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November 2, 2012


Filed under: carmen, holidays, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 3:25 pm

This month was super fun and festive.  My mom came into town and we took a trip to the pumpkin patch… ya know, like ya do.

We got super gooey and carved up some punkins.

I helped the kids carve, as to not let small children play with knives and such.  Carmen says mr. star eyes here was “super scary!”.

And Moseley’s pumpkin was just a fancy gentleman.

We made the typical holiday sugar cookies for halloween and Carmen took some to her school for the harvest festival.  Apparently they were one of the very few homemade items there.  Kinda sad that nobody bakes anymore.  I really love it.

Then for the big day the kids donned their alice and mad hatter costumes and got ready to go to the trunk or treat.  But not before a little tea party/photo shoot.

Just half a cup if you don’t mind…

Mose was so unbelievably stoked that he got his own cotton candy at the trunk or treat.  And despite the no lighting situation, I love this next picture because of the look on Moseley’s face.

My husband got really amped this year about decorating the trunk… which was nice.  He doesn’t usually give a care about holiday festivities or things like that.  He even got Nightmare Before Christmas going on the dvd player, and won a trophy for best trunk decor (Thanks Tami ;)).

Unfortunately said super cool decorations drained our car battery, and we had to get a jump from the Dobrons.

Later we set out to trick or treat the neighborhood.  Moseley was stoked about the candy, that is until someone jumped out and scared the daylights out of the poor little guy.  I have never heard him scream/cry in fear like that before.  It really tore me up.  I am still totally bummed it happened, although he seems to be over it.  It traumatized me so much I didn’t even get an instagram of his face. ;)

After that Mose was pretty much over it, and just wanted to go home.  Luckily we had already obtained quite a large amount of loot…

Which is making me fatter and fatter every second, one fun sized kit kat at a time.


March 15, 2012

to commit to memory

Filed under: carmen, family, Lee, moseley — Jana @ 10:20 am

Moseley is getting to that funny stage… where he is old enough to talk, but not too old not to be hilarious all the time.  He doesn’t get regular naps because carmen’s kindergarten pick-up schedule is ruining my life (not really, but it is so annoying to have early pick-up day on wednesday).  Anyway he still gets tired enough every few days to need a little nap so he has found this spot on the couch that is his favorite.  If I ever can’t find him, and I am thinking he’s got to be getting into trouble because it’s too quiet in here, it’s not because he is trashing the house like Carmen would have been at that age, it’s because he’s burrowed down in the soft cushions and is taking a little siesta.

The other day he was eating fruit salad out of a tupperware and he says “I LIKE  kewets (carrots)!”  Hmmm… I think he was talking about the kiwi but he does like carrots, even if he wasn’t near any at the time.   Once in Hawaii, he came and climbed up to the kitchen bar and says to me “I want bacon and eggs, mom”.  It was so random, being that it was dinner time and there was spaghetti being cooked right in front of him, it really cracked me up.  I gotta say though, I do appreciate a man that knows exactly what he wants. :)

While flying home from hawaii, we must have signed up for the freak show plane ride from Kauai to Oahu, because there were many interesting characters.  Carmen was leading the way down the isle when she came across an older asian gentleman who was continuously smacking himself in the back of the head with his hand.  Carmen looks over at him like he was from mars (to be honest I was too,  what the heck is wrong with that guy).  Then not two rows past that there was a grizzled old cowboy with one eye.  And no he did not have an eye patch on  just a gruesome skin patch where his eye should have been.  Carmen takes one look at that and immediately grabs her eye in horror.  He just says “Move along, little girl” to her, and we proceeded to our seat.  Later she was asking us about it.  We explained that it is not polite to stare and point out people’s imperfections, which was why the man had talked to her at all.  She is such a tender hearted sweet girl, she got so embarrassed that she had done that, that it made her cry.  We obviously told her it was ok and to be fair,  I can’t say I blame her for reacting.  I mean what kind of cheap tickets did we buy to end up on the plane with these crazies?  Ha ha ha (I really am joking)

In our bed at home we have pillows that we sleep on, and then we have a bunch of other pillows to pile on top to look pretty and fluffy (you know, like we girls do), and those only get used if we are reading in bed.  The other day we were just shutting off the light and this is the time when we throw all those other pillows off and snuggle down into bed all sleepy.  On this particular night I hear Lee chuck a pillow across the room and hit the far wall, which was followed by “awwwwe man, that was MY pillow.”  all pitiful sounding.  I was laughing so hard, maybe it was just because I was so tired, but it still makes me laugh to think about it.

