Monday, September 26, 2011

Mom I'm BORED....

Is NOT ever something I hear from Sydney. 

Sydney LOVES to do Arts & crafts and make fun things.  In the midst of unpacking our house, we had a room FULL of empty boxes and packing paper. And I mean a room FULL! 

All of the girls were "BORED" because we didn't have TV hooked up yet and there wasn't much TO DO.... Sydney found something useful to do with the paper and pieces of the boxes..

She made a campfire.  This girl amazes me.  She is so crafty and uses her imagination in so many different ways.  I hope she never stops creating

Kelsee turned 8

I am such a bad mom!  On August 28th my sweet Kelsee Nicol turned 8 years old.  Life has been so crazy with all the goings on I feel like I just can’t catch up. So here is Kelsee’s Birthday post (just a month late LOL)

My sweet girl has been counting down the days til she turned 8.  She cannot WAIT to get baptized BUT she’s gonna have to wait a LITTLE longer, til Gramma and Papa can come to visit in October.
I can hardly believe that Kelsee is 8!  Where did the time go?  I remember the day I gave birth to her the day after my oldest started Kindergarten. She came out a little red headed spitfire! And has been on the go ever since.  I can’t imagine life without our monkey.
Since her birthday was just 2 days after we got here to Michigan, she didn’t get a “party” with friends L BUT we made the best of it and celebrated as a family.  

I decorated her bedroom door, as tradition has it. I also made a BIG BIRTHDAY sign for her. 

We went to Sacrament meeting that day (it was a Sunday) and then came home and played the day away and watched tv.  Kelsee of course took no time to change into her "TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY" tshirt either

 Daddy BBQ’d Ribs and Corn on the cob for dinner and we had yummy cake. 

All in all it was a SUPER day!  I think she felt LOVED and appreciated (at least I HOPE she did)

Happy Birthday my sweet MONKEY!  We sure LOVE you and are so happy you are a part of our family!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I haven’t done a FRIDAY CONFESSIONAL in so long :L I figured it was time to get back on the bus.(LOL with my girls back in school all I think about in the AM is them riding the bus)
I am linking up for this addition of
Friday Confessional

1st off I gotta CONFESS I have STUNK at Blogging lately.  With this whole moving to Michigan thing it has made me a little down in the dumps and Not wanting to do much of ANYTHING!  

SO here we go…

I CONFESS… I am a totally sucker of a parent!  I gave in to my kids (and my marine) and LET them get a dog AND a cat!  YES I AM CRAZY!
See how it worked was they lured me into Petco to “look at the fish” (just something to do) and it just so happen to be PET ADOPTION day!  So yes  I gave in and satisfied my kids (and my marines) WANT for animals.

I CONFESS I am NOT happy with the LOADS of money it costs to care for animals! The start up cost is RIDICULOUS! Crate, food, cat litter box, litter, scratching post (so she doesn’t ruin my new couches) along with the many other things my girls NEEDED to get for them!

I CONFESS I haven't slept well since we got the animals.... the cat thinks our room is here place to be.  She LOVES to jump up on our dresser and walk around knocking all the pictures and knicknacks around. She also runs around in circles all nights with her little bell jingling and meowing.  

I CONFESS I wanted to throw "dora" (the cat, named by my 2 year old) outside this morning... being awake since 4am- thanks to the cat- is NOT my idea of a nice morning!

I CONFESS that I was a “mean” wife too and celebrating my marine’s birthday yesterday, Against his will. LOL  He is NOT big into birthdays, or holidays for that matter.  But this is the 1st year in awhile that he has actually been HOME for his birthday.  He is usually deployed so that is his excuse for not celebrating. We just had cake and homemade cards and gifts from the girls.
How did he spend his birfday?  Well he worked off course.... then came home and mowed the lawn on his riding lawn mower.

I CONFESS I FINALLY put up pictures in my new house. We have been here for 5 weeks today and I haven’t wanted to put holes in the walls.  It’s our house, we bought it . I SHOULDN’T have a problem putting things up, but I do.  So here are just a few of the things I did.

 (this is just a few things I put up. The rest of the house pictures will go up when I put my house together.... the way I want it!)

I also CONFESS that whilst I was hanging up the pictures, I was “ignoring” my 2 year old and this is what I get for that.  I CONFESS I was NOT a happy Mama!  But she thought she was so cute and if she smiled REALLY big, I wouldn’t be mad.  WRONG! But before cleaning it up, I of course, had to grab the camera.

I CONFESS that Michigan is starting to grow on me. I LOVE our yard and all the GREEN! 

 (this is our storage shed in the backyard) 

But I might have a different story when it starts to SNOW!

There you have it.... I've Confessed!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering.... 10 years later

Where was I 10 years ago when the world stopped …. I was awoken by my mom, who had called to tell me the news…”turn on the tv”, she told me. Then “what happens to Matthew now?”
Life would NEVER be the same.  I so wish that we in this country could get back to the way we were on 9/12. When everyone banded together for 1 common goal.  We supported and loved one another NO MATTER WHAT!  I think too many have forgotten what happened that day on 9/11/01 10 years ago. But I certainly have not.  Because of that day, our family has been through war deployments. These are NOT the normal 6 month deployments and then you come home safe and sound. These are the deployments that you hope and pray your loved one comes back home safe and 7 months to a year.  We are lucky enough to have our husband/daddy come home safe every time. But we have had friends who were not so lucky.  But that is the toll of war.
So many good people lost their lives on 9/11. So many people stepped up and were “angels” and saved lives. So many gave their life to save others.
I have spent the morning GLUED to the tv. Watching all the news footage and names being read and reliving that fateful day 10 years ago.  I want to share this with my girls.  I want them to know how REAL this is and what our country has become because of it.  I gathered them together this morning and we sat and cried all together. My 2 oldest were only   3 and 1 at the time. But they know now.  They asked questions and cried. It became real to them watching the planes hit the towers and watching the towers crumble.  But the stories of heroism and bravery amazed us all. Some of the stories I had never heard before.
 Luckily we as a family didn’t have to go through that loss of a family member or a friend like so many did.  But that day 10 years ago made me hug my kids a little tighter and be more grateful for what I DID have.  Life can change in an instant.  We never know, so don’t take it for granted!
This video is so powerful…. Please take a few minutes to watch it

And these will never get old. I will NEVER forget!