Thursday, December 18, 2008

OK - I'm back...

I know - it's been a while since I've posted, but we've just been doing miscellaneous "stuff". I haven't known quite what to blog about, so here's just some pics about what we've been up to!

Today was Macey's first program at school! What fun it was to see a glimpse of what they've been learning at school :-) I was very much a proud mom! We love Miss Tami. My favorite part was seeing all of their cute songs they've learned and listening to them recite six of the Articles of Faith. They'll learn their ABC's, how to read, blah blah blah, but learning the gospel is the important stuff, right?!
Macey's Liahona Pre-School Class
Hyrum, Macey, Aleece, Hailey, Lexi, Miss Tami, Kelsie, Maggie, and Boo's head
Hammin' it up for some pics after school!
Eat your heart out, Grandpa!!
have to run....will post more later...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Who'da Thunk?

I sewed! Can you believe it? And I liked it! My sweet friend Emily showed me how to make these darling pumpkins - just before Thanksgiving, and loaned me her sewing machine. Wow - I never thought I would actually enjoy the sweet hummmmmm of the stitching, but it's quite therapeutic! And - I think I could actually be good at it! So, if any of ya'll have an extra machine lying around that you think you can part with, I will make excellent use of it ;-) If you want to join in the pumpkin-making fun, instructions can be found at Holly's blog:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Couldn't help it - they look like they're havin' some good ol' CLOGGIN' fun!! And what better way to celebrate a day when we're stuffin' ourselves??!

Give Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween Happenings...

I think 3 yrs. old is the magic year when these cute little ones really start to dig the Holidays! Our Halloween was so much fun! First - the pumpkin carving. On family night, we went to pick out our pumpkins. Macey thought that was pretty darn cool. Then on Wednesday night (right before Halloween - so they wouldn't wilt?) - the carving took place! She thought it was pretty cool to dig out the "guts". Out of all the cute patterns (kittys, bats, ghosties, etc.), she just wanted a "smiley face", so here's Macey's pumpkin!Then, being the domestic diva that I am (that's a joke - I hate cooking), I baked the pumpkin seeds, and they were so yummy! Yup - they're gone already! Hey - I've been trying to snack on them instead of all this scrumptuous candy! (Rinse, soak in saltwater bath, bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour).

Thursday consisted of a party at preschool and then a party at a friend's house. She wanted to be a kitty cat (by the way, she can now say a "c" sound at the beginning of those words, so it is no longer "titty tat" - sorry family, no more messing with that one!) and a tinkerbell. So on Thursday, she was a kitty and Friday for Halloween, a Tinkerbell. Can't be a kitty without a tail!For the party at our friend's house, I made these candy corn ice cream treats! (Vanilla, orange sherbet, pineapple sherbet - let each melt most of the way, tint orange and yellow a little darker, freeze in layers)

We were each in charge of a 5-minute station for the kids to do a game or craft. We made tootsie-pop ghosties at my station (thanks for the idea, Starla!).

This is Macey, Maggie, and Hailey (these 3 are 1 mo. apart in age)
Friday we went to a cute Pumpkin Patch! $5 Included a hay ride out to the patch, a pumpkin, a train ride, and a scarecrow. They also had a really cute play area with tire swings and everything!
Just her size - don't you think?
Painting it...
Friday as Tinkerbell...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Yesterday: Daddy came home from work early, and we were getting ready to take bug to the park. She had changed into jammie pants for her nap earlier, so I asked her to change back into her jeans before we left. Having a will of her own, she came back in jean capris (not the ones she had on earlier).

I looked at Daddy and said with a smerk on my face, "She's so like her mommy!"

Macey replies, with a scowl on her face as if she's sick of hearing words like these, "I'm not like any of you! I'm like ME!"

Isn't she too young to be talking like this?

This Morning: We were all in the living room watching Mary Poppins and waking up. Macey decided she needed snuggles from Daddy, so she crawls under his blanket on the couch and lays her head next to his.

Then she tells him, "Dad, you smell stinky!"

Dad: "Sorry, bug."

Macey: "You need to go potty. You pooped in your pants!"

Is that another way of telling someone, "Your breath smells like %$@# ?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So Touched...

