Monday, November 24, 2014

Always glad when hard stuff is over

I had to speak in church yesterday. My topic was on "joy in the journey of life" .

I was dreading it. I worked on it so much this week in all my spare moments along with planning singing time but I was not looking forward to it.

If you asked me to get up spur of the moment and talk in front of a crowd of a million people I could do it. But it I knew and had to prepare to talk in front of a crowd of a million people I might throw up. 

My cute little family and husband were so supportive and nice. Mouthing words to me and smiling and telling good luck that it calmed my nerves. And I took lots of deep breaths before and just said a prayer and hoped for the best. When I looked out at the faces of the congregation I just thought wow I like all these people this will be okay. And then I even went long! I fumbled some words and really couldn't tell if anyone was getting anything out of it but it is always good to do soemthing that scares the crap out of you every once in a while! So glad it's over. 

On other news we had a wonderful weekend. Got lots done around the house and had fun as a family . The biggest negative is I have not been able to sleep past 5 am waking up even earlier without an alarm which means I can't last very late at night!  Got all our thanksgiving dinner shopping down and this will be our first thanksgiving dinner by ourselves since I can't remember! 

Enjoy these cute and hilarious pictures of my kids 

Don't know what to make for dinner? Try hamburger bun French toast! Yay ... I was out of ideas. And thanks Jenn T for all the extra hamburger buns! Luke literally said mom you should never make it on regular bread again! Ha!

They played hide and go seek and this is where I found them!!!

150 AR awards! Darby was the only one in her class!

Sunday stroll. Have to walk up to this culdesac where it is flatter. The big new trick is that they get rusty to pull them and yell Mush Mush! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Life for us seven

Cowboy day at school was a hit

Shhh don't tell her dad rusty is in her bed

Field trip with baylie!
Luke also adorning the coveted oroville shirt from Jana

Celebrating Sadie's birthday (and dallas)

The cutest picture ever in my humble opinion

Leashed up the dog all by herself 

The greatest big brother ever!! 

Just a picture of our jr and sr primaries . Here Beth was teaching them how to make a customized Mint Canyon prayer sandwich . Sure enjoy being in primary with my kids.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Order of Business

Oh my goodness I have been meaning to write on here but just feel a bit drowning in the stuff of life.  Not bad stuff just non stop go go and when I have a minute to rest I need to sit and read or nap (remember still no caffeine!)

First order of business…

My whole 30 close up.  I finished.  I conquered the world yadda yadda.  Frankly I was/am pretty dang proud of myself because it was hard and I never thought i could do it.

I will definitely be doing it again in January if anyone wants to with me.  The scale hardly budged at all which I was annoyed about but also made me realize scales are totally dumb anyway because I felt amazing and my clothes are looser so there dumb scale.

The first day off was a big let down really food wise.  the candy bars for breakfast I had gotten were gross I couldn't even finish them.  But day two I made up for it and went to a gourmet local cookies shop and had ice cream and cookies and pretty much Ivy and me were in heaven.  (also whole30 note I did not reintroduce food like whole30 recommended and I never had any digestion issues…tmi i know)  But then I felt like crap.  Not with the cookies but just not enough veggies for a few days.  So after a week now I have found I still like to eat healthy with treats.  Oh how I missed you treats.

Some things I might never introduce back into my diet but some I haven't totally decided.  Dear Coke Zero, have we broken up for good?  Cause that sorta makes me sad but maybe I will save you for christmas and my birthday?  Just made me realize that all the caffeine I was drinking wasn't actually helping me at all.

And the best goal I did for myself was waking up early with Jason's seminary schedule and dang it I'm so good at that now wake up anyways!

But I learned so much and that I like to eat healthy food…shocker!  and I tried foods I had never had before or never prepared myself like:

Acorn squash (had never liked it before)
Avocado Oil
Ground turkey…used to be scared of it I have weird fears
collard greens
kale…KALE…kale!!!!!  my new best friend really, thank you emily chamberlain for teaching me how!
still don't like radish sorry radishes
still love spaghetti squash

okay…thats all I can think of …any questions?  did I cover anything?

2nd order of business.  Trying to simplify.  Less Paparazzi parties.  No homemade Christmas party at my house this year.  I threw a baby shower this weekend and while it was lovely it was probably my limit of what I can do.  Trying also to Christmas shop much earlier.  Help?  I need kid gift ideas.

3rd order of business is one of our favorite people got called to be the stake president of our old stake.  Love when that happens.  Neat neat family

4th order of business my dog is eating all the pillows in my house and I want to beat him……

5th order of business if I don't eat cafe rio soon I might die.  maybe i can convince Jason to go tonite which we never do on a weeknight as a family…hmmmmmmm

6th order of business I can't remember all my order of businesses…maybe time to stop now

oh yes, we have some really really really good news happening in our life that I'm worried to talk about until its final but yes its what you think it is and yes its been a long time coming…over two years actually and yes please shout for joy because that is what I am doing inside and first order of business will be to take all my kids to the doctor!

did i ever tell you that Jason told me a while back that I am the shortest person that he knows!  The shortest person that he knows?!!!! thats a bold statement right there.  and to find me he just looks around to see whose top of their head can he see?  I don't know how I feel about that but definitely don't feel like the shortest person he knows

last order of business is we just realized luke will be at scout camp this summer and will be getting the priesthood soon and baylie will be baptized in the spring! Wow time is definitely going by.

wait, wait, last last order of business is that I have to speak on sunday and while I could speak in front of a thousand people spur of the moment, planned speaking makes me want to bolt out the door .  like thats all i remember from last time i spoke in church, was the feeling right before of wanting to just bolt out the door.  also, it was before christie was baptized…crazy huh?  but my topic is joy in the journey which is something God has been trying to beat me on the head with in my life so that is good.  not the head beating part cause it is sometimes painful but something I am familiar with at least.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Luke's undefeated flag football team was in the championships and lost... It was painful. But he threw great and had some good sacks. But a big loss like that always stings a bit. Before the game they had setup a fog tunnel to run through and had an announcer and music during the game.

Here is Ivys cute legs she took herself. 

Got Luke's pictures and laughed and how bad his hair looked!! That's what happens when dad takes him to picture day!

Paisley found a way to carry the chair! This little smirk is one of my favorite faces she makes.

Jason and ivy matching! Jason had to wear his Disney shirt to work cause they went to Disneyland that day!!! Hard day on the job. 

The Book of Mormon pile for our morning  reading. 

Having fun going though new inventory!!! 
I love love this bracelet. 

So much cute stuff couldn't decide which I liked best.

Here is Darby wearing a shirt my friend Jana gave me in college with her hometowns name on it... Which now fits my daughter. Crazy!

Ok so I have been not a fan of common core but not opposed ... Mostly trying to keep open minded and my kids have been doing well with it so far. 
 Until now....dun dun daaaaaaah. 

Enter the expanded notation method for division .... Darby and her college graduate parents are still stumped. Need to definitely learn how to do this . And her parents her liberal arts majors so that could explain it too ;)