I'm so grateful that my kids are willing to be kids... They are willing to swim, ride bikes as fast as they can, try to fly kites without wind blowing, scrape knees, climb on furniture, eat cookie dough, pet animals in the street, knock on neighbors doors just to say hi, dig in the dirt, read funny books, make blanket forts, cuddle with mom in bed, give big hugs around the neck, and swing until they are sick. Just saying.
Monday, June 24, 2013
I love our old neighbors, Bobbi Graham and her husband... She is one of my favorite people and reminds me so much of my own sweet grandma. They left two years ago to serve a mission in Jerusalem. What a neat place and how exciting. They're back now but have decided to down grade into a smaller home. Before moving, they reported to the ward on their mission. The theme of her talk was "Wherever we are is a holy place if we make it one.". It was very good... Then Bro Graham got up and said, "The best part of going was that I got to be with this sweet lady 24/7." I thought that that was so sweet, and it made me really excited to serve a mission with my husband.
I have to say, with Ada's first talk in church, we talked with her, wrote down what she said and practiced. With Sam, we completely forgot. Jer and Sam were brilliant though. It was supposed to be on how getting baptized is following God's Plan. Jer just stood by him while Sam recited the fourth article of faith.
We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second repentance, third baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, fourth the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I'm sooooooo glad that we've been practicing these so that Sam had something to say instead of mom or dad giving their testimonies through Sam to the Primary. He was so cute up there and seemed more pleased than nervous.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
My good friend from the good old days has been trying to adopt for quite some time and they got their new baby about 5 weeks ago. He's so cute! Little dimple and all. I know they'll be amazing parents, and if you they don't feel like they're doing so great it's because they're so tired from being pure awesomeness... Today I got to meet him at their baby shower. So sweet!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
They said Clomid would make me moody... it made me tired and happy.
We did the IUI yesterday, we'll see if it works... now just to be patient and find out.
The hardest part of the whole process so far was having to give myself a shot. I just couldn't do it, so I visited my resident nurse... THANKS MOM!
I highly recommend IUI... it's a little expensive... so far it's been about $1500... but if it works, it's so worth it. And it's cheaper than IVF for $10,000.
There is a chance for multiples, I doubt we will have them, but if we do... here are my thoughts. It will be a hard 3 years, but wouldn't it be hard to have to go through fertility treatments again two years from now when we decide that we want another baby?
The doctor said that everything looked great and went well, but we've heard that sometimes it takes 3-4 times doing the treatment to get pregnant so I'm trying not to get too excited just yet. At least I know the whole process now... and if we end up doing it again it will be easier.
If we end up not being able to get pregnant, at least I'll know by the end of the year and be able to just keep going without the guessing. I'd also double up my effort to lose weight again. Dieting sucks, just saying.
Monday, June 10, 2013
My vacuum broke about three weeks ago... I'm missing it today as I look at my carpet. Luckily, it's still under warranty and I won't have to pay to get it fixed. But, I had to drive it to Draper and wait for the part that's on back order. The guy said it's still about two weeks out... So at least five weeks without a vacuum and me with my three little ones.... Yeah, I'm missing it.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Saturday was fun and busy... got up early to go to Jer's Half-Marathon that he ran with his dad and our sister in law, Diane. They all did amazingly! Jer got a personal best and just enjoyed the whole race, Grandpa got 4th in his age group (which is awesome), and Diane did her first Half-Marathon ever without having time to prepare for it really... She did amazing!
Then on to the combined Bday party for Sam and Evelyn. Sam wanted a Lego Star Wars birthday, and Evelyn just could care less... as long as she got to blow out a candle and open presents that she knew was for her then she was good.
Then... out to do the books for my sister's business and see their progress on finishing their basement.
Now I'm tired, but what a fun party all around. Thanks all for coming.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Out of three kids, I have one veggie eater. Evelyn loves cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, etc... She'd already eaten her food and sat watching me eat mine. I got a tomato, a cucumber and guacamole on my fork and into my mouth and Evelyn says, "Stop! High five!" She then sat begging for my veggies and saying, "Delicious."