Thank you!!! to Macey's sweet pre-school teacher, Tami Valgardson. Macey, at random, spouted off in the car today with "and not for Adam's trans-gressions!" Greg and I were putting her to bed tonight, and I remembered to tell him about it in front of her. Then I got the bright idea to start off the first Article of Faith, "We Believe in God", to see if she knew it, and SHE SAID IT WORD-FOR-WORD!!! I could not even believe it! Talk about a tear-jerker, try that one on for size! And she just barely turned 3 this month!!
Maybe it seems so silly to be so amazed that she could memorize 2, yes 2, Articles of Faith at this age. I guess they can memorize songs and books, so why not this? I guess it just hit me funny.
What an amazing preschool teacher, eh? Let's hear it for Tami!!! GO TAMI!!!
If any of you aren't familiar with what these are, see below. More information can be found at our official church website: These are basic declarations of Mormon theology (our basic beliefs).

History of the Church, Vol. 4, pp. 535—541

1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Joseph Smith

Friday, September 26, 2008


I know, it's a crazy thing to get SO excited over, but check this out! Greg brings home little treats for Macey and I every so often, and last week, he brought home a little snack-size bag of peanut m&ms. I am one of those crazy people who, when eating any bag/handful of anything with different colors (runts, m&ms, skittles, you name it!), I have to do the following:

1. Separate them into different colors
2. See which ones have more of their color than the others
3. Eat the colors that have more first
4. Eat one of each color, keeping the numbers even in each color
5. Absolutely relish that last set where there's 1 of each color
On with the story: I opened this little snack-sized bag of peanut m&m's and found this!!! Exactly ONE OF EACH COLOR!!!
Can I tell you how happy I was? SOOOO Happy!!! I know, crazy, but hey, I enjoy the small things in life! :-) (And the completely in order things!)

1st Day of School

Ok - I know I'm a little behind on this one...almost a month, I guess, but it's better late than never right?! Macey has been loving preschool. She goes Tues-Thurs. from 9-12. Her teacher is a lady in my ward and seems to do a WONDERFUL job with them. They learn a letter and a number a day, sing songs, read books together, have a snack, and the most important...recess! She is tracing letters like a pro! The first time she brought home her letter A paper, I thought her teacher had traced the letters...quite impressive for a 3 year old! Go Macey! (Of course, I'm her #1 fan :-) ) She tells me little tidbits of what she does each day and we review what letter and number they learned that morning throughout the rest of the day. On letter B day, I was taking her and a little friend home from school and had asked them what sound it made and then what words began with that letter. They responded with things like ball, baby, etc. Macey pipes in with "bicycle"...then a few more from her older more from Macey, so I ask, "What other word begins with the letter B, Macey?" With the Greg twinkle in her eye and a HUGE smile on her face, she replies, "BOOGER!" What a wit. Gotta love her!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

September 2nd, Macey's special day...

Macey's actual birthday was on a Tuesday. Daddy went in to work late so he could wake up with her, make her some breakfast, and spend time with her.
We gave her 3 gifts throughout the day (one in the morning, one at lunch, and then one at night). I learned that from Alicia, and Macey seemed to dig it!

If you get jewelry, you have to try it on with your favorite dress and shoes, right? This was the last was really late at night, but she was having so much fun...Mommy and Macey got ready, spent time playing with the new mermaid barbie in the bathtub, played together, and then napped so we were ready for the rest of our day with Daddy.

Greg took the 2nd half of the day off to spend together with bug. She has been BEGGING to go see the butterflies at the zoo (she thinks they're going to land on her finger, like they do in the movies). Tuesday afternoons are free at the Memphis Zoo, so we finally took her!

Macey was just cracking me up in the butterfly exhibit, because she kept holding her little finger out, waiting for a butterfly to land on it! She was so disappointed that it wasn't working, so the interest in the butterflies was quite brief for all the begging she had done to go see them :-)

How old are you, Macey?

On to the "stinky giraffes" - as she calls them...


Check out their profiles and eyes...twinners, huh!

After the zoo...we went out to dinner and then to Chucky Cheese. We really enjoyed our day together, and I think we sang the happy birthday song, over a period of at least 4 days, probably a total of 15 times. She just absolutely loves the attention. She has been waiting a whole YEAR to turn "three my old", you know!

She really wanted to talk to Chucky. Finally realizing he wasn't conversing with her, she resorted to just groovin' with him!