Sunday, October 31, 2010


My favorite activity at Halloween is carving pumpkins!  This year, we decided to carve them for our family activity on Sunday night.  I always get the kids their own pumpkin, that way I am sure that someone--anyone will need help, and I will get my hands on one or more of their pumpkins!  I love the stencils and tools that they have come out with to make it easy and fun, and just about anyone--young or old--can turn out a super cute pumpkin!  It's funny to watch them clean out their pumpkins and the grossed out look on all of their faces as they dig their hands into that gooey mess!  I love it!  Here's some pics!

Abby's Science Project!...

This year was our first try at a science project!  Somehow, with Emie and Erin we got out of doing one--but Abby came home and announced that her school was doing a 5th grade science fair and BOY do you get excited as a parent to "help" them do it!  Okay--so I kinda had a bad attitude about it, because it's something, well, extra--and extra things are hard in this house because I feel like I am hanging on by the fingernails sometimes  to the last bit of sanity I have left with how busy our life is.  It's not that I don't want to do fun things--but sometimes it's HARD to fit extra things in.  Lucky for me--we have a fabulous family who is willing to help out--and I have an incredible daughter who seriously did this project on her own for the most part!  We decided to do her project on the damage that the sun does to your skin as you age.  Uncle Dr. Greg has this AWESOME piece of equipment down at Deseret A & L (Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute--a.k.a. his office) called a Beau Visage Camera.  This camera takes a picture of your skin a few millimeters below the surface and can show you the damage that the sun has done on your skin, and also what it will look like in a few years if you don't do something about it.  We went down to his office, and they took pictures of all of us so we could show that as you age, your skin becomes more damaged by the sun.  It was neat to see, and really makes you sad that you didn't use sunscreen--especially during those teenage years!  Abby did a great job writing her project up, and then explaining her hypothesis and conclusion to people as they came and asked her about her project.  She also wore the "Shun the Sun" T-shirt to advertise for her uncle who was so great to help us with the project! Thanks Dr. Greg!  We love you! Here are a few pics!

Dr. Greg has really taken this mission to heart, and started his own foundation--Shun the Sun foundation to raise money to fight skin cancer, and provide shade structures for poorer schools in the city who can't afford them.  You can read more about the Shun the Sun Foundation and Deseret A & L  HERE or HERE--as well as about the race they are putting on in a few weeks!  Todd will be running the 1/2 marathon, but there is also a 5K and a Fun Run--something for everyone!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WOW--Is she REALLY 15???..

Emie was giving me a hard time last night because I hadn't blogged about her birthday yet--but hey, it's crazy around here this time of year!  We really didn't forget, in fact, dad got up early (5 a.m.) to go to QT to get her some doughnuts & we sang to her before she left for school.  We also went & picked her and her friend McKessa up from school to take them to lunch (they had a birthday the same week)!  Todd set these doughnuts up this way by the way--isn't he so cute!?!
I really can't believe that it's been 15 years since I brought this baby home!  I will never forget the moment she came into this world, and looking at her for the first time, and realizing what a miracle life is.  It was such a spiritual experience, to know that this sweet daughter had just come from Heavenly Father.  It was such a sweet moment when I felt that bond with her and realized how much I already loved her, even though she had only been with us for a few minutes.  It is truly a miracle.  Emie has brought our family nothing but joy!  I got out some cute pictures & scanned them in last night--what a cutie!
Here's some more pics of her doing her absolute favorite thing--even when she was a baby--she couldn't get enough to READ!  She would sneak into the closet, or sit in her room for hours and read books.  I would often find her asleep with a book in her hands!  Yep--she's always been that smart!
Because she was the first child--she was never lacking for attention--or affection!  We smothered her with love from the minute she came into our life!  I am always reminding her of that now when she has so much responsibility with her siblings.  She was so lucky to have our full, undivided attention for 2 whole years!  And I was lucky to have such a sweet, loving, adorable baby all to myself! 
I'll tell you what--those pictures seem like they were taken yesterday!  It's really true when people tell you your kids will be grown before you know it!  I can't believe what a beautiful and amazing young woman I have had the priviledge to raise!  Just look at her now!
Here are 15 things I LOVE about my Emie:
1.  She is so FUNNY--she is so sarcastic, that sometimes it's hard to tell when she's joking--but she seriously makes me laugh SO hard sometimes with her quick humor, and her sarcastic wit!
2.  She is a hard worker!  She has worked so hard at volleyball this year--and I'm so proud of her for sticking with it and becoming an awesome player.  It has been so fun to watch her develop her talents!
3.  She is an amazing piano player--& she finally enjoys playing just for fun!  HOORAY!
4.  She is an awesome singer & has an ear for harmony.  She has always had a good ear for music.
5.  She never holds a grudge--even if she's mad at you, she will still interact with you and talk to you.  She never stays mad for long, and is very forgiving.
6.  She is SO stinkin' SMART!  She is taking 4 honors classes & getting a great grade in all of them--that's amazing to me! 
7.  She really tries to get along with each of her siblings and make them feel special.  They all love for her to babysit them because she's fun to be with, and doesn't lose her temper.
8.  Speaking of her temper--Emie is so amazing to me because she is hardly ever angry!  She has such a good attitude, and never fights or argues.  That goes a LONG way when you're a teenager!
9.  She chooses good friends.  I LOVE all of her friends!
10.  She constantly strives to be trustworthy.  She has always been honest with us, even telling us little things she may have done wrong, and asking for forgiveness.  I love that she is honest.
11.  Emie is FUN!  She always wants to be doing something fun, she's really not the sit around the house type!
12.  Emie is a lot like ME!  She not only looks like me--but I'm afraid she got some of the personality traits she has from her dear old mom.  She is a little (lets face it--a LOT) forgetful, absent minded some of the time, and for being so intelligent--she has a few airheaded qualities!  I actually love that about her--it makes her human!
13.  Emie is accepting of others and goes out of her way to make people feel included.  She has been the president of her mia maid class this year, and has really grown into that role, and taken it to heart.  She wants each girl in her class to feel loved and included.  It is in her nature to love people unconditionally.
14.  Let's face it--she's SO CUTE!  Look at that face--what's not to LOVE!
15.  And I think most important--Emie has an AMAZING testimony of the gospel.  I have always told people she is an old soul.  It's nothing that we have done--she came here with a purpose, and from an early age, she knew what her purpose here on earth was.  She knows why she is here, where she is going, and how she is going to accomplish the goals she has for herself--and boy are those goals HIGH!  I am so proud of the choices she has made, and how she never compromises herself or her standards.  She loves her Heavenly Father, and that is apparent in everything she does! 
We love you Em--and we are so proud of you!  I know this next year can't go fast enough for you--but I am hoping time will just slow down just a little so we can have you around here just a little longer!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NOT my favorite haircut!...

