I have been quite the busy bee...my husband left on deployment a little over 2 weeks ago. We miss him very much and it has been quite the challenge to get a handle on everything. I have to get 2 kids off to school every day, a 3 yr old to school twice a week, gymnastics once a week, missionettes for the girls on Wednesdays, trying to fit in working out, cooking, cleaning and homework...makes me tired just thinking about it. Not to mention getting ready for the holidays!

Before he left we made a trip up to Knotts Berry Farm for a family day...it was Veteran's day so you can imagine how many other families had the same exact idea & decided to show up!

We spent last week in Arizona visiting my family and had a wonderful time. I really needed that boost and we will be back there in just 3 weeks for Christmas break. Here we are on Thanksgiving:

We drove back home on Saturday so Alexis could get baptized at church Sunday morning. We were very blessed and for a treat I took the kids out to dinner at Olive Garden. YUM!

On top of everything else for this week, I've added a couple things to my to do list: Decorate for Christmas & start my Christmas shopping!

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Friday Fill In

First I Want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mother In Law! Love you & wish we could celebrate with you!!


1. It was a dark and stormy night, and I cuddled on the couch watching my DVR.

2. The kids would not listen so I offered to take the books myself.

3. Rushing out, is a way to forget something.

4. It a full moon...I think I heard a howl!

5. Shhhh... the baby is sleeping.

6. Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night with friends & family, tomorrow my plans include trick or treating & Harvest carnival with my Pirate, Minnie Mouse & Buzz Lightyear and Sunday, I want to NOT have a huge paper due!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

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1. The crickets sing, and the frogs dance.

2. I will be waiting for you wherever you are.

3. I want to get far away from the craziness of life and just enjoy my day.

4. One day all men would be treated equal; this was a dream.

5. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

6. Beautiful Arizona is where I come from.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends, tomorrow my plans include a pumpkin patch and Sunday, I want to make it to Sunday School!

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Over the last year I have been on a bumpy ride with ups and downs and although I love roller-coasters, this one was one I never imagined being on. But today I can actually say I am happy to be where I am. I have a wonderful husband who takes care of me and loves me no matter what, 3 children who drive me crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. We live in a beautiful town and have made some wonderful friends. I have learned that no matter what you do or where you are nothing is perfect. There is nothing wrong with striving for more, but you must also be content with what God has handed you because the minute you could lose it all...will be the minute you realize how you have taken it for granted and would do anything to gain it all back.
I am truly happy. With laundry piled around me, my kids screaming & laughing loudly, dishes in the sink and dinner needing to be made...I am where I want to be & happy.

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Long time no see

Hello, to all my faithful bog readers!
I am sorry I have not been around much lately, but thank you for still following me.
I had decided to take a break for the summer due to some crazy times.
The kids are out of school, I am still in school, we moved to another state, we had a great family vacation and I am trying to enjoy every ounce of relaxation I come across!
Moving to a new place is not that easy...new house, new neighbors, making new friends and new EVERYTHING! I cannot complain though, I am enjoying the newness of it all.
Kids start back to school starts in 2 weeks and I think things will be back to normal for a little while.
I look forward to blogging again, I have missed it & hope you all will join me again!

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Last Friday of June

1. She had a great life, and will be missed {RIP} Farrah Fawcett.

2. Jesus is by my side, always.

3. I know this: my children are my life and I wouldnt have it any other way.

4. Take 5 minutes and BE still.

5. These words apply to me: Life is a zoo in a jungle.

6. While I was getting my tan on....the sun was shining.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching a movie with the family, tomorrow my plans include being poolside and Sunday, I want to go to church and finish up any homework!

Take a moment to check out my friend's new blog, showing off her beautiful photography!

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Time Capsule Tuesday #16

Please join us this week in sharing your special memories in photo form, video form or just write a story about it... Don't forget to link up!!
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Here's my brother when he joined the Navy in 1998. Ahh the memories of when my brother looked clean cut & sweet! LOL

here is a more recent picture of him:

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Manic Monday

Do you usually wear perfume/cologne? If so, what's your current favorite? Not particularly, I have never gotten used to wearing it daily, plus I can't handle very many cause they give me a headache. Although, I have been wearing this body spray recently that I fell in love with: Jasmin Neroli from The Body Shop!

What's the last book you've read that you thought was really good? If you don't have one, what looks promising on your to-be-read list? There are a few books out there I would like to read, but since my cousin Jen told me about Nineteen Minutes, I think I will check it out next!

