Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thanks for a wonderful Birthday!

Okay so my year of being 24 has been a really good one. I honestly feel like I have never been happier. I don't know if 25 can top being 24, but I can't wait to find out! I did have quite a wonderful birthday. Thanks so much for all the calls, gifts and well wishes! I felt like my phone was rining all day, and I LOVED IT! Your birthday is the one day you can feel selfish, when the whole day is all about you, and mine was!
I know being a mom, everyday is just same-old same-old. And mine was that too, I still had to wake up early and tend to crying kids. Still had to take Hugo to the doctor, go grocery shopping, deal with the HEAT and trying to get kids into the car as quickly as possible while dripping sweat, etc. etc. etc. But I did have a wonderful week all together, shopping with my mother-in-law, lots of gifts from family and friends, phone calls and and awesome messages especially from the Jones', Charmaine and Clarissa singing on my answering machine, having lunch and spending the afternoon with Samuel, and a VERY lovely dinner with Shawn's family and Samuel at my favorite mexican restaurant.

Thanks everyone for making me feel so special, I LOVE YOU ALL!
I also have to congratulate Heather for having baby Braxton on the 22nd, he is the dang cutest little guy, and Caroline for having baby Royce on my birthday, I cant wait to meet the little guy and hear about everything. I love you gals!

Kid update

Ok I just HAVE to post this pictures of Hugo. Shawn calls me in from in the other room and there Hugo is sitting on the little horsey being cute as ever with the darn biggest smile on his face. Shawn is so cute with Hugo, they were both so happy!I have been experimenting alot with Lacy's hair lately. I need some good easy hair-do's that stay in place pretty good. I got this one on camera, but we've been practicing with alot lately. She will sometimes ask for silly things like, 10 ponytails or lots of curls but for the most part she sits pretty nicely and lets me play dress up on her :) I have got a lot of ideas from this cute blog, She does hair, but we have been playing around with my own weird ideas like sleeping with lots of braids and having fun crimpy 80's hair in the morning, messy buns, etc. Anybody have any cute ideas? I'm in desperate need! Kid sister, Kid sister, KID SISTER N ME!She also has been really into taking pictures lately. I will be sitting in the other room and see bright flashes of light. Shawn thinks she is very artistic. Like the picture in the middle, its of a drawer knob, he loves it! I think she is just being a mischevious stinker (just because I have to deal with it all day!) Its pretty cute... and she REALLY did take all these pics. And this was just some, I had 80 pictues on my camera when I just downloaded them and I only took a small handful, maybe 10. She's nuts, thats why we love her! :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tagged Twice

I got tagged twice... its been a while but I will fill them out now!

First tag was from Amberly

Top 3

JOYS
1. My cute little family. I would rather be with them than anywhere in the world!
2. Being crafty and decorating my house
3. Sleep.. its been lacking lately and I would be very joyful if I could get in a good 8 hours!

FEARS
1. Being alone
2. Holes
3. Public Bathrooms!

GOALS
1. Finish my house
2. Make money to afford to finish my house
3. Sleep :)

CURRENT OBSESSIONS/COLLECTIONS
1. My house
2. Sleep :)
3. With all my sisters and friends having babies I've been in such a crafty mood making blakets and cute baby stuff

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I dont know what to say, you want to know something just ask!

My second tag...

My husbands lovely cousin Maren tagged me so here I go

Here are the rules:
Link the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules in your blog.
Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
Tag a new set of 6 following bloggers by linking them!

Oh great I couldn't think of 3 things in my last tag... bear with me!

1. I am obsessed with crosswords and other mind-teaser games like sudoku and logic puzzles. Shawn thinks I'm a nerd... but I'm keepin my brain alive people!! :)

2. I have always wanted to open up a deli or bakery. I know it is so silly but I think it would be so fun. Baking yummy deserts and yummy sandwiches. I would also love to have a little place in my bakery to sell all the fun crafty things my sisters, mom and I love to make! All kids have their hopes and dreams of what they wanted to do when they grew up... well this was mine! My brother and I used to sit on the wall of our garden at home and talk about our deli we were going to open. My mom always says we have similar taste in foods. We would have the best restaurant ever! You just wait, you will love it!! I remember we had a name for the restaurant but I cant remember it. Do you remember Samuel?

3. I love to play on my computer. I love to do digital scrapbooking, work with Adobe CS. Editing pictures, etc. If I didn't have a million things to do I would do a lot more. I just wish I could make money doing it, that would be the dream.

4. I really want to learn to crochet. I have tried and tried and have been taught so many different times, but for some reason my brain just doesn't think that way. I will get half way done with a project and take the whole thing apart because it is un-even or done wrong. For some reason its just one of those talents I DONT have and wish I did!

5. I am allergic to chocolate, yet I still eat a piece of Dove Milk Chocolate every single day. I have a pot on top of my fridge full of them and I grab one every day. I take the small piece and bite it into four much smaller pieces and I savour them and make them last a long time. I am not a big fan of all chocolates, maybe because I've trained my body to not like it... or I just don't want to deal with the repercussions of eating chocolate... but I can not stay away from Dove... or Thrifty's chocolate ice cream.... Yummmm, lets go get some Mommy, I've got on white, what about you?

6. I LOVE to give gifts. I love to shop, I love to wrap and I love to see the expressions when they are received. Mostly I wish I had all the money in the world and I would spend all day buying things for people I think they would like. I know its not good to just wish for more and more money.. but I swear I would use it for good! (said in a miss American pageant voice, hehe)

Now I tag: everyone!! I want to see it on all my friends pages :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fun night with the gals!

