Tuesday, December 30, 2008


So, I had Cyrus pick up some pizza on the way home from work because I had been busy with a photo session until 5:00 and really didn't feel like making dinner, and I was pretty excited for some yummy pizza... well I guess 3... or was it 4 peices was way too many... because I am feeling it now... even still at 10:30! But it actually is giving me a minute to sit and blog. If I do this I might not think about this awful pain i've got in my chest AND my back! I think i've had heartburn about three times in my life and it is NO fun! I'm not liking this feeling at all. I don't want to ly down and go to sleep for fear that it will come back even stronger. I guess any of you that have had heartburn know what i'm talking about.
Anyway, I have missed the blogging world lately. I have been way too busy. I like it but at the same time I have to question my busyness. I guess I asked for it and shouldn't complain too much about it.
I miss documenting my family life.... so to catch up on December....
Did Christmas already come and go? That was way too fast. We had a wonderful Christmas season. We were able to go down to the Davis' for a Christmas party and have the annual white elephant gift exchange. I think my Victoria Secret socks were a hit as was the oil painting of me. While I was on my mission some boy painted a picture of my on canvas and gave it too me... it looked just like me only with a Japanese Anime twist. Sort of scary looking, but I knew that someday it would make a great White Elephant gift. I finally pulled it out of my sock drawer and wrapped it up. I think Cyrus was a little sad to see it go. Anyway, we had a great time decorating gingerbread houses and eating way too much food. It's always fun to be at the Davis' home. But again I wish lived closer.
Anyway, we spent Christmas Eve with the Prices and the Simms. Jeremy and Sandy prepared a great meal and we all just sat around and visited. It was good for me to finally sit down for a minute. I think I was feeling a little bah humbug this season because of the "sure, I can get that done for you" attitude I had way too often... so it was good to sit with friends and family and talk about Christmas and tell Christmas stories. My kids were very excited.... as most kids, but I woke up at 6:00am Christmas morning and my kids were still sound asleep! I had to wait until 7:00 before I heard some little voices outside my room. It was a great morning. Fun presents were shared and then the day was spent building Legos, playing Guitar Hero (thanks so much Jeff and Julia), playing webkins, cooking a good meal and relaxing in my pjs... I don't think I did ANY work that day (well I only delivered one set of prints at 8:30 that evening... well, what can I say, it was soembodies Christmas Present!).
The girls both recieved Clairs giftcards to get their ears peirced. They were very excited, so you can probably guess where we went on the 26th of December... yes... the Mall... we are a little insane but we ventured out to fight the crowds. When we got to Clairs my girls were a little nervous and it didn't help that the little girl ahead of us in the line started to cry even before the lady pulled out the trigger... Chloe made sure Marci went first and I could tell she was trying real hard to hide the fear... but it was there. As soon as the lady pulled the trigger the first time I wondered if Chloe was ever going to make it but Marci pulled through and kept her straight serious face. The second hole was the same. Now it was Miss Chloe's turn. She hesitantly got up in the chair and was looking pretty nervous. I reminded her that she didn't have to do this and she could spend her money on something else... but I could also tell she really wanted to be brave and big like her sister. She sat up there and kept asking me to hold her had real tight... I was right there.... and we got it done... w/o any tears. I was pretty proud of my little Chloe because I could tell that she was fighting the tears but held together perfectly. It was a fun little adventure that I didn't go through until the day after I was engaged.
I'll have to post some of the Christmas pic tomorrow... I'm sitting at my laptop feeling a bit better and quite tired... I hope the burn is gone for good...

I just remember that I didn't post a thing about our anniversary... I want to do that tomorrow... (if I have a free minute)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

What I've been up to!

Here are a few samples from last weeks shoots....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I just got my Christmas cards out... Don't know if all of you will be getting one so here is your Digital Copy!

Merry Christmas!
The Price bunch is doing well. We are happy here in California and busy as ever.
Cyrus continues to work for Hanger O&P doing Prosthetics and he has also decided to return to school to get an MBA at University of Redlands. He's a very busy daddy and we love every minute he gets to be home with us.
Leanne has added something more to her life by starting a photography business. Life can get pretty hectic between 6 kids, sports, scouts, church, a dog, laundry and pictures! Feel free to check out her blog: www.afraid2blog.blogspot.com to see what the family is up to throughout the year.
Marci (11) is my big girl that loves to babysit. She is very responsible and is starting Volleyball this month!
Garrett (9) played football this year, loves to read and loves beating up on his Dad in some xbox games.
Chloe (soon to be 8!) can't wait to be baptized in February. She is our little singer and performer. She was in the talent show and sang a solo in church this year!
Liam (5) started kindergarten this year. He's so excited about learning how to read. He's growing up and can pretty much keep up with the rest of the bunch.
Grant (3) misses his best friend Liam while he's a school but puts up with Mom when he has to. He's all boy that loves to tumble and wrestle with his brothers. And he'll be your best friend if you give him a treat.
Charlotte (1) is a very happy baby! Just a joy to have around and is getting a mind of her own.
All in all we are happy and grateful to have the Savior in our lives. We know he watches over us and leads us in every aspect of our lives!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hide not your talent (even at 6:00am)

This morning I woke to the musical sounds of C-G-E-F-G-F-E-G-C! Marci and Garrett started piano lessons yesterday. They are pretty excited. I told them that they will have to practice at least 20 minutes a day. Marci woke up early and practiced at 6:10! I was quite impressed. I rolled out of bed at about 6:30 and all of the kids were already awake and getting ready for school. I guess Marci woke them all up with her lovely music as well. I'm so glad they are excited to learn. And we are very lucky to have the talented Christina Ranes as their teacher.

