Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Lights At Temple Square

Last Sunday, we headed with Rhett and Natalie up to eat dinner at Jarod and Jamie's house and then on to the temple to see the lights. The meal at J & J's was awesome and it's so much fun to live close enough to them to be able to do that. I love it!! I got to see Lilli (their daughter) crawl for the first time that night, at least it was the first time I saw it anyway. It was exciting! She is so adorable. After dinner, we left for Temple Square. It was real and it was fun, but it wasn't real fun. haha! I just can't take the cold very well, but the kids seemed to enjoy it, so I guess it was worth it.

Happy 4th Birthday, Tori Bug!!!

Happy Birthday, Angel, your family loves you!!! Here is a brief look at how she has grown:
One day old6 months oldOne Year OldTwo Years OldThree Years Old
And here we arrive at her 4th birthday. We had planned to celebrate it on the 19th even though her real birthday is the 22nd, because it was a weekend night and we invited several family members to a little party for her. It snowed really bad that day and none of them could travel safely, so none of them made it. Our awesome friends, the Nelsons, stepped in at the last minute and helped us by coming over for cake and ice cream, so Tori felt like she really had a party. Thanks so much guys!!
I love this picture, for two reasons. First, because of her attire in it. She got this Snow White dress as one of her presents. It rains glitter everywhere she goes. When she wears it, our house just shimmers, as well as our faces, our car, our garage steps, pretty much anything she comes within 10 feet of has glitter on it. She loves loves it. Secondly, because of the intense concentration on her little face as she colored on one of her other presents. She looks so much like my dad did when he was working hard on something. As many of you know, she was born two weeks before my dad died. He was in a coma from the time she was 3 days old until he died. We lived in St. George at the time and my parents lived in Vernal, UT. It took us about a week to get to his side after she was born, so he had never seen her. On the night he died, he woke up for only a minute to look at her. We asked him if he had seen her and he nodded yes and then he slipped back into his coma. Later that same night, he passed away. In the days following this, I was told by my mom that in mid-December, my dad had asked his bishop to give him a blessing that he would live long enough to see my baby. I know without a doubt that he would have died weeks sooner, if not for his desire to see her once. It's always a bittersweet time of year when we celebrate her birthday for me because at the time she came into my life, my life was so full of different emotions. For some reason, Tori's birth and my dad's death are always interconnected in my mind. So on her birthday, I am filled with happiness that she is my daughter while at the same time, still sad and needing my dad to be here to see her. I know that he would be so proud of her. I know that I am. I love her so much it hurts sometimes. She is everything and much more that I hoped a daughter would be.

Victoria's New Earrings

I have always wanted to get Tori earrings, but Adam was against it and since he lets me do pretty much whatever I want most of the time, I didn't fight him on it. A week before her 4th birthday, Tori started asking her dad if she could get her ears pierced. He said he guessed she could for her birthday the following week. I did not want her to go into this without knowing the whole process, so I explained it all to her, that holes would be put into her ear with a little gun and it hurts a little bit and we have to keep them clean and medicated and such. I thought it would change her mind, but she said she still wanted it done. On the day we celebrated her birthday, she and I headed for the mall to get it done.
This is Tori while we ate some lunch at the food court. She is way excited about her earrings she is going to get in a few minutes.This is Tori getting pretty nervous. I asked her a couple times at this point if she wanted to change her mind, but she was having none of that. This is the actual piercing, for the second time. Initially, two girls were going to do both ears at the same time, but one of the girl's fingers slipped and she did one earring before the other girl. Tori jumped off that chair and we had to do some negotiating to get her back up there for the other side. I was so proud of her. You can see the determination on her face in this picture that she was going to suck it up and finish the other side. She started smiling before we ever got her out of the booth. She was so excited. And here she is after it was over.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I had the privilege to listen to a great talk in Sacarament yesterday where we were challenged to make a list of 10 things we are grateful or thankful for at this Thanksgiving season.
So here goes, in no particular order:
1. My happy healthy children and the funny things they say and do.
2. Living in the United States. It may be having some problems, but it is still the best place to be!!! I am proud to be an American.
3. My friends. Old ones that know me best and new ones that I am excited to make new memories with.
4. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that they never give up on me and alway love me.
5. My warm house.
6. The Wasatch Mountains. They are so so beautiful. When we lived in St. George, I missed the mountains so bad and I was so excited to get to move here right underneath them and see them everyday.
7. My very best friend and husband, Adam. He is so good to me.
8. The rest of my family. They all have a different special part in my heart.
9. My own health. I am glad that I can walk and run and do the things I want to.
Now, here is some photos of Thanksgiving past...........
Mick's 2nd Thankgiving at our house in St. George..............
Victoria's 1st Thanksgiving with Adam's extended Olsen family........
Thanksgiving two years ago with my family........................
Last year with Adam's family..............

Saturday, November 22, 2008


So, I am feeling so aggravated today. What is so hard about not banging your door into the car next to you? Really, is it that hard? I came out of Wal-mart today to find that someone had taken my green paint off my door and left their red paint behind. AHHHHHHHHHHHH!! This happens to me all the time. It sucks when you try to take care of your own things and someone else is so rude. I hope whoever did it had a perfectly miserable case of guilt over it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lake Hardy Hike

Adam was lucky enough to get such awesome weather (and a super wife) this last weekend and he and his friend, Kevin, went on a hike up above Alpine. I guess it was steep and hard and slow going. They made about one mile per hour, but they say it was worth the view at the top. It was about 5 miles each way.
It was our dog, Bandit's first hike. He did great, but he was pretty tired when they got back and he slept all the next day.

