Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Playdate at Hollywood Connection

Every Friday I get together with my "Little"...aka Lanae and her cute boys for a little play date.  A few weeks ago we both bought these SUPER cheap coupons online for passes to the Hollywood Connection. We both had never even heard of this place and we had MORE than a ball!  It was sooon fun!

There was a SWEET little dragon roller coaster that they even let little babies go on.  **Do you like how Corbin is picking his nose!!...NICE**

Corb couldn't get enough of it!  And it was GREAT because there were hardly any people.  So the kids were able to just keep riding whatever they felt like again and again and...well, you get the picture!


Even little Kayde's loved it!


I love this shot of Austin with his hands in the air!  CLASSIC!

Lanae was also having a ball!

Corb was loving BUMPING into everything with the bumper cars!


Austin was his little partner in crime. 

 The put put course may have been Jordan's favorite.  He finished all 18 holes!  :)  He's a trooper and may just be stepping in the shoes of his daddy!

This was the best we could do to get a group shot. The kids were just having way too much fun to stop and pose for the MANY MANY shots both their mom's were trying to take!  

SUCH a fun day!  Can't wait to do it again!

Dinner at PF Changs with friends

From Left:  Cody and Aprill Wingett with baby Trey Siebenberg, Me and Cob, Jen and Daniel Bertoch, Liz and Rick Murdock and Camille and Brett Siebenberg.

Tonight we got a bunch of friends from our ward together and went to dinner at P.F. Changs!  I love these couples and their little monkeys too!  We have been so blessed to get into such an amazing ward with even more amazing people!  I will sure be sad when they start going their separate ways! you have anything you want to tell me?   Because I'll just say it out loud that if two more of my favorite people in this ward are even THINKING of leaving....The for sale sign will GO RIGHT UP!!!  :)   

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monkey See...Monkey Do!

These boys melt my heart...especially when they are playing together.  Jaden is crazy about Corbin...just like Jack and wants to do everything that his big brother is doing.

Corb is such a little tease!  But Jadesy just eats up every single second...even if it is at his own expense!

Yep...they are monkeys!!  And I LOVE 'EM!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Corbin's Valentine's Day Party

Corbin and Mrs. Tomlinson (his kindergarten teacher)

Making a Valentine's Day card

Showing off his Beautifully DELICIOUS Valentine's Day necklace.  Very masculine if you ask me!

I can't be sure but he may just have been trying to impress "jacklyn" with his MAD arrow throwing skills!

Today, was Corbin's Valentine's Day party in his Kindergarten class.  We've been sick for over a week, but I COULDN'T miss it!  I went and helped out and tried to capture the "valentine's day" mood while** I coughed and sneezed everywhere. ** Mrs. Tomlinson must have been thrilled!  I probably should have stayed home...but Corb kept asking if I was coming to his party...and I couldn't say No.  It was fun and helped me feel good during the whole hour I was there.  The rest of the day wasn't so great...but maybe next year we'll be healthy and my anxiety will be in check!  :)  

**I was very careful with my coughing and sneezing.  Only in my arm and I used lots of hand sanitizer.**

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Professional TASTER

Jades:  "Uhhh....are you sure that's safe mom??!!  You do realize that there are RAW eggs in that brownie batter right??!!"

Mom:  "Of course I do..." (I hope he doesn't throw up later....)

Jades: (reluctantly)... "Okay..."  

Jades:  "YUUUUMMMMMY" much longer til they're done??!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday Night at the Park


Corbin may officially be the Monkey Bar champion of the WORLD!!!

He's also pretty good a flipping and that double poley thingy.

 Check out that LANDING!  

I don't want to brag...but I'm pretty sure he may have landed a perfect 10!!  And just so you know...I am SO not biased!!  

Friday, February 11, 2011


For Christmas last year, Coby's parents gave us tickets to go see Spamalot.  It is a RIOT...a bit crass...but totally HILARIOUS!!  The Lady of the Lake had an AMAZING voice!

 Before we went to the show, most of us met and had dinner at Cowboy Grub.  We got some nachos to share and they were sooo yummy!  Wish I would have taken Whitney up on her offer to share!  


Here is Coby and I in front of the Theater during intermission.  We looked down in the orchestra pit...and saw NO orchestra.   Interesting!

And here we all all after the show.  SO much fun! Thanks Jim and Jo!  Always such a treat!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Girl's night out

Once a month I have the privilege of getting together this these lovely ladies!  We usually meet up at Cafe Rio and talk and eat and talk and laugh and laugh and talk some more before they try to give us a "hint" that they are closing!  Finally, once they turn the lights ALL THE WAY ON and some spanish speaking girl comes out and TELLS us to leave, we say our FIFTH and final goodbye and head on home.  I love these girls!  We've all gone through our share of rotten things, but it's so great to get together each month and have a little girl time! And as an added bonus, I laugh so hard I get in a ROCKIN' ab workout!! It's safe to say that GNO is not only emotionally therapeutic, but physically as well!! Can't wait til next month! 