Brigham Young said:
If we wish to be taught, to receive, and understand, we must train ourselves.

Every man and woman that has talent and hides it will be called a slothful servant. Improve day by day upon the capital you have.
pg. 248

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were very fortunate to have Cyrus' parents come in to town. They always make a big effort to come see their grand kids and we really appreciate it. I was very glad to have my mother in law help me with the dinner which turned out pretty darn good. We only left one thing in the microwave (the green bean casserole), but no one missed it b/c there was way too much food anyway. Bridgett and her kids came over for the day as well. We love having them in our home... they always bring a lot of laughter and fun with them.
Well the next few days we got to go play with Grandma and Grandpa. Here are a few of the pictures of the weekend...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sneak peek at my Christmas Card!

This is a huge work in progress... but I wanted to share... this is draft one. I still haven't taken pics of the footprints so they are just blobs right now... but what do you think? Click on it to see it big! I think it's pretty fun.

And of course... a quote from Brigham Young:

We should never permit ourselves to do anything thatwe are not willing to see our children do. We should set them an example that we wish them to imitate. Do we realize this? How often we see parents demand obedience, good behavior, kind words, pleasant looks, a sweet voice and a bright eye from a child or children when they themselves are full of bitterness and scolding! How inconsistent and unreasonable this is!
pg. 208

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Will life ever settle down? Probably not!

In most cases if you were to walk by a head stone with your own name on it... it might feel a little strange... in this case it was quite tender. We had never seen Marci's headstone. Cyrus lost his big sister when she was just a year and a half old. That is where Marci got her name. Cyrus occasionally talks about how he wishes he knew his big sister and how he longs to be with her again. There is an extra desire to be good when you know there is someone on the other side pushing for you to make those righteous decisions.

Life has been CRAZY! I've been super busy. The trip to Idaho was great. We got to see a lot of family. We pray for Grandpa Cook now in hopes that he will also feel his burden lifted. It's good to see that Grandma Cook could leave this mortal body behind yet our heart aches for her better half she left behind. I'm glad my kids were able to be there. They had a Grandchild and great grandchild chorus. They sang "If the Savior Stood Beside Me". They did a great job. I could hear Chloe above them all... good thing she has a nice voice.
Anyway, it was a long trip home but it was worth it. Now... if time would just stop for a minute or two I might get caught up with all the things I have to do. This being a photographer is wonderful but it takes a lot of my time... I don't think any of you understand... except maybe Ali. But I still love it. I have another shoot scheduled for tomorrow and a few for next week! It's been great.
There were a few things I wanted to write about from Sunday. We were able to spend Saturday evening with Mike and Marilyn (my sister) and then attend Sacrament meeting with them before we made the long trip home. My kids love being with the Scott Family. They are so good. There is a great feeling in their home. I always leave there wanting to be better. Marilyn is a very good wife, mother, housekeeper, cook... the list goes on. Anyway, we went to church and all four speakers spoke about Elder Wirthlin's talk from Conference. "Come what may and love it". It made me think a little more about how I need to deal with trials... whether they be small or big. We will all have them and it might be daily. He ended his talk with:

I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it.

Hopefully I'll remember those important points:
  • Learn to laugh
  • Seek for the eternal
  • The principle of Compensation
  • Trust in the Father and the Son
They all gave some great talks... I love reflecting back on conference talks... I tend to forget them all too quickly.

Another side note: I must say I have the best neighbors ever! They babysat my little dog while we were gone. I hate burdening people with those types of things but they were so willing and good about it... well, come to find out, my poor little dog had worms. So my neighbor took him to the vet and got him some good medicine and took care of that for me. I felt pretty sick about it all because of the hassle they had dealing with it. But they were so good... they didn't mention anything about it nor did they make me feel like it was trouble to them (when in fact, i'm sure it was)... so, to end this lengthy post, i'm very grateful for good neighbors!

Last but not least... my quote from Brigham Young:

If we hearken to counsel, we shall be the best people in the world; we shall be as a bright light set upon a hill, that cannot be hid, or like a candle upon a candlestick.
pg. 219

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Photography keeping me busy!

If you are interested in what I've been doing go ahead and take a look:





We are headed to Idaho today. Cyrus' grandma passed away on Sunday and i'm so grateful that we will all be able to go. I think it is good for my kids to attend these things. I hope it will help them understand the Plan of Salvation a little better. I've experienced a touch of death this year. Friday will be my third funeral for this year alone. No, thats not very many but before this I believe I had maybe attended two others. I do believe that Erin's of course was the hardest and touched me the most and always will be. I believe that during funerals from here on out my thoughts will be turned to her and that day, that is of course unless death occurs closer to me than that that was. I would rather not have to experience it closer because I've found out that I don't much care for it. But I guess experiences like this help me grow if I let them. I've learned a lot about life and about myself though these experiences. Probably the biggest thing is that the Lord loves and and can heal us through his atonement if we let him.

