Our fun Saturday, in pictures

Dave had his Fantasy Football Draft on Sat. morning, so Jaxon, Christi, and I hit an Aqua Max class. It was fun to be there with a friend, and to be in the water instead of on the deck! After Dave got home and Jaxon woke up, we had some fantastic family-together time. We went to Target and on the way home we stopped at the park to play a little baseball because it was (relatively) cool, and (relatively) cloudy. Jaxon and Dave had a hilarious time, while I took pictures!

Here's Daddy pitch- much more fun than machine pitch Jaxon has decided!

Dave explaining to Jaxon that not much baseball is played sitting down...

Jaxon got tired of Baseball...

And started getting silly...

And falling down a lot on purpose...

Then Jaxon's favorite! "Throw me Trees Daddy! Throw me Trees!"

Dave got a littled tuckered out and layed down. This is a grimace of pain as Jaxon jumps on top!

Jaxon decided resting wasn't such a bad idea...

Weekends like this make Monday's that much harder. It sure is fun to have Daddy around. Thank goodness for the holiday weekend!

Bread update

Thanks for the positive re-inforcement about the bread people! You are all helping me feel like my dreams of being some what domestic are within reach. For those of you who have asked for the recipe, I will upload it as soon as I get it from my SIL. (I forgot my copy at her house) And for those of you wondering, both my mom (Who I trust completely with any cooking related knowledge) and my SIL swear that it HAS TO BE A BOSCH! Now, I'm not saying they aren't a little biased, but it's a lot of ingredients to waste. If anyone does try it with other than a Bosch, I would love to hear how it goes! I will add this last piece of house-wife-ish knowledge: I hear through the grapevine of Bosch fanatics that the new model is not as good as the old one, and will not make wonderous bread quite so wonderously. (It is also almost $200 cheaper, so maybe you get what you pay for!)

Me? Domestic??

It would not be untrue to say that I have somewhat lacked in the "house-wife" department. In fact, it could be said in truth that I often leave said "house" for long periods of time, so that I don't even have to think about "house-wife-ish" type things. Well, now that my parents are gone, and it is still about a million degrees outside, coupled with the astronomical price of gas, I just have no where to go! (Jaxon said about 20 times yesterday "Mom, we at our house?" yes "Why mommy?" becuase we live here Jaxon. "We live here?") Thus I am turning against my anti-inner-house-wife self, and giving it the old college try!

In my defense, I have been known to grind a little wheat in my day (thanks M & R Rogers for the grinder) and even made "homemade" bread in my breadmaker (My feelings are, if it is was made at home, it's homemade! The actual details are unimportant!) But my breadmaker bit the dust after 5 years of trusty service, and I didn't like any new ones I tried. Thus, store bought bread it was. Well, A couple weeks ago I tried my SIL's homemade bread and HOLY MOSES! IT IS GOOD! It is soft AND delicious! She said it was SUPER EASY to make, and while I was willing to take a shot, anything made with yeast makes me a little ( A LOT) nervous. It's just so darn finicky! Well, this morning she helped me with every step of the process and sent me home with a giant bowl of dough, rising higher by the minute. At home I Threw it, pounded it, shaped it, and cooked it ALL BY MYSELF!! (Baby steps here people...) and WAH-LAH!! my house smells fantastic, and I have 6 delicious loaves of bread just waiting for domestic consumption! (they aren't quite as pretty as hers, but this was my first attempt!) House wives, EAT YOUR HEART OUT! (what exactly does that mean anyways?) What's next, scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush? Uh...no. Let's not get ahead of ourselves! But, I think Friday morning is going to be bread day at our house, so anyone wanting to learn to make some delicious and fairly easy bread, anyone wanting to conquer their fear of yeast, or anyone who is just dying to hang out, give me a call before next Friday! (Oh yeah, you do need to have a Bosch!)

This is us...

