Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I am trying to figure out how to enlarge my photos on blogger...
I found a blog that gives very easy instructions, but was wondering if their is a more permanent solution rather than going in and editing the Html with every picture I download? Also I am not thrilled about the result of this enlargement as it seems to just distort the image and makes it look totally unnatural. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THEIR THAT CAN HELP ME???!
p.s A short update on Russell, he is serving in Ceder City and is very busy teaching and baptizing. He is loving his mission and is under the false impression that Utah is Zion!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Julie's 15!

Julie had a Birthday on March 19th!!

Here are a few fun facts about Julie at 15!
  • As soon as she gets home from school she changes into her pajama pants, even if she has places to go... she usually just wears them anyway!
  • She is really into taking and editing pictures, in fact the first image in this post is a "self portrait" by Julie. Below is another picture that Julie took. She's pretty good!
  • She loves her family and has a soft spot for Sam!
  • She is a girl after my own heart and loves to pore over the great clothes from this place

  • Julie is a fantastic artist, she especially enjoys painting. Here are a few samples of her talent...
  • She is getting her braces off in May!
  • Julie read the Book of Mormon to complete her Virtue project for Young Womens (and to see if she could beat Elder Fager, she lost by a few days!!)

  • Julie is a Vernon Barford Honors student!!! ( I always wanted one of those bumper stickers, why don't they make them anymore!!)

  • Julie is now taller than Maryn. She is a whopping 5. 1 1/2"!! Sadly she isn't quite as tall as me at a towering 5. 2"! (in the photo below, as though you couldn't plainly see, Maryn is wearing the "highest" shoes!!!)
  • She is a great cook and if she would just learn to clean up, i'd hire her for sure!!!

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    WOW...Here is some crazy core strength!

    On Tuesday I went to a "total body" type work out at the Y. It killed me and I have been hobbling around the with a serious case of lactic acid build up in every muscle in my body for the past two days. However, the real killer was the abdominal portion of the work out. At one point I just laid flat on my back and laughed (until Alysa the work out queen walked by and said something like "come on ladies you won't get a 6 pack from lying on your backs" ) Did I say anything about wanting a 6 pack?? Honestly though I have no abs... they are totally shot and I really need to do something about it. Here is the problem. Two years + ago I injured my lower back while shoveling the driveway. As a result I experience moderate to severe lower back pain most of the time depending on how much and what type of stress I put on my back. I simply can't do most of the common exercises to strengthen my abdominal muscles without putting my back in a compromised situation. Of course a lack of core strength is most likely the real reason for the back injury in the first place. It's a vicious cycle and one that I would love to remedy. Why am I going on about this? Two reasons!
    1. I would love to hear any tips/solutions to help with my so very untoned mid section AND...
    2. while WATCHING THIS I couldn't help but think about how strong these crazy acrobats are and wondered what kind of work out they were doing to get those rock solid abdominal muscles!!!! (It's a bit long and I'm still not sure what Solid Potato Salad has to do with it but hey, when I can do crazy stuff like this I'll sing about ridiculous vegetable concoctions too?!!!!)

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    The MOM song!

    I realize that I am generally at least 2 years behind the times of "what's new" on YouTube, but i heard this for the first time today while driving to pick up my kiddos from school. Listening, I had a huge grin on my face and when I came home the first thing I did was check YouTube and to my delight there it was. It's been there a while but if it's new to you, you really should take the time to listen. I have said the vast majority of these "isms" at least once or twice in my 21 year career as a MOM. It's very funny and Oh SO TRUE!! If you've heard it a thousand times and don't want to hear it again... have a nice day!!