Sunday, April 6, 2014

This is me challenge #6

If you could write a letter and send it to yourself when you were younger, what would you say?

I have to admit that this is a hard challenge for me.  I really had to think about my life when I was younger, and what I would have liked to know back then.  I also wrote this with my boys in mind and added a few things in there that I want them to remember as they grow. 

Dear younger me,
There is way more to life than high school.  It is OK to have confidence in yourself.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  You shouldn't assume that everyone else is better than you, prettier than you or more popular than you.  Popularity is not what it is all about anyway.  All you really need are a few good friends who will care about you and inspire and encourage you to live a good life.  Learn to recognize and appreciate your talents and develop them.  Life won't always go the way that you think it should, but if you trust in the Lord, He will guide in the ways that are best for you.  Keep the commandments, pray and read your scriptures.  These are the things that will bring true happiness.  Be happy and enjoy life, don't worry so much about dating, an awesome husband is waiting for you and you will be so happy when you meet him.  Together you will have 4 boys to raise and they will bring you more joy than you could ever imagine.    Each stage of life is a blessing and an opportunity to learn and grow.  Always remember that you are a daughter of God, and He loves you, and He is there for you.  You can always turn to Him for strength and guidance, He will never let you down.  Looking back, I can see His hand in my life and I can see the ways that He has guided me, and continues to guide me today.  You have divine worth, so don't let anybody try to take that away from you. 
Me @ 39

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This is me challenge #5

I have taken a very long hiatus from blogging.  Too long.  I recently sat down with a few of my boys and we went back through my blog and we laughed about so many of the stories and memories that I had recorded.  I realized that this little history that I have created for us really is important, and it is something that I need to make time for.  Life is busy.  There will always be something else that I could be doing, but for now, I hope to take a few minutes each week to record the little things in our lives. 

I decided that I also needed to be better at keeping a record of my life, so that my children can get to know me better.  So here I go.  My first post back will be the ABC's of me from the "This is me challenge" that I started so long ago.

A- Anxiety.  I struggle with this.  I tend to be a worrier.
B-  Brett, my wonderful, awesome husband!
C-  Chocolate.  My favorite treat.  I could eat it every day!
Create.  I love to create and I love to encourage my children to be creative as well.
D-  Don Pericos.  My favorite Mexican food restaurant. Love Mexican food!
E-  Education.  I am currently going back to school to receive my BS in Marriage and Family Studies @ BYU-Idaho.  This is a great blessing in my life, and I truly believe that an education is worth all the effort!
F-  Fall.  My favorite season.
G- Green.  My favorite color, and the color of my eyes.
H- Hugs.  My son Austin gives the best hugs aka Austin hugs.
I-  Ice-cream.  I love mint chocolate chip ice-cream, and it always tastes better in a sugar cone.
J-  Job.  My first job was at Mac's Hobbies and Crafts in Utah. 
K- Kind.  I try to be kind to everyone.
L-  Laugh.  I love to laugh, but I don't like to be tickled.
M- Mother.  Best job ever!
Movies.  I love movies.  One of my favorite activities is family movie night!
N-  Notes.  I love the little notes that my boys write to me, and I keep every one!
O-  Oceans or mountains?  Definitely mountains!
P- Preschool.  I love teaching preschool to my son Ethan.
Q-  Quiet.  I am generally pretty quiet around people I don't know really well.  It takes me some time to warm up.
R-  Road trips.  I love to take road trips with my family. 
S-  Sons.  I have 4 of them.  I am a lucky Mom!
T- Temple. I am thankful for the blessings of the temple and the knowledge that I have that families can be eternal.
Teacher. It's what I want to be when I "grow up".
U-  Utah.  The place where I was born and raised. 
V-  Vegetables.  Don't love them. 
W- Warm.  I love warm blankets in the winter time. 
X-  Example.  I try to pattern my life after the example of my Savior Jesus Christ.
Y-  Yes.  I try to say yes to my children as often as I can.
Z-  Zinnia.  I love flowers.  I used to be a florist before I had children.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Daffodil Hill

Today was Stake Conference, and as a result it was a rare Sunday that Brett didn't have any meetings for church, so we decided that it was a perfect day to go on a little ride and picnic to Daffodil Hill in the foothills.  It was a beautiful day, so after conference, we packed up our lunch an we were on our way.  Lynda (Grandma Stewart) and Aunt Mo were visiting with us this weekend, so it was fun to have them come along.  The drive was a bit longer than expected, as I am pretty sure that everyone in Northern CA had the same idea.  It was so crowded.  When we finally arrived, we were all starving, so we had a picnic in the car.  Then we were off to see the daffodils.  It was really pretty to walk around and see the flowers, but my favorite part of the day was taking family pictures.  I have to say that the boys most definitely wouldn't agree with me, but I love the end result of having our family memories captured in a photograph.  We had so much fun going back through the pictures and laughing, because with a family of 6, 4 of whom are boys who don't want their picture taken, it is hard to get a picture where everyone is smiling and ready. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

Valentines Day is a big deal at our house.  I love this holiday and it has become a fun family day for us.  True to our tradition, we had our annual, candlelight, heart shaped pizza dinner.  And as always, my boys surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. (For the record, Brett joined in the fun with us.  Not sure why he didn't make it into any of the photos.)


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Funny boy...

Austin to Cameron: "Do you know what I learned about picking up garbage?"

Cameron: No, what.

Austin: Not to pick up garbage! Yesterday at school, I picked up 25 pieces of garbage and all I got was 2 red tickets!
The school gives out red tickets as a reward to kids who are doing good things. The tickets are used to buy little trinkets and toys. I guess 2 tickets wasn't enough payment for picking up all that garbage.

In the words of Napolean Dynamite, "That's like a dollar an hour!"

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cute boys!

Today Ethan climbed up the cabinets and onto the counter. 
Mom:  How did you get up there?
Ethan: I used my Ninja skills....I have some you know.

Apparently I didn' I do!

The other day Brett was helping Austin study for his spelling test. 
Brett:  If you don't get 100% on your test, then don't bother coming home.
The next day Austin got in the car and said:
"Well, I got 100% on my test, so I guess I can bother coming home!

Thank goodness, we would have missed him!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Super Saturday Crafts

Fabric Tree
Cost $7.00 with fabric as shown or $3.50 if you want to provide your own fabric

 Snowflake Wreath

 Fall Wreath

 Jingle bell frame


 Table Runner
Bring your own fabric.  The project shown calls for 2 yds.  You can adjust as you would like.  2yds makes 3 runners, so pair up with a friend, or make some for gifts.

Give Thanks wall hanging

There will be a free class as well.  We will be making some cute gift packaging.
Lunch will be served at 12:00pm with a fun gift wrapping demonstration to follow @ 1:00