Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's A Miracle!

For those of you that know me....I never have my Christmas Tree,Lights or Decorations up before at least 2 days before Christmas...Baw~Hum~Bug!!! I blame it all on the stores! I mean please we haven't even had Halloween or Thanksgiving and the stores had Christmas trees and all the other stuff and music playing, give me a break! I am a HUGE Thanksgiving person and that's my big holiday! Anyways as I rabble on my point is I have my tree up and decorations hung and Bill is putting up the light on the outside of house Saturday and it's the day before December! I know crazy huh...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fun Time with Good Friends

Mountainmen hiking
Ice in the middle of the creek

Workman Creek Falls
(white part is frozen icecycles)

if you look close in the middle of the picture you can see the deer

Barron looking at snow

Alicia staying warm in truck

Alicia and Barron

Bill and I
(it's about 30* outside here. Nice weather!)
View from a top a moutain as we drove to Young

On Saturday, Bill and I went on a road trip with good friends. First we went to Miami (of coarse, Arizona!) to eat at a little place called The Mexican Food, Burger House. Then after that we went north towards Roosevelt Dam and turned and visited Workman Creek falls inside Tonto National Forrest. It is really beautiful there...we even got to see snow and about 6 deer! What a wonderful way to spend on an amazing day. After that we drove back through Young and Payson. We stop in Payson at D.Q. for some ice cream...it was about 54* and we get an urge for ice cream. Where we crazy or what! Thanks Barron and Alicia for a fun day full of memories that will be with us forever!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Yummy!!!

This is the best ever easiest pumpkin treat to make~ENJOY!!!

Pumpkin Yummy!
1-15oz can of pumpkin mix
1 can of evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 yellow box cake mix
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c. butter melted

Mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, and spices and pour in the bottom of a sprayed 9x13 glass dish. Sprinkle box cake over the top. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top. Bake@ 350 for 45-55 mins or until pecans are browned and filling has set ( if it is "jiggly" when you move the pan around, bake a little longer.) Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!:)

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Missing you loads! ETTE

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my Dads birthday...He would have been 88 years old today. He was my everything! I have so many fun memories that have been going through my head today. All the Father/Daughter days at primary, the Father /Daughter dates to Pete's Fish and Chips. Him inviting my brother and I to meet him and Mom after their Temple trip and eat at Mattas! (yum,yum) He has been gone for 20 years now but I feel him close everyday. Love you Dad!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Miss Tri State Arizona

Zoe is in the front row with the blue and brown flowered dress
(with her hands clasped together)
About a month ago Zoe won a pageant that she was in, she is Miss Tri State Arizona Toddler. On October 31st, (her birthday) she will be in another pageant going for Miss Tri State National Toddler....GOOD LUCK ZOE!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Shirts are here...

The offical Smokin` Bill`s BBQ shirts are done. If you go to our blog you can see them and order one if you'd like. All the details are there.
We have started off with a bang and have been busy every weekend, so if you don't see us much that is why~We aren't ignoring you!!!
Take a look at our blog and leave us a comment or a blurb about us. Thanks for all the support we have been getting from all of the family and friends!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Coming Along!

(vinyl done by- www.letyourheartsoardesigns.blogspot.com)
When Chloe saw this picture we had designed, by Bill's father. She said, "Look it's Papa!"

Vinyl on the back of the car...

(vinyl done by-A Penny For Your Thoughts- http://www.pennyvinyl.com/)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trip to Tennessee

Jamie's Family
Cumberland River,Clarksville Tn.

Grandma's Boys

100 year old Church House

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Up-Date in our Family

As many of our family and some friends know...Brittany has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is doing well and right now asks for just your prayers, she is needing to do everything herself right now just to keep focused, she will need our help most later. She is very tired but knows she needs to keep going for her girls. They are right now in the planning stages of when she will have surgery and when to start kemo or radiation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families that you are doing well...Love to all of you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Will You Give This To My Daddy?

Will You give this to my Daddy?
As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.' Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed One of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen. Moving threw the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and Cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families. Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our Service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old ran up to one of the male soldiers. He knelt down and said 'hi...' The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her... The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek. The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second... Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.' He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying 'your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.' The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek. We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American. RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday - and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that... Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED.The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is.....We need your support and your prayers.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Great Aunt!

I am a new great aunt....this is Tate Lorin, he joined us on Sunday. Mommy and Tate are doing just fine and got to come home today...

Monday, August 9, 2010

5th Grade

Ready to take on the day!
I am super girl.....
Looking good......!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Summer Monsoon

This was taken from our backyard....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Here are a few pictures from our vacation...

Friday, July 9, 2010

What A Way To Start...

Long explanation sorry: After a long day of doing things, we ended up in the E.R. with Madison. Her and I went to Savers with Brittany and the girls. As we were leaving Madison was helping out with one of the girls. A lady was holding the door for us, well just as Madison and Chloe were going out the door the lady lets go of the wide open door. So Chloe wouldn't get hurt, Madison stuck her arm and elbow out to stop the door from hitting Chloe in the head. Needless to say, Madison elbow hit the door and of coarse began to swell and turn purple. So we head to the hospital and a few X-Rays later, they said that there was to much fluid on her elbow and they couldn't really tell if it was truly a complete brake. So they are treating it as if it is one. What a way to start a vacation!


It's getting close to school again, so it was haircut time. I think it looks very cute on her.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I like honey...but this is TOO MUCH!

Can you see the bees?
Needless to say, we haven't gone out back after this...
We called a Bee Guy and he said if they are still there tomorrow
he will come get them. They may just be resting from the flight travels...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Swimming Lessons

Madison is taking swimming lessons from Ms. Harley. She loves it and went from doggie paddling to swimming across the pool the first day, AWESOME! She has so much confidence now and loves her teacher. She can't wait for each day so she can go learn more....

Saturday, June 19, 2010


What a wonderful 29 years it has been, never a dull moment!

What's Up Doc!?!

Today we harvested all our carrots from our garden and we have tons!!! I called my brother to see if he wanted any of them. He said," Didn't you already harvest all of them the last time we were out there?" I told the Hubby to cut back on the carrots next year!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Love This...

"You did not come into the world to fail. You came into the world to succeed. You have accomplished so much so far. It is only the beginning. As you move forward on the trail of life, keep the banner of faith in self ever before you. You may not be a genius. You may not be exceptionally smart. But you can be good, and you can try. And you will be amazed at what might happen when in faith you take a step forward." ( One Bright Shining Hope, Gordon B. Hinckley)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rosealie and Chloe

Brittany took the girls and got their picture taken a couple of weeks ago and just got them back today. They turned out really cute! Here is just one of them and you can find her blog to the right and be able to go look at the rest of them.