Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
After being on the river for maybe 5 minutes we come head to head with the first rapids, these rapids are not scary at all for most people but for my mother I am pretty sure she may have wet her pants at the site of them. Our boat was in front and I turned around and smiled and yelled "good luck!"
Once her heart stopped palpitating I think she loved it.
Beth wanted more rapids and said she could do it all day, plus she caught her first fish.
Dad was just glad his new teeth were still in place.
Maize the Dog Loved it! She jumped in at any opportunity when Beth wasn't sitting on her.
Ben was awesome in our make shift boat (we had left an essential element of the oaring frame at Grandpa's and had to improvise). He also jumped off the cliff, he is a STUD!
Mike was a great tease to my mom, but made her feel safe...at least I think.
Liz was ever agreeable and happy.
I was entertained and soaked up the river and the mountains. I randomly jumped into the river, it was SO cold and Jack freaked out because I couldn't climb back in. I would have loved to have seen me try to get back into the boat.
Jack was terrified and cried the entire time we were in the raft except for the last 10 minutes. We rafted for a couple of hours.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The books I am reading right now are:
Teaching your children Values, Linda and Richard Eyer
The 7 habits of highly effective Families, Stephen R Covey
The Entitlement trap, Linda and Richard Eyer
"The greatest thing you can do for your children is love your spouse" Covey
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Our last few mornings together (Jack, D man, lucas, reagan and I) have looked a lot like this;
and then when we are tired or bored or have too many scapes we head on in and do letters.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Me: So did those photos work out for you? (in a high pitched excited "I can't wait to hear your opinion of them" voice)
Awkward moment as my pride gets a serious puncture and begins rapid deflation
My photos were not loved maybe not even liked. People have always said they have like my photos in the past granted they might have been lying but this was a first to experience the raw rejection.
BUT... I am better than that right? AND I really LOVE taking photos. I am going to learn from this. Personally, I LOVED the photos from this specific session and was really pleased with them, they really represented my style as of now and my style is not for everyone and I think I am OK with that but it hurts a little, maybe a lot:( I will re-look at the photos and critique them and see how I could have done a better job.
They say failure is the best medicine for success, so here is many more failures!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
My favorite part was this quote;
"If you are carrying some burden, forget it, let it alone. Do a lot of forgiving and a little repenting, and you will be visited by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost and confirmed by the testimony that you did not know existed."
Sometimes we allow the challenges of life to burden our lives so much that they prevent us from progressing forward. If this is the case the best option that leads to happiness is to "forget it and let it alone." I believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the God head and can be our companion if we are worthy but only can we hear it promptings if we are focused of progressing towards God. If there is something in your way that is not helping you progress forward "forget it and let it alone." This is not easy but it is worth it.
I shared with the beautiful ladies at church an experience I had. I felt hurt and decided to take offence. Thoughts such as "I am sick of being nice because people just take advantage of me" and "I am just not going to offer any more" and "they should have known better" surged through my mind. And all of a sudden I started thinking of other things and people who have wronged me. Before you knew I was of the track of anger. As I was fuming to Ben he stopped me. "Who are you? You need to stop!" I realized that I had allowed a small misfortune to burden me so much that I didn't even represent myself, I had allowed darkness into my being.
At that moment I decided to to suck up my pride and "forget it and let it alone!" and let light and happiness back into my world.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Coming out of pre-school he could barley wait. "Mom can I see my car? please, please?" After getting buckled in I handed him the car and eagerly waited his response.
"mom... This is .... GREAT!" this was followed by lots of "this is the best car ever" and "I love my car so much!"
The car was somewhat primitive compared to others but it was Jack's car and he loved it. In the practice runs his car was not so great but it managed to win it race. Who would have thought?!
After racing we played ping pong. Ben's work is so cool, at least Jack thinks so...
Lucas Kept trying to escape but he had his name tag on so I always found him
I wanted a family picture so I made everyone place their head on the ping pong table, pressed the timer and smile. As this happens the founder of the company walks by and see this;
Friday, September 2, 2011
When his coach would say "Hussle" which I gather means move fast he did the opposite. There were several instance when he got into a little rough and tumble over getting the ball which was somewhat entertaining to watch. Most of all he thought his coach was awesome. As soon as his coach, Aaron arrived at practice Jack would be the first to go up and say hello and tell him something totally insignificant but felt wonderful doing it.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I would love to be that wife and mother who can just roll with the punches and seem so chill and laid back about spontaneous events.
BUT I am not.
The other weekend Ben had invited several guys over to help build a fence in yard. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!The guys brought their families. By the end of the evening we had about 20 people at our home. A part of me LOVED it but the other half was a little stressed. I think the fact that it was spontaneous threw me off. Darn that schedule aspect of my character.
At one point my friends hubby asked me, "Hope your OK with all of us here or is it stressful?" his wife answered for me "she's stressed!" She can read me well;) I was stressed but I so desperately wanted to be OK with all the energy and chaos.
Practice makes perfect right? More get togethers at my place then!
Here are some photos of our delicious tomoatos grow by Ben and Jack. They are SO good.
There on the side is my Lucas being his dirty self and YES his diaper is falling off. I am such a good mom huh?