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Navajo Taco Day

Alton slept over last night and the kids had a blast playing together this morning. Each child begged for Alton’s undivided attention (in their own way).

However there was one occasion when all the kids hung out together to look at an older picture album turned into a book.  

Church was very uplifting and awesome. We had a combined Relief Society / Priesthood lesson on the Sabbath Day. I left the meeting with an increased desire to do more to make Sunday’s even more special and sacred.

(A snapshot of Andy and I at church today)

After church we started getting dinner ready. (We invited my mom and John’s family to join us.). While some of us prepared dinner, Ashlyn and Alton played the game Scattegories. Ashlyn loves that game!…but she loves winning even more.

Andy and Emmy worked on making the Navajo tacos together. It’s one of his favorite foods to make. He made it often while he was on his mission since it’s a food they never had in Taiwan. 

Once everyone went home and the kitchen was clean again, I could relax for a bit. Ready to start another week. 

Saturday – Soccer Day

While the day may have started with catching up on homework, the rest of the day was filled with soccer, soccer and more soccer.  We had six games from Park City to Draper.

While Jaron was getting ready for his game, Andy asked if he and Jaron were close to the same height. He’s not there yet but it won’t be long!

I dropped Ashlyn off to her soccer game and her team was so excited to see her again. Her game went well…she even scored once during the game winning 3 to 1.


Emalee on the other hand was thrilled to get a piece of mail addressed just to her! It was a card from Mimi.  It sure made her feel special. 

Jaron has had a particularly hard time adjusting to the time difference. He fell asleep at 4:00 p.m. and would not get back up, so I let him be.  Both he and Ashlyn did that yesterday and ended up waking around 2 a.m. this morning. I wanted them to stay up tonight until (at least) 8:00 p.m. Ashlyn made it but Jaron did not.

Trevin begged Andy to let Alton sleep over tonight. With a lot of begging and a few extra chores, it was approved. They played hard tonight. Before the sun went down, they played soccer at the park behind our house.

Here are the sweaty and smelly kiddos!!

They’re back!!

So the first part of my day was spent in Centerville at a meeting for Sugardoodle. We are launching a blog called the Soul Spa. I met some of the lead bloggers, went over contracts and took pictures and videos for the blog. (Don’t mind my triple chin! It’s hard to take a picture of seven people when your arms are only so long!)


I had to leave the meeting pretty abruptly because Jaron and Ashlyn’s flight was arriving. Flight 57 from Amsterdam had my two babies and part of my heart.

Even though their flight arrived early, it still took them a while to go through Customs. It seemed like everyone was mostly off the plNe and my kids hadn’t come out yet. Suddenly, Margaret (Mimi’s sister) appeared and was getting off her shift. She offered to go check on their status for me since I wasn’t allowed back there. 


A few moments later these two appeared… They were tired but in good spirits.


Our first stop after the airport was Grandma’s house. She had picked Emalee up from school so I could go to the airport. 

We visited with her and then went straight to Jaron and Ashlyn’s school (Riverview Junior High) to pick up homework. School was just getting out when we arrived giving them a chance to say hello to some of their friends and find their lockers. (Emmy and I decorated the inside of them lockers last week, so they got to see the treats and school supplies we left for them.

Meanwhile, Trevin had been invited to spend the afternoon with two of his good friends, Atti and Roman. They went out to dinner and then enjoyed a soccer game, where Trevin was thrilled to get his ball signed by one of the athlete’s!


By the time Trevin came home, both Jaron and Ashlyn were fast asleep. In fact, they were out no later than five o’clock. I let them sleep today but it won’t happen again tomorrow because they need to adapt to the change in time before school starts on Monday.  

However, I wish I could have video recorded Kai’s response to Jaron’s return. As soon as we opened the front door and Kai spotted Jaron he started whimpering and crying. Jaron was just as thrilled to see his favorite dog. He brought him home a dog bone and Kai was in heaven. 

Yeah, it’s off!

Emalee has had an orthodontic device in her mouth the last few month’s to help with tongue thrush. She was soooo excited to get it off!  We’ll go back in six weeks and make sure all is well. 

