Wednesday, November 19, 2008


*What is your husband’s name: Mark Graff
*How long have you been married? 6 years 7 months and 3 days! (But who's counting)
*How long did you date? Well that a long story, from our first date to our wedding date it was 1 year 4 months, but to say we dated that whole time is not exactly correct. But from our first date to our engagement it was 11 months.
*How old is he? 32
*Who eats more sweets? we both do, even though he wants me to stop buying them to tempt him, I have the self control and he doesn't like to be tempted.
*Who said I love you first?he did
*Who is taller? Mark
*Who can sing best? I do by a long shot, even though I have teased him, he likes to sing.
*Who is smarter? I would say for book smarts, I think I am, but he is very good at the things he takes an interest in.
*Who does laundry? Me, he helps sometimes if I need it.
*Who pays bills?I do
*Who sleeps on the right side? Mark does, its been that way most of our marriage
*Who mows the lawn? no lawn soon ( Thank goodness),But Mark would, but I have on a few occasion and surprised him and did the yard all by myself.
*Who cooks dinner?Mark does.. but I am trying harder to do more, HE was taught by the best.
*Who drives? Mark, but I like to share the load if we have a long trip.
*Who is first to admit they are wrong? I say me, but Mark would say its just to quit the fighting and that I am just paying lip serivce.
*Who kissed who first? he kissed me!!
*Who asked who out first? It was him, but our first date, was supposed to be a group thing, and we ended up being the only ones going, but since he paid I consider it our first date.
*Who wears the pants? I do, but I am trying to find a size that fits him and that I can't wear.

I'll tag Laura Keith, Joy, Becky, Jenna, Rebeca, K, and Ashley....

I love you baby! I keep counting my blessing everyday that I have you in my life. Thanks for sticking around and loving me so far.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween and Historic elections

So I thought I'd share some Halloween Pics, But I thought I'd share my own thoughts with the election results. I have really mixed feelings about the results of President, but I am very happy the marriage amendments in Florida, California and Arizona. I am very pleased with the citizens of those states, that they banned together to keep marriage the Way Heavenly Father created it. But I still feel uneasy by Obama's election, and all the lies said by the campaign and the media. Lets just hope we all can recommit to making our own homes and families strong despite the world's persuasions. If we stay close to the Lord, he will not forget his children and will help us get through these last days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My little Girl all grown up

So this past Wednesday, Aimee's school had an award assembly and she received 2 awards. It was very exciting for Cady, Emily and I to cheer for her... to the point of embarrassment for the volume. She received one for Perfect attendance and on the Principal's Honor roll. and this week she was Star of the Week. She also went on her first field trip on Fri. Lots of exciting things for her. Its great to see she is really enjoying School. The coolest thing is to see what she is learning. Her favorite book to read at home is "Hop on Pop" to the point that she almost can read the whole thing with no errors. pretty scary if you can ask me. My little girl reading and recognizing words. its so fun to see her mind work.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I'm Tagged, now your IT!!

A-Z Tagged

A- Attached Or Single: Attached
B- Best Friend: Mark
C- Cake Or Pie: Cake first
D- Day Of Choice: Friday
E- Essential Item: Chapstick, and a good pen
F- Favorite Color: BLUE
G- Greatest Accomplishment: marrying in the temple, and climbing Mt. Whitney at age 12
H- Hometown: Lancaster, CA
I- Indulgences: Chocolate-covered anything
J- January Or July: July, It's beach time
K- Kids:3 girls
L- Life is Incomplete without: family, friends, and little touch of fun
M- Marriage Date: March 22, 2002
N- Number of Siblings: 2 sisters (2 step-sisters, and 5 step-brothers)
O- Oranges or Apples: Oranges
P-Phobias or Fears: falling backwards, and something happening to my spouse or kids.
Q-Quotes: Do, or do not, There is no try!
R- Reason to Smile: being able to walk and my family
S- Season: Fall
T- Tag five friends: Alyssa, Joy, Laura, and Becky, and Kelly L.
U-Unknown Fact about Me: I'm a pretty open book, but I can't stand being alone or doing nothing for the majority of the time.
V- Very favorite store: Old Navy, if I had to pick a store, that's nice
W- Worst Habit: biting fingernails, but I have others, I don't want to mention...
X- X-ray or Ultra sound: Ultra Sound
Y-Your Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan, or pizza
Z- Your Zodiac sign: Taurus

