Monday, June 13, 2011


I've never been a cat lover. In fact, most of my life I've been a cat hater ... they're sneaky. Well, one of the perks (downfalls?) of working at the police station is animal control side of things. We get to see some pretty fun things - a baby cougar found in a stairwell, some tiny raccoons in a chimney last week ... this time it was kitties. A mama and her two babies. Well, Justin (our animal control officer) remembered that one day (last January after I had watched a particularly sad movie about a kitten NOT getting adopted) I mentioned that I wanted a cat.
So I brought one home. Turns out the boys love it, and Lucas didn't complain at all. In fact, I think he likes it too ... It's a girl kitty, so obviously we named her Artemis, after:

from It's Always Sunny

She's actually pretty cute, for a cat.

We've decided to keep her ... at least until Ryan's snake gets so hungry he eats her.

And just for fun, a couple of my very favorite boys:

Friday, June 10, 2011

more hiking pictures

I know that all I ever blog about is hikes. They're just my very favorite. Yesterday we went up to Big Springs (my favorite) with some friends from work. It was early in the morning and a little chilly, but it turned out to be just perfect. I took a bunch of pictures (I'm practicing 100% manual), so here are a bunch for your viewing pleasure:

Also, bought our tickets for this today. Best date night ever.

And, I'm obsessed with this song lately. I don't know why I'm loving Kenny so much lately, usually he drives me crazy.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Lately I've been really grateful for my family. Maybe it's that we just celebrated our anniversary (2 years!) and then Luke's birthday yesterday (31!), but I'm just really happy to have my own family. Not to mention my other families ... my wonderful sister and hers, my parents and little brothers, AND my in-laws, who are all incredible.

I've been getting really irritated lately at work when I see pregnant 16 year old girls determined to keep their babies with no idea how to be a mom, let alone a responsible adult. Or drug addicts with several children that have been taken away by DCFS ... pregnant again and using and drinking throughout the pregnancy. This is hardest part of trying (unsuccessfully) to have kids for me. I knew it would be hard for us to get pregnant, I knew it would take a while ... so I'm not stressing about it. But I do feel so sad for all these babies born into crappy situations without dads or with health problems resulting from drug/alcohol use. It makes me want to cry. I could be a really good mom to those babies.

The point: I read this awesome article in the June Ensign. It's by Elder Bruce D Porter of the Seventy, you can read it here. It's kind of long, but totally worth it. My favorite part, from James Lincoln Collier:

“We have abandoned our children. Between a soaring divorce rate and an equally soaring rate of children born to unwed mothers, it is now the case that the majority of our children will spend at least a portion of their childhoods in single parent homes—in effect being raised without fathers. A large minority will spend their entire childhoods essentially without fathers, and a considerable number will not even know who their fathers are.

“This is an extremely unusual circumstance—perhaps unique in human experience. In no known human society, past or present, have children generally been raised outside of an intact nuclear family. The nuclear family is one of the most basic of all human institutions, a system of doing things so fundamental that until this century it occurred to very few people that life could exist without it.”

I love that last part. The family is so fundamental that until this century it occurred to very few people that life could exist without it. So weird. And this part I love also ... kind of a challenge:

"The Church is a small institution compared with the world at large. Nevertheless, the Latter-day Saints as a people should not underestimate the power of our example, nor our capacity to persuade public opinion, reverse negative trends, or invite seeking souls to enter the gate and walk the Lord’s chosen way. We ought to give our best efforts, in cooperation with like-minded persons and institutions, to defend the family and raise a voice of warning and of invitation to the world. The Lord expects us to do this, and in doing so to ignore the mocking and scorn of those in the great and spacious building, where is housed the pride of the world."

That's all. And read this also. It's the perfect example of how I want to raise my daughters.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I love it. I could spend hours just looking at photos (but I don't), and I love that so many of my friends are getting into it! Find me on Pinterest so I can see what you're pinning :)

Here are some recent favorites (watch out, there are a bunch):

Also, check out this etsy store for some extra cute earrings -- all proceeds go to Jillyn's cancer funds!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I love baseball. And I love these two. Just wanted to make sure everyone gets a chance to see these:

Fire doesn't have a rivalry with kindling, lawnmowers don't have a rivalry with grass, America doesn't have a rivalry with Costa Rica ...