THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK
Someone’s comment to me after I said something tricky: “I used to think you had a halo, but now I know you have horns too.” Ha, I laughed so hard. Funny that anyone would think I have a halo in the first place… 🙂
Corbin’s fetish for bacon. He has really loved bacon since he was a little kid. I mean crazy love for bacon! He loves his Sunday school teacher and this is why: “How can you not love her, she brings food and her last name is Bacon.” Ha!
Dixon: “I know this song, we sang it yester-Sunday.”
Trampoline springs breaking. Three have flown off. How will we survive without a trampoline?
Feeling like Stephanie (Bryson’s friend that’s staying with us) looks more like an Elizabeth. So now I call her that or Liz. She’s awesome about it. 😉
Dixon building a “Space TV” out of cardboard. We found out later that he built it so he could change in it out of the site of others. Bryson and Corbin had been jokingly making fun of him when he changed. Not cool boys! Momma Bear is mad.
Basketball soreness! Liz (Stephanie) and I went to play basketball at the stake center. Great ball, but the soreness got in the way the next day….
Dixon: “I’m cold, look I have chicken bumps.” 🙂
Hadley: “Tiny weeny” instead of teeny weeny. We played off that for awhile…..
Washing machine dying for three weeks!!! This is not good in a household of 10 and others visiting. Thanks to those that offered their machines. We now know the Washougal laundromat inside and out. We learned how to get 20 loads of laundry done in 1 1/2 hours! It was awesome! They have industrial “Mega-washers”. I still prefer doing laundry at home….
Our well water turning brownish-yellow. Another thing that doesn’t work well with 10 people in a household. Thankfully, it miraculously got better and we are good to go. It may have had to do with the huge rainfall we had on Father’s Day weekend???
Dixon: “You know that guy on Sesame Street, Alma?” (this is a name in the Book of Mormon). 🙂 He of course meant to say “Elmo.”
Kids going crazy on the car ride home from Beaverton. We started singing all eight church Primary songs that we sang to them when I was pregnant with each of them. It calmed them right down. It was such a wonderful reminder of all those years of singing lullabies.
Addisen having horrible allergies in Rexburg. Her eyes swelled up and she was such a mess. I hated being so far from her and not getting to help. David took good care of her. That night we called her from the car and sang “Angel Song”, a song from when they were little. I smiled and cried at the same time. So did she.
Tess saying: “Doubleganger” instead of “Doppelganger”. Makes sense, right?
Teaching an institute lesson on Procreation to a class of mainly young men. Of course, Kevin was traveling. I tend to stick my foot in my mouth and I was in rare form. Love these young adults we get to teach and their laughter.
Kevin returning home from a business trip to a household of our kids and extra people. His eyes were bugging out at all the different personalities and chaos. All I could do is smile…..
Longest meeting ever! A group of us created Trek families and it took four hours. Almost 300 youth with Ma’s and Pa’s. It was fun and crazy at the same time.
Pouring rain for the Father’s Day Annual Golf Day. The guys and Chelsea got soaked, but still had a blast.
Trying to grow my hair out for Trek thinking I would braid it. I gave up and cut it off. It’s just too much hair and weight for my head. I’ll have to wear a bandana….
Deciding little kids growing up is wonderful one minute and breaks my heart the next. I love being to so close to them while they are little and them trusting me and getting to love them so deeply. Then they grow up and I love watching them become who they are and their awesome personalities, but it’s really hard to figure out how to be. It’s not a “taking care of role” anymore. The love it still there, but they don’t want it shown in the same way. I miss my olders being little, but love them being big. I never knew it could feel this way….
THINGS THAT WORKED
Merritt’s 13th birthday! Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it! She is a wonderful, beautiful, fun young woman. Thank you for blessing our lives Merri Merritt. Love you to the moon and back! She had a beach themed birthday party while it rained outside. 🙂
Getting to go do Sealings at the temple with new couples. So fun to eat out afterwards and laugh the night away.
Pressure washing our deck and repainting it. We only got one level done, but it looks so much better!
Corbin ordained as an Elder. Step by step his mission gets closer…. I’m pretending it’s not happening and will deal with it after he leaves. So excited for him though.
Tess deciding to run cross country. She hasn’t run before, so this is a huge challenge for her. She has rocked it as she figures it out. Step by step, she feels less like she is dying! In one week she improved so much. Kevin and I have run with her and it’s so fun. Her joyous personality cracks us up. She got to go on a trail run in the pouring rain with the team. She was covered in mud afterwards. So great!
Bryson’s friend Stephanie staying with us for the month of June. She is taking floral classes in Portland. She’s so great to have around.
Knock-out (bump, gotcha) basketball with the kids. It was so fun to play hard with Liz (Stephanie), Bryson, Merritt, Tess and Kevin. For some reason I kept making my shots and getting Bryson out. It was wonderful!!! 🙂
Corbin finishing his Clark College classes and graduating from Seminary. Great job Corbin!
Jenny Carpenter coming up to Kevin and I at Seminary Graduation. She was an awesome member in Bryson’s last area of his mission. She happened to be visiting family. I love connections like this with amazing people.
Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary Party at our house! It was kind of a joke to try and prepare for this, but we did it. Family came and much fun was had. We had a nice dinner and danced to 50’s music with tiki torches and white lights outside. Of course, after the 100 degree weather the previous week, it was cold and cloudy for our party. Loved all the memories shared that evening and the love of family.
Kevin getting to travel to Louisiana and Michigan to speak for Dow Chemical. It’s the best to hear him on the phone afterwards. The energy in his voice is contagious.
Tess finishing Drivers Ed! Yippee!
School ending!!!! Love the summer schedule and outdoor play. Swimming at rivers, playing with friends, eating on the deck, cool breezes in the trees, pool filled up, raspberries from the garden. I’m in love with the NW.
Old Spaghetti Factory dinner with my parents. We only had three kids with us and it was so fun to eat out and not have kids potty training. We have so many restaurant memories with my parents and toddlers. We have finally made it out of that stage!
Bryson’s friend McKenna Kramer visiting from Utah. It was great to meet her. It’s fun to have other missionaries from Bryson’s mission visit on their way through to the mission.
Getting to attend the Classical Conversations Practicum. It was fabulous. This year was much easier for me as I finally know some people here. The kids love the camps they get to attend and I love getting rejuvenated.
Attending the Durrant’s wedding reception. It was beautiful and filled my heart up to see Daniel all grown up with this gorgeous bride. Their video presentation made me smile so big. Love the Durrant family!
Squeezing in one last family trip before Corbin leaves for his mission. We went camping at the beach and it was perfect. One and half days felt like three. Eating, playing, singing and being with family warms my heart.
Going to CTR Clothing (Remington’s) to purchase Corbin’s mission stuff. He is the best shopper ever! “No, no, no, yes exactly.” Just my style. It’s getting real for me.