Tryp’s 6th Birthday


Tryp turned 6 years old last Monday. It is such a busy time of the year and we had to quickly pull together a party for our big guy! Tryp has such a spunky spirit! He is full of energy, humor, and love.



We decided to have his birthday at Jump Zone this year. We had debated Fast Lanes and yes, even Chuckie Cheese. You know we were desperate if we were headed that direction. Trying to plan a birthday party in December can be challenging because of the weather but it worked out wonderfully!


Tryp invited some of his very best friends from school.

Thanks for coming Avery, Kennedy, Ben, Kody, and Ryan!

We also had his cousins (Hailee and Holly) come join the fun too! Tryp was so glad to have his GG there too! He enjoys his time that he gets to spend with her!

IMG_1224The kids got to cram into the Hurricane Simulator and boy did they love that cool blast of air! You can just see the excitement on some of those faces. :)IMG_1233

Audrey really enjoyed going down the big slides!


Look at all these cuties piled together! We are so thankful for these sweet friends that Tryp has!


Tryp has found a new interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so I tried to incorporate some ninja turtle things into his party.


He was thrilled to get a FBI/Police set to be like Hankie! (Thanks Kennedy!)


So Happy Birthday to my baby boy who is now 6! Where does the time go? I feel like I say that every time I write a post about my kiddos but it really does go by so fast!


Dear Tryp,

I love you more than you will ever know! I have learned to love your wittiness and your sass. I’ve also learned to love your sweet pictures of our family and all the times when you tell me how much you love me. You are precious, son, and I’m so thankful that you are mine. You teach me new things every day. You teach me how to work on “me” so that I can be a better momma to you and Audrey. I love you little man!



My Journey to Becoming a Mormon (Part 4)


***If you are just joining, be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.***

I later found out that Cristy had been praying for a missionary moment. My name just so happened to fall into her hands a few days after that prayer. Clearly a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.

Cristy invited me over to her house on April 1st, which was the weekend of General Conference. I was nervous, I had not seen Cristy in a very long time, I had no idea what General Conference was and I knew my daughter was going to be getting fussy because it was so close to her naptime. It worked out though and right before I left to go home, Cristy's husband, John, gave me the first lesson that missionaries would normally teach to people.

Everything he said to me just made sense. It was clear. It was like I had heard it before. It felt like home.

We continued doing one lesson a week. Every night I would leave feeling like I had known all along about the things I learned. After about two weeks I got an overwhelming feeling that the gospel was true and I knew that I wanted to be baptized. I made the decision to be baptized on May 25th. I didn’t think much about the date, other than, 5/25/13 would be a special day for me.

I later realized that Brinley Douglas’s birthday is May 25th. (The sweet student that shared the Book of Mormon with me.) What an amazing day! I think over 50 people attended my baptism. I was confirmed on Sunday May 26th and have felt the spirit consistently in the last five months. An indescribable peace.


Some lyrics from one of my favorite songs are so true for me- “I used to be so much different, my heart’s not always right where it should be, but I’ve felt the Savior’s power to change my soul inside, and I know there’s a way back because He died.”


I’m not a perfect person but I’ve seen how the gospel and the Savior’s atonement have changed my heart, making me want to be the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. Even when I fail, if I’ll look up to Heavenly Father, He’ll help me see something I can learn. The gospel has helped me think more positively about life’s experiences—about turning them into learning experiences that will help me grow.

There’s a plan. There’s a reason for everything.

I have such a strong testimony of missionary moments, Heavenly Father’s plan, the atonement of Jesus Christ, and how daily prayer/scripture study have increased my faith. I love the gospel and the joy that it has brought to my life. I hope that I can share that joy with others so they too can learn about the happiness that awaits!

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Organizing Closets


As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been super busy with the craft fair but I have managed to find some time to organize a few things around the house. I have a “fall break” from teaching because I’m on the “year round calendar”. So my two week break is sadly coming to an end. However, my closets are in much better shape!


This front closet was just a catch all. I had piles of things that needed to go to different people. So, now I’ve decided to take it all to the car, which will still be a mess until I deliver it but at least it’s out of the house and that makes me feel so much better.


