Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am Thankful for Family History

I grew up watching both of my grandmothers working on family history and even remember spending time in front of a microfiche or film machine looking at old records. I have always been fascinated with family history but never knew where to start since so much of my work was done and I didn't think starting where they left off (centuries ago) would be a good starting point. I got married and learned that only one side of Mike's family work has been worked on so I knew that his line would be where I got my toes wet. The only problem was time. I have a very busy life and going to a research center was not in my schedule. A month ago I decided to start using the churches online family history pages to start working on it. The fact that it is on a computer and easier to start and stop grabbed my attention. I found plenty of how to guides and I have really gotten into it. I love the puzzle work that is involved but most of all I love getting to see that these are real people. Farmers, Doctors, Mothers and most of all family. My grandma is letting me use her ancestry.com account to help me out too. I really am thankful that I am able to work on this and discover our roots.

Here are the links if anyone is wanting to work on family history.



Monday, November 14, 2011

I am thankful that the Science Project is done

Sigh, that was a long weekend. I now know more about how light bends and travels than I ever wanted to know. Why can't they have Music fair projects. I could rock that so hard. I do enjoy getting to see just how smart Beau is and learn with him as we put everything together. THis year was on why the sky turns colors during the sunrise and sunset and it was really cool getting to recreate that with just a tub of water and a few tablespoons of milk. I hope he does well with the project but even if he doesn't I know that we have a good time.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I am thankful for........

The look my husband gives me when I stand up and he just looks me up and down and exhales while winking. I only say this because it happens a lot and in fact happened just an hour ago when he stopped by my office. A girl can never see that look in her mans eye enough. You know the one I am talking about. The twinkle that only he has for you and it makes you see yourself for just that moment the way that he does and you feel like a queen. That is what I am thankful for today.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I am thankful for the internet

Cheesy I know but I really am. Today alone I have used the internet to organize my budget, look at my bank stuff, check pricing on pull ups for better price, Coupons, pinterest, connecting with friends, preparing for our youth activity tonight and to waste time. I also use the internet to relax, research, have fun, become enlightened and to build my mind. Lots of possibilities for this great thing. I hate that it gets such a bad rap because people choose to use it for darker purposes and to tear themselves down but I am thankful that it was created and that I use it for the purpose God intended.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I am thankful for my level head

It came in handy when I came home and found my entire food storage supply of seasonings and powdered creamer all over the kids playroom. I won't lie, a child was harmed in the making of this picture and he was them made to help clean it and then sent to bed. However, he did not get nearly the crap that I was feeling. I am still not at the laughing at it part but I am able to see the humor. Sigh, it was a long night.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I am thankful for productive weekends

I am a busy woman but in the past month things have gotten crazy. I am amazed at how insane my life has felt lately and things had to start being put off for another time. Well, I am the type of person that when I see things start to build up on my to do list and don't see them getting marked off I go into meltdown mode. This weekend helped a lot. I decided that no matter what I was going to get some stuff off my list and I did just that. With the help of my Handy Dandy Michael!

Ok, I did not get anything done on friday but purchase some stuff for my current craft/gift projects and I took the rest of the day to relax with the love of my life and 3 crazy kids. Saturday was a different story. I woke up and did some laundry and then headed over to a friends house to spend the entire day (did not know it would take that long) making Princess's Christmas present from me. It is a rag doll that is supposed to look like a lalaloppsy doll. It was a fun day and I hope that she loves it. I then went grocery shopping and came home to get started on the rest of my saturday list. Mike and I canned 5 quarts of chili and 2 quarts of beans, organized our pantry and pulled everything for the next days canning out and got it ready. On sunday I took advantage of the extra hour and woke up early and canned 15 pints of chicken and 1 pt of black beans. I also (with mike's help) hung up our Family Home Evening board I had made and our new Menu Board. I also put up our Tree of Thanksgiving and got the kids caught up on each leaf of the month so far (we were 6 days behind) and had a good FHE Lesson with them on giving thanks. We went to church and then came home and had a wonderful dinner with some friends and I got caught up on a month of coupons that needed to be clipped.

I feel much better knowing these things are done and that I can focus on the rest of my list. The days of thanksgiving are really helping me focus on what is most important and on that note I would like to share the scripture from our FHE yesterday.

Doctrine and Covenants 136 verse 28
If thou art merry praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

Friday, November 4, 2011

I am thankful for our Parents

Mike and I were both blessed by wonderful parents. They are always there to help when we need it and have always let us be on our own. Mike and I married while still very young and had Beau 11 months later so we knew that we would need to take advantage of all the help and knowledge that we could get. I chose today to write about parents because at this moment my mom is wrestling with Princess and Link for the second day in a row while schools are out and I am at work. She is doing this while working on the repair work at her house but when she greets her grandkids they would never know that she has anything on her mind but them. Mike's parents are the same way and it really makes a mom feel happy to know that there are so many people in the world to love and care for her kids.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I am thankful for Nyquil

More specifically I am thankful for modern medicine. I am fighting off a really bad sore throat and cold and I take modern medicine for granted every time I am sick or in pain. I am all for trying home remedy's but there is a reason that God allowed medicine to progress from slapping a leach on you and praying you make it through the night. Mothers don't have to worry about whether or not the baby or mother will make it through birth, a cut no longer means amputation and I don't have to toss and turn all night because my throat hurts. People knock modern medicine all the time but without it life expectancy would still be like 40 and I would be only 9 years from death so, yeah, thanks medicine peeps!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I am thankful for my Nook

Sad, I know but I truly love my nook. I never go anywhere without it and it is rarely more than a few feet from me. I am an avid reader and fought the ereader for a long time until my husband got one for me for christmas last year and I fell in love. I have books at my fingertips and I don't have to lug around a bunch of books when I go on trips. Plus the apps are pretty helpful too. My favorite part of my nook is that I can download books from my library from home and not have to worry about late fees or any of that. I also love the read to me books for kids. The kids love these books and will read along with the nook and play the interactive games too. This is the most important gadget in my life. I might leave home without my phone by accident but it has yet to happen with my nook.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Month of Thanksgiving

I know I did this last year but I saw the challenge on a friends blog and since I have been in an emotional slump lately I decided to do it again. Each day (let's face it about one a week) this month I will post something that I am thankful for in my life. Here is today.

