Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Our Little Dancer Rylee had her Christmas Ballet Rehearsal today. She was so cute even though she and most of the girls wouldn't do all the dances. It was fun to see what they have been working on. I think she was a little nervous because she was biting on her fingernails, that's what she does when she is nervous. The real test is going to be in April...........when the Dance Recital is at Mountain View!!! It will be fun no matter how they do. We are so THANKFUL for her teachers MRS. Tamara & Ms. Nicole for putting up with all these girls and especially Rylee! I also want to thank Grandma Mortensen, Aunt Shirley & Aunt Brooke for coming and supporting Rylee today, We love all of you so much!!! RYLEE YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB TODAY!!!!!

Rylee and her cheesy smile.

It is so fun because they all watch each other when they dance.

Rylee was watching her teacher so they knew what
to do next, it was kinda funny.

All the little dancer's got to have some treats after
and Rylee always LOVES treats!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Here we are alive and doing well! Alot has gone on this last weekend in the Mortensen Family. On Sunday Travis & Brooke Blessed Baby Carson. We took some family snapshots and everyone was there except Cody and Bradley they are serving their Missions. We sure miss them alot! Monday night on my side of the family we went to Tempe Marketplace they have fake snow for all the kids to enjoy. They sure had alot of fun playing and dancing on a big stage. After playing in the snow we ate at this place called Slices they have HUGE pizza slices and it was really good! Rylee had been bugging us all night to go and look at Christmas lights so we decided to go check some out. It really doesn't matter how crappy you feel like when you are prego like me, when you see all the lights and all the fun family time you get to spend together you can't help but to be HAPPY! We LOVE this time of year, spending time with Family & Friends! We hope all are doing well and have a WONDERFUL Holiday Season!!!

Rylee had a fun time looking at Christmas lights last night for FHE.
(she loves santa!)

Rylee, Crew & Daddy!

At Tempe Marketplace they have snow every night at 7pm for the kids.
Rylee LOVED it!

Here is Crew wondering what is going on and Rylee enjoying
every minute of it!

Rylee was dancing on the stage having a blast!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Happy Birthday to our Rylee girl! She turned 3 yesterday and it was a fun day for her. I started the day by heart attacking our house so when she woke up she could see all the hearts in the yard..... she loved it and was so excited! We just hung out most of the day until I went to the Doctor and we found out we are having another BOY! When the appointment was over we rushed home so we could get ready to go to dinner. We had all of our family and some friends come and celebrate Rylee's Birthday at Texas Road House. We all had fun and Rylee of course got to ride the saddle, she was kind of scared but she did it! After dinner we all went to my house and had cake and ice cream and opened presents! She definitely got a ton of gifts, THANKS to all that helped to spoil her on this special day! We love our family and friends so much!!!
Rylee on the saddle at TRH (look at her face!)
Her Tinkerbell cake! Everyone singing to Rylee! She was so EXCITED to open her gifts!Her new bike and her friend Josh next to her.
Daddy helping her ride her bike.Rylee and Cheyenne, oh how cute!
Daddy helping read this special Birthday card. It was from Uncle "CoCo"!
We love Uncle Cody and Uncle Bradley, they are both serving missions.
Rylee was sad they couldn't be here for her B-day. we sure do miss them!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

School is finally here!

Well it been a long time since I've posted, alot has been going on in our family. I have been having a few problems with this pregnancy and has set me back a little, SORRY. So our Rylee girl started preschool on the Aug. 19th with Mrs. Rebeccah. Rylee absolutely loves her! She is the only girl in her class she is having the time of her life..... she is seriously growing up too fast!!! Her teacher Mrs. Rebeccah has her class wear the shirt color they are working on for that day. As you can see today was yellow day. There are not alot of choices for girls in the color yellow, we did our best! Thanks Mrs. Rebeccah for being an awesome teacher and friend!!!

Rylee half smiling, she doesn't do the best in the mornings.

