Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The results are in!!

My mom had a dream a couple of weeks ago and it "told" her I was going to have a boy. I felt like it was a girl....so did a lot of people! The ultrasound technician said they were all smokin' crack because this baby is clearly a.............


I am in bed and am too lazy to scan the picture in...although I do have the DVD downstairs....
eh still too lazy to get up. I will post up the picture.....this little one is not shy about his privates. It's funny because Ashton's ultrasound picture was exactly in the same position- spread eagle.

I am not going to lie. I cried a little. I wasn't sure if it was because I was really surprised or because I was happy to find out. I think it was a little of both but I immedietely felt guilty because I was a little sad it wasn't a girl. To be honest, I have felt a little sad all day. But, after talking to my mom and reading an article in the Ensign my spirits have been lifted. Geez, I feel terrible actually admitting this. But now, I just really am grateful and happy to have a very healthy baby boy (I just hope he is mellow!!!!) I think I cried a little too because Ashton was going insane in the room and yelling and I thought- How am I going to handle 2 Ashtons?!?! The technician kept saying how beautiful and perfect this baby is, how that is a textbook picture of the heart ventricles, etc.

So yes, I am having a baby boy. The clothes I bought can be stored away for another day. And now I am looking at nurseries and bathroom ideas since they will have to share a bathroom :) I am so excited to hold this little baby boy in my arms and just fall in love with another mini-Lorin.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


i have not really done anything with this baby. i remember with my first pregnancy i looked at nurseries and names the second i found out i was pregnant. not with this one. i don't want to fall in love with anything gender based because i don't want to be "disappointed." so...i am waiting for my ultrasound on tuesday morning!!! i can't wait to start coming up with names and design the nursery.

so everyone. keep on voting and i will let you know as soon as i know!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

1,2,3 and 4

Baby Bird #2 is due January 9th, 2011.

We are so excited. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride with this one, but are so grateful we have been blessed with another little one.

Ashton kisses my belly when I ask him where the baby is. I know he will be a great big brother.

I feel like this baby is a girl....but we'll find out on Aug. 24!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

LIVE from South Africa

Is anyone so pumped up about this that you can feel it in your veins?!? Ok, I am not that big of a sports fan but I absolutely love watching the World Cup. I can hardly wait the 9 minutes that are left until the next game starts. I remember watching it with my family growing up...on Univision- in Spanish! I loved when any team scored a goal because the commentator would scream "GOOOOOOOOL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL GOOOOOOOOOL" over and over again.

I am about to turn on the TV (we have bunny ears and ONLY get 2 channels: some baptist channel and....UNIVISION). So, Ashton and I will watch the games in Spanish. Maybe he'll pick up some words and say them to his grandparents...won't they be proud :)

4 years ago, after Lorin and I came back from vacations after our wedding, we drove cross-country in June. We stopped at local sports bars to watch the World Cup Games....sure it took us longer to get to Utah but its already a looon ride, so why not make it fun? We were dedicated fans, cheering for our teams while eating a burger at some scummy sports bar. I can't help but smile at those wonderful memories! However, the only thing I didn't like was that we had to watch it in English. There was no excitement in the commentator's voice. Thanks for making sports even more boring! Seriously, once we were able to watch the games on our own (Dallin's) TV, we watched it in Spanish and it was amazing. I was so pumped. Have you even seen me pumped and watching sports? Yeah.....that is what the Spanish channel does to me :)

Who are my teams? I don't really have any. I usually cheer on the Latin teams first unless they are playing the US. I don't bite the hand that feeds me.

Now, I am going to sit back, relax, drink my smoothie and attempt to cuddle with Ashton as he grunts and cheers for the little people running around chasing a ball on the TV.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

To: Ashton From: CSN Stores

It's here! What's this, you ask?
a horsie?oh...a chair!!
*sigh* time to relax!

I was lucky enough to review an item from the CSN stores. I chose that little chair. Needless to say it is a hit! Ashton has been sitting in it everyday since it arrived! He loves to watch his shows in it and I can even fit in it! Now, I didn't choose to sit in it- Ashton wanted me to try out his comfy little chair.
Reasons I like the chair:
1. So so soft (its like a light weight fleece)
2. Washable! Yes it got dirty on the first day. It has zippers so you just wash the outer layer and not the foam.
3. 3in1. Ashton can sit in it, cuddle with it like a stuffed animal and use the back part as a table.
4. It is a unique looking animal so it has caught the eye of many a children that have stopped by our house to play.
5. The item was priced at 34.99+shipping. I am an extremely thrifty person so this seemed a little high for me. When I went to discount stores to look at their prices, theirs were about $40 for not as cute chairs like Dora or Thomas the train engine prints...
Reasons I like CSN:
1. You can find everything you need because they have tons of stores
2. Good customer service. Ashley, on the promoteam, was extremely nice and helpful.
3. Fast shipping!
4. Unique items. I don't like to have the same things as everyone so you can get good quality unique items.
Things I would change about both:
1. The chair is slippery...but I have hardwood floors so any cloth would be slippery. Problem was solved when we put it on the rug.
2. The back isn't high enough so Ashton's head isn't supported that well.
All in all though, with a few minor adjustments, this chair suits our needs just great! Once Ashton is done, I put the pieces back together and it just looks like a cute stuffed animal. It doesn't look too out of place in my toy-filled living room :)
Thank you, CSN for giving us this opportunity to try out something from one of your many stores!!
**Please note: I was asked to choose an item at no cost for this review. It will in no way influence my review of the product.

Winner Winner

the winner is....


Woo hoo. I actually knew she was going to win.

The correct answers were Peru, family, being pregnant.

So, Miss, just let me know what you would like :)

Thanks to all those that participated!

