Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

      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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

We had such a crazy wonderful weekend.  McCabe got baptized.  His baptism was incredible.  Jacinda gave a great talk on the holy ghost….see below.
“I am 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 today.
The 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.
The 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.
I am 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.




                 Now the 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.
The 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.
What 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 3:13, 16–17).
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.
 McCabe, 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 get baptized. 

Our Heavenly Father is very happy with you. Baptism opens the gate to the path that leads us back to Heavenly Father.”


Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

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 mine craft. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

This past week was filled with many activities.  It started out with kids getting out early from school because of parent teacher conferences.  I got to meet with Mrs. Rafferty and Mrs. Mitchell to discuss the children’s efforts in school.  I am very pleased with McCabe’s and Jacinda’s performances in school.  They are working hard and helping the teacher when they see an opportunity.  Xadia likes her preschool class especially the letter of the week.  Wednesday was the letter “M” and Xadia chose to take a bag of pennies and tell the class that it is money and that starts with “M.”
                Saturday was McCabe’s birthday party.  We had a great time.  We played the bean and straw game.  Then we wrapped each other like a mummy.  We took a moment to decorate some mugs…..which turned out so cute.  McCabe was not excited at first because of the pictures that came with them.  They had dinosaurs, robots, and ABC’s.  I told him that they could flip the paper over and do their own pictures.  That is exactly what they did.  We had stickers, markers, and crayons so they could decorate the mugs how they wanted.  It was really fun and the kids were super creative.  After the mug craft, we played the balloon popping game where you tie a balloon to your ankle and then you run around trying to pop the opponent’s balloon.  The kids loved this game and it got really serious when Tim joined.  I don’t know who had more fun, Tim or the kids.  After the game it was on to presents and then cake and ice cream.  By that time, the party was over and parents started coming for their children.  It was a successful party.  The rest of the day was filled with Mine Craft and some swimming at the rec. center.  We had dinner as soon as we got home.  I had a casserole in the oven which was ready as soon as we got home.  We had a delicious dinner of chicken enchilada casserole, corn, salad, and chips.  McCabe plowed through the chips and salsa.  He really likes that stuff.

                I just want to mention some favorites of my kids at this time in their lives.  Teagan loves to watch a t.v. show called “Paw Patrol.”  This show portrays dogs as rescue people like a fire fighter, a policeman, a pilot, etc…  He also likes to watch Spongebob Squarepants.  Xadia likes to watch Mine Craft videos on Youtube.  These are clips of people playing Mine Craft.  McCabe likes to play Mine Craft.  He works really quickly through his list of chores and duties so he can play the game.  Jacinda likes to cook and play Mine Craft.  She likes to make chocolate no bake cookies.  It is hit and miss with her cooking.   Sometimes she reads the recipe and puts in the correct amount of ingredients.  Other times she just guesses.  Either way, I have a mess to clean.  Just the other day, I had to vacuum the oats from the stove.  In the end, it is a good learning experience for her.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First let me say, "Happy 77th birthday Myron Nalder."
Yesterday was so much fun.  We took the front runner to temple square.  We walked around temple square and visited with the sister missionaries.  My favorite part was meeting with the missionaries from the Philippines and telling them that Tim speaks Tagalog.  Then they would have a little chat in Tagalog.  After our visit we went to the Joseph Smith building and watched, “Meet the Mormons.”  What an incredible movie.  There are so many beautiful heartwarming moments.  One of my favorite parts was seeing the Navy football coach being stern and authoritative to these big football players and then the next day being a sweet Sunday school teacher to a bunch of ten year olds.  I also liked watching the wife during the football games cheer and squirm in her seat.  I can totally relate to that as I attend my children’s’ games.  There was also an excellent example of renewal of human spirit with the missionary mom.  Wow…..I am so amazed at her dedication with turning around her life in her darkest hour.  Such incredible stories….God is good.
After the movie, we ate at Johnny Rockets, yummy burgers, fries, and shakes for everyone.  Then we got to see the trout at the City Creek Mall.  McCabe and Teagan were ready to cast in their fishing poles.  After a quick stroll through the mall we had to catch the train back to the car.  Before catching the train we handed out, to the homeless, some granola bars with $5 attached to them.  This is such a good activity for the kids.  I hope they realized how blessed and comfortable their life is.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas is over and it was a lot of fun.  Jacinda got the computer version on minecraft.  McCabe received a Nintendo 3DS.  Xadia received a pageant crown and Teagan got some battery operated cars.  Tim surprised me with a cruise to Ensanada, Mexico.  The cruise was a blast.  We karoaked, binged on food, watched some shows, and did some exercising.  When we docked in Ensanada, we got a taxi to take us to church.  It was amazing.  We got to experience sacrament meeting and Sunday school.  We also met some fellow members, David and Adrian.  David is a tour guide and after church gave us a tour of Ensanada.  We went to the markets and saw the bufadora.  We also got to eat at Adrian’s house.  We had tamales and a homney soup.  It was really yummy.
    
