Monday, November 22, 2010

My baby doll...

6 month pictures!

 Isn't she just scrumptious?

You have brought so much joy into our lives, in just 6 months.
We love you so much, Miss May.
XoXo Daddy, Momma & D

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Relaxing, Fun? Yes, please!

Our sweet Vaeh turned 6 months old 11.14.10.

6 months is a big deal.

Her first meal, brown rice cereal.  Yum!

Tummy full, brother by her side... What could be better?
Cute stuff waiting for her doc appt.
16.5 lb (57%), 27.2" tall (93%), 16.9" head (67%).  Perfect.

Devarian, the photographer, had to take some pictures, too...
 I love the detail he captures. :)

(She had to get 4 shots, but her big brother held her hand through it all. He is the best!)

And... She is still a daddy's girl!

This IS the life.

 It was a special, fun & exciting weekend.

P.S. I will have her 6 month pic's back soon.  I saw a sneak peak and they are ADORABLE!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"You don't need to focus on enjoying the food you eat, because food is fuel. Enjoy your life, your family and your friends."

I have officially gone vegan.  Yes, you heard me right, vegan.

Not only have I decided to take this big leap, but I have chosen to go whole foods vegan (meaning I will not be eating processed foods, processed sugars, white breads, white rice, very minimal and only certain oils, things like that)
I am excited, scared, nervous, happy, hopeful, frustrated, and well, the list could go on.

As some of you might know, my dearest mom is a vegan.  A whole foods, mainly raw, vegan.  She has been so for over 2 1/2 years.  She had many health issues (high blood pressure, eczema, etc.) that are now gone.  Yes, GONE.  She also "feels better than she did in her 20's" (she has also lost 45+ lbs and looks great.  sorry I am sharing your business on my blog, mom).
The following book is a great supporter of the whole foods vegan lifestyle and the health benefits it can offer.

 An amazing book.  If you have any interest or curiosity, you should read it.  

I have been struggling with painful joints for a long time now.  I have a knee that has been swollen and painful for years.  A month or two after Miss Nevaeh May was born, I have felt the worst I have in my whole life.  I have numerous swollen and painful joints (knees, neck, ankles, hands, etc.) very painful headaches, and I am in pretty much constant pain.  My immune system has been horrible with one sickness after another.  I have been to doctors that don't really care and just want to do blood test after blood test to diagnose me with something.  I always try to be happy and try not to complain.  But, I don't want to have to TRY so hard anymore.  I have gotten to the point where I am FED UP with feeling this way.
I finally met a doctor that suggested I try taking high fat proteins out of my diet (meats, eggs, dairy, etc.).  He said they can cause arthritis symptoms when we have strong allergies to them.  He tested me and sure enough, that is what I have!
I am ready for a change!

So, November 12th, 2010, is my day of change.
I truly believe that changing the way I eat, I can make myself feel better.  I feel like I have seen and heard miracles from people that eat this way.

 I just want to feel better.  I want to enjoy my family more.  I want to be a better mother and wife.  My aches and pains hold me back from these things in a lot of ways.  All I ask of you, is to support me.  You DO NOT need to cater to me.  You can still invite me over, even if you are making something I can't eat.  You can still invite me out to eat, even if you think I can't eat anything at the place you are going (you'd be surprised).  I am much more interested in your company than what is on my plate.  I will eat what I can and I will survive.  Please, oh please, do not get offended if I will not eat something you have made.  It is not because I do not like it.  I just have chosen to change my diet, to feel better, and that is all.

My new "slogan" on life...

"You don't need to focus on enjoying the food you eat, because food is fuel.  Enjoy your life, your family and your friends."

That "slogan" is going to get me through this.  Even when I am starving and all that I can see is Mcd's! :)

Lot's of Love to you all!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Here are the kids Halloween pictures.  How cute are they?

Thanks so much, Angie!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall (almost winter) is in the air...

Here are a few pictures of our fall fun...

P.S. Sorry about the low quality in a lot of the pics.  I was using my phone.

P.S.S. They are in no particular order.  I was in a hurry with this post!

P.S.S.S. More Halloween pics to come.  I got professional ones  of the kids.

At the Welch's Halloween party.  Ninja, Cow and Nerds!

Love this sweet (yet feisty) ninja.

Trick or Treating at Gma Debbie's.

The cute rear end.

Aunt Denyse & my adorable cow.

Get me out of this costume!

Dinner after family pictures.  Baby girl LOVES water.  Look how handsome my hubby looks, as well! (so sO SO excited to see our pics, thanks 'Sweet Memory Garden'!)

Don't mind Ty's outfit, LOL... I just love the kids in this pic.  They are so happy together!

Vaeh's 1st apple ;)

Out Trick or Treating with Daddy.
After Trick or Treating.

Devarian with his pre-school class and teacher.

Passed out!  On Vaeh's rocking chair :)

Asleep yet still ready for battle.  That's my boy.

Happy baby with Gma Jana.

It's official...

We have set a date (hopefully in stone) to get sealed in the temple. 
Words cannot express how exciting we are.

 Together Forever.

If any of you would like to join us, please save the date.


Fundraiser for Adam Ashton

The funraiser we did for Adam turned out great.  We raised about $3000.  
I hope all our hard work and efforts will make a small dent into all of his medical bills.
Adam with Amy, Calli and I

Yard Sale

Vendor booths

Bake Sale 

I wish I would of taken more pictures but the day just got away from me!

It was a lot of work and I am still wrapping everything up (trying to get the rest of the donated craft items sold, etc.) but it was all worth it!
A huge Thank You to everyone that donated and helped in any way!  You are all amazing!

Mollie Pedersen. Ciege Adams. Calli Adams. Andrea Davis. Amy Conder. Jana VanDenBerghe. and last BUT certainly not least, my hubby. Tyler Standing. 
(and let's not forget my children, who put up with a stressed and not so goot momma, for a few weeks)
The BIGGEST Thank You to you all!  You all worked so hard!