To my second place winner: VAL!

Val, let me know what you would like :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I miss....you win! yes- a real prize!!

I am really missing a few things in my life. Like, I feel as if my body is craving certain things that it can't have right now. There are at least 3 things in this picture that I really miss right now. If YOU can name 3 things (can't list individual people) you WIN! Really, you win something that I have made/or will make for you....whether it be stationary, cards, headbands, editing pics, etc. You name it (please be reasonable- I can't give away Ashton...or a million bucks 'cause I don't have that nor do I make ANY money haha)

this pic might give you a better hint to 1 of those things.
good luck! the prize will go to the first person that posts correctly. and even if you don't want anything from me...just humor me will ya? :)
**Edited 5/19 12 pm
I won't reveal the right answers and the winner(s) until tomorrow at 9am. If I am feeling overly generous I will announce more than 1 winner :)

Monday, May 17, 2010


what happened to spring weather? I feel like its summer here....it was seriously so hot out today i was sweating just sitting outside. not that i am complaining or anything. i heart heart heart this weather.

we went outside.



except when ashton doesn't want to come back inside and throws a tantrum.

i'm pretty sure my neighbors laugh as i walk by carrying ashton like a sack of potatoes.

also i love that i peek outside my window and see meelllions of children outside playing...that is my cue to bring out the child and mingle with the other moms. love small neighborhoods.

Friday, May 14, 2010

hippoty hop

I am not a fan of hip hop but I love this!!


yes I know this isn't really hip hop but it should be! If all hip hop music were as wholesome and funny as this I would love it!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stats221 is for Lovers

4 years ago today (well i wrote it on wednesday but i'm posting it a few days late) was one of the happiest days of our lives.

3 guesses.

No- we actually have no idea when that happened.

No- no comment.

Yes? The man in the back with the turquoise hat? You are correct!

Lorin and I got hitched! WoooHoo!

I want to tell y'all the story of how we met. It really is a fantastic one. So, pull up a chair, get some snacks ready and put your kids down for a nap.
It all started with 2 experiences before I went off to school the fall of '05. I didn't know what I wanted to major in and had been praying for guidance. I was led to research Business Management (for all that know me this is just ridiculous!). I wanted to major in business not to make beeelllions of dollars, but to work at a non-profit where I would make, well the opposite of that. So, I signed up for the business pre-req classes....like Stats 221. The other experience was a blessing I received from my daddy right before I hopped on a plane to Utah. When he said a certain phrase, I raised my eyebrow, opened my eye and saw my mom giving me the same confused expression. Ha! We thought my dad must be going crazy or something. Let me explain. I was "waiting" for a missionary. We dated all of freshman year, over the summer, and continued our "relationship" through my sophmore year. My dad said something to the effect that I would find my eternal companion this year and prepare for marriage. So you get the confusion right? My missionary wasn't coming home until next year! And everyone knew that I wanted to marry him. Anyway, I thought my dad was nuts, hopped on a plane and prepared for my pre business major classes.

As I sat down in the JKB classroom, I prepared my brain to stuff all this "cool & fun" stuff I was about to learn. I was right by the door and watched everyone as they strolled in. One caught my eye.....I believe he was wearing his green Hurley shirt and board shorts (his signature style). He was super tan, had long hair with a cute little curl on the ends and had piercing GREEN eyes. Hmmmm, ok enough of that, focus. And guess what? He sat down right next to me. That's right. There were empty seats and he chose the seat directly next to mine. And then it clicked. My roomate, Bev, had talked to him in church the previous Sunday. He was in my ward! He said "hey." He had me at "hey."

"I think you are in my ward."

"How do you know?"

"Um, I think I saw you in the building."

"Prove it."

Ok weirdo. You talked to my friend. Whatever. By this time the teacher had started talking. And Mr. Sexy Hair kept talking. I obviously didn't really respond because it is rude to talk while the teacher is talking, duh. He didn't see it that way and thought I was rude. I believe he sat next to me the next class, too. But after that he sat next to this little blonde chick who was Snow White for Halloween....enough said. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I thought this "stats-mance" was over, afterall he had moved on to a cute little blonde.

Ha! Was I wrong, we "studied" for Stats even though I wasn't in his class anymore. (I switched times because work conflicted with that time). And by "studied" I mean we seriously talked the whole time. Then he didn't want to study with me anymore because we didn't get anything done. But we did hang out! We had a lot of fun times just hanging out as friends and eventually became more than that.

I will say that dating Lorin was not easy for me. No, not because he didn't know people actually celebrated Valentine's Day, but because I didn't want to fall in love with him. I just wanted to focus on school and my missionary. Lorin's roommate did warn him that I had a missionary but he paid no attention. When I prayed for comfort in my decision to break up with Lorin it never felt right. Something always kept us together.After struggling with the decision to keep on dating Lorin, and many many talks with my friend, Steve, about it....well I decided to go for it.

We were married in the Washington D.C., LDS temple on May 12, 2006. I was so nervous and excited that it is a blur to me. And even now, I cannot believe how fast 4 years have gone. We have many ups and downs, complete joy and sorrow and have felt the purest of loves when our son was born and when we attend the temple. We've traveled to Europe, South America, national parks and local cabins. We've argued over everything from placement of coffee table books to, well, more serious matters. I miss him when he is at work for the day or on business trips for days. My favorite time of day is when we go to bed and the world is silent. We have that time to reflect on our days and just hold each other we fall asleep....or he pushes me away because he gets too hot.

Babe, you are the best husband I could have asked for. You know me sometimes better than I know myself. You know my likes and dislikes. I love you so much that I go camping and skiing, just for you. May we have many more years together, experiencing more joys, trials, disagreements, travels, and most of all, love.