Wednesday, December 16, 2009

14 years…

Happy Anniversary!!  It has been 14 years today that we got married.  Time goes by fast.  So much has happened!  We have a beautiful little girl and a wonderful marriage.  Thank you for all you do for us.  I love you!


Boy you sure do look young!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Last night we went to our church’s Christmas party.  Santa showed up.  Can you tell who he is??  I get to see him every day :D


Friday, November 20, 2009

One step closer….

We had our 2nd interview today for adoption.  It was our couples interview.  I have mine on the 8th and Mikey has his on the 28th.  Then we will schedule one for Lauren.  After that we will have a family one again and hopefully we will be approved after that.  Yeah!!  Wanting to be excited, yet don’t want to get my hopes up too much. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Mikey works M-F 7a-4p and then goes to school M-Th 6p-10:30p.  So, he doesn’t have much free time.  So when he gets a chance to go hang with the guys, he goes all the way.  They had a blast!!  These are just some of the hundreds of pics Jeslin took.  Thanks Jeslin for the awesome pics!!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Lauren’s School Picture….

Here is Lauren’s 3rd grade school picture.  This is the fall one.  She will also have one taken in the spring.  I think I like this one the best since kindergarten.  Her hair actually didn’t mess up.  Yeah!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lifting Burdens…

A friend has this posted on her blog and I love the message.  It pertains to all of us…

Lifting Burdens

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thanks Honey….

My wonderful husband got me a new or a “new to me” vehicle.  It is a 2004 Toyota Sequoia.  Finally a four door.  Lauren doesn’t have to crawl over the seat or hit her head going into the back seat to get in.  He is so good to us :D



We are in the process of adoption.  We are going through the county (Sacramento), so we have to be Foster licensed first.  We have two more classes & then we will have our license on Nov 5.  Our first adoption homestudy interview is on the 9th.  We are so excited.  Especially Mikey.  We are going for a boy.  Lauren can’t wait to be a big sis.  Hopefully by her birthday in March we will go from 3 to 4.  Yeah!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back to School Night….

Last night was back to school night.  I didn’t get any pictures of Lauren on her first day of school.  So, I took a couple last night.  I think she is going to have a great year.  She has a really good teacher—Mrs. Magee.  She also had her for first grade.  We have been blessed with good teachers every year.  I haven’t had one complaint about any of the teachers Lauren has had.  Thank goodness!!  Have a great year Lauren!!  We love you!!


Lauren @ her desk


Mrs. Magee & Lauren

Love the look….

We went to our friend's birthday party.  They bbq’d and played kick ball.  The kids had fun running around and chasing each other before the game.  I love the look on Lauren’s face.  Priceless!!


Monday, August 17, 2009

I’m so bad….

I have been awful…I have not posted for a while.  Lauren, mom & I went down to So. California in July.  Lauren & I stayed at my birth mom, Sarah’s, house.  We only get to see her twice a year, so it was nice to stay a week with her.  We swam everyday and napped.  My favorite.  Lauren got to see her cousin Savanna & her cousin Aubrie (pictured).  We will go down again @ Christmas time.  Then Mikey will get to go also.  He hasn’t been down in two years. 


I also got to see two friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Angie I haven’t seen in I think 3 years & Ayne I haven’t seen in 13.  It was so great to visit with them.  We didn’t get to visit long, but it was still nice.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


These are Mikey & Lauren’s morphed faces of Tiny Tim.  They had stations at the end of the train tour that took your picture and it morphed it into one of three characters. 

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Disney Train Tour…

Disney is coming out with a new movie in November—“A Christmas Carol”.  To promote the movie they are doing a train tour around the united states & they stopped in Sacramento this past weekend.  The Volkman’s & our family went Saturday morning.  Good thing we went first thing, because as we came out of the tour the line was real long and it was getting HOT!  We had a great time.  In the train you got to see how they did the animation, pictures of the characters, costumes, figurines, models & at the end you got to take your picture and morph it into one of the characters.  It was really neat.  We then went and watched a preview in Disney Digital 3D.  Their 3D is amazing.  I had never seen it before.  It was such a great time at such a great price….FREE!!!

IMG_0923  The Volkman’s (minus Ryan-he was on a trek so he couldn’t be there) and Mikey & Lauren in front of the entrance to the train.

