About Us

Andy and I met on a blind date in Dec. 2005. One of my 7th grade students was his neice, and she set us up. Go figure. We saw each other every day after that! We were engaged by June and married in September of 2006. In January, 2008, we welcomed little Ethan into our home, and in August, 2010, little Addison arrived.

Andy is a diesel mechanic at Kennecott. I taught middle school science for ten years, and am now an evidence-based learning specialist for a school district.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Missy's Shower

My cousin Missy is due next month, and today we had a shower for her! We're so excited for little Ireland to arrive next month! These are the diaper cakes that I made for Missy, which we also used as centerpieces for the tables! Candice had all sorts of great ribbon, and after eating and opening presents, we all made cute little bows for little Miss Ireland! It was so much fun!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Ethan is walking all over the place now! He's still a little wobbly, but he's doing so good! We haven't been able to catch much of it on camera, because when he sees the camera, he drops down and crawls as fast as he can to get the camera. We distracted him with a birthday present last night, and he forgot the camera and we finally got a video.

At the beginning you can see his independent personality. Grandma leaned over to help him, and he didn't want her to touch him or help him!

Ethan's Birthday Party!

1 year ago today, our little miracle arrived, and we've enjoyed him so much this last year. It seems like it was yesterday that we had him, but it also feels like he's been a part of the family forever. Strange how that works! We gave him a pirate party for his first birthday! Let's get the party started! I made him this cute little pirate cake! It was really my first attempt at a cake like this, but it turned out pretty good.

Papa and Noni gave him this monkey, as well as some outfits! He LOVES the monkey already, and I'm sure he'll take it with him everywhere.

My parents gave him some outfits, and a really cute swing to hang in the big tree in their back yard. He'll love to go play at Grandma's house! Andy and I gave him some shoes, and then this really fun learning toy. It teaches numbers, letters, time, sounds, and shapes.

Here is our little pirate having some of his first birthday cake!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Ethan!

I am so excited for Ethan's birthday, and can't believe that he is 1 already! We are throwing him a Pirate Birthday party tonight with the Grandparents! Can't wait!

Monday, January 26, 2009


We were able to go on a cruise last week, and we had a blast! We visited Jamaica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and the Bahamas. We had sooo much fun. Here are a few pictures from the trip. The first one is my Aunt Colleen and Uncle Brian. It is very comforting to know that the very first thing you do on a cruise ship is learn what to do if you sink!

Our first stop was Jamaica! We hiked up the Dunn River falls. Right through them!!! It was so much fun to be right in the water fall. Then we took a chair lift through the rain forest. It was so much fun, but I don't have pictures of any of this yet, because they are all waiting to be developed on the water proof camera.

This is Andy getting ready to go snorkeling in Grand Cayman. This was by far my favorite part of the cruise. We snorkeled on a little reef and then went to Sting Ray City. It is a little sand bar clear out in the ocean where you can stand up, and there are a ton of Sting Ray. They come right up to you, and you can feed them, hold them, etc. They were swimming all around us and it was so neat.

On our way back to shore, the guy on the boat dove right off as we were going, the boat turned around, and he came on board with this really neat star fish.

This is Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, which is EVERYWHERE, and Andy pretending he doesn't want to kiss me!

In cozumel, we got off the boat, did a little shopping, and then took a taxi to Chaunkanaab beach. It is a really nice beach, and we did some great snorkeling here. We saw an Eagle Ray, which is like a sting ray, but a little different!

We had a really funny waiter named Roberto for dinner time. He would always tease me! On crab night he was sooo funny. He brought everyone their big plate of crab, and then he handed me a plate with ONE tiny crab leg and a cup of butter. He was so much fun.

Our next stop was the Bahamas. Princess Cruises owns part of the beach here, called Princess Cays, which is where we stopped. It was nice to have a private beach all to ourselves. They bring in the buffett food and everything. I bought a purse here, and the front of it has cute pink flip flops embroidered in it, and then I had her add my name to the back!

This is Andy on Princess Cays! No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem. This is Andy's motto to live by, and you really can live like that in the Bahamas. We need to move!

This is me in the bahamas. The covered pavilions are where they have the buffet and tables to eat at!

View of the beach in Princess Cays!

Andy kept telling me he was going to throw me overboard, so I pretended to be falling off!

This is our cruise ship, and a great pose!

This is dinner time on the ship! Suzanne, Colby, Brian, Colleen, Matt, Joree!
Mom & Dad at dinner time!

This is Johnny and Roberto. Since Roberto was such a smarty pants, we pulled Johnny and Roberto together, and gave Johnny a really big tip, and this is me giving Roberto a $1 peso that I picked up in Mexico. Check out the face, it's classic.

Then, we gave Roberto his real tip, and this is him posing with the Peso!

We had such a great time! I'll post other pictures later I guess! I just wanted to get something up from our great trip!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sick Again!

Ethan had the stomach flu not too long ago, and then he was better for a few days, and he's been sick again for the last week. They said just give him pedialyte and if it's not cleared up, come in to see the doc. So, we went to the doc today to see what was wrong. He told us that sometimes after a bad stomach flu, babies can develop lactose intolerance. Crazy huh? So, he gave me some lactose free formula and said try this out. Hopefully he's right, and all will be well! Poor little guy!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ethan's First Steps!

I knew it was coming soon, but it's finally here. Ethan took his first steps today, and here is the proof! (Don't mind the messy office in the background!)