Sunday, June 18, 2017

Don't Cry, Smile!

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

This sentence perfectly describes how I feel about my oldest child graduating from High School.  I did not shed one tear during the graduation week UNTIL I assembled a special picture collage to display at his party.  It hit me hard how quickly time passed and how much David and I love each other today.
I knew when he was born that I should cherish every moment and work hard to develop a relationship with my boy.  It has been my number one priority to be a better listener than a disciplinarian. To lead by example rather than tell him what to do. And, to share my love for my religion with my child.  As I stared at 50 some pictures all at once that represented 17 years of David's life, I knew that I had done it.  I knew that Dave had accomplished his goals so far too and that just got me crying and crying!

Our family has had a roller coaster of a year getting David where he needs to be but we did it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jan 2017 Update

My family has been on a super fast ride this year.  We are going here, and there, and everywhere it seems like.  So far, no one has been too sick this winter and our "to do" list for the house is getting done.  Here are a few pictures to catch you up on our lives.

Evan's first JH Band Concert.  He is there, somewhere.

My most difficult students on a Field Trip.  I survived December!

Chamber Choir performance Dec 2016

Team Captain and  Senior Swimmer

New lights and paint!

Evan is helping me make decor decisions.

David sang at the Voice of Eastmont.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Young Men

When Evan was a little guy he did a lot of things that drove me crazy like running out the front door at 2 when I wasn't looking or biting my on the softest part of my neck unexpectedly.  He also was the funniest guy with words and spoke at a very early age in full sentences.  I miss that crazy little boy sometimes however, I'm very much enjoying the young man he has become.  He still holds my hand through the parking lot and while we sit on a pew at church.  He asks me to tuck him in and tells me every last detail about his day at school.  He dutifully does his homework, practices his instrument, and cleans his room the same day he is asked!  What a great son.  Handsome too, right?

David has always been the kindest one in our family.  He is always in tune with how people are feeling and whether or not they feel left out.  When he was a toddler he use to pat my back while I cried because I was overwhelmed with motherhood.  He'd say, "It's okay Mommy.  You are a good Mommy."
Today he is getting more and more confident and asks a lot of great questions about our religion and beliefs.  He is not taking anything at face value and searching it out.  David is great with children, like really great.  He is a natural and I can imagine that he hasn't realized it is a strength yet.  He is smarter than he knows and,  after taking the SAT and applying for LDS church schools, I am finally seeing that he is ready to fly away from home.  I'm gonna miss my first baby and I'm extremely proud of his confidence and desire to be successful.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chamber Choir

Thought you'd all enjoy the video I shot at David's first choir concert this past Wednesday.
Just click HERE

Here are a few Sr. pics too!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Its been crazy

So much has happened since I blogged last.  The most difficult being Jason's experience with shingles.  He is doing much better now thanks to all of your kind thoughts and prayers.  I don't even know how to start explaining the last 6 weeks but it turns out that we learned to appreciate all that we have and I guess that's what I want you all to know.
Enjoy the moment you are living in now, enjoy your kids, enjoy being alive!

Here are some random photos:
We celebrated a close friend's wedding this weekend.

Me all dolled up for said wedding.

Olivia and Micah with The Boys

My newly tiled laundry room.

Work is as crazy as home but I love it.

Homecoming 2016

Swap Meet- our first!

There were a lot of old guys and license plates at the swap meet.

Leavenworth Half Marathon

Yes, I park on a pad now.  Can't ruin the floor!

Senior pics were taken- soon to be shared.

My new oven is amazing.

Love my new kitchen.  Worth the wait but possibly the reason for the shingles.  Eek!

I never knew a fridge could look so clean.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Home Stretch

Currently I am living in a home that is far from tidy and clean. It's driving me crazy AND I start work tomorrow. I haven't had a meltdown but the boiling point is approaching.
Here is a shot of our home's current state:
Tomorrow everything is gonna change!  I will update soon.
Btw, I haven't had kitchen sink for 2 weeks and no appliances for almost 2.
What have I learned from this experience?  Well, that happiness is a mindset, that kids don't care what the house looks like as long as there is food, and my first world problems are really not problems at all.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unexpected things

Evan and I took off for our Utah trip two weeks ago and now I'm back home getting ready to start work on Monday.  Boo!  We had many great moments a few bad ones on the trip.  You just never know what to expect.

 Evan and I had a great time on our trip- minus the car accident! I'm so exhausted from our house remodel that I can't write that well but here it goes:

1. It all started off well with a birthday bash for Aunt Linda. It had been a long time since I saw her and it felt so good to hear her voice and all of her stories.
Aunt Linda's Birthday.  She loves cake btw!

2. Next came the WEDDING.  What an amazing evening getting to watch my brother marry the love of his life.  I cried during the whole ceremony thinking of how much I love Jason.  We are all so blessed to have found our other halves!

I'm super sad I didn't get any photos of some of the kids.  I don't know why, but I'm sure someone out there can share a few with me.
My big Brother- love him.

Dad loving Milo

Everybody thinks Milo is the greatest thing ever!

Kristen was a great host!

Love these two so much! Does Blake ever act normal?

Sweet baby Milo

The Bride and Groom
Aaron & Heather- still a cute couple!

Kristen's Family- How do they all look like models?

 3.  We spent a few days in UT and then met Joli in Ogden to hang out.  Then came the accident...
Two more beautiful people in our family

Tyler, Hannah, and Evan

Made a quick dash to the Temple before we left and made some wishes in the pond.

I should have wished to not get in an accident!
4.  I was completely freaked after the accident but had to drive to Twin Falls - 2 hours of anxiety.  Evan said a prayer before we left and I had to do yoga type breathing the entire time to keep my heart rate down.  By the time we got there I felt a lot better so that was good!

Jason's parents treated us well and it was nice to see their new home and spend time chatting and eating good food.

Here are some pics from Idaho:
We got to Kayak on the water- good times!

Evan trying to look more Mayan than he already is.

5.  I drove 8.5 hours home a few days later and physically I was feeling low.  I came home to this and realized the stress was not over.
Yikes!  My heart sank.

But this cheered me up!

This reminded me of my childhood- washing dishes by hand.  Still hate it.
6.  Today I went for a long run after an exhausting week of remodeling and working in my classroom.  I'm so tired I almost didn't blog.
Our counter tops are getting installed on the 29th and we are counting down the days.  I sure hope our appliances show up this week!  Please pray for my sanity.
Eating helps with stress people!