Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm back!

Ok, I'm back! Tyler bought me a new power cord for our 9 year anniversary. It really was just what I wanted. Sadly it was $80.00, can you believe that? Anyway, I will start posting again with pics and all very soon. I'm at Yolawnda's today, busy, busy. Ran from my house to Laawna's and back last night, woo hoo. I started going back to Sunny's cycling class at the gym too. I am very excited about doing good on eating and excercising again, we'll see if I can keep it up!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Anniversary Day Thoughts

Well, it is mine and Tyler's Ninth wedding anniversary. In so many ways it feels like it was just a moment ago that we were married, yet, more than that I feel that my whole life thus far has been with him. I guess in many ways it has, not that the previous 21 years don't matter for they shaped who I have become, but In a sense I feel like my life truely began 9 years ago. Happy Anniversary Ty!

I have lost the use of my laptop, so have not been uploading pictures or doing any digital scrapbooking, so sad. For some reason the battery will not charge. It isn't the battery, but maybe the power cord. Anyway. I hope to have that remedied before I go crazy, until then, all I can post are my words! All of the boys in my house are sick with strep throat. Tyler was out of town from Monday until last night and I took the boys to urgent care and spent 3+ hours there. I got some pictures that I'll hopefully be able to post sometime with the full story. There was Diarrhea and vomit and puss involved, I bet you can't wait to hear that story. I am going to the Twilight premier tonight and Tyler is sick, so hopefully we'll celebrate tomorrow night. I had our doctor call in some antibiotics for him, so they were waiting on his nightstand for him when he got back into town. I am assuming since all 3 boys tested positive for strep and he has the same symptoms that's what it is, right? I also have to add this great quote from Boyd K. Packer (thanks Janet). I made my favorite part big, so if you don't want to read the whole thing at least read that.

"Now words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, "I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse." If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, "I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle—obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance." If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent.The whole Church may stand alone in defense of these standards. But we are not the first. Moroni, the last of his people, said: "I even remain alone. . . . I fulfil the commandment of my father."32 Do not be afraid.33When I was young and very new in my calling, I was sent east to meet with powerful, prominent officials who were blocking our work. As I left for the airport, I stopped to see President Harold B. Lee and asked, "Do you have any parting counsel?""Yes," he said, "just remember this isn't 1830, and there aren't just six of us."That erased fear. I pled our cause. The problem was resolved.Society is on a course that has caused the destruction of civilizations and is now ripening in iniquity. Civilization itself is at stake. You, our wonderful youth, are an example to untold millions of good people worldwide.I think of the joy and happiness that await you in this life and the work you are to do, and I cannot be discouraged.Peter, the Apostle who stood next to the Lord, said of you, "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."34Remember this great prophecy:"The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; . . . the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."35

Trunk or Treat and Nana's house

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and a pirate get Candy from Witch Allison Mckinney.

These boys always have the best costumes. Last year 2 of them were completely wrapped in duct tape except their heads and hands (wonder how they peed), this year they went dumpster diving to get their costumes.

Nana Paula's house!

Trick or treating Nana's neighborhood a bit.

Peyton was still pretty sick, so she didn't even wear her costume which was a bit too warm. However, she had lots of fun emptying Micah's candy bag and playing with all the candy. It was fun to watch her as she purposfully and dutifully shoved his candy under the couch.

Pooped out. I learned later that Jacob had 3 pieces of candy all night and Micah had none! Those silly boys, I think that when I was little a ate about a third of my candy that night!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Babysitting 11 kids

October 28
Yes, I am crazy, but it was fun and it went well. We had our kids, the Stutzman kids and the Deans' kids (two of which are 2 year old twins) All of the kids were really good and they all had so much fun. Tyler got a little nervous when we had them all out front taking turns riding bikes, it was cute. He is a very responsible and caring man.

I love Ben in this picture below.

Ellie looks like a little ballerina here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The amazing Sister Brown

A new member of our ward throws a Halloween Carnival every year and her husband paints all these wonderful signs and games and it is really cool. The kids won lots of fun prizes and had a blast.

This was my favorite. Sister Brown used to tell kids fortunes at this booth. This year it was closed, check out the white sign in the back...Closed-recently baptised LDS!

Our very good friends the Stutzmans went on a date to celebrate Jason's birthday so we took their 4 kids and our 4 kids to the carnival. The babies don't have their costumes on yet, Peyton was super girl and Savannah was a pumpkin. Thanks Browns!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Glorious trash!

October 22nd

Another favorite of Peyton's is the trash, especially the office trash with all the paper to crinkle and tear and toss all over!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

To kiss a frog

October 21st
Yes, my boys are obsessed with frogs.

Ben wants a turn holding the frog
Daddy intervines

Ben wants to see if this frog is a princess
Nope, bye bye frog!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The love of reading

October 21

Before bedtime I found all 3 boys on our bed reading books to themselves and then Jacob was reading our new scholastic Halloween books to Ben. Nice moments like these make all the tough ones worth it. Sometimes I really love my job!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A higer plane

October 18th

Things are a lot more fun for Miss P now that she is able to explore things on the next level! Things that she never knew exhisted are now available for her own learning and entertainment. We have so much fun watching her discover new and wonderful things.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Storytime with April

October 16th

We don't always make it to storytime, but it is always much enjoyed. April is the best storytime girl ever and Ben is in his element when he is singing and dancing.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Peyton on the go

October 15th

Now that she can proficiently crawn and pull herself onto things opportunities for learning and exploration are endless, and so are the messes! It seems like it has been ages since I had a baby at this stage of life and I am having to get use to it all over again. She loves to empty the movis shelves and dump out anything that can be dumped, especially the dogs water and food. Peyt's most favorite thing though is the laptop, she likes to push all the buttons she can and watch those screens pop up. Somehow this time around I don't mind. Maybe it's because she's the last and I know these days will be over in the blink of an eye, or maybe it's because I've mellowed out quite a bit, whatever the reason, I'm going to cherish every moment with these little ones.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Luke and Ben

October 13th

Luke Sever is like part of our family. He has been around longer than Ben has and now these two are the best of buds.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy 8th Birthday Micah!!!

Micah is going to be baptized next month and he is very excited. He has also wanted a suit coat for a long time now and thanks to Colton McFarland and his growth spurt, we now have one! I love hand me downs! Micah is such a smart boy and is doing really well in school. I help in his class every Tuesday morning teaching language and it has been a joy getting to know all the kids in Micah's class. He is in the top group in his class and is continuing to excel in reading. He is an amazing brother to all of his siblings and is the most responsible kid I know. He wants to do what is right and wants others to do the same. Being honest is important to him. Micah is still advancing in Karate and doing very well at the piano. We love you Micah, Happy Birthday honey!

October 12

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Movie night with the Stutzman kids

October 11th
The Stutzman family is fairly new to our ward, they were in it a few years ago for a short time. They bought a house that they have been remodeling and I offered my mad babysitting skills to help out all I could and now I have an amazing new friend. See how selfless service blesses us?! No, seriously, I feel like I have found an amazing lifetime friend in Yolawnda Stutzman. What's even better is that our kids get along really well and so do our husbands. I feel like they were made to be our friends!

So, our husbands were occupied elsewhere so we rented Speed Racer from the red box and popped some corn!

These two are the same age but Ethan gets along even better with Micah.

Her three girls to my one!

My 3 boys to her one!

My little ones and my Star Reader

October 9th
I have a feeling that these 2 are going to be great friends!
Is she adorable or what?
Good job Jake! Yay! Another reader in the family!!!