Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!This last month has flown by for me. So much has happened , I will try to give a little summary of it all. This is the bath Foam Grandma and Grandpa Goulding gave Lola for Christmas, she loves it, she wants to take a bath several times a day (her skin is getting quite chappy!) Thanks Gouldings!
I love Rays kooky hair in this picture. He Just turned 10 months on the 27th and he is as sweet as ever. Some updates on him are: He loves to pull himself up and climb onto anything that he can, he especially loves the dishwasher, he cries every time I pull him away from it. He doesn't like to use his knees much, he slithers like a snake then slimes up stuff until he is on his feet (Talk about some serious upper body strength, the ladies are going to love him!) it's really funny. A few days ago I was taking a shower and when I got out I heard him crying, when I went to check on him he was standing at the coffee table with his head bobbing he was so tired but he didn't want to let go because his way of getting down is to fall, (He often bonks his head on the table) he REALLY needs to use those knees! He has two teeth on the bottom and he does some super cheesy grins. He nods his head yes and no. He started waving "Hi" like a little puppy dog, I don't really know how to explain it and he won't ever do it for me on camera, but it is so cute to me, he keeps his fingers together and bends his wrist up and down (sounds kinda femme) it reminds me of a little dogs paw when you ask a dog to shake your hand. Anyway, he is really cute!

Lola loves this stuff, I highly recommend it if you have a child that doesn't like to take baths, it also turns the bath water really green, kinda fun.

A Few weeks ago I gave Tony a Buzz and left him with a little Mohawk, don't they look like twins?

Side view, Rays is quite a bit longer. Last week at church a little boy in primary about 5 years old turned around and told me Ray needed a hair cut, I thought it was pretty funny, but I can't do it, I like his crazy hair too much!
The weekend after Thanksgiving I went to Roberts crafts because they were giving away free gifts to the first 100 customers, The gift was this snowman kit (minus the hat and mittens)Lola couldn't wait for it to snow so she could build a snowman. We built this the week of Christmas the snow wouldn't pack at all, so we just built a little pile and a tiny ball for a head. Lola was so cute, the whole time we were make it, she was giggling and kept saying, "This is gonna be fun!" and "I'm makin Frosty the snlowman" She says "Snow" but she adds an l sound, it's pretty cute!

Ray thought the snow was pretty fun too, I'm sure in a few months he will be playing right along with Lola. Lola has such a funny face in the background. Christmas update coming.................Soon!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I have never been one for hats or scarfs, not because I don't think they are cute, but because I feel weird wearing them. This year I bought myself a few, and I'm debating on keeping them. Today I had Lola model them- she feels comfortable in anything (or nothing for that matter!) I think they are really cute-especially on her! Should I keep them? You can't see the hat very well, but it has two big buttons in the front and I love buttons. Anyway-I was messing around with photo shop and I think this picture is cute-kinda funky colors.

Tony taught Lola how to wink (she can't really do it, as you can see, she just kinda turns to the side and closes both eyes, pretty tricky!) and make a clicking sound when she does it, it cracks me up every time. She looks pretty funny doing it.

This is Lola's Halloween costume I made her (this is the only thing that I have sewn start to finish) last year, I have had it stored under our bed because it is too small, and it's not really a regular day to day get-up. Well, Lola has this amazing way of finding everything I don't want her to (can't wait till Christmas-no surprises!) and she found this and put it on and immediately started to shake her booty, I don't know why but I never get tired of her doing this, there is something so cute about her little round body shaken like crazy.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crazy Wonderful day!

