You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. some may be significant only to you. some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience. - President Hinckley

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Angels Lounging

Here are some pictures of my angels. They know that they are my angels because I tell them all the time that they are my angels from Heavenly Father. They correct me if call them some other nickname - I love it! They make my life interesting, they make me laugh...they have been known to make me cry on occasion - but regardless I will keep all of them. They are such good little spirits - much wiser than I - I am sure of this because they are leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at their ages, and they have such wisdom in their eyes. I snapped some pictures in the last few weeks of them doing what they do.

Here is Tyler relaxing in the bath - and don't ask him to get out before he's done, because it's his therapy. He will get out when he's good and ready. He's such a tender little dude. In fact, at night Dallin gets out of his bed every 33 seconds and the other night Tyler happened to get up and was playing with him- being older and wiser- he heard Travis coming and ran to get back in his bed. Dallin wasn't so lucky. But when Travis asked Tyler if he'd been playing with Dallin when he should have been in bed, his response (after multiple attempts at prodding for answers) he hung his head and said "yes, but only for three minutes..." Travis had trouble keeping was so cute. And just having Travis upset for him being out of his bed- he was broken hearted....poor little guy. He does not like to be in trouble.

Now Dallin loves loves loves to get out of bed at night and even during the day, and try on coats and shoes (preferably Gwendalin's shoes) you'll notice in many of the pictures he has on someone else's shoes, and usually someone else's coat too. It's okay and actually very cute until he goes outside in the FREEZING with just his diaper and a pair of Gwendalin's shoes on.

He always has to wait outside with Gwennie when she catches her bus for school. And when she's gone (or any of the siblings gone to school for that matter) he names them and cries for them to come home. "I want Hunter..." etc. He loves them - He's been having some SeRIouS grandma and grandpa withdrawal too! We call them almost on a daily basis (multiple times) just to keep him at peace with the fact that they are gone.

Lynn and Jake helped us out with an iPod touch for Christmas this year and they kids LOVE it. In fact, so does Travis. They love angry birds ( it's some game where you shoot birds at pigs or something) - anyway, they have to take turns using it. But they do pretty well.
We made brownies one afternoon and Tex got to lick the beaters. He didn't even know he got some on his face...but he was willing to let me snap a cute shot of his taste testing.

I got a "belly dancing belt" for my Zumba class. It's super fun to have on for the song we use it one and my kids LOVE it too. They take turns trying it on and shaking their hips. Here's Dallie doing his best- with Gwennie's shoes on to complete the look.

Here's the princess. We put her hair up in knots for bed and she had nice little waves of curl for the next day. She is so darling. In fact, she told me the other day that she was glad she didn't sit by Ethan anymore. I asked her why and she told me "because he's attracted to me..." I couldn't help but laugh . she's so adult. She loves to mother Dallin and play school with Tyler and the neighbors that he plays with. She reminds me so much of me!

And my oldest Angel - he has become quite the little man. He sits in on Chess lessons that happen around here and loves to soak up all he can about the game. He is also becoming a master soccer player - he's doing indoor right now and he's so much fun to watch. He never studies for school, but comes home with flawless work (except the handwriting) - he's a smart little cracker. He is doing super dooper on the piano and cruising right along, asking every day why it's so important. I assure him that it is and that no one who ever quit piano at his age is glad they did - in fact, most wish they stuck with it. So he appeases me and goes to his lesson, practices, and continues to get better and better. His room on the other hand.......not so good at keeping clean...but we are working on it- it's a process.

A Little Reminder....

Hunter started showering (in our shower because I guess it's more fun than his) about 3 years ago. He loves to sit in there and bask in the warm (he gets that from me ) and often uses a bulk of the hot water. Anyway, a few years back he loved to throw the soap - now that we are getting ready to move I thought I needed to capture it on film. He threw it up at the wall (just a small piece) and it stuck to the wall- it's been there literally for years. Now, every time Travis or I take a shower we see that little soap and are reminded that he's just a kid and it probably was loads of fun to finally get one to stick. :) I included a few pictures so you can get an idea of how high it landed on the wall. I wish we all the the mentality of loving life like kids do - it's the simple things really. :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Can't Reach 'Em!

So I had to sub for the Sacrament chorister today at church...that meant that Travis had the kids on our pew by himself until after the Sacrament. He does fine with them but Dallin is a nightmare when we are tag teaming him - and he yells for me a lot! He could see that I was on the stand and Travis would let him stand on his legs to see me better and he would reach his arms out and try to get me (keep in mind we sit in the back of the chapel) and then tell Travis (in his not quiet voice - he doesn't have one) " I can't reach 'em!" Referring the "'em" to me of course....he was very distraught and proceeded to be upset. I had 2 separate families tell me that we were very entertaining today. What a compliment. :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

His new favorite place...

