Today, V was reading a board book with pictures of Christ. Immediately, she started exclaiming with a voice filled with joy, "Jesus! Jesus! Yay! Yay! Jesus!" Oh, the faith and pure love of a little child! I love her. I love her love for the Savior. I am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice for her, for me, for my family, and for all of human-kind. We are so blessed!
Today is V's number day. She is 19 months old. She is so much fun. She can talk and talk and talk. We understand most of what she is saying. She is a daredevil. She'll climb on ANYthing. She loves to find a laundry basket, turn it upside down, and climb on it so that she can reach everything else.
She loves music still. She loves to sing "marching, marching… ". She also loves to sing "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam." She also loves playing with her ball.
Last night, we were playing and all of a sudden she says, "Ashes. Ashes. Down." And then sat down. We haven't sung "Ring around the Rosies" with her. I texted her nursery leader and, sure enough, they do that in nursery each Sunday. So cute!
Baby C is loving hitting his toys. I might not remember correctly, but it seems like the other kids weren't as aware of their arms and legs as early as Baby C. He is 10 weeks old and he intentionally hits things with his arms and kick things with his legs. It is so fun to watch. :)
I am a blessed Mama. :)
V loves to sit by Baby C. Can you tell? She sometimes sits on his head, but that is rare. She just loves to be around him. It makes parenting a little difficult since he LOVES to be on the floor if we are around, but then he gets attacked by a toddler. Hmmm...what to do. What to do.
This year, General Conference was on April 5-6th. It was amazing. I loved hearing the prophets speak and I love reviewing each message. There is so much for me to improve on. There is also a lot of comfort and strength given by the Spirit as we listen to these men of God address us, saying what He wants us to know.
Our October Conference thing worked so well, that we did it again. I posted pictures of each of the prophets and then we each wrote on sticky notes something that impressed us during the talk. I love how it helps us all focus and I love the insights that my children and CK give me that sometimes I miss completely.
President Monson (multiple talks):
CK: "Do better day by day" and "Take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate love "
Me: "Those who address us have sought Heaven's help", "Every day of our lives, we are given opportunities to love. Some of the greatest opportunities to love will be within the walls of our own home." and "May our homes be filled with love, courtesy, and the Spirit of the Lord."
K: "We are a fmaily, united in our faith and desire!", "We must regard everyone as our brothers and sisters and treat them as such.", and "We must strive to be better every day!"
C: "Recognize then respond." and "What an amazing conference!"
J: "Welkome. Welkome" (Welcome welcome) and "Help uthrs" (help others)
Elder Holland spoke Saturday morning. C was at a band competition and J was at his football game, which CK took him to. When I took this picture, there were only notes from K and I, but since then J has watched the talk and added his own thoughts. C and CK have also gone back and listened/watched, but didn't choose to add thoughts to the picture. :)
Me: "When called to defend our faith- it requires courage and courtesy."
K: "Be as Jesus is - loving, long-suffering, courageous. Defend your beliefs!"
One of my favorite things about my blog is to go back and see some of the things that J said when he was little. I forget most of the time to document what my little ones have said. I sure wish I remembered to do it more often.
For that reason, I have to post about V today. I just want to remember.
CK came out of his office at about 10:30. When V saw him, she said "Daddy!" She followed this with "Lunch time." It wasn't lunchtime, but CK eats with us most days and when she saw him, that is what she immediately thought. Then, she wanted to go with him into the restroom. I was just finishing feeding Baby C and was ready to go work some more on the garden, so I said, "V do you want to go outside?" She stopped, thought a minute, then said, "Bye Bye" to CK and promptly turned around and ran towards the door.
This girl loves the outdoors. I am glad. Outdoors is good. I hope she continues to love it. To follow up with that story, I was able to work outside for almost exactly an hour. V played. Baby C sat in his chair. I planted more garden.
C has been participating in track and field this season. I haven't seen evidence of this, but what he told us was that participating in track is mandatory to be able to do athletics next year. Well, he loves football and wants to do that next fall, so, of course he has been attending track practices and meets. If he does well in practice, he gets selected to participate in the events. He was selected every week. He ran the mile and the mile and a half.
This was a couple of weeks ago. It was my first time seeing him run. My parents had flown in that morning, so they got to be there too!
And they are off (the 7th grade girls run with the 7th grade boys, but their standings are different even though they run at the same time).
Here is C, overtaking the girl in front of him. Boy! Six laps around the track is enough to make me feel exhausted just watching!!!
