Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Temple Square!

Temple Square in Salt Lake City is one of the most magical and amazing things kiddos can go see at Christmastime. I have memories from being a child going there (remember me pulling out the bulb from the huge red tree and having the whole thing go out, siblings o' mine? heh heh). Taking my children there is building beautiful memories for them, but even more incredible memories for me as an adult watching them...

Mia refused to wear a coat, but got along just fine. :)
Cute Ella at the ponds... She has like 5 loose teeth!
Lance and Ella! You can't see it well enough in this picture, but the tree was absolutely amazing! Not a branch unlit...
Lance jumped in one of my "token self shots", so here WE are!
Lance and Ella, with a glimpse of the coat (not Sabrina -as she preferred to walk, grrrrr!) stroller.
Lance and Chaedon!
Sabrina whined on the way home until she got a bum change. Oooooo, bad parent moment. Sorry, babe! Look at all the forgiveness in her little face!!!
I DROVE! Lance gave me a lil' payback from the bazillion pix of him driving I tend to take. How lucky would you have to BE to have this face steering the wheel?!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The schedule

...As the schedule fills up, the time for family becomes more and more precious. This Christmas, I have already received what I want --my family is together.

The beautiful miracle of love is real as it ever was in my deepest hopes.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


First and foremost, HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY MIA!!!!

This little goober is such a joy (is the fact that I slipped and typed "job" first some Freudian thing?) to have in our little family!
Here are some Mia fun facts:
-Mia likes to say "Um, good" before someone asks how she is.
-She sings "haty bow-way" and pretends to serve up cake all the time.
-Mia is surprisingly good at puzzles, and not surprisingly good at yelling.
-Mia is taking her time with potty-training, (did with speech too, but we're good there) yet will announce her poop-a-doop and refuse to sit down until she's changed. ...Getting there. (Lord give me strength)
-She is our tender-heart and is always up in my face when I show any kind of stress.
-She is also our bully, and she can walk by Sabrina and casually shove her without remorse.
-Mia refuses to wear coats.
-Mia loves to copy and do everything Ella does.
My sweet Mia-
Today you're 3. I can't believe how slow the time has gone, since it feels like you've been around forever! It's a compliment! :) You were my easiest birth, you were my tummy-company when I worked in SLC away from Dad and Ella a week at a time. You are a light in our lives, and we are our little family only with you. I love you.
Okay, Thanksgiving!
It was a lovely Thanksgiving this year. Here's my beautiful Ella.
...And cute Mia!
...Funny lil' shot, but you gotta love it!
Car shot! WOO!
Yep, the token-self-shots are baaaaaack!
The day began at my parent's home, and ended at Lance's. The meal was incredible. L-R bottom: Mia, Debbie, Maksim, Donny, Chaston. L-R middle: Ella, Bri. L-R top: Lance, Me, Scott, Candace, Aneesa.
The bird.
Lance's famous jello-pretzel salad.
*Lack of pix on my family's side is not due to any slight on the meal. On the contrary, it was divine. However, there was more baby-wrangling, and less pic ops.
Therapy continues to progress well for me, and I had a VERY heavy day today with a lot to think about. Someday I may blog about it, but probably not. Thank God for research and for professionals willing to devote their careers to helping people. Thank God for my beautiful Mia (and all my children). Thank God for Thanksgiving, and the opportunity to step outside ourselves and actually take inventory on the incredible blessings in our lives.
More than anything, thank God for Lance. Thank God he is in my life and he still loves me.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Continuous effort -not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill

(also the man who says something about never never never never giving up...)


Thursday, November 18, 2010


Great timing, right? Lance and I are calling it after almost 7 years of marriage. Happy holidays...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


So The Office is one of the BEST shows of all time. I could go off on how it has lost a bit of its edge, blah blah, but the first few seasons are TOPS! ...Again, MUST see the "bros before hoes" speech that Michael gives on a Christmas episode. Epitome of comedy writing... Anywho, BJ plays 'Ryan -the temp' on The Office, and came to USU for some stand-up comedy. It was pretty dang awesome for me. I get a little uncool around stars (ask my sister Rachael about my moment with Doug from Trading Spaces) -so sitting back on the 26th row was safer for him. I couldn't get a very snazzy picture, but here ye be! YAY for awesome shows!

...Special thanks to Lance for taking me. Love you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Went to an awesome therapist today. She didn't have anything other agenda but to focus on me and let me speak from the soul. It was absolutely wonderful. 2 1/2 hours later, I left with a renewed purpose and a soft reasoning to my heart that makes me feel that maybe I'm not so bad after all...

...Can't wait until the next session.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Halloween 2010

During the insanity of living between households, there has been a lot that has fallen through the cracks. Yes, Halloween came and went! ...There are pictures to prove some participation! Above is my beautiful Mia. She'll be 3 years old at the end of the month, but look at that head of hair! It's growing so fast! YAY!

