Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hello Again....Hello

In the words of Neil Diamond, Hello again...Hello.  Just called (blogging) to say Hello....
It has been far too long since I've actually updated the blog.  Since Facebook and Instagram it's just been easier to do that.  Well, I decided that I'm going to get back into writing a blog post every Sunday.  I know I've said that before but I really mean it this time.  I love blogging because it's like keeping a journal of my family's activities and it's so fun to look back and read what we did.  I'm going to put a reminder on my phones calendar so I don't forget....just a minute.  Ok, it's set!  I'm going to do it! 

This week was a pretty short school week for the kids.  They only had school Monday-Wednesday.  So Thursday and Friday we got to sleep in and relax.  We cleaned the house then just hung out at home and did what we wanted to do.  That's usually how our vacation days from school go.  If Clint was off of work we would've planned to go camping or biking or something.  Speaking of biking, the young men of our ward (Clint is in the YM presidency) went on a bike ride in the Wetlands.  While Clint and Calvin were gone that morning the girls and I had a fun girls day, or rather morning.  We went shopping and out to lunch.  It was nice to have that time with my girls. 
Then we came home and just hung out and then later that evening we went grocery shopping. Fun huh? It was actually nice to go a little later because there was almost no one in the stores, but then again we were tired and we didn't eat dinner until we got home which was pretty late.

Today at church, we had a nice sacrament meeting with good talks and the Sunday school lesson was, of course, great.  We talked about the Abrahamic Covenant.  Relief Society was good as well.  Abby came home with a package of Skittles she got from her young women's class where they talked about missionary work.  I can't remember how the skittles applied but they did.  ;) Elsa also got a reese's peanut butter cup as well.  I remember and love young women's classes.  I miss teaching them. 

In Relief Society we talked about how we can know who needs us and how we can help.  The teacher passed out a piece of paper and asked up to think about someone in our lives who we can help.  I thought of Calvin, who had to go home from church early to get a breathing treatment.  He has been getting over being sick this week and I still expected him to do his job, the dishes.  He seems to be fine everyday so I sometimes forgot he was sick at the beginning of the week.  Anyway, as I was thinking about him, I thought that I would show him that I appreciated him this week by doing the dishes that he had put off last night when I got home from church.  Well, when I got home, guess what I found.  Calvin was standing in front of the kitchen sink finishing the last of the dishes.  What a kid!  I, of course, told him my plan to do them for him and thanked him for thinking to do them without me asking him to do them.  I'll have to find something else to do for him. 

Last night while we were shopping we were talking about Dallin, who is up in Reno, going to UNR.  We were asking Elsa if she had talked to him lately online.  She said no so we called him real quick to see if he'd answer.  He did and he's doing good. 

Well, I think that's all I can think of that we did this week.  I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting, I'm getting old.  Until next week!  Good Bye! Here are some pictures of our week...
 We found these pillows at the 99 cents store.  Elsa loved them because they weren't real dogs...just pillows. 
Look at this!  What died?  Haha, it's just Elsa's hair.  Yep!  She got a hair cut! 
Whoa!  That's a lot of hair!

 Abby's levitating!  
I found this fun app (Photo Frame) , so the girls and I had fun with it one evening.  
 I just love this picture of Abigail!  She's so pretty!
 Abby did a little bake sale for Valentine's day to earn money for girls camp.  She did pretty well and sold all of her treats.

Abby's In The Double Digits

I remember when I was younger, seeing for the first time, the object lesson of a string stretched out across our class room at church and a piece of yarn tied to it right in the middle.  The teacher was explaining all about eternity and life and how, our life here on earth, was represented by that piece of yarn.  I couldn't comprehend,then, how short this time we have on earth is, but ever since I became a mother almost 17 years ago I can comprehend it a little more.  Time with my babies has come and gone so quickly and just as I felt, when they were babies, that this time is "never gonna end".  You know, all the whining, crying, dirty diapers, up at 3 am holding a crying babe, having no energy, etc. Well, that time is gone and I'm facing new challenges and experiences with teens, and pre-teens.  My prayers and scripture study have increased, I'd like to say I'm a more patient person.  I find myself on my knees at night asking for forgiveness to, again, forgive me for yelling, and not being patient with my family.  Then, in the morning I find myself on my knees asking for strength and patience.  Whew! I love being a mother!  I love the trials that help me grow stronger!  I love the trials that help my testimony grow stronger!
I can't believe how fast this time is going!  To see my baby turning 10 is both exciting and surreal. She had a great two days!  We had her birthday party on the Saturday before her birthday, which was Sunday.  Then, on her actual birthday, we had a family celebration.  She invited a LOT of kids to her party and pretty much all of them came. (Everyone loves a party!)  She had a gymnastic themed party and she had fun showing her friends how to do some gymnastics tricks and a obstacle course.  They also played a fun gymnastics game which consisted of trying to get their teams flags to their bases without touching the ground with their feet.  Those kids were quite creative with the way they went about getting those flags to their destinations.  Here are a bunch of pictures of this fun day and pictures of our family gathering on Sunday.....


