Jan 29, 2010


So you couldn't pay me to post a picture of myself (like this) in a swimsuit. BUT I am SO so excited for my cruise with my sis in-laws (oh yeah and the husbands, mine included) NEXT MONTH, so I went out and bought THREE new bathing suits which I LOVE!!!

My friend Danielle told me about this site of modest, cute, affordable bathing suits and I am SO sold for life. LOVE em' and thought I'd share.

A Stroke of Bad luck

So many people have been wondering where I have been lately. Not returning texts, calls, no F.B., or blogging... so here's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Ned and I have had our FOURTH flat tire in a month (yes you heard me right, 4)! Just luck I guess. Two on each car. So after all that frustration and time....

I picked Ella up from preschool during the bad rains last week, with Asher in the car as well. And took my regular route (shortcut streets) home. Well not thinking proactively I pass a HUGE dip in the road at one point. Of course as I drove through it my entire engine was flooded and covered in water. The car immediately shut down in the middle of the intersection and luckily cruised to the side of the road. At which point my cell phone was not working and I waited TWO HOURS for AAA to come. Asher was so tired and upset he cried himself to sleep in the car. April & Wes (After an hour and a half ordeal got the kids and took them home to nap). And I waited longer, ready to pee my pants in the pouring ran, got the car TOWED home a few hours later.

Next day I'm going to pick up a new battery for my broken car to see if that will help. Driving on the freeway (not raining mind you). And I got a ticket for speeding (going 67 mph) on the freeway. I couldn't believe it! The cop even said well 67 is not 65 and you were speeding, as people were flying past me. I felt like I was in a movie, it was crazy. There was nothing I could do or say to help the situation and I felt so shafted. I mean I have speed before where I totally deserve a ticket (I wont lie or anything), but in this particular incident I was NOT SPEEDING! At this point I just starting crying and was so upset (o.k. hysterical) and thinking cut me a break already (and to make matters, uh, more ironic, I was listening to my scriptures/bible in the car at the time, REALLY?!)

All the while the kids have been sick, Ned threw out his back and couldn't walk or lift the kids or anything for about a week, Ella wasn't sleeping through the night (isn't, I should say) again, so Ned and I are taking turns with her walking her back to her room from about 3am to 5:30am most nights. So yesterday morning after a LONG night and then FIGHTING to get her dressed to get to preschool, she just kept crying and saying she wanted to stay in her pj's. I finally got her dressed and to school a 1/2 hour late, only to realize I hadn't gotten the memo it was PAJAMA DAY. Seriously! "Isn't it Ironic, don't ya think?"

Then yesterday we got a call and email from our VISA credit card company stating that our credit card number was stolen and someone was making charges. This is the 4th time this has happened. Needless to say we are closing this account for good.

With all that being said I am SO SO SO BLESSED and so so so:
  • Grateful for a WONDERFUL (perfect!) husband that decided I needed AAA a few months ago.
  • Grateful for family willing to help me out in a pinch.
  • Grateful for "A" singular mode of transportation.
  • Grateful for two beautiful children (who drive me crazy and leave me sleep deprived) but who also give me the most joy I have ever experience in my life and are my greatest source of happiness.
  • Grateful for a husband who will stay up under the hood of a car until 2am trying to figure out what the problem is.
  • Grateful for a home to keep us warm and safe from the rain, wind, and world.
  • And grateful to God who loves me unconditionally and gives me trials and challenges so I can continually grow and progress!

Jan 24, 2010

Family Pictures

So my friend Holly's sister in-law came out to Redlands last Sat. and did a few mini-sessions and this was our first family picture EVER. She did such a GREAT job, especially considering Asher was trying to get away at all costs AND Ella really thought she was a super model, so she kept running away from the rest of the family doing Heidi Klum poses as she went...interesting kids, but nevertheless we have some cute pics. THANKS SARAH!!!!

Jan 4, 2010

Christmas Eve at the Todd's

How does it always go from this:

TO THIS, in zero flat:

So we always have a themed Christmas Eve bash at my parents. Can you guess the theme for this year?

April & Wes took a different approach to the theme (go Raiders):

and the best photo of the night (poor) little Ryan...

We did eventually pull out the scriptures and read (& act) the nativity scene. Ella was LOVING being Mary...she took it VERY seriously for a 3 yr. old and insisted we call her Mary, not Ella, for about an hour.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Todd's:

Check out my sisters blog for more details & pics: