Friday, February 29, 2008

16 or 5?

This is hilarious.

I'm working and I can hear a conversation between Jensy and Shawn. She is asking him if she can sleep downstairs and he's telling her no, because she's too cranky the next day, etc. So she says: (you can imagine her voice)

WELL... YOU are just RUINING my LIFE. and YOU are RUINING ME!...(and runs up to her room).

I said to Shawn, did you ever think at 5 Jensyn would be telling you you're ruining her life?

He thought maybe at 16.

oh boy.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What's in a name?
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

This was really interesting and fun, thanks Candy! This site tells other things like how popular your name is. 'Smith' is THE most common surname! (I think I already knew that), nothing like standing out!

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

Landon's 3rd Grade Program...

Tonight we went to Landon's Mickey Mouse program..It was really cute! The music teacher was awesome, she stood and played the piano while leading them! Great job Landon!

Today Jaxon told me about a dream he had that we were rich. He said: "I enjoyed that dream"! He's so funny. He's finally feeling better.

Today's 5...
1. Shawn getting home at 5:30!
2. Shawn making dinner, eggs-in-a-basket!
3. Third grade singers! Some of them really ham it up! Shawn and I were cracking up!
4. Celebrity Apprentice tonight! Thank you DVR...oh and Survivor!
5. Hair cuts (for the boys) from my mom!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

best buddies!

Sam and Landon
how cute is that?

I just came across this cute picture and wanted to share!
Jensyn is the sickie today...throwing fun.
Time to be grateful...
1. Making a cute picture even cuter with black and white effects!
2. (suh-weet!)
3. the word "crizap". I'm going to use this word more.
4. Sprite for a sick tummy.
5. keeping said Sprite down.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Five for today...

1. Laying on my bed... looking out the window at the rain...watching the rain turn to snow...drifting off to sleep.
(that was yesterday after church and it was awesome!)
2. Sitting on the couch holding a feverish boy ( I know AGAIN, now it's Jaxon's turn)
3. knee-deep in a BIG FAT BOOK!
4. helping Lincoln sound out "a-gree-ment".
5. working- in my P.J.s

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fun Tag...

20 years ago I . . .
1. Was 12. I was in 6th grade at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Mrs. Louie's class. I remember those 6th grade dances, they were so funny! I remember Whitney S.
2. Derek P. and I were on-again-off-again. Best friends Lisa, Sue and I were on the Jump Rope Team. (oh yeah, I can still do a triple-under! and a 360, ok. I can't do that.)
3. I was so nervous for 7th grade. I looked bad on my first day of school, I came across it the other day.

10 years ago I . . .
1. was 22. I just had my first baby, Jaxon. We found out about his heart and that he would have to have open heart surgery. I lost all my baby weight really fast, it's called stress-and-your-firstborn- having-life-threatening-surgery. Not a good diet.
2. I loved being a first-time mom and being able to work at home. We lived in Kaysville and loved it!

5 years ago I...
1. was 27 and just had my fourth baby, finally a girl! Jensyn June. She was my one and only C-section. I was on bed rest, then I got mastitis (twice) and made my mom take me to the ER (the first time) because I thought I was dying.
2. I had four kids in five years. This is what I like to call living in a "foggy-fog", as Dora would say. I thought I would never get my kids in school. There was a tunnel, but no light.
3. but I was excited to know that I was done having kids and that our family was complete!

1 year ago I . . .
1. was 31. I couldn't believe we had been in our house for a year!
2. I couldn't wait to get Jensyn in Kindergarten and couldn't believe this day had come! It went by so much faster than I thought.
3. I was excited for the Carmack's to move in!

So far this year I . . .
1. set many goals.
2. keep putting one of them off.
3. have had strep twice.

Yesterday I...
1. played cards with mom and sis, Heather, and had fun kicking their butts!
2. went to the Blue and Gold banquet for scouts.
3. was supposed to get the oil changed, but ran out of time.

Tomorrow I...
1. will get the oil changed.
2. will get my nails filled and trimmed, it's getting harder to type.
3. take my friend a birthday present and prepare for our primary sharing time!

