Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oh! how I love him...

Happy Birthday to my favorite 15 year old in the whole wide world.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cheer 2010

This past fall I coached a cheer squad made up of Reagan and McKinley's friends. Six 4th graders and Six 3rd graders. They were the sweetest, cutest, funnest bunch of girls and we had such a good time. It was a lot of work but I think it was a memory that my girls will remember forever. Here are some pics from our photo shoot last month and throughout football season.

McKinley, age 10
Reagan, age 8
Reagan and her BFF, Alexa

McKinley and her BFF, Susie

Sunday, November 7, 2010

FHE idea: Living after the manner of happiness

2 Nephi 5: 27 "And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness."
Those were Nephi's words. Why? What were they doing that made them live happily?
If you go back and start with vs 6 you can see 7 reasons why. This is a great FHE activity. See if your family can find them.
(vs. 6) Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and also Zoram and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those who would go with me. And all those who would go with me were those who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God; wherefore, they did hearken unto my words. (they were together with their families)

7 And we did take our tents and whatsoever things were possible for us, and did journey in the wilderness for the space of many days. And after we had journeyed for the space of many days we did pitch our tents.

8 And my people would that we should call the name of the place Nephi; wherefore, we did call it Nephi.

9 And all those who were with me did take upon them to call themselves the people of Nephi.

10 And we did observe to keep the judgments, and the statutes, and the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of Moses. (Keeping the commandments)

11 And the Lord was with us; and we did prosper exceedingly; for we did sow seed, and we did reap again in abundance. And we began to raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind. (they had gardens and animals)

12 And I, Nephi, had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass; and also the ball, or compass, which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord, according to that which is written. (scriptures)

13 And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly, and to multiply in the land.

14 And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any means the people who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us; for I knew their hatred towards me and my children and those who were called my people. (they were prepared just in case something bad came upon them)

15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.

16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine. (temple attendance)

17 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cause my people to be industrious, and to labor with their hands. (hard working people)
I know that these things are what make me happy too. My family, the gospel, being prepared and having peace of mind, going to the temple, reading my scriptures, and being anxiously engaged in good things that bless my family, home, and those around me are what make us happy. I love Nephi. I love the scriptures. I love having access to the fullness of the gospel.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

IF I Lived in utah this is where I would be on September 30th

homecoming 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

makin' mums

Lindsey and Sharon (the best aunts in the world) helped me put some beautiful homecoming mums together for the girls this weekend. We had a nice mum-making weekend while all the boys watched football and went out on the boat with the kids. It was so fun. My sister, Lindsey, really out-did herself on Jensen's mum.. Granted, jensen will have to go see the chiropractor first thing Saturday morning after wearing her mum all day....THAT SUCKER IS HEAVY but it was GREATLY appreciated.

Sharon did a great job on Reagan's mum.

The finished products

Sunday, September 5, 2010

your welcome

This is how I keep my sanity in the morning,
When it is time to pack up lunches...

We call them the

"lunch-on-the-go baskets"

It goes a little something like this:

(today, I am a little low on treats but you get the idea)

It doesn't matter if you are a 5 year old or a 10th grader, you can pack up your own healthy lunch any day of the week with these simple instructions. Because I have 5 school kids that prefer homemade lunches, it can get a little crazy.

It could help you maintain your sanity every morning too.

Your welcome :O)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

purely for posterity

First Day of School 2010-2011
August 23rd 2010

Jensen, 10th grade

McKinley, 4th grade

Reagan, 3rd Grade

Tanner, 9th Grade

Brady, kindergarten

Sunday, August 22, 2010

a last, fond look

Before we pack lunches, set out clothes, and set our alarms for an early morning wake-up time;
we would like to reflect back on summer 2010.
"let's get crackin'..."

Dinner at joe's Crab shack in San Antonio was a highlight.

Everyone liked the 4D movie at Fiesta TX too.

We spent countless hours by the pool.

Cheer camp was a blast.

Jensen and Tanner had the time of their lives at EFY in Provo on the BYU Campus. Seriously folks. That was the best 1,000 dollars we spent all year. It made a huge impact on both of them.

Fun with Scooby Doo!

Gotta love some roller coaster action.

Reagan and Brady won these capes at the midway in San Antonio.

We caught some shows at Sea World

more rides at Sea World...

All in all it was great fun.
The end.