This day didn't start out so well, I woke up at 5 am. because little Ray puked all over me, then I couldn't go back to sleep. (I'm really tired!) I took Lola to gymnastics, then took both kids to story time, which I love except I can't get Lola out of there. She loves books, and wants to take all of them home! We then went to walmart (rarely a pleasant experience, but I have to go for the good prices!) I was really craving homemade Cafe Rio, I had loaded my cart and needed two more items, When Lola said she needed to pee. She hadn't gone since before she went to bed at night, so I knew she REALLY needed too. I headed for the bathroom, and here is where my day went downhill. Remember she had gymnastics so she was wearing spandex tights and a leotard. I get to the bathroom and I'm trying to balance Ray on my hip and take off her clothes, leaving one leg still in her tights, to make redressing a little easier, then I go to lift her onto the toilet and it automatically flushes and splashes her. Lola wasn't liking that one bit and she wouldn't sit on the toilet, she kept saying, "try again later!" I kept saying, "No, we are not leaving until you go!" This girl has no problem peeing her pants just to get to me. I really didn't want to let that happen in my cart of groceries! Anyway, Lola won, she stood there, in a wide stance and said, "I'm going!" and peed all over the place, including all over my shoe, that's what really set me off, Gross! I was so mad at her she has never had a problem going on any other store toilets grrrr! I stood there in the stall with her for a few minutes, wanting to spank her, but instead I pulled on one of her pigtails, and then I pinched her ( I know this is terrible, but I was a little past my limit!). I didn't even want to come out of the stall, I was thinking what are the other people in here thinking, "abusive, Russian Mama's in the next stall!" I calmed down a little and opened the door, and there was a Wallmart worker that had just come in to clean the bathroom, I apologized for Lola peeing on the floor and she Held Ray while I washed Lola in the sink, I was so embarrassed! She also told me that I could have put my hand over the sensor and that would have kept the toilet from flushing. That would have been nice to know five minutes earlier, but can't you imagine that picture in the stall? Me holding Ray, balancing Lola on the toilet with my other arm and covering the sensor with my foot up in the air, too funny! (Can't wait to try it! NOT!) Then she gave me a gigantic sized plastic trash bag and told me I could wrap it around Lola, I thanked her and used it for the peed on items instead (I still had to finish my shopping!) then I looked in my bag and found a pair of under wear and a pair of knee high socks put them on Lola and strolled out of the bathroom looking like Mother of the Year! I got lots of looks, and felt pretty suckee. On the way home I told Lola sorry for getting mad at her, pulling her hair and pinching her, and that I think those toilets are scary too and we will have to make sure that she goes potty before we go to walmart! Lucky for me, Lola forgave me! She teaches me everyday that I need more patience, and Sleep! Sorry, you probably thought I was done, but I'm only about half way. When we got home from Walmart I put all my groceries away and went to set Ray in his high chair and I noticed that there was mouse poop in it, yuck! I don't even want to know how it got up there! I can't stand mice, they make me almost unfuctional, I can't sleep when I know we have one in our house and I hate not knowing where they have been or are. I wash all of my utensils before I use them just in case they got into the drawer, ewe! Back to my day. Our ward Christmas party was that night and Lola was asked to participate in the nativity program, as one of the Angels. I was thinking to myself, yeah, she will be a "GREAT" angel! Tony had to work and I really didn't want to take both kids by myself, but I am so glad I went! Right when I got there, I dished up my food and sat down, right then Ray puked all over himself and me (He hadn't thrown up since 5am. I thought he was all better). I wanted to leave right then, but instead I just took off his shirt and wiped off his pants, and hung in. Lola didn't eat her food, she spilled her entire cup of water all over, she ate only the frosting off of her brownie, then she wouldn't let me wipe off her face, and I'm thinking, "seriously, why am I here?" Just then they announced for the children participating in the program to go up on the stage to get ready. It was crazy, I told Lola it was time for her to go and get her Angel costume on, and just like that she turned into a complete perfect Angel. On the way up to the stage she was telling everyone she passed, "I'm going to be an Angel!" (This is not like her to talk to people she doesn't really know) Then I went and put her costume on and several of the kids were not wanting to do it, so I thought that Lola would decide not to do it either, but she was so cute, and let me get her dressed and put her tinsel halo on and never touched it and just smiled so sweet and angelic the whole time. When they opened the curtains Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus were the only ones on stage, but Lola peeked around the curtain so cute and waved to everyone, then while she was on stage, she stood perfectly still and had her hands all cupped together and had the sweetest look on her face, it was perfect. Then Santa came and we had to wait in line for almost an hour to see him, but I'm so glad we stayed, Lola was so cute. While we were in line I was prepping her and asking what she was going to ask Santa for and both times I asked she told me she wanted dress-ups, but when it was her turn she asked for a new baby doll with new clothes and a Binky, then she hugged him and touched his beard and his clothes so soft and told him thank you. It really was so cute! I had several people comment on how she was the perfect angel and how she really looked angelic up there on stage, I told them, I was surprised she did so good, and that if they would have spent the day with me they would have known why. She really was so friendly that night, she was hugging people left and right and letting them hold her and carry her around, she was so fun and sweet. I was so glad I went and I was really sad I didn't have Tony there with me to she the magical look on Lola's face, when she saw Santa. I really do Love my kids so much! I'm excited to watch them learn new things. I hope I can be a better Mom and continue to learn from them and grow with them, and enjoy my time with them, even when it's hard (tantrums in stores, potty training accidents, when they are sick, etc...) I know they will be gone way too quickly! Sometimes I wish I could reverse Lola back to a baby. I really don't know that she could have been any better of a baby, unless she was a toy doll (didn't need to eat or need diaper changes) she really was an amazing baby, and so much fun! Now she is so spunky and we butt heads, but I wouldn't change her if I could, she has so much personality and she is just as sweet as she is sassy, I Love Her. Ray is such a sweet baby too, he is so handsome and tenderhearted. It seems like he is always sick, I have to give him extra loves and hugs it makes me feel so close to him. I hope he will stay sweet forever!
I'm considering making her an Angel costume so I can see more of this angelic behavior at home!

