Sunday, November 29, 2009

Erin's List...

Erin handed me this list of DO's and DON'Ts that she made in church today for her lesson on Temple Marriage. Me, and several other mom's got a good laugh out of it.
This is a typical teenage view of life:

My Plan to be Married in the Temple
I Will:
*Do good in school
*Have good friends
*Not have a boyfriend until 16
*Pay tithing
*Go to church
*Never say bad words
*Read scriptures
So far so good...right??? Then the other side of the page..
I Will NOT:
Have Fun...
Too funny! I love this girl!

A Thanksgiving suicide mission...

Sometimes I wonder how boys actually make it to maturity, I mean they are CRAZY! This was what we found on Thanksgiving day at my sister Kimbie's house--her son Cole decided to climb a tree...








CRAZY BOY!!! Glad you made it down alive Cole!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Grateful Heart...


I was looking today for a Thanksgiving message, and I found this one. Sometimes, even when we have so much, we tend to focus on the things that we lack. We have been blessed with so much in this life, especially with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for all of the things that I have been blessed with. I hope I can remember, not only at Thanksgiving, but each and every day, to have a grateful heart.

A Grateful Heart
President Gordon B. Hinckley has taught: “Gratitude is of the very essence of worship. … When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives”.
Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.
Miracles Born of Gratitude
For three days, more than 4,000 people had stayed in the wilderness with the Savior without eating, and Jesus did not want to send them away hungry. But even His disciples questioned, “Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?” (Matt. 15:33). Like many of us, the disciples saw only what was lacking. Nevertheless, Jesus gave thanks for what they did have (see Matt. 15:36), and a miracle followed: “They did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full” (Matt. 15:37).
We all face times when our focus is on what we lack. Maybe our time, means, patience, or even feelings of love do not measure up to our expectations. At such times, we would find it helpful to adopt President Brigham Young’s attitude and view our difficulties with a grateful heart: “There is not a single condition of life or one hour’s experience but what is beneficial to all those who make it their study, and aim to improve upon the experience they gain”.
Miracles can happen in our lives as we look to God with a grateful heart. Understanding comes, and strength to endure increases. Great are the promises to those who receive “all things with thankfulness” (D&C 78:19).

Monday, November 23, 2009

16 YEARS!...

16 YEARS--can you believe it? Todd and I said "yes" to this crazy thing called marriage 16 years ago today! Man, has it been a wild ride! This year has been an interesting year, with Todd selling his business, us moving, and him trying to find a new direction and a new career. He has spent more time at home this year than I think the first 5 years of our marriage combined! At first, it was a little unsettling for me to be honest. You see, I had this good thing going--I could do my own thing most of the day, then the kids and I would spend the hour before he got home cleaning frantically, then I would cook dinner, and it looked like I was a great wife--doing nothing but cooking and cleaning for my family most of the day. Well, after staying home for the first month--the gig was up. Todd is in on the fact that I enjoy sitting and blogging, or reading, or running errands, or pretty much anything more than I enjoy cleaning the house. Worse yet, he has found out how much I am late to things, or forget them all together. Man, I do that a LOT! He has also found out that when I complain that I had a "bad day" with the kids--it usually means that I just didn't have a chance to get what I wanted to do that day done--not that they are bad kids. The good thing? He doesn't blame me! He's not much for cooking or cleaning either--thank goodness. Not that our house is a pit--it's not. But cleaning at the end of the day suits us just fine, and we can spend most of the day doing things we both enjoy. I have really enjoyed having the help with the kids and with rides to and from practices and games. I have enjoyed watching him interact with our children, and take more of an interest in their lives, and their interests. I have enjoyed seeing him find joy in being a father, and not just a provider. I think that the providing sucked out so much of his energy, and joy some days that there was none left for us at the end of the day. I have enjoyed having my husband back after 15 long years of 12-15 hour days. I hope that when he does start his new business, he will be able to find something that will take less of his time, and leave him able to spend more time with family. I have LOVED having him around more--and we have fallen in love all over again!
I am so thankful to have a husband who LOVES being married, who LOVES being a father, who finds JOY in his family! I think that is hard to find these days! Todd is so unselfish, so giving, so loving, so willing to work hard, and to sacrifice for his family. From the day I married him, I knew he would be an amazing provider, because he doesn't know how to do anything halfway. He sets his goals high--and will achieve them because he won't stop until he does. I am so grateful that he talks me into taking chances, and that they have paid off. I am so grateful that he puts up with me, and is patient with all of my flaws...(and there are MANY)! Most of all I am grateful that he took a chance on ME--16 years ago! I love you sweetie! Happy Anniversary!
Emie took these pictures for us the other day--and after a few of these:
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I did THIS:
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And we were finally able to get THESE:
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shelly's Family...