In The Next Year I Shall...
1. Work on my goals.
2. Join the gym.
3. "Try a little harder to be a little better"-Gordon B. Hinckley.

Thanks Camille, that was fun! I now tag Heather (just kidding!, well if you want to), Emily and Laura and Kelly and Nancy!

Where's Waldo...

Can you spot the three kiddos in the balloons?
I got to decorate for the Blue and Gold Banquet tonight
so we had a car full of balloons!

We were bored waiting at the church for someone to come and open the door and I got this cute picture...
sweet Landon!
sweet Lincoln!
Today's 5
1. Balloons! Everyone smiles at you when you carry balloons around.
2. Blue and Gold Banquet, yummy chinese food.
3. Four kids running around the church for their "exercise" (they didn't learn that from me!)
4. Meeting someone new.
5. It's Friday!!!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Today's Five...

1. When one of my kids asks "Will you spill me some milk?" (instead of pour).
2. "The Pillars of the Earth", I'm really enjoying this book so far.
3. When a fever breaks. Lincoln and Jaxon are both home today with fevers, including me!
4. on-line book club. "The Tao of Pooh" is about happiness plain and simple. I like it so far, it's definitely different.
5. Cadburry mini-eggs. This is the best time of year when they start putting out the easter candy. These little nuggets of pleasure only come out once a year and you have to hurry and grab 'em before they are all gone. I made that mistake once. only once. You can cross-reference this with "a secret stash".

Are you all proud of me for elaborating?! Gimme some props!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hack job!


Murphy's hack job by Shawn. He still looks cute! Let's take a poll, short or long?
Go vote. now.
My Five:
1. Clippers.
2. a confidant.
3. "secret" ingredients. (you bet I used it!)
4. French dips.
5. sunshine.
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Monday, February 18, 2008


1. Meatloaf. I never liked it as a kid, but I love it now! Isn't it funny how our tastes change!
2. Night games. I was watching my boys outside playing football at dusk. It brought me back to 18 w. 900 n. for a minute.
3. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell and Carol Burnett. They were on Oprah today. It was awesome!
4. instant messaging.
5. Red Box.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday Five...

1. late-overs
2. Bukoos! I've been wanting to read "The Pillars of the Earth" and I got it there for $7 bucks! (If any of you have read it, will you please let me know how you liked it, please, before I read the 973 pages?)
3. Survivor- Mary didn't even see it coming! loved it.
4. Pineapple orange smoothie at Taco Time. de-lish.
5. Naartjie.


2 cups sugar
2/3 C light corn syrup
3/4 C water
1 tsp. LorAnn Gourmet Flavoring
1/2 tsp food coloring

In a large saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring. When syrup temperature reaches 260F., add color. Do not stir; boiling action will incorporate color into syrup. Remove from heat at 300F or when drops of syrup form hard, brittle threads in cold water. After boiling action ceases, add flavoring and stir. USE CAUTION WHEN ADDING FALVORING TO AVOID RISING STEAM. Pour syrup into lightly oiled candy molds or onto greased cookie sheet and score to mark squares.

Look at my cute Valentine from Shawn
(my favorite flowers)

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

hApPy HeArT dAy!

(This is the card I did for card club, not a great picture)
It's supposed to look like a letter!
These are the yummy treats we got from our neighbors! The ones bottom right are Emily' darling Em! And I made suckers again and sent them around to the neighbors.
I hope everyone has a great day with their sweatheart today!

Valentine Five...
1. Hearts.
2. Love.
3. sweet treats.
4. "I love you's"
5. conversation hearts
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

getting ready!

Grandma Smith gave the kids each sweatshirts for
Valentine's Day!
Thank you Grandma!
They were very excited (especially Jaxon)

Getting ready for the big day tomorrow! Yep, she's a lefty just like her mama.
Lincoln got up from what he was doing and just gave me a huge hug, didn't say anything. I love it when he does that!
Landon and Jaxon's picture didn't upload, I don't know why, sorry guys!

Today's Five...
1. a secret stash.
2. Valentine hugs.
3. the U.
4. homemade suckers! We made them and they turned out great, but they're gone...already!
5. hopefully the last winter storm! ah-oh, did I just jinx it?!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Today's Five...

