Saturday, December 12, 2009


We went to our Ward Christmas Party this morning and guess who showed up? Santa! He looked an awful lot like our friend Randy...especially around the eyes. Trevor, Cody and Kellen took the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and ask for a special Christmas present. Maybe some extra awesomeness? I am grateful for a great Ward Christmas Party where we got to enjoy the Christmas spirit, eat yummy food, visit with good friends and see Santa!
I love that this picture captured Kellen's usually invisible halo!

Friday, December 11, 2009


I am grateful for Don's job. It keeps our tummy's full, our bodies clothed and and nice roof over our heads. It also teaches our kids about work. It's been fun to see Cody grow up learning how to work with his Dad. Tonight they worked PRO BONO for the Boys and Girls Club Battle of the Bands.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I also came across this picture in my looking around for another specific picture. I promised Cim that I wouldn't post it on this is where it had to go. It just can't be left in a box and forgotten! I am grateful for Cim, her friendship and the fact that she can rock a mullet!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


In the process of planning for Mom's 60th birthday, I came across this picture of us. I still love being held by my mom. I love the way she smells. I love the feel of her skin. I love the sound of her voice. Obviously, she has been holding me for a long time! I'm grateful for my Mom's loving embraces.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Poor Doggy

While driving Cody home from school we saw this poor little doggy. We laughed and laughed...not because the dog was obviously hurt but because it was just an unexpected and unusual sight! I am grateful that I got to share this moment with Cody!

Monday, December 7, 2009


When I was growing up, Mom and Dad had a system for which one of the five kids got to put the angel on top of the tree. The system was a rotation that was written on the back of the angel's box. I think by the time I was 18, I got to do it maybe 6 or 7 times. I thought this was a good system so Don and I started it when Jesse was born. I faithfully write who's turn it is on the back of our star tree-topper box every year. Cody - 1995-2000, Jesse - 2001, Cody - 2002, Jesse - 2003, Cody - 2004, Jesse - 2005, Cody - 2006, Jesse - 2007, Cody - 2008, Jesse - 2009! I might forget who's turn it is but the kids never do, so it's just tradition at this point. And I love it! I'm grateful for this and many other Christmas traditions!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bah Humbug

I'm grateful that Don likes Christmas. He made it very clear that he likes Christmas...right after I gave him his BAH HUMBUG ornament to hang on the tree and told him I wanted to take his picture with it! And this is the look he gave me as he said it...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Tree!

I am grateful tonight that our Christmas tree is up! I spent a lot of time today setting it up and PRE-decorating it with the ball ornaments. Tomorrow we will put all of our personal ornaments on it as a family. I love Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2009


I am grateful for a pedicure splurge!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Christmas Decorations

I am grateful for my new outdoor penguin Christmas decorations! So cute!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Beautiful Earth

I am grateful for the beauty of this earth! The sun shining through the clouds today was just gorgeous!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Boys...again

This is another picture from our Thanksgiving family pictures. I'm grateful for my boys. I've posted that before but look at them...they are SO cute!

Monday, November 30, 2009


This is another picture from the other day. Cody makes me laugh. He loves to pose for pictures like he is in a constant state of contemplation. I love and am grateful for my boy!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mom's Rolls

I am so grateful for Mom's rolls, made by Amy and enjoyed by everyone!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Family Pictures

We took our family Christmas pictures on Friday and as I was looking through them today, I kept coming back to this one. I just love having a daughter. I love seeing her grow up and learn new things. I love spoiling her too! I love and am grateful for my Jesse.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Miss Abbey

I'm grateful for my sweet niece, Abbey! She is adorable and funny and loves her Auntie Tammy! I had fun today hanging out with her and some of the rest of our family at one of our Family Thanksgivings. We missed Greg and his family though!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


It was going to be just the four of us for Thanksgiving today, so I told everyone to pick their favorite thing to eat for dinner. Don picked Manicotti but then decided to save it for another day because of all the other food we had planned. Cody picked Shrimp Fried Rice. Jesse wanted Mashed Potatoes with Ground Beef and Gravy. And I wanted to try a new recipe, Turkey and Cranberry Raviolli. We ended up inviting Don Sr. and Shirley too and they brought Uncle Rick's Salad. I am grateful for this day, for my family and for this Thanksgiving dinner...