Trevin doing his homework…


…while Em and I made BBQ chicken salads for dinner. 

I just got a text from Quinn letting me know that these two are at the airport right now and will be boarding to go home in a few minutes!!!! So happy to have them back home. My heart can’t wait .


Where did the summer go? School starts tomorrow!

Trev and Emmy we’re excited to talk to Ashlyn on the telephone this morning. Ashlyn was in Verona , Italy today seeing a coliseum….listened to opera and ate at McDonald’s. Jaron on the other hand was able to visit the Swiss temple today and met a couple from Taylorsville and a couple from Bountiful, Utah (with the last name “Day”). He asked if we were related but I don’t know of any relatives in Bountiful.     

I went to my Zumba class at 9:00. I really look forward to going but worry they’ll cancel it because only three people show up each week (the same three every week). I try and recruit others, and they’ll come once and not return. I guess I’ll keep trying….
Later in the afternoon, the kids and I did a little school shopping. They already had backpacks and clothes….they just needed some folders, pencil boxes and markers…..and snacks for lunches….. and….and…..and….. It all adds up but they’re ready to rock and roll. 

While I taught piano to Diana and Daniella, Andy took Emalee to soccer practice. 

Afterwards, we headed out to pick up some vegetables from my cousin. She said if we wanted any corn, we could go pick some from my uncle. Well, yes please! So we headed over to my Uncle Jack’s house and added corn, tomatoes, onions and carrots to our veggie basket.

When we got home it was pretty late. Andy gave Em and Trev a priesthood blessing for school, a very special tradition in our family. They are both so excited for school. In coming days, it will be hard to get them out of bed but tomorrow won’t be one of them. It’s like Christmas….sort of.


Klondike, Tae Kwon Do, Cookies and more

Today was a very busy day.  Mimi and I went exercising at Curves.  While chatting with her she mentioned all that she needed to do today in preparation for a huge service project she’s involved in.  I offered to help her bake some of the cookies for the sack lunches that will be donated.  She brought over a box of sugar cookies and toffee cookies.  After I finished cooking all of them, Trevin and his friend Atti took them down to Mimi’s house for me.  Trevin has lost so many coats he is now using Emalee’s quite regularly.

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Jay Brimhall came by around 4:00 p.m. to pick up Jaron for the Scout Klondike campout.  They went up to Don Hughes ranch….where there was actually snow (unlinke around here….look at the lawn in the picture….no snow).  Jaron is in shorts and looking like he’s planning on going to the beach.  I made sure he had what he needed but whether or not he’ll use it is up to him.

Andy, Trevin, Emalee and Ashlyn headed off to Tae Kwon Do together.  They are getting close to advancing to the next belt.  Afterwards, they went and got ice cream together.  Emalee shared a few bites with me when she got home.  The girls painted each others nails, I read a book and we all settled down for the evening.  Grateful for all the busy moments but my spirit thrives on the quieter ones. 

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Hey Ash!


“Hey Ash, I’m going to take a picture……Ash….hey Ash, come here!”

This is what it looks like when “mom” gets her camera out to take a picture of her sweet “Ashy-boo-boo”.  BOO!!  She was a bit camera shy today…well, every day, but that’s okay.  I told her that I  just want to remember her sweet face.  No es bueno for Ash.

Another goal I made this year was to attend the temple each week.  I have made Monday mornings my temple day.  ((This year is the first year that the Jordan River Temple is open on Monday’s…pretty exciting.))  Well, when my alarm went off this morning I couldn’t get my body out of bed….I stayed up too late reading.  Gotta love those natural consequences.  Anyway, I didn’t make excuses, I just headed to the temple later than usual.  It was a great morning to go….not too busy but not slow either.

Because we have been enjoying such great weather, Ashlyn’s soccer coach (Carla) has asked to start having one outdoor practice a week, starting today.  They had a scrimmage in Walden Meadows this afternoon and Ashlyn was the goalee.  It was the first time I’ve seen her play goalee and she did a great job.

Sunday’s are a special day

Today was the first Sunday of the New Year.  Our church block is now from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. While getting ready, Emmy asked me to braid her hair. She normally doesn’t have the patience for it but it looked really cute!  Em and I decided to walk to church today, which was nice.


