Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Av: (with hands on her hips) "Mom! You can't believe it! Dad said no more monkeys!"

Mom: "you mean in your bed?"

Av: "no mom. I don't have monkeys in my bed!"


Mom: "B, this is your last piece of beef jerky. You're going to poop out a whole cow."
(I know. I know. drastic....)


I could eat these little people.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

a childs prayer...

the other day B and Av were eating breakfast and I over heard B tell Av that she needed to say the prayer- and that he would help her... this is how it went:
B: Heavenly Father
A: Heavenly Father
B: thank you for this food
A: thank you for this food
B: you're welcome.

funny kids.

Friday, January 25, 2008

TAG!! you're it!!

What is his name?
Stephen Glen Boyer
How long have you been married?
7 years
How long did you date?
long story...3 years... on and off.
How old is he?
Who eats more?
he does. meat and potatoes everymeal...
Who said "I love you" first?
he did. I was pretty stubborn.
Who is taller?
Him~by a foot!
Who sings better?
I love hearing him sing... he only does it for the kids and I
Whose temper is worse?
Him. I don't really have one...
Who does the laundry?
nobody. ;) ok, when it piles up, I do.
Who does the dishes?
mE! I don't mind now that we have a dishwasher...
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
me. closest to the door to tend to screaming kiddos.
Who pays the bills?
he does. and I am very grateful....
Who mows the lawn?
no lawn... yet. this spring though!! our last house he would mow the
lawn with B on his shoulders...EVERYTIME. it was adorable
Who cooks dinner?
I do. and I love it... when I'm not prego. but, he makes a mean breakfast.
Who drives when you are together?
I only drive if he is deathly ill or incredibly tired...
and that's happened 2x our whole marriage...
Who is more stubborn?
Depends on the situation
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
We both do. We are fairly good at making up from fights...(hello. 4 kids.)
Whose parents do you see the most?
uh. mine.
Who proposed?
he did. He drove up the mountian at night and parked so that we could see all of the lights.
Then he pulled out the ring...ahh. memories. he was so yummy.
Who has more friends?
we have the same friends...
Who has more siblings?
he is one of 6 boys...
Who wears the pants in the family?
he does. i do. depends...

37 questions.

1. What time did you get up this morning?  7:15
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? uh...
Titanic. I don't really remember, it's been a long time....
4. What is your favorite TV show? Las Vegas, Jon and
Kate +8, Good things Utah
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? toast
6. Favorite cuisine? Italian
7. What is your middle name? don't have one
8. What food do you dislike? feta cheese
9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? marc cohn
10. What kind of car do you drive? Ford Expedition
11. Favorite sandwich? ice cream
12. What characteristic do you despise? Liars
13. Favorite item of clothing? flip flops
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation,
where would you go? Cruise with my hubby
15. What color is your bathroom? Khaki, white and green
16. Favorite brand of clothing? uh.... I only shop
for kids clothing... do moms have brands?
17. Where would you retire to? close to my children,
where ever they are... but in my dream home...
18. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Stephen
threw me a huge surprize bday a couple years back...
friends, family... it was really fun.
19. Favorite sport to watch? uh.... I don't really
watch sports. unless you call flipping a house a sport...
20. Furthest place you are sending this? this is a blog...
21. Who do you least expect to send this back to you???
22. Person you expect to send it back first? Mel
23. Favorite saying? "I love you more than chocolate milk"
(I say that to my kids before they go to sleep every night..'s a fun story from my pregnancy with Kendyl....)
24. When is your birthday? May 25th
25. Are you a morning person or a night person? urgh.
it depends how I wake up...if it's to a screaming child...
I am a night person. If I was up early with a screaming
child... I'm not much of a night person either....
26. What is your shoe size? 8 1/2
27. Pets: not much of a pet person... but we recently
got some fish...
28. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?
uh. that's a negative.
29. What did you want to be when you were little?a teacher
30. How are you today? tired. and happy...
31. What is your favorite candy? Peanut butter twix
32. What is your favorite flower? tulips
33. What day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
April 16th... scrapbook expo
34. How many speeding tickets have you had? less than 5
(last one was on my birthday 5 years ago)
35. What is a job you've had in the past that people
don't know about? my dad had us sell fuzzy animal backpacks
door to door when we were little kids.
36.Funniest hair do you've had? A brushed out Howard
Stern perm when I was 12.
37.Is this stupid? Yep. But I love doing it...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

this is an old pic.... i couldn't resist sharing...

