Saturday, December 1, 2012

Making it...

I need to let you know how Wed, Thurs, and Friday nights went.  Wednesday night I did really well with dinner.  We ended up going to In 'N Out.  This time all the kids ate their hamburgers...that doesn't always happen.  Mike and I were again so welcoming to the less options is more idea.  Hamburger or cheeseburger....that really is the extent of it.  I Love the simplicity.

Every year we get each of the kids their own ornaments and Wednesday night seemed to be the best night for that.  We ended up at Kohl's and each of the kids got their ornament.  We then headed to In 'N 'Out for dinner before heading to the church for Pack Meeting for scouts (Boy #1 and Dad are both involved).  After which we had tithing settlement.  (If your not familiar with Tithing Settlement I will give a little more information.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons) we give a 10% tithing.  Once a year (at the end of the year) we meet with our Bishop (ecclesiastic Leader) to let him know if we have given a full, partial, or no tithing.  We become accountable for that Tithing.  If you have more questions you can find more at the Church's website:

So it turned into a VERY full night and a late one as well.  I think I did pretty well cooking that night. :)

Thursday night the plan was to have the Ham Fried Rice.  After Mike got home from work we were going to finish putting up lights on the house. (Side note:  This is the first time we have had lights up on the outside of our house at Christmas time.)  We found out that I was better getting up high on the ladder, so we put lights on the house and then came in once it was done.  By the time we got done it was late, dark and I had a hungry baby.  I had chopped everything earlier in the day, so that part was done.  It pretty much just had to get put together and since he is better, he did that while I fed and took care of the other kids.

We had decided that Friday we would do a Turkey dinner ourselves so that we could get some leftovers (the only downside to having it with a large crowd and everyone is in charge of something different).  I got the bird stuffed and in the oven and also rolls going.  Mike did take care of the potatoes and cutting the turkey. :)  I ate way too much, just like it was Thanksgiving all over again.   No pies this time though.  I may have to attempt another one....we'll see. 

Since it's now Sat. night I can write about tonight as well.  We ended up having pizza at my in-laws house and I didn't really have to do anything.

So, now that the week is basically over, I think it went well overall.  I feel like I've had a better attitude about making dinners and that's a nice thing for me. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Feeling Accomplished

I DID IT!! So, thinking more about everything, I think part of my problem is that I don't feel like I ever get anything DONE. So, even if I set a little goal to do something and I get it done, I feel much better. :)

Anyway, I got dinner made all by myself with a little help getting things on the table. I took pictures as proof. :) The table doesn't look pretty, but it's a complete meal (and that's the important part at this point). Maybe next time (tonight?) I can make it look prettier....we'll see how that goes. I'm feel accomplished just getting it done.

I should back up and tell you how it happened though. Boy #5 had his 4 mth check up and was asleep and or fairly content in the start of dinner. Boy #4 however was mad and tired. So, I got to hold him while I was working for a bit and then he fell asleep and I was able to lay him on the couch, so that was nice. The other kids were either watching "The Grinch" (old cartoon version, the best version :)), or helping put Christmas up. Then when Boy #5 was fussing the older kids helped with him. After I was done I said something to Mike about how I made dinner and he had said he was sorry he didn't help (what a GREAT man). I told him that it was ok and that I wanted to do it.

So, we had Chicken Popover which everyone pretty much likes. We had a side salad or carrot and celery sticks if you didn't want the salad.

Here's the table:

We'll see how dinner goes tonight. We are having Fried Rice and I don't do well when it comes to guess work, so Mike may have to step in there if he wants. No ad lib for me with seasonings...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


So, I have been thinking a lot about talents lately. I always struggle to know what/if I have any and how I can be better.

I suffer from some feelings of inadequacy (I'm sure it's just like everyone else that feels that way at some point or another). So, to make matters worse, I start doing the comparisons and mental lists of all the things I can/should do better. They are long lists which is why it doesn't help. :)

So, in order to really get myself out of this crazy rut, I've got to improve something someway, somehow. Random question with all of this... If you *think* you have a talent/nack for doing something, but someone can do it better than you does that make it so it's not a talent of your own anymore? I find that I might think I can do some thing, but realize that there are others that can and do it better than I can so how can I add that to my list?

Anyway, fun ramblings here....

