Wednesday, April 12, 2017

4.12.17

Today has been a busy day of just getting things done and checked off the list. I love that feeling! ha! I love lists and I love crossing things off. We delivered a bunch of books to different people, got a sewing project taken care of, did story time at the library, chatted with a friend, and well that doesn't sound like a lot, but it's done! Leah was so tired by the time that we got home that I didn't even feed her lunch, she just took a bottle and fell asleep. She didnt take a nap yesterday and she is teething AGAIN. I swear the last 18 months have been teething. Those darn molars are the worst though! Poor girl.  The boys will be home in about 15 minutes so I thought i'd' hurry and just write. I want this to be a place where I can keep record of things.

Thomas is super busy this week, which is such a blessing. Things have been slow since the beginning of the year, so we need it! Thankfully I have been able to work a lot so we have been able to get by oh and Tax Returns. Hallelujah. It is finally a beautiful day outside today! We love the sunshine!!! It has been so stinking cold lately, and has even snowed twice in the last week:( booo!

Once the boys get home we are going to get a few chores done and then head to their friend Addyson's birthday party. They are our  great friends that live about 10 minutes away. Her party invitation said "Addyson's "twirl and dance party", so they were skeptical about going but I told them they could play with Ethan too and there would be pizza and games and cake, so that convinced them. Addyson is one of their best  friends, BUT she is turning 7, so she is turning into a little lady and isn't as interested in trucks, dinosaurs and wrestling as they are haha!

We are headed to UT this weekend for Easter. I am actually super duper excited. We haven't been anywhere or done anything exciting in a really long time, so this will be a nice break and nice weather. We are going to do a lot of hiking and seeing friends and family.

I ran 5 miles on Monday! Well technically I ran 3 then walked 1/2 then ran the rest 1 and 1/2. SO the total was 5. I was pretty proud of myself that I completed 5 miles with only half a mile of walking. My secret is watching Netflix so that I am completely distracting and not thinking about how far i have gone or not gone etc.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday April.9/2017

I was so tired at church today. I had a long week of working late nights and early mornings and it didn't help that we woke up to freezing cold and snow. I ended up having to stay in nursey for the full two hours since another person didn't show up. Anyway- when I got home I felt exhausted and grumpy. Luckily I was able to get an amazing nap in and I woke up like a new person. It's amazing what sleep can do for a person! 

We had such an great dinner, the kids were all super good (busy, but good). Of course Leah wants to be in involved in the kitchen while we are cooking everything! ha! I don't think I will miss trying to keep her away from the stove, the knives, the sink, the food etc.

We had our neighbors (The Hodges) over for brownies tonight. We love them and our kids get along great so it works out well. They just live across the street so it's nice that we can just text them and they come over in like 5 minutes. 

Kasen and Layton are just getting so big and so grown up. They are so smart and just such good kids. Kasen is still our animal/dinosaur loving boy. He loves to ride his bike, go hiking, play with our dog, and be around people. He likes to make friends and be outside. He also loves TV. He loves Wild Kratts. It teaches him all sorts of amazing things about animals, so it's no surprise that he loves it so much. Kasen is doing well in school and is just a little bit above average in most of his testing and socres. He is getting more and more funny and is always trying to get a laugh out of us. Kasen is still stubborn, but lately has been putting much more of an effort and understanding the importance of behaving well and controlling his temper/outbursts/stubbornness. It makes me so happy that he is recognizing that it is much more effective to be good and listen than the alternative! Kasen loves pizza, cheese, fruit, cereal, crackers, chicken and enchiladas! His favorite color is now red, which is hilarious because he and Layton switched favorites after almost 3 years. We sure love our Kaso boy!

Layton is our incredibly determined little boy who absolutely loves to learn. He is WAY above grade level with everything. Honestly, he could be going into 2nd or 3rd grade next year and be just fine. This boy adores reading, math, learning and being obedient. We are blown away by his diligence. He literally will walk in the door from school, say hi, give me hugs and go to his room to read. He is almost done with a 27 chapter Goosebumps book. Seriously, he's only in kindergarten! He also has written several stories and is currently writing a book. Complete with 9 chapters, illustrations and of course the stories. Remember that diligence and determination I mentioned before? The other day he ran a mile straight, then he did a full 30 minutes upper body work out with me. He used weights and everything, then he walked/ran THREE more miles on the treadmill. He did all of this with a smile on his face and a skip in his step. In fact he wanted to keep going but I told him to stop or his feet were going to really hurt the next day.  This kid works hit butt off, but doesn't at like it's a big deal, it's just what he enjoys doing. Layon is incredibly obedient and SO eager to please everyone. Layton really likes salty things like chips and crackers and nachos. He loves cereal, pizza, fruit and some veggies. Layton's new favorite color is blue. (He and Kasen switched favorites a couple months ago after 3 years) ha! We love our Layto Potato!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March.8, 2017

