Wednesday, January 18, 2012


I love Beyonce. I will be her in the next life. She's ridiculously beautiful. So talented and crazy HOT! We share the exact same birthday by the way so we're totally kindred spirits. I think we are alike in a lot of ways. Such as:

1-She's black. I'm not but I wish I was.
2-She's married to a famous rapper. My husband is also white and totally nerdy but he has sweet dance moves.
3-She's a multi-millionaire. I'm completely poor but I'm rich in blessings.
4- She just had a baby and named it a weird name. The names I chose for my children are totally normal and traditional but their cute personalities are weird and quirky.

See....we have a lot in common right?
She sings a song called "Love on Top." I love all Beyonce songs but really? There are at least 6 key changes in that song and I hate it. If you ever need me to do the Single Ladies dance for you, just ask. It would be my pleasure to make your day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oh life.....

Does it ever slow down? No.

Here's my update:

Opened a store.

Took a leap of faith.

Still Primary President.

Tate is 2 and he is the epitome of "terrible two's."

Noah now runs his own Daddy Day Care.

The NBA started again.

AnnaBelle is a good little girl.

Her little sister Desi is sweet too but is a stinker at times.

Using the "Santa is watching" thing is working...

Sometimes life is overwhelming and hard but trials and hardships make us stronger.

Good things come to those who wait.

I love all of my family members and pray for them every day....all day.

I am grateful for wonderful parents and a wonderful Mother in Law.

I get to shop for a living. It's awesome.

Merry Christmas from Ashley, Noah, AnnaBelle, Desiree, and Tate McKinnon

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Election Update

I went to Meet the Candidates night last night. I didn't have much time because I had a baptism to hurry to. I did have enough time to talk to a few candidates. My mind wasn't changed on who I am voting for though. It's clear there are people there for their own ego, and there are people there with genuine desire to help the city. I also have a hard time with Candidates that re-think their positions on things and say they need to "do more research." Really?? If you're running for city office, you'd think you would have already done your research. And how many City Council meetings have you been to? None? Ok.

I spoke to Mike Southwich (who is quite literally one of the most amazing people ever!) and he told me that he does support the Arts Council. He even went on to say that he thinks we need a larger facility and he would support that if voted in to the City Council. Well shoot dang! You've got my vote! He suppors all existing programs that promote community. Love that!

I also read an article from the Daily Herald today that gives the stand of each candidate on the issues that were discussed the most at the Meet the Candidates night last night. Mainly the initiatives on the ballot, and the Lehi Main Street construction. Here are the responses:

Lehi Candidates

Mike Southwick

Downtown Lehi resident
Against initiatives
Main Street Renovation Project position -- I really like it because I think we need something to enhance our Main Street and hopefully that will have people want to come and be there

Johnny Revill

Southwest Lehi resident
Against initiatives
Main Street Project -- It needs to be revitalized to attract people back into downtown Lehi by doing what we are doing the businesses on Main Street will thrive

Ted Peck

Downtown Lehi resident
Against salary cap and reconsidering residency requirement
Main Street Project -- I want something functional, something that will work for businesses

Clay Peck

Downtown resident
Against salary cap and for residency requirement
Main Street Project -- I would have preferred to do something different, a bridge over the tracks, more parking

Curtis Payne

Downtown resident
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- From my surveys it's hurting businesses and the businesses don't like it, not every business. Frankly, I think it affects them the most and they should have the most say in how it's to be done.

Mark Johnson
Northeast Lehi

Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- I think the Main Street project is critically important for the survival of our business area and to enhance our community

Paul Hancock

Northwest Lehi
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- I don't think it's going to give the benefits that they think it is. It would have been funds I would have spent differently. I think it will beautify the city but not much else.

Dale Gibson

No show

Mary Eka

Southwest Lehi
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- It is affecting businesses because of construction going on. Was it necessary? Citizens were they aware of it ? We need to find ways to involve the community

Ryan Dooley

North Lehi
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- A lot of people are unhappy about it. I will have to do more research. I think Main Street needs to be developed and in a reasonable manner

James Dixon

Northeast Lehi
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- Important. It's critical to the future and the viability of the area

Chris Condie

Northwest Lehi
Against the initiatives
Main Street Project -- I think the intent behind it is good but I think we committed a lot of money not knowing what the return is

Clint Carter

Northeast Lehi
For the initiatives
Main Street Project -- Terrible because it ain't wide enough to do anything with and we're blowing $8.75 million

Reldon Barnes

Northwest Lehi
Against the initiatives, for changing or enforcing the law
Main Street Project -- I think it was handled poorly personally, I'm afraid it's going to hurt the businesses.