I Love how she is holding her hands like that. And one of the wisemen couldn't stop picking his nose, I think he had his own treasure in mind!
Sweet Ray fell asleep while we waited in line, doesn't he look sweet. If I didn't know better, I would think this was the real Santa, he was amazing.

Ray woke up when I sat Lola on Santa with him, he was like where am I!

When we were leaving the party Lola said, "Santa is nice, he loves me!"

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Eight things tag!

(Sorry it took me so long Tiffany!)

8 TV shows I watch ( I rarely get to watch an entire show due to my kids)

1. The Office (Hilarious!)
2. The Biggest Loser ( I sometimes wish I were really fat, it is so impressive how much they lose in such a short amout of time, it is really inspiring!)
3. Extreme Makeover Home Edition
4. Super Why
5. 24 (Starts tonight and Tony and I are addicted)
6. So you think you can dance (can't wait for it to start again!)
7. American Idol
8. Dancing with the stars

8 Favorite Restaurants

1. Cafe Rio (pork salad, no guac!)
2. Thai House Cuisine (PAD HIM MA PARN #42- don't ask, just try it! also their orange chicken, yum!)
3. Pizza Factory (Salad Bar and bread twists)
4. Tempanyaki (filet mignon and teriyaki chicken)
5. Tucanos
6. Mama Chus (Chicken Tacos)
7. The Pie Pizzaria
8. Training Table ( Cheese frys with the ultimate dipping sauce!)

8 things that happened Yesterday

1. Made potato soup
2. Grandpa Dick came and installed smoke detectors
3. Tony took the chimney out of our attick and layed down some flooring, Yay!
4. The kids and I went to Chellese's to visit with Isaac and Bridgette.
5. Lola went to time out while we were there and she purposly peed her pants, so we went back home!
6. Shortly after getting home, she pooped and peed her pants again! (not a good day for us!)
7. Scrubbed pee out of chair and mopped the floor
8. Sent Lola back to Time out, and ate a bowl of Ice cream!

8 things I am looking forward to

1. Thanksgiving (yummy food and fun family)
2. Christmas
3. Ray turning one in Februrary
4. Our 5 year anniversary in December
5. Tony finishing School in May
6. Finishing our kitchen and bathroom (hopefully soon)
7. getting our kitchen table in January
8. Lola turning three in March (Hopefully three will be a "good" age for her!)