Thursday afternoon here and all my crazy launches are over! Thank goodness because I don't think my aching head could have handled one more side ponytail. I do have to say, I am gonna miss that glove...we still keep teaching the new stuff exclusively for two weeks, but no more costumes, give aways etc! (Congrats to my sister Amber by the way, who through no cheating on my part won the gift card to Tropical smoothie Cafe on Tuesday!)
Thought I would upload a cute picture from our day-to-day at the moment. Jaxon was sitting next to me at the computer, totally engrossed in drawing on his clipboard. Now that my parents are gone, our afternoons are getting more creative. My best memories from when I was a child was when my mom let me help her do whatever she was going. Mostly it was cooking, and she really let us be involved. It always made me feel so important and needed and grown-up, so that is what I am now trying to do with Jaxon. Yesterday he helped me make applesauce cookies to surprise Dave, and of all the things he helped me do, and asked me about, what is the one thing I told him that he is still repeating? "Mommy, those beaters gonna chop my fingers off if I put dem in the bowl?" Yes, thats right, thats what told him! He is very adventurous, so I really wanted to get my point across. Guess what? I think it worked! He also "helped" me sweep (not so helpful..) Vacuum-(FANTASTIC HELPER, and he loves it!) And mop with our new mopper-vac, which I am in love with! Today he "helped" me sort laundry and clean off bathroom counters! What a guy!

One last piece of cuteness, he is really offended my litter at the moment. Everytime he sees some he says, "Momma! Somebody littered! Now Heavenly Faddur gonna havva pick dat up. Dat's not very nice!"

Now Booking Christmas Sessions!
Check the photo blog to see the sweet deal on Christmas photo sessions!!!
( I know it's a shameless plug on my family website, but hey, It's okay with me!)

Best sweetie ever!

The pictures say it all- this is what I saw when I drove into the garage tonight!

Like, totally awesome!

Here I go off to launch #1.

This picture does not do the outfit justice, because in the words of Dave, it is totally "SUCK-AWESOME!!!" The under-tank is bright purple, and matches the glove, earrings, necklace, scrunchies, and bracelet!!! Now I get to try and teach a class in this!!!


this is the conversation that transpired in the car this evening-
Me: Dave, did you know that when we are paying at the grocery store, Jaxon tells me he needs a credit card?
Dave: Jaxon, you DO NOT need a credit card!
Jaxon: Yes I DO need a kedick card!
Dave: Jaxon, did you know that I didn't get a credit card until I was 23, and that was only because your mommy had one?
Jaxon: When you got married?
Dave: Yes, when I got married.
Jaxon: I wanna get married...uh...no...I wanna get 'a little bit married' so I can get a kedick card too!

Which begs the question, what is a 'little bit' married????

I'm back

Well, Sunday night here, and I'm alone...physically and metaphorically. I got back this morning from my grandfather's funeral, and it was a really special time. I am so glad that I was able to go, and even more glad that all 4 of my brothers and my sister got to go as well. The funeral was the best I have ever been to. (I have only been to 4, but still...) all of my grandpa's 10 kids talked about him for 3-5 minutes. I was worried it would get a little long-winded and (so sorry to say this...) BORING, but it was exactly the opposite. I have heard many great stories about my grandpa, but I heard new ones from each person, several that I am putting in my personal "church lesson/talk/talk to my kids" arsenal. Anyway, all the grandkids stood and sang "I Know that my Redeemer Lives" and it was really sweet standing there with ALL my brothers and my sister singing. The whole funeral focus was about the legacy that my grandpa left, and I can't think of a better compliment. I can only hope that I can leave such a legacy. After the funeral and luncheon we had about an hour before a few people left for the airport. All 8 of us sat in lobby together and just talked and laughed. I would venture a guess that we will never get that chance again...no kids to chase, just the original 6 kids with our parents. There was a huge convention going on at the hotel, with people coming and going constantly, and several people stopped to watch and whisper about how we were all laughing together and so close. What a blessing.
But back to the alone part, My parents leave for China tomorrow morning at 4 am. Dave is taking them to the airport, so he is staying there tonight to get a little more sleep. (hence the alone physically) After coming back from a funeral, and just missing being away from him, and having to say goodbye to my parents, this is not the night I would choose to be alone. Boo hoo, I know, pity party for one... anyway. I am already missing my parents, especially my mom and thinking about how I will fill all the time that I would have spent with her, and hence, I am feeling alone Metaphorically.
I am gearing up for a busy and stressful week. We are "launching" all new music and choreography at the gym this week, and it's a huge deal. We have a theme for our release (the aqua theme is 80's and we have to dress up, have extra teachers, do fun prizes and drawings, and most importantly WOW the members with the new stuff!) I am teaching twice on Tuesday in full 80's costumes (different for both teaching times) and twice on Thursday, again in 80's gear. I am a little nervous again, just like when I first started. The costumes though, are HILARIOUS, and one I will FOR SURE recycle at Haloween. Anyway, I have missed blogging and have had such a monumental weekend, I feel like I didn't really do my emotions or what I really experienced justice, but it was a wonderful and thought-provoking time.