(I know I already posted this picture, but it deserves a little more play because my husband is so cute.)

March 11, 2012


Filed under: carmen, family, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 6:59 pm


We had a really great time in Kauai last week.  My favorite part would have to be the shave ice, I am a little obsessed and we ate them every day.  We also got to lay on many white sand beaches.  I love the sand in Hawaii.  Here the sand is black and dirty and pretty much cannot be shaken off ever.  In Hawaii it is like the texture of graham cracker crumbs and just falls right off of everything.  Makes you almost want to take a big bite… almost. ;) Kauai is so green and beautiful.  I loved the scenery and every time I would get an awesome view, I would just think “It would be impossible to stay mad in a place like this”.

There were so many chickens and roosters, that love to come cock-a-doodle-do right outside your window in the middle of the night.  Luckily you get used to it after a few nights.  But they were like pigeons or something, just everywhere.

I got a bad bout of bronchitis that wiped out my voice for most of the week, which made it hard to catch up with old friends when your voice sounds like a 60 year old smoker with emphysema.  Luckily all I had to do was lay on beaches, because I would have had a hard time teaching a zumba class like that.  I had a great time catching up with our college friends.  Kat and Mikey let us stay at their huge beautiful home, and it was really awesome.

It rains every day in Kauai, but we still got plenty of sun.  And don’t think I left Hawaii without getting a spam, egg, and Portuguese sausage breakfast.  Apparently my kids “do not like SPAN!”  Ha ha, can’t say I blame them.  That stuff has a weird texture.

One day we took a nice long bike ride up this trail along the beach to this beautiful secluded beach called Donkey beach.  The guys went nuts trying to do tricks of the sand shelf that had formed, and it was hilarious to watch.  Carmen couldn’t quite make it back to town on her bike, so her loving daddy put her on his handlebars and carried her bike as he rode, all the way back to the bike rental shop.  He is the best.  Speaking of him being the best… Have I mentioned lately how awesome my husband is?  He is.  He would wake up early to get the kids breakfast so I could bask in bed reading and sleeping while the sea air wafted in my widows?  He also would also take the kids down the beach and play with them while I sunbathed.  He would put them to bed at night.  He would find me shave ice whenever I needed it.  I just love that guy.  How did I get so lucky?

Sorry my pics aren’t synced up with my story, but man that would just take way more effort than I am willing to put in.


March 7, 2012


Filed under: carmen, family, holidays, moseley — Jana @ 3:30 pm

Moseley turned 3 on the 24th of February.

He got a mario bros cake.

This little bandit opened a bunch of his presents while no one was looking… and he wore the wrong shirt to bed, since that day was, in fact, his birthday.


Carmen turned 6 on the 26th.

Carmen was the star of the day at school, since her birthday was coming that weekend.  She handed out squinkies to all of her friends.  She was very excited about her alice and wonderland cake.


This vid is not super exciting, but the kids had fun bursting out of their rooms in the morning.


January 2, 2012


Filed under: carmen, family, me, moseley — Jana @ 7:07 pm

We had our traditional mexican dinner at my grandma’s with orange julius.  We rang bells and the kids acted out the christmas story.  It was especially cute this year since all the wise men we’re under 3.

Moseley was seriously depressed that he had to be a king… and didn’t like all the attention.  It was so adorable, I am really bummed I didn’t have my better camera.

We then went home to get ready for santa to come  we left cookies and milk, and a couple of carrots.

