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.
One of the highlights of playing Jr Jazz for my kids is getting to meet a Jazz player at the Jr Jazz clinics. They don't care that it's a guy who doesn't get a lot of playing time, just the fact that it is a Jazz player is enough for them to be starstruck. This year they sent Jeremy Evans again. I was very excited. He came last year before he had ever played a game in the NBA, and was just such a neat kid. We've followed him all year and were excited to have him back. Playing in the NBA has not changed him. He is such a humble down to earth kid, and he really gets in there and enjoys being with the kids. My boys each took a friend with them and had a ball! Brennen thinks he is one of the big boys and during a game of lightening was trying so hard to make a basket. Jeremy saw him struggling and ran over and lifted him up to the basket for the dunk! It was so exciting for Brennen! He got right in a played with the kids and had a good time! Q&A time. Some of the questions the kids ask are so funny! Afterward when he was signing autographs and taking pictures, I told him that he has 4 kids who are fans as long as he is with the Jazz!
Our reward for finishing the Book of Mosiah was a family hike, since so many people spend a lot of time hiking in the wilderness. We hiked to Upper Stillwater Dam in the Uintah Mountains. And being such a good mom, I forgot my camera! Luckily, dad had his phone with him (never thought I would say that! LOL!) and so we snapped a couple of pictures while we were on the Dam.
My boys have been really into Pirates lately, so when Bruce fixed our back gate, they decided that with the leftover lumber they were going to build a Pirate ship. And since they have the coolest dad, he took one evening and helped them build one! I honestly don't know who had more fun, Dad or the kids! (Do you love Cambree with her can of banana chips just hanging out?) Complete with our own flag. In case you couldn't tell, it's a G for Guymon! Sadly this week we had a massive windstorm and the sail and the flag blew over. Hopefully dad will be able to help them fix it!
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!