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Aimee's 2 week break

Well Aimee has enjoyed her 2 week break and I actually didn't mind having her home again, hanging out with me. She is a great help, with Cady especially. Emily has enjoyed her playmate and partner in crime. But I thought I'd get some "non-naked pics" of my girls so no pedifile will pick up on my blog. We watched Law and Order SVU last night and It really bothered me, so I am going to delete the pics on that site, just to keep their sanctity. I am looking forward to Conference this weekend. Especially with the economy and the political mess I hear everyday, I wonder if they will say anything regarding it, besides the stuff we have heard before. But it makes me think, they have been preaching, stay of of debt, save money, have food storgae and if u just look around , its for times like these, not necessarily for times of natural disaaster, but economic disaster as well. With Mark's and I decision to move closer to work and be in a smaller apartment, we are really trying to simplify our life, and save what we can. Which I think the Lord is aware of our needs, and is so far blessing us in that decision. It will be hard going from the luxurys of living in a house, whether u rent or own, to an apartment, but I think Our family needs it, and needs to be unified especially under these times. I just hope the Lord can continue to bless us in our efforts and give us the strength to endure the temptations that may lie in wait for us.
Well on a lighter note, as far as My exercise commitment, I have been going every weekday since July 21 ( minus a few days here and there for sick kids, or me sick), and have officially lost 7lbs and counting. My eating is still being curtailed, but I think I needed to get " in shape" before any weight was going to be lost, My endurance was pretty pathetic and now I can burn over 400 cal on the treadmill in 30 mins. Which my goal when I stated that first month was at least 100 cal. So the past few weeks, I have seen the scale continue to drop, almost on its own. Which is such a nice thought. But I am losing a few inches here in there, but I don't really see it yet, but I am getting more flabby, in the areas of great need, so there is hope there. Mark and I might start up Atkins after we move just to jump start his weight loss, but we'll see. Till next time and hopefully an another wight loss update.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


We feel inspired to share this with you, enjoy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Moving on up

We actually not really moving up according to theworld's standards, but it is north of where we live now. We got approved for an apartment that is 2 miles form Mark's work. Its a little small, but I think we will manage, it will at least keep costs down. We are so grateful for the many blessing we receive daily, like small things like looking for an apartment, and having a steady job, and our health. Hopefully we can be back in a house sometime in a not so distant future, but for the mean time, we hopefully can get some things taken care of. The girls are having fun with whatever they happen to choose to play with at the time. I'll include some "racy" pics of my artists. We will be sad to leave an awesome ward, but I know the friends I have made, will benefit me in the years ahead. Thanks to all of you.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I would like to take a minute and talk about the great calling of Missionaries. Not the typical 18 and 21 year old, but the mom's and dad's, and grand parents, and great grandparents, who go out and serve the Lord. My wonderful in-Laws entered the MTC yesterday for a 23 month long mission. I am so grateful to have them part of my life, they have helped Mark and I in countless ways, that its hard to comprehend sometimes. They have raised a great son, who I love more then anything in this world. He treats me so well, and has such respect for his parents, I'm in awe every time I witness it. He truly was..." born of goodly parents." The entire Graff family, I know will be blessed as their Parents and grandparents serve the Lord in Guatemala. I have never been in a family that was able to receive the blessings from having a missionary go out and serve. So I am wondering what the Lord has in store for us in these next 2 years. Mom and Dad are such great examples to us, and it would be so good of us to follow in their footsteps. I know I look forward to the time Mark and I will go, since I never served a mission. We will miss seeing them and talking to them, but thank goodness for emails, we will be able to get updates on their progress. Speaking for our family, we will miss them greatly and I know the kids will too. My only hope is my Cady will remember them in 2 years since she is only 14 months old.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Day of First's