So, I am looking to better myself one day at a time. If you would like to join me on this crazy journey, feel free to check back, if not, don't. :)

My first may actually be by writing more on the blog, which I'm hoping will come with the other things as well. I'm not good at making dinner. My husband is wonderful and does so much to help with dinner, to the point sometimes that I feel guilty about not doing more. So, tonight, my plan is to do it ALL. We'll see how it goes and I plan to report back as to how it happens.

Welcome to Finding my Talents...if I am working on one that is one of yours, are there secrets to the trade? Please share...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Depressed? Maybe, Maybe not..

So, I think I've been going through a couple of days that I've just been feeling down and not myself and not sure if I wanted to NOT feel depressed. So, as down as I have been feeling, I sure got something else to think about today.

How familiar are you with Well, I have made a couple of purchases on there and I have fun looking around and filling up a cart with my dreaming. So, I had been playing in my cart a couple of days ago and had the site up on the computer. Well...

This afternoon before dinner my 3 yr old and my almost 2 yr old had been looking at a video on zulily. I left them watching it multiple times... A short time later, the 2 of them left to go do something else and I looked at the computer screen. It said "Thank You". I really didn't think anything of it until after dinner and I asked my hubby to see what the screen was saying "Thank You" for. Why would a screen say "Thank You" anyway? We sure found out why. There had been a purchase made... It turns out to be a $450. purchase. Oh man was I sure dreaming in that cart. He actually added something in there as well.

As soon as we figured out what had happened, I sent them an email. I'm sure hoping we can get the order cancelled, we'll probably know tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I may list some items on here that I would like to sale. :)

So, if I was feeling bad before, this sure snapped all the self-pity out of me. I'm laughing and crying over the incident (not really much of either one, it's more shock than anything else).

You can now add this to your own lists of things that have never happened to you and things you don't EVER want to have happen to you. :)

So, enjoy that and I'll post soon with the update...

This is what sucked him in. He ended up putting 6 of them in the cart as well before making the purchase. Also to give credit where due, I saved the image from the zulily website.

ETA: What a wonderful thing... They canceled the order no problems!! I'll keep ordering from them. :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Motherhood Vent

I have had a few things bothering/festering me for a little while now. I'm not sure if I should let these thoughts go viral, but, I guess I've started....

I'm really having a hard time right now. I know everyone seems to have their own things and at their own times, so now seems to be mine. I'm struggling with my oldest child. He has started talking and trying to run away. He also talks back to me or is sassy in his attitude. He can be so nice to his siblings and so helpful to the family and then it's like a switch gets flipped and he's being mean and acting quite naughty.

I'm hoping that by typing this out some thoughts will come to me as to how to handle my current situation.

I thought at one point that I was doing ok as a mom, and then I have my eyes opened and I realize that I'm not really doing that good of a job.

I think I have tried to find out what's really going on, but that doesn't seem to work. I wonder if he just tells me something to placate me.... I love this child and really would like him to be able to talk to me about anything. Maybe he feels like he can't anymore, for whatever reason. I know I have a hard time trusting him because of the lies he tells. Maybe he's stopped trusting me as well?

I've wondered if the changes in the last year have something to do with it. We moved and we now have a new baby. This life sure isn't easy is it?

He is such a good helper when he wants to be. He loves holding the new baby and doing what he can to help him. He can be such a trooper with his younger siblings trying to play in the things that are a little to old for them. He can be so sweet as he comes up and just tells me that he loves me. I am so grateful for this little boy in my life, I just wish it were better more of the time and there weren't any threats of running away or not wanting to be here with me (us) anymore.

For anyone that reads this, thank you for listening to me vent and share some of the thoughts that I'm having. If you have dealt with this or have some ideas for me to try, I'm up for as well. :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

10 YEARS!!

It was 10 years ago today that I married my best friend. I am so lucky to have the life that I do and it all started with that one action 10 years ago.

I'm not a big fan of posting all over the love that I share with my family, I'm not sure why not, but it's just the way I am. As I have thought about this Anniversary, I decided to step out of my zone a little and just mention 10 highlights of my marriage.

1. I literally got to marry my best friend. There wasn't anyone I wanted to spend my time with more than Mike. I am so glad and grateful that this is the way our marriage/life together started. There are still those times occasionally when we stay up late just talking.

2. With him I have 6 beautiful children that I am so grateful to have in my life. He has been able to be to the births of each one and I've loved having him by my side through the labors and deliveries. I could have never delivered those that came without medication without him.

