Wednesday, April 15, 2015


We have some smart kids in the Jolley household! Kate rocked it by earning 100 AR points (these are points taken for reading comprehension on books she has read). Congrats Kate!!!

Mrs. Page always congrats them with a giant hershey's candybar. She was SO excited!

School has also taken over my life. The past two week were spent studying anatomy and physiology, which is not my forte. However, I studied a lot and the studying paid off big time. I received 100%! The only 100% in my class!

I love learning and will definitely miss it when I graduate!

Friday, April 10, 2015


 Spring pictures are here of these two! They turned out really good!!!

Dawson - 5th grade

Kate - 2nd grade

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Our first year with our newest baby is almost to a close! I can't believe that she is 11 months old already. Echo is a digger, but she is super sweet and likes to play a lot! Our kids still are loving her and still cleaning up her poop in the backyard. I feel like she has been so great for our family. I still sneeze at her every once and awhile, but overall my allergies are doing pretty good.

Here are a couple of "cute" pictures that we hope you enjoy!!!

Sleeping stretched out
Looking out the window!

"Am I in trouble?" face

One of my favorite pictures
Echo always tilts her head for pictures
She is SO photogenic

Totally just hanging out in crate - with her head on a ball

Another head tilt!

After a bath - you can tell how skinny she is!

Playing with one of her besties - Rue

After her last grooming!

Isn't she so cute?

She is now approximately 21 pounds and the cutest furball that we know! She excited to celebrate her 1 year birthday! It will be fun!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I love that we celebrate our family anniversary, the day that we became a forever family. I think of that day often and love that we have added 2 children and a dog to our mix. This year was tricky because I have been in school. But, I was lucky that it fell on a Saturday. I went to school that day and came home in time to go pick up food and watch a movie.

The last couple years, we have picked up each member's favorite food or what they want that night. It requires a bit extra time. Not goin' lie though... this is SO much fun to see what everyone got and to take a bite of everything too. Luckily, the kids go along with whatever plans that we have set in motion.

Dad - Red Lobster
Mom - ButterBurrs
Faith - Burger King and Wendys
Dawson - Red Lobster and Burger King
Kate - Wendys

The spread of food

Kids starring at the feast that has been presented!!!


After we ate our meals, we sat down and watched Big Hero 6. It was such a fun movie! If you haven't watched it yet, put it on your "Must see!"
I love my family and am so grateful that we get to be together forever. They mean the world to me! Through all of the ups and downs of life, family is still there and will love you! I can't believe that it has been 14 years since we step into the celestial room. I remember that day, sweet Faith and Brandon, and all of the friends, family, and ward members who made the trip to support us that February afternoon! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015


After a little more than 2 1/2 years of braces, Faith is finally experience slimy teeth again. She looks absolutely beautiful and I am so excited that we decided to wait it out a couple extra months. She was so excited to smile braces free! Good job Faith for wearing your rubber bands and everything. You are a beautiful young woman and Dad and I love you!

Documenting the retainer process.

Friday, January 2, 2015


I really love traditions. So, when I was in Kansas last yes January, I couldn't help but fall in love with this New Year's Day Good Luck Soup. It's kind of like a chicken bean soup and it quite delicious. If you eat this on New Year's Day, you should have good luck all year round! (It is good enough to eat every month if you ask me!)

The recipe comes from Sally Rhodes. Enjoy!


3 cans black beans
3 cans kidney beans (dark)
3 cans great northern white beans
2 cans pinto beans (not smashed)
3 chicken breasts chopped into cubes
2 cans green chile peppers 
Add about a tablespoon of chicken broth
1-2 cans of stewed tomatoes


1 Cook chicken and chop into cubes. 
2 Drain the cans a little bit before you dump them in.

3 Simmer for about 30-45 minutes.
4 Serve over sour cream or greek yogurt if desired. Top with shredded cheese.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


One of my favorite annual posts is the summary of our year through the funny quotes during the year and the quotes that touched my heart throughout the year. I hope that you have a couple of laughs and that you too are touched by amazing words. Thank you for touching our lives! Enjoy!

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January 5th - Asked Faith if she was excited to go back to school tomorrow. Her response? "Why would I be excited? It's like Azkaban."


February 7th - We just got done playing Apples to Apples as a family. Dad decided to pull down Kate's shorts and Dawson starts screaming, "You've just killed my eyes! I saw her nuts!"

