Monday, December 29, 2008
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Saturday, December 6, 2008
Just in case you were wondering, the December scent of the month is Hearth & Home, spices of the season mixed with Sweet Bayberry, smells great!! The warmers of the month are Cyprus and Malta, they have a Mediterranean feel and look to them, they are BEAUTIFUL!! If you are curious, check out the link to my Scentsy page on the side-bar to the right.
Have a wonderful weekend and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
*If you would like to set up a smelling session give me a call or leave me a message and I would be more than happy to arrange that for you as well.*
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
In keeping with the giving spirit of the holiday season, my gift to you all is this one suggestion:
READ THIS BOOK!
I promise you, you won't be disappointed. It is the perfect book to read especially at this time of year. I bought this book almost three weeks ago in Spokane. Kevin got to it first and read it in about two days. Kevin is not a big reader and he REALLY loved this book. He kept asking me when I was going to start reading it. Last night I took Jacob to TKD and left the girls home with Kevin and took the book with me. I couldn't put it down after that. I started the book at 6:00 pm and had it all read by exactly midnight. I had a few interruptions through out the night that slowed me down but I am glad I stuck with it and read it all. I was sitting in my bed in tears at midnight. Kevin rolls over and looks at me and says, "You finished the book, didn't you."
When you do read the book I would love to know how you felt about it. Merry Christmas and happy reading
P.S. The book is based on the true, personal story of Glenn Beck. It just makes it that much better. Curious yet?
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Monday, December 1, 2008
Kelsie is two. At home all day with a big brother who is bored. Enough said.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Friday, November 21, 2008
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
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Monday, November 10, 2008
All you have to do to enter my little giveaway is leave me a comment about something that you know about me. A memory or when we first met or your favorite post of mine. Maybe something that you know to be true about me, my likes or dislikes, ANYTHING!!
Anyone can enter, only one will win. Will it be you? The giveaway is open until Friday, November 14 at midnight. Not local to the Tri-Cities? No worries! I will gladly mail the winner their Scent-sational Room Spray should they happen to live anywhere other than here:)
So there you have it. My first blog give-away! I am so excited! Comment away, I can't wait to read what you have to say!!
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- 20 oz. Pop Sale
- $16.00 per case ($.67 per bottle)
- Coke products including: Coca Cola Classic, Cherry Coke, Vault, Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Diet Coke w/Lime, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Coke Zero, Pibb Xtra, Barq's Root Beer, Minute Maid Lemonade, Minute Maid Pink Lemonade, Nesteas, Fanta Strawberry, Vault Red Blitz and Vanilla Coke
- 12 oz Powerade in flavors Mountain Blast, Fruit Punch, Grape and Orange
- 20 oz Water available in Dasani, Raspberry Dasani, Lemon Dasani and Dasani Grape and 16.9 oz Talking Rain
The sale ends Friday, November 7. If you are interested in purchasing some, please leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how many cases and what flavors. Checks made payable to SHS and delivered to me by Friday, November 7.
Thank you all so much and GO SUNS!!!! To see them in action, check out the video below under Friday Night Lights.
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Monday, November 3, 2008
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
This is Kayla's first official performance on a field. She's the one with the pink gloves on. She was SO excited. The wonderful girl in front of her instructing the little girls is my sister, Ashley. It was so awesome to not only watch Kayla out there, but to see both Kayla and my little sister out there together. It was a proud moment for our little family.
This is video of the SHS Dance team, Heatwave, performing (See video up above. Coudn't get it to post here for some reason!). They are simply awesome. They also happen to be three time State Champs in dance and are trying for a fourth title this year. The SHS Dance team also has the AWESOME privilege of going to HAWAII to dance in the PRO BOWL in February. Isn't that awesome! I wish I could go with them!!
So there you have it. This was OUR Friday Night Under the Lights!!
Story told by AOlson at 10:35 AM
Did you get your HSM Ice Tour tickets? We did!! Our kids are so excited! Well, they actually don't know yet, but I know they will be excited!! I am not sure if I should tell them or surprise them. I think I might just surprise them and tell them we are going on a day trip or something.
The tour will be in Spokane from November 19 - 23. I thought I would pass the info along because I know there are a lot of little (and big) HSM fans out there. I know they have other dates in Seattle, Wenatchee and Portland.