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IMG_0928 Colin Firth plays Fred (Scrooge’s nephew).  He’s one of my favorite actors!

IMG_0929 Lauren with one of the costumes.

IMG_0933 Marci, Dylan & Jason inside the train.

IMG_0935 Busts of Scrooge & Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

School Time.....

Mikey started school on June 8. He is going to Institute of Technology for his HVAC (heating ventilation & air conditioning) certification. He goes to school M-Th 6-10:30pm. Lauren & I are so proud of him. This is going to be a long 9 months for him. He works from 7:30-4:30 then comes home to eat quickly and leave for school. Good luck Mikey! We love you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

School Awards….

Well, it is the last days of school and awards were given out today. Lauren received a couple. She got the Principle’s Math Challenge T-Shirt. They had to do so many math facts in one minute each month. She also received two Physical Fitness awards. One from a school fitness test and the other is the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. We tracked the exercise she did at home. She would have receive 100% attendance, but she was sick one day. Oh, well. Next year. You also get to see her new hair do. She got it cut in a bob. Our friend Courtney cut it for her. She is so talented. Thanks Courtney!!




Lauren’s school choir did the musical “Cinderella”.  We couldn’t take any video due to copy write, so I got a couple pics.  They did this at the beginning of May.  Sorry it took so long to post.



No Tooth Fairy for Wendi.....

Sunday night I bit down on a piece of chicken and hit something hard. It hurt like heck. So I spit out the chicken and felt my tooth. Big crack down the side and on the top. Luckily it was my last bite of dinner and not my first. I saw the dentist the next day. I went in hoping to have a crown and came out with my tooth gone :o( Now I have a nice gap. Thanks goodness it isn't a tooth that shows when I talk or smile. Now I get to have a bridge put in. Maybe they can put a design on the tooth. Lauren told me at dinner that it will grow back. We told her it wouldn't and that is why we always take good care of our teeth!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Lauren’s Baptism…

May 2, 2009, Lauren was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  It was a wonderful day!  We had so much love and support from family & friends.  We are so proud of Lauren & her decision to be baptized.  We love you so very much!!


Lauren & Dad dressed & ready to go!


Lauren & Dad after baptism


Our friend Courtney did Lauren’s hair.  It is so beautiful.  She braided her hair & made the flower clips in her hair.  Thanks Courtney!!


Hailey, Lauren & Makenna—Best Friends!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is Mikey's birthday!! Yeah!! One more year older and still no gray hair. Not fair!! Happy Birthday Mikey. We love you so very much. You are a great husband and father. You are our rock. We would be lost without you. Thank you for all you do for us. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

National Anthem

Last night the Citrus Heights choir and two other school choirs (I can't remember the schools) sang the National Anthem at the Rivercats game. Lauren is in the front in a white shirt next to a girl with ponly tails. We are so proud of her. They did a great job. We had lots of fun. One of the girls in her choir, Emily, even got one of the foul balls.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lauren’s 8th Birthday Party…

We had Lauren’s party on the 4th.  We just did a simple party seeing as she got a big gift.  I got some crafts from Michael’s.  They decorated crowns and put together bracelets and necklaces.  They then decorated star cupcakes.  She had a good day.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Lauren!!!

I should have done this last night. Lauren’s 8th birthday was yesterday. It’s hard to believe she is already 8. She is growing up too fast. She is a beautiful, kind, loving, sweet, caring, funny and many more daughter. We love her so much and are so thankful she is in our lives. Here are some pics of last night. We went to dinner at Olive Garden. Lauren wore this pink crown that my friends had given me for my birthday.


Her Grandma Maire & Grandpa Ray (Mikey’s mom and step-dad) gave her two books. One on the Rain Forests that is really neat and one that she has been asking for—Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Tootsie (my mom) gave her a bathing suit.


We were able to get her something big this year due to our tax refund. You will see what it is in this video…

We had gotten her a couple games and told her that she could take them over to our friends house and play them with them. That is why at the beginning she said "not another Wii game". She didn't get to have it in her room though...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Early Birthday Present….

Lauren’s birthday is on the 30th.  Her Uncle TT & Aunt Jerrie came by yesterday and brought her birthday present.  So, of course she gets to open it…..

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I love the skull & bones.  The skull has a bow on the head.