Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015




     Summer is now over.  We did a lot of things to pass the summer.  Some of the most recent activities we did before school started was camping and swimming.  Camping with the ward was fun.  There were games, skits, star gazing, fishing, and yummy food.  It was our last camping trip of the summer and so worth it.  Such good fun and memories.  We also went swimming at Nana Hefner's pool.  We made coconut ice cream and picked peaches at her house.  We love going to Nana's.  She is always so welcoming and energetic.    
     Tim and I took Teagan to the Rec. Center.  We put googles on Teagan and it was an amazing discovery for him.  He kept going under the water and looking at the grates in the pool.  He was loving being able to see in the water.  I was having a great time watching him.  He is such a cutie.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

      Wow!  talk about a busy month.  We trekked to Texas during the end of July and the beginning of August.  We had a fantastic time visiting family.  I made a few movies of our adventures.  These movies are filled with swimming, cooking, playing, and cousins.  I belong to a great family.  Please enjoy the movies!







Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

     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.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

      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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

A sweet little video from my family regarding thoughts on me.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

      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.  

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.