Honesty, Sweetaholic, Addisen Turns 20, Kevin’s Funny Face, Grape Juice and General Conference!!!

I got this text from Corbin's mission President: "Just interviewed this wonderful companionship. They are good missionaries, hard working and obedient. Couldn't ask for better. Thank you for sending them to us." Made my week and warmed my heart! :)
I got this text from Corbin’s mission President: “Just interviewed this wonderful companionship. They are good missionaries, hard working and obedient. Couldn’t ask for better. Thank you for sending them to us.” Made my week and warmed my heart! 🙂  Love my Elder Jones
Just had to throw one more of Dixon sleeping in church. His mouth was so cute. :)
Just had to throw one more of Dixon sleeping in church. His mouth was so cute. 🙂

THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:

Three doctor’s appointments in one week (thankfully, they were only annual visits).  With all the sports, home schooling and other activities I was almost crying by Thursday evening.  I didn’t get to go to some of the events and was sad to miss out.  But I had to just give in and get the kids in bed.

Timing the boys running around the church, while we kill 30 minutes between activities.
Killing 30 minutes by timing the boys as they run around the church.

Hadley saying:  “Mom, I finally figured out how you’re going to die…. Climbing Cape Kiwanda sand dune.”  I was a little shocked but I guess that’s the best way to go.  Having fun right up until it ends. 😉  In her morbid defense, earlier that day, we had been discussing how someone had died.

Family Home Evening on Honesty.  Royce and I gave the lesson and it was great UNTIL….. the confessionals started.  Hadley started with the infamous admission of being the one that lost Bryson’s electric guitar in our move back to the NW.  I was freaking out because I had been blamed for the last year and a half.  Bryson thought I purposely lost it in the move because I don’t like sound of electric guitars.  Hadley accidentally put in the trash pile, but didn’t want to say anything.  I’m so thankful she finally told the truth.  She got to call Bryson and tell him. Theeeennn, Royce admitted (through tears) that he told Dixon to go pee on the bed at the beach (see previous blog in the summer for details on that one).  After thaaaaaat, Tessa (I left the “a” on there because this happened in Alabama) admitted that when they had been punished with hours of yard work she would take her weeds and bury them in Merritt’s area.  She did this so Merritt would have more work and then she wouldn’t have to walk around the fence to dump them.  Our mouths were hanging open.  Honesty is a great topic to turn your night upside down!

Contemplating Brian Jones five year passing on date.  😦  It’s so sad that time just keeps marching on.  But it’s also good to think of him more.   Love you Brian!11951337_10156063093780557_8436454357257845399_n

No sweets, treats or desserts!  I normally eat A LOT of chocolate and candy.  It really makes me happy.  I eat so much that I know it’s not healthy and affecting me.  I’ve tried to get it under control since we moved back and I just can’t seem to make it past five days.  It’s not worth it.  So some girl friends and I bet each other who could go the longest without eating them.  It was just what we all needed to get off of our treats.  We were all dying this week and sending texts of our misery.  It was pretty funny actually.  We started Monday, so Sunday was our last day to binge and boy did we all do that!  The best quote was from Royce:  “Ohhh, that’s why you shared your candy.”  I NEVER share my York Mints and I had just bought a huge bag of them. So I was slipping one here and there to the kids on Sunday to make sure they were all gone.  This week showed me how many places I was hiding treats.  I am a sweetaholic!  By the way, we decided we get dessert on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and our birthday

My last York Mint and suffering on the couch the first evening without chocolate....
My last York Mint and suffering on the couch the first evening without chocolate….

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THINGS THAT WORKED:

Addisen turning 20 years old!  No way!  I spent the day reminiscing about her.  Listening to songs that remind me of her and thinking about how fabulous she is.  Sad we couldn’t see her on her birthday, but know that she is in good hands.  Happy birthday Charmin!  We love you!  999888_370540713048809_1181725867_n

Taking our calendar (planning/schedule/coordination) time each week and making it into more of a family council.

Tess’ cross country meet on the Columbia River.  They actually run along the river.  It was a perfectly beautiful day.  I couldn’t believe how perfect it was.  The kids were playing on the beach and we were cheering her on.  So thankful to live in this beautiful place.14494769_1213147718727399_9019303949393667667_n 14520417_1213147748727396_6741743573257799911_n 14522960_1213147808727390_3416787861705736300_n 14563469_1213148138727357_7745916691388178173_n

Royce’s Cub Scouts.  For how much I dislike Cub Scouts, I REALLY love watching Royce at a Pack Meeting.  He loves all of it!  I’m very thankful for all the great leaders that make it happen. 14568062_1213147915394046_6208845453562933420_n 14469688_1213147918727379_3993445846497300095_n 14502902_1213147978727373_4669122487313874766_n

Ward service Project.  We got to go move dirt and wood chips in a park that we had never been to.  They had just put in all these cool bike ramps.  It was a beautiful day and lots of fun.  Of course, we had to go back this week and try out the ramps.14502815_1213148415393996_4729842204940843951_n 14519934_1213148485393989_3707998554773144119_n 14457445_1213148588727312_60886038243870193_n

Kevin and the kids moving all the seasoned wood under the deck before it rained.  The rest of our land is looking dilapidated because everyone was focusing on moving all the wood.  It will be worth it to heat our house for the winter with the stove.

Women’s Conference with Tess, Merritt and Hadley.  Addisen and I always text each other while we watch it.  I love know she is watching the same thing at the same time, even if we can’t watch it together.  Miss you Addy!

One last warm day at the Columbia River with the littles.  14448918_1213148155394022_5097245753278689465_n

Bentley getting real dog bones.  Meaning our friends gave us their left over parts of the cow they bought. Bentley loves to chomp down on one when I pull it out of the freezer.  14563540_1213147938727377_1549011270418471984_n

My parents coming for Merritt’s volleyball game.  Then dinner on the Columbia.  A wonderful night with them.   14492625_1213147772060727_399704765180117024_n14484585_1213148278727343_4994584537376413824_n 14462840_1213148282060676_7260533577707821948_n 14492395_1213148275394010_5585544381074226732_n 14484829_1213148325394005_3234573035694864894_n 14446202_1213148375394000_8681537586455727044_n

Kevin speaking in Minnesota.  It’s so fun to watch him gear up for speaking.  He gets home and is on a high for days.

Kevin doing his funny face/slap man.  He used to do this for the older kids when they were little.  He had to bring it back for the younger kids.  So funny!  

Setting up Halloween.  We really missed Corbin during this!  He was our holiday instigator and would get everything out.

Bryson, Addy and Corbin, you know you want to read these during lunch, right? :)
Bryson, Addy and Corbin, you know you want to read these during lunch, right? 🙂

Getting to start General Conference weekend off with going to the temple with Kevin.  It was a wonderful way to set the tone.  I hadn’t gotten my grocery shopping done yet, so we hit Winco and Walmart back to back in Oregon.  Yippee for no sales tax and a really cute bag boy named Kevin.

Yummy chocolate shakes as a reward for reading General Conference talks (not for me though).
Yummy chocolate shakes as a reward for reading General Conference talks (not for me though).

Harvesting Concord Grapes and apples during the break of General Conference.  It was awesome!  Normally we get donuts and play at a park.  Instead, we bought donuts on Friday, ate them quickly after morning conference, then headed out.  We made delicious grape juice for Winter storage.  YUM!  14502711_1212931025415735_2449958992017182502_n 14441042_1212931032082401_6816154734405774042_n

 

 

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