3. He is a very patient with me. I tend to get crazy sometimes and he is able to get me calmed down and recognize the important things.

4. He has the power of the priesthood. I am so grateful for his worthiness to hold and use this power. It has been a major blessing in my life that he has this power.

5. He continues to try and improve himself. We both know that neither one is perfect (although I think he's pretty close :)), and he continues to try to be better and to do better. I appreciate his efforts a lot.

6. He is dedicated to what he wants. He had a goal to loose some weight and he has done very well keeping it off even through my pregnancies when I really don't worry about my weight.

7. He loves me! In spite of everything he still loves me and wants to be with me forever.

8. He provides for us. I am grateful to him for wanting to provide and care for his family. In a time of entitlement he is one that will do anything and everything in his power to provide for his family and to help keep us comfortable.

9. Going along with the last one...he enjoys his job. I'm so grateful for his job. I'm amazed sometimes that he even got it with all the politicking that goes one.

10. He enjoys the time that gets spent with the Hansen Family. I hear horror stories about families and in-laws and I am very grateful for the connectivity that we have with both families.

These are in no particular order, just different thoughts that I have.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome To The World

I haven't been doing to well at keeping things up to date around here. I need to do a TON of updating, but for now I will start with the biggest news.

We are now a family of 8. Our #5 son arrived on the 25th.

I'm not sure how many of the lovely details I should share, but I think I can cover the story for anyone who is interested in details.

I was due Aug. 18th, so this really was a little bit of a shock to have our baby arrive 3 1/2 wks early. So, this story starts Tuesday....

We had gone up to the Air Force Museum to spend some time there with Mike's parents and one of his brothers and their family. When we arrived I had more aches and pains and I walked slow, but other than that, things were good. We wandered around and followed the kids :). It was quite hot in there with not enough air flow (in my opinion).

As we were getting done and heading out, I found myself not feeling well at all. I started feeling weak, tired and a little light-headed. I figured I was a little dehydrated and so I was trying to drink the water that we did have. We went back to Mike's parents house and I really wasn't doing well. Mike helped me down to the basement and I layed down and went in and out of sleep. Later I started to wonder about temperature. I started to feel chilly and started thinking that maybe we should be heading to the hospital, especially if I do have a fever.

We ended up leaving Mike's parents at about 7:30. During the drive home, I started having contractions. We decided about Bountiful area that we better head straight to the hospital. I wanted to be home. So we dropped the kids off at a friends house. (Thank you Peterson's!!) We headed to the hospital and got into a room and we found out that I had a fever of 102. The contractions weren't doing anything, so the big thing was my fever and after doing more testing, my white blood count. So we ended up doing more extensive testing and figuring out that I had an infection, but we didn't know where. They kept me overnight and we started a round of antibiotics to help me. Then they just monitored me for awhile to see how things were going.

The next afternoon Mike left to take care of kids and get things figured out here at home. From talking to the nurse we figured the Dr. would be in around 4:30 and he would probably just send me home, so that's pretty much what we figured would happen. Well, come about 4:00 I was on the monitors again and I started to notice contractions more... I had been sleeping off and on and probably didn't notice them until now. By about 4:30, the Dr. wasn't there yet and I was really dealing with contractions so the nurse decided to check me...I was a 5. We were having a baby. So, I called Mike (it felt like a million times trying to get a hold of him) and told him that I was at a 5 and he needed to get to the hospital now. With the nurse I decided that I would get an epidural (I've never had one before), so I could make it through. With not sleeping well and not feeling well, I wasn't sure how long I could handle what was going on. So, Mike walks in as they are prepping me for the epidural and the Dr. walks in about 5 min. after that.

Side not about my epidural... it took way to long and I'm still not sure if it was worth it in the end or not to have gotten it. So, as the anesthesiologist was finishing up, I told everyone that we had a problem...the baby was coming now! So, they hurried to get me laying down so the Dr. could check me and I was complete. I've never sat complete before without delivering, so that was new and probably a good thing because the Dr. still needed to get covered up and there wasn't anyone yet there from the nursery.