I am thankful for my friends. They know who they are and they also know that they are few in numbers. I am a very private person and though I am very loud and out there on the top layer I am a shy person on the inside. I have friends that don't let me hermit myself too much and for that I am thankful. Sometimes a girl needs someone besides her husband to talk about lifes trials with and so it is important to have the type of friends that I do. The ones that will listen and tell you if you are being stupid or just let you vent while they remember that chocolate and vicks vapo rub will cure any of your problems if just for a moment. I don't open up much but even getting random texts or emails are what I need to remember that when I do need to open up they are there for me. Thank you, friends, you have no idea how often in my life you have been needed and though I never told you at the time you saved me on those times.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011



I really love this new website. I am a crafter and also love to bake so when my cousin Mary started talking about this website I knew I needed to try it out. (we usually like the same things) I can't believe I have been functioning without this site. I know that seems a bit over dramatic but if you looked at my yahoo mail folder you would see that I email myself links all the time of things I want to try, learn, bake or just remember and Pinterest allows me to just pin the link onto my board and recall it, in an organized way, when I need it.

Some people make the comments that they like to use pinterest to pretend to be creative but I really have been doing the things I am pinning. I am also able to get to know some of my friends a little better by seeing where they dream of visiting or how they want their dream home to look like. I am also learning new things to do with my kids too. I don't spend that much time on the website everyday, just about 30 minutes, so I don't think I am addicted but I have fallen in love. This is a working and stay at home mothers best wish come true. Or at least mine.

If you need an invite to the site send me your email.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Use it or lose it

I have a vocal music degree and yet I never use it. Aside from the music history trivia that I love I am losing some of my other bits of education but mostly my skills. Now, I am not the most talented singer and have a never cured mental issue with stage fright (it is a big issue) but that doesn't mean I have the right to get rusty. I started to notice this a few months ago when I was singing in our church choir and realized that I was losing some very important notes......namely anything above E5. Yeah that was a big blow since I was quite capable of more than that when I was in school and I am not old enough for my voice to have changed that much. That only means one thing. I have neglected one of my prized possessions. My music. My piano skills are basic and my singing is mainly nursery songs so I have not been continuing my education or maintaining my talents the way that we were taught in the parable to do. I guess I took my one talent and buried it without letting it grow or adding to it.

Last night after correcting Beau in his piano practice I decided that I needed to put a stop to my neglect. I needed to teach my children by example on how even when you are old you still need to practice and protect your talents so that they are ready at a moments notice. After he got done I pulled out my Italian book of songs and chose an old favorite. (I will not admit that I did not warm up my voice) I sang the song and it sounded weak, flat and not at all like Italian but I will say this....... it felt wonderful. Not only because I had that feeling that only an artist can understand. You know, the one where you know you are part of something or that you are creating something that is wonderful. No, it wasn't just that feeling. It was one little princess. She was playing with her brother when I started my first song and I noticed that she was standing and staring at me. By the second song she had pulled a chair up to the piano and after the second time through the song she was looking at me like I was the most wonderful singer in the world. She never uttered a sound just sat there staring at me with a smile on her face. I realized then that I wasn't just hurting myself and God by letting my voice die but I was not letting my kids see a part of me that I love. Sure I sing to, with and at my kids all the time but there is a difference. I didn't realize how big a difference it was until I saw the look on my daughters face when just for that moment her mother was the best person in the world. I am still unable to sing in front of others comfortably but I will sing for her whenever I can and with my real talent not a diluted version of what it once was.

The moral of this story is to find your talents that have started to fade and bring them back. You never know who might need to feel its touch and you don't want to wait until it is too late.

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Family Cookbook

I noticed a month ago that I did not have all of our usual recipes in our family cookbook and in fact didn't have them written anywhere. When Mike and I cook we usually just throw it together from memory and serve (with lots of love of course). This bothered me because I got to thinking about when my kids grow up and move out and how they would probably want to know how to cook their favorite dishes. Or heaven forbid if one of us got sick or was in an accident and we left this world and took those secrets with us. I really don't think Mike could live without my toffee! So I decided to update our cookbook and even type it up too.

I have been spending the past two weeks writing recipes in the book because I want hand written copies on hand and typing each one because if the book is ever lost we still have the book. Also, embarrassingly enough, I have really terrible handwriting and no one can read it so that is another reason to type. One day my grandkids will be looking through my stained cookbook and wondering if I was a serial killer. Only of calorie counters, kids! Anyways, it has been harder than I thought it would be because of the fact that we cook off memory and ab lib quite a bit. I have no idea the measurement in my lasagna nor do I really know how much pepper I use in my chicken pot pie. I just put it in and it works. We are taking note now while we cook and adding to the book. Hopefully, when all is said and cooked we will have a wonderful ever growing cookbook for our children. I am also writing in notes for certain recipes about which kids likes it and how it came to be or how I watched my mom or his mom cook it. So in a way I guess it is a cooking journal to be enjoyed by my terrified grandkids. Maybe I should throw in a slasher recipe just to insure the serial killer vibe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So, Beau is a lover of all things Nintendo and last year I painted these 6x6 inch canvases for him and he loved them. When I asked what he wanted this year he said more of the paintings. This is fine and dandy because they are small and fun to do the only problem is that I already chose the 4 easiest characters in the Nintendo world. He now wants to add in Mario and Luigi into the mix. This is going to take some practice and time. This also explains why I have sketches of them all over my desk on post it notes. I bet the people at work think I am crazy or obsessed with plumbers that can magically jump through pipes. I will keep you guys posted on how the rest of the paintings come out but first I need suggestions on other characters to do. Please comment and vote who you want me to paint for Beaus present.

Monday, September 19, 2011


I was driving home from a church activity on satuday and realized that the trees along the freeway were starting to turn colors. This is always one of my favorite things to look for and my favorite fall leaves are the deep red ones. I don't know why but they have always stood out the most to me.

We have been eating a ton of the fall foods that I have already posted about and it has not gotten old yet. There is nothing better than that first bowl of chicken and dumplings for the first time in months. It makes you want to curl up in a blanket and slow down. We have also had quite a bit of hot chocolate since Beau has learned how to boil water and is addicted to adding flavors to the hot chocolate. Really I think I might need to intervene at some point.

