Friday, January 29, 2016


Echo got a haircut. I love it!!! It's short enough to keep looking clean and mat free, but long enough so she doesn't look buzzed. What do you think???

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Brandon decided that for 2016, our family should focus on being more active. We are definitely more of the couch potato kind. He thought that it would be cool if we would move it and get rewards.

So here's the summary of our 2016 get active challenge!!!

For every minute you are active, you receive 1 point.
For every glass of water you drink, you receive 1 point.
Every time you go out to eat and DON'T drink pop, you receive 10 points.
Each week, you can walk Echo for 20 minutes and receive 10 bonus points! (So you walk her for 20, but receive 30 points.)
And sometimes, if we are being really generous, you can even earn points for trying new foods!!!

I created 12 different prizes that we will receive. Some of them like the trips need to be earned by the complete family. Here is our vision board by the dining room table.

Rewards are accumulative, so you never loose points. Here's the summary of the rewards!

600 points - movie at the Reel Theater
1200 points - treat at Kiwi Loco or Geraldines
2000 points - movie at the big nice theater
2900 points - Outer Limits night
3900 points - dinner with the family
5000 points - $20 each
6100 points - board game
7200 points - moive at the big nice theater
8300 points - trip to West Yellowstone
9400 points - new shirt and pants
10,500 points - $40 each
12,000 points - trip to DISNEYLAND!!!

So, so excited to be more active and for the family to work towards these goals!!! Woot, woot! I will take monthly pictures to chart our progress. Good luck everyone!!!

Friday, January 1, 2016



January 3rd

Kate said (7), "I just want to know if I can have two or three friends for my birthday for ice cream, or a facial... Or to get our nails done or something." I hope her husband is prepared. My kids think that going to the spa is a "normal" part of life!


February 1st

Kate just got out of the bathtub and said, "I'm prunier than a grandma!" So funny!


March 1st 

Spoken from our 8 year old, Kate. "I don't know why, but I'll I've had today is ice cream and cinnamon rolls. I'm going to eat chips now because they are healthy!" Lol.

March 20th

Kate said, "If mom died, Faith would have to drive. And She would get arrested and kill everybody!"


April 23rd 

Conversation this morning with Faith and geography. Then, I ask Brandon if he knows why we have haze. He says the fires in Siberia and then asks Faith if she knows where that is. She says, "Yeah. Isn't it in Africa?" I think she needs more geography.

April 26th

In case you can't enough of the funny Jolley kids, Kate says tonight, "I think I cleaned too much, so my stomach hurts."

April 26th 

Dawson tonight for the dinner prayer, "Please bless that we will have a good night and awesome lives!" I want an awesome life!

April 26th

Yesterday, Faith messed up on making cake mix cookies so she asked if she could make "cake muffins." Brandon said, "You mean cupcakes?" Lol!


May 2nd

Faith tonight, "I'm getting to the stage where I'm going to college." Hehe! High school Faith, it's just high school. Don't grow up any faster please!

May 9th

My eyes were getting tired so I pulled over to have Brandon drive. Kate asked what we were doing and we explained that we were switching off. She said, "Does Dad know how to drive?" I do most of the driving, but Brandon and I were cracking up!

May 9th

Kate had a bad dream last night. She is worried about sleeping in her room tonight. As she looks at the mess, she says, "Maybe it's karma telling me to clean my room!" Rofl! I can't make this stuff up I tell ya!

May 14th 

Kate on Tuesday asked F, "Is it the 12th of 'Merica today?" (America)

May 16th 

Dawson today after we got out of church noticed that I had cleaned up the car. "Holy crap! This feels like I'm 16 and have a first car smell! Though I don't know what that would really be like. Do new cars really have a new car smell?"


August 5th

Kate tonight, "I need Sister Fa'aga'i to tune my guitar when she comes. It sounds like a dead bird!"

August 23rd

Trying to convince Dawson to play the piano for his grandparents. And he wants to make up something. I'm begging him and he says,"Please let me play my masterpiece first! I composed with my own two brains!"

