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Friday, March 27, 2015

All he wanted was the snow.

Swim waited and waited for the snow. He was so happy when it finally came.

He brought me a jacket, 4 socks, and a sweater to help him put on. I hconvinced him he needed a bit more than that.

Once dressed he spent the next hour out side, as happy as could be.

He was born during a snow storm... I don't think I'll ever be able to keep him out of the snow.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I love my Crazy

Life is always fun

Always interesting

Always changing.

Often time I wonder what it would be like to be a "normal" family.

To buy a house

To know that this is it

I wonder what it would be like to have stopped having children... three kids ago

To have a small family.. a normal family

But then I look at my crew. Some big and some small, and I stop.

This is my life. My wonderful... crazy... not normal life.

And I love it!

I wouldn't trade it... for anything. This is my normal... this is my crazy.

I get these perfect moments, with these perfect people.

And that make me happy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Christmas.... 3 months ago.

Christmas this past year was a good one.

We bought a live tree. It was beautiful and fun to decorate.

We had to string the lights a couple times because the first time Tommy put the lights on the tree the poor tree looked like it was being held hostage, it was wound so tight! Once we let the tree go, and tried again Tommy did a great job.

Our tree usually looks uneven usually decorated more on top or on the bottom. It's always fun to watch the boys decorate and how they do it.

In the end though we had to take the tree down. It was dead... I mean REALLY dead. It wasn't drinking the water that we were putting in the thing. We decided that a dead Christmas tree is a fire hazard so we took it down. It was kind of sad taking the tree down well before Christmas but it was necessary. And it's a really good thing that we did. While Tim was taking the lights off the tree they were shocking him! We would have had a fire! So it really was a blessing in disguise, and I am grateful!

It was a lot of fun shopping for the kids. Shopping for them is the best part of Christmas for me. I love seeing how surprised they are with what they got each year.

We got something for Swim to climb on... our little monkey loved his slide.

Christmas morning is always so fun and there is so much going on.

Can you get over these eyes!! I love her! It was a god first Christmas for her. Like all the babies, she loved the boxes and paper more than anything else.

The snow missed us by 4 days, so it was a beautiful sunny day on Christmas. Here's to another year!!!

Welcome 2015!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

James is getting older

December came and went, and James... My baby turned 11!! Can you believe that??!!!

He has a few more inches and then he is taller than me. He is an incredible young man. Very smart, and always willing to try something new.

He is loosing his baby look, and growing into a very handsome young man. It's crazy... another year gone by. Seven more years and he will be out on his own. He wants to serve a mission, and go to college. He life is opening up and it's a bright one for him.

I feel so honored to be his mom, I have learned so much from him.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Don't choke on the dust!!

Good heavens it's been a while!!!

October... that's when I last posted.

Is anyone still there???

Ok, lets blow off the dust and give a little recap.

Thanksgiving was uneventful, but nice. Christmas was fun and although we wanted a white  Christmas we didn't get one.... we did however get 8 inches of snow 6 days after Christmas.

James turned 11 .... ELEVEN people can you believe it!! And our hellin' child Swim turned 2. He is the spicy one in the family and he keeps us hoppin.

Charlotte is on the move, and we work daily to keep her out of things. Tommy has decided that he wants to go to Oxford, and Tim wants to own property. Benji... well... he quizzes us daily on all things dinosaur and shark related. {and I have convinced him that sharks need hugs... and sandwiches... to be happy}

I have been missing here because I have been writing over at Socks & Shoes NOT Required. I am working on making money blogging. I love to write and I feel like I have good things to say. But there are somethings I just didn't want to write here on this blog. I like that it is kept for the family things. And while I won't be hiding my family at S&SNR, I don't want to put them on display. I also like feeling like I can have this one here as more of a journal, and the other is more of a business.

I think I have things set up over there.... as much as I can right now... so I am hoping to be able to just write. Both here, about the family and kids and our days... and there with reviews and homeschool things and what every else strikes my fancy.

I am going to try to make this work... I think it will be hard, but I'm ok with that.... {as long as you are too.}

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dear Daughter

My Dear Daughter,

 Many people will try to hold you back, many people will try to push you down, and put out your beautiful light. This world can be cruel to those that shine. There may even be people that are close to you that will try to hold you back.  

 I want you to know that I will fight for you. I will lift you up and I will hold your hand and guide you until you are ready to fly on your own. Any dream that you have, no matter how big and grand I will help you reach it. 

 And when the world and friends and even some family try to tell you that you can’t I will be the one to tell you that you can. I will be here to listen and to help. I will be here to nudge you forward, to get the negative thoughts out of you head so that you can fill your mind with your dreams, that you can fill your head with the realization that you, my beautiful girl, can do anything you want.

 Love forever,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Garden of the Gods

It was an overcast drizzle-y day. Steve was home and I was just feeling down. Steve made us all get dressed and put us in the car and drove us to Garden of the Gods.

Honestly I didn't really want t go. I wanted to curl up in a blanket and just be left alone. But Steve knows me well. Once I was outside I could feel myself feeling better.

My soul craves to be outside

The mountains sticking out of the ground were beautiful.

We had to sty on the trail most of the way but there was a place that we could climb around on the rocks. And Swim... he wanted to climb in and out of the stroller.... 

Little Miss all wrapped up {have I told you how much I love having a little girl??!!}

 A selfie of Tommy. He's not one for selfies... so a close up that is good is rare.
 I think this will be come a regular place for me.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eight is Great!

In September Tim turned 8. With that came the decision whether or not to be baptized. After an interview with the Bishop and some prayer, Tim decided to be baptized. He decided that he was ready to make covenants with the Lord.

Before we get to his baptism, let me tell you about my amazing Tim. When he born he was was fighting for his life. Born at 3lbs 7oz and with a little heart murmur he fought for every breath he took. After 7 weeks of being in the NICU he was able to come home. He was on oxygen and had other monitors hooked up to him.

You wouldn't be able to tell now. He is a spunky 8 year old and always has a smile. Except when he is sad... then his big blue eyes with dark eye lashes get all teary, and what ever he wanted you just have to make happen.

Tim was baptized by his dad, Steve. My mom gave a wonderful talk about baptism, and James and Steve's dad spoke on the Holy Ghost. It was small with just grandparents, and the Primary President, and the Bishop.

 {and an impromptu impersonation by Elvis... kinda}

Grandma and Grandpa Johnson came from Utah

And Grandam and Grandpa Mohr also came from Utah.
While Grandma and Grandpa Johnson flew and was able to spend a couple days with us, Grandma and Grandpa Mohr drove and we really only spent a couple hours with them. And then they got stuck trying to go over the pass. We are so happy they came even if it was for just a small time.

And sadly I didn't get any pictures of me and my son. What is that?? That's what I get for trying to take pictures of everyone.... 

{I think this is where the boys  get their crazy from}

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