Christmas Update

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I did a post that had some pictures from our trip.  BUT our internet was having issues and who really wants to see photos of a vacation they didn't go on.  I know I only like it sometimes...but sometimes I would rather have gone myself.  ;-). Suffice to say, Josh and I had a great week together and our kids were alive when we came home - which is about all we wanted.

I wanted to share some things today.

First, we had our Primary Program.  If we could have videoed this we would have.  Faith does not sing Primary songs.  Instead, she head-bangs along to every song with a huge grin on her face.  It was hysterical.

One of Kenna's friends has anxiety and had a full meltdown as she waited in line to say her part.  Tears streamed down her face.  It was so sweet to watch Kenna quietly whisper in her ear to comfort her, and hold her hand to cheer her up.  Kenna is a nurturing soul and she cares deeply for this friend who needs her.

I had a miracle happen today.   Remember the conference talk about miracles in our lives?  I wanted to share this one because it was a perfect example of a small miracle.
I got assigned to purchase supplies for 25 care baskets the Ward Council is putting together on Wednesday.  Yesterday I did my shopping for them and decided to grab some bags of popcorn.  Let's see - 6 pkgs in a box, 4 boxes should be enough.  I'm obviously not a math major.  Fast forward to church this morning - the Bishop added a name to the list so now I had 26 baskets to provide for - no problem, I knew I had an extra gift bag.  Didn't even remember the popcorn.  Ok.  Here's the miracle - after church this sweet lady comes up to me with a plastic bag and said she wanted to contribute something to the baskets.  She hands me TWO pkgs of popcorn.  As I take them I realize for the first time that I had been short exactly two between my own miscalculations and the Bishop's addition. Two.  And that's what she hands me.   Heavenly Father cares about the details of our lives - even if it's just popcorn.

So now the pictures from the past month or so:

Kenna and Brynne have ONE year together at the District Play-In.

This is not my sunset.  But isn't it lovely?  I love these colors.

Miss Hannah went to the Temple for the first time in October.  It was super amazing.

Love watching my kids do sweet things together, like read aloud.

This girl - how cute is she?

Brynne took Senior photos.  {heart}

And went to Homecoming with this cute boy....

She built a bridge out of popsicle sticks all on her own.  She rocked it!

Faith loved carving pumpkins!

As did Kenna.

Logan did two that night.  So we know he likes it even if he doesn't show it.

Last Halloween with all 6 kidlets.

We had a couple families over for dinner potluck and trick-or-treating.  It was super fun!

I took these girls to rake leaves for the grandparents - shhhh....they will figure it out when they get home tomorrow!  They worked so hard for an hour and got the lawn pretty much done.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

family fun

 School has started!  Brynne and I snuck away for a quick BYU/OSU women's soccer game.  BYU rocked it. My friend Julia's niece played and scored.  fun!

Two days later Brynne got her wisdom teeth extracted.  Not so fun.  Her darling friends brought ice cream!

Logan and Faith are buddies and it is so sweet!

On Friday we went to the Grants Pass football game.  Josh and I both lucked out with friends who invited us and one child to join them.

Here are Ella and Kenna - and my friend Heidi photobombing them.  ;-)

And Megan and Natalie

And I went with Amy

Faith's imagination has taken off.  She plays pretend All. Day.  Long.
She especially loves to play with the baby toys in my closet.

Natalie lost a tooth.  This is what she sent the tooth fairy. 
I drew an amazing fairy picture back.

We left for Hawaii.  You know it's going to be a great trip when you start off on the Beaver plane.  I may have cheered for BYU at the soccer game, but OSU is my second fave.

Hannah also got two of her wisdom teeth extracted.  It was interesting to see the difference in how they dealt with it.  Brynne was silent and communicated with me as little as possible.  Hannah was chatty the minute she got in the car.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Speed Dial

Where is the time going?  I want all my kids to stop growing.  I definitely want summer back.  I need more weekends in my life and fewer meetings.  Time is too short with my family these days.

August flew by.  It was amazing.  Amazingly busy.  Without further ado - here is some of our fun....

 Natalie had private swimming lessons with this darling guy from church.  It was a really good experience for her and she learned a lot in two short weeks!

Richardson cousins came for a long visit and my kids were very happy.  I'm keeping this photo of Sam for his wedding.  I'm sure he'll want to see it then.

Faith doesn't often play with kids her age - this was a banner month of her!

Pear picking started.  Logan and I had a mother/son date at the pear farm.  He's so cute!

Amazing sunset one night...

Faith became obsessed with card games.  This one she made up using face cards from two decks.  It's called "Kings and Jacks and Kings and Jacks". The rules are simple.  Draw a card, replace a card. 

(on a side note - see my new headboard?  LOVING my new bed)

Faith's bestie is Jada.  Aren't they darling?

More pear farm picking - this was platform picking and it's hard, sweaty work but fun with friends.

August wore Faith out.

Our trip to the family reunion...
This girl can pout when necessary.

Collier state park is the best rest stop I've ever seen.  It wasn't too kind to Logan though... we almost lost him.

We had to have an It's It ice cream sandwich after driving most of the day.  Yummers.
PS - other amazing rest stop is the park in Arlington

The eclipse was amazing.  We only had two teenagers for that night.  That was weird.  But nice.

Two days after the eclipse, Hannah and I left for Idaho on wedding business.

engagement photos were taken....

...I think they like each other

I saw Heather again!

We went house-hunting with Grandma R. and discovered the skinniest shower door you ever did see.

We bought a wedding dress.  EEK!

It was a whirlwind trip.  We left Wednesday for Rexburg and were at Shannon's late Friday night to pick up the girls we'd left there after the family reunion.  So yeah - talk about sore and tired.  I couldn't hardly sit in church on Sunday. 

However...we now have all six kids under one roof again.  It may be the last time this happens.  It warmed my heart the other morning to have EVERYONE around the table for family scripture study.  

I took some kids to the Science museum in Ashland.  Always a fun time.

Josh and I took a quick overnight trip to Oakland for a friend's wedding.  
Guys - I called Grandma Honey and got the address of the house they lived in.  Here is the Berkeley house where Uncle Matt was born!

Brynne and her friends had a pranking war.  This was her gift one morning.  Just so glad they didn't TP our house.

Faith loves shopping.  Especially shoe shopping.  Really especially shoe shopping for her.  She was very disappointed that we were not buying furry white and purple boots for her that day.

School started with a bang.

First - we have a Senior again - always an exciting year.  Sad that my Brynners is growing up!

And a newly minted Freshman!  He loves high school!!

This girl is prepared to rock 4th grade!

Uh - commercial break - no first day of school picture of Natalie because I'm a bad mother.

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming....

And Miss Faith is in preschool!  She was so excited to have a back-pack! And snacks!  And friends!