Saturday, October 27, 2012

A thought...





I glen truth and light from living the gospel of Jesus Christ, from reading and studying holy scripture, from communing with God through frequent prayer, from being with my family and putting them first and from slowing down so I have time to see the beauty that surrounds me!

Lets all aim to develop strength though truth and light!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Scooter to school

Jack is a pro on his scooter! He rides it to school every day. He is pretty hilarious. Some days he wears his helmet and sometimes goggles. He is very safety concerned:) This kid is one in a million, no make that one in a billion. 







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Thursday, October 25, 2012

I am a Daughter of God

One on the greatest gifts my parents gave to me was their testimony of Jesus Christ and of His Gospel. I grew up with the knowledge that I am a Daughter of God. I prayed and asked God if it was true and I received the answer that it was! I knew for myself that I was indeed a Daughter of God. Did you read that? A Daughter of God! Do you believe that you are off spring of God? Do you wish you had that knowledge? 

This knowledge has shaped my life and has strengthened my character. Knowing that I am of infinite worth has helped build me up when I have felt so low and sad. Knowing that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer has helped me prioritize motherhood as a divine roll and responsibility in my life. Knowing that I am a daughter of God helps me live with an eternal perspective, a perspective that focuses on the big picture, that focuses on achieving true lasting happiness.This knowledge shapes what I see when I look in the mirror, when I look hard I see a strong, compassionate, kind, thoughtful, determined, beautiful and powerful Daughter of God. 

These woman also believe that they are Daughters of God! 

Watch this is you want to be uplifted
Watch this if you want to be reminded of your Divine heritage 
Watch this if you believe you are a Daughter of God
Watch this if you want to learn about people who believe they are Daughters of God
Watch this if you want to know if you are a Daughter of God. 


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Afternoon strolls...

So Lucas has decided that napping is no longer a part of his life...my heart breaks a little. It breaks a little because now I have no two hours of productivity in the middle of my day and it breaks a little because it means that he is growing up! Oh, how I wish I could freeze time and keep my kids young forever, but alas that is not possible so I will try to document my life right now and live in the moment as much as possible.

We are lucky enough to live in the neighborhood of Jack's Elementary school so we walk to school. As there is no rush to get back for Lucas' nap we go on little nature strolls, meandering our way through the field until we finally find our way to our front door. Today we picked up leaves, crumpled them, tasted them (not too tasty), threw them in the air and watched the wind blow them off the trees.













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Monday, October 22, 2012

Leaves, leaves, leaves!

We have been raking and raking leaves. Everyday there was a new carpet of leaves to gather but I am happy to announce that our tree is bare so no more raking! 

The boys have been very helpful.









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Saturday, October 20, 2012

I cut off my hair...Myself

So while Ben was in Idaho visiting his family I was lacking adventure and thrill so one evening I decided to cut off my hair...I had texted Ben and all he responded was "oh dear, that sounds dangerous" so I went ahead. I watched a youtube video and got all the information I needed:) It was so much fun! I really felt elated as I cut chunks of my hair off. I found myself giggling the entire time. After having my hair short for a week or so I decided to visit the salon and get it evened out and a few more layers in (layers were tricky).

Now, do I regret it? A little, but it's hair and to be honest my hair wasn't in the best condition as I cut it two times a year so perhaps that can be the beginning of healthier hair. I am thinking of going a little blonder too as we head into the winter months, don't want to look dull.



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Friday, October 19, 2012

Life in videos

Lately, I have been utilizing my camera on my phone. These recent videos make me chuckle..


We have been working hard with Lucas to improve his speech. Here are some of his new words...slow but surely he will speak.



 




4 wheel driving as a family after taking or family photo and shooting targets; what a great morning that was!




Sometimes we are terribly silly... oh and the money talked of is Jack's allowance which I will explain in another post but I will say its been fun trying to teach him responsibility with money!







The boys LOVE their dad and always prefere it when he reads bedtime stories

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Time To Shine

So for 7 weeks during the summer Leslie, Becca and I went full force for round two of My Time To Shine; a Music and Dance workshop for kids 3-18. This year we had a little more confidence under our belt because we had done it once. Although we were excited to change a few things and move forward with others we were apprehensive because we did not have as many people sign up. We had about 20 less students BUT boy were they AMAZING kids!

After our first class I knew that we were in for a smashing summer. Every class was unique and entertaining. This year we performed in a Parade, At Heritage Square (a little amusement park) and our final performance was at Columbine High School. I was so thrilled and happy to have taught so many delightful and lovely children.

Some of my favorite memories from Summer 2012:

Starlets (3-5 yrs) calling the song "your never fully dressed with out a smile" the hey! hobo man song. And the way Molly loved the song Seize The day, she sang/shouted that song with gusto!

Flash (6-8 yrs) LOVED these kids. They memorized the songs in an instant and were very good at correcting the teachers when we got it wrong. I loved watching Belles facial expressions when she sang; she looked like her life depended on it.

Blaze (9- 10 yrs) This bunch were quite hilarious. The boys especially. They liked to pretend that they can't sing very loud and don't really know their dance moved until the week before when everything came together PERFECTLY. Wow!

