Some wedding photos!!! (Yes...a year late, I know)

There will be more later, but here are some of the ones I've scanned in so far...

The cutest flower girl in the world= Nutmeg, my niece

Two of my four new sisters Our immediate family that was there

My hubby and I cutting our beautiful cake

Darling Nutmeg

Before I became Nutmeg's favorite

My hubby and my new siblings! :D

The girls! (Minus my other extremely adorable niece)

Everyone at the temple!
Like I said, there will be many more later...these are just the ones I have scanned so far and I don't have the CD yet so I have to scan everyone by hand to get them in the computer. Needless to say, it's a daunting task that my never fully be completed without the CD!


Ode to Poppies...

I am going to venture out on a limb and actually claim something as a favorite. Usually I "hem and haw" about favorites because I love them all, but this I believe is definitely my favorite. Poppies are my favorite flower. I love them! They are so delicate, but bold. They are also the source of poppy seeds which make the best muffins--almond poppy seed muffins. I'm even going to say what my favorite color of them is--Wow...look how bold I am being--RED. I am not usually a "red" person. I am generally not partial to loud colors. I'm a mellow person--I like my blues and darker greens, stuff like that. Maybe that's why I can say red poppies are my favorite--because they are so different from what I usually like and I actually love them! Did you know that you can buy Wal*Mart gift cards down here with a package of poppy seeds attached?? I think I might want to buy one just for the poppy seeds and then maybe I can try my hand at growing some. I know they are summer flowers, but it's practically summer here all the time so i would be able to grow some right now right? I need to research that.

I think they might also be my favorite because they seem so graceful and I lack a large amount of grace. I tend to be drawn toward people and things that are something I am not, that I want to be, in hopes I can learn from them.

Poppies are also symbols of consolations in times of death (among other things) and that seems so sweet to me. They seem to be very thoughtful and considerate. They don't need praise from everyone, they are confident, they are peaceful, and sometimes they even seem a bit woeful, but not for themselves. They are a compassionate and selfless flower.
But above all, Poppies just are. No matter what is going on in the world, they still fulfill the measure of their creation and continue to radiate the beauty that Heavenly Father gave them.



Today my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are driving to Utah and then staying for a day (yes, I am jealous) and then they are driving HERE on Friday!!!! I am so excited to see them and the whole reason they are moving down is because Jmo is moving here! :D <----That's my big smiling face because I'm so happy! Now, I can have someone to do fun sister lunches and Sunday dinners with. At the same time it makes me kind of sad because it's only one sister, but I guess I can't get too sister-greedy, huh?



Previous to typing this I think I stared at the screen for about 5 minutes...just staring. I am tired. Sabra would not sleep. She was up pacing and barking all night long and I understand it was an exciting day with moving into a new house and all, but don't dogs sleep anymore, or are my other two dogs weird in their sleeping habits? J had to get up early and was getting very frustrated with her so like a good wife I took her downstairs and slept on the couch. Actually, I just layed there all night and would stand up, and lay down, and stand up, and lay down, and...you get the idea. Probably the most exercise I got in awhile! Hopefully she has gotten some of her excitement out today because if we go through that again I might have "Dead Puppies" on my hands. That's a horrible song. Anyways...

Here is Sabra sleeping (not at night and I am planning on waking her up in about 5 minutes so she sleeps tonight). Isn't she pretty?? Yes...that is a diaper on her. Little did we know, the day we decide to pick her up, our friend tells us she has been in heat for the past week so we bought doggy diapers because when Riley was in heat, we used washcloths and hair ties for homemade diapers and that was not a good idea. I had no idea they made doggy diapers (complete with a tail hole) so this was pretty interesting news to me.

This is Riley looking REALLY annoyed at me because the flash woke her up, but I would hope by now she knows I don't care. She gets to sleep whenever she wants and I (being tired right now) do not have sympathy for dogs who are woken up when they get to sleep whenever they want.

Reagan is camera shy. I had to search the house to find her, but here she is--chillin' on her bed. Reagan is a little anti-social most of the time.

So even in my near comatose state, I am extremely excited for Halloween. I LOVE dressing up so naturally Halloween is a pretty fun Holiday! What is everyone dressing up as? Any good ideas for couples costumes? I know it may be cheesy, but last year, much to my dismay, we didn't dress up at all so I am going to the extreme and we are going to be in a couples costume. Haha. We don't even really know what we are going to do. I thought to myself, maybe this is a good time to practice some "hostess with the most-ess" skills and host a Halloween party, but that's still an iffy idea. Time is running out though and I am seriously starting to worry. I also want to decorate my house because this is the first time since I've been married I have a house to decorate! I need to landscape before I can decorate outside though so that's kind of acting as a deterrent right now. Maybe I could leave my yard without landscaping and that would be scary enough for Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn't want to go for the scary look. I am not a person who likes to be scared or handles people scaring me at all. Haunted houses this holiday? NO WAY! Not unless you drag me through and I guarantee I will be kicking and screaming the whole way. I did that once for a date and I had nightmares for about 2 weeks after! I can only imagine there are others like me out there who are constantly forced to encounter scary things by people who they originally trusted--that can be very damaging. So instead of decorating scary-ish, I wanted to decorate in a cute way because then everyone will want to come and no scaredy cat will have to be forced to go to another scary house. I think it's time to pull out the pumpkin carving knives...


