Our Families Favorite Quote

As a being of power, intelligence, and the master of his own thoughts, a man holds the key to every situation, to make his life what he chooses it to be. When he discovers the divine power within his soul, he can lead his life to a God-like nature. If one dreams lofly dreams, so shall he become. There is magic in the way one thinks. If we expect the worst, we will get the worst. If we expect the best, we will recieve the best. If we train our minds to have faith in God and ourselves, we are using one of the great laws of life. If we think and live righteously, happiness will find its place in our lives. It is amazing when we expect the best how forces are set in motion which cause the best to materialize. Our thoughts, more than circumstances determine the coarse of our lives. Outward circumstances do not determine the coarse of our lives as much as the thoughts that habitually occupy our minds. These thoughts carve their impression on our faces, in our hearts, and on the tablet of our eternal souls.
Howard W. Hunter

Thursday, December 31, 2009

So....on the 7th day of December 2009...

On the 7th day it read: "Let's watch the Polar Express Movie! We're going to have a great time together, we are going to start at 6:00pm...meet in the family room...don't be late, I can't wait!!!!! We watched this with grandma and grandpa Elder and Joey we had a good time.

On the 8th day it read: "Believe" Sign! I love this word and want to make sure that we have this reminder in our home. We do believe, don't we? How blessed we are as a family to know how crucial it is to believe in the really important things in life. Look around the house...do we have a Believe sign?

On the 9th day it read: A Christmas bell of Service! Do an act of service in secret for a neighbor or friend and leave this little bell on their doorstep along with a message,” From The Polar Express.” Maybe some homemade treats would bring a big smile to their faces. The girls chose some friends of theirs down the street, Erin and Olivia.

On the 10th day it read: Lets gather together tonight and start our Santa Clause book.. each night before we all go to bed we will read this book, it tells us all about Santa and where he lives...

On the 11th day it read: Pack your bags all the kids get to have a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa Elder and Joey! Yeah you get to go to their ward Christmas party with them you will have a fabulous time! Mom and Dad pack your bags you are going to get to go to the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert! Then spend time with Mike and Colette and stay at their home. We had a great time, Ryan and Kelsey got to come and Brad and Holly, we had a fun time together and enjoyed the concert...of coarse!:)

On the 12 the day... the kids were not home but still got to do what was planned they went and saw Santa at the fire station and had a fun lunch with their Grandma and Grandpa Elder and Joey. Jade asked Santa to surprise her, Jordyn asked him for a DS and a Violin and Ty of coarse just stared! Justin and I had a day without kids!!! We went to brunch and ate and ate and ate!! We went to Condies Candies which is a tradition for our family to do and picked out fresh chocolates for the holidays. We came home and thanks to Josh and Veronica they watched the kids and chewi...so that we could go to the North Logan Fire Department Christmas party, which is always a good time!

On the 13th day.. it was the start of the 12 days of Christmas. This year I wanted to focus on the Manger since our kids are so little. This night it read: Open your 12 Prayers of Christmas book and read about Mary. This night we focused just on Mary.

On the 14th it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the donkey. We also watched a part of last years Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert there is a part where Brian Stokes Mitchell sings his version of the Friendly Beasts, soo good Jordyn really loved it, she is really into musical things. Jade then read the book "The Friendly Beast" to us. Good times:)

On the 15th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the Innkeeper. Justin and I have fond memories of going to the Forgotten Carols and love it so much that we listened to the song about the Innkeeper from that.

On the 16th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about Joseph, we also listened to a song about Joseph

On the 17th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about The Star. We have a little toddler book about the star that Jade read to Ty.

On the 18th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about The First Wise Man.

On the 19th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about The Second Wise Man.

On the 20th day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about The Third Wise Man.

On the 21st day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the Angel, Jade and Jordyn remembered being Angels in the ward Christmas Party.

On the 22nd day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the Shepard.

On the 23rd day it read: Open your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the Lamb. Oh....and go pack your bags Jade and Jordyn Grandpa Yates is picking you up in the morning and bringing you to his house to spend the day with him and Grandma and have a sleep over. Jade said: "We had a very fun time we went to the Zoo lights and Christmas shopping they gave us some presents, the presents were lip sticks and a stuffed moose,Carmel apples and chocolates and a light up toy from the Zoo lights and we went to California Pizza. We got to sleep in the big bed and when we woke up we got to have some oatmeal and then we came home to have a Christmas
Eve party. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the fun memories you are making with the kids. Also thanks grandma for supplying loads of clothes for the kiddos! They look so nice cause of you...lol

On the 24th day Christmas EVE!!! it read: Open up your 12 prayers of Christmas book and read about the Christ Child. My parents wanted to sleepover so that they could see the kids open their presents. The kids went to bed early....6:45 so that Santa would come fast! Jordyn took a little bit longer but it was fast.

