Thursday, December 31, 2009


Yes, we are still alive!! Life has been super crazy busy, but it has been great!! We have moved into our home and we have made quite a few changes. It has been amazing to work on this house and see it transform into our home. We have been so blessed with such wonderful people in our family who have helped us so much!! Darin has been working his head off at his new job, then comes home and works his head off for me!! What a sweetheart!! My mom has been at our house round the clock for the last month working like a mad woman!! She is amazing! She has the strength of a ten men—and seems to get in 48 hours of work in every 12 hours she spends with us! My sister Heather has been either working at our house or babysitting Matthew so that we could work and bringing me lunch! She has been an angel! My dad has been the bomb!! He has been so nice to make meals for us every night for nearly a month, watching Matthew, at helping us with tile, and moving in! Darin’s brothers Rick and Tom have also been helping a ton—letting us use their tools, and helping install baseboards and casings, and helping us move in!! My brothers Rick, Ben, and Greg also helped us move in, and Kristy babysat Matthew the whole day! Thanks a MILLION to all of you and everyone else who has been such a help to us the last 4+ weeks!!! You’re all the BEST!!!!

When we bought the house the people who lived there before were DEFINITELY not afraid of colors!! (As you will soon see!!) They also were big cat fans, and the house REEKED of urine and feces! It was pretty nasty!! We ripped out the carpet (which was also in both bathrooms) scrubbed the floor with some chemical cleaner stuff, but is was still pretty bad! We used a black light to see where the problem areas were, and that was pretty gross by itself! We used KILZ and that did the job!! Wahoo!! Mom also found some poop underneath the stairs and filled half a garbage can full of poop!! YUCK!!

Now, the moment you have been waiting for…..The BEFORE PICTURES!!!!!


Here are some of the pictures of us working! We ripped out the carpet (as mentioned earlier), ripped out the baseboards and casings, , added new baseboards and new casings, painted those, masked everything, painted everything, tiled the bathrooms and the kitchen, and several other things as well. It was really frustrating because it seemed like for every step forward we took we also took 10 steps back!! But, we are pretty much there! We have a few little jobs left to do, but nothing too demanding!


And last, but not least…..the final product!!!


Living Room



Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

2nd Bedroom (Matthew's Bedroom)

3rd Bedroom (Matthew's Office)

3rd Bedroom (Darin's Office)

4th Bedroom (Matthew's Next Bedroom)

5th Bedroom (Weight room for now)

3rd Bathroom

Family Room

Family/Dinning Room


The End!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


As of 8:00 this morning we are officially home owners!!! WAHOOO!!!! We are so excited! This is a picture of the home we purchased! It is just over a mile from my parents’ house! If anyone is in the mood to rip out carpet, do some painting, install baseboards or tile let us know!! We will have to show the before and after pictures when we get the work done! YEAH!!! Happy Day!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day of Gratitude

I know we usually wait until Thanksgiving to share the things that we are grateful for, but I just feel so blessed that I had to count my blessings today!! We have been SO incredibly blessed! Here are a few things that I am thankful for

The best husband in the universe!
A wonderful, healthy, happy son!
The best family anyone could ever ask for!
Darin’s new job!
Darin’s old job with Perry!
Our new house that we are buying!! Closing in 2 weeks!!! EEEK!!!
The apartment we have lived in for the past 2 years and the wonderful friends there!
Wonderful weather!
The Gospel!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brace yourself...Darling Pictures ahead!!

Isn’t he just the cutest!!? I know I am his mother and a little biased, but I just cannot get enough of this boy!! I can hardly imagine how we ever lived without him! He brings so much joy and happiness into our home! I don’t know how I got lucky enough to have such a good natured little boy! He is ALWAYS SOOO HAPPY!!! Just last night I woke up in the middle of the night because Matthew was laughing in his sleep!! He is always giggling, giving kisses, or doing his little babble! Matthew is officially 9 months old! Can you believe it!? Matthew is now on the move full speed! He mostly army crawls, but he is good at it! He is also starting to pull himself up on things, which means that today we had to lower his crib! What a big boy!!

All of these pictures were taken by my friend Kendra! Thanks for taking us with you!! You are so nice!! We are going to miss you soooo much!! And Matt will definitely miss Alayna!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Halloween FHE!!

Last night was the BEST FHE EVER!!!! Mom planned the BEST Halloween Party! It was so fun!! The night started with the grandkids decorating bags for their candy. Then they got to play all sorts of games including Halloween Bingo, a trick or treat game, and a game where the adults had 40 seconds to grab as much candy as they could with their feet and put into the kids bags. Mom made cute little marshmallow ghosts and the kids had to eat it off of the string (Matthew even got in on that action!) The adults had powdered doughnuts tied to strings and they had to throw the doughnuts in the air and catch them in their mouths! It was so fun! The kids also got a chance to throw “eyeballs” into the witch’s cauldron. Last, we got to dress up grandpa as a mummy with toilet paper! Mom had the best prizes and cutest decorations! After the fun and games we had delicious chili, witch finger breadsticks, jack-o-lantern veggie tray, mummy celery sticks, home-made root beer, apple cider, and home made doughnuts!! What a blast!! We had such a great time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Trip To Paris!!!

Our family went on another vay-cay!! This time we went to Paris! It was wonderful! A little grape juice, french bread, grapes, and cheese! It was delicious! Matthew liked it too!! He kept trying to eat the whole loaf of bread! The only problem was we had a hard time choosing between "Mrs. Aris Goes to Paris," "Anastasia," or "Ratatouille." Our next destination is either India or Israel!

Monday, October 12, 2009


My big brother Ben got married this weekend and we couldn't be happier!! Everything was perfect! We are so glad to have Kristy in our family! She and Ben make a "perfect pair!" Here are a few pictures from the day!