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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Slice Turns 1.

Welp.  The official caboose is now 1.  No more counting by months.  She has made us smile 365 days in a row.

For the past year,  there have been no questions as to who calls the shots over here.  Slice can't make a peep without 5 siblings and two parents running to her rescue.  I don't get much done during the day because I can't stop watching every thing she does.  She is so cute!!  

I don't know what I was thinking all those years when I said we were done.  Silly me.  

(but now, we really are done.)

Happy Birthday Slice!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bam Boozled? Nah, BEAN Boozled!!

In the event anyone is wondering, my siblings are awesome.  So awesome in fact, that even their children are awesome.  I'm so proud of all of my nieces and nephews.  

Let me tell you a little story that has made me almost famous.  

Back in the day when I was young and hip and cool, I hopped on an airplane and flew to Oklahoma City.  There, I was met by my oldest sister and her family. 

I got to spend a week playing with, and hanging out with my 4 nephews and niece.  We played games.  We sat out on the patio swing and read books.  We played basketball.

During one of our heated basketball games (where I did lots of instructing, and skill development...hahaha!!!) I got all tripped up and fell down.  Luckily, my catlike reflexes took over and my hand went down to cushion the rest of the fall.  I don't know how, or why, but for MONTHS I had the imprint of the sports court on my hand.  

Heroic right??

From that injury, 5 ballers were made.  Those 5 kids are now basically the hometown heroes of  South Moore.  See how because I was willing to "teach" hoop  skills and take an injury,  5 kids are pretty much professional basketball players?  I mean, aside from genetics and their over 6ft stature, and the fact that their dad played college basketball, I played a very big role in their success.  

(Please tell me you're all rolling your eyes because you know that I'm 100% kidding.)

Nonetheless, Nephew #4 from that family is now playing basketball just a hop, skip and a jump away, in Logan Utah.  We were able to watch him play against UNLV.  The victory went to the Aggies, probably because the luck of our homemade "BEAN BOOZLED #12 Fan Club" t-shirts.  More importantly, our family was able to hang out with the pro-Neph after the game.  

I'm on Twitter strictly because I love to see the hilarious tweets about this Bean.  If you're not on Twitter following @USUbasketball and @USUhurd you should be.  Great stuff. 

We had a great time and we can't wait to be back in the Spectrum.

5 nieces and nephews in the mix that my kids get to call their cousins!  

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Eve of the New Year

Nothing like a big fat party to close out the year.  That's how we roll here in this family.  Haha.   We sent 2018 out and welcomed 2019 with puzzles, games, and too much food.  I love this little family of mine.  I'm so grateful that they were all willing to stay home with their old mother for a party instead of going with friends.  For the record, we all stayed up until midnight.  Except Slice.  She wimped out around 10 p.m.  Lightweight.


Friday, January 18, 2019


One of the perks of having a billion kids go through one school, is that you get to know the faculty and staff.  Then, when you take a job as the PE teacher, and then find out you're pregnant, and have to give that up, the faculty and staff forgive you and let you be a substitute teacher.   The best days as a sub are the days I get to sub for teachers my kids have. Honestly, I could make a career out of this.  I love it.  I require the students to call me "Boss".  It's so funny when they see me, they say, "Hey Boss!"  I guess that pretty much puts me in charge of the whole school.

I'm so glad Ace has a job that lets him be in charge of  Slice while I run the school. (*wink*wink)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas Break 2018

We loved our Christmas break this year.  We followed tradition and drove around and looked at Christmas lights.  We added a little something new this year, and had a scavenger hunt.  We each picked a Christmas decoration and then as we drove around, we checked the items off as we found them.  The lights were exciting, but finding the named items was super fun!  We'll be doing that again for sure next year.

Christmas morning started off with a bang.  As in, the kids slept downstairs and banged on the ceiling when they were ready to come upstairs.  I responded by stomping on the floor.  Yes was three stomps, no was two stomps.  They got the two stomps throughout the early morning until finally at 5:30, I gave the three.  The good news about getting up that early is that the Christmas tree and decorations were down and put away by 9:30 a.m. 

Later on, we went sledding.  As per tradition.  We found a sweet spot at Freeman Park.  Lucky for us, we also ran into our friends, the Seahawks.  

A couple of days after Christmas, (on Ace and my 16th anniversary), we took the family to Salt Lake City.  We grubbed at Crown Burger. We walked around Temple Square and looked at all the beautiful lights (one of my favorite traditions from when I was growing up).

Because that is where Ace proposed to me, we stopped at that spot and the kids each unzipped their coats.  They had matching t-shirts that said, "Thank you for saying Yes Mom!  It was pretty clever and pretty cute.

After we were freezing enough, Ace took Mulligan to the Jazz game, and I took the rest of the kids to the hotel and we played games.  Slice was super sick, so it was a looonnng night, but it was so great to be together. 

My little gift from Ace

Another highlight of the break was being able to see my best friend Steph-McF.  She and I go waayyyy back to the days of Eagle Rock Junior High and 7th grade.  I attribute much of my staying on the straight and narrow path to her.  Even when we were roommates at Ricks College she led by her example to keep us out of too much trouble. ;) 

Our getting together this time however was under such unfortunate circumstances.  Her dad passed away after an accident.  It is so hard to see those we love go through such difficult trials.  I'm grateful that Steph has the understanding of our Heavenly Father's Plan.  We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives.