"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal- is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey with delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinder, and jolts, interspersed occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."---Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

I love you but............

Jerid took the kids this Saturday morning so I could sleep... after a night of restless toddlers I needed it. We worked on the yard the rest of the day and made some good progress.... I am getting sooooooooo ready for spring!!!!! I am ready to garden I am ready for green grass... I am ready for warm nights.
Our kitchen is making progress..........slow albeit........but progress.......
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I finally found my Metropolis sign...............teehee
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We went to donkey basketball this weekend..........McCall was in his true drooling/teething form..........
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Austyn keeps asking why he is spitting .........its pretty funny.
One of me and my love...........my how he melts my heart. Even when I am mad at him he still seems to make me smile :)
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and the little mister love......
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When Jerid took the kids for a drive Saturday morning he took them out by Sand Mountain........a place where people take their four wheelers and dirt bikes......I guess there was a big climb that he drove up to and Makenna was begging him to go up it. When he finally gave in and said ok Bee............lets go she said ok dad............I have two things to say first........
I love you
and......
sometimes I use your toothbrush.



When he told me the story I nearly died. Here she thought they were going to do something dangerous.......something that may end their lives :) and that was her parting words....
I love you and sometimes I use your toothbrush............

gosh I love her...
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on that note......she wrote a poem for school this week about where she was from. I am so amazed and so in awe of her talent... she is amazing that girl....

where I'm from
I am from camomile and cloth diapers.
I'm from the late 90's
from friendship chains and friends.
I'm from chaos and confusion and the promise.

I am from horses,
from riding horses to getting thrown off.
I am from hay from my head to my toes
and long rides with my dad.

I am from Kelly and Jerid,
and Steve and Debbie.
I am from basketball with grandpa (bapa),
and from helping him get olives.

I am from popcorn until my belly hurts.
from moms homemade pork-chops,
mashed potatoes and gravy.
I am from noodles of every shape and size.

I am from excursions to an
old ford, and a rusty Chevy
my mom learned to drive in.
I am from dirt roads and one stop
light towns.

I am from daffodils and sage brush,
and sunsets that never end.
from roses six generations deep,
and a land that knows my name.

I'm from lime green and hot pink
from blue and from brown.
from the colors of the rainbow.

I'm from liking to be the oldest to not,
from never being alone.
I'm from crying and streaking babies and
from Dora and Diego on the T.V. all the time.

I am from sharing a room with
my brother Mason and fighting over
who gets what part of the room.
I'm also from bunk beds.

I am from swimming
from sun up to sun down.
Water chasing memories...

I am from the nicknames
Sunny Bunny, Honey Bunny
Bee, Beetle, and Bee Bop.

I'm from bike rides to
Camp Richardson, and
running from geese on the beach.
from fire works over the freezing lake.

I am from moving and becoming more...
from fresh paint and a new address and
belonging.
I'm from a new way, a new thinking, a new reality...
i am from change.

I am from freckles, and
dimples, and hair of blonde.

That is what I'm from



I couldn't love her more!!!!!!!!

Im off to bed... but if you live in Holden and you are missing a sweet sweet little black male dog he is at our house.......and if you dont come for him soon my kids just may fall in love. (ok me too)


On to another week... packed full of kids and excitement I am sure....
I love you..........and sometimes I use your toothbrush...........

:)
what would you say in that moment? What would your last words be?

think about it :)

Sweet sweet Karlee............

My o my Karlee do you know how much we all love you? Do you know how proud we are of you, how much potential that your little body possesses? We love to watch you dance, to see you soar and can only hope that the years ahead bring much of this......

I already know that they will................
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You realize how amazing you are right? You realize that you deserve nothing but the best....You realize that you are one of a kind...
I hope you do and if you have questions.............
call me...
or send me some crazy text all in your lingo.........
and I will remind you...
that you..............yes YOU.........are ONE of a kind...........
and that we all
think you are amazing...........
and we are all
sooooooooo
proud.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

A whole bunch of mine........

Today was hard......in that......omygosh if I hear one more whine or tattle I may lose it. The kind of day that by 10pm I have a headache and a neckache and am just well... done. Sometimes I wonder why it is that kids fight so much... attention? age? bored? tired? sick? all? Sometimes I just think they have one of those days...
So here is to tomorrow, to a new day. A better day.
And here is to a complete photo overload of my kiddos...

The little mister.......
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Guess who dresses Savanah.....
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Austyn must have the same stylist!!! Gotta love the cute dress with the belt/tights/slipper combo..................
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The biggins......
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And some of us all (my mom included!!!)
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and my o my.........what a big family you have :)
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time for bed... and sleep... and good dreams and happy thoughts.......
until tomorrow

night :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

How on earth......

is it that brides find me that love art as much as I do? These are some of my favorites for a dear sweet bride..... may you enjoy your marriage as much as I do mine... thank you for sharing your day with me.
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Watch out world..........

These seniors in the class of 2009 are about to take the world by storm. What beautiful fun fun girls.........
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I remember......

I remember her.............my oldest of them all.... her little blonde piggies flying in the wind. Her. Pedaling furiously......no cares no worries.....no friend troubles no boy problems. It seems like so many years ago and yesterday all wrapped up in one. Time flys.... all at its own pace and often stops to tap you on the shoulder to say hello.......... My biggins were teaching the little ones to ride their bikes this week and it was at the least surreal. The big kids with their assurance.......... yelling to the little ones....pedal pedal pedal.............. YOU CAN DO IT........... the encouragement, the bliss, the joy............ the pride.
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Unglamorous but perfectly us...........
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I see them and watch them change by the day.. by the moment by the hour and I am amazed........they are so crazy, so busy, so much.... and I cant imagine anything different........... Somedays I want to run away, honest I do. But I was meant for this and them for me.
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We are all on this wild ride...........yes all of us, even you. This thing we call life.. this big lesson that we must not fail at... this big journey.
I see them all and I am amazed and humbled and in awe.......this is a big job I have been given.......this is a big responsibility that I must uphold.. the whole thing the life, the love, the kids, the husband..........
i must remember to sneak in sleep and good food and laughter...........

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the moments they are fleeting......and pass so quickly from our hands... from our minds.. from our memories.........what will next week bring.. next year?

I am trying to get over my crooked smile, my photographed self, my insecurities that I cant hide. I am trying to look past what I see............ I am trying to get over it.......because really in the end.......
i want lots of photos of me with them...........

even if they do include a rather crooked smile.......

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