Sunday, June 20, 2010


On Friday R took the boys to the Father and Sons campout. I think it was so cool that it fell on Fathers Day weekend this year. He planned to take them all but settled for the older 3, I wanted him to enjoy it and go back next year. Levi wasn't quite ready even though he thought he was and kept promising to behave if R took him. They had a great time and came back very dirty with lots of stories of roasting hot dogs and "giant marshmellows" and R's "awesome" dutch oven cobbler. My fave story was AJ's most important ( to him) accomplishment... He "pooped on the back of a log". R sent me a pic of the event but I decided against sharing it. I probably will print it out though because AJ's cheesy grin is priceless, I'll save it for future extortion needs. While they were gone I got to go to the temple. It was such a great experience and definitely refilled my spiritual well. Today was my first Sunday doing Presidency stuff since last week I still needed to teach my class. I felt like a fish out of water. I haven't been in senior primary since Levi was born and of course it's a completely different group of kids. I'm pretty pleased, I knew most of the kids by name or at least last name. I'm so grateful for this new opportunity and the blessings it has already brought to my family!!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010


As if my children don't humble me enough... I got a new calling on Sunday. It came as quite a shock. Our new ward is just getting up and going but we hit the ground running, what else can you do, the gospel keeps rolling forward you know. Anyhow on Sunday I got a call while getting ready for church, can you come in a bit early? Sure. I figured they were just going to call me back to my old calling in Sunbeams. Wrong. First counselor in the Primary. WOW! Very humbled. I'm blessed to be in the presidency with some awesome women and I'm already growing to love them more, some I didn't know well before. I'm pleasantly surprised to feel a definite change in our home since being set apart. And in myself. The Lord has definitely tempered my spirit and it's much more peaceful here. I see it in my kids too. There has been less fighting and more kindness and helpfulness. And it hasn't even been a week, it can only get better from here. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to serve and learn. I can already see that I'll be the most blessed for my service.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


With the onset of summer comes the heat and the only relief we can get outdoors in the valley, water. So as usual, we swim, alot. We got a family pass to the pool this year and are well on our way to it paying for itself. I predict after today, when Jake and Caleb are out of school, we'll be there alot more. Levi is already tanned and I've already had a bad burn but so far noone else has although Caleb is complaining that his bald head is burned, I can't see it but I let him put sunscreen on before school anyway. I love the pool, we get out of the house and into the fresh air and the boys get good and tired and sleep very well. Levi and AJ might actually learn to swim this year and Jake and Caleb are of course on swim team again. Tonight is their second meet of the season. I volunteered to help be the finish recorder. Thank goodness Kaci and I are going to trade off helping with each others kids so we can each contribute. She is awesome! Anyway, another blisthering summer is underway and we'll do the best we can to enjoy it while we can. Hopefully get some good camping in up in the trees and cool too. I can't wait!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Remember all those tons of rock we shoveled? All that back breaking labor, the sore muscles, the complete exhaustion at the end of the day, the endless dirt, the tilling and raking and shoveling and seeding and watering? It was all worth it. I now have a beautiful soft green carpet of thick grass in the back yard for the boys to play on and in. It's so much prettier. I planted vines along the posts and in the back corners and sunflowers along the back wall that are still coming up but are doing quite well. The only thing that would make it any better are some trees. We are still toying with that idea, it depends on how long we end up staying here. I know at least that we have followed the prophets counsel to beautify our surroundings. It's so pretty and cooler back there too.


My in-laws forwarded this to me and Ryan and I thought I'd share it with you. Such an awesome experience, I'm jealous.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


What can I say, life with 4 boys is never dull. On Saturday night Caleb shaved a stripe straight down the middle of his head, "on accident". You'd think he would be old enough to know better but... it's no worse than the swirley he gave himself and 2 younger brothers after watching Alvin and The Chipmunks, the Squeakuel. So bright and early on Sunday morning before church I had to shave his head and since I didn't use my razor but the clippers, you can still see the stripe. I called him stripe all day Sunday but he got mad so I quit. Maybe this time it'll sink in since obviously it didn't the first time he did it. As if that wasn't enough... just a few hours later as we are sitting listening to the announcements in Sacrament meeting, Levi stuck his quarter he was holding to pay his tithe, into his mouth and swallowed it. Then he started choking. Since we were sitting in the VERY front row, right behind the priesthood, I had to run/walk past everyone to get out and help him with him squeaking and choking the whole way. Thankfully, it's not that big of a chapel. Once in the foyer I tipped him upside down and after what seemed like a long time but in reality was likely only another second or two, it popped out and rolled under the couch. Way too much excitement for a Sunday morning. Once we got back into the chapel, after he and I calmed down, I put the quarter in my purse and he started yelling at me because I wouldn't give it back to him. KIDS! I swear. It got better from there thankfully. AJ asked me about having a testimony and I'm super excited that we had a quick but awesome lesson about what a testimony is and how you get your own. I love it when that happens. Sunday night I realized that Jake still hadn't finished his solar system project so with some stern words and a bit of helping to color the background, it was finally finished and looks awesome! I'm so proud of him for doing 99% of it on his own including the planning and of course the research. So like I said, an eventful weekend. And now back to the routine. What a great life!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Wow, it has been a LONG time since I've blogged. I'm a slacker but in my defense I've been so busy. At the same time I can't think of anything exciting to blog about. But... since this is serving as my journal, I'll ramble a bit. Let's see, the ward boundary change... it hurt for a bit, mostly because I felt like half of my family moved away or something, but it didn't so after a day or so, I'm okay again. We have another awesome new bishop and again my faith is bouyed because I know the Lord hand picked a great man and counselors too I should add. The Gila Valley temple dedication was awesome, especially since it was my first and Jake's first too. I'm excited for the next two, Gilbert and North Phoenix that I'm certain Caleb will be able to go to also. We bought a 1/2 side of beef from the Browns, melts in my mouth it's so good! Partly because of this Ryan agreed that we need land so that we can start raising our own beef and pork and get a milk cow and some chickens, so we've been praying to be able to find someplace where we can be more self sufficient. Then out of the blue he got a call from a job he applied for some time ago in ID, we'll see what happens there. If that's where the Lord wants us, it'll all work out. We had pretty much settled on staying here and it's funny since I never pictured us staying here but the longer we're here, the more I love it. We've definitely put down some roots and it will hurt to pull them up, if we do. Jake and Caleb started swim team again for the summer which makes the weeks a bit crazy, practice 4 days a week now and meets on Thursday. Their first meet was today, and they did ok but weren't too happy with their placings. I guess that's plenty for now. Rambling like I said.