Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I just realized that it has been almost an entire year since my last blog post.  To say that I have been busy is an understatement.  But, hopefully I can be better at posting some of our fun on here!

Ryan makes photo books each year and I have a crazy good memory and remember all of the stories that go with them, so I forget that we need to write them down so that someday the family will know them too.

The girls continue to be amazing and beautiful.  They are smart and funny....and don't get me wrong sometimes they are down right naughty.  They have grown up a bit too much for my liking this past year.  Maddie has enjoyed playing the violin and piano and reading like a crazy person.  Mia played basketball and had a wonderful time, Carrie learned to read and reads EVERYTHING in sight!!!  Callie has solidified her role as youngest child and has grown into a spunky, chatty, eating everything, dancing, bike riding machine.

Ryan is always busy with work and church.  He loves his job at ACHD and has done wonderful work on several projects around the Boise area...a few of which have won awards!!  He is the best dad always shooting hoops, playing four square, hop scotch, or telling "Ryerella" stories at bedtime.  I do so love him!!!!

I have been working hard this year to become an AFAA certified BODYVIVE  and Silver Sneakers instructor at AXIOM.  It has been a lot of hard work and extra hours of reading and studying, but I am enjoying every minute!  I was also able to teach a workout class for our Relief Society sisters for about 6 was really so much fun.  I was also the Volunteer Coordinator on the PTO board for Mt. View Elementary...that was a fun experience, but will happily be stepping down for next year. 

We are looking forward to a fun, busy, boring, lazy, hot, spend the day at the pool summer!  The girls are all old enough that I can just send them out to the back yard and not have to be right there watching over a toddler.  I thought that this day would never come, but here it is....and it is really a little bit sad.

Monday, July 29, 2013


MUCH better!!  A GIANT thank you to my dear friend Jayna for sharing with me her antidote to Blog Brain Damage...also know as BBD.  I do so enjoy pulling up this little happy page!

Now I look like this...only not yellow and I don't always wear white gloves.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy #10 to Our Maddie!

The thought of Maddie being 10 is sort of killing me.  I am not nearly old enough to have a 10 year old, but, here we are.  Way too close to Junior High and High school and much to close to college and marriage. 

Maddie is an artist, pianist, horse lover, swimmer (FISH.), book worm.  I am talking book almost permanently affixed in her hands.

She is smart and joyful.  Her laugh is amazing, it always makes me smile!  I love her to death!!!

On the day she was born her doctor commented that she was the most beautiful baby that she had ever seen, even more so than her very own 6 children.  I must say that I agree!

Happy Birthday to our Maddie Bug!  We love you little one.

And today, with FRESHLY removed braces she is even more beautiful!!!!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Blogs Give Me Brain Damage

I am not super computer savvy, especially when it comes to blogging.  I hate trying to figure out how to make them cute and adorable.  So, alas, I throw in the towel.  Don't come to my blog looking for something cute, you are not going to find it.  Just a bunch of cute pictures of cute little girls having a great life!  (I hope.)

This is how I feel while trying to figure out blog stuff:

With a little bit of this mixed in:

Yeah, that about sums it up.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Ryan and I saw Les Miserables over the weekend.  I have no words to even accurately describe how much I loved it.  The tears would not stop.  The music was exquisite and the characters were so perfectly portrayed.  It really sheds a whole new light on the story when you can see the faces up close and their expressions.

In the very last scene there is a line in the song the says,

"To love another person is to see the face of God."

I have thought about this for the past couple of days and have thought about how very thankful I am for my family.  It is not always easy to be a mom and a wife, there are countless hours of work and worry, thankless meals of crying and fighting, but at the end of the day when they are snug in their beds and their little faces are peaceful and quiet, this line now comes to mind.  Through all of the hard parts, the love of another person is priceless.  And to give love to another person is truely perfection.  And when the thank you's and helping hands come around (which does happen often) , I am so grateful!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I Love Me Some Carrie!


