Thursday, June 26, 2014


I celebrated my 32nd birthday this month.  Greg gave me a Vitamix this year, which the whole family has greatly been enjoying.  We had a simple family party where we made personal pizzas and had cake and ice cream.  I love birthdays, and partying, but I don't love getting older.  I struggle with my age more birthdays than not.  Even though I don't particularly enjoy aging, I am very grateful for my life!  I am so blessed and am able to enjoy so much.  So instead of counting years this birthday, I'm going to count blessing.  Here are 32 things I love about my life at this point and time.

  1. My husband - he is simply the best!  After 9 years of marriage, I still can't get enough of him.
  2. My kids - they make me feel a little, okay a lot, crazy most days, but I wouldn't change my situation with four small kids for a moment.  They fill my life and make my life an adventure.
  3. The gospel - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints gives my life direction and purpose.
  4. My extended family - they are my best friends.  I know I can always count on them.
  5. Our home - I am in love with our new home.  It's so beautiful and calming.  I am still amazed that we are actually here and it is actually ours.
  6. Zumba - Zumba is my greatest stress reliever!  I get to dance and have tons of fun; it's great for my body and spirit!
  7. My callings as Primary Chorister and Relief Society Activity Chair
  8. Fun summer activities with my kids
  9. Ward friends - I am so grateful that I have been able to remain close with our friends from out previous ward.  Losing contact with them was my biggest fear in moving.  And we are also beginning to make new friends in our current ward.
  10. Eternal families
  11. Date nights
  12. Hot baths in our garden tub
  13. Scrapbooking
  14. Cheap blueberries from Costco
  15. Naptime - what a blessing that it's right in the middle of the day so I can regroup and clean up before I lose my sanity
  16. Greg's job - it's fairly flexible, has good hours, pays well and makes him feel happy and fulfilled; it's the best job he's had yet.
  17. Home baked goodies
  18. Home decorating - We've been slowly adding decor to our home, one pay check at a time.  For the first time (we were too poor in our first apartment, and just used the majority of my parents left behind furniture and decorations in the home we purchased from them) our home is a true reflection of my taste and style.
  19. Organization
  20. Family dinners
  21. Baby snuggles
  22. Netflix and Hulu - I am a watch at your convenience, pause your show 100 times before you get through an episode, television viewer.  Without these, I would never have a chance to enjoy my silly, guilty pleasure shows.
  23. Pinterest
  24. Scramble
  25. Greg's humor
  26. Palmer's charm and excitement
  27. Brody's imagination and quirk
  28. Archer's puppy pant and love of life
  29. Avonlea singing Let it Go and all her girliness
  30. Girls' nights
  31. Flip flops and painted toenails
  32. Blogging - revisiting my love for writing, sharing our lives with others and reflecting back

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day Greg!

Happy Father's Day to this fabulous man!  Today as I was setting up before Primary started, I realized I had forgotten that Palmer was supposed to give the opening talk (Greg was at a scout camp most of the week, so I've been a little frazzled.  He helps a lot with the kids and his absence is definitely felt when he is gone).  So as I was collecting supplies I popped into nursery where Greg was trying to drop off a screaming Avonlea and informed him of my mistake.  I told him I needed him to write a talk in the next two minutes and help Palmer give it.  He said okay with out blinking an eye.  This is one of the many reasons we are so lucky to have him as a husband and father.  He is the best!  He handles our crazy well.

For Father's Day we gave him some Wii U games: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8.  He and the boys have been having a lot of fun with them.  Greg is just big kid at heart!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Amusement Park Junkies

Greg and I took Palmer and Brody to Lagoon for their first time yesterday.  It was so much fun!  Don't let the picture of these kiddie swings fool you.  Our boys were made for amusement parks.  They rode the fastest, highest, scariest rides available.  They went on every rollercoaster and loved them all.  They even rode Wicked which was the first time Greg and I had a chance to ride it, and we thought it was super intense.  Having tall kids really paid off with the rides.  I doubt many other four year olds would make the height requirement (46") on the majority of the adult rides.  They rode rides from the moment we arrived until the moment we left, and would have kept going if Greg hadn't gotten sick after our last stretch in which we rode The Spider twice, Colossus, and Wicked within about 30-40 minutes.  We all had a blast, and are already looking forward to the next time we can take these amusement park junkies back for more fun!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hugs for Lilly

Our good friends Jay and Tiffany found out earlier this year that their six year old daughter has Leukemia.  We have all been very concerned for little Lilly.  I was able to visit with her parents last weekend and found out that she has a mailbox on her front porch where friends can drop off little notes for her.  The boys have been very worried about her and have been praying for her daily.  They want to see her, but we've told them that she can't be around other kids because they could get her sick (her immune system is compromised).  So when I found out about the mailbox I knew we had to send Lilly some hugs.  We traced the boys arms and hands on long pieces of paper and then they colored them.  They also made a few cards too.

Please pray for Lilly and her family.  They are wonderful people who deserve the very best.  If you'd like to read more about Lilly and her journey you can do so here.  And if anyone would like to help the family out and have some fun along the way, there is an upcoming 5k to raise funds for her medical expenses.  You can get the details and sign up for that here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Summer Break

We have grand plans for this summer.  Palmer and Brody helped me make a bucket list for summer vacation 2014.  It's a lot to do!  But I do like to be busy, so I think it'll work out just fine.  Included on the list is: Chuck E, Cheese, roast marshmallows, aquarium, fireworks, scrapbook, zoo, slip 'n slide, ice cream sundaes, Build a Bear, children's museum, nature hike, play in the sprinklers, make playdough, Lagoon, swimming, play date with friends, rock climbing, bounce house, water balloon fight, Wheeler Farm, Make candy necklaces, sleepover with cousins, west Fest, build a fort, lunch at the park, camping, decorate sugar cookies, splash pad, outdoor movie, puppet show, farmer's market, dinosaur museum, teddy bear picnic, sidewalk chalk, jungle jims, storytime at the library, snow cones, bowling, bbq and Nicklecade.

I'm a big believer in working hard and playing hard.  So they kids will still have daily chores, and academic work.  And they will be earning their activities this summer by being kind and serving one another.  I realized we needed a system to keep kind behavior in check on the first day of summer break as the boys were fighting nonstop.  I came up with the idea of a service contracts.  The kids get two warnings, after a third strike due to being mean to a family member they lose the next planned summer activity.  To earn it back they need to plan and do six acts of service for the offended family member.  So far it's worked like a charm.  We've only had to do one contract, on the first day.  Since then, the boys have been trying very hard to be kind and considerate.  It's lovely!

Here's to a fabulous summer!