Monday, June 11, 2012


...but, hey. It's better than nothing, right? There is NO way that I could completely fill you in on ALL the events of the past 3 months, so I'll just fill you in on the most exciting parts.

First of all, and this is something that I think most people already know, but WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!. Amazing. I know you probably want some amazing pictures of it, but I'm super these are some photos of it that I stole off of the internet:

It's one of those really cool tri-level houses where you walk in the front entrance and have the option to go upstairs or downstairs. I never really wanted a house with stairs, but I LOVE the layout! And, can I just say: location, location, location!. Ok. That's a dumb saying, but seriously. We could not have moved to a better location! We live in a 2 mile radius of every major grocery store, walking distance from the elementary and jr high schools, close enough to the freeway to be convenient but not so close that it's noisy, and ONLY A MILE AWAY FROM TARGET. Our neighborhood is pretty great too! And the ward!!! I don't even know enough adjectives to describe the amazingness of my ward! I've instantly felt at home, and I feel like the majority of the ward is in the same stage of life as Jared and I (young families). So, Taylor has tons of friends. IN fact, this last weekend, she got to go to her FIRST non-family birthday party! As you can see from the picture below, she was pretty excited:

Oh. And here's a picture of Abby to tickle your fancy as well:

Ok. Back to the topic. I said this before, but I LOVE MY WARD. Both Jared and I got callings right away...after only being in the ward for 2 weeks I got called to be the 2nd counselor in the Primary presidency. I can tell that your mouths are falling open from shock. Mine did too. It's much more intense than any other calling I've had, but I LOVE it! I have such a testimony of Primary now. I love the kids, I love the ladies that I work with, and I love Primary. Granted, I'd be more comfortable being a teacher, rather than being OVER teachers, but hey- I've got to grow up sometime!
Jared's calling came maybe a month after mine, but he's now an Assistant Scoutmaster. I think he really enjoys it- he loves working with the young men. He works closely with the husband of one of the women that I work with- so it's a good thing we really like the family! Haha! Ok, but really, that family is pretty amazing. Both he and Jared (sorry- "he" is kinda vague, but I don't wanna use names...ya know- to protect privacy) are really into's been really nice for Jared to have someone he can talk to about that stuff.

Let's other news, I love staying at home with my girls. I love watching them grow and hearing Taylor say off-the-wall, crazy things. I'll give you an example of a funny thing she said:
T: "Mommy! Come here! I want to show you something" (from the bathroom)

me: "uh...why don't you tell me about it first?" (because I was really suspicious of what she could possibly have to show me in the bathroom)

T: "No! Just come see!"

me: *giving in and going over to her* "What is it?"

T: "Look! A poop snake!" (she'd just pooped)

me:*inwardly groaning* "Oh! It's a stinky snake!"

T: "No it's not! It's taking a bath!"

See? She's crazy. But ya gotta love her!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I LOVE doing questionnaires! I know that's crazy, but I always have, so I was excited when my friend Darci tagged me to do "Eleven Questions". Yes, I realize that I haven't done a real update for a while, but it's coming soon...I'm just waiting for the craziness of BUYING A HOUSE calms down. Yep. You read correctly! After a little over 2 years of living with Jared's parents, we FINALLY are not only able to buy a house, be we found one! This Saturday (the 24th) is the big moving day, we couldn't be more thrilled! So, I'm waiting to post about it until we've actually moved. Maybe I'll even post pictures :)

Ok. Now for the real inspiration of this post. Here are the rules for the game:

1. Write eleven random things about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions given.
3. Write eleven new questions.
4. Tag someone else.

Not gonna lie. The hardest part of this for me was coming up with 11 random facts about myself. I feel like I'm boring, but here you go:

1. I watched the TV show Barney until I was in 3rd grade. Yes, I could attribute that fact to having younger sisters (who were of appropriate age to be watching it), but it was really because I loved it.