Meet Dallin, also known as Dallie or Doodle. He loves to hang out on the counter...he is a genius really - he obviously can't get up just by shear strength so he raids the cupboards for some container that he can turn upside down and use as a stool. Then he gets on the counter and goes through everything up there and "talks" on the phones that are charging up there. It's very cute in pictures....very annoying on a daily basis.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Dance Recital for Mom!

I participated in a dance recital this last Saturday. I've been doing a lot of Zumba and the teacher is trying to promote her business and asked us to come and do 1 number for the studio she teaches at. It was a blast! I took one of the pictures so I'm therefore, only in one...our cute instructor needed to be in one too. :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Diaper trouble, sick Tex, & Red Hair

While Marie was here she helped me dye my hair. It's a "28 washes and it's back to normal" dye - but I love how it turned out. I like the shade and I think my hair hs more body when it's colored.
How he got his diaper like this I will never know, but I had to snap a picture.
Texas was running a fever last week and spent the whole day on the couch. He's such a sweet boy.

Lots on the brain...

It's been a while since I posted anything that's really been on my mind and I know that down the road I will wish that I did this more often....but it is what it is.

We are in winter again which translates for us to very slow time of year as far as income goes. We survive it every year but it's not the most fun. Travis has been considering doing something different this year and letting the Lawncare be run by another associate of ours (really good guy). He's just burnt out with the amount of time and physical labor that it requires and the lack of reward when all is said and done. It's crazy how if you look at the big picture it seems completely overwhelming and I am at a loss to figure out my "plan" - it's very discouraging, but at the same time, it's been about 2.5 years and somehow we have made it and we are still happy and healthy and I would consider ourselves very blessed. I've had to learn to just take it one day at a time and then before I realize it the days have turned into 2.5 years and the Lord has taken care of us as He always does.

I used to be (and might be again) one of those moms that didn't want their kids home from school - I dreaded the times when they were off, but during Christmas break I loved having them home - I loved every minute - even Dallin following me around wanting to "hold me" ALL THE TIME. (In his defense he wasn't feeling well and I think he was more needy than usual). When it came time for school to start again I didn't want to get back into the routine again. I consider that a tender mercy because I normally feel like I need my space and don't want school to be out. I'm glad that it was such a good experience to have everyone home. I honestly think that part of it may be that this year I only put up a Christmas tree and the stockings. I can't even begin to describe how much stress that took from me. I wasn't overwhelmed with when I would get it all down or what a mess it would make if the kids got into all the decorations. What a relief! Maybe in a few years I will get my house all decked out again and love it - but for now simple was so much better.

I have realized in the last few months how much I need Sundays. I didn't go last week because almost all of us were sick and in bed and this week I had a hard time just taking one day at a time. I think my spirit needs that nourishment that you can only get from attending your meetings every week just to survive the stresses of every day life.

I've been going to Zumba a few times a week (it's an exercise class that is fun dancing to fun music). I LOVE it! The music makes me happy and I feel so good when I am there and when I finish. Once again - I'm sure it was put in my path by Heavenly Father so that I could cope - or better yet enjoy each day.

I have a friend (or more of an acquaintance) from high school who was diagnosed with cancer 2.5 years ago. She has recently found out that there really is nothing more they can do to try to heal her body. She has 4 kids ( I think the oldes might be 9) - in reading her blog and her insights I have come to appreciate how much the Lord strengthens us during our times of trial. She has her moments of despair - I'm sure, but she even said that there has been an outpouring of the spirit in her home and with her family that she can't even describe. They are at peace with Heavenly Father's plan and realize that He is in control. I appreciated that so much - I can't imagine what her husband and kids must be facing right now and if she passes.

I am a teacher in Relief Society (very scary calling for me). I love having my mom to help me with my lessons because she is so insightful. I hate to admit it but I really didn't want them to go on another mission - I know they need to and the people of Indiana will be so so blessed to have them there, but I am selfish - I like having them here. Anyway, life goes on.

I feel like this year might be the year for us. Travis' parents are on their 4th mission this year too - so we will get "double" blessings by having both sets of parents on missions for this year. I know that the Lord is guiding our lives and I have hope that this year some of the stresses we've had might be lessened - only time will tell.

What a long and drawn out post. If you are still reading - bless your heart.