Saturday, June 26, 2010


Today we officially celebrated Kaylee's first birthday. Has it really been a whole year? WOW. Well to celebrate we took her to the zoo, followed by a party at my parent's. Lots of fun! Again, not so many words and lots of pictures. : )

Oops. Still cute!

Forward facing carseat now! So big!

Not so happy about the singing... guess we need more practice!

Photo-shoot with grandma in our brand new tutu!


Linda Eder Concert

Last Thursday Rodney took me on a wonderfully relaxing night out to Linda Eder... child free! Austin came down and watched Kaylee while we went out to see Linda Eder preform at the SCERA SHELL ampitheater in Orem. It was FANTASTIC! I love her voice, always have, and the weather was perfect for an outside concert. While we were gone Austin took pictures of Kaylee out playing. Enjoy the pictures!

It's Been A While...

Yes it has indeed! Lots has happened, but I don't think you want to take a good hour and a half out of your life to read about it, so let's do the sixty seconds picture update... : )

The cake I made my dad for father's day, he actually almost stuck his fingers in it! Go me!

Brand new beautiful dress from great-grandma-Garside. Thank you!


The look on her face when she walked in and saw her new toys. Priceless. And I got it on camera!

Building tunnels with dad

Even princesses need a day off...

Not quite big enough for the trike, so we strapped her in with a big belt.

Just before this I asked, "Kaylee, are you listening?" I wish I was kidding.

My surprise birthday party! Thank you everyone who came, I felt so loved!

That's all folks!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Shout Out

Things I like:
The familiar
Organization (this one's recent)
Low rent

Things I like more:
Happy husband doing what he loves
Moving forward

Which means:
We're moving to Orem! In the fall Rodney will be starting the Technology Management program at UVU and we will be official Happy Valley residents. Am I nervouse? Yes. Excited? Yes. In need of a place to live? Absolutely! Which is why I'm soliciting any help I can get, if you know of any fantastic apartments or anybody in need of an apartment manager let me know! Thanks!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Last weekend Rodney and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary... actually it was more a celebration for surviving 9 months of parenthood without a single emergency room visit, heimlich manuever, or bankruptcy. Woohoo! To celebrate we left Kaylee with my family for the weekend and spent the time strictly abiding by two mottos:

1. Everyone needs time to indulge.
2. If you're gonna do it wrong, do it wrong right.

That's right, and it all started with dinner. Silver Fork Lodge. Go. Eat. Love. Go again.
Slept in till 7.... and stayed in bed till 9! All those w/o kids just wait...
Turned UP the radio in the car and BELTED along.
Haggermaans for breakfast. Scones, eggs, bacon, carbs, fat and all!
Went to see the Blind Side. Definately buying!!
Spent more in the arcade winning nothing than on tickets.
Spent more on popcorn and candy than in the arcade. : )
Then bought 9 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. (We may be going back for more....)
Took Kaylee to the Living Planet Aquarium and she loved it! So glad we finally went!
Photo Booth with Kaylee... an adventure to be sure.
And to top it all off spent the night eating THE PIE pizza and cheesebread, playing Super Mario Brothers and listening to Showtunes Saturday Night.

Yes. Married life still rocks.
And now we can go back to scrimping, saving, and picking up pennies until next March 13th.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Why we invest in spellcheck...

Once upon a time I had a baby. It was hard work, if you've never had a baby you can't really understand but I'll tell you it's even harder than cleaning the bathtub, peeling and chopping potatoes, or even shoveling snow. I kid you not. After having the baby and sleeping for two hours I filled out the paperwork for Kaylee's birth certificate and SS card. Now I am seriously sore and seriously tired but I still had enough sense to use my best handwriting, check and double check all information before sending the nurse in pink scrubs away with the packet and promptly forgetting all about it, assuming they would take care of the rest.

You know what they say about assuming.

About 3 months later after getting a little, a very little, sleep in me I realized I still hadn't seen Kaylee's social security card in the mail and needed to start on taxes. After digging through the mound of Kaylee paperwork and sitting on hold with 3 different institutions I found out why.

The hospital forgot to put the apartment number in the computer.

Can they resend it? Of course not! Instead I have to bring her birth certificate down to the SS office and re-request it. (Apparently nowadays they don't automatically give you the birth certificate. Lame) So one freezing cold morning I pack Kaylee a bag the size of Africa with toys and snacks and head off for a day of government lines and runarounds. Surprisingly it only took about half an hour at the Department of Health (half an hour and 20 bucks) before I had her birth certificate in hand and was happily walking out the door.

Or rather, I had KayLee's birth certificate in hand.

Really? One typo isn't enough? Did you know that if some government working in a small cubicle somewhere miss-types on a birth certificate you have to fill out and notorize (twice) an affadavit to petition the courts to have it fixed? Yep, it's a pain. I'd have given up except I'm just really not ok with the said idiot in the cubicle getting to name my sweet baby. I did all the pushing, I get to do the naming. But I still took the incorrect copy down to the SS office determined to get her SS card anyway and after waiting in a horrendous line there was told that I didn't qualify for a copy of her SS card because I didn't have 2 forms of ID for her.


She's months old, forgive me for not having a copy of her license on me! The grouchy lady behind the desk (I'd have been a little afraid of her if I hadn't been so darn grouchy myself at this point) told me I'd have to get a note from her doctor verifying who she was. How about a note from mom? Nope. Apparently stretch marks mean nothing without an M.D. on the end. So she gave me an official letter of denial.

Which had Kaylee's SS number on it.

Ha! Score one for mom! That's all I wanted origionally! The girl gets me no tax breaks without it. ; ) After getting everything settled with the affadavit I finally recieved a copy of her corrected birth certificate in the mail today!

