Sunday, December 12, 2010

Resin Board Tutorial

I've had a lot of questions lately about these boards, so I decided to do a little tutorial. Here is a list of things you will need:

1. picture (this one was from the 2010 calendar)
2. routered board (this 8X10 was purchased at the Hobby Center for less than $1)
3. liquid hardener AND liquid resin. These can be expensive, so split the cost with someone if you can.
4. disposable cups (4-5 to hold up the board depending on the size, 1 to mix the liquids)
5. tongue depressors
6. Glue stick
7. Cutting board
8. garbage bag
9. drinking straw

Step 1: Trim picture to the desired size to fit on your board. If you have a board that is larger than your picture, paint the board your desired color, then let dry completely.

Step 2: Cut picture and glue to board.

Step 3: mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in disposable cup. The amounts just depends on the size of your picture, but needs to be enough total to spread over the entire board. Stir thoroughly for about a minute until nice and bubbly.

Step 4: Cover workspace with garbage bag, making sure table top is level. Place board on cups, then pour mixture over board.

Step 5: Using a tongue depressor, spread mixture over entire board, making sure to fill routered areas. Let drip over sides. Run depressor over sides so that the side's color changes. (don't worry about drips underneath yet.)

Step 6: Can you see all of the tiny bubbles? Using the straw, very gently blow air over the whole picture. This will pop the bubbles. Be careful not to let spit fall through the straw onto the picture.
Step 7: Wait 30-45 minutes, then take another depressor and "dig out" the routered areas. You may have to go over them a few times to make sure they are clear. Once again, blow out any bubbles that may have formed, then drag the depressor along the board underneath to get rid of any drips. The mixture will level out as it sits.

Step 8: Let dry for 24 hours, then frame or prop on a stand an enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010


My parents entered the MTC at 10:00 this morning. I'm so proud of them! I'm sure last night was one of the longest nights of their lives. I'm sure they will enjoy their time in the MTC. They will be there today through next Wednesday, so that at least they'll be able to have Thanksgiving with family in Utah before they drive to Baltimore. Much better than eating at Denny's somewhere in the midwest.

May the Lord bless you during your Mission Mom and Dad!

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Helaman 5:12

Monday, November 8, 2010

2 months!

I can't believe Avery is 2 months already!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Missionary Parents

So exciting! My parents received thier mission call today, and they are going to the Maryland, Baltimore mission! I think they were hoping for somewhere with consistent weather patterns, like Hawaii or the Caribbean, but the Lord had other plans in mind for them. They will be performing assignments according to what the Mission President needs, so at this point they aren't sure what they will be doing. The Mission President is from Meridian, so at least they will have something in common. They report to the MTC on Monday, November 15th. Very fast! My mom was hyperventilating a little, but she'll be fine. So proud of you Mom and Dad!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Announcing Baby Avery!

To back up just a little bit, this picture is from Sunday, September 5th. Eric and I had gone into Labor and Delivery after 12 hours of contractions, only to find out that there had been absolutely no progress from the Monday before, and that they were sending us home. Very sad for me, but at least we got to have an ultrasound to make sure that Avery was still head down. We had also realized that she still had her fists up by her head, which was keeping her from engaging. After that, we just planned on the scheduled c-section for Wed, Sept 8th, as the day she would join our family. (even though the painful contractions did not fully go away)

Avery had other plans, though.

Tuesday night, September 7th, I had decided to start taking Colace at 7:00 pm. If you don't know what it is, look it up. I wanted to be ready for the c-section and the fun of recovering. Silly me, though. I had accidentally taken the "Colace with stimulant". In other words, a laxative. Now, while I didn't have the typical affects of the laxative, I did begin what I "thought" were cramps from it beginning at 9:00 pm. By 9:45, I was in tears when Eric got home from the temple because they were so painful and I was just done having pain. Eric gave me a blessing at that point, and then we starting timing in the event they were regular and turned out to be contractions after all.

By midnight, after a long, hot bath, and a lot of pain later, we realized that these were not regular at all. Because they didn't feel like normal contractions, we chalked it up to being a side affect of the Colace. At 1:00 am, I told Eric to go to bed and get some sleep since I would need him rested for the c-section later that morning. At this point, I just walked around and tried to work through the cramping, and at 1:30 I decided it was time for another hot bath.