2. I love Peter Pan. It was my favorite movie growing up, and I STILL have dreams that I can fly and go to Neverland. I currently own a video of the stage production of Peter Pan (with Mary Martin cast as Peter Pan), the Disney edition, Finding Neverland, Hook, and the Peter Pan movie that came out in 2003.

3. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a boy. Why? Partially because they were always going on cool campouts for Scouts. But, mostly it was because they got to buzz their hair in the summer, and I thought that was so cool. My mom would never let me buzz my hair. :(

4. When I was 6, I won the grand prize in the summer reading program at the Mesa Public Library. What did I win? $50 to Toys R' Us and my picture in the newspaper. I was pretty sure I was famous!

5. When I was in 5th and 6th grade (maybe even 4th..I can't remember), I was in an after-school club called FSEA. What did it stand for? Future Scientists and Engineers of America. It was hosted by Motorola and was SOOOOOOOO cool! I got t-shirts and everything....and also ended up with my picture in the newspaper for that as well.

6. In 6th grade, a new position in Student Council was created. It was Spirit Leader. That person would get to help do the morning announcements over the intercom and be the MC for teacher events. I didn't run for that position, but after the original person was forced to resign after getting suspended, I got elected. How? Well, everyone interested in the position had to get up in front of the rest of the Student Council and tell why they'd be a good candidate and then do something unique. I got up and got voted in unanimously after showing them my monkey impression. Not just the face (which alone is pretty impressive)....I jumped around and made monkey sounds. Yeah. I'm awesome.

7. I love the smell of coffee. I also love coffee flavored things. I'm pretty sure that I'd be one of those jittery coffee-fiends if it weren't for the Word of Wisdom. (Not sure what the Word of Wisdom is? Click HERE)

8.My nickname in high school was "French Hussy" Why? Because I got cast as that character in a musical my junior year (actually, the name of the character was Lady Mabelle, but that was essentially the role). The year after that, in a totally different musical, I got cast as a similar character....apparently I was really good at that? (and for those of you that don't know me well, I was TOTALLY the opposite in real husband was my first kiss...)

9. I've never had a pet

10. For a couple of years of my childhood, my bedroom was also the kitchen.

11. As a kid, I was allergic to most fresh fruits and vegetables. My reaction was just an itchy throat so it wasn't HORRIBLE, but it definitely made for an excellent excuse not to eat them.

Ok. Here are now the questions that Darci wanted me to answer:

1. If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
I'd go to Hawaii...I've never been there, and I think it's beautiful

2. If your life were made into a movie, who would you cast as yourself? This is a really tough one for me...and although she looks NOTHING like me (the only celebrities I've been told I look like are Idina Menzel and Jennifer Connelly) is Emma Stone. She's funny and quirky and can play a nerd.

3. What's the best place & meal you've ever eaten? I think it would be the Valentine's Day dinner Jared and I had about 4 years ago at a restaurant in Scottsdale called Zinc Bistro. It was SOOOOOOOOOOO good and super expensive (we had a gift card), but Maggiano's is definitely a close 2nd place. That is my current favorite restaurant.

4. Where do you prefer to go if you want to just be alone and think? I haven't done it in a long time, but I used to love to roof. Now, I love my bed for that solitude...mostly because I end up falling asleep :)

5. What are your most and least favorite pizza toppings? Most favorite is cheese (I LOVE cheese!) and least favorite would be olives. Olives ruin everything. Or spicy peppers. I've never tried anchovies....maybe that would be bad too.

6. How do you calender? Paper, phone, whiteboard, etc? Currently, my iPhone. But before I had that, I'd use a combination of a planner, my calendar on the wall, and my brain. I wasn't very organized.

7. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Frosted Mini-wheats

8. If you were given a million dollars {tax exempt}, what would you do first? I would DEFINITELY pay off all of my debt first. DEFINITELY!