Turkey Bowl

I had fun this morning watching Cody and Don play in our ward's annual Turkey Bowl. Don actually PLAYED which I attribute to his weight loss. In past years he played but with out much excitement or energy. Cody also got to play this year! His little bit of experience on the Buena team this year really gave him a lot of confidence. This is Cody, wearing his #46 Buena jersey, trying to intercept a pass. I am grateful to have this experience with my family!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

55 Pounds!

I'm grateful for Donnie's weight loss of 55 POUNDS!!! He looks great and, more importantly, he says he feels great. In this picture, he is wearing Cody's football jersey...awesome, huh?!?

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Skills

I am grateful that Jesse is learning new skills everyday!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Good Examples

I'm grateful for young men who are good examples to Cody. This is our friend Josh. He had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor last night which is a goal that we have set for Cody. He has also graduated from high school, attended four years of Seminary, was on the Water Polo team at Buena and plans on serving a mission soon. This is the kind of young man that I hope Cody will be and I am grateful for his example!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Clean Showers

I'm grateful for clean, clean showers. There is NO before picture of Jesse and Cody's shower because...ew.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Products

I love anything NEW. If it says "NEW" or "MINI" on it...I've gotta try it. I saw this product advertised in a magazine and had to try it. I LOVE IT! It warms up as I rub it in, it has little texture balls in it that exfoliate, and my skin feels so soft when I'm done. I'm grateful for new products!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sleeping Babies

I am grateful for my sleeping babies!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


No picture tonight because what I'm grateful for I can't really take a picture of! I hurt my back and I have no idea how. It is debilitating! I've been in bed ALL day and can't move without help. So I'm grateful for good health which I have been blessed with most of my life. I'm grateful to be able to do the things that I want and need to do without pain. I'm grateful that this pain will be temporary (it will be, right?!?).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I love it when Don and Cody long as they don't hurt each other! I'm grateful for this wrestling session. I asked Don if Cody was a challenge yet and he said that he was! That's new! (And I LOVE Don's arm in the picture!)

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Wonder of Girls

I have read this book on and off for a while and recently have become more interested in it. I am grateful for the lessons I am learning about my early-adolescent daughter. If you have a daughter (or a son - The Wonder of Boys), you should read this book!
Did you know that young girls could be diagnosed with a mood disorder or the manic portion of bipolar disorder when what they are really experiencing is NORMAL FEMALE EARLY-ADOLESCENCE?!? Wow.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brooke and Jesse

I'm grateful that Amy and her family live so close to us! We love being in the same stake as them and Mom and Dad. We get to see them at church stuff and at family stuff. Tonight was the Articles of Faith Convention. Amy, Brooke and Jake were there which makes it more fun for us!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I'm grateful for my new found love for football! I'm excited for Cody to play again next year. I might even find a pro team and become a super fan!

Friday, November 13, 2009


This is the cute four passenger golf cart that we have had at home for the past year or so. Jesse LOVED going for rides with her daddy in it. He took her to school quite a bit in it. Don just recently took it to the Kohl's shopping center so the could use it temporarily for patrols. He also just listed it for sale on eBay! Tonight the batteries in it exploded and within a few minutes it burned to the ground. It is a complete loss along with the second smaller golf cart and damage to a third golf cart.
So what am I grateful for here? I'm SO grateful that the Gem cart burned down in the shopping center parking lot and NOT in my drive way where it was parked just a few weeks ago and where it probably would have set my house on fire too!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


After Seminary today, I came home and started to do the dishes. I looked out my kitchen window and saw this. It is gorgeous and I am grateful.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I am grateful for all the Veterans who have served our country. I'm especially grateful that one of them is my Dad. Thanks Dad for your service and your example.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Kitchen

