Monday, November 29, 2010

GRATITUDE

MY TOP 10 IN 2010

1. Jason makes all my dreams come true! This year he took me to some of my favorite places on earth, the beach and Disneyland. He bought me flowers and pearls for Mother's Day and my birthday. He remembered my favorite chocolate raspberries on Valentines and goodies on Easter. In between working long days providing for our family, he is the best father I have ever seen in action.
2. My girls are tender and sweet and full of life. I am so grateful for their good health and ability to work hard to achieve their dreams even though at this age they change a lot. I am thankful they are kind.
3. Jack is such a bright spot of joy. Even though I can't get anything done ever, it is totally worth it to hear him yell mama and have him pat my head and give me a kiss.
4. Diet coke and chocolate!
5. Extended family that supports us and loves us through it all.
6. The gospel that allows me hope that I can do better.
7. Friends that share in my heartaches and help me forget them with laughter.
8. The inspiring beauty in the mountains, red rocks, and sandy beaches.
9. My health.
10. Forgiveness for those many times I am less than I should be, the ability to forgive others, and His great sacrifice so that we may be forgiven

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jacqueline School of Ballet Recital


Rachel has a secret she asked me not to tell her friends, so like any good mom I am going to blog about it! She loves ballet! It is her favorite. I am so proud of her. She is very disciplined and a very good student. I am so thankful for Jason that he works so hard and provides our kids with amazing opportunities. It is a lot of fun to be the mother of such darling girls. Summer showing of Swan Lake was very entertaining. I am looking forward to the rest of the years exciting performances!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

over the shoulder boulder holder

one of my daughters who will remain nameless to protect her identity, but if you know my family you will be able to insert the proper name in the following story. She asked me if she had big boobs and I said no. She asked again "but do I have big boobs for a kid?" and again I replied no. I further told her that I did not get curves until I was married and filling out a bra might not be in her near future. She was pretty disappointed.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hideous Holiday Heater



Our family celebrated part of the holiday with The Firth Family! They let us tag along for one of their boating adventures at Starvation. The girls were good sports especially when we stayed at a shady motel in Duschene because where else do you stay in that part of world?! Ruthie was thrilled with our room which had its own personal heater that really impressed her. Bekah was not as easily impressed and kept describing the room as homeless and hideous. Jason and I were a little concerned with the traffic our neighboring motel guest was getting from visitors to their room. We weren't sure what type of enterprise was being executed a few doors down, but luckily no trouble came from it and we were just mildly entertained and concerned.

Rachel was in heaven on the wave runner and all the kids really enjoyed cruising on the boat. The water was a bit cold and choppy or I could have really impressed everyone with my skiing skills which I will have to save for Lake Powell. Jake and Keelee were pretty crazy tearing it up on the wake skate. Papa Tim was a great boat captain and Momma Sam always makes yummy gourmet sandwiches. Jason and I had a lot of fun seeing how much candy we could consume on a 2 day road trip. It was fun to be cozy in a queen bed with Jack in the middle of us. It reminded me of all the crazy places we stayed at when we drove across the country during Jason's Navy days.

It was a great time and I was so thankful my kids had the opportunity to go boating. Keelee said our family was fun and easy which is one of the best compliments I have ever received. Dragging 4 little kids across a lake could quickly turn into a bad scene and I am glad it had a happy ending. My favorite part was watching Ruthie and Bekah scurry up to the campground bathroom together. They only had one pair of flip flops between them, so they each took one and hopped to the potty. It was the cutest thing I have seen them do. I just love my family and feel so thankful for them!

Independence Day 2010







Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Schools Out for Summer!



So, the girls have officially been out of school for 3 days. I took them to Office Depot for some work supplies and they were intoxicated by all delicious paper and pen options. Rachel is already making her back to school supply list today! I caught her surfing target.com and writing down her picks for highlighters and crayons.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mr. Potato Head


Ruthie called Bekah stupid. I was sure to correct her. I told her next time say stupid head. I wish my kids would get things right. I just have to keep telling them over and over again.

Family Home Fifteen Minutes


We were having a little FHE meeting this week. Bekah was assigned a modesty lesson with Jason so she could research some areas that were of particular interest to her. They did an awesome job. My favorite part was when Jason asked the girls what kind of husband they wanted to marry and Bekah illustrated her desired mate with a story. One day in Salt Lake it was raining and we saw a couple walking down the street. The man was not sharing his umbrella with his partner. Bekah says she does not want to marry somebody like that. I was struck with how long ago this incident was and how it made such an impact on her. She is such a clever little girl and has it all figured out. If your partner won't share their umbrella during a tiny rainshower, then I would hate to be stuck with them when the storm really gets going. I am so thankful for my good husband and how much I can rely on him to provide for us in every way. He is such a good man and I marvel at him all the time. I love this family I have even though there are some days when I get in the car by myself to run and errand and think I could just keep on driving all the way to mexico and never come back! Most days I have my head on straight and realize what a precious gift I have.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bicycle Thief


Rachel was swiping my mountain bike to ride and I was none too happy!!! We wanted to ride together as a family in Moab so we had to upgrade her to her own mountain bike. She was torn between that and a beautiful beach cruiser, but the shifting of the gears on hills sealed the deal for her. She and I rode a little ways together in redrock country. It will be a fun day when we are all trained and can ride slickrock together. Well, the practice trail at least :).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mailee''s Gr8 Day!









So proud of my niece Mailee for choosing to be baptized and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! She is such a smart and fantastic little girl. I think it is incredible that she would want to follow Jesus' example.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Organic Egghead








Jack Jack broke his arm the day before this picture and as you can see, he is one tough little man because he was not showing any signs! Here is grabbing our baby chicks one after another trying to get his tiny mugs on them. Our cousins Briley and Brielle even got in on the fun. Briley had to chase down a runaway chick under his momma's car! The girls each picked out 2 chickens from IFA and named them. Jason hauled all four kiddos to the store for the purchase which was his first outing with the entire crew. The girls liked to hold them when they were cuddly, but the chickens are getting big now and less affectionate!! Yeah for more farm fresh eggies around here!