Aimee's First Day at school

First Tooth lost all in the first 24 hours of being a Kindergartener

Well it has been longer then I'd like since my last post, but I've been real busy with family and company. In my next post I will post multiple slide shows, briefly telling whats been going on the last 2 months, but Today I wanted to Post since it was first day of school, and My sweet hunny's birthday, and he got to go to a company paid for Baseball game, so someone upstairs was looking out for him, even though he didn't get to share his exact day with his family, he did get to do what makes him the happiest, and thats baseball. I love you baby and 32 is pretty old, but you don't act it. I have also begun my first steps to a new me, and I know I have claimed changes before, but this time, I have actually done my homework and I have a friend that is really helpful in getting me to my goals. She is kicking my butt, but since I haven't had a good butt wuppin for awhile, Its not too bad. Besides, when did a little butt wuppin hurt anyone. Well we'll see I'll check back in about a month and give my stats hopefully they are worth sharing, but I am so sore right now, that I don't want to have to redo this again, I want this to be my last time I am sore for days on end.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


So, I recieved my long awaited 2 year degree in the mail yesterday. I didn't think much of it, when I was waiting for the arrival. But after it came and I opened, I felt a huge relief, and then a feeling of joy. I actually earned a Degree, an Associate in Science. I didn't think it would ever truely happen, its been so long since I started and has been delayed so many times and had lots of complications. So its a great feeling to have accomplished something like a degree, at the same time as raisng 3 wonderful daughters. I just wanted to share this with all of you. I am grateful to be able to continually develop my talents and mind. I am truely blessed with a supportive husband, and now I get to wait to start the nursing program untill he finishes his license, so I will be supportive now for him. and I can spend more time with my girls before they start school.

Friday, June 13, 2008

My baby turned 1

So My little baby turned 1 last sunday, and yes of course I wanted to do a little birthday thing, even though for a 1 year old its just about the cake and the wrapping paper, oh wait, isn't that the same for grandma's too! She loved her cake and enjoyed the few gifts we got her from her grandparents. I wanted to share some pics of the event so I didn't forget before Father's day.
Its sad and Its fun to have your infant grow up, I guess its fun to graduate to milk from formula and lighten the grocery bill, and be able to sit forward in the car, and be able to stat walking and being more mobile, but as that hits so does the attitude of independence, yet they know they can't but they will try their little hearts out. But I think it will be nice when there is no more diaper changing and no more putting everything on the ground or within arms reach in their mouth stage. But I do look forward to what the future brings as I watch the little daughters of Mine grow up to be bright Young Women.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Getting Older

Well I have been feeling rather blah the last 4 days, and maybe even today, not sure yet, but we'll see, So as I cut My dear husbands hair this weekend, I noticed something, I didn't think I would notice, and there it was, not one but a patch of gray hair at the base of his hair, intermixed with his blond hair. I was shocked to say the least, He is not quite 32 and already its coming. It only lets me tease him more since I am 6 years younger, and I would always tease, " You old Man" But now he really is, very funny. I apologized, since I think I might have cause the gray hair growth, but I think the kids will cause mine.
Anyways since the last post, we also celebrated Aimee's 5th birthday. It is so weird to think she is getting so big, starts school in less then 2 months. We had the Kings over since those are main friends right now, and just had a little party with cake, pizza and presents. It was quick and The girls helped me decorate a little, so it was nice.