9. What is something you wish for every day? That Taylor will be agreeable when I put her down for naptime/bedtime. It's my least favorite time of the day :)

10. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
umm...chocolate milk. Or any red juice. Or virgin strawberry daiquiris. Or milkshakes? I can't decide :)

11. Name one thing you love about yourself, physically or otherwise?
I love my eyes!

Ok. That's all. Now, I tag:

Julie Button
Amy Hale
Kelly Edington
Leigh Root
Alicia Jarman

and the questions you are now obligated to answer are as follows:

1. What crime would you commit if you knew you would be exempt of all negative consequences?
2. What is your dream profession?
3. Favorite leisure activity?
4. IF you were to win a kid-free, week-long vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. e-reader or book and why?
6. If you were in an Olympic event (Winter or Summer), what would it be?
7. What is your favorite and least favorite household chore?
8. How long can you hold your breath?
9. What is your favorite color (be very specific)?
10. What is an article of clothing you would wear if you weren't worried about modesty?
11. What is your favorite thing about yourself and least favorite thing about yourself (can be physical or otherwise)

Have fun!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Ok. I know I haven't posted anything for a while, and I apologize for that. But, this isn't for me. This is for the benefit of my SIL Kelly.
She has been nominated to receive THIS giveaway.

First of all, the giveaway is SUHWEET! I wish I could be a part of it...I mean, who WOULDN'T? But, second of all, you should actually go on and vote for Kelly. Why? Well, first of all, Kelly is AWESOME. Second of all, she's super deserving. The past few months have been so trying for her. She's literally been living in a little hotel-type room since December so that she and her hubby can be close to their dear, premature babies. She's been balancing her time with her 2 year old, Sam, with one of the twins (Ethan) who is out of the hospital, AND with Grace who's STILL in the hospital. Having 3 kids is hard enough without having them all separated. AND she's dong all if it WITHOUT the comfort of her own home! That's crazy! I think winning this giveaway would be a perfect little pick-me-up


To learn more about the awesomeness of Kelly, you can read her blog HERE

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm Alive!

I had the goal to post more often, hopefully once a week. Fail. I also had the goal of taking more pictures during the day of my hilarious children since I'm home. Fail. Although, I'd been doing more and then the camera battery went dead and I couldn't find the charger. Upset. But, I just found it! So, the battery is now charging..JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! Ok. Seriously. I was going to be SUPER bummed if I couldn't find it for Christmas...because Taylor is ALL about Christmas lately. I didn't think 2 year olds really had the concept of Santa...she' TOTALLY it. The best way to get her to behave lately is the tell her that Santa's going to put her on the naughty list. Works like a charm. So, I have a feeling that the pictures on Christmas this year are going to be full of a very happy, excited, hyper child. And my calm child.

Ok. Enough jibber jabber. I've got lots to catch up on, so lets back up to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was really a week-long event for us. Jared's birthmom, Laura, was in town (long story short, yes, Jared's adopted; he met his birthmom after his mission and we keep in contact with her. She lives in NY, but her mom and sisters live here in the Valley and we see them frequently...they are an AWESOME family!), so we made a point to see her and the whole Bressler clan. Laura hadn't met Abby yet, so we'd made a plan to all go out to lunch together and then to a park, but Taylor woke up that morning with a fever. Sad day. Fortunately, Laura decided to come over to see us rather than have me take Taylor out. She loves my girls :)

I'd say Taylor looks pained because she was feeling sick, but I don't know how true that'd be. We have a really difficult time getting her to look "normal" in pictures..she has a hilarious fake smile usually.

Arlene (Laura's mom) NEVER turns down an opportunity to hold Abby (and look at the could you pass that up?).

