hopefully in the next few weeks we will have big news! Stayed tuned to see what is coming our way.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Be there...

We will be in Clovis tomorrow at BIG HAT DAYS!! I love going and can't wait to see my family.
Where will you be?