Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
I impulsively decided to just stop on by and join her!
Her face when she saw me.... that made my day.
She was SO sincerely, genuinely delighted.
I can't imagine her being any more excited if we had told her she was going to Disneyland or something.
The twins loved it - they went and got their trays like little pros.
Brianna's friends were in shock - they thought it was so cool that Brianna's mom came, and brought 3 "little kids" along!
I better enjoy this while I can, right?!
I can only imagine that it won't be long before she won't be so delighted to have me join her at school lunch....
It was over all too soon. They only get 20 minutes for lunch!
But we went out to recess with her too.
Which was insane. All those children are WILD! Pure chaos out there. I don't think I could handle working in a public school setting.
Side note... I keep debating between paying for school lunch or packing from home. Which is more cost-effective, healthier, etc.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
And this was the view along the whole course! Mirabeau Park and the Centennial Trail are incredible.
Meredith and I pride ourselves in being VERY mature around port-a-potties.....
Warm up squats!! :)
This was all her idea, I promise.
She was hyped up on caffeine. And when she's like that.... she's a lot of fun :)
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I love hugs.
I really do (unless they're the awkward kind with non-family members you didn't really want to hug, like one time when Brian's boss hugged me goodbye. Weeeeeird).
And I totally believe any research report finding a correlation between number of hugs per day and any positive outcome - up to and including reduced stress, elevated happy hormone levels, alleviation of all physical and emotional discomforts, eradication of poverty and chronic disease....
Hugs save the world.
A typically needy and insanely wiggly baby, Homeschool preschool for the twins, piano & school for Brianna, President of the Young Women program at Church, my UtahRunning.com job, house projects, trying to stay in shape, a million emails to catch up on.... I feel like there are a hundred balls being thrown at me and I can only catch half of them. Brian travels SO much - Chicago for long trainings, then all over the PNW for overnight sales trips. Even when he's home, he's got so much to do. We get 1-2 hours with him each day.
So I'm running this ship solo (though I'd NEVER, even jokingly, say I'm "single-momming it." Hate it when women do that. Real single moms don't have husbands making sure paychecks come in).
And of course, I'm super grateful my parents are nearby to help when needed. But I don't wanna have to rely on them - they've got stuff too.
It just gets tiring to feel like I'm treading water all the time.
I was feeling especially down this afternoon, so I said a prayer asking for help. Not for help to make my responsibilities go away. That's not going to happen. But just for ENERGY to do it all. And have a good attitude about it.
I went online to LDS.org (I have to prepare to speak at a baptism tomorrow night - just another item on the list!) And I couldn't believe the homepage. I took a screen shot of it:
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!!! Peoples - God is real! He knows me! He loves and cares for me! The Church is true. And I can keep going because I know that. I'm so grateful for this sign from Him today. Now back to that never ending to-do list :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
But that's not what's interesting about this. Interesting - borderline embarrassing.
On each day of the calendar, I have written down what OUTFIT I wore! Not only that - what SHOES I wore, and how I DID MY HAIR.
Why?! Oh, I'm sure for some totally rational purpose, like not accidentally wearing the same thing too frequently. Cuz I'm so sure all the other sophomores were REALLY paying attention to that and it would've been soooo humiliating to put on the same Abercrombie jeans on a Monday then AGAIN the following Thursday! GASPINHORROR!!!
Oh sheesh. I had a good head-shake at myself over this, and it went into the recycling bin.
I just hope my daughters never get wrapped up in such superficiality.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Just wanted to hug her and make sure her day is going well. Its only the second day of school and Im already looking forward to summer break!
So we swing by and I asked to have her called to the office really quick. I think they were annoyed with me.
I got my hug.
We all did!
Whew. I think I can make it til 3:30 now....
Friday, September 5, 2014
We found a teacher in our neighborhood! I'm so excited, she is fantastic. And reasonably priced.
I think Brianna is ready. Part of me says to wait another year or two...she'll learn more quickly ... But we don't have any other extracurriculars, (I'm NOT a fan of dance classes, and haven't found any nearby sports opportunities) so this is it for us!
