Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

       Jacinda is so big.  Today she got up and shared her testimony in sacrament meeting.  She helped watched the kids while I took a nap.  Did a fish bone braid for the first time in Xaida's hair and made chocolate chip cookies.  She is also becoming a great little helper for mom.  We went swimming yesterday and she took Xadia and Teagan down the yellow slide at the rec. center.  They had such a good time with her that they did not want to go down with me.  I had to take Teagan down the slide kicking and screaming. It was really embarassing.
      Yesterday we got some school supplies.  The kids got their pencil boxes, hand sanitizer, crayons, folders, glue, and everything else needed for school.  Next thing is clothes shopping.  I had the kids go through their drawers and pull out all the clothes they don't wear anymore.  Xaida became a big winner in the clothing department.  She got a lot of hand me downs and is super excited about wearing them.    
      Jacinda just finished her first week of allergy shots.  I can't believe how much her arm swells after receiving them.  But I am so thankful we are getting them done.  I can't wait to see how her allergies are come Spring 2015.  Hopefully it will have alleviated some of the pain and discomfort.
      I just uploaded another home video.  Here is the link.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueKQfUlW038

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

                We had a great time in Yellowstone.  Vacationing with cousins was great for the kids.  There was never a dull moment.  We saw lots of wildlife (Elk, Bison, pronghorn deer, etc…).  We also saw some very neat natural wonders.  I loved seeing all the geysers and the beautiful colors that surrounded them due to the bacteria.  There were enormous falls (the upper and lower falls).  I think it is the upper falls that is taller than Niagara Falls.
                We rented a camper and stayed at a R.V. park.  On the way to our camping spot, we missed the turn and ended up taking the long way.  At first we were kinda bummed but then we decided to make it a day of touring.  We saw so many things that we would had missed if we did not take the longer route.  Sometimes there are good things that result from mistakes.
                On the way home our car broke down in Geneva Idaho…..about 3 hours from home and 1.5 hours from a repair shop.   Tim stayed behind and waited 8 hours for a tow truck.  We did not get home until about midnight.  The babies, Teagan and Elise, were crying the last 30 minutes of the drive.  It was so annoying and heartbreaking at the same time.  I could not hold either one.  I could only comfort them with my words and holding their hands.
                I put all of the pictures from Yellowstone on Youtube.  Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=einhSlIB85g




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Monday, June 30, 20214

 Super fun day.  Last Saturday we went to Mantua Lake.  We spent time playing in the water and fishing.  McCabe caught a fish and was so happy.  In fact he has told me that he wants to be a fisherman when he grows up.  After the lake, we went to USU and got some ice cream.  I love the ice cream from USU....which is huge because I am not a big fan of cold sweet foods.  There is just something about the ice cream.  It is so yummy.
 McCabe holding the fish he caught.

McCabe and Jacinda at Mantua Lake.

Jacinda earned her black belt.  I am so proud of her.  She has worked really hard.  Here she is in a picture with Mr. Williams, Master Kim Sr., and Mr. Kim Jr.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

    Summer is here and we are so busy doing things like reading and math.  We want to keep those skills fresh and up-to-date.  Swimming lessons each day so that we can be safe in the water.  I don't want any more drownings.  Jacinda and McCabe are doing TaeKwonDo.  Jacinda just earned her black belt on Saturday.  She did a great job.  She had to test for 6 hours and complete a written exam.  We are also busy playing and having fun as a family.  The above picture show a Monday evening at the park where we went to play games.  It was a lot of fun especially when the sprinklers started going.  The kids were running through the water having a great time.
      Jacinda went to Pioneer Village for her last school field trip.  She and Emmett wanted to get a picture of being in jail.  They are showing their "down in the dumps" pose.  I thought it was very cute.  They did that all on their own....there was absolutely no mentioning it from me.
     Hooray for Xadia.  This is her graduation picture from her 1st year of preschool.  She went to Memory Lane and had a great time.  Staci Metcalfe is an amazing teacher and teacher of children.  It is amazing how much confidence and thirst for learning Xadia has after one year of preschool.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Had a great Sunday.  We went on a walk and caught lots of butterflies and then laid out watching the stars come out.  We had fun looking for satellites in the sky.  The kids were pointing to all the stars saying that they were satellites.  We are getting ready for school to end.  That means a busy summer with weekly activities and swimming lessons.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I just love Mother’s Day.  This past one was not too different from my normal everyday experience, except I did lots of gifts from the family.  Tim got the kids ready for church and gave them breakfast while I got ready….alone.  That was great because Xadia and Teagan usually get in my make-up as I am trying to put it on.  I usually waste my time trying to get the cosmetics away from the kids and then wiping it off their faces.  When I walked downstairs to eat breakfast, Xadia was crying.  McCabe had tear-stained cheeks, and Jacinda’s face was all red indicating that her feelings had been hurt.  “What happened?” I asked.  “You don’t want to know,” was his response.
On the way to church I was all smiles but not Tim.  Tim looked at me and said, “You don’t even know.  I was with the kids for 20 minutes while you got ready.”  I just laughed and said, “dear, that is my normal routine everyday.  I deal with crying kids as you are off working.”  “O.k. maybe you do understand,” was his response.  Of course I do and I am glad he gets a taste of it.  It was a great start to Mother’s day.  He was beginning to understand what it is like to be a mom.

Later that day he made this comment, “to decrease the number of repeated offenders, they should make them serve time as an elementary teacher as their community service.  That would keep me on the straight path.”  It is really nice to have a husband that understands how hard a wife/mother works.  He is a good man.  He got all the girls in the family a lily and a box of chocolates.  He had McCabe give the ladies the gifts.  After I received my gifts McCabe said, “Mom, for dad’s day can you get me a box of chocolates?”  He was gearing up for his turn to receive gifts.  I loved it and of course the girls will get their brothers something for father’s day because they will be a father some day.  I have such a great family.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

      So many things have happened during the past few weeks.  Tim tore his meniscus tendon and had to get surgery.  He is recovering nicely.  He is so excited to get exercising again.  

     Jacinda, McCabe, and Xadia are gearing up for summer by doing arts and crafts and posting them on YouTube.  The first video had so much background noise, I had to narrate over the video.  These videos are intended to help create, innovate, and motivate kids.  The website is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeYO9klDEUwOJ5SI4wfn9_w/feed?view_as=public  I hope we get a lot of viewers.  If not, at least the kids will have a good time making things and we will have a video journal of the kids.
      Teagan is getting to be at that stage where all he says is, "no" or "treat."  It is very hard to reason with a 2-year-old.  Hopefully he will grow out of this stage quickly.
      As for me, I just celebrated my 6-year anniversary of no chemo.  April 30, 2008 was my last chemo treatment.  Looking back I cannot believe I had cancer.  I do not have any side effects (thank goodness) from my treatments.  Hopefully I will never had any side effects.  My biggest fear is getting a secondary cancer from the radiation treatment.  However, that will not manifest until 15-20 years down the road.  Until then I am trying to take really good of my health.