Gravity. It keeps you rooted to the ground.
In space, there's not any gravity.
You just kind of leave your feet and go floating around.
Is that what being in love is like?
-Josh Brand & John Falsey, Northern Exposure, The Pilot, 1990

Monday, January 21, 2008

where were you 9 years ago??

My MTC companion, Jeneanne Calvin
I have been thinking a lot lately about my mission. It was nine years ago, yesterday, that I went to the MTC. So, I pulled out some of my boxes of pictures and journals... (I haven't done that ONE time since I have been married...) and it's been quite entertaining... I wrote in my journal EVERY day of my mission. What a huge blessing... because it brings back floods of memories... and serious amounts of laughter...
in front of the Provo temple with Calv
I am so SO grateful that I served a mission. And I am grateful that I was able to serve in a foreign land... it was a life changing experience~ full of joyous highs, depressing lows, various miracles, 20 pairs of tights, 3 pairs of Doc Martians, 1 worn out/pen marked set of scriptures, 500+ pictures, dozens of lifelong friends, 1 faith building testimony, a stronger knowledge of the gospel, and generations of people that will be affected by the missionary service...

I was only a part of 2 baptisms my whole mission. One was a huge.... disaster. (another story for another day...) And the other was an adorable 13 year old girl. Her name is Jade. She was raised by her Grandma Jackie. Jackie was a member and Jade was finally interested in learning more about the church... we taught her the lessons and she agreed to be baptized. It was incredible. Her Grandfather was having serious health issues... (he was remarried and living elsewhere...) and Jade said that she wanted him to baptize her... So, we asked him and he of course agreed. Shortly after the baptism (literally, just days later..) he passed away. We all knew that he was hanging on to baptize his only granddaughter.
Jade and I just barely re-connected this past month. She is still active and serving in the Primary in her ward. I am so happy for her. It really gave a special meaning to my mission.... you never really know who you affect... or how you affect people.
my last area, Truro, Cornwall, England
anyway. I just want to share some funny little things... mostly for me, but also for my fellow sister missionaries.... (I love you Lindsay & Kate & Jeneanne & Cami & Shelba & Hilary & Angie & Tamara & Natalie... )
~~ I remember my Trainer, Sister Thorup, teaching me how to ride a bike with a dress on. Literally, this is how she did it-- she got out her bike, walked it to the top of a hill, told me to get on, I did-she then pushed me, I found out my feet didn't reach her pedles... I had to lean to the side and crash to stop.... Pain. that's what I remember most. pain.

~~ I remember answering the phone "Hi, this is Devenie- er, I mean sister Larsen..."

~~ I remember the Elders wanted to go with us on my first door. A dog came out and peed on his leg. We had to go into town to buy him some new shoes...poor Elder...
my last comp Hilary Osborne @ St. Michaels Mount
~~ I remember going to a members house with Sis. Calvin... and they yelled out the mail hole in the door "I am sorry, you can't come in we're naked!" so wrong. so very wrong.

~~ I remember the Mission president telling Calv and I we couldn't scratch each others back in Sacrament meeting... it was giving the men the wrong idea.... yeah. seriously.

