Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Big Time News! It's a ...

Hey, I've been in Slackerville and haven't posted for a while. Sorry, but life has just been too dang exciting and busy to keep up with. I'm so far behind on all my friend's blogs that I feel out of the loop. I've got a ton of things to tell you, but I think I'll keep you in suspense and do a little at a time. :)
So, shall we announce the best news first?
Last week, we found out that we are going to be needing some blue blankies in this household! Yes, we're going to have a BOY! My husband is thrilled because he felt a little outnumbered. He said there's so many emotions with all these girls, but he loves it--we know it!
So later this fall, we will welcome our first little boy and thank goodness his sisters are excited about him! At first, Gracie was adamant that she wanted another sister, but then a few weeks ago, she changed her mind.
We're thrilled with the news and thrilled that everything on the ultrasound looked so healthy. I'm trying to keep my energy up with the two hoodlums, but boy do I look forward to naptime and bedtime some days! The girls have been really cute about my pregnancy though and I think they'll be pretty excited when the baby finally gets here.
Well, gotta run but I have some more fun news coming soon!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Birthday BASH

We recently had the big 5 birthday party for my daughter, Gracie. It was a blast. We had ten 5 year olds running around like crazy. I think the highlight was when my husband let them throw water balloons at him and chase him around.
As you can tell by the picture, Gracie was a tiny bit excited about her big day!
I had a lot of fun making a special birthday cake for her. My mom always made awesome cakes from the Wilton cake pans and decorated them late into the night when we were asleep. We would wake up in the morning and our fabulous cake would be on the table next to our presents.
I showed Gracie the selection of cake pans and she chose the "Cool Cat" and wanted it pink like the picture too. I let her help me for a little bit before bed and then I realized the true reason my mom decorated the cakes late at night! About the time Maggie pulled up a stool and started licking the frosting off, we decided it was time for bed. I think it turned out pretty good though and thank goodness we have a picture to remember all that work we ate. :)

I can't believe that I have a 5 year old, but it sure is fun. It's amazing how much they learn and can comprehend already at such a young age. She has an amazing imagination. In fact, she gave me the idea for the next book I want to write just because I was listening to her talk. She is constantly playing and making up songs to sing to her dolls and stuffed animals.
I hope you all had a good mother's day yesterday. I love my girls so much and feel so lucky to have them. I am so happy that I can hear their little voices every day (more thankful when the voices are singing instead of whining, but ya know...)They are priceless!
Here's a pic of Maggie at Gracie's party. She came for the food.
And she was a pretty good sport for being only 2 1/2 and watching her sister unwrap all of those presents!
I hope this brought a smile to your face. I want to thank my mom and dad for making all of my birthdays special. I have so many great memories of all my awesome cakes and the other fun things we did. I love you guys!

Friday, May 2, 2008

New Writer's Conference Coming Up!

I just found out about another writer's conference that is filling up fast.
Cedar Fort Publishers is putting this one on. I wanted to let you all know in case you've ever wanted to attend a really affordable conference. And I definitely want you to tell them I referred you because I get a $5 discount if you do. :) The conference is held at CFI in Springville, Utah.

Here's the details which I received from Doug Johnston:

6 7 8 Writers Conference!

There will be a writers conference on 6 7 8! (June, 7, 2008)

Motivational speaker and author Eloise Owens will headline the
writing conference. She is the author of Get Off The Beach and
has spoken to close to a million people in her career.

The day will go as follows:

10 a.m. till 10:15 a.m. Welcome by Doug Johnston
10:15-10:30 Jeffery Marsh, acquisitions editor for Cedar
Fort and BYU professor tells what he is wanting in manuscripts,
book submissions etc.

10:30 to 11:00 Abel Keogh, author of A Room For Two, will teach
each of you the importance of websites and blogs, even if you
don´t have a book yet!

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 Janet Kay Jensen, author of Don´t You
Marry The Mormon Boys will teach on publicizing yourself and your
books. Janet is very good at self-promotion and will teach each
of you how to do the same.

11:30 to 12:15 Doug Johnston, will show writers what
they need to know about being an author from a Publicists view.
12:15 till 1:00 p.m.. Lunch

From 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Eloise Owens will be the keynote
speaker. Ms. Owens will make you think, make you better and make
you money writing. You will remember her for years to come and be a better author and self-promoter after listening to her.

During the conference, you can sit down with Jeffery Marsh and
bring him your manuscripts, book ideas, or just ask him
questions. You will be allowed 15 minutes to tell him about your
ideas. There are a limited number of slots, so call today.

The cost for the conference is $25, and you will receive Eloise
Owen´s book Get Off The Beach, and lunch. To sign up,
please do the following:

If paying by credit/debit card, call 801 489-4084 and tell them
you are signing up for the 6 7 8 conference.

If you are paying by check, please make payment to
Cedar Fort
Attn 6 7 8
2373 W 700 S
Springville, Ut 84663

We are limited to 200 seats, and we are half full already. So
rsvp as soon as possible.


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