The kids are finally able to play for extended times outside since it is no longer 100 plus degrees outside. This goes for the grown ups too. We have started letting Beau watch the kids for about 45 minutes while Mike and I go on a walk 2 or 3 times a week. We are enjoying the time to be able to chat and flirt without mini eyes watching and laughing.

Crafts are itching to come out of me right now. When the weather cools down I feel the need to start crafting again and this year is no different. The difference, however, is that I don't have time. I am now finding myself searching for quick crafts that are easy and fun to do and aren't lame.

Yeah, I know this a random post but I really love fall and I just realized today that we are halfway through september and I better get to cracking on my fall decorating or I will miss it completely and be putting up christmas instead!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One of my favorite times of the day.....

Since both of the older kids get to ride the big yellow bus each morning and are on it at 6:15am that gives me and tiny Link almost an hour to just relax and snuggle. This has become a very good part of my busy day. It allows me a few moments to just snuggle up to my baby and watch Martha on PBS. I am sure you guys have figured out by now that usually Link is not a sit still and snuggle type of guy and that is why I love our hour of time. It turns out he is not a morning person and is happy to grab his snuggle blanket and put himself in my arms. He likes that I laugh at the talking dog on tv and that for just an hour he is the only kid the house. At first he was confused by the sudden calm and silence that filled the house but over the past few weeks we have both come to savor that calm and enjoy the time snuggled together while expanding our vocabulary with Martha the Talking Dog on PBS.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Soups on!

Literally, We have busted out the soup! Mike and I have been craving soup and fall type dishes since about the end of july but we waited until Sept first to start them. There is just something about a fall dish that makes you all happy inside, even if the AC is blowing. Last night we had Mike's Meatball soup and it was perfect. So much so that I am having it in about an hour for lunch too! Next week will be chicken and dumplings. See not we aren't going all crazy but we are starting to switch our menu over slowly. What is your favorite fall dish? Also, if you crock pot as much as I do check out www.crockpotgirls.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

It is already starting

We are two weeks into the new school year and I already had 2 sick kids! Link was the first one with a cold. When I took him into his class last Monday I could see how he got the cold, every child in the room was sneezing and coughing! Next was Beau with a stomach bug. He was fine when he got on the bus but the school nurse called just as I was getting on the elevator to go up to my office. It only lasted a day but it was still rough seeing him running a fever and feeling sick. Now I am just waiting for princess to come down with something and the then the school system would have won the Tic Tac Toe of Taggard sick kids.

I hope all of you are healthy and keeping the school bugs at bay!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Productive Weekend

I know that sounds weird since we are a family always on the go but because of our schedules I feel like nothing productive ever gets done. We are always running behind on cleaning, laundry, canning, crafts.... you name it but this weekend we stayed home most of the time and got a lot of productive things done.

Friday night over dinner we told the kids that if they picked up the front room then that night that we would have more time to play on saturday and since it was a treat on saturday they really wanted that extra time. While they picked up Mike and I put together a plan for the weekend and our menu for the next week. After that we sat as a family and watched some shows that have been on our DVR forever and then I went to bed while Mike and Beau stayed up to play video games. I know the video games don't seem like something productive but for a man that has always loved them but never gets to play them and has a son that keeps begging for him to play them it was much needed. Beau got lots of game time with his dad this weekend and he seemed like the happiest kid ever. We play boardgames and stuff like that all the time but I think it was something about getting older kid time with his dad and something he loves that tipped the scale.

Saturday we woke up and did laundry and then coupons and then shopping and then it was time to go to the water park in town. The kids love it and the kids section is huge and 3 ft deep allowing mike and I to just lounge in the kids area and watch Link and Princess while Beau runs around anywhere he wanted which seemed to be right next to us. Link is amazing in his swimming skills. He is three and will dive under water and just swim away. The first few times we went swimming I could tell people were nervous but he has proven to the world that he is a born aqua lad. Princess is not as daring but when she can no longer put up with link getting the attention she will try something too. It is funny to watch.

We then went home and canned 6 quarts of beef stew meat and while it processed I made bows with Princess (Beau actually made some too) while Mike and Beau played a few more games. Link had passed out pretty early, we thought it was because of all the swimming but........

Sunday we woke up to a sick little boy. Link has had a runny nose all week but with the weather I figured it was a sinus issue. It might still be but he was running a low fever and slept all morning. We did cook a big breakfast and cleaned and canned 7 quarts of red beans before church and since we still had not figured out that Link was getting worse we headed to church.
We only stayed for Sacrament because I figured out that it was a fever and so we high tailed it home. That gave me more time to can 8 pints of black beans and keep doing laundry.

It was such a relaxing productive weekend and I hope that I get a few more before this mind of mine burns out. Mike starts class back tonight after only 2 weeks off and it is right back to crazy town. It is nice to know that if I had the time I could be one killer mom/ house wife.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New School Year

It is a new year in our house. Since 4 out of the 5 of us are still students our years are based on a august-july schedule. We did the annual school supply and uniform shopping and even made it to all the open houses and the kids are perfectly excited about the new year and what it has to offer.

Mike and I also realized that since Link is now in Headstart (preK for 3 year olds) we have all three of our kids in public school. No daycare, just regular old big kid school. We are quickly reminded that no babies live in our house anytime Link is called our baby boy. He gets very red faced and scrunches up his whole face and then in a very grump ompaloompa way he informs us that he is not a baby but he is a big boy like his bubba. It is so hard not to laugh and kiss that little baby face! It is also amazing to us that Princess is starting Kindergarten and Beau is now in his final year of elementary with the big 5th grade! It is really true that they grow up so fast.

Link has adapted well to preK and loves it! It helps that his classroom theme is sheriff Andy from Toy Story and we know how much my little boy loves Toy Story. He comes home from school in smiles everyday and he is so excited every morning to go to his big boy school. We are hoping that being around all of the kids will help him continue to improve on his speech skills and I know that the kids will be blessed to have that little ball of sun in their class.

Princess and Beau are both at the same school now which means that Princess finally got her wish. She now rides the big "lellow" bus with her big brother. She was nervous at first and told Beau and I that she was scared of being hurt on the bus. The look of fury that went through her Hero's eyes would have scared any would be school bus bully and Beau let his sister know that if anyone picked on her they would have to go through him first and they did not want to do that. It really was sweet to watch and anyone that knows B knows that he is a hero at heart and that little girl will be safe from anything.

