Monday, December 28, 2009


I love the beginning of this. Apparently babies in Namibia are born with the same 'tude as my babies. Fabulous.

(stolen from Katie's blog)

mErRy cHrIsTmAs!!!

And a Happy New Year!

So I'm a little late....

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I thought it might be a good idea to post about Thanksgiving before Christmas. Yes, I have been a serious blog slacker, it's true.

This is the group we had for Thanksgiving. That is nine out of 11 siblings and our families. We are missing Jacob's family and Russell's family. Which is kind of funny. Because part of the reason we moved Thanksgiving to Friday was so that Russell's family could make it. 10 out of 11 is kind of impressive for our family. But they ditched us. What can you do....

You can tell by the above picture that we decided to do a giant family photo. We haven't done this in years. Mostly because of sheer volume;)

(these are the crazy 12ish year old girls. They like to take silly pictures. See:)

(seen here plus two 16ish year old girls...)

(Proffitt siblings minus two. I don't think I noticed before, but my brothers are kind of hairy lawyers...)

After we took some pics we had our usual over the top ginormous Thanksgiving feast. I won't go into details...

But as you can see it was fabulous weather for eating outside...

Notice the bouncy slide in the background. This is why our kids are usually hungry when we get home from family functions;) Keep a look out for the bounce house and the two under ground trampolines too...

After dinner we had the Proffitt family olympics, of course. Rebecca sets this up and most of us love it...

that is Mitchell kickin' some trash in the gunny sack races...

I don't remember what this game was, but it looks like fun, doesn't it?

Rachael and Breazy in the foreground competing in the three legged race. Mitchell and Miranda are that blur behind them...true, that kid is kind of competitive.

Abigelli wanting to join in

There she goes!

Where is Brenley? This is where I found her:
Sitting on the trampoline painting Addy's nails. Yes, it is perfectly normal for 3 and 4 year old girls to paint each other's nails...

and again on top of the bouncy slide. I swear I hid that nail polish. She found more.
So we put the little girls in jail, where they couldn't do it again. Or the bounce house.It's a rough life...

Mitchell got to spend some quality time with the boy cousins. There aren't many of those, and he'll take the opportunity when he can. It is tough to constantly be surrounded by sisters.
Kindyl was there too. But she must have been hiding most of the time.Poor un photographed middle child.

After it got dark we dragged out all of the chairs and pillows and blankets, turned on the projector, and watched Up! on the side of the house. With ample supplies of pie and hot chocolate of course.I'm not sure why I didn't get any pictures of that. Maybe they are hiding with all of the pictures of Kindyl;) Oh well.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm Finally Selling Them...

I know I've been talking about this for a while and some of you have heard it. If you know me you know I make a lot of flowers. For my 4 girls, for gifts, and some of my friends buy them from me. Recently a friend told me that she would much rather pay me to make them then make them herself.

So here's your chance! I've finally decided to open the flower blog that Rachael set up for me months ago.

Go here. And I will try not to be offended when it doesn't get much traffic;)

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Honestly, I have a couple of deep and thoughtful posts to write that I would like to preserve for posterity. But I am going to procrastinate. This is a particular talent of mine. Instead I am going to post about Halloween, because it is easy and there are many pictures involved;)

(Abigail and Teichert playing on the little playground)

We started with a little Halloween pre party at Grunyon Run

(Trigg, crabby Brenley, and Addie on the big playground)

Where we had lunch, apple bobbing,

and pumpkin carving

And the finished products:

(Mitchell's, Rachael's, and Kindyl's)
Yes, that is the pi sign. Rachael wanted to carve a "pumkin pi". Hilarious. I know;)

and of course the best part, hanging out and playing with cousins.

(Callie and Rylie)

with the Queen smack in the middle of it all, of course.Swinging with her sisters
And mooching food from her aunties.

She knows she can get whatever she wants from Joy.

That night our ward holds a big neighborhood Halloween Carnival. We have dinner, games, prizes, cotton candy, you name it. It is always a good time.

Abigelli got a taste for cotton candy. I think she had two at one point. Heaven for a one year old.

Mitchell won a b b gun. I think that was his favorite part. I thought his nerd costume may have been a little too convincing....


