Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sarah and Rachel
3 Terry sisters-Me, Sarah, and Rachel
In 2009 Sarah Terry became Sarah Porter and married my amazing new brother, Jayce! They do amazing things, like hike Timp and camp out waiting to take care of people that get hurt along the way. (Jayce is a part of TERT)
Sarah is one of my all time best friends. Even though I'm the older sister, I've learned everything from her. Next to our Dad, she's the most selfless person I've ever known. We talk in movie quotes together, which I really can't do as well with anybody else. She snorts when she laughs, and she makes it look good. I love you so much, bebe. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
P.S-I WILL SEE YOU IN FOUR DAYS. HIGH FIVE...NICE
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
- Delicious cake, recipe courtesy of my rockin sis-in-law, Megan. (Sorry it's sideways.)
- My family came, as well as the Schmutz family. Ken Schmutz is my Dad's cousin, and they moved with their six kids to the area nearly a year ago, which has been sooo fun. I don't have any first cousins, so having the Schmutz fam around is awesome. Love them!
- Check out the food in this picture. We're just doing our part to keep America healthy.
- We thought James would go to town with the cake, but he turned out to be healthier than we are. He wasn't a huge fan.
- Aunt Sarah and Uncle Jayce came all the way from UT :-)
Being a parent has blessed our lives so much. I am a huge emotional sissy now, and I blame that on James and Ben. I married Ben in May 2007 and I had James in May 2009 and with those experiences I've become more and more like the women I used to make fun of for crying over everything. My capacity for emotion has increased and I think I feel things more deeply now. One change that caught me off guard is my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Right after James was born, I was holding him and I felt a rush of love for the little person I had been carrying for nearly nine months. I felt scared for the trials he would face and I wondered how he would handle them. I felt the need to protect him and take his difficulties away from him, but I knew that I couldn't. Mostly I knew that I was going to love him, no matter what. Then it felt like my world shifted a bit and I realized that THIS was the love Heavenly Father felt for me. I just felt extremely loved. I felt really stupid, because I'd always known that he loved me, but loving James had changed the way I felt that love. Ben and I have had the most amazing year of our lives with James, and we've been blessed every single day. Happy birthday, sweet baby James. :)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
If you're poor and looking for practical advice, it may be worth adding to your reading list. My first post is on Tax Credits vs. Deductions, which is something where every U.S. citizen should probably have a general understanding. You can view it here. After describing what you should consider with your taxes, I give some strategy I used on our personal return.
Leave comments with any questions you have.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
For those of you who read this blog, I'm curious if you would have interest in tips and advice on taxes and finances in general. There's a lot of cool things you can do while you're poor that I think a lot of people do not realize. I'm not looking to make money off a blog or anything. I just love talking about this stuff as many of you may already know. Here's some ideas that have come to mind:
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA's)
-The Earned Income Credit (EIC)
-Investing for retirement when you're poor
-Tax credits, deductions, and strategy
-Current and proposed tax legislation - whether it's right or wrong, all these bills being passed have tax implications
-How to pay off debt when you're in debt
-Insurance - Health, Auto, Life, AD&D, Disability
-Anything else you might be interested in...
I was thinking I could even have some guest postings from people I know who have more experience in the field. Honestly, there's so much out there to know that unless you have a background in accounting or finance, you might not really understand, especially if you're still in college or just started in your career. The blog would not just be informational, but I would also give my opinion on what I think most people should do.
Let me know if you have any thoughts or interest. If you are interested, tell me your top 3 areas of interest in order.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Being the #1 fan of an 11-month old means lots of things. Here are a few:
- I wear more food than I eat.
- Did I wash my hair today? No. Will I wash it tomorrow? Yeah...I guess...maybe...
- Some days you get peed on. You just do.
Would I trade it for anything? No. Never. I don't think I can emphasize NO enough. That being said, some days it's kiiiind of hard to feel like a girl. Enter, WEEZERTHERAPY. One of my all time favorite loveloveLOVE things is when Ben sings to me. The louder the better, full on belting. (Anybody remember Brown House karaoke parties?) Up until a few months ago, my favorite was "Baseball" by Ozma. It's been replaced by...THIS:
The Prettiest Girl In The Whole Wide World, by Weezer. Today I had macaroni noodles smushed into my hair by sweet baby James. I don't care though, because Ben thinks I'm the prettiest girl in the whole wide world. So suck oooon THAT, macaroni noodles. :)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I'll try and post if we get any other fun pictures after tonights snow. The snow plow piles are already over 8 feet tall, so it will be amazing to see how they handle another foot of snow fall. We've really had to re-evaluate our food storage practices which have been non-existent up until now.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I got a bunch of free wrapping paper and told Ben the only stuff I didn't want to use was some creepy kitten/puppy stuff. Guess what he wrapped my presents in?
I love my husband. I love my sweet baby. And I love every birthday I get to celebrate with them. Here's to 24.