Happiness is…

hugs and cuddles from Connor.

Sadie saying, “I love you Mom” or “Mom you’re so pretty!”

Ari’s favorite poem he’s given me, “Roses are red, violets are blue.  Chocolate is sweet but not as sweet as you.”

reading Nancy Drew with Maya as I brush her hair at night.

Yesterday at Costco Sadie was tugging on my pants almost pulling them down repeatedly.  A grandma in line behind me leaned over and said, “Dearie you know your daughter is showing off your underwear but isn’t it wonderful we have little ones to tug on us?”   I left embarrassed and practically in tears but afterwards I was thinking about what she said.  I am grateful for my little ones and though they test my patience they give me so much joy and happiness.  I feel grateful and blessed to be called their mother.

Ari reads the Book of Mormon in 30 days!

As a family we started a read the Book of Mormon in 60 days challenge.  Ari doubled the challenge and finished in 30 days.  We are so proud of him!  In the introduction to the Book of Mormon Joseph Smith said, “The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”   The Book of Mormon has truly helped me to know God and I hope Ari find the same peace and direction that I have found within the pages of this sacred text!

Spring break…not the break you would imagine!

Wow what a crazy week!  We went down Easter weekend to Goblin Valley and hiked our favorite trail Little Wild Horse.  Sadly Pete and Maya got pink eye and that combined with the crazy winds we cut our camping trip short and came back Monday.   Wednesday Maya was playing frisbee in the front yard with Ari and Connor and she broke her foot!   We thought she just broke her big toe but Thursday morning it was blue and swollen down to the middle of her foot.   Our pediatrician was concerned and sent us to primary children’s for xrays.  After consulting with the primary children’s orthopedist he called and she she fractured her growth plate and the joint is a little displaced.  She probably doesn’t need surgery or a cast but she has to wear a boot for four weeks and can’t tumble for five weeks after that.  She has been amazing through it all, going back to school this week and still being super patient with her siblings who keep accidentally bumping her sore foot.  It really is true that hard things make you stronger!

Do you see the break in the growth plate of her big toe?  The orthopedist drs were pretty impressed she just broke this playing in the yard!

Maya and the seven-up club

Maya has really grown the past few months.  She’s gotten a growth spurt and she’s nailing her aerials at gymnastics.   Did you know that seven in the perfect age for orthodontics?  Well if you have an underbite or crossbite that is.  Maya has a crossbite so she got an expander this week glued to the roof of her mouth.  Apparently when you are young your mouth is still pliable so in a few weeks hopefully her crossbite will be fixed.   She’s been a trooper but she does have a hard time eating…she says she’s always hungry!  She loves playing with her two BFFs Amelia and Bella and doing crafts.  Here’s some pics of her latest:

A new year a new beginning!

Whew!  We finally have a reliable webhost that I can trust with our family blog.  We’re back in business!  This blog is my journal, my way of share with family out of state…where I don’t have to be distracted by the world of facebook and instagram.  At the end of the year I can look back and see how the Lord has blessed our family.  It’s amazing how quickly you forgot the little things when they aren’t recorded along the way

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One of my goals for this year is to set my focus on the temple.  Both to attend more often and help my children know the importance of the temple.  The temple is literally the house of God on earth, a place where you can go, not only to feel the spirit and be renewed but to learn and receive answers to prayers.  I love this family pic that my cousin Ashley took this year.  I blew it up on one of those canvas frames and hung it in my front room.  I love that it’s what I look at every time I come up the stairs and I can’t help but smile.   My husband and I were blessed to be married in the temple where our marriage was sealed for time and all eternity.  These beautiful children will be ours forever and I hope that this picture reminds them to make good choices so they too can marry in the temple some day.