Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Favorite Things


For my birthday I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite things. I read a friend's blog who did the same thing and I thought it was cute. So I thought I would give it a shot. It might be boring for everyone else but it was fun for me to think of all my blessings. They are not listed in order of importance except the first two! So here are my 75 most favorite things right now! Thanks to all of my great friends and family out there! YOU are my favorite things:

My favorite things:
1. Being married to Mike
2. Being a mom to Aidan
3. Being in a great family
4. Living in an awesome neighborhood
5. Having the best friends ever!
6. Going to Kohls with Sara
7. Shoes
8. Picture frames
9. The Olive Garden
10. Cafe Rio
11. The Village Baker
12. Eddie Bauer
13. The Children's Place
14. My camera
15. My Mac
16. My dog Tag
17. Pedicures with Amy
18. Chatting in the driveway with Alicia
19. Movie theater popcorn
20. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
21. Chocolate chip cookie dough
22. The Training Table
23. The Cheesecake Factory
24. Skechers
25. Girls Camp
26. My calling in Young Women
27. The Young Women
28. Stacy who does my hair so beautifully that I can't do the same ever!
29. My ipod
30. Playing the piano
31. Playing the organ
32. My camera
33. Taking pictures of little every day miracles
24. The rain watering my lawn instead of me having to
25. Reading my friends' blogs
26. Dressing Aidan in really cute trendy clothes and taking pictures of him
27. Gardner Village
28. My awesome dentist Reudi Tillman (just went there, can you tell?)
29. Soda pop
30. Sour patch gummi watermelons
31. Swedish fish
32. Watching a movie cuddled up with Mike
33. Falling asleep cuddled up with Mike
34. Going to Logan to visit my mom and dad
35. Coke and cherry Icee mixed together
36. Target popcorn and pop for like a dollar
37. My new car
38. My new black kitchen cabinets
39. My garden
40. Listening to the thunder
41. The smell of rain
42. Reading a really great book
43. Listening to or watching musicals
44. Wondering what will come out of my son's mouth next
45. My wedding anniversary
46. Halloween
47. Playing the wii with my family
48. My house when it is clean
49. Bath and Body Works wall flowers
50. Coconut Lime Verbena lotion from Bath and Body Works
51. Brown Sugar and Fig lotion from Bath and Body Works
52. My pink cell phone
53. Painting things like walls and furniture
54. Sitting in my parents' hot tub
55. Sitting under my tree with a cold water bottle after I have mowed my lawn
56. Getting magazines and packages in the mail
57. Making dvds
58. Getting a good night's sleep
59. Staying up late talking with Mike
60. Finding a really comfy pair of jeans that make my butt look small
61. Homemade cinnamon rolls
62. Seeing Mike walk in the door every day after work
63. Fall colors
64. Sweaters
65. Flip flops
66. My new camera lens
67. Tulips
68. Listening to the rain while going to sleep
69. Finding new little photo locations
70. Hearing Mike's voice on the phone
71. New socks
72. Gummi peaches
73. A new easy yummy recipe that my family loves
74. Fudge
75. My blog!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Aidan!



Aidan will be six years old on Saturday! I can't believe it! I can't believe that he is done with kindergarten and will be in first grade the end of July. He is very excited to be spending his birthday with his Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Brett and Uncle Matt. Happy birthday Aidan! We love you! Thanks for being such an awesome kid!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Aidan and Aryn Build a Bear



I am not a person who enjoys throwing parties for any occasion. So in place of a birthday party I let Aidan choose a friend and choose something fun he would like to do for his birthday. This year he has told me for weeks that he wants to go to Build a Bear Workshop. I told him that was a fabulous idea and I told him to think of a friend he would like to take with him. He chose Aryn. He loves playing with Aryn and she is so good to him. So we went today. We had a lot of fun! I was really disappointed when I got to the mall and realized that I forgot my camera! But it was okay because I got to enjoy the time hanging out with Aidan and Aryn and wasn't worried about taking pictures. So we came home and took pictures. Aidan chose a panda bear and named him Panda. Aryn chose a bear with stars and named her Stars. They got to make their bear, give it a bath, choose an outfit, named it and got a Condo for it. They gave Aidan a little birthday gift and he got to ring the birthday bell and the whole store told him happy birthday. Then they came home and played with their bears all afternoon. It was the best birthday party I ever had to throw. I highly recommend it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Day Lilies



For family home evening tonight we sat out on our front porch and just...sat. Okay, so I took some pictures. So I know that lately I have been taking pictures of flowers a lot but they will just stay there and do what I tell them to do! They aren't grouchy and they don't talk back to me. So, here are my pretty day lilies!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I love the Young Women!


This is a picture of our Stake Young Women Presidency at Girls Camp. I thought it turned out really cute. I just adore these girls. They are incredible and I look up to them! Some of them have been through such trials the last couple of months but still they have a smile on their face and keep going with such a positive attitude. I am so grateful that they are my friends. Love you girls!

Camp Rock 2008





If you have kids that watch the Disney Channel you will get that title! I made it back from yet another awesome Girls Camp. I love going to camp and I have gone every year for the past few years. Our new Stake Camp Director's name is Amee Rock and so our youth camp leaders started calling our camp Camp Rock. The name kindof stuck the whole week. We had fun and learned so much as we always do. The weather was very nice and just to make Alicia and Cindy jealous none of us plunged ONE TOILET while we were there. That was a miracle itself. Here are some of my favorite pictures of camp this year. Thank you to Alicia and Cindy for helping me out with Aidan while I was gone. I appreciate it! I look forward to going next year! Camp Rock!

Flowers at Girls Camp




Taking pictures of my cute young women at Girls Camp was my favorite. But I also enjoyed getting some pictures of the BEAUTIFUL flowers and greenery around our camp site. We went to camp about 2 weeks earlier than we did last year. It also has rained and snowed so much this year that the flowers were so beautiful and everything was greener than I had ever seen. Here are some of my favorite flower pictures around camp. WOW!!!

Great Grandma Brown


My Grandma Brown is the coolest. We had a fun family reunion the last Saturday in June and I took some pictures, of course! I happened to be chatting with my Grandma while I was sitting on top of a table by her. I thought this angle would be really cool. She is holding my cousin's new baby girl. My cousin adopted her in April which we were so excited about. They have been trying to have children for a long time. They also adopted a baby boy the same month. Two birth moms chose them within a couple weeks of each other. Wow! Exciting right? Congrats!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!


I am just doing ONE PICTURE tonight! I just got home from Girls Camp and I am TIRED! So I hope all two of you who read my blog will like this picture. I have lots more I want to share but I will later. I am still alive and I still have Youth Conference on July 31. Happy Fourth of July and happy birthday Carter!