Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Belly pic and some updates :)

Time seems to pass by so quickly. My goal is to write in my journal every week but right now it seems like once a month.

In the middle of October Spencer and Austin finished playing football for the year. Spencer grew to really love football and Austin not so much. Spencer's team came in first place and Austin's came in third.
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I wasn't able to go to Austin's last game since Tyler had just recently come home from the hospital.

Ethan turned 5 on the 13th of October. He asks all of the time when he gets to go to kindergarten. I have to keep telling him that it will be awhile still. He is such a cute fun little boy. I love having him as part of our family!
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My sister Leslie was so kind and came up and helped me with the kids during the school carnival that we have. I don't know how I could have managed all of the kids without her. She also brought haunted houses for the kids to decorate. They love doing this every year with her. She makes a lot neater houses than I do.

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On the 11th of November our school had their annual Veterans Day program. This year Spencer and Austin were both in the program. They do such a nice tribute to our veterans. I tell myself every year that I'm not going to cry but I still do.
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Last here is a picture of me from today. I am getting ready to run on my treadmill so I am looking pretty cute...lol. I wish now that I had some pictures of my other pregnancies so that I could compare them.
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Today was a snow day. It was a real blizzard outside. I need to take Brig to the doctor and I felt really bad that I couldn't even get out of the driveway. I have our appointment for tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to make it there. School is also canceled tomorrow. The kids think they are having a great vacation. They dug a huge snow fort out of a snow drift. Spencer thinks that he is going to sleep in it tonight. I didn't want him to even try but Tyler thinks he should get a chance.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Finding Nobility in Motherhood and Joy in Womanhood

Last Sunday the RS Presidency had to speak in church. I was hoping that it wouldn't include me since I'm just the secretary but it was including me. The topic I chose to speak on was Finding Nobility in Motherhood and Joy in Womanhood from the Relief Society Declaration. My BIL Shawn and my SIL Lindsey came to our sacrament meeting and I was glad because I need help with the kids (Tyler hasn't made it back to sacrament meeting yet, but he will since he gets to speak on the 14th). Before Sacrament meeting started I saw Spencer hanging out with one of his friends in the foyer. I told him he needed to come and sit down with the rest of the kids. For one thing I could have used his help since I was sitting on the stand. For another thing I told him he couldn't sit by this friend anymore during sacrament meeting because he isn't reverent when they sit together.

As the meeting started I looked all around the chapel for my oldest son and I couldn't see him anywhere. Finally as the sacrament hymn began I spotted him at the very back of the gym sitting on a bench with his friend. I felt quite annoyed that he hadn't listened to me and I didn't want to watch him through the whole meeting messing around with his friend so I considered my options in my mind. I decided that when I got up to speak I was going to first ask him to please come and sit where I specified before the meeting started. Well the youth speaker finished and as I got up I saw Spencer leave the gym. I didn't know where he went but I was frustrated that I couldn't correct his behavior. I started my talk and a couple of minutes in Spencer came back into the gym and I said pardon me for a moment but I need to tell my son Spencer who is in the gym to come and sit where I specified. Then I ended with saying Part of being a parent is having to correct your children sometimes and then I went on and finished my talk. Spencer went and sat on the bench and cried. I felt bad that I embarrassed him but I really wanted him to do what I asked, and I know that next time he won't try and get away with things.

Here is my talk:

In November of 1999 The Relief Society General Presidency issued the Relief Society Declaration. It was to remind us of the blessings of womanhood, and also to let others know about the Relief Society and what they believe. The declarations is as follows:


are beloved spirit daughters of God,
and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction.
As a worldwide sisterhood, we are united in our devotion
to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Exemplar.
We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who:

Increase our testimonies of Jesus Christ
through prayer and scripture study.

Seek spiritual strength by following the
promptings of the Holy Ghost.

Dedicate ourselves to strengthening
marriages, families, and homes.

Find nobility in motherhood
and joy in womanhood.

Delight in service and good works.

Love life and learning.

Stand for truth and righteousness.

Sustain the priesthood
as the authority of God on earth.

Rejoice in the blessings of the temple,
understand our divine destiny,
and strive for exaltation.

The part of the declaration that I am going to speak to you on today is Finding nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood.

Sister Margaret Newbold in an address called the Joy of Womanhood states - Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.

I am so grateful to be a woman! I know that we are all daughters of God and I am so thankful for all of the examples that are around me of women who find joy in being a woman. Mary Ellen Smoot, former Relief Society General President States "Each of us has a vital role, even a sacred mission to perform as a daughter in Zion. We each have a purpose and a reason for being. Every sister has a thread to weave in the tapestry of time. Discover your thread and begin to weave."

