Saturday, October 12, 2019

Gen Conf tally marks ✅

To help our kids pay better attention during General Conference, we invented a fun little system:
They create a list of words they think they might hear. Not simple words like "a" "the", etc. But gospel related words like "Jesus Christ" and "family" and "Heaven."
They make a tally mark for each time they hear the word.
Brianna has learned that this can be a lucrative thing...
From five sessions last weekend (and not even paying attention during a bit of each!) she made 1,250 tally marks! That's $12.50! 💰 Courtney earned about $7 and Bennett $2.76. Perhaps as they get older they'll be more motivated ;)
Hopefully next year Ivan, Ciarra and Charity will be ready to do this too! For this year... we just let them play quietly and have snacks while watching :)💛

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Charity’s Shape Monster

I could listen to this cute girl read this cute story alllll day

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

sweet little chairbear

brianna in charge of family night

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sent from my mobile.


Courtney calls me from recess 😆

Makes me melt

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bubble bath

She wanted a picture!
Gotta do it while I still can...
she'll be too old for it someday soon 😢
But enjoying it now!!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

😴 Charity

My funny little 5yr old loves to sleep with eye cover on her forehead 🤷‍♀️ 😂
Throw pillow instead of her reg one 🤷‍♀️ 😂
On a gymnastics on the ground instead of her bed 🤷‍♀️ 😂
And by morning, she will have wobbled her way into my bed and be snuggling with Brian and I the rest of the night.
I love every inch of her 🥰

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Out of my children's mouths lately

I've been meaning to post this for a long time! I love documenting the funny things my kids say.  Here's a snippet I've noted down over the last year or so:

Bennett: "Hey Charity, do you think sin wins? NO!!!! Jesus wins."

Courtney: "I just can't stand it when the guinea pig gives me that cute look. I have to give her whatever she wants!"

Bennett: "Hey mom, I'm an exotic boy!"
Charity to Meredith: "Heeeey, you look familiar!"

Bennett: "I'm going to be overdramatic!" 
Brianna: "ooooo, my hair is so incredibly amazing!!"

Courtney: "Let's have a flumb war with our flumbs!"

Charity: [after I ask her to please pick up something] "UUUGGGHH!!! I have to do eeevvverything!!"

Bennett: "Mommy I'm sad. YOU KNOW WHAT I NEED!! [puts his arms out to hug me].

Charity: "Hey we're passing that new costco, they're doing such gweat pwogwess!" 

"Mommy, I know you'd be so happy if I learned how to write my name and do all my letters, and jump higher than this" [demonstrates her best effort in jumping high]

Charity: "If I say please,  I get whatever I want!"

Courtney : "That cake looks so good! Well, not like good for my body, just like good for my mouth."

Bennett: " it's so cool that when you make mistakes, you learn more! And even when you make mistakes, your brain grows bigger!"

Charity: "I want a sandwich with butter and peanut butter and jam and honey and toast on it."

Bennett: "if a giant swallowed me,  I'd just hang on to his lungs and climb back up!"

Another one from Bennett:

"What if you were born wearing a shirt because as you came down from heaven they gave you a sewing machine so you made one while waiting in mommy's tummy! 

Charity: "Mommy, did you happy cry when I squeezed out of your belly? What was wrong with you, didn't you want it to happen?" 

Bennett: "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless us to get our blessings. And bless all the poor people not to be poor anymore."

Brianna: "I'm thinking I will give all my kids the same first and middle names so that it's easy to remember."

Bennett: (in reference to a guy encouraging us to donate money to a nonprofit organization) "Mom, I don't want to donate any money to them, because they don't believe in Prophets." 

"Courtney, we shouldn't quarrel."

Charity: "If I was a grown-up, I would just go to Chuck E cheese all the time. And if I was a bunny, I would just let everyone pet me all the time."

Courtney: "Wonderland workers shouldn't need to get paid. They should just be happy to work here!"

Church love 💕

Bethany makes signs for Charity then holds them up, points and whispers, "LOOK Charity!!"
So cute! I love how much these cousins love each other 💛💛

Thursday, August 1, 2019

What to blog?!

So... here's the deal:
I want to keep blogging. Been doing it like 11 years now pretty consistently as it'd be a shame to give up now. But...I'm like all over Instagram with documenting our adoption journey and can barely keep up with that.
So what to do?
Here's what I'm thinking:
I'll blog all the stuff I want to remember but doesn't necessarily fit in with my Instagram agenda. Like this cute note Brianna wrote papa. He's our hero!! He fixes stuff!!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Arjun’s bday 🎉 party

I love Spokane and I love tennis! 🎾

After my tennis match on the south hill, we stopped for a little scenic picture on High Drive!
Looking at this picture, it's obvious that I need more children 😉 41 hours till departure!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Backyard crafting

Friendly beating

I'm glad Bennett has dude friends to beat on each other with 💛😂

Praying for Coach!

Gosh I love this man. He's been so special to me, an undoubtedly more instrumental in my life than I can even comprehend. I hope he gets more years of life 💛


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Dad’s owie

ATV accident.
We're just super grateful it wasn't worse than this!! He'll be ok! Still so scary to be driving to the ER with only the info that "dad got hurt on the 4wheeler." 😢 😱

Road trip to Leavenworth!

Friday, July 12, 2019


We've been working hard on our performance for the family reunion! Today they practiced for their first audience: Judy :) I just love her.
And we've got work to do to perfect this!!

DFG followup

I got to make these fliers for the Women's Conference to followup from our DFG project :) 🇰🇪

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CONDITIONAL tea party invitations 🤔

Note the difference... Courtney and Charity are invited to the party...I'm invited to the party too....IF I bring the treats and drinks 😉 😂

Monday, July 8, 2019

Family scripture study, led by Courtney

Sent from my mobile.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Goofy sleepers

Bearded Charity

Property view

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Courtney is the first member of our family to ever participate in the world's largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament! 
Her team was the "Royal Princesses" and my friend Roze coached them. So cute! She had a great time participating in the 2 Saturday games, and didn't mind at all skipping the Sunday one. :)