The boys are able to bring "blue dot" books home now, which are more challenging then the "red star" books.  They are so excited about the more advanced books they are bringing home and it's been fun because the books have internet reference codes on them and so after school they can go on the computer to learn more about the animal their book is about and do activities etc. I love how much they love reading. Kasen and Layton are super easy to get along with and great students, but apparently there is one teacher at the school that is really snappy and gets super mad at them for small things. I just tell them that she is probably having a hard time right now and is probably just grumpy and to try not to take it personally. It's hard for Layton because this particular teacher is his "intervention" teacher. I guess the class divides into groups and go with different "intervention"teachers to read for a while at some point throughout the day. They rotate teachers/ groups, and right now Layton really doesn't like this teacher. Of course I want to fix it for him since this teacher makes him feel bad (he's sensitive when he thinks he's done something wrong). But it is a good learning experience for him too. I'll keep an eye/ear open about the situation.

I've run two miles a day for 4 out of the 6 last days. It's been hard, but fun and challenging.  I have never been a runner lover, but we are trying to train for the Spartan Race in Boise in June. I'm super excited/nervous about it. I have never ever run a race. Not even a 5k or anything, so this is a big deal. I've also been trying to watch what I eat more too.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Moments of Pride

Sometimes Sundays can be stressful and chaotic with little ones. I know it's not meant to be that way, and we try to not make it stressful. For whatever reason today wasn't! We got up early... (i'm getting used to waking up early these days). So we weren't rushed! The kids all listened so well and we had church music playing which was always brings the spirit into our home. We weren't rushed. Thomas and I were fasting for our dear sweet sister in law, Lindsey. She has three blood clots and is struggling and in a lot of pain. She has so much going on right now with the 4 kids, and dealing with health problems and being pregnant. I was grateful for the opportunity to pray for and fast for her and their family. Anyway, church was just good today, things were relaxing, Leah was much better during sacrament meeting, and the boys teacher said the NICEST things about them today. They went in with a younger class today because their normal teacher wasn't there. Anyway the teacher who took on the two classes said she was nervous/overwhelmed when she first found out she was going to take on two classes, but then she said Kasen and Layton were SO fun and that she was so grateful they were in class today. She told me they were very reverent, good examples and answered all of the questions that she asked. My heart was bursting with pride. I always worry about my kids. I worry that they won't make good choices, that they will be naughty at school, that they will be mean or bossy or rude or something! I don't know why I worry so much, because I know they are good boys, but i don't think it's possible to not worry... haha!

It is so nice to feel like we are doing something right with our parenting when we hear such good things about our kiddos. I am so proud of the people they are becoming and I am so proud of them being good examples to other kids. We recently had parent teacher conferences too, and the boys teachers has nothing but amazing things to say about them. They are friendly, helpful, happy and smart boys. I am so grateful for them!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Progressing

I'm normally one to be behind the scenes. I don't like being the center of attention and sometimes when a lot of people are looking at me I get uncomfortable. I remember very distinctly giving my very first talk in church. I was scared out of my mind. I was shaking uncontrollably and was SO nervous. I decided that day that public speaking was NEVER going to be my thing. I made up my mind that I would always be a wall flower and I would never try to make speaking in front of people a talent. I've always been taught to develop talents and to practice things that we aren't good at, but to me this was going to be the exception. This was the one thing I was not willing to try to improve. It was too scary, too uncomfortable and so not worth the stress and effort.

Well it's funny how things work out sometimes. It seems like from that day forward the Lord decided I needed to do exactly what I had already convinced myself was never possible. At 17 I spoke at Stake Conference- in front of a few hundred people. Then through college I did several presentations in front of my class. We then continued on to move 13 times and talk in church every 6-12 months for about 5 years. After that I taught a class at the University. Now, just yesterday I put on an assembly for over 700 kids. Yes, you heard that right.

I am doing a Reach for the Stars reading incentive program with one of our local Elementary schools.  Jefferson Elementary school is the biggest school in Rigby with over 850 kids! (at least that's what the PTO president told me). Anyway, GUESS WHAT? It was fun! Yes F.U.N! I got them all jazzed up about the Read-A-Thon and there was so much energy. I had a super fun ppt explaining the program, and we got excited about prizes and then we watched a video of one of my favorite authors reading one of my favorite Usborne books. It was so fun!

