My name is Kristen Self, mommy of three and wife to Chris "Honey" Self. I used to think I was defined by where I worked, what I wore, and who I was friends with. Now I know nothing is more rewarding then staying home with my kids, lovin my honey, working on my photography, and following the word of my savior. I hope you will follow the exciting, blessed and sometimes sad events that come though this world around me. Enjoy all of the photos provided by myself. Look forward to reading all of your feedback as well.
My dedicated husband, soul mate, and father to our babies. Met in 1989,married since 2003, our happiness is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Honey is the most virtuous man on Earth, he has developed patience and a terrific work ethic. I know this love of ours will continue to grow and blossom until we are brought before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our 1st born baby is the life of the party, he excels in every sport he plays, LOVES the 2nd grade and may be a little bit of a Mama’s boy. Can you blame the kid, he has been joined at my hip since August of '00.
Olivia is the princess and the only baby girl in the house. When the ball gown comes off she loves sports, dancing and this lil lady can throw a tea party like no other. We were blessed with her big baby blues in March of '05.
The baby of the family, he is so sweet, a dancer, and singer. We are loving all of the new words he is learning and watching him explore everything. Liam completed our family in October 2007.
Prayer Requests...Email me to have your prayer request added to this list.
B and V's marriage, give them strength Lord.
Cec, cancer cells to be gone and for her sugery on the 7th.
Papa's medical treatments reguarding his cancer.
For Nana's surgery on Monday the 7th, eye area.
A family in our neighborhood, dad took his own life 2 weeks ago.
Pray for my swet friend A and her kiddo's to find peace and happiness
Pray for the E Family, may mom get a little break in everyday life!
S & A in their first home purchase.
For my friend C who found out she is expecting this morning! Smooth and healthy please...
Holder Triplets, born 8/23, come home healthy and quickly!
The men in my life...
And I know there'll be days when this life brings me pain. But if that's what is takes to praise You Jesus bring the rain. ~Mercy me "Bring the Rain"
Okay I finally finished up the Halloween cookies. I made the teachers all the witch cookies....nothing at all meant by that. =) Then I did Tanya and Mike's girls school cookies. Tanya ordered 60 ghost cookies for the girls classes. What a good mom huh? Most of us sent a bag of candy! Now I am just sewing the final touches on Jalen's army jacket I got at the army surplus. They had such great patches I could not pass them up. Unfortunately the $6 glue I purchased there to hold the patches on was crap. Olivia is still up in the air on her costume. She may be Wonder Woman tomorrow or she may be a princess. Her sweet friend Elizabeth offered up one of her Disney Princess dresses for Olivia to borrow. I really hope she makes up her mind SOON. You know Olivia, she would do a costume change in the middle of trick-or-treating if you let her. Ava was over a few weeks ago and the girls did a costume run though complete with doing there own make-up. One day a soccer player one day a princess. I love Halloween but I am getting a little Halloweened out! I already started taking down decorations tomorrow night and called the dentist to see if he is buying the candy by the pound this year. I hope all of you have a safe, spooky and sugar filled day tomorrow!
We are asking you all to pray for the Cook family. On Monday there 7 month old daughter Bree was diagnosed with Cancer, she is in stage 3 of 5. Please pray for Justin and Kari Cook, they are such a good Christian family and I can't imagine what they are going through right now. I will update the blog with any further information regarding her illness. If you do know the Cook family they are asking that they have there privacy right now.
We attended a few Halloween parties this past weekend. Chris was a boxer who appeared to have not done so well in his fight due to a black eye. I went as Betty Page, for those of you who don’t know she was a 40’s pin-up model. Keziah looked absolutely beautiful as a old fashion salon girl, her costume was of course amazing. Nathan, Keziah’s husband was donkey from Shrek, he had such a great mask. Stefanie was a police office, her stomach was proof she has NOT given birth to a child. Jessica was a adorable little kitty, make-up cutesy of MAC. We ended up seeing Jaime and Jason at the Shaw’s party. Jaime’s baby weight has literally melted away as usual and she was looking stunning as Robin Hood, complete with a feather in her hat. Jason went as a soccer player AGAIN this year. It must be a new tradition of his. We all ended up having a fun night out together. Every year the costumes get more elaborate and it is so fun to se everyone all dressed up. A special thanks to Stefanie for driving us all around.