8 things on my wish list

1. pay off student loans asap!
2. get Lola to go to bed earlier!
3. have date night every week!
4. eat better
5. have more patience
6. be debt free in 6 years (fingers double crossed!)
7. Travel the world
8. get in good shape (be able to run a 5k or maybe a 10k)

8 things I love

1. Jesus
2. Tony
3. Lola
4. Ray
5. All of my Families and friends
7. treats
8. good food

8 things I can't stand

1. The smell of steamed Brocoli (Gag me!)
2. scratchy feet
3. Perverts! ( I mean "Real" sickkos!)
4. Swearing (I'm not perfect in this category, but I really try hard not to)
5. tantrums by Lola! (They seem to get worse every time we go to Target!)
6. Getting charged the wrong price for something, but not realizing it until I get home!
7. being tickled on my neck, it creeps me out.
8. bone's hitting into eachother, it totally grosses me out.

I tag whoever feels the urge!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Seven Quirks!

1. I have to wear socks to bed (Year round!)
2. I don't like it when my hands smell like food. Tony teases me because I have broken my nose 4 times, so I usually can't smell when one of the kids is poopy or other stinky things, but if it is on my hands, then it is magnified by a "million", I can smell so good when it's on my hands. (weird, I know! I'm part hound dog!)
3. I have to have something sweet after every meal, It's usually Ice cream or chocolate.
4. I am a picky eater, I would probably die if I had to live in another country, and I would definitely offend the people there for turning down their meals right and left.
5. I buy clothes for my kids, then I hold on to them until they go on clearance then take them back and re-buy them. I can't stand not getting the "best" deal I can, especially since kids need new clothes so often. I'm sure when all the employees in the stores around here see me they are like, "here comes cheap-wadd-Lady!" Oh, well! I love it!
6. I have to put Pepper on all my meals, it just doesn't look right with out it!
7. I can't quit cutting my own hair, I've been at it for over 10 years now, and I still keep saying I am going to grow my hair out long. I don't think it has been past my shoulders for at least 6 years. Now I have it down in writing, maybe this time I will be successful? We shall see!

Anyone who wants to do this, go for it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Well, now that I let everyone know in my last post that I am a procrastinator (most of you probably already knew), then it is only right that I would post about Halloween almost a week late, but here goes: I Loved Halloween this year the weather was Great! Lola had so much fun trick or treating. First we went to my brother in law Darin's work and got way too much candy (plenty to pass out to trick or treaters). Then after it got dark we took Lola around our Neighborhood, I thought she would only last a couple houses because it started to rain, I was wrong. After each house she would say; "want to keep going!" Until we went to a house with a scary guy on the porch, then she just kept saying, "scared, want to go home!" She wouldn't say Trick or Treat either, she would say "Happy Halloween!" it was really cute, we would say; "Say, Trick or Treat", and she would just say; "Happy Halloween! Thank You!" I had a hard time keeping Lola's Kitty costume on, I really wanted her to be a witch, but she picked out this kitty costume. It is really cute, but the only thing that makes it look like a kitty is the mask and it is like three sizes too small and squeezed her chubby face a little too much! I had to make her wear it as a headband instead, Luckily she was distracted by all the candy, and she left it on, right until we headed outside for pictures. Little Ray was such a good little Ninja, I love this age! He didn't even try to take off his hat, and I got an extra piece of candy just for lugging him around-sweet! P.S. he is a really good snuggler too, I can't complain! P.S.S. Thanks Grandma G. for the Kitty and the Ninja Costumes, your the best!

I think Lola's bag weighed half as much as her, but she wouldn't part with it, she kept telling me it was heavy, but every time I would try to take it she would clench the handles tight and and yell, "No, Mine!" So this Halloween was a success, she has it all figured out!
Before Lola decided that she wanted to be a kitty, one of our friends let us borrow this fairy costume, so cute! Lola wore it to Tony's family Halloween party, and she won prettiest costume, Thanks Elle!
I love this picture of her, My sister took her pictures for Grandma Jane before we headed to the family party. Lola came up with this pose all by her self, what a poser!
Ninjas don't smile!

