I love the 4th of July. It is my favorite holiday. I love America and the freedoms I enjoy. Patriotism is so important to me so of course I had to celebrate. We had a great time celebrating our country's birthday. We went to a friend's house on the 3rd and watched Centerville city's fireworks. There were lots of kids playing on the sports court, a balloon artist, and lots of ice cream and popcorn. This was Teagan's first time to really watch fireworks. It was a blast watching Teagan respond to the explosions. He was cheering and screaming and laughing having so much fun.
On the 4th of the July we went to Mimi's house for a BBQ and a little slip and slide fun. The whole family took a turn on the slide. It was so much fun to be a kid again. I got a good workout running and sliding on the the plastic. In fact, I am feeling a little sore from all the fun. Later that evening we lit fireworks. We bought some cute little fireworks at Costco that did not go more than 5 feet into the air. Mimi's neighbors went to Wyoming and bought some show worthy fireworks that shoot 30 to 50 feet into the air and explode with noise and color. At times, they were scary. Some of the kids ran from the sidewalk to the house and watched from the porch. I liked the small fireworks much better. The bigger ones kept me on the edge.
McCabe and Jacinda got to light some of the fireworks and they really liked it. In fact, McCabe is telling me that he needs to go buy some matches so he can play with them. Just what I want....an eight-year-old boy playing with matches. I am not a big fan of that idea. I will try to channel his energy elsewhere, matches are not an option.
I got some video footage of Teagan watching the fireworks. Take a moment and watch his enthusiasm. It brings a smile to the face.
Happy Father's day to all those wonderful dads. We celebrated with a bacon pancake breakfast and then opened presents. We put together a card for Tim each taking a turn of telling him why we love him. This is what the children said....."you are funny," from McCabe. "You are nice," from Jacinda. "You work," from Xadia. "You like hot cocoa and quesadillas," from Teagan. Of course that last one is what Teagan likes not Tim. Tim also got a can of peanuts and a home-made M&M necklace. The boys got bubbles and a home-made candy bar necklace. Teagan ate his before church. He was really quick at swallowing the chocolate.
June 19th, was our 16 year wedding anniversary. What does that bring? Let me tell you. It brings 4 kids, gray hair, stress wrinkles, and a whole lot of memories. I feel very fortunate to be married to Tim. Marriage is a great union with the right person. I love him more today than when we first met. He is an amazing individual. I cannot believe how caring he is to me and those around him. It is very rare that he puts himself first. Wow! I really lucked out. How did I get so lucky? Divine intervention. I credit God with this one.
So what did we do to celebrate 16 years of marriage? We took the family to "Inside Out," a movie by Disney. It was very cute. I loved the part where dream boy says, "I would die for Riley," as he waves a dramatic hand in front of his face and then makes a fist. Disney did a good job on that movie. It was very entertaining and very relatable. After the movie, we went to the mall and looked around. We had to walk off all the popcorn we ate. Once the kids got hungry we ate at a Chinese buffet in Murray. The food was decent. The kids were in heaven. They could eat all the food/junk they wanted. McCabe loved the imitation crab. Jacinda went for seconds on the ice cream and Xadia could not stop raving about the pumpkin pie. I enjoyed a salad with some ham fried rice. It was a tasty combination. Teagan could not sit still. He kept running around the table. Thanks goodness he is only 3 and can get away with that type of behavior. Tim did not comment on what he liked. He just kept stacking plates full of food. On the way home, he was getting ready to go into a food coma. He kept saying, "I am so full." When he goes into a food coma he just needs to go to sleep because he is too full to do anything else. So that is how we celebrated our anniversary. It was a good day.
Soccer season has started and McCabe is loving it. He is #14 on the Knight's team. He is learning to play many different positions. Previously in the past, he would play goalie. I am glad to see that he is running the field. McCabe also likes to play minecraft. The first thing that he asks me each day is if he can play minecraft. My response is always the same. "Do your reading, piano, and homework and you can play minecraft." He does not get excited about my response but that is life and he is learning.
Jacinda just had nerd day at school. She wore some frames without lenses. Debbie Coburn said that Jacinda looked like Linda Carter wearing those frames. Jacinda saw a picture of Linda Carter, who once played wonder woman. Now Jacinda wants to wear the frames all the time. She wanted to wear them to church today. That was a big, "no." She is not letting go of these frames any time soon. I wonder how long this phase is going to last.
Xadia is loving preschool. She also likes to play minecraft. She is learning to read. Xadia is my sweet little girl. She loves to be held, and sits on my lap at night when it is scripture power time. When we go on family walks, she is the one that wants to hold my hand (besides Tim). I am glad she is very loving.
Teagan is a big boy now. He is potty trained and loves to be like McCabe. He says that, McCabe is his best friend. Teagan loves playing in the sand and watching Paw Patrol and Team Umizoomi. Teagan has also learned how to buckle himself in his car seat. He is only 3 but is learning so much. I just love how all my kids are growing. They are so special to me.
Let me catch up with all that has happened. We recently passed the 11 year anniversary of my mom's passing. She is missed and I feel so bad that none of my children got to meet her on earth. I have such good memories of time spent with my grandma. I wish my kids could have the same memories. Oh well.....such is life.
March 7th, was Teagan's birthday and the 9th was Tim's birthday. We celebrated by going to Texas Roadhouse with Nana Hefner and Dan. I love having Deb and Dan in our lives. Even though my mom is gone, Deb does a great job of loving my kids like a grandmother and that means so much to me and my children. Dan is also very giving to my children. I thank God daily for good people like them.
