Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lauren on Good Morning America!

WHAT?! Oh, yes it's true. My little sister Lauren is going to be on Good Morning America this Tuesday to show off a holiday recipe of hers with Sandra Lee from the Food Network. Go Lo!! You rock!! Everybody tune in!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

They're here!

Finally, the family pictures are here and they are cute!! My family is adorable and I have proof! Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure. More coming to you in a Christmas card soon :)

ps. please send me your address so I can send you a card!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Family Pictures...finally!

Our good friend Matt (not my brother) takes great pictures and agreed to take our long overdue family portraits. He's touching them up now, but gave us one preview. I'll send them to you all with your Christmas cards :)
Speaking of Christmas...I CAN'T WAIT to come home to Canada!!! Will the canal be open by then? Anyone up for some skating?
ps Sorry about the not posting for camera got sand in it and now the lens won't open. Does anyone know how to fix that? A post isn't a post without pictures. ...maybe I'll ask for a new one for Christmas...Mom :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oh Zoe!

We didn't think it was possible to break a bone in our family. There are no broken bones at all in Tony's family or mine. But from the way Zoe fell yesterday, and the sound of her scream, and the look on her face as she lay there on the floor not moving, I knew right away that she broke something. Brave girl at the hospital, she didn't even cry. The nurse came in and said a grown man broke his arm in the room down the hall and was crying like a baby. Everyone was impressed. So her arm is broken, but not badly said the doctor. It wasn't swollen very much, so he put in in a splint for a few days then will put a cast on it. Will she have a cast on her arm for her birthday? for the first day of school? Zoe asked. Yes. But maybe it will be pink I said. Then it is ok Zoe decided. How I love that girl.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Oh, she's just so cute!

Want to win a cruise?

Thought you might want to enter too. You're welcome!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Zoe: "Grandma E, guess what I got?!"

Look closely!

To my dear sister Samantha

Sam above, and Zoe with Luke's quilt below :)

My mother-in-law has taught me that a new baby can not be born without making at least one quilt for him. SO, knowing that my wonderful mother isn't into that kind of thing, and with guidance from Stephanie, I took it upon myself to make baby Luke a quilt. Luke will be Sam's first baby and is therefor a very special little boy. We are so excited to see him in a few weeks :) I was going to mail the quilt, but then I thought I'd just bring Sam, if you happen to read my blog before then...SURPRISE! I love you!

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to you Tony! This picture is my favorite...waking Tony up from a Sunday afternoon nap with their gifts...and Keegan striking a pose :)

These next ones are a couple of my favorites that I've never posted:

Tony and our newest baby, Olivia, almost a year ago...I can't believe it

And Tony, at the airport to pick us back up, so happy to have us home, and us SO glad to be with him again.
My Dad, or Grandpa to my kids, who came with me to the wave pool only because he loves me.
Happy Father's Day to you too Dad!!



Saturday, June 12, 2010

How many good things can happen at the same time?

These last few weeks Tony has been on a roll:
1. Today Tony ran his first-ever Half Marathon!!! He did it in 2 hrs and 4 min (WOW) totally beating my time!
2. He is going to teach an English class at BYU-Idaho next semester!!!
3. His "Nate and Tony at the Movies" which is in the local paper and online, is now a morning radio show! It will air every Friday morning in the 8 o'clock hour! (I'll post details as I get them)
4. He won first place in the Associated Press recognizing excellence awards, for graphic design

Well done Anthony Potter :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NO Taining Wheels!!

She's a natural! We're so proud!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


We did it!!! I ran the Salt Lake 1/2 marathon in 2 hours and 13 minutes! That's 10 minute 11 second miles which for me right now is the very best that I can do. WAHOO!! Thank you Tony who thinks of all the little things and does them, who takes the time when he has no time to spare, and who wants me to reach my goals as much as he wants to reach his own. And Lauren, oh Lauren, it is so much easier to run when you are running with me! I am going to miss that!
p.s. Did I look like I was ready to pass out? Because I was. And yes, I totally wore my medal all day :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010


These are so cute! How fun is SO fun :) Ooo, and I need one of these too thanks!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Great Grandpa Ernhofer

Two Sundays ago I felt that I should call my dad and ask about Grandpa (miracle #1). He told me that my Grandpa was worse. I asked if we should come and he said he didn't know. I asked my mom and in reply she told me the story of when Grandpa was about to have his brain surgery and I called my Dad who was at the hospital and asked him to pass along the message to Grandpa that we (Lauren and I and our families) loved him very much and were thinking and praying for him. Mom told me that when my Dad told my Grandpa, Grandpa wept. She said, "If he has that reaction to hearing that you love him, imagine what it would mean to him to have you come all this way."

