Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our winter wonders

I know I haven't done any post about decorating our Christmas tree, or going sledding, or going to some Christmas festival. That is because we haven't done any of it. We are not decorating this year due to a certain toddler that loves to get into EVERYTHING. I decided it's not worth the hassle of following him around keeping him our of the tree and what not. Not to mention we aren't ever going to be here for the holiday. We did however attempt to attend the Santa Parade and tree lighting ceremony in Auburn. We got there right as the parade ended, so we head back to the car and start driving to then realize they were doing the tree lighting down the street. By the time we got parked and walked down there we had just missed that too. We decided to go to the mall instead and let the kids sit on Santa's lap. When we got there, Santa was no where to be found. We went home unsuccessful and a little disappointed. 
It snowed on Saturday night about an inch and a half. We got a call Sunday morning saying that church had been cancelled due to the snow. There was however a lot of ice, which I think was the real concern, but I have never heard of church being cancelled before I moved to this wonderful state. In Utah we slip and slide through a foot of snow and a blizzard to go to church :)
Jared recently put in a new fire place unit. We have been using it to heat the house during the day and the heater at night. On Sunday, it was about about 20 degrees. So of course the fan on the fire place stopped working. No problem we can just turn on the heater, . . NOT the heater died that very same day.  What are the odd, I mean really? We have space heaters in the kids rooms so they are taken care of. I wake up this morning at six to find that it's a shocking 48 degrees in my house. We rush to the store and buy a few more space heaters. By about 1:00 pm it was warm enough to function. Luckily for a Heaven Sent ward member/friend, we were able to get a heater bought and installed this evening and we are now nice and toasty. 


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Kids, are just too funny!

Here are some of the funny things that Morgan has said lately,. . .

Morgan: Lets go in the back yard.
Me: Why?
Morgan: Because it is so beautiful!

Yesterday we were sitting in the living room
Morgan: Mom are you pafetic (pathetic)?
Jared: No mom's not pathetic
Morgan: Yes she is pafetic, Mom is pafetic.
Thanks Morgan for the boost of confidence.

The other day Morgan had some friends over, she turns to her friend and says "My butt is so huge!"

I said to Morgan, "Lets go play in your room" to which so replies "Not you mom, just the kids"

Morgan is constantly saying and doing things to make me laugh. The other day I had a friend and her little boy over. The kids were outside playing, while me and Heather were in the house visiting. We could see the kids through the glass door. First Morgan grabs David by the feet, so he's practically hanging upside down, rips of his socks, drops him down, and throws the socks inside. What would we do without Morgan to protect Davids sock from getting wet? Then a little while later Morgan all the sudden comes running in the house Stark Naked! I sat there a slightly shocked, not knowing what to say, all I could do was laugh.

Monday, December 1, 2008

"Don't cry over spilt milk"

What if it's the whole gallon, then is it okay?



Monday, November 24, 2008

Giving Thanks

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday I decided to share some of the people I am thankful for and a few things I admire about them.
Jared-He has so much patience. He he a great example to me of being patient in all things. Although there have been MANY times when I have deserved a good yell, he is always so soft spoken and loving. Even with the kids he is always gentle and kind. He would do/give anything for me. He treats me like I am his queen.
Morgan-She is such a sweet girl. She always tries to be the little mother, not only to David, but to me, Jared, and all of her little friends. She is such a good helper, always trying to help me with dishes, changing diapers, and picking up her books and toys. She is very obedient. It doesn't take much to make her happy.
David-He is so tender hearted. He has so much love for everyone. All you have to do is look at him and he will give you a great big smile. His smile can turn your whole day around. Although he is ALWAYS on the go, he loves a good cuddle. He will cuddle with ANYONE. He loves to push his limits. He'll wait until he knows your watching before he does something he knows he's not suppose to do.
Dad-My Dad is one of the greatest guys I know. He has so much strength in the gospel. He has always been faithful at having family scripture study, prayer and FHE. Although most of his kids give him a hard time, I think he is very wise. He has taught me How to live and love the gospel, How to live a healthy life, the importance of laughter and much more.
Mom-She is so giving. She would give anything for any of her children. She loves her grand kids so much. She would sit on the floor for hours reading the kids stories and playing toys and puzzles with them. She loves spending time with her family. She has sacrificed so much over the years and has taught me so much. She really is my hero.
Jason-He is such a great man. He has so much love and respect for his wife. He truly treats her like a queen. He has never said anything bad about her, he only builds her up, and not just her but all the women in his life.
Jennifer-She is a great good mother. She can make any room look cute and cozy. Somehow even with two crazy boys she manages to always keep her house immaculate.
Heather-She would do anything for anyone. She is very shy but will go out of her comfort zone to make someone else feel welcome and comfortable. She is sensitive to the needs of others. She has so much patience for her children and is a wonderful mother. She is very creative, and can make something out of nothing.
Scott-He can make anything with wood. He is always working on new projects and helping others with all of their projects. He is very smart, and is always reading something.
Troy-He has always been the peacemaker of the family. We always joke that he is going to be the prophet someday. He has so much goodness about him. He is very kind. He has the most contagious laugh. He will tell a really stupid joke that nobody thinks is funny except himself, but have us all laughing just because he is laughing.
Brett-