Or rather, Jaralyn Smith recieved it.

Seriously people?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

100 Things To Do.

So I have been thinking a lot lately about what Kaylee and I are going to do once she gets big enough to graduate from Peek-A-Boo. I have yet to hit the lottery and as far as I know Rodney hasn't hit gold (as far as I know...) so I was trying to come up with free or almost free things to do with a small child throughout the year and I thought there are probably a bunch of other people who could benefit from such a list so I thought I'd post it. I'm trying to hit 100 so if you have any ideas please add them! Uless otherwise noted all are under $10, most under $5.

1. Decorate a piggy bank and talk about the importance of savings. You can find ceramic piggy banks at Roberts or Michaels or wherever.
2. Watch the clouds
3. Smother pine cones in peanut butter and bird seed. Hang them outside the window and watch the birds come!
4. Bake cookies. Eat them yourself of doorbell ditch them to a neighbor.
5. Make friendship bracelets out of embrodery floss. Or dental, whatever.
6. Make a planter box garden. Or if you happen to own a house with a yard and some dirt plant a garden. This will cost a little more, how much totally depends on you.
7. Bean-Bag toss. Use old socks and pinto beans to make bean-bags and a piece of cardboard for a target.
8. Self portraits. Trace the kid on a large piece of butcher paper and let them color themselves in. I've heard you learn a lot about your child's self image with this one.
9. Make a car, or spaceship, out of an old box, crayons, paper plates, and whatever else you have laying around.
10. Finger painting. Maybe go outside for this one...
11. Go on a wildflower walk and gather a bouqet.
12. Press flowers from said boquet and put them in a scrapbook.
13. Dye hard boiled or hollowed out eggs.
14. Bubble party!
15. Paper plate masks
16. Paper mache. Who doesn't love paper mache??
17. Feed ducks. (Wheeler farms has lots of hungry ones)
18. Most libraries have children's story time.
19. Go to a parade
20. Ride Trax (this one is mostly for me)
21. Visit temple square. You'd be surprised at how much little kids will enjoy it, I spent a whole day there with my 6 year old sister once.
22. Go to the zoo. Can cost a little more, but watch for buy one get one free days! Yay!
23. City carnivals (i.e. Draper Days)
24. Wheeler farm, they have TONZ of fun stuff and activities and animals and hay rides. Seriously go.
25. State fair. I forget how much it costs, but under a certain age are free!
26. Have a picnic.
27. Go to a farmers market and try something new.
28. High school sporting events. Much more fun if you know someone on the team.
29. Chalk art. And if you want to spice it up, leave love notes on grandma's driveway.
30. Make a pizza
31. Gateway mall downtown's fountains. Do not try in January.
32. Fly a kite
33. Go to the pet store and learn how to handle animals.
34. Slip n' slide. What more can I say?
35. Host a teddy bear tea party.
36. Have a lemonade stand.
37. Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them from you child's ceiling.
38. Pick berries. They actually have farms where you can pick your own berries! How cool! Cost depends on what and how much you pick.
39. Go to the dollar movies
40. Have a treasure hunt
41. Decorate a flower pot.
42. Put on a puppet show
43. Make a ginger bread cookie advent calendar.
44. Cut the ABCs out of old sponges to make stamps perfect for learning letters.
45. Take a tour of the fire station
46. Roast marshmallows
47. Have an ice cream cone and play at a fast food playground.
48. Go to an ice cream parlor and sit at the bar. (ok so really I've just always wanted to do this)
49. The Living Planet Aquarium. This is one that's a little more expensive but they do have season passes for $18, or something right around there, so you can go all year.
50. Window shopping
51. Ride on the boats at Liberty Park
52. Go to the Clark Planitarium. Again, a little more expensive
53. Tracy Aviary. $
54. Check out a flea market
55. Play at an arcade or Boondocks. Cost totally depends on what you do.
56. Discovery Gateway Children's Museaum. This is awesome!! Not sure on the cost, google it, but it is a WONDERFUL place for kids!
57. Jungle Jims
58. Thanksgiving point gardens. Or whatever they have going on there. They often put on things just for kids.
59. Gilgal Sculpture Garden. Downtown, free, beautiful.
60. Take a family trip to the "This Is The Place" town
61. Timpanogus cave. Maybe wait until they can walk the whole way on their own. Or be sure to bring dad. : )
62. Ice skating
63. The Alpine Slide. I think they may have to be "so high" first.
64. National Trails Day. Excellent teaching opportunity. Every year the government hosts a clean the trails day where you go and help clean (all ages welcome) and they feed you lunch and stuff. Good service project.
65. Heber Valley Railroad. Pricey at Christmas, but totally worth it.
66. Topaz Mtn.
67. Garage sale. Either have one or go to one!
68. Make a blanket tent!
69. Pull out a matress and watch a movie in bed in the middle of the living room. Be sure to have popcorn!
70. Paint fingernails
71. Tye dye t-shirts
72. Decorate cupcakes
73. Get a big quilt and go star gazing
74. Have a backyard camp-out
75. Play dress ups!
76. Sand art
77. Glitter pictures. A big mess, but worth it! Take a page out of a coloring book and use a glue stick and colorful glitter to color it in.
78. Play house
79. Beauty salon- let your daughter do your hair for a change
80. Word/letter/spelling games
81. Water color pictures. I believe they make coloring books especially for this
82. Make furniture for barbies out of odds and ends around the house.
83. Get cheap DI picture frames and decorate them together. (LOVE this one!)
84. Have a treasure hunt around the house/yard
85. Turn on 80's music and have a dance party!
86. Make a magazine colloge. Collage? Collauge? W/E you know what we're saying!

There's what I have so far. Any more ideas? I really want to hit 100!