Friday, August 14, 2009

Have Joy Give Away


Hey! I'm doing a scripture case giveaway on Have Joy! YAY!!

Click HERE to enter!!

Give away closes Thursday, Aug 20 at 10 pm PST.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Let's Talk About Sex

I'm doing a study on the sexual satisfaction of married, LDS couples.

Interested in participating?

CLICK HERE for more information.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby


It's my Bubba's birthday!! I can't believe she's 2. CLICK HERE for my little birthday tribute to her.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

Had a fabulous day. Here are a couple pictures. Took them on my phone=not the best quality.
Better than nothing.

My little mommys, ready for church...purses and all


Doesn't get much sweeter than this face:

Hope everyone had a happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

HAVE JOY

So, I've been slacking on this blog lately. Have you noticed?

This is because I've been blogging EVERY DAY (well, Mon-Fri) on Have Joy.

Today is a meaningful one for me.

Go check it out.

Have Joy

And add Have Joy to your blog list! All the cool kids are doing it.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Missing Her



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Sunday

Here are a few pictures from our Easter Sunday... Great weather, great company, great day!


Taylen in her absolutely beautiful new dress. How cute does she look?
(shout out to Sam's Aunt Deanne who sells these dresses. Super cute.)




Sweet Bubba girl, also in a new dress.



Nikki and Samster


Sam's daughter Ainsley and my Taylen Bug
(Talk about a good time. These two had lots of fun together)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bug

What? You're dying to read a funny story about Taylen?

Click HERE.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Check it

So, some of you might remember that I have another blog. Have Joy.

My little Have Joy blog has been feeling very neglected lately. I'm sorry, Have Joy. I have been ignoring your needs. I will ignore them no longer.

I am making a goal to post something new (and hopefully remotely entertaining) Monday through Friday on Have Joy. Starting today.

So if you're feeling crazy, or bored, or intrigued, or hungry, or angry, or antsy, or happy, or irritated, or tired, or confused, or curious, or ashamed, or enlightened, or like you have to go to the bathroom (especially if you have to go to the bathroom), then you should go check it out:

Have Joy

By the way, did you know that most people only have an emotional vocabulary of 6-7 emotion words to describe how they're feeling? Test it out. Try and come up with 10. And you can't use any of the ones I used up there. Good luck, good people. Good luck.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I wonder where I get it?

So, I had an amazing weekend. Absolutely fabulous. I'll blog more about that tomorrow, amazing pictures included.

But for now, please enjoy what happens when you get a bunch of Schroeders (or their offspring) in front of a camera for too long. Seriously, my crazy is genetic. And I love it.














Sunday, March 15, 2009

Birthday Time!

Hey!  Remember me?  That girl that used to be good at blogging?  Well, I'm back.  At least for one post. :)

So I turned 27 yesterday.  Holy mink.  Apparently life just keeps trucking along.  

I had an absolutely GREAT couple of days...

Friday my boss took me to lunch.  Sweet.  Thanks, boss :)

Friday night I went out with a bunch of girls from my ward to the Cheesecake Factory (some of them took pictures, but I don't have them, yet...sorry).  It was awesome to just chat with the ladies and eat yummy food.  It really doesn't get much better than that. Thanks, April, for getting that together!  And thanks to everyone who came!

Saturday morning I woke up and studied for a bit (mid-terms are next week.  boo.).  Then I went tanning (happy birthday to me!!).  Then I opened a sweet gift from my parents.  Let me introduce you to the RipStik:

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this amazing little gadget, it's like a skateboard.  That you wiggle.  And when I was in Utah a month ago I played on my cousins (he's 9, don't worry about it), and I became a little obsessed.  Which my mom apparently picked up on.  So she bought me one!!  I AM SO SO EXCITED!!  Except mine is hot pink.  And awesome.

And I may or may not have completely eaten crap (flat on my back on the asphalt) yesterday while I was trying to ride it.  Haha.  And there may or may not be witnesses.  