In Alma chapter 56 verses 47 and 48 we read about Helaman and the two thousand stripling sons. 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

I can recognize a woman who finds joy in womanhood by their deep respect for motherhood. I know that there are women who even though they may not be a mother, are still a righteous influence and blessing in my Children's lives. I have a sister who has not yet had the privilege of being married but has helped me so many times in the mothering of my children. When I had to drive to the hospital in Utah after Tyler was life flighted she met me at the hospital around midnight and watched my three little ones so that I could go in and see Tyler. I am so thankful for the example she is to my children and I.

One thing that helps me in nurturing my children is prayer. After Brigham had his tonsils out he didn't talk very much. I felt concerned about him and prayed to know what to do. I felt inspired that I needed to read to him. As I have read to him his vocabulary has increased. I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers.

Another thing that helps me find joy in motherhood is keeping a journal of our life. Here is a story that happened a few months ago.

At the beginning of the week Brig got into one of the drawers in the master bathroom and flushed most of a box of q-tips. I thought for sure we were going to have to take the toilet off. Just a couple of weeks ago Brig flushed an alligator toy and a small care bear figurine in Hailey's bathroom and we had to take the toilet off. Of course it was Saturday night and I had to go to Walmart and 10PM for a bowl wax. I think we were finished by 11:30 though :)

On Wednesday Ethan thought it would be a good idea to get into the food coloring. I don't know why...but he got into the blue food coloring. Fortunately it was contained to the kitchen. His face and legs were blue stained for a few baths and his legs still have a bit of blue left. Hailey had dance pictures that night and for some reason she ended up with a couple of blue finger prints on her arm...lol.

While we were at the pharmacy the other day Ethan sat next to a little old lady and said loudly "hi, I'm sick." The little old lady moved to a new spot. The embarrassing part was that Ethan wasn't sick. We weren't even at the pharmacy for him.

Someone mentioned to me the other day that something exciting is always happening at our house....lol. By exciting I think they mean some kind of catastrophe so I guess they would be correct.

Keeping a journal about our children and the things that happen in our lives are a way that I find joy. I am able to laugh about things later that I wouldn't be laughing about at the time.

As the poet Karen Kingsbury stated
Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts,
First smiles and teeth and baby steps,
a sunbeam on the burst.
But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…
One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you’ll be missed.
I’ll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.
Let me hold on longer, God,
to every precious last.
I am so thankful that I was chosen to be the mother of my children. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father sends you the children that are meant to be a part of your family. Being a mother to my sweet children has brought me more joy than I ever could have imagined to my life.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Backbreaking Miracles

On Thursday September 30th in the afternoon Tyler went to check the water on the field. Two pivots had gotten stuck together (pivots are giant sprinklers that go in a circle around the fields they are 15-20 feet tall). Tyler climbed up on the end of one pivot and had his dad go and move the other one. He didn't realize that there was tension on the one he was on, so when his dad moved the pivot the one he was on snapped like a rubber band and flipped him off. He fell 15 feet and landed on his back. He was in a tremendous amount of pain. Tyler's dad was on the phone with Tyler when it happened. When Tyler fell he tried to call him back to see if everything was okay. When Tyler didn't answer the phone he knew something was wrong. His dad came and found him. He asked Tyler what he wanted to do and Tyler said "Help me up on my 4 wheeler so I can drive myself home." It took Tyler a long time to drive himself home because he could feel every bump on the gravel road. Tyler's mom decided to stop by for a visit on her way down the road to our house she called Tyler on his cell phone to see if he was around. When she called him he had already fallen and it was her phone call that helped him locate his phone. She stopped by our house to bring Ethan his birthday present. It took Tyler about 15 minutes to drive himself to the house. When I heard the 4 wheeler I looked out the window and saw that he had driven it all the way up to the Garage side door. I could see that something was wrong, but I wasn't sure what. I poured him a glass of gatorade and I was just getting ready to take it out to him when he called me from his cell phone and said I have hurt myself I need you to take me to the hospital I'm getting in the car grab the hydrocodone. Since MIL was visiting she said she would watch the kids. I grabbed my purse and we left. Tyler took four of the double strength hydrocodone. I have never seen him in so much pain in my entire life. He was crying and groaning and every time I pressed on the brakes it would hurt him. I tried to be so careful with every turn I took so it wouldn't hurt him. I called in to the ER on my drive in so that they would know and have a bed ready. I pulled up to the main doors of the ER and helped Tyler in. They let us come right back and immediately put Tyler on a back board and neck brace on him. I felt really glad to see that one of the EMT's that was helping him was a neighbor of ours. I knew that she would take good care of him. They decided to take him for a CAT-scan since it would show more of what was going on. When the doctor came in he said that Tyler had fractured his back in three places and that one spot was over 50% in the spinal column. He gave me the choice of Life Flight to Boise or Life Flight to Salt Lake. I chose SL since that is where I grew up and knew that I would have help from my family down there. It took the helicopter an hour and a half to fly up to the hospital. They prepared Tyler while the Helicopter went to refuel. Then they loaded Tyler up and left. I then went home and frantically packed for myself and the three youngest (I knew Hailey was missing school but she has a lot of anxiety and was crying about her dad). My friend Stacy took Spencer and Austin so that they won't miss school. She is such a great friend and I am so thankful for her. My cell phone was ringing so much while I was driving to Utah. It definitely made the trip go a lot faster. I got to the hospital about 11:20 my sister Leslie met me in the parking lot and stayed with the kids while I went and visited Tyler and was updated on his condition. I then found out that Tyler also has a broken pelvis. They said that Tyler would probably have surgery sometime on Friday. Tyler's surgery was on Friday around 3:30. They finished at 8 and sent him to recovery.

