Monday, November 22, 2010

Out of the mouth of babes....

Our family went on a Sunday drive last night. As we were passing the temple, Aubrey announces from the back seat, "Mommy, when I see the temple my heart starts to beat, and says love". What a wonderful girl I have.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Standin' on the corner...

On Saturday afternoon we dropped the kids off at my sis-in-laws house in Woodruff, and David took me out on our 9 year anniversary date. It was a fun time to be able to talk to my husband for a few hours without having kids around. Adult conversation is quite refreshing... =)

We headed north toward Holbrook...

Stopped for a quick shot of our wigwam we stayed at on our Honeymoon...

Went to Winslow, AZ and 'took it easy' on the very corner...
We then proceeded to Wal-Mart where we did a little shopping. I can honestly say that EVERY "date" we have gone on in the last 6 years has involved a trip to Wal-Mart. It is a chance to get our shopping done without five kids. We wandered around looking at tools, talking about what we want to do for the kids for Christmas (and even got a little Christmas bought!), and laughed about the fact that a trip to Wal-Mart without kids is considered a date!

We went to dinner, then headed back to Woodruff, where we traded off watching kids so they could go to the adult session of conference. We got home pretty late and carried all the kids in ASLEEP!!!! I love that....

It was a wonderful day with David. Relaxing, fun, and just time to be together. That doesn't happen often enough. It's been a great nine years.


Betsy had her birthday party on Friday the 12th. Don't look too close at the cake... that is what happens when you try and ice a cake that is still warm. She didn't seem to notice or mind, so neither did we. =)

Blowing out her candles.Play-doh.
Mr. Potato Head.
Dora the Explorer that sings and talks, and bubble gum too.

She had a pretty good day, getting spoiled rotten by her family. Those are just a few gifts she got too. =) She loves being four!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Foto Friday

Yes, I know how to spell. P H O T O. See?!? But I figured that this post would be mostly pictures, because I found that cord thing that plugs my camera into the computer. Yeah! So here is the most RANDOM group of pictures I think you will ever see. Enjoy...

The last of our tomato crop. We used them for about a week and a half, and when we were not using them as fast as they were ripening, and the fruit flies started showing up, I gave the rest to the chickens. They like tomatoes. And I like a house without fruit flies.
This is a spider the kids found in our office. Don't know what kind it is, but thought it looked kinda cool. It is in the bottom of a sippy cup...
Here is another random picture that proves that I really do clean out my fridge. It happens less then once in a blue moon, and so I photographed it, and thought I would share it with everyone. I am really pretty proud. It was ridiculously empty in this shot, which seems to happen when you remove and toss tons of science projects in Tupperware. But I went to the store that night and filled 'r up again.
Halloween pics. Yes, I am a few weeks late. But I know that there was someone out there just waiting on pins and needles to see our Halloween costumes. And so for you, dear stalker readers, here they are. David went as a pirate. Of course, we ended up losing a couple pieces of the costume between the different parties, so what was returned to my friend was not what was borrowed. Sorry again. And thanks again.And here I am looking loverly, in my drum major uniform. It was used a few years back at Eastern Arizona College. It was being retired, so my sis-in-law (who was a student at the time) snagged one. I love EA, GO GILA MONSTERS!What?!? You don't know what Nathan is?? Well, Nathan worked long and hard on his costume (for real), and he is... A Pokemon trainer. He has been quite obsessed with Pokemon lately, and always has a large deck of cards in his pocket, or is watching episodes on the Internet. I guess I figured that Pokemon had kinda fizzled out, like most fads, but not in this house, with this boy....Here are my three beautiful princesses. We have used, and re-used these dress up dresses more times then I can actually count for Halloween. It seems that they like being princesses. Who would have guessed with 6,5, and 3 year old girls... =) Yes, Aubrey is "wearing earrings". They are bent up Q-tips. Hahahaha! And here is Jay. He is Spiderman. He is obsessed with Spiderman lately, so it was a perfect, and inexpensive buy. Gotta love that!
And to finish off the random picture post, here is one shot from Tuesday. My parents came to visit for the day and spent their time helping me with laundry, cleaning, errands, and took us all out to dinner to Concina de Eva. Here is a shot of them playing the Memory game with the kids.

Also notice in the picture that the two chairs with the booster seats are gone, and a new bench is in their place. That was their anniversary gift for David and I. We got the one bench against the wall last year for my birthday, absolutely loved it, so we have all been looking for another one to fit my family of 7 at that table. And they found it, and gave it to us during their visit. Thank you for coming. The countdown is getting close, as they should be receiving their mission call in the next week or two. Yeah!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Betsy turns FOUR!

