Wednesday, December 17, 2008
January: I got to go back to Idaho to visit my Wonderful friends! I went to a get together for Kami Kerby before she moved away! Survived Paul being out of town for four days.
February: I had one of the very best valentines. Paul was out of town, but he his special notes for me to find all around the house. I got to go to a fun dance with my Husband put on by the elder quarm. Celebrated Leap day with My family. (We eat all kinds of things that Hop for dinner ex. frog legs (chicken), frog eye salad, grasshopper cookies, you get the idea.)
March: Had the Relief Society Retreat. I all ready new that we had really fun ladies in our ward. It's fun to see how crazy a bunch of LDS women can get with a little candy and a lack of sleep. My family started the "Total Money Make Over".
April: Attended Adhis Baby shower. Auditioned for the Oklahoma Play
May: Started going to the yoga class taught by Sarah. Attended a Prom at my sister's ward.
June: WENT to HAWAII
July: I got to be in the Lehi roundup parade. Went camping. Started rehearsals for the Oklahoma play. Paul was gone for a total of five day.
August: I got to perform at the Barn at Thanksgiving point. I made it on tv. Ok it was just the morning news, but I was still on it!
September: Hannah started 1st Grade. I got to teach a dance class. Paul was only gone for one night.
October: I was so excited to decorate for fall. I loved my time with my family. We went to Halloween parties, and just had lots of fun together
November: I had my birthday. I got to be involved with giving the thanksgiving meals to members in my ward.
December: I have had so many fun projects to make for Christmas presents. It's funny when Paul calls me from work and asks are you working on a project. He says that I sound happier, and even though my house gets messy and things get a little crazy I am happier. I love to create, and I enjoy doing thing for others.
As I look back on the year I realize a few things. Paul was gone a lot this year. This isn't all bad. I can tell you one thing I am NOT a H0ney do list kind of girl. If there is something I really want done I will figure out how to do it. Paul is busy and I home so I better learn how. I didn't right it on the calender, but during one of Paul's business trips I decided to participate in the pine ward dubry. I asked if the car comes with directions and was told yes. However the directions go something like this. Carve the car into the desired shape, and then weigh it. That was it. I called my Mom and talked to my brother. Looked on line how much coins weigh and when all was said and done my car came in fifth place. When I called Paul and told him what I was up to he was really proud of me.
I am happy to look back at the year and see the growth that I have had this year. I have learned a lot, and this is mostly because of the people in my life. So a special thanks to all of you. We don't know how we might impact someone else' life. 2008 it really was GREAT!
2009 it will be just FINE, BRING IT ON!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I love this time of year. Hannah and myself have had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in another play "The best Christmas pageant ever" it runs this week Mon.- Sat if you are interested in a fun Christmas activity to remind you what Christmas is all about this is a great one. You can get tickets at http://www.lehicityarts.org/. It has been a lot of fun to see Hannah start to understand that Christmas is not just about getting presents, and I credit some of her understanding from being involved in this play.
I also had a great opportunity to take my little ones to a wonderful church activity.
These are my cute little children on there way to Bethlehem. My family invited us to their ward Christmas program, and we had a really good time. We dressed as shepherds, angle, and a wise women. The kids enjoyed watching the story of Jesus' birth. I love the wonderful spirit of Christmas!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
In the last month I have come to realize that I need a little help with anger management. OK, I really am not some crazy girl that plays the role of Relief Society President, but honestly I have some really good lungs I and do yell at times. Lately, I began to realize that I need to focus on my temper when I was watched the movie Hulk and thought, "It would be really nice to be able to have one of those watches that will inform me when I am about to explode. Then I could simply nicely tell my kids, "You really should stop what you are doing and obey, It really isn't going to be good if you don't stop whining to me." The second movie I recently related to was Kung Phu Panda. I have found myself driving in the car saying "Inner Peace, Inner Peace."
Well, at least I have come to the first step recognizing that there is a problem. How lucky am I to have so many wonderful movies to help me improve myself.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I love special days that give me an opportunity to reflect. It helps me to be grateful for life, and the chance it gives me to learn and grow. In the past year I can say that I feel like I have developed more in my understanding and love for the gospel and exspecially for the service of others. I have gained a better appreciation for my little family. My husband who works so hard to provide for us, and balance his life between work, school, and family time. My three little monkeys. They give me lots to do laundry, house cleaning, and teaching. I I love them!
As I said Before I'm excited for another year!
The Best Is Yet To Be!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
For the UEA weekend we decided to take a little "vacation" we used a stay at a hotel that Paul had got from long distant work trips. We didn't go far just off 106, but the kids had so much fun swimming, watching cable TV, and eating whatever they wanted for breakfast. I enjoyed not having to make the beds in the morning!