Best present ever.  And then I got to thinking... What kind of 27 year old mother-of-two wants a RIPSTIK for her birthday?!  hahahaha.  An awesome one, I'd say. :)

Then my friend Melissa came over and we "studied" for midterms.  Or just talked.  And talked some more.

Then I picked up Sam from the airport.  Meet Sam:




Then Sam and I went to dinner with Kristin and Neal...Tahoe Joe's.  Yummy.  Pretty sure I ate so much food I could barely move.  Then back to the Hinson's to hang out for a bit.  I may or may not have made Sam play the piano and sing for everyone. :) 




Then I was asleep by 12:30, and we had to leave to take Sam back to the airport at 4:30 in the stinking morning! Super fun couple of days.  

Thanks to everyone who helped make my birthday a great one!  I definitely felt loved.  Which is a great way to feel. :)  Love you all!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rita Rocks My World

I am laughing so hard right now.

Tears running down my face. I can't breathe.

Please check out THIS POST by my sister, Calee, to see why I love my mom so freaking much.

She is awesome.

Go Rita.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Loves

Here is a little video of Ryah Bear.  It's a little on the long-ish side (2 minutes, 7 seconds, to be exact), but I liked all of it so I'm posting all of it.

Ryah is now 20 months old.  Crazy!  She is seriously at the cutest little stage right now where she's starting to talk and be goofy and I just adore her right now.  Not that I don't always adore her...but...actually...I don't always adore her.  haha.  

Always love her?  Yes.  

Always adore her?  Hard to do when she's pouring her yogurt off the side of her high chair all over the kitchen floor and rubbing it in her hair.  Not so adorable.  :)

Anyway, here's just a little video of her waking up from her morning nap.  Apparently she was not in the mood to showcase her animal noises, but fortunately pointing to various body parts was on the Things Ryah Can Do Today List, so she shows that talent off quite nicely.  My favorite thing that she says right now is "be happy," which she picked up from the song Don't Worry, Be Happy, which I play around the house pretty much every day.  Again with the adorable.

So enjoy the little video of my Bearsy Girl--scraggly hair and pj's included.  And sweet, sweet disposition.  That happens to be included, as well.
...
Lucky me. :)


video

**By the way, this is my 200th post on this blog!  Holy cow, I've been doing this for a long time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Taylen's Trick

Taylen does this every time I open the garage.  At first I freaked out.  Now I laugh.
And Ryah is so darn cute!  She is starting to talk and is at an age I absolutely adore.

I love my girls. :)

video

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UTAH

So I went to Utah this past weekend and had an amazing time.  It was really really really really (not to mention really) fun.  Here are just a few of the reasons it was so awesome:



Brooke got her wisdom teeth out.  Which meant her face was huge and puffy.  And she was on drugs.  And there's not much in the world that is more entertaining than Brooke on drugs.  For real.




I got to hang out with my stellar family:
(me and the madre)

Sister Shmae and cousin Jadie Cakes:


I went on a date for Valentine's Day and wore my cousin Samantha's jacket.  
She's 12. haha.


I got to see some of my best friends/old BYU roommies.  SO FUN.  
I miss these girls so darn much, and I love hanging out with them.  We always pick up right where we left off.  Chantelle announced some big news, and Paige fell off a pogo stick.  And within 20 minutes of their arrival my mom randomly said, "boobs."  I'm still not quite sure why, but it was pretty funny.


AND...I went snowboarding for the first time!  We went to Park City, and it was really ridiculously fun.  My body is definitely mad at me today, though.  And tomorrow's not going to be pretty, either...

All in all, it was really a great trip.  Yay for Utah. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Brooke Loves Me

I am up way too late looking through old pictures on my computer and I found these little gems:



Apparently this is what Brooke did in her spare time while living at my house.  My favorite is the dark hair one. Oh the eyebrows are amazing.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sister Love




Monday, January 26, 2009

Sweet Taylen

I had a warm-feelings-in-my-heart mom moment the other day when I was putting Ryah to bed.

The lights were off, and I was rocking Ryah in my arms and singing softly to her, like I do every night before I put her in her crib. She was cuddling her blanket, and humming along with my song. Then I kissed her, told her I loved her, and put her softly in her crib.