I told her to smile this is what I got! Rylee had to have a backpack like her friend Josh. It is so funny because it is HUGE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


So last Friday Ryan and I went on a date night, we went to dinner and were suppose to go to the movies. Well we had a little time in between dinner and the movie so we thought we go look at bigger cars. Ryan and I never made it to the movies that night, we end up getting our new car. We knew we were going to be getting a new around Oct. or Nov. before the new baby would be here. Our car we just got back in March wasn't going to cut it with three kiddos in car seats. So we got a smokin deal on our new car. we end up with a '04 Yukon Denali fully loaded( leather seats) with 27,000 miles and in perfect condition. We could not be any happier with our new car.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


We have been working with Rylee for the past three weeks trying to have her become a BIG GIRL and she did it! She is now in BIG GIRL underwear!!! We are so proud of her. I am so, so, so excited I thought she would be in pull-ups FOREVER. Ryan & I were so happy because we only have to buy diapers for one now but not for long. I told Ryan we should but keep buying diapers for the new baby since we are already used to it. (LOL) Anyways we told Rylee she could get anything she wanted if she became a BIG GIRL, kind of crazy I know. Well she wanted a bear from Build -A -Bear. I thought we could do that not knowing how much they cost, but we didn't care. We were just so proud of her and she LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! The Bear is her new BFF. She is getting so big right in front of our eyes, it is kind of weird but fun. GOOD JOB RYLEE!!!!
Rylee & her new bear.
Rylee wanted to give her a big fat kiss.
Rylee saying she loves her.

They are both so dang cute!!!

Arizona Mine & Mineral Museum!

So this last weekend my brother asked Ryan if we wanted to go to this Museum because they had a BIG tire & a BIG shovel dipper that they use where Ryan works. We thought it would be fun to see that, so we went. I can't believe how BIG they really are. Inside the Museum was filled with tons & tons of different rocks from different Mines. It sure is a small Museum but it was fun to see some pictures of the Mine where Ryan works. The best part was it only costs $2 to get in but it cost you about $10 to get over there because it is in Phx., Oh Well!!!

Monday, July 7, 2008


So our little Rylee has been sick since Saturday so I finally decided we needed to take her into the Doctor. We took her in and she has NASTY STREP THROAT. I feel so bad for her all she does is sleep and fuss. I hate Strep it is not fun so I feel her pain. She will not eat ANYTHING at least she is drinking liquids. I hope she gets feeling better really soon. I love Rylee!!!
Our sick little Rylee girl.

Poor Rylee!


HAPPY 4TH OF July!!!!

We were able to take a small trip up to Heber to enjoy the cooler weather on Sat. We asked my brother Michael and his wife Brooke if they wanted to go and they did. We all wanted to save on gas so we all went in our car, it was so funny. It went like this, I drove Brooke sat in middle next to me then Ryan in passanger seat and Michael in the back w/ both car seats. We seriously must have looked so HILARIOUS. Needless to say we made it up there safely!!! When we got there we watched the parade with Ryan's parents and the Germaine's. While we were watching they had fire trucks soaking everyone. But Ryan's mom Tammy, was smart and brought a HUGE umbrella so we hide uder it except Brooke she got drenched. After that we went to the park where they had yummy food, games and lots of stuff to buy. We went back to Germaine's cabin and Ryan, Michael, Brooke and the kids went on a Rhino ride, they had a ton of fun!! When they got back our poor Rylee was throwing up and running a fever, I felt so bad for her. That is how she has been now for 3 days.. I think it is a mixture of the heat, to much candy and not enough liquid. Anyways that Sat. night we watched a wonderful Fireworks show that was AWESOME!! WE had a great time overall...
Uncle Michael, Aunt Brooke, Crew & Rylee

Grandma & Papa Mortensen w/ Rylee And Crew

They sure do love their Grandparents!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rylee is a FUNNY girl!!!