Four years ago, on November 11, 2006, Betsy Ann Peterson was born. She has always been an incredibly content, happy girl. Her bright bubbly personality lights up our lives, and any room she walks into. Her smile radiates from her head to her toes, and sometimes she just can't contain it, and starts hopping around because she is just so happy! She loves to play with her brothers and sisters, and hold and chase our dog and chickens. She makes us smile and laugh everyday with her happy little antics. WE LOVE BETSY BOO BEARS! Happy 4th birthday bug-a-boo!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

9 years ago...

Marrying David was the BEST decision I have ever made. It has been a wonderful 9 years, and I can't wait to spend the rest of eternity with this great man. He is my very favorite guy in the world. I love you David! I am one lucky girl...

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Today I am extremely thankful for three things...

#1) Washing machines. I couldn't even imagine trying to wash all these clothes in a bucket outside, or with a washboard, or in a river. Although, back in the day when that was how laundry was done, they had far fewer clothes. That would be nice....

#2) Ibuprofen. With how I am feeling today, a couple ibuprofen are heaven sent. Just keeping myself dosed up on 'drugs' =), and I will be just fine...

#3) A good book. I have found a new joy in reading lately.....which may explain my messy house, and mountain of laundry! =) So for the past month I have been reading, A LOT. I am a fast reader, and can usually finish a book in about a day or two. I have been reading a lot of Nicholas Sparks, and am about to start the Chronicles of Narnia, and also want to read the Lord of the Rings, but I have had such a hard time getting through The Hobbit that I usually just quit before I even start (given the fact that The Hobbit is a prequel). Anyway, I am thankful for a good book... =)

*Can anyone out there suggest a good book, or series of books that are big, thick, and something that would take more then a day or two to read? (By the way, I refuse to read the Twilight or Harry Potter series. Witchcraft and vampires are not my thing.) I gotta find a good book that I can really get into, that will last a while. I love historical fiction, love stories (not dirty romance novels!), and science fiction stuff too. Any suggestions????

Monday, November 1, 2010


This has been fun weekend full of Halloween parties, for both the kids, the adults too! Although there was no costumes allowed on Friday, each one of the older kiddos had 'Halloween Enrichment' at school. I made Nathan and Aubrey platters of rice krispie treats, and Emily got apples with caramel dip (healthy snacks only in kindergarten, poor kids.) They had lots of fun at their parties at school and brought home bags of left-over goodies.

Friday night David and I dressed up in borrowed costumes (thank you Christie and Eva) and went to a very fun adult Halloween party thrown by some good friends in our ward. It was SO MUCH FUN, and TONS of laughs... We loved it, thanks for the invite!

Saturday was a busy morning, that led into a busier afternoon trying to wrangle up five costumes for our annual Peterson Halloween Party at Eva's house. It was lots of fun, watched a crazy movie called "Night of the Lepus", and we took the kids trick-or-treating around Woodruff (tiny town between Snowflake and Holbrook). It didn't take long, and gratefully, they have already eaten ALL their candy. I think I much prefer it this way. They ended up with about 30 candies a piece, and was given the 'all-clear' and ate it all. ALREADY. Way too much sugar for a weekend, but it is better then having over 15 pounds of candy, eating, trashing my house, and fighting over it for weeks.... (like last year.)

Sunday was another party. In my book at least! =) It was our Primary Program, so I had 4 out of my 5 kids off my bench, and out of my hair during Sacrament Meeting. I actually listened, felt the spirit and REALLY enjoyed church (after the Sacrament was passed, of course). Yes, for the first time in a LONG time.... The kids did wonderful, and both Nathan and Aubrey said their parts without help. Emily and Betsy knew theirs too, but opted for a little assistance. Thanks for all the hard work you wonderful primary presidency! I have spent many years being involved in primary programs, so I understand the stress involved. It was nice to sit in the audience, and enjoy from the other side this year!

I love living in a small Mormon town for a lot of reasons. And last night I discovered yet another reason I love living here...So technically Halloween was on Sunday. We know that, and although there were hundreds of trick-or-treaters on Saturday the 30th, there was NOT A SINGLE ONE last night. (We did keep our light off for good measure). I love that people are passing on to their children the value of keeping the Sabbath day holy. It made me so happy, and feel so safe to live in the wonderful town of Snowflake.

***My camera is FULL of pictures, yet I can't find my plug-in cord do-hickey.... When I find it, I will load this post up with pictures. ***