Be the change you want to see in the world...

Synopsis of Us

Lisa is au natural. She likes to have babies at home and drink slimy green liquids with large amounts of earth in them. She loves the quacks and we love her. If you are ailing, just call Lisa. She will doctor you up!

Melanie is a little bundle of energy. She's very peppy and always bouncing around. Do not drive with her. She tends to talk and visit and not watch the road. Cuts a mean hair-do!

Sarah is crazy! She loves Diet Pepsi (too much). The group photographer with many free photo shoots for her friends. Many questionable eating habits that we all ignore, hopefully they don't kill her.

Emily is an overachiever. She never sleeps and wakes up way too early so she can pratice music with her kids. She loves the earthy green drink too. Be careful, she will try to poison you with sugar-free goodies.

Jen is a dental hygienist. If you want to know which kind of gum to chew (to xylitol or not to xylitol, this is the question) she'll know.

Lana is full of crap! Literally, her house is full of crap! Yes, just stuff. If you ever need any random thing, pretty sure it's in her house... somewhere. Very competitive, don't coach children's athletics with her.

Adria is straightforward. She pretty much says it like it is. She is our community sex-ed advisor. Any questions, just ask her, she knows it all.

Marianne (one of the tall, leggy blonds) is amazing! She graduated from college while taking care of her four children and working to save the entire Chinese orphan population.

Marilyn is a perfectionist. She has to have everything at a ninety degree angle, if not, she's nervous. Hopefully this doesn't kill her. Likes to scrapbook, spends a large sum of money on this activity.

Stephanie (another tall, leggy blond) really likes to work out. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Nursing is her profession (not wet nursing).

Monday, March 31, 2008

Are you ready to do something EXTRAORDINARY?

I am calling on all extraordinary housewives to do something extraordinary!!! Who is in? Remember Lana explained to the festival of trees committee that we were a service group. Well, it is time to put that to the test. I am calling an emergency meeting tonight at my house after home evening at 9:00 pm. Lets change the lives of a family for good! Catch the spirit and meet tonight! With all of our extraordinary heads working together, we are bound to pull off a miracle - and maybe even get our chance to be on Oprah!! j/k Steph

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Girls Night Out Starring Marilyn

Our girls night was lots of fun as usual. We ended up in the kitchen eating but you would never be able to tell that by looking at the 2 health nuts above. We missed you Marianne and Adria!

Mel was so excited to give this marshmellow hamburger to Marilyn. She thought she was so clever and we all died laughing. It was pretty unexpected as was the acting Mel did for "the Macarena Dance!" Was it the acting or the letter line up? We love you, Mel!

We are at the start of the night and I know I (Steph) was already looking tired. Wait unitl 2:30 am and then see what we looked like! I must say when Brek stopped by he probably looked more tired than we did at 2:30. Our fun and talking lasted right through a blizzard! I know Marilyn was enjoying that for spring break. Mel got another laugh at me (Steph) as she thought my face looked fatter than hers. I know it is not the most flattering picture of me but do you really say that out loud!!!

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Cafe Rio a Stokes!!

Stokes Deli Friday afternoons, usually starting around 11:30 and going until the food is gone! Cafe Rio Pork Burrito Salad is usually gone fast so get there fast and Enjoy!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Marilyn!

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We hope you have a good day. Even though you are away we are still thinking of you. Marilyn is coming over next week for their spring break. We need to have a girls night party with games, food, and lots of laughing! I think she is here at the start of the week. When can we all meet?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I need some dirt...

The missionary on the left is my DARLING baby brother Jake. He is on a mission in Indiana. Apparently, his companion, Elder Graham (not the Elder in this picture), has a little sister who just got engaged to a guy from Burley named Scott Bowen. They e-mailed me specifically to get some dirt on this kid. does anybody know him or his family? I think being away from home, Elder Graham is a little nervous about who his little sister is marrying... I don't know this family, so if any of you do, please DISH!
LOL, Adria

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Break My Foot!

HELP! I am trapped here with six children who are trying to take over my life and they're succeeding. It is spring break, but it's freezing, I mean frigid out there. So, I can't send them outside. And... apparently we are the only people not going anywhere for spring break (so, consequently there is no one to play with). We have played dominoes about 3,012,359 times and we've watched every movie in our dvd library. Hey, maybe we'll go to the library. Not a bad idea. Also there's a rated G movie at the theater. Has anyone seen College Roadtrip? Is it even worth the money? Nevermind, two hours of entertainment, any entertainment is worth the money. I can't believe I'm ranting like this and it's only Monday.
It's just begun!
Any ideas for fun spring break projects, post them here. I'm desperate... these little people are cutting off my life support.... Help
This is where I want to be...

This is where I am...

Me with my goat...


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sad but True!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Must read!

