Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'm grateful for the 1st Day of School!  Cody started 10th grade and Jesse started 6th grade!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

On the Boat

This is another picture from our trip to Laughlin.  This spot on the boat in the middle of a lake is my happy place.  I'm grateful for it!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


I am sooo grateful for this...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Clean House!

I am grateful that this is NOT my house.  It is a house here in Ventura that my FIL got to clean out and haul away all the trash.  It is NASTY!  So I repeat...I am grateful that this is NOT my house!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lake Mohave

This was my view of the world on Monday and Tuesday.  I am grateful that we were able to spend a few days on Lake Mohave enjoying the sun, water and friends!

Friday, August 6, 2010


I love making cookies.  And I love my boy.  I'm grateful for this cookie that combined two of my loves!  (Thanks Teresa!)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am so grateful for being able to take this fabulous trip with Mom, Dad and Jesse! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Mom

I am so grateful for my Mom.  She is crazy smart, so cute (look at those dimples!), kind and loving, and infinitely patient with me.  Look what I did to her!  In public!  And she let me!  And she let me take a picture!  I love my Mom!

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July

I'm grateful for fireworks!  And celebrating the 4th of July in Boston.  And for Jesse.  And Mike who took us to the fireworks.  And Mom and Dad who were there too.  And Emily and Heath who stayed home.  And Don and Cody who had to stay in California.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

I am grateful that Don is my baby daddy!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Me and My Girl

I took this picture of Jesse and me last month at her dance competition.  I liked it straight out of the camera but after playing with it on Photoshop, I love it!  I might even have it printed and frame it.  I'm grateful for my girl and the pretty picture we made together!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Micah and Kelsey

I adore all of my nieces and nephews.  I got to hang out with Micah and Kelsey for a little bit this week.  Aren't they so cute?  I am grateful for them.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I've been playing with ACTIONS on Photoshop.  I love it but feel like a 1st Grader trying to master Algebra.  Photoshop is hard but I'm still grateful for it!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hurdles Again

I just found another picture of my boy running a hurdles race.  It's amazing to me that THAT is my baby!  I'm so grateful for Cody.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Our family worked at the Strawberry Festival this weekend.  It was long hours and a lot of stress but the kids were great and worked hard.  Jesse took a few breaks to bungee-jump!  I'm grateful for this fun moment!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Family

I am grateful for my family...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Curtis, Ethan and Sara

I stopped at Ben's house on my way home from Sacramento this weekend and had a nice visit with Ben and Leslie.  But, the best part was seeing Curtis, Ethan and Sara!  Aren't they adorable?!?  I am so grateful for my nieces and nephews!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Emily and Jesse

My favorite picture from our visit with Emily.  I'm grateful for Emily and Jesse!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tankless Hot Water Heater

In honor of my Dad who is leaving, with Mom, on a three month cross country vacation tomorrow, I'm posting a picture of my new tankless hot water heater.  I am grateful for it and for Dad because he installed it for me!  (Any bets on if this will look any different in three months?) 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dancing Girl

Jesse and her dance company competed at BRAVO dance competition in Long Beach on Saturday.  They won Gold!  I'm grateful to see her perform and love it! 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Teresa got this sweet sign for me for Christmas. After I finished the crown moulding and baseboard in our "arcade" and dining room, I found the perfect spot for it. Thank you Teresa! I am grateful for cute home decor and Teresa, who knows me so well.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hair Cut!

Cody got his hair cut! I think it looks fantastic! I'm grateful that he went for it and that he likes it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Macy's Money

For Christmas, Aunt Mary gave me a gift certificate to Macy's. I was able to get all of this and only spent $16 of my own money. Thanks Mary! I am grateful for my new things!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pretty Flowers

Don got me roses for my birthday. I am grateful for him and them!  (I took this picture!  So pretty!)

