It’s been over two months! I swear I wrote just a couple weeks ago. Time is flying by for good and bad. I’ve decided life is a lot of hard work with so many lovely moments in between. 🙂
THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:
Kids having to work hard on our land. April, May and June seem to make everything explode on our land. No matter how hard we try to keep up with it, we can’t. It’s so beautiful but not our favorite thing to do during the Spring. I guess this could go in the “What works” part because our kids are learning to work hard as a result, but maybe too hard…..
Funeral for my cousin’s son Gabriel Willits. I drove to Bend, Oregon to attend it. It was tragically sad. My heart breaks for Deb and Greg. I’m so thankful I had the long, breathtakingly beautiful drive there and back to process things and send love to them. Life can be really hard!
My Dad’s back going bad! My parents are so active, so this is killing him to not be able to play golf and tennis all the time. His attitude is amazing and hopefully he’ll keep improving.
Someone running into Bryson’s car! Such a pain to deal with rental cars, etc. He now has a new car though. 🙂
Leaking water heater in the basement! The big bad part of this was that it was leaking for days but the kids that noticed the wet carpet forgot to tell us!!! So on the morning of Fourth of July Royce noticed and told me. Kevin fixed it and worked hard to dry things out. NOT FUN, but all is well now (until the next disaster).
Tennis Camp, Cub Scout Camp, Driver’s Ed and babysitting all in one week. I literally lived in the car. The kids had a blast though and I’m thankful I am able to get them everywhere they need to be.
A weasel suddenly joining our land. Kevin was working by the pond and the cute little guy kept popping his head up a checking him out. I guess they are great for rodent control, but can also kill a large dog. Which worries me a little bit…. considering our kids are right out there.
Kevin finding the Statue of Liberty is green! So funny. He had an extra day in NYC, so he visited the Stature of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Twin Towers Memorial. He was reading this sign and realized how color blindness really affects reality. 🙂 We were also at a Nike store and he found out that Nike boxes are and always have been ORANGE! We laughed so hard and he was shocked.
THINGS THAT WORKED:
Reading some great books. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Cline and “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah were both great reads.
Meeting up with wonderful friends for walks, river days, swimming pool afternoons, hikes and food. It fills me up and the kids love to play. I’m so thankful for good people in my life that influence me for the better. I love it when I can relax, laugh and trust the situation. I walk away feeling better for having been with them. What a blessing life is when there are great people in it.
Incredible dreams when I get to eat an entire chocolate pie or eat See’s chocolate cremes. I wake up seriously feeling like it happened but none of the bad side effects. I’m ordering up more of those dreams. 😉 Cause that’s a thing, you know….
Amazing Mother’s Day Tea with my Mom and girls and other fabulous women that I grew up with. My Mom just makes me smile so much! I’m so thankful that I get to be her daughter and a mother to my kids. 🙂 Love you Mom! Kevin made me a ‘Jones’ log sign for the driveway. I LOVE IT! I couldn’t figure out what he was doing outside by the wood pile because he was in one place for so long (that never happens). Next thing I knew I had the sign I’ve wanted since we moved here. Made with his own wonderful hands and it was free! Kevin shocks me all the time with his abounding talents.
Awesome last minute FHE lesson on The Plan of Salvation
The kids and I had such a great discussion and the Spirit strong. Some Family Home Evening lessons don’t go so well, so I was really thankful for this one. 🙂
Yearly testing for the kids. Erin Johansen and I switched our youngest kids for some of the days. I WAS ALONE FOR MULTIPLE HOURS! It was wonderful! I wouldn’t want it to be like that everyday, but I sure loved the silence and how things stayed where I put them all day. 😉 I also got soooo much done and could concentrate easily.
Addisen and David arriving in Ireland (with a Germany trip included). They get to be there for 13 weeks for David’s schooling. I love waking up in the morning to the pictures from the day they have already experienced.
Tess’ CNA pinning and dinner with Nana to celebrate. We’re so proud of Tess conquering her CNA class. She spoke at her graduation and did such a great job! She’s been working in the field since April. Way to go Tess!
