Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Adventures with mom the plant eater

I'm looking forward to this tomorrow and inviting a bunch of friends!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Night out with sisters and MAMAMIA!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Finished the BoM !!

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Brianna: "She hasn't eaten much. She probably wants to wait until we leave her alone. But we dont want to ever leave her alone!"

Saturday, March 18, 2017

LaserTag at Wonderland!

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Ears pierced!

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   Brianna has been looking forward to this day for years! Zero fear of those piercing guns. She went in and boldly, gleefully, let them shoot amethyst (purple) earrings into her cute little lobes. Nonny got the honor of taking her on this outing. Lily joined in the piercing (round two for her - the first set had to be removed, sadly, cuz they sunk in and got stuck). Courtney went and watched and has declared she never wants her ears pierced! Ok with me - I don't need another baby growing up too fast! Actually I thought I'd be more sentimental about this milestone in life. I'm not really. Too much else going on? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜•  

Friday, March 17, 2017


St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday. So easy. No pressure. Nothing to make/bake/give....Just wear green! We don't do the whole Leprechaun thing for a couple reasons... I don't like lying to my kids, even if it's just for fun and imagination. And... there are other things I need/want to do with my limited time :)  But wearing green? We can do that!
I hope they always are as sweet and excited about these fun little holidays and never get those smug, I'm-too-cool-for-this  teenagery attitudes about them. Stay green forever!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


But I'm not tell anyone what I'm mailing! TOP SECRET! To be revealed in the next year or two at most ;)

Monday, March 13, 2017


At my conference with Courtney's teacher, she showed me a sample of Courtney's work. The students were instructed to write anything they wanted to and draw a picture to go along with it. This is what Courtney did! ❤❤❤

Friday, March 10, 2017

Zag day at school!

We have zero Zag gear for our kids. No shirts or sweaters or headstuff... nada.  We're poor, sad excuses for Spokanites.  Fortunately, I have this ONE Zag shirt in my closet. Literally have never worn it. Grabbed it at a yard sale once for a quarter I think. Obviously an inspired decision ;)   So I'm glad at least one of our kids got to dress up for Zag day at school! Not surprisingly the one who volunteered also insisted on keeping her other shirt underneath...."cuz it just goes together so great!"  :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017


I can't say enough how much we're loving Martial Arts!! The instructor,  Opal, is fantastic.  So patient with these squirrely students. They're learning such great skills. And I can't get over how relatively inexpensive it is.
They earned their next belt today, whoohoo!

Getting Brianna to practice

She has a love/hate with piano. Her teacher is awesome and lessons always go well....but getting her to actually sit down and do a solid practice session without me reminding her or sitting right with her is challenging, especially if we haven't gotten to it til the end of the day.
But one thing that does help is me offering to braid her hair or rub her shoulders while she plays. THEN she cooperates QUITE well,  ha. If someone did that for me I'd be on the piano alllll day :) 

Why I haven't been running

Cuz I reallyreally love doing the Stairmill while watching Netflix! I can't watch Netflix while running as easily....and I'm not a fan of running in the ice/mud stuff we've got going....and it's better for my knees....and there's probably deeper psychological issues related to competitive running PTSD here but we'll just blame it on how much I like escaping into Gilmore Girls episodes :)
There aren't a lot of things I'm really good at in this world....but Stairmilling is one of the few. 60 min on this sucker at 104 steps/min, 400 floors....that's good stuff! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Official first night as roommates!

Help Courtney pre

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Fast Sunday weekend

I love that part of my faith includes fasting 24 hrs on the first Sunday of each month. It's such an awesome principle that literally would solve world problems if everyone observed.  It's such a small sacrifice compared to the blessings received from it. Physically, there's irrefutable evidence demonstrating the health benefits to going without food for short periods of time (like, ahem, 24 hours). Socially/economically, isn't it awesome we get to make Fast Offerings and give the money we would've spent on food to those in need! And spiritually, there's a beautiful strength gained from making a sacrifice, dedicating our fast to a special desired blessing/cause. I have an absolute testimony these prayers are heard.  
I like to making Temple Attendance part of my Fasting weekend.  I start my fast saturday afternoon, go to the temple, visit Sammy, attend church sunday morning (testimony mtg! Always interesting to see who goes up ;) , and end my fast Sunday afternoon. It's honestly my favorite weekend each month!  Bonus: my visit with Sammy included our first outdoor walk of the year. Yay for not-freezing temps!

