My Family

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Main Crush

This hunk has gone out every single morning and started the car for me so that it is warmed up and warm on the inside too! That's all. Just wanted to share! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'll Show You if You Show Me!

Last night, I was downstairs getting some things done and all I could hear was slamming onto the floor upstairs. Finally, I yelled for the monsters to stop. Right away, Kaydon and Brooklyn came downstairs and told me they had to show me something. Kaydon had been showing Brooklyn some wrestling moves. She was REALLY good at what Kaydon taught her! Kaydon was SO proud of her! He is such a good big brother. Well, once that little show was over, she told Kaydon to pull out her dollie house so that she could then show him how to play "house." Kaydon sat there very patiently while she taught him everything there was to know. It was one of those priceless moments where I sat on the couch in pure bliss, knowing that my home was full of my five children who were happy and healthy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

My View

With wrestling season here, this is my view for the next several months:
There were no high school matches on Saturday, just a little league tournament in Weber that Josh had to coach. I stayed home, went grocery shopping and cooked a boat load of meat, bagged it and froze it so that we have meals ready to go quickly. I was so grateful for the meat that I had and was cooking. I am also grateful that B. Beck taught me the value of cooking meat for a month to make meals easier! That woman is a genius!!
While I was cooking, and every night that I am in my kitchen cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, and talking to my children, this is my view: Can you imagine?? THIS is my view!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My cute co-worker, LeAnne, made this thankful banner for me. She is super talented and I was SO excited that she made this for me!
The beginning of this week has been a bit rocky. Josh dislocated his pelvis on Monday morning and Braxton separated his shoulder during lunch that same day. Monday night, as Braxton was holding his arm kind of funny and Josh was laying on the couch medicated, and I had Brooklyn in the shower, and Colton was still climbing walls, and Kaydon was laughing hysterically at whatever movie he was watching, I called a guy in our ward. I knew he was a physician's assistant and I felt that I should call him. I explained that my life was chaos at the moment and asked him if he would be willing to come over and look at Braxton to tell me if I needed to take him to Instacare. He came right over. He immediately told me that I did, in fact need to take him in. It was 7:15 and they close at 8. Jackson got Brooklyn out of the shower and blow-dried her hair and got her in her jammies. I loaded Braxton up and headed to urgent care. When we arrived, the waiting room was packed. They closed in 45 minutes. We went up to the counter to check-in and were met by a nurse who asked if this was Braxton. I nodded and she took us right back, immediately into the x-ray room that was ready for us. We were told that Brian, the PA, had called ahead and told them exactly what to do. When the x-ray technician was done, Brian looked at the x-rays FROM HIS HOME COMPUTER, and gave them a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Braxton is in a sling for at least three weeks. Brian will examine him again then and determine whether or not he needs surgery. We were in and out in 20 minutes. I cannot tell you how thankful I was. I cannot tell you how blessed I felt at that moment that people went way above and beyond to make things as simple as possible. Both Josh and Braxton are recovering and are resting well. *** Also, last night Josh and I went shopping for the little guy that he is assigned to right now for his job. Josh is a safety zone specialist. He is assigned to troubled kids who are in elementary school. These troubled kids range from anger issues, to runners, to sex offenders (yes, sex offenders as young as 2nd grade), and other issues. He has been assigned to a second grader for several weeks now. This little guy loves Josh. Josh loves this little guy. A lot. He is extremely neglected. He sleeps on a floor with a blanket and a stuffed animal. He has worn a tank top almost everyday and it is freezing. We went last night and bought him some pants and several long-sleeved shirts. I am unbelievably grateful that we were able to do this. We used it as a learning tool for our own boys last night. Josh sat down and explained to them what we did, and how we always need to be on the look-out for people who are less fortunate than us, not judge them, befriend them, and pray for them. The boys all wanted to buy him a bed. :) We explained that we couldn't just do that, but I was so thankful that they thought of it. We are blessed and I am thankful.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanks and Cruisin'

Sunday night, we went to my parent's house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was very, very nummy! It was a pirate-themed Thanksgiving dinner because they announced that we are going on a family cruise in January! All of the adults already knew about it, because there has been lots of planning going on. Jackson also knew. But the rest of the kiddos found out on Sunday. It was so fun to watch their reaction and to hear them planning what their activities will be. Amanda is not allowing Brooklyn to go with us so tears and sobs were a part of the party. But Papa and Grandma promised to take Brooklyn on an amazing one-on-one before we go cruising. She loves Papa and Grandma! She wanted Papa to hold her and he got lots of cuddles out of him. I'm pretty sure he lives for that. I do too. So, off to the Bahamas and St. Marten we go in January!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wrestling Season

Wrestling season is here and I could not be happier. Layton High School hosted a little league tournament on Saturday. The three older boys were at the school bright and early (7 am), ready to run the concessions with Terry! Colton, Brooklyn and I arrived at about 9 am. We helped in the concessions, found parents of lost children, made sure the scorers had what they needed, and held babies. :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Past Week

I am really behind on blogging. Life has been unexpectedly stressful and I find myself in "one foot in front of the other" mode right now. On Halloween, we were kidless. It was weird, and not in a good way. The boys had a Halloween sleepover at my parents house and Brooklyn was with her mom until 9 pm. Josh and I went to Farmington Station and ate sushi, walked around, bought me some new pajamas at Old Navy (which are AMAZING), and sat by a hot outside fireplace. If you haven't been to Farmington Station, I strongly suggest you go. It's a great place for hanging out, eating, and shopping. They have a fountains that are set to music with colors and beauty. In the winter, they have a little outside ice rink. There are stores there that are no place else. It's a great place to go, and it was a beautiful night!
On Saturday, we spent some quality time at the insta care. Jackson fell awkwardly on his leg while playing capture the flag. At first they thought he broke his shin bone, then they thought he messed up the growth plate in his knee. It turns out he has a deep bone bruise that should take weeks to heal. The other kids and I hung out in the waiting room - watching movies and playing with blocks while Josh hung out with Jackson in the exam room and x-ray room.
We have Brooklyn on Monday afternoon/evenings. I pick her up on my way home from work and it's always a fun little conversation with her in the car, on the way home. I was looking on my phone last night and found this little treasure. She had asked to play on my phone. It turns out she was taking pictures of her beautiful face! I am so lucky.