Merry Christmas! We had a good Christmas we focused a lot on getting family gifts. The Kids got a gift from Santa and 3 from mom and dad. It was nice to not go over board this year! Our big family gift was a wii and boy have we had fun. We can play games altogether and we just love it. We got a fun game from my brother called Quelff which we played with all the adults...so funny. We got the movie Up and watched that it is a cute movie, the old man reminds me of a resident that I take care of named Russell! The girls got money to buy instruments...Jade a keyboard and Jordyn a violin, we will go pick them out together. They got a big dolls that are the size of Tyler and he apparently things they are his! He is so cute with the dolls. Jordyn got some books to read and Jade got some hair stuff. All kids got a kid digital camera from grandma and pa Yates....they so love it and it is fun to see them take pics. The elders gave the girls tutus and Ty a shirt. Ty was so much fun to watch this year, I guess I didn't expect to have the reaction he gave us! He opened is first present which was a pack of hot wheels and he gasped and yelled and shook his arms he was soo excited, then the second gift was the movie cars...well lets just say he had asked to watch it everyday since! They all got a v tech video learning game thing to play. Justin got a home theater system and I got a Vita Mix wooohooo I am in health heaven now!!! I have wanted one for sooo long! We have had a green smoothie everyday haha! I made fresh tortilla soup in it the other night and it only took 7 minutes and it was steaming hot! Good time I have enjoyed being home and spending time with family and our puppy chewi!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oh ya, did I mention our new baby in our family!!! Justin yelled,"Heidi grab the camera and come up stairs!" I did and this is what I found....he is so cute! We just love him. Looks like someone will get some use out of our pacifiers, my kids don't!

Jade and Jordyn were Angels in our ward Christmas party this year they looked "Angelic" and sang so good!

Holidays Season for 2009

So this year I got everything done for Christmas in November so that we could really enjoy the whole month of December. I had so much fun making our family an advent calendar. I had gone to a craft boutique one day and saw that someone had made an advent calendar out of a mini muffin tin and I thought hey I can do that and I did! So many ideas came flowing in my mind as I was making it. I am BIG into traditions and wanted to start this one for our family. Each day the kids take a turn picking a day. So far this is what we have done......the first day (DEC 1st) I had them wait to do it until after dinner.....they opened it up and read: "Go look under your pillow,and you will find something that will keep you warm and cozy on these cold, snowy nights. Oh, You'll look adorable!" They ran up and were so excited to see that they each had PJ's even Justin was surprised I had some for him! We used to get PJ's the night before Christmas but I thought that it would be fun to have them wear them all through the season, so we will do this every year! The 2ND day it read: " Holiday Music! I know we all love to have Christmas music playing in our home so lets pick our favorite songs and sing and dance and have a happy day!" On the 3rd day it read:" The Savior gave comfort; one of the things we tend to think of when we think of comfort is a warm blanket. Wrap your self in your favorite blanket and remember how much the Savior loves you. He loves to bring us comfort in times of need. I hope we will always find comfort in his love. On the 4th day it read: Let's make a treat brew up some wassail and start the season off with watching one of our favorite Christmas movies! (The kids love to watch the Grinch and so that's what we did!) Tonight we have our ward Christmas party and Jade and Jordyn are Angels in the program...can't wait to see you sweet Angels and hear your heavenly voices! On the 5th day it read: " Hurry and get ready for the day you guys get to go to the movie theaters today with a bunch of your friends! We are going to go see Alien 51. When we get home lets put on our aprons we are going to make cookies together, I can't wait we will have such a wonderful time together! Yum! Yum! P.S thanks for all the good work you do, the house is clean chores are done so we get to have fun all day...Luv ya. On the 6th day it read: We get to go to the Eldredges Home and decorate the cookies we made yesterday and play games.

I will have to keep posted each day what we do, it has been alot of fun for the kids and of coarse...me!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fabulous Fall 2009

We have had a fabulous fall! It all started out with getting a new home the first of September! We feel so blessed to get the home we are in. We love every bit of it. The yard it beautiful, we fell in love with the back yard, it has beautiful landscaping and we didn't have to do it! There are 2 big trees in the back that gave us alot of leaves to rake! We had a fun family night doing it and sounds funny but had so much fun doing it.

Jordyn celebrated her 5th birthday! She is growing up so much, I will be sad to see her go to school next year, she is my buddy all day, she likes to clean and cook with me and so I will miss her not being with me all day...can't I just freeze life right now! I really love where my life is! Jordyn wants every birthday to be at the fun park! So we went there again this year with her cousins. She is still into Hanna Montana so she got a doll with a horse, she wanted a hat this year and so we went shopping for that, she got some snow white dishes and one of her favorite traditions is her grandma Colette takes her for the weekend and they spend all weekend together, this year they went shopping and got a doll with a bottle and a red dress for the doll and one for her that matches, They baked cupcakes, ate pizza and colored and read books, and watched cartoons, they went to Santaquin and got Ice cream and cotton candy and lolipops to bring home to her family! Wow she had a lot of fun with grandma! Love our Jordy girl!

