Thursday, May 19, 2016

My Four Sons

I never really thought I would have four sons!  But how fun they are.  They are full of endless energy, they are all pretty thoughtful and are as different as can be.  They can drive me absolutely nuts and make me laugh hysterically.  We found ourselves without Dad and Miss B one day and so went to tackle a hike and picnic and play in the water.  WP flipped out when we came upon a small stream and never ever wanted to leave.  He got soaked and had the time of his life throwing sand and little rocks and wading in the perfect baby-sized stream. 

Lately as the kids have gotten older, life has gotten more and more hectic and crazy with all the various events and activies.  I hope I can remember these times of crazy fun though, because even though they are tiring and taxing...I know I will miss these little messy, loud and fun boys of mine.












Monday, May 16, 2016

To Do List and the Zoo

Today as May is winding up and I am trying desperately to keep my head above water, I have crossed quite a few things off my to-do list, which is long and never ending.  I worked in the yard for a bit, did dishes and swept and mopped.  I cleaned the kitchen, did three loads of laundry, cleaned the master bathroom, made my bed, folded some laundry, made an appointment and packed for a weekend adventure that WP and I are going on.  I also printed off new chore charts and worked on a t-shirt design for this years Girls Camp.  Annnd I edited and blogged a bit in my effort to catch up! So here's to our zoo adventure from March:

One day I took the two youngest boys to the zoo.  It was such a fun day with the three of us.  It was a tad toasty, but not too bad.   WP LOVED the new baby lion and they roared at each other through the glass...it was seriously so adorable.  Q helped direct us where we needed to go as he loves maps and is always the designated map guy.  Our favorites were the kangaroos, parrots, llama and giraffe along with playing in the dirt.  Lunch was a big hit too...especially the chocolate covered donuts!  Then we came home and crashed because zoo days do that to you...they just suck the energy right out.












Monday, April 4, 2016

Disney!

We went to Disneyland in February.  It was as magical as usual. :)

Miss B met Thor (WP and I traveled to Asgard with her...it was epic, also Thor is super tall).  We had a blast in all our favorite places and rode all the good rides (the new Star Wars Space Mountain was epic).  We worked the Fast Passes expertly, Miss B, WP and I watched a Tangled play, and we each enjoyed some of our favorite treats.  I enjoyed a rest at my favorite spot in New Orleans Square which I always try to sneak in. We also finally got to experience Cars Land and goodness it's cute.  I LOVED it.  The Radiator Springs Racers ride was fabulous and the whole set up was stinkin' adorable.  Disney sure knows how to work the themes!  Q finally got the courage to ride the big roller coaster (California Screamin') and then didn't want to do anything but that the entire rest of the trip!  Goodness.  WP enjoyed the carousel, naps wherever he could get them and snack time.  Actually he loved it all.  He's a pretty easy going kid.  Except for the gorilla we encountered on the Tarzan Tree House. One time whilst the big kids and dad went on the Indiana Jones ride, I decided to literally RUN up the tree house holding a hefty baby and a camera.  I was afraid the family would return quickly, but I don't know what I was thinking...it took ages for them to return.  Anyway, WP really didn't like the gorilla.  It scared him silly.  And then my poor calves were sore for days I tell ya.  It was a blessed, busy, tiring two days.  















  




Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Day My Baby Went to Prom

My baby up and went to prom on me!  She is far too grown up these days.  Sigh...  

She had so much fun though and it was a blast getting together with all of the aunts, grandma and my cousin (who did her hair and makeup).  We laughed and laughed as she got beautified.  

She went with a friend in my hometown so we traveled up for the date.  We had been wanting to take the kids tubing and so took the opportunity to do that on Friday before the dance.  The kids and dad went up the mountain to the ski resort and had a blast night tubing.  There was even a conveyor belt to get back up the hill, they just hopped on and rode all the way up!  They all LOVED it- the tubing, the pretty snow, the conveyor belt...it was epic.  I stayed back with the babe and hung out with family which was great for me as well.

On Saturday, Miss B started the day paint balling for the day date and then had Thai food for dinner.  The dance was in a car dealership's ballroom and she said they had a live band complete with saxophone and piano even.  She was in a great group and enjoyed getting to know them as she'd never met them before.  She loved the entire thing!  It was so surreal helping her pin on the boutonniere, take prom pictures and send her off.  It literally feels like I was going to prom a few years ago.  It's so cliche, but time certainly speeds by when it comes to your wee babes! We were also QUITE worried about finding a dress but we ended up with a perfect one (after a little creativity and a sewing machine)!




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Goals

I've had a few frustrating days lately.  I think I have allowed myself to get into some negative habits...which have seeped into my job as a mother.  I don't like that and it makes me even more frustrated. And instead of trying to blame my negative feelings on everything under the sun, I finally realized a lot of it had to do with simply my own attitude.  I have not been blogging a lot lately and while on one hand, I have felt more free in my time, I have also missed the journaling aspect.  I really enjoy getting my thoughts out and thinking things through. So with that, I am going to try and be more patient (but firm), deliberate in my actions wth regards to parenting, stay positive and enjoy and embrace the small things as well as blog more often! Here's to a more pleasant me. And because I really love lists and accomplishing them, I will add the list that's been hanging out in my head of things to do around the house. I've already finished or started a few of them!


My GOALS for the year
Say something uplifting to each family member every day. 
Make a family motto. 
Keep a gratitude/blessings journal.
Read scriptures daily. 
More consistent family scripture study. 
Schedule temple attendance. 

HOME GOALS:
Add board and batten to dining room and paint.
Get a new system for bills. 
Go through stuff and organize.
Paint entry hall and doors.
Add collage to master bedroom.
Move silhouettes above piano (in oval frames) with a quote on chalkboard. 
Hang hall collage. 
Build shelves in family room. 
Order blog book. Work on at least two more. 
Project life- scrapbook with app and/or with physical photos. 
Implement "The List" for kids devices. 
More smoothies and jumping jacks in my life. 
Make better afterschool snacks and lunches. 
Work on garden and bonus room. 
Plant a peach tree. 
Paint front door and fix trim on the outside. 
Paint pantry door. 
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