My Family

"Life will knock you down. You can choose to stand up again."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day Joshua!

I seriously LOVE this family picture. Brooklyn is done and done. Colton is NOT going to open his eyes. Kaydon is doing a Kaydon look. Jackson is smiling because he wants to be able to play the xBox when we get home... you get the idea.
These kids are so lucky to have Joshua. So am I. The kids are doing SO good since we got married and moved. They are more comfortable, more happy, more calm. Josh provides them with stability, love, support, structure, an ear, a hug, a sense of safety, a sense of reason. He was born to be a dad. He loves his kids. He is proud of his kids. He is there for his kids.
Josh works so hard. He often leaves at 6 am, and doesn't get home until 11 pm, or later. He makes sure that his kids know that he loves them. He makes sure, always, that I have what I need and that I know that I am loved also. We are so blessed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's My Birthday

My birthday is always my favorite day of the year. I LOVE that I have a birthday and that we celebrate it. It's the coolest thing ever. I might have text Josh, "It's my birthday" 129 times yesterday. I might have told my boss "It's my birthday" 127 times yesterday. My kids called and sang to me. Then, Brooklyn went on to tell me that it was time for me to come home (it was 10 am), that she grounded Colton from the tv and his bike, and that she was in charge. Cute Paula bought me a breakfast muffin for my birthday. AND... my co-workers bought me a pinata. Okay, I have ALWAYS wanted a pinata. Always. I talk about them all of the time. Anytime there is something to celebrate at work, I ask my boss if I can get a pinata. I GOT ONE on my birthday! I was like a two year old. Seriously. The whole office went outside with me and hung my dream come true from a tree branch. I swung and swung and broke that thing open! It was the best day of my life!!! Then, our basement flooded on my birthday night, but let's just remember the positive!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Friday Afternoons

I am LOVING working a four-hour day each Friday. I get home by noon and I am a mom the rest of the weekend. This past Friday, we went to the Library. It was our first trip there. It is such a small, quaint little Library. You wouldn't even know it was there unless you knew it was there! Then we went to get snow cones. Oh, snow cones! They are my biggest weakness! Have you had ice cream in your snow cone yet? My new favorite thing is root beer snow cones with ice cream. After that, we went to the park and played. It is so fun to be able to be with my kiddos on these afternoons and just enjoy my time with them. I feel so blessed!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Flower Pot Creation

Josh and the kids made this for me on Friday night. It's my early birthday present. I LOVE it!!! There is a pot to represent each kiddo. Each of the kids picked out a flower to go in their pot. I seriously love this thing SO much!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Church Day

On Sunday, Colton asked if we could walk to church. It was a lovely enough day, so we walked. I was struck by the beauty of our walk. It was quiet and peaceful. It was so beautiful. Then, I looked around me and realized I was surrounded by warriors. They were in their white shirts and ties. They were stalwart and noble. They were healthy and strong. They were not being forced to go to church. They chose this for themselves. On this church day, they wanted to go. They were ready in plenty of time to allow us to walk the 15 minutes to the church. They surrounded me with their integrity. Oh, how I love church day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Wedding

Our wedding was perfection. Why? Because it was so simple. Right before the ceremony, I asked the Bishop if he could keep it to five minutes. He looked at me, winked, and said, "I'm pretty sure I can get it down to 3.5!!!" He is the best! We were there with our family and it was great!