Monday, August 22, 2016

What's been up

Ok I think my freak out is over. No promises. 

But volunteered at school and got some Pta stuff out of the way that had been giving me some anxiety and now feeling better. I just keep thinking about this quote I heard from Lindsay Sterling in a youth face to face ... She was talking about her nerves about recording her second album and when she prayed the spirit told her "I wouldn't bring you this far to let you fail" ... No He wouldn't. So that's what I'm gonna remember this year. 

Gosh I love my family. They sure can make me crazy sometimes but sure lucky to have them! Even the cranky teenager! 



It's that time of year again. Holy crap I did not want to do this. But sure feels good when it's done. I prefer steam canning method. Faster than water bath and less cumbersome. 


Our school is under contruction FYI but spied Ivy on the playground. This was before she started pushing the bikes from behind so fast that the person would tip... Ya . 


My golden twins 


Trying new hair dos... Holy crap we got a lot of hair to do over here. Please send tips. Bless you Baylie for helping do hair. 


When it's so hot in the house this is what we do to rest. Watching studio c on YouTube


Darby's latest drawing ... Love her creativity and talent! 


The messy part of canning pears. Made all my kids help me peel. Watched Netflix show stranger things when kids were at school. That's how I can do creepy... while I'm pre occupied doing something else and only half watching the other on a small screen . 

Oh yes and in the day. 



The end. 











Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Operation rest and relaxation is failing!!!

Holy crap I'm tired.  How many days have we been in school? 

Good news my family actually will have dinner tonite.  I finally made this bread braid thing that Claire had told me about. 

100 degrees please go away because I'm a sweaty sweaty mama. 

we are liking walking to and from school which is a new thing for us.

soccer has now started...

football is 6 days a week.

realizing that I really need to figure out how not to exhaust myself while the kids are gone so I don't go loopy when they are  home.

mornings are still like what???  Ivy changed 4 times today and is having no fun wearing socks. 

But we will prevail!!!!!! 

I got a neat chance although maybe bad timing...to go clean the Los Angeles temple and it was a neat experience.  Who would have guessed the longest I have been in the celestial room would be cleaning the wood furniture which I think is original from when I was underneath it trying to see if there was dust somewhere since it will already very clean anyway...which means from the 50s and such great condition.  Reminded me of my grandmas furniture actually and hers looked so good as well.  What we take good care of lasts for a long time.

What else did I learn?  The celestial room is still the celestial room even when its being cleaned.  Walking in that room has an impact. 

And why were we cleaning things that already seemed clean?  So they would stay clean!  Reminded me of the weekly sacrament....same principle. 

It was also really neat seeing such good happy familiar faces inside of my fellow stake members.  and the strangers you meet, we are not strangers by brothers and sisters like the rest of our inhabitants on the earth.  

Dear Los Angeles temple, how I love you.  But I probably won't come clean you the 2nd day of school next time ;)  Still learning the ropes of how this all my kids in school is working. 

and olympics...

Kerry Walsh Jennings...ahh!!!  so sad for your loss but love how much you love motherhood!  The only good thing about you losing is I'm a little tired of seeing so much of your bum ;)  but it is a nice looking bum for sure!  
 and Allyson Felix...wow that loss was so painful for me.  I was so rooting for you!!!  So funny how much we feel for these people after hearing their stories.  When they lose I think about probably much longer than is normal .

and speaking of stories. we are praying for the people flooding in Louisana.  How can we help you from California I am not sure. 

had a relief society president meeting today and sure do love those ladies I work with.  Love my PTA ladies too.  I sure do know lots of lovely ladies! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Last bits of summer

Summer we loved you. 

Thank you for some great weather. 

Thanks friends for letting us swim in your pools. 

Thanks aquatic center for passing Ivy so she could love the high dive. 

Thanks for my great tan. 

Thanks for all the wonderful we got to see! 





Baylies poor cold sores. Only 1 time the summer!! 





Ahhhh paisleys drawing !!! They really are princesses ...'all girls are' (name that movie) 


Finding our favorite book that got returned at a second hand book store...goldmine!! 


Luke playing Pokemon go everywhere we go... (He is on the red team) 


Football allllll summer long ...go Grizzlies! 




Gosh I'm gonna miss these girls playing together. Best friends (who sometimes hit each other) 






Blow drying paisleys golden hair. 

Seeing some similarities with her big brother 





Sneaking to a waaaay last minute play at my favorite theatre. I was proud of myself for being spontaneous and crazy. Discount tickets right before the show. 



Holy crap tomorrow all my kids will be in school

What am I going to do with myself?

What am I not going to do with myself?

I feel like a chicken with its head cut off who is just turning in circles like a crazy person....so much to do. 

I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years and very comfortable home with my kids (despite a summer that at times wanted to torture and kill me) and fantasized about when the next phase would happen.

Now that its happening...what the heck do I do?

Well first of all, I don't want to lose it.  I am not getting a job.  This month is super tight with school shopping and random expenses but good thing I know how to pinch pennies and prioritize and cook! 

Yes I am currently the PTA president but I have a goal to only be at the school 1 day a week and set some boundaries for what I will do.  Still in Relief Society president so will get loads of service there and I would loooove to go to the temple more. 

My wise friend Beth, seriously she is so wise in so many things...has suggested a mom summer til labor day where we just ENJOY IT!  and so I'm thinking of a bucket list of things to do (go to the movies, go on a hike, read a book) until we have to worry about being productive. 

And crap, I don't think moms can not be productive. There is still lots of cleaning and laundry and chores...really my goal is not to do that so much during the day that I'm exhausted when my kids get home from school. 

Soooo as of now I'm thinking of daily goals, like exercise and scripture reading and enjoyment and then bigger projects like finally painting my bedroom (that has never been painted in 7 years and still has the streaks on the walls from when we scraped the ceiling!!!!)...and about a million other things.

Remember when I used to sew?  Wow where did that girl go? 

and really I just want to be a happy mom which means finding the right balance of fun, service, and sharpening the saw...

Going to cut myself lots of slack in trying to figure what that is and know myself that I liked to be open and spontaneious enough that I don't want to overschedule myself.

Okay...now I hear screaming.  Duty calls.  Going to make dinner in my instant pot.

Genius moment of the weekend....I have been begging all my kids to stay home with me and not go to school cause I will cry which of course is making them more eager than ever to go on Monday.  Disloyal children!  Sheesh..... working like a charm!  ;)