Yes, we will lay down these bodies in the grave. What for? That the dust, our mother earth, that composes the house of the spirit may be purified by passing through this ordeal, and be prepared to be called up and unitied with the intelligent heavenly body that God has prepared. This is nothing but a change. It is not the dissolution of the creature; it is merely putting off the flesh that pertains to this world.
pg. 373

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Brigham Young Quote for the day!

It adds no beauty to a lady, in my opinion, to adorn her with fine feathers. When I look at a woman, I look at her face, which is composed of her forehead, cheeks, nose, mouth and chin, and I like to see it clean, her hair combed neat and nice, and her eyes bright and sparkling; and if they are so, what do I care what she has on her head, or how or of what material her dress is made? Not the least in the world.
pg. 215

I'm sure glad feathers are not in anymore! I can see why Brigham Young didn't like them!

DH tag!

1.Where did you meet your husband? We were in the same ward as youth. But didn't date until after our missions.

2.How long did you date before you got married? 9 months

3. How long have you been married? 12 years

4. What does he do that surprises you? Well, this week he came and sang in the choir with me!

5. What is your favorite feature of his? His height, big muscles and sweet smile.

6. What is his best quality? He is very forgiving and never holds a grudge.

7. Does he have a nickname for you? Hot chic

8. What is his favorite food? Chicken Fajitas

9. What is his favorite sport? Baseball

10. When and where did you first kiss? After his mission homecoming after a long day of hanging out. It was in his parents basement watching.... I forget the name, the movie where Sandra Bullock helps the guy who gets hit by a train and then he has amnesia and she pretends to be his fiance... help me out guys!

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Photography and motocross when we have bikes... currently we don't have any.

12. Do you have any children? 6

13.Does he have any hidden talents? He writes music and lyrics... mostly songs about his kids. Oh, and he rights poetry too.

14. How old is he? 33

15. Who said 'I love you' first? He tried to one day. These were his exact words, "would it be alright if I told you I love you?" I responded with a "yes" but I must have sounded pretty hesitant because he then said, "well, maybe someday I will tell you that."! WHAT? A few weeks later I did get a real "i love you" from him.

16. What is his favorite music? Probably anything but hip hop, techno and country

17. What do you admire most about him? He has an incredible mind. He is always learning. His mind never stops. If there is something he wants to accomplish he will read and do all he can until he learns all there is to learn.

18. What is his favorite color? Blue

19. Will he read this? Yes

20. TAG YOU ARE IT!!!! Post about your husband and show him to love him!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Busy yet fun day!

It's been a very full day! It started off with kids doing jobs... you know, trying to get ready for Sunday! We had to have them done because I had promised them they could spend their honor roll money today at Walmart. The only time we had was 9:00am. So, we hurried through our jobs and were out the door. The kids love spending their money. Garrett and Liam were easy, they had their lego sets picked out in no time but the girls took a little longer. The doddled in the toy section for a while and added a few things to the cart, then they said they wanted to go look at clothes! WHAT? Are my kids old enough to want to be buying clothes already? I guess so because we walked out of Walmart with a new pair of jeans, new shoes, new HSM jammies and some Butterfly shorts. They had a lot of fun spending thier money...
So, after the Walmart trip that always takes longer than expected, we were off to Perris for a horse show. I was able to take 800+ pictures today of cute little girls riding thier ponies! It was a good time. I'll have to post some pics once I have the chance to look at them. It was fun, but holding that 70-200 lens gets quite heavy after a while. I shot non stop for 2 1/2 hours. I'm sure I have a ton or pics that will be repeats and many that will be thrown away... thank goodness for digital! I love it... I don't know how they use to do it with film! CRAZY STUFF!
So... we left Perris at 2:30, hurried home, dropped kids off and headed down to Harveston (a beautiful neighborhood in Temecula) for another shoot. I did not know these people either. They were a referral from DDK Flores. They were a great family to shot. Two kids (6 and 10)... it felt like a breeze. I have been so use to shooting little kids that this felt so easy and fun. Here is thier proof site if you are interested in taking a look...
I have my favorites but I usually let people pick theirs as well... I really like the ones in the middle and end... You'll have to tell me what you think.... What do you think of the black cat that wondered into the scene half way threw the shoot? I had to add those... it was pretty funny! (now you are tempted to go look at the site aren't you?)
So, after another hour of shooting... I finally get home at 5:30... but do you think I can actually leave the pictures alone? Of course not! Anyway, I'm off to bed. I get to teach Relief Society tomorrow. Hope it goes well, i'm pretty excited. Hope the ladies are a easy to teach as the primary... I miss those kids.... ahhhh....
Last picture of the day and the only one I've kicked out to a JPEG so far... thought i'd add it... pictures always make a post more interesting!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Where is my BOOK?