He is very smart. He does really well in school, without even trying very hard, it just comes naturally. He always has something intelligent to say. He is shy in a confident sort of way. He is a friend to everyone. He has a certain charisma about him that draws people in.
Cody-He has always been a good example of living righteously, not just to me, but to all of his friends. He has never compromised his standards. He is now serving a mission which is a huge sacrifice and service. He is always easy to be around. He has a quiet goodness about him.
Jesse-He is so awesome :) He is such a hard worker, he loves to get down and dirty. But he is also loving and sweet. He is good company and very good with kids. He is so much fun to be around, he is sarcastic in a fun way. He will sometimes, out of the blue, call or text me just to see how I am doing.
Brittany-She is so giving. She has dealt with a lot being the baby of eight. She has sacrificed many outings to stay home and watch her nieces and nephews so the "couples" could go out, but she never complains. She has always been there for me when I needed someone to talk to, and can always make me laugh.
Lance-He is a hard worker. He is always quick with a joke and can make anyone laugh. He can sleep anywhere. He has taught his children the value of work and the importance of a good education.
Darlene-She is always concerned about the comfort and well-being of her children. She is wonderful cook and is always looking for ways to improve, it's not just about what the food taste's like, it has to look nice too. She is very committed to her husband and goes above and beyond to make sure he's well taken care of.

Sharese, Travis, Josh, Devin, Julie, Jeremy, Dallin, Ashley, Whitney and Natalie-I look up to each and every one of them. They are all good examples to me in their own ways. I am so grateful that I am blessed to have them in my life and be apart of their family.
I am very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life, that help me learn and grow, and help me to be better.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We did go to the pumpkin patch during all the fall and Halloween craziness. We had a really good time. The kids loved knocking over all the pumpkins, petting the animals and most of all painting their pumpkins. Here are some pictures of our adventures. . .
Here is my little man. I can't believe how grown up my baby is.
Morgan is so funny, if she sees David doing something, she HAS to do it too. David climbed on a pumpkin so she had to stand on one too.
The painting of the pumpkins. I can't believe how much they loved painting/coloring their pumpkins
I Love Davids face in this picture.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day

Tomorrow is the big day. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!



Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Meet the Flinstones.(Modern stone age family)
It's all about the candy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things

I just wanted to share some of our recent pictures and video clips. These are some of my favorite, they really make me smile :)

These are my baby Mozarts. They are great musician, not to mention their incredible fashion sense.
video

I was folding laundry and I went to get the next towel out of the dryer and this is what I found!


Morgan doing her "workout" for the day, Pilates. When she got done doing her Pilates she went into my room and put my running shirt on and said to me "I'm going running, can you watch the kids?"
Morgan loaded up her toy truck and said "I'm going to grandma's house" I looked to see what she had packed in her truck. You can bet she only had the the essentials, brown sugar and a few snack packs!

The other night David was a little wired for some reason. He started playing with a measuring tape. He would pull it out then squint his eyes (just in case it hit him) and let go, then laugh. It was so cute. It kept him and me entertained for at least 20 minutes, which is pretty amazing for David.

video

And last is Sweet Morgan and her PRECIOUS smile!