It just so happened that we had unexpectedly got a big check from our insurance (miracle #2)from when Liv was sick and in the hospital and I was feeling guilty about it--that we had financially benefited from her being so sick--and I thought "This is Livie's money. What would she want us to do with it?...Have us take her to meet her Great Grandpa."

So it was decided. Tony and I got out our calendar and saw that the only possible time it would work would be immediately, so he looked up plane tickets while I called Lauren. I told her that we were going and asked her if she'd like to come. They talked about it and figured that the only way they could afford it would be if Gordon got the internship he had applied to, which they wouldn't know until later. In Lo's words they "decided to take it on faith" and they decided Lauren and Brooke would come.

Then I called Sam. We had been trying for over two years to see Sam after she moved to Calgary, but something always seemed to come up. So I called her and found out that because of spring break she would be off work at the exact time that we were planning on going (miracle #3), and after a bit of encouragement from me, Shawn ("family comes first!") and my parents, she decided she would come to (miracle #4).

It was late when it was all worked out and official, and it was even later in Ottawa, so I waited until the next morning to call my Grandma. At first she didn't believe what I was saying, but I kept telling her, "It is done. The tickets are bought. We're coming! We're all coming." Only after a moment when the news had sunk in did she remember something that had happened the night before. She woke Grandpa up to get him ready for bed, and as he was waking up he said, "Is Shayna here? When is Shayna coming?" Grandma said, "No Frank, Shayna lives in the States, she's not coming." And to me she said, "What an amazing coincidence! How did he know you were coming? Just as you were working it out, he knew." (miracle #5)

All of Grandpa's grandchildren and all of his great grandchildren came for him. We bought tickets Sunday, and we were on the plane Wednesday. While we were gone, Gordon got word that he did get the internship (miracle #6). While we were there, there were countless little miracles involving each person in our family. It was amazing.

We just got home last night.

Mom called just a minute ago and said that Grandpa went back to the hospital today. They did more tests and the doctors say he has two weeks to maybe two months to live on this earth. My mom said that the last time he was very lucid was the last time I saw him, two days ago, when we came to say goodbye. He had fallen asleep after we spoke, so as I was leaving I pressed my cheek to his and whispered, "Goodbye Grandpa. I love you." and he said "I love you too."

I am so grateful this Easter weekend for a loving Heavenly Father who allowed me the opportunity to see my Grandpa and tell him how much he means to me, and for my Grandpa to see all of his family there with him and for him. I'm grateful for the prompting of the spirit that we all have that if followed, will allow us to be instruments in the hands of God. I am grateful to know that because of Jesus Christ, we will all rise again. That we will live with our families forever, and that death is a temporary parting.

President Benson (a prophet) once said, "Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar his face is to us." I am so grateful that even though we can't see him here, we can feel His love every day.

Baby shower cake

So we went to Canada (YA! I'll post about that later), to see my Grandpa and while we were there Lauren, my mom and I decided it would be a great time to have a surprise baby shower for our sister Sam and our new nephew-on-the-way! I didn't get the chance to make her wedding cake so I thought this was a great opportunity to show her how much we LOVE HER...with cake of course!

Speaking of new nephews...Congratulations Kim, Brian, Addie and Callen on your new baby! We were so happy to hear of the safe and healthy arrival of Cooper. We can't wait to meet him :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's official...

I'm running the half marathon in Salt Lake in less than a month!! Ahhh!! I'm excited of course, but nervous already. I've never been in a race before. It still surprises me that I can even follow my training program. I don't notice that I'm improving, but I must be. Yesterday I ran 10 MILES--the longest I have ever run. I pushed myself and beat my 9 mile time from last week (not that I'm that fast at all) but impressive to myself. REALLY. I'm still shocked at what my body can do.

I have never been a runner before, but after this last pregnancy when I was heavy and so out of shape I could hardly move without hurting, I decided that enough is enough! I would not take my body and my health for granted. I remember distinctily being amazed when I could run a whole MILE, when I ran two whole miles, shocked and proud when I ran five...and now I can run 10. What?! Really?! YES! It is proof: You (whoever 'you' are) can do it (whatever 'it' is) too!! Hurray for us!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Run, run...

Lauren has become my running buddy--and thank goodness for her! It's amazing how much easier it is to keep going and help the time fly by when you have good company. How lucky am I to have a sister in the same little town as me, miles and miles away from where we grew up? SO LUCKY! Tomorrow we run EIGHT miles (which I've never done before)...hurray for us!

By the way, have any of you checked out my friend Stacey's blog (on my side bar)? She's a crazy awesome insane athlete. Inspirational :)

And do you know about this website that will calculate your miles for you? So cool.

