May 16, 2016

A Day In the Life of Bilbo

     Approximately a year ago today a little kitty named Bilbo was born. He sure had a rough few months being trapped in a bedroom all day. When he finally escaped the bedroom he was loved by all. This post is all about Bilbo. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILBO!!!!!
Little Billy loves watching TV

Plays Peek-A-Boo


Loves to sun bathe

Lazy Cat

Designer Bilbo

So cute

BFFs getting each other in trouble

BFFs from day 1

Snuggle Bug
BFFs napping together

Always has to be in the middle of everything

May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

     This post is nothing but pictures. This is what my kids did for me to show me how much they love me. I am throwing in a picture of my mom, who I love so much and I wouldn't be here without her. I am blessed to have her in my life and she is a blessing to my children. Love ya Mom!!

My mama sitting outside the Gilbert Temple
Breakfast in bed. These were delicious!!

Lunch & a recorded Hallmark Mother's Day movie


     The month of April was a busy one for us. A couple of major events happened. Because we are moving back to AZ Dan had to leave us to start his new job. While he was gone, Elijah turned 8. The kids and I went hiking for the day. Then we all went to dinner. It was a nice quite celebration. That evening we Skyped Dan and Elijah opened his gifts.
     Since we are selling our house, we had an offer. The potential buyers wanted to do an inspection of the house. There were a few minor things that he found wrong with the house. Dan flew back to fix those things and while he was here we baptized Elijah. It was so great to see a lot of our Branch family show up. It was also a great evening due to the fact that Dan was home for this to happen. The baptism was a great pause in the busy week. It was great to enjoy Elijah's evening with friends who also became our family.
     Here are a few pictures from the baptism. We didn't get a family picture taken because I forgot, but we were all there.

Elijah's Program
Dan & Elijah

May 7, 2016

Adios Somerset

     Yep! You read the heading of this post right. We are moving back to Mesa AZ.  My family and I have 13 more days here before we drive back to AZ. I am really going to miss this state and this town. Here are a few pictures taken at Cumberland Falls. My kids and I went on a hike there a few weeks ago.


Aug 27, 2014

Tennessee is a quick drive by. This was our last day traveling and we just wanted to get to KY. This sign is on the bridge that went over the Mississippi River. The river was breath taking. There was one of those boats with the big wheel looking thing on the back on the River. This river is HUGE!!!. I would love to someday go visit this place for the day.

 This is a photo off the internet. Nathaniel took this exact photo of this pyramid. It is on the left hand side as you get off the bridge.
 Here is another photo of this pyramid. It is some arena in Memphis. It was so cool to see.

If I got to plan a trip back to Tennessee, we would go back to Memphis. We would visit Graceland. Then we would mosey on over to this pyramid, with sunglasses on because of the suns refection. Then we would go fishing on the Mississippi River.

On my next post, I will finish off this trip. See you soon!

Aug 22, 2014


One of my favorite TV families live in this state. The Duggar's live in Little Rock AK and I wish I could have gone by their house. But like many wishes on this trip, it didn't happen. I kept getting on our radio asking to make a pit stop but we needed to get threw Arkansas as soon as we could because there were dark clouds moving in.
After sleeping in our van a few nights, we really needed a shower. Dan found this hotel right off the road we were on that kinda looked sketchy. We got there in time for their breakfast buffet and took showers. Ella threw a mini fit because she wanted to take her "first" shower in Kentucky. That was defiantly not going to happen. She is so funny. I would love to have been in her brain when she thought that one After our showers we drove until we got to Somerset KY.
Driving threw AK, was very intense. Remember when I said there were dark clouds moving in. Well, we drove in the worst rain storm I have ever seen in my young age. I could not see our BIG U-Haul in front of me, and diesel trucks just zoomed passed me as if it wasn't raining. I think we drove like 25 miles an hour for a long time. Every time a diesel zoomed pass, it would knock my van around. I don't know how I drove in that.
Another thing that I noticed were a lot of crossed on top of hills. I think AK is part of the "bible belt". There was cross that really stood out to me. It was HUGE!! and it was all lit up. Maybe that was why I noticed it more. I also noticed that there were a lot of adult store bulletin boards. Nathaniel had asked me about a particular bill board and I was at loss of words. I just told him they were one of Satan's stores and we need to try hard and not read them. I thought that was kind of strange to see. When I mentioned how strange that was to my husband, he said that Satan will do anything to bring down church members.
When driving I was reminded of driving on the mountains of AZ. There were so many trees but they looked different then AZ trees. These trees were more full and thick. Amazing how creative our Heavenly Father is. That is one thing I love about KY. I get to see a types of God's creation. More then I saw in the Valley.
My next post will be about crossing the Mississippi River.