Odds and Ends...

There are just a bunch of odds and ends floating around in my head that I am going to blog about...I think this post may get a little sentimental, but I will start with something that absolutely melted my heart about 15 minutes ago-

1. I was putting Jaxon down for his nap. I take him in, get "paci and bumble" and then he puts his head on my shoulder for a primary song (or two if he's lucky and im not too tired) anyway, after I finished a rousing rendition of "Teach Me to Walk" Jaxon picked up his head, smiled at me and said "ENCORE! ENCORE!" I could not stop laughing! I also couldn't stop singing because everytime he said "encore" at the end of a song, I couldn't not sing another!! I was so surprised he knew what that meant. Right before his nap we watched a new Cailloo video, where Cailloo puts on a puppet show and at the end his mom Says A"Encore" but there is no explaination after that about what encore means! What a smartie pants!!

2. This new song on my blog- it's by a group I just discovered (I have no idea if they are current or 20 years old..not a clue) called Cloud Cult, and I LOVE THEM! Anyway, I think it was just the right time for me to fall in love with this particular song. Pretty much the only words are "I love my mother, I love my father, but when it's been time to go, I need you, I love you more." It just struck me because I have been talking ( A lot) and lamenting (A lot ) about my parents leaving to China. There is no doubt my mom is my best girl-friend, and no doubt I will miss them terribly, but I just wanted Dave to know, that he is the one. That wherever he is, I will be. I love my own family that I grew up in, but now Dave and Jaxon are my first family. And while I can live (sadly) without my parents, I cannot live without him. (is that sappy enough for you?)

3. Just thinking a little more about my grandpa and reading tributes to him on other cousins blogs. He really was such an amazing man, and Im sure that my dad got all his great qualities from his father. My grandparents have 10 children and 77 grandkids, the number of great-grandkids must be over 100 by now! He served 5 missions, and LOVE being a missionary. He would joke that when the sign up sheets for splits with the missionaries would go around the ward, he would be the only one to sign up, and it was pretty funny that the young wippersnappers needed an old man to show them the ropes in the mission field. He would call Grandma "toots" and she would often sit on his lap, even late into his 90's. I didn't know this until reading my cousins blog, but they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary the day before he passed away. Grandpa leaves a wonderful legacy and I am looking forward to going up to Utah this weekend for the services.

Farewell, Parting is Such sweet, errr...crappy sorrow!

Well, my parents don't actually leave the country until Monday, they will be in Cali tomorrow, and Friday-Sunday will be in Utah, so this is it... They came for dinner on Monday night and of course I had to get some last minute shots with the two of them with Jaxon. I know it's a little early for Halloween, but Jaxon REALLY wanted to show them his costume, and take some photos in it! Saying we will miss them does not even begin to cover it...

On another farewell note, my grandfather Benjamin Herb Ferrell passed away last night at 99. He was a hilarious old guy who was still fixing his own roof and helping his grandchildren move at 95. Dave and I feel so blessed that he was able to seal us when we were married. His body started to slow down recently, and that has been really hard for him. Last weekend when he saw my dad he told him that he loved him, and the next time they saw each other would be on the other side. He said it with such peace and calm that I think it has really helped my dad. I am so grateful to know of our Heavenly Father's great plan for us!

Ode to my Mother...and to reading!