I turned around and Taylen was standing in the doorway watching us. I walked out of Ryah's room and Taylen said,

"I have a little tear in my eye."

She was wiping away a tear, and I sat down by her and asked her what the matter was, and she said,

"That was so cute."

My sweet three year old had tender little feelings in her heart from watching a sweet moment with Ryah. Such tender little feelings that it even made her a bit emotional.

And it definitely warmed my heart, and made me so thankful for small, quiet moments like that with my children.

Sweet little thing.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Clothes

My sisters Calee and Kristina bought my girls cute church outfits for Christmas.
I decided to post a picture as a thank you to them for making my kids look cute today.



You'll have to make do with these not-so-great photos of Taylen, and the not-so-existant photos of Ryah.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Past Life

I recently uploaded a bunch of pictures from old photo albums so I'll have them electronically.
I've decided to randomly post these pics from my past life here and there. You should probably be excited.
Here's the first from times past:
This was taken in 2001 (I believe) at UNLV. I was about 19 years old, young and carefree...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yup. It was me.

Remember that one time Brooke and I tried out for American Idol? (click HERE to refresh your memory.)

Apparently I'm not good enough singing with my mouth open to get me anywhere, but singing with my mouth closed is an entirely different story.

And it seems I have a talent for finding new (and more public) ways of embarrassing myself all the time. This one will be hard to top, though.

I am so flattered that my impeccable grace and beauty were finally able to be appreciated by the American public.

And in case you missed it...

video

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shout out to Kristin

Can I just say that I love this girl...
Kristin is in my ward. Our backyards share a fence. She is a busy mom of three, whose husband is often out of town for work.

And she has been a huge blessing in my life this past year.

And I just wanted everyone to know how much I appreciate her. :)

She has had my family over for dinner COUNTLESS times. And if I can't come over for dinner when she invites me, she often drops a plate of leftovers at my door.

She watches my kids while I'm in class. Even though she is ridiculously busy with her kids, and calling, and life.

She never makes me feel like I am intruding or putting her out in any way when I need her help. Ever.

And I have just really come to value her friendship. And I know it is more than coincidence that we are friends, because I'm pretty sure I would have jumped off a cliff without her help this past year. And I am thankful to my Father in Heaven for putting her in my life.

She is a beautiful, beautiful person.

::Love to Kristin::

Saturday, January 17, 2009

May We Stand Still

I was talking to a friend of mine last week about my life, and how crazy and overwhelming it can be at times. He told me to go look up a scripture, which I swear I have never read before, but it was highlighted when I opened to it, so apparently I just have a bad memory.

It is now my current favorite scripture.

Doctrine and Covenants, section 123, verse 17:
"Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still."
Short little guy (the scripture, not my friend). Lots of good stuff in there (the scripture AND my friend :). First of all, the word "cheerfully." I love that word! There is such a big difference in doing all things and in cheerfully doing all things.
And I just love being reminded that once I do all I can do--everything in my power--I need to be still. When we are still we can feel the spirit. When we are still we can see things from a more eternal perspective. So stop worrying! Stop stressing about the details! (Says Nikki, Reigning Stress-Yourself-To-Death Queen.) Do what you can, and let the Lord take care of the rest. Hey, that doesn't mean we get a free ride. "All things that lie in our power" are a lot of things! And the Lord expects us to do our part. Like in this quote:
..
Together you and the Lord can move mountains. But don't be suprised if He hands you the shovel.
..
And once you've done all the digging you can do, and are covered in dirt, and sweat, and blood, and probably tears, and you've dropped the shovel on your foot, and your toe is broken, and a passing bird has done it's business on your head... you can trust that it will all work out.
.
Even if it doesn't work out the way you've planned.
.
Especially if it doesn't work out the way you've planned.
.
I'll take His plan over my plan any day. I've just gotta keep digging...
.
Cheerfully. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Asleep

I am happy right now.

Just watched American Idol.

Laughed.
Laughed some more.