August 23rd

Dawson, "I really think that I need to get one of those skipper binders." He wants to be organized this year!

August 25th 

So I'm trying to be more in the loop of bill paying and everything. Tonight I asked Brandon if he had a plan for our money. He said, "Yeah! Watch it go bye-bye!"

August 30th

Faith, "We talked about the sabbath day. I sat by Sister Poppins and Bailey..." (aka Sister Poppleton)


September 12th 

A couple days ago, Kate randomly says (8 yrs old), "I hope you know I am going to live with you for a long time. Are you okay with that?" Laughed so hard. She changed her mind from until she's engaged, until she gets married. I love our little girl!

September 25th

Dawson telling me about his day and the fight during recess. "I stood back and watched the drama unfold!" Lol


October 1st

I forgot to post my conversation with my sweet 8 year old Tuesday. It went something like this. She started talking about school and a particular situation. Then she said karma was going to bite! I asked her what karma was. She said it was like a ghost that follows you around. When you do something wrong, it just bites you!
She definitely does not want get bit by karma! Glad that my children know what you put out to others should always be good intentions with love. Thanks Kate!

October 25th

Mom: "Why don't you like curls Kate?"Kate: "Because curls are evil!"

October 29th

Going to help Dawson practice piano before school. He says, "I wanted to experiment with different octaves to see if it will sound better. I'm just not feeling it with this octave."


November 30th

Kate tonight, "Dad, isn't the most important part of a marriage honesty?" I love my 8 year old!!!


December 2nd

I love my kisses from Kate so I asked for one tonight. She politely gave me one AND THEN said, "I'm sick! You don't want to kiss me!" It's ok baby girl. I will still take your kisses any day! Love her!

December 16th

As I was leaving, I hollered out to Echo (my dog) to make good choices today! Haha! I guess she really is a chog!

December 25th

Kate talking to Grandma Kathy, "If you got one for F and D, then you had to get one for me because I'm too cute to be forgotten!"


"When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives us more than we can imagine, in His own time, and in His own way."

"Don't be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and fully enjoy the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. 'Accentuate the positive.' Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye, and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life." -Gordon B. Hinckley

"When you feel like you're drowning in life, don't worry. Your lifeguard walks on water."

"God doesn't GIVE us what we can handle. God HELPS us handle what we are given."

"Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold." Proverbs 11:27

"We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It is up to us to make it good or bad."

"God has placed you where you're at in this very moment for a reason, remember that and trust that He is working everything out."

"If you're lonely, please know that you can find comfort.If you are discouraged, please know that you can find hope.
If you are poor in spirit, please know that you can be strengthened.
If you feel you are broken, please know that you can be mended." - Jeffrey R. Holland

"Your value does not decreased based on someone's inability to see your worth."

"If we look with our spiritual eyes and hear with our spiritual ears, we will see and hear miracles in our lives and in other lives around us."

"Marriage and children are not part of the plan of happiness, it IS the plan." - Boyd K. Packer

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful & magical person that you are."

"If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can't just wait to see the kind of day you'll have. You have to decide what kind of day you'll have." - Joel Osteen

"Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life and said, "I'm here for you." And proved it."

"One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to in life. And with that she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So she made the decision to survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the queen of her own life and the choice was hers."

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."

"With God on our side we cannot fail." - Thomas S. Monson

"Real friends say bad things to your face and the good things behind your back." - Steven Aitchison

"If for awhile the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived." - Jeffrey R. Holland

"Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever, it's only paper. It takes love respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith in your relationship to make it last."

"If someone has offended you, insulted you, or disappointed you, let it go! If you are remembering all the ways you have been hurt or forgotten, let it go! Ask yourself, what good does it do for me to hold on to this?' - Iyanla Vanzant

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."

"You have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy." - Dumbledore

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." 

"You set the tone for your home. If you will slow down and enjoy the moment instead of getting mad at the world, it will be a much nicer day and week," - Flylady

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens

"Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life ... you make it." - Thomas S. Monson