Let me start off by saying, I LOVE TO READ! I attribute this fact entirely to my mother who has her doctoral degree, and is FOR SURE a genius! Not only is she incredibly smart and well read, she is the best teacher ever. Period. No debate. I'm not just talking in the classroom, everything she ever does at home, at church etc, she is incredibly EASY to learn from! She has taught Jaxon things in 20 minutes that I have labored days (or weeks) to teach him.
Aside from the fact that I really love and admire my mom, this post actually does have a purpose! My mom gave me one of the best gifts a mother could give her child- the love of learning, specifically, the LOVE OF READING! Reading was a treat at our house. Our bedtime was 8pm, BUT! We got to stay up an extra half hour in our beds to read! (see how that was worded so that it always seemed like a treat?) Our house was overflowing with books, and my mom made sure we had things to read that we would like. Also, she always acted SO INTERESTED in hearing about what we were reading. She often read them too, but I certainly didn't realize at the time that she was molding me into a careful reader when she asked me not only plot and character questions, but why I THOUGHT this or that thing happened or was said. I learned quickly when I taught school, that a child that is well read, and a good reader, will do better in ALL ASPECTS of school, every subject, including math! It's all about reading and understand questions, text books, etc!
So all of that being said, my SIL Sarah just found a list of called
"100 books every child should hear before starting school"
put out by the American Library Association (or something like that...) anyway, in all her wisdom, she did a little internet research and found a website that lists these books in sections appropriate for age (babies, toddlers, & preschool). It's great for printing, and it also has boxes next to each book so you can check them off as you go!


So here's to making our children, better read, more intelligent, better spoken,


Another Tag...because I thought it was funny!

Saw this on my SIL Sarah's blog and got a good laugh...now because I have many other things to do but don't feel like doing them, here it is on mine... Yes, it's rediculous, and yes, I'm still laughing! I'm going to do Dave's too, cause he's sitting here getting a good laugh at mine!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Morgan Civic
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Mousse Royal Chocolate Chip
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) A-ROG
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Monkey
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Ferrell Billings
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Rogas
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Yellow Fruit Smoothie
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Ralph Benjamin
9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Body Twix (thats pretty funny!)
10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names) Paula James
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Martin Miami
12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Autumn Gerber
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Pineapple shortsy
14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Oatmeal Palm
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, weather element+ Tour") The Photography Rain Tour

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Princess Focus (HAHAHHAA)
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Cookie dough Chocolate Chip
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) D-ROG
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Dog
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Joseph Las Vegas
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Rogda
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Blue Soda
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Dale Max
9. STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Freshly Mowed Grass Starburst (Don't think too much about this one!!)
10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names) Lee Dale
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) King Kingman
12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Winter Weed
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Strawberry Shortsy
14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Oatmeal Pine
15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, weather element+ Tour") The Reading Rain Tour (Boy doesn't that sound exciting!!!)

This is us...

We have really been stretching lately to find fun, indoor, cool activities, and this is what we have come up with-

1. Brailyn and Malia invited us to come to a summer movie with them! It was Jaxon's first movie, and despite it being and hour and 20 minutes, he lasted through the WHOLE THING! It was also a Wallace and Grommet Movie, not really his cup of tea, but he was so excited to actually be there that we stayed. He was in and out of his booster a few times, (on purpose, and several times because he got to close to the edge and fell out) He sat on his chair without his booster, but was too light and he got closed in it. He insisted for about 30 seconds that he liked it that way, but then demanded to be un-trapped. He also reached out and grabbed Brailyn's hand several times during loud music...I like to think he was protecting her, rather than looking for protection!

2. Indoor Baseball- Mommy Pitch! This is me pitching the big red ball to Jaxon and also trying to get a picture at the same time. I love that he is holding the bat upside down in some of them! After about 20 minutes of pitching to Jaxon I decided we should take a field trip to Toys R Us to get him a little baseball "T"...that way I wouldnt have to keep pitching (not that my pitching skills don't rock, cause they do!) Well, at the store we had the choice between a BORING OLD REGULAR T, or a SWEET BATTERY OPERATED T that ALSO shoots the baseballs out. Lets be serious, I got the battery operated one, knowing full well that it would be a cold day in heck before Jaxon could hit a baseball shot out of a pitching machine (the poor kid still has trouble with walking and not falling...) and also knowing that Dave and I could get hours of fun from the machine!

