Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking back

Last night, I was exhausted.  I had survived kindergarten and 5th-grade boys basketball practices, and a full day in the library.   I could not wait to fall into bed.  This whole "job" thing is giving me a run for my money...literally!  As I griped about kids brushing their teeth, and asking them a million times to "GO TO BED!!!" I was slapped into humility as I remembered the date and its significance.

Two years ago, (September 25, 2015) Bogey had undergone his second open heart surgery.  I started flipping through pictures and I am so grateful for what I have!  I am so grateful for that little boy and the things that his health conditions have taught me.  I know I would be a mess without Ace coaxing me through each step and trying to understand my mental processes.  ;)

Our family is better and stronger because of what Bogey has had to endure.  I'm so thankful he was willing to take on the challenge!

I love my little Par 5 even when they don't go to bed the first time I ask!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Kimball Memory 2017

Back in the day, I was in a few choirs.  Stake, ward, school, etc.  I never considered myself a singer (still don't), but for some reason, when I was in high school, I found myself singing for seminary devotionals.  However, I never sang alone.

My brother Kimball usually got roped into singing with me.  We sang at many a devotional.  I'm sure the seminary teachers were tired of us singing for our friend's devotionals.  Afterall, we had only a small repertoire to choose from.

One time, for a stake talent show, we sang a song about prayers being answered (it also became a devotional "hit").   It became one of my favorite songs.  

Lately, this song has come into my mind so often.  In my mind, I can hear Kimball singing his part, and I'm reminded of the power of prayer.  Sometimes, I can't help but rely on prayer and trust that Heavenly Father knows what He is doing and that His timing is perfect.  

There have been so many times that I have longed to talk to Kimball--to get his advice, to laugh at his sense of humor, and to have my stresses lightened because he has confidence in me.  It's at these times, I wonder why he was taken at such a young age.  I hate that he's not here to raise his sweet daughter, but I know, that God knows exactly why.  His plan is perfect.  I've come to know these things through the power of prayer.   

I am so grateful for my singing buddy.  I'm grateful that for as long as he lived, we were friends.  I'm thankful he had a part in my life, and it wasn't just saving me from solos.  He set such a great example to me.  

Today, he would have been 39.  In my best singing voice, I would have happily sung a cheesy rendition of "Happy Birthday to You".  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Neighborhood Night Games (Round 3 of 3)

Summertime is always super busy for us, but it's always so much fun.  I guess that's why we dread the start of the school year.  Sure, education is great and all--we're pro-school, we just love summer more.

Last night, we had our Neighborhood Night Games.  All I can say about this summer tradition is that nothing brings out the kid in you like an old fashioned round of Capture the Flag.  Everyone dressed in black (or all out camo) and slinking through unfenced back yards.  The thrill of protecting your flag/glow stick by slapping the tag on an intruder, or freeing a teammate from jail is a victory in and of itself.

We should have been taking pictures of all the times we have been together for these occasions.  We have had lots of different participants each time.  The picture we took last night is missing lots of people--at least 5 families (that took their kids into bed, or that usually play but missed last night) but it's enough proof to show the fun we had!

I guess I'll mention here that the house next door to us is for sale.  The house on the other side of us is up for rent.  If you feel like your missing out on so much fun not living in this neighborhood, you've got two chances to make it happen.  Hahaha!

We truly are so blessed to have the awesome friends and neighbors that we have.  We LOVE it here!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Totality Awesome

I suppose that since we were a part of history and a bit of an astronomical sensation, I'll mention that we watched the Total Solar Eclipse right from our front yard.

We witnessed 100% totality.

Which is a big deal by the way.

Naturally, becauase of all the hype leading up the the eclipse, I was not that excited about it.  I did however go through the motions and got the glasses for everyone, set up chairs, and even bought a few treats to enchance the experience.

And then, it began.   I was in awe of the beauty and the reverence during the phenomonon.  No question that God exists and that He created all things in heaven and on earth.

Such an amazing experience.  So grateful we could be a witness right from our front yard!

Friend's 10 day old baby.  She's obviously impressed.

The Crew taking it all in...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blue Angels 2017

Oh what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?  Well, we took the day Saturday and sat in the sunshine and watched the planes go by.  It was an entertaning day watching the air show from a little distance.  I took three hundred million pictures, but I'll only post a few here.  It was so nice to just relax and get mesmorized by such an awesome sight!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


 In case anyone might be wondering, I love my family.  I adore my nieces and nephews, and I think my siblings are honestly some of the funniest people on this earth.  Not only that, but they're such good people...all 56 of them!

We even got to see some of our Brazil family. Oh how we miss them!!  We had a fun reunion.  We played in the water, painted rocks, made key chains, watched outdoor movies, had a hot dog roast, played basketball, learned about our family tree via a round of Jeporady, and Kahoot.  Being together always fills my heart to the brim with love and gratitude for every single one of my family members!

Have I ever mentioned that my nephew is an artist?  He took the #ifrocks painting to a new level.

Families that dab together, stay together...right?  That's a thing?  ;)