Monday, July 18, 2016
So, today, I am "locked" out of my downstairs level. Not really locked out, but I had the carpets cleaned today. They look absolutely amazing and it was supposed to be a quick dry, 2-4 hours, but it has been five and they are still quite wet. I don't want to tarnish the wonderful carpet, so I am choosing to keep the kids and I off of it until dry...so probably until tomorrow morning. Luckily, we have a very big home (over 3500 sf), so being upstairs isn't a big deal. The only thing missing is a kitchen. All the kids' rooms and a bathroom are upstairs. We also have a media room and a loft upstairs, so plenty of space to play. It's all good.
A fun blessing with having the downstairs "closed" is that we all went out earlier. We also picked up C from his band thing at the high school and then off we went to Cici's. This is NOT my first choice of a place to eat, but all six kids like it or love it. So, not one complained, which is an amazing feat in and of itself! And, it was better than I remember it. So, it was definitely a $35 win. :) It really seems that one of the children is frustrated with me or mad at me at every given moment. So, this was a huge blessing and big win!
This is an incredibly busy week. Most are, actually, but there are a few that aren't. And, there are some that rack up the busy points. This is one of those weeks. I can make it through. The interesting thing is that in Sacrament Meeting at church yesterday, I was inspired to reread the Mary and Martha account from the New Testament and remember to "choose that good part." With this very busy week, I can easily be caught in the thick of thin things. So, I am really working on letting the less-important things go while I focus on the most important things. I hope I can do a good job!
I was thinking about all that I need to say to catch up on this blog. Hmmmmm....no way to put months of dozens, no, hundreds, of activities on here!
But, it is good to be back, at least for a moment. I am blessed. I hope I never forget just how blessed I am....such as I brought diapers and wipes upstairs with me....stinky diaper, here I come!!!!
Monday, May 16, 2016
I am one of the luckiest people ever. I have three sets of amazing parents. My parents, my in-laws, and my former in-laws. With divorce, I could have lost these parents and lost this family, but I am so very blessed that I didn't. They kept me as their daughter and sister. I kept them as my family. I love them all so much. I love how they can love XDH with all their hearts and love me so much too. They are all great examples to me and I am so very blessed.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Yesterday for part of my birthday we went to you pick tulip place. Because I absolutely love tulips.
Each of my family members picked a flower just for me. (The red wrapped bunch). CK picked orange, K picked yellow, C picked white, J picked red, V picked purple, and Little C picked pink. Love love love.
The bunch of flowers that is wrapped in purple I picked. I have a dear friend, J, that knew I wanted to go to the tulip place, so she gave me a gift certificate for my birthday.
What a great afternoon we had. The kids got out of school early because it was an early release day. We went to lunch at a random place that we'd never heard of, but we stopped there and ate at this mom and pop sub shop. It was very good. Then we went up to the tulips and enjoyed time together picking tulips and taking a couple of pictures. We even ate my birthday brownies there. We attempted to have me blow out the candles, but the wind did it for me.
Then, we came home. The traffic was horrible, because there was a lot of construction. We picked up the babysitter on the way home and then hurriedly changed. We took the kids to their dad, then CK and I went to see Star Wars. Then we had a quick dinner late and came back and took the babysitter home.
What an amazing birthday! I felt loved and blessed all day long.
Friday, February 26, 2016
I seriously have such a wonderful life. I love my family and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is overflowing with blessings and I feel so loved and taken care of by those above.
This morning, K decorated three doorways (notice that I am old enough that it took THREE doorways!) in our home with streamers about me (I don't know how she even thought of 39!). But, they will soon fall and I wanted to remember them...so these are what the streamers say:
- looks out for others
- good to talk to
- always learning
- the life of the party
- good listener
- willing to sacrifice
- great smile
- hard worker
- willing to serve
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Being sick, I have spent much of the day resting on the couch. And looking at my phone to keep me entertained. I realized that 6 years ago today was the big huge snow storm. I went back on this blog to look at the pictures. Then, I just had to keep reading.
LOVED it! I loved seeing pictures of my kids (that have changed dramatically in 6 years!). I loved reading about CK and seeing our love develop. I loved it so much. I have done a disservice to myself and others by not keeping this blog better up to date! Again, I want to try harder.
I did work on and order a photo book with our January 2016 pictures. I intend to make a book each month. The kids absolutely love to go through them. I do, too! And, I love pictures sooooooooooooooo much, but where are most of them? Hidden somewhere in a digital format. Pre-digital, I was very good at printing photos, dating them, and putting them into albums. I even dipped into scrapbooking. I decided it wasn't really my thing. I am not really crafty, but it didn't hurt to try. But, with digital, I became the mom that took multiple photos of the same event and then couldn't choose which one to use and then just gave up because the thousands of photos can be overwhelming.
I did not do New Year's Resolutions this year, but beginning in December, I choose to focus on three goals to help make me a better person:
- Drink more water (did great at the beginning....now not so great.)
- Work on pictures and make them a priority (I did, in fact, work on and order a book!)
- Don't complain. (I think I wrote already about this...I have discovered that I am a closet complainer! Time to change!)
Monday, January 25, 2016
But, I did finally get this picture uploaded on on the blog. Woot Woot! Our primary has asked each family to take a picture of their family doing family scripture study. We study every day, but it has been hard to add taking a picture to the study time. Finally, we did it last night. Sadly, A isn't with us so our family is not complete, but this is what our study looks like much of the time. The calm toddlers is deceptive, but other than that, this is how we roll at our home.
I love that we study the scriptures together. We do three days a week of Doctrine and Covenants and four days a week of Book of Mormon. We are almost done with both, but we will just continue the Book of Mormon reading by starting again as we always do, but we will also read the New Testament. I am soooooooooooooooo excited about this. I long to know my Savior more and have my kids know Him more too. This is a great way to do it. :)
It would take a while to catch up on all that goes on in a busy household of 8, but a few things include...V cut her own hair necessitating a haircut, C is playing basketball and last Saturday they only had 5 players, so he played all of two back to back games, Little C will turn 2 in 12 days. Crazy!
We are in the middle of trying to schedule many things. The planner part of me is screaming in agony that we just cannot get things planned (trying to work with many others). But, this will all work out too.
I am happy. Life is good. I love my life. I love my family. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my home. I love my cars. I love my relative good health. Life is good. I am blessed.