Monday, April 27, 2015

The most wonderful time of the year


It is pure heaven to sit in a camp chair in spring, watching this little man run bases in the cutest little uniform, while his daddy, the greatest man ever, coaches 9 little ADD 6 year olds.

The most wonderful time of the year. 

For the first time.

My children are so different from each other. Kroten is a go-getter. He takes life head on. Kemiry is definitely more hesitant and cautious. She is like her dad, a little bit OCD and more methodical. Kman is spontaneous, disorganized and carefree, a little like his mama. Kroten learned to ride his bike zero to sixty in 2 minutes. Kemiry has had lesson number one and is not ready to ride solo yet. That's ok, she will do it when she is ready. She did the same thing with potty training.


love my cautious, timid beautiful little girl. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

"When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives."

TWO years... how in the heck did that happened? 
 It has been two years since I last could, in good confidence, call myself a blogger. And even then it was beginging to be spotty at best.
I look back at my blog and cherish the things that I was able to capture. I am extreamly saddened that the last two year is not recoreded. I swear that I did not fall off the earth. I also will deny tooth and nail that I was a blogger purely because it was what was cool or expected of good stay at home moms or that I was doing what was "trendy" at the time. I truely cherish the things that I recorded. 
 So what happened in My life that was so important that made me become a horrible, untrendy mom, who doesnt blog? 
 2 years ago, this month, we made a huge change for our family. Jared and I switched roles. I went back to work! I was also trying to keep up on my photography business. I was busier than ever. I was averageing 3 to 5 photoshoots a week, working evening shift 32 hours per week, cooking dinners, playing with my children, takling kindergarten japanese immersion homework (it was harder than it sounds) serving in the stake relief society and ocassionaly sleeping. Hence why blogging sadly and very rapidly took a back seat. 
 We began saying things like, "I cant wait til life slows down." 
 That is when it got worse... We decided to move in with my parents for ONE year to save money to buy a house. One year came and went, and turned into 16 months. Then, just when I was ready to buy a house... Jared was offered a job at an appartment complex including free rent. I know your asking yourself the same things I was... "what about my house?" "How can he work and I work?" "What about my House?" I still ask myself those question daily. Good news is, we love our appartment and our savings account. I now find comfort in repeating to myself daily "I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord." 
 Speaking of going where the lord wants me to go... in the midst of all this chaos, I was applying to a big company, I thought I was a shoe in for this perfect job. It was MONTHS of prayer and fasting and worrying/crying and interviews. Needless to say, I did not end up at the job. Lots of reasons why, but mostly, I am confident, that it is not where the Lord wanted me to go. however, during that time, I did get a promotion at work. This meant a pay raise and 40 hours a week. 
 HA! Just when you think things can't get busier... 
 ...A month after my promotion, The Bishop came to my house to inform me that the lord wants me to be the Young Womens President. OYE VEY! THEN... yes, there is a then, the week I got set apart, they called Jared into the elders quorum presidency. 
 So that is where we are now. I work...a ton. Jared Works a lot. The kids are both in school full time. I average, MAYBE one photoshoot every other week. I dont sew, my house is constantly a mess, Jared does laundry, its a miracle if I work out and I pray every single day that Heavenly Father will guide me to the things that really need to get done. 
 Its a crazy, turned upside down, not in my five year plan, life. We are slowly, very slowly, finding ways to make it work and relying heavily on the Lord. 
 It is bitter sweet, but I have adopted this quote from Ezra Taft Benson to be my new motto... "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives."

Still alive

We're still alive. And I have a goal to one day have a goal to blog again. My planning is in the works on how I am going to make that happen. More on that soon. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sports clips

Kroten has been growing his hair out. Not sure how it happened. He has always hated haircuts this time I think I just didn't want to fight with him. Since he and daddy want it long, I decided to let it go for a while. 

Kroten received a coupon for a free haircut to sports clips, and I decided is was a good opportunity to get him cleaned up. So he received the full man treatment. He still looks like a baby to me.  I hope he never grows out of that baby face. 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

For a sick friend


 man made this cute alligator for his friend (who is a girl) that was sick and stayed home from school. I thought it was the cutest little paper craft ever. I told him I was sad that he did not make it for me. :)



Love my crafty, thoughtful, little man. 



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Above the clouds.

We decided to go hiking as a family today. It was awesome. Let me tell you why...

1. It was beautiful. I definitely get the winter blues in January. And this was the perfect vitamin D boost I needed. 


2. The princess, although so cute, is well known for her catch phrase, "hold me" but she did the ENTIRE hike all on her own two feet,and even ran parts of it. she insisted that we stop every once in a while to stretch. 


3. I have been working a lot lately. (Were Saving for a house) so it was a nice family outing. It's times like these that remind me why we have families. 

4. It was beautiful above the clouds. 

5. This monkey got his energy out. I guess I use that phrase too much because he likes to use it against me bysaying  things like "we need to go to the park to get my energy out"

6. He has had a beard for 3 months now, and today he finally got to be a mountain man. Maybe he will get rid of it now?

7. I knew we were having pizza at work so it was nice to burn all those calories beforehand. Plus the view was incredible.

You forget how much you need to get out until you finally do it.  

It was wonderful.  








Monday, January 13, 2014

2014

HOLY MOLEY...

What happened to 2013? It went way too fast.

I cannot believe it is already the 13th day of the year 2014. When I was in elementary school, I remember counting the years till 2000 and wondering what it would be like.

IT IS 14 YEARS PAST THAT NOW. WHEW!!!

I cannot believe it is the year 2014!

And I can't believe how big my kiddos are getting... That is right 1996 me, its 2014 and I have two kids. Wow time just blows my mind!




Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I feel a blog post coming on.

It has been a long time since I have "felt a blog post coming on." In fact, I would not consider myself a blogger at all anymore. today is the first day in a long time that I have felt like writing on the blog, I just had to take a break. I promise deep down inside my heart I am a blogger, I just have a hard time finding time for it. And that is ok. But today the blog has tugged on my heart and I wanted to visit it with a new years post. If you are a long time reader of my blog, you will know that new years resolutions (or new yous resolutions as I like to call them) are a big deal to me. 2013 was a big year for us, we made a lot of changes and used a lot of prayer. At the begining of 2013 I made 3 new years resolutions, 2 of which I compleated successfully, and then quit after making awesome progress. :( And the third I was hit and miss on. So this year my goals are very similar. And I am ok with that. I was reading in Matthew this morning and a particular scripture jumped out at me as fitting seeing as it is new years. It gave me a little boost of motivation that I think I needed. He was talking about the scribes and pharisees and he said...
"All therefor whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
I dont want to be that person who says they will do something and does it not. Especially when it comes to spiritual matters. now, using this scripture to motivate me to floss my teeth more often maybe a stretch, but when it comes to teaching my children how to stick with something, even as silly as flossing my teeth, I dont want to be like the scribes and pharisees. Another source of motivation I am pulling from is this quote...

It has been one of my favorites for a long time, but I am finding renewed motivation from it. I dont think I can say much more about it. It is just so simple and speaks for itself. 2014 should be great. There are still lots of changes for our family and probably lots of prayer. But it is all good, and God is good. He is soooo good and we feel very blessed on a daily basis.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SNOW

It is rare to get a good snow here. I have lived in Eugene since I was 5 and I don't remember it sticking around for this long. We're on day 6 of snow fun and school has been canceled all week.  Today we finally broke down and bought a sled just in time for the rain to start tonight. We had fun sledding with our friends.


This is mailie. She thinks they are getting married. Kroten assures me he has told her that he has to go on his mission first.