Friday, May 28, 2010

For Dylan

This post is dedicated to
Dylan Zachary Bjurstrom
July 25, 2003 - May 29, 2010

We will miss your amazing smile and contagious laughter. There can never be a sweeter boy.

We Love you Dylan... We look forward to the day when we will walk and talk with you!
Love, Uncle Brian, Aunt Lori
MaryEllen, Henry and Emmett

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Our Big Fat backyard project

It started when I attended a Relief Society class on square foot gardening. Then we found the super cute swing set and matching table and chairs. Now my mind won't quit on how to make our backyard even more AWESOME!!! Home improvements are truly addictive.

My garden beds... it took 1 day of shopping and 2 days of hard labor to get them in. Everyone cross your fingers that they grow!!!

We bought the swing-set and table on Saturday night, and even though we knew we couldn't put the swing-set together until Monday, I promised the kids they could have lunch at the table before church on Sunday. So after they went to bed, I put the table and chairs together and had Brian put them outside as a surprise for the kids when they woke up. They were SO EXCITED! They were asking me for lunch all morning!
(PS: This is Henry's new face. It almost never changes, and I'm sure you can imagine the noise that goes with it. Sounds something like a lion cub trying to sound ferocious.)

I did about 1/3 of the Swingset while the boys were napping on Monday, then I hit a wall. It's a 2 man job for sure! Brian helped me after he woke up, and by 5:30 the kids (including cousin Elliot and our neighbor Kierden) were having a blast! The light was a little harsh, so some of these may be hard to see.

Now I have visions of new sod and ripping out all the nasty old rose bushes... and maybe a new walkway on the side yard... and I definitely want to plant a big hydrangea in the corner by the Vege garden.... I could go on and on...

Thursday, May 20, 2010


... thy name is Emmett.

At least one contusion of this magnitude or greater per week.

His new favorite perch. Very cute... until he starts throwing dishes (be they clean or dirty) in every direction!

Apparently the hole in this speaker tower is a great place to stockpile toys. I fished out this pile with my vacuum hose after Brian saw him sticking something in there.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Out of the mouths of babes

Henry had a rough day today. He shouted to me many times in frustration, "FORGET IT! JUST FORGET IT!!!" I don't really know what he meant, but I guess that's the problem.

MaryEllen was saying family prayer tonight and requested that Heavenly Father "bless Henry that he won't be so naughty all the time." As soon as the prayer was over he started shouting at us to turn his favorite show back on. I guess that just proves that our prayers aren't answered immediately.

Kids say the darndest things.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I said I wouldn't....

But I didn't realize I had some pretty cute pictures of Easter Morning. Here are some shots of my little ragamuffins opening their Easter basket stuff. They were all only half awake, but nothing was gonna keep them from their loot!

(PS: No, I don't know why Emmett's jammie's are unbuttoned down the front.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Lately I've been very conflicted about my Uppercase Living Business. I've been disappointed with all the new products coming out and I feel like the company is just trying to throw too much different and new stuff out of each catalog, rather than staying true to their original product, which is GREAT and is the reason I signed on in the first place! After a lot of consideration, I decided I probably wasn't going to put too much effort into my business and I'd just let it phase out.

Enter... Scentsy! My old Uppercase upline invited me to come to the Sacramento Quilt and Craft expo last month where she would be hosting a Scentsy booth. I had never heard of it, but I wasn't about to pass up free tickets to ANYTHING! When I saw the Scentsy booth I automatically knew I wanted in! This was clearly going to be my next venture, and I am LOVING being a consultant!

I know a lot of people probably think it's stupid to put so much effort into these direct sales ventures, but I really love doing it, and even though I never thought I could be a good salesperson, I've found that I'm kind of awesome at it!

So If you're interested, check out my new website:

I think you're going to love it!