Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!! Some SCARY things going on.....

The ASU game.....

My hair.....

My son-in-law......

The neighborhood boys, cute now, scary in 10 years.....
Taryn, Shayna and Bailee

The Loves...

Danica and Brennons Halloween Party...

The amazing food and decorations........

The last of the "Mesa Boys" has left on his mission, which means, the first one starts coming back in about 14 months... scary......

My second batch of girls at trunk or treat....

Attempting holiday crafts, thanks to Holly.
Fabric pumpkins and bloody fingers......

Kids falling asleep on the floor and getting candy stuck to their backs...

Not pictured, but equally scary:
Im back to making "Home Week" bread (thats what Tessa calls my whole wheat bread)
My bathrooms
The upcoming election
My weight
Peri menopause
The interior of my Armada
Next weeks schedule....

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Early Ballot!

You'll never guess who I voted for........

Yep, these are mine and I want to keep these as a record, that I did try to vote for good, righteous people that want to uphold the constitution and preserve liberty. I know there are so many of us that realize the cost of getting leaders in that dont have our best interests at heart, how this will effect our future. Im not talking about our economy or even our security, but our freedoms that we hold so dear. Our family and our religion and the moral ethics this Country used to have. I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America and believe that our Constitution should not be amended, changed or tampered with in any way, that it was put in place by righteous leaders being guided by who they put their trust - God.

I voted early, but havent turned it in. Still deciding where the right place to drop off these 3 ballots, to make sure my vote counts.

If your struggling with who to vote for on the judges, I found a few websites, but this one helped me the most.

ps. I did vote one judge wrong on this ballot:-( But hopefully with Bills marking it right. Kaylas vote will give him one up (its not like they kick those judges out. I was very interested in finding out why we even vote for these judges)

Sadly, I had to leave a few blank, because I couldnt find ANY information on them. VOTE!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Breea and Mikie have been great friends for about 3 or 4 years and Im grateful for the good friends in her life. She's had a struggle with girls that havent proven to be loyal friends and learned great lessons, but her and Mikie have never even had a disagreement - Happy 16th Mikie!

Her Sister and Mom planned a big "Fear Factor" Party

Breea, Mikie and Erika

Monday night Bill took Paula, Tracey and I to a Suns game that he told me we had "court side" seats. I got there and we were on row 21! Is that court side? Now, I love the Suns, Love Paula and Tracey and adore Bill Guttery, but court side? Really? The (pregame) was fun with its double overtimes and head bobbing cheerleaders. Example below:

Tuesday was a great morning of canning with the "Klutzy Canners" (Brenda gave us this perfect name). Becky always opens her home and we get together once or twice a month to can a few new things. This day we canned butter, salsa and taco soup. I count this day as one of my favorite days of the month. I get to learn a new skill, get prepared, visit with some of my favorite people and have a fun lunch (sorry about the yucky Chinese food) Thanks Brenda - for all, teaching and frightening me, making me laugh, inspiring me, living your political conviction, sharing your homemaking knowledge and SAVING THE WORLD. I hope everyone has someone like Brenda in their lives.

Becky, Kristie, me and Brenda showing our wares

Tuesday night was Halloween bunco, guess what I went as???

Nope, I went as the "Bunco Drop Out". Because I have to drop out of this GREAT group - but Im starting to forget why and my expression shows my pain.........

"Can you see my Boots" (get your head out of the gutter girls)

Monday, October 20, 2008

We had free tickets, so we decided to venture back to another year at Schnepf Farms. It was a blast and we closed the place down. We eat their bbq (not the best, little expensive), saw a cool dog show, got our faces painted...........................

went on fun (dusty) dirt bikes.......................
saw our Fun Foster Friends (and studarms).....

rode the spookie train (the highlight)...........

enjoyed Dani and Brennon and Nathaniel and Rachel....
rode the fun rides and watched fireworks.........

brought one of Breeas best buds, Alli.................

and posed on a pumpkin.

It was a great night and so grateful Schnepf farms is so close to facilitate this Autumn tradition.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Your Car is Filthy!!!!

The Conway brothers and sisters are holding a donation car wash in behalf of Shelley. The proceeds of the car wash will help with medical costs in fighting this terrible cancer. We also felt this would be a great way for everyone to get involved in showing love and support for Shelley and her awesome family. I just found out today that WFG Foundation has offered to match all donations dollar for dollar. This is VERY generous of WFG. THANK YOU!!! The car wash is this Saturday, October 18th from 7:00 a.m. until the cars stop coming!!!! Location is 3470 E. Mayberry, Gilbert (this is Mike and Shelley's cul-de-sac)., Northeast corner of Higley and Queen Creek Rd. Thank you to Coronado Ranch for allowing us to have it there. If you have any questions you can contact: Carol Smelser at 602.309.7052 or 480.988.9557 or Connie Shumway at 602.628.8101 or 480.988.3073.

This is my friend ShelleyMarieShelly or as most of you know her, Shelley Conway, wife of Mike and mother of 8 amazing beautiful kids. She is battling an array of problems including cancer through out different areas of her body. Shelley to me, is someone who is always thinking of others. A very Christ-like person. I remember seeing her at Target one time when I was just pulling out of Post Pardum Depression. She probably spent an hour talking to me, trying to help and sharing all she knew to help me get through one of my hardest times. I only wish there was something I could do to help her the same way. Thanks for your reminder of all thats good on this earth, Shelley. Thanks for being that GREAT friend to Paula (my sister) all her life and making us laugh. Your strong, keep fighting - we ALL love you!
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  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"