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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Since we moved here, we've been pretty solid on consistent family scripture study at night.
For the first time ever, pretty much. We went in phases over the years of doing it, then not. But now we are on the ball and have been for over a year. It's not much - just a few verses each, each night...but it's better than nothing!
Brianna reads great, but the twins aren't quite there yet. So they repeat after us, or just sit and hold the scriptures in their lap.
Lately, Bennett has been asking for HIS turn to read....solo, no help.
And what comes out of his mouth is hilarious. I need to video it. Just a mashup of all the scripture phrases, plus whatever he makes up...."it came to pass that all the children said, hi Jesus, we love you. Please share some toys, " "And thus, Nephi and Noah went on a walk and saw lots of Lamanites on the ark."
It's fantastic. Love this boy.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
I love volunteering in Brianna's classroom. I would do it so much more if I didn't have my 3 sidekicks. It makes Brianna so happy when I'm there. So I make it work once/month for art time. It's fun!
I took these pics partly for selfish reasons - the yearbook staff asked for photos, and I want to make sure Brianna gets her picture in the yearbook as much as possible because that would delight her :)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
To celebrate, I spent a little time (oh, only like 6 hours....) putting together this video!
I've got a love/hate relationship going with Windows Movie Maker. So time consuming.
But a love/LOVE relationship going with Brian McKell! :)
I really do sincerely feel so blessed to have him.
We've got a great life together...and this is just the beginning!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
And I know what you're wondering.... why isn't everyone else in this photo lucky enough to have a bright neon shirt with puff paint writing?! So sad for them. But... it WAS Mother's Day. So I earned the privilege. I will cherish my "World's Best Mom" handmade shirt forever :)
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
I was so excited to find the editing feature that allows me to color just one object in a photo and make everything else black&white.
So I kept the bright red color on the apples and I just love how it turned out.
It's one of the those gifts that I was so excited to GIVE!
Brian finished his annual National Sales Meeting in Chicago. He has a great time at these - lots of work, and lots of play. It wasn't fun having him gone for 5 days, but I'm glad he enjoys his job and the people he works with.
He officially won the FitBit contest! Earned some cash and an Apple Watch...whatever that is.... Who wants to buy our new Apple Watch? :)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
A long flight on a tiny airplane with 4 small children by myself.
It's especially fun when one of those is a restless toddler.
Navigating through long terminals with all our heavy carry-ons....tracking down our rental car...500 potty trips...long security lines...the stares of shock at our parade...defending us against the infectious diseases that undoubtedly are trying to attack us via crowds of germy travelers...
Brian came back with some *interesting* new apparel :)
Brian was quite delighted to be the center of attention for a few moments. In fact, I recall him saying, "Yes - this is how it SHOULD be. Celebrate my birthday ALL month!"
Friday, May 8, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Her health has been getting worse these past few months (years? Days?)
Tonight we rushed to the ER to see her, thinking it might be goodbye...but the pressurized ventilator is keeping her alive.
One lung collapsed, one infected.
Dad and Scott Tolman gave her a Priesthood Blessing.
There was such a calm spirit in the room during that.
I hated to leave, but had to go relieve my dear friend Kara from watching my kids + Lily.
She was an angel.
Charity did NOT go easy on her....ugh.
Love my baby, but the dependence on me and me only...Very inconvenient in emergencies!
Praying for SammyJo.
I just want her to be free of pain and discomfort....
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
She looked so angelic as I did my morning sneak-out from our room...
Had to snap a picture.
I just wanna squeeze and smooch her...
No, wait, no.
That would wake her up.
And I NEED her to keep SLEEPING!!!
So sleep on, angel face. Sleep on.
(ps - these Bubble Guppy jammies are Courtney's favorite and she gets so excited when Charity wears them)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
We randomly decided to stop at North40 on the way home. It's the former Big R, basically like a farm supply store.
And there were chicks!
I almost want to start a farm and raise these cuties.
Wait, no. I can barely keep humans and flowers alive. I will not attempt more.
So - good thing we can visit the baby birds at the store!
Friday, May 1, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
These kids are a blast.
I love being YW Prez and getting to hang out with them (most of the time :)
They had uneven numbers, so I got to be on a team.
For a little while, I forgot that I'm like 13 years past being a Laurel and I need to act my age, not theirs :)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
It was by the gorgeous Sprague Lake, with a very photo-op worthy vista.
THE SEAGULLS ATTACKED!!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Scooting down the stairs and telling me random stories about Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia.
Her daily ensembles and conversations and spirit are just so endearing. I see her like this and I want to freeze time....
|Look close - zoom in on the water - it's so clear you can see huge fish!|
We're lucky the kids are all pretty good travelers, even Charity. They slept, snacked, read, talked.... and I only heard a few, "Are we THERE yet?"s So the drive wasn't too horrid. Though it still seemed very LONG. I don't even know how I managed that insanely long Utah drive a year ago all by myself with them. Craziness.
|Breakfast on the beach!|
|Late night bonfire on the waterfront|
|Early morning reading time in the hotel room, waiting for Charity to wake up|
Saturday, April 25, 2015
But I just love this church's Easter and Christmas-for-kids programs, and their summer Vacation Bible School.
All their programs are free, so I haven't had the opportunity to give BACK to this organization.
I don't enjoy feeling like a moocher.
So when I saw they were having a big fundraiser evening event, I jumped at the chance to buy tickets!
Which normally I would definitely think twice about, at $70/couple.
But I'm so glad we went - it was lovely. I had never been to the Manito Country Club - at $10K/yr member fees, it wasn't exactly a Smith family hangout while I was growing up.
But that was the venue for this event, and it was gorgeous! The grounds were amazing.
There was a live auction, silent auction, raffle, dinner, live entertainment, and we even met another LDS individual there!
Brian got VERY into the live and silent auction - I think he enjoyed the bidding process, and we ended up buying a few fun items.
Overall - super fun date night.
And the kids had fun being babysat at Dad & Mom's.