Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday little T

Happy Friday Everyone! 
Happy Birthday to my favorite little boy Taeden!! 
He is turning 2 today :) YAY
I can not believe he is already TWO YEARS OLD! It is weird to think that when he was born I was dating Andrew. He actually took me to see new born baby T an hour after he was born. and met my mom then. and took Justina a Wendy's frosty and fries. ha now thats my sister. It was a great day :)  
Well I decided to try making a quiet book and I am SO excited to show everyone especially Taeden. 
I have been so excited about it for the two weeks I have been working on it. 
and now it is time to show. ENJOY! 

So what do you think???
 I had a lot of fun making it. It took a lot of time but I have had a good amount of that for a while. 
Sadly that is coming to an end soon though. But I am excited for my classes next semester. 
I am going to really enjoy the next three weeks though. I am sure I will also have lots to share so stay tuned :) 
Have a great weekend. I know we are. It is General Conference time. Don't know what that is??

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Loving Kansas Style

I am sorry I have slacked off in my Sunday Loving. And my picture taking has also been lacking. Which is sad because the weather lately has been B-E-A-U-tiful. But maybe that is why. I have been enjoying the weather instead of doing other things :) which is fine by me.
Well on this edition on sunday loving I would like to talk to you about a subject that is held very high in our household. and that would be Sports. But I would like to be a little more specific. Kansas Basketball

I love it.  I love Kansas Basketball. Now I won't say I am the biggest fan. I do not watch ALL of the games like my husband does with BYU or Clipper Basketball. But I keep track of them. I have loved them ever since..lets say high school. I'm not too sure to tell you the truth.

But I can tell you that in 2008 when they won the Championship game in overtime. I freaked. My family freaked. My dad ran around in the streets. SCREAMING. and then the next day I got out of work (by some miracle) ditched school and headed to Lawrence to see the boys come home. It was AWESOME!
Emily and I at the homecoming.
wow we look young 
 The crowd at the homecoming 

And I think from then on out I really was hooked. Now ever since then they haven't been as good but that is okay because I still love them. And today when they won against #1 Seed North Carolina, I freaked. It was great. I knew there was a chance they would lose but I had HOPE and lots of it. and it WORKED!
ahhhhhh FINAL FOUR HERE WE COME. and yes they might lose against Ohio St. but they made it to the final four and that is good enough for me this year :)

Now I do have one confession. I always wished I had a school of my own that I could cheer for. But I knew I never wanted to go to Kansas. And now that I am going to BYU let me tell you, I am REALLY EXCITED. I have my own team to cheer for. Kansas will always have a small special place in my heart but I have a strong feeling that I will be a real cougar in no time :)

these bears sat at our reception. aren't they the CUTEST?! 

Well here is to March Madness!
Are you watching??

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Time Out for the Ladies

This weekend we went to a conference called "Time out for Women" 
It was wonderful. There are lots of speakers and performers. It is very uplifting and leaves you feeling AWESOME. Pretty much you feel like you can conquer the world! great right??
Andrew's mom Lisa was able to come up for it as well as Andrew's birth mom Marilee. 
I think it is becoming our new tradition to meet up each year and go to this. 
Last year we went to the one in St. George and this year we were able to stay in Idaho Falls. 
Jericho Road was the vocal group that performed. It was funny because it was like on older christian boy band. But they are great! There voices are just beautiful and the songs are so uplifting. 

The theme was seek the good so we made our own picture for it! 
What do you think?? :) 

All the Ladies! 
Kathy(anna's mil), Lisa, Anna, Me, Marilee

I thought it would be great to share some of my thoughts from the weekend with you!

"Don't try to be different, try to be good. Being good is different enough."

"Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart"

"Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved." Marvin J. Ashby

"Success is how much Good YOU do!"

"Trust God enough to trust in His timing"

Hope you guys are having a great week!
Who is SUPER excited for Hunger Games Thursday night??
I can not take it I am SOOOO excited.

p.s- Want to go to a Time out for Women in your own Town?? Click here to see where they are going this year :) 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fruit Boost

 We are becoming juicing people over in these parts. 
We won this awesome gift card to walmart and so we decided it would be best to use it on our desire to drink lots of fruits and veggies. so we did.
and so far it has been great. 
as long as I have a lot of good fruit and no carrot. 
Yes I know carrot is great to juice and healthy and what not but at this moment I do NOT like it. 
But its all good. We are working on being healthy and so far so GREAT! 
we have worked out a lot and worked on eating some what healthy...ha you gotta splurge every now and again..right?? Well we feel great and hope to look great too ;) 

Have a great weekend! I know we will :) 

Monday, March 12, 2012


I made bread bowls. 
They were great. I then ate the extra ones with butter and it was delicious. 
I thought about making homemade clam chowder but that seemed a little too adventures for me to handle in one day. But I really did enjoy the bread experience. I had been wanting to make it for a while so I made it a priority. wayyyy to go me. 
If you would like to try you can find the recipe on 
They tasted amazing and really weren't that hard to make. just time consuming. which I am realizing that most bread does. Who knew??? 
Most days I like experimenting with baking. as long as I can spend the money to buy the ingredients. ha 
but other days I am really lazy and cereal is there to make me happy. but thats how life goes. 
What do you like to make??

