My Family

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




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Silly Boys, Excavators Are For Girls!

Yesterday, I got an early morning text message from Mr. Watkins. It said, "You up for a field trip today?" DUH!!!

Beyta came and picked me up. I put on a few hoodies because it was chilly!! I climbed down in to the river bed and up in to the excavator and did some work!!!!

I love my freaking guys!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seven Months and Four Months

Asher is seven months old next week! He is now blowing raspberries on his arms, which is just about the cutest thing ever! He loves to be outside. He is eating all kinds of fruits and vegetables!!

Anson is four months old next week! He is smiling so big and it's the cutest thing ever! He is getting bigger and bigger and has the cutest hair. He is still much more chill than his big brother!

The boys and I had them all day last Saturday. We went down to Farmington Station for a half hour, or so. Asher was absolutely enthralled with the fountains. He was so peaceful, just watching them!!

We are in love with these boys!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Single Mom Gig - Getting Stronger

Sunday night, Braxton and Kaydon asked me to go hiking with them. The weather is so much nicer at night time now... it's cooler and much more comfortable! We headed up Adam's Canyon around 6ish. Each time we go, I feel myself getting stronger, taking less breaks, feeling my legs working hard, feeling my heart working hard, etc. This time, I climbed that mountain without one break. Sometimes, people ask me why I go workout 4 - 5 nights per week. I go to workout at night because I need to take care of myself, too. I used to feel very guilty about that. Not anymore. You know why? Because I am getting stronger! Mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am healthier and happier. I am able to do so much more with my body than I used to be able to. There are nights when I do a light workout at home, and that is just fine as well. But, this body and mind of mine are important, too. I have a lot on my shoulders, a lot on my mind, a lot of responsibility, a lot of pressure, a lot of stress. If I don't take care of me, no one else will. So, I do!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Social

Today, we had our Fall Social. I missed my P. But, we had a lot of fun. I love my guys so much!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Personal Body Guards

Last night, after the boys went to mutual, K came and picked me up for a motorcycle ride. I'm slightly obsessed with his motorcycle and going for rides. I had an extremely stressful day and it's been one of those weeks where I just feel like I am crushed by the weight. We rode off in to the most beautiful sunset, and to get some frozen yogurt. Heaven.

When I returned, literally one hour later, this is what I saw at the top of the stairs. I could not stop laughing. Look at them!!

If a girl has got to have bodyguards... these are the ones to have! How cute are they?!?! I asked them when they got home from mutual. There was no mutual. The leaders just took them to get ice cream, so they got home about five minutes before me. Can you even stand the cuteness of these boys of mine?!

Brandon called me yesterday to say that Jackson was worried about me dating and wanting me to by home. I talked to Jackson about it last night. Sweet Boy said that he likes that I'm dating and that it's really important, but that they are just so sick of seeing me get hurt by dirt bags. Amen, Jacks! I normally go on 2-3 dates a week, and try to go on lunch dates so it doesn't effect my boys. They like to hear all of the details about everything. And, to a point, I completely oblige. I think they are at an age where, if they are asking the questions, they really do want to know and that once they have the answers, they are able to worry less.

How blessed am I?!?!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Awww, The Blessings of Mamahood

Monday, I received an email from Jackson's seminary teacher sent me the following message:


He’s a wonderful kid, and I’ve enjoyed his calming influence in class. He has a set of intangible skills that really uplift the class as a whole.

Thanks for letting me know and never apologize for a family situation! Family, at least in my mind, is what it is all about. I’m glad that Jackson was able to help out at home. He’s a wonderful kid, and I’ve enjoyed his calming influence in class. He has a set of intangible skills that really uplift the class as a whole. Thanks for letting me know, and I’ve changed it to parent excused. If it happens again, just let me know.

Thanks for all you do as a mother. You obviously are doing something well, because kids don’t turn out as good as Jackson without an awesome mother like you! In fact, if I may, let me quote your son. In his get-to-know-you letter to me, he said, “She is seriously the most amazing person and I love her to death…” I hope you get a thank you every now and then from your kids, but you should know that it is evident to me as a teacher of one of your children that you are doing a marvelous job!


Jackson missed a day of seminary last week because Colton was sick and school and I couldn't get away to go get him. Jackson went and checked him out, then stayed home with him. I had emailed his teacher to excuse his absence. The above email was his response.

What Jackson said in his class was so touching and it made my mama heart swell!! We don't often hear this stuff directly from our kiddos, but when we do... it's HEAVEN!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Single Mom Life - A Little Help, Please

I have crazy naturally-kooky hair. Sometimes I just leave it like that, but when it grows out, I have to help it along with a flat iron to make the curls hold. I can't see the back of my noggin. So, the kids have to come help. It was Braxton's turn before church on Sunday. Sweet boy did a good job! My hair was ready to go just in time.

How cute are these boys? They are even going to be able to do their daughters' hair when they have little girls! Bonus!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sealings and Blessings

This past weekend was all about them babies.

Saturday morning, I went to Brandon and Carrie's. I fed Asher while Carrie fed Anson. Brandon loaded up the cars with everything they would need for the temple. Then, Asher vomited all over the two of us. Brandon described it as looking like, "pigeon poop." Accurate. He washed Asher and I off while Carrie changed. Then, we were off. I kept telling Asher that this was going to be his best day so far. My job was to stay in the nursery with the babes and keep them happy and change their clothes to take them in to the sealing room. They were SO good! They were so tired, but they were little troopers.

When it was time, my mom took Anson and Carrie's mom took Asher. It was a beautiful, beautiful moment. Asher was sealed to his mommy and daddy for time and all eternity. Anson was born under the covenant and was completely uninterested in everything going on. When they came out of the temple, lots of pictures were taken and my boys (as always) ate those babies up!!

Sunday was blessing day. The boys looked so cute. Brandon gave THE most beautiful baby blessings I have ever heard. They were so sacred and so amazing. What a great daddy this brother of mine has become! Carrie looked beautiful and is such a great mama. Those baby boys love her so much.

I just want to say, again for the millionth time, that these boys are such an enormous blessing to our family. My boys absolutely soak them up every chance they get. Kaydon was "angry" in Sacrament meeting yesterday because Asher was being held by other people! It was cracking me and Carrie up. I love that families are forever and I love that Asher is just as much a part of that as the rest of us!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Love Me Some Baseball!!

On Labor Day, Ernie bought the boys and I tickets to the last Bees game on Labor Day. Jackson was working so the other three went with me. Heaven. I was in Heaven. Absolute Heaven. It was hot as heck, but I did not care. I loved every single second of it!!!