These kids make me so happy. They really are my pride and joy!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Morgan's Room

I have a tendency to get bored with things the way they are. I am always re-arranging furniture, and when that fails to satisfy my need, I paint. I was starting to get bored with Morgan's room, so what did I do? You guessed it I painted, and redecorated. It went from this (this picture is old, from when she was in a crib, but it was the only one I had. You get the idea). . . .

to this. . . . . .

I found this fabric, I was so excited it matches perfectly. I think I'm going to make a bed skirt and a pillow sham out of the same fabric.
I am very pleased with how her room turned out. Now its time to move on to the next project!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Big Fat Stump

We have had this HUGE stump in our yard. Since the day we moved in Jared has been wanting to remove it. He has been chopping away with his ax for the past year. Finally he got some guys together to help him take it out. Here they are hard at work, taking down the fence and clearing the ground. Making way for. . . . . The "Big Guy!"

Here are big boys playing with their toys. You think they are hard at work, but really they are just playing, having the time of their life. (It's funny David has that same toy tractor. Boys never grow out of their toys, they still do the same things, the toys just get bigger and more expensive.)

And this is my lawn, being completely destroyed. You say, Oh its just a little hole. Well my friends, this is just the beginning!
Finally after LOTS of digging you have. . . .

A very stubborn stump and . . . . Two very proud and very BUFF men!
What would the world be like without men? One thing is for certain it would be much cleaner!

Not only is my yard nothing but a pile of dirt (soon to be mud, because lets face it, we live in Washington!) My carpet has big giant shoe print in a trail down the hall. Men, what would we do without them? (Thanks babe for all your hard work, I love ya!)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Baby blankets

Lately I have gone a little fabric crazy. It all started when I was in the fabric section at Wal-mart, looking for some fabric for Davey's costume. I couldn't just get that and leave. I had to go look at the flannels and of course I found some super cute stuff. So I now am on a baby blanket making spree. Here are some of the fabrics I found. . . The one on top is my favorite. Now I just have to find some cute coordinating fabric for the back.Isn't that the cutest little girl fabric ever? I think so!
This one just needs the crochet around the edges.


Here is my most recently finished blanket. Now I just need someone to have a baby!

(I dedicate this post to Peggy, my baby blanket teacher/inspiration!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Private

The time has come for me to make my blog private. I never thought I would have a need to make it private, but there has been a lot of freaky stuff going on with one of my close friends, that I decided I need to make it private for the safety of my family. So send me your email address, or you can email me at stoker_fam@hotmail.com, so I can add you. Don't be shy, if you read it and you still want to read it, send me your email address so you can continue to read!

Monday, October 6, 2008

100 things you may not know about me

My sister-in-law did this on her page, and I'm really glad she did because I felt like I got to know her a little better. I decided to do it so maybe some of you can get to know me a little better.