Liam’s birthday party turned out great! Most everyone showed up in there costumes. I would have to say Frankenstein, AKA Max, won the prize for best costume. After lunch we all enjoyed homemade caramel apples, sugar cookies, brownies, and a haunted house cake. Liam is basically clothed for the winter with all of the jogging suits, jeans and shirts. I am not sure if he realized it was all for him or not but either way he had a blast with his cake. Thank you to all who were able to attend and for all the more than generous gifts he received. I hope everyone had a great time. Last week Liam’s first gift came in the mail from the Weitzel’s gift. It of course was perfectly wrapped adorably. Once Olivia woke from her nap she was dying to rip the gift open. We all waited for Liam to wake up from his nap and see his 1st present. Basically all he was interested in was the ribbons. Inside was a blue and chocolate jogging suit with coordinating shirts. Too cute. Thanks Weitzel’s! Trujillo’s thank you so much for the awesome play bubble gum machine. It has been a hit with all of the kids in the house. Mimi and Papa Self, you guys new exactly what Daddy wanted Liam to have, the ASU jogging suit is perfect and he will get plenty of wear out of it. Grandma and Grandpa Rolinger, love your costumes and Liam will have a fun time picking out a gift at Toys ‘R’ Us with his gift card. Mimi, Grampy and Noah all of the clothes were perfect. The barn farm animal toy is extra loud, I will remember this when picking out Noah’s Christmas gift, thank you. White’s the puzzle and little wooden frog are so cute. Liam just loved the frog. I can’t wait to open the puzzle with him. Stefanie and Jessica the car has been a blast thus far. I did not know how much a 8 year old would like riding it too. The pop out book just amazes Liam when I look at it with him. Nana and Papa Hancock all of the clothes will come in so handy this winter. He is already sleeping in the P.J.’s for the 2nd time tonight. Jaime, Jason and kiddies all of the clothes are so cute. I loved the colors. The jacket will be perfect with so many things once it cools off a little. Again THANK YOU! The day was perfect!
I just wanted to say thanks you to all of you that made my weekend so special. All of the wonderful women from my baby board that sent me the special birthday wishes I truly appreciated it. The Garrett's, Holme's, Espinoza's, Manual, Stefanie, Jessica and Dan thanks so much for hanging out on Saturday night with us and having a few drinks. Stefanie and Jessica I loved the perfume, make-up and you can never go wrong with sugar cookies! Nana and Papa thanks for the birthday $$$, it will be spent on clothes. Mom, Dad and Noah the Ulta gift card was perfect, already spent on make-up. April and Sam Chris thanks you for the Victoria Secrets gift card, it was was too generous of you guys. Deb and Dan the Bonefish card was a great choice it is so yummy there! We saved Chris's gift card from his birthday too! We were already talking about trying to get a sitter on Friday night to go. All of the birthday cards have been awesome and made me feel so loved. Thanks again everyone for all you did to go out of your way to make my day special.
I am officially 31 and I feeling 25! I am excited to see what the next year brings me....
17 years ago I had a dream of one day seeing the the New Kids On The Block in person.....last night my dream came true. My sweet husband not only got me tickets to the concert but he ever went with me. We had great floor seats near the piano, we had no idea they were going to come out on the piano. I was literally arms reach away from them. I am pretty sure Jordan made eye contact with me twice and it was NOT an accident. The did a lot of old songs and also threw in a few new ones. They do look a lot different than on the cover of my People magazine dated back to 1991. We had such a good time and I felt so lucky I was able to be there.
Thank you Honey for the ticket's and singing right along with me. If NKOTB would have only known you back with the curls and earring you would have been in the group for sure. Your voice will always melt my heart more than Joey's!
Thank you Stefanie for coming over to watch the kids for us, without you we would have not been able to go.