Every time that Hailey came to visit Tyler in the hospital she would cry. Of course it would make me cry too. She is such a sweet little girl and has been so tender and kind to Tyler since we came home from the hospital. When she prays, she prays for her dad to get better and says that she is thankful he isn't dead...so am I.

So many things that Happened on Thursday and since then have been such great blessings and miracles to me. With the injury that Tyler had he could have easily been paralyzed. I am so grateful that he isn't and I know that he could have been killed when he fell from the pivot. I know that heavenly father protected him. So many people have offered prayers on our behalf and I have felt them. Our little community has been so great bringing us dinners and visiting I really love where we live. Tyler is recovering so much faster than anyone expected. Yes it is still hard, and I have to do a lot to take care of him, but I know he is supposed to be here with me still. For that I am so thankful.

Here is a couple of pictures of Tyler in the Hospital I think it was about 2 days before he was released.
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He has to wear this back brace all of the time unless he is laying flat on his back. I have to be the one to help him put it on and take it off.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marchant Muddies and more!

This past weekend I went down to Utah to run the dirty dash with my mom, Leslie, Bridget, and Christine's husband Dan. I was a little bit apprehensive to run since I know it is harder to run in mud. I knew it wouldn't be a PR or anything but I decided to run just for the fun of it. The run had a series of obstacles along the way as well as a bunch of different mud pits. One of the obstacles was really big hay bales that you would have to jump over......well let me tell you being almost 19 weeks pregnant messes with my coordination I had to go around the hay bales. The next obstacle was walls that you would have to climb over. I had a terrible time hoisting myself over the first one and went around the rest...lol. One really fun obstacle towards the end is a giant slip and slide. I didn't really want to slide on my stomach so I slid on my butt but I didn't go very far. I then had to run part of the way down the slip and slide until I got where it was slippery again.

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Here are the five of us just after the wall.

Here is the big mud pit at the end. You are supposed to crawl under the flags. I lifted the flags over myself and people booed me :)
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Here we are all done with the run! It was a lot of fun and I am hoping to sign up for the 5K in May.
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It was a fun weekend and I had a good time with my family.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Playing Catch up!

In July we went to a place called Warm Springs Resort with my family. Tyler was unable to come but we all had such a fun time with my family. I wish I lived close enough to visit them more often. Here is a picture of Brig at the cabin. I can't remember if this was his first or second cast :)

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At the Warm Springs Resort they had paddle boats and kayaks that we could use at the pond. I was amazed that Hailey was able to climb in one and travel all over. She just seemed so natural.
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In August Spencer received his Arrow of Light from scouts. I was proud of him and YES I definitely earned the pin too!
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This is just before he goes under the bridge of neckerchiefs.

Another thing that happened in August was a double rainbow! We thought it was so amazing. The kids really thought it was neat.
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The end of August was also the beginning of school. I actually kind of miss my slaves...lol. Now I don't have my kids to boss around to help with the housework. This year they actually were help :)
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Oh and now for an announcement.....we are expecting our sixth baby! Tyler and I are so excited and the kids are too! We waited a while to tell them because I knew that once I did they would be announcing it to everyone. When I finally told them Hailey asked me "Mom, were you having sex to have a baby or just for fun?" LOL she just doesn't quite get it yet. She is such a sweet little girl and I really hope that we will have a little sister for her, but I know that the children that are meant to come to our family will and if it is a boy we will love it just the same.

On the 11th of September Les, Angela, Christine, and my Mom came to visit. Leslie was planning to do the 1/2 Ironman and my mom was doing the Olympic triathlon. I planned to run the last 6 miles with Les. I knew that they would be her hardest and that she could use the encouragement I worried a bit that being almost 17 weeks pregnant I'd slow her down but I'm glad I went with her. She was so tired by the end. Here is a picture of me just getting started with her. I look kind of fat but I'm really not that wide around the middle.