February 7th - Another funny tonight from Dawson. "Mom, is it true that in the olden days that if a boy and a girl got married that the girl would take on the boy's family name?"

February 11th - This morning Faith and I were having a conversation that maybe we should eat a little something before we work out. She said, "I can't do that because Kate has ears like a ninja and Dawson IS a ninja!"

February 23rd - Kate today in church, (now 7), says, "Is Brother Porter the Bishop?" I laughed and said, "No. He's a counselor honey." Kate replies, "Is that like a butler or something?"


March 9th - So today we caught Dawson sitting on the top of Brandon's truck signaling 'I've got my eye on you' to another truck that drive by our house. I looked over just in time to witness this and to see the passenger signal in the same way to Dawson 'I've got my eye on you!'
And in case you found that funny, keep reading. At Grandma Kathy's house, he says, he thought of something great to do and when another car drove by, he thought, 'this is the time to show that I'm very special!' Then he broke out doing the sprinkler dance.

March 29th - Dawson today, "I wouldn't be a pescetarian full time but I would do it part time."


April 5th - Looking through old pictures of Faith today. One in particular is special! Faith says, "I was under amnesia!" The correct term would be anesthesia!


May 17th - Dawson (10 years) asked me this afternoon if I was having a baby. When I said no and asked why he asked, he said, "You've sure been craving chocolate enough!" Not to mention the extra fluff... So, I think I have motivation to start working out and hitting the gym again.


June 4th - Dawson today, "If I came home and if the walls were smothered in cake, I would not be surprised one bit!" Funny boy - maybe having cake is in order!

June 29th - After talking about some fun things that Dawson said when he was in preschool, he said, "When I look back on those times, I think I was a brat!" I love this boy of mine!!!


July 1st - Kate today in the van humming Let It Go. "Mom, I'm humming Let It Go in Spanish!!!"

July 17th - So I go into our bedroom and hear something under it. Look to see what it is an Dawson is watching mine craft videos on the laptop. I ask him what he is doing and he says "This is my man hole". Couldn't stop smiling.


September 4th - During the prayer tonight, Dawson said, "Please bless Zoey and Brandon that they will be comforted in their jobs." So hard not to laugh when your kids don't say mom and dad.

September 11th - My sweet Dawson today was telling me about kids that were not behaving in class today. In his own words after he told me that they were moved from their desks right then and there, he said, "It was the taste of sweet justice. I knew justice was going to get them. And yes! Justice did. Taste justice suckers!"

September 14th - Faith and her orthodontist were having a conversation about her turning 14. He said, "Wow Faith! You're old!" She says, "Thank you! That's what every women likes to hear!" He says, "I mean mature." She says, "I don't feel like I will ever be more mature than I am right now!" As if she is already grown up and knows everything. Ahh, the life of a teenager!
September 23rd - Dawson was talking to his piano teacher and he says, "It just BEJUMBLED MAH MIND!!!"

September 25th - Dawson says to Kate, "Who died and made you Queen of the orange juice?" Funny boy!


October 4th - Dawson this morning. "Mom, do you know how I look at conference? It's spiritual Christmas I tell ya!"

October 26th - Dawson this morning. "I have two thoughts for restaurants. The firsts called "Phil's Place" and the other is an Atlantis themed restaurant with an aquarium." Seriously don't know where this kid gets it from!


December 27th - As we clean up Christmas, Kate noticed an older stocking. She said, "It's pink and princess. I'm too old for that stuff!"


Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.

Never stress over what you can't control.

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes” Charles Swindoll

If you allow people to take more withdrawals then deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative. Know when to close the account.

As we grow up, we realize that it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones. - Amanda McRae

When people try and rain on your parade, poke them in the eye with your umbrella.

The "stuff" that's happening in your life: there are lessons to learn and strengths to gain; that's why it's happening. Sue Fitzmaurice, author

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary

Happiness is an inside job.

Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

Be thankful for the bad things in life. For they opened your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to before!

"Lesson one. Sometimes being right doesn't matter." - Girl on a Wire

Why do we close our eye when we pray, cry, kiss, dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt only by heart.

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The one who would do anything to see you smile & who love you no matter what.

A physician once said, "The best medicine for humans is love." Someone asked, "What if it doesn't work?" He smiled and said, "Increase the dose."

Instead of saying, "Lord I don't know how I am going to do this," say, "Lord, I can't wait to see how you do this."

"Don't go to college just to collect a degree. Search for something you love and pursue it with passion." Dave Ramsey