Saturday, May 31, 2008


My sisters are my very best friends. Lisa is a GENIUS, and very talented. Thanks to Lisa, I know half the info I do. She is a life-saver. Thank you Lisa. Amy is CRAZY, SMART, FUNNY, 4.0 STUDENT. Thank you Amy. You girlies are so nice. This is a post for you, who make my life so much more exciting. Thanks for respecting Tarbug. HERE IS TO YOU, MY SISTERS....AKA MY BEST FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

American Idol and our David Archuleta

What am I going to do without my weekly dose of American Idol? And especially David Archuleta??? Who can't honestly LOVE him? He's amazing and I absolutely LOVE this song he sang in the finals. I really liked both the David's and I'm happy Cook won, he really deserved it...he's already been out in the real world trying to make a living and you can tell he's truly grateful. Baby Davy has time to grow and he's still going to be a huge star! He always gives me chills when he sings, I want his CD NOW!!! Oh, I could listen to this over and over and over again....

Like my mom says - "He's Dreamy"

first SUMMER - now FALL???

K - what is up with the weather this week!!! Can we just have SPRING?! I have a sunburn yet I'm wearing a coat? WHAT? Craziness...

The story that goes with the upcoming pictures....
Monday I got Taryn another swim suit. I couldn't resist, they are SO cute when they're so small and summery! I went to Old Navy and found this one that I fell in love with when they first put them out. This time it was on sale for $9.99 - and I had to have it! Then I went to my mom's to show it off and of course had to have Taryn model it...then my sister Amy and I took her out on the grass (which she hates) so we put a beach towel down and put the sprinkler on....just a little sprinkle to dip toes in. Then we added in the popsicle to make for a real summer photo shoot.

Enjoy...and bring back the warm - not hot - weather!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


KEE-QUA as my cousin Sam used to call it.
Also known as Chocolate.
Yep, it's official...besides the obvious looks, this one really is my daughter if she has the same passion for this delicious delight! I gave her a chocolate covered pretzel (Fliptz chocolate covered pretzels with TCBY swirled yogurt to be exact) THE BEST! Also known to be an Albertson's 10 for $10 item! Well, I looked away for a few seconds and the next thing I knew she was covered like this...going to town!
That's my girl!!!


Friday, May 16, 2008

And It Burns Burns Burns


This is what happens when you do yard work wearing your jogging clothes and haven't seen the summer sun for a year...

The lyrics to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" are playing in my head as I think of the burning of my back...

I didn't realize how long I was outside today working on our flower beds! Taryn was taking an amazingly long nap that I just wanted to keep working. I was in such a mode I didn't want to stop and change my running shoes let alone apply some much needed sunblock! YIKES!

Thank the Good One for Aloe Vera and Tylenol!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Gateway

Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed to Gateway with Kim, Ava, and baby Gage. We had some lunch at the new Jason's Deli, strolled through Baby Gap - where I found cute summer jammies for $4.99 and a swim suit for $5.99! Can't beat that!...Then we sat by the fountains and Ava was trying to get the courage to run through them...she had on her cute new cinderella swim suit that her "baby brother brought for her." The fountains stopped for a couple minutes so she ran out there to play and then they shot back up and one sprayed right on her little bum! Kim and I couldn't stop laughing!

getting nervous

Too scared

Those look like fun!

Little buddies

My Little Peanut

So after the Birthday Bash comes the one year check-up with the pediatrician. We went in on Monday expecting some shots and tears...the last time we were there Taryn had dropped 2 lbs, she was up to 16 lbs. in March and in April was 14 lbs. So he was a little concerned (she had been sick with the flu and another ear infection.) He said he wasn't going to worry about it that time. Well, her weight was only up to 15.98 and she is in the 0 percentile! this time he seemed a little more worried and wanted to do a few tests to make sure there wasn't something else involved in making her such a skinny little thing. WAY TO MAKE ME WORRY!!! He ordered a Cystic Fibrosis test and also some ones related to her Iron and Thyroid. We convinced ourselves that CF (cystic fibrosis) was out of the picture based on the fact she had absolutely NO other symptoms besides the nutrition part. And after worrying about something not being right in her cute little body I decided to get another opinion from my previous pediatrician that my family has all gone too and loves. He checked her out and thought maybe she could be anemic, but that is not a serious problem at all...just add more iron to her diet. He also ordered a couple more tests related to the anemic question. Wednesday morning we headed up to Primary's and were greeted at the outpatient lab. The staff was so friendly and explained everything they we're going to do in detail with pictures and all. But of course you're never fully prepared to watch your own child be hooked up to cords and straps and then have to get their blood drawn. A million times worse than shots! She was such a brave little thing....they kept her entertained with bubbles and fun singing toys. For the CF they did a chloride sweat test where she had gauzed strapped to her arms with a chemical that made her sweat and then on top were some small metal plates that send a weak electrical currant that makes a tingly sensation. That only lasted for 5 minutes and I think the straps on her arms scared her more than the tingling.

Then they wrapped plastic and ace bandages around her arms to make sure the sweat didn't evaporate while we waited 30 minutes. We went upstairs to visit my sister Lisa who works in the dental clinic but she could only wave "hi", they were so busy...

then we played with toys, they have some pretty sweet toys!

Then it was on to the worst part of all....getting the blood drawn. I don't know how I had the courage to stay in the same room and not shed a tear, but I stayed and it was hard. They had to do it twice because the first time they went through the vain, seriously so sad! All in all there were 6 tests to run and we're still waiting to hear back about two.

But GOOD NEWS....she doesn't have CF, her thyroid is fine, and she's not anemic!!! YAY!!! So, she's just our little peanut and that's just fine by me! I guess we'll just keep adding butter to her food and be grateful she's healthy and happy!! :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008




Monday, May 12, 2008


To end our weekend of events we celebrated Mother's Day... Robbie got me the Magic Bullet set!

YES, I've wanted this for awhile, how he remembers these things is beyond me...I got lucky in this department! He also made me homemade Egg Mcmuffins and a strawberry Lemonade slushy (using my new gift) And then later cleaned the kitchen... yup I scored a keeper!
So this was my second Mother's Day. Last year at this time I was home with my brand new baby girl. I have loved and enjoyed all the moments of being a new mother. It is truly amazing the love I have for my baby. I love this job and wouldn't trade it for a thing!

I also love my mom! Thank you for being such a fun, kind, loving, would do anything for me mom. You're the best and I hope I can be just like you!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Later on Saturday we had a fun little party for Taryn's BIG FIRST BIRTHDAY at the park. Seriously...I don't think she could have been any cuter! What ONE year old smiles so excitedly to all her guests and is thrilled with joy when she opens each present?! I guess it was a good thing she had her breakdown earlier! Honestly, I know I'm her mom and can say this all the time, but she was ADORABLE! It was like she knew it was her big day and everyone was there for her. I have so many cute pictures so I'll try to limit myself but you'll get the jist of how excited and happy she was...

The Set-Up. I had so much fun planning and decorating for this little Birthday Bash!


Taryn’s little buddy Ava. These two love each other!


Opening gifts…with each one came a big huge SMILE! Thanks everyone!

This is how she was the ENTIRE time! It was so fun!

She even got a BARBIE CD player…


Thanks for coming uncle BRUT!

I LOVE my Birthday!

Going in for the CAKE. Not much of a messy eater, she was being shy with it.