Wednesday, September 7, 2011

labor day and some stuff.

Labor Day we went to Josie's Cabin with our good friends the Oldham fam and the Sprouse family. We love these guys. Wish we could spend more time together. The kids did GREAT on the hike. ps. Dogs are NOT allowed  up there. We didn't know and brought Frank,
Anyone know where the 3 year old attitude comes from? Gracy decided just recently that she makes the rules lol. We had a little talk about the Marker tattoos. NOT cool sis. She did feel bad after, hence the red puffy eyes. I had such a hard time not laughing and holding strong as the disciplinarian. lol.
My cousin Cris and I helped clean Grandpa Bobs house yesterday, we were there for 8 hours scrubbing the heck out of that place. We could possibly be the meanest cleaners in the Basin lol. We were saved with Taco Tuesday from Cafe Rio.
Today was Gracy's first day of JOY SCHOOL! she spend a good 20 minutes "getting ready for school" this morning. Most moms are in tears about the whole growing up thing, but I just love watching her grow and learn, its really cool being a mom. Im so proud of my little girl! I cant believe she is already old enough for school. A few of us moms are getting together and trading teaching each week.  We got our curriculum off of Its really an amazing program. Anyone looking to start a fun  Pre-school activity, this is a good one. :)  
By the way did I mention volleyball season is in the air? Cant wait to get our team back together! Fall is the best time of year.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mini Project

Danny and I needed (well I needed) to do something new and cheap in the kitchen and I found these plastic tile sheets at lowes for a back splash. So easy to install and I think total it costed only $80. What do you think? PS, I know the power strips are pretty red-neck. The previous owner threw them up for a quick fix and we just havent gotten to them yet. lol. On a brighter note I never run out of outlets :) (Thanks DD)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blog Break :(

WHAT I HAVENT BLOGGED SINCE JUNE! haha. Everyone does it. Sometimes you just get so behind, you start realizing how many photos you need to post and how many activities have blown uhhhh...THE ENTIRE SUMMER. Oh well. heres whats been going on.

My Baby is now a full blown 3 year old....since June 30th..... I KNOW RIGHT.... and she definatley is 3...who said 2 was hard? because three is seriously a suprise when it comes. This little girl can talk your ear off, CHEW your ear off and LOVE your ear off all in the span of 5 minutes.

some of the famous Gracy lines

-Hey I bought this at the Wal-marts.
-mom will my dreams come true?
-uuuhhhcuzzzz frank did it.
-We dont eat poop k.
-I have bad dreams with mean bugs.
-I a queen-- Mom a princess.
-Im sorry your heiness.

I had Grac signed up for Tumbling this summer and she did great!  She is hilarious and a little awkward like her mom lol. But really a great little athlete. Her teachers said she had strong tummy muscles lol. (funny but im proud of her strong tummy muscles) Towards the end she did alot better with following directions and staying in line with her class. A perfect little activity for a 3 year old. Although I really think they should make a 3 year old Arobics class ..... NON _STOP moving. I think that would tire her out a little better. lol.

The Neola Rodeo was a RIOT this year.....want to know why? Gracy and her cousins got to chase rabbits in the dirt-thats why lol. They were hilarious. Best memories are made with family : ) and some good BBq chicken :) Side note my little nephew Bridger got his first "mutten bustin" (sp?) experience, It was my favorite thing to watch. love that little maniac, he totally is to.

4th of July was alot of fun, finally got to see the famous Neola parade, it was really pretty good. It was like the 90's came back, they were throwing icy pops and candy and had squirt guns and the kids LOVED it, I love that everything is SUCH a big deal with a 3 year old.....its like their first time they actually understand whats going on and can participate. Makes being a mom pretty cool. PS. did I tell ya how fun the Binghams are? Its like a shot of caffeine from an IV there lol. NON-stop fun.

Sleep over with Gracy's older cousins. (she worships them) Addie and Annie :) they are dolls. And I cant wait for them to come over again, Those girls took care of EVERYTHING, they even did Gracy's hair for me.

More Bouncy fun at the Bingham reunion. That picture of Danny with his legs in the air kills me. And yes danny EVERY year starts up the wrestling tradition, someday all those boys are going to grow up and take him down....probabley with INjuries. I thought Danny and Jonny were going to just collapse and die at some point.

The Grady's came to visit, Its my favorite holiday ...... I call it the "sister" holiday lol I finally get to see Tiff and her family. Its sooo not fair they live in KC missouri.

Soooo The reason for all of the Family time (on the Gardner side) Is because my baby brother had his MISSION FAIRWELL, he has already been at the MTC for a month. Its really bittersweet. I was able to pack grace and I up in the car with my parents to take rhet to the mtc and spend one more day together. I was a mess, Rhet was a super hero as usual. What an amazing person he is. Argentina should feel pretty lucky to get him Ide say. Hes just a good kid. We all love him and miss him so much. I LOVE it saves my life . I love writing rhet electronically. Makes things so much easier. Plus you can get on the website and read a ton of hilarious dear john letters. oh they are funny.

