Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I love the change of weather.  The sun is beautiful and the warm temperatures make if great to be outside.  I am surprised that the box elder bugs have not attacked our house with the warm temperatures.


We are almost finished with our basement. The last item is the kitchen that needs to be installed.   Jacinda and McCabe like to swing in the hammock and watch t.v.  Xadia likes to sing karaoke.  Her favorite songs are from frozen, or Roar by Katy Perry, and Brave by Sara Bareillies.  It is a riot to hear her sing and swing at the same time.  Bubba likes the ball pit and the miniature trampoline.  I like the soft carpet and Tim likes the screen.  There is something for everyone.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

     Life only gets busier with each day.  Bubba has been getting out of his crib for the past month or two.  We have reversed the lock on the door so now we can lock it from the outside.  We have only needed to use the lock about 3 times.  He is really good at going to sleep when put in his crib.  Bubba is still big into cars…..which is anything with a wheel.  He watches Mater’s Tall Tales everyday.  He is somewhat reluctant to watch anything else without a car.  When Xadia wants to watch my little pony, Teagan insists on cars instead.  He is a cute little man.  He is getting ready to turn 2 in a few weeks.  I love watching him grow.
     Xadia is in the princess stage of her life.  Anything princess or tinkerbell related automatically has an affinity to her.  She wants to be beautiful everyday.  In fact the other day she put on some make-up with my consent.  I have a very casual attitude when the kids use my make-up under my supervision.  As I ran my errands that day, I had about 3 people ask how she got her black eye.  I had to tell them that she did her own make-up.  After the explanation, they all agreed that she looked beautiful.  I love how the young can get away with so much.  But no matter what age she is, she will always be my princess.
     McCabe is a sweet sensitive boy.  I am always amazed at how caring he is.  He is always willing to share so that others feel good.  The other day Jacinda wanted to get a toblerone candy for her class auction.  However, she did not have the money so McCabe told Tim that she could have his money so that she could buy the candy.  His generosity caught us off guard and made us so pleased that as a result, Tim bought each child a toblerone candy.   I am so thankful that McCabe is sensitive to others and has the insight to help when he is able.
     Jacinda is my hard working helper.  At the moment she is focusing her efforts on getting her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  She has been working for almost 2.5 years on this accomplishment.  She is also a big help at home.  When I am busy cleaning up a mess, she will tend Teagan or help with other tasks.  For example, McCabe needed help folding his clothes.  I had to get the kitchen cleaned so Jacinda basically folded all of McCabe’s clothes so I could finish cleaning the kitchen before company came.  I am so grateful Jacinda is here to help me.
     I love all my children.  They are at great stages in their lives.  They bring Tim and me much happiness.  Keep up the good work kiddos.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014


      We have been very busy this past week.  We are finishing the basement and there is dust everywhere.  It is coming along nicely.  We are getting really excited.  Tim did a great job putting shake cedar shingles on the playhouse roof and putting up the porch light.  The kids love playing in the house and looking out the windows.  It is going to be so cute, but there is still a lot to do.
      Today is McCabe’s 7th birthday.  We had a party for him yesterday.  We had a donut eating contest and played the balloon popping game.  McCabe likes to play this game.  Where you tie a balloon to your ankle and run around stomping on other people’s balloons.  The last two with an unpopped balloon wins.  The big hit of the party was jib jab with the kids’ faces.  They loved the sledding and the mariachi skits.  We also did a spoon water race which the kids lost interest in it really fast.  I am finding it harder and harder to entertain kids during a party the older they get.   However, at the end of the day, McCabe had a great party.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

          A new year has begun and we have a few resolutions.  We want to finish our basement and sell our Longview house.  We feel incredibly blessed to be healthy and together as a family.  I just got back from church and feel renewed.  I got to give the lesson in Relief Society on our Heavenly Father.  I have learned that his abilities are so beyond my comprehension and yet he is so loving and remains to be a glorified person who supports my well-being.  It makes me so happy to know that I do matter to him.  Being a parent does give me some insight to some God like characteristics…..I am able to create children and love them just like hour Heavenly Father and mother.  My emotions are tried at all extremes.  I rejoice with my children and I cry for my children.  It is simply quite amazing.  I am grateful for this mortal test.
        I have four children who are all so different.  My son McCabe loves to have one on one time at the end of the day.  I will lie next to him in his bed and he unloads his troubles on me.  Just the other night he told me that he was scared for his spelling test because he did not feel prepared.  I reassured him that we practiced all week and he was ready.  He also mentioned that I always yell at him or boss him around and it makes him feel like I don’t love him.  Being a concerned parent I asked him when I yelled and he said, “when you ask me to put on my pajamas.”  Sure enough I did raise my voice the third time I asked him to put on his jammies.  We had to discuss the importance of doing things the first time of being asked.  I think he understood why I raised my voice.  Now the part of I love is when he says I boss him around because I am always asking him to do chores and then he proceeds to tell me, “mom, you don’t do anything.”  My reaction was pure laughter.  It was obvious that he did not understand or appreciate all that I do for the family and the household and that was ok because he is only 6.  I hope he learns soon enough everything that I do.  Until then, we will keep having our little talks.
         Jacinda is a craft making machine.  She is currently into making snowman out of socks filled with rice.  I am currently going around and vacuuming all the rice that spills after the snowman is made.  Jacinda does a good job of trying to clean up the mess but it is ultimately left up to me.  I do love all her creativity and her willingness to teach us and others how to make them.
         Xadia loves to make tents/forts and Teagan loves to wreck them.  I cannot keep up with them.  I will carefully stand couch cushions on the floor only to have Teagan knock them over.  Xadia says, “that’s ok Bubba,” as he knocks over her fort.  She is very good with Teagan and realizing the he is just a little guy.  In fact, she will ask for an extra treat from pre-school so she can share with Teagan.  This makes me so happy that the kids think of each other.  I could not ask for better children.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

