Thursday, May 18, 2017

Found this!

gift for mom

I put like 20 hours into this...

18 pages of stories and gratitude for all she's done for me over the past 32 years!

Guinea Pig abuse?

Yeah, that's Bacabaca in the bin of beads. Poor thing.

I'm a splendid art mom

One of the girls in Brianna's class drew this. I'm the one on the middle, apparently :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weight is relative

When I ask her to clean up her toys, it's just "sooo heavy, too hard!!"
But when she wants the giant jug of apple juice from the garage? No problem lugging it into the kitchen!!

Fashion over function

Usually I don't interfere with her fantastic wardrobe choices. They're just so entertaining. But this one looked uncomfortable so I gently informed her that socks+flipflops doesn't really work.
Her sweet little response..."But I like it mommy!"  
Ok Courtney,  you just keep being you and rocking it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sammy wasn't crazy about the guinea pig...

Sunday YW lesson

I love/hate teaching YW. 
Hate: the time it takes to prepare. I spend hours. And I don't have hours. So I feel like I get behind in everything else in life.
LOVE: Everything else about it! I love sharing what I've learned with these awesome 12-18yr old girls.  I love learning FROM these girls! I love studying the scriptures with them and learning together! There's a beautiful strong spirit in our classroom every week that energizes and refreshes my soul. I'm so grateful to observe the Sabbath day. What a loss to treat it like any other or think it's there for any other purpose than to worship our Heavenly Father. 

Today's lesson was about strengthening our testimonies. Testimonies come by revelation from the Holy Ghost. He reveals the truth to us as we pray, study, and live the Gospel. I know this is true.

During the lesson, I asked for a volunteer to come stand up. Silence. Waited. Waited. Finally,  one girl slowly came up. I smiled,  handed her a dollar, said "Here's some cash! You can go sit down now!" 
Shock and surprise from the rest! "WHAT?! I wanna volunteer!" "I'll do it!" "You didn't tell us what we'd be getting!"
I stated, "Looks like a lot of people here today missed out on an OPPORTUNITY. WHY did you miss out? Was it fear? Scared you'd have to do something dumb or hard or embarrassing? Was it apathy? You don't care and just wanna sit there and do nothing? Was it distraction? Your mind is off in la-la land, thinking of boys, school work, lunch, your phone, and everything besides what's most important right now? Was it hesitation? You wanted to volunteer,  you were just too slow? You have so many opportunities right now in your stage of life. Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, Young Womens, Personal Progress, Mutual, Seminary, Family activities,  personal prayer and scripture study....Do NOT miss out on these opportunities because of fear, laziness, distractions, apathy....because the blessings of taking advantage of opportunities are better than you can ever imagine! You think CASH is a cool prize? Live the Gospel to the fullest, develop a rock solid testimony, and you will be rewarded with the greatest "prize" you can imagine!"

Then I had some girls come up and share snippets from GenConf messages I had them prepare ahead of time, highlighting specific ways to strengthen our testimonies. 

Then, to tie it in with Mother's Day, I told them that sometimes we struggle and need to temporarily lean on others with more experience and wisdom than we have. Who better to lean on than our loving, strong mothers?! (fortunately, all my girls do have active moms, otherwise I wouldn't have done this activity of course). I handed them all a photo of themself and their mom when they were little. Then I handed them a short statement of testimony. They went around reading the testimonies, and when they thought it was the one the one their mom wrote they had to declare,  "That's my mama's testimony!!" Then they put the photo and testimony  up on the board together. It was so cool seeing them all listening so INTENTLY! At the end I put up the paper, "And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers saying..." and we all read the next sign together: "We did not doubt,  our mothers knew it!"

When your purple potato explodes in the microwave...


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   Brianna's job yesterday: empty and clean out entire pantry! Amazing how it looks like SO MUCH, but it all fit nicely into that small closet pantry, that didn't look full at all! So nice to have it all cleaned up.  Now I gotta put it back in....😨  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Just missing Lindsay!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

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   Here w/some of my princesses 👸 👸 👸 👸 - CINDERELLA!  

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Can I sue the roofing company over this?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

MSHS Block Party

The high school throws this community party every year and it's such a blast! We got to do face painting, carriage ride, games, dinner, live band, obstacle course, Annalee's theater performance, and Bennett's art was displayed!

How we feel about Summer

Sprinkler jumping!

Yay for our first warm day!!


If the weather is right, the guinea pig gets to go outside for a little bit! She loves to eat the grass. And I can't imagine she doesn't love the fresh air. Bonus: her droppings go outside! Minimize cage nastiness!

I still wouldn't mind finding a new home for her....

Monday, May 1, 2017

Painting dolly's nails

Happy view

I love looking out my kitchen window and seeing my sweet little people having fun in their giant bath tub. I probably take for granted what a blessing it is to have four beautiful healthy happy kiddos. It's humbling to look at their amazing little beings and know I helped bring them into this world. And overwhelming to plan out how I'm going to help them learn what they need to know! But I'm just so immensely grateful for the opportunity.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bennett the Brain

It was interesting to observe Bennett in the classroom...zooming ahead of everyone else on their worksheets. Showoff. ;)
And the other kids constantly asking him how to spell words! I told Bennett, "they must think YOU'RE Mrs. G!" That made him laugh. And fed his little growing ego :)

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   Early morning temple visit  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

He's so cool

Bennett gave a talk

I was so proud of him getting up there and reading his whole talk solo! Especially since we had just prepared it ten minutes before :) He's so confident and independent! 
His message was on SHARING  and how Jesus wants us to be kind and share with others 💗

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Guinea Pig lives

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not too big yet!

Our days of being able to fit them all in a cart are numbered. So I'm enjoying it while I can!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dinner date to go

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   At Christmas, Lindsay gave me an Applebee's gift card and made me promise that I would not re-gift it, or bring my kids. It had to be a date with just Brian and I. She knows me too well :-) We finally made good on that promise  ! Had to pick up curbside to go, because we didn't have time to go in before our Friday night volleyball game.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mail from Maui

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    Brianna was so excited to get the postcard that Lily and Meredith sent her from now Maui! That's right, Maui.  Lily, Meredith, Lindsay and her kids, mom and dad, and Dave's kids all went to Maui for the past 12 days. I briefly thought about going too, but it just wasn't worth the expense ! I guess I really am a homebody. I mean, I like to travel, and we do travel, but I'm pretty picky about when and how and where and why. I'm so glad they had fun , but I have zero regrets about not joining them !  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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   Yardwork for dad's birthday   

Charity can't stop the feeling

Easter is for matching skirts

My Boys

Saturday, April 15, 2017


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Egg stuffing party

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brianna at school

The staff member at their school in charge of yearbooks requested photos from parents who attended school events.  
So naturally, I'm snapping away while at school and submitting lots. 
If the yearbook is full of McKell kids, we won't be surprised :)

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