Thursday, September 24, 2015

Brooke's Legend Homecoming 2015..



Man, I LOVE this girl! She had a great time with this group of beautiful girls! I can't believe she is a freshman! Brooke has just seamlessly become a high schooler. 
Easton and Brooke are just 16 months apart, and on days like this, I love it!
I love that they are friends.

These sisters of Brooke, L.O.V.E. her! Tymber decided to wear a "fancy" dress to celebrate the occasion. 


I love that the brother jumped in the picture with the group. Those sweet teenagers just hoisted him up them, and smiled for the pic.




I think this is a funny picture. I don't think my mom would have approved, but I think it's fun that all these girls were "modest" with their NikePros. I forgot to ask if they coordinated this, but it was fun nonetheless.


I love these two. What more can I say?

The whole big group of guys and girls! I love to see Brooke beaming with sweet friends.


BEAUTIFUL!!



WE LOVE THIS GIRL!


This is Brooke with one of her childhood friends. These two used to play on the sidelines of their brother's games for hours. So fun to have them reconnect in high school. Beautiful girls!



How fun is the selfie stick? Loving their smiles as they as squeeze in for a picture!





These little girls (along with the rest of us) had spent the day cleaning out one of three scary garages! They threw on clothes, and I didn't even brush my hair. Fun times!











The Lincavages put on a beautiful dinner for this group! It really was a gorgeous set-up with Quoda to enjoy before heading off for the dance.


This boy was adorable! He gave a toast to their first Homecoming, and many memories to come. 


Life seems to be passing by quickly these days, but in all the hustle and bustle, it is wonderful to slow down and enjoy these little milestones. Brooke is going to have the best time making memories with all of her friends at her new school. She was hesitant, to say the least, about this new journey, but I think the smiles in these pictures capture the joy she is experiencing.

Sometimes life throws us curveballs that we think will end the good that we already know, but sometimes there is something even better out there waiting.

I love you Brooke.



I had to throw these two pictures in at the end. This is as we were driving away. I love the "fake" look on John's face as Easton is driving. Easton kept giving me goofy looks. I just wanted to document yet another milestone. These little moments are the ones I don't want to forget. Like the fact that Easton and John raced to pictures straight from Stake Priesthood meeting, that apparently Easton wasn't even supposed to attend, but went along with John anyway. Or the fact that John lets Easton drive his big truck and is very patient with him. I love it all!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Life is so, so good!


This is happening every day over here.

Baby Alive videos.

Who knew?

Apparently, there are videos for everything, and Tymber and Annie's favorite thing lately is to look up these videos and follow along.

They are keeping up with the other kids on data usage limits each month. 

Sometimes, I just want to hide all the electronics, and I do, but it is so sweet to listen to them talk sweetly to their babies, and then pull up a video about feeding them and watch as they gently wipe their face and slowly spoon feed them water out of the cat dish. 

Time is flying by.

I want everything to stop and just stay the way it is, but I know that isn't possible.

We have two kids in college that I wish were this little again. I don't want them to miss anything in their siblings lives, so we have revived the blog!

I am so excited to be able to record the everyday again, along with my thoughts and perspective, and my kids' opinions on how things went.

The football game that didn't go well, or the Homecoming week full of funny spirit days and a great halftime show, and everything in between.

I had put the blog on the back burner, because of some technical glitches, but everything is up and running, and I am determined to take a few minutes each day, and record this amazing life of ours. 

Life is truly wonderful. 

It is full of twists and turns. Lots of sincere prayers. It's really hard sometimes, and really wonderful other times.

I am so grateful to be a mother. I am so grateful for getting to be a part of each of our children's stories. 

It says in my patriarchal blessing that it is very important for me to journal my life.

I never really understood that as much before, as I do when I revisit the past years on our blog.

I thought I had an impeccable memory. ( I can remember birthdays and phone numbers of friends in junior high school when I lived in Alaska.)

But, I don't always remember the details in the moments. 

I know the way I felt when my husband saw Annie for the first time and my feelings as I watched our oldest graduate from high school, but I want to remember the joy one of our kids felt as they made up with a friend, or the great dinner that everyone loved, or those quiet moments each night as I put an extra blanket on each of the kids on a snowy night.

I don't want to forget anything.

I want my girls to know that things like motherhood, marriage and eternal friendships are the things that bring true joy. 

Not cell phones and Birkenstocks. 

I want my boys to know that life is full of challenges, but if you work hard and love those around you, life is incredible. 

And I want John to always know, that I love being his, and only his, FOREVER!

Long live the blog and the memories, accompanied with pictures and messes and lots and lots of FUN!




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tymber's teaching moment for her mom




I am so far behind in blogging, that I don't even know where to begin, so I think I'll start here.

This was one of my favorite memories from this holiday. I am fairly certain that every single nativity has something missing or broken, but I do not care one bit.

I loved going to find Tymber when she became quiet and I hadn't laid eyes on her in a few.

And this is where I would discover her...at the manger.

Oh, if I only would stop my fast pace, and find myself at the manger. 

She would move them around.

She would talk to them in such a loving tone. 

If you look close, you will find modern day touches to an ancient scene.

I love the rocking horse that was waiting patiently to give someone a ride. 

The reindeer food that she thought the donkey would like.

The mix of several different nativity sets combined to welcome a King.

Tymber, thank you for being you.