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Leslie was the only woman in her age group to finish so she was first in her age group and my Mom was first in her age group (she also may have been the only one but I'm not sure). I felt really proud of both of them. I know it was a lot of work and training.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Broken Arms and Birthdays!

On Wednesday Spencer turned 11! He is such a sweet and considerate boy and I love him so much. I love how thoughtful he is. When he knows that I don't feel well or I am tired he will tell me to sit down and he'll help me with whatever cleaning I need to do. He loves to help me prepare dinner and always gives me good suggestions for meals.

We decided to invite Grandma and Grandpa Hepworth over for cake and ice cream in the afternoon since Spencer had scouts that night. They came over after lunch and we sang to Spencer and he blew out his candles.
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Brig was standing next to me on a bar stool as I began to dish up the cake to pass out. Grandma was helping with the ice cream. I just got the birthday boy his piece of cake and was going to get one for Brig. As I turned to hand it to him the bar stool slid and he fell off. I tried to catch him but I wasn't quick enough. When I picked him up he was holding his arm and I looked at it. I could see that it was broken. He screamed and cried. None of my other children have ever even broken a bone so I wasn't sure what I should do. Fortunately Grandma has experience in this area. She told me the doctors office to go to and said she would call ahead while I drove there. I was nervous about driving Brig. He was so sad and I wished that I could hold him but I knew I couldn't hold him and drive. Just before I pulled out Tyler came and went with me. I was so grateful. I held my screaming boy while Tyler drove us to the doctor. I figured they would cast him up and we could head home. Well the doctor came and talked to us and told us it was a really bad fracture to his humerus bone where it connects to his elbow. He said it was going to need surgery. He said I'd like to do the surgery tonight. He told me to head over to the hospital and they would try to get him back there around 6. Well I had to make cupcakes for Spencer to take to scouts to celebrate his birthday so I called Grandma and she whipped up the cupcakes for me. I went and checked in at the surgery center and then I ran home to make frosting for the cupcakes and tell the kids what was going on. Brig and I went back to the surgery center and waited and waited and then the doctor came and said the surgery before ours was taking a long time and they didn't know when it would be finished. He asked if I'd rather wait until morning. I said morning would be better so they scheduled the surgery for the next day at 7 AM. That worked so I could finally feed Brig some food :) As we drove home I was talking to my sister Leslie and she reminded me that Brig was allergic to penicillin. I had completely forgotten and I know if they had taken him back into surgery he would have had a severe allergic reaction to the medication. I consider it a blessing that the surgery didn't take place until the next morning. The surgery took longer then they thought it would and they had to put 3 pins in Brig's arm. I love my poor little Brig I hope his arm heals quickly! I don't know how we are going to go to the pool now.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Mercy

As I've struggled with the sad feeling I've felt with Dave passing on, I have realized a few things. Last night as I thought of my sweet nieces and nephew I felt so sad for them. Fathers day is in a couple of days and I know they will be missing their dad. I think when someone looses their life at a younger age we tend to say things like "I guess the Lord must have needed them for something on the other side." There have been a few times that I have thought about my brother dying of his addiction. As I worried about him I have struggled to find comfort in the thought of someone dying as a result of their addiction. I felt like you couldn't really say that the Lord needed them because the addiction was the cause. As I mentioned this to my sister Leslie today on the phone she helped me to see something more spiritual. Maybe the Lord realized how much Dave was suffering and decided it was enough. I know that the Lord is merciful to us. In John 11:35 it Says "Jesus Wept" This was when he raises Lazarus from the dead. I think the profoundness of this scripture shows that he really understood how Mary and Martha felt. He had compassion for them. It shows me that the Lord has felt what we felt, after all he suffered for all of our sins. In Alma 42:15 it Says "And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also. I really know that God is merciful. I don't understand why things happen the way that they do but I know that God knows what is in our hearts. I also know that Dave is at peace. I am so grateful for the mercy of God in my life.

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In Memory Of David Eugene Bashford

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Goodbye to Dave and Welcome Summer

Yesterday as I was running on my treadmill I heard the phone ring. I don't usually get off to answer it but I was feeling kind of tired. I headed upstairs and Spencer handed me the phone. It was my mom, she sounded like she had a cold or something was wrong. I asked her if she had a cold and she said "no, I just called to let you know that Dave was found dead this morning." Dave was my sister Carrie's first husband, and the father of Heidi, Erin, Josh, and Emily(my nieces, and nephew). I feel so sad for them. I really think that Dave realized his life wasn't a happy one but didn't know how to change it and so he drank it away. I remember a lot of funny things about Dave when he and Carrie were first married. I didn't know Dave as an alcoholic so all I have are the memories of how he was. I pray for his family to find comfort and I'm glad that they have Aldo in their lives.