Okay I know... I'm really lame... my mother just asked me where Nov. 4th and 5th quotes were. Well, so much for getting my house in order and always being able to find things... I misplaced my Brigham Young book! He would have been so disappointed. Don't ask me how but I did just find it on top of the Wii. What an odd spot to have left it and I don't remember that spot to be it's designated place. Anyway, I now have it so I will share a few fun quotes with you all.

Here is one I found on The Family.
A child loves the smiles of its mother, but hates her frowns. I tell the mothers not to allow the children to indulge in evils, but at the same time to treat them with mildness. If a child is required to step in a certain direction, and it does not seem willing to do so, gently put it in the desired way, and say, "There, my little dear, you must step when I speak to you." Children need directing and teaching what is right in a kind, affectionate manner.
pg. 209

I needed this quote today. My children are off track and there are many times that they see my frown. I'm going to work on this and try and be more kind and affectionate.

Here is my all time favorite (its a little long but its worth it). When Cyrus and I were first married we found this quote together and printed it out and put it in our scriptures. I believe it defines a few of our responsibilities really well:

It is for the husband to learn how to gather around his family the comforts of life, how to control his passions and temper, and to command the respect, not only of his family but of all his brethren, sisters, and friends. It is the calling of the wife and mother to know what to do with everything that is brought into the house, laboring to make her home desirable to her husband and children, making herself an Eve in the midst of a little paradise of her own creating, securing her husband's love and confidence, and tying her offspring to herself, with a love that is stronger than death, for an everlasting inheritance.
pg 198

Side note: Here are a few pics i took while getting ready for a client on Saturday... my girls are so good to model for me. Compare these first two... before and after... I didn't really do much to the second one... Compare what some Photoshop can do for a picture... courtesy of the photomaster CY!

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Housewife

A good housewife, whether she possesses much or little, will have a place for everything she has in the house, and make her house orderly and comfortable, and everything when wanted can be found in its place.
pg 213
My husband sure wishes I were more like this... he can never find anything he wants... like scissors, tape, pen, paper... I think I'll start in the kitchen here. Ever since we moved in here I still have not organized my cupboards in a manor pleasing to Brigham Young!

This next quote is for my mother (she's a tad OCD). She is continually counting as she goes anywhere.

Count the steps that a woman takes when she is doing her work, let them be measured, and it will be found that in many instances she had taken steps enough to have traveled from fifteen to twenty miles a day; I will warrant this to be the case.
pg 214

Man, what Brigham Young would have given for a pedometer!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I'm Back!

Yes, I am back again today...
I was called to be a Relief Society teacher at church (for those of you wondering what that might be: We meet for an hour as women on Sunday's and various people are called as instructors. I will teach once a month out of a manual). I was thrilled with the calling. I love teaching women. But, you must also understand that the reason I like teaching so much is sort of a selfish thing, I get to ponder the lesson for a month and learn things for myself. Whether or not the ladies learn anything, I get a lot out of it... hopefully they will get something out of it as well.
So, this year we are studying the teachings of Joseph Smith. I am teaching the lesson on the degree's of glory next Sunday.... we'll to get to my point of this post, I started pulling out other books. I pulled out the "teachings of Joseph Smith" and "discourses of Brigham Young". Well, let me tell you, I became completely enthralled with Brigham Young's teachings... he is so good... so direct and gets right to the point on nearly any issue you could ever care to learn about. So, I have decided to share with all of you a few of his quotes. I will not bombard you with all of them at once. My goal is to share one a day... well maybe sometimes two a day... but no worries, I won't bore you to death.

Today's favorites:
I thought this one was appropriate with all this election and Prop 8 stuff going on:

There is no law against doing good. There is no law against love. There is no law against serving God. There is no law against charity and benevolence. There is no law against the principles of eternal life. Live them, and no righteous law of man can reach you.
Discourses of Brigham Young pg. 224

This next quote was found under Woman's Fashions:
That which is convenient should be beautiful. As for fashion, it does not trouble me, my fashion is convenience and comfort.
Discourses of Brigham Young pg. 216

That last one made me laugh... now if we could all just remember that! I must say, I do agree. Tomorrow's quote will come from "some womanly duties" so make sure you come back and check it out!

Motto for this week!

"In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance!" Pres. Uchtdorf

I like this, hope I can try and live by it more this week... well from here on out would be an even better idea! So often we get caught up in all the things we have to do... like all the meetings, all the parties, and just all the STUFF... I want to try and prioritize my time so that I can help others instead of always being busy with the other "stuff" that is continually going on.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Well, it's been a fun evening. Cyrus was almost home when he got a hospital call for a Halo. Those take a long time and they are pretty urgent so he had to turn right around and head back to San Bernardino. Poor daddy! He works so hard and he missed out on the trick or treating! So, since I am home I decided to do some photoshop work. My kids had fun dressing up.
  • Charlotte was a ladybug, by choice of course! Somebody told me she should have been a spider. It took me a minute to get it... got it?
  • Grant doesn't really care for this whole scary holiday. Last weekend we went to the trunk or treat at the church and he thought everything was way too scary so tonight I asked him what he was going to be and he insisted on being "Grant". That was easy. (I can see you all pushing the little red button right now!)
  • Liam picked his out and put together by himself, an awesome army dude! I love it when they put it together by themselves! Makes life much easier for a mom who has 6 kids to get ready. I must say he was a pretty cute army guy.
  • Chloe has been so excited to be Gabriella from HSM. (that is High School Musical for those of you that are not with it!) I only caught her a few times singing in front of her mirror.
  • Garrett wanted to be Indiana Jones so I pulled out my highschool leather jacket. I'm sure many of you recognize it from back in the day!
  • Marci made for a very cute, danty kitten! Shelby was her twin of course... they looked pretty cute together.
Anyway, I'm up posting because my hubby is still not home. Wish he were here... soon enough. Hope you all had a happy halloween and don't get too sick eating your kids candy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What the Prices have been up to!