I've been in a happy mood ALL YEAR!! haha.

Seriously, though. So far, I am liking 2009.

I had a great break, which I just really (really times a million) needed.

I have been revamping my spirituality a bit. Just putting things that should be priorities back where priorities need to go. Like...um...the Priority List.

I have been spending a lot more time with my girls because I'm not in school at the moment.

And I'm just excited about what this year has in store for me. I can feel the ickiness starting to evaporate a little bit.

And pieces of me are waking up that have been suffocated by a couple years' worth of crap (insert any strong, feces-related word you wish into this sentence). And I've really missed those parts of me. And I didn't even notice that they had faded away.

For example:
1. I'm singing. (I'm in a store, and I'm siiingiiinng.) Like, around the house, in the car, at the top of my lungs while doing chores. There was a long time there that I didn't do that. And I didn't notice. And I'm glad it's back. :)

2. My kids were asleep. I was alone in the house. So I (naturally) decided to practice my karate jumps. I spent a good ten minutes running down the hall and flinging myself (not) gracefully into the air...complete with hand chopping motions and warrior cries. Face planted a couple of times. It was awesome. And I thought to myself, "It's really too bad there's not a man around these parts to appreciate me right now." haha. That dorky, way-too-much-energy side of me was on hiatus for a while. And I have no idea how to spell high-ate-us.

3. I run with my kids. Not like, "hey, let's go for a quick jog." But like, "Taylen! We're at the mall and there's a bunch of people around but I'll race you to the ice cream store...ready, go!!" And we run, and she laughs, and I look like an idiot, but I don't care.

4. I tell stories. This has always been a Schroeder gift (or curse...not sure). We can turn pretty much ANYTHING that happens during the day into an entertaining story. I've noticed myself doing that more and more, and I love it. It makes for interesting days, and weeks, and lives. :)


Yay for coming back to life after being numb and frozen and devastated and heavy and dark for so long!! It's like when all the blood rushes to your leg after you've been sitting on it weird.

The life is rushing back into me.

And it tingles.

And I like it.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sweets

You cannot possibly be sad when you look at
this sticky, ecstatic face.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

In a Nutshell

So, I've had an AWESOME break. Really relaxing. And fun. And perfect.
And I'm putting a bunch of pictures on here to sum it all up.
Here's what we did while in San Diego:

Calee turned into a high school girl for New Year's.
haha.
The sisters (plus a few boys) partied it up New Year's Eve.

Took my kids (and my friend Jenny and her daughter Emerson)
to a friend's 20 acre ranch and rode ponies, pet chickens,
picked tangerines, held guinea pigs, got dirty, and
had a great time.


Me and Jenny. We go way back. And Ryah and Emerson are
like 4 days apart, and she's pregnant with #2. Notice her adorable baby belly.
I hung out with BRANDON DINSBACH...a friend
from BYU who I haven't seen in 7 YEARS.
How am I possibly old enough to not have seen people in 7 YEARS?!
It was awesome to see him. And kick his trash in air hockey.
And yes, he really is THAT tall...


We watched Ryah make ridiculous faces while eating...


Weird British doctors flew across the waters from ENGLAND to hang
out with weird sister who has been chatting it up with him...that's right, people.
We talked with British accents the entire time.
And Jet gets a thumb's up from me. Way to go.

And, oops, these pictures are in reverse order. Oh well.
We went to Disneyland (SO CROWDED).
This is us on the way back to the car.
Three tired girls...

Meeting Mr. Mouse.

Taylen got a princess makeover and met
three real princesses. She was on cloud nine.




Seriously, look at her face. So happy. :)



Getting her princess makeup after
her hair got done.


Ryah chowing down on some cotton
candy. She was definitely not sticky at all
after this.


We went hiking at Daly Ranch
by my parents' house.


Calee and I with an angel or something.



I got my hair cut and colored.
Love it.


Sweet baby :)


And there was so much more, but I'm not going to post all of it. I'm feeling rejuvinated and ready to take on 2009! I am so happy that 2008 is over...
Come on 2009...you're my year :)