This adorable, sweet, funny girl makes me smile and laugh EVERYDAY!!!  We recently took a trip to Utah and were staying with some friends.  I had told the girls that it was shower time.  Carrie came running down the stairs and was rubbing her eyes when she came into the bathroom.  I asked her if she was ok and she replied...."Yep, I just have breakfast eyes."  (You know, the little crusties you get after a night of sleep??)

Seriously hilarious!  I love the things that she says!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boise Idaho Temple Open House

Last night I had the opportunity to complete my 2nd shift of being a Tour Guide at the Boise Idaho Temple Open House.  What a magnificent, beautiful temple.  The craftsmanship and detail is breathtaking.  The pictures depicting the life of Christ and His teachings are beyond words.  (A few of which I would like to bring home!)

While being a Tour Guide I have had the opportunity to lead speaking and silent tours.  During which, the Spirit of the Lord was felt in the all who attended...members of our faith or not.  It is a truely amazing experience to be involved in such a wonderful event. 

One of my favorite parts is after seeing all of the the other rooms and hallways on the tour, and learning of their purpose and significance, and enjoying their beauty and splendor, entering into the Celestial Room where 2-3 minutes are spent in silence.  COMPLETE SILENCE.  I always hurry around to the doors where we will exit and quickly turn around to be able to witness people's faces as they see they beauty of the room and to see their expressions as they contemplate their own personal journey of faith.  I promise you that there has not been ONE time in that room that my eyes have not teared up.  It is beautiful to see people react to that room.

My husband had the opportunity to be the usher in the Celestial Room last night and spent 3 hours there.  He commented how special that experience was as he will probably never again have the chance to spend 3 entire hours in the Celestial Room.  He shared some of his special experiences with me that were so beautiful, but one I would like to share with you.  There were several little girls who came through with their family and after spending their time in the Celestial Room were exiting throught the door where he was standing.  One little girl about the age of 10 or 11 was looking out the door being able to see a long stretch of chandeliers and lights and said with a bright beaming smile, "This makes me feel like a princess."  To a man who has 4 daughters, this truely touched his heart.

I have had in my life many experiences that have changed my life and changed me spiritually a few are very SPECIFIC experiences and opportunities.  One was my service in the Primary in the Caldwell 8th Ward, this was an experience that spanned over a few years.  The second has been my service in the Mountain View Ward Primary and is still ongoing, the third, the opportunity I had to speak in our Stake Conference 6 months ago, and the fourth...being in the Boise Idaho Temple Open House.  The Spirit is there, it is strong.  People's minds and hearts WILL be changed about our faith and what we believe and even perhaps their own.  People will desire to know more and will crave to keep the feeling that they felt in the temple.

As a tour guide I have the opportunity to share a brief testimony of the temple with the visitors, usually in the Instruction Room prior to entering the Celestial Room.

"I am so thankful for this beautiful temple.  The temple is a place of great importance to me.  It is a place where I can come to meditate and contemplate.  It is a place of peace where I can come to escape the noise of the world.  Even though there is a freeway just outside these walls, all you hear is silence and peace.  The children sing a song about the temple.  They sing, "for the temple is a holy place, a place of love and beauty."  I hope that you have felt the love that resides inside these temple walls as I have.  I hope that you have felt the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.  And I hope that you have felt of the peace the temple provides."

Take your families, old and young.  Take your friends, members of our church and those of other faiths.  Go by yourself.  JUST GO.  You will be sad if you miss this opportunity, there is a place in your heart that is waiting to be filled with the Spirit that the temple has to offer.

I love my faith, I love my family, I love the temple.  I love ETERNAL families and the promise of ETERNAL life.  Most of all I love my Savior and Redeemer.  He makes all of these precious gifts possible.

Entryway to the Temple

The chandelier and stained glass window in the Celestial Room that I spoke of.

{Believe me, these views are a million times more spectacular in person!}