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Have I ever mentioned that I really like being a wife. Or a homemaker. And I can't wait to add mom to the list. Well it's true. I have all these awesome ideas floating in my head and I finally decided to check them off my list this week. And I thought I would share. In our living room we have this blank wall above the tv. It has been blank for a while so I came up with this awesome idea. I found some SWEEET free printables off of pinterest and painted some clothes pins and sanded them as seen below and BAM! We have decor on the blank wall! and as of right now I love it. And I can change out whenever I want. For seasons. For moods. For life changes. For ANYTHING.
Great, right?? I thought you all would be excited too :)

I am not too sure about the ends but for now thats what they are. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Change the World.

Now, I don't know much. I am not well informed. But that is something I want to work on and I am certainly trying. I want to change the world. but just the thought of it scares me. I think it is because i care too much about what other people think about me. But that is also something I am working on changing. I want to be known for standing for a cause. a good cause. and really having an effect in the world. no matter what other people think. Now the real question is where to start. Well I could become informed in politics and make sure I vote and encourage others too but isn't there more you can do? and that my friends is where I am here to tell you that yes there is more that we can do that can change the WHOLE world.

Andrew showed me a video tonight and I think that ever person needs to watch it. Spread the word and help do your part in changing the world. one small step at a time.

You won't be sorry. It is long but SO worth it. 
stop the modern day hitler. In a day with technology we can make a change by spreading the word and making this man known. We do not want to make this man famous to celebrate him but to put a stop to what he is doing.
The more people that know the faster we can make this change.

^^^^KONY ^^^^

Why would anyone want to harm children. I don't understand. but I do understand what needs to be done about it. It needs to be stopped!!! NOW. 

I hope you join us in spreading the word. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Loving

If you don't know this by now. I love this child. Mr. Taeden Checketts. 
He is my nephew and is awesome. 
At the end of this month he will be 2!! I can not even believe it! 
He is the child that I like to take pictures of because I do not have any children of my own yet. 
haha just wait until I have my own kids. it will be PICTURE OVERLOAD. to the MAX
Mr. T will be a big brother coming August. 
however I am a little sad we will be moving at that exact time to utah. FOUR hours away :( 
they will have to come visit us and we will have to come visit them often. 
Can you tell he has learned how to say Cheeeese? 

hope you enjoyed my sunday loooving. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Awkward and Awesome

Happy happy March 1st 2012

Hey it's March. When did that happen???
Goodbye February. 

I have decided that it would be awesome to be like Edward Cullen. 
not the looks. ew. 
but the fact that he can read peoples minds. 
Although I would like to select whose mind I am reading...
I feel like that would make it easier to communicate with others. 
But then I guess it would cause a lot of problems..

onto my awkward and awesome things :) 

  • I donated plasma on monday and almost past out which is like my biggest fear EVER when I go there. The two times that I have gone I have had to wait three periods of 15 minutes to get my heart beat to slow down. My heart likes to race out of control I guess. 
  • Wind and a skirt. I think there is enough said there. 
  • Not knowing anyone, other than the mommy to be at a baby shower I went to...yes I am one of those people that feels like a buddy when I go to these things. 
  • My lips are cracking and drying out and just DYING every five minutes. Even after putting some lip chap on. What do I do?! ugh 

  • Starting to be healthier. We got or juicer in the mail and have officially started working out. and started eating better. LETS GET IT DONE!  
  • Having a temple right up the street. We can see it everyday and go as often as possible. Its great. 
  • Having a warm house in this wonderful freak blizzard going on outside which makes the roads horrible and our apartment freezing so we stay in one room and keep it warm. 
  • Sleeping in for a long time. 
  • This weekend coming up where I get to just spend time with my hubby and do whatever we want. 

Hmm this was an interesting week. I have been feeling lazy. ha I will definitely be getting more done in the days coming up. Already started my lists. Stay tuned and maybe I will share some project. 

What are your awkward and awesomes this week??