Hey guys I just finished reading this book. It was kind of depressing but I could not put it down. It was very thought provoking. I think everyone should read it. I know Sarah already has. It is about bullying and being bullied. It makes me want to do something - anything to stop it. I don't know what though. I think the most I can do is to start within my home teaching my kids. I hope they will treat others kindly and stand up for others. And if they are on the other side of things then I hope someone will watch out for them. Yadi, Yadi, Yadi. I am glad I have you guys as friends because I know we will all watch out for each others children. Enough already just read the book! Steph

Thursday, March 6, 2008

So today as I was getting dressed, throwing on a pair of jeans that seemed a bit tighter than the last time I wore them, I decided my jeans have way too much power over me! They can make me feel great about myself on a particular day, or they can make me feel like I need to go on a diet!

Don't you love it when you put on a pair of jeans and they are a little loose or baggy on you...for sure a little bit looser (is looser a word?) than the last time you wore them? Of course, I never take into account the fact that I have probably worn the jeans at least 5 times without washing them, and each time I wear them, they stretch out a bit more. I just think to myself, "Yeah! That exercising is paying off! These pants are getting baggy on me. I might even need to wear a belt." (Never mind the fact that I may feel compelled to wear a belt because my jeans are sitting BELOW my gut!)

However, a few days later I may put on the same pair of jeans AFTER washing them and feel like crying when I can barely squeeze myself into them! I will feel guilty every time I eat anything less than healthy, thinking to myself....that's not going to help me fit into these jeans better!

Ok, so I don't really stress that much over it once I walk out of my closet, but I do think it's funny how I may feel cute or not cute depending on the way my jeans fit me! So I have come to the conclusion that I will just never wash my jeans! Just Kidding!--Emily

Brighton's cute little face-her eyes say it all!

Isn't she just a doll baby?


Hey gals,
It's me Mare ,ya know the one that is half Chinese? Well ,I just wanted to share a story- One of Jonah's listmates is a darling little wee one from China named Brighton. She has repaired Spina Bifeda and hydrocephalus. All she needs is a shunt and she will be good to go. She is an easily fixed situation but because she is living with a foster family in a small village in the mountains in China she is unable to get the medical attention she needs. Lana has had a crush on her forever and we are both really concerned for her. She is just like a Mia or a Ben or a Carly May! She is as helpless as one human can be BUT we can help. No, I am not trying to get one of you to adopt her (even though anyone would be lucky to have her as their daughter). I am just trying to raise a little money with a friend of mine to make it financially easier for her forever family to make the committment to bring her home. All of us are strapped right? Money is the sole reason her family has not claimed her. Money is such a small thing though as far as the big picture is concerned for a daughter /sister . She already has a 5,000.00 grant on her and all we need to raise is 2,500 more. I am thinking if all my friends skipped one single lunch we could make a difference. We take so much for granted here in our American world we sometimes think we can't possibly make a real difference for someone or change a life but we ARE extraordianry and we know we can .we know better! We built a freakin 140,000 playground for our kids. We can each give 5.00 for a beautiful little girl on the other side of the world who just needs a Momma!!! My friend Kelly has set up a website where there is a chip in button. It is super easy and if you have a paypal account it is even easier! I just donated 10.00. If this offends or annoys anyone I am sorry but you know my heart and my intentions are pure. It never hurts to do a little gabbing about something worthwhile so ......okHere is the website
Have a wonderful day-By the way- Mia says hi-she's sitting on my lap singing "you are my sunshine". I would hate to think if we didn't find her . Something would definitely be missing!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Are you okay Paula?

I know I am a little addicted to American Idol - but is anyone else? Did anyone see the final 8 boys perform? They did a good job but what I am really wondering is was Paula drunk? Did you see her talk and try to stand at the end? She was a little bit tipsy.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

My Guest Artist

I just thought I would share these two photos with the world! This is my cousin Steven, he is 28 years old, and he his Autistic. I asked him to help me decorate my sons's room by drawing me a picture of something sporty. He reluctantly agreed, because he knew he would have to get in my car and come over to my house by himself. I told him he would be drawing on the wall instead of paper, he thought for a whil before finally replying and said, "that is crazy talk, who would draw on the wall?" I told him, well you will! He was a little nervous, We went to the store and I had him pick out paint colors, brushes, and pencils ( I have given him complete free will at this point), he picked out several colors, and I was really curious about what he had in mind, but it helped him relax a little by giving him the reigns over the project. We went home, and I cut out some strips of paper, about how big I wanted the drawing and kind of made a paper frame on the wall, so he could visualize how big it should be. He drew this free hand, in about 15 minutes flat, he had an idea in his head about what he was gonna do, and here it came out on my wall. We love it! He really wanted to paint the jersey blue, but my boy disagreed, he told him to please paint it green, Steven said, "why would I want to do that for?" We went through a big spill about remember your sister cheered for Burley, she wore lots of green, we want this player to be a player your sister can cheer for..... He finally said okay. He came up with this on his own,I am so thankful, Braeden's Jersey in on the other wall hanging, and it's number is one, I think that is where he came up with the number for the shirt, I think? Any way sorry for the long spill but I thought you all would be as impressed as I am.