This is the first year Carmen was able to write her own letters to Santa.  I am really proud of how smart she is getting. (and seriously, how cute is that rudolph she drew all by herself)

Christmas morning the kids were stoked to find out that santa left them presents.  My favorite part was listening to Moseley copy everything Carmen said.  She had commented on some mini twix bars being “so cute”, so of course  a little while later Moseley pulls some candy canes out of his stocking and says “Too Cute!”  because that’s obviously what you say about the contents of your stocking on Christmas morning.  Hilarious.


We made rookie mistake and let them open their nintendo DS’s right towards the beginning, and after that Moseley wouldn’t even open the rest of his presents.  He only wanted his DS and nothing else. I was a little bummed about it, since me and everyone else in the room was so excited to see them open the gifts we had picked out.  Eventually  throughout the morning we got him to open everything, but he still didn’t want any of it.  He was just too overwhelmed.  In fact, I asked him if I should take some of it back to the store and he said yes.  Bummer.

Here we are after church; Us and my Mom and brother Ryan.

The next day we went to the provo river bottom shops to eat at Tucanos (grilled pineapple. Yum.) and they had a beautiful lights display so we walked the winter wonderland together and then went to the Provo Beach Resort for the kids to play for a while.  It was awesome.

December 31, 2011

gingerbread house

Filed under: carmen, holidays, moseley — Jana @ 6:50 pm

Grandma whipped out the gingerbread making stuff on Christmas Eve for the kids to make.  Carmen and Grandma did most of the decorating.

Moseley spent his time guzzling candy…

And pretending to drink this tiny bottle of coke, that one of us kids (we can’t remember which) had given my mom for christmas one year when we were little.

We all wonder if it’s real coke inside… I’m guessing not, since it’s at least 20 years old.

Someday when my kids are older and fighting… I am going to show them these pics as proof that at one time they really loved each other.  Plus it will totally embarrass them, so bonus!

December 29, 2011

(no) snow

Filed under: carmen, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 6:47 pm

Once again we packed up our (mostly un-needed) snow gear and headed to utah for Christmas.  The kids were really excited to go to grandma’s house and see snow.  Unfortunately it was an unusually snow-less there this year, so Moseley never really got to throw a “no ball”.

 I did however attempt snowboarding anyway… which wasn’t my best idea.  I fell about 368 million times.  And that man made snow is not soft.  As soon as Lee ushered me up the closest lift he could find  I was swept back in time to the first time I went snowboarding with him, where I am at the top of a mountain peeing my pants (figuratively)  wondering how I am going to get down.  For some reason I thought that this time would be easier because I am in much better shape now and everything.  Nope, it doesn’t really matter what state of fitness you are in, when you are flinging your body into what feels like concrete at high speeds.  I woke up christmas feeling like I’d been in a car accident.  My neck and shoulders felt like I had whiplash.  Add to that a bad head cold, and the fact that I missed the last one of my mom’s wooden stairs while holding Moseley on my hip and fell into a crumpled heap,  I was feeling like an old lady.  The only way I would ever go near a snowboard again, would be if there was about 2 feet of fresh powder to break my fall.

Here are my best (but definitely not my only) bruises:

December 21, 2011

santa 2011

Filed under: carmen, holidays, moseley — Jana @ 12:43 am

Took the kids to see Santa yesterday.  Moseley was excited until the moment it was our turn and then had to be coaxed into even sitting on Santa’s lap… he was not about to speak to him though.  Carmen did however, and told him a few extra presents that mommy didn’t know about.  It’s kinda hard when your kid’s christmas list changes day to day, depending on what advertisements they’ve seen that day.  Luckily I think I found the last Lalaloopsy mini in the state, so I think we’ll be ok.  Next year I think we’ll be sitting on santa’s lap earlier in the month. :)

Family Pics Dec 2011

Filed under: carmen, family, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 12:41 am

December 8, 2011

fix it

Filed under: carmen, moseley — Jana @ 6:46 pm

Apparently if you need to fix your bike, you must wear awesome glasses… or visa versa.

Might I bring attention to carmen’s awesome Jem pajama shirt?  That was an awesome thrift store find.

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