Saturday, September 9, 2017


Tyson came to Mesa to attend a funeral with me on Saturday.
I had been there with the girls the previous few days attending a different funeral for an old- but dear friend.
We had planned on going to Cancun for labor day week- but due to terrorist attacks... we cancelled the trip.
Since we were close to the airpot and had a few flight miles to use.. we decided Seattle.
I ran to Target to get a few things.
We booked a hotel literally 10 min before going to the airport.
Booked our rental once we got off the plane.
And had ourselves the best time.

The girls did great on the flight.
We played at the beach, went to the children's museum, pike's place, went on the ferris wheel, ate the best food (Duke's was my favorite), wished we could have eaten at hotcakes (heard it good), rowed in a boat at Lake union, played on every play ground, and went to church.
We only had 3 days there.. and wished we could have done 1 more! Left us wanting more- another trip back for sure.
Seattle reminded me of San Fransico. Fun city with lots to do and great food everywhere.

Tyson wanted to eat at a nicer restaurant the last night. We took the kids of course and oh my... first Scarlett spilt her drink on Ellie (which drenched her), then Scarlett fell off her high chair onto the floor. Once Tyson calmed me down- we both looked at each other from across the table and smiled. Thinking "did all that really just happen." Those moments of pure chaos- become some of the best.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


today we went to chuck-e-cheese for emmett's birthday.
glad our girls have made a few friends here.
the synders have been so good to us since moving here.
riley our favorite sitter came and took the girls swimming.
ty and i went on a date.
it was obviously to sushi.
our favorite.
for two reasons... buy one get one free. and the baked salmon roll!
got home and did laundry so we can have clothes for next week.
heading to mesa tomorrow.
stopping by surprise to see the hintz- excited.

Friday, August 25, 2017


today we went to the gym.
then target to get emmett a birthday gift.
followed by chick-fil-a.
chick-fil-a has mac n cheese now!
it is actually really good.
my favorite thing is still the chocolate shake- with added oreos.
ellie's stomach was bothering her all day.
so she watched a few movies- then we went swimming.
she threw up tonight.
so i'm letting her sleep with me- since tyson had to go to mesa for work.
when ty called me- i broke down.
my heart has been so heavy this week.
thinking about jeff's family, and then hearing about jim glauser's passing this morning.
it has consumed me. i have tried to be present for my kiddos this week- but honestly my thoughts have been elsewhere. thinking about our savior. His suffering. The healing that comes through faith and time. and all the good memories that both of these people have brought to our life. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017


today i spent more time than i should on social media and online...looking through posts and stories of an old, but good friend jeff brown.
i heard of his passing last sunday night and it has been on my mind ever since.
life is so very short.
family is so very important.
the gospel of jesus christ is everything.

today my girls played for hours outside, then another hour in the bathtub.
i took a picture of the pictures on our wall... reminding me of this great life ty and i have built. times like this- make me ever so grateful for him as my companion. love doing life with him- and cannot imagine this earthly life without him.

planning on attending jeff's funeral on monday. so will make the drive to mesa yet again. it will be worth it. funerals are always inspiring.. especially when the person has lived a good life. jeff did just that. lived a great life.

Monday, August 14, 2017

today and yesterday

yesterday we got dad home all day.
that is the first time since moving to yuma- and it was SO nice.
tyson and i switched off attending the tucson temple dedication.
loved what pres uchdorf said, "words are good, deeds are better."
we had a little starting school party.
to get ellie pumped for preschool.
she is so ready.
i'm a little sad seeing her grow up-
but she is so ready and to be honest- we are ready for some routine and something to do here in yuma.
tyson gave us each father's blessings.
seeing our girls sit perfectly still was a cute sight.
we watched a movie like we do most sunday nights.
and ellie was super excited going to bed early- so she could wake up and attend her first day of preschool.

today we dropped ellie off at 9 am.
she was nervous at first.
as was i.
for a min it had me wishing we were back in surprise... where i would drop her off with a teacher i know and everyone in the class would be a familiar face to ellie.
here, we don't know the teachers and don't know a soul in her class.
she went right over to the playground and made a couple friends.
took henry and scarlett to the gym.
nice having just two for a few hours.
we waited for ellie to get home.
i eagerly asked her about her day...
which she replied... "i don't remember what i learned."
it is getting late and so i need to get to sleep so we can do it all again tomorrow.
so very grateful to have routine, and some activities for us to attend.
yay for the start of school!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Today ellie snapped all the pictures above. All by herself.
Today- went to a dr's apt.
Kyanne came and watched the girls.
So nice being here with family and having help.
Makes me want to move back to the valley.
I read more of the Boys in the Boat.
Jodi came over with her kids to swim- my girls joined them.
Held Henry on my lap and made him giggle. He is honestly- the best.
I think I say that about all my babies.
Babies are the best.
Scarlett pooped in the pool twice today.
So much poop with that girl.
The girls had a hard time going to sleep.
My parents went in and told them stories.
They are the best.
I am starting to really miss ty.
So heading home tomorrow morning.
I pretty much missed all the meetings and orientations this week.
Ellie starts preschool next week.
I am nervous for her.
We don't know a soul in her class.
But I know she will be braver than her mom.
She is ready for some socializing.
And I think a little one on one with Scarlett will be good.
Life moves quick.
Trying to make the most of it.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

today and la jolla shores hotel

Today I am catching up on our shutterfly books. 
Went to the gym.
Washed the car.
Stopped by Amy's house so Ellie and Crew could play.
I tell you- it is the little things about the valley that I miss.
Close proximity to mountainside or any gym that has childcare.
A carwash that isn't crazy expensive- with free vacuuming.
And being close to family tops it all- for me.

Well, when we moved to yuma I really wanted a small house- with little maintenance and small utilities bill... so... that we could have a little more money in the budget to vacation.
I then looked up all the san diego family friendly resorts.
So far we have visited three of them. 3 more to go.
La Jolla Shores hotel has been our favorite by far.
For these reasons: smaller hotel feel, they set up chairs and umbrellas for you (with small children and tyson gone the last day.. this was so nice), pool within three feet from your room (nice so henry could sleep while the girls swam), and it was right on the beach.
The places to eat within walking distance was also a big bonus.
Plus, La Jolla is beautiful.
My favorite memory was sitting on the beach with my girls, eating a bag of cereal. Tyson had left to go back to work... and having a conversation with ellie how she wished our mattresses could fly... made my heart happy.
Vacationing with littles is not easy- but for some strange reason.... you don't remember Scarlett wanting to be held the whole time, or screaming her head off whenever we tried to put her swim suit on (which sometimes we didn't and everyone thought she was a boy)... you just remember the movie night, and making smores in your hotel room, and Ellie wanting to build sand castles all day, and Scarlett loving jumping the waves, and sneaking off to the temple with ty, and sitting on a cute table outside eating dang good sandwiches, and boogie boarding with ty talking surfer talk.
So glad tyson's sister came to help. I would not have made it without her.
Ps. Becoming big fans of cali.