Over the last couple of years I have accumulated some of my favorite Thirty-One totes from my dear friend Joyce Nabors. I love that I can store them all in one large bag.

IMG_8729crOur hall closet was also a catch all. It sort of contained all the bathroom essentials but it was so unorganized and it drove me crazy to open that door. I love now that it still holds many things but it looks so much better! :)


So, what do you think? Have you organized your closets. What are your favorite organization tools or how do you store things like family games? I love to hear how others are doing things effectively!


Set in order your houses; keep slothfulness and uncleanness far from you. -D&C 90:18

Fall Decorations and Craft Fairs


Fall is such a fun time of year around NWA. There are so many fun things going on and it ends up being a very BUSY time. (the reason I haven't posted in a while!) I love decorating for fall. It's so much fun when your kids starting getting older and can enjoy it. Tryp had so much fun helping me hang things and put things out!



So this past weekend in NWA there were TONS of craft shows. We have about 4 or 5 different ones in the area. I decided this year that I would join some of my friends and make some crafty things to put into our booth.  It was so much fun and I made a little cash that I gave to Hank for his birthday! (He totally deserved it.) I made the fabric covered button badge pulls and the fabric covered button magnets! I have some left over so I will be selling them on my teachers pay teachers website soon!  My friends Cristy, Anna, and Belle had some of their SUPER cute crafts there too! We had so much fun and will definitely do it again next year! Check out our pictures below...

3rd Grade Common Core Pacing Guide: Math


My first two years of teaching I was in a small town, which meant small districts. I can remember feeling a tad lost because I was a newbie AND I didn't have pacing guides to help me with when to teach things! I was led through textbooks. Then I made the switch to a local district which is pretty large! We now have pacing guides to help us, but I always think of those out there that don’t have pacing guides to help them. So…viola! An idea came to me. I want to share my pacing guide with those of you who may not have one to use! Click the picture below to grab my 3rd Grade Math Pacing Guide.

My Calling: Personal Progress Advisor


I just received my calling as the Personal Progress Advisor for the Young Womens group in my church. As you know, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints back in May and haven’t been happier! I couldn’t wait for the day that I would learn what my calling is.

One thing that is so great (and different) about the church is that every member serves in some way. (There is not a paid clergy.) I received a messaged from a gentleman in our bishopric saying that he wanted to speak with me and my husband about my calling. We scheduled a time to chat with the Bishop on a Saturday evening.

All day on Saturday I prayed about my calling.

I prayed that whatever the Lord wanted me to do, that I would do it well. I prayed that I would be able to be an example for others and help lead people to Jesus. I felt so strongly that day that I would be working with the Young Womens group. I knew it was the Spirit that had given me those feelings.

I later found out that I was called to serve in Young Womens being their Personal Progress Advisor.
I wasn’t really sure exactly what I was going to do. I have yet to learn what each role in the church does.
However, I knew that I was going to use Pinterest to help guide me in coming up with ideas to motivate the YW to stay on track with their Personal Progress.

I don’t know most of the YW so I decided to type them a letter and questionnaire to get to know them better. Here is what I came up with:

(If you would like to use the questionnaire you can download it HERE.)
I feel blessed and honored to be able to work with YW. I remember how tough it was being 12-18 years old. So much is happening and I want to be a positive influence in these girls’ lives! ♥

 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
-Moroni 10:32

My First Temple Trip



Back in July I took my first temple trip with my friend Cristy. I had been wanting to photograph a couple at the temple before/after their sealing. So I asked on Facebook if there was a couple that  needed a photographer for their wedding. Luckily there is a sweet sweet family in our ward who had a son who was going to be getting married at the Kansas City Temple. Josh and Jaden were going to be sealed on July 25th. Cristy and I made the nearly four hour drive up to Kansas City for a “girls trip” and for the sealing.



As I took steps inside the temple I experienced such a peaceful feeling.










Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when I try to describe the feeling. It truly is a House of the Lord. If you stepped inside, you would feel it too. Isabell25

It was a wonderful trip! Cristy and I did baptisms one night and then went out shopping for good deals. Then we also visited Liberty Jail where I learned more about church history. And not to mention that the pictures turned out pretty good I think! :)