Wednesday, September 05, 2012

oh ty

writing from my kindle so excuse the lack of capitolization and commas.

yesterday ty just barely touched the edge of a hot pan.  as i ran cold water over it he said that it felt a little like touching the electric fence at gramdpas house.



i guess he and ava had asked if they could look at the other garden and ava dared him to touch the fence.  ty being the boy genius that he is did.  and i guess ava did too.  hm.  maybe they learned their lesson?  one...never touch an electric fence and two...dont accept dares.

oh my.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Little updates

Reagan is doing great in school.  I guess the kids stopped making fun of her on the bus.  So that is good.  Unfortunately the gifted program's credentials don't carry over state lines, so she'll have to be retested.  She isn't happy about that, but I think it will be good for her.  There is a girl in her class that goes to our ward, so she had an instant friend.

Ryan is doing good too.  Comes home and stalls with homework because it's "so hard".  But once he sits and focuses, he does just fine.  Same with him about getting tested.  I don't know if he'll get in this time though...  Maybe.  He has a friend in the neighborhood that is in his class.  Wants to call him every day.  Uh no.  He's 8.  What does he possibly have to talk about?!  lol

Ty is doing good too.  He also has a friend from his class in our neighborhood.  I hope his teacher is okay with his exuberance.  :) 

Evan is having fun with me at home.  We snuggle on the couch in the mornings.  He's such a momma's boy.  And darn cute.

Bon gave a talk in church two weeks ago about Sustaining Family Members.  It was a good talk.  I am giving a talk this Sunday about Testimony.  I haven't started it, but have been tossing stuff around in my head.

Ryan is enjoying Scouts, especially since Bon is the leader of the den.  I signed Reagan up for Girl Scouts.  I think she'll enjoy it because she'll get to earn badges like Ryan does.  She'll still do Activity Days at church too.

Bon is going to Canada next week.  So I am hoping for sanity that week.  I'm glad the kids are in school.  :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Getting over guilt

Sometimes I feel guilt for things that I should not feel guilty for.  Things that I can't control or using my own agency to make a choice that might make another's life harder or different.  I keep reminding myself that I was not put here on this earth to be a people pleaser.  I do the best I can to live an honest life and try to be happy and I wish that sort of happiness to others. (nothing happened that prompted this post, just a random tidbit from my mind)

One simple thing that I have learned to not feel guilty for is letting my kids ride home on the bus.  I don't feel guilty that they are on the bus for 50 minutes after school because it just makes my life so much easier to not have to pick them up!  It's so stress-free!

On a sad note, Bon's co-worker's husband died.  Bon texted me yesterday and said to pray for Kim's husband, that she found him not breathing.  Then after work he called and said that he had died from a heart attack.  Bon said he was 42.  So sad and so young.  Bon always worries about his own mortality and health and so I hope this will help kick start him into some healthy habits.  I want to keep Bon around as long as I can.  :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Some humor for your Sunday

Blogger is not being nice today, so sorry for the wonkiness...Today on the way home from church, we heard Ty in the backseat say to Reagan "Stop trying to talk sexy!"  Bon and I started laughing because where does that kind of comment come from??!!  Bon was able to compose himself before I was

 to ask how someone talks sexy.  Ty said that Reagan says "hey giiirl" and stuff like that.  Which made me laugh even harder.


Thursday, August 09, 2012

One part I hate about moving

has finally snuck up on me.  It's the overwhelming feeling of loneliness that happens.  We haven't been here long enough to make friends.  Book club is tonight, but I didn't get a chance to read the book.  I will make it to the next one though.  I don't think they've had any RS meetings (enrichment meetings) but I will try to make it to those also.  Oh well.  I just need to remember to give it some time and in a short while I will have friends that will want to have dinner and shop and do all the stuff I like doing.

When we sat down for church on Sunday, the bishop came up to me and told me they weren't going to sustain me that day.  He wanted to talk to me first.  I guess word got back that I cried?!  lol  Before church I asked Bon "Is there something about me that says 'I like your kids! Put me in primary!'??"  He bust up laughing at that one and even chuckled on the way to church.  I will go and do if I am truly needed there or supposed to be there.  I must have something to learn still. 

The kids started school on Monday and loved it!  They are riding the bus to and from school and I love that!  Ty claimed he didn't feel good this morning, but I made him go anyway.  I think he is just fine and didn't want to go to school.  Reagan is having some issues with some girls making fun of her on the bus, so if that continues, I will need to take action and bring out my mama bear. 

Lots of projects I need/want to get done. 

Something like this for our hallway.

I need to unpack more and maybe put something up on our walls.  A clock in our living room would be a great start....  :)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Our new callings

will be extended to us on Sunday.  Bon is pleased with his and I cried.  Can you guess where we're going to serve???

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

an embarrassing moment

Monday while we were at the pediatrician's office, she was quizzing the kids (but mostly Ty) about safety things.  She asked them about fire safety, bike/helmet safety, etc. and Ty decides to answer her with a loud "QUACK!!"  Oh my.  I was so embarrassed.  Luckily, the pediatrician just said "I'm not quite sure how quack fits into that question, but okay!" 