  1. I am #5 of 8 kids. 5 boys 3 girls.
  2. I have always been the black sheep of the family.
  3. I was born in the front seat of a dodge caravan in the hospital parking lot. The doctors said I was contaminated and they wouldn't let me in the nursery with all the other babies.
  4. I never attended a public elementary school. I was home schooled all through grade school.
  5. Throughout High school I did a correspondence high school along with attending Public High school and I graduated a year early.
  6. I was fourteen when I had my first full time job, working at a fruit stand. At sixteen I was working two full time jobs, during the summer (fruit stand and taco time).
  7. I worked at Taco Time through high school and that is where I made some of my best friends.
  8. I was "almost" engaged before I met Jared. I'm sure glad that didn't work out, because Jared is my One true love!
  9. When I was fifteen I went and lived with my aunt and uncle in Colorado for a few months, to "get away." (Thanks Peg and Lee for taking care of me!)
  10. I was in a typing class in Jr. High and I was so advanced that my teacher moved me to the class a grade older.
  11. I was seventeen when I started college.
  12. Jared left me at a drive in movie on our second date.
  13. A vacation in my family consisted of a LONG drive and camping. We have been to Zions, Goblin Valley and the Arches at least twenty times (that's at least once each summer almost my whole life).
  14. The only time we ever ate out as a family was on vacation. We would go to Wendy's and my dad would give us each 3-5 dollars, if we went over we had to pay the difference.
  15. We never had TV when I was a kids, in fact my parents still don't. The only time we got to watch TV was at Grandma's house.
  16. I have always loved Babies. Anytime there was a baby around you had to fight me to get a chance to hold them.
  17. I still love babies and Jared and I want lots of them. Yes, there are more to come. No, this is NOT an announcement.
  18. I hate the smell of popcorn, but I love to eat it.
  19. I love being a stay at home mom, and feel very blessed to be able to do so.
  20. Someday I would love to travel.
  21. I workout five days a week and absolutely love it.
  22. I started gymnastics when I was five, and did it on and off until I was fourteen. I was on a competition team. I could do anything from a back flip to a double back flip to a front pike.
  23. I hate oatmeal, but I eat it every morning for breakfast because I know its good for me.
  24. I love to dance, even though I can't. Someday I want to take a ballroom dance class with Jared.
  25. I love music. It has always been a big part of my life. I have taken piano, violin and recorder lessons. I have always wanted to play the flute and harp.
  26. I really enjoy singing although I don't have that great of a voice. My knowledge of songs is endless. I have even been called a walking ipod.
  27. My parents have always been health fanatics and I have now adopted some of their "weird" ways.
  28. I love decorating.
  29. I started scrap booking when I was young and wasn't very good at it. I now scrapbook and I'm not to bad at it.
  30. I'm not much of a morning person. Never have been and probably never will be.
  31. I eat pretty healthy and I'm contemplating becoming a vegetarian, but I'm wondering if it's more work then it's worth?
  32. When I was little I took a painting class and painted some pretty amazing portraits. I gave them to both my grandparents so I never even get to see them.
  33. I have been in four plays (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Wizard of Oz and the Christmas Carol).
  34. I enjoy blogging but I will never be as good at it as Sharese, AKA Wonder Woman.
  35. I really love summer and the sunshine
  36. I am not a fan of rain and wind, lucky for me I live in Washington.
  37. I love fall, all the pretty colors.
  38. I like it when it starts to get cold because I LOVE sweaters.
  39. I don't like the snow except for when I want to go snowboarding.
  40. I am a people watcher. I could sit for hours just watching people.
  41. I absolutely hate grocery shopping.
  42. I cook the same 10 meals over and over and over. . .
  43. We never have goodies at our house, because I eat them.
  44. I HATE meat loaf and hamburger pie.
  45. I think Thanksgiving is a strange holiday. I think its great that we remember and express our thanks, but the big feast? I think it's a ridiculous tradition. Not to mention I don't even like turkey.
  46. I worry about my kids all the time. I worry about their safety and worry that when they are older they will make bad choices and mess up their lives.
  47. I don't have very much patience.
  48. I hate doing dishes. If I had to choose between doing the dishes and scrubbing toilets, hands down, I choose toilets.
  49. I love watching my children learn and grow. Being a mother is the best.