New dog...way too much estrogen in this house

Today we went to our friends house and picked up another dog to share our house with. Her name is Sabra and she is a mutt, so I'm not exactly sure what kind of dog she has in her, but I am almost positive she has some German Shepherd in her. She is a BEAUTIFUL dog with a very sweet temperment but still needs some obedience training. Tonight has been somewhat of a long night with introducing her to our other dogs, Reagan and Riley, but overall it has been a success. We are crazy...3 dogs, all females. Poor J...outnumbered again by females (and he thought moving out of his parents house would help--haha)! Sabra and Riley used to play together when they were younger. It reminded me of my best friend and me and how we would play and then when it was time to go we would be sad. It made me cry when we left Arizona after our trip down here before moving here because I could tell they were sad they weren't going to get to play anymore and I had to be the one to separate them! But no tears now because they are happy...but there will probably be tears later when I get frustrated with all of them. Haha. I will put up pictures later.

My husband is still working and it's a quarter to 10. I am so grateful for him and how hard he works for us. He is amazing to me. Somedays I get really upset that he is still working when it's late and I turn in to a nag, but I am trying really hard to remember that he is doing this because he loves me and he is working hard to provide a great life for me. What did I do to be so blessed with him? That's what I want to know...then maybe if I knew I could do it again and be blessed so great again!

I decided I need to grow up and try decorating my house. As previously mentioned, I was not fortunate enough to be blessed with the "artsy farsty" gene; therefore, it's something I need to work to improve upon. But here's the catch--decorating generally takes money, right? So here's my question to everyone and anyone who reads this blog: Does anyone have any fun, cheap, and cute decorating ideas for my house? Any and all ideas would be appreciated because I don't even know what kind of theme I want to do or anything. Heads up--I currently do not own a sewing machine so any ideas minus the use of one of these contraptions would be appreciated! I have recently felt I needed to fulfill my role has a housewife and the only way I know how to fulfill it is by cleaning and cooking/baking. I am cleaning tomorrow and I can't keep baking stuff because the pounds are just jumping on every time I even think about baking any more cookies, muffins, or cakes. O to have a fast metabolism...


Trying Something New..

I never know exactly what to say in these things, but I'm hoping, with practice of course, I'll be able to be a good "blogger" like the rest of my family. I married in to an EXTREMELY creative family and unfortunately, I missed out on that gene.
Right now my husband and I live in a sauna (AKA the desert) and I am having a hard time adjusting. I love the cold. Every year I look forward to pulling out the sweaters, jackets, and winter coats with the anticipation of seeing my breath every time I walk oustide. I love nights when the sky is still a little bit light outside, even though it's one in the morning, and the street lights are shining their light on the most perfect of soft snow falls. It's quiet and the snow glistens in the moonlight. I love running under the big, fat, fluffy snowflakes and catching them on my tongue. Sounds childish to some people, but to me it's one of the simple joys in life.

It's now October, and instead of walking out to the first snowfall of the season like I'm used to, I walk outside to a 91 degree afternoon (and mind you, this is when it's cooled off) and immediately feel the need to shower again. I am shuffled from my air conditioned house, to my air conditioned car, to the air conditioned store, and then repeat that cycle in reverse. Many people would give me one of those eye brow raises with a look that says, "Dang girl! You are CRAZY! That 91 degrees sounds perfect!" But for those of you who LOVE fall and winter, you'll know what I mean.

I am slowly getting used to this wasteland, and I am able to remain sane because I know it's not a permanent situation. Luckily for me, I married a person who feels exactly the same way I do about Montana.
Jason and I have been married for a little over a year! That's still a little strange to say sometimes because I still haven't gotten used to thinking of myself as married. Sometimes, marriage just feels like a giant sleepover with my best friend! We'll be out doing something and I'll look at him and say, "Hey! We're married!" and he will usually reply, "I know...weird." Hahaha! It's a good weird, but it's still weird. I love it though. Marriage is awesome, but I know my experience is awesome because of who I married. He truly is my best friend and I am so lucky to have him in my life.
Well, I've written a lot and I can already tell this blogging deal is going to be quite addicting, so I think I'm going to cut myself off for the day. Good night all!