Today's my Sammy's birthday.... 6/6. And he's now officially 4. It's a day he's waited for for "a long time". He told me this morning that now that he's 4 he won't like video games, but he'll like puppies instead. For his birthday he wanted peanut butter sandwiches and he wanted to color all day. I absolutely adore this guy.... He curls up next to me and says he loves me. He has a giggle to die for and is not easily deterred. He wanted a bike and rode it and rode it until he was a pro. He would fall, get back up, fall, and get up again. He has the memory of a champ too. He can recite the first 6 and almost 7 of the articles of faith, can write his name, can identify all the alphabet, can do simple addition and is the best little singer ever. He wakes up singing and knows all the words to all guys favorite songs. He has the best fencing moves I've seen on a 4 year old but would prefer just to play around. And I'm okay with that... This little guy has my heart.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Fri: Sharon is starting a fabric store at the Redwood Road intersection on the way out to Eagle Mountain and the Ranches. I'm so excited for her. I want to volunteer to do everything... I went over to help with some stuff and we ended up taking a quick shopping trip. Thanks Seth for watching kids, I NEVER go shopping without them so it was a novel experience.
Friday was also my baby girl's 2nd birthday. I can't believe my baby is not a baby anymore. I love all the fun things She does and learns all the time... But she's definitely not a baby anymore.
Sat: My brother, Seth, invited us to do good company 5k with him. We made him late so he missed friends, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it with him. We just talked the whole time and kept kids from getting run over with bikes. Evelyn wanted Seth to carry her a long time, I wouldn't be surprised if he was sore from carrying her for about a mile or so... She's not light. The kids now want to ride their bikes on that trail. Thanks Seth, it was so fun!
After the 5k, I left Jer to do his training run and took the kids to the splash pad at the Riverwoods mall. They played, I lounged, then we got Milawi's pizza for lunch.
After naps we bought Ada a new bike. We looked at a few stores and she decided on a purple one. The first one we saw was just plain white. I told the salesman that she probably wanted a girly girl bike... And ironic, the one she chose says Girly Girl right down the side of it. Jer took three hours to put it together and tune up a couple other ones in our garage and we were out till 10pm riding around the neighborhood. It was really kind of funny. It was like a scene out of some touchy feely movie... Parents out late playing with kids on bikes as they learn how to use the new one... I had fun. And we forgot about Stake Conference while we were at it...
Sun: and now to Elder Perry...
He talked to us about learning to set in our own minds the things that are important to us, having the power to decide what's right and what's wrong, and influencing our children when we have their attention. He just touched on the first two and spent the bulk of his talk on the third. He said, "Teach your children independence." Straighten out what kids learn at school at play through the day. Teach "these" young men delayed gratification. Work is expected. He said that children need to help home be a better place, including picking up a paint brush, a lawn mower, or doing other chores. Children need to know the value of money and know "wants vs. needs". We need to teach them to be self-reliant. They need an education, and he talked about how many resources for information that we have today. He also said how easy it was to get rid of bad things on electronic devices... "if there is anything that comes up, it's only one push of the button to get rid of it." He talked about how we need discipline to seek after eternal truths first and attend the temple often. He talked about how he knew that his parents had gone to the temple because he'd see his dad holding his mom's hand (he wasn't one that easily shows physical affection.) We need to consider the contributions we are making in the spiritual lives of our fellow men. He also talked about how we should teach our kids to be creative, to love the Lord and to grow as strong as the wheat to live among the tares. He also gave a direct challenge to the kids. He leaned over the pulpit and challenged them to read 3 pgs in the Book of Mormon everyday this summer to finish the entire book before the beginning of school. He promised strength in your faith if you did it.
My memories of the kids during the conference.... Evelyn took every crayon she could get her hands on and for over an hour she stripped the paper off and broke them in half saying, "Uh-oh, broke!" Ada brought a sticker book and spent a lot of her time sticking the stickers all over herself, Evelyn and Mom. Sam colored, and colored, and colored... Too cute.