Princess loves going to big kid school. She keeps informing me that Link goes to her old school and she now goes to Big Kid school. She runs to the bus every morning and even enjoys picking out her uniform in the morning. This was a worry of mine because I have a little fashionista and I thought it would be a fight. We know mix up her school look with bows, socks and belts. She is trying to convince her dad that she needs another pair of shoes (she has like 20) but he is not buying that kool aid.

Beau was nervous about being in the 5th grade. This surprised me since he is a very advanced student and school has never been an issue. After some questions I discovered that he was worried about his new teacher. He did not know any of the 5th grade teachers and was worried that he would get a mean teacher that would not be nice but so far so good. I called the school (didn't tell him that before I did it) and asked about the teacher and was told that the one he got was actually the best one for that grade. She told me that if we liked his 4th grade teacher (whom we loved!) then she was right up our alley. I told B that and it helped calm his nerves. It also helped that he has a few of his friends in there too. True to his word he takes the bus business serious and uses that time to quiz his sister about her day so that he can answer her questions for her at dinner (we had to tell him to let her talk about it) and he lets her take a nap too because he said that Kindergarten used to tire him out too.

Mike never really stopped the school year and finished the second summer session with another A. I really am amazed at how gifted he is and I know that one day the future students of broadcasting are going to be lucky to have him as a teacher. Now, lets just make it through this year and get one step closer.

Me- I have not been a student for a long time but I still miss the new school year excitement. I thought it would get better over the years but every August I get that itch to go buy paper, pens and over priced books that I will read before the class even starts. I guess that is why I buy enough school supplies to send extras to the kids classes. Oh well, one day I will no longer here the siren call of a school bell but will instead think about how free I am to not be worried about juries, finals and papers.

I hope everyone has a great new school year!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

couponing 5 months later

Just thought I would update everyone on how I am doing with the whole couponing thing I started looking into in february. It is great. With the help of websites and someone from church that has been doing it for years I have been able to figure things out. It is amazing what I can get for free or pennies on the dollar. I think back to all those years in school when we could barely afford ramen noodles and wish that I had thought of doing this back then. Things might have been a bit easier but since we (mike) are back in school this is a great time to start.

After a few months of shopping and clipping Mike started to get interested and was even more supportive he is even known to go shopping for some of my stuff for me. We work together to decide what we want and will clip and sort the coupons together (when I let him). Our kids even like to get the little blinkie coupons from the machines in the store or look through sale ads and pick out things they hope I have a coupon for. I am just glad that I am teaching my kids how to save money. Beau even goes so far as to do the math for me and remind me of stackable coupons I can use to make it better. My mom made the mistake of taking the kids to the store and when she would try to buy something they would tell her that she would get a better price if she bought a different brand and used such and such coupon. She listened to them and got some good deals.

We have built up a pretty stocked pantry from coupons. I have stored (in mylar lined 5 gal buckets) pasta that was free and rice that was only .25 a pound and have been able to add on to our food storage. I have also been able to stock up on canned veggies, soups, pasta sauce and lots of other things. The favorite thing of the kids is when I get cookies or chips for them (not something we usually keep around). Our stockpile grew so much that Mike and I had to start rethinking storage and get inventive. It helps that we have a big washroom/pantry with built in shelves but we quickly realized that we were not organized or utilizing it to its highest potential. Now it looks great and behind each of those cabinets is a ton of shelf stable food for us.

What I love about coupons is that you don't even have to use it for food but you can stock up on health and beauty, first aid and cleaning supplies. We have a large amount of TP and paper towels that I paid less than .10 per roll for and free toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap. My favorite is when I find make up for just a few dollars when it is normally 10 bucks! Lots of options for saving money.

As you can see my new hobby is helping our little family. We don't hoard anything and we only buy what we know we would use. We do get enough that I can store it properly for food storage but since we rotate our storage I know that it won't go bad. Added with our canned meat we are getting pretty good at being prepared.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our summer in Bullets

As I warned at the beginning of summer we have been crazy busy. I mean there is busy and then there is just flat out, scare your mama crazy and that is where we are at the moment. Since I have missed so much I am going to sum it up in bullet form. Here I go.

  • We bought a hybrid camper and took it out for a really long weekend. It was great. We were tent campers before but once I entered my 3 decade of life I discovered that I am just too old for sleeping on the ground in the heat.

  • Beau placed in the district chess championship.

  • Princess is preparing for Kindergarten and is telling everyone that will listen that she is not in pre k anymore and that she will get to ride the big bus with her big brother next year.

  • Mike has taken a class each session this summer meaning he is not around mon-thur nights and he is not happy about missing summer. He thinks that the whole point of going to school is to enjoy summer vacation but that is not the case when you are working on a masters.

  • Beau turned 10. That's right..... double digits. He had a paint ball party and even covered in bruises he had a blast. He is quick to let me know that he is wanting to get back out there and cover his dad in paint. He had lots of friends and family show up to both the war and the cookout and you know that is what he wanted the most. He also enjoyed getting enough money to buy a new DS since his old one passed on to the arcade in the sky.

  • Princess is still doing great in Gymnastics and I am truly amazed at how that shy little girl can whip herself around a bar or skip down a beam. She really loves it and reminds us every Wednesday that it is nastics day. She has even been teaching Link how to tumble but he is taking things a bit to far by doing actual back handsprings. Scared the crap out of me the first couple of times.

  • Speaking of Link.... He will be starting the 3 year old pre K school here in town. We lucked out that the stars lined up for a split second and allowed him to slide into a spot. He is really excited about going to a real school and I am feeling old since all my kids will now be official school kids. Sigh.

  • I have been a hard working woman. I have helped Beau earn 18 of the 20 badges for webelows, been a taxi cab, cook, housekeeper, full time worker, nurse, YW president, understanding and loving wife and most of all mom all summer and I am about worn out. I might talk mike into a weekend get away as soon as we get a free moment...... might be in a few years if I wait for a free moment.