So this morning I decided I need to clean my room. Little miss Rylee thought she needed to help but instead of helping she was making a BIGGER MESS. I was getting so frustrated with her. So I put on a movie for her and when I went to check on her this is how I found her. She is seriously a funny, funny girl! She even put her boots on with her pj's, that cracks me up. What was shocking to me, she was actually sitting and watching the movie I put on for her. Maybe I can get more cleaning done alittle more often!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Well it is Offical...

We just went into the doctor to make sure everything was were it should be and ok with this new baby.... and there the baby was, just chilling like a little peanut. Due date is January 30th....we are anxious and excited. We will keep you posted....

My Grandparents 65th!

On Saturday my grandparents had their 65th wedding Anniversary. It was so good to see them and to see how happy they both where. I can't believe they are still kicken it! My Grandparents have done so much for me. When I was younger I went on lots of trips with them and spent alot of time having fun with them. I love them both so much but there is something special about my grandpa. My Grandpa is the sweetest man I know, he is always happy and is so Christ like. I want him to know how much he means to me. When I was holding his hands on sat night and talking to him he said some precious things to me and I will forever cherish that moment. I'm not sure how much longer he will be in our presence, so every moment with him was so important to me. After we were done talking I had tears in my eyes and Rylee had asked me what was wrong. I told her that mommy had happy tears. We had a nice evening visiting with everyone. We where able to take some family snap shots, except one of my brothers wasn't able to be there. We love you David and we missed you!

My Grandparents( John & Eva Merrill)

Taking a picture with Gramps & Grams


My cousin Janee & I with Grandpa & Grandma

Crew with G & G

My parents with all their Grandkids!

My mom & I with my sis-in-laws

(Brooke, Felicia, Mom, Me & Rachele)

Ryan with my brothers except for david.

(Ryan, Steven, John, & Michael)

The three stud muffins!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I've been tagged!!!

How to play this game. Post these rules on your blog; List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

JOYS- 1. It's a joy being a mom and wife, it is so much fun! 2. It's a joy to go over to my parents & my in-laws house just to visit and hangout.3. It's a joy when I get to go on dates w/ my husband. I love when we can just laugh together over dumb stuff !

FEARS- 1. I have a huge fear that Rylee is going to get hit by a car one day. She loves to dart into the street.
2. I fear when Ryan is away at work for 7 days & I'm alone at night somebody is going to break in my house.
3. I have a fear of being pregnant, I don't have such good ones.

GOALS- 1. To become a better mom and to have more patience w/ my kids.
2. To get through this pregnancy with minimal problems.
3. To get up earlier in the mornings!

CURRENT OBSESSION/COLLECTIONS-1. I love to go shopping and find great deals!
2. I love to blog & read other blogs. I spend way to much time looking at blogs, but it's to much fun!!!
3. I love to decorate and help others w/ ideas.

RANDOM FACTS- 1. I have always wanted to go to school to become a Cosmotologist. One day I hope to fulfill this passion.
2. Before I die I want to run in a full marathon.
3. I have never been on a airplane.

TAG YOUR IT!- Kerrie G., Shanna, Julie G., Aileen, & Valerie

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Happy Father's Day to the BEST Daddy & Husband EVER! I just want my husband to know how much I love him. I appreciate every big & little thing he does for our family. He is the heart of it all, bringing out the best in all of us. He reminds me how fun family life can be. He is a very hard worker & always goes the extra mile, no matter what. I also want him to know I could never be the person or mom I am today w/ out him. Ryan, I love you so much and hope you have a wonderful Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Thanks Aunt Brooke & Uncle Michael for taking Rylee & Crew swimming. The first time Rylee got in the pool this summer she FREAKED OUT!! (LOL) Well she is warming up to the idea of going swimming. Crew on the other hand absolutely loves the water. I can't believe how fast time flies, Rylee is going to be three in sept. , Crew is almost seven months & we have one more on the way! CRAZZY!!! I love being a mom to my precious kids.

My big girl Rylee Paige.
Crew & Rylee laying out getting a tan.

Crew just chillin in the water.

Crew was so relaxed he fell asleep.