Thank you for this memory that I will hopefully, never forget.

I have a brand-new year ahead of me, and I want to find myself at the manger, 

remembering my Savior's sacrifice for me.

I want to enjoy the amazing life I have.

I want to soak in time with each member of my family, as we work together to become better and find ourselves happier in everything we do.





Thursday, August 14, 2014

Missing them already...

On Tuesday of this week, Madie had her last "first day of school", Brooke had her last "first day of school' as a middle-schooler, Ellie had her first "first day of school" at a brand new school for her, and Annie started kindergarten.

I know that A.J. started college in June, Easton will start high school next Monday, and Tymber will go to preschool starting in September, but I am NOT ready.

I am NOT ready to let them go to school!

I will miss letting them sleep as long as their bodies and minds would let them.

I will miss letting them stay up late fishing together, hanging with friends, and eating until midnight. (ok, I might not miss making them an extra meal everyday about 10:15pm.)

I will miss watching them come up with creative ways to spend their summer days.

Like making things from You Tube videos, trying out new hairstyles, taking runs, making bike jumps of the front walkway, digging in the sand, and swimming.  Lots and lots of swimming.

I know, deep down, that once school starts, that life is filled with early morning wake up calls, breakfast in the dark, long days filled with challenging classes, homework galore, after school activities that push dinner to 8pm if we want to eat together, or crock-pot dishes that we eat as we trickle back in the house, and stricter bedtimes to help with those early mornings.

I know that school means more structure, and possibly a much cleaner and organized home, but I will miss them.

I will miss hearing them discuss life. 

I will miss listening to them as they resolve being bored with a quick trip to 7-11 or the grocery store for a treat.

I will miss it all.

I have my crazy to-do lists ready.

I have my exercise schedule booked in my planner.

I have grand plans of decorating the house for Fall on September 1st, a homemade donut recipe ready for October (national donut month, and one of my favorite months of the year,) and completing shopping and Christmas cards before Thanksgiving, but I would trade them all to spend another week at the lake with my family.

I would give anything to have everyone little again.  

All curled up in my bed, begging for breakfast, books, and the park.

I am excited about this time in all of our kids' lives.

I just wish it would SLOW down!

After saying goodbye to the four girls on Tuesday, I walked inside to see the sign pictured above taped to my "Projects" lists.

I just began to cry.

I feel so inadequate most days.

I feel like a terrible mother other days.

I have days when I want to be better at so many more things.

But, for that moment, reading those words, I knew I was loved and that every moment I have spent loving and teaching my children, is worth it.

There is nothing I would rather do.

There is no one I would rather be.

My kids have energy, talents and challenges that are overwhelming to both them and me sometimes, but together we CAN DO THIS!

So to A.J., Madison, Easton, Brooke, Ellie, Annie and Tymber...

Thank you for choosing me to be your mother.

Thank you for blessing my life just by knowing each of you.

Thank you for challenging me in ways I thought I could never handle.

Thank you for being brave and showing me new things.

But thank you, most of all, for trusting and loving me.

I love you!

I know that your teachers and coaches get you most of the day now, but I will love being with you each night! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Terrific Tuesdays are exactly that...terrrrrific!!

 Every summer my dear friend, Dori, puts together a little list of summer activities for families in the ward.  We have been doing this for years! She sends out an email to all people who are interested, lists the Tuesdays, and we volunteer to lead an adventure for that particular day.

We have done many things in the past from bike parades, to the zoo, to just lunch at a fun park.

This year we ended with a pool party and pot luck at our place.

Here are the pics from the smiles that were had!

I love that a lot of new families came.  I hope it can be a tradition we have for years to come!


Terrific Tuesday ideas can be implemented by any and all groups everywhere. Here's how you do it:
1. Have a reliable leader!! 
1. Set up an email list with participants that would like similar activities. (Include everyone you think may be interested in the least. The more the merrier!)
2. Make a list of suggestions for interesting ideas.
3. Send out a list of Tuesday dates (or whatever day of the week you want)
4. Have people volunteer to host their idea for the activity.
5. Each week the leader of that week sends out an email with all the details (where, cost if needed, time, etc.)
6. THAT'S IT!!! THEN HAVE FUN!

This is so simple, but really helps busy moms like me! This could also be done during the school year! 

NY moms could meet at different places all around the city, mountain moms could choose different sledding hills and hot chocolate spots, and suburb moms could meet at different neighborhood parks. 

Inexpensive, simple, and friendships that blossom and strengthen between kids AND moms!

























































Terrific Tuesday ideas can be implemented by any and all groups everywhere. Here's how you do it:
1. Have a reliable leader!! 
1. Set up an email list with participants that would like similar activities. (Include everyone you think may be interested in the least. The more the merrier!)
2. Make a list of suggestions for interesting ideas.
3. Send out a list of Tuesday dates (or whatever day of the week you want)
4. Have people volunteer to host their idea for the activity.
5. Each week the leader of that week sends out an email with all the details (where, cost if needed, time, etc.)
6. THAT'S IT!!! THEN HAVE FUN!

This is so simple, but really helps busy moms like me! This could also be done during the school year! 

NY moms could meet at different places all around the city, mountain moms could choose different sledding hills and hot chocolate spots, and suburb moms could meet at different neighborhood parks. 

Inexpensive, simple, and friendships that blossom and strengthen between kids AND moms!