This is a rough sum up I know but I am still busy and will try to at least update once a week. Hope you are all having a great summer!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Huge sigh

So glad that is over. Beau had his last game on saturday and though mike is still in class and Princess is in gymnastics it makes a huge difference not being at the ball field in 100+ heat every night. Even the team was starting to get tired of things by the last week. Last night was my first "home" night in over a month and it was great. We sat outside (mike was in class) and played and then we went in and worked on Beau's cubscout stuff. Well, the two little ones mainly ran around all crazy like while Beau and I worked. Overall, it was just what this mamma ordered.

Father's day is this week and I already have mikes stuff bought. I hope he loves and that he actually is surprised instead of already knowing what he is getting. The kids had fun picking it out too. Sorry, i can't say what it is because Mike is always watching.

Mike and I are both speaking in church this sunday and we are talking on fathers. I just finished my talk and in light of fathers day I want to post a few of the personal bits.

My husband is an excellent father. That is a plain and simple truth that no one could argue with. I joke with him that he is a better homemaker than I am but like I always tell him there is a little truth behind most jokes. Because he is such a great person I sometimes forget that he is not superman. I forget that he is juggling so much in his life right now that he can’t do everything. He is a student, full time worker, husband and father. He has expressed to me recently that he feels like he is not doing his job as a father because he is so busy but his family knows that it is not the case. He only sleeps a few hours a night then he goes to work. When he gets home from work he works in the yard, plays with the kids, cooks dinner and even picks up the house. He then goes to class and then comes home and stays up way later than someone that woke up at 3am should just to be with me and the kids. On the weekends he tries to spend as much time as he can with us and making sure that we are together. He is not very selfish with his time and he is always willing to work on his ever growing honey do list for me. With everything that he does for us we try and show him how much we love him and we try to do little things to make his life a little easier. I also, as his wife try to be understanding that sometimes I will need to take out the trash because he was too busy or that I will need to figure out how to text the play by play of a ball game to a dad that is stuck in class but still wants to know every detail of the game.

and a little further down in the talk.

Since it is father’s day I would be remiss if I did not mention my thanks for the fathers in my life. There are three of them. My father Dale Rowe was the first father in my life and he set a very high standard for those to follow. He is not a very expressive man and yet I always knew that he loved me. He would take time to teach me how to work on cars, help me write papers, teach me ghost stories and most importantly he worked with my mother to teach me how to be the woman I am today. He also showed by example how a father should lead the home and how he should work with his wife and love her. By watching him as I grew I was able to see what kind of man I needed to look for to marry. I inherited my father’s lack of emotional expression but he knows that I love him and that I am blessed to be his daughter.
My second father is Ed Taggard. He is Mike’s father and because of that he is mine too. This man never once questioned the fact that his son loved a loud, dramatic and bossy girl and he always greets me with a hug full of love. One of my favorite things is to listen to Mike and his family talk about the old days and stories from when they were young. They are always great and show that he was born of goodly parents. His father leads the house in a loving way and each of his children and grandchildren respect him and love him. I don’t think I could have asked for a better man to be my second father. I hope he knows that too.
That leads me to my husband. He is the father to my children. I have already embarrassed him enough in this talk so I will keep this short and simple. I am the luckiest girl in the world. I found a man that is a wonderful husband, friend and father. I do not tell him that enough but I showed it today by actually taking my allotted time and not leaving him with an hour to speak.
My kids are blessed by all three of these men and all of their uncles too. I hope that we are able to continue to strengthen them as fathers. I wish all of the men in our ward a happy father’s day.

If you didn't notice my talk is on strengthening fathers through support, love, respect, understanding and thanks. Sometimes Fathers are overlooked and moms are the ones given all the credit and that is what this talk is about. Happy Fathers day to everyone!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Getting ready for a month of not good

Summer session for Mike has started and since it is a summer session that means he has class not one, not two but three nights a week for the next 5 weeks. That means that I will see him on Sunday, friday and saturday each week (but only if he is not working weekends which he has scheduled). What about Wednesday night? I have my church calling on that night but I will say that it will be nice to leave the kids with him instead of trying to keep them tame during youth night. This last semester was really hard for me mentally and I guess it is noticeable by my lack of posts. We are so spread out time wise as a family that Mike and I are not getting any time together. That is also why I took it so hard when our weekend getaway to memphis was flooded out on my birthday weekend. The funny thing is that if you look at our family schedule it is all mike. The kids have stuff but not too much and I only have work and church stuff so that just leaves mike working 40-60 hours a week plus being a full time grad student. He is pretty much stressed to the limit and always working on something. It is very hard as a wife, lover and friend to sit by and watch. I take the kids out to give him study time and I do a lot of the house work and cleaning so that he doesn't have too much but he is just so over loaded. He should only have one more year left until he is done with his masters so lets just pray that he doesn't explode before then. Keep him in your prayers that he will make it through the next 5 weeks in one piece and that we will then be able to enjoy a month of zero school work until the fall.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


We have had a busy two weeks. It seems that we are having a record breaking spring for storms and tornadoes. In the past week we have had a severe storm almost every night and several tornadoes including one that ripped through the Air Base in our town. Beau lost a school mate that was in the first grade and there have been many more deaths in the state. Northern Arkansas is flooded and my family and friends up there have me worried and central and southern Arkansas keep getting ripped up by storms and tornadoes so it is just an insane state right now.

We have been so blessed as a family that we have emergency plans in place. The kids know what to do in storms and in fire emergencies and it helps as a parent to know that we are doing something right. We also have a box of candles and matches for when lights go off, food storage and have prepared ourselves with first aid and CPR training. People always laugh at us when we talk about emergency preparedness but you will never see us running to the grocery store before an ice storm or sitting in the dark during a storm. Those of you familiar with my church know that Latter-day Saints like to be prepared for everything and I am thankful that we have heeded that advice.