My sister and her sweet family were able to come visit this weekend and go to Phantom of the Opera with us. It has been a very turbulent few months at their house, and it was so nice to have her here to talk to, and to get to spend some time visiting face to face. I was able to have a little photo session with them in our front yard to do their Christmas pictures. I loved it because you know what--we got some REAL smiles out of them--and they are all beautiful! I want you guys to know how much I love you, and how much I wish you were closer so that we could see you more often! Shelly, I know it's been hard for you, but I want you to remember what an amazing mother you are, and how much I admire you for how hard you have worked to keep your family together through all of the trials. It's hard to see sometimes how these trials will work for your good, but sometimes all we can do is hope and pray to see a glimpse of hope and light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes when all else fails we have to pray for Him to carry us--and He will, because He loves you SO much more than you realize. I am so blessed to have such a great sister, and such an example of hard work and sacrifice. There is nothing she wouldn't do for her family! I love you guys!
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My Little Turkey...

With his little turkey!--We cut up Josh's shirt to make this years turkey disguise. I know we've done this one before--but c'mon, it's a new school! He still loved it!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Even Better...2074 Pages!!!...


Take a look at the behemoth, massive, ginormous healthcare bill that the Senate Democrats came out with this week--you know the one they promise won't add at all to the massive deficit?? Yeah, if you believe that--I could sell you some ocean front property... I'm telling you--call, and keep calling, call 10 times a day or this thing WILL pass. If the government can't run medicaid, or medicare and keep it solvent--what makes you think this HUGE bureaucracy will be able to run healthcare for all of us? Scary times ahead if we don't take a stand...

Here's the bill: (see how much YOU can stand to read before you fall asleep--you really think your senator is pouring over this thing right now?).

H.R. 3590

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My CLEAN Boy!

If any of you have boys, you know how hard it can be to keep them clean. In the case of my 7 year old boy--it is dang near impossible! I have to beg him to shower nightly, and sometimes when he gets out I will smell him and then we have this conversation:
Me: "Did you even wash yourself?"
Josh: "Yes, the water was on."
Me: "I know the water was on, but did you wash yourself?"
Josh: "Huh?"
Me: "Soap and shampoo? You know did you wash with soap or shampoo?"
Josh: "Ummm...no, I forgot."
Me: "What were you doing in there for 40 minutes?"
Josh: "Playing."
Me: "Ummm...don't even want to go there--just go get back in and WASH--we take a shower so we can be CLEAN!"
Josh: Ugh...
Jack on the other hand is my little water baby! In our new house, our shower in our room has two heads--it's a party shower! I can even throw three or four kids in at once! Jack loves it--and he doesn't miss a chance for a shower. Sometimes he gets 3 or 4 showers a day! If he hears the shower on, he starts stripping the clothes off and jumps in. He doesn't take environmentally friendly showers either--he would stay in for hours if I let him. Even when he's been in for 30 min. he cries when you get him out! I got some pictures of this little ritual so that when he's 7, I can look back on the days when he actually wanted to be clean! I love this boy!
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Monday, November 16, 2009

The Family Bed...

I have never been a big fan of the family bed. I know people say that they love sleeping with their children, and it makes their children feel safe, and secure, and loved...but ummm...I need some space to sleep man! My children will tell you--I am a much better mother when I have a good night's sleep! We tried the family bed with the first few children, I was too lazy to get up and put them back into their beds, but I remember one night when I was hugely pregnant with Abby, and Emie and Erin had both crawled into bed with us. I was in a deep, restful sleep, and suddenly jerked awake when I fell right off the bed onto the floor! That was IT--these girls needed to learn to sleep in their OWN bed! There were long nights, but we managed to teach them that they needed to stay out of our room until it was light outside. With my new baby, I was careful to get up and nurse her, so she wouldn't get used to being in my bed--EVER! I have done this with each of my kids since--and you know what it was working great. Until now. Ashlie is one of those kids who's mind is always working. I don't think she ever really stops thinking about things. Her mind is very active, and so are her patterns of sleep--which causes her to dream--A LOT! Every other night at least lately she crawls into bed with us because of a bad dream. Her room is up a long flight of stairs--and I have been too tired to go and take her back to bed, so I have just slid her over by Todd and gone back to sleep. Well guess what? My little Jack is now climbing out of his crib! 18 months--and he figured out how to get out of that blasted thing. DANG! So now I have frequent visits from BOTH children in the night--and here's what we found on a morning last week:
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Does it look like there's any room for ME in there?? I want my bed back!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Race Day!...