I'm hanging out at this first lesson with her because she was nervous. I'm so grateful mom is watching the other kids so I can be here! (and get some great photo organizing time on my laptop)
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
I have no strong desire focus my precious time and resources towards laying down in a tent in the woods.
I'll do it to make the kids happy.... but Brian is even more willing, so I let him have the honors!
He took Brianna and Courtney to Zion's Camp - owned by our church. Near Riverside, about 35 min away. All the neighboring stakes get to use it.
It's awesome - rugged and off-the-grid enough, but with some conveniences - like fire pits, pavilions, makeshift bridges over the river, tire swings, etc.
Brian's exact text to me on their way home: "Little princesses had the time of their lives!"
Saturday, August 30, 2014
We debated between going to play tennis, going peach picking @Greenbluff, or hiking Mt. Spokane. Hiking won because Brian said he missed the mountains. He doesn't miss them anymore - we got some serious mountain time in! It was about a 30 minute drive to the trailhead, then almost 2 and a half hours of hiking roundtrip. Part of the time we stayed on the groomed trails, and part of the time we thought we'd be "smart" and bushwhack our own shortcuts. It got a little scary for awhile! But then I discovered yummy wild blueberries and huckleberries, and ate my fears away. mmmmm
It was great spending lots of time together, getting a darn good workout in, and knowing that the kids do just fine with their favorite babysitters!
Friday, August 29, 2014
And didn't even tell me about the second one!
Fortunately the fairy noticed and left the appropriate double fee (two of each size coin).
Sneaky fairy gets Brianna excited to practice adding coins :)
It's like 10 bucks at BB&B. Go get one.
It's changed my life.
I'M ACTUALLY EXCITED TO CHOP STUFF!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Glad we survived.
This is what Medline calls "Phase 2 training." There are 4 phases.
Each are a 10 day trip to Chicago. Ugh.
But it's so much easier to handle these separations now that I live by family! Mom and Mere were awesome giving me breaks from the kids.
I'm grateful his job is going well! Especially since 2 of Brian's counterparts have already been fired (including the girl pictured here!!) But Brian's been assured several times that he's doing great and his job is secure.
The top photo was taken inside one of the largest shipping/distribution facilities. Medline sells over 350,000 different health care products.
Brian has a lot to learn!
Brian spent saturday morning at the Chicago temple, then went to the beaches at the Great Lakes to go running, then study.
I'm really proud of him, because this is what he chose to spend his "free" day doing, instead of joining the other guys at the movie theaters (they saw 3 "double features" - meaning walked into one movie after the other, but only paid for one). Not too cool.
So happy he's home!! I love passing the baby off to him and having some freedom :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I hope I get around to blogging about the family reunion. It was SUPER! I just have a hard time doing long blog posts with lots of pictures. I can bust out a bazillion shorties, but big ones overwhelm me. So in case that doesn't happen, here's this! Mom's dream pictures, made reality!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
With Brian gone, I have to get it done in multiple short increments (I'm always the lawn mower - not him - because I prefer doing that to wrangling kids :)
It would take about 70 minutes if I could do it uninterrupted.
Got the one part down while Charity did her morning nap and kids played inside.
Another while she sat in swing, monitored by Brianna, twins on trampoline.
Another while she sat at highchair brought outside, snacks for all.
And the last part - while kids watched movie, baby in my front carrier. Absolutely exhausting.
But the lawn is MOWED.
Now to do it all over again NEXT Saturday... and every Saturday... until WINTER!
Friday, August 22, 2014
I'm really grateful for rain.
Simply because it saves me a lot of time - I don't have to go water the garden and flower baskets!
But sadly, it means the kids' outdoor time is somewhat limited. Fortunately, they're pretty creative.
At least, the fearless leader Brianna is, and drags the twins along with her.
Today she decided to decorate some puppets out of paper bags and put on a show for Charity and I!
We very much enjoyed it.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
At 9 months, I still quickly swaddle her before nursing her to sleep at each nap! It's amazing to me how that swaddled position seems to calm babies.
Big dark juicy Lambert variety. Mmmm.
Sunday morning, Courtney and Bennett wanted to come "help."
They did an excellent job doing absolutely nothing remotely close to helping.
When do we get to the stage where all those little hands become useful?!! :)