Next thing you know, we are delivering and we have a beautiful new baby boy. It was a 1hr 22min labor. He came 3 1/2 wks early weighing 7lb 2oz. I think I'm glad he didn't come at 40 wks, he may have been 9lbs. :) He was 20in long. He did have a temp after being born, probably because of mine. After a couple of hours he was doing just fine and they were able to bring him to me in my room. As of right now, we are thinking that the infection was in my placenta. During delivery it started to tear away from the uterine wall and they did send it to get tested, but I haven't heard yet. I was still running a temp and so I got some rounds of antibiotics to help me get better. We were excited when my temp got down below 100. ;)

Everything ended up going very well and we were both able to come home on Friday (there was a chance that I wasn't going to be able to). We are so glad to have #5 here in our family. The kids love to hold him and want to be with him all the time. It's amazing how much love you can have for all of your children.

Each child sure comes into this world their own way and in their own time. I'm so grateful for each one of my children and the impact that they have on my life. I don't have any pictures right now of the kids with him, but I do have some of just him so I will add them here. :)

Monday, June 11, 2012


Ok, I just have to tell you about the latest cupcakes that I made. They turned out really good. I used a new yellow cake mix recipe (which I'll have to post later with pictures) and I added just a bit of mini chocolate chips. I then frosted them with chocolate frosting. Of course, I can't find my camera so I'm a little frustrated that way. I'm wondering if I left it at my mom's or if I just have too much of a mess here to find it. :)

I think I will be trying the yellow cake recipe again soon. My darling girl is wanting some pink cupcakes with pink frosting, just like Pinkalicious. What a good book that is! If you haven't read it, it's a good one to check out. :)

I also made some orange julius using fresh oranges rather than concentrate. It turned out really good as well. I used 4 oranges, about 1/3 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups of ice. I should have added a little more ice to mine, but it still turned out really good. The recipes I looked up added sugar, but I have found that I don't need it added and my kids don't either. Sometimes, yes, but this time, it wasn't necessary.

Fun times in the kitchen!! I'm sure we'll have more fun times.....

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Art City Days

I love Art City Days. It's fun to get out in the community and participate in the things that are going on. I will try to be comprehensive in my listing since it doesn't actually start until Sat. I hope this helps someone that would like to do something.

June 2nd: Nestle 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m. starting and ending at Springville High School. You can register the day of the race for $15 starting at 6:30 a.m.

Riding Club Rodeo, pre-show at 6:30 p.m. at 767 W 1600 S, cost is $10/car or $5/person

Talent Festival, 7 p.m. at the Spring Acres Park (620 S 1350 E) this event is free.

June 4th: Teddy Bear Tea Party, for 2-5 yr olds and their grown-up, Multiple times available (9:30 to 1:30, each hour) sign up for a time at the library and get any other info you want. This event is also free.

Rubber Ducky Dunk 'N' Dive, 6 p.m. at the Springville Pool (1015 E 900 S) it does cost $8 per immediate family. With each paid admission each swimmer will receive a rubber duck. During the evening, several times the ducks will be let loose and many will be caught by the Duck Wrangling Team. If your duck is picked you win a prize.

June 5th: Skate Park Challenge, 3:30 p.m. Open to youth ages 11-17, register on-site and have parental permission form signed to participate.

Junior Jazz Fun Shot, 5:30-8 p.m. at Cherry Creek Elem (484 S 200 E), kids 5th-12th grade are able to compete to make as many shots as you can in 60 sec. It is free and you can sign up the day of the event.

June 6-9: Carnival, Wed 6-10 p.m., Thurs and Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat noon-10 p.m. At the Acres Park (700 S 1300 E) Wed. night is family night and all rides are 1 ticket. There will be Food Booths, and Craft Boutique also going on during the Carnival hours.

Local Entertainment will be available to enjoy as well.

June 6th: The Flashback Brothers will preform at 7 p.m. in the center of the festival tents.

June 7th: Cake Decorating Contest, 5-8 p.m. at the Senior Center (63 E 200 S) The public is invited to watch the artisans work. The Cupcake Corner will be open to kids 12 and younger. Instructional demo will be held at 7. Admission is free.

Battle of the Bands, 7-11:30 p.m. at the Arts Park. The Battle is on the main stage followed by an outdoor dance.

June 7-9: Fireman's Breakfast, Thurs 7-11 a.m., Fri and Sat 6-11 a.m. at the Fire Station (75 W Center St.) cost is $5 adults, $4 children

June 8-9: Balloon Fest, 6:30 a.m. at the Junior High soccer field (165 S 700 E), Admission is free to watch the balloons set-up and launch.

