Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Busiest days EVER

Hosting a yard/bake sale fundraiser is no joke. Seriously took up the entirety of like 4 days. Still cleaning up afterwards. But overall it was a success! We made about 1K, and raised a lot of awareness about Days For Girls. Also - hopefully - taught my children some good lessons about serving others in big and little ways. 
It was awesome getting to talk to so many people - friends, neighbors, strangers, etc. 
And it was awesome getting my garage all cleaned out!! That felt so good!!
What a blessing to have awesome weather. The forecast had been awful just 2 days prior. But the Lord fixed that for us! 
It was also fun giving people good deals. That might sound odd, but seeing how happy they were to get their "treasures" at super cheap prices was very gratifying. 
We'll probably do it again next year....but smaller. Much smaller. :)

"new" vanity/dresser for Courtney!

This is the "after" !  I think I have a "before" pic somewhere.  Basically it was all white, covered in stickers and tape, falling apart. Now it's painted a gorgeous pink and white, new knobs, and all repaired.

I got it done at nighttime after the kids were down, so it all was a big surprise. Brian helped me get it upstairs, so that when Courtney woke up it was sitting there in her room!  She FREAKED out, it was the best!!  Giggling and squealing and jumping. Oh man, so worth every bit of paint stuck under my fingernails.

Overpriced icecream, cheap happy memories

Yeah they may charge like ten times what an icecream should cost.  But...they drive to our house with that cute music playing. And my kids squeal with joy.  So...totally worth having a stack of dollar bills at-the-ready, so they can run out anytime they hear the jingle!

Friday, May 11, 2018

China trip!!

Megan, Becky, Jenny and I had an incredible week in China!! Here's a video about our adventures: 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Courtney+Mommy time

With Brianna & Charity gone this weekend in Seattle, I'm getting lots of one-on-one (and one-on-two) with my twinsies! We played frisbee til dark, snuggled lots, read together, and worked together. We definitely missed her sisters (she mentioned it several times) but it was really nice having the QT.

My oven hero!

Dad's BFF Dale is a retired oven repairman who really doesn't like repairing ovens anymore....so I delayed asking him, trying to figure it out myself, thinking about just calling the expensive repair people (whoever they are, not even sure...Sears or something?!)...allthewhile not being able to use the bake feature, just broil....finally got my chance when my dad had Dale over to jump start my car using some fancy tool he has 😁😜
Anyways, Dale got it done super fast! Installed a new ignitor switch, just charged me for the part, so I gave him a restaurant gift card to say thank you (ok fine, it was a regiftπŸ˜„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ)
Now yay, a working oven!! Now to fix the other dozen things amiss in my house....

Sunday, May 6, 2018

sister adventure

Brianna and Charity in Seattle with NonnyPapa!
They went for Lincoln, since he's turning 12 and receiving the Priesthood. Big moment for a guy!  Super nice of mom and dad to bring a couple of our kids along with them. Brianna and Charity were super excited to play with Savana.  And CourtneyBennett are quite happy having their parents all to themselves :)  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lunch with Nonny

   Mom's so sweet, she invited us over for some super yummy homemade veggie burgers, with a killer onion relish. I brought my laptop and got some work done on editing our China pictures, while she did playdough with Charity all afternoon. Meredith and Megan came up too for a bit.
It's really great living near family :)

Brianna's school class pic

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Siz Wiz

It's really really really cool to be living where my sister can call me up & ask to take a couple of my kids with her to a Wizard of Oz play.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cherry kisses for Sammy

Mere took Charity with her  & Brianna & Lily to gymnastics, visiting Sammy in between. SO sweet.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Land ho!

This could be ours, we shall see! *Crossing every finger and toe our offer is accepted*

Spot the Medline superstar

He was quite proud to be on the front cover of the magazine.
I'm quite proud he's doing so dang well with Medline!! Seriously, he's awesome. 

Spring Break trip to Canada!

We had a really awesome trip to Canada during Spring Break!
Here's a video I made with all the pictures, videos, and some fun (funny) music and animations added.  https://youtu.be/g_Uw7vVFX00   I may have spent waaaay too much time having fun with it. Oh well. It was awesome to host the post-vacation video watching party at my house to show everyone our adventures. And fun to know it's on YouTube so I can quickly cast it up on our big screen whenever I want to entertain my kids for 16 minutes. It's the vacation that never ends :)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Picnic by the fireplace


Visiting a friend...by assignment πŸ˜‡

Charity joined me for a long afternoon visit related to my new church calling, "Self-Reliance Specialist an Compassionate Service Leader"
It's a mouthful, and a doozy of a job. But I'm up for it! Doing new things is good...I'm getting stretched, that's for sure.  Did four visits yesterday, brought meals to three sisters, helped with house cleaning, took up like my entire day. But that's ok...I like service and I've got faith that I'm doing what Heavenly Father wants  me to. 