  50. I really love the Gospel and am very grateful to my wonderful parents who taught me to live it by example.
  51. I like crafting and making things.
  52. Water is the only beverage I drink.
  53. I am very sensitive.
  54. I really love having a clean house, and I work really hard at it, but for some reason it never seems to actually be clean. I clean a room and I turn around and it's a mess again. Sometimes I think I'm losing my mind because I wonder if I ever really cleaned it.
  55. I use to be a waitress at a restaurant. One time a accidentally dumped an entire drink on some guys lap.
  56. I worked in housekeeping at a Crystal Inn. One time I walked in on a naked guy passed out on the bed. Awkward!
  57. I miss Utah and living close to all my family.
  58. I really like Washington, its really beautiful here.
  59. Jared and I have our fair share of struggles, but all in all I think we have a pretty great relationship.
  60. I almost called off my wedding because I thought I was making a mistake. I called my mom many times in tears asking her what I should do. Thank goodness for a wise mother!
  61. I can't sleep if I haven't brushed my teeth.
  62. I really like getting new clothes.
  63. One of my favorite things is when Jared laughs. I don't know why but I get butterflies in my tummy when he laughs.
  64. I love having my arms and legs rubbed, It can literally put me in a trance.
  65. I am the only one out of my siblings that like asparagus.
  66. Me and my brother Brett are the only ones in my family that wear contacts.
  67. I have never had my fingernail painted. I think it looks silly on everyone, but especially me.
  68. I took piano lesson for 8 years.
  69. I think that feet are gross.
  70. I love popping people fingers and toes (only if they have clean socks on).
  71. I got kicked out of a class in High School (permanently) for talking back to the teacher. (She was teaching about evolution and how we evolved blah blah and I said "I think your ancestor probably were apes, look at you!" she wasn't to happy about that).
  72. I missed more classes in High School then I attended (not really, but I did sluff a lot).
  73. My first boyfriends name was Jared, and I married a Jared. Not the same Jared.
  74. I read stories to my kids for hours each day, and Morgan loves to go to the Library because their book and puzzle supplies are endless.
  75. I have lots of shoes, but I wear the same 3 pairs.
  76. I don't really have a favorite food. I'm not too picky.
  77. I'm always up for trying new foods. You never know if you like until you've at least tried it.
  78. I want my kids to be smart. I work with Morgan everyday on her alphabet, and I am pleased to say she knows and can identify all of the letters both lower and upper case.
  79. I have never been very good at math.
  80. I love playing sports, such as soccer, basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball etc. . .
  81. I don't like watching sports. Especially football, I don't even understand the game and I have no desire to.
  82. I have a dream of walking barefoot on a warm beach, in the moonlight, holding hands with Jared.
  83. I have spent way too much time working on this post.
  84. I love hiking.
  85. Once when I was snowboarding for a date, I was boarding down the hill and I biffed it and my date biffed it right behind me and his snowboard hit me on the head. I was spitting blood the rest of the day.
  86. I really want to go on a tropical cruise.
  87. Jared is reading this so I'm hoping he will get the hint and take me.
  88. I hate it when people read over my shoulder.
  89. When I was younger me and my cousin would spend the night at my Grandma's house. We would get up to watch the price is right. We both said that some day we would be on that show. That is still something I would really like to do.
  90. I lived with my in-laws for a month before Jared and I were married. As much as I love my in-laws it was a little weird.
  91. I hate the office. I know there are lots of people out there that think its so funny, but I think it's stupid.
  92. I don't like playing board games.
  93. I really like soft serve ice cream.
  94. I want to do something that makes a difference in someones life.
  95. I hate it when I'm walking around in socks and I step in water. I hate wet socks.
  96. I have TMJ. I don't really know what it stands for but I know I have it. Its some sort of jaw problem and it hurts. I have to wear a mouth guard at night, and sometimes during the day.
  97. I love to listen to the rain on the roof. I love thunder and lightening storms.
  98. I love my family more than anything.
  99. I have a really bad habit of biting my fingernails. I am sure it is a big part of why I have TMJ.
  100. I can't believe I just came up with 99 things about me, my brain hurts and I'm tired.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