Hope to see you there!
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Friday, October 10, 2008
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
I need to figure out a way to capture all that cuteness. Any ideas?
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Monday, September 22, 2008
A four hour drive to Mount Vernon would wear out any almost 2 year old!
The zoo was so much fun!! Lots of walking!
The Mariners ROCK even if they had a losing season. They won when I was there!
No body move and nobody gets hurt-when we get there.
Amy, your kids wear me out! Thanks for bringing me on vacation with you guys!
I am so thankful for great memories of exhausting summer fun!!
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Monday, September 15, 2008
This is Kelsie before her birthday party standing next to the Dora pinata that she picked out herself. She LOVES Dora right now!
This is her taking a crack at her pinata. She had so much fun! She was so excited to get all of that candy out of there!!
This is her wearing part of her pinata.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Well, lets see: three children, five cars, one apartment, one duplex, one home of our own, NO PETS, 4 trips to the ER, one trip to Disney World before the kids were born, 4 different Wards, an Olson Family bike trip in Montana with screaming babies, one Trip to Reno, three trips to Utah, one trip to Mexico - ELEVEN AMAZING YEARS.
I am so thankful to have the blessing of eternal companionship, especially with my best friend. No one knows me like Kevin. I am so grateful for the wonderful life that we have built together and for the knowledge that it doesn't end here.
Nothing explains how I feel better than our wedding song. Kevin's' twin brother and sister sang "Me and You" by Kenny Chesney at our wedding.
Ordinary No, Really don't think so, not a love this true
Common destiny, We were meant to be, Me and You
Like a perfect scene, from a movie screen, We're a dream come true
Suited perfectly, for eternity Me and You
Everyday, I need you even more, and the night time too
There's no way, I could ever let you go, even if I wanted to
Every day I live, Try my best to give, All I have to you
Thank the stars above, That we share this love, Me and You
Every day, I need you more and more, And the night time too
There's no way, I could ever let you go, Even if I wanted to
Ordinary no, Really don't think so, Just a precious few
Ever make it last, Get as lucky as, Me and You .
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HONEY! I LOVE YOU!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
It's almost coming up on a full year with this new found freedom. We have made adjustments in schedules here and there and things are good, but I keep feeling like something is still missing. I finally came to the conclusion and realized that it's me. I need to get organized with EVERYTHING. I used to be an organized FREAK in my youth. I cleaned my room everyday, made my bed every morning. My dresser drawers were all properly neat and folded, my closet was organized, my school work was always done. That's just how it was. Remember, I grew up in Warden where there is nothing to do and no where to go, so I had A LOT of time on my hands. My mom kept our house CRAZY clean. You could take a white glove through our house and find not a speck of dust. She also worked outside the home very long hours, sometimes nights. She still always had the house perfect. She was always so tired.
When I got my first apartment, it was still the same nice neat tidy place of my own. After we got married, still very clean and tidy. Then came the kids. I can't believe how much CRAP you accumulate when you have kids. This is when things began to snowball I think. When Jacob was about a year old I went to work part-time and I did this until about a year ago. I was definitely not my mom. I had a hard time keeping up with the daily stuff like dishes and laundry that all of the extra deep cleaning always got put off. I learned to live in my house even if it wasn't perfectly clean. I learned to play with the kids instead of fold the laundry. Don't get me wrong, my house isn't like totally messy and unlivable, it's just not the way I would like it to be, completely clean and organized. I let all of the extra stuff go because I didn't feel like I had the time to do it all when I was working, now, I have no excuse. So I have been looking around the house and finding that I can throw out over half of the toys that are CLUTTERING all of the floor of both of the kids' bedrooms, I have bags of clothes that need to be given away or donated. We have been trying to paint and redecorate. I have always HATED the closet in my bedroom. It is so tiny. Someday, in my next house, I will have a HUGE, GRAND, master closet. Kayla and Kelsie are in one room and there is just no room. There's the catch. There COULD be room if it was clean and organized. Anytime I don't want something in the house or I want to get rid of something I just put it in the garage. Our garage is so scary right now. I feel bad for Kevin because he has no garage anymore. It has been taken over by nursery bassinets and car seats and old strollers and tubs and tubs of kids clothes and just CLUTTER. It has gotten way out of hand.
