Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RIP crockpot friend

You finally bit the dust. 

And we will mourn your loss.  

When you cracked a couple years ago I thought you were going to fail me but you kept plugging away.  

How long have we been together?  10, 12, 14 year?  I can't remember but a long dang time. 

Thanks for all the potato soup, bbq pulled pork, chicken, chili,  meatballs, baked potatoes, black beans. pinto beans, white beans, macaroni and cheese and occasional gross pinterest meals I tested on you.  

 You will be missed but we already have a younger, better looking replacement with a locking lid.   

You are a girls best friend and a pot luck staple.  I never named you and you were sometimes super annoying to clean but you fed us lots.  

Thank you old girl, I had never used a crockpot before you or was raised with one and you converted me to your kind.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Vasquez Rocks

Well we are often a little slow to the party and it took us nearly 6 years to actually go visit this beautiful sight that is only ten minutes away!  Thanks for the push Becky and Beth we totally copied you.

Vasquez Rocks was lots of fun for the kids and you know all of you that think I'm a super chill mom?  Well that place nearly gave me a heart attack. They would have gone even farther than they did but dang I was too worried.  Maybe because Ivy just got stitches but we will see if I feel different when we go there again.

can you see luke here?  can't really tell how steep it is but i was imagining the worst

this last picture i loved because only had to tell paisley to come in the picture they were all gathered around each other anyway.  funny how they want to be with each other even the ones that complain about it (luuuuuke).  love having the kids all home for spring break makes me look forward to summer. but wow my house will be messy ..and the fighting.  don't love the fighting but its not that bad or I have learned to ignore it.  

what did we do the rest of spring break?  Well a whole lot of staying home.  Jason tried to fix our dishwasher for at least a day and a half to no avail so that happened.   

I don't have pictures but we went to Emily and Nathan's passover Seder and loved that.  

made the kids all read books to counteract all the tv watching and video game playing and luke read 7!  Darby read one big one that she groaned about doing even though I know she loved the book (that is a theme here) and baylie and the littles read a few cute ones, mostly i read while we ate lunch a couple days so there brains didn't turn to mush.  oh yes and we ate a million pounds of easter candy :) myself included.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring break

Day 1 - the most awesome lazy day in the world . Even finished my book Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. So good. It's a sequel to steelheart. We watched a bunch of movies and did a whole lot of nothing it was great. 

Day 2 - visited my dear friend Maria at balboa park who was visiting from Utah. Can't remember the last time I saw her so glad she had some free time. That is a fun park but wow it was rundown . Sad. The kids loved chasing all the birds and ducks. And within five minutes I already had two older people say something to me worried the girls were going to fall in the water. I think we were giving them a heart attack. Note to self... Don't walk around the lake that's when the kids all lost it. 

We got home after lunch and then got a message from my friend that she was going to the movie. Well I likewise invited a few of Luke's friends to make me mother of the year but all of us ended up being so late we had to go to the 3D one instead (can you say $$$$!!) but we saw the movie Home and supported dreamworks!! And it was really cute but as we were milling around the outside of the theatre afterwards ivy tripped and .... 3 stitches later she is fine. Don't know if I will ever get used to see a hole in my kids body that's not supposed to be there. This time I was up close and personal watching them stitch her face and wow the things you don't realize you will do as a mom! Ivy did wonderful though and so did Luke taking over when things got a little crazy. 

Day 3 - we went to Disneyland and tried to get there when the park opened but got stuck in 2 hour traffic and I didn't wake up quiet early enough. Baylie choose Disneyland in place of a birthday party and we had tons of fun despite it being the most crowded ever ever! We only rode two rides but one was grizzly rapids and we all got soaked (ivy didn't make height cut). For example that ride is usually 5 to 15 min wait was 60 minutes!!! Thank goodness for fast passes. It was so crowded that we decided to try and do all the new stuff we haven't done before like take an animation class the kids loved and go to some shows. We had lots of fun and always so tired by the end of the day we can hardly wait to crawl in our beds! 

Day 4 - really wanted to go to the beach but worried about Ivys stitches so lazy day again. I convinced Jason to take off three days and so just going to enjoy some family time since life is so busy. 
And yay one week off of seminary! 

Ivy wanting to do know hands like Layla from Lindsey's blog. We love our families blogs ... Cough cough all you others update yours ;) 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Baylie and Easter

A birthday
General conference
And now spring break! 
What a weekend!! 
And today has been the loveliest lazy day ever. 

Here are some pictures from my phone. 

Luke going to his first priesthood session! 

Colored eggs that soon became deviled eggs

Mowed the lawn Saturday cause I couldn't convince anyone else too.. Gives me green toes

Don't know this picture is but this Ivys new face she makes when she wants something and copied it from paisley

The proud new earring wearer. I love baylie for doing it before Darby and I love Darby for not caring about being first and waiting til she wants to.

Luke helped paisley rebuild her blocks that were knocked down

Baylie after opening her presents! 

Paisleys drawing during conference

Ok done! 
General conference was really amazing. So many many good talks. 
I loved Easter! He lives! 

love this picture of Darby.  she is turning into such a beautiful girl inside and out!  

I'm so glad I bought these dresses before Jason made me read that Dave Ramsey book ;)  so so cute.  my children are my treasures!  

And the words to this song spoke to me during conference.  Singing in it with the broadcast of general conference in my living room.  

I know That My Redeemer Lives…

He lives to silence all my fears. 
He lives to wipe away my tears.  
He lives to calm my troubled heart.  
He lives all blessings to impart. 

He lives, my kind, wise heavenly Friend. 
He lives and loves me to the end.  
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.  
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King. 
He lives and grants me daily breath. 
He lives, and I shall conquer death.  
He lives my mansion to prepare. 
He lives to bring me safely there. 

He lives!  All glory to his name! 
He lives, my Savior, still the same. 
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"