Father’s Day! Words will never describe how I feel about my Dad and Kevin, the father of my children. So much of who I am is because of my parents. My Dad’s influence is/was huge for me. The love and security that comes from having a good father is invaluable. I thank you Kevin and Dad for all the good, laughter and love you spread. Kevin, your influence on our kids makes everything right our world. Thank you for being who you are. I surprised Kevin with a bread maker and homemade jam to wake up to. We’ve been making yummy bread ever since. So good!
Great Young Women Stake Camp meetings. I leave each meeting with my mind spinning with thoughts and ideas and end up going to bed feeling a little crazy. But the next morning everything clears right up as I go running. It all falls into place and seems so clear. So, in the future, I plan on just trusting that process…. 🙂 My assistants and I got to for a day trip up to the camp. It was so beautiful and fun to see what we have to work with.
Kids playing all over our land with each other and friends. I love that I can’t even see them but can hear them all over the place.
Temple, temple temple. I love going with our teenagers, Kevin, friends or alone. Each opportunity provides so many deep thoughts and peace. I truly feel like I can conquer the world after attending the temple. Such an incredible blessing in our lives.
Finishing our Columbia River Classical Co-op! We had such an incredible year with lots of laughter and learning. Two of my favorite things! Royce presented his Faces of History paper on Abraham Lincoln. He and Ben Johansen were so cute and did such a great job!
Fun McCullough Open House for Robby’s graduation and wedding. It was such a fulfilling night to visit with so many people we love from our Farmington Ward at the fabulous McCullough home. Our kids had a great time with people they knew from their little years. They even got to slingshot potatoes! Nights like this only solidify why we love them so much!
World Wide Youth Devotional and dinner. It was such a great devotional given from our Prophet and his wife. He gave us five challenges:
“1. Hold a seven-day fast from social media.
2. Make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord for three weeks.
3. Keep on the covenant path. If you are off, repent and get back on the path.
4. Pray daily that all of God’s children might receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
5. Stand out. Be different. Be a light. Give to a friend one copy of the booklet For the Strength of Youth.
Please remember, my dear young brothers and sisters, you are among the best the Lord has ever sent to this world. You have the capacity to be smarter and wiser and have more impact on the world than any previous generation!”
I was so excited to do this challenge with the kids, but it was a lot harder than I thought. My seven-day fast from social media showed me a lot. I was so much happier and noticed what was right in front of me better (being present). My plan is to just check my notifications but not scroll anymore.
Listening to “I Love to Laugh” from Mary Poppins. I forgot how much I love that song. It makes me laugh just hearing it. I’m thinking one of these days I might just float up to the ceiling myself…. 😉
Corbin turning 20 and Merritt turning 15! Corbin makes me feel old and Merritt scares me when she drives. I guess they both are making me age…. 🙂 Love them both so much!
Impromptu beach trip squeezed into the two days we all had available. We visited Seaside and then Cannon Beach. It felt so good to be together and be on the wonderful Oregon Coast. We had perfect weather and fell asleep multiple times on the sand. As I sat on the beach, I was thinking to myself how much I’d love to ride horses with the kids, but it’s way to much to tackle with five kids. As we were at the car cleaning up (on some random side street in Cannon Beach), a cowboy seriously rode up and offered the kids a ride on his horse!!! I think my mouth was hanging open…. I made sure he was real by shaking his hand! 😉 Then we went to dinner at Mo’s (of course) and whales happen to be out in the ocean. We grabbed our binoculars and watched while we ate. It was a perfectly wonderful trip.
multiple river float trips, swimming pool (temporary in the driveway) and hot summer days. I seriously can’t get over the beauty all around us. After I run, I jump in the river and cool off. Truly beautiful and literally cool. Standing alone in a river in the morning is an amazing thing.
Farewell party for the wonderful Wiley family. We had a great time with house full of fabulous people. Tons of kids ended up in our newly filled, freezing pool. We will dearly miss all of the them on so many levels (I totally forgot to take pictures!) 😦
Tennis camp! Tess and Merritt helped run it while Hadley got to attend it. Such a great activity.
Random day at the river and low and behold a whole bunch of Joneses end up there. It was such a fun, spontaneous afternoon. Conrad and Henry even dove for Dixon’s lost swimming shoe and found it!! Thank you Jones family for being so great!