The last month of school just seemed to fly by! Spencer was given an award from the district for most improved handwriting. Along with the award is a $50 bond. Both Spencer and Austin made their AR goals and received the Presidential fitness award. The kids all did so well in school. I am so proud of them!

We are still waiting for summer..lol. Every day the kids ask to go to the pool or sleep on the trampoline. We have only been to the pool once. It is open, but I don't want to get into the pool when it is cold out. Last time we went I ended up having to jump in and help Brigham stand up and I still had my pants on.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A soda story

If you know me very well, you know that I'm kind of anti-Soda ( I don't buy it unless someone has the flu, but if we are somewhere that it is being served I don't stop them from drinking it) and I'm definitely anti-caffeinated Soda. If you want to drink it that is fine, but I'm not going to and I don't really let my kids drink soda often and almost never caffeinated. The other day I picked Spencer up for an orthodontist appointment from school. When we got home he pulled out a full bottle of Dr. Pepper. He said one of his friends at school had brought it and when he went to open it soda squirted on him. He decided that he didn't want it and gave it to Spencer. Spencer knows how I feel about drinks with caffeine in them so He brought it home and asked me if he could have it. I told him he could. I actually felt proud that he would come home and ask me. He could have gone the sneaky route and just drank it at school but he did the right thing. Spencer is such a nice boy. He helps me so much. He really is my right hand man :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hepworth Happenings

On the 9th of April Tyler and I were able to drive down to Salt Lake to see Jemma get married in the Salt Lake Temple. Tyler's mom met us in Salt Lake and took Brig and Ethan back to her house. It helped me so much for her to come and get the kids. Tyler took a picture of Jan (Jemma's Aunt) and I sitting at the temple waiting for pictures to be done. He actually took a few that turned out. I was surprised because I'm not photogenic.
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At the beginning of the week Brig got into one of the drawers in the master bathroom and flushed most of a box of q-tips. I thought for sure we were going to have to take the toilet off. Just a couple of weeks ago Brig flushed an alligator toy and a small care bear figurine in Hailey's bathroom and we had to take the toilet off. Of course it was Saturday night and I had to go to Walmart and 10PM for a bowl wax. I think we were finished by 11:30 though :)

On Wednesday Ethan thought it would be a good idea to get into the food coloring. I don't know why...but he got into the blue food coloring. Fortunately it was contained to the kitchen. His face and legs were blue stained for a few baths and his legs still have a bit of blue left. Hailey had dance pictures that night and for some reason she ended up with a couple of blue finger prints on her arm...lol.

On Friday morning I was making our bed and I looked out the window to see water pouring out of the well that is right by our house. It was coming with a lot of speed. I went to tell Tyler and he grumpily said he knew. He went outside and got the water stopped but not soon enough. One of the window wells had a couple of feet of water in it and more was pouring in. It was leaking into the house. Tyler ran to the shop and got a pump and I ran upstairs and grabbed towels. I pressed the towels where the water was coming in and they were getting soaked. Once the pump was hooked up it didn't take long for them to get the water out. The carpet didn't get wet at all. I know inside the wall did get wet because I saw water pouring in. I'm hoping it wasn't much and that it will just dry out.

Yesterday We made another quick trip to Utah. Tyler's friend Brijesh(He is from India) was having a dinner reception and since we didn't make it for his wedding we wanted to make it for the reception. We left around 2:30 in the afternoon for Leslie's house. She is such a kind Aunt to my children and I knew she would take good care of them while we were at the dinner. The dinner was at this restaurant called Tuscany. It was a really nice place and we had a great time. The couples that we sat by were really nice and we were also by Brijesh and his wife Reena. It was so fun to visit with them. I am happy that Brijesh found a good woman. The dinner was at 6:30 and I figured it would only take maybe 2 hours. We didn't end up leaving until almost 9:30. We made it to Leslie's house and picked up the kids. After we had left about 3 minutes had passed and Spencer announced that he felt really sick and might throw up. I hurried to pull over but I wasn't quick enough and he threw up all over the floor in the back. My mom lives a few miles from Leslie and I called her. We went over to her house so I could use her carpet shampooer to clean the upholstery. Finally at 10:45 I was ready to go and as we headed out Spencer puked again on the grass. I went back in and got some benedryl to give Spencer. We had to rearrange the seating in the car so that Spencer could be near a door in the event that he would need to puke again. No one wanted to sit near the puked on area and no one wanted to sit by Spencer. All of the kids were fighting about who had to sit where. It took a few time outs for the kids to be calm. When we aren't at home we make the kids stand outside the car and put their nose on the window for time out. It worked great and by 11 we were on the road again. I drove the whole way home. I knew that Tyler would have to get up early and do water. We arrived home around 2:30 AM. On Friday I had worked on a hand out that we were going to pass out in Relief Society. I had it mostly ready to go, but I made a mistake, I didn't save my file and one of the kids turned the computer off. I had a hard time trying to decide if I should redo it when I got home at 2:30 or in the morning before church. I decided to do it in the morning because my eyes were having a hard time focusing. The flier turned out fine.

