Friday, August 29, 2014
Last Saturday was exhausting! We started off with Josh grocery shopping while I did something else that I can't remember right now! Then, we were off to Brooklyn's soccer game, which was previously posted about. Following that, we headed to the Clearfield recreation center for a Robb Birthday Bonanza. ALL of my parent's grandkids were born in August except for Brooklyn!! So, the kiddos swam and we ate cake and rice krispy treats. It was super fun. After that, we headed to Farmington for Uncle Brandon and Aunt Carrie's Hot Dog Extravaganza. It's a super fun time. They do it annually and it's great. This year, there were games to play and, as always, yummy food. Josh and my dad played bean bag toss, then all of the kids joined Josh and Uncle David for a little football. Brooklyn played on the playground with little Delilah Mae. Brooklyn was super cute with her! It was a super fun Saturday for everyone!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Little Miss Sassy Pants started her fall soccer season on Saturday. She is a good little rugby, I mean soccer, player! She scored two goals! One for her team... and one for the other team!!! I love this girl.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jackson had his first high school game last week. It was the Blue and White game, and his sophomore scrimmage was on Friday morning at 9 am. This is only the second year that Jackson has played football. He has been pretty dang dedicated. He and Josh are up at early and at practice every morning. He is enjoying it and learning a lot. I think that he loves that his dad is there with him. They get some good, quality time. I'm so proud of all of my kids. Here's to another football season in our home!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Kaydon was ordained to the office of Deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Sunday. A few weeks ago, I asked Josh to find out who Kaydon wanted to have ordain him. Kaydon immediately said, "YOU." I asked Josh what he told Kaydon. Josh said, "I told him I would be ready to do it." My cup runneth over. Josh was baptized a member of the Church, and was active in activities and scouts. He was ordained an Elder several years ago, but has never been "active." His mom comes from a Protestant background, and his dad is not an active member. I have never asked Josh to be active, or to participate, as I have always wanted him to do it on his own. Before we were married, he would go to Sacrament Meeting with us on Sundays, which I was always grateful for. Since we got married and moved to West Point, he has only missed one day of church and it was because he had to work. He always gets the boys to their priesthood activities, always makes sure they look appropriate and act appropriate. He makes sure we pray before meals, and participates in our family home evenings. He went and got Kaydon a new outfit for his big day. It IS a big deal when a young man chooses to be ordained to the Priesthood. The Priesthood is the path to Heaven. We, as sisters, are equally blessed by the Priesthood. Having the Priesthood in our home is essential to the Spirit being as strong as possible. Sunday was a beautiful, exciting day. Kaydon looked so sharp. He was so excited. My dad had sent Josh the wording that he needed to memorize. He spent quite a bit of time working on that. The ordination was beautiful. Again, my cup runneth over.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Last year, we took the five kids to Tepanyaki. Ever since that extremely expensive meal, all five kids have been begging to go back. We told them that we would go for their birthday month. We kept our promise and took them last Friday. This place is SO expensive for a family of seven, but the kids love it and their smiles make it worth it. Kind of. The food was great, the chef was great, the shrimp throwing was great. What was not great was that the waitress brought out four ice cream sundaes for the birthday boys, and didn't bring one for Brooklyn, which would be fine because it wasn't her birthday, but still... one more ice cream sundae would not have broken the bank for them. It went to Hell in a hand basket real quick. That girl has a flare for the tantrums! Ugh. Jackson was immediately willing to give her his ice cream. The other boys were just handing her everything trying to get her to stop. Josh was trying to talk to her. The waitress looked at me and said, "Princess, huh?" I smiled and nodded. Then she said, "Looks like she gets everything she wants and that's a problem." UGH UGH UGH! She was right. She IS a princess. For three years, we have catered to her and the boys have learned to just give her what she wants to avoid the tantrums, but yikes STRANGER!!!! That may have been a bit inappropriate! Anyways, it renewed in me that we need to stop with the tantrums, and with just handing her what she wants to get her to stop the tantrums. Anywho, below are photos of the happier time in the meal!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Saturday morning, we went to the Christensen Summer Party. Josh's aunts and uncles, cousins, cousins spouses, cousins children, etc. were all there. There are no pictures of any of those people because I pretty much just like to stare at my own family. Whatever! The kids had a great time! Josh, the boys, Uncle Matt, Aunt Jen, Cousins Kara and Jess, all played kick ball until my super buff husband busted the kick ball because he kicked it too hard! There was a fun bouncy house water slide that Colton and Kaydon never got out of! There was lots of yummo food and snow cones! I held Baby Kyason the entire time. Baby Kyason's mommy died 2 weeks ago. She had Leukemia. Rather than aborting Kyason, she opted to remain pregnant for as long as she could. She endured two rounds of Chemo while he was still in her womb. He was taken at 28 weeks and she had a bone marrow transplant, and more chemo. Her body gave out on July 24. Kyason is now without his mommy on earth. His grandma and grandpa are taking care of him right now while his daddy mourns and tries to pull himself together. It breaks my heart into pieces. I was happy to give his grandma and grandpa a break for a few hours. We cuddled, played, and he slept while I stared at him. Sweet boy.
Monday, August 11, 2014
My family killed it in Sacrament Meeting yesterday! All seven of us spoke! No one vomited, passed out, wet their pants, or embarrassed us too badly!!! These pictures are awesome sauce, also. The first one is a family picture taken in 2011, about this time. The second one was taken in April of this year. I love it. Brooklyn is done and done. Kaydon is doing one of his "I'm the man" looks. I am yelling at my kids, threatening them, through my teeth. It's so great!
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Sometimes I get asked what it is like to be a "stepmom." First of all, we don't use the word "step" in our home. I think that it diminishes the role of the parent, the child, the brother, the sister. But, if you listen to Brooklyn talk, she will often say to people that her "real" mom, Amanda, does this and that. Or that her she has friends at her "real" mom's house. As she has gotten older, she will remind me that I am her "other mommy." She calls both Amanda and I "mom" or "mommy" or "mama." I looked up the definition of "mother" in the dictionary. It reads: a female or thing that creates, nurtures, protects, etc, something. No matter what my biological relationship to my Brooklyn, I love her the exact same as I love my boys. I would, without any hesitation, lay down my life for her. I would give up everything I have, everything I might ever have for her. I love her to the moon, just as I love my boys. She is my girl. She has my heart.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I am so screwed when these boys leave on missions, or for college! Braxton was gone at scout camp for an entire week. It about killed me. Jackson was gone for three days. I missed him a little less. :) But, seriously, he's almost 15 and not always the most pleasant person to be around. Anywho, they had a great time! They learned a lot and had spiritually uplifting moments. When boys come home from scout camp, I have advice for all mothers... DO NOT listen to their stories. Just ask them if they had fun then leave it at that. Why? Because I have learned that it is a miracle that boys come home alive from scout camp. They come home with the most terrifying stories that are "cool" to them but NOT to moms! Just a little piece of advice from me to you. SO glad my boys are home!
Friday, August 1, 2014
My big boys have been gone this week, well Braxton has been gone since last Saturday and Jackson left Wednesday night. They have had scout camp this week. I miss the beegeebers out of them. Yes, that is a word. Last night, we took Kaydon and Colton to dinner and today after work, I will take them swimming so that they feel like they are a part of something fun. I cannot believe that my boys are so big. I am sure that they haven't thought about me for one minute, but I can't stand it. I so hope that they are making friends that will last them a life-time, that they are learning life skills, and that their testimonies are being strengthened. I can't wait for them to be home!!!!