This blogging thing is tough... it takes time to record some of the events that happen in our little family's life! Wish I had more time all together to enjoy them and record the wonderful things we do together... but life is not always that way. Lately I have seen my days go by so quickly and I often wonder what was accomplished. I want to record a few things that we have been doing and that has kept our lives so busy...

  • Prop 8 has been consuming everyone's lives here in California. Our ward has been so good about informing people about it. I have had the opportunity a few times to go door to door and let people know what it is all about. I really had a good response from most everyone. It was a little scary though. I would knock on a door and I would think to myself "oh, please don't be home!" Yes, I know, that is the wrong approach. After getting used to talking to people and educating them about Prop 8, I notice that fear go away. I know this is so important for us, for our nation, for our children, for FAMILIES and mostly for God's plan. I believe Satan's main goal is to destroy the family! I sure hope Prop 8 passes because if it doesn't there will be many tears shed. So many people have put their heart and soul in this. This past week people have been standing at corners with signs. I saw the bishop's wife out there with a home made sign that helped explain to people what prop 8 is all about. (see sample below!) I went out for an hour or so and held signs at Freedom Crest Elementary and for the most part I got a good response there as well. People would honk, and give us the thumbs up yet there were a few shaking there head and fingers at us! We are planning on going out tomorrow and holding signs at a busy intersection. I think Cyrus will be able to go with us this time.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY! Yes, it still consumes me daily. I have to limit myself to computer time. This darn computer just sucks me in every time I walk past it. For those of you who don't know, there is more to photography than just a good camera and lenses (although those things are a lot of fun and help immensely) there is a lot of post processing involved. After every shoot I am so excited to process the pictures and see the possibilities with every memory I captures. The post processing is an art in itself and I hope to become better at it all the time. I really enjoy it and I have a few shoots coming up next week that I am pretty excited about them. Here is a little clip that made me laugh... I have yet to have a shoot like this... but I'm sure I am over due for one!

  • The kids are off track... This takes up quite a bit of my time as well. On Tuesday we finally came up with a schedule. They only get 3 hours of electronics a day (Wii, computer, tv) I know that may sound like a lot to some of you out there... but remember there are 6 kids here and its great because during those 3 hours they have to share all those things and when that time is up... they know they don't ask me if they can play or watch TV. Another rule for those three hours is "don't bug mom time!" I quite like that rule. So far it is working out great. In the morning they all have jobs to get done, then there is reading, playing lego time ect... it's been good for them and good from me. there are a few things I love about it and there are a few things I don't. For starters: I don't have to wake up at 6:30, get kids ready, get kids breakfast, make lunches and get them out the door (happy) by 7:15! The happy part doesn't always happen but I try. The other day Chloe was stalling and kept asking my to find her sun glasses.... I hate it when the kids come up with last minute things they have to do for school. I just don't have the patience nor the time to do that. So I sent her out the door, the others were way ahead of her and so she left crying... but at that point I didn't care. I know, I sound like the meanest mother around. I guess the neighbors think that as well, apparently they saw her and picked her up. I felt kind of bad after that but not that bad. So, anyway, when the kids are off track we tend to wake up much happier with less things to hurry and get done. There is one thing I don't like: "mom, where are we going today?, we don't go anywhere when we are off track!" They don't understand that going on an outing with 6 kids doesn't sound like any fun to me!
  • My Mother came to see me last weekend. Dad had a mission tour in Tijuana last week and so she took a few days to spend with us and the Davis family. It was good to see her and have her in our home. We went to Lowes the day she was hear and picked out some flowers, and palm trees for my yard. It was so much fun. Cyrus has been anxious to make our front yard look nice so he started cutting down trees and planting new ones. I was so happy with the end result. There are still more things I want to add but you all know, "little by little" I post a pic when I have most of it done. We also were privileged to see Aunt Jean and Kylee. They came down the weekend before mom did. My kids love their Aunt Jean. She has so much love and they feel it. She is a wonderful lady who needs someone to love her back (not just cute nieces and nephews!) I hope some day she can remarry and feel that love that comes with a good marriage!
  • Garrett started playing flag football. This gets us out of the house most Tues, Thurs, and Saturdays. He usually has one or two games a week and then practices. He's enjoying it and for the most part we enjoy watching him play and socializing with the other families that are there. The kids especially like it when I remember to bring money for the snack bar!
  • My sweet husband who is so busy has decided to go back to school once again. He applied to the University of Redlands for an MBA. They accepted him and so now is is even more busy. I am so proud of him. He doesn't stop learning. He has such a mind for so many things. If there is something he wants to learn about he reads all he can about it and actually understand is and applies it to his life! He knows education is important and doesn't want to be stuck anywhere in his life... he always wants there to be more doors open for him! He does it so well. I love him dearly!
Well, in a quite lengthy post, here are a few things that have been consuming my life... no, I don't sit at the computer all day long, I do try and get a few things check off my list!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Check out this cutie!