Quilt Show, Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-4 at the Arts Shop (443 S 200 E), It is free to see the submitted work.

June 8th: Children's Parade at 10 a.m. at the Grant School (105 S 400 E) Elem. age and younger can dress up and decorate their entry. It is free to participate.

Children's Art Festival, 10-2 at the Museum of Art (400 S 200 E), Live entertainment, food and artist booths with make-and-take projects.

Entertainment, 7 p.m. at the Main Stage at the Arts Park, There will be a hypnotist, a Phat Cat Swinger with a dance floor to use. Admission is free and for the family.

June 9th: Pioneer Museum Open house, 9 a.m.-noon at 175 S Main St. Taste pioneer candy, play pioneer games and make a pioneer craft.

Grand Parade, 10 a.m., begins at Buckley and 400 S then turns north on Main and ends at 200 N. There will be an announcer and bleachers.

Auto Body Car Show, after the parade until 4 p.m. at 587 S Main St., Admission is free.

Best Hot Dog Contest, 3-6 p.m. at the Arts Park, for $4 you get a punch card that will get you 1/4 of a hot dog or polish dog from each participating restaurant and you can then vote for your favorite.

Blackhawk with Keith Stubbs, 7 p.m. at the Arts Park, following the concert there will be fireworks

I think that covers pretty much everything. Check out the Sprinville Website for more info (

Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain is doing their city celebration this week and thought it might be fun to post what's going on that's cheap, free or just fun. I'm getting started late, but it might help someone for tonight and this weekend. Also Springville has their Art City Days starting on Sat. so there will be plenty going on if you want to participate.

May 31st: Movie in the Park at the SilverLake Amphitheater (7920 N SilverLake Parkway) they will be showing "Soul Surfer" It will start at dusk, around 8 pm.

June 2nd: Grand Parade starting at 10. It starts at Hidden Hollow Elem. on Pony Express Way and will go to the LDS Stake Center at 4506 E. Pony Express Parkway.

There have been others and more things coming up, but others required registration and since it's late...I didn't post them. Hope this can help someone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Online Help

So, I have been addicted to pinterest lately...there is always something fun to see or do. It gives me lots of ideas that I will *someday* put to use. With that in mind, I have also been bouncing around to new blogs here and there and I have found some websites that I would like to post about more specifically.

Over the summer I *try* to do centers or something specific with each child that I don't do otherwise. I worry about my older children loosing what they have learned in the long break away from that intense learning that they have been doing. I am not so good about doing things at home with them during the year, so summer tends to be my time to try and help them progress (or at least not end up loosing what they have learned). The littler kids should be getting better attention to this at home during the year, but like I said before, I'm just not that good at it. So for this summer I thought that maybe we'll try it again and see if some of it can carry through till after the new one is born and then into the school year for the little ones.

So, as I have been searching and trying to figure out what to do for their "centers" I have come across a couple different websites that can help one child while I may be working with another...or something like that.

One great website I have found for math is Here there are videos to help teach as well as practices that the child (or yourself if you have ambitions to learn).

Another site is for learning the alphabet and reading it is: It lets the child pick letters and talk about the letter and sounds that go to it. It will also read stories.

I have no idea how much either site helps kids in the long run, but for me I feel that if they can help it's worth a shot. I know this shouldn't replace other activities, but I think as a supplement it really can't hurt much.

Are there great websites you use/like for education purposes?

I just found this site that might help someone out...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Political Thoughts

I don't tend to be too vocal about my political views, but I heard something this morning that really gets to me. We've been hearing talk about Ann Romney and how she was a stay-at-home mom (which I am). With that there has been talk about how because her husband made so much money she didn't need to. Well, with those thoughts in mind, I have my own views as well. I started staying home with my own kids full time when my second child was born. Frankly, my husband wasn't making a ton of money, but I wasn't making enough to make it worth putting 2 kids in daycare so I could work. So financially it's been a lot better for us for me to be home. My husband doesn't make the most money, but we are now expecting child #6 and I couldn't be happier with the decision we have made for me to stay at home with my children.

So, back to the ad that I heard this morning. I can't remember who made the ad, but it sure did get me going. In the ad it talked about how Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. I know that they are referring to outside the home, I do the same thing myself at times, but when it comes to a political ad, it's best to not make that mistake. If anyone thinks that staying at home with children is not work has never done it before for any duration of time. There are so many expectations of a mother that it's VERY HARD to feel like you can live up to MOST of them let alone ALL of them. I sometimes think that having a job where I get paid outside of my home would be easier than doing what I currently do. I also very much admire those that do have full time jobs outside of their home and still maintain their homes. I know I couldn't do it all.