Halloween Happenings

Halloween is so much more fun with kids. I never liked it much until I got little kids of my own, now it's so much more exciting.
As for our costumes this year; Mick was a Bloody Doctor (check out his humongous syringe), Tori was a Barbie Cheerleader, and Adam was a Redneck, pretty much himself ten years ago. I was boring and just wore my Halloween shirt, but at least I did that, right?
This year, I got to go help with Mick's class party. I read a Halloween book. The kids were divided into groups, so I read it over and over and over. I was pretty sick of the same story by the time I was done, and now days later, I still can't get the phrase, "Listen, here, you flim-flamming fleecer," out of my head. But I had so much fun doing it and got to meet some of Mick's friends that I didn't know.
Tori also had a party at her preschool. They decorated cookies and made slime. She thought it was fun, but I think tiring, because on the way home from school, she told me, "Mom, I am so stressed from all that partying at school."
Later, we went to our ward's trunk-or-treat and then Adam took the kids to a few houses trick-or-treating while I stayed home to hand out candy. And hand out more candy, and hand out more candy, and hand out more candy.
Then we had some of our friends over to play games and eat yummy snacks, while all our kids played upstairs and got high on sugar.
It was one of the best Halloweens I've had. I hope all of yours was awesome too!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mick and Tori's Business

Mick has had some mint machines for about a year. He and Adam have been thinking up new ideas for him to put them in new places. They made advertising videos for Mick and Tori. They are pretty fun.

Adam has just discovered youtube and has been trying to make videos of everything he can and put it up. It is kind of funny.

Julie was at Super Saturday with the Relief Society. Adam took the kids out and launched a rocket. Here is the video from the rocket launch.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Eight Years and Counting...........

Today is eight years from when Adam proposed to me. We celebrate this anniversary more than our wedding anniversary because it's right smack in the middle of my birthday, Tori's birthday, and Christmas.

Adam suprised me with a wonderful gift this morning. Some of it was purchased and some came from his own work and thought. It was one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received. I am so glad I have my best friend with me through this crazy life.

It has been the most wonderful eight years and I love you, babe!!

Too Beautiful To Eat

Thanks to Keri for getting me inspired, Maryanne for lending me equipment, and my dear mom for teaching me, I have started canning this year. It's something I never thought I would enjoy this much. I did tomatos with my mom this weekend, and then Adam and I were brave and tried peaches on our own last night. They all sealed and we opened some this morning to try and they are yummy!!! But, they are so beautiful and I am so proud of them, that I hate to eat them!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We Are The Champions

We spent last weekend in Logan, Utah to run in the Top Of Utah Marathon. It was a painful, long, tiring, but so awesome, 26.2 miles! Adam, Adam's brother, Jarod, and I ran it in 4 hours 45 minutes.
Adam has run 3 marathons now, and Jarod, 2, but it was my first and it was so not what I expected. It wasn't bad at all until mile 18, where I ran out of steam and got nauseaous. Those last 8 miles was horrendous, but it feels so good to say I powered through it and finished. I also didn't expect to have such sore muscles for the next 3 days, either. I am really wishing we didn't have stairs in our house right now. haha!
Despite all that, I can't wait to try that again!!Here are the three runners before the marathon at 4:30 that morning.

It was so much fun to get to run with Adam. He is awesome. Thanks for going slow with me, Sweetie.

Here we are closing in on the finish line. Oh Happy Moment!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


The marathon is less than 48 hours away and I was up all night with a sick little girl, at which time I am pretty sure I had puke sprayed in my face (TMI?). If I get sick on marathon day, I think will yank my hair out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What's been on my mind lately

Mick has been having the hardest time with the switch from Kindergarten to 1st grade. Is this normal? What can I do to help him? Why does he have insomnia? Is it related to his anxiety about school? Will a little more time be all he needs? This is the first real problem that he has had in his usually happy life. I cannot just kiss him and put a band-aid on it and make it go away. So if anyone out there has a suggestion that might help us, by all means, let me hear it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lessons in Temperature Reading

Mick: I'm sooo hot!

Adam: It's a hot day out there today!

Mick: How hot, Dad?

Adam: Pretty hot.

Mick: Is it almost freakin' hot?

Adam: Yes, Mick, it's almost freakin' hot.

The Difference in Men and Women

Tonight walking around the neighborhood, Adam and I had this little conversation-
Me: It feels like I haven't gotten to do anything fun for a long time.
Adam: I know. Before things came up today, I was really was planning on taking you to D.I. tonight.
Me: My point exactly!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I was tagged and then very gently reminded to really do it.

So here goes.............and the rules are you have to take ten pictures of the following without straightening and cleaning first.
I tag Evelyn, Keri, and Laurie to do it next.............Don't disappoint me !!!

1. The refridgerator

2. The Closet

3. Self Portrait.......Sorry, I have not a one without a child attached to me.

4. Favorite Room

5. Kitchen Sink

6. The Toilet

7. What my kids are doing right now (Victoria was gone to a friend's house)

8. Laundry Room
9. Dream Vacation (a cruise to just about anywhere)

10. Favorite Shoes (They got me 18 miles last Saturday with no blisters, YES!)