Even if you are not a member of my church I would encourage you to take the steps to prepare for emergencies. Here are a few good links



My thoughts and prayers are with anyone that has been in the path of these storms and floods.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


So about 2 months ago I started to really look onto coupons and discount savings. I was very confused and didn't know what to do and the research I was doing was just making it harder on me. Well, I found some sites that list what coupons to use on what sale to get the lowest prices of the week and they even break it down a little and I am starting to figure things out. I am also starting to get a little addicted. Last night using coupons I actually had some items that walmart paid me to take home. I got to use the extra amount towards my other purchases. I like to come come from shopping and play the "how much did i pay for this" game with Mike and last night I surprised him when I said that I got 10 cents back on some of it. I also found some coupons and sent mike to the store to get some games for easter and he paid 2 bucks for the game of operation! It is crazy the kind of deals you can get. Anyways, it is not like that crazy extreme coupon show on TLC (even though I do watch it). I am getting a nice little supply of cleaning products though. I have not built up my supply of coupons enough to get a lot of the cheap items but I am getting there. Here are some of the links if you are interested. http://hip2save.com/ http://thekrazycouponlady.com/ http://www.alaskacoupondiva.com/ http://freebies2deals.com/

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Happy Adoption Day!

A year ago today my husband, Beau and I took Princess and Link to the courthouse to finalize our adoption. It was such a great day. We woke up early so that I could fix Princess's hair up and she wore the cutest dress. The boys even dressed up in white shirts and ties too. We had a little breakfast and I got every bit of documentation and proof that I thought I might need to prove to the judge that these children have been mine since before I came to earth. When we got to the courthouse my parents and our close friend Thomas Sepe were waiting for us and we got to go up to the dingy waiting room and wait. That is what we did for 2 hours. If you have ever been to children and family court you know that it is a long wait and that you will see some pretty weird things too. None of this took away from the wonder of the day. We brought entertainment for the kids and I kept erupting into random tears. We also got a call from Justen and Amber that they found out the were expecting a baby! This was the only made the day that much better. My parents were great at keeping me distracted from the clock and calming me down too. Finally they called us back. I cried the whole time. When they asked me why I thought I should have the kids I simply said because I love them and they are mine. Mike said basically the same thing. It was and is the simple truth. I might not have carried them for 9 months but they were still my children and I can't even imagine what life would be like without them. It was kind of funny because Link never left Beau (as usual) and Princess wanted to stay on her daddy's lap the whole time too. The whole thing only lasted about 15 minutes but it changed my life forever. We finished out the day just hanging out as a family and looking at pictures over the past year that they had been with us and I made mike stop off so we could get the new birth certificates that day. I didn't want to wait a moment longer. I am still amazed sometimes that we have only known them for two years because it truly feels like they have been with us since birth. I guess that was Heavenly Fathers plan the whole time for us. I am so thankful that Mike and I have three children and that we are such a happy family. I know that we had to find each other in different ways but anyone that has seen us knows that we were supposed to be a family. There is no question about it that we are the Taggard Clan. Happy Adoption Day to my two youngest angels! Thank you for choosing me to be your forever mother. I hope that I never let you down and that my love will be strong enough to erase all of the bad that you had to endure before we found you. I love you.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Break

I know I am a week late but I am usually late with posting. Overall, we had a perfect spring break. As I said in the last post for the first part of the week everyone was spread out but we eventually came back together and had some great times. Every year Mike and I take off a few days of spring break to do fun stuff with the kids and it just gets more fun every year as the kids get old enough to help plan. Here is our day by day break down.

Thursday: Mike kicked us all out of the house at 8 am to go to the store and buy the plants for our garden. We spent the whole day planting and figuring and having fun being together outside. I know it doesn't sound like much but we really did have a blast. My oldest son is becoming such a big help to mike and I and the two little ones keep us laughing as we work. We then called it a day and watched family movies and probably ate something fatty but good.

Friday: This was our kids planned day. We were able to keep our promise to take the little ones to Build a bear so that they could adopt thier own friend like Beau did when he was younger. Princess picked a Lamb that is named Princess Lamby (see the trend) and Link picked out a puppy that he named Mr. Puppy (he says it like Pucky). We had fun building them, dressing and just the whole process. Beau even picked out a new outfit for Mr toad (his old friend).

We then moved on to the candy store in the mall and the kids each got to fill up a bag of candy that they could eat on all weekend. Ok, so mike and I got one too! It was great to see them just be kids in a candy store for lack of a better phrase. Link was insane crazy with the choices and Beau kept trying to pick out stuff to give to other people. Princess seemed to think her bag needed to be bigger than the boys but in the end everyone was happy and we headed to the next location.

You guessed it, Chuck E Cheese! The place that is overcrowded and where Mom gets stuck watching the table and food while everyone else has fun. No, it really is fun. The kids had a blast and they earned enough tickets to get plenty of cheap plastic toys. We did have one scary moment when I realized that the blong curly head that I was watching was not Link but some random kid and we had to find him. As you can see above we found him and then my heart started back up. Here are a few more pics.

We then went home for a game night and to recover. It was a fun day. We spent the rest of the weekend just working around the house together, playing games, baking and having a great time together. I hope all of you had a great time too.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My kids are scattered

Since it is spring break and schools are out for the first part of this week my children are scattered. My oldest son is in Fayetteville with Neal, Amber, Justen and cousins, Princess is at my moms house, across town, and Link is with his dad and mom, his school is still open. Each time I talk with one of the two older kids I expect to hear words of love and even a little misery at being away from me. Do I get this? NO! Instead I get to hear about how they are having the most fun ever and that they LOVE being at these various places. Princess has even taken to bragging to her little brother about how he still has to go to school while she hangs out all day at her Amma's house playing. Is it too much to ask that a mother's children to at least pretend to be unhappy when they speak to her? To be honest, I am so happy that I have family that loves my children and takes them when we are unable to watch them. If I thought for a moment that my kids were not happy they would not be in those homes. We are blessed with such great families. Now, I will just have to step up my game for the days of spring break I am off!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Desilu: A-Z

So I took this from my friend Brent's blog and thought it was fun so here you go. This is me a-z

A - Z
(A) Age: 30 but I tell others that I am 26
(B) Bed Size: 3/4 of a Queen (mike gets 1/4)
(C) Chore You Hate: sweeping and mopping
(D) Dogs? One not so smart big dog
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: snooze button
(F) Favorite Color: hot pink
(G) Gold or Silver? Silver
(H) Height: 5'6"
(I) Instruments You Play: a few
(J) Job Title: Buyer
(K) Kids: 3
(L) Live: Arkansas
(M) Mom's Name: Gwen or Amma
(N) Nicknames: Desilu, mom, Des, Baby Girl.... I could go on but some are for the bedroom only.
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? a few
(P) Pet Peeve: Spontaneity
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Hello, Gorgeous. (funny girl, I say it every time I look in a mirror
(R) Right or Left Handed? Left, and I resent living in a handist world.
(S) Siblings: Three
(T) Time You Wake Up? 5am
(U) Underwear: Most of the time
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Broccoli, um yuck.
(W) What Makes You Run Late: My husband and or kids
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: teeth, leg and hand
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: not the healthy kind
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: those fish, you know the orange and white ones that you can feed.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Taking care of the girls

So I have recently lost some weight and noticed that my bras no longer fit. This is funny because my bras never fit well. Anyways, I saw an article the other day about how most women do not wear the correct bra size or type. So, I packed it over to the bra store and got fitted for my new bras and was suprised.