That's more like it!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sad Story!

A week or so ago I was on Gap.com and I saw that they were having a casting call, the winner gets a free Gap Wardrobe. Now, if you know me, I am VERY into "free"! I'm not one of those Moms that think I have the cutest kids or anything, I just wanted to try my luck. If you know me you also know that I have a serious procrastination problem. I wanted to enter them early, but they were sick, then I wouldn't feel like fixing them up, or they wouldn't (Lola) let me fix their hair,things like this, so the very last day to enter them, I took them over to my sister's and we took these cute pictures. I came home and was hurrying to get them onto the computer, I tryed to upload them to the Gap site and it said the file size was too big, so I went and resized all of them then I went back to post them, I got one goofy picture of Lola on there (I was going to post five pictures of both of them showing their different expressions and personalities) and then it ended, I was so sad I didn't even get to enter Ray. Unless they are looking for a goofy-looking little girl this year, I don't tink we have a chance! Not like we were going to win anyway, I just wanted to say that I had done it, to make myself feel cool. I guess I'll have to stick to bargain shopping! By the way baby Ray is 8 months old today, and as sweet as ever! Some of the things he is up to are, scooting all over the place, he gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth, he hasn't quite figured out how to move in that position yet, which is really nice for me. He is just cutting his first tooth, ouch! He has been saying "da da" for probably two months now, but he just started saying "Ma ma" two days ago. He loves maple and brown sugar oatmeal, potato soup and popcicles. He is so fun and snuggly, he is always hugging me so tight and he likes to grab ahold of the tiny hair on the back of my neck, it hurts so bad, he is really good at it, so strong!

I love his lips in this one
There it is, his surprised look, he always makes!

I don't know why, she always has to put heer own twist on things (turning the hat sideways) silly girl!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lola's New Friends!

So a couple of weeks ago we took the kids on a walk and while we were out we came across some statues , Lola is usually afraid of statues, but she wasn't afraid of these ones. It was so cute, she kept sitting by them and pretending she was reading with them and she would sit on one side with the girl statue and play with her ponytail (as well as you can play with a bronze ponytail!) and then go over to the other side and lean on the boys shoulder or copy what he was doing and bend her leg and put her foot up on the bench like him. She had me take a ton of pictures! She didn't want to leave them, we finally got her to by telling her that there was another boy one that she could go look at and she was not a fan. He was a bigger boy statue, and right now Lola is really into things that are tiny or "just her size", she is always saying that is just my size, about everything that is little. She hauls around all five of her purses, (plus grocery bags, ziplock bags, small tupperware) full of stuff that is "just her size". She is getting a little carried away with the sandwich bags though, the other day she asked me for one, I gave it to her and a few minutes later she showed me her baby doll (Oatis) stuffed inside, The zipplock zipper was barely able to close, It was a little disturbing, Sorry Oatis! Isn't that the best name, Lola came up with it, the sad pat is Oatis is a girl, but names aren't gender based anymore right? I think I'll name my next girl Bob, keep it simple! HA!
This is just a cute picture of Ray after our walk, I couldn't get a cute one of them together, because Lola wouldn't hold still long enough, I just Love Hats on babies!
This is Lola's favorite outfit, I have to wash it everyday, or she will get it out of the laundry and wear it dirty, that's how special it is to her. She tells me everyday, "I want my flower sparkle shirt from Grandma Jane". Does anyone else have a two year old that wants to change their clothes about ten times a day and throws a complete fit over what they wear? If she wants to change her outfit, she will tell me the one she has on is dirty, but I see nothing on it, then she says, "this is not clothes, I need a skirt, (or pants or whatever it is she thinks is in need of) or pajama's during the day and a dress to wear to bed, she is all sorts of confused! Anyway, this Dollar shirt from wallmart has been well worth the dollar it cost, thanks Grandma G!

I Love how she has her arm around him , it makes him seem so much more real, don't ya think?!

My sweet boy is already 7 and 1/2 months...............................Crazy!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fun times this week!