This is exactly what our kitchen looked like (plus a lot of dirt and grime!) when we moved in to our house 9 years ago. I am really, really, really grateful for my new kitchen. Such an improvement! This picture was taken at our new rental property that is about 7 houses down from our house...same floor plan and all original materials!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mom and Dad

I am so grateful for my Mom and Dad. They were married 41 years ago today! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! I love you!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cody's Sense of Humor

I think Cody is hilarious. Just the other day I asked him to rearrange the chairs in my Seminary classroom so we could play a game. After he did that, HE decided to make up a game for us to play. Here are his directions...
BTW...We did NOT play Cody's game. :)

To Tammy,
I made a game for you. I set up the chairs like this: (diagram)
The game is called "shun the freak!". You will have one person be the "master shunner" who sits in the middle of the circle. All of the people in the circle will talk to each other. If one of them talks to the freak, the master shunner yells "shun the freak!" And the two people switch places. Have fun. Bye.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I love my brother, Ben. He makes me happy! We don't get to see each other enough. Ben and his family were here for a few days and we got to visit with them tonight. I am grateful for Ben and for the time we got to spend together today.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My Truck

I love my Tahoe. I picked it out and bought it brand new...only 12 miles on it! It is exactly the truck I wanted! And we have driven it A LOT! I wanted to get a picture of the odometer at 120000 miles but I missed it. So here is my picture at 120100 miles. (Yep...I was driving 70 at the time!) I am grateful for my truck and the many miles we have put on it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Kelsey Lou and Ethan. I'm so grateful for these adorable kids! And seriously...can you get any cuter?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I am grateful that Jesse is a girly girl and likes to be pretty! Tonight we put her hair in curlers. Love it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Moon

I get to see the moon twice a day right now. In the morning it is huge in the West and in the evening it is big and bright in the East. Very cool. Of course my picture doesn't do it justice, but this is this morning's moon...

Monday, November 2, 2009


I almost forgot to post tonight! So I was laying in bed and looking around to see what I could blog that I'm thankful for. My TV! I am really glad that we have a TV in our room. How boring is that? But I love it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Teacher Resources

I love teaching Seminary but this past week off was so great! I had good intentions of getting ahead on my lesson preparations but I didn't and I had to get back to business today. And so I am grateful tonight, and every night as I prepare, for the awesome teacher resources on line. With just a few clicks I can access my lesson manual, the scriptures and a TON of supplemental material!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Candy

I'm grateful...

Friday, October 30, 2009


So sick! So grateful for medicine!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

No Cavities

I am grateful that after a visit to the dentist and the orthodontist today, Jesse has no cavities AND is almost ready for braces!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nutty Bar Pie

I'm guessing that a lot of my posts on this blog will include food...
Today I'm grateful for this pie that Cody asked me to make. I laughed the whole time I was making it and kept reminding Don not to look at it because it has so much fat in it! It has 24 nutty bars in the crust and edges plus a 1/2 of a cup of butter, 2 cups of peanut butter, a pound of cream cheese, whipped cream AND sugar. Oh yum.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This isn't a picture but I'm posting it anyway.
I am grateful for the blogs I read. I love when they make me laugh. This is one that I recently came across and it is brilliant. Check out this post...Gurbonzo's Blog!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dance Friends

I'm so glad that Jesse has made friends with the four other girls from her dance company! This is Jesse, Angelica, Ashley, Felicia and Malia. Can you see why Jesse has been the odd man out? :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Christmas Surprises

I love Christmas surprises! I'm super duper grateful for this one! Sorry I can't tell you what's in it but I CAN tell's for Donnie!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I am grateful for my beautiful backyard! We spent a couple of hours cleaning it up today and now I can't wait to have people over for BBQ and S'Mores!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cleaning Day

I am very grateful that tomorrow is cleaning day...