I love doing these composites... they are way too much fun... and they take way too long, but I like them still the same. This baby is so cute... I could have taken pics of her all day!

If you want to see more of this cutie... click HERE

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kuzma Family Photo Session

I met this great family yesterday when they came for their fall portrait session! It was a blast, cute kids and very easy to work with. I was happy with the outcome, learned a few things, next time I'll probably do a few things differently, (which is the case every time I go out) but I thought they looked good... here are a few I want to share...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Day at the Beach!

One of the joys of living in So Cal is being able to go to the beach in October. Cyrus took the day off for Marci's birthday and we all headed to Oceanside. It was a beautiful day and it being Monday afternoon hardly anyone else was there (we usually have to go on Saturdays and it is packed!). Marci was thrilled that her cousins Audrey and Lauren and Aunt Karen came with us. Karen and I got to sit and enjoy watching the kids play. We stayed for over three hours... We even brought hotdogs to roast at a camp fire... but sadly enough we couldn't get the fire going. The wood was too wet. We had so much fun though that I didn't even let the parking ticket I got at the end of the day ruin it. (yes it was a bummer but I'm trying not to get too work up about those things)

Photo Tag

Here is how it works. You go to your picture files, open the 4th folder and the 4th picture file. That is what you post. If you are looking at mine you are IT! I want to see lots of pics! This was November 2007!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October 6, 2008 Happy Birthday Marci!

WARNING: long post full of sappy motherly love words!
11 years ago I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. 6 pounds 12 ounces. I was sitting in my living on conference Sunday watching Money Pit in between sessions. I started having contractions... or at least what I thought were contractions. I told Cyrus to start timing them because that is what we were told to do in the prenatal class. First babies are an interesting thing... you don't have a clue what you are in for. But with every twinge I felt like I needed to run to the hospital. I really had no idea what to expect. The night before we went in thinking it was time... I hope all first time moms do that at least once. It's pretty sad when they send you home when all you want is that baby to be OUT. So, with the consistent contractions I assumed it was time. The first call I make was to my mother of course. She said, "get to the hospital quick before you can't get an epidural!" So, I called the hospital and they said to come in and get checked. Before I walked out the door I had to at least put one curl in my hair (how vain of me!) and put some makeup on. Two days earlier I had gotten a perm so the hair was looking pretty crazy. Anyway... I got to the hospital and I was only a 3. They almost sent me home but they monitored me for an hour and the doctor said, "go ahead, let her stay!" So, I got the epidural and all was well. She was born about 4 hours later at 1:00 in the morning. My mother was there waiting outside and as soon as she was born she came in to see my beautiful little girl. What an amazing moment. Cyrus and I couldn't have been happier. This little girl was now part of our little family!

Marci is a wonderful example to her older siblings. As far as I can remember, Marci has been very obedient. I remember once when she was probably 14 months old she grabbed a few eggs out of the fridge and took them and dropped them on the living room on the carpet. A mothers first reaction (at least mine) was "no, no..." I was not very happy with my little baby. I even think I slapped her hand. She looked up at me like "I'm so sorry, let me fix it!" She didn't know how to talk but she immediately bent over and started cleaning up the eggs. She has always been obedient and had the desire to please everyone. Another instance I remember was around the same time we had a coffee table in our house and she loved to climb on it and stand on it. We were teaching her to stay off and she was learning. I know she was tempted but we could just say, "Marci." and she would turn away and do something else. Well, one day I climbed up on the table to fix a light bulb and as soon as I hopped off she was so pleased. She went right up to that table and climbed up on it... it was so funny. Man, as adults we have to be so careful with what we tell our kids they can't do and then we turn around and do it ourselves! "practice what you preach!"

She has also been quite shy. Even when she was a baby she did not like strangers to come near her. She was very much attached to her mother. Even when people would come to the house she would start to cry. My mother called her a little watch dog. BUT... I think she has always had the desire to overcome that. When she was in kindergarten I remember going to her classroom and helping out. She would hardly speak to another soul. At nights we had been reading the "little engine that could". Didn't we all love that as children. One day she came home from Kindergarten so pleased with herself. During art that day she had to paint something and she was nervous about it. She came home and said "mom, in my head I just kept saying 'I think I can, I think I can' and I did it! Even a few kids told me that MY painting was the best!"