Fill in the blank: I wouldn't be caught dead EVER, I hope.

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Time Capsule Tuesday #15

I know I've been MIA for the past week. I've been really busy with school, the kids on summer break and trying to get my house organized...It's easier to stay away from blogland otherwise it sucks you in! I'm sure anyone who reads blogs knows what I am talking about! BUT I am back, and hopefully not just for TCT! & Please join us this week in sharing your special memories in photo form, video form or just write a story about it... Don't forget to link up!!
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Here are my Maternity Glamour Shots, taken when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby, Jojo.
This shot of Alexis and I was supposed to have Lily in it as well...but she was not having ANY part of it!

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Time Capsule Tuesday #14

Go ahead and join us this week in sharing your special memories in photo form, video form or just write a story about it... Don't forget to link up!!

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Here's a video of Lily. She was around 3 years old, I think this was right before her 3rd birthday. I completely forgot I had this until today. Makes me wish i would have videotaped so much more! This is jsut way too cute!!

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No Time Capsule Tuesday

Sorry there was no Time Capsule Tuesday yesterday, I completely forgot about it this week. I remembered it about 8pm last night! No worries, we'll be back next week and I hope I can get more people to join in! If not, it's cool, I enjoy doing it!

Monday was our 8 year wedding anniversary. Joey re-enlisted in the Navy for 4 more years that day and since we are a few states apart right now I wasn't able to attend his ceremony. BUT Congrats to him! Only 9 more years and he can retire!

The girls registered for cheerleading yesterday with Young Champions of America. The really enjoyed their first lesson and will go every week for the summer! I'm so happy to get them into something active, especially Alexis. She never wants to join anything because I think she gets intimidated. She is the oldest one in this cheer class so I think she's enjoying the control LOL! All the younger girls follow her around like she's big stuff, although she's used to that since Lily looks up to her so much.

Today we went to see Up at the theaters! We had a great time and it was SUPER cute! Not what I expected at all, I think it is very enjoyable for adults and the kids really loved it too!

So, this is my simple update...hopefully next week I will be in better blogging spirit!

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Giveaway Winner

The winner has been selected from my 100th Post Giveaway!

Each entry I recieved was a put in a folder&got a number. I put the numbers through Random.org and the LUCKY WINNER is.....

*Go tell her Congrats & check out her blog*
Please email me your mailing address within 24 hours to confirm
I'm sorry to those who did not win, I wish I could have given it to everyone! Thank you to all the new followers and my faithful ones! Hopefully I can do this again soon!!!

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MFTS-Thank you Shabbywears!

I recieved my package from Julie at Shabbywears the other day! I was so excited to open it up and see all the goodies she sent me! & WOW, did I get lucky!
First off, when I opened it everything was wrapped in pink tissue with a cute ribbon! The girls are just loving the ribbon and putting it in their hair :)
Each piece also had a little note tied to it explaining what it was and why it was her favorite thing (such a good idea)!
Here's what I recieved:
1. Post-it notes- her obsession
2. a bird hook- she loves birds & shabby hooks
3. Werther's original ( I LOVE these too!)
4. Pecan Honey Butter Spread- I cannot wait to try this, yum!
5. Bill's Season All- I can't wait to try this too!
6. Cook Book- I'm already searching for new recipes, I'd love for you to share with me your favorite ones, Julie!
7. Romantic Homes Magazine- the best reading material ;)

Thank you so much Julie! I had a great time being your swap partner & reading your blog!
& Thank you Mamarazzi for organizing this and making it so fun & worthwhile!

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Fix it Friday

It's time for Fix-It Friday #15 at I Faces.
This is our day to learn photo editing tricks from contributors as they explain how they “fixed-up” the special photo we gave them and then play along with the Fix-It ourselves!
This is my 1st try at it!
the unedited photo:

My editing:
I know I have so much more to learn, but wanted to give it a try! I use PSP9

Friday Fill in 5/29


1. It's cold and delicious, I love ice cream.

2. Alexis says she does not like tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is chapstick/lipgloss.

4. It's been awhile since I took a nice long ride.

5. Well, first of all I would thank Jesus for all he has done.

6. Adam Lambert & myself; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was lovely. (dont judge me) LOL

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with my brother, tomorrow my plans include hanging out with my nephew & my kiddos and Sunday, I want to go to church!

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