1. Being tagged! (I think it's fun, even though I'm pretty boring)
2. volunteers.
3. the library.
4. my many blessings.
5. "Do you think I'm ugly, mom?"-Landon, in tears...he then told me about how a girl in his class keeps teasing him. I told him she probably likes him. I remember Derek pulling my piggy tails around the playground and yelling "giddy'up horsie" and how I thought he hated me, too.

Monday, February 11, 2008


From Laura:

pick 5 songs from your Music collection -(iTunes, CDs, online) whatever...the music you listen to. Then explain WHY you love it. Post your picks and tag a few people of your own!

1. Love Like This...I love her voice and it is so upbeat and happy.
2. Love's new and I love the words.
3.'s catchy and fun.
4. She's My Kind of Rain...I love Tim McGraw's voice and I love the words.
5. Cry. I love Faith Hill and it borders on a rock song and country. Love it.

From Heather:

1 thing I wont let my husband buy me: Bras.
1 think I would love to have, but will probably never have: BMW
1 thing you will never find in my closet: Bikini
1 thing I would choose if I were having elective surgery: tummy tuck
1 thing I love about my face: my nose
1 thing I love to do: water ski
1 thing I would like to change if I could: always feel happy
1 thing I would change as a mom: have more energy
1 thing I would do if I had unlimited money: buy a home with a swimming pool
1 thing I did that I would not do again: go to Vegas with Jason, (I will never live it down)
1 thing I would like to do: get my degree
1 thing I could do without: laundry
1 thing I love to smell: fresh flowers
1 thing I would do if I won the lottery: pay off everyone in my family's debt
1 thing that infuriates me: being judged
1 thing that I love about winter: cuddling in a blanket and reading
1 thing I love about scapbooking: creating something cute
1 thing I am addicted to: sweets
1 thing I pray for: safety
1 thing I wish I had: a money tree
1 thing I would do again, regardless of the pain: get a penicillin shot for strep throat
1 thing I absolutley hate to do: run
1 thing that is weird about me: I can type freakishly fast, with nails!
1 thing that I need help on: there's a lot more than one
1 thing I find most relaxing: a back and leg rub
1 thing that could get me into trouble: Ben's cookies
1 thing that annoys me: courtesy laughs
1 thing I dread; therefore, don't do very often: mountain bike
1 thing that I have learned, but still sometimes forget: I can try harder

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


The only fool was me for going to see it.

Friday, February 8, 2008


so yesterday I dropped the kids off in the morning and I headed over to the craft store. I was driving along and then looked in my rear view mirror and sure enough, the flashing lights of a cop. My heart sank. I wasn't speeding, was I? No. So I pull over and he zooms past me, after the guy in front of me. Two people then pulled over and the lucky one in front, was safe as well. "Whew!" Has that ever happened to you, your blood pressure going up and down just that fast!?

I was grateful.

My Five...
1. "whew"! moments.
2. the generosity of others.
3. "surprise" guest at cards today. so glad you could come and I think you should take Friday's off permanently! ;)
4. My mom, and the way she made me laugh today, the way only she can.
5. the new scrappy girl Shawn delivers to for sending me a box of free stuff (my order; see below) Yeah!!!! so, thank you "Shelby". yes. that is her name.

A definite perk because of a friendly UPSer ;)

She has great sales if you want to check it out at

check this out:

(so I'm a little excited.)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I'm it!...and I tag: Heather and Candy

8 things I’m passionate about:

1. My Faith.
2. My Family.
3. My Friends.
4. making cards/crafts.
5. going on dates, movies.
6. naps.
7. reading.
8. Ben's cookies.

8 things I say often:

1. "That's funny".
2. "We'll see."
3. "Settle down!" (this I usually scream)
4. "Love you."
5. "How are ya?"
6. "I'm tired."
7. "I don't know."
8. "Uh-huh."

8 books I’ve read recently (or am reading now)

1. Twilight
2. New Moon
3. Eclipse
4. 19 Minutes
5. Barrinton Family Saga #1, 2, 3
6. Children are from Heaven
7. Garden Spells
8. The Book of Mormon.