The rest of these pictures are from the next week (April 3, 2014).
When we got to this track meet, they did things a little bit differently. The first ran the 7th grade girls. Then, they ran the 8th grade girls. It takes a long time to organize these races and then run six laps each. Thank goodness 7th grade boys was next!
While we were waiting, J decided it was hot. He found the only shade he could find.
V, on the other hand, just wanted to sit on the drain.
After waiting about an hour for C's race, the meet was put in a delay due to lightening far away. So, we waited some more. I am happy that we finally have our double stroller (Thanks for your contribution, Aunt J!).
More waiting. It kept being delayed for storms in the distance.
Finally, they called the athletes back in. Now the sky was ominous and it looked like it could dump on us any minute. In an effort to get in as much as possible before the storm, they ran the 7th and 8th grade boys together.
It was fun to see him race. He doesn't love track, but he is an athlete through and through and loves all sports. He placed, which I didn't know was 1st-6th when it comes to track. He was either 5th or 6th. Not bad.
It started to rain huge drops as we left the track. They called off the entire rest of the meet. Good thing, too. It dumped and hailed and not too far away from us, there were tornados. It was a nasty Texas spring storm. It was hard to see driving home, but we all made it safe and sound. It still is crazy to me that they called the meet when it was bright and sunny with hardly any ominous clouds at all and they were way in the distance and then ran when it was dark and stormy and soon to be nasty. All in all, we waited over two hours to see C's race. It was worth it, though. I love watching my kids doing the things they love and I always want them to know that no matter what they are participating in, they can look over and see Mom cheering and probably wielding a camera. :)
These two have been such great friends for me. They have both been so supportive throughout the hard times and through the good times. I am so lucky to have them. A moved away last fall and is back visiting for spring break. It was so good to see her. It was like we had never been away from each other. J, of course, moved about an hour and a half away a couple years ago. She drove down to spend time with us. I am so grateful for these good friends The Lord has given me. Like I said, these two have been with me in the toughest of times and in the best of times. I feel so blessed for His wisdom in putting us together in a presidency, so we could get to know each other. He did that right before the divorce, and I know He was protecting me. I am so blessed to have two of the greatest women in the world as my close friends.
J loves to have people come and eat lunch with him. I have gone nearly every week since he entered Kindergarten. It is more difficult with two babies, but we have made it work.
He got to eat lunch with Grandma and Grandpa and A on Tuesday.
A loves going to lunch with J about as much as he loves having A come.
They loved it so much that we did it again. This is A and J on Friday (Their last day together).
V thinks sitting at the table as a "big girl" is soooooooooooo cool!
Baby C was cranky, so I held him. Then, V was a little pill, so I held her. I didn't even know until A took these pictures that baby C had fallen asleep.
I am so grateful for my kids. I love them so much. I ended up taking J, C, and K all out early from school on Friday so that they would have some more time with A. She left to go to her other home on Saturday, but those three went to their dad's on Friday night. It was worth pulling them out. The four of them spent about an hour in the rain playing foursquare together. Memories that would not have been made had they stayed in school. :)
Life is tough, however. I didn't realize exactly what I was getting into with these two babies and four older kids. I knew it would be hard. I wasn't prepared for exactly how tough it is. I spend most of my day with our cranky new guy. What extra time I have away from him, I spend corralling and/or playing with my defiant little toddler. The remaining moments of my day go to talking to, driving, cooking food for, and loving my older kids. This leaves almost no time for house cleaning / tidying, or quilting, or anything else that I enjoy and miss. It even is difficult to spend time with CK. I know this is but a small moment in our lives. I also know that I will miss it terribly some day when all six have left home. But, for now, it is a challenge that I am striving to rise to meet. President Monson has said that we can choose to be positive in ANY situation. I know this is true and I am working on this as a personal goal. I hate piles. I hate a messy home. It is easy to notice these and what else DIDN'T get done, instead of all the good that I enjoyed in that day with my kids that I am blessed to have. Working on it! :)
I am a happily married LDS SAHM of six kids (14 1/2-year-old girl, 12 1/2-year-old boy, 10 year-old step daughter, 7 1/2-year-old boy, a 18-month baby girl, and a newborn baby boy). I love life. I am truly blessed to know my Savior, Jesus Christ. I desire to spend my whole life in service to Him. I love my children with all my heart and dedicate myself to being the best Mommy I can be...it is a daily challenge, but one I cherish.