Showing posts from July, 2013

forty six

Brent turned forty six yesterday.  Wow!  A birthday that big calls for a two part celebration. It started on Friday.  We all  went to Hawaiian Falls for the day.  (except Jensen who was working.)  :O( But even my sister and her family were able to join us.
Tanner with his cute cousin, Hank.

 Can you tell we kind of like that kid?
and on TUESDAY, his actual birthday,  we celebrated at Twisted Root Burger. Instead of cake, we had custom milkshakes.  I can't think of  a better way to celebrate such a great hubby, dad, and person.
We are a lucky crew to have him at the helm.

Baptism Day

Brady took the plunge on Saturday and was baptized.

 This is the great group of men that participated in his confirmation.  (Left to Right)  Matt Lloyd, Mike Hennefer, John Sallaway, Brent, Wells B. Anderson, Jake Wortham, and Herc Rainey. Tanner baptized him and Brent performed the confirmation.
I gave the talk on Baptism and Brother Rainey (Brady's adopted grandpa) gave the talk on the Holy Ghost.  Reagan and McKinley offered prayers and Jensen led the music.  It was truly a family affair.
I am sad I didn't get more pictures but we were so caught up seeing old friends that I just plum lost track of time and before I knew it, it was time to start.  It meant so much to us that Lindsey and her family, Tyler and Amy, Mimi, Greg , Sharon, Poppy, and the Hennefers all came.
Afterward we went back to our place for Brady's favorite thing: homemade chicken pot pie and swimming.  
It was a wonderful day for all.

bright idea: 5 minute room rescue

I wish it was my brain child.   But it's not.   I stole it from flylady and then revised it to fit my family.  She calls it a 20 minute room rescue.   Usually, we only need 5 to rescue rooms pretty well.
Saturday mornings we work hard doing our chore auction and cleaning every nook and cranny in the house.  But I have noticed now that we have 9am church and are able to lounge around the house the better part of the day on Sunday - come Sunday evening its a clean but un-tidy mess again.
So that's when I pull out this.
 And we draw 12 little slips of paper from it.  And you get to run and spend five minutes tidying up whatever room you draw.  It's like a game and usually everyone is happy to chip in and bring order back to the house.  Everyone usually does two slips of paper and we have one parent go around and check things.   It works like a charm.   Your welcome.

mean mom idea for encouraging timely gratitude

Here's a tip from me, for what it's worth. Some might accuse me of being a  mean mom for doing it this way.   (Please suspend judgement until the end.)
Fact #1: Brady got a TON of birthday presents at his party.  So many that it was a little overwhelming.  In fact, here is the haul.  See for yourself.   ( I really am in awe of how generous people are each and every time my kids have a party, btw.)
Fact #2:  Gratitude, feeling it and expressing it, are kind of a big thing in my house.  
Fact #3:  The thought of getting all those thank you notes written by an 8 year old boy  in a timely manner makes my head spin.  Of course he was so excited about all of it and couldn't wait to open them all and play with them. 
Fact #4: It hasn't been 24 hours yet since he opened all the above presents and all but three of the thank you notes are written without any nagging or prodding from me.  He is more than happy to write each and every one.
2013 thank you note miracle, you say?

swim meet

I need to start with a disclaimer.  I don't have any pictures of my littlest swim teamer because he is such a social butterfly that between events he was off with friends and I never got any pictures of him but he was definitely the most improved swimmer from our family.  Bringing home the blue (1st place) for every individual event he swam (3 of them) and a red for his relay.  Way to go Brady!  Kiki, Henley, Reagan, and Marrin.  Beautiful bunch of girls.  But I had to get a picture of this cute relay team comprised of the girls and our neighbors.  They DOMINATED the medley relay and brought home the blue.  What a cute bunch of kids.

Brady's Big Ole' Birthday Bash

Brady celebrated turning 8 this past weekend and boy howdy was it a rockin' party.
 Brother Rainey had the distinction of being the oldest party guest invited.   and my nephew, Grant was the youngest.

And what 8 year old boy party would be complete without swimming and pool hoops.   Each boy got a water squirter and they were a huge hit.
 But the Kona Ice man was an even bigger hit.  Brady was surrounded by so many good friends

Aunt Lindsey was there. Uncle Kyle and  Baby Hank. and lots of other people that our family loves.

Swallowed up in the Will of the Father

This past weekend, I felt prompted to seek out the advice of a couple from our old ward regarding a stupid, bothersome trial we have been dealing with.  We love this couple with all of our hearts and both of us think of them as spiritual mentors and parental figures.  One of the hardest things about moving from our old ward  to this one was leaving behind these treasured friends.
We walked away after two hours of counseling with them with some terrific advice that I have been thinking about.  The counsel they gave was to submit our will a little more in one particular area of our lives.  It reminded me of this talk that was brought up one day at Institute last Spring.  (Man, I miss Institute!  Can't wait til that starts back up in the fall.)
I have included parts of the talk here.  It is from Elder Neal A. Maxwell and it's called "Swallowed up in the Will of the Father.".
I think I have some room to improve .... 

To the extent that we are not willing to be led by the…

a fun 4th and 5th

We had a great 4th of July - and 5th.  We went to the Pace's for barbecue and swimming with some other great families from our church and then we all went over to watch Fireworks together and play with poppers.  We aren't allowed to do fireworks.  :O/

 On the 5th, Brent took the day off too so we decided to venture off to one of our favorite summer spots, the Sherman Pool.  As you can see, we had a blast.

Have I mentioned how much I love Summer?