Someone mentioned to me the other day that something exciting is always happening at our house...lol. By exciting I think they mean some kind of catastrophe so I guess they would be correct :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A few weeks in the life of us!

Last week I noticed that our cat was going to have kittens soon. She looked so big. Every day I would go out to the shop to check on her. I told Hailey that our cat was going to have kittens and she paused for a moment and said "I didn't know cats could get married." LOL...yes she know how babies are made but I told her it is best to wait until you are married. She is such a sweet innocent little girl. I love her so much. Our cat finally had her kittens yesterday. It was kind of exciting. Austin was the most fascinated. He stood out there and watched just after the last one was born.

Tyler noticed when the cat was having kittens because they went to get the service truck out of the shop and the cat was having her kittens on the seat...lol. He moved her to a box with some clean rags. She really is a good mama cat. She seems to like all of the attention and petting that she is getting. She also didn't seem to mind when I held her kittens. Another thing is that she is the best at catching mice. I hope all of those kittens will be too!

Yesterday we had a bridal shower for Jemma. I was busy cutting up fruit for the fruit platter and Austin came upstairs and mentioned to me that he cut his eyelashes because he was tired of them looking like a girls. Yes they are stubby and all one length now and it is picture day on Tuesday, but I guess it will make a good story someday for him to tell his kids.

We have been going to family counseling for a while now and I am starting to notice a difference. I have also been learning some. One thing that helps me a lot is reflecting back to the person what they just said (in my own words). I really think it was the right thing for us to go even though our issues aren't really major. I finally feel like I am not having a power struggle with Austin. This week we are supposed to notice the nice things that each one of us does for each other and report back. I am really trying hard to remember all of the nice things that each of my kids and Tyler do. I am so thankful for each one of them.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Beautiful Hailey

Yesterday was Hailey's birthday. My little girl is growing up. She told me she will always be my little girl though. I am so glad that she is a part of our family. I couldn't have asked for a nicer little girl :)

It was a busy day. I ended up buying a small cake for her because I am making brownies for her birthday party which we are having today.
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Spencer is a really nice brother. He went down to his room when he got home from school and got $10 and gave it to Hailey for her Birthday. He is always so thoughtful about giving gifts. This week has been a rough one for me and a few times I've cried because of Austin. Spencer is so sweet and helpful to me and he is so protective when Austin makes me feel bad. I am so thankful for him.

Yesterday evening it was the Scout's Blue and Gold banquet. I had to make rolls and cookies for the dinner. It was an interesting evening. They had this plastic post filled with candy and miscellaneous items and had everyone guess how many. Austin won. His guess was 555 and that was the answer. My guess was 563 and Spencer was 501. Austin seemed happy and embarrassed that he won.
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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Final February

This month just flew by and I need to take the time to update it. At the Beginning of the month Tyler and I went to Florida for a week with his dad and Jodi. We had a lot of fun and it was a good break from the kids, but I really missed them and felt like a week away was a little bit too long.

Here is a picture of me at Epcot. Since we bought a new digital camera to replace our other one Tyler has turned into someone who takes "artistic" photos and it was like pulling teeth to get him to take one of me or one of us together..lol.
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We went on an air boat ride one day. Here is a picture of one of the air boats. The guy that drove ours chain smoked for our entire 1 1/2 hour ride. Unfortunately I sat right behind him breathing it all in. I didn't think it would be possible to drive an air boat and smoke at the same time, but this guy figured it out.
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We had to wear those headphones because it was really loud. We actually got to see alligators in the wild. Our boat guide told us if it had been sunny we would have seen hundreds of them.
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We also took a tour of the church farm. It is the largest for profit farm the church owns. It was an interesting tour. Here is a picture of an alligator that used to be a nuisance on the farm.
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Here is a picture of me searching for shells on the beach. Last time we went to FL it was right after a hurricane and I found way more shells but I still had fun looking. And yes, it was cold I had my hoodie and my coat on while I was on the beach.
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After we got home I had to scramble to help the kids get their valentines boxes ready and plan Hailey's class party since I am the room mom.
Tyler helped Spencer with his box.
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I helped Austin with his.
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It was a lot of fun. I had the most fun with Hailey's class party. We even broke open a pinata.