Aimee's first present
Barbie from Kings
The Cake
Daddy bringing the cake
Waiting patiently
lame parents forgot candles again, but little birthday girl didn't mind

I have been doing alot of reading, studying, thinking about Improvement. In all aspects of my life alot lately, I have read a book on parenting, marriage, fitness program, and organizing. Its hard to know where to start. I think that's my biggest downfall, I get an idea and I think I must act on it right away, and then I find other things get ignored, and then I get stressed, since I'm not done with my new idea. I want to share with all of you some cool things I've learned, but just not there yet, as far as organizing, I'm still waiting to get a full fledged routine in my life going, I'm working real hard at it, but most of the time I feel overwhelmed, and just take a break, which puts me farther away from my goals. Hopefully I will figure things out soon, I'm hoping when school starts I will be able to establish a good routine for things, since I will have some structure. I seem to work better when I have time restraints, and less efficiently when I have all the time in the world. Like I planned my own wedding while working 2 jobs back to back with 3 hrs in between, but I got it done and I used the time I had efficiently, its been hard trying to do that with the kids, wanting to just play and hang out with them, but always thinking I have something else O could be doing or should be doing. Anyways great Month coming up, I'm sort of excited for the next 2 months, My baby will turn 1 on Sunday, then Father's day, then my Emily will turn 3, and then we travel to CA to visit family for the 4th and then come home and Aimee starts school 10 days later and Then Mark has his birthday the very next day after school starts. so filled up next couple of months. What has got me through the last few years of childbearing is having big goals to look forward to, like baby's being born, trips, family visits...Anything to countdown to, helps me. Maybe it might help you too.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day and Birthday with a side order of PCOS!!!

Our little "Architect in training" riding her new toy

Well I'm late in posting, but oh well This last month has been one of many tests, I have recently been going to my GYN to find out why I have not had "Aunt flow come to visit" Since I have stopped Nursing back in Nov. So they did some tests and blood work and Ultrasounds and found out that I have a condition called PCOS, or Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome.- mainly means I have lots of cysts on both ovaries. FUN, FUN there are other things related I some hormones levels that are high, insulin, my Uterus has an abnormally thick layer of lining, that has not been shed, every month. Anyways, I had to have an Endometrial biopsy to see if it was cancer or another condition called Hyperplasia. But as of Wednesday, the doc said my results came back normal, so I am on progesterone to stimulate my period, and to help it shed the lining, also taking some diabetic pill, that is supposed to help the insulin level drop, and thus making the hormones return to normal. If u want to look into more about PCOS, here is a great link:
So with that, I will move onto the weekend. We started the eventful weekend by going on a double date with our friends Jenna and Corey, we went to dinner at Chili's and then went Miniature Golfing, (man we felt so old there), we haven't done that for a very long time. Then Saturday Mark too the girls shopping and I walked around other stores, ALONE, it was great. Then Sunday we went to church and Mark made homemade pizza, which was very good and our favorite Baker's Trifle. I opened presents and we had a enjoyable evening.
It is kinda weird to have Both Mother's day and a Birthday on the same day, but if I wasn't a mom, it would be even weirder. But I am very grateful to my sweet Husband for doing his best to give me such a special day. With young kids, it was put all on him, but it was nice to not have to deal with the kids bickering. I feel so blessed to be granted a honorable priesthood holder, who thinks the world of me and loves me unconditionally, excess baggage and all. I hope all you Mother's out there had a Special day with your family.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Those are such plain words in an of themselves, but when spoken by your 10 months baby girl for the first time it just melts your heart. So Saturday we bought the girls an early birthday present, A big swing set, and we started putting it together, it took 8 hrs or so to finish and it was pretty hot, so we were pretty tired. And Mark and I were tired to take the whole family to the store, to get milk, and a few other things, so I told him I'd go and as I walked in the door from the garage, she saw me at the end of the long hall, and she got real happy and took off real fast towards me, and when she got to me, I lowered to a knee and she climbed up on me and said "Ma, Ma", and Mark had walked in right before that, and we both were like, did she just say that. I got tears in my eyes, since both the other girls said da, da first. And so this time, he has been working on " I... Love...Ma ma", instead of da, da, so I'm way stoked that she said that already. and yesterday she was raising both arms up and the giving Mark "High fives", which was way cool. Moments like these make me feel very grateful to be able to be apart of their lives. No wonder our heavenly Father wanted us to experience parenthood, it gives us a small glimpse of how he feels towards us and the happiness it brings to him to see us learn, grow, succeed. I love it.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Having fun with Markers

So the girls were a little bored I think or too creative, they found a box of highlighters I had in the office, and they decided to make themselves cats for halloween, and then they wanted to go trick or treating, but this is what ended up happening, they not only colored their faces but their bodies as well,( I'm going to try hard to find the clean ones, as in not so fully naked shots) obviously I bathed them, and it mostly came out the next day, but it was all over. Kids will be kids though, at least it wasn't on the walls...count your blessings!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bon jovi video!