Another instance where Marci overcame her shyness out of obedience was when she was asked to give a talk during the primary program. She was a little Sunbeam (not even 4 yet!), and a young one at that. She was asked to give a talk on "our bodies are temples" I can almost remember the whole thing:

My name is Marci Price, I'm going to talk about bodies are temples. I'm going to read in the scriptures. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 cor 3:16)
I will keep my body holy by eating and drinking good food, by reading the scriptures and?????. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Cyrus and I sat in the audience about three rows back right smack dab in the middle. I told her that if she got scared, to just look at me. Right after she said her name with no help from a leader, the whole audience let out a chuckle. This sort of threw her off, she looked at me and continued with all the confidence in the world. (yes, we had worked on this for DAYS, if not weeks). We were so proud of our little 3 year old girl giving her first talk in Sacrament meeting with no help! I can't even imagine my 4 year old doing this today... not a chance... there is just something about that first child, parents expect so much from them! I'm so grateful Marci is happy and obedient about it all. She truly does live up to those things that are expected of her.

Well, I could probably go on and on about my marci, I will probably add more later but I am pleased to say that she is becoming a beautiful young lady. She is agreeable, she's outgrowing her shyness (she even ran for treasurer this year and came home, "well, I tried my best and I had fun", she didn't win) she can laugh at herself. For instance she was coming down the stairs the other day and she fell about half way down and got up laughing "I'm okay". She makes the best of any situation. She is also a wonderful help to me. She is now my babysitter and a quite cheap one for that matter. We went to Saturday's stake conference the other night and she watched the kids till 10:30 (she loved it because she got to stay up late and play Indian Jones lego WII all by herself after she put kids in bed) I know I can trust her. I hope our relationship is always this good... She's a fun one to have around. Love you marci and thank you for being so good despite my downfalls!

Lifes experiences... man i've got to get out more!

I stole this from Bridgett's blog... bold are things I have done... the others are things I have yet to do!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee Jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Isn't Confence weekend the best?

I don't have a lot of time to post much right now but can I just say "I Love, love, love conference weekend". For two whole days I get to be spiritually fed in my own living room. I thought it was really interesting to hear from so many General Authorities from different countries. The church continues to grow so quickly. And a temple in ROME! Wow... maybe Cy and I will have to go to that dedication... Yeah, I wish! Anyway, all of the talks were wonderful, I might record a little more in detail later, but I love our Prophet. He is such a humble, loving man. And like he said, change is inevitable... I loved his talk on Change. I think my kids favorite talk was Elder Wirthlin's when he talked about his daughter's blind date... they all laughed out loud.
We even had the missionaries over for dinner today. That is always a blessing to have them in our home. It's great for my boys (and girls for that matter) to be around them. They know they need to prepare now to become a missionary, there is no question in their minds, and I love that! Anyway, also, we took a family outing again... we snapped a lot of pictures for Marci's birthday (she'll be 11 tomorrow), but I have to post one of my favorites. I'm sure to post more later... hopefully another potw!

Oh and check out my website... I've revamped it again.. let me know what you think... and those of you with Internet Explorer need to tell me where all the glitches are. For some reason, Internet Explorer has a hard time with web sites... so any feedback would be great. Thanks in advance!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Life, Faith and Family!

Way to go Catholics! I nabbed this video from my awesome sister in law's blog.... take a look... it really made me think about what our nation is becoming. I'm not into Politics at all... my husband informs me of various things and I occasionally understand them. BUT, I really liked how this video put everything into perspective. Especially with all the Prop 8 stuff going on. I hope we've done enough... well, I don't know, could it ever be enough? I guess we'll find out.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Now that I'm 34!

Flowers from my DH for my birthday!

What? I'm actually 34? That's seems pretty old to me... but I like it. Yesterday was a good day. I have many sister's and friends that remembered my day... (note to self... remember their birthday's as well.) Anyway, I wouldn't change anything about my life right now... I love all of it... especially my dear hubby and my sweet 6 kids.
Well, did I say I wouldn't change anything?
Those of you who know me, know that I'm always changing my hair color... for some reason, I just can't get it right... and the grey hairs that keep popping up don't seem to want to go away. So, tonight I decided to change it again... I'm no longer a cheap blond... I'm now a brunette. Isn't it great being a girl? We can get away with anything. One of the pluses to being a brunette is that my children always tell me I look like Aunt Jean. Well, I only wish, she has beautiful brunette hair that has never been tampered with... and did I mention... she's 10 years older than I am! I think she's only seen 2 or 3 grey hairs her whole life! I wish... Anyway, it will be fun to wake up and hear the kids tell me I look like Aunt Jean again.
So, since I have a new doo I thought I'd post some pictures so that my friends aren't completely shocked when they see me... or so that they will still know who I am when I run into them in Target!

Here is an offer to all of you faithful readers... If any of you would like to come by in your husbands favorite old tatered shirt, I'd love to snap some head shots... wouldn't he just love that? I know my husband does... and i'm not trying to make money off of you, I'd take the shots b/c it's fun (yes, i'm talking free)! And I know it would make somebody really happy.... and besides, the lighting is already set up! Just give me a call!

(and no, it doesn't have to be an old tatered shirt... I just find that this shirt is one of my favorites!)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Homecoming Pics!

Saturday night I had the chance to go down to Poway to take Homecoming pictures for 4 couples. It was tons of fun. They were a fun group of kids. There are a lot of pictures here but you need to check some of them out!