Baby for HIRE

I can clean TOILETS...with a SMILE!

I'm a PRO at the vacuum!

I even do STAIRS!!


Anyone in need of a professional house cleaner??  He may be little...but he LOVES to help!  Finally, a baby that wants to clean!! cup runneth over!!  I think Jack may have given him a little heads up!!  Thanks Jackie Joo!

Bed Head

Jades:  "What the heck was that BRIGHT light in my face...?"

Jades:  "I think she just took a picture of I awake?"

Jades:  "Seriously mom....I JUST WOKE UP!"


Oh how I love this bed head baby!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A Library in Africa in memory of Jack

A couple months after Jack passed away, we were told that a library was being built in Africa.  Large donations were made and we were told that Jack's picture would hang at the front of the library.  

This Wednesday, Joanne had a special Enrichment night in her ward where they would talk about the Library that had been built as well as collect book donations to fill it's shelves.

 Shelly (Coby's cute aunt) told everyone about the conditions in Africa and how amazing these people were.  They were humble in every sense of the word.  They usually got one meal per day and never once did you hear a complaint come from their lips.  She said that they are CONSTANTLY smiling and laughing.  For more information or how you can help go to


I love this picture of this beautiful little girl.  I loved that she was holding a book that said Little Lamb.  That reminds me more of Jack than anything.  We would always call Jack our little "lammy".  Oh, how I miss that boy!

She said that these children loved LOVED to read and instead of asking for food or candy or money even, the children would beg for books.  I thought that was truly amazing.  They want to learn.  It brings them such happiness.  Then I look back and think about my life and consider some of the things that I consider important.  I have the world at my disposal...sort of.  My life is a whole lot more convenient and lavish even in comparison to them.
They told the story of the man and the starfish told in a conference talk and I thought I'd share. See below:


Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

Wow, how truly blessed we are!  In Africa it's quite common for one or MORE of your CHILDREN to die at an early age.  When we lost Jack, the Lord in all his graciousness sent thousands of people to help us.  A "comfort kit", a loaf of bread, flowers, trees, a warm shoulder to cry on and the list could go on and on.  We were NEVER alone.  HE never left us alone.  He's eased our burdens and made us stronger.  I think of all the tremendous blessings we received and how hard it was, is and continues to be every. single. day.  Then I think of the mothers in Africa and how they must feel when they lose a child.  They don't have all the comforts we take for granted and in most cases they don't have the comfort that only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring.  They don't know about the Plan of Salvation or that through the Atonement and power of the sealing power through covenants made in the temple, we KNOW that Jack's not only still alive, but that he's ours FOREVER.  Without that light and knowledge I don't know how I could go on.  I don't know I could breathe.

Tonight, I am humbled at the sight of these AMAZING people! 

Monday, February 07, 2011

A case of the "OLDS"!

Corbin and I were in the bathroom brushing our teeth.  I pulled my hair back into a messy bun and here's how our conversation went:

Corb:  " look just like Aunt Ambie."

Mom:  "Really?!"  With a HUGE smile on her face because Aunt Ambie is a cutie!!

Corb:  "Only....with a lot more lines..."

Mom:  "Gee...thanks!"  Now with NO MORE SMILE as I realize he's right...I AM getting wrinkly!  Or in the words of my sweet and cute Grandma Burton...a case of the "OLDS!"

That's right...I officially have a case of the OLDS!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Classic Skate Playdate with Little

We met Lanae and her little monkeys at Classic Skate Center today.  It was sooo fun!  Lanae had a buy one get one coupon and the boys...all of them couldn't be more excited to ride their scooters, bounce in the giant bounce houses and explore the jungle gym. 

 Meet thing 1

Meet Thing 2

These two kids are seriously twins...not from the same mom or born on the same day...But they ARE twins!!  And so...I have to sing you the theme song from the Patty Duke show because it 100% ACCURATE in this case!!

"Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike --

You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind."



Apparently, you have to have a bracelet to get into the bouncy place and the jungle gym.  All the boys tried to get in without one.  Corbin and Jordan came back to tell us that they weren't allowed unless they had their "special" bracelets on.  Then Lanae and I looked over and Jaden, Kayden and Austin had all figured out a way to sneak in and were having a ball!  Lanae, being the good mommy she is went and got bracelets for everyone and a GREAT day was had by all. 

"Ahhhh Yes, I'm a stud..."

In need of a little drink after a hard day's work!

I just love this girl. I can hang out with her every single day and NEVER get sick of her.  She is the pea to my pod and I LOVE her!!  :)