Monday, May 25, 2015

Val's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Val's Surprise 40th Birthday Party!!!

Date:  June 13, 2015
Time:  6PM-8PM - please arrive by 5:45PM to ensure a surprise
Location: 1429 S 325 W Hurricane, UT 84737 (John & Val's Backyard)
Who:  All family and friends
Theme:  since Val is a WONDERWOMAN, please wear something that reflects a "superhero" - all superhero themes are welcome!  Please come even if you don't have anything like this.


  • No gifts please
  • Please bring a dessert to share
  • Please park in the cul-de-sac - and for those latecomers after the surprise can park in some designated neighbor driveways
  • Please RSVP on this blog or email John at 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Valerie is turning 40 on May 29th

Hello family and friends,

I am hoping you can help me create a 40th Birthday gift for Val from all her family, old and new friends, and acquaintances throughout the years.

Needed by Thursday, May 28 (though OK if after this date)

I'd like to collect short notes, memories, kind words and encouraging messages from everyone in her life. Please post responses to any one or more of the following messages at

- What you love / admire / appreciate most about her
- What you value about your relationship with her
- How she may have brightened your life in some way
- Relate your favorite/best memory of her
- Any thing heartfelt you would want her to know

With so many friends and family, I am nervous she is going to find out about it, and I want to keep this top secret - so mums the word!

More to come about a 40th Birthday Party for those local.

Thank you so much for helping make this a happy 40th for Val!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oh What Did You Do in the Summertime?

I am in denial about the end of summer this year.

It was a jam-packed season and we enjoyed so many awesome activities.

We cheered on Alison and Sarah during swim meets and

rejoiced during Lauren's first ever organized class which was swim lessons!

We reunited with cousins and had a wonderful time!

We watched Alison perform as The Cat in the Hat and

Sarah perform as a Who Mom

in Seussical the Musical.

We celebrated Lauren's 4th birthday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter!

I promised my mother-in-law that I would post a picture of the girls yesterday! There is nothing more motivating than a promise to get me back in the blogging world. Easter was fairly uneventful. We had a family dinner Saturday night and so after we took John to the shuttle on Sunday afternoon we ended up having ramen for our "Easter" dinner! The girls were thrilled and I didn't mind not having a kitchen to clean up!

My girls are beautiful! If I do say so myself. Not just on the outside, but the inside too. What a blessing to have such good girls.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back to School!

Just in case anyone thought we had fallen off the planet...we did, but now we are back! It's been an incredibly overwhelming 6 months. Someday I will catch up on what we have been through, but for right now it's about the future. School starts tomorrow and the girls are really excited about 3rd and 5th grade! I am excited about much to do, but it's going to be great fun.

Lauren is thrilled about following me around. No school for her just yet, but I may change my mind as we go through this next year. Happy to be back in the blogging world. You may have not missed me, but I missed you!


Sunday, February 28, 2010


John and I just spent a fantastic weekend in San Francisco. All I asked for for Christmas were tickets to see Wicked and wouldn't you know... the closest place it was playing was in a familiar city. It was an incredible show and we had such a wonderful time. Highlights of the weekend were eating awesome Japanese food, staying in the beautiful Omni Hotel, visiting with two of my favorite and oldest friends from San Leandro, Ghiradeli Square for the best hot fudge sundae around, the show and dinner with John and Susan, and a catch up with one of my college roommates that I hadn't seen in 12 years! I don't mean to make my kids feel bad, but the other great part was just being with John! Life is a little easier when you aren't worried about three other little people's needs.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

Thing 1 and Thing 2 had fun dressing up this year! We loved having cousins down to play with. Spent the day at the school carnival and the evening loading up the bags with candy! Can't wait to turn some of the candy into the dentist for some cash! Now...onto Thanksgiving!