First of all my band size was smaller so I am now a 44 DDD instead of a 46? ( I always got them smaller to push them together more) and I learned that my breast tissue is shallow (I carry it more in the bottom than the top) so I should wear Demi cups for the best fit. It was very interesting and I was comforted that I still have breasts. I have already told my husband that if my boobs are ever below a D we might start talking implants. I just like my breasts and think that they look great on me and I would be sad to see them go. My butt on the other hand can take a huge flying leap off of a cliff and I would throw a little party.

I hope that all of my female readers go and get fitted for a correct bra and that my male readers don't die from the image of my boob sling. Have a great DST/monday!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Family Temple Day 2011

We had our annual family temple day in Memphis this weekend. It was so great to actually get to take the kids to see the temple and then have someone to watch them while mike and I went in. For any one that doesn't remember I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we have Churches that we visit weekly and we have very sacred and holy temples that we visit. (For more information on either the church or the temples click on the links) The closest one for us is Memphis, TN. Princess has been looking forward to it for a month and the boys were excited too.

We stopped off before we got there to partake in some traditional Memphis dry rub BBQ. We stopped off at the much praised Rendezvous. The atmosphere was great, the service was great and the alley entrance was great. The food, however, was not. For those of you that like vinegar in your coleslaw and as the marinade for the meat you might like it but we did not. It was OK and I am glad we tried it but we will not be back. Next time I am in Memphis (my Birthday!) we will be eating at the melting pot. Our best friends Ed and Aria have nothing but great things to say about the place and we love some fondue, so we are very excited.

Overall, we just had a wonderful family weekend. We are continuing it by having a mardi gras party for Family Home Evening. We are eating red beans and rice, corn bread, kings cake and watching the princess and the frog after Mike gives a long winded, I mean great explanation about why that tradition was started and what it really represents for other faiths. We will not teach the kids how they get beads in the big easy!!!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Busy as a hive of bees

That's us. We are a family of busy bees. Here is our schedule this spring

Sunday: Church and other church meetings
Monday: Baseball, FHE
Tuesday: Chess, Night Classes, Baseball
Wednesday: Church, Night Classes
Thursday: Gymnastics, baseball
Friday: Baseball
Saturday: Baseball, Golf, and death from exhaustion

These are only our permanent activities and do not include random responsibilities. Sigh. No wonder this mom is dead tired. I also workout for 30-40 minutes a day, cook dinner, clean, and do all the other duties of a mother and wife. Enough about me time for some updates.

Mike- He is still rocking it through the semester and I think he is starting to get used to all the research and homework. I worry about him getting enough rest and I am trying to find ways to give him more "Quiet" Study time. So hard with 3 kids.

Me- Still me

Beau- He won his Book character day contest at school by dressing as Edmund Pevensie from LW&W and was pretty proud of himself. He is excited about golf and baseball starting too.

Princess- is still loving her Manastics and has learned how to spell her name. She has also learned about attitudes. Heaven help me!

Link- It is hard to believe that only a month ago we went hard core into potty training him. He is doing great and I am still amazed at how much he has accomplished in the two years we have loved him.

This is our family and we are busy but full of love and laughter. I hope all of you are doing well too.

Friday, February 18, 2011

My little Manastics Girl

Well, that's what princess calls gymnastics. She started gymnastics after turning 5 last month and she loves it. She is such a shy little girl that we worried that she would not participate or have fun. She does kind of stand off a bit at the beginning of the hour but she does pretty well by the end of class. One surprise we had is that her teacher is my best friend from Jr High. I am sad to say that Jr High was 15 years ago but it was nice to see her again and helped put me at ease. Princess likes the bars the most and the beam the least. She is very excited on Thursdays and when she wakes up starts asking me about her manastics class and if she gets to go to manastics. She is such a crazy little girl. Below is a pic of her on the balance beam.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Snow, love and other great things

I was blessed with a 5 day weekend! That's right, Heavenly Father saw that the south was full of overworked people and he opened the clouds and let the ground get covered in a thick layer of snow. In the south that means a few inches and that it puts everything on hold until it melts. We had a lot of fun and most of all I was able to spend time with my kids. Notice I did not say husband and that is because he was stuck at work for 3 days. Yup, my radio man had to live up to the old saying that the show must go on and had to sleep in the studio last week. I could tell from the texts and calls that he kept sending that he was home sick and would have rather been at home with his little family. The kids fought each night about who was going to get to sleep with mom and we all had fun playing games, watching movies and just being stuck at home.

Today is valentines day and I want to take a moment to let the world know just how blessed and lucky I am to be married to Michael Taggard. He is the best thing that could have happened to me and even after being in love for 12 years he still makes me blush and giggle when he winks at me. I know that we are an eternal family and that our marriage will last forever and that makes what we have even more special. He is a great father, husband and best friend. Happy valentines day, Lover.

In other none mushy things, we had a great weekend in Springdale visiting Justen, Amber and Baby Ryan. He is getting so big. We went shopping and ate out a lot. We even got to visit with Eddie and Aria!!!! It has been so long since we have been able to sit down and chat since we seem to keep missing each other either in Arkadelphia or in Fayetteville. Their son is so cute and is getting so grown up. It amazed me to hear him talking and even using sign language. He is going to be a great kid. I just hope mine don't scare him off!

I hope all of you have a great valentines week!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sneek Peek Spring Weekend!

We had such a beautiful spring like weekend this past week and the Taggard Clan had to get out and enjoy the sun. We decided that after doing a bit of cleaning and shopping on saturday that we would head over to the zoo. The kids were really excited about seeing all the animals and Link wanted to bite a tiger so we headed out.