Last night a few of us girls went out to dinner as a last hoorah/shower for Caroline. Before she has baby Royce It was super fun and I think we should find more excuses like that to have a girls night. We went to Sweet Tomato and chatted for hours and ate yummy salad. It was a much needed, kid free break, it had been a crazy day!! Now we all just can't wait for Caroline to have her baby so we can all see what a cutie he is! Baby spiderman :)
Sara, Clarissa, Me and Caroline
Seriously some of my bestest besties right here!


Caroline, Lola (the lovely hostess and Caroline's sister) and Jen Heward

Thanks Lola for inviting us and for the pictures I stole :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

some sort of OCD??

So I've been collecting these pictures for a few months. Lacy loves putting things in stacks or lining them up. It started with one day my parents were watching the kids and when we had left my dad was walking through the house and saw the Potato Heads all lined up. He said, "Susan, whats with the potato conference in the family room?" then walked in the closet where the rubber ducks were lined up and said... "and with the rubber ducky conference in the closet?"

It was pretty funny and I explained to my parents that I dont know why but when Lacy plays with just about anything she lines or stacks up her toys first. She even does it with her dishes to decide what dishes she wants to use when setting the table. Or with her clothes when deciding what to wear in the morning. What ribbon to put in her hair. Needless to say I am always finding stacks and rows of anything Lacy touches.
Samuel and Lacy were building towers from Crystal Light bottles. Lacy was in heaven and had so much fun!

And these are just the times I happened to have a camera on me. She does stuff like this all the time! Crazy Lacy... we love her!! video

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fun on the 4th

For the 4th we were super busy. We didn't end up going to California as planned because the Jones' ended up coming here for some serious family business. We were a little bummed about not getting out of this dreaded heat but so far, it has been a super fun weekend. We had Brian Katie and Susan all Friday. Lacy was absolutely thrilled to wake up to all 3 cousins in her family room. Then around 5ish everyone gathered at my parents for a nice night of steak and swimming. Oh man it was the best steak I've had in a long time!
Then after our BBQ we went with Patrick and Chaz to Patricks office for an AWESOME view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks. It really was amazing! He works just a few blocks from the lake on the 7th floor facing the lake. With a balcony to go and view it all. We really got the royal treatment. There was nobody else around us, it was silent and there was a nice cool breeze. We went along with Chaz's dad Randy (it was actually HIS office) and all her siblings. We are so greatful they invited us, we really enjoyed the show. I'm suuure we had the best view of the show. Better than anyone at the lake. We were all alone!!
Once again.. the Browns get spoiled :)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Even Errands can be fun!

I feel like ever since my mom has started to work in the temple I don't get to see her much. (I am sure she is THRILLED about that, we wear her out!) So even if it is just us running errands together to the attorney, Wal-Mart and the grocery store... I'm LOVIN it! I know I am so lucky to live so close to my family and my in-laws. I am even more lucky that they like us and we get to see them both every week. I'm so spoiled, and I'm not afraid to admit it!
when she ran into the grocery store I was messing around with my camera phone. when she got back in the car, she just thought i was a total loon!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lacy Lately

Today Lacy was pretty cute. I got all dressed and ready for the day and she came in and said, "Mommy, can you help me find MY black skirt?" I said, "No, Lacy that is a Sunday skirt" and so SHE said... "well you are wearing your black skirt, and I want to match you!" I couldn't resist. She even looked through all her shirts to find the one closest in color to mine. I love having a little mini-me. I can't wait until she is old enough to take to the salon or to get our nails done and enjoy shopping!We have also started a "listening chart" (which if you know me, is so not like me) but we have a little behavior problem we are trying to work on. For both of us actually. I'm a crazy yelling mom and she has a hard time listening to me. So I am not yelling anymore and she is getting better too! We made a "good listening chart" She gets a sticker when she is being especially good or does something the first time I ask her... and if I get really frusterated with her not listening or doing something naughty, she has to take a sticker off. Then when she gets to the end of a line, she gets a suprise! We went to target to get some cheap treats and she is really excited. We picked out some cute princess stuff from the dollar spot, some play-doh, and some other cute things. She finally reached the end of a line today and was really excited about the prize she picked. Lets hope this keeps working. I told her after she finished the whold page she gets her BIG prize we picked out. (a slip-n-slide). It took 2 days to finish one line, and she is still motivated, so, so am I! Wish us luck, she's a fiesty one, that Lacy Jo!

Hey.. whatever works!


Thats one way to beat the heat. Stomp all the way to the neighbors in the water at the curb. There and back getting yourself soaking wet. I sent Lacy over to Heathers for some cinnamon and she came back all wet!

p.s. i'm still so depressed at my lost camera :( I get teary every time I think about all the lost pictures of Lacy and Hugo (plus all the $ spent) that is now gone for good ...

Hugo's first hair cut!

I decided to finally cut Hugo's hair. It was getting a little long around the ears. Plus, since he wears his helmet 23 hours out of the day, it doesn't really matter how long it is because you don't really see it. He would get this sweaty little mo-hawk in the front coming out the top and his hair in back would just drip! SOO... I BUZZED IT! I also used scissors around the ears. I was so proud of myself. I always cut Shawn's hair but on a tiny little baby it is so different. He was such a trooper as well, he didn't cry at all. I think it looks pretty cute too! I was suprised at how much hair he actually had! It'll grow back by the time he finally get his helmet off :)