Boating with the Whitmer family and the Bird Family
Gypsy mamma find.....Love it in my kitchen :) plus I re=finished my Granny Lauras old Bench for my porch.:)

We took Sis to the Zoo.... She loved it. We all loved it.

Gracy had her friend Bri over on an afternoon and had alot of fun. Its new to have someone younger over :) we love little bri shes a doll. :) that is our summer in a nut-shell. Leaving some things out and not posting nearly enough photos :) Thats life. I guess I better get back to it.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

bug bites and stripes

Yesterday I wiped a skeeter off of Gracy's Eye and new it was going to be bad in the morning, and it was :( she is terribley allergic to masquitos, just like her dad. She has been feeling yucky all day, her eye now is almost swollen shut!, but nothing a little benedril and otter pops cant fix.

Another one of my copy cat ideas, painted stipes in the kitchen and it made everything look much bigger :) Its nice for a change up, but Danny's getting a little bugged by me painting every 6 six months.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I found a sight that does custom made "on order" type stuff, I couldnt find any fabric here in good ol' vernal that I wanted so "Bonanza" did a great job with my stipe curtains I wanted. It kindof turned out looking a little "Mi Mi's cafe Ish" but I like it and it gave the room MORE texture.....I could add texture all day, . Anywho.....Im trying to learn how to mix vintage with modern and need a little more advice ....... suggestions ? I thought adding a book shelf in this room might add to the vertical stripe? yay or Nay?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Smarty Pants

This little Potty trained.

Monday, June 6, 2011

let it GROW!!!

We finally got our garden in this year! Lets see if I can keep it alive!!! We had a garden growing up (in the Gardner residence) and I remember HATeING that thing....mostly weeding the roses, we would get punished and banned to weeding all week. But I LOVED speding time with Danny and Gracy outside in the warm weather. Im so excited to see how everything turns out. Danny pretty much did all the hard hard work and Gracy and I got to pick out the lavendar and mint and other herbs and plant all the veggies in the garden. Its my new favorite place to be :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

4 years down !

Its our Anniversary today! It seems like its all happened so fast. We were talking early this morning and we realized we've done and accomplished a lot of the things we wanted to already in 4 yrs. How cool is that. Life is sweet. That's all I have to say.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mission call /spain trip 2011

MY LITTLE BROTHER IS GOING TOOO------ARGENTINA! How exciting, we found out the night before we left for Spain. He is really going to be a great missionary. Im sure going to miss him though. Ive loved having him home for a few months. Defiantly one of my best friends. He always drops in at the right time. He took care of our dogs while we were gone on top of working full time. Just a good kid. We all love him :)

Spain was of course amazing! I couldn't pick my favorite pictures, but did the best I could. We were there the same time the E-coli epidemic broke out and guess who brought it home??? ME! we were reading and 16 people have died from it! I thought I had some sort of parasite but thankfully bacteria is treatable. So Im fine, just pitiful and sick all the time. NOT my favorite thing we brought back, my Doc said ill be back to my old self in a month or so. So back to the trip it was more than I ever thought it was. EVERYTHING is so beautiful and OLD, the History and Art was overwhelming and intricate. THE FOOD ....Well I guess if you are a conesuer of food you would LOVE it, if you are picky, prob not. But Danny and I both had so much fun just EATING lol. The Beach in Cadiz was my favorite, the white sand the warm breeze and layed back atmosphere was heaven to me. The Nudies ...well not so much. Tried to spare you all by not getting any of them in our photos. It was quit the task to, they were Everywhere, well pretty much Everyone. I loved how warm and inviting everyone was and how they really take care of you. Thank goodness Danny can speak Spanish and new his way around. Malaga's Shopping was HEAVEN ! even walking through the ritzy shopping was amazing. Every ones style is so different from the states, it was very interesting to see what the women wear out there. I loved how everything came to life at night, seriously things don't really start going till 11 PM. Well the flights weren't as bad as I thought, I didn't mind the 9 hour plane ride into Madrid but I got claustrophobic in the itty bitty ones. I really loved going and am so grateful to my parents for taking Gracy for 10 entire days. Europe is great and such a fun place to visit but I LOVE America and am so thankful for my clean streets and clean house and safe atmosphere. really, I was amazed at some of the places Danny served. They glamorize things that are defiantly not glamorous. Im glad I got to experience that.

My fav's

-watching danny eat his fav rotisserie chicken
-eating from shop to shop all night
-Jamone and Queso'
-Spanish candy
-lemon fanta and lemon Schweppes
-shopping down central malaga
-Romantic Ronda
-ice cream
-the Alhambra
-seeing Gracy for the first time after 10 days.