I decided to take the kids to the Arizona Science Center yesterday. We went ahead and picked Keziah up on the way to Phoenix, she had the day off from work. The kids had so much fun learning out there bodies, the weather, and technology. Unfortunately I lost the wheelchair race against Kez, those workout classes she has been taking have paid off! Jalen raced a kids he met there and it was pretty close, he would probably tell you he won. Olivia was so busy trying everything out and running around. Liam of course was such a good boy, he just rode in the stroller and ate his snacks. The weather simulator was very cool. You got to feel what it was like to be in a earthquake, monsoon storm, and rain. Jalen was the oly one that wanted to get wet. I would defiantly say go there is you have not had the chance it was a great experience for all. After leaving the science center the kids begged Kez and I to take the to Poncho's on Central. We finally gave in! Liam enjoyed the re fried beans and even fed himself. Everyone was so tired by the time we dropped off poor Keziah. I hope this day out does not delay her childbearing plans any longer.
As football season comes to an end I just wanted to let all the family and friends know the dates and times for the last three games. Yes I said "3", we have had a blast and Jalen has thoroughly enjoyed himself but we are ready to have some down time. Practices are still on Tuesday's and Thursday's at the fields located on Greenfield just south or Ray from 6-8:30pm. This Saturday's game will be held at Mesquite Junior High located on Gilbert Road - between Elliot and Warner. The game starts at 2pm and will last about 1 1/2 hours, it should still be pretty cool outside withe a high of only 76!!! On the 18th the Badger's will be playing at Desert Mountain High School conveniently located in Scottsdale, kick off is at 10am. The address to the high school is 12575 E. Via Linda Scottsdale 85259, you may want to map quest or GPS it. The last game of the season is on the 25th at 8am, again at Mesquite Junior High. If anyone has any questions please let us know. Pictures were taken last night, I will make sure you all get one. Supposedly I was the only mom that made her kid fix his hair. After cutting his nails, trimming the eyebrows and sideburns #46 was looking pretty studly.
Today I was lucky enough to accompany Jalen's 2nd grade class to Schnepf's Farm in Queen Creek. Ms. Rolinger's class and Mrs. Tenny's class hit the road on the big yellow school bus together at 9am. The kids were pretty wound up, everyone was just so excited to be going on a field trip. Once getting to the farm we were able to get a tour of the petting zoo. The kids loved seeing the pigs, goats and cows. I am still amazed at how interesting a pile of poop is to a 8 year old. After sanitizing we got picked up for a hay ride. Mrs. Rolinger and I were hoping there would not be enough room for us on the wagon.....but the kids managed to squeeze in so we were able to ride too! Stef's class just adores her and they make sure she is with them at all times. One of Jalen's friends asked me if I could be his mom too, how funny is that? As soon as the little angles new I was Ms. Rolinger's younger sister they loved me too. One even asked if I could be his new mom.... The farmer allowed the kids to go out in the field and pick 6 radishes to take home. Some kids ate them before washing them, all of you parents out there know they would have never tried them at home. The playground was of course a hit and a great place for moms to take a break in the shade. The 2nd graders were all able to find shaded picnic tables, cool off and eat lunch. Hot, dirty and one banana bread loaf latter Ms. Rolinger and I were ready to head back to the school. Overall is was a great day and I feel so blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom and enjoy such outings.
P.S. Thank you Nana, Mom and Papa for watching the two little ones.
Yes, my little baby boy is turning is turning one! Time has flown by. His party will be small with mostly family. No offense just wanted to keep the party to a minimum without going overboard! As if the word overboard is in my vocabulary right? So on the 25th he is having a Halloween dress-up party! After a long search for Lee Lee's perfect Halloween invites, I decided I would not be happy unless I made them myself. After 3 nights of working on them and a few days of handing them out I am happy with the final results! I took a small pumpkin and wrote his name on it, wrote all party info on the tags and attached them with raffia. I found the Martha Stewart stickers at Michael's. Have you seen her line there? She has really cute stuff and a lot of it is marked down. Always a plus in my book. Now on to figuring out what cake(s) I am doing and cookies I am making while trying to stay within my theme!
P.S. Kez no need to email I am bringing yours over this week sometime!