~~ I remember running to catch the bus... shin splints and all... only for it to be the wrong bus... or to have my tights down to my ankles....
southern beach of Falmouth, Cornwall with Natalie Chemin
~~ I remember doing a service project with Sis. Dredge. The cystic fibrosis foundation wanted us to wear costumes and stand in front of the grocery store... we were all supposed to be telly tubbies... but they were short one costume, so I got nominated to be the pink panther. Only my costume was just a SKIN TIGHT pink fuzzy onesie with a tail and a huge nose pointing straight up on top of my head. I had several kids pull my tail and ask what the heck I was supposed to be... frustrated I told them I was just a pink weasel....

~~ I remember after walking for miles one day.. we stopped to have lunch on the grass... after sitting there for a while... we both look down to find ourselves COVERED in ants... picture two girls in dresses screaming, waving their arms and running around... reminds me of Chris Farley..."Bee's... they're eating my flesh off..."

~~ Sister White... I love you.... "left, left, left right left. My back aches, my bra's too tight, my butt shakes from left to right... left, left, left right left...

~~ I remember riding my bike (aka: the Orange Bullet)... bouncing off cars, ripping my skirt, putting cloths pins on my dress to keep from flashing everyone the goods... only to have them fly off at 100 mph, people throwing cigarettes at us, riding over dead squirrels...(that was a traumatic one...)riding over ketchup packets, yes, they covered us...

~~ I remember talking into the recorder for our families... and for our sanity. Sis White and I made up a song: all my bags are packed I'm ready to go, I'm standing here, up on the third floor, Here's a little story I'd like to tell you now. It started way back in history, the twenty-eighth of July, ninety-nine....

~~ my mom writing in her letters "dev, stay away from those chocolate doughnuts...." obviously, because of the pictures I was sending home... and sending my companion and I matching white sweater jackets... with shoulder pads. classic.

~~ my skirt zipper getting stuck at our Christmas Conference... it took 8 sisters to get that sucker back up... it was our Christmas miracle! (ok, I really should have kept away from the chocolate bombs...)

so many memories... I hope I never forget them.

Stephen and I are very anxious for the day when we can go back there... It is such a beautiful part of the world. The castles... the hills... the sheep.... the red post boxes.... I miss all of it...

in this pic: L- Brother Chad, Dad, me, Sam & Heidi (in white, school friends)
Angie, Cami and Shelba (some of my companions...)
yes, they all called me sugar....

**sorry about the pics... I don't know why they scanned all crazy....**

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Five Factor Personality Test

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have low conscientiousness.
Impulsive and off the wall, you don't take life too seriously.
Unfortunately, you sometimes end up regretting your snap decisions.
Overall, you tend to lack focus, and it's difficult for you to get important things done.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.


don't you love Kendyl's pink hat....

yummy kids.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

it's classy ladies night....

ok.... . these pictures are classic. something to remember forever... treasure.... pass on to children... be proud of....frame..... CLASSIC.

We had another girls night @ Shawnas... the theme was bad prom dress. we all have a few of those in our closets 'eh! You can't really see mine.... I had to keep my jacket on for modesty issues...

Shawna was smashing with her metallic belt and ponytail up high...
Amy was a wild woman in teal... love the waistline! flattering. so very flattering.
Amanda was fabulous in a velvet "breathtaking" number... she kept flashing her shoulders...
Heather brought back ruffled memories with her wedding dress. (hence the wedding bouquet...)

And I was busting out of my blue rhinestone masterpiece...

simply stunning ladies. ;)

We had tons of fun... won awards for our high school pictures... ate food... laughed till we cried. You know, the usual GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!

you're next Amy....

beautiful pose lady. so... serious.

the bouquet toss... fight for it ladies...
Amanda is taking the "big hollywood glasses" thing very seriously...
actually, she won these beauties....

Amy. Hard at work. Dang woman.... it's a party not the gym...
btw... this was a dress from Jr. High... she STILL fits in it...
even after *4* kiddos.... work it girl. work it.

charlies angels... move over.
heather... stand up.... :)
nut job.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

to go along with my *MUSIC* post.......