These are just a few of my favorites! (isn't my neice just adorable... the one in the teal)

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Sorry, if my dog's name offends anyone (especially those whose girls are named Ella) but that is what the family finally decided on. On Sunday I awoke to white trash all over my living room... Well, let me clarify... there were white pieces of paper plastered all over everything... "VOTE for Ella" or "VOTE for Cookie". The girls were very set on naming the puppy Ella whereas Garrett and Liam wanted her to be named Cookie. They decided to hold an election. Everywhere I went there were signs... I went to warm up something in the microwave and what do I see but "VOTE for Ella"... I venture into the bathroom and come to find another Ella sign neatly placed on the toilet seat. Obviously the girls were much more enthused about getting her named Ella than the boys. Although, they were pretty adamant that they did not like the name Ella... Well, dad ended up giving his vote to Charly. The girls placed two pieces of paper on the floor with each name and let Charly choose. If I recall, dad's vote went to Cookie. But then when she choose for herself, I believe it was another vote for Ella (of course.. she Charly a girl ya know and very obedient to her older sisters). In the end Ella won 5 to 3. The boys were disappointed but dad made a good point, Garrett had been there to pick her out so he conceded and accepted Ella as her new name!

While I still really like my puppy, I want to jot those endearing and cute things down... (ya know, just in case I don't always feel that way... maybe we should do that with our husbands? Just kidding Cy, you know I love you!)
  • She loves to cuddle. At first i thought it was because she liked us but Bridgett told me it was because she misses her mother... OH... that made me sad. So I cuddle her even a little more now.
  • She lets Charly pick her up, pull her tale and twist her little paw in all sorts of directions. Charly giggles and giggles. The puppy lies there and takes it until I come rescue her.
  • She takes little naps with Grant. He always comes and gets her and says, "I want her to sit on my lap!"
  • I get to go for walks now with a dog! It gets me out more... the funny thing is that Ella prefers riding in the stroller than walking... what a lazy dog! (but I could never take a cat for a walk in a stroller... they are much too independent.)
  • She paws at the door when she wants to come in... she also knows I'm a sucker and will come at her first call.
  • She loves to be outside with us and she doesn't run away.
  • She doesn't bark... or make any other sound for the matter.
  • She follows me around like a little puppy dog... (note: I have never had a puppy before, I have just always heard that expression!)
  • Grant now has a new best friend to play with while his big brother Liam is at school.
Those are just a few things I like about my puppy... I told Cyrus not to let me call her my baby... I've had to catch myself a few times... AHHH... I don't want to be one of those... but I probably will be. I've even already dressed her up in doll clothing! I know, pretty pathetic...
All in all we love our little puppy... Who knows though, next week's post might be titled "things I dislike about my puppy!" Or maybe "Puppy for sale!"

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday Outings!

As I mentioned in early posts, we as a family enjoy Sunday outings. Yesterday after a few naps and a delicious dinner prepared by my handsome handyman we headed out to the tire swing. We discovered this wheat field with huge trees. There is a big tire swing tied to one of them and the kids love going there. Especially Chloe. Every Saturday or Sunday or Family Home Evening we hear, "Can we go to the tire swing?" Well, we gave in yesterday. I grabbed my camera and my baby's tutu and headed to the field. And of course the kids had to grab our latest addition to the family "Ella". It's not too far from our house, maybe 3 miles. Of course I had to snap of some shots of my baby so I went one way with the camera and dad went to the swing to push the kids way up high. They all love it except Liam. He thinks he likes going high and tells dad, "push me as high as Grant!" but those feelings quickly go away when he is actually being pushed. Grant on the other hand is fearless. At one point he was only hanging on with one hand... on purpose. Liam also had a knack for getting in the path of the oncoming swing. He got knocked straight to the ground at least three times. Here are a few pics to document the evening. I really need more practice with the kids in motion but at least it shows their happy faces.

(Sorry, these pics were saved with the wrong profile! I hate it when I do that... they look good in the pics of the week so make sure you take a look at those!

So here is the picture of the evening!
Can anyone guess what on earth we are doing? Charly knows and she's happy about it!
So we are enjoying the last few swings before we head home and as we watch Chloe soar through the air we hear "kchunk... kchunk... kchunk" We look over and the baby is in the van with all the doors shut and pushing a button... we all hoped it was the unlock button as the keys were in the van... but OH NO... she loved the lock button! We tried and tried to get her to move her finger a quarter of an inch to the other button but she had no desire to move that little finger... She must have locked my van nearly 300 times. So Cyrus did what he could with the antenna and a few pieces of wood. He got the door pried open and tried sticking the antenna in and pushing the unlock button himself. Well, after 45 minutes of that it was dark out and Charly wasn't even having any fun anymore...so Marci and I decided to run for help... oh course we had no cell phone on us either.. (the only weekend my husband doesn't have call... he purposely left it home!) We ran to the Snethen's home which was about a mile away. We were almost there but were having trouble finding their house. As we walked in a few different directions Marci saw the van drive past us a street up. We chased the van... but they didn't hear our cries, so we kept on running. We finally made it to the van... they had stopped at the Snethens to see if we were in there... Just as Cyrus knocked on their door he saw us running up! "false alarm!" Well, we were very grateful for answered prayers and for our handsome handyman today. It made for quite an eventful evening for all of us. We laughed afterwards... "it was funny in the begining and the end... but not in the middle!"