For Halloween we had a party at my friend Chelsea's house the Sunday before Halloween, they did such a great job with everything we had dinner in a pumpkin, witch's brew and enjoyed everyone's company, I have kept in touch with Chelsea since middle school! Love ya Chels
My mom and Dad and Brad and Holly came over for Halloween and we had our traditional dinner: Dinner in a pumpkin, graveyard desseret and of coarse our witch's brew, this year Jordyn got freaked out and would not drink it! So funny. Ty was a little monster which is so fitting for him these days! HE was adorable!

New member to our family!

So thanks to our friends,Rob and Anjalee we have a new member in our family! They gave us a free shitzu! He is the most adorable puppy! We got him last night and have had so much fun with him. He is a little fluff ball. We named him chewy. There is such a special feeling in a home when you have a family animal I think. We love him and are so thankful to Rob and Anjalle for the best christmas present ever!!!! Thanks you guys. Here's some pic but he is so cute in real life.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Latest Update

Tyler has said his first sentence! "Here you go!" For the past few days he keeps bringing things to people and saying "here you go" it is so cute. He is growing up so much, I just love him so much. Jade just started 2nd grade at North Park Elementary. She loves school and does so well. Her teacher is Mrs. Christensen. She has been wanting me to make her a lunch each day and so that has been fun to do. Her aunt Veronica got her a cute sandwhich thing that puts a design on her bread. Jordyn and I get another year together. I am soo excited. I love having her around and hope the year doesn't go too fast. Justin is very close to getting a job with South Salt Lake fire department. They just came up last week and talked to his Chief and his Chief said that they sound very interested in him. Two days ago Idaho Falls called and wants him to come for a chiefs interview and so he is also close with them!! We are just around the corner to starting a new and exciting chapter in our little family's life!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It has been a crazy week. I have hardly seen Justin, he has been helping with the mudslide and working at his full time job! I have no idea as to how much sleep he has gotten since sat. and it is tues. There was a mudslide down on the island, a canal broke and the mountain came down on a house and totally barried it! So sad there were 3 people inside and they just recovered them today. Life is so fragile. I need to count my blessings everyday.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jade turned 7!!!!

I can hardly believe that my oldest is 7! I am sure I have not had a child for 7 years, really!!! Jade is my Sunshine, almost every night I sing to her "you are my sunshine...." she brightens my day everyday. She is such a good helper and friend to me. She is always making sure that I am ok. I am so grateful to have her. She just finished 1st grade and has loved every minute of it. She loves school. She is such a good friend to so many kids, I can't believe how many friends she has!!!! She is growing up so much. She has lost 5 teeth including her 2 front teeth. She loves to read and is into reading Judy B. books. She likes to read to Jordyn at night as well, I tend to get pushed out of the way so she can read to her brother or sister! She loves to swim and is taking private swim lessons this summer. Jade loves to fix hair and usually does her own (by her choice) each day. Each year for her birthday her grandma Colette and her go have a special day together, shopping usually is what they both LOVE to do together. So she spent time with her and I think that they were gone for 4 hours!!!! Fun. She had a family birthday party this year and a friend party at the sports academy where they swam, had a treasure hunt and had cake and Ice cream. For the family party we had a cinco de mayo dinner party since her bday lands on May 5th. I made a tres leche cake for my first time and we loved it we will have to make it a tradition. For her friend party we did a butterfly cupcake cake. Jade's favorite color is blue and she loves to sing to music while driving places in the car. She loves music from Paul Cardall and then of few songs off the radio. Happy Birthday Jade!!!

For My moms mother's day and birthday Brad and Holly and us went and stayed at mom and dad's for the weekend. It was so nice. We went to Famous Daves for dinner and went garage saleing, played at many parks around day break, we played at the lake and ate good food and watched movies, it was good times. Justin took my mom for a motorcyle ride, she loved it! The girls had fun with grandma and grandpa and they also played hard with their friends that live next door to them. Thanks for the fun weekend mom and dad!! Happy Birthday Mom!

Mother's Day 2009

I had a beautiful mother's day. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am so lucky to have my husband and children. They made my meals and treated me so kindly! The girls picked out a cute musical card for me beacause they know me sooo well! The weather was beautiful we spent most of the day relaxing outside. I got to see my mom wich was a surprise because we were planning on going and seeing her for her birthday and mother's day the coming up weekend but she ended up coming to cache valley to see her mother and mother in law. So Justin took me for a motorcyle ride into Logan to visit with her and my grandma Yates for awhile. I love my mom and the older I get the more I appreciate her. She is such a good grandma to my kids, they love her so so much and always want to go see Grandma Colette. Mom you are such a beautiful example of how to be a mother and grandmother I am grateful to have such a good example of a mother to follow. I am proud to be your daughter! Thanks for all you have done for me my whole life and now my children's lives we love you!!!!