Yes my angle is not the best, but the view was pretty good, since you could get the feel of the whole concert! This one is for you 'Alyssa', and for all the other Bon Jovi fans out there...

I had to put another since it was so good

Monday, April 14, 2008

Daughtry and Jovi Concert review

Totally awesome, but next time we won't sit so close to the speakers, we were deafened literally till the next day, Mark till last night. They both sounded hot and looked sexy. I'm including some videos of each, the best that I thought
I think everyone needs to experience a rock concert at some point in their life, I'd recommend sooner then later.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bon jovi and Daughtry in Concert in 48hrs!!!!

I am so EXCITED to go see Daughtry and Jovi this Friday night, I will post this weekend and tell you all about it. I'm hoping I can get some cool shots or even an up close of him and in my dreams, with him and Mark. or even have something signed
. Anything would be cool. Mark and I love Daughtry he is our favorite singer, we both have other favorites, but we grew to love him together, so its cool that we can share a passion like this. Hope luck favors the desperate...We'll see... Can't wait No kids, rock music, and lots of screaming. What could be better.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Our new Prophet and Motherhood

Well, I actually was able to watch most of Sunday conference, and I really liked Bro. Ballards, talk about Mother's. I have been reading a book I purchased at last year's Time Out for Couples, called The Parenting Breathkthrough, by Merilee Boyack. It basically talks about how to teach your kids to be independent capable adults, who know how to save and budget money. Alot of it I will use as my girls get older, but a lot of the money things, were good for Mark and I. But I have been really thinking and pondering a lot in the last few weeks about the job of Parenting, and the role and impact it plays on the lives of our children. These sweet spirits, that the Lord has entrusted to us to raise, nurture, teach, love, support, and hopefully build a strong enough foundation to be able to return to live with him. ( Sometimes, I think, what were you thinking Lord, I can't handle this, I barely have my own life in order, and now you want me to be responsible for more souls). But with trying to increase our spirituality in general as a family, couple and personally, it has been on my mind, the majority of my days. I have been making goals and starting new routines with the kids such as chores, FHE, reading the scriptures, and nightly prayers. And I would be doing a good job without the help of a very supportive spouse. But what made me feel real good this morning, was when I was making a bottle for the baby, Aimee was finishing a puzzle on the floor she started last night, and I was singing " I am a Child Of God" The girls watched a little of conference and we had a packet that a friend sent me to do with the kids and that helped keep the girls in the room ands at least hearing the speakers. But Aimee could tell who the prophet was by then end of the morning. We had talked about that at the last FHE and I think she was starting to recall what we were saying. So, despite my shortcomings as a mother, housewife and maid, If my kids grow up with a love for the savior and this gospel, then I will feel very accomplished, and not care that the house wasn't spotlessly cleaned every day.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

"LIttle Chef"