General Conference

As I have listened to the talks given by the Elders of the church, my heart has been touched. I love Conference and all the wonderful messages that are shared. It is a chance for me to reflect where I am at in life, and where I want to be. I am so grateful for the Restored Gospel and the part it plays in my life. How blessed we are to have such a wonderful organization, with God at its head. We are so blessed to have so many righteous and inspired men, to help direct this church. Every time we are privileged to hear their wonderful words of wisdom, I am given new convictions to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and neighbor.

As I was listening to the talks today, I was trying to think of a time when I knew the gospel was true. I couldn't think of one particular incidence, but I realized there has never been a time in my life when I have doubted the truthfulness of the gospel. I realized that I have always known and believed every aspect of the gospel. When our dear Prophet President Hinkley passed away, and Elder Monson was made the new president, I thought I would have a hard time making the adjustment. It seemed like no one would ever be as wonderful as Pres. Hinkley. Although Pres. Hinkley was truly an amazing prophet/man, Pres Monson is just as amazing. He is an inspired Prophet of God. He can do so much for our church, just as Pres. Hinkley has. I love and sustain our Prophet, President Monson, and look forward to the many years of his leadership and council. I hope that all of you were inspired and touched by this General Conference as I was.

Friday, October 3, 2008

"Clean up on isle 2"

This afternoon I was running errands, I drug the kids to a couple different stores. We were in Target, our final stop before home. I was pushing the cart down the isle, when suddenly I noticed my cart was leaking. I look up to find Morgan with a look on her face that says "ah oh!" Yeah ah oh is right. So all sorts of thoughts are running through my head like, do I grab her and run and try and find a bathroom, or do I just stand here and wait? . . . I just stood there waiting for her to finish, watching as her shoes fill up, silently praying that no one will walk by. It seemed to go FOREVER!. Finally when she finished her business I push the cart as fast as I can out of the store (without looking to obvious), once again praying that no one with notice that Morgan is drenched or that the cart is dripping. I walk past a cashier as I'm leaving and politely say "clean up on isle 2." By the time we get outside both of the kids are crying and I'm trying to get them to the car, when a sweet lady ask me if I could use some help, . . I thought to myself , do I look like I need help? Did she notice that Morgan is drenched in her own urine, or is it simply the fact that I'm trying to carry (almost dropping) two screaming kids?
That was my adventure of the day. It was a little stressful at the time, but someday I'm sure I will look back and laugh! I guess next time Morgan tells me she needs to go potty, I'll be sure and take her to the potty, RIGHT THEN!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Singing Time

Morgan loves to sing, I don't know where she gets it from (wink!). She walks around singing all day long. I love listening to her sing. We sing songs together quit often (at least 10X a day). I thought I'd better get her singing on video. I wasn't sure if she would actually sing while I was recording her, but I thought I'd give it a try. I start recording, and she didn't want to stop. As soon as she finished one song she would run over to "Preview it" and then say "K now what song?" We now have a record of her singing just about every primary song! Her are some of her songs, Enjoy!

video video

Shower

This morning, I go into the bathroom and turn on the shower so the water can start to warm up. I'm doing this and that waiting to get in. Then I go to get in the shower and. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .




There is David, standing in the shower with his Jammie's on. Who says you can't take a shower fully clothed?


Saturday, September 27, 2008

8 things about me

8 things I'm passionate about
  • My family (immediate and extended)
  • The gospel
  • running
  • Dessert
  • Friends
  • Having a clean house
  • Clean clothes
  • Jared

8 words or phrases I say often

  • NO!
  • Here's the thing
  • Don't hit David
  • I love you
  • RIGHT NOW!
  • What if. . .
  • Whatever
  • Honey I NEED. . . .

8 Things I want to do before I die

  • Raise my children
  • Be a grandma
  • Serve a mission (with Jared)
  • Travel
  • Do something amazing
  • Be a personal trainer
  • Run a marathon
  • Be a better wife and Mother

8 Things I've learned from my past

  • The importance of family
  • How truly wonderful the Atonement is
  • Happiness is a decision
  • Pregnancies are miserable but WORTH IT!
  • High school is SO overrated
  • Its okay to dream BIG
  • It doesn't matter what mistakes you made, what matters is who you are because of them
  • Life is what we make it
8 Places I would LOVE to visit
  • New York City
  • Hawaii
  • Bahamas
  • England
  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • California
  • Anywhere Warm
8 Things I currently need or want
  • A new house
  • Food storage
  • My kids to stop fighting
  • A million dollars
  • To go on a cruise
  • To be able to run a half marathon in Nov.
  • To paint Morgans room
  • All of Jared's projects that he's started FINISHED!
8 people I tag
  • Heather Gibby
  • Heather Page
  • Kristin Pease
  • Sharese Beck
  • Julie Stoker
  • Miriam Jenson
  • Katie Staub
  • Susie Vantusenbrook

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First day!

I just sent Jared off to his first day at his new job! I feel like I just sent my child off to his first day of school, I am anxious and nervous for him. I am having mixed emotions, I am excited that he will be gone more than two days a week, but I'm also a little sad. I'm grateful that He is willing to work so hard to support our family,and take on a second job. He is a great provider and a wonderful husband and father.

Good Luck Jared, I hope you have a great day!

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.