Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1, 2, 3, Swing!



A few weekends ago we went up to Logan to visit my parents. The kids found the great joy of swinging between two adults while we walked around the park. I thought these pictures were too fun not to share.

Happiness is...


Pretty toes in new flip flops
(this picture is a little old, but it did make me happy, so I wanted to post it anyway. ) :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cliffs that make you think big and feel small...

Last Thursday my family and I attempted our second ever family vacation. We drove down to ST. George with my parents for a quick get away. It was tons of fun! The kids did amazingly well in the car on the way there, helped along by lots of snacks and DVD's, and a nap of course. Once we got to the hotel we had to jump straight into the pool and get our wiggles out. The kids had a great time, and Beth made some great progress toward swimming (with water wings) she was very brave and willing to try everything I wanted to teach her. That night we went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and the kids did great again. That night sleeping in the hotel was a bit tricky. It took the kids along time to settle down and then Ryan and I did not sleep well at all, our kids are NOISY sleepers!

Day 2 started out with breakfast at the hotel and then we jumped in the car and headed for Zion's! We went to the Kolob canyon entrance first, and it was AMAZING! The weather was beautiful and the scenery even better. We drove around the scenic drive and then found a short hike to attempt with the kids. It turns out James is part mountain goat! The hike was about a mile and James walked almost the entire way! Beth walked on the way up, but was ready to be carried on the way down. I can't even describe how breath taking it was. Absolutely beautiful. Of course being the great photographer that I am, I forgot my camera! I'm so annoyed at myself still! My mom took pictures, I'll share some when she sends me some of them. After that we left the park to have lunch, then we headed to the South entrance of Zion, the drive was perfect for the kids to catch a quick nap and then we drove the scenic road again. Again, absolutely indescribable. I loved every minute of it. We stopped for ice cream and souvenirs and then back to the hotel for more swimming! After dinner the kids slept a little easier from our busy day.

Day 3, my parents had to take off early Saturday morning, so it was just our little family. We headed into downtown St. George to see the temple and the tabernacle. We played at the little splash park by the tabernacle until lunch time and then we had to go to In-n-Out before we could head home! It was SO yummy. I'm still craving more. :) Then we hoped in the car and headed home. The kids did amazing on the drive home, especially considering we practically spent 3 days in the car. We were all glad to get home and Ryan and I slept like rocks Saturday night in our own bed and the kids all the way down the hall! It was definitely a quick trip, but we really enjoyed it, and we have to ease the kids into this sleeping away from home thing. Hopefully since we survived this one so well we will be able to attempt more vacations in the future!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mom

I know I'm a day late, but I've been thinking for a while about what I could write about the mom's in my life. I really don't know how to put into words how I feel about all of them.

My mom, Donna, is just plain amazing. There really isn't anything she can't do. She is my constant inspiration and I really don't know what I would be without her. The older I get the more I appreciate her. The harder my kids get, and the more I struggle to be a good mom, the more I cannot believe how well she raised 8 kids. Its a miracle to me.

My mother-in-law is another amazing woman. She has dealt with a lot in her life and yet she gives and gives and gives. She is a great example of provident living and resourcefulness. She is the ultimate grandma to the kids. And she has whole-heartedly accepted me into the family, my flaws and all, and I really couldn't be luckier in my choice of mother-in-law!

My sisters and sister-in-laws. All of them amaze me. They all have different talents and different parenting styles, but there are a lot of things for me to look up to in everyone of them. They are all great examples to me and I only hope that I can be the as good of a mom as they are.

Of course there are about a thousand other moms out there that have touched my life. My aunts, my grandmothers, my cousins, and of course, all of my friends out there amaze me too. I love hearing mom stories from everyone, one because it gives me something to learn from and grow from, and two because I can see that I'm not the only mom out there that struggles sometimes with this hard job of being a mom.

I feel extremely lucky to be a mom, to be among the countless numbers of women who sacrifice and teach all day every day. I fall short often. I am far from the perfect mom, most days I'm probably in last place for mother of the year, but I love my kids with my whole soul. If there is one thing I can say about my parenting it is that my kids don't question that I love them. I hope they never do. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful to be a mom. It is such a huge blessing and burden all at the same time. I often think about the stewardship I've been given and I know that the Lord must love me because he wouldn't trust me with these absolutely amazing, beautiful spirits if he didn't.

So, here is a belated Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mother's out there. We really do have the hardest job in the world, but its worth every tear, and every stressful day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One of Life's Joys


Flowers and Chocolates for no reason.