     Christmas is approaching thank goodness.  I am all worn out from the hype.  This post is going to contain some random things in my life.  It is not the usual posting.....I am just warning you.  I read in the news the other day that a group singing, "Silent Night" would not sing Christ in the song.  I think that is one of the silliest and shameful doings during this past week.  "Silent Night" is all about the description of Christ's birth.  I think society gets a little absurd at times.
     I noticed that today is the 22nd of Dec.  that means, Tracy Stockton, Joseph Smith, and Cacia Green Rogers have a birthday this week.  I hope they all have a great one.  I will think of them on their special day.
     We had a Christmas party with some of Tim's cousins.  Ashton, a son of Rosco and Michelle who is about 14 loves the piano guys.  I told him that we live near Jon Schmidt and we could go visit him.  I had to take Michelle Schmidt a plate of goodies....after all I am her visiting teacher.  So I made a phone call and Michelle said we could come for a quick visit.  When we got to their house she was having a family party.  Oh my, did I feel stupid...but it was fun to see her brother David and her sister Leeta again.  I dropped off the plate and we had Jon sign a CD.  He was very nice to the company I brought.  Ashton was in heaven.  Craig and Lynette were so excited because Jackie was going to love the CD especially with Jon's autograph.  Before we left, we got to hear a song by Spencer and Annie Schmidt (Jon's children).  I love that the Schmidts are so down to earth. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

      I love thanksgiving.  It is a wonderful time to reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon all mankind.  I am very humbled with how blessed I am.  I have a wonderful family, a warm house, a full tummy, good health, and the gospel.  Life is very good.
      We have been very busy.  Friday was Tae Kwon Do testing.  Jacinda is now a deputy 3.  She is working for her next belt which will be her black belt.  McCabe is a red belt and will be working towards his high red.  He is very motivated to get his black belt.  He wants to go 3 times a week instead of 2.  I told him he needs to come home and practice what he learns so when he goes the next time he can earn his stripes.  Tim was very smart to have us watch a little documentary on Tyler Haws.  It showed how this young man worked hard so that he could play basketball but also had an eye towards Christ.  Hopefully it struck a chord with McCabe and he will keep working hard and be patient.  Master Kim commented that McCabe has a respectful spirit and it shines through.
      Jacinda loves activity days.  She made these cute turkeys for an activity.  We are going to teach the cousins how to make them on Thanksgiving Day.  I know they will be a big hit.  I apologize in advance to my sister Mimi with her diabetic children.  Hopefully these won’t throw the blood sugars too much out of balance.
 
       Xadia is a glam girl.  She got herself ready for church today.  The earrings and bracelets were her idea.  If there was make-up available she would be wearing it.  She has been spending a lot of time in the car lately with all the running around I do.  As a result, she has picked up on some of the songs playing on the radio.  She loves to sing “Brave” by Sara Barielles, “Love Song” by Selena Gomez and “Home” by Phillip Phillips.  We actually recorded her singing and put it on youtube for all to watch.  It is great entertainment.
 

      Teagan is all into cars.  Anything with wheels is considered a car to him….trains, airplanes, lawn mowers, etc…. I love how he makes the “brm brm” noise each time he sees something that reminds him of a car.  He is a cutie.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

          Well this is lame….my phone is not working properly.  Usually I can send pictures from my phone to my blog but for some reason, it is not working.  Hopefully it will be fixed for next time.  In the meantime I will just have to write without pictures.
           I had a great week.  I went to my annual oncology appointment and for the first time in six years I finally feel normal.  I don’t need to do anything special because I had cancer.  My doctor told me that in a few more years I need to get mammograms because I am approaching the appropriate age when “healthy” women should get them not because I had cancer.  She did inform me to get the limited amount of radiation because I have already been exposed to a small amount of mantle radiation.  We also talked about other things but overall my blood work looked awesome and my TSH levels are normal.  I am a healthy cancer free woman and it feels so good.
          The kids are so cute.  Teagan is doing well in nursery.  He knows the clean-up song and sings it at home when we pick up toys or crayons.  He also does the happy dance which is lifting his feet up and down in a little march at a quick pace.  He also does this cute smiling game where he will lift his chin to the ceiling close his eyes and show the biggest toothy smile possible.  He then waits for you to do the same.  Back and forth the game goes until someone gives up.
          Xadia loves pre-school.  It is always so fun to pick her up.  She stands on her dot outside the building hiding her smile as soon as she sees me.  I get all excited and wave to her and she tries her very hardest not to show her excitement.  It is really funny.  Xadia wants her lunch packed when I pack the other children’s’ lunches.   She also likes to watch t.v. on her kindle.
          McCabe is big into building boats out of anything he can find….empty milk cartons, Styrofoam, cardboard, etc…  He then gets his gecko, Sally and puts her on the boats.  We have told him not to do that to his gecko and so now he only puts Sally on the boats that are on the table not on the water.  I feel for that poor lizard.  McCabe is doing really well with his reading.  He likes to read books about dinosaurs.  So far that is the only type of book he checks out of the library.
         Jacinda loves basketball and piano.  She is getting really close to earning her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  She has one more belt before getting her black belt.  She gets really nervous and keeps telling me that she does not want to get her black belt because she cannot remember all her forms.  Fat chance of quitting Tae Kwon Do…. I want her to finish what she has started.  She is underestimating her abilities. I have seen her do her forms and she is good.  I recently received Jacinda’s report card and she is doing very well.  I am pleased to see that her hard work is paying off.