Vitamin D and bubbles


I didn't know if I'd be able to do this event  (that I was peer pressured into signing up for and wasn't too excited about doing), but man I'm so glad that we did!!!! Brianna had SO much fun pedaling for an hour! The music and energy was awesome!! Then she won the prize drawing!!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Feelin luckyπŸ“—πŸ’ΆπŸ‘½πŸ’šπŸ‘½πŸ’πŸ¦πŸΈπŸπŸŠπŸ›πŸ‰πŸπŸˆπŸŒ±πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ΄πŸƒ⚓⛪πŸ“ΆπŸ“³♻

It's time for the changing of the holiday decor! Byebye Valentines, hello St. Patrick's Day. It's a lot of work hauling everything up and in and out....but worth it to see how excited the kids get!
I like St Patrick's Day. It's easy. Just wear green!πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

Problem solving preschoolers

Cute as buttons

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   Their assignment today was to wear as many buttons on their clothes as possible. It was also spirit shirt day. I wonder if we are the only ones who thought of attaching the buttons to the spirit shirt  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March family goals

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Get well notes from my babies

Holding bubbles

Monday, February 27, 2017


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   Ankle feels significantly better today! Swelling down, pain minimal, swimming felt great! I'll never take my healthy body for granted again. At least I'll try harder not to. It's interesting.... we all take things for granted when they're going well and don't realize the blessings til they're gone usually. This little setback I'm experiencing is so inconsequential in comparison to what I see around me.... I have a friend in the hospital, Vanessa, receiving chemo treatments for leukemia. She has three small children. My friend from BYUH, Jeremy, just got diagnosed with ALS. He has six small children and will be in a wheelchair soon. My parents both have aching body parts. Brian's cousins are mourning the loss of their mother. These are just small examples in my little world. Outside of it on a grander scale I know there's much much more and worse suffering.  It's hard to see such good people experiencing sadness and trials.  But I have absolute faith that there's purpose to all of this and that our Heavenly Father is in charge and everything will work out. Just gotta keep believing, working, loving, serving, and choosing joy.   

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Brianna collaged ❤

My little tech savvy first born took my phone for a while and came back with this for me:

Baby fail

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   This is what happens when I try to throw together a diaper cake last minute while nursing a newly sprained ankle and managing 4 wild kids. Not my best work. Whatever. They're just going to get pooped in. I'm actually quite relieved and grateful I made it thru that baby shower at all. Wanted to cancel so bad. But I committed, and was bringing gifts from mom plus Lisa Chaffin, so I made it happen. Had to do the foot pedals with my left foot only while elevating my right ankle. Super safe, right. I had to use crutches to get around. So awkward. I hate getting attention/spotlight like that. I feel like a hypochondriac. Prayingprayingpraying this goes away soon. I need to walk!!  


I sprained my ankle racing down the fireman pole at Get Air and it hurts so freaking bad πŸ˜’πŸ˜·πŸ˜©πŸ˜πŸ˜–πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

No more monkeys sleeping in my bed

Brian's out of town  (Utah, Marilyn's funeral), so these kiddos take it as open invite to invade the empty spot in my bed. An empty spot I actually enjoy spreading out over.
Trying to be kind and loving, since apparently this is the highlight of their little lives...and I do recall as a kid being excited when my dad left on trips, begging to sleep in my mommy's bed....
But i got all of like 3 hours sleep. I like sleep. I need sleep. I don't like the world without sleep.
So....sorry kids...you wanna sleep in my bed? Fine, I'm sneaking out and sleeping in yours!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bball refs

Happy body

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   Coming home from a good workout to this yummy skillet of veggies and eggs is seriously so satisfying  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Byebye green couches!

It's weird how getting rid of furniture pieces that have been part of your everyday,  for years, is kindof a big deal! I'm not super sentimental about STUFF, but it was definitely an odd feeling saying adios to these two staples of our family room. And my parent's family room before that. But it was time! Looking forward to our two new couches coming Friday! Redecorating/refurnishing is fun. And expensive. And...liberating?  I know I'm truly an adult when I buy my own furniture vs accept hand-me-downs :)

Seven going on seventeen

Half day at school,  Mere working, mom and dad at PT appts, so we picked up Lily! Always happy to have her over. Brianna's best little buddy  (most of the time ;)
Lily's been acting very sassy/mature lately, so I told her she's acting like a teenager.  She replied, "hmph, because I AM! Whaddup, PEACE!"
Oye. Here we go!