Thanksgiving day was the day my camera battery died. This was the only picture I got of that day:

That's my mom holding Abby and my nephew Daniel...she's really good at multi-tasking :)

In other news, I've started working again...but this time from home! The office I worked at before I had Abby asked me to do Aging from home (calling on the old claims that insurance companies haven't paid and try to figure out why they didn't pay us and fix it). I get to work how ever many hours I's a pretty sweet gig. And, I actually enjoy it. Working with insurance companies is a've got to know all their tricks and try to beat them...I really like games :)

Welp, stay tuned for a Christmas post...there should be tons of pictures. It'll be epic:)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


As I was rocking my baby girl to sleep this morning, I was watching the Disney channel with Taylor. We were watching a clip that had a bunch of old Mickey Mouse characters, and I noticed some things that got me thinking...some of the characters were motherless. Take Goofy, for example. He has his son, Max, but there's never any mention of Max's mother...does he have one? I know Goofy has seemed to have an ongoing crush on Clarabelle the Cow, but I don't think she's Max's mom. And what about Hewey, Dewey, and Louie? They live with their Uncle Scrooge in DuckTales, but in the old clips, Donald is taking care of them. Are the orphans? Is Donald their dad? Then, THAT got me thinking to the Disney movies...there seems to be a large majority of them that have broken families or awkward family situations. In Snow White, it only talks about her stepmother, who's the evil queen. But what about her regular mother? And, to have a Stepmother, her father must've remarried...and that would've made him the King. Where was he when the Queen was trying to kill Snow White? Cinderella's parents die. Bambi's mom dies. Sleeping Beauty was estranged from her parents for 16 years (awkward). Wart from Sword in the Stone was an orphan. Mowgli from Jungle Book was an orphan. Ariel makes no mention of a mother. Belle doesn't have a mother. Simba's father died. Aladdin doesn't have parents. Do I really need to go on? Strange.
Also, have you noticed that a LARGE majority of Disney's villians are really skinny and angular? And that almost all of the antagonists die by falling far distances?

Sorry...this is all really random...but I guess you could blame it on watching kiddie shows all day combined with sleep deprivation :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who'da Thunk?

When Taylor was born, she was 6lbs 8 oz...which is pretty small, right? Well, she's always been steadily small. Never really had a growth spurt. Always in the lower percentiles for growth. I mean, take a look at this picture of her at about 2 weeks:

Look at how BAGGY that Newborn sized onesie is on her! And, she didn't outgrow the newborn sized clothing for at LEAST 3 or 4 months. No joke. So, after that, who'd a thought that I'd have a 5 week old who EASILY fits into 3 month outfits?:

She's not really a chunker, but I can't believe how fast she's growing! I figured between me being smallish as a kid (although I was a FAT baby) and Jared's Puerto Rican and Jewish heritage (both stereotypically small), we'd always just have small kids....but maybe not?

In other news, here is a hilarious video of Taylor watching Handy Manny (please disregard the fact that she's busy chewing her toenails):

Ok. This was like the 6th time she'd seen that clip! Everytime the skeleton moved and/or fell over, she'd crack up and ask us to rewind it so she could watch it again. Hear how cute her laugh is? At that point, it was a little fake, but isn't it such a cute sound?

In other news, about a year and a half ago, I agreed to read this before reading ANY other book by the request of Jared:
Jared LOVES this trilogy and has read it an unbelievably obscene amount of times. I knew it was something that was important to him, and I love to read, so I said I'd do it....I FINALLY finished it after a YEAR AND A HALF! Don't get me wrong; the were REALLY good! WAY better than the movies, and I LOVE the movies. But, it was really difficult for me to get past all the description (brilliant, but frequent), and I couldn't get into it enough to keep from reading it more than sporadically. But, IT'S FINISHED!! Now I can read other books...I have such a long "to read" list. I'm excited. However, I do have to say that I definitely don't regret reading LOTR...I just regret how long it took me to finish it (which is totally my fault.). Anyway, if anyone has any "Must read" recommendations, throw them my way please! I've already complete the Hunger Games trilogy (it took me a year and a half to read LOTR, but only 3 days to finish this trilogy...yipes!), currently reading The Help, and am trying to get my hands on a copy of The Book Thief...but feel free to suggest anything beyond that!

Monday, October 31, 2011