Aug 19, 2014

Hello again! I had no idea anyone was reading my blogs until one of my BFF's in AZ asked me to post on my blog. So when I opened my blog, I was so delighted to see another awesome friend commented on my post. Now that I have a few followers, I will be on here more often.

After the long ride through Texas, we got to Oklahoma. At the time, I have not seen so many hills in my life. I swear there were hills as far as I could see. It was sure a change from the flat state of Texas. When we got to Oklahoma City, I saw what I thought was where the bombing took place. But since I was the one driving, I am not sure. That was also a long state to cross. Since I don't remember what day this was, I am just going to tell you what I remember about the states we traveled. Other reason why NOT to procrastinate. You forget..
I do remembering thinking how big Oklahoma City was. I didn't think it was bigger that the Valley, but then again, I have never been anywhere bigger than the Valley. Hehe. I also remember how excited I was driving through OK because I was getting closer to Kentucky and also because I am still alive driving. I was so exhausted and my ankles were so swollen it looked like I had cankels.
We didn't do any sight seeing on this drive because we just wanted to get to Kentucky and our budget was pretty tight. So we just drove and drove and drove... you get the point.
Next time I will talk about our trip to Arkansas. TTYL

Jul 1, 2014

We made it to Kentucky!!!!

We made it !!! It took us three days to drive from AZ to KY. We left Sunday, June 8th and arrived in Somerset KY on June 10th. I will not lie, it was hard to drive cross country. My kids were great. I brought things for them to do but they found there own fun. My husband drove our BIG Haul and I followed him all the way.
Sunday we drove all the way to Texas. I am not sure exactly where we pulled off in Texas. We traveled on I40 all the way to Arkansas. I had a traumatic experience in Texas. As I was following Dan, I noticed he had slowed down because a couple of dog ran across the interstate. Out the corner of my eyes, I noticed another dog running in the field that divided the interstate. I continued to slow down just a hair because I knew that dog was going to cross. As I had predicted, that darn dog darted in front of me. He slowed down to look at me but I hit him before he crossed to the other side. I was unable to slow way down or to move to the other lane to avoid the situation, but I had a car in the lane next to me and a semi diesel right behind me. I will continue taking you along this crazy journey tomorrow.   

May 19, 2014


We are moving to Kentucky in a few weeks. I am so excitied to start this new adventure with my family. When I get moved and settled in I will post more.

Jul 21, 2013

Bedtime moments

So I just got done reading a book by Nicholas Sparks. ( I love his books, all of them, and his movies). This book was actually a memoir called Three Weeks with my Brother which he wrote with his older brother Micah. In this book, Nicholas mentioned that his mom would come into his room at night and ask him to tell her three nice things that his brother and sister did for him that day. She also did this to both Nicholas' brother and sister. He said that at first it was hard to think of those three things, but it got easier night after night.
That really stuck in my mind. Lately it seems that my kids seem to be fighting or not say nice words to each other and that makes me sad. I always tell my kids, "friends will come and go throughout life, but brothers and sisters will always be there, no matter what." I truly believe that but.. that begins while they are young. If kids grow up fighting and not talking and not being nice, they will grow up hating each other and never talking to each other, and being alone.
 I know this first hand. I do not talk to my brothers and sister. It hurts me everyday. I don't know what happened but I don't want my kids going through the same thing.  And I use me as an example and they know it hurts me.
Tonight I decided that I am going to ask my kids, all five of them, to tell me three nice things their siblings did for them today. I don't care if it was a huge thing or a little tiny thing. Tonight being the first nice, it was hard for them. I told them I was going to ask them every night. Every single night and to be ready. I also challenged them to go the extra mile and do something nice for their siblings. I will keep these confidential. I will however write them down so I can have them to look at later maybe show them sometime in the future, if needed. 
It was cute what they thought of. It was also an eye opener to listen to them talk about that one nice thing that was done to them. I hope my kids will feel the love of the person being nice. I see this little bedtime moment I have the privilege being a part of going beyond what I am trying to do. I don't really know what I am trying to do except showing my kids we can live happily when being nice to each other.