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I am grateful that this was just for fun. So, so, so grateful.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I saw this on my way home from an errand and had to snap a picture. I am so grateful that this is NOT my daughter!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Yesterday was Cody's first track meet. He came in 3rd in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. I'm grateful that he is loving it!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Garlic Cheese Bread

Ohhhh...so grateful!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Taking Care of Jesse

Our poor Jesse sprained her hip in dance class on Thursday. (Yes...it is possible to sprain your hip!) She has been on doctors orders to rest as much as possible and no dancing for a week. Tonight she fell on the stairs and now her hip hurts really bad again. She was crying and limping around so Don carried her upstairs to go to bed. You can't tell from the picture but she was crying and Don was groaning. I don't think he's picked her up and carried her upstairs in years! I'm grateful that she is feeling better now!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Boys and Babies

One of my favorite things is a boy and a baby. I specifically love pictures of men holding their baby girls. Something about a great big man being soft and careful with a little baby dressed in pink makes me happy. Yesterday we went to a baptism and Don offered to hold a friend's baby girl. I snapped this picture and I'm so grateful that I did...a boy and a baby...I love it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wedding Cake

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to make a wedding cake for a couple in our ward. Since the bride wanted super simple and I had Amy to help me, I said yes. I am so grateful that it turned out so well!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Tonight I'm grateful for another food. I love this recipe called Hearty Tortellini Salad. It has tortellini, zucchini, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and pesto. It's delicious and my family hates it. So I only make it once in a while and tonight was one of those nights. Yummy!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Girl

Jesse birthday celebration has lasted all month! We had her final party with her friends yesterday. I am grateful for my 11 year old!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I am grateful to have a sister (Amy) with mad cake making skills!

Friday, January 22, 2010


We stopped by Amy's house tonight to pick up Jesse's totally adorable Elmo birthday cake and I was reminded how much I love my nieces and nephews! Amy is a fabulous momma and has already potty trained Micah! He has brand new Elmo underwear (funny that my 11 year old likes Elmo just as much as Amy's almost 2 year old, huh?) but he didn't want to wear them so we were playing around and I ended up putting them on his head. Don snapped a picture with his phone and I just love the expression on Micah's face. I can just imagine the voice in his head saying, "Seriously, Auntie Tammy? Seriously?!?" I am grateful for cute Micah and his patience with his crazy Auntie Tammy! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Storm Clouds

I am so grateful for the rain we have had this week. I love rain! I took this picture today as the grey storm clouds were receding and the blue skies were peeking through the white fluffy clouds.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cody and Momma

Cody and I had a "date night" on Monday. We ate at Baja Fresh, saw Avatar in IMAX 3D, and then ate at In N Out. Perfect. I am grateful for my teenage boy that still wants to go out with his momma.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Soap Mohawk

I helped Cody wash his hair tonight and couldn't resist putting it in a soap mohawk like I did when he was little! I'm grateful for little boys who grow up and still let their mommas give them soap mohawks!

Monday, January 18, 2010

School Friends

I am grateful that Jesse has good friends at school! Christina, Allie and Macey came over today to work on their submission for the yearbook cover.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

More Jesse

This is another of my favorite pictures from Jesse's photo shoot. I'm grateful for my sweet girl that loves to pose!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Emily and Mike gave Jesse a photo shoot for Christmas. This is one of my favorites. I'm grateful for Emily's new camera!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gorgeous Shoes

I am grateful that Santa brought me these...

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I love my Seminary class! I'm so grateful to be their teacher!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

House Flag

Teresa gave me this house flag for Christmas. I love it! For a long time I have coveted a very similar one that I see a lot on a house near Amy's. I don't know how Teresa knew that! I am grateful for my beautiful new house flag. (I'm also grateful for my new pole and bracket that Don and Cody put up to hold my new flag. I had a perfectly good one, but my other flag got twisted up on the pole and when Cody tried to "gently" untwist it, he accidentally pulled down the pole and broke the bracket right off the house.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


This is what I saw in my side mirror on the way to Jesse's dance studio in Santa Paula tonight. It is gorgeous and I am grateful.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


This is how I wore my hair to church today. I thought it looked good but Jesse said it looked like a mullet. So what am I grateful for? I grateful that it did NOT look like a mullet. And I know it didn't because I asked my friends at church. So there, Jesse.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fat Money

Donnie got his "Fat" check tonight. We had a small ceremony...Sam handed Don the check and I took a picture. Don then showed off the gun he bought with his prize money. I am grateful that Don won "The Biggest Loser Family Style" !

Friday, January 8, 2010


Jesse got braces today! I'm grateful that we can provide for our babies. (Braces are EXPENSIVE!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010


While I was out running errands tonight I saw a beautiful sunset...in Oxnard! The sky was a gorgeous baby boy blue and the clouds were precious baby girl pink. I am grateful that I got to see it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I have a love/hate relationship with Reese's. They love my thighs and I hate when they are gone. I took this picture of Cody holding many, many Reese's miniature wrappers rolled up in to a big beautiful ball. I'm grateful for Reese's miniatures...big thighs be darned!