All of these experiences, even opportunities, have been huge blessings in my life. I have really come to love challenging myself. I've been able to be a part of some things that are way out of my comfort zone, but those things have proven to be blessing that have made me grow and learn and progress so much more than I ever thought I wanted. I never in a million years would have thought that I was capable of doing something like teaching a University class or being the center of attention and getting 700 kids all Jazzed up about a reading program. I'm so grateful for the opportunities that i've been given to stretch myself personally and to do things that are hard but rewarding.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Leah is 21 Months

Leah is getting so big!! This sweet girl is one of a kind. She melts us with her cuteness. She is independent, fun, and has a big heart and tender spirit. Leah has had a rough month! She has been teething (molars) like crazy, and has been fighting sickness so much! Last week was so hard. She literally just cried/whined/screamed at me all day every day. It was so hard for me to see her so miserable and unhappy and of course that means it was hard for me. I can put up with messes and busyness and lack of sleep, but when it's whining all day it really takes a toll on me. I am SO grateful that she is much happier now. It's reminded me of the sweet fun girl she is.

Leah loves nursery. She is so well behaved and happy and confident to stay without me. Leah is talking so much and I love hearing her say new words/phrases. She loves to "dass ooo" (Thank You), gossya (got ya) and pppeeeese (please). She is always saying "mommy". Mommy is her favorite word and then doggy. Thomas always says "She says Doggy more than Daddy!" hahaha!

She is a spit fire. She LOVES to color and read stories. She loves dogs/puppies and is always wanting to go outside. She loves coming with to take the boys to school in the morning and always says "shoes, shoeesss! When we are getting ready to go somewhere. Leah absolutely loves her brothers. Those three are really starting to be quite the pees in a pod. The boys dote on her (when shes not ruining the pictures or legos), Just last night she climbed up top into Kasen's bed and was bound and determined that she going to sleep up there with him. It was adorable. She copies everything they do and always wants to be around them!

Leah has lots of teeth and her favorite foods are apples, bananas, cheese, chips, yogurt, grapes, grilled cheese sandwhiches, top ramen and macaroni and cheese.  We love our sweet little miracle girl in our family and can't imagine life without her!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Leah is 20 Months

Leah is 20 months old today! I can't believe it. (Yes i know the most cliche line ever used my moms). I realized she will be a whole 2 years old this year.... in only 4 months. I feel like she should be turning one, not TWO! Anyway.... she continues to be the light in our home. We all dote on her and laugh at everything she does. She is incredibly cute, endearingly sweet and a tornado all in one! She competes for business/craziness of the twins! I never thought that was possible. If she's not pulling pots and pans out, throwing the rags and towels everywhere, unwinding the toilet paper roll, climbing into the sink, getting in the shower, brushing her teeth with all of OUR tooth brushes or doing somersaults then she is drawing on the walls, climbing onto the counters, pulling out all the wipes or flushing the toilet... oh or dumping out something in the pantry.

Leah is a ball full of energy but also loves our snuggles and story time. Her favorite book right now is "My Very First Book of Things to Spot At Home", we love to find the different object on the page. Leah loves blankets, bottles, dolls, balls and coloring. She also loves when her brothers get home from school. She follows them around, plays with them, laughs with them and annoys them (when she wrecks legos or colors on their pictures). They are all the best of friends. Leah loves to be outside and LOVES dogs. She dominates Layton's puppy stuffy and she LOVES our dog magnum. We let him in the house for the first time ever last week (for like 10 minutes), and she just kept hugging him and saying " awwww.. awww... awwww" It was pretty darn cute.

Leah can say, "Mommy, Daddy, Doggy, fish, hi, yes, no, poo poo, please, bye bye, shoes, show, teeth," and probably a bunch more I can't think of right now. When she wants a drink she makes gulping sounds, so we know she is thirsty-it's so adorable.