Then....BAM! A really painful one came at 1:45ish. I couldn't take it any longer and I just began to really cry in the bath. I kept thinking it was going to be the worst night ever and that I would have to suffer another nearly 6 hours until I could go into the hospital for the c-section. Thankfully, Eric jumped out of bed when he heard me crying and said we were going to go in and get some relief for the cramps. He called our neighbor Shannon, and she came right over. We were in the car by 2:00 am headed for the hospital. I cried the whole time in the car, while Eric timed them once again...and this time, they were every 1 1/2 minutes.

We had a lot of road construction on the freeway, and once the construction ended, the fun began. My water broke after 15 minutes in the car...or rather, it exploded. Thank goodness for leather seats! At that point, I realized that it was NOT cramps, and I was indeed in labor. We were driving right behind 2 big rigs at that point, and once my water broke, the big rigs parted (one went to the slow lane, the other to the fast lane) and Eric was able to step on the gas and drive right between them. The next contraction came, at which point the cries changed to screams of, "I have to PUSH!" Avery was indeed coming, and she wasn't waiting! Eric's reply..."On no you don't!"

After 2 pushing contractions, and knowing we were still 15 minutes away from the downtown hospital that we were supposed to go to, it was decided we weren't going to make it and we needed to get to the closer "sister" hospital. Eric was going 100 mph when I looked at the speedometer, in between screams and pushes. It was just a couple more minutes when we pulled up to the emergency room, with Eric blaring on the horn. The security guard and an ER nurse came out to see what was going on, and after Eric yelling, "Her water broke and she has to push!" the nurse ran for a wheel chair. There was no way I was walking. She wheeled me right up to Labor and Delivery while Eric hastily parked the car and followed, me screaming the whole way up. I did not want to deliver the baby without meds, and I was worried her fists were still near her face.

Several L&D nurses joined us in the hallway as went, reassuring me that it was too late for a c-section. We made it into the delivery room, with Eric right behind. He and the nurses helped me up on the table, the nurse made sure that Avery's hands were all clear, then away we went. Two pushes later, she was out....and then the doctor walked in. Great timing! At that point, the nurse informed us that she estimated us arriving at 2:18, and Avery was born at 2:20. I still even had on my sweatshirt! Thank goodness we didn't try to go downtown. She would have been born in the car!

And now the stats:

Avery Janae Warren was born at 2:20 am on Wednesday, September 8th. She was 7 lbs 2.8 oz, 19 inches long, with a perfectly round head.

We had been joking that we had her "eviction" date scheduled for the 8th, but I guess she wanted to leave on her own rather than being forced.

And later that day, she was able to meet her siblings, and they just adore her!

Welcome to the family, baby Avery!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lawn Mowing Skills

In honor of the up and coming BSU vs VT game on Labor Day, Rion decided to show his favoritism using his lawn mowing abilities. Can you guess who he is supporting?

How about now?


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Typical Idaho Weather

Personally, I'm liking how the weekend is looking!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Day of School 2010

Yes, it's that time! School started today. YAY! All of the kids were so excited to go back. They've been ready now for about a month. So glad it's here!

Rion - 6th (middle school)

Hailey - 2nd Grade

Chase - preschool (Chase was sad because he had to wait another 3 hours to go to preschool)

When I told Chase he had to wait to go to school, he said to me (in between sad sobs), "But that will take forever!" Poor thing. He probably cried off and on for another 2 hours.

Chase at preschool! So much happier!

Here's to a GREAT 2010-2011!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

More Cute Sayings...

During dinner today, we were teasing Chase about being so cute with things he says. While the babysitter was here on Friday, he kept saying, "Hey baby" or "Hey ladies", then winking while pointing his finger at the babysitter. Too cute. So we were telling Eric about it. Chase got all embarassed, pulled his shirt up over his face, and said, "I am not here." Wow, that was hilarious!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

32 Weeks

32 weeks pregnant, 7 to go until her scheduled eviction date! Probably one of the only pics I have of me. :-)

Monday, July 12, 2010 live in Idaho.


If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Idaho .

