Saturday, January 30, 2010

Would Your Bank Do This For You?

Yesterday a large amount of money was stolen out of our account by a fake check. Our checking account Number and routing number was on the check? How? Not sure... obviously stolen and illegally written. Thankfully this was caught immediately and our accounts are frozen. The money not taken is now safe... but if this happened to you would your bank cover your losses? Thankfully our bank took immediate action and our money will be returned whether or not they recoop the money back. So far the only info we have (which is not confirmed) is we believe the money was stolen from the UK... surprise, surprise... right!) I know this doesn't happen to everyone... but if it did are you covered?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pray for baby Kaden...

Recently my sister went to the emergency room for a kidney stone that is 9mm big. If you haven't ever had a kidney stone... the area that would pass the kidney stone is 2 mm so imagine the pain you would have trying to pass that through...

Have you heard of the Duggard Family? Who hasn't right! So anyways the mother delivered her baby at 28 week due to a kidney stone. My sister is also pregnant but thankfully not 28 weeks pregnant. She still has about 6 weeks left and the baby would do okay if born now... but she is having another kidney stone attack right now and the doctor said if it gets worse to get to the hospital as they may have to take the baby today. they can't do anything with the kidney stone until after the baby is born.... So if you have a moment please pray for my sisters health... and also for the babies safety... it is still a little too soon for Baby Kaden to come into this world!!

Overdue for another Roper Family photo

It has been almost 2 years since our last Roper family photo... time sure flies doesn't it! I was going through my archives and came up on this!

Aren't we a good looking bunch!!

Here are the Roper Girls... still missing one though... thanks to Matt! I keep telling him to find a wife and have some nieces and nephews for me.... but no he would rather go to college and get his life in order first.... I tell him that is not the Roper way! LOL Just kidding.... :D

Here is were is all began... the "official" Roper's

and that family of Roper's have grown this much... (missing baby Abby though) she was in mommy's belly.... does that count?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Be careful where you sit...

or you may sit in front of someone who had eggs for breakfast... sorry... but it was painstakingly true...

So anyways yesterday my son received an award from his 1st Grade Teacher. He got the Academics award this year! Can you believe my son is turning out as smart as me. Okay actually he gets his brains from his dad... but that's another blog.

I am so proud of him! He really is one of the most intelligent and mature little boys for his age. At this moment the only thing that would make me even happier is when he tells me he asked Jesus into his heart... then I would officially know that maybe I didn't go completely wrong in raising him!


Madi didn't have a very good day yesterday... a little fussy but still cute in the process

Ryan was happy to take a picture for me... I had to bribe him... "I will let you stand on that rock if you take a picture....!" That is a photographers secret... you have to bribe your kids....

Monday, January 25, 2010

Week 4 - “Texture” Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is using a texture in your photo at

To see other amazing entires head on over to their site! Here is a picture of my little sister! Isn't she precious! Love her and this picture!

Look how much fun my day is going to be today!!!

So I started something new... and we are into week two. Instead of a daily load of laundry I am only doing it on Mondays.... and as I gather 4 laundry baskets full of clothes and pile them on my floor... I am slightly depressed to know that I will be spending my entire day doing laundry.... and as I am sorting my laundry into piles, I look over and see my dog enjoying a new place to sleep... Please pray I make it through this day! :D LOL!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Melissa's Maternity Photos

BTW... My blog is going to be getting a facelift... so please be patient with my work in progress! I wanted to be able to feature my photos larger then what blogger offers so i have been researching how it can be done!

Anyways my sister Melissa is pregnant with my niece Kennedie Grace. Isnt' that such a beautiful name! We were limited on time so we were unable to finish all the ones we wanted to do... but for now this is what I have.

Me and Mommy time before baby is born!

Can you believe my sister painted this tree! It was featured in a pottery barn kids magazine and so she recreated it. I think it turned out amazing!

You can never have enough blankets... but I think in this case... maybe you can!

The big sis!

She was pouting because she wanted me to take pictures of her and not her mommy.... so in the process I snapped a picture of her pouting!

Have you ever met Lucky? My sister named him that because he was a dog rescued from New Orleans after the Hurricane.