Monday, July 30, 2012

A few memories I don't want to forget

When everyone was leaving from Benham's Grove and mom told one of my kids to "Take special care of your light" in reference to the flashlights dad had handed out to everyone.  I commented that it had a double meaning.  The flashlight and the light within each of us.  :) 

Riding the Diamondback with Shanel and hearing her scream from the top of the first hill and almost all the way back up.  I never knew someone could scream that much!!  I don't know where she got the breath for all of that scream!  It was hilarious! 

Having Ryan baptized with most everyone there.  I sat down as the prelude music was being played and the emotion of having everyone there for Ryan and for us overwhelmed me.  There were no grumbles about doing this during the reunion (that I heard of), about taking an hour or two out of the afternoon to put on church clothes, only to take them off again.  It was fabulous.  Jay's talk, especially, was touching.  To see him tear up and become emotional about how great this family is and what great examples we have to follow is exactly how I feel about the Carter family too. 

I'm sure there will be more.  But those are just a few I thought of right now. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Memories made

Over the last three weeks, my kids and I were in Ohio, visiting the family and enjoying the Carter family reunion.  I hope to get pictures loaded soon, so I can look back and remember the fun.  :) 

Today we skipped church and just relaxed and stayed home to get ready to go full blast into this week.  Well, sorta relaxed.  Bon got the kids' computer up and working (yay!) and I unpacked about 10 boxes for the kitchen and re-organized what I had done so far.  It was nice.  I feel better about how the kitchen will be organized now.  I think before I was just chucking stuff willy nilly and hoping I would have room later.  Now that I have time, (as in, I'm not going out of town for three weeks anytime soon) it will be easier to unpack. 

Tomorrow Ty has his appt with the pediatrician and then Tuesday Ryan and Reagan.  Just to fill out GA forms for immunization, hearing and sight and maybe something else for school.  I was supposed to have them turned in the 27th, but tomorrow was the first available appt. for new patients.  Then Thursday, they get to meet their teachers and I am really excited about that!  School starts Monday the 6th!!!  Unbelievable!

Evan would NOT go to sleep last night and finally conked out at midnight.  Oh man.  Tonight though, it was around 8, so that's more normal. 

I looked up gardening information tonight and am really excited that I still get a chance at a garden this summer.  The extension office had a great list online of what to plant when and if I get these in by aug 1, I can have a harvest.  Beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, peas, peppers, squash.  Lettuce and spinach it says to plant in Sept.  So sometime this week I plan to till up some of our ground that already has no grass growing on it (and it gets morning sun until afternoon) and get going on the garden.  I also plan to rip out all the juniper growing in the front flower bed and most of the overgrown shrubs.  They are so overgrown that if I cut them down to normal height, they'll just be green.  lol  So out they come too.  I am hoping to have actual plants and flowers that bloom since it gets a fair amount of sun.  (ripping out the juniper because it smells like cat pee!) 

Reagan lost her other lose molar last night.  She almost had me pull it but then decided she might be able to push it out with her tongue.  And she did!  The tooth fairy brought her a dollar and this morning she wondered why Aspen got $2 for a molar.  I told her that the tooth fairy wrote Aspen and told her it was because she was on vacation.  She just nodded and said "oh."  Like it made perfect sense.  :)  Which it does.  ;) 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some blogs I enjoy

These are a handful of blogs I check daily.  (she is not LDS, but Catholic I believe.  Very interesting how similar the morals and standards are as I read her blog..)


Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Sanity is lacking these days.  I feel the repetition and redundancy of motherhood settling in lately and it's discouraging.  I need to read some encouraging conference talks or something to give me the "motherhood is great and you are doing a phenomenal job, keep doing awesome!" kind of kick in the pants.  My kids are my greatest joy and too often I act as though they are my greatest burden.  And that is horrible. 

Our house has seen a lot of action.  We have on average about 2 walk-throughs a week.  Doesn't seem like a lot, but usually it's 3-4 in one week and then none the following week, which makes the busy week more stressful with keeping the house clean.  :)  We had an offer, but they were trying to get the deal of the century or something, and so we went back and forth a couple of times and they walked away because our lowest price was still too high for them.  Oh well.  We were starting to not like them anyways!!  :) 

The kids are still getting over their colds.  Ty and Evan are taking extra long.  Ty keeps getting a fever back and it's really annoying because he seems fine every other way. 

I am getting lasik on Friday and I am really excited and really nervous all at once.  I can't wait to see without using glasses!  I've been wearing glasses since 1st grade and oh it will be great! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

bit of randomness

Evan is playing with a Geo-Trax train on the coffee table and when it rolls off the edge, he says "dang it!" and then puts it back on the table just to do it again.  I guess I had better watch what I'm saying!!  :) 

I had the craziest dream with Shawni from 71toes last night.  I was babysitting her girls and was having a blast playing with them.  It was weird.

Had a dr appt on Monday and my thyroid looks great.  I am still anemic, so I am continuing the prescription iron pills I'm on.  If my next round of labs (in 4 months) still shows I'm anemic, she will refer me to a hematologist.  My blood shows that it can store iron, but I'm losing it somewhere. 