Last week on Thursday Tyler and Brig had their tonsils out. We knew they needed it. Brig had strep throat 8 times in one year. The ENT Doctor was amazed at how much scar tissue Brig's tonsils had. Tyler has needed his out for awhile too. It is harder on adults to recover and we put it off for awhile but finally it needed to be done. The doctor said he had pockets of puss on his tonsils when they removed them. Right now he is suffering but I know in the long run he will feel much better.

Hailey's birthday is on Thursday and she has been begging for weeks for me to let her have a party. I decided that she could. IF you have any ideas for princess crafts we could do let me know.

While I was waiting for Tyler and Brig's surgery to be done I read an Ensign article. It talked about not just enduring through your trials in life but being happy and enjoying life along the way. I have a new goal to try and be happy through my trials.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sweet Spencer

There is a girl in the 6th grade that Spencer has had a crush on for awhile. He is in the 5th grade. A few weeks ago he found out what her favorite candy was and bought it and a giant chocolate kiss with his allowance. He is planning to sneak in her class room during recess and put it on her desk. He is the kind of boy I always dreamed about when I was a little girl. I always wished a secret admirer would leave me something. I hope if the little girl finds out she is nice to him.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tyler the Great

This past week we have been on a vacation to Florida, without kids :). We stayed in a Sheraton Resort. It was decorated really beautiful. Tyler's Dad and Jodi took the Master bedroom and we got the other room. It was a nice room with 2 full size beds. We decided to sleep separately because we like to stretch out. One of the first days we were there I looked into the bedroom we slept in while we were eating breakfast and smugly remarked that I had gotten my bed made and Tyler hadn't. He didn't seem annoyed, and said good job. Another morning I hadn't gotten my bed made and as I sat down to eat breakfast I looked into the bedroom and saw that my bed was made. Tyler had made my bed for me, and he didn't announce it or even say anything. He is such a sweet, and caring husband and I'm so glad to have him as mine!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Life and being thankful

This week has been a week of sickness. I started it off with one of the worst UTI's I've had. Tyler went late Monday night to the store for me to get some more pain relief even thought he didn't feel good. We didn't know it at the time but Tyler had strep throat. He was so sick he was in bed most of the week. Brig ended the week with strep throat. I have had a lot of time to ponder things this week as I laid around and awake. Whenever I'm sick it makes me so grateful for when I'm not. I am so thankful that I am healthy most of the time. It made me so grateful for my sweet kids. Spencer knew that I wasn't feeling good and I was getting up to clean and he insisted that I sit down and he cleaned for me. Spencer is such a great son. I feel so blessed to be his mother.

Austin has been quite a challenge this week. Whenever he doesn't get his way it turns into a tantrum. I love Austin so much and I wish I knew the right things to do to help him. I've been listening to a song a lot and it helps me as I deal with him. It is called Hang on and it is by Plumb. Here are the lyrics:

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go

i'm so stubborn, it's how i got here
so alone, feels like forever
wanna swim away
and breath the open air
I feel so afraid
then I hear you say

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go

I'm so hungry, how can I stay here
I'm starving for what I hold so dear
like a huricane
takes everything
from me, wake me from this dream

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go
hang on when you are barely breathing
hang on when your hearts still beating
hang on just don't ever let go

three days, thirty years
so hopeless doesn't matter
don't say it's too late
if you blink your eyes
the sun is rising
the sun is rising

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go
hang on when you are barely breathing
hang on when your hearts still beating
hang on just don't ever let go

This song reminds me to Hang on. I know in the next moment Austin will return to his sweet self. Today Austin was a great kid, he cleaned his room without me asking and he helped me. I just wish I knew how to deal with him on the difficult days, which are quite a few right now.

Hailey is her usual self. Most of the time she is a sweet fun little girl. Yesterday she went to a birthday party and I took her to pick out a present in the morning. She thought it was so fun. She picked out a pink fluffy valentines bear that said Be Mine. I knew she would pick something like that.

Ethan has also been quite a challenge lately. I think he's been hanging around Austin too much. Actually I think he just has the same problem as Austin. I don't know how to deal with his tantrums either.

Brig is a fun little guy. He keeps taking his diaper off. He doesn't like to be poopy or wet so the second he pees he takes his diaper off. He climbs out of his crib every morning when he gets up and if I don't close his door when I put him to bed. He also really likes to eat vitamin C's. I take vitamin C almost every day and when I get mine he says "min min" for vitamin.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Brig is 2!