Favorite Song From Childhood: "Only in my dreams" by Debbie Gibson "You got it (the right stuff)" by NKOTB

Favorite High School Dance Song: "Take my Breath Away" by Berlin (the ultimate dance song...) "Save the best for last" by Vanessa Williams (this was played at all school dances...)"All for Love" by Bryan Adams... "I'd die without you" by P.M. Dawn.... This is fun...

Senior Class Song: Boyz II Men - "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boys II Men --wasn't that everyone's class song back then?

Song That Makes You Think of College: "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette "Fly" by Sugar Ray "From this moment on" by Shania Twain

Favorite Rock & Roll Song: "Somebody" by Depeche Mode "Free Falling" by Tom Petty

Favorite Disco Song: Without a question..... "Jive talkin" by the Bee Gee's

Favorite Country Western Song: "Live like you were dying" by Tim Mcgraw " "Carried Away" by George Strait

Favorite Pop Song: currently.... hard to choose. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt or " How to save a life" by The Fray...

Favorite All Time Love Song: "True Companion " by Marc Cohn ...My heart gets all fluttery just thinking about it.

Favorite Break Up Song: “Hard Habit to Break” by Chicago

Favorite Slow Dance Song: "To Make You Feel My Love" by Garth Brooks “With or without you” by U2.

Song That Always Makes You Cry: "I believe" by Diamond Rio "Angels among us" Alabama

Songs About Your Kid/s: "Somewhere over the rainbow" Katharine McPhee

Song That Reminds You Of Your Husband:"I cross my heart" by George Strait. Stephen used to sing this to me when we were dating.... I LOVE it.

Favorite Christmas Song: “Silent Night”

Favorite Gospel/Praise Song: “The Pearl" by Kenneth Cope

Favorite Ringtone on Cellphone: ohhhh. this is a sore subject. short story: i have an old cell phone that won't download any songs for ringtones.... so, currently I just beep. Annoyingly.

R.I.P. duck

this morning Stephen and I were cleaning the basement.... we came back upstairs to a disaster.... Brad had taken our 3 *brand new* fish out of the fish tank and put them in Avery's jewelry box.

Boys. that's all I have to say.

so, Rest in Peace, Duck. (that was Av's fishy) rest in peace.

Gratefully, the other two are still alive.... just swimming funny....

Sunday, January 13, 2008

my very own cowboy...

tonight... in a fit of anger, Brad came into the living room (about an hour after I put him to bed...)
and said "If you don't give me a crabby pattie... I will NEVER take off my cowboy boots!"

And he was dead serious.

But, I explained that his feet would smell horrible by tomorrow morning.... and his teeth would fall out from eating candy so late...

he agreed to take them off.

smart boy.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

back to my Alpha posts....

My favorite M is.....MUSIC! ok. ok. It really should be my Mom... or Melanie (my little sis..)~ but, I couldn't pick between the two... so, it's MUsiC!

i can not describe what music does to me. I could be mid conversation and a good song comes on.... yeah. I am gone. I go to another place. I don't know why it has such control over me...

I remember back in Jr. High recording the radio to listen to my fav songs over and over and over.... (that was pre-CD times...) Tiffany~Debbie Gibson~NKOTB!!~Bon Jovi...classics 'eh! "you got the right stuff, baby..."

That was good stuff. I was rockin out with my leg warmers, tight jeans and bangs hair sprayed to the ceiling...

Then in High School.... It was all about the music....
I listened to pretty much everything... besides Country (that wasn't introduced until I moved to Utah...)
Smashing Pumpkins, Usher, Black eyed peas, Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey.... just about anything...

I saw the Steve Miller Band concert.... Summer Jam... (R&B)... Alanis Morisette...Barry Manilow... ;) Garth Brooks...Foo Fighters... and various local wonders...