And here is my little niece... She has the cutest button nose!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday McKynlee

Last weekend was McKynlee's 3rd Birthday Party! She did it at Tumble Time gymnastics like we did with Madison and Kylie. It was so fun and the kids had a blast. Here are some of my favorite pics of the day.

Big parachute. The kids thought this was a blast!!
All the kids hanging out inside
Kisses for the birthday girl
Sweet little Ryan
Jacob waiting so patiently for cake
Birthday girl and her new magic princess wand
Courtnee climbing on the rock wall

Friday, January 22, 2010

My Week in Photos

No stories to share... nothing new or interesting in my life... but here are some photos taken throughout this week.

My pretty kitty just chillin

Our evil pup... isn't she scary!
Oh.... my life is so hard.... YAWN!!

Aren't little girls and their babies the cutest thing ever! Oh it makes my heart melt to see her playing with her dolls!

My New Years Resolution.... better late then never right!

So after the twins I still have some extra pounds left around that just need to go... no more excuses, no more complaints.... just action now!

So I told my husband we are going on a diet... and he was not thrilled. In fact he keeps sneaking junk food. He asked why he had to be on a diet too... and I said because we are in this together and I don't want to do this alone! Plus why make separate meals! If he doesn't like it he can make his own food... LOL!

So here are some recipes I have tried out of a book called 100 Healthiest Foods given to me by my FIL ... which is amazing and includes many recipes. So far so good... in about a week I went from 125 to 119. And actually the food isn't bad at all... even my husband said that for "Healthy Foods" It's pretty good

This is a Mexican Salad with...
Romaine Lettuce
Yellow Onions
Black Beans
Steamed Chicken Breast
Fat Free Cheddar Cheese (definately not regular Cheddar but doesn't taste horrible)
Roma Tomatoes

Healthy Sauteed Shrimp with Salad

Shrimp was sauteed in Vegetable broth (healthier then cooking in oil) and then added fresh minced garlic, sea salt and cracked pepper. Then after done cooking drizzle olive oil and lemon juice on top

Salad: Romaine lettuce, yellow onions soaked in vinegar for flavor, walnuts, feta cheese, sea salt and pepper. The dressing was a mix of olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.

I am sure after the holidays lots of people have a few pounds to lose! These recipes are worth trying. If you want a detailed recipe let me know. I can email to you! Even if not trying to lose weight, these are just great recipes for just healthy eating.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Best Blog Award

I received this award from teenytinytaylor. She is one of my favorite bloggers that I follow. Thanks so much for my award! I feel so special!

The rules for this blog award are as follows:
1. To accept the award, you must post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted you the award, and a link to their blog.
2. Pass the award on to approximately 10 other blogs that you recently discovered, and think are great! (Mine are not necessarily recently discovered, but I love them)
3. Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
So here are the 10 blogs I have recently found that I wanted to give the award to....

Julie @ because of her photography
Jen @ because of her photography
Me-Mo @ because of her photography
Rebekah @ because she is my comedian, has an incredible son, and because of her love for photography
Sugar Ed Productions @ my newest blogging inspiration... and my tool to better cake creations
Kyliee @ because I get to see my two nieces grow up!
Amanda @ because of her photography and she is from the coolest city on earth!
Izzie and Emmy @ because of her photography
Jules @ because of her photography
Amy @ because I love her Martha Stewart creativity, because she is a personal friend, and also because I know she actually loves her awards I give her! :D

So I love everyone I follow I am just trying to pick those I haven't already chosen...

10 Years have passed...

since the death of my husbands mother and my children's grandma.

Unfortunately neither I nor my children ever got to meet this incredible women... but at least we have the stories and memories from my husband to know what kind of women she was.

It is sad because she would have been one incredible grandmother to my kids. I feel like God took apart of their lives away from them. I don't know why but I guess I just have to have faith that there was a reason. I know she left an incredible testimony before she passed and she is a huge part of why her 5 children are advocates for the Lord... and because of her grace and love her children brought me and my friend Jody (who is also my sister in law) to the Lord...

I would love to share her testimony... and I pray that I only use this story to enrich your lives and love for the Lord.

Before Debbie got cancer she was a loving wife, a pregnant mother of 5, a business owner, and a Member and Leader of Right to Life of Boise. She was the glue that held the family together.