Last week, it was one of those days where I was completely exhausted by the time I got all the kids out the door to school, so I laid down by Jack on the beanbag, put in a movie, and fell asleep.  All was good until I wake up after the movie was over, and as I gain consciousness, hear Jack saying "CUT--CUT--CUT".  I look up and he has scissors cutting MY HAIR!!!!  I yelled "What are you doing!!!"  and took the scissors from him and made him cry, but all I could think about was that swatch of hair in my hands & getting to a mirror to see exactly how much damage was done.  Lucky for me--he had little kids school scissors, and not my sewing scissors that were in the same drawer right next to them.  Thank goodness I woke up before much damage had been done.  I had to cut bangs from farther back to cover up the hole he left, as well as part my hair on the opposite side so there's not a big mess--but it could have been much worse!  I'm telling you with kids, you think you've experienced it all--and you are constantly proven WRONG!  Every one of my kids has cut their own hair at one time or another--and even cut each other's hair--but NEVER my hair!  I guess I need to stay awake around this 2 year old--you never know what he's gonna do!  To look on the bright side, I posted my dilemma on Facebook, and my Dad commented, "Better CUT, CUT, CUT, than STAB, STAB, STAB!"  So true!

Cub Scouts!...

Speaking of turning EIGHT--one of the greatest things a young boy looks forward to when he turns 8 is CUB SCOUTS!  Josh is no stranger to Cub Scouts!  I was the Bear Den Leader for a few years in our old ward, and in this ward--guess who is Josh's Wolf Den Leader???  Yep--it's ME!  I actually LOVE being in Cub Scouts--it is so much hands on FUN!  The boys are great, and they LOVE to be active and have fun together!  I love that we are teaching them to be leaders, and to stand out, and to stand up for our country, and the ideals that we believe in.  Through Cub Scouts, I believe we are creating leaders for our future--and heaven knows we NEED them!  Josh was lucky to turn 8 last week--just in time for our Stake Cub Scout DAY CAMP!  This is 5 hours of FUN!  And watch the video to know just why I may or may not have come home and taken a NAP after taking Ibuprofen for a massive headache!  Give 50 boys a whistle at the beginning of the day!  I'm kidding--it wasn't that bad!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's GREAT to be EIGHT!...

The last day of Fall Break was Josh's 8th birthday!  HOORAY!  We had a great day, and took the family to one of Josh's favorite places for lunch--Peter Piper Pizza!  He got to spend all the tickets himself--a real prize!  He was even kind enough to get his younger siblings a little something!  We are so excited for Josh to be baptized next month!  He has been thinking, and talking a lot about being baptized, and I think he is more than ready!  Here's 8 things I LOVE about my BOY!
1.  You need ENERGY--this boy never runs out!
2.  That AMAZING smile!  Someday he will grow into those teeth of his! 
3.  His quick wit, and older than his age sarcasm.  He is the master. (His teacher says he is her favorite for that reason--he makes her laugh daily with some smart remark.  Good thing she is a good sport!)
4.  He's really good at almost anything he tries, and willing to try anything.
5.  At heart, he's a momma's boy (but don't tell him I said that--he WILL deny it)!
6.  He's pretty dang smart, and a hard worker.  His room is always the cleanest believe it or not!
7.  Josh is pretty dang FAST!  At cub scout day camp he had one of the fastest 50 yard dash times (even against the Webelos)!
8.  He is an amazing son, and brother & we LOVE him SOOooooOOO much! 

Down on the FARM...

On our way back from Heber, my sister invited us to stop in Payson, and take a little field trip with them to a farm where one of Christian's employees lives & works.  It was such a fun place, with cows, horses, pigs, goats, rabbits, you name it!  The kids had a great time, and even got to take a wagon ride--with beautiful Amish raised Clydesdale horses pulling the wagons.  This is such a nice family, with beautiful property just before you get to Roosevelt Lake.  Thanks so much--we had a GREAT time!

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