Homeschool Adventures

February 2017

I felt inspired to do homeschool this year with Hyrum.  It has had it's ups and downs.  I feel like it took us to January to get the hang of things.  Each day isn't perfect, and we are still fine tuning our groove, but it has been so sweet lately.  I don't know about you but I am not always perfect at stopping to play with my kids, especially when the housework is piled up.  Homeschool has made me stop and learn and play with my kids.  It has been really rewarding overall.

 ^Hyrum is learning subtraction right now.  I found some fun worksheets and resources on  Before Christmas, I was creating everything on my own.  This website has been life saver!  Look how cute Hyrum writes his numbers.  He does awesome and is left handed.

 ^ Look at this cute little miss.  She loves coloring and crafts right now.

 ^Afton is learning shapes right now.  

^The three books we read for school that day.  Hyrum is 73 lessons through the reading lesson book.  Afton is learning to memorize "llama llama i love you" and The Relatives Came is an all-time favorite from my childhood.

^After our reading lessons and math worksheets we had cooking school.  This was so fun.  The kids loved helping me learn the ingredients, measurements and tasting the banana cake at the end!  Cooking school will remain a regular part of our schooling!

I love my life!

February 2017

Last month I went to counseling.  I realized that I had many fears associated with my mother's death that were now hitting me because I ama mom, in a similar stage of life, as my mom was when she passed away.  Does that make any sense?

I had gone to this counselor before when I struggled with postpartum depression.  This counselor is a professor at BYU-Idaho who also runs his own private practice.  I love that he is able to help shine truth learned from the scriptures and the gospel and apply it to the real life problems and troubles we face.

I am in the process now of writing a paper on the lessons I learned from counseling.  I hope they will continue to help me and others.

I am not perfect at living in faith, or enjoying every moment, but I do feel like I have started to live life more to the fullest since I went a few weeks ago.

These past few days I have been so tired and haven't felt the best.  (Hello life with 3 kids and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, right?) I feel like the past few days I have just felt grumpy.  Tonight as I went into my laundry room and found clothes everywhere, including a mix of clean and dirty clothes together, I was so happy.  As I sorted the clothes back to where they should go, a smile crept up on my face.  I realized that I am so happy to have 3 little mess makers at my house.  I love this stage of life.  I am trying to figure out how to love it with the messes.  I do value order a lot, and I do feel like cleanliness is next to godliness.  I just need to figure out how to help my house feel orderly without getting overly stressed when there are messes.  Afterall, these littles won't be littles forever.  I know I will miss this stage of having my three little stooges running around making a ruckus everywhere they go.

 ^Afty with my clothes on :)

 ^This sweet little boy brings sunshine to my life everyday.  One of his gifts is helping people realize that "life is to be enjoyed, not just endured" -Gordon B. Hinckley

 ^Afty playing the pie face game.  Have you ever played it?  It's a riot!

^I took the three stooges to Target with me.  They loved trying on the the cool hats.  I will miss when I can't fit all my kids in one cart :)

Our Not So Little 6 Yr. Old

January 28, 2016

I have a 6 year old.  I can't believe it.  It seems like just yesterday I was holding this new baby in my arms, straight from heaven.  I remember the way our eyes met as we gazed into the other's for what seemed like forever.  Time stood still as I met my sweet Hyrum.

Today, I celebrate his birthday!  He is 6 years old.  He is energetic and fun.  He is such a good big brother.  He loves learning about the gospel.  He is very attentive and has an impeccable memory.  He is very aware of his surroundings.  He is the best big brother in the whole world!

He invited a few friends over to play in the snow and have "camo cake" the day before his birthday.  He wanted donuts and cheesy scrambled eggs and chocolate milk for breakfast.  We went on a treasure hunt to find his treasure chest that he wanted for his birthday that had gold chocolates in it.  Blaine took him night skiing for his birthday night.  The day after his birthday, we had some family over to watch "The Hyrum Movie" while we ate popcorn and had some of Hyrum's favorite treats (he loves sour gummy worms right now). 

I love this boy so much.  I don't always take the time to get down and play with him like I should, but I am always glad when I do.  I can't believe a 3rd of the time I get to have him in our house is already gone.  My how time flies.  I love the little man he is becoming and count myself so lucky to be his mama!

 ^This is the first birthday cake that actually looked like what Hyrum wanted!  I was excited to make this simple, but fun looking cake!

^All of us got our own spray bottles with colored water to paint the snow with

 ^Let's just say the kids painted a little more than the, other people's faces...I was laughing so hard.  Good thing it was just food coloring and water!

 ^ I love that Hyrum is a friend to people of all ages.  This boy is 9.  His name is Corbyn and Hyrum adores him.  Corbyn made him feel so special when he came to his party!

Winter is long but it's Wonderful...

January 2017

I said to Blaine on January 2, 2017 and I quote, "I am ready to be done with Winter.  I am ready for Spring."

Blaine kindly reminded me that we had 3 more months of winter at that point :)  I don't know what it has been about this winter, the negative degrees consistently, the lack of sunshine, or the wind but it has made me really evaluate if I am tough enough to live in Idaho the rest of my life.