3. Indoor Baseball- Machine Pitch! This was absolutely hysterical to watch. Jaxon would get so excited about the ball shooting out that he would often forget to swing and get hit in the head instead. He would them start smacking at the ball on the ground, forgetting that another one would be shortly shooting out again! Needless to say he didn't get a lot of hits, but we had a great time!

4. Art Easel! I found this baby at KB toys at the mall on clearance for 13 dollars! We set it up and Jaxon loves it. He feels very professional, and often makes up stories about what he is drawing.

What does everyone else do when it's too hot to go out? I'm running out of ideas!

Seriously so blessed...

My sister just got me hooked on a hilarious website that makes fun of all things stereotypically Mormon and girlie. It is seriously funny! The author of the site is currently looking for a new slogan to put on a t-shirt to sell (the site has TONS of traffic and is apparently very popular!) some of my favorites are:
"I heart modest Bikinis"
"Grateful to be considered for RS prez!"
"Are you single? It might be because you are brunnette. Sad."
"EWWW! Sinning is the worst!"
"Betting: it's practically porn!"
"How do ugly people fit into the plan?"
"Blessings are the best!"

Another funny post is about what to do and what not to do to catch a mormon guy, here are some of my favorites-

~Mascara, mascara, mascara. When ppl say you have tarantula eyez, it means your SO hot even a hairy spider couldn't resist! Dang!

~avoid wearing sweats, BUT, if you're gonna wear sweats, MAKE SURE there is something sassy written on your bottom.

~TEXT IN CHURCH. This will make you look even cuter and way less boring...if you can do this with tonz of gum, EVEN CUTER!

~put out...not tonz (HAZARD IN THE HORIZONTAL!!) but definately enough that they can taste your lipsmackers, which should be either super-shiny berry or Dr. Pepper flavored. Trust me, guys HEART that.


~do NOT wear long sleeves. Seriously, they make you look uptight and like, forty. Cap sleeves are best, TRUST ME, way more shaved-arm available to tickle in movies.

~do NOT get a short haircut and/or make your hair one color (BOAR-RING!). Long and multi-colored is your best bet (but don't actually bet, it's practically porn).

~WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GO TO MORE SCHOOL, unless you want people to start calling you "Yawnette". Think about it! Serious! How often do guys whistle and yell "Nice degree!" or shake there heads and say "What adorable knowledge"? EXACTLY.

The Site is seriouslysoblessed.blogspot.com check it out for a laugh!

Eeeewwwww! What is dat???

When does the time come that as a mother, you just break down and admit that the most interesting things that happen to you, happen because of your children, and thus, stop feeling guilty that 90%...okay, lets be serious,...97% of what you blog is about them? With that lead in, here is another Jaxon anecdote!

Jaxon has been seriously "aware" of smells lately...as in...he CANNOT STAND anything that smells bad, and he has a very acute sniffer. (the garage smell we are enduring right now, just might kill him off!) I think his favorite saying right now is, "Ewwwww! What is dat?" Then when he finds out what the offensive smell is, he will describe it as either "stinky" or "Gross" This may be a little personal, but we still let Jaxon come in the bathroom with us if he wants to...now before crossing the threshhold he will ask, "Mommy, you gonna do stinkers?" If the answer is no, he comes right in to chat. If the answer is yes he slams the door as quickly as possible.

