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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!