Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break (SORTA!)

So I was jipped out of Spring break this year. Kaden had last week off and the other kids have this week off so I had NO week off. Frustrating. I really need those breaks from the morning school routine and this time I didn't get that and it hurts! The only day all of my kids had off was Monday and so we hit the lake...my favorite Arizona spot and a place I have spent many (so many) happy hours with my kids.




































Tuesday, the girls and I saw Cinderella and then Wednesday the kids and I went to the zoo and picked up 2 extra cousins for the rest of the week. My big kids make my life so easy these days. They helped so so so much, I don't know how I ever did it with out big kids.










































Thursday, I chased the whole bunch of them around Discovery Park and by the time dinner and baths were done I had that deep, deep, aching tired that hits when you have been going at full speed for way too long. Trying to divide yourself between all the needs and all the responsibilities. Lots of fun in these types of weeks but OH SO EXHAUSTING! I went to bed thinking that there was no way I would wake up with the energy to continue on with my life. It was all over and I just needed to sleep ummm...forever.

YET...I was up at 5;30 with Kaden and then took 9 kids, mine and 5 extra cousins to our favorite public pool for the day. I love how the Lord renews me with just the rising of the sun and the feeling that a new day can give. The weather was AMAZING and I felt so content as the day wore on with nothing more than chlorine, snacks, sunblock and a whole lot of swimming.
































I have learned that I don't need much to create happy memories for my kids. We weren't elaborate in our plans but we were together and outside and enjoying life and that is what matters in the end.

I love my job...the hard and the beautiful.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stuff to Remember

I wish I knew how many sunsets I have spent out in front of my house house watching kids rides bikes. Draining out the last of the day and the last of our energy peddling and playing in the last golden hours of dusk. My kids ride their bikes barefoot so the bottoms of their feet turn black and the hair do's from earlier in the morning are hardly recognizable but I love these bike riding hours. I love that my only job is to clap and smile and yell "car!"





























The other day Cali settled onto the couch to watch cartoons. When I walked by she was perched perfectly in our little sun spot that comes in from the east window in the stair case. She kept saying that she was in "the warm place." It was so sweet and reminded me how precious my time is with them while they are little, before school, friends, homework and stress filter into their lives. I hope that my kids will always feel like home is a warm sunny spot to escape the pressures of life.






























We took the kids ice blocking the other night and it was a total success! Everyone loved it and all my kids were surprisingly really good at it.






























The kids had Dr. Seuss Day at school. Lets be clear...I DO NOT like school dress up days. CANT STAND them. I have lived through my fair share of crazy hair days, crazy sock days, wacky Wednesday days, spirit days, and all those other (throw a total kink in my morning days). I was dreading Dr. Seuss day where-in the kids are supposed to dress up like a Dr. Seuss character. Ummm, no thank-you, I can hardly get through it on Halloween why are we doing this to ourselves!? SO I pretended I didn't know a thing about Dr. Seuss day and hoped that Ella would forget. She DID NOT forget. But I was quick and clever and as always simple minded and threw this little get up together in 5 seconds. We didn't have a red and white stripped hat, but thank the stars above, Ella didn't seem to bothered by that.






































I have no picture to prove it but the other night while I was in the office working on Primary I heard the following go down.

Branson: Cali!! Did you just sniff a popcorn kernel up your nose??
Cali: Whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
Branson: Here let me look up your nose with my light pen.
Cali: Whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
Branson: (While holding down a nostril) Blow Cali!
Branson: NO!! Dont sniff! Blow!

Cali blew, Branson held down the other nostril and out shot the kernel. ER visit averted thank-you.

Happy Thursday! I have been thinking about these wise words a lot lately!




Monday, March 2, 2015

The Door Is Thrown Open

“Instead of pursuing a career with mothering tucked in around the edges, I have chosen to focus first on the mission of motherhood. My reward for this decision has been both simple and profound. I have been able to know the joys of mothering without a divided heart.” –Sally Clarkson

I seriously LOVE those words! I had some tender mercies this weekend in the midst of some really hard Mothering. One of which was talking with a dear friend that I hadn't seen in a long time. She has a HUGE mother heart and together we were able to encourage each other, work on some ideas and redouble our efforts in Motherhood. I thank Heaven for good women, good mothers and good friends that have the same desire that I do to give my very best efforts to Motherhood.

The main idea we kept coming back to is that God knows our children with exact perfection. He WANTS to give us help, information, ideas, energy, love and inspiration as we parent. It takes working to be worthy of the spirit to get that information. I can feel it so clearly when I am doing that work and as soon as I start to slack and drift away from His side, I can feel that too. 

Saturday morning both my big boys played blocks and phone games with Cali while I worked. I am so thankful for these sweet moments in time that make the hard stuff worth it. 















"When you have come to the Lord in meekness and lowliness of heart and, as one mother said, “pounded on the doors of heaven to ask for, to plead for, to demand guidance and wisdom and help for this wondrous task,” that door is thrown open to provide you the influence and the help of all eternity. Claim the promises of the Savior of the world. Ask for the healing balm of the Atonement for whatever may be troubling you or your children. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you.

You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—He who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be." Jeffery R Holland
"The door is thrown open" is such a beautiful promise! I trust it!