Sunday, May 29, 2011

May Update

Not quite sure where May has gone. I think I'll give May the yearly award for "Fastest Month Ever." That is until December comes. We have been busy. But we've been having fun too!

Last weekend, we went to Branson with some friends and stayed in a cabin and then spent the next day at Silver Dollar City. It was awesome! We are happy to have Season's Passes there this year. We plan on going again next week when my parents and brother come into town.

The only thing that made me sad about Silver Dollar City is that Noah is too short to go on the kids rides. He can only go on the baby rides. It bothered me so bad that I measured all his friends at playgroup, which was at my house last week, and they are all tall enough to go on the rides. Just not Noah. It makes a mom sad. :(

Anyways! This next thing should get a separate post. But I'm playing catch up, so here it is now. I took my first SEWING LESSON! Well, technically I took a sewing class in high school, but I was really good at asking the teacher for help a lot and she ended up doing all the work for me. I don't know how it got into my head, but I decided recently that I wanted to sew pillowcases for my whole family to take camping. Pillowcases are one of the easiest things to sew. So, I called up my friend, Jessica, who happens to teach sewing lessons and we had a blast! I can't believe I am saying that. So, here Mom, these pics are for you. I know you could never imagine your daughter on a sewing machine. Well, I am! And I even know what a bobbin is! (sew-ers, don't laugh!)

 Jared and I have been spending a lot of time running in our new double jogger. We take it out most nights and go on an hour or so run. The kids usually fall asleep and it is amazing! We have good talks, stay in shape, and it puts the kids to sleep for us. Easy!

I've also stayed busy this month preparing piano students for their recital, which is this upcoming Saturday.  Recitals are always a lot of work and I'm always glad when they are over, but I love them at the same time.

Jared went to Joplin this weekend to help in the relief efforts.  He mostly moved big trees and cleaned up debris.  He came home with lots of cuts and what appears to be poison ivy on his arms.  Poor guy!  Anyways, he couldn't believe the damage that Joplin received.  It's hard to believe how close we were to the tornado (45 min).  What a sad situation.  I have a hard time thinking about it and reading the news because it makes me cry.

I've been also keeping busy this month with my two callings at church.  One is Ward Humanitarian Leader.  We made hygiene kits for the people in Joplin.  The other is Activity Days Leader.  We had a gardening activity a couple weeks ago.  So, naturally, we decide to dress up like bunnies and plant aloe! 

The last, but most important thing I've been doing this month is taking care of these little yahoos.  We are working on potty training Noah and trying to keep enough food around for Suzy.  ha ha kidding.

We are loving life and getting very excited for Jared to graduate so we can see him more.  August is the big month.  I remind myself everyday that I can make it til then.  It will be so weird for him not to be doing school everynight from 8-midnight and on the weekends.  But as you can see, we are enjoying life in the moment too.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Time Out for Women

I am getting behind on blogging again.  But I am going to take that as a good thing.  Because if I'm not blogging, that means I am busy doing other things, not involving the internet.  I have been feeling like an internet junkie lately and I don't like it.  And neither do my kids.  So, you'll most likely only catch me online during the week at night after the kids are in bed. 

Anyways, last weekend!  I went to Oklahoma City with some friends.  It was a blast!  We went to Time Out for Women aka a big Deseret Book Commerical.  It was good though and it was a great get away!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Summer Wreath

I don't think I've ever been known for being super crafty, but there are some things that I do like to make.  I really wanted a pretty spring/summery wreath for our front door, but couldn't really find what I had in mind, especially not in the price range I wanted.
So, I just made it.
26 dollars.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bonuses of being a mom

Mother's Day.  It already seems like such a long time ago.  But Mother's Day last Sunday was good to me this year.  I think Jared wanted to make up for the last few Mothers Days that we have had together where he did not make me feel special ("You're not my mom").  So, he spoiled me rotten!  And I loved every second!

I got the one thing I asked for:

(My floors are looking good!)

And something that I wished for, but never expected to get!

Now I REALLY feel like a mom.  This bad boy is hardcore!

In addition to great gifts, breakfast, a poster, a singing card, a great church meeting, and a cookout with the family, I got to hang out with these little people:

Lucky me.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Happy Post

Day 29 - A picture Pictures that can always make you smile


Monday, May 2, 2011

Why I need Faith

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

... that something could happen to any of these three people.  I want to shield all of them, especially my kids from the dangers and bad things of the world.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Camping- Horseshoe Bend

We went camping for the first time as a family on Friday.  We hope it will be the first of many times this summer.  Since this was our first time, we expected that we'd be working out some kinks.  To be honest, the trip was a little worse than we expected.  It took us about 3 hours to set up camp (first time setting up the tent, setting up the lantern, etc) and to cook dinner.  We opted for fajitas and they really would have been good if Jared didn't accidently overseason them.  Like by a lot.  Not edible.
Unfortunately, in an effort to be healthy and not overeat, I didn't pack other snacks besides some granola bars.  So, that's what we had for dinner.  Next time we go, this will NOT be a problem!  I will prepare for dinner failures. :)

As for important things that I forgot, there was only one.  Wet wipes.  Which is a problem when you have 2 kids in diapers and are trying to clean dirty hands and feet.

Our kids LOVED being outdoors.  Suz struggled at night though.  But that is because by the time morning came, she had her FIRST TOOTH.  Unfortunately, that tooth kept all of us (minus Noah) up for over half of the night.

If any of you readers would like to join us camping this summer, let us know!  We would love to go together!  I'm sure Suzy will be better next time.  Don't let that hold you back.  It's not going to hold us back!  We'll be back in the woods next weekend.