I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking the kids to scout camp. I want there to be a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.
Saturday was my Christmas!! I look forward every 6 months to leaving my kids with Bruce and heading out to the city with the girls to go to the Scrapbook USA Expo in Sandy. We honestly have no place to shop for scrapbook supplies here in the Basin, so we all save up for 6 months and stock up. It is so fun to just have a nice leisurely afternoon with my girlfriends. This is me with Holli and Danielle at the Expo. We had so much fun. I was also so excited to find one of my old friends from Cedar City, whom I haven't seen in almost 10 years. It was fun to catch up with Eliza and see pics of her cute kids! Probably the highlight for me was meeting Casey Scott from 2 news this morning. Holli and Danielle thought I was such a geek, but I had to meet him because I love watching his live shots every morning. He was super nice, and even let me get a picture with him. I know, I'm a nerd. After the Expo, we went and had dinner at the Mayan at Jordan Commons. Yummy mexican food and a diving show. So fun. I ordered a chicken burrito, and when they brought it out, Danielle and I started laughing because the thing was as long as my forearm! Yes, I'm eating for two, but my heck! We then headed back to Roosevelt, refreshed and ready to be moms again. Thanks girls for the fun day out!
The Jazz recently won 12 games in a row. Then they lost 3. After losing the 3rd, Kaden, who is 7 said, "Geez, it's like they've given up or something!" I said that's the Grandpa Rick in him!!
At preschool on St Patrick's Day, we made, magical Leprechaun Liquid, which was lemonade with blue food coloring for the "magic potion". One little boy, looking at every one's green punch moustaches exclaimed "I know why it's magic. We're all turning into Leprechauns!" Too funny.
Another little girl insisted that the leprechaun who we didn't quite catch went to her house. Her mom called this morning and said she spent the whole day looking for him.
When we came in from recess on St Paddy's day, that "leprechaun" had made a mess of our classroom with his leprechaun dust (green confetti). One of the kids asked if I really did it. Another one responded, "How could she? She doesn't leave leprechaun dust when she walks!"
Saturday was the end of an era. Aubree took down all her Princess posters and in their place hung the Jonas Brothers and High School Musical. Am I ready for her to grow up?
I am grateful for angels who answer prayers. Today I was at the grocery store with all my kids. Bruce is in Salt Lake this week. My car door wouldn't shut. The latch wouldn't lift up. I was freaking out and all I could think to do was pray. As I was sitting on the ground in the parking lot, two ladies came over and one said, "oh this happened to me." and then fixed the door. I was so grateful to this complete stranger for answering my prayers.
Yesterday was our Stake Conference, and Bruce has a new calling. They just sustained him as a member of the High Council. I know he is going to do such a great job. He is an amazing man with an amazing testimony. He has been serving as our ward's gospel doctrine teacher for the past year and a half, and does such an awesome job. I know he worries about being away from the kids and I, but I feel like we will be OK. About a week before he received his call, I had a feeling that he was going to be in that position in the near future, and that I needed to prepare myself for that. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost and the prompting we can receive if we are in tune. I am also grateful to have such good kids. Last night Bruce said that he won't be here on Sunday morning to help get the kids ready anymore, and I told him I wasn't too worried, because other than Brennen, my kids are good to get themselves ready for church. I just have to get Aubree's hair done, but Bruce won't have anything to do with that! I really feel like our family will be blessed through this calling.
So I can hardly believe it, but my Tyson is now 5 years old. We had such a fun weekend with him. Saturday, we had a party with some of his friends. It was a Transformers party, and it was a lot of fun!
We played a lot of games and had a treasure hunt for the Allspark, and I learned more about Transformers planning this party than I ever wanted to know, but that is what my boys are into, and I must admit, it is better than Pokemon, which was last year's craze.
He had so much fun at his party, that afterward he just crashed. Too fun!
Sunday was his actual birthday, and I was so excited because we got him a new bike. He loves to ride bikes, but he has been using the old 12 incher and has just outgrown it. We got him a Transformers bike and he was do excited! We actually wraped a box and inside was a paper that said your present is in the garage. He went out and opened the garage and as soon as he saw the bike he just started screaming.
We havn't got him off it since!
This is my attempt at a transformer cake. For those of you uneducated on Transformers, this is the autobot mark. The Autobots are the good guys. I guess it was good enough, because Kaden requested the same cake for his birthday! We had a good time, and now Tyson is 5! What a big boy! We love you buddy!
This blog is dedicated to celebrating all those ordinary moments that make life so wonderful. I am a mom of 5 beautiful children with one amazing husband. We don't do anything grand, but we love life and each other, and I guess that's all we really need!