So, Aimee has had a new friend this past week, and his name is "little chef". Any of you who have kids and watch disney movies, knows what movie I'm referring to, I'd hope. She carried him around in her pocket, when she's watching TV, playing outside anything, but she doesn't refer to him at every moment 24/7. But when I catch her involved with some thing, I can see her talking to him and putting him someplace to watch or help her. But what made me curious enough to blog about it, was I thought imaginary playmates, were for children who suffered from "only child syndrome" not from those who are a number in their home. But I guess not, Mark and I just think its cute, and he eggs her on, when she is not listening, or not paying attention to us, he'll say stuff like, " I'll take little chef, and eat him," and she goes beserek, like its real, very powerful is the human mind. So I just wanted to point that cute fact this week. I'm not sure what I should be worried about more, whether or not she has a "imaginary playmate" or the fact that it is a little rat.
Emily has been really successful at potty training this week. I have learned that if I put nothing on her, lower end, then she uses the toilet, if not she goes in whatever is there to catch it, whether it be underwear, pull ups, or a diaper ( yes, I have all three, but who doesn't have that for the potty training transitioning years of a toddler) and once I figured it out, she has been going number 1 and 2 in the toilet, as far as the mornings go, after nap, I put a diaper or pull up on when she sleeps, and she always seems to fill them up and wither go 2 again in there. But I think the concept is working, she has had some accidents, like peeing on chairs... but so far no carpet, just easy to wipe up areas. Count you blessings where and when u can I guess.
Cadyn is still all over the place and crawling pretty quick now, and yes we are calling her "Cady" all the time, I blame Emily, since she started it for me. But she has mastered the art of going from her knees to standing and getting up on furniture, and soon she will want to move across that piece of furniture and then away, crazy how fast they learn those things. But so far she is not climbing up or out of things, just gets up and stands theirs and bounces sometimes.
I have been sick with a cold and a nasty cough, which has affected my voice and my head is congested all the time, so I have not worked out since my little trauma over 2 weeks ago. I want to go back, just waiting for my body to get better, so I'm not huffing and puffing after 2 mins, cause my lungs have crap in them, and I can't breathe in my nose, since its full of crap too. But Mark did go 3 days in a row and takes the kids at least the older ones , so I can have some piece with just the baby, I cleaned one day, vacuuming really well, so it took all of 30 mins, and other stuff. Anyways, the alternator just went out on the Camry, but thank goodness thats all it was, and we had it switched out in like 15 mins. We are becoming pretty good mechanics, the pair of us. I guess it helps that both our first cars were 86/87 Camrys.
We are trying to keep up with our daily reading of the book of mormon with the kids, but some days are better then others. Some days we are too tired, and we simply forget, since we just want to get the kids in bed, and lay down ourselves. Hopefully next week can be better.

Friday, March 21, 2008

I'm DONE!!!!!!

Well, so much for the Atkins thing, I was doing alright, lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks, and then something happen last Wednesday, that kinda has been a spiral down effect, where its one thing after another. I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder I think Monday night, reaching in the car, as we were driving home, which was out of reach(Mark was driving and I was not, just to clarify) And I believe I heard a pop, but never really hurt that much, so Wednesday comes around and the night before my arm was hurting a tiny bit, but nothing to cause any alarm. So Wednesday morning, I was in the office working on some computer programs mark didn't get to the night before, So as I was fixing things, My chest and shoulder started to really hurt, my first thought, was maybe I was just sore from working out, but I hadn't lifted any weights since the week before, and I did the elliptical for the 2nd time on Monday, but I didn't feel like I over did it. But as the morning went on, My chest was getting more and more tight, and every breath I took was getting harder, it felt like a muscle thing, but I wasn't 100% sure, and my back was hurting, so I was nervous, so I talked to an advice nurse, my dad's friend, and she said that with your family's history, I'd go get checked, and she didn't think it was a heart attack, and deep down , neither did I, But I wasn't sure at this point what was causing all this pain. So I called the Relief Society Pres, and she said she'd be over or someone would be over in a min. So about 5-10 mins later, She is over,a nd since I had not called 911 yet, she called for me. The fire men and para medics were here in like 5 mins, did quick EKG, and said well we can't tell for sure, and we think you should go in via Ambulance. So I did. 2nd time in my life, very weird, they treated me as if I was having a heart attack, even though I was like I'm too young and its on the wrong side of my body. Nevertheless, I didn't have a heart attack, but the doc did do more x-rays, CT scans, blood work and another EKG, so basically they ruled out everything major and sent me home with a prescription for vicodin. after a few days of resting and icing my shoulder. Monday comes around, and as I finish up my H.W. for my last online class to earn my AA, Emily decided to make a run for the border...( I'll tell you the details if u want, I just don't feel like announcing it) and made it home safe and sound, Thank Goodness. Then Tuesday afternoon I feel ac old coming on, and since the kids have all had runny noses and coughs the last few days, I guess it was my turn. So here I am sitting here, just finished my last bit of H.W. and going on my 2nd box of Kleenex, watching DVR'd ER's and wanting nothing more then to take a bath or a nap. So as to say, I quit my diet when I left the hospital, and just writing to feel healthy again to go back to exercising. I haven't gained alot back, just a few pounds, mostly water, probably. Well I'm just glad I am done with this part of my education. Tomorrow is My Sweetheart and I's 6th Anniversary. So hopefully it will be a good day. I'm going to go be a mom again and check on the kids. TGIF