After the cruise it was off to the rose parade with the kids and the Stubb’s family.  It was much cooler this time at the parade.  I had to wear two pair of socks.  The floats were unbelievable.  I love the creativity and the massive amount of flowers on each float.  After the parade we found out that some items were stolen from our car.  One of the items was McCabe’s Nintendo 3DS.  What a heartbreaker….he has wanted a 3DS for over a year and now it is gone.  We are doing what we can to replace it but all I can say is that thieves suck.
     Before we left California, Jacinda got her ears pierced along with her cousins Soli and Sydney.  It was so exciting for her.  She was very nervous so she held Soli’s hand for comfort.  It is so cute.  I also had to distract Jacinda by asking her the date of her birthday.  I recorded the event and put it on youtube.
      On our way home from California, we stopped in Vegas and spent the day with Tarra at Circus Circus.  We rode rides at the adventure dome and then had a huge dinner at the buffet.  It was so fun to see Xavius and Cody.  Xavius has the cutest curly hair and got along so well with Teagan.  Cody was interesting to talk with regarding books and chemistry.  He had some pretty funny chemistry jokes.
     Eventually we made it home and now we are back in the swing of things.  The first week back to school was successful.  We got all the homework done and did well on the spelling tests.  I am very pleased with the kids and how hard they are working.  




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

      This week has been very busy.  Jacinda celebrated her 10th birthday.  We had pizza, played games, and did jib jab.  The kids had a great time but I really think they liked playing in the ball pit the best.  I am very surprised at all of the candy she received, however, I am glad they did not get her any of the items I got her for Christmas.
     Speaking of Christmas, I got my shopping done a few weeks ago.  Amazon is amazing.....I totally love it.  Now I deal with kids changing their minds.  It seems like each week they want something different for Christmas.  It is nice they share, but nothing is changing.
      I have been busy making lots of treats for the neighborhood.  For the first time this year I made buttercream chocolates.  It was a lot of fun making different flavors such as strawberry and orange.  The only problem is that I can't keep my family from eating them.  I have learned to make the candies and then freeze them immediately until it is time to compile the plates.  People wonder how I can make the treats and not eat them.  The secret is to make so many treats you get sick of them.  So I made caramels, turtles, buttercreams, coconut mounds, truffles, and toffee.  There is so much sugar it is repulsive.
      The church has put out a great program this year, "He is the gift."  What a great way to remember a loving Heavenly Father giving us his first born son, Jesus so that we can have everlasting life.  The church has a sweet  3 minute clip worth watching to remind us that Jesus is the gift.  We had an opportunity to see over 100 nativity sets and drive around the Bountiful temple.  There is a lovely display of of Jesus' birth from Luke chapter 2.  It is a combination of scriptures and beautiful paintings.  It is a great family tradition.