thank you 2011

welcomed the new year with a kiss

sweet vincent was born


my birthday and jimmer fredette

vincent's blessing

and meeting my nephew and niece for the first time

tulip festival with the robbins

annual poppy field pictures

jayne turned two

deep creek lake with my family

lauren and chris's wedding

halloween and our trip to nyc

thanksgiving in maryland

steve's birthday and christmas

as well as our trip to florida with the maglebys

it has been a fantastic year.
i look forward to what 2012 will bring us, 
and certainly hope it's more good things to come.

happy new year!



it is my lover's birthday today.

he turned 28.

i love him because 
he is good to me.
and he is super duper sexy.

happy birthday babe. i love you!


Merry Christmas!

In lieu of Christmas cards this year because we were lame and just never got them out, we decided to send our holiday wishes to you through the blog.

May this holiday season bring peace, love, and happiness to you and your loved ones. 

Merry Christmas!



We took Jayne and Vinny to meet Santa Clause at Riverwoods. Jayne was so excited and even fell asleep for a nap that day in complete bribery. It was awesome. She chatted the whole way in the car about seeing him. She was all jittery as we waited in line. And then sure enough, she got completely nervous and clingy right when it was our turn. She did not want to even get close, but then Santa... oh that blessed Santa.. offered her a candy cane. Lets just say Jayne is going to have a hard time not taking candy from strangers. Worked like a charm. She plopped right down on his lap and gave a big ole grin for the camera. Thank you Santa!

This man is the real deal, guys. He proceeded to ask Jayne if her favorite toys were Princess Barbies (uh, hello, thats EXACTLY what we got her for Christmas!) and if her favorite princess was Cinderella (you got that SPOT ON St. Nick!!). I kid you not, this is the real Santa. 

Love it

Afterwards we walked around Blickenstaff's toy store and then headed over to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for some hot chocolate

mmmmm yummy little boy

We can't go to Riverwoods without stopping by Provo Beach Resort for some 'pink' ice cream (this time it was peppermint instead of strawberry)

this little boy was quite the happy camper... (like i keep telling you, he's amazing)

Jayne + 'pink' icecream = heaven

Her exact words after doing this: "Mmm! So yummy!" (referring to her snot, not the ice cream)

The lights around Riverwoods are pretty magical. It was cold outside but zero wind so it wasn't all that bad walking around and checking them out. Kids loved it. We loved it. Success.


a real date and gingerbread houses

Last weekend Steve and I went on a date. It had been a long time as many of you know. We celebrated our few hours of freedom from our children at the Original Pancake House in Salt Lake for brunch. I got the Chocolate Chip Pancakes and he got the Belgian Waffle with fruit and cream. My pancakes were amazing, and the few bites I was able to steal from the hubster were amazing too. Its hard picking off the menu at that place- everything sounds divine. 

After brunch we went to the BYU vs. Utah game. It was a sad beginning but we won in the end and that's all that matters. 

We picked up the kids from Crystal and Morgan (they were so awesome to babysit them for us) and headed up to Alpine for gingerbread house making. Jayne got to decorate her very own gingerbread house and she LOVED it!

Her gingerbread men that were suppose to reside outside the home... and that she ended up eating the arms off of. Woops.

Loads of candy

Working hard on the soon-to-be masterpiece

Jayne sneaking in as much candy as she can

Ta da! Isn't she beautiful?  I can't take much credit. All I contributed to was the stone fireplace. So if you like that stone fireplace- the credit is MINE!!!

I think we should seriously consider putting our homes in a competition. 
This talent needs to be used for something.