The more I hear ads of this nature against the Romneys' for this choice that they made, the more I feel like I cannot vote for anyone but the Romneys'. I just don't agree with the comment that if you are a stay-at-home mom you don't work!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


We are excited to be having our 6th child and finding out that it's going to be a boy was a shock to me, but it'll be fun. I thought that a sister for my little girl would be fun, but it's not meant to be. I have the perfect little girl and I think in a way it would be hard work for another girl to live up to her, so it might be a really good thing. :)

This little boy should make his appearance in Aug. before school starts. It's going to make for a busy month. The kids are excited for the new baby and are anxious to really feel him move. So far, he doesn't move as much when they want to feel, but I know that will change shortly as well. :)

Life is good. This last weekend was Spring Break and we were able to head to St. George. It was fun to get away and do something different. It's also nice to be home and I think I'm ready for the older 2 to get back to school as well. :) When I get the pictures uploaded from my camera, I'll post pictures.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Life and Death

It has been an interesting week for me. I love Easter time and the chance that I have to spend more time reflecting on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Easter ended up being more meaningful than sometimes it can be.

I had an aunt pass away this last week. She had cancer and we knew that it could happen, but we expected it in another 4 months or more. I was able to go to the funeral with my sister and we had a great time chatting during the long drive as well as supporting those that needed it as well as ourselves. The funeral services were very nice. It was good to spend that time together with family.

We then were able to go visit Family and participate in our traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. before the burial. All the adults were able to go to the burial and the cousins all stayed back by themselves at my parents. The cousins were awesome!! All the kids did well and had a good time. The burial turned out very good as well. It has been nice to reflect on her life and to think about ways that I can become better.

During the funeral and burial I spent a lot of time thinking about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how with my knowledge we know that my aunt will live again. I have a testimony of this and if fills me with such joy. I know it doesn't make any difference really in the fact that death is hard because it is, but it sure helps me to work through the struggle knowing that I will see my family again once this life is over. If you don't have this knowledge and owuld like to know more, you can head over to this website.

I am so grateful for the gospel knowledge that I have. My biggest problem is that I need to live my life well so that I may see them again.

Thank you for letting me share with you today these thoughts. I sure do appreciate it.

Monday, April 2, 2012


It sure is busy and fun! We have had a great weekend listening to conference, but Sunday slowed us down as the whole family started throwing up during the day/night.

I am the only one that never did (knock on wood) and I feel very blessed in that way. Usually while prego, I tend to get EVERYTHING that's going around. Well, not this time.

I really don't have much to say today...just thinking. Life is wonderful and interesting all at the same time. I am so grateful for the Spirit and the comfort that it can provide. I am grateful for a wonderful family that I can still love while I clean up their messes (although, I did get sick of bodily fluids on Sunday). I am grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I appreciate the talks that were given for me even though I didn't know I needed them.

For those that don't know, my calling in our ward is Primary Chorister. I really do struggle with this one. I'm not very good and it's really making me stretch in a way that I'm not sure I wanted to be stretched. :) I am going to try to be better and appreciate those kids more than I sometimes do.

I am grateful for the trials that come, even when they make no sense and it doesn't seem any clearer when you give it time. I just hope I can learn from all these things and hopefully just become a better person.

Thank you to all of you that support us and grow with us! I really do appreciate it.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy, Happy Birthday

It's been awhile and there have been 2 birthdays since my last post. I have pictures from both.

#4 turned 3 this year. As a lot of you know, he has had some speech delay and has had a Speech Therapist in our house once a month since about October. With him turning 3 he has now entered the school district and he now goes to a preschool class once a week for 1 1/2 hrs. There are now 3 little boys in his class, and they get along well. It's fun for him.

First day of school:

Present Time:

His cake was a lava cake recipe that is made in a crock-pot, (really good):

The other birthday was my own... yes, I did make my own cake, but that was fine with me.

Again, here are some pictures:

My Birthday. My cake was a mint chocolate with mint chocolate ice cream in the middle with a mint chocolate ganache. Very good in my opinion. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Informal Study

I've been thinking and I've been wondering if there is a connection between the cleanliness of your house and the type of shoes you wear. There probably is no connection at all, but I thought I would ask and see if there might be.

