Sunday, January 31, 2010

Taking Care of Jesse

Our poor Jesse sprained her hip in dance class on Thursday. ( 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 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!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesse Bear!

I am so grateful for my daughter Jesse. Happy 11th Birthday Baby Girl!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Sinus infections stink. I am grateful for antibiotics.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mod Podge

I love to make things. I love to paint, make jewelry, scrapbook and all kinds of crafting. I've never tried to decoupage before though until I came up with this idea to make a picture frame with CINNAMON stuff all over it for Cinnamon for Christmas. Brilliant idea, don't you think?!? And I think it turned out pretty good! We need to take a picture for in it still but I gave it to her anyway and she liked it! I am grateful for new crafting mediums like MOD PODGE!

Saturday, January 2, 2010


I got to go to a Butterfly Preserve today with Amy's family, Cim and Linda. Although I'm not a nature girl, I really enjoyed it! The butterflies were very cool. Can you see them in my picture? I am grateful for a sister who pushes me out of my comfort zone, friends who like to play and butterflies.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Teresa helped me arrange and decorate my mantle today. I am grateful for Teresa and her mad skills!