Springing into ballet class

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Courtney the adventurous eater

This is my child who is not scared to try anything and everything!
She even puts things together that I kind of wish she wouldn't because it's just a little too weird. But she's happy and healthy and fun and I just love that about her.
This particular combination is chopped raw carrots, white cheddar shells, peas, and peanuts.

Boy cousin bonding

They're both obsessed with the Prodigy math game website!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

General Conference time!

Our family sustains our Church Leaders!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Courtney sleeping in her fort

Actually, Bennett and Charity started off the night in the fort too. But not surprisingly, they didn't make it the whole night and ended up in my bed in the morning.πŸ€”πŸ˜
Courtney is definitely my child who takes the longest to fall asleep at night and the longest to wake up most mornings! It will be interesting to see if this continues into teenage years...😱

Lily the makeup artist

Since Meredith has to go to school early in the morning, sometimes she drops off Lily at my house around 8 and then I take her to school at 9. It actually is a big help to me, because Lily is great at helping Charity get ready in the morning! She will get her dressed and do her hair, but this new edition of doing her makeup makes me laugh 😝


It might look like I know what I'm doing when my girls go out the door with cute/fun hairstyles...but I'm just winging it. Making it up as I go. And taking way too long! More practice and YouTube tutorial time needed.
I'll add that to the to-do list...πŸ™„πŸ˜₯πŸ˜²πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Brianna Ballerina

So cute to watch Brianna do her class twice a week. It's a little annoying having to pack up all the kids, take her out there, make sure dinner is ready when we come home...but hopefully worth it. And while she does class I just take the other kids to do an errand or play on the playground at Carl's Jr , so they have fun too.
She got to wear a tutu today and was in heaven!
I won't be sad in June when we're done with this session:) 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

She's so super!

Charity is so fun to bring with me to Brianna's classroom when I come for Art class. She's quite distracting to the students and teacher I think....but she's just so darn cute, I can't bear to leave her somewhere else while I go volunteer.
Plus, let's be honest....I'm always racing to get there ok time and don't wanna take the extra minutes to drop her off at Meg's or mom's. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜–
Sidenote: she loves this shirt and would wear it everyday if she could. I think because of the comments she gets from people 🀣

Friday, March 16, 2018

Listen up

I've got this obsession with making sure their ears are well cared for. My kids, plus Lily, cuz she counts as one :) For some reason it grosses me out to look in anyone else's ears. I'm so glad. I bought an otoscope. Every parent should have one, seriously. So handy. 
When they've got TOO much wax (a little is normal and healthy) I just put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in and have it sit for a minute. Sounds crazy, but it works. Softens the junk and eventually it comes out easy. 
The kids freak out at first, but now they don't mind. They even kinda like it. 

Play time!

So so so happy it's Spring!! 
Well technically winter for a few more days. But if the snow is gone and we can play at playgrounds in tshirts.... that's Spring. 
We're at St. George's School at their park. Just dropped Brianna off for her "Math is Cool" competition held here. So proud of my little mathletic mathleteπŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ’› 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Brianna's school project

But now she wants to visit Russia...

um, no.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ice bowl

TP nap

A Piggly from Nonny

Almost bought the famous Chelsea doll

DogGone cute

Found this gem while looking through old photos during a spontaneous reminiscing text conversation with Nadia this morning :)
Found some fun ones to send her.
But this one....ahhhhh!
Baby Annalee! So cute!
Waldo puppy! Loved him so much.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Skiing at Snoqualmie with linds and coug! 🎿 ❄ ☺   

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Shopping buddy

Charity is so fun to bring everywhere.  She makes something as relatively mundane as picking up new workout pants so much brighter.
I rarely buy myself new duds... But 2 of my other workout pants were DONE.  Like seams failing me. So I thought I oughtta replace before I embarrassed myself at the gym 😱😰😱😰😱


I rarely get pedicures.  And I'm not sure I've ever just gone by myself to get one.
But now I have!
With our trip coming up, and the awfulawful state of my feet... I thought it was warranted.  
Nail Spa 2000 took great care of my toes (plus leg massage!) while charity sat by watching and I got YW planning stuff done on my phone. 
 So productive πŸ˜„