So, three funny things happened this week. First, Jaxon and I were driving and he says, "Ewww! What IS dat?" I didn't smell anything, so I said, "Jaxon, there is nothing smelly right now!" He said, "yes der is...you did a...a...hiccup!" (he actually meant burp but couldn't remember the right word!) then he said, "No more stinky hiccups mom! Dat's gross!" It sure is nice when your 2 year old is going you lessons in manners.
Next, yesterday I was eating some left over Tilapia that Dave had grilled (delicious easy recipe by the way ) and I brought over and sat next to Jaxon. He immediately stopped eating his peach and said, "Ewww! What is dat mom? Dat's gross! NO LIKE IT! NO LIKE IT! GO AWAY!" I told Jaxon that if he didn't like the smell he should smell his peach instead. He proceeded to stuff the peach right up his nose and say, "Dat's better!" Every few seconds he would take it out and sniff, and immediately stick it back in saying, "Ewww! Gross!" Finally after a few rounds of this, he broke down (and note the use of the word "PLEASE" here) he said, "Pease go way mommy, I no like that smell! Pease eat somewhere else!"
The funniest thing happened to Dave a few nights ago. Jaxon was taking his bath before bed and passed gas in the water. He of course then smelled it and said, "Ewwww! What is dat???" then he grinned at Dave and said, "Oh! Dat's ME!"


It's smack dab in the middle of Jaxon's nap right now, and for the last half hour I have been trying to nap too! Unfortunately, even though I am tired, I have too much on my mind to let go and slumber, so I thought I would pick my own brain with this tag I saw on some other blogs...

I am: Happy with the person I am growing into
I think: It's too bad the way the world gives women such crappy self-esteems
I know: That everything worth getting takes a LOT of hard work
I want: A bigger house with more storage space
I have: A hilarious two year old who is VERY busy
I wish: I had more time with Dave during the week
I miss: The best friend I ever had
I fear: Doing what I want instead of doing what I'm supposed to
I feel: tired at the moment
I hear: Incorrectly. I am notorious for completly misunderstanding the words people say to me
I smell: The stinky garage-our outside freezer got left ajar and now the garage smells like melting, nasty fish and bloody beef, I know, GROSS!!
I crave: Chocolate chip cookies, they have to be one of the world's greatest inventions
I search: For everything! (I misplace a lot of stuff...)
I wonder: How Jaxon and I will deal with my parents being gone to China for a year
I regret: Hurting people's feelings
I love: The way Dave treat's me. He has never once raised his voice at me. I can only tell when he's angry because his nostrils flare involuntarily
I care: Too much about what others think of me, but I'm working on it!
I always: Take baths to relax, not to get clean
I am not: Very up on current events, I wish I was though...
I believe: That good friends are hard to find, and worth searching for
I dance: Whenever possible, except I learned most of my dance moves from my ghetto basketball team in highschool, and most of them are not appropriate for me to do in public
I sing: all the time. Jaxon and I sing a good majority of the day...mostly made up songs, but also "Low Low" my T-pain...it's Jaxon's favorite song...don't ask...
I don't always: Tell Dave how great he is, but I DO THINK IT!
I fight: the urge to tell people off...even if they deserve it...cause in the end, nothing good comes of it
I write: On my blog...it's theraputic
I lose: most games to Dave, and I try to pretend I don't mind-We are both super competative!
I win: games dealing with words, I LOVE VOCABULARY STUFF! (it's the nerdy teacher in me!)
I never: have dirty ears- I'm a little OCD about it
I listen: To 104.7 and constantly have to change the station because I'm trying to clean up my music
I can usually be found: With Family
I am scared: That my next pregnancy will be like my first one
I need: verbal affermations... it's my love language
I am happy about: having some time to myself
I tag: anyone who wants to be introspective for the blogging world to see!

"Somepin Better" and swimming fun

A few new Jaxonisms here! His new thing is when we offer him something (anything!) he says,
"Uh...no fanks. I'd like somepin better!" Where the heck did he learn to trade up? Also, today he and Dave and I were using a gift card at Pei Wei for dinner and he wanted to try some of Dave's Chicken which had peanuts, to which he is allergic-
Jaxon: "Daddy, can I pease has some chicken?"
Me: "Sorry buddy, that has peanuts, they would make you sick!"
Jaxon: (pointing an accusing finger at me and waving it in my face) "NO TALK-A ME MOMMA! I'M JUSS TALKIN-A DADDY!!!!"
Jaxon: (in a very nice normal voice again, as if Dave didn't just hear the whole exchange)
"Daddy can I pease has some chicken?"
Dave: "No Jaxon, it has peanuts, and they would make you sick."
Jaxon: "Okay Daddy."