We have a lot of adults in our ward who dress up and they are fantastic. Sometimes I have the nerve and gumption to do it myself and soemtimes I don't. I didn't take pictures because I thought it would be rude. But we had a couple of swine flus, a pretty cool cave woman, an awesome raggedy anne and Andy, some seventies couples, and my personal favorite, Popeye and Olive Oyl. Those two were perfect. I really wish I did have some pictures of them!

We brought the stroller for Miss Abigail to ride in, but guess who really thought it was the funnest?
After that Wendell took Mitchell and Brenley Trick or Treating and Abigail and I stayed at the house to pass out candy.

Rach was out watching a movie with her friends, (and too cool to dress up, obviously) and Kindyl went Trick or Treating with her friends.

Later we had to take down all of our Halloween decorations. I was sad to see some of them go. But it is nice to be able to keep the Fall decor.

Friday, October 16, 2009

In Your Opinion...

I have a little dilemma involving Rachael's report card.

I pay my kids for every A on their report card. (go ahead. Judge me.;)

This is usually a cut and dried procedure, and not that difficult to deal with. Other than a bit of a hit to our wallets.

This time it is a little different.

Rach got mostly a's this semester. She got two bs. One in Accelerated Math, and one in ELP Social Studies.

My first reaction is to pay her for the 4 she received. But the Bs were both in advanced classes. And she got As in her other two advanced classes. If she were in High School, and those classes were weighted, they would count as As, right?

And besides, it is her first semester in Jr. High. So maybe I should cut her some slack.

Her teacher comments were fabulous.

She has gotten all of her homework done this semester, a problem we have had with her in the past. And I am tempted to reward this behavior.

So the question is, do I pay her for 4 As or 6?

If I pay her for 6 does she not try as hard in her advanced classes in the future?

I know, hard question. (Wouldn't it be nice if this were my biggest problem right now?)

your opinion?

My Parenting Quote of the Day

"You have not failed as long as you have tried"

President Gordon B. Hinkley

Found in this month's Visiting Teaching address. go here.

Apparently there is a reason we are called to do our visiting teaching.

I have had a harder time healing from this surgery than I should have and have not been a very good parent.

I have thought to myself at least once this week,:

"That's it. I've totally ruined my kids"

And now I have a little hope.....

Friday, October 9, 2009

All Hail the Queen

That's right. It's Queenie's birthday today. No matter how hard I tried to will this day away, into the distant future it was not to be. My baby is growing up.

How did she go from this:

to this:

independent little thing.

Who told her she could grow up so fast? O.K. So she is still tiny. And she still likes a snuggle. But she also likes to walk and talk.

and say hello. And bye bye. and babble about the kind of day she has had...

More on the joys and sorrows of my baby growing up later. But for now it will suffice to simply pay homage to her majesty on her birthday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Falling for Fall

I don't know why I am so obsessed with it this year! It may stem from a subconscious thought that if I love Fall enough it will actually get here and cool off this desert. I pulled out my Fall decor and realized the blaring absence of a nice Fall wreath. The nice ones are expensive. So I went to my Happy Place (Hobby Lobby) and bought some supplies to make one. I don't know what came over me, but I needed it NOW! (I know you are surprised to hear this, but I am a little impatient)

(why 2 pics? I can't decide whether to keep it on my security door or my regular door.)

Fall doesn't seem enough. I actually need it to be Halloween. I don't even like Halloween! But I do this year. I don't know why. I kind of blame other bloggers. People are so creative and make it look so fun! It started last year, I think. My sister's BFF goes all out on Halloween, and her blog post made me think it can really be done with style.(see this post too) Wow, those guys are amazing.

And today I saw a friend's blog post featuring this picture:

I thought it came from a magazine before I read it, but it actually came from this blog. I love it! I want an entry just like it. I want stairs to hang bats on. The black and white to me is just stunning. Maybe I can do something around my piano in my own entry, which is actually just part of my Living Room. Hmmm....I'll let you know what I figure out.

My poor husband can't be thrilled. Though my little home made wreath wasn't very expensive, it still cost a little money to make. And now I want to rethink and redo all of my seasonal decorating. Which won't be cheap. Somehow I don't think that is where he wants me spending our limited funds...who needs food and clothing, really?