This Picture Cracks me up! I am totally going to put this one on her wedding video someday, it's just perfect! I did Lola's hair like Alfalfa once when she was about Ray's age, so I decided to try it on him. As soon as Lola saw what I was doing, she wanted in on it too, so I slicked her hair down with lotion, then she decided she wanted to wear daddy's glasses, which I think was a great idea. I Love the face she is making, it's so her! Ray just looks like; "my sister is so crazy, but I think I like it!"
I Love Ray's face in this one!

I Just bought this new shirt for Lola, when she saw it she was so excited. She said, " like daddy have, we be twins!" She wanted her picture taken with daddy in their matching shirts, she is such a girl!

Last night I was picking some peaches off our tree and Lola was helping me put them in a basket. I could hear her behind me saying; " you having a tea party all by you self?" Then, she said; "Look Mom! Ray's having a tea party! When I turned around, this is what she had done! She is really into tea parties right now, I think Ray is too!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Stacia tagged my "A"!

Seven things I plan to do before I die:
1- Travel outside the U.S.
2- finish the book of mormon (sad I know!)
3- Be a healty eater! (try new food)
4- learn a language (probably Spanish)
5- visit all the temples in the U.S (wouldn't that be awesome?!)
6- Learn how to knit (doesn't every old Grandma need this skill?)
7- Be out of debt

Seven things I can do:
1- Make cookies and most baked items ( unless I'm making them for other people, then they usually don't turn out)
2- sew (simple projects)
3- be creative
4- draw "really"detailed stick figures
5- bargain shop (it's an obsession)
6- decorate my house (now if only I had the money to do it!)
7- hair, eyelash extensions, etc.

Seven things I can't do:
1- knit
2- pay full price!
3- get up in the morning (Tony always asks me how I'm going to get the kids to school when the time comes, I really am going to have to pray for a miracle!)
4- Be on time (it's a good thing I'm not applying for any jobs anytime soon)
5- Look "put together" eveyday (it's just not me!)
6- run a mile (I hope I can do this soon)
7-can't make it through the day with out saying; "like" or "you know what I mean"

Seven things that attract me to the oppisite sex:
1- I like a man who knows what he wants ( cuz I never do)
2-sense of humor
3- not too serious, but can be serious.
4- loves kids
5- Has skills (fix it skills, make it skills, I totally lucked out! Numchuck skills, not so much!)
6- Kind hearted, cares about me, and others.
7- Eyes, smile, and who am I kidding, a nice can!

Seven things I say most often:
1- I love you!
2- No, Lola!
3- That's naughty!
4- 1, 2, 3, Time-out!
5- listen!
7- Sorry, but you can't have/do that!

Seven celebrity admirations:
1- Paris Hilton (not!)
2- Bob Barker ( I wish I could have his old job!)
3- honesly, I can't think of any of them that I admire!

Seven favorite foods:
1- Tempanyaki's filet mignon.
2- Cafe Rio pork salad
3- Thai Food (Thai House Cuisine)
4- Pizza Factory salad bar, bread twist, soup and pizza, everything pretty much!
5- Mama Chu's Chicken tacos
6- My Mom's poppyseed cake
7- Most kinds of Cookies, Ice Creams, and Specialty drinks, Smoothies, shakes, Etc. These are some of the things I need to cut back on to acomplish my goal of being a healthy eater before I die!

Friday, September 12, 2008

cbcg Photography, What?

So my sister Chellese Bunker (cb) and I (cg) are starting a photography business, I know, kinda crazy, we have been keeping it on the low down, cuz we don't have our photography blog all set up yet, but we are really excited. We are running special mini sessions right now, it's a great time to get Halloween pictures, or any pictures you may want/need, family, x-mas cards, fall pictures, etc. e-mail me if you are interested @ carriegoldbear@yahoo.com The cost of the mini session is $75.00 for a 30 min session, where you recieve a high resolution disc of your images (15 are included) and one 8x10 of your choice. Also, we are having a launch party next month, stay tuned for great deals, free food and giveaways.