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Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Vacation/ New Years

It's been quite the week for us. One of the best parts of working for the College is that it closes for the holidays, completely. I have been off for a week and don't go back until Wednesday. It's a great chance to just be home with my kids. The boys were spoiled ROYALLY for Christmas and have been so busy each day playing with their new stuff. They have even been getting along for the most part, which is an extra bonus! I have been able to keep up on laundry... kind of... and watch football and color. :) It has snowed almost non-stop since last week. I'm a bit ready for a break in that action.
I have been thinking about New Years goals. I do have a few: 1. Exercise 30 minutes a day 2. Do a service project with my kids at least once a month 3. Finish my Associates Degree I think that's a good start! We hope that you each have a fun and safe New Years Eve!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Our Christmas 2012

Merry, merry Christmas. Seriously the best Christmas E.V.E.R. We went to Josh's mom's house for Christmas Eve dinner and to open some gifts. The kids all love to get together with Dylan and Tayli (Josh's niece and nephew). We came home late, and in the snow, and opened pajamas and blankets. Then, it was nighty night for the kids and I. I'm pretty sure that Josh lives for this time. He LOVES to make Christmas the best possible day for the kids. He would be the happiest man on earth to not get a thing, seriously. Christmas morning began at 5:30 a.m. Santa went NUTS. There were so many things under the tree that I had no idea about. Josh just passed out gifts and cherished the looks on the kids faces. I cried. Shocker. Now, we are looking forward to the new year with: 1. Lots of camping and fishing 2. Lots of laser tag competitions 3. Lots of building forts 4. Lots of family time. We had Christmas tree-shaped scones for breakfast and then stayed in our jammies for the rest of the day... just watching the kids have a blast. I am immensely grateful. So thankful. Overcome with gratitude!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Caramel Corn Delivery

Last night I went straight home after work and made a double heaping of caramel corn. I bagged it and then loaded the quorum into the vehicle. I explained to them that we were going to deliver these bags to the widows and widowers in our neighborhood. I then told them that for the rest of the bags, we were going to follow the Spirit and deliver to them to those people in the neighborhood who we felt might need a pick-me-up. It was a success.
My boys have very sensitive souls. They are very sweet with people who seem to need an extra dose of love. They are sincerely kind to those who seem sad or hurt in any way. It was so sweet to listen to them wish these people a very merry Christmas.
It did my heart good to watch them do good for others. Isn't it funny how when we do things for other people, we are ALWAYS the ones who feel better afterwards?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas with Nana and Ornaments

My mom will be in California for Christmas so we had our little gift opening with Nana last night. It was way fun. Nana spoiled everyone and we were able to find ONE picture of all of us where everyone is actually looking at the camera and half smiling to give to her in a cute little Kohls frame. We also did our annual ornament tradition. Each year the kids get an ornament. I hope that when they are all grown with their own families, they will be able to decorate a tree! This year everyone got a bear with the first initial of their name on it. They are ADORABLE!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas with Uncle Brandon & Aunt Carrie

My brother and sister-in-law are going on a cruise this week, so we had an early Christmas with them. They have a dog. His name is Durbin. He really is what it's all about. The kids LOOOOOVE him. He really is the cutest dang dog ever. We opened gifts and played with Durbin. I'm grateful for my brother and sister-in-law. Brandon is much more like a big brother than a little brother to me. It's way more together than I am!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Tragedy & Snow

The events of Friday in Connecticut affected all of us. As I watched the news unfold throughout the day on Friday, my heart broke... literally. I cannot imagine for one second what those parents and family members are experiencing. I send my children to school every day, praying that they will be safe, but also expecting that they will be safe. As parents, we shouldn't have to fear that a very sick person will enter our children's school and kill them. It was short day for my children, so I was sure to call as soon as I knew they would be home to tell them not to turn the television on. I didn't want them to see the horror that I had been watching. When I got home Friday night, I sat them down and we talked. I explained to them that a very sick man had gone into a school with guns and shot people, killing many children and teachers and the principal. Then, I let them ask questions. They asked many. I then turned on the television and, together, we watched the news. I pointed out all of the good people who were bringing meals, who were lighting candles, who were hugging sad people, who were leaving teddy bears. I explained to them that we needed to do good as well. I told them that we need to pray for those people and that if they would like to draw pictures or send cards, we would do that. I then listened as they prayed for those people for the remainder of the weekend.
Then, the weekend went on. It snowed a lot. The children played in the snow, building forts and throwing snow balls. They made a gingerbread house and sat with me on the couch while I colored and they played games. The snow was beautiful. The children love the snow and I am so grateful we live in a spot where they can experience it.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brooklyn's Birthday Party

Brooklyn turned four years old last week. We had a birthday party for her on Saturday. This was the only picture I got before my camera died... way to be prepared Heidi! We had her party at the South Davis Recreation Center because she is really loving swimming lately. I wanted to do a Minnie Mouse type theme because of our awesome memories from Disneyland this year. I often times work way to long on birthday parties because I want them to be absolutely perfect. I want them to create memories. I want them to make people feel special and loved and thought of. My sweet boys got up early with me on Saturday morning to help me decorate cake pops and to make the chip dip. They also washed jars with me, made sure I had all of the supplies I needed and told me how great I was. :) They love that little girl so much.
The party started at 1:00 and only Uncle Brandon was there. Nana showed up soon after, then Papa and Grandma a bit later. I had my kids eat and then hurried and had Brooklyn open her gifts. Grandma LeAnn and Dylan and Tayli showed up a while later. We only had the room for an hour so I rushed Brooklyn through opening her gifts and the kids through eating. I was happy that I went through all of the work but sad that not as many people enjoyed it. The kids went swimming for a couple of hours. I'm sure that's all that really mattered. I was especially grateful for my boys who reminded me that I worked hard and that Brooklyn loved it and that they love me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ogden Village Lights