Really Clint Carter? You couldn't even use proper English for your statement to the paper? Go to and choose for yourself. I know who I'm voting for and I know that I am definitely voting NO on the 2 initiatives on the ballot. If you want more info on that, search "Vote No on Lehi Initiatives" on Facebook. Great insight there!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Political Post

I'm not one to get too into politics and such but if you're running for city council or other public office and you're running your mouth about all the things that are done wrong in your city, state, or might want to vote in the previous election. Just sayin: No Vote, No Voice. Know your candidates and ask them if they have voted in past elections.

Since this election obviously is biased because my brother is going for city council, I will be posting about the election, the initiatives on the ballot, and the other candidates. I will be voting for my brother (ovbiously) but the other 2 votes I get are up for grabs. The other 2 incumbents don't automatically have my vote. My neighbor, Mike Southwick is running for city council and he is a GREAT man! One of the best so he as of right now, has my vote. I need to hear his insight on the things I care about. Whether he supports the Lehi Arts Council, The Miss Lehi Pageant, and other programs I love and use like the Rippy Literacy Center. I plan to get information from each candidate and their views and post it on here. Have you heard about the initiative they are trying to pass on the ballot this year? Do your homework. It was presented by former Lehi city disgruntled employee and current candidate Clint Carter. This will affect your neighbors and their jobs. Read about it here:

It puts a salary cap on city officials and requires that all city employees (including police and firemen) would have to live in Lehi City limits. We would lose over 30 policemen alone if this initiative is passed.

Again, do your homework. That's all for now but I'll be posting in the future.


Friday, July 15, 2011


Yeah, I suck. I know. I've let time get away from me. I have good reasons though. June is the worst. I hate it. I love all the things that go on in June but it's just stressfull. Here's what we've been up to:

June 11th- Miss Lehi. Awesome show! Wonderful contestants. No problems at all. Only mistake: forgot the Lehi's Lady cd. Luckily our new 2011 Miss Lehi is awesome and didn't care :) (thanks Alex!)

June 21st-25th- Round-Up/Miss Utah. Sucks when they land on the same week! Monday was Lehi's Got Talent. Show was great. Ended on time and we had happy and good finalists. Thursday was family night at the Rodeo. I sang the National Anthem. Always a great experience. Leisel came up to me and said good job. Then he asked me if I was a Mormom. I said that I was and then he asked if we believe in Adam and Eve. I said that we do and that they are actually very important and he said "Good! I have a good joke about them but didn't want to tell it if ya'll wouldn't understand." Ok. Awesome. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night, I was at Miss Utah. Cheering on the beautiful Sabrina, Miss Lehi 2010. She did fantastic and represented Lehi so well. Extremely proud! My mom and the Miss Utah committee did a great job and it was an amazing pageant!

And then we got to rest a little bit. Just enough for the 4th of July and family vacations and for the production of Joseph. Please PLEASE come to see the show. It's going to be AMAZING! It runs the 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 28th, 29th, and 30th at 7:00 pm. You can buy tickets online at or at the doors at the highschool. I got lucky enough to be cast as one of the narrators and I'm so excited. The brothers in the show are hilarious and you won't be dissapointed! Promise :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I am not a crier. I rarely break down. That's not very convenient when I want sympathy. Because I can't even muster up a tear to get it. My lack of emotion does come in handy because when I do get emotional, my husband takes me serious. Sometimes he calls me a robot. I never cry. Truly, I don't. There are few things that get me. Something spiritual, cute things my kids say, and when someone is suffering. Obviously the loss of someone makes me emotional. I really am not a complete robot.

I cried a lot this week because we lost our dog Chaquita. She was such a cute little dog. We already miss her a lot. I cried for my kids. They were there when it happened and it upset them so much. They are doing great though and I just love them!

Today I cried while watching The Biggest Loser and during a Hallmark commercial. What is going on? Sheesh!

Monday, May 2, 2011


Do you have something you struggle with? A funny quark or bad habit? I do. I have a really bad one. My sister struggles with biting her nails. My mom twiddles her thumbs. Just the little things that make us who we are. But mine is not glamourous and it affects me. I pull on my hair. Mainly my eyelashes. I hate it and I have done everything to stop it. But I usually end up failing and lashless. I've talked to doctors and they have told me that it's an anxiety disorder and there is medication. I don't need medication. I know I have anxiety but I like it. I keeps me ticking. So no medication please. So, I am left with self motivation. Having control over myself. So here you go:

I did it. I have not pulled a lash in over 2 months. Are you proud?