I also had a consult for Lasik.  I am hoping to get that done soon. 

Still no update on our house selling.  We haven't had a showing since the open house on sunday the 12th.  We had one scheduled for Monday, but they cancelled because they thought our yard was too small.  ???  for what?  lol 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Some things I love

Some things I love lately.

1.  When I hand something to Evan and he says with the most enthusiastic voice "thank you Momma!"

2. Pinterest.  I love seeing all the ideas that are there and it's amazing to see the creativity that is in the world.  If you need an invite, let me know. 

3.  Nectarines.  I don't think I have ever had them before and I am trying to lose these extra inches, so I'm trying to eat more fruits and veggies.  I love peaches, but they weren't close to ripe.  But the nectarines looked tasty and Oh boy are they!  Yum!

4.  Yoga pants.  Comfortable.  Stretchy.  I look like I'm athletic when I wear them...  lol 

5.  My family.  Bon has been gone all this week and will be gone all next week, but I still love him.  I love Reagan because she is my little helper and fixer.  Sees me upset and tries to fix the problem.  Ryan because he's so cuddly and nice since he's been sick yesterday and today.  Ty...well, I guess because he is so cute.  He refused to change clothes this morning, so he is wearing the same ones he wore yesterday.  I sent a note to the teacher, so she wouldn't think I was neglecting him...  lol  And Evan because even though he is starting to throw more fits, they are mostly due to me not understanding him.  But he's my little boy.  Always by me. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our house

We put our house on the market last week.  No interest so far, but the market is starting to pick up after the winter lull.

We went to Duluth this weekend to do some house hunting.  I fell in love with one, but who knows if it will still be available when we actually need it.  It is in Buford, GA, which is where the Mall of Georgia is.  Our realtor's wife said that any store you could ever think of is there.  Sounds like I might need a weekend to myself to find out!  ;)

Bon is out of town again this week.  He will be back Saturday morning.  He will be gone again for a couple of days next week too, I think.  Let's just say that melatonin is my bedtime friend for the older kids.  I got a bottle of 1 mg pills that dissolve and Bon cut them in half.  I give them one half at bedtime and it seems to calm them down and I'm not fighting them to stay in bed, just one more drink, come lay with me, I can't sleep, etc. that is the normal bedtime routine.  I reason that it could be worse.  I could be giving them Nyquil or Benedryll.  Melatonin is already in our bodies, I'm just giving it a boost.  :) 

Friday, January 13, 2012


trying to post this on my kindle while waiting in the carpool line.  hm...why didn't i think of this before?

anyway.  quickly jotting it down that today the realtor is taking pictures and then tomorrow we sit down and do the paperwork to put our house on the market.  very bittersweet emotions right now.  excited for what the future holds, anxious about the present,and sad about all the memories we've made, the friends we'll leave behind.

kind of feeling like sitting down for a good cry and then going out for ice cream.  :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Holiday Parade

Reagan was in another Holiday Parade this year. Mt. Holly is where she was taking tumbling and they were able to participate in the parade again this year. I'm glad it wasn't as cold as last year, but it was still chilly!

As we waited for the parade to start I snapped a few pictures.

Ryan. So handsome. So ornery. So loveable. :)

I love this one because you can see Ty's eyes peeking back at me as he whispers something into Evan's ear. Up to trouble probably. ;)

And finally, almost the end of the parade comes Main St. Dance Works! She was so excited to be in the parade again, especially because she knew the steps to the little routine they did while they marched.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

black eyes

Two of our kids have had black eyes in less than a month.  First was Ty, when a friend's head and his nose collided.  Resulted in a broken nose and left some bruising under his eyes.  More under his right eye than his left one.  Then Evan tried to climb up on our bed and slipped, hit his eye on the box springs and instant swelling and a scrape.  Poor little guy. 

Monday, January 02, 2012


Ah, here comes 2012.  Time marches on and the year is going to move forward, whether or not I keep up with it.  It always feels like I have the best of intentions and then I forget or get lazy and nothing gets done.  Then I end up disappointed with myself and/or the situation and just get discouraged and so then nothing gets done because I'm just too sad to do anything!  It's like a catch 22.  I, however, have decided that after watching my mother-in-law chase after my kids with more energy than I had, I needed to do something.  (My comma use is horrible, so please forgive me my English degree'd sister's-in-law.) (and I don't think "degree'd" is even a word.  Since it is my blog, I can make up words.)  AAAAnyway. 

I thought I would share with you a couple of my resolutions.

res·o·lu·tion  (rz-lshn)n.
1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
Maybe it would be easier if I call them "Firm Determinations" instead of resolutions.  :)
1. Lose some weight.  Exercise, eating right.  I'm at my heaviest weight and it's so discouraging.  
2.  Make more dinners. We eat far too much quick foods.  
3. (this one will make sense if you've seen any Mormonads.)  I wrote this one down on the chalkboard in my kitchen.   "Patience: use it before you lose it."   I need to work on this one a lot because I often feel so short tempered and I hate that about myself.  
4. Blog more.  Keep in contact with family more.  

So, there you have it.  Call me out on them.  :)