We took a picture after church, but it’s missing Jaron since he slept over at my mom’s house last night.


20150103_151321I love how the picture of our family has Emalee with the sticker on the front of her dress reminding her that she is giving the opening prayer in Primary next week.  We truly are at church.

After church, I made some Pina Colada fruit leather and Andy made a stir fry for dinner.  Ashlyn couldn’t wait for dinner and started munching on her giant Snicker bar that she got for Christmas.

Feeling so grateful for my life and family today. Sunday’s are my days to rest, rejuvenate and plan for the coming week.  I had time to really count my blessings today.  Heavenly Father has really watched over and blessed our family.



20150103_145413My mom came up with this pina colada fruit leather recipe.  It turned out yummy.  In your blender mix 5 c. apples, 1 c. apple juice, 2 bananas, 1 can crushed pineapple and 1/2 bag shredded coconut (7 oz. of 14 oz. bag).  You can also blend in some maraschino cherries.  I poured it out on my dehydrater sheets until they became fruit roll ups!  Yum!!

Grandma’s Girls

Lots of routine, mundane things happened today.  I got my oil changed in my van this morning, went grocery shopping,  exercised with Mimi, worked on SugarDoodle, cleaned the house and watched a movie with my kiddos.  There are only a couple more days before school starts and we’re trying to enjoy every last minute together.

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20150102_180150Andy, Jaron and Trevin went to Tae Kwon Do tonight.  Ashlyn, Emalee and Amelia had a sleep over tonight at my mom’s house…a girls night out.  I’m sure they won’t be sad they missed Tae Kwon Do.  Spending time with Amelia and Grandma Kluse trumps sports any day!

I also made an awesome veggie dip today.  You just mix 2 cups of cottage cheese in the blender with one Fiesta Ranch packet.  Yum!

I had to also include a picture of my computer screen.  If I ever leave my computer for a few minutes, I know Jaron has been there because my moniter will say, “I like trains.”  Love him!


{Easter with Day Family}

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{Hollywood Connection}




Jaron and Ashlyn enjoyed their last day of Spring Break today. Jaron got a much needed haircut. Jaron, Ash and Grace (who slept over last night) went shopping for clothes and then we went out to lunch. After picking up Emmy, Trevin and Atti (Trevin’s friend), we went to Hollywood Connection and went rollerskating. Emmy and Atti needed walkers to help them skate. They had a blast.






{Time once again}


We found ourselves at the dentist’s office early this morning getting Jaron amd Ashlyn’s six month cleaning and exams. Ashlyn had two small cavities but both of them are in baby teeth that she is close to losing. One of them is pretty loose.  Jaron on the other hand had four cavities.  While that sounds pretty bad, it is progress for him….so yeah!

I spent a good amount of the day getting ready for our new exchange student from Japan. He’s 16 year’s old and his name is Jinya.  He doesn’t know a lot of English but that will come in time.

Trevin was really excited for the Pinewood Derby tonight.  Between Trevin, Andy and myself we put together a fun Pokeman car. He placed sixth in the race tonight. Mike Brimhall made each scout a keepsake to show off their cars. Trevin’s car was deemed the most creative.

{Friday fun day}



After school today, I took the kids and a few friends swimming at the Murray Rec center.  It was a lot of fun. Shortly after returning home, Ashlyn headed off to babysitt the Chatlelain’s kids for the evening.  She really is a great babysitter.  She loved that they have a baby (Brynn) who slept in her arms for part of the evening.

{Mish-mash Friday}


After school today my mom asked if I wanted to go pick up some bird food with her from IFA. I said, sure. At the time I had Trevin, Emalee and Trevin’s friend from school, Atti.  When we got there, they loved petting the baby chicks and bunnies.



A bit later we picked the other two up from school and this is what they did most of the day….



It was nice to have a relaxing, kick-back Friday.  Great way to start out the weekend.



Such a busy Sabbath. I love that Ashlyn will take my phone to use the camera for things like this…..what a beautiful sunset tonight!