Saturday, October 1, 2016

Belated Birthday Interview - Kody Time

What's your favorite thing to do?
Talk to Friends, Watch a Movie, Snuggle with Family

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A Mechanic or take over Dad's Job

What is your favorite food?
Pizza, wait - I don't have one

Who do you like to hang out with?
Luke, My Family, Payton

What do you do really well? 
Math, Having Fun

What makes you laugh?
My friends making corny jokes, getting tickled in two spots, Trixie (our Puggle)

What is the best time of day?
Afternoon - because I get to do homework and I get to play outside and video games.

What are you afraid of?

What do you like to do with your family?
Play board games, Family bonding, Road Trips

What do you like to learn about?
Math, well I would like to know more about Math Boost

Where do you like to go?
Texas, Hershey Park, My House, My Friends' Houses

What is your favorite book?
A Grimmy Conclusion

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
Easy - It's to turn invisible
My sweet, kind, snuggly, feisty, spirited, smart, intuitive boy.  I love you endlessly!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work...

So I'll spare you the mindless drivel that the song becomes and instead tell you that owning your own business is no joke. 

It's long hours, lots of stress.  It's filling in when you are short laborers, fixing things when they break. It's managing the timing of all the money coming in and out, doing payroll.  It's the cause of my gray hairs and the bulk of our marital fights, but...

It's really rewarding.  It makes my husband infinitely happy.  It's great to see your hard work paying off, the company value increasing.  It's good to see a calendar of jobs extending months into the future.  It's high stress, but I guess I wouldn't change it.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Philadelphia Temple and Cultural Celebration

The bulk of July's end, all of August and September's
beginning have had one over-riding theme. 
Yes, eight years ago, the Philadelphia Temple was announced,
four years ago they broke ground,
and last weekend they finished with a celebration,
dedication and it is now open for use. 
What has that meant for my family. 
Well in 7 weeks, we have made 13 trips to Philadelphia,
usually in the worst of traffic times (2-3 hours each way) 
on the Schuylkill Expressway. 
Locals know I deserve a medal. 
Add another few times that my family or I
have been there but carpooling with others. 
Those trips were volunteering to help give,
guide and clean after the many tours that went
through during the open house. 
Over 140,000 visitors attended in that time. 
Then there were the many practices
to prepare for the youth cultural celebration. 
And amazingly enough I was asked
to be part of the Cornerstone Choir,
which practiced quite a bit too, but mostly 
locally and just in Philadelphia on that last weekend. 
So I waited a week to write this post
because directly after, all I felt was exhaustion,
but now that I've had a week to recover,
I feel absolute
So what was it all for:
It wasn't for the pageantry called the cultural celebration
although that was fun for my kids.
It wasn't for the glory of participating in the
Cornerstone Choir, although flattering,
or standing near President Eyring.
It wasn't for any of these things.
It was for my deep and abiding
for the temple, for the gospel and for saving covenants.
It was so my kids could increase
their own love, their own faith and own testimonies of temples.
And despite my bone weary tiredness
it did just that.
Sewing "colonial" clothing

In the middle of the show,
Wyatt sees Bella and runs to share his thoughts.
Best summed up with his thumbs up.


The view at night!

I came out to find my boys all quietly contemplating it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Band Mom

If I wasn't busy enough, I have now become a band mom. 
I've come to the conclusion if my child is in an activity than I am too. 
So now I serve french fries at our booster food stand at games,
I make alterations to the uniforms,
and I prepare snack bags for all the kids for after competitions. 
It's been fun. 
Band is different than anything we've done at our house,
but we are LOVING it!
106 bags of goodies

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer Wrap Up and August Review

The summer flew by, faster than ever before.  I don't think I did much relaxing or vacationing or pool side sitting.  I also didn't do my typical summer curriculum for the kids.  So what did I do, I think I really just played chauffer to my kids and all of their activities. But Isabella did get her braces off in there, Issac and Kody still had plenty of time to play in the back yard with the neighbors and I got a nap or two.  It was a time warp summer.

This summer we did "summer swim team" that took quite a bit of time and commitment. Also with the kids getting older they each were gone for a week or so with church activities.  Isabella had girls' camp and youth conference, Wyatt had Scout camp, and the two younger boys went to Cub Day Camp, but it lasted a whole week.  So right there is 5 weeks of crazy.  Add in tons of things to prepare for and carry out the Philadelphia Temple Open House, Dedication and Cultural Celebration.  Then we added Band Camp and athletic training for Cross Country and Soccer.  Throw in two weeks to Texas, one to the Beach, and one week of family (William and Lacey and kids) being in town and boom summer is gone.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cub Day Camp at Camp Mack

This is the first year, that our Cub Scout Troop participated in a BSA cup camp.  It was a day camp, but it lasted all week.  It went from 8-5, so that's pretty intense for 8-11 year olds.
The camp was pretty good and there was a myriad of activities.  Our troop loved it, my boys were a little more mehhh about it.  I still am not exactly sure why, but I think it was just overwhelming in it's intensity.  It didn't help that the week was in the mid 90's with tons of humidity and they were outside all day.
But they got great archery and shooting skills, they owned the other boys in Gaga ball, they bonded as a pack and explored nature and space all while boating and swimming too.  Overall, I think it was a good experience.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

I just can't get enough.  For my birthday, Sue had us to her beach house in Manasquan, NJ.  It is wonderful, amazing, peaceful, perfect.  This is one of my favorite things every year.  For the first time ever, Travis was able to go with us.  Also in the apartment were Ang and Michele and their daughters.  I love these people and this time together!
We play lots of games; this year Dog Monopoly, Trivia Crack and Sushi Go were big hits.
And we spend lots of time on the beach boogey boarding, digging, building, laying out, talking, doing photo shoots and pretending to be mermaids. He, he, he!
This year for the first time, we went to the next town over, Point Pleasant, to go to the Boardwalk.  It was a fun thing to do because we had never done it.  We rode rides, ate the biggest pizza ever, lots of fries and ice cream.  We all cuddled up to Santa, because of course it was Christmas in July. 
Last Travis was able to help Pete do a few things when he got there later in the week, and it wouldn't be a vacation if Sue and I weren't in bed cuddling together.  Until next year...I'll just have to have great memories.