Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fun at the Lake...

Yesterday we went out for some more fun at the lake! Good job Abby for getting up on skis! We didn't leave until 2, but we played hard until 7 and didn't get home and showered and in bed until almost 11. We were EXHAUSTED! Good thing today is a day of rest! Emie even had to come home and finish a talk she gave today. She did awesome though, as usual! Some of my favorite pics from the lake...
Todd's New Toy!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Frustration...

Sometimes I'm so stubborn that even I surprise myself. Today the kids are out of school and Todd took them to the lake. I should be there too, but I lost my keys and couldn't find them this morning. It started out as no big deal, I always find them. Then after an hour of looking, the frustration set in. Todd just wanted to go and take the truck, but I was so adamant about finding those stupid keys (my only set), that I couldn't let myself even think of taking the day off and going to the lake. The thoughts start running through my head like, "how can I be so stupid?", "how can I be so disorganized", "why can't I ever have it all together". So I decided to stay home. I did find them by the way-- with a few prayers after I calmed down. They were in the laundry room, right under the flap that opens where I put my detergent. I forgot I had put in a load of laundry last night when I got home. So here I sit, blogging on a perfectly good day when I could have been at the lake having fun with my family. Lesson??? 1st--always put your keys in the same place, 2nd--keep more than one set of keys around the house, (I will be at the dealership tomorrow getting another key or two made), 3rd--don't be so stubborn--life's too short!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday Busy Work...

This is the kind of work that I hate doing on a Saturday! Todd was cleaning out the garage, and I cleaned out my "junk corner". It doesn't matter how many times I clean this corner of my kitchen, by the next week, there it is, all junked up again. This corner is like a magnet for everything in my house that doesn't have a real home. When the kids can't find a paper or homework they're missing, or Todd is missing a phone number he wrote down, all I have to do is send them over to the junk corner and they can usually find what they're looking for. So... TA DA!
BEFORE:


AFTER:


The sad thing is, this took me 2 hours of a perfectly good Saturday--and next week, well it will surely look like the top picture again! Such is life huh? Now, on to the junk drawer...(I'd rather be at the lake)!


Friday, April 18, 2008

The Love of my Life...

Todd and I have been married almost 15 years. I was 19, and he was 21 when we got married, safe to say that both of us were pretty young and naive! It has been a long road, but I am married to an amazing man. I have seen him struggle to get his education while working a full time job, barely having time to sleep, all so I could stay home with the kids. When he started his first business, the crematory, he would go to work at 4 a.m., then go to his other job at a Funeral Home in Phoenix at 8 a.m., he would go back to the crematory at 5 p.m. and work until sometimes 10 or 11 at night. This time was stressful for both of us, but Todd was so determined that he was going to make something of himself, and he has. I look at the business that he has established now, and the living that he is able to provide his family, and I am truly amazed at how far we have come. His job is stressful and it comes with some drawbacks--look at the picture and you will see Todd's phone on his hip. We forgot to take it off for the picture, but it's just as well, that phone has been a part of him, just as much as his family has for these years. When you are in the funeral business, you are on call 24/7. There have been times we have wanted to throw that phone out the window, or into the ocean! Even with all the demands on his time, I know that he loves his family more than anything, and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful husband, and a terrific father. I couldn't ask for a better man. I love you Todd, with all my heart, you truly are the love of my life!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My two BOYS!

What can I say about my boys? After having three girls in a row, Todd and I both wondered if a boy was in the picture for our family. When I found out I was pregnant with a boy, Todd wouldn't even believe it until he was born and he saw him with his own eyes.
Joshua was born into the world a whopping 9 lbs. 10 oz.. There was nothing small about him or his personality. We weren't sure at first whether we knew what to do with a boy, but it didn't matter because this child has been ALL boy no matter what we did. Since the day he could walk, he was running--he never slows down. He is the sweetest, funniest, cutest boy I know. His smile melts my heart, and his low little voice is the sweetest sound to me. We are so grateful to have him in our family.
Jack was the only thing missing in our family. I wanted so badly for Josh to have a brother, someone who would always be there for him. Todd loves his brothers so much, I just couldn't imagine a life for Josh with no brothers. I know that they will love and take care of eachother, and that Josh will be such a good example for his brother.
I am so grateful to be blessed with two little boys to raise, I know that with the Lord's help, they will grow into great men, and great misssionaries. (And great football players too, if Todd has anything to do with it!)

My four girls....





What can I say about having 4 girls? They are all so different, and unique.
Emie is my oldest, the typical 1st child. She is a sweetheart, and always aims to please. She is so smart, straight A's are not enough, it must be A+++. She has always been so obedient, and good natured, from the time she was born. I love her smile, and her kind heart. She amazes me.
Erin has had a smile on her face since the day she was born! She is always so happy, and loves to tease. She is so much like her dad, I think that's why they butt heads sometimes. She gets her loud side from me, though. She is so smart, but also loves to talk--her teachers always say if she would keep quiet, she could learn more, but she can't help it. I know how she feels! She's awesome!
Abby is like the perfect child. Sometimes I feel like she is the one in the family who really gets overlooked, not on purpose, but she is just so good that I never need to get after her or get angry at her. She has such a sweet disposition, always worried about everyone around her, never selfish or unkind. I love my Abby.
When Ashlie came into this world she was screaming for attention, and never stopped for her first 18 months of life! She was not going to wait for things just because she was the 5th child. I never thought that one of my children would be more stubborn than I am (and believe me that's VERY stubborn), but Ashlie is. She is much sweeter now, by far one of my best toddlers, but still once in awhile reminds me that she is in charge! I think she will achieve great things in her life, because of her amazing personality, and determination to have things her way.
I feel so blessed to have these 4 girls to raise. They are all going to be amazing women someday, and I am so grateful that they chose me to be their mother.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

And one more makes...SIX!

Our newest addition, Jack Henry Allen was born on February 28, 2008! We are so happy to have him in our family! He is already 6 weeks old, and such a sweet, happy baby. All of the kids just love him, especially Ashlie. She has taken the mommy role to heart, even getting up in the middle of the night and sitting with me while I nurse him and watch T.V.. Joshua is so happy to have another boy in the house, although he is dissapointed that he is pretty boring so far... We feel so blessed to have 6 wonderful children. Life is sure crazy with all their activities, and my house is never really clean, but I feel like the important thing is that we are happy, and I feel like most of the time we truly are.

My first try at blogging!

I have seen so many cute blogs, and a friend told me that it was really easy to start one, so this will be my first attempt. I hope it will be a journal of sorts for me, something to help me keep a record of all the things going on in this crazy family of ours. I feel so often like time is getting away from me, my kids are growing too fast! I just want to have something to look back at, so we can say, "remember that?" (And since I stink at scrapbooking, maybe this can take it's place!). Best of all, this is something I can share with family and friends, so you can have a glimpse into the chaos that we call life!
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