Our Newest Addition

I was not going to post about this yet, but when I woke up this morning and got on Facebook first thing, which sad to say is my morning ritual. The internet was a buzz proclaiming today as National Puppy day. So the blogger in me had to hurry and write something about our newest addition


Internet, meet Ziggy, our 8 week old Labradoodle

We brought Ziggy home on Friday and life will never be the same. I am typing this at 12:30 in the after noon having just gotten out of my jammies. I put on not so clean clothes, and I did not shower, nor have I done the huge pile of dishes in my sink. But lets face it. That is my regular routine (or lack of one) without the puppy!

We love him. He is sweet and cuddly and adorable! We have now fulfilled the four year old promise we made to the Screamette’s.  I really did not think we were going to get a puppy at this time but then my oldest did this and really convinced me that now was the time for a pet.

Things are actually going pretty good. The lack of sleep is not bothering me too much because the cuteness of this puppy is so extreme that I cannot even handle it.

So bring on the sleepless nights, the whining, and poop messes in the house. The cuddles and puppy kisses! We are smitten!!


The blogger in me also made Ziggy an instagram account, his user name is Ziggididoodle 


Through my daughters eyes

I was sitting at the dining room table yesterday when my almost 6 yr old started handing me papers from school. As I looked at her worksheets seeing how much she knows and how far she has come in school this year, she handed me a folded paper and said “Mom, this one is for you.” After unfolding it I saw that she had drawn a picture of me.


While we both looked at it for a second she said with a sheepish grin “Sorry I forgot to give you arms”

It does not get any better than that folks!  (Also lets hope that is a bow on my head and not horns!)




Everything Ends in Tears.

everything ends in tearsYou know those quotes and words that everyone comes up with at the beginning of a new year? I know I am a little late to the game, but I have just come up with the perfect theme or slogan that fits our family to a T.

Everything Ends in Tears

What’s that you say? The Theme is supposed to be a peaceful life affirming quote to look too throughout the year for guidance? Well mine is just telling the truth.

With four daughters I have never come up with a more truthful statement then our new theme. The drama and anguish that can explode out of my four adorable girls is pretty epic.

No matter what we are doing,  it always ends in tears. You name it, even if it was Disneyland, lunch with Taylor Swift, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I guarantee a sob fest about something or other would end up happening. You think this would depress me. It does not. if anything it prepares me for what is to come day in and day out.

Whenever I run into another mother that has all daughters like me, but they are older I always beg her to tell me about how it gets better. Do They ever stop fighting? Do the tears ever stop? I wine. I know all girls are different but the woman usually looks me in the eyes, her expression filled with empathy, then responds with a “yes it does. It gets worse before it gets better, but they are all best friends now.” I maybe then go in for an awkward hug and try not to shed a few tears.

No, It is not always this way but it is enough of the time to justify our theme. Now all I need is a Pillow Cross stitched with our saying for our couch and I will be set!


What is your realistic theme for the year?




Build Your Blog Conference 2015

The funny thing about blogging is that things can be super calm and all of the sudden you have a bunch of events super close together. Two recent weekends in a row have been crazy, but such a great learning experience. After RootsTech came Build Your Blog Conference. This was my first year attending and I really enjoyed it.

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I was grateful to be sponsored by Taste of Home, which made it possible for me to attend, them and of course my extremely patient husband who did not mind me being gone for another weekend. He was truly a saint carting the kids around to their Saturday activities and handling everything with ease

Lately I have been feeling confused on exactly the direction I want my blog to go. I can hardly believe it has been five years since I started writing here. Going to a such a wonderfully put together blog conference such as this one was can you really help you focus and remind you why you started blogging in the first place.

Here are a few things I enjoyed about the conference.


*Friends! Utah has such an amazing blogging community and I always love running into friends and meeting new ones. Tara from keep moving forward with me and I did a great job of unintentionally matching and Diana and I clicked immediately.

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*The Taste of Home cooking trends class. I know I am not a food blogger but I still greatly enjoyed listening to James Schend, food editor of Taste Of Home Magazine talked about what the food trends are at the moment. Apparently fried chicken is gaining steam (or I should say oil) while the bacon trend may be on it’s way out. I really enjoyed learning about the fun ways Taste of Home incorporates human interest stories combined with food in their magazine. Cooking is definitely another passion of mine and I always love listening to experts in the field talking about what they love.

*The Keynote Speakers. There is something special about listening to people tell their stories in such an inspiring way that it makes you immediately want to live your life better. from Chris Jones from Mitchell’s journey and Mycore to David Mead talking about the Start With Why movement, and  also hearing from Jesse Robinson about The Tyler Robinson Foundation that Imagine Dragons is involved with. It helps families affected by pediatric cancer.  On March 4th They want to raise 1 million voices of hope for pediatric cancer families. find out more info here.

I can not wait to apply everything I learned at Build your blog conference to my blog. Blogging is a force to be reckoned with and I am so grateful for my little space here!







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My Two Year Old’s Latest Obsession


My two year old is pretty much a dream. Once my older kids have left for school every morning my youngest Screamette occupies herself wonderfully for a little bit while I clean up the epic morning mess, blog, or waste time on facebook.

Her favorite thing to do is hand me my iphone and ask me in her cute voice to type in My Little Pony on YouTube. I first thought this would lead to her watching clips of the cartoon umm no, her favorite video’s are people holding the little figures while acting out scenes. They do different voices and everything. You see the hands of the people moving around the little figures, and these people have made like professional backdrops and there is a plot. Yes, this really exists and it is strangely fascinating. Many questions go through my mind as I watch her stare at these weirdly long videos.

*Why do these people do this?

*Do they think people are really going to watch? (Yes they do! Some video’s have over 150,000 views!!!)

*Why have I completely become way to mesmerized watching these videos over my daughters shoulder in disbelief way too many times.

* Should I make one of these??

I can not talk about this odd trend without putting her favorite one below for your viewing pleasure. You’re  welcome.


**I have to mention I always am super close to her while she does this. I know how quickly YouTube can switch to something I would never want my little ones to see. (Thinking about the time a 50 shades of grey trailer started playing!)