Monday, March 3, 2008

week 1 on Atkins

So after a weird, hard week on Induction on the Atkins diet, I have managed to lose 9lbs and 3 inches off my waist, 2 inches off my hips, which makes me very thrilled. However I have decided that I will stop Atkins on Sat, after my 2 weeks are through, and start to eat more sensibly, since me and mark are going to to the gym 3 x a week and Pilate's 2x a week at home, I feel that the diet is not the healthiest for you, in term of long term. I was reading in a health book, for the 8week class I'm taking online, to finish up my degree and the chapters I happened to be reading are on nutrition, managing weight and fitness. So after reading most of it, I told Mark I wan to get off Atkins and just eat better. So we'll see. I read about how your body reacts to the Yo Yo dieting, and so I want to set new goals for ourselves, by setting a 5 lb a month loss, if we can manage that. I will be pretty happy. We want to let our bodies work for us, not against us.
I have some other exciting news, I received my first calling in our new ward as a Compassionate service Leader Asst. The Relief Society told me in passing, that she will gives us further instructions soon, and that she wants to assign me all the babies being born. Which in our young ward, that in an of its self, is a huge feat of responsibility. So I am sure I will be very busy. I look forward to getting to know the sisters in the ward and helping them through this fun new experience. wow kinda sound like what I want to do as nurse. The Lord really does act in mysterious ways. Well enjoy and keep checking back for new news from the Graffs

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The BIG change

So in the next post I'll send pics, I promise, well as u can see my blog has changed, and there are other things that are changing since we moved to Arizona. I have committed to lose my baby fat, for good, and so We have all joined the gym ( local YMCA) and have gone a few times a week. I also have started Atkins as of Last SAT the 2/23 and so far I have lost 6lbs already I will probably start to post at least every week, with updates, I don't think I will ever look as good as Kristi. ( Way to go girl) Well Mark has a sucky commute and I hate not seeing him till after 6 every night, but we're getting a schedule down, so we can actually get things done with the little time we have together. Aimee and Emily are little terrors, getting into things, when I turn my back for a second. Hopefully this phase will pass SOON!!!!!! But I think Aimee is just bored with out being able to go to school anymore and has to wait 6 months. Cadyn is my little crawler, she is so cute. My little baby is growing up. She is eating so well and I wanted to throw in a cute pic of these 3 beautiful gifts from heaven. They make me want to pull my toe nails off, but i can't help loving them, they are so cute, Not sure where they got that from, oh Yeah, I forgot they are all little 'MARK'ets, and rightly so, From such a handsome daddy. I love our new life and we are really trying to make good changes to better our life.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Home In Arizona

Well, we are slowly unpacking here in the sunshine state, We have painted 2 rooms, the office and the living room, so that allows us to unpack those rooms but not much else, the kitchen is much smaller then what we came from, so we are deciding what to unpack, what to keep in boxes in garage or what to give to DI. Well I'll send pics when I get thing more organized, But I wanted to let you all know we are doing fine and its nice to be in a new home and new area. If you'd like to know our new info like addy and phone #, email me

Talk to you all later
Miss all of you in the great CA

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