I am terrible at keeping a journal; I used to be rather regular about it, but I'm not anymore. I could say I will be better someday, but that may not happen either. However, these are a few of the things I want to remember about my family right now.
Diana (Age Classified) Adorable. Loving and thoughtful. Sometimes too thoughtful. Forgiving of my foibles, and too hard on herself for her own. There is no one I am more excited to spend eternity with. Works very hard all day every day, and like most moms, needs a recharge for the batteries that she doesn't get often enough.
Becca (11.9) Wonderful, makes me feel so frustrated and so nurturing all at the same time. Cries for no reason sometimes, but laughs for unknown reasons too and that makes it all worth it. Is more work than I thought I had time for, and Diana takes the brunt of it -- most of it in stride.
Emily (9) Smartest 9 year old I know. Moody beyond belief. I worry about her self-confidence. Does NOT take criticism well, but adores praise. Reads books voraciously like her mom. Passive unless you awaken the sleeping giant within. VERY helpful, even if she gets leaned on rather hard as the pseudo oldest in the family.
Grace (7) Only one who inherited her mom's freckles. Cute, and smart. Asks for help with homework for companionship, not need. Sneaky. Creative and fun when she wants to be. Whines to get the privileges of her sister without the effort. Very sporty. Loving and helpful to her little brothers, fights with her older sister.
Landon (4) Is a rock star to ANY song on the radio. Has all the moves down pat and knows most the words after hearing the song only a couple times. LOVES superheroes. Any of them. All of them. Knows most of their names and superpowers. Recently he's taken up being a "perdition" (Magician). All boy, but very thoughtful and caring toward Becca - even when he uses her as an obstacle in his jumping contests.
Ethan (2) Momma's little shadow. Cannot be without her without asking where she is and what she is doing. Daddy is a reasonable substitute, some of the time. Needs kisses on his boo-boos, but an air kiss in the general direction fixes everything from a small bump to a face plant. Eats ALL the time.
If you don't' keep a journal, at least write things down every so often. It's often the small things they do you forget, but makes them the most loveable too.
Dec 13, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
After almost 2 years of daily photo posting, I am running out of ideas. So, I decided to write it down -- make a list of a daily picture so that I wouldn't have to think OF the subject, just how to portray it. Comment on this post with a link to your own blog with your participation. C'mon. You know you want to....
Nov 6, 2011
We went to Brigham City this weekend for a family baby blessing. After sacrament meeting, we took a drive around town. The Brigham City Temple is coming along nicely and we made a stop to take a quick peek through the fence. Due to construction, traffic was re-routed around the temple so as we made our way around it, I saw this:
Nov 4, 2011
Tonight the whole family had the opportunity to meet Collin Raye. It was an amazing experience. Such a nice guy -- truly awesome. We sat and talked to him for almost an hour while he held Becca and stroked her head and hair. Then we got to sit in the balcony backstage and watch him sing. What awesome messages his songs portray. Life after Death, Eternal Love, Kinship, God's Love. Amazing. If you want to read more about the whole experience, check out Diana's post. Anyway, I did get some decent pictures, and thought I would share them
You can also check out the first time we went to see him in concert
|They did this for a whole hour, he talked, she listened, he smiled, she smiled, he kissed her and stroked her face, she giggled. It was awesome|
|Our backstage lodgings|
|Becca just listened intently the whole time, not a peep.|
|During the singing of Amazing Grace...|
|His Rockstar pose.|
|3 in the outhouse|
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 5, 2011
Sep 5, 2011
I made a plaque to go in our entry way today. Used some old fence planks and then sanded them down a bit. I tried 3-4 different ways to hold the corners, and eventually ended up just using L brackets. Took me 4 or 5 hours to get it all put together. I am not completely satisfied with the corners, but it turned out pretty nice I think.
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
After about 3 months of on again off again work on the entryway, upstairs hall and stairway, we finally got it finished! It looks very nice with white trim.
|Removing the Wallpaper|
|Removing the Wallpaper|
|Removing the paste from the wallpaper (harder than removing the wallpaper)|
|"Cutting In" near the ceiling with paint. Yeah, I am over the stairs, and yeah Diana IS holding the ladder.|
|The finished entry way.|
|The finished stairway|
|The finished hall with all the "Helpers"|
Jul 27, 2011
|Our whole trip!|
|Part of the kidlets at the Motel we stayed at the first night in Rock Springs, WY|
|At Martin's Cove, the kids got a chance to pull handcarts|
|I took a turn too, and sufficed to say, I wouldn't have made a great pioneer.|
|Becca was her own handcart, though she would have gotten to ride in the handcart in Pioneer times.|
|I'll take little kid for the win please, Mr. Davidson|
|Two deer who got into a physical argument, and ended up starving to death.|
|Fireplace made out of a rancher's daughter's rock collection|
|The whole family!|
|Wind Caves - they call this Boxwork.|
|Our tour group|
|The Dakota Hills|
|Forest Fire Lookout on Grace Coolidge peak|
|The rolling hills of the Dakota's|
|Herd of Buffalo? We saw and Heard them.|
|They were all over the place|
|Had trails along the mountainside they followed.|
|Some even came down on the roadway.|
|Part of our 5 van, 1 car convoy|
|One of the 9 tunnels carved through the mountains we went through.|
|The Needles in South Dakota|
|Mount Rushmore, South Dakota|
|The family at Mount Rushmore|
|They are quite amazing both in size and detail|
|And were lit up at night|
|Devil's Tower at Sunset|
|Yep, more Devil's tower, but this time with cute kids in front of it!|
|One of the scoop shovels from the Coal Mine in Campbell County, WY|
|The tires from the trucks they use in the mine.|
|Independence Rock, WY|
|Independence Rock, WY|
|Total Mileage - 1817.4 miles, 35 1/2 hours of driving, about $400 for lodging, $350 for gas, but the memories will be priceless!|