The first exhibit was the Lorakeets. The birds are very social and don't mind three crazy Taggard kids trying to catch them and keep forever.

Poor Beau had the job of preventing his little brother from hopping into every exhibit we visited. Although, I do believe that he could have been happy in the ape habitat.

Mike and Beau rode behind me and the little ones on the train. It was a lot of fun for all of us and so cool to see Link and Princess so excited about riding a Choo Choo Train.

We had to look at everything! Even the birds that are not even part of a habitat. The favs were the elephants, apes, giraffe, naked mole rat, lion and penguins.

I was not kidding about Link! Here he is trying to get to the bear! What am I going to do with that kid!

Here is the last pic for today. Every mom has to submit her children to pics like this. And yes I will pull them out in 20 years and show their future spouses.
The weekend was a great weekend but it wasn't all fun and games, we lost several zoo pics when mike's brand new Iphone 3gs was stolen at lowes while we were buying a new dishwasher and Link became pretty sick and stayed that way until sunday night. Lucky for us mike still had his older Iphone 3g and Link did get better. He is still, however, still a bit upset that I did not let him bite that tiger.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Working Mother's Recipe

So you guys all know that I am a busy woman. I will not even pretend and say that I have everything perfectly in order or that my kids always get the most nutritious meal but I will say that my husband and I work hard to keep things sane and that includes canning meat, freezing meals and using a crock pot. Anyways, I tried a new crock pot recipe yesterday and everyone loved it! That is odd because normally either mike or Beau will not like the new dinner option. In fact it was so popular that I only had 1 cup left for my lunch today. Here is the recipe for those of you on the look out for a good crock pot recipe.

Cheesy Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef (browned and drained)
1 lb Velveeta
1 can rotel
1 can (15oz) of ranch style beans
1 can corn (drained)
1 1/2 cups of water

Cube the Velveeta and add everything into the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. It serves 4-6 people and tastes great on its own or over chips. Also if you want it soupier you can add water until it is the consistency you want.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Really Busy Weekend

Wow, we had a really great weekend. Saturday we switched Link over to big boy unders, Beau's chess tournament plus shopping and prepping for canning some meat and on Sunday we had snow, canning the meat and Mike had to go into the station and sleep because the snow was starting to get really thick. We then had 2 snow days and a lot of fun. I will break it down.

Big boy underwear!
This is a tale of a three year old boy that refuses to be completely potty trained. He is a bit delayed and so I have been really laid back about pushing him. Well, I realized that I have been changing diapers for a decade and decided that it was time to stop. We have been having him use the potty but kept the pull ups so that if he had an accident there would be no problem. The pull ups ended up being a problem. We were using them as a crutch and would not stay on top of Link like we have the other 6 kids we have potty trained. So this weekend I did it. I put him in big boy pants and set an oven timer. We had 2 accidents in 4 days and are still doing pretty good. He is in pull ups at school but I am going to send a bunch of unders and pants on Monday and explain that he needs to switch up. As you can see he really loves his big boy pants!

So Beau got moved up another level and got the mess beat out of him. Not really, he won 3 out of 6 games but it was enough to not place. However, he is in the highest level for elementary age kids so maybe it will challenge him a little more. Here is a pic of him and his two friends playing DS between rounds.


Mike and I canned 25 pounds of chicken and 20 pounds of ground beef on Sunday. We do this to build up our food storage and it is just really convenient to have already cooked meat in our pantry for dinner on church nights and nights that Mike has class. It is hard having him in grad school but with the easy dinners it will be less hard. Mainly I just miss him two nights a week now.

Snow Days:

We had 6 inches of snow this week. That is a lot for Arkansas and our kids loved it. This pic is of our street about 2 hours after it started.

Here are the three kids on the first snow day. I bundled them up nice and tight in their scarves, hats and coats. (beau took his off) We played, built a snowman and just had a great time.

You can't see it but as soon as mike got home there were about 10 kids in my front yard having an epic snowball fight. Mike was a great sport and jump right on in with them and it was 10 against 1. I did not jump in and instead baked cookies and made hot cocoa for the warriors.
It was a great two days but I was ready to go back to work on wednesday. Beau tried his hardest to stay home again but I won. We are back on schedule and the snow is still in the yard. It will melt as soon as the 50 degree temps roll in this weekend. I hope all of you had a great week too.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Holiday Week

LOL, I really had a rollercoaster of a week. It started with a perfect christmas and then turned into a stomach flu and the hospital. I am much better now but I was sick for most of last week and I still have a bit of issues that are working out of my body.

Christmas eve and day were perfect. We had family over and just enjoyed the whole weekend with the kids. Everyone loved the gifts, especially me! Mike got me a Nook color for christmas and I have been in heaven since. It is so much fun to play with and to read on. Beau has already figured it out too and will pick it up when he is bored. We took our time on gifts and let the kids play with them as they opened each gift. Link is just at that age where the magic is new and strong. Everything was so exciting to him and we laughed so much at him that day it was just too funny. My folks came over and of course the kids had to show off everything and like all good grandparents they enjoyed the show. My BIL Neal and his boys came up and it was food and games from that point on. Just a great day.

Day after- not good. Don't remember much and I blacked out over 12 times. My parents took the kids and mike took me to the hospital. They rehydrated me through IV and wanted to admit me but I did not want to stay in the hospital so after a promise to come back if I get worse we went home. I then spent the next day in bed or on the couch barely able to move. Mike was so great and took wonderful care of me. Honestly, I do not deserve such a knight as he is.

Tuesday- We had taggard Christmas. We went to arkadelphia and enjoyed a day of family and fun. I would say food but I did not get to eat much since I was still recovering. I still had to stay seated and if I stood up too long would fall down and be dizzy. Luckily, no one had an issue with me not moving much and the kids were well behaved. It was a great day.

NYE- LOL, we went to bed at 8:30. We had plans of staying up with the kids and having a grand old time but We were both just too tired. I was still having some issues and mike had just done everything all week. The kids forgave us and we woke up saturday morning to a new year.

2011- I have big hopes for the next year. I know that as long as the Taggards continue to love and support each other we will be a happy family. Happy New Year, Everyone!