It seems that my love of music has been passed along to the little ones... none of them protest when I feel the urge to blast the radio while cleaning or cooking. In fact we have our own Boyer family dance moves.... yeah. I am one proud momma.
other magical
M's~~Mom, Melanie, Mafia (the game...), Movies, Massage!!, Making Memories, mowing the lawn... and Mothers day.

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

10 random facts about Stephen and I...

ok. I am totally in a Meme mood. I love them. don't ask why.... I don't know. It must be the "force me to remember stuff.." part....

who knows.... anywho.... here's ANOTHER one :)

  1. On our first date (11 years ago...) we ate at Olive Garden. We looked at the menu-- then he told me what he wanted--- and when the waitress came I gave her both of our orders. Neither of us ever thought twice about it. To this day Stephen has NEVER given an order at a restaurant...he just tells me... or I just pick for him. Yep. It's crazy.
  2. Stephen has taken every serious girlfriend home to Alabama for a vacation.... I have NEVER been. what's up with that....
  3. We both laugh at our own jokes...and we fight over who is funnier...
  4. I am almost a whole foot shorter than him...
  5. He has NEVER missed a doctors appointment while I am prego...
  6. We both love road trips and plan one at least every other month... it's our "talk time"...
  7. We balance each other out very well. Things that stress him out (usually) roll right off my back and he isn’t phased by things that tend to make me flip out.
  8. During our "first" phase dating each other... we broke up several times.... one of the times-- we hadn't seen each other for a week or two and I went out one morning to go to work and my gear shift was frozen. I was totally freaked out and didn't know what to do. So, I called Stephen. His truck was in the shop so he walked a mile (in the snow-seriously) to my house... fixed my gear shift... smiled at me then walked home... what a sweet heart. We got back together shortly after that.... :)
  9. We both forgot our last two anniversaries... and the last one we remembered while we were unloading a truck full of tree branches at the dump.... romantic 'eh!
  10. We have a secret code with each other... It started 10 years ago and we use it EVERY day. Mental, yes--- i know. The kids have even picked up on some of it now....

random name game....

ok... kids are watching a movie and I should be folding laundry. But, I am not. I am tired and bored.... so here you go...

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) sugarexpedition

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Chocolate Lorna Doone

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name + lite for a girl, or dawg for a boy), D-lite

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal), Red penguin

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born), Rexburg

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the last 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Boyde

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)The Black Dr. Pepper

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers), Keith Marvin

9. TEEN IDOL NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy), Acqua di Gio Drifter

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ), Rose Keith

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter), Leffler Las Vegas

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower). Autumn Tulip

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)strawberry tankie

14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree), Bagel Maple

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Scrap Lightning Tour


I have really been neglecting my blog.... and the funny thing is if I am checking my friends blogs and they neglect.... I get really sad and wonder what's going on....

So. I am going to be better. After all, it is the new year... I am in goal making mode.


For now I am going to post several pics to represent the last month of craziness....

we drove to Phoenix for Christmas this year... it was really fun.... these first two pics represent the best part of the road trip ;)

Christmas eve we have a family tradition of opening one gift... PJ'S!!!! Kendyl was terribly (almost had a trip to the ER...) sick... Brad was out cold... Rylin was sleeping... and Avery opened EveRyOnes gift. She was in heaven. And honestly, so was I. I live for funny reactions from my kids.... and Av really put on a show for us...this was the face she made with each one...

Brad's Pj's... what a QT...

Queen Av with her throne... and princess gear.... she was in heaven...

This is what Santa looks like by mid afternoon, Christmas day...

We also drove to California and spent a couple of days in Palm Springs... then took off for Newport beach... the kids loved it... until Avery fell in. That was bad. She was pretty traumatized... we spent about an hour collecting shells and covering ourselves with sand for the drive home.

our Rylin turned 1 on the 30th of December.... she is such a wonderful little bug. Easiest baby ever. The day before Christmas she crashed into the corner of a coffee table and gave herself quite the black eye. That was nice for pictures.... figures.

she loves this throne Av got for Christmas... princess in training, I guess.