Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Haley!

Today Haley turns 2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She is the cutest thing ever! And, SHE is completely POTTY TRAINED! She even wakes up in the night to go potty. Of course, she has accidents every now and then, but for the past few days, she's worn the same clothes from when I get her dressed to when I get her undressed for bed! It's GREAT!

She has the cutest voice ever. She is soft spoken, and LOVES her siblings. I took her pictures today, in honor of turning 2. Since her birthday is on Thanksgiving, we'll be a bit busy tomorrow, so here she all her "Turning 2" glory...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sneak Peaks

Oregon Sneak Peaks can be found: HERE! I'm working hard everyone...hopefully by the beginning of next week!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I am so behind in blogging. It's my goal to get updated this week with:
Halloween, Jake's Birthday, Girl trip to Oregon (which was FABULOUS), and Haley's Birthday (which is on Thanksgiving)...SO, to excite you with all that is to come, I have a little "ditty" to share. Sarah introduced me to the MOST FABULOUS DRINK EVER while in Oregon. It is from Starbucks. I really hate Starbuck's. Not everything is on their menu, it is PRICEY, and you have to know a special language in order to order. Sarah found this drink because they gave it to her on accident. SO, the next time you're cold, and need some warming up (like out looking at Christmas lights) ORDER THE FOLLOWING: You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

Peppermint White Chocolate Hot Chocolate - yummmm...I'm still dreaming of it...I wish it would snow so I could justify a nice hot cup!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Troy fixed it. When I told him that Jared was going to call and tell me what to do, he sat down and got to work figuring it out. I think he knew he could do it, and he felt bad that Jared would call (all the way from Oregon) to tell me how to fix my computer. Thanks for calling Jared and Patti! It was really nice of you! All my stuff is restored, all my presets and actions back in photoshop! ALL OF MY FAVORITES BACK! YEE HAW! I thought I was going to die yesterday...back to editing today...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


My computer is stupid. I HATE it. For some reason, the other night, when I started it up, ALL my stuff was gone. Yep, gone. The computer started just fine, I can get to email, but all of my favorites are gone, photos, EVERYTHING! Don't get worried, I back up ALL of my photos on an external hard drive, and I have all of that, but it's just gone from my computer. So, Troy ran a virus scan. I was watching it scan, and it scanned the photos I could no longer find. SO IRRITATING. So, I found out, that when I go to start the computer, and I select "Jen" as the user, it can't find my settings, so it just gives me a basic setting, like I have just bought the computer. The biggest irritation, is that it does this EVERY TIME I have to restart the computer. If I do something, and don't put it on the hard drive, it's gone. Does ANYONE know how to fix this? I have a ton of photos to edit, but am scared to, for fear I'll lose the images. Also, in photoshop I use a ton of actions and presets (sorry, photoshop lingo) and ALL of these are now gone. I have them saved on my hard drive, but reloading them on photoshop, literally would take me more than 24 hours, and since my computer is doing this everytime I restart it, I'm not going to take the time to re-load my settings. I need help...anyone?????

Friday, November 07, 2008

More "Mother of the Year" Moments

Well, I know most of you think I am the absolute top notch mom, who definitely deserves the Mother of the Year award. Here are a few more reasons I am a shoe-in for the nomination:

Today is Friday. The last day my kids are on-track (in school) until December 8. As I got Jake's homework folder ready to take back to school today (as the kids were already buckled in the car waiting for me) I noticed that THIS WEEK Jake was VIP kid. Yep. On Friday. No note home from the teacher the week before, nothing. Should have had poster there Monday. Friday is early day. Only 2 hours of school. No time to make a poster and rush it to school. As I slowly drove to school, feeling horrible, and wondering how I would explain this all to Jake, who really only interprets "CRAPPY MOM, DOESN'T CARE" (middle-child syndrome, completely), I just laid it on the line. The truth. He looked shocked, but I ASSURED him, I would speak with the teacher, and he would get another week. All his. To be a VIP. He said okay. I dropped him off. Wondering if I had wounded him. Then I got a BRILLIANT idea. His birthday is next week. This is the last day of school for awhile. In Utah, people bring treats for Birthdays. (Honestly, Kyle's birthday is in July, so I've never done it for him in any other state, so all state's may be the same on this) I RUSHED to Smith's, looking for a treat. I'm looking, looking. Halloween cookies. NOPE. Generic cupcakes, nope. Then, I came across a MARVELOUS site. IN the cake section, a bunch of cupcakes grouped and frosted to look like a big green dragon. Cost: $14.99. I bought it, took it to school, and got the BEST reward. He was so excited. Showing his classmates his "cool dragon cupcakes". It was a hit. Pretty sure he doesn't remember this should have been his VIP week.

Since I'd already screwed it up with 1 kid today, I decided - while I was there - to eat lunch with Kyle. He begs Troy or I at least once a week to come eat lunch with him. You would think a third grader would not want that. He doesn't care and I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts. He told me the night before, that it was Orange Chicken day. Now, normally, orange chicken would be the LAST thing I would want to eat from a school cafeteria, but hey, I am trying not to screw up so much, and to care about stupid stuff a little less. We walked down the hall with his class. We got our orange chicken. I MADE him get a no-bake cookie. He tried it and LOVED it. He sat me down, all alone, and we just talked and ate. I told him I was proud of him. I know it's hard to be the oldest. He'll be happier when he's older, that he's learned to be more responsible, and a harder worker. Then, he was off to recess. Basketball is the sport right now. He ran off with his friends. AFTER yelling, I love you mom! Definitely worth it. Oh yeah, and the little girl who walked up to me and said, "Are you Kyle K's mom?" Yes. "Oh, you're pretty" was pretty nice too!

Tonight we went to Trent DuVal's viewing. He passed away on Tuesday. The second we walked into the funeral home, I couldn't hold it in. Troy and I took Kyle, and got a sitter for the other kids. As we were waiting in line, I was just sobbing. Honestly, I was just looking around at all the momentos they had set around. It could have been Kyle. He was Kyle's age. It just made me realize that I need to slow down and enjoy what is happening in my life. Whether it's a messy kitchen floor, or seeing the look on Jake's face seeing a $14.00 dragon cupcake, or whatever. We have no idea what life is going to hand us. Kyle so kindly looked around and announced I was the only one crying. Troy commented that I was pretty "leaky"(know what you're all thinking - typical Doug Korth comment, and I would bet money that he's said it to his own wife a time or two). The comment was NOT appreciated, and I'm pretty sure he'll never say it again. I wasn't crying because Trent died. I know his family was prepared to have him leave, I know he's not in pain anymore, and I know he is being loved and taken care of. I WAS crying because of all that I have. So grateful, that (so far) this hasn't been one of my trials in life. And resigned to do better, be a better mom, a better wife, a better person. And to have quite a bit less "Mother of the Year" moments.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

New Calling...

We have 2 baby blessings today. Last night, I got the "dreaded" phone call. A new calling was coming. We had to leave right after my cousin and her family blessed their baby. I was right, I got a new calling today. I REALLY thought I would stay in the Primary. Boy, was I wrong! I was called as an advisor for the Beehives (12-13 year old girls). Oh, that's not all...this next part, I'm SURE they got wrong...Ward YW Camp Director. YEP! CAMP DIRECTOR! HELLO, has the bishop not read my blog? I'm not a camper! He assured me, camp was really nice for the girls. I told him if it wasn't, it would be now! (wink wink) Wish me luck!