So, I'm going to set up a poll to see if there's a correlation. I don't think there are many that actually read this blog, but it'll be fun anyway. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is always an interesting day around here. We're not too big in the gift giving and HUGE celebrating that I know others do. I usually make cards for the kids and we always have heart shaped sugar cookies. Other than that it's just been whatever. We do also have heart shaped pizza for dinner. I figure everyone will eat it and so it's worth it. I can think of a bunch of other things that would be more special, but I can't say the kids would all eat it.

So, this year I decided that rather than making cards for the kids I made bigger heart shaped cookies for each of them as well as for Mike. They were fun to make and I think everyone enjoyed getting a cookie with their name on it. :) Here are pictures of the kids with them:

Mike's cookie card:

This year we also sent out Valentine's to all the family members. While the boys were working on theirs for school, Brigit and I worked on some for the family. Here is the Valentine that I added:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mental Note

So maybe there are a couple of them... This is for me to remember and maybe help someone else not make the same mistake.

So, yesterday afternoon I decided that I needed to get some shredding done and the kids enjoy helping. So, we got a bunch shredded and I bagged all the little papers after we were done. I still had more shredding to do, but we needed to wait for the shredder to cool down before we could do more. We never made it back to finishing yesterday. This morning the kids were playing around and having a good time. The next thing I know one of them has picked up the bag of shredded papers and has been dumping it throughout the main areas.

Also, last night I had folded clothes and not all of them got put away before the shredded paper got dispersed.

We did get it all cleaned up, well mostly. I'm sure we'll be finding little papers around in the couch and corners for awhile.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chore Chart News

I decided that I need to update how things have been going since I got the chore charts out. I'll be completely honest....not so well. I've decided that I'm really not good at implementing it and keeping up on checking to make sure they are done. Those of you that have charts and have it work.... How do you make sure they get done? What's your schedule like with it?

I also decided that I had too high of expectations for them to get all checks filled everyday. I can't even do that myself...I better give them some slack as well.

We are trying to do something where if you get so many checks you get to pick a special activity with just mom or dad. Last week went better than this week is going. I've got a cold this week, so maybe that's why? :) I'm sure I'm just trying to make myself feel better. It seems to be working, so I'll leave it at that for now.

Speaking of colds....I really don't like them, especially when they seem to wipe me out. If the kids just watch movies and nothing else happens, it's ok, right? We'll see how lunch and dinner go today.

Anyway, that's a quick little update for now. I don't think I can think very well right now. I'll have to post again soon. I'm going to be a better blogger!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm SLOW!!

Here I am, thinking that I need to get back into blogging. I'm going to try to be better. We'll see how long it goes....hopefully longer than the last phase.

We were able to invite people over a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our house with them. This process has been a LONG one as you all know and we are so glad to be here at this point. Thank you all for your support.

I really haven't taken many pictures...I've been slacking there as well. We've pretty much unpacked the boxes, but we still have a lot of organizing/decorating to do. So, I still have a bunch of boxes to empty in that reguard.

I've gotten involved in pintrest and I seem to spend plenty of time there looking at ideas and pinning things that I slack in other areas. We're working on getting chore charts up and ready to go for the kids. We really need the revamping and scheduling that they can provide. I think we're going to start using this chart found here:

If there are a few of you out there looking for something here is another site I found that lits a bunch of ideas:

While looking at chore charts for the kids...I thought I should come up with something for me. I found this blog that has a TON of ideas and a challenge that I think can help me out too.

So, this is basically what I have been up to and working on at this point. I'm hoping to get everything implemented by next week (if not today :)).

I'm here, just busy trying to organize my life and feel like we can settle into a good schedule. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Best Day Ever

That's what my oldest said the morning that we told him we were moving. It really did happen and we really are in our new home and trying to unpack and put things back together.

In some ways it still doesn't seem real (granted it only happened yesterday), but I do LOVE my house and the change that it has provided. As you can see, our internet is up and our phone number is now working!! YEAH!!

Now it's time to organize and unpack. We will be having an Open House Celebration in a week or so. There have been so many people involved in this that we would like you all to be able to Celebrate with us as well.

Again...Thank you all for your support through this. We are forever grateful!
Ain't no need to watch where I'm going, just need to know where I've been.