8 things I want to do before I die:

1. Go Skydiving.
2. Go to New York and see the statue of liberty and see a broadway play.
3. Visit somewhere far away like Ireland, or Austrailia.
4. Get a degree.
5. Overcome yelling.
6. Get healthy.
7. Contribute to society.
8. meet someone famous.

8 songs I can listen to over and over again, and probably have

1. Miles Away-Winger
2. Make a Memory- Bon Jovi
3. Bubbly- Colbie Callait
4. Somebody-Depeche Mode
5. 1985-Bowling for Soup
6. Cry-Faith Hill
7. She's my Kind of Rain-Tim McGraw
8. Anything by Vince Gill, I just love his tenor voice!

8 things that attract me to my friends:

1. Supportive.
2. Understanding.
3. Funny.
4. Positive.
5. Happy.
6. Nice.
7. Nonjudgemental.
8. Easy going.

8 things I learned in the last year:

1. Miracles happen.
2. "this too will pass"
3. I love having my mornings to myself!
4. I need more patience.
5. I make a lot of mistakes.
6. I can try a little harder, to be a little better.
7. endurance.
8. the more things change, the more they stay the same.

p.s. Thanks Christy, this was fun!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My hubby!

I got this from my friend Carly, to learn more about our hubbies!

What is his name? Shawn Larson
How long have you been together? 13 years.
Who eats more? Donuts: me. Cruise buffet: Shawn. j/k Shawn eats more.
Who said "I love you" first? He did.
Who is taller? He's 6 feet. I'm 5'6".
Who is smarter? (he's smarter at math)
Who does the laundry? It's about 70/30 for me. He's really good about doing laundry whenver I need help, just not putting it away.
Who does the dishes? I do, unless I ask him. He hates unloading the dishwasher, though. but, If I cook, he "cleans up".
Who sleeps on the right? We don't have certain sides, but most nights he does.
Who mows the lawn? Shawn. I've never mowed a lawn in my life.
Who cooks dinner? I do, unless I ask him.
Who drives when you are together? Mostly Mr. UPS, but sometimes me when he's done driving for the day ;)
Who is more stubborn? me.
Who kissed who first? Shawn kissed me and it was the best first kiss I've ever had. I call it our "hollywood kiss", and I actually made him try to recreate it once. it didn't work. But seriously it could have been straight out of a movie!
Who asked who out first? He did after prodding by both of our mothers, probably just to get them off his back!
Who proposed? He did, but he told me he was going to.
Who has more siblings? We both have two sisters and one brother!

Put it this way: I'm lucky and he puts up with a lot! I love you, babe.

My Five:
1. Pineapple. Did you know it takes 2 years to grow? That's why it's so expensive. I learned that from Lincoln today.
2. Miracles.
3. dollar movies.
4. bedtime.
5. my hubby!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"go. Shelby's. house. day."

Jensyn and Stratton, Heather's youngest

1. The fact that Stratton kept saying all day "Go Shelby's house day?"
2. anticipation. (Who just started singing "What time is it" from HSM?)
3. suffrage.
4. snow cones! I'm craving summer!
5. a story Jaxon reminded me of...I'll share:
the day we moved to Bountiful, Jaxon jumped out of the car and immediately went knocking on doors of our new neighborhood to find friends. He went to one of the houses next door (full of girls) and asked if they had any boys and what were their ages. The dad replied that they only had girls and would he like to have a girl for a friend? and Jaxon stated: "No, I'm just looking for boys"!
I wanted to remember that. That's Jaxon for ya.

Monday, February 4, 2008

got scouts?

Shawn when he was in scouts,
and then him with Jaxon and Landon at a scout activity...

My Monday Five:
1. Following in someone's footsteps.
2. a vivid imagination.
3. a tender heart.
4. not giving up.
5. not giving in.
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Saturday, February 2, 2008

My Five...

1. The book I'm reading now called "Garden Spells".
2. Reconnecting with old friends.
3. the nice girl at Bowman's who helped me find souerkraut for polish dogs tomorrow. it's a superbowl tradition!
4. letting it all out.
5. warm salt water for cankers...I was Lincoln's hero~