Wednesday, January 09, 2013


My kids were talking about their cousin who had stitches on their eye.  They were trying to remember which cousin it was.  Will you mommies tell me about your kids and their experiences with stitches?

The only stitches we have had were on Austin when he was about 18 months old. He was running around wearing only a diaper.  I was on my hands and knees crawling around and chasing him.  He tripped and fell and hit his eye on the edge of a flower pot.  It split his eyebrow wide open.  Of course Jason had just left to go to a home teaching appointment.  I don't remember why, but we only had one car (running?) at that point.  I called mom and she came over and drove Austin and I to the hospital.  In the ER they wrapped Austin up in a blanket infant style so he couldn't move his arms or legs.  The nurses held him still while he screamed as the doctor stitched him up.  I sat in the corner and cried and cried.  It was terrible.  Austin still has a scar over his eye!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

This week

     Some of you know this, some of you don't, some of you may not care, but I want to let everyone know because we would appreciate any prayers that we can get!  We have been trying to get pregnant for over a year now and have not been able to.  Before we had Austin Jason had to have surgery.  When we had been trying, unsuccessfully for almost a year he went to the doctors and found that having surgery again may help.  SO, Jason is having surgery this Friday.  Although it is a pretty simple surgery, it still requires general anesthesia and all of the risks that go with it.  So please keep him in your prayers this week. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Come see us!!

Just putting this out there in case you didn't know...
We would love to have any of you visit us at anytime!!   
I was thinking to ask mom and dad to visit us sometime for a holiday, Thanksgiving or Christmas and then I thought it would be fun to have any of you with us at holiday time.  I know we are in an out of the way place, but you are all always welcome here!
So, think about it...  We miss you.
Love you all!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Last night I was preparing my lesson to teach today in Relief Society.

It was based on Elder Packer's talk And a child shall Lead Them. As I was reading it again yesterday trying to get ready for today I was frustrated. It is a great talk. And just what I needed to read, but there was no substance to it. Nothing to really "teach" if that makes any sense. I wasn't sure why it had been chosen to be taught as one of our Teaching for our Times lessons.

So I worked hard and came up with a lesson plan and prepared my lesson. I had my reading parts ready and everything I was going to say. I had my kids write out each of the words in crayon to the title of the lesson to put up on the board. (my visual of children leading them)

I sat in sacrament meeting and read through my lesson. I felt pretty good about it. Either way it was going to be over in less than three hours.

In Sunday school we talked about tithing and I listened and shared a personal experience. I was beyond stressing about my lesson. Time was counting down. It was coming whether I was ready or not.

And then the first counselor in the bishopric came to the door. He interrupted the lesson. And he spoke the best words I had ever heard: "After this meeting we will be ending church, we have no water in the building."

I had to restrain myself from jumping for joy! Maybe that talk really was chosen just for me to answer my prayers.

Monday, July 16, 2012

YMCA Family Camps

My friend  just got back from her family reunion.  They had it at Estes park Colorado YMCA family camp.  For 4 days, their family of 6 stayed in a cabin, had activities to do, and the food was made and served to them.  It cost them $1000.

She told me it was a great time, and they also had a big gathering room for games and hanging out.  The activities were age appropriate and included in that price.

If anyone is interested in looking at it a bit, here is a link.  I have not played around on this site, yet, but I see that there are many many states with options in them.  Oh, they also only had to reserve it 2 months ahead of time.  Anyway, it's worth looking into for future family reunions!!

Friday, June 15, 2012


Sorry that I am so slow to excuses, just an apology.

1. We do not need to go somewhere to swim. We like to swim, but we don't need to swim. We are just as happy to go to a splash park somewhere. (We don't mind swimming either!)

2. We don't mind paying to do some things. If there are things that we want to do, we can pay to do them. We will not stress about the cost of things (to some extent!!).

3. We are bringing a craft, air compressor rockets. Super fun for all ages! This craft can be done anytime, anywhere (ok, not really, it has to be near Mike's air compressor)

4. We like to take family walks and like to play at the play ground, so we do not have to have every minute planned and we will not just sit around and annoy people by asking what we are supposed to do. We will be happy to have some down time that we can just go to the playground and rest.

5. We are all super excited to see everyone!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Plan updates/changes

Hey, just FYI, I updated and changed a few things on the previous Reunion post, you can scroll down to see it.  The changes are based on comments and posts that were shared since then.  I tried to highlight them in blue.  Please let me know if there is something you don't like or any errors I have made.  I also seem to think we are changing the Fox Run park date?  Is that true, where did we move it to?  Also, I made FHE assignments.  If you no likey, you better say so!  Thanks for your input!