Last night, we took the kids, except Jackson, to Ogden to walk around the Municipal Park and look at all of the lights and villages. It was very festive! All of the villages were adorable, so well decorated. We stopped and got some hot cocoa and walked in the cold, winter air to see the remaining villages. Braxton loved the grinch in jail village, Kaydon loved the nutcracker village, Colton loved the food villages (me too!!), and Brooklyn loved the village with all of the teddy bears.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekend Plans

This weekend is full of fullness! Brooklyn's birthday party is tomorrow at South Davis Recreation Center. My goal is to have it be somewhat Minnie Mouse-themed. The kids will be able to swim and eat and have fun! I hope it works out good and that they have fun and that it will be memorable. Josh and I both work after the party so Nana will get kiddo time with the little ones. Colton has a talk in Primary on Sunday. He gets very excited about this, but then nervous right when it's about to happen. I usually end up giving the talk while he holds the pictures. I'm okay with that. I'm sure Jackson will once again ask to have a sleepover on Saturday night and will once again be turned down from having a sleepover on Saturday night. I'm sure Braxton and Kaydon will at some point during the weekend make Colton cry. I'm sure that Brooklyn will put them all in their places at some point during the weekend. I'm sure that Josh will wrestle with all of them at some point during the weekend. I'm sure that I will have to drink some Diet Pepsi at some point during the weekend, even though it makes me so sick. I'm sure that I will bust out in holiday singing at some point during the weekend. I'm sure that I will remind my children that if you put your right hand in, and take your right hand out and put your right hand back in that you ARE, indeed, doing the hokey pokey at some point during the weekend. Happy weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brooklyn Turns 4

This Little Miss is four years old today! She and her daddy came and had lunch with me yesterday. She did her own hair. It was like nothing I have ever seen before! SO creative! She is funny and affectionate and smart and sassy. The boys made a video last night, singing happy birthday to her. It melted my heart. They love her so much. I am so thankful to be a part of her life!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Update

These are busy times for us! I thought for sure that things would slow down once football and soccer seasons ended. I was mistaken! Here is an update: Jackson has a cell phone now. Enough said. The kid is addicted. I love it because it's great leverage! He called me yesterday around lunch time and said he was sick. I asked his father to go get him and take him home. Every door was locked and the garage door code wouldn't work (battery dead). So, my very smart boy climbed onto the roof and into Braxton's bedroom window. Awesome. Braxton and I went to Eastmont Middle School last night. It was tour night for all of the incoming sixth graders. He is really nervous. Truth be told... so am I!!!! Junior High Schools are NOT meant for sixth graders! I am really struggling with this. I am grateful that Jackson will be there one more year before he starts ninth grade at Jordan. Kaydon stayed home sick on Monday and I was with him. He and I watched Kung Fu Panda, after which he asked if he could dress up like a Panda. I nodded. He came back upstairs with my black spandex pants and a white wife beater shirt. Good times. Lovely. Colton has gained his weight back after having a Boost shake every night. Now we only have to make shakes every other night! He was able to be a lunch worker at school last week. He loved all of it... except the cleaning up after other people part... weird! Brooklyn turns 4 tomorrow! We are having a birthday party for Little Miss on Saturday. She is into singing songs right now and I love singing Primary songs with her. She is also into EVERYTHING Christmas... the lights, the sounds, all of it. I am working at Kohls part time during the holidays. It makes for one tired Mama... and a sore back.. but such is life. I am really excited for Christmas this year. Joshua had his first practice for the Shock season on Saturday. When he got home, my mom and I reminded him that we will love him through all the swelling, moaning and groaning. He just shook his head.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Football Banquet

We went to Boondocks last week for Jackson's football banquet. Pretty stinking fun! The little kids loved playing and eating pizza and Jackson just loved being with his teammates again. They are hillarious together!! I sure love that 13 year-old of mine!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful #30

Another Year. More Changes. More Successes. More Trials. More triumphs. More Learning. More Accomplishments. More Tears. More Laughter.
Change is inevitable. Trials are inevitable. We all have them. We all do our best to cope and to get through them. I am so grateful that I made it through another year. I made more mistakes. I made more good choices. I laughed and I cried. I said a few bad words. I prayed. I set goals and accomplished them. I set goals and completely failed. I am grateful to know that I am a daughter of God. I know I am. I am grateful to know that He knows who I am and who my children are. I am grateful for the Priesthood. I am grateful for Priesthood blessings. I am grateful for tithing, and the ability to pay it. I am grateful for family and that I have one. All families look different. Mine is just right the way it is right now. I am grateful for agency. I am grateful for health. I am grateful for music. I am grateful for those around me who are such good, good people. I am grateful for lessons learned, and lessons unlearned. I am grateful for all of it.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful #29

New traditions.
We were able to go do the Polar Express Ride on the Heber Creeper with Josh's dad's family last Friday night. I have never been on the Heber Creeper. SO fun! We had an entire train car to ourselves, as a family, and we sang carols and drank hot chocolate. The kids were able to talk to Santa and see lights. It was so fun! I would LOVE to make this our new tradition!