Leah has discovered dolls lately, and she tries to feed them, give them a drink, put them in blankets, and the other day she was putting baby powder on her doll. Messy but cute! ha!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dec.23

Last week we all got really sick and had major cabin fever. So Sunday night when I was feeling a bit better, I had a big pitty party. You see- growing up we had magical Christmas'. We literally partied every night for like two weeks. We were always busy and always had tons of super fun stuff to do.  Just imagine stepping out your front door and having endless amounts of fun right out side. Wanna go fourwheeling? Hop on and go for it. Maybe your feeling snowmobiling instead? Cool, pick that one. How about some horseback riding? Sure, why not? How about your own private sledding hill? Sweet- call some of your cousins and meet them there in 20. How about a hike? Perfect. Do you want to head North, East, South or West? You have a few hundred acres in any direction that are yours for the walking. How about some tubing? King of the hill? Snow ball fights? Skating? Not to mention the endless amount of food, chocolates, sweets, cinnamon rolls, games and fun inside. We had parties every night. If they weren't at our house they were at a cousins house down the road! It wasn't a one or two family thing. It was a 40-50 people party every night. Oh and also a solid day of basketball tournaments. So fun! Thinking about it now makes me a lil exhausted, but oh the fun and oh the memories.

I had so much at my fingertips growing up. Unlimited amounts of friends, family, food and fun. So on Sunday night I had a pitty party and I felt sad at the thought of the coming week with no snowmobiles, no family, not a ton of friends and not an unlimited resource type of Christmas. I whined and complained and felt sorry for myself, and that my kids were never going to know how Christmas really should be. But then guess what? I got over myself and I realized how many blessings we have and I came up with some solutions instead of more whining fests. I planned to go shopping with a friend, sleep in the living room with the kids on the 22nd, game night with in laws on 23 rd and Christmas eve with friends. We also planned sledding times and cookie making days.

Life is good. We can make of it what we want. For me, I'm going to make the most out of what I have and is enough and to spare. Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

December Again!

I've been thinking about my blog a lot lately! I wish so bad I kept up with it.

This last week we all have had the flu. The sickness started with Layton who had a sore throat and coughing like- crazy. Then Kasen got it. He was sick from Monday-today (sunday). He got it the worst and was fighting high fevers, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headaches, throwing up and no appetite all week long. Poor good. Leah and I both got it too. Luckily Mine was mostly just body aches/headaches. Leah is still fighting it and is a bit miserable. :( Poor girl! Luckily Thomas has been healthy all week and still is. Lucky guy! I hope he doesn't catch it. Kasen, Leah and I are home from church today just to be safe (and Leah is still pretty icky).

I taught my very last day of class last Tuesday. Honestly it hasn't really kicked in that I'm done teaching. They have officially discontinued the program, effective in January. It's hard to understand all the why's, but I just have to have faith that there is a bigger/better picture that I don't see yet. I will miss teaching SO much!!! It's been an amazing blessing for our family, and has given me the chance to grow leaps and bounds. I will never forget the things that I learned from my time on campus and from teaching those wonderful students.

I have an interview on Tuesday- it's for an online teaching English to Chinese kids job. I don't know why I feel so nervous about it and I keep procrastinating the interview, but I'm planning for Tuesday!

The boys were home from school ALL WEEK long. So we had such a long, boring, sickness filled, cabin fever type of week. I am so glad we are pretty much over it now (with exception of Leah). Bring on the Christmas fun this week!!! We don't have any plans at all for Christmas. I need to change that and we need to make it a fun week!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

First Day of School


Okay look at this little girl. Man she is the light and love of our lives. This was on our way back from Canada, and just had to include it before I start on my billion pictures of the boys first day of school. I just love this picture of our tired, worn out and beautiful little girl, who fell asleep before she could even finish chewing her goldfish!
 Now---- let the first day of school pictures begin! Yes it was emotional. Yes I cried after I dropped them off and was walking back to the car. Yes it's been a big adjustment. Yes they love it. Yes it is crazy and I miss them, but it's SO good for them too.. Let the pictures begin!































Saturday, September 24, 2016

Canada Reunion 2016


We had such a great time at the Gwilliam Family reunion in Okotoks, Alberta! Amron and Lana were in charge of it this year and they did a fabulous job planning so many fun things . We spent a day at the beach at the man made lake there and we were the only ones there!! It was amazing. The day started out cold and i brought sweaters and blankets and assumed we would only be there an hour or two before everyone froze, but then it warmed up right away and turned into a super warm beautiful day! It was SO fun. We played football, frisbee, did a relay race with all the kids, ate lunch, swam and just had a blast! It was a perfect day. While we were there we also went to an indoor baseball training facility, which was huge and awesome. We played soccer, practiced hitting and had the whole place to ourselves to do all things sports! We also spend an afternoon at an indoor water park which so perfect. We had such a blast. It was so great. We also went to Waterton and went hiking went to red rock canyon and explored the area. We had pizza night, lots of laughs, good food and great company. I love my family. Of course we didn't take near enough pictures, but here is a sample of some that I did take!