Tonight as I reminisce about the season, I am reminded about all the fun times we have had.  It has been a blessing to have a backyard for my kids to play in.  We have loved shoveling our driveway...a first for us!  My kids have stayed outside until they were way past cold building, and creating and playing in the snow.  It is magical to have so much snow.  I am grateful for this season.  I know I will be ready for sunshine, but for now I should just be content, shouldn't I?!

 ^Isn't the view from our backyard so magnificent?


September 2015

I love my little kids.  I love the funny things they say.  I love how they laugh so freely and love so graciously.  I hope I can be more like a little child someday!

This past week, Hyrum scraped his leg and it started bleeding.  Hyrum was crying and when Afton saw it she started crying too.  She kept saying, "Hyrum got an ouchie, and it is bleeding.  Don't put a band-aid on it!"  She does not like band-aids and was so worried we would put one on Hyrum.  It was a true form of empathy to see how sad she was.  She has such a tender little heart.  She was more worried about Hyrum's ouchie than he was.  As the week went on, Hyrum got more scrapes and bruises.  Each time he would fall down, even though I could tell he was on the verge of tears, he would couragiously say to Afton, "Don't worry, it's just a little scrape!  It will get better!"  Afton's worried little face would look a little less worried after he would say that.  It touched my heart to see how much they love eachother.  Sometimes I forget that even though they fight over toys, scream at eachother, and push and hit eachother, that they have such a tender little relationship.

Hyrum has such a fun sense of humor.  Two of my favorite quotes that he has said lately:

  • "What is that?" Afton asks as she points to Dad's razor.  Hyrum: "It is the thing that Dad uses to wipe the whip cream off of his face!" 
  • Hyrum was bawling as he came up to me tonight.  When I asked him what was wrong, he proceded to tell me that "Afton is playing with my plane that is all rectangulared up.  She won't let me un-rectangle it." *rectangled means tangled
 I know that sometimes I get so frazzled when all 3 kids are crying when we are trying to get out the door.  Or when they are screaming and throwing tantrums when I am making dinner and we are all hungry and my ears are ringing.  But I often have the thought that I am going to miss these days with having them be little.  I know these days are going way too fast and I need to cherish them.  I am so grateful that I have 3 little ones.  I am glad that Heavenly Father has let them come to my care.  I feel honored and so glad to be their mama.  I am glad they aren't so far a part and that it hasn't been a struggle to have babies.  I know many friends who have a hard time with fertility and my heart feels for them.  I feel so lucky to have these 3 babies in my life.  If they are the only babies that Heavenly Father lets me have I will be ever grateful for the great blessing to be their mama :)

Benson's Blessing Day

Sunday, September 6, 2015

I am exhausted from such a perfect, wonderful day.  It is days like today that I just don't want to ever come to an end.

Today was the day that my sweet Benson received his name and a special priesthood blessing from his daddy.  What a wonderful day it was!

Blaine's mother made him the most handsome little baby outfit (a little white collared shirt, a pin stripe vest and pin stripe shorts with little baby blue accents of buttons, a handkerchief and tie).  I love that Benson will always have this special outfit made by his grandma.

Benson's great aunt Kathy made him the most beautiful baby blue blanket.  This is also something that will always be so special for him to have.

Our family from Utah came into town on Saturday.  We got to have them stay in the empty apartment right below ours, which was such a blessing.

Blaine and I had been praying to know what Heavenly Father would have Benson receive today.  The blessing Blaine gave him was so calm, and I loved the unique blessings just for Benson which included:
  •  How grateful we were that he chose to come to Earth at this time and follow Heavenly Father's plan in heaven.  Also, that Benson could rely on help from Heavenly Father because of that choice
  • Continue to choose the right throughout his life
  • Love the commandments; to gain an understanding of the eternal benefit of being obedient
  • Have a love for the temple
  • Desire to study the scriptures and find power in the words to guide his life
  • Be mindful of the obligation you have to bless others with his healthy mind and body
  • Seek spirits guidance and lead family in His light
At the end of the blessing, Blaine's dad commented how Benson was just gazing up at Blaine.  What a special thing for Benson to be named after Blaine, one of my heroes, and my eternal sweetheart.

After Blaine gave Benson the blessing, Blaine and I just cried as Blaine held our sweet Benson in his arms.  It seemed as if the world seemed to hold still for just a moment as we sang the sacrament hymn and looked at our sweet baby boy.  Benson has such a sweet, valiant spirit.  I love that little boy!  It is moments like these that make everything worth it.   

I felt so spoiled to have all the family that we love be with us at church and then afterwards for a luncheon.  I just loved visiting with all of our friends and family, and watching people love on Benson and spend time together over great food.

It is 9:30 p.m. now and since we only got less than 4 hours of sleep last night, we are exhausted!  Blaine, Hyrum, Afton and I were all a bit grumpy tonight and everyone is in bed but me.  But I couldn't let the day end without documenting this perfect day.

Miracles that happened today:  I found my earring that I lost after saying a prayer to find it.  Also, tonight when I went to go and clean up the apartment that we used after my kiddos and Blaine were in bed, I walked in and all the tables and chairs were put away and everything was tidied up....thanks to Shayne and MaryAnn, our neighbors and true friends.  I could have cried, I felt so grateful that I didn't have to clean much up.  I marched over to their house to give them a hug and tell them thank you.  It is moments like this that I know that Heavenly Father sends earthly angels to watch over us.