Sunday, June 28, 2009

Oceanside 2009!

These were just some of my favorite pictures at the beach this year--enjoy... :)


Friday, June 26, 2009

Home...

Once again, our vacation is over, and it's time to go home. It's strange right now, the word home feels different. We are going back to our house...but I'm not sure it feels quite like home just yet. We have called many places home over the years, Todd and I don't stay in a house for long, it seems. We have had many houses along the way, in several different places, but I have learned that it takes awhile before a new house becomes a home. A home is familiar, you can find your way around in the dark, because you know every nook and cranny. A home is comfortable, you have your favorite chair, or your favorite corner to sit and read, or blog. A home is safe, because you know your neighbors, and you have friends who are looking out for you. A home is fun, you have friends over, and it is always bustling with activity and laughter. A home is a haven, a shelter from the outside world, someplace you feel comfortable, someplace you feel...well, you feel "at home"! I'm sure that in time, this house will be a wonderful home, when all the work is done, and life returns to some sort of normalcy--if that is even possible with all these crazy kids! I know this ward will be great--I have loved every ward I have been in. I know that the kids and I will make new friends, and see old ones as well from time to time. I know that this is where the Lord wants us to be at this time--even if we don't know exactly why yet. And I know that the most important element of a home--the love of a family--is still there, and as long as we have that we will be okay. Man, I love you guys! But for now, I feel like I am just returning to our house--and part of me really misses our home.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I meant to post this yesterday--but didn't have much time, since it was Father's Day, and that means I get to have the kids all to myself and Todd got to relax--well, most of the day! I just wanted to post about the wonderful men in my life, and how truly grateful I am for them and the way they treat me. First, my DAD! My father and I have not always seen eye to eye on everything. I was quite the stubborn, opinionated, unreasonable teenager, (no, I haven't really changed much), and my Dad probably wanted to throw me out the door on my ear quite a few times! Even though he was a junior high school teacher for many years, he probably didn't know a teenager could be quite so rotten as his own daughter! Looking back, I feel terrible about the way I treated him sometimes, and the way I was unappreciative of the sacrifices he made for our family. I am so grateful for his always setting a good example, always going to church, always trying to do what was right. He was the only member of the church in his family, joining in college, but he never wavered in his determination that we go to church, and live our lives so that people would know that we stood for something. I am so grateful for that. Now that I am grown, I feel like I finally have the relationship with my Dad that I've always wanted. I love you Dad, I hope you know that! I am so grateful for your love, and your example in my life! You're the best Dad anyone could ask for!Second, my Father in Law, Bob. I have always admired him for many reasons, but first and foremost, I admire the love that he has for his children and his family. You can tell if you spend any amount of time with him that his first love, and his first priority is his family. He truly loves to spend time with them, and is interested in each of our lives, and each of our children's lives. He has always made an effort to show that love, to each and every person, and in our family, that is very difficult. You would think that in a family of 9 children, and 35 grandchildren, that someone would feel lost or left out. But this isn't the case with Bob and Sue. They make sure that each person feels important, each person feels loved. I have always felt like I have had two sets of amazing parents, Bob has always treated me as such and for that I feel grateful! We miss you so much, but again, feel so blessed to have the blessings that have come to us as a family since you've been on your mission. You are awesome! I love you!Lastly, my amazing husband, Todd. How can I express the love that I have for this amazing man? Like his father, his first priority has always been his family. He has always been so loyal, and so dedicated to making sure that we were happy, and well taken care of. I tease him now, saying I have never been so spoiled! He has truly given me a life that I could have never imagined! He is never selfish, and always puts my needs or the kid's needs ahead of his own. He has always been a worthy priesthood holder, which I am so grateful for. I want him to know how much I appreciate him, and the sacrifices he has made in order to provide for our family. I am so grateful that you love our children, and you love me, and most of all that you love our Savior, and it shows in all that you do. You are truly amazing, and I appreciate you so much! What a blessing, to have all of these wonderful men in my life! Happy Father's Day--a day late--but when you know me, as you all do WAY too well, you wouldn't expect anything less! I love you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

YUM!...

Check this out: Our favorite pizza place in Oceanside--Spanky's Pizza, home of the 28 inch GINORMOUS pizza! That almost feeds our whole family! We loved it!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun, Fun, Fun...

Our internet signal takes like 20 minutes to upload just one photo--
so here's another collage I made today...enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

HOORAY for the BEACH!!!


After a crazy two weeks of moving, and trying to find things in boxes while we remodel the house, we were beginning to go a little bit crazy. I found that Todd and I were snapping at each other a little too much--and the kids were complaining a LOT too much, and generally we just needed a little break from being in that new house while it got finished! Oceanside is a welcome break! This is one of our favorite little places in the whole world! We have been coming here for our whole marriage--(Emie took her first steps here almost 14 years ago!). Oceanside brings us comfort, familiarity, and peace! We love the beach, and the cooler weather, and the ocean. We love the little resort we stay at, even though it's old and small--it is literally steps away from the beach! This year we decided to stay two weeks--since things are so hectic at home. We always feel like just when we get settled it's time to pack up and go home. The first week we have 3 of Todd's siblings and their families--and a couple of extra nieces that came along--between us we have 22 children! Yep, tons of cousins equals tons of FUN! The second week will just be our family--so we'll see how that goes...I am hoping the kids will be forced into having fun with each other, but it may just be a week of fighting...stay tuned! It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful change of pace! I love the BEACH!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Making the Best of It...

So, this is how our kitchen looks:


As you can imagine--there hasn't been much cooking going on in this house the last few weeks! Thanks to both friends and family who have made sure we were fed! So we decided to make the best of it last night for family night and had a little cookout. Emie and Erin made hot dogs on the grill--we had to certify them for girls camp--YAY! They were great! Then we went swimming, now that our pool is cleaned and filled! It was lots of fun, although what's with the chilly 80 degree weather this week!?! I'm not complaining--but it was COLD for an Arizona June! We keep saying that we'll look back on this move and laugh at how crazy we were--but tonight was a great memory! Isn't family the greatest! I love you guys!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

This sums up our week...

Yes, remodeling a house can make you completely LOSE YOUR MIND! Ask Todd...first his arm--now this: watch--you'll understand! All I could do was laugh--because you know what? There was no talking him out of this one...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Such FUN!...

Okay--so we are all in our house--but it is nowhere near finished yet.  We are without running water downstairs, without a kitchen or master bathroom, and none of the closets are done, so we can't move much in yet.  None of the furniture is put together--and Todd can't lift anything for a few weeks, so it will stay where it lies!  If you were thinking of moving--I could talk you out of it if you want!  I have to brag on my mom and my two older girls--we moved 15o--(seriously...) boxes of food storage down our stairs into the basement storage room!!!  It was fun at first, and we were laughing and playing Biggest Loser...but after the first 50 we're like how many more???  They just kept coming and coming--boy did our movers LOVE our family!  A year supply is great, until you have to MOVE IT!  All is well though--and thank heavens for fast food the next few weeks!  I just won't unpack my scale for awhile... :)
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