The weather has been so beautiful and we are taking advantage of that. Tim and McCabe made a white trash fire ring. They took apart a washing machine and used the drum as a fire ring. I love seeing dad and son working together. The girls and I did yard work. Now my irises and lilies can grow without dead leaves barreling down on them. We also put out some hanging baskets with hydrangeas and ferns. I just love spring and seeing all the blooming flowers. It is so beautiful. I live in such an amazing place. God did a good job with this earth.
The kids are growing so fast. I am very pleased with how they are learning. Jacinda is getting better with her spelling and becoming more independent with her homework. She loves to draw and likes to follow Katie's (her cousin) example of being artistic. If Katie gets markers, Jacinda wants markers. If Katie gets clay, Jacinda wants clay. This a time of discovery and a time to hear, "no," a little more than she wants. Sorry girl, I can't get you everything.
McCabe is all about asking about nutrients in food. "Mom, what does vitamin C do?" He constantly asks what foods do to our bodies. It is a good thing I studied dietetics. He is also working on his 6-pack because some of the 2nd grade boys have formed a 6-pack club. Just the other day he showed me his little 6-pack. I don't what is in store but if he is only 8 and starting this, I think I am going to be in trouble when he is a teen.
Xadia and Teagan are both in swim lessons. They love swimming. during their class there is a water aerobics class that is happening in the next pool a few feet over. Teagan just stares at the instructor because she is dancing on the edge of the pool. It is so funny. I think he is trying to process what is happening.
Xadia is getting ready for kindergarten. We just go her signed up. I can't believe how big she is getting. I love seeing my babies grow.
such a crazy wonderful weekend. McCabe
got baptized. His baptism was
incredible. Jacinda gave a great talk on
the holy ghost….see below.
proud of you, McCabe for making the decision to get baptized. I am going to give a talk on the Holy
Ghost. Now that you are baptized, you
will be confirmed. Dad will place his
hands on your head and through the power of the Melchezediek priesthood you
will receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy
Ghost will be a guide and a teacher. As the scriptures say, the Holy Ghost will
bring all things to your remembrance and help you make decisions. We saw an example of this the day Xadia
drowned. Good thing Dad had the
promptings of the Holy Ghost to check on her and immediately pulled her
unconscious body from the pool. The Holy
Ghost guided dad to do CPR differently on her because she was only 2 ½ years
old and dad had only learned how to do CPR on an adult. Because of the Holy Ghost, dad was guided to
check on Xadia and was able to modify the CPR he had learned. Because of the Holy Ghost, Xadia is alive
Holy Ghost is also a comforter. When mom
was diagnosed with cancer, she was very scared and frightened because her mom
and our grandma had died from cancer and mom thought she might not get to raise
me and you. You were only 10 months
old. Mom did a lot of praying and had a
lot of priesthood blessings. The Holy
Ghost gave her comfort and peace. She
knew that everything would turn out ok and it did. The Holy Ghost gave her the comfort and
strength she needed to continue here on earth.
Holy Ghost is also a witness. He
testifies of truths. When I was younger
I remember sitting in fast and testimony meeting and seeing people cry when
they talked into the microphone. I asked
mom why they were crying and she said because the Holy Ghost is testifying to
them that what they are saying is true.
The Holy Ghost will help us know right from wrong, truth from lies.
so thankful that Heavenly Father gives us the gift of the Holy Ghost. He is truly a loving Father. I am grateful that I got baptized and
received the Holy Ghost. I try hard each
day to listen to its promptings and I hope you do the same McCabe. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.”
There were so many people at the baptism. The room was full and some people could not
make it because of the weather. Grandma
and Grandpa Butterfield got to Parowan and had to turn around because the snow
was so bad. Papa Nalder could not make it
because he is still recovering from the flu.
We did get to have Chris and Tricia and family. That was a blast. We had so much fun playing at the house, in
the snow, and swimming. We also got to
attend the ward chili cook off and talent show.
I had the opportunity to sing with Stormy Goddard, “California Dreamin,”
by the Mamas and the Papas. It was so
much fun, we even dressed the part.
weekend is over and we are starting to get ready for the upcoming week. My kids are so sad that their cousins are
gone. McCabe cried a little after they
left. He asked when we will see them
again. He still wants to play.
I also wanted to add the Baptismal talk given for
McCabe in this posting. It was given by
me, his mom. See below.
day you were born your dad and I felt an indescribable joy. As the nurse put you in my arms, the first
words I ever said to you were, “I am your mama.” I was so elated that my McCabe was there in
my arms. It was an extremely happy day.
would it have been like to watch Jesus being baptized? The New Testament tells
us about what happened that holy day.
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan
unto John, to be baptized of him.
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up
straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove,
and lighting upon him:
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew
On the special day when you are baptized
and confirmed, you are following Jesus Christ. You become like a new person and those feelings of
indescribable joy felt at your birth return.
you are making an important decision as you get baptized. You are choosing to promise and to always
remember and follow Jesus Christ, you are become a member of His Church, you
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and you become completely clean.
McCabe, I love you very much. I am your mama, but you are on loan to me
from your Heavenly Father. Our goal is
to return to our Heavenly Father so we can live forever with Him as an eternal
family. I am happy with your decision to
Our Heavenly Father is very happy with
you. Baptism opens the gate to the path that leads us back to
We are getting ready for
McCabe’s baptism. He turned 8 on Feb. 2nd. I am so happy he is part of our family and
that he is a kind and sweet boy. He is
trying hard to make the right decisions.
At the moment he goes to cub scouts and loves passing off the
requirements. He is also very big into