Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thanksgiving in WA-Part II





















While is Washington, we went on a magnificent hike with the family to Moulton Falls. As you can see, we had a great time being together and enjoying the beauty of the Lewis River and the trails around the area. It is now one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thanksgiving in WA-Part I





My dad, Butch, is the master railroad man! Ever since I was a little girl, there have been model train boxes around. My dad and Brad have been working on their own railroad in their enormous garage. It was so fun to see and run the trains. I even crashed one because it was going too fast...figures. Thanks, Dad and Brad, for getting so much ready in time for us to see!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I am hap...hap...happy!

I am ending my day with that "my-husband-is-the-sweetest-man-ever" feeling. Not only did Jay spend the whole day with me, but he took me into Pottery Barn, one of my favorite stores. We walked around enjoying the Christmas music, admiring the beautifully unique ornaments, and enjoying the cozy atmosphere together hand-in-hand. He asked me what kinds of things I liked and pointed out things he would like and where they would look good in our future "dream home." We didn't buy anything, but it the whole experience left my heart feeling so light and free. He really is my best friend...I am the luckiest girl on Earth. =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Through the Eyes of My Little Girl



As a mother, you always hope to be able to instill within your children the understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. Tonight was one of those experiences that makes a mother's heart melt with joy. Our family decorated for Christmas together tonight and Avery found our Little People nativity as we were going through the holiday bins. She asked me if she could set it up all by herself this year. After the hustle and bustle of decorating the tree and enjoying the evening together, Jay and I sent the kids off to bed. As I was cleaning the living room, I found the nativity that Avery had set up and my heart swelled with love. Baby Jesus was nestled in His manger right in the center and everyone was placed looking over Him as closely as possible. Not only was Avery excited to set up the nativity because she loves Christmas, but she understands who it is all about.


It is amazing what our children teach us. May we all take time to remember the reason for our Christmas celebration this year and, like Avery, turn our attention to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Job!

So...I know I have a million jobs already (Choffy, Scentsy, helping with Jay's Choffy business, being a mommy, on and on...) but now I have REAL go-somewhere-each-day-and-get-a-pay-check job! But wait...it gets better! I am working at Great Harvest on Fairview right past Wal Mart on the left in that great collection of specialty shops by the big red barn farmer's market. We make the best bread, cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies, and SANDWICHES! You have to come try the Turkey Pesto...I will even add extra pesto if you ask real nice. =)

My sweetheart was laid off a couple of weeks ago and I am helping the fam out while Jay is applying like crazy all over the United States...and even for some jobs overseas. Jeremy is a Civil Engineer, so if you hear of anything in your area, please let us know!

We feel so blessed with all of our family and church and friend support. We can honestly say that we have never been happier and feel that this change in our lives is going to be for the better and open up great new opportunities for our future! Besides, I never would have found the best place to work, not to mention all my new best friends there!

So, if you are looking for a great lunch place, come check us out! You will not be disappointed! =)


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Halloween 2009

Avery and her buddy, Cyrus, did a little trick-or-treating around the neighborhood together. They were so cute as "Purple Fairy" and "Fireman!"

Avery with her little Jack-o-Lantern, Jack. =)

Owen as a Power Ranger (we think!) and Zack as himself, the lacrosse player. He decided that he was too old for trick-or-treating earlier in the month, but his friends talked him to going out and getting some candy after all. I think he was pretty glad that he did!

I LOVE Halloween!!! We had such a great time this year! =)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekend at Grandma's House


We had a great time at Grandma and Grandpa Ogden's house last weekend! We got to be with cousins and family; watch General Conference, the BYU game and Cade learn to crawl; dig holes and put in a new sprinkler system for Mom and Dad; and eat lots of yummy food and treats.


Owen and Grandma stoking the fire and enjoying some one-on-one time together.

Clay digging with all his might. He earned all those holes in his pants.

Justin digging and chatting with me...he is such a great conversationalist! That is Zack in the back ground...yeah, he's ten. He was amazing driving that thing! Now he thinks he can get his driver's license. =)

This is cousin Ogden...he is so funny and cute!

Here is Anna...pretty in pink and full of life!

Then there is gorgeous Ellie who is always sweet and kind.

This is Truman...he's a stud. I think this guy is going to be on covers all over the world someday. He's just...cool!

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A good family friend, Rod, came over and took the kids on a special ride that he and his family had made for their grandkids. You have got to check this out! It's awesome!

Thanks for the fun trip and all the great memories, Mom, Dad, Ogden, & Manwarings. We love you guys!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Check This Out!




Oh man, I am so excited for these! These are available October 1st. I know which one I am getting for my husband and boys for Christmas (hint: Go Cougs!)

Click on my Scentsy link in the right column to order on or after October 1st.