On Friday the 8th of January Brig turned 2 years old. I can't believe that my baby is that big. I was worried that we wouldn't have a camera to take pics on his birthday but fortunately we were able to get another one. Here Brig is at the hospital...notice how chubby his little legs are. They are still chubby in a cute way :)Photobucket
Here he is blowing out the candles on his cake. I had to lite them twice because he kept blowing them out. His shirt is dirty because I let him lick the bowl that had cake batter in it.
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Here Brig is enjoying his cake and ice cream.
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I'm so thankful that Brig is a part of our family!

For one of our family night activities we made journals. They are to help our kids recognize Our Heavenly Father's hand in our lives. Also it is a gratitude journal so that they can think of things that they are thankful for. In Hailey's journal she came up with all sorts of things that she was thankful for and the very last thing that she wrote was "I'm thankful I'm still here." I too am thankful that she is still here. I love my little Hailey.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Seattle and Gratitude....a life lesson

On the 28th of December we left for Seattle. My BIL Trevor was getting married. We were all excited to go and planned to stay a few extra days to see some of the sights. On the 30th Trevor was married and Shawn (another BIL) took a really nice pic of the fam at the temple with our digital camera. I also captured a few really adorable shots of Brig. Our kids were so well behaved on the trip that wherever we went we were complimented on them. This definitely made me feel pretty good. On the 31st we went to the Space Needle and Pacific Science center. I am extremely afraid of heights and decided not to pay to be tortured so I stayed on the ground with Brig while Tyler and the rest of the kids went up to the top. I took a few pics of the Space needle before we went in and when we came out I was really glad I had because it had started raining and it would have been hard to get a pic in the rain. On the 1st (New Years Day) we decided to take our kids out to Ocean Shore to see the beach. The day was stormy, but I figured that it rains a lot in Washington. Our kids have never been to the ocean and I was really looking forward to showing them the ocean and looking for shells. It took us around 2 hours to drive out to the beach and by the time we made it out there it was lunch time so we went to eat at a really delicious sea food restaurant before we went to the beach. After we finished eating we excitedly headed to the beach. We didn't really have a place in mind we just knew we were driving towards the ocean. Finally we found a spot....Tyler, the kids and I headed for the Ocean. There was a giant log up on the beach that we sat on, it was about 300 yards from where the tide was currently. A couple came walking by and I asked if they would take our picture. They said sure and we all sat on the log and posed, however I didn't realize that my camera was full. I told them thank you for the attempt and the tide came up to the log we were sitting on. All of us climbed up on the log and lifted our feet and we didn't get wet. The couple kept walking down the beach. I talked to Hailey about where we would go to pick up some shells. Suddenly the tide came up to where the log was again, Tyler the kids and I hopped up onto the log to avoid getting wet. What we didn't realize was that there was another wave behind it and we were hit with a big wave of water. It threw us all off of the log and covered us in water and as I scrambled up off of my back I began frantically searching for my children. Spencer saw the wave coming and ran up the beach and was able to avoid it. However the rest of us were hit, I saw that Tyler was still holding Brig, Austin was just beginning to stand next to me, and I began to frantically scan the water around me for Hailey and Ethan. I screamed “where is Ethan?” I saw Tyler grab Hailey as the ocean tide began to retreat taking her with it. I saw Ethan face down in the water about ten feet from me, I ran over and grabbed him by the back of the coat and picked him up. After I picked him up I looked up in time to see the tide carrying my camera out to the ocean. Tyler and Spencer tried to chase after it but I told them not to worry about it. That camera was NOTHING to me compared to almost losing my children. We headed back to the car covered in sand and soaking wet from head to toe (except Spencer who only got his feet wet when he ran back to help us). I carried Ethan and as I walked back to the car I passed another car and saw a guy sitting in the passenger seat. When he saw me he shook his head, I imagine he was thinking I was crazy risking my kids lives out there on the beach, however I didn't realize this at the time, he should have said something to me. I made it back to the car and began stripping Ethan's clothes off to put him in his car seat. Hailey, and the rest of the kids followed me back to the car as well. Hailey was the most traumatized and I believe we could have easily lost her since the ocean was retreating with her. Hailey was so sad and I wanted to comfort her but I needed to take care of Ethan also. When I finished taking Ethan's clothes off and loading him into his car seat I went around to the other side of the car to take care of Hailey. As I came around the other side I saw Spencer with his arm around Hailey comforting her, I was really touched that he would be so kind to her. I let Hailey sit on my lap for the first part of the ride so that I could comfort her, she was so scared and sad. She even had sand coming out of her nose. As I sat in the car for our 2 hour ride back to the hotel, I cried tears of gratitude for my family. I was so thankful for my father in Heaven and that we were safe. I felt so thankful for every one of my children, I really know what a blessing that they are in my life.