Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Four Eyes

This cutie got to pick up her glasses(for close-up reading) yesterday. She was SO excited! The only thing that would have made it better, for her, is if she could have had them for the first day of school. That is what she was hoping. I think she looks darling! This now means over half the family is in the four eyes club. Read on, Cambryn, read on!

Monday, August 4, 2014

First Day of School 2014

All of these cuties started school today.  The house is SO quiet. I seriously cannot believe another year has flown by. Excited to hear how their first day turned out. Love them.

For the second year in a row these two have been matching on the first day of school. They get along so well and have tons of fun together!

She looks so big, she is growing up and was SUPER excited for school to start! Last night when I tucked her in bed, she smiled up at me and said, "I've been waiting for this moment all day!!!" From me, "What? The moment you can go to sleep so when you wake up it will be time for school?" An even bigger smile, "YEP"

 Bristyn- age 6- 1st grade
 Cambrn- age 8- 3rd grade

These two are in the same class this year. Our school has a multi-age program. This is our first exposure to it. Bristyn was crying when I left this morning, the teacher had Cambryn come sit by her. At 11:00 I got an email from the teacher letting me know that Bristyn settled right down and both girls were doing well. Loved that email!

 Morgan- age 10- 5th grade
Carson- age13- 8th grade
What we are hoping for Carson this year is a return to his love of learning and school. 7th grade year took a lot of the joy out of Carson's love for school. Pretty sure it was a combination of age, teachers he didn't care for and a whole lot of worry and anxiety he had for Cambryn's well being. At the start of last school year, he was distracted/preoccupied with his worry for Cambryn. It was a rocky start. Looking back I now know that I should have communicated what was going on to his teachers. But, as much as I want to change that little fact, nothing I can do about it now. We will learn from it and move ahead. I am so thankful for this boy, my only son, my first-born. He has such a kind, obedient, faithful heart. I love him and his goodness. He is a teenager now and oh-boy is there a learning curve there, poor kid gets to have most of the parenting mistakes made on him. Love you Carson and hope this year is AWESOME!

Monday, November 18, 2013

for a husband who cooks

an iPhone picture taken by me of a cute guy with flour on his shirt
Last night we had pizza for dinner.  Same as we have for many Sundays now.  Pizza night used to be Friday.  Pizza and a movie night is what we called it.  Well I got tired of being in the kitchen for half of the movie and then having a messy, messy kitchen once everyone got tucked into bed.  And lets be honest a lot of times I woke up Saturday morning to the mess.  Cause who wants to miss more of the movie by cleaning up the mess?  Anyhow after talking it over with Ryan we decided that Sunday would be pizza day and on Fridays we would have pancakes.  It has been working out so well, the difference is amazing.  I used to let myself get so grouchy on Friday nights cause I would be working in the kitchen while everyone else was sitting enjoying the movie.  No more of that cause pancakes are a breeze.  Plus by doing pizza on Sundays my contribution is mixing up the dough.  Ryan does the rest.  That works out nicely for me.  I am thankful for a husband who cooks and does more than his fair share around the house.  I am a lucky girl. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

for quiet Sundays

Today was wonderful.  Everyone behaved during church.  Though I stood up with May for the duration of Relief Society, I never once had to take her out!  It has been a very long time since I have heard a lesson in it's entirety.  It was quite a treat.  I attended choir practice.  When I got home we all had the best time together talking, laughing, playing pretend and playing games together.  I am thankful for Sundays, a day of rest, a special day to spend with our family and loved ones. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

for the temple

This morning Ryan and I went to the temple together.  I am so thankful for the covenants I have made with God and my husband within the walls of the temple.  They are surely a comfort and protection to me.  This morning when we arrived there was a sign letting us know help was needed for sealings.  So that is where we served this mornig.  After the sealing assignment was finished we went up to the celestial room.  Now let me say that I have felt the peace and quietness of the temple on many occasions.  However today was the first time I have experienced perfect stillness and silence.  It was totally and completely amazing.  I only ever visit the celestial room after I have gone through a session.  In the future I will look for opportunities to visit during times when I might be able to experience this perfect stillness and silence.  It was very good for my soul.  I know that the work that goes on inside of the temple walls is God's work.  I am thankful for temples.

Friday, November 15, 2013

for lunch with a friend and babies

This picture is from June 2012.  My belly no longer looks like this- however Rebekah's does.  She will be welcoming her baby GIRL in a matter of weeks.  Which means two babies close together for her.  It was so fun to be able to catch up with her over lunch and go to the preschool store together.  I am so thankful for this girl who has been my friend since we were teenagers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

for a husband who stays up late

Today Carson had some projects to turn in.  He had to stay up really late, last night, finishing them. 2am in the morning late.  I am thankful that Ryan stayed up with him and sent me to bed.