Some days you just can't win!

Today Brailyn and Malia invited us over for some swimming fun! Malia said, " Jaxon, I am so tired after you come over, but it sure is entertaining!" She also says that Brailyn does all sorts of "interesting" (read: naughty) things when Jaxon comes over that she would never have thought of trying on her own...I like to think that Jaxon is just...uhh...creative!!! :o)

PS- I've been trying to remember the name to this song that I heard on 99.9 about a mother and a son for several weeks now, so I finally broke down and emailed the station. It's "In My Arms" by Plumb, and I LOVE IT (new blog song)! When I heard who sang it on the radio several weeks ago, I thought to myself, Plumb is a shade of purple, that is how I will remember it. Well today after an unsuccessful internet search of "songs from mothers to sons" and other similar things, I got on Wikopedia and looked up every shade of purple I could find, apparently plumb is NOT actually a shade of purple after all...who knew?

No really....Dave's gonna kill me!

Anyone who knows Dave, knows that even the cuteness of this shot will not warm his cold, calculated, cowboy hating heart! BUT, seriously, how cute is this??? My studio lights came, (WITH NOT DIRECTIONS FOR SET UP!!!) and Dave put it all together from looking at the pictures online. I am still trying to figure out the correct placement of lighting, so I thought I would practice on Jaxon. I think I need to try with a different backdrop, because this black is super reflective...(I know if I DID have proper placement of lights that probably wouldn't happen,...but I'm working on it!!!) I think we are going to have to rearrange the loft again so I can fit everything properly, but time will tell!!

Wacky Dream Wednesday returns...

I know its Thurs. but these happened in the wee hours of Wed. morning, so they still count. Tues. night I drank an energy drink at the gym after my class, because I still had a practice to go to and I was beat. (just an FYI for people as dense as me...DON'T drink an energy drink at 7:30 at night...not so bright) so tuesday night I was up until almost 4am. Anyway, I came in from using the computer and taking a bath (not at the same time) at about 2:45, and Dave had the hugest grin on his face. Now, early morning is the best time to get Dave talking,...
so I said, "Why are you so happy?"
D: because we found them!!
A: What did you find?
D: On Facebook, I KNEW it would work!!!
A: (Now I was interested...who was he looking up on face book huh???) WHO did you find?
D: The LAST one!
A: The last what???
D: The last client, we finally have his contact information
A: So....this is a work dream? Your talking about accounting...?
D: Uh, yeah....snoooooorrre

Oh Dave, ever the accountant huh? The funniest part is how dang happy he was! Anyway, that same evening/morning, I dreamed that I had a baby the same age as Brangelina's twins, and we all were hanging out at my parents house. We were swapping baby tips and having a grand ol' time. It was incredibly realistic, and now for some reason, I like them a lot more than I used to!

Also in the news...Jaxon can reach the water dispensor on the Fridge (but only with a cup), and it doesn't have a lock, so he has been drinking A LOT of water, and I have been mopping up a lot of spills. We are setting up some rules, but he is just so excited to be able to do things himself that I am not going to tell him NO.

New studio firsts..

I did my first real shoot in my "pseudo-studio" (it will be "pseudo") until my lighting comes... anyway, I think they turned out pretty well. It was also my first pregnancy shoot, so it was fun and scary at the same time! Check it out here, everydaylovephotography.blogspot.com especially if you know the beautiful, expecting mother...


This is what I found out in my dad's shop yesterday. Jaxon cannot bear to be separated from Bampa, but also can't stand to have sawdust in his eyes. Bampa gave up his goggles so Jaxon could stay out with him. Is that true love or what?

Breaking Dawn...

The dawn has broken at the Rogers' house, and I can't do a dang thing about it! Dave went and got me the book last night at midnight, and I was fast asleep! This morning, this afternoon, and this evening are seriously JAM PACKED with things that I MUST get done, (Dave is making a daddy-son day to get Jaxon out of the house for me) so I don't get to even crack the pretty little cover until bed time...but don't worry, I will read through the night and be bleary eyed at church tomorrow! (I know my priorities...!)