Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quarter of a Century

Well I'm a little bit older and hopefully wiser too.  I can't believe I'm 25, married, two kids, graduated from BYU,  helping my husband towards medical school... where did the time go??? It all sounds very grown up, but in many ways I still feel like a child.  So much still to learn and so much more to experience.  Everyday brings new lessons and challenges and greater joy and happiness.  I love my life and I'm so excited to see what this next year will bring.
My birthday was kind of hectic this year.  My birthday is on the 15th, and on the 14th Chase had a medical school interview at Touro University in Henderson, NV.  So we decided to pack up the kids and make a family trip out of it. Too bad I put the camera in the car and it stay there the whole trip. No pictures, sorry. We spent Friday and Saturday night with family in St. George and then after church we drove the two hours to Henderson.  We drove around to get familiar with the area and we love it! SO much shopping and a lot of nice neighborhoods.  We stayed in a really cool hotel/casino in Henderson and, of course, ate at the all-you-can-eat buffet!  It was fun to walk around, but Eden was so mad we wouldn't let her play the "games."  They just looked so fun!! haha. 
The next day was Chase's interview.  Me and the kids hung out at the hotel, and I even ventured out to the cafe for breakfast.  Everyone was looking at me like, "why is this lady trying to take two babies to a restaurant by herself??" But we seriously had no food and we needed to eat!  Thankfully the kids did awesome!  Eden was so well behaved (except for the part when she colored all over the table with crayons...) and West just had a bottle in his carseat.  Chase got back from his interview, which he felt really good about! (cross your fingers!) and we started the six hour drive home....
After that exhausting drive I just felt like being lazy for my birthday, so we stuck close to home.  I had to get a work out in after the all-you-can-eat buffet though.  Chase had work at 7am and school till 9pm, but when he got home he brought roses, sparking cider, and a card! so sweet. love him. Hopefully sometime this week we will get some alone time...
In other excited news, we bought a Tahoe! (also counts as part of my birthday). It's a 2003 Z71.  It's super nice and has all the bells and whistles!  - leather heated seats, new tires and rims... Chase loves that it has all the off roading extras, like the suspension and rear differential lock. It has some miles, but it runs amazing! And it doesn't hurt that we got on AMAZING deal. If you want to check it out there's a video the dealer put on youtube ( It was so nice to have on our trip to Nevada!! The Escape (pronounced the way Dory says it in Finding Nemo) has been just a trooper all these years, but our family is growing and with two carseats and a double stroller in the back there was literally NO room for anything else. I have to admit, I'll be a little sad to see her go.
All in all, it was a great birthday.  Shopping, time with family, new car...what more could a girl ask for!?  Actually, the greatest gift ever might be Chase getting accepted into medical school! Keep us in your prayers!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You.

Thank you for protecting my family and our freedom.
Today is not just 11-11-11, it's Veteran's Day.
Let us never forget...

Monday, November 7, 2011


We love Halloween.  This year was different for us though.  We did not have our Annual Warner Halloween Party...which has become a tradition over the past 4 years.  But with the stresses of this school semester and having a three-month-old and a soon to be three-year-old on my hands, we decided to not do it this year and just focus on Eden and making it fun for her.  This is the first year she really understood the concept.  I made sure the house was all decked out with ghosts, skeletons, spiders, bats, pumpkins, and orange and purple twinkle lights.  We watched all the spooky kid movies and went on a haunted hay ride at HeeHaw Farms. Eden loved it! It was actually pretty scary and I was kind of worried, but she laughed at all the people around us jumping and screaming.  And I'm sure sitting in your daddy's big, safe arms probably helps.  Grandma Warner was more scared than Eden was! West was asleep when we got on the hayride, but not for long. (He wasn't such a fan of the jumping and screaming.)

We also, of course, carved pumpkins! (If i look like i just finished running 4 miles, it's because i did. haha) We got these from a pumpkin patch near chases work that has a little corn maze for kids too!  Chase has the pictures on his phone...

As we got closer to Halloween, Eden thought the "spooky" stuff was so fun.  She would say "Ooo, that's SPOOOOOKY!"  She also got to watch her mom slave away on the sewing machine, making her witch costume...which I hoped would get her excited to wear it, but no.  When it was all finished she REFUSED to put it on!  Ahhh!  But, when she saw mommy and daddy get all dressed up for the parties we had on Friday and Saturday, she decided it would be fun after all...phew.

When I was thinking about costumes this year, I was so stressed about making two kid's costumes.  But, lo and behold, I broke out the Halloween boxes and there was the spider costume I had made for Eden's first Halloween!! It was perfect for little West!  Thank goodness for being able to finally reuse stuff!  When Eden wore it, she was crawling and it was so cute! But having to hold West in it wasn't so easy, so he pretty much wore it for pictures. If you couldn't tell, Chase is an awesome Werewolf (a costume he whipped up in about 5 minutes) and I'm supposed to be Eden's Black Cat.

So by the time Halloween finally came around, it was our third time dressing up and Eden's fourth or fifth.  She was pretty much Halloweened out. But after a little crying and screaming, we finally got her costume on her again... and here's the load!  Good job girlie!

And here's our Dinner-in-a-Pumpkin!!  A tradition started by my mother and a fond childhood memory that I have brought into our family.  The filling is sooo yummy and the cooked pumpkin is really good too!  Halloween is just not complete until you can smell this cooking away.  We had all of chase's family over for the dinner and make homemade root beer too! (which is really, really good by the way).

It was a successful Halloween, and although Chase and I were kind of bummed about not doing our party, there is always next year!!  This Halloween was so fun watching Eden get into all of the festivities.  But, like many holidays, when it's over, it is SO over...all the ghosts and skeletons were gone the very next morning :)