THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:
Younger kids playing “Hide-and-go-Seek” in the house with some friends. This didn’t work so well when Merritt went in her room to change… Mid-change, little bodies started popping up all over her room….. 😉
Merritt and her bacon making…. She LOVES to make fresh bacon. From the other room I could hear her talking to the bacon. Ha! “Oh look at you, you just won.” She calls it her bacon cooking race. She only eats one piece of bacon as a fee for her labor. 🙂
Tess: “Moooom, these little kids don’t know who Mr. Rogers is!” I sang the theme song. Dixon’s response: “I do too know who he is! He’s my Primary teacher!”
Bryson getting stuck in Philadelphia for 3 days on his way to Italy! There was a huge storm that hit the east coast. Royce was so worried about the homeless people getting cold. 🙂 Italy with Dihana was amazing for them!
A restaurant server bringing steaming Fajitas out to a custumer while innocently whistling/flirting with Hadley (who is 12). She was so cute and turned beet red with a huge smile on her face. She just couldn’t believe he was whistling at her. 🙂
Our entire family signing up for the Spartan Race in August (minus Addy and David who will be in Ireland). Even Corbin will be home to do it with us. Bryson called and talked me into it. I might die, but will die trying to have family fun, right? They say they’ll help me…..
Feeling like a bit of loser as I see so many things I want to do for my family but can’t for multiple reasons. The number one reason is that I choose not to. Sad to say, but I really need my down time and I choose that over getting certain things accomplished. Soooo, one day the kids were asking what time they were born. I started getting all the births mixed up and thought “Oh no, they aren’t going to feel special.” I told them we could look at their baby books, but in the back of my head I was worried that I never filled things out on some of the middle kids…. We went and looked and Happy Mommy Moment! Somewhere along the way, I had actually filled each book out and put pictures in and everything! We had so much fun reading the details while smiling and laughing. Miracles do happen! It’s definitely not a must, but I was thankful I actually did these.
Dixon: “Mom, do you know why I am sitting here inside? Because when I was jumping on the trampoline for so long my hip started feeling cranky on me.”
Royce: “I think it’s lame when they make big Lego pieces when you can just do it yourself with smaller pieces, at least most of the time….” 😉
Royce: “I’m going to have a really nice car when I grow up.” Me: “What type of work are going to go into to pay for it?” RJ: “YouTube Mom, I already told you! I need to get my own channel and get going on it!”
THINGS THAT WORKED:
Merritt singing lullabies to the boys because they couldn’t fall asleep the night before Great Wolf Lodge. She didn’t know I was videoing her, so that’s why it’s dark. I think Royce is harmonizing in the background….
Great Wolf Lodge! I had so much fun taking the five youngest kids. Traveling gets better and better as they grow up. The fabulous Johansen’s came too and we had a blast. There was a huge positive to my recent wieght gain…. We flew down those slides at very high speeds. 😉
Having our wonderful King family over for dinner. We were so thankful they could sneak some time in and drive up from Salem. Still missing Michelle right in our ward with me, but we’ll have to cope. Thinking back to our little kids playing together and babies being born, then watching them as teens enjoy each other makes my heart so happy. I’m so thankful for incredible teenagers.
SNOW! Spring tried to come early in February and I wasn’t ready for it yet. So I kept saying I just needed one more good snow to happen. Then it happened. Now I’m all ready for Spring and love all the flowers coming up and trees blooming.
Royce turning 10!!! I can’t believe he is that old. He’s such a joy to have around. His enthusiasm for everything makes me smile and he’ so kind. I kept hearing him say that he didn’t want his day to end because it had been the best day ever. We only do pretty simple things for birthdays but he was so appreciative. Love my Roycee!
Note from Kevin: I was out chopping wood with Royce for the first time since he sliced his foot open. Then the Royce brain when into action. One right after each other, almost in rapid succession he said “Do you know about a rolling shutter? It’s why things in motion in a video seem bent. Why does the Hulk need armor? I don’t think he needs it. It would be cool if we had super powers. What are we going to do for my pinewood derby car? Did you know that the brain…” I love his mind!
Great temple trips with wonderful people. My heart just fills right up when we get to go, whether it’s alone or with others, I love the unity that happens and the strength of the Spirit.
Fabulous visit with Sharon Bischoff! Kevin was out of town, so we made a late night of it. I’m truly thankful for her wonderful kindness, strength and example. So fun!
College friends! I’m so thankful for wonderful friends that last a lifetime. Lunch with Tracy filled me right up. Love you Tracy!
Random spiritual talks with Kevin. We keep getting caught up in our room or bathroom talking and the kids eventually all end up in there with us or we’re late to something. I’m so thankful for Kevin and our deep relationship along with all the humor we share. “Love is the compound of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” -Aristotle
Tennis starting for Tess and Merritt! It is such a blast to watch them!
They are so sweet to each other and cheer each other on. Someone on the team finally asked them if they had always been friends. Tess laughed and said they were sisters. The other girls were surprised because they were so nice to each other. Love it! They won their first matches and happen to play right next to each other and started at the same time. My parents came too! Life can really be magical sometimes. 🙂
Reading the book “Yellow Star” by Jennifer Roy. It’s a short read, but so good. I cried at the end. Tess and Merritt picked it up right after me and loved it too.
Enjoying the little things…. I love the breeze through the trees, our land, ducks in the pond, sunlight through branches, fires in our stove, laughter throughout the house, kids chatting together, attacks on Kevin when he arrives home from traveling, hearing our cars drive down the gravel driveway as our family returns home from activities, wood being chopped outside and so many other wonderful things in this life.
Getting a china cabinet after multiple moves and 25 years of marriage! I’ve always wanted one, but it was never a must. We set it up and I love it! 🙂 Take note that I left the bottom shelf empty and put things underneath, in hopes that things won’t get broken….
Finally making it to OMSI for the first time since we moved back! We loved it. It was followed by a fun day of playing in the sun with other home schoolers at the Johansen’s house.
“When you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for him, your life will never be the same.” “It’s time that we stop comparing ourselves to others….. When you let the Lord know that you are serious about doing exactly what you came to earth to do, watch what happens. He may change many things dramatically. So hang on for the ride of your life, the ride that you were born to take!”
– Pres. and Sis. Nelson at a YSA Devotional in Las Vegas