Thursday, March 8, 2018

Disney Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2013 we took our turkey on the road and spent the holiday Disneyland style!
We hit the road Wednesday after Collin got off work. I set my phone on top of the car as we were packing up to go... Never to be heard of or seen again. Ouch.
Thankfully, after that major blunder, our trip was smooth sailing. 
And a whole lot of fun!

We bought two-day park passes. One day in Disney and one in California Adventures. Kacey and I made everyone matching Mickey shirts to wear to the Park. They turned out DARLING.

 We spent our first day running all over Disneyland! It was fun to be there with our four kiddos.

Babies in Brooklyn

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.

Yesterday Ro and I were sitting on the floor in Target. We were rummaging through the little boys clothing department. I asked for his opinion as I showed him a few different pairs of pants and shirts. He would then reply with,"Cute." "Not cute." "Not cute." "Cute." "Not cute." "Not cute."

Mostly his answer was, "Not cute."
He says the funniest things sometimes!

As this conversation was happening a mother and daughter walked by and overheard us talking. They laughed! The mother asked how old my son was. I informed her that he was about to turn two next week. She said, "Get ready for a hard year." I wish I would have  replied with something like, "That's ok, I'm up for the challenge!" Or "It may be tough, but at least I know I won't be bored!" But I didn't. 

The truth is, motherhood is hard. 

Why are some moments so sweet, and so easy to be happy? Then these other moments happen that make you want to throw your hands in the air, pull a blanket over your head, curl up in a ball, and just cry?
The simple, short answer is, because that is the way life has to be. That is the whole point.
Our Savior taught us, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) Things that are hard remind us that we are weak. Things that are hard remind us how much we need our Savior. Our challenge then, is to Come to Him. 
He will give us the strength to do hard things. 
He will help us find happiness, even when our kids are a mess. 
He will make us better mothers than we could ever be on our own.

So. I've got a hard year a head of me. A year full of tantrums and soggy diapers. A year of teaching  not-to-hit and color-only-on-paper. A year full of messy house and piles of laundry. I am ready. I am ready for the curl up in a ball, and just cry moments. I am ready to take on the runny noses and stinky feet. I am ready. I am ready, because I am not going into it alone. 

And, Oh! how I love being a mother.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Seminary: Fill-in-the-Blank Church History Map

What a blessing & incredible journey this new Seminary calling has already been! It is amazing to me, how invested I already feel in these students and their gospel learning.
Heavenly Father is guiding this work. How amazing it is that He, who created the Heavens and the Earth, cares about the day to day experiences of 18 high school students and 1 teacher. 
His is truly a remarkable work.

I have  been the beneficiary of so many awesome Seminary & scripture study resources. I wanted to add a few to the mix, in an effort to "pay-it-forward" for resources I have used.

Being that we are studying Doctrine & Covenants and Church History this year, I felt it was important for the students to understand where all of the revelations and historical events occured. As a high schooler, I remember being so confused by who was in Missouri and who was in Ohio... Winter Quarters was where? And Council Bluffs was what? Ohio was after Missouri but before Nauvoo? And what happened in Susquehanna County and Fayette, New York?

In a effort to help my students better understand what happened where, I created a visual for each of the students to glue into their journals.

I thought it would be fun, and more meaningful, to have them discover the names of each location, as well as what happened there. I created a map of the United States with bullet points over each important location. I connected the location to a scripture and a blank line. (For those locations without scriptures, I handed out "Historical Facts" to teach what happened. Those are included should you choose to download.)
The students were split up into groups. I asked each group to be in charge of finding a few of the locations. Then, I had members of each group teach about each location and what happened there.

To download the Student Work Sheet click here.

I hope this will be a good reference for the students as we progress throughout the year. They seemed to enjoy filling out their personal copies and teaching their classmates. At the very least, it got them talking to one another and flipping through the pages of their scriptures! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Monster Party! Roland's 1st Birthday

Boy, oh boy! 
What a blast I had planning the details of Roland's 1st Birthday Party! 
Kylie helped me choose the theme...
Monster Party!
I started planning a few months in advance. 
I love the little details that go into planning parties. I had so much fun putting together each one!

We gave each of the kids who came a jar of bubbles. I drew little monster faces on them.
They were a hit with the older kids - who enjoyed running all over the grass and chasing each other.

In addition to the small details, I love when a party is super personal. 
I created this board to share all of Roland's favorite things.

We served Monster Nachos for dinner... Complete with Sweet Pork Monster Guts and Nacho Cheese Monster Boogers. Scrum-didilly-umshious.

After dinner we served cup cakes and ice cream. 
I don't think anyone enjoyed their cup cake as much as Ro enjoyed his!


We came back inside to open a few birthday gifts. Thankfully, everyone fit into our cozy little apartment! 

I am so grateful for everyone who came to celebrate with us, and share the love we have for our sweet little boy! I am especially grateful for all the family and friends who helped pull this little party together. Kylie and Marissa came the night before to help bake some desserts. We were up late into the night rolling sugar cookies and dipping strawberries. Then they came back hours before the party to help set up. Mom and Tessa were in the thick of party set up, too! Joe brought all the tables, linens, and chairs AND came in clutch by figuring out how turn turn our complex sprinklers off during the party! That was a relief! Emily and Lindsay brought some delicious homemade treats - which were completely devoured by the end of the evening.

I am so grateful to my Mom for taking all these pictures. She not only captured all the details of the party... she saved the day! In the madness of it all, I completely forgot to snap any pictures of my own. But I did manage to take a few of the aftermath...