The Run From the Sun AZ 1/2 Marathon!!!
13.1 Miles!!!!
We ran it today--at 7 a.m.
I Prayed...to have a good attitude!
I didn't complain...
I didn't whine...
I just RAN!
We laughed--and cried, together!
Best of all...
WE FINISHED!
The End.

Not really the end, I was just trying to contrast my experience from a few weeks ago with today's race. Actually, I felt really good today, and tried to have a good attitude, and most of all prayed to be able to reach my goal & finish the race! It worked! I finished in 2 hours 25 minutes--and still had a smile on my face! That might seem really slow--but when you realize that 3 months ago we had to stop 2 or 3 times when we were running just 3 miles, I think it was amazing that we all were able to run this far and finish! I missed Todd today--he was doing a funeral for a friend in CA and couldn't be there. I think he would've been proud of me for hanging in there, and trying to have a good attitude! I missed having him run by my side! I tried to make it my best run today. In my heart, I am a competitor--even though my body can't quite pull it off anymore! I ran with Todd's brother David most of the way and man, did he keep me laughing! I kept telling him "SI SE PUEDE David"! "YES WE CAN!" Who knew that Barack Obama would be the motivation that we needed! Yikes! The race turned out to be very fun, and very well organized, and I can't tell you how proud we are of Dr. Greg for his hard work and dedication to get this thing pulled off this weekend. You just don't realize how much work, and time, and money goes into a race like this! Besides the fact that he just got called into the Bishopric in his ward, as well as his wife Tera being due with a baby in 3 weeks! Dr. Greg--you are AMAZING!! We are SO proud of you! And even though we were all cursing your name at one time or another in the last few months--thank you so much for getting us all MOVING!

I just want to share a sweet experience that my amazing sister in laws had during the race. Katie was running with Kristy--who flew out from Pittsburgh to be with us & run the race. During the first part of the race, she was already having problems with her hip, and was in a lot of pain. As the race went on it got harder. We did a loop that passed right by the Mesa Temple, so Katie said that she was looking at the Christus the first time around (about the 5-6 mile mark), and was telling Kristy to look at the Christus, and say a prayer for Him to help you. The second time around the loop--(now at the mile 11 mark) Katie said that Kristy was really struggling, and Katie was ahead of her a little bit, but as they passed the temple, Katie looked over and started to say a silent prayer again. Just as she did, she could hear Kristy behind her, talking out loud to her Savior, pleading for His help to make it through the race. It was just such a sweet moment, and brought tears for both of them. I love this story, because you know what? The Savior can help us--no matter the situation, no matter the time of day, no matter what we struggle with at that moment. The Savior is there for all of us--and He will help us do hard things! It was a hard thing that they did to finish that race, and I know that in that moment He strengthened them! What a great story, thanks girls for sharing! So proud of you for finishing!

Last but not least--not only did I beat the clock today, (that was easy, because I have never done this before, so I didn't really have a time to beat!)
I BEAT THAT DUMB, STUPID, RETARDED SCALE! That's right:
149.6!!!!!
At least for today, I am the winner! I wore my too tight jeans today too-- just because I lost .4 lbs.! Man, I felt skinny! (I couldn't breathe very well--but I still felt skinny)!
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It was such a beautiful day--we looked back and saw this around mile 1!
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First (in our family) was SHAUN! on the left...
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2nd came CHRIS! on the right...
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3rd was KOHN! (who didn't get a picture taken with my camera so someone needs to email me one!!!)
Next came KARI & ME!
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Then came DAVID!
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Then KATIE & KRISTY!
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Our whole group:
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Me and my Running Buddy--Thanks Dave!
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Here he is--the MAN #1, Dr. Greg! With part of his family! 2 3/4 out of 4 kids!
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Dave was up to his old tricks again--right after the race!
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Here I am--with my little runner's medal! I have state champion medals that probably don't mean as much to me as this one--I feel like this was much harder work this time around! It didn't come naturally like it used to! Here's to accomplishing a goal! We can do HARD THINGS! (BTW don't judge me for my appearance--I look like CRAP--and this outfit is pretty much anything but flattering--you should have seen me later with my skinny jeans & makeup on! Dang, I don't have an "after pic") Oh well!
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And what do you think I had to eat when I got home??? Ummm--Krispy Kreme! What Else?
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