Here are the girls right before trick o' treating. Ella was a Glitzy-Witch, and Mia was a bunny rabbit.
Sabrina-boo was my little clown.
On the day I moved out it was also the NFHP (Nolan Family Halloween Party) in Layton. I stole some pictures for the sake of documenting it, however, it breaks my heart that I wasn't there.
Above is my Dad playing with Sabrina in the swing at Dave and Lexie's.
Here's Ella and her cousin Noah.
There was pumpkin carving!
...And a corn-maze!
There were pumpkins to be picked...
...And super cute pix to be snapped! Here's Sabrina with Auntie Sarah.
A special thank-you goes out to my family (especially Mom and Dad) who stepped up to help me out and take the girls to this event even thought I wasn't going to be there.
The only update to report is that there is no major update. Lance are taking things day-by-day, and sometimes moment-by-moment. I am so touched by some of his gestures of sincerity in fighting for our family. There are other moments so painful I can't re-live them in my head for fear of break-down. I have learned a lot about my friends and about friendship in general. I have learned too much about myself, but not enough. Tomorrow I am taking steps to begin some counseling. The process and road that lies before me is daunting and terrifying, as it quite realistically could end in my family breaking. I have and will continue to live on the tip of this knife, where comfort is no option, yet the sharp pain I feel can either kill me or drive me. Therapy, here I come.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Had quite the epiphany, and I don't mind sharing it since my situation is pretty public at this point.
Lance works a LOT of hours. A LOT LOT LOT. I signed up for this whole deal of being a stay-at-home mom in order to allow him to provide and make up for the income I wasn't bringing in. The way his job works, when he works over-time, it's in the form of a "double" which means 16 straight hours. He does this all the time. For me, this means 24 hours of holding things down multiple times a week. I lost sight of the fact that I SIGNED UP FOR THIS. I knew this was my end of the deal, and while he held his, I got lost.

There are a whole bunch of ugly details, but the details are not why I'm writing this. I am publicly apologizing to him. Lance, you are my world, and for as long as you'll have me, my choice is absolutely clear: I choose us.

Lance came home with some new sunglasses (I go through them like hairspray!) for me in the middle of the ugly times and I asked him why. ...When I'm the woman he wants to come home to there is nothing he wouldn't do for me.


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Not much to tell. Absolute worst week of my life, but the despair is dissipating slightly.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Lance and I separated yesterday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


My head hurts. My nose is drippy. My eyes are watery. My throat is scratchy.


Monday, October 11, 2010

A Tale For YOU!

Mommy's blog-readers, take heed: it's the tale of the spoon and the need to feed!
...As told by Mia.
This is Sabrina, she's cute and sassy. She received the spoon from Mommy, with a promise to be classy!
Bri took the spoon with an Oooo and an Aaaah. She thought "You trust me? We'll see! Ha Ha!"
I prodded with glee as the mess unfolded... We're creative and awesome! We can't be molded!
Bri looked at the spoon...
The spoon looked at Bri...
Sabrina thought "Forget this, there's a BETTER WAY FOR ME!!"
Her little hand gushed with berries and oatmeal. ...Another clean breakfast, FAR in the distance, I feel.
And to my delight, her spoon was set down.To the newest mess-maker, I now pass the crown!!!
The battle of the spoon is finished at last... Sabrina: 1, Mommy: 0 -victory, a thing of the past!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


In a few ways, tonight was an eye-opener to the HUGE innocence I grew up with. There is so much evil and sadness and hardship out there. People are cruel, and children are hurt. ...Really hurt.
I am so so so grateful that I went to church every Sunday. I am so grateful that education was an expectation, and it was never even on my radar not to graduate high school. I am so grateful that the influence of alcohol and drugs never entered my home. I am so grateful that I had a foundation that gave me a personal relationship with God ...enough that through all my faults, and all of the ways I have NOT continued in the way I was raised, that he still trusted me with little souls to somehow guide.

My childhood directly affects me as an adult -directly affects who I am, and what (though underneath) I actually stand for. Thank you, Mom and Dad for giving this to me.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

...and not to mention...

It never gets easier.

September 30th, 2002: John, I miss you with every piece of me.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Since this entry is about ME ME ME (which one isn't?), I thought I'd mention the girls. The girls make me who I am... I do believe, however, that they got a few things from me:

Ella has my nerve. She's very argumentative and has a quick response for everything I say.

Mia has my sensitivity for others. We both love and hurt very deeply.
Sabrina has my smile. She is still developing a lot of her personality, but she knows how to keep on smiling. :)
This is my "token self shot" -only pic taken of me on my birthday.
Earlier I'd had the opportunity to go out with Candace. This pic was taken that night!
My birthday was actually an excellent day. I'd gone to Candace's for a few minutes and wound up cutting and styling her hair! I styled our friend (and Candace's neighbor) Aeriole's hair too. SO CUTE! We went to my in-laws home for dinner that evening for a magnificent seafood fest! YUMO!
Fabulous birthday. 33 feels OLD.