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Idaho .

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Idaho .

If "vacation" means going anywhere north of Salt Lake City for the weekend, you live in Idaho.

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Idaho .

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Idaho .

If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" and back again in the same day, you live in Idaho .

If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both unlocked, you live in Idaho .

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Idaho .

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Idaho .

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Idaho .

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Idaho .

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Idaho .

If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly" you live in Idaho .

If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your IDAHO friends, you live in Idaho.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Funny Prayers

Tonight was Hailey's turn to say the night-time prayer. As she did so, she asked Heavenly Father to "bless the people who are sick that they will get over it." I've never heard it quite phrased that way, but it was pretty funny.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Potty Time

Chase was using the bathroom this morning. When I went in to check on him, I found him on the toilet with only his socks on. When I asked him why he was naked, he very seriously replied, "I not nakee, I have on socks!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The other day, Rion and I were talking about the baby. (of course) He asked the cutest thing, and it totally makes sense with Rion's age. He asked, "Isn't the baby bored in there?" I told him that no, the baby doesn't know any better, and she is just growing right now. He replied, "Can't you just swallow a game system for her or something?" Too cute. Yeah, cause she'll know exactly what to do with that, huh?

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's a Girl!

Yes, baby #4 is a GIRL! We are all so excited...except for Chase, but he'll get over it when he sees how cute she is. As of right now, her name will be Avery Janae. Hailey's middle name is Janae as well. Eric's sisters have the same middle name (Joy), so we thought we'd carry on the tradition.

Here are some fun pics of our precious girl!

If you look carefully, you can see that she has her feet crossed. What looks like a hand above the leg is actually the bottom of her other foot!

Face picture. These are always kind of creepy. :-)

This one is one of the favorites! Thumbs up to you too!

Now bring on the next 20 weeks!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mama's Little Helper

Especially when it comes to power tools!

Missionary Activity

The Primary Presidency really outdid themselves on this one! They had everyone gather in the chapel (the "MTC) for their instructions, then they split up into their respective countries, borded their planes after going through the metal detector, had an in-flight movie and peanuts, and then off to their country. Eric walked around and visited all of the different countries that were taught by those that serverd their missions there. I stayed with Chase as he experienced Hong Kong. It was so fun to see souveniers and photos Brother Barclay had, and he even made fried rice! Yum! Eric had many different foods since he was walking around. I can't wait to get the rest of the pictures from the presidency. I'll post them once I receive them.

All in all, it was such a powerful experience. I hope the kids remember it always and remember the sweet spirit that was with us. What a wonderful day to remember!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Hailey color-coordinates well, doesn't she? Hee hee hee

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Family Pictures 2010

While we were in Fresno for Gerrit's baptism, we took the opportunity to get some family pictures taken with Angie and Tamara. I am still waiting for the full disk to arrive, but these are some of our family that Angie was able to email me. I can't wait to see the rest!

This one of Chase was the last photo that Stephanie took...and is probably the best one of Chase she was able to get. I'm so glad!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Savanna and Wesley are two of Chase's best friends.

This whole group of friends finds some way of playing as often as possible! It's so fun to have friends that live so close.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Weekend

We had a wonderful Easter weekend. With General Conference this weekend too, it really made celebrating the Resurrection our Lord and Savior a special one. The conference addresses were very powerful, and I think I lost count how many times I actually started crying. I can't wait for the Ensign to come out!

On Saturday, we had lunch at the Bradshaw's inbetween conference sessions. The kids had an Easter egg hunt out in the backyard. Chase and Wesley kept watch to see where the best places to go were. So cute.

Today, we watched conference and had Easter lunch at my parent's house. Larry's family, Richard, Lori's family, and our cousin Jeni and her family joined us. I haven't seen Jeni since before Eric and I got married. It's been a while. It sure was nice to catch up. After we ate, we had an Easter egg hunt in the house (in case it started raining), and then had these strawberries for dessert. Mmmmm. I'll take these over Easter candy any day!

All in all, it was a wonderful Easter. I hope everyone felt the Spirit as strongly as we did. I am truly grateful for the Atonement in my life, and for a Savior that has prepared the way for me and my family to return home to our Father in Heaven.