When she went to the doctors for a lump in her breast she was pregnant with my sister in law Jessey. The doctor told her that she had breast cancer and needed to start chemo immediately. They suggested an immediate abortion of her unborn baby Jessey because if she didn't start chemo now it would kill her and the baby.

Fortunately Debbie was a women of Faith, and prayed her heart out that she would live long enough to give birth to her baby and then start chemo. And miraculously God answered her prayers.

Jessey was born at 28 weeks (the doctors took her out as soon as she would survive outside the womb). By that point the doctors said her cancer had progressed and gave her less then 6 months to live. It was devastating news to the family. Can you imagine how her husband must have felt to know that in 6 months his wife could pass and he would have 5 children (including a newborn baby) to raise by himself....

But Debbie put her faith in the Lord over the Doctors and prayed that she would live long enough to see her newborn daughter become a women. And God answered her prayers. Jessey turned 16 in November of 1999 and Debbie passed away less then two months later. How amazing is that. Despite Debbie's odds statistically... she fought breast cancer with God on her side for 16 years.

This story alone reminds me how powerful God is. And how much he cares for you... and that he does listen... he hears your prayers... and he will answer them... and when they are considered "miracles" like Debbie's story was... it becomes an amazing testimony... and that means... it is a story that we must share with the world to remind us that God works continuously in our lives, every day, every minute of every second!

The following pictures are our visit to her grave December 22nd 2009. These photos were long over due to make it to my blog... I have no excuse for my shortness in blogs... just lack of time... my usual excuse.

My children's great grandfather's grave is next to Debbie's. My father in law jokes that he could never get away from his in laws... even after he passes away! LOL! I know everyone feels this away about in laws sometimes... and even sometimes their own family!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Maternity Photos of Jenny

My sister Jenny is pregnant with her 2nd child. She is having a little boy and is due March 6th! I can't wait to meet my nephew and take his baby photos!

Here are the maternity photos I took. I had a hard time doing pictures without my flash... I am stepping on new grounds here! :D But I love the benefits of natural lighting on pictures so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try.

A not so funny, slightly boring and pictureless ramblings of my day for Rebekah!


it was a restless night... Madison wouldn't sleep... and then my alarm clock went off and after Ihit the snooze button several times I finally woke up... didn't get coffee cause my husband is out of town and I am to dumb to know how to brew coffee... so I am exhausted and lazy and didn't make my son's lunch for school (bad mom!) ... so as he is asking me where is lunch is and i tell him to get money out of my purse... I put on Dora for my kids so maybe I can snooze for just 5 minutes longer... but the dog is licking my face cause he has to go potty and the cat is meowing at me cause she is hungry... so I get my butt up finally... clean up the messy syrup and milk mess my kids left for me on the counter because they attempted to made breakfast...because did i mention I was too lazy to do it for them... and then get a call from my sister wondering why I wasn't at her house... Oh yeah! I forgot i had an appointment to take her pictures. So i rush to get the kids over to her house and as i am taking pictures i notice my battery to my camera is half dead... so a little annoyed that i didn't plan a head of time... And did i mention the lighting in her house sucked! So finally after hours of pictures... we are done and I go home to find my husband got home from out of town and is attempting to do laundry... and trying to put my wet clothes in the dryer... did I mention I hang dry all my clothes... because i do! So after telling him for the hundredth time not to do laundry or dry my clothes because it ruins them I think he finally got the point... but then asked me what was for dinner... Oh yeah dinner... Hadnt planned that far ahead yet... so throw something in the oven... sit down to edit photos and here I am hours later playing on the computer when I should be sleeping... and my smug mug is experiencing techincal difficulties so i can't even upload my photos tonight... So there you to... my not so interesting... but very busy day!

Oh did you want a picture?!?

Here is one for you


It's my smiley face picture! LOL! you are the best... thanks for the laugh! hope you enjoy my blog today!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Week 2: Photo Challenge - “Best Face Photo”

This week at iheartfaces we are celebrating their first year birthday! How exciting! I have been a member for quite a while now and it is such an amazing website for hobby, amateur and professional photographers. This weeks challenge was "BEST FACE" photo from either December 2009 or January 2010.

This was taken December 5th at my daughters 2nd birthday party. Here is a picture of my niece Kylie. I love this photo... The colors, her expression, her big brown eyes.. and even the toy across her face. It is just a unique photo and a lucky capture

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