Monday, January 24, 2011

How much longer???

This is a picture of Preston's mattress that has been in our front room for a week now. We brought it in when 3 out of 5 kids were sick. By Saturday I thought we could put it back in his room but then our Sofie spiked another fever along with the throw ups. So On Sunday her and I spent the day on the bed after sending the rest of the family to church.  Later that evening Preston spiked a fever and so today is Monday and we have gone over a week with sick kids. 
I guess they are tired of the bed in the front room because today 
guess where I found them???
In mom and dads bed:)
I really don't like sick kids. I enjoy cuddling them and pampering them but I hate seeing them miserable.
I plan to take Sofie back in today. I just don't know how much longer we have to be sick. Just when I think they are better and then they spike these fevers. 
Pour babies! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I just LOVE this kid!  He makes me SMILE everyday.  He is so affectionate with his momma.  He gives me the best hugs. I hope he never out grows it!  I just love this photo because it reminds me of my baby brother Tad Bear when he was little.  We have a picture of him in a wig by our fireplace in Las Vegas.  It cracks me up to this day.  I love pictures as it brings back so many memories.  Without them I would forget so many fun moments. Preston is at a fun age. He makes noises with his cars, he LOVES basketball practice and games and asks us everyday what day it is so he doesn't miss any of it, he would be outside everyday on his razor scooter if it wasn't so cold. I am so happy I got my BOY:) We love our BUBBA! 


Elder Calkins is a new missionary to our area. We had him and Elder Grigg over for dinner. Tradition continues and the kids get so excited when a new missionary comes so that we can take them to Heaven on an ironing board.  This time it was a little scary as Elder Calkins began to fall backwards. As you can tell in the second photo even Brother Wilson was a little nervous... Of course all our kids have to take a turn. This time we flew Sofie high in the air and she had the funniest look on her face when it was all over:) Wish we would have got a photo of it.  Good Times!

Monday, January 17, 2011

One BIG girl:) and one SAD mamma:(

So it has been two weeks since we had a BYE BYE party for Sofie's Diapers and her Bottles.  With the New year I knew I had to do this and so the night before the kids went back to school we celebrated by letting Sofie cut all the nipples from her bottle and then giving her a present with big girl cups and panties.  She was so good about cutting them until reality set in:)  She did so good for the most part and to be honest it was easier on her than me.  You see I really enjoyed her being my baby and I am not ready to face this new chapter in my life.  Truthfully I have cried all morning because of this adjustment in my life.  11 yrs ago I began the first chapter of motherhood. I still remember holding her. I remember the feelings of trust and of a deeper love than I had ever felt before. I remember those feelings with each child. It is what I love and so enjoy!  I know motherhood will continue. Each faze brings so much JOY. (I love that word because it is my moms name and she truly is my Best Friend).  I love being a woman. I am so thankful for my role as a wife and mother.  It is the hardest thing I have ever done. There are many days where I feel I haven't done so good.  I need more patience, I want to be a better listener, I want to play with them, I want to hold them, etc...  I know in my heart that this is all part of parenting.  There are days where I don't like their actions. What they do or say- but I will always love them.  I really think this is how my Father in Heaven feels about me. He doesn't always like what I do or say but he will always love me.  How thankful I am for My Father in Heavens perfect example.  I know that I need Him as I go through these fazes of motherhood.  So now I am on to a new chapter.  Pre- Teens here we come!!!  Am I ready for this? Any advice? I will take it:) I like the saying, when one door closes another one opens.  This is where I am.  I feel a little scared, a little sad, a little excited and a lot confused as I begin this chapter and this door opens.  I truly hope that in the end I will embrace each faze with the JOYS that will come. For I know that there is so much 
Joy in the Journey! 
Especially when they are asleep:)

Saturday, January 8, 2011


So My friend Alisa came over today to help me set up blogs for my two oldest girls. Might I add that she is the first friend that I had when I first moved here to Oklahoma.  She would call me and invite me to go to the park and to come over and hang out.  I felt so comfortable with her the minute I met her. She is a very dear friend and today I learned that she is a TRUE FRIEND.  Why is that? Because my sweet little Sofie girl and her little Hyrum Boy got into my craft room and were having a great time playing in ribbon, butttons, and SCISSORS...  Need I say more?  Yes Sofie admitted very happily that she had cut his hair.

Friday, January 7, 2011

I am in LoVe...

As many know I LOVE Valentines Day.  Maybe it is because Love is in the air, or maybe because it gives me a chance to focus on the ones I love, or maybe it is because I love the traditions that we have that started before our children. I don't know why but I have always looked forward to Valentines Day even as a child.  My mom always did just a little something to express her love for us kids.  I have come to realize more about our love language.  Mine is words of affirmation.  I like to be talked to and to be told the "Why I love you's".  I already have my home decorated and am thinking up some creative ways to say I love you to my sweetheart and our little cupids.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I am in love with this man of mine and feel so BLESSED to be his wife.  I am the luckiest.  One of our daughters got up in church during what is called a Fast and Testimony meeting and expressed her love for her daddy and how she hoped that when she got married she could find someone like him.  It was a very tender thing and I know she melted her daddies heart.  It sure did mine.  I look back at those good old High school days when I would wonder who I would marry and would I be able to  have children.  I never knew it would be this good.  All my dreams have come true...  I am so thankful for you Shan and for putting up with me all these years.  I will always Love YOU!