I also found some half-marathon training ideas here which I hope will help me be faster.

ps. Mattie, do you want to come run with us?!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nate and Tony at the movies

Does he get to see the movies before everyone else? Yes. And he gets paid for it. Would you join me in hating him?!...but then he goes and rents me movies he knows I'm going to I love him again.
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Monday, March 1, 2010


I have LOVED watching the Olympics. There were so many amazing athletes with inspiring stories from all countries, and being from Canada and living in the States I felt like athletes from both countries were mine!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My house is magic--Brooke walks!!

Caught on video! She's getting there! Four different times Brooke let go of what she was holding on to and just stood there for a while, looking at us like "what...?" and she even took a few steps toward Zoe and Keegan (great little cheerleaders).

Keegan reads!

Who knew? We caught him sounding out one of Zoe's little books, and we thought maybe we should try him out on Zoe's old flash cards. He knows all of his upper case letters, but we hadn't actively taught him lower case, so he gets d, b and p mixed up a little, and vowels are a tricky, but he did really well! And he's really excited about it, so we're going to be better about teaching him. Smart kid!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Yup. I am so cute :)
(Brooke's pretty cute too.)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winterfest and a 10K--a good day!

This is us at Winterfest on the sleigh ride.

Lo and Brooke, Liv and me. Liv was pretty miserable :(

It was pretty cold, but a beautiful day. This is the tree right outside our door.

Tony--just ran the 10k!! Can you see the icicles on his stubble and hat?!

This is me just finished my run! Everyone got bundled up to come out and cheer me on!

Tony and I ran 10k Saturday! Hurray for us! Not an actual race, Tony looked up the 10k route that you can run at the Dam Marathon here in the summer and we followed that. Next step: train for a half marathon. Who knew it was possible?! I'm proud :)

Later in the day we all went to Winterfest here in town. Zoe and Keegan had lots of fun--especially winning prizes and treats, going on the horse drawn sleigh ride, painting snow, and playing snow bowling. (Zoe helped me write that part). Lauren and her family met us there. Olivia didn't like the cold weather, but she and Brooke looked cute in their matching snowsuits.

All in all, a great day :)

Little things that mean a lot...

Hand made with love and handed cute!

Great Grandma E made this hat, mitts and booties for Zoe, and now Liv wears them. This was taken when she was around 2 months old.

Evan used to wear this sweater! Great Grandma's sister made it for him years ago. Keegan loves it--the buttons are his favorite because they're shiny and he can do them up easily. Val, this picture is for you :) Sorry it took so long!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How do you beat the winter blues?

More bouncy gym pics...

As much as we like to play in the snow, sometimes the weather is so bad that you can't go out and play. So the kids have been racing their tricycle and scooter down the hallway, we've gone to grandpa's elementary school and borrowed their gym on Saturday, and we've been back to the bouncy gym. We've been doing lots of art, and Zoe goes to her swim class every week which she loves (Keegan's not quite convinced that he wants to swim yet). They have lots of energy with just a little space. Any suggestions? I can't wait for Spring!

First Snowman of the season

Julie came over on her day off from school and helped Zoe make the first snowman of the season. I love his button smile!
We try to get out and play in the snow every day but it usually ends up that Zoe and Keegan will play while I hold Olivia who will inevitably fall asleep :)

Choco loves to eat icicles and snow, and now that the snowbanks are pretty high, he loves chasing the squirrels even more because he can get that much closer to them.

We love the snow...but we'd rather it be summertime!

Already 5 months!

Olivia is already five months old! She's so big and cute! She loves her toys.

She drools a ton, but no teeth yet :)
She's an expert at sitting up, and when she's awake in bed, she'll push with her elbows and lift her head and shoulders off the mattress trying to get herself up and out!
The only times Liv gets really upset is in her carseat, and in the bath. She does NOT like it and she lets us all know!
Zoe is best at making her laugh, which she does a lot.
We're so happy that she is a part of our family!

Monday, January 18, 2010

She rolls!

Lo and Gordon had us over last night and Olivia and Brooke got to know each other a little better. Brooke is curious about Liv, Liv tries to grab at anything that moves, and they're both just babies so it's funny to see them together. At the end of the night Liv was in her seat ready to go home with her binkie in her mouth, and Brooke crawled over, took the binkie and put it in her own mouth! We rinsed it off and gave it back to Liv, and Brooke took it again...and again :) Lo took a bunch of pictures and a video--you can check it out here. Liv was good natured about it, but Brooke will have to look out as soon as Liv is mobile!! Speaking of mobile: she rolled over on her own at home later that night! Yeay Olivia!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

What were you doing New Years Eve?

Without Tony here we had to party by ourselves, but it was quite a party :) ...and we all were asleep by 7:45.