Blitz (11-14 yrs) These girls were so awesome. I loved watching their quiet, reserved confidence grow into a beautiful stage presence and a glowing performance. Bella's performance was worthy of Shakespeare's approval and Emma's scream so funny:)

Sparks (15-18 yrs) We were so blessed to have these girls, their talent, personality and kindness was greatly  appreciated. They were such good examples to the younger ones and SO helpful! This year Becca and I got to perform with these ladies and it was a joy. Oh the laughs we had:)

Even though at times we had A LOT of stress, like the morning of our parade when the truck died and we had a couple hours to find a new one to pull the trailer, by the end of the summer my heart was overflowing with gratitude towards  the kids, my business partners, my family and the audience. The best part is seeing the growth of the kids, it is remarkable. It is such a rewarding experience.


This is everyone before the final show!




Here are some of the kids, altogether we had just over 60:)
















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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The coat

I just love the message and feeling I get after watching this short movie; it encourages me to seek for opportunities to help those around me, it exposes the multitude of blessing I have in my life and draws me closer to my savior. 


Enjoy:)


 
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Hudson Gardens

We (the boys, myself, my friend and her three kids)  took a morning trip to Hudson Gardens to visit the pumpkin patch, train, geese, beehives and general splendor of the place. It was a smashing morning! The kids loved it and it was free. The train track was an huge hit. The kids loved waiting for Thomas to chug by. The pumpkins were BIG and bright and beautiful. I think we might go by for another visit soon:)







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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Random Photos!

A while back when it was still lovely and sunny the boys and I had a delightful time outside throwing balls to the dogs and watching them. It was a happy day:)




Lucas and dirt are best friends. Lucas' favorite thing to do is go outside and pour dirt out of flower pots, throw stones on the yard and deck, hide inside bushes, pick vegetables, chase Reagan and stack bricks. He truly is an outdoors boy.







Isn't this a lovely picture of Grandpa and his grand-kiddies!


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My General Conference Experience: Not as I planned

General Conference...if you don't know what it is you can watch and read it here it is a two day conference where the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address the members of the church worldwide through a broadcast that can be seen on satalite, the internet and radio throughout the world. It is a big deal for us Mormons!

In the past I have been too busy to create a special experience for my family or in other words I had been prioritizing other things. This year I was determined to change that. We have been talking about the upcoming general conference, using flash cards daily and as a family we put together a coloring book specific to General Conference. We had special treats and activities ready to make our General Conference a special experience.

FYI: Ben is in Idaho visiting his family, so I was going solo with the boys.

Sunday started...it was rough, we had a very restless night; Lucas has decided that sleep is just not as fun as it used to be so my head felt like it was going to explode and just wanted to sleep. Once everyone was up and it was way too early there was a fight between the boys that involved nail polish and hair scissors. There was a lot of screaming between the boys, I slammed the door to get attention and the boys were put in their beds and the door was shut. Jack told me I was the worst mom EVER. At this point I thought "awesome way to start our special experience!"

After talking with the boys I remembered the dogs were outside and my heart sunk, the thought "If she has jumped the fence I don't think I have the patience for it right now!" I look out the window and see our dog, Reagan in our neighbor's yard with a tub of something. My blood boils. I put Lucas down, he starts screaming I run downstairs and into the back yard, with no shoes on. Pulling my dog back into the house with filthy paws and a face covered in butter; she ate a 15oz tub of butter. I put her in her cage and pretend that she does not exist  The phone calls its my neighbor, my embarrassment and anger grow. Mary informed me that Reagan got into her house ate a loaf of bread and took a tub of butter. I apologize over and over and over. Mary seemed more concerned about Reagan's health after eating all the butter. Could there be a nicer neighbor?

Back to the kids they are cry and fighting over a toy now. I just want a start over. Somehow we get everything together and head out the door to Grandma and Grandpa's for our traditional General conference breakfast. Although I didn't hear anything because there was quite a bit of commotion I was grateful to have loved ones play with my kids and give me a break so that I can re-group and calm down.

After the first Sunday session we headed home for nap time and Lucas actually fell asleep. Oh what a gift from God. I slide him into his crib and Jack and I went down and re-watched an hour of the first session. Jack was really in the coloring and candy and I actually got to feel the spirit and learn about the gospel.

We had read from Mosiah when King Benjamin asks his people to face their tents unto him so they might hear his words and council. We decided that for the last session we would make a tent/fort and face to towards our prophet, i.e the computer which we were watching with General Conference on it. We ate our sandwiches while we watched the last session. Everything seemed to be going OK. I thought finally its going the way I had planned. I told them we could have our special treat. Oh no! I spoke too soon. I went to get it and discovered Reagan had eaten it all. Jack responded to the sad news with uncontrollable crying, Lucas started to throw crayons which Abby the other dog started eating and I wanted the crawl into a hole and disappear.

Sadly, I gave up and we went upstairs and made an awesome marble maze and took silly pictures of ourselves on photo booth. I was so mad. I had put so much effort forth to make this a special experience and genuinely tried and failed miserably, or at least I thought.

After bath, scriptures and singing to my kids, they were fast asleep and I crept downstairs to watch conference. I wanted to feel my saviors love, I wanted to know all my efforts were not in vain, I wanted to strengthen my testimony. I wrapped myself up in a blanket with my naughty dogs laying beside me we watched together. My heart swelled. I was loved and my efforts were seen. I feel immense gratitude for my children and the challenges they present. I was impressed to make changes and re-prioritize aspects of my life. I was filled with motivation, I can be better, I can do better, and can be more Christ-like.



 
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Our very short COLD walk

I had this great idea of going on a walk in the mountains. We got there, got out, walked a small way and FROZE! So we went back to the car and went to our friends for yummy soup and a lazy lunch.





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