I also realized that if I had the house situated and organized the way I want it to be that I would have more time to organize the other things in my life, like scripture reading and exercising, and a better more efficient bed time and morning routine. The thing is that I KNOW all of this needs to be done. I NEED to get their rooms clean and organized and de-cluttered, I just get overwhelmed when I walk in the room. I'm like "Oh I'll just do it later." Um, it's been almost a year of me staying home and it's still not done, but I am determined that now that we are back to school and we are getting to some sort of normality after summer that I will be able to get all of this stuff done.
There I said it out loud so maybe now it'll get done. It might help if I wasn't blogging, huh.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for me on where to start or how to start or what works for you, I would love to hear it!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It's official. Meet the newest member of Pack 149. How CUTE is he?!?! I didn't have so much fun ironing on all of the patches but after seeing him all dressed up it was SO worth it. Kayla couldn't resist getting in on the pictures. She is such a ham sometimes (I have no idea where she gets it from).
Kevin Richard has lots of fond memories of scouting. Kevin remembers most that his Grandpa Richard Cox was the Scout Master. He really loved scouting with his Grandpa. I hope that Jacob Richard will do his Great-Grandpa proud.
We are really looking forward to helping Jacob achieve all of his different rankings. I don't really know anything about the program so this will be a learning experience for me. He is growing up way too fast, I hope I can keep up with him.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We finally got a wireless Internet router, can you believe it! Kevin and Jacob are SOOOO excited because this means hooking up the Wii to all of our friends. So if you know your Wii number and would like to share it, we would LOVE to challenge you all to some Mario Cart!!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I feel like I have been ready for a while now for school to start. I'll miss all of our summer activities and the lack of a schedule, but I won't miss all of the fighting and bickering and whining that has been in my house for about the past month. They needed to be back in school so they could miss each other a little bit and not fight so much I think.
Monday night for our FHE, Kevin took each child one at a time, including Kelsie, and gave them a back to school "interview". Each one lasted about 10-15 minutes. It was really quiet during Jacob's and Kayla's interviews and then there was lots of singing when it was Kelsie's turn. Way cute!! They each loved the one on one time that they had with their dad. They each received a blessing and that ended our night. It was very special.
On Tuesday night we got them in bed by 8:30, well Jacob and Kayla anyway, Kelsie is a night owl!! They each got one on one time with Kevin and I separately just to talk or say a prayer or read a book or two before bed. During my time with each one of them I started to get very emotional. Jake was reading me a Junie B. First Grader book and I just realized how grown up he is. We were reading a first day of school book with Kayla and it just HIT me HARD, that she was starting Kindergarten. I held it together.
We got up this morning and got ready had breakfast, all very smooth. Got Jacob to school and into his classroom. I snapped a few pictures and I just couldn't leave. He kept looking at me like, "Okay Mom, you can go now." I remembered that they were serving doughnuts and orange juice out front (THANK YOU PTO) so I turned around and headed out. I held it together though. I got home and got Kayla in the bath tub, we picked out her first day of school outfit, combed her hair, and waited. I was in no hurry but Kayla was so impatient. She has afternoon kindergarten. Finally, the time came and we went back up to the school knowing very well she would only be there for one hour and ten minutes because of Wednesday early release. We got her into class and I curiously watched her as she interacted with her new school friends and teacher. About ten minutes later Senora Hannan says, "Adios" and waves at the parents who were still lingering in the classroom. So I grabbed Kelsie by the hand, waved good bye to Kayla and left. I SO did not hold it together. I sulked to my car and drove the two blocks home and called my Mom in tears telling her I had just dropped Kayla off at her first day (or hour) of kindergarten. Am I a wimp or what? Kelsie asked where Kayla was the entire hour she was gone. This didn't help. It was finally time to go pick them up and I was feeling fine. Let's hope we don't have a repeat of this tomorrow when she is in school for 3 hours!
Not that I was less emotional about Jacob, but he is in second grade now. I was waaay emotional when he started kindergarten. I am very excited for both of my kids to start a new school year and to see what fun things Kelsie and I will do together when we are alone.
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