The kids loved finally being able to go swimming. We did a lot of swimming this summer, so the kids were super excited to get back in the water. The pool was very cold, but we all got in and swam for a while, and then we all enjoyed the hot swimming pool.
The next day we drove to Eden. I won an over night stay while attending the scrapbook expo to a place called Our Mt. Home. It is a very nice condo that a family rents out. They had a great game room with air hockey and pool table, the kids enjoyed the big bed to play games. It was big enough that they all fit to sleep together. The TV room was fun. The kids watched spider wick and once they were down we stayed up and watched Indiana Jones (I love those shows!)
Hannah and Bonnie Loved playing Together!
This wasn't the kids favorite part, but I wanted to make sure that I got to have a little fun too, so I made the kids get dressed up in matching shirts and go out and do some pictures. They were a Little bit of stinkers, but some of the pictures are really cute! I sure do love these little kids!
The kids thought it was pretty neat to have a hot pool outside and to be able to go swimming when it was a bit cold. They didn't stay in for too long the water was hotter than the hot tub at the hotel, but they still had a great time.
Fun, Fun, Fun
Spider Wick became one of Connor's very favorite shows. He has continued to play spider wick weeks after watching the movie.
At school they had a crazy hair day. Hannah was really excited to participate. I was happy to indulge her and help her have a wild and crazy hair doe.
And of corse it wouldn't be Halloween with out little monsters. The weekend before Halloween we took the kids to our local fitness center they call it the legacy center. The kids had a great time playing games and getting treats and candy. All three kids had colored pictures for the coloring contest. It was a little challenging for me to allow them to do it all by them selves, but I did. We were all very excited when we saw Hannah's picture with a second place ribbon on it. October was a busy month full of fun and lots of time with family. The best part of having a family is when we get to spend time together having fun!
Friday, October 31, 2008
We got the jack-o-latter pizza from papa Murphy's for lunch. The kids were excited to bake there orange chocolate chip cookies that they got for going in dressed up in there costumes.
We made a second trip to Hannah's school to see the Halloween parade. It is always fun to see all the kids and teachers dressed up.
After the parade I took Hannah out of school so that we could head over to the cornbelly maze. I got tickets two tickets from the pumpkin drop, so we figured we had better use them. Hannah really wanted to go into this scary dragon. Connor and Bonnie really had no desire. I told Bonnie to close her eyes, and dragged Connor by the arm into this scary dragon. As you get in it gets very dark. You really can't see well, so I told Hannah to stay close so that I didn't lose her. In the middle of the dragon is the beating of the dragons heart. That kind of freaked the kiddos out, but then as we turned the corner there was some kind of air and quick noise that startled me. I screamed all the kids started crying. At that point all I could do is laugh. We found our way out of the belly of the dragon. I made the kids all go and stand in front of it so that we could have a picture to remember the scary dragon that they all hated. They talked about that dragon all night long!
The kids ended up having a lot of fun. They really enjoyed the princess area. Both the girls dressed up and Connor loved climbing up in the tower. They played for over two hours and when I told them that we had to go home to get ready to go trick or treating they didn't want to leave.
Paul had decided it would be fun to get into the spirit of Halloween and dress up this year. He spent three weeks growing out his facial hair, so that he could transform into Wolverine.
Before heading home the girls tried out Mike's coffin. I was told it was pretty comfortable. Connor is the scary skeleton in the back!
All in all Halloween was a really fun day for the family!
Monday, October 27, 2008
My life is made up of daily choices I have made over the last well almost 28 years. Some small choices some large, but all the same those choices all added up make up the person I am right now.
We are taught in the scriptures choose you this day who you will serve. In this life of uncertainty my Father in Heaven has given me agency, the power to choose. With this comes responsibility. We must learn when to say yes and when to say no. Last week at Hannah's school they had red ribbon week. They were instructed to say "NO" to drugs. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have known the importance of keeping the word of wisdom even before I start grade school. However, I am still learning how imprtance it is to say no when I just cannot do any more. As a Mother you learn very quickly that life truly is a balancing act. You can only keep so many things going at a time, but lucky for me I get to choose which things to keep juggling and what I want to drop. Maybe I'll pick some of those things up at another time, and maybe not. The real trick is making a good choice of what to keep. I recall the counsel of choosing the "Best" things. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the demands of life, but taking responsibility and being aware that my life is what it is because of the choices I have made. Maybe some days that is very depressing, but hopefully more often than not I will discover that I have made some pretty good choices and with those choices have come wonderful blessings from my Father in Heaven. At that point it will be easier to keep making those choices that bring happiness into my life. The bottom line is that I get to CHOOSE!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Hannah made a cute Little snowman! Her Grandma Pam would be very proud of her!