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Archive for February, 2012

cousin time

Posted by joana 28 Feb 2012 Comments Off
cousin time

karen had us over for a cute little valentine party for the cousins. man our kids are cute… maybe not so much after they drink sour lemonade

a good place to be

Posted by joana 27 Feb 2012 Comments Off
a good place to be

i love the young women’s program. i love it as a leader because i get to be a positive influence in the lives of these beautiful girls, and i love it as a mother because it’s such a good place for my own daughter to be. our number one goal is to help these girls realize their divine role as a daughter of God and how much He loves them, and while doing that- we always seem to have a good time.

this year we did a sports theme for new beginnings to “kick off” the new year. everyone had fun…

home with my babies

Posted by joana 24 Feb 2012 Comments Off
home with my babies

so it might not be bon bons and soap operas (it’s more like animal crackers and strawberry shortcake cartoons), but when the day is over, i can’t think of anywhere i’d rather be.

dancing queen

Posted by joana 24 Feb 2012 Comments Off
dancing queen

a few weeks ago i took a bunch of my young women to the stake valentine’s dance where i was chaperoning.  i tried to talk jasmine into going, but she was low on cash and took a babysitting job instead- but you better believe i was out on the dance floor showing off my sweet moves (i may or may not have done the running man at some point during the night)! one of my girls took the camera and snapped a shot of me doing what looks like the “elaine dance” from seinfeld. ha! good times.

outside girl

Posted by joana 23 Feb 2012 Comments Off
outside girl

as soon as she hits the pavement, she’s full throttle. riding her bike, running, jumping, skipping, more running…she’s seriously hard to keep up with she’s so fast! (not to mention stinking cute!)

typical decor

Posted by joana 23 Feb 2012 Comments Off
typical decor

this is what our living room looks like most days.but we don’t mind, considering the cuteness it adds:)

valentine’s day

Posted by joana 23 Feb 2012 Comments Off
valentine's day

here are the kids all ready for school (and mia with her bed head) on valentine’s day.

keeping with the valentine’s day theme, mia decided to put on some of jasmine’s red lipstick.

i was going to do something fancy, but decided on low key. heart shaped donuts and chocolate milk for breakfast, and a heartshaped papa murphy’s pizza for dinner. i went to van’s class party and watched the traditional passing out of the valentine’s. he was so funny when he was writing out his valentine’s the night before. he had to make sure the girls didn’t get one that was too mushy, and that the boys got cool ones.  he gets so excited when we come to his school, it makes it fun to be there. he does this little half smile when i walk in the room like he can’t show that he’s really excited because then he wouldn’t be cool. the kids in his class really like him. they all wanted to “be in the picture with van!”

memories

Posted by joana 18 Feb 2012 Comments Off
memories

i don’t know how i got to be so sentimental, but i am. i’m always thinking about how i want to remember this or that, and i try to make and preserve as many memories as i can. i guess that’s pretty normal though right? that’s one of the reasons why i love my blog. i’m so grateful for the technology that makes it so easy to do this. even though i don’t have the time that i would like to have, i try to make it a priority- and i think i’m doing pretty good at getting most things documented.

anyways back to sentimental. so this past year has been a really good year for jasmine. she turned 14 (her lucky number) which will never happen again in her life, she started high school and found her nitch right away with theater and choir, and she has grown into such a beautiful girl with so many talents and hobbies and things that she likes.

this might be *selfish on my part but i don’t want her to forget any of this, so i made her a memory box. i want her to remember this year and the things that made her- her. maybe one day she’ll take it out of storage, dust it off and show her kids. i’m hoping she’ll look at it and remember this great time in her life.

*i say selfish because this was SO fun for me to make! i was dying to do a project and when i saw the box at hobby lobby i thought of jasmine and all the cute things i could do with it. i mean really- i could have just written everything down if i was only concerned with preserving memories right? well…that’s just not my style:)

things we missed from january

Posted by joana 18 Feb 2012 Comments Off
things we missed from january

the big man turned 36, happy birthday my love!

jas & the babies, cute mia, and van’s dinosaur project

sweet man jake, and a bunch of silliness from our older two

MVP

Posted by joana 18 Feb 2012 Comments Off
MVP

the kids and i had fun watching dad rip it up on the basketball court!