Thursday, August 03, 2017

Day 3 of August Journal Writing

Just when the caterpillar thought his life was ending, he turned into a butterfly.

When I saw this journal prompt this morning I thought it would be tough to write about, but as I thought it through out the day and as I'm pondering on it as I'm writing right now, I'm thinking that this is a pretty cool thought.  I mean, how many times do we go through life at times thinking that our lives are over, we've hit rock bottom, how are we gonna get out of this one...When I was in church this last Sunday, we were talking about trials in sunday school and how the Lord doesn't give us trials to punish us but to refine us.  He's making diamonds out of us.  Next time I feel like this caterpillar, I'm going to get down on my knees and thank Heavenly Father for my trials, then kindly ask Him to help me through it. 

Good night!


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Day 2 August Journal Prompt

Today we write about what were grateful for! 
I have a lot of things that I am grateful for, like material things. But what I want to express thanks for is my talents and abilities.  I went jogging this morning and it was so hard to get out of bed.  I am so glad I pushed myself and did it.  As I think of that I think how grateful I am to have two legs that work and a healthy body to run with.  I'm also grateful for my talents to sew and crochet.  I love both of those hobbies of mine. It's so much fun to be able to sit down and see what I want to crochet or sew and just do it.  With and without a pattern.

 I would a picture of me running, but I'm not the most flattering runner.  Haha!  I'm also grateful for my husband and my kids and my parents who taught me to love God and love myself.  They were the best examples for me as I grew up.  I'm also grateful for my one and only sister.  She has always been my rock!  We had and still have great times!  It wasn't too easy growing up in a family of 4 brothers.  They were annoying like brothers can be, but I am grateful for them as well.  I really did have such a happy childhood!  I am grateful to be a wife and mom!  At times it can be tough, but those tough times make the good times that much sweeter! 
I love my life!

What are you grateful for?

Thanks for coming over!


Day 1 My August Journal Prompt

Ok, so for day 1 my goal for this month is to write in my journal, either private or here everyday.  We'll see how I do.  I'm really excited about this and hope I can stay up to date.  These journal prompts should help.  I'm going to be checking in and posting the new prompt for the day on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you're following me on one or both of my accounts.  
Have a great day and thanks for coming to my blog today!
  1. Set one goal for August. Write it down.
  2. What are you grateful for today?
  3. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned unto a butterfly.” (Proverb)
  4. Write a memory from more than 10 years ago
  5. Do you have a favorite athletic event?
  6. Write about your first car.
  7. Write a poem about a lighthouse.
  8. What are you excited about this week?
  9. What town or city are you grateful for?
  10. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist” (anonymous)
  11. What is one moment that changed your life’s path?
  12. Use 50 words to describe your day
  13. Write about a loved book character
  14. Write a poem about summertime
  15. What idea inspires you?
  16. What time of day are you grateful for?
  17. “Do one thing every day that scares you” (anonymous)… What did you do today that scares you?
  18. Write about a memory from elementary school
  19. Use 50 words to describe your week
  20. Write about the last place you visited
  21. Write a poem about weather
  22. Where would you go if money were no object?
  23. What season are you grateful for?
  24. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” (John Wooden)
  25. Write about a summer memory
  26. Use 50 words to describe yourself
  27. Write about your day from the perspective of your shoes.
  28. Write a poem about school
  29. What words do you hope people use to describe you?
  30. What is one thing from the last month that you are grateful for?
  31. How’d your August goal go? Set a goal for September.I'm going to be checking in and posting the new prompt for the day on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you're following me on one or both of those.   

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We're Baaaaaack!

Oh. My. Goodness!  It's been a long time since I blogged about our family's happenings.
Well, that's all about to change!  I have decided to start up again.  It's only been almost 2 years, so that's not bad.  On the other hand, we did a lot in those two years, including a move.
I will do my best to catch up.
Luckily, for me, I took lots of pictures, so it will be a little easier.
I will catch up on past happenings in between current happenings.
Until then, enjoy the first catch up.....
September 2013
Right before Abby turned 8, one week actually,  she got her ears pierced!  She was SOOO excited!  I realize that because of Instagram and Facebook, I probably shared this, but this blog is mainly a journal for our family to remember these moments.  And it will give us a chance to write more on the subject.
Look at her!  She looks so happy with her pretty butterfly earrings!  

The other thing that happened in this same month was Elsa ran for Vice President.  I thought that this would be the thing to get her to talk, but like everything else, she got around it.  She didn't win, but she had fun trying and that's all that matters, right?!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Preparing For A Baptism

One day at the beginning of September, Abby and I went to the temple to take pictures
for her baptism invitations.  Here are some of the ones we didn't choose to go on the invitations, 
then the actual invitations.  
  We tried